I want to start this new year out by speaking my truth and embracing all of who I am, no more hiding behind a mask. I know this is a bold statement, trust me, I feel the scary weight of it. I know I can no longer keep putting myself in this tiny box I’ve outgrown. Change is scary, yet inevitable. If we’re not willing to accept and embrace change, we will stunt the potential of our own growth and limit the opportunities and adventures that await us.
I hear your thoughts, what about the limiting beliefs and judgements of friends, family members, and society as a whole. Look, I get it, I’ve been there. Facing the expectations and judgments of both society and those that we love is no small feat. It’s a mountain that we have to climb, and over time those that love us and that want us to be happy will come around. I’m not saying it’s going to be a piece of cake, it’s more like one of those super tricky brain-teaser puzzles where you feel like you are banging your head against the wall.
All I’m saying is there is the opportunity for freedom and endless potential when we re-evaluate where we are and look for ways to grow beyond the walls that we’ve built and foundly call our “comfort zone.” I’m just as guilty of this. However, for many of us 2020 has forced us to look at so many dynamics in our lives. I choose to see it as an opportunity that has allowed me to reflect on what’s working, and what is not. Personally one of the biggest challenges that many of us can relate to is feeling stuck, not good enough, or afraid to put ourselves out there because of what others might think and say.
This has not always been easy for me, and sure enough, still is not. I am by nature an ambivert, aka an introvert who can be more extroverted at times. I have always considered myself a private person. I am both shy and bubbly by nature, yet no matter what, I always seek to make the day a little brighter for someone else.
Though I am genuinely a trusting soul, I have learned that there is a need at times to have a somewhat rougher exterior to protect my highly- sensitive heart and soul. This is where we, as individuals and as a society, generally put on a mask. We want to protect ourselves from any perceived harm, even if that harm is only the busy chatter of our minds.
This rarely stops me from sharing my natural warmth and love with others. However, sometimes it keeps me from trusting my own intuition. Sometimes, this makes me feel like I am unworthy or undeserving of any opportunities. Though if I’m being honest with myself, I know this is far from the truth. I know I have so much love, kindness, hope, and creativity to share with the world.
This year I’m working on learning to trust my intuition, rather than put on a mask and dimming my light out of fear of the unknown or of how others may react. I cannot control others. However, I can trust that if what I’m putting out there is from my heart, and is said or done with good and loving intentions for myself and others, I believe I’ve made the best choice.
This year is a fresh start and a new opportunity to tune into my inner knowing and letting my light shine brightly into the world. This year is all about embracing all of who I am, loving myself fully, and not being afraid to take a leap of faith. This is me inviting you to join me in embracing your shine and sharing it with the world. It is me encouraging you to trust your intuition. Let’s make 2021 a year of loving ourselves, trusting ourselves, and becoming a newly expanded version of our highest self.