As many of you know, I have not been posting much these last few months. There is one main reason for my absence…LIFE! I am living my dreams each and every day, with my beautiful family, on Indigo Acres. Life is truly a blessing.
Growing Self was a beautiful gift, during a time in my life that I was physically unable to do everything I loved. During that time, this blog brought people into my life that filled voids I never thought could be filled. I have met some of the most caring, talented and genuine people, from all over the world. These beautiful souls lift me up. They bring joy to my heart and soul through texts, photos, emails and phone calls. I am truly blessed!
If you would like to stay in touch, you can reach me at Indigo.email@example.com. You can also find me at Indigo Acres Apiary on Instagram.
I am thankful for the gifts Growing Self has given me, over the past year and a half. It’s funny how a little blog can change your life…
One of my favorite books is Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. First published in 1955, Lindbergh’s thoughts on life, relationships and silence still ring true today.
I have revisited this book numerous times, throughout the past 10 years, each time taking away something new. Lindbergh draws her inspiration about the stages of life, from shells she finds on the shore, during a brief vacation alone, by the sea. Lindbergh held such truth and wisdom in her writing, as a woman, mother and wife in 1955.
“When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others, too.”
Today, as I read through some familiar passages, I discovered one of my favorite quotes, once again…
“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.”
Today, take some time to Be Still…
Remember these bits of wisdom and carry them throughout your days, like the waves carry sea shells to the shore…
“Don’t wish me happiness. I don’t expect to be happy all of the time… It’s gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. I will need them all.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
2017 was a bit of a bumpy year, from a health perspective. Because of this, my workout routine became almost nonexistent. Keep in mind, I love to exercise! Daily walks, yoga, and weights are all a natural part of my everyday life. Add meditation and healthy eating to this regiment, and I am one happy girl! I so appreciate the hard work and health benefits, of a healthy lifestyle, especially when I witness the results.
The scale has never been my friend! It is an evil little machine that should be used for measuring the weight of anything but humans. I am 5’10…I have been 5’10 since 9th grade. Rather than using the phrase “tall girl”, my mom consistently referred to me as a “big girl”. I have never considered myself BIG by any means; I am TALL, with an athletic build. It is amazing how a simple word can have such a negative impact on life.
I spent my first 30 years of existence comparing myself to others. I also lived those years in turmoil over the number on the scale. Regardless if I ran 5 miles or 10 miles, I was always comparing. If only I would have focused my energies on embracing my own gifts…
On 11-11-11 I turned 40! 40 was liberating for me. I spent my 30s figuring out ME. I learned to love myself. I learned to embrace the things I could not change.
It is so easy to compare ourselves to others. Now, I choose to compare myself to ME and only ME. It feels great to be able to workout again and give 110% to my health and wellness. I might be 46 years old and have wrinkles, stretch marks and a few platinum hairs, but I love ME! I will always strive to be the best version of myself.