Do you have any favourite words? sayings? or something that you do that gives you tingles of excitement?? You know, that one thing that someone could do or say and you melt into the ground……………………
For me there are way too many to list on here……however I wanted to share a few…
Favourite word; Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated! (The even made a movie in 2001 – A couple reunite years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they’d end up together….ahhhh – tingles.)
Favourite smell; the ocean air, fresh strawberries warm in the sunshine as you bite into them; a coffee that is in the process of being brewed……a man who’s scent is a mixture of body odor and their cologne just after they have had a shower….. or a new born baby as they snuggle into you…..
Favourite time of day – sunrise and sunset (come on…too hard to decide between!)
Favourite saying; ” It is LOVE that makes the impossible possible” – Indian Proverb (yes, the secret is out…I am a hopeless romantic)
Favourite moment; when you are hugging someone and neither of you wants to let go…or a photo of a place that you have been and upon looking at it, you are magically transported back there – the noises; the people; the smells; the feeling of being there is in every sense…..
Oh and of late……………“GRATITUDE” it has become my favourite action/being/doing/have moment all rolled into one!
I love the sound of the word “Gratitude”; I love the action of it and the way it makes me feel; I love; love; love; what I have been able to achieve and the impact that having ‘gratitude’ and sharing it with others and telling them how much I appreciate them; being thankful for everything, big and small…….I love how much that has made a difference in my life so much more now than ever before!
It was such a simple lesson; however took me over 20 years to learn what it really meant.
Yes, I was brought up to be grateful for everything and I am thankful to my mum for this lesson (bless her) however I never really got how to be grateful to me; it was always the gratitude outside and not the inside.
However it is only recently that I realised that it didn’t matter how much “Gratitude” I showed; or what I did for others, myself or the world….If I wasn’t grateful for me; for my life…. then nothing seemed to align…and once you align….that is where you truly start to make magic!
Showering myself in “Gratitude“…
So first step……Thank you to my mum – Thank you for having me; giving birth to me; never leaving my side; never giving up on me; for always loving me – I am so grateful for the new medical intervention that had arrived and that my mum was open to it being used on me to give me the best chance at a quality life. (*Side note; I was born at 26.5 weeks – so 3 months early in 1979 – very different era!)
Thank you to the my doctor; my nurses; the people who gave blood (you will never know what that meant for me & hence why I give blood now).
Thank you to my great grandma; who always believed that I would live and be a fighter in this world! (She must of had a 6th sense).
However in all of this for which I have always been grateful of…….I realised the last few weeks; I have had many- a- AHHH moment – from everything to this blog, to relationships; to friendships; to work; to study; to my fitness/health….in people’s generosity; love and support in this journey of taking my life to the next level!
Plus I have had a few mini meltdown moments…..when I realised that the contract I had written myself which expired on the eve of my 34th birthday…had all been achieved minus 1 thing – (unrealistic expectations maybe that society says that I should be married by now??? I am ok that I am not; because I don’t care what society things anymore; because it will happen when it is meant to happen).
However; in all of it – I realised that the 1 key missing ingredient was that, I hadn’t been “grateful’ to the one thing that I was living in – my body! I have loved the transformation of my mind; my heart; my soul – however I finally got to see, that by being grateful for how far I have come and what is out there for me to discover/create/live into and enjoy; it all comes back to love…..to loving this body…to being grateful for what it does everyday! From sleeping; to breathing; to pumping blood around my veins……..I love this body! and if I can’t say “I love you and I am grateful for you”, then nothing is really going to work very well at all…is it????
I also got that “AHHH MOMENTS” will never never stop! For so long I wanted my body to look like the magazines (yes the photo shopped ones) or the actor or my best friend who could wear a swimsuit and not have her legs wobble. I went on eating regimes…and fad diets; crazy gym sessions…all because that is what others did because I wanted their body….I wasn’t grateful for my own.
My AHH MOMENT was the other morning at Bootcamp…all of the women were of different shape, size and fitness – & even me with my ankle – off to the side doing the ‘alternative’ workout -I realised that for so long I have been doing this to have someone else’s body & for the first time ever…I didn’t have body envy!!!
HENCE this little picture below is perfect! Since starting this program with Kylie Ryan, I am FINALLY now doing it for me and my body; because I deserve it and this is me…… Curvy and Fabulous! or as you know me on here & my PT Trainer Paula, also likes to calls me in our sessions….. Little Miss Fabulousness!
And look, even though some days I want that number…or that picture…I have the power now; not that inanimate object of either or the unrealistic expectation – I am so grateful that my body; heart; soul and mind are in harmony now! I GET TO BE ME! 🙂
And I love me 🙂 And I am amaze at what I can do now……it is exciting!
Ps. Thank you to http://thisisnotadiet-itsmylife.com/ for this perfect picture below – plus check out her blog – she is inspiring!
So now what…….
So shower yourself in “gratitude’ every morning; every evening; every second; and you will find that you will shower others with ease because you will glow with it! (And yes….like I have said before….write it on your mirror so you can read it, every time you look at you!!!)
So go now; look in the mirror – before you got to work; while in the car; before the big meeting; be grateful; just try it – for everything – from the coffee; to the red light; to the free parking space; to your body that carries you in this life; to your heart that is beating and gets excited when you are doing the things you love 🙂 because you know what…this is it – this is our chance to live our life with everything we have….AND I AM GRATEFUL that I am here to live it!
So…what are you waiting for….go…..I am serious…How many times today have you looked in the mirror and said “Thank you for being you”? Please…do it…do it for you.
By living into “Gratitude” everyday, there is no question because the answer arrives before you have even spoken it….you just have to be it – love that is – LOVE 🙂
So my gratitude extends to the following women who I have loved getting to know and follow their passion in relation to body love!
Thank you to Amber Dawn Hunter….I love this saying & this is the reason why I train now – for me 🙂
“Sexy is not a size; every Calorie is not a war; your Body is not a battleground & your Value is not measured by kgs!
“I am beautiful and worthy just as I am; because I am.”