If you have read my blog from the beginning, you already know that I did something terrifying last year. Something that made me feel so exposed. I literally had to hide my phone because I was fearful of people’s reactions and responses.
Little did I know that embracing my fear would open so many doors for me. It introduced me to so many amazing women and lead me down a path of even more healing and hunger for happiness.
When was the last time you did something terrifying? Scroll down to the bottom and let me know in the comments!
For those of you that are new here, you can check out my very early blog posts, here, here, and here. Sharing my story in those 3 posts made me feel very vulnerable. The fear and anxiety I created during the anticipation of people’s responses made a giant pit in my stomach. My whole body was shaking.
But as soon as I embraced the responses, the fear and anxiety left my body.
What was even more amazing was the love I received from friends, acquaintances, and even strangers. By sharing my story I was able to become a more true and honest version of myself.
This only further deepened my relationships with myself, food, and those around me.
To expand even further on the amazingness that came after that scary, terrifying day, was the path that was created.
It was as though the universe set up this beautiful cascade of events.
I was introduced to life changing women, books, and podcasts. One podcast lead me to another, which lead me to another. Ultimately I came across Samantha Skelly and her Hungry for Happiness Coaching Certification.
Saying Yes To Myself
I pretty much closed my eyes and jumped heart first into her program. Sadly I learned that the program would not actually start until the following year, 2021.
But that was just the one thing I needed most.
Since the program did on start until 2021, Samantha allowed all of us that registered early in 2020 to join another program she has, Food Freedom Journey. It was in this program that I was able to experience what it was like to be a client to a coach that has completed the Hungry For Happiness Certification.
My life literally changed in more ways than I ever imagined.
And it was not rocket science.
I did not have to travel across the world searching for answers.
Nor did I have to make any drastic changes in my life.
Except for one thing: Quieting the negative chatter in my mind and instead, tuning into my body.
The program literally blew my mind. Man, I thought I was doing great with my journey to healing my relationship to my food and body.
But I was only grazing the surface.
This program took me down into the roots of my healing.
While I have so much more to learn, practice, and heal, I know I am on a path to even more expansion and happiness.
Honestly, I will always be learning.
I used to think that all of my questions, deep thinking, and contemplating was a weakness. I thought I was a slow learner or over analyzed everything. But, it turns out this is my strength. I will always question, I will always learn, I will always grow.
Not just for myself but for other women out there that struggle to find their happiness.
When Was the Last Time You Said Yes To Yourself?
- You wake up, after a full night sleep. None of the tossing and turning or checking the clock every 2 or 3 hours.
- You feel rested, energized, and safe in your body. There are no negative thoughts about yourself. No conversations in your head about how you are not good at this or that, how you messed up here or there, and no more wondering to yourself “What are they thinking about me? What if this goes wrong? What if I mess up here?”
Raise your hand if you have these thoughts! And let me know in the comments below.
- You go on about your day, choosing the foods, the drinks, the exercises that you truly want to do. Not because you have to. Not because you have strict rules, but because you have trust in yourself to truly follow what you want and need.
- You rest when you need to rest. You eat a giant salad because it feels good to nourish your body. Or you eat the banana bread because you want it and you don’t hate yourself because it is “off limits.”
- Nothing is off limits. Remove rules, fences and boxes and you will live more freely to have the pleasurable things when you want them.
If you are not living a life where you say yes to yourself, where you can go about your day without the constant chatter and negative talk in your mind, then stick with me on this journey.
I am on the path to becoming a wellness coach through the same program that taught me and helped me so incredibly much.
This time last year, I woke up with so much hate for myself. I would instantly think of the ways I messed up the day before and how I need to do better today.
The thoughts “I hate myself….” or even worse things would play thorough my head. Now, I am not sure the last time I had this thought.
Yes, I still do things and then wish I had acted differently. But I now approach this situation with love and compassion for myself. I observe it, assess to see if the way I handled a situation, the things I said, or whatever it was, if it came from a place within me that needs more nourishing, attention, and healing.
I learn from the situation and continue to try to expand. Then, hopefully the next time that sort of situation comes around, I will know more about myself so that I handle it different. If not, oh well, I will continue to observe and expand!
So tell me, when was the last time you said yes to yourself? When was the last time you did something terrifying? Do you imagine a life where you are truly happy and full of joy?
Let me know in the comments below.
Join me on this journey!