Today is July 10th and it is my birthday.
It's funny, growing up birthdays were never a big deal so even now, at 39, it feels a bit strange to announce, "It's my birthday!"
Sure, I had parties and cake, but nothing too special... well, except for my 10th birthday which was epic! A slumber party, a cake that looked like a hamburger, staying up 'til midnight, and a white Swatch watch... yeah, that was a big one.
But, here I am, 29 years later realizing that I only really started celebrating in the last few years. I actually used to pride myself on working on my birthday, demanding no one bought me any gifts, and purposely not making a fuss of it.
Why? Well, I guess there could be a million reasons but I believe it mostly comes down to not wanting to be boastful or proud or one of those people...
But as I am learning to flip my mindset from lack to abundance, I am embracing my birthday as a big deal. It...
Oh my, my, the line is fine between building ourselves up and beating ourselves up.
I am going to share a little story so you can tell the difference between them and identify the areas in your life where these two spaces are true for you.
The past Sunday, I ran a 10k (6.2 mi) race, which, for a sprinter, feels like a marathon, so I had to train for this. And train I did! My motto my entire life has been, “if you want to get better, then you have to do more,“ and it was omnipresent last week leading up to the race.
Over the years I have applied this motto to everything… exercise, the hours I put into work, what I gave in relationships, you name it. And, while there is drive and determination there, needing to do more and get better all of the time creates a space of always falling short of the finish line and feeling that what you do is never enough.
You basically feel like you are on the hamster wheel of life, where no matter...
She said, “You’re a bit undone...like the frayed edge on a pair of jeans, which at first glance looks rough but is actually quite stylish.”
Let’s call her “Stacey”, and that was the best compliment she could have ever given me because it rings true for me, especially in my current season of life.
I have gone through a tremendous amount of change over the past 4 months and I am learning that it is this combination, of the light and the shadow, of the straight lines and the rough edges, that creates our brilliance. I used to shy away from embracing the shadows, the rough edges, the pieces of my puzzle that didn’t seem to fit anywhere. But now, through this change, the ability to unapologetically own my story, every word, every sentence, every paragraph, and every chapter, has been life-changing to say the least.
To stand up and say that I have made mistakes, that I recognize my patterns, my shortcomings, my strengths,...
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