Yesterday marks eight years, August 10, 2007, since I decided to share my voice through writing. What a journey it’s been. I’ve always been drawn to writing and still have an essay I wrote in 3rd grade called ‘The Last Cougar’. 🙂 Writing is my comfort zone and since my first blog I have grown to share my voice of positivity via coaching and public speaking.
In 2007, I had just started hosting Positive Focus (PF) events via Meetup. I had huge dreams for what PF would become and eventually in 2009 we became a 501c3 organization. Mostly I yearned to let people know that whatever they were going through in life, they mattered and were worthy of living the happiest life possible.
Move forward to today, I continue that mission via Positive Focus and my personal coaching/speaking practice. PF isn’t a physical building in Chicago that I envisioned in 2007, and yet I realize it’s expanded in different ways to shine light on people living life fully that I didn’t see back then. Building or no building PF has been a global presence inviting people all over the world to focus on kindness, compassion and love.
Since my first blog, which I published to my Meetup group, I have evolved both as a writer, as a coach, and mostly as a person. I could look back at my 2007 vision and unkindly critique my writing (see below). I could also look at the list of ‘what didn’t unfold’ from my initial vision of my PF wish list. Or I could move forward and see how holding onto the vision of empowering millions of people to live their best life while I live mine has evolved and shown up in ways that I couldn’t have imagined then. It has had setbacks, it has had celebrations, it’s been filled with love, and fear has certainly visited from time to time. People have come and gone. Every step of the way has made me who I am today – a person who lives boldly, passionately and lovingly. A person who has had enough setbacks to allow the celebrations to be even more magical. A person who understands regardless of what may currently be going on, love lives right here, right now.
We all take that look down memory lane on what could have been, should have been, wished had been and yet if we can see all of our past experience, celebrations to sorrows, as opportunities to grow, to love and to live, then we will find ourselves in a state of gratitude rather than regret.
For the next week I invite you to move forward by:
Being gentle with who you were years ago, months ago and even days ago. For each experience offers up the opportunity to step deeper into living and loving life.
Envisioning what you want your life to look like from romance, to work, to health to everything and anything in between while allowing it to show up in the most magical ways. Release how it HAS to show up (that person, that job, that body) and hold onto how you want to feel with that person, how you want to feel doing meaningful work and how you want feel in your own body.
Living in a space of gratitude, which includes finding gratitude in the challenges as it’s there if you look for it. Some of our experiences require us to dig deep to find it, but I promise you, it’s there to be seen with eyes looking for it.
Mostly, my wish for you is to move forward minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, month by month and year by year with love in your heart for you, others and the world at large as you deserve to live a dream live….especially if it shows up grander than you thought possible.
Until next time, I’m sharing my first attempt at inspired writing unedited (even though I absolutely wanted to ‘clean it up’) to show you that whether it’s days, weeks, months or years, you are evolving and growing into the person you’ve tried hiding from for years. Rock YOU, unabashedly you!
Attitude of Gratitude – August 10, 2007
I trust that you are having a fantastic August week and looking forward to the weekend ahead. As you probably noticed, I start many of my affirmations with I am so happy and grateful now that……
Living in a space of appreciation and gratitude can quickly elevate your state of mind to one of happiness and joy. It’s easy to be grateful and appreciative when we’re having a great day and things are going the way we planned. But how about those days when you are out of alignment and living in a space of lack, disappointment, or any negative state? That is where the challenge can be as we spiral further into our negative state – and that is OK too if that is what you are feeling.
However, if you aren’t enjoying that moment of negativity, I invite you to shift your consciousness with gratitude and appreciation. We often forget of the little things to be grateful for when we are having life changing events or in situations that are uncomfortable. So live and breathe gratitude and appreciation. Easy when you are already there, but when those discouraging moments come up (I know I have them), pause, and say to yourself something you are appreciative of and/or grateful for. Here are just a few ideas of gratitude and appreciations on days you need that extra pick me up.
I am grateful for the rain as it makes everything green and lush, providing nourishment to so much life.
I appreciate all those I invite into my life as they are reflections of what I need at the moment.
I am grateful for (supply whatever is challenging to you at the moment) for the contrast to help guide me to what I truly desire in my life.
I appreciate my health, family, and friends.
I am grateful for the ability to choose my reality.
Your gratitude and appreciation should be in your words from your heart.
I move forward with love, laughter, happiness and compassion for myself and others.
Music to My Ears