It’s Officially Spring!
Look what is going on during this time of year. You feel it, smell it and see it happening right before your eyes. Life is happening all around us and also within us. As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, we witness and become part of the earth coming to life. It marks the end of hibernation and the beginning of regrowth as the birds start singing in the morning, trees begin growing green leaves and flowers push through the dirt and blossom .
In addition, our hormones actually begin to change. We produce lower amounts of melatonin which reduces depression, our retinas are effected by the longer appearance of the sun. We sleep less and energy surges. We become more aware of body image and we begin to eat healthier. Resulting in a decreased desire to reach for comfort food. Instead, we replace it with gardening and outdoor cooking leading us to healthier choices. The nice weather draws us outside to work in the yard, take a walk and connect with others. Because we spend more time outside, we breath more fresh air and move our bodies more.
Spring Has Sprung
This is the time for rebirth, renewal, rejuvenation. It’s the season of new beginnings. What is your new beginning? What dream will you give birth to? This is your time to get into action and live the life you’ve been waiting to live. Get out of the house. Open the windows. Live! Start to fertilize your inner growth. Join a pottery class, take a walk or plant a garden. Bring a part of you to life that you have been neglecting. Get creative, set your goals and indulge in your hobbies. Start growing during springtime and continue throughout the year. It’s time to begin tending to your inner garden and make changes in your life. You deserve it.
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Fear is something that every one faces, so I’d like to share a story with you that may help you accept it. I found this entry in my journal. It’s not dated but I know exactly when I wrote it. It was six months ago and I remember the fear like it was yesterday.
Rawness of Fear
What better time to write about fear than when I am smack dab in the middle of it? My vision is blurred because I can’t see without my contacts or glasses. Not really, it’s because I have ointment in my eyes. I am two days out of a surgery that should have been a couple stitches and a small skin graph. Instead, I can’t see, I’m in pain and the right side of my face is swollen with god knows how many stitches; from my eye to the bottom of my nose. The worst-case scenario they gave me four weeks ago is my reality right now.
My family was here for me with hugs, flowers and meals. I am so lucky to have them. The surgeon did an amazing job. But still, tears creep in every now and then for whatever reason. I’m exhausted by the end of the day so I start getting ready for bed. I take the pain medicine I was so reluctant to fill, heat up the heating pads my sister gave me to relax the tension in my neck and prepare an icepack that will numb the pulling of my stitches. I reach for my phone one last time before going to sleep. My sister-in-law writes, “How was your day Patti?” I begin to cry again and answer, “It was a rollercoaster, but tomorrow will be better.” I lay down with all my tools of comfort and cry. Why? I don’t know. I can’t stop, I just cry. Trying to be positive, I rationalize; they took out the cancer and did such a great job on my face, my family is so amazing and supportive. I should be grateful, but I am sad. I’m scared and I can’t stop the tears.
I’m scared. Not knowing what tomorrow will bring is lets my mind run wild. Fear… the unknown. How do you trust what’s ahead? I flashback to my doctor giving me the prescription. He said, “It’s better to have it just in case you need it”. I said, “I’m fine” and he said, “you’re not right now”. I snapped back, “I’m just crying… there’s nothing wrong with crying.” I don’t know if I was trying to convince him or me.
Fear Brings Courage
Now I realize I was right. It’s okay to cry, to be scared and to fear what is ahead. We fear change of something that we don’t know, until we do know it. Everyone is faced with fear. It’s a “normal” reaction in times of heart break, loss and the unknown. It’s okay to cry. Go ahead and release the stress of it. Tomorrow is another day. Tomorrow will be better. There’s nothing wrong with you … you’re normal and every moment of fear you take a step toward courage. These are the moments you develop strength, resilience and hope. Let it happen.
The celebration of Women starts with celebrating every single woman across the world. We celebrate her strength, her resilience and her beauty. She is amazing because of who she is and what she does. It’s not about getting even, putting blame or revenge on anyone. There is no comparison. We don’t have to resurrect the past to prove anything. It’s about the progress, strength and courage that has evolved within us and made us the powerhouses that we are. We did the work and we stand tall and proud of what we have achieved.
We Make It Happen
There is nothing to prove here. It is about how we view ourselves. Because we believed in who we are and worked to make ourselves strong, we have grown and we have learned to overcome, concur and shine on the other side of our challenges. Nobody can take credit for what we have built inside. We made it happen. This entire journey of life is a growing experience. We evolve every day and become a better version of ourselves. We have made incredible strides and we will continue to accomplish great things.
The Grounding Force
Women are the nucleus of relationships, grounding of homes and the heart of the families. We teach, protect, direct and nurture. This is just what we do and we make it look so easy.
Today may be the day we celebrate our victories with the world and with each other. But everyday is a celebration of who we are!
You are Brave! ~ You are Strong! ~ You are Amazing!
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