Hello My Beauties, My Lovelies, My Amazing Community of Beautiful You-ers,
If you know me, you know I choose to live from a place of Both-And. So for me, sheltering at home and COVID 19 has been a time of truly practicing what I preach. With intention and attention, I’ve been able to see the beauty within the storm, the healing that has transformed so many, and the necessary and not aways fun experience of letting go of what no longer serves you and your highest good.
I know for some of you, things are REALLY challenging right now. Just as I know there is also sooo much beauty still in this world, within all of our hearts. Sometimes we just have to search beauty out.
Jennifer Pastillof in her book, On Being Human ~ A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard calls this searching out the good, Beauty Hunting.
Gratitude is my beauty hunting, seeking out what fills me up and spills over to those I love.
We have so much to be grateful for, even within these Cosmic Ridiculous times. But I can only speak for myself, from my heart and so, I wanted to say thank you.
Thank you for being here, for reading and taking in my words. For allowing them to change you just a little bit, for allowing them to resonate and lift your vibration from disheartened to heartened, from tired to inspired, from doubtful to joy full.
This summer, I reread Don Miguel Ruiz‘s book, The Four Agreements ~ A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, A Toltec Wisdom Book, and realized that on these pages you have given me the greatest gift.
By being here you have stood as my sacred witness to my practice of the first agreement, Be Impeccable with Your Word. On these pages, I tell the truth and hold myself accountable to that truth. That love abides, that I am good enough–that YOU are good enough. That the Universe is a benevolent place and opportunities and possibilities are only as far away as I believe they are.
By reading my work you have helped me practice the second and third agreements: Don’t Take Anything Personally and Don’t Make Assumptions. I get to share my thoughts and observations here in the hopes that they resonate with you. And at the same time, I know that it’s not about me–it’s not about my ego’s need to be recognized, it’s not about me making assumptions that you are going to read my work and be changed.
It’s about the sacred exchange of me showing up here and you showing up here and each of us taking away what works–what resonates on a heart and soul level–and letting go of what doesn’t without guilt or shame or judgement. You have helped create this sacred space called, Beautiful You, where LIFE in all its myriad of colors can be explored freely and openly.
Always Do Your Best is the fourth agreement. When I am here, writing to you, I am reminded that by showing up for myself–wholly and without constraints–I am better able to show up for you. And that has become an honor that continues to sink in and humble me.
Thank you for showing up. Thank you for being you. Thank you for Being Impeccable with Your Word, for the practice of Don’t Take Anything Personally and Don’t Make Assumptions, and especially for Always Do[ing] Your Best.
I know the Unknown can be scary. I know the Unknown can be anxiety inducing and stressful. AND if you can, remember to breathe.
Remember, that every day your BEST is going to be different. That some days will feel like everything is about you and is so very personal it hurts.
Remember, that there will be some days where you can’t help but make assumptions, and being impeccable with your word has gone out with the trash and you have to chase it down.
It’s all okay. It’s all good.
Life is all about becoming a Beauty Hunter, about seeking out the good within the hard and not fun and down right awful STUFF that can and does happen everyday.
You got this. I know you do.
And if you need to scream in your pillow, or have a third glass of wine… that’s okay too. Just also give yourself a hug and remind yourself that I love you, that you are loved and lovable. And maybe drink some extra water to boot and go for a walk ~ you will feel better. I promise.
We do what we can, when we can. I know you do what you can, when you can.
Just like I know what Maya Angelou said is TRUE: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you KNOW better, DO better.”
Remember, we are living a human experience. And experience is just one living experiment at a time. You’ve never done this before. Be gentle with yourself. Be[ing] Impeccable with Your Word isn’t all about what you say and do to and for others. It’s also about what you say and do to and for yourself.
You are the only you, you’ve got. You are the only you this big, beautiful, bodacious world has got and we need you. But most importantly, YOU need YOU.
So take care.
Be nice to yourself.
And know that I am so grateful for you. That I am so thankful you have decided to go on this journey with me where we get to hunt beauty, to search out the good, to know that rainbows only happen after it rains and so we cherish every, single, raindrop.
Really. Truly. Thank you.
Blessings and InJoy,
PS I’d really love to hear how you’re doing, what kind of beauty you’ve been hunting. Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll write back.