The point of it all

The point is to make others not just feel good about themselves, but BETTER about themselves. The point is to LIFT others up, not tear them down. The point is to harvest a life full of LOVE, not judgment or hate. To inspire others, to encourage others, and to support others. To speak with kindness, […]

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A Sincere Reflection…

I feel as though something in me has broken open.

I don’t know if it’s my body beginning to heal, my sparkle coming back, an invitation from God to expand my perspective, or all of the above, but whatever it is, I can feel myself breaking open.

And it is invigorating.

This week, I found myself at the beach a lot.

As I strolled up and down my little section of the shore,
I listened to the sounds of the ocean.

I watched how the waves danced along the sand.
I followed the birds as they glided inches above the water, looking for fish.
I looked out to the sky and the clouds and the horizon ~ and somehow, it looked much bigger to me than ever before.

I’ve walked this beach many times before, but the expansiveness had never felt so profound.

And all at once, I was filled with peace, patience, goodness, purpose, wonder…
An assurance of my journey and a rush of faith now felt like a strong river flowing right through my heart.

And I became still. And submissive. And trustworthy.

I breathed it in, and it sort of felt like something in me had just… released.

After feeling so strange and almost flat for so long, once again, my insides filled with wonder.
Life began to feel open and wild and full of opportunities again.

Living with an open and spiritual heart has always been important to me, and I so check in with myself often to see if I’m where I belong.

And for the longest time, I felt different… sort of flat and closed off.
But I never stopped praying and visualizing and setting my intentions to become open once more.

And now, a door has swung open, and I am walking through it.
I feel connected. I feel stronger. I feel light.
And it feels so. good.

And with this, I say to you:

Do not lose hope. Keep setting intentions. Meditate. Pray.

Do whatever it is you do to keep your connection… and keep your perspective beyond just your own little world. It’s okay to fall into seasons where we retreat inward, but don’t get stuck there.

When we refocus our energy upward and outward, as opposed to downward and inward, that’s where the doors open.

That’s where resonance happens.

That’s where the magic lies.

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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. 👏

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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.
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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. 💪

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Love Yourself

[love yourself] I know it may seem like a struggle. But I want you to strive to love every inch of yourself. In case nobody told you today, you are so worth loving. Let your hair down. You don’t have to try so hard. Let the inner you shine outward, and let that become what you’re most proud of. Let yourself be seen, beautiful.

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