Wednesday marked another year around the Earth for me. I honestly can’t believe I’m now 38 years old. Yes, I kid you not that is my true age although I still feel (and sometimes act) like I’m in my early 30s. I feel blessed to have the opportunity each year to celebrate my birthday differently as I’m usually in another location with other people. Wherever I am, I give thanks that I’ve made it another year, another day. I cannot help but think every year that my older sister never made it this far, thus reminding me how the present is such a gift.
This year I celebrated my birthday in Ometepe, Nicaragua. The morning began as I always do with gratitude and a meditation for a beautiful day. I then joined my colleagues at a local community health center to teach a group of pregnant women about the 4 levels of energy that are important to maintain balance. (I’ll be working on a video about this class once I’m back in the states) Then celebrated my birthday with NDI colleagues in the afternoon and then in the evening celebrated with my host family eating local food, ice cream, and cake. They were simple yet joyous celebrations because my heart was overflowing with loving energy. Throughout the day when I was connected to the internet I checked my numerous connections to the world outside (Facebook, text, voicemails, whatsapp, and emails) and happily received love from so many people.
I’m so thankful that I can continue to live a life full of gratitude, service, and joy as I choose to follow a path that has transformed me in ways I often can’t describe in words. I have found my purpose in life and I’m creating a business that fulfills each cell of my body even though many times I am petrified of taking another step. Fears such as “What if I fail and my family was right, I should have stayed in a comfortable and secure job with benefits? What if I succeed and all of my dreams come true, even though I don’t know what they are? What if this path continues to bring me joy yet doesn’t bring me true love because of my inability to stay in one place?” swarm throughout my brain from time to time.
When these doubts come into my mind and heart, I ask for strength from Spirit to please guide and support me. I then remember to take a breath and choose what to do next to keep focused on my goals and path. Failure simply implies that I need to fix the mistakes that I made and success is what I envision it to be. It’s really the journey that I have found to be the most impactful.
So, now that I’m 38 years old my goals are to continue to expand my business and empower myself to be the best that I can be. I continue to step into my big girl shoes as I make mistakes, learn from them, and walk on with a smile on my face. To embrace those around me and give thanks for the support they have shared with me. I will continue to lose people along the journey yet will be filled with their memories and what they have taught me. All I have control over is where I chose to direct my focus and to keep steady with one foot in front of the other. I release the expectations others have for me and create my own reality while surrounded by people who support me.
Best of all I’m going to continue jamming to the music life has to offer. Speaking of music, here’s an awesome song to inspire you today and rise up. Click here and dance, dance, dance!!
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Peace and love, Paty, La Mariposa