Hello Beauties! 9 days until Christmas and you may be feeling everything BUT the joy today. The commercial pressure of the holiday may be squeezing out the reason for the season. Just because you don’t immediately see joy, does not mean it is unavailable. But it may mean you need to adjust your search.
When joy is hard to find, you can always go back to gratitude. They are forever intertwined. Gratitude is a deeper practice and feeds you. Today you might be grateful for the growth you’ve achieved in 2016. Or you might be grateful for friendships that have grown deeper. Gratitude is a spoken or written practice you participate in every day. It points your mind in the direction you want it to go.
Joy flourishes from gratitude. You can even choose to turn some of the regret you might be feeling this season into gratitude and by extension: Joy. So what if you are not celebrating some of your favorite traditions this year and it “feels” like it is robbing you of joy. Using the lens of gratitude, you could chose to be grateful for the memories connected to those traditions and by extension find joy in your memories. You could also create joy by realizing the power of traditions and starting some new ones that fit the life you have today.
When I’ve been in that space of only being able to see the things I am missing or the things that are NOT working, I am comforted by this particular piece of music I’d love to share with you. I used to sing when I was part of my church choir. It is based on a poem written during WW2, on the wall of a cellar, by a Jew in the Cologne concentration camp.
The lyrics say:
I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love,
even when I can’t feel it.
And I believe in God,
even when he is silent.
When that mean girl voice in your head says you haven’t done enough this year, come back and listen to these beautiful voices. Believing in yourself is always a choice available to you.
Believing is not dependent on another person. Think about the sun, is it still shining when you can’t see it? You are a magnificent, powerful, opinionated, worthy woman.
Believe you can have the life you want.
Believe you can love the body you have today.
Believe that your highest calling on this earth is taking Master Level care of you.
What if the present you gave yourself this year for Christmas was purposeful intentional JOY? You are not fragile. You are a beautiful powerful loving heart. You can practice in small places, build your confidence and start to experience the freedom that comes with expressing gratitude and cultivating JOY!
Identifying your sources of joy and building a gratitude practice are two of the skills I teach my clients. What if you are perfect just the way you are? What if it’s not nearly as hard as your thoughts want you to believe? Want to dip your toes in and try it out in a safe space? That’s why I offer a
FREE 30 min “Carry On” Baggage Assessment
What if you decided starting to pay attention to you was worth your time and energy today – in December – instead of waiting for January 1st?
You are NOT your weight.
You have NOT waited too long.
Your body is NOT broken.
Love you my Voluptuous Beauties!
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