🌻

A Few of My Secrets for Daily Happiness

I’ve had a lot of people ask me: “How are you so happy?” Here are a few of my secrets:
☀️ You have to love every minute of your life. Like, really love it. And on the days when it’s not so lovable, recognize that you’re growing and find something to love about it anyway.
☀️ Take life too seriously, but also, don’t.
☀️ Never waste a day. You are capable of awesome things. So get up and do them… now.
☀️ Make a big deal out of little things.
☀️ Keep gratitude in your heart at all times. Being actively thankful and grateful throughout the day just brings on those happy feels!
Share

Just popping in to say…

Hey, you! Just popping in today to tell you that you are amazing and strong and resilient. ✨ Wherever you’re trying to get to, just know that you CAN (and will) get there. Even if it takes a few extra steps. Every step has a reason. ✨ Keep going, and keep your faith, in your journey and in yourself. You are doing a GREAT job. 👏

Share

Thoughts on My Mind

One of the hardest things about this brain injury recovery has been not being able to turn to music and singing for peace and solace.
Right now, complex music can be hard for my brain to process, songwriting is taxing and confusing, singing brings on pain, and the timing and flow of my fingers for playing the piano and guitar is still far from perfect.
The strange thing is… I find that I have to remind myself that I am a musician.
That I am a performer.
That I am a dancer.
That I flip my hair and jump up and down and put it all out there for thousands of amazing kids in auditoriums, several times a week.
YES, I actually do these things and YES, they are the things that make me come alive.
And to be totally honest,
I feel like I’m missing a big piece of me and within me there is this void.
But there’s a funny thing about voids.
They make you feel empty, but at the same time, they provide an opportunity for you to expand.
In some pretty amazing ways, in the midst of being empty, I have actually expanded.
I have expanded in hope.
I have expanded in gratitude.
I have expanded in patience.
Maybe I can’t sing or play music how my soul wants to right now.
Maybe I can’t write new shows or plan big motivational talks right now.
Maybe it’s even hard for me to feel my 100% normal self because of strange happenings in my brain right now.
But I CAN savor the expansion I have been given, and make a vow to myself that when do I get fully back up on my feet, I will never, ever take anything for granted again.
Voids are uncomfortable.
But expansions are good.
And it’s all a part of the growth and the journey and part of being a total work in progress.
Share

GROWTH

#growth ~ “Fall in love with becoming the very best version of yourself.” (Unknown)

Every new day, we have an opportunity to work on a super cool project: the project of becoming the very best versions of ourselves. In order to be able to work on that project, we have to allow ourselves to fully open up to every possibility of Growth. Growth can (and should) become our best friend. Sometimes we’ll get mad at Growth because it’ll hurt like all heck. Sometimes, we’ll love and adore Growth because we will immediately see the ways in which it’s our ally. But most of all, we must be patient. It takes a while for Growth to do its thing, and while that’s happening, we have to (genuinely) be willing to accept whatever comes across our path and interpret it as a lesson and a teacher.

Working our way to the very best version of ourselves will take patience, time and lots of revamping. The very best version of myself is not version 1. Or version 2 or 3. But if I allow Growth to be my best friend, and take the time to be my own greatest fan and encourager, the best version of myself can be me, right now: version 2468. And then, I can keep topping myself. Version 2469 will be even stronger.

Take the time to sort through what’s inside of you… and learn to love it because you love yourself, and you love working on your own journey. Take an imaginary machete and clear out what needs to be gone. Make space for new things. Good things. Your interior environment is your reality. Plant ideas, dreams, passions, and principles. Tend to them. Get down and dirty and become one with them. Becoming the very best version of yourself can become your most favorite project ever. 💪

Share

Life is what WE CHOOSE to make it.

Life is what WE CHOOSE to make it. Today started out kind of “blah” for me and nothing really held my interest. So I decided to grab my yoga mat, head outside into the bright Florida sunshine, and do a short practice. My body relaxed and stretched and so did my mind! I followed that […]

Share
Continue reading

LAUGH, LOVE, REPEAT

I’m about to throw a whole lotta love knowledge at ya. ✨ . Did you know that 5 minutes of laughter a day can add an additional 30 days onto the life of your heart? Or that looking into the eyes of someone you love can add 60? ✨ . Moral of the story? … […]

Share
Continue reading