Sometime last week, I was invited to World Famous’s Christmas Party brought you by the ladies of World Famous. First of all, I’ve known many of these women for a very long time and they’ve definitely been amazing friends whom I’ve laughed, cried, drank, partied and I look at as part of my family. We had the best time ever! The Dj, the drinks, the laughter, the LOVE and did I mention the girls can COOK?! The food was beyond ridiculous. Home made mac and cheese, chicken enchiladas, greens, potatoes, garlic edamame, bbq, cooked salmon, the best salsa I’ve ever tasted and biscuits to name just a few. Jazymin brought her daughter over and she is just like Jaz! She’s a “dancing machine!” These ladies have been through so much with me and I am eternally grateful for their friendship! being around the love of great friends made me smile all night:)
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, my friend, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end.” -Anonymous
I’ve been inspired to share things, events, stories, music and/or ANYTHING that exemplifies hope, empowerment, healing, compassion, love, forgiveness, laughter, patience, growth, self reflection and/or ANY and ALL things that support change, growth, healing, love and becoming the best person we/I/she/her inspires to be. Over the last five years I’ve endured a tremendous amount of love in my life, tons of laughter, good health, amazing memories with friends and loved ones, achieved more than I’ve ever expected, developed amazing friendships and have been graced by god with the most amazingly supportive friends and family an individual could ask for.
Alongside these priceless experiences I’ve also endured some not so fun emotions such as betrayal, fear, hurt and resentment. I’ve experienced more deaths this year than any other; this year I felt a hurt so deep that it’s difficult for me to explain the level of disappointment, pain and disregard I felt. When life confronts us with challenges it’s important to look inward. Sometimes looking inward is humbling + scary + a little too honest, but later extremely gratifying to the mind, body, spirit and relationships that surround us. I’ve called on “love, compassion, forgiveness and understanding” to give me the strength to handle some of these circumstances. Love yourself! No one will love you more than yourself. Sometimes we get so caught up with taking care of everyone else, running errands, appearing family/friends/boyfriends/girlfriends that it’s almost uncomfortable to focus on number one! ME! As my favorite comedian, Kat Williams once said:
“GET IN TUNE WITH YOUR STAR PLAYER”
Very soon after the conclusion of these experiences did I realize that I’m not alone. Sometimes in the midst of chaos we can forget about our personal power, and often times it may only take something small to remind us of our personal truths and call attention to our belief in ourself. I’m comfortable with saying that I know that I want to make something positive out of what I’ve went through and I’m healing. It’s a process but it’s happening exactly the way it’s supposed too. I don’t believe that it’s healthy nor helpful for a person to withhold resentments, bitterness, anger etc. in their hearts. Do yourself a favor and really dig deep into areas to truly heal. There is no time restrictions or rules. Things that have been not handled will ALWAYS show up later in life. It’s worth it! I can only speak for myself when I say this. I can’t ignore the horrible way some of these things have made me feel; however I’m choosing to handle it and use the LOVE to get through it all.
“whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Who came up with this quote? I think we’ve all had moments where we thought this quote was a bunch of bullshit…but it’s true! Everyday that passes I realize something new about myself and a wise woman told me “Shelley don’t look at this like a treacherous journey…look at this as a wonderful journey in getting to know yourself.” I realize that we never stop learning about ourselves. I’ve been given the eye sight to examine a person’s character, make better decisions, choose differently and the gift of “time” to self reflect; learn from my mistakes and to reach my highest potential. 🙂 There is nothing greater than giving ourself the gift to really “LIVE” our lives-free of things that keep us from being who we truly are. We are all creatures of nature and we will continue to grow and learn even in the latter parts of our lives. I work from the heart and I’m using this platform to share stories, resources and highlight some of the most amazing individuals I know and love. Please feel free to share your stories and resources if you feel inspired!