The Evolution of Standing In Truth

A daily reflection… For a very long time I felt like I was a shadow watching myself sift through life trying to figure out how to tell myself what my truth was or felt like. Or how to stand firm in that truth without regret or feeling abandon.  Over the last several years I have started showing up for myself.  It took nearly 40 years but no one said it was an overnight achievement. It’s a process.

I wrote a book, working on another one, I am going through some exciting career changes, I got married a little over a month ago and my daughter moved into her first apartment earlier this month.  The life. Our life. It’s ever so imperfect and yet so fruitful.

People and relationships can paralyze you to speak and live your truth. For those who still struggle with living your truth, I challenge you to look closer at your interpersonal relationships, friendships, family and work-life. Start there. That is real the real work begins. Think about the people you would want to attend your wedding or any major life event. Do they embody the truth that feels authentic and important to you?

There have been several people in my life, past relationships and friendships where they were not the right ingredient for my life recipe. However, they were necessary for me to grow and end up in this place of knowing what I want, deserve and being boldly unapologetic about it. It is amazing when you can step away, take care of yourself and really see that shift as a positive. Many of those people and relationships limited my ability to be present in the soul of my truth.

The people we encounter are necessary. The challenges that we face in life are necessary. It is in those interactions that open up room for growth. The universe provides you with lenses to see out of. If you choose to turn the other way and avoid looking, do not be surprised when the outcome is not what you want.

Living in this truth has meant letting go of friendships that were one-sided. Not allowing myself to sit on the sidelines of a friendship only to serve the other persons needs and wants. Relationships require effort, consistency and should be a two-way street. Standing in this truth has allowed me to forgive and move on. It has allowed me to love deeper and stronger. It has allowed me not to shrink in my chair because I may be afraid to speak up in fear of causing tension. Resulting in drowning out my own voice. We can share compassion and disagree with respect to all feelings. But first, we must be open. So when we reflect on our truth much of the above should be on our list.

So, today I am living fearlessly in that truth because my intention is my super power.

As I continue living my truth newly married  to the love of my life. The person who  embodies everything healthy about a partnership. I relish in the possibility that the lens I continue to look through feel less foggy as the truth is very friendly and I am basking in it.

Xo,

LH

Listening To The Universe & My Inner Voice

The last few months and weeks have been packed with family, friends, work and a lot of projects. Throughout all of it, managing to listen to my inner voice and carve out time for what is important to me has been incredibly fulfilling. 

Learning to say no when I need to, and saying yes when I want to. Perhaps as I inch closer to 40 I declare my right to stand extremely solid in my boundaries and what works for me. Running a million miles an hour some days I find myself on my drive home from the office in a zone. That zone has allowed me to slow down and be present with my own thoughts. I am forgiving of myself while in that zone, and I get clear on making sure I do everything in my power to accomplish the goals I set out to do.

I am leaning into my inner core more and more. Trusting the universe who seems to guide me on a very powerful, intense, sometimes rocky but always magical journey, that all things I have and want to do, will be. There is power in believing in yourself. There is faith in showing up for yourself, and there is bliss in living your wholehearted self. 

Xo - L

 

Staying Present

In a world peppered with so much hate these days I myself am finding it ever so hard to stay present. Committing each day to see a gift is the very thing that get's me through. Raising my hand to ask the difficult questions even when fear sneaks in reminds me not to hide behind the comfortable but to stay present in my truth and challenge the unknown. 

I've woken up for the last two weeks challenged to shift in a different way. A way of additional consistency. Making myself even more accountable for the goals I have set. Waking up with a purpose is one thing. Wanting to follow that purpose on a Monday morning can sometimes make you want to pull the covers back over your head. So I head out into my work world with my purpose reminding me all the great things that lie ahead by staying present. One can only be knocked down by challenge that they do not learn from.

See challenge and growth as personal sunlight. Even on a cloudy Monday morning. In time all things shine when you are present within yourself. 

Authentically Intentional. A Slice of 2017 In Review...

2017 was full of lovely adventure, amazing memories and some scary moments that made me even stronger.  It brought me peace and closure from previous years.  Although many sad and awful things going on in the world today, my world was rocked in the most beautiful way in 2017.  A heart full of gratitude. Cheers to 2018! It's going to be a game changer! 

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14 Mile Mystery

My fingers were white, purple and numb at 4,800 feet.  I could barley take this photo yet I needed to capture the mystery this hike held all morning.  Like all things, there is a lesson in everything.  There are times when fear sets in among something you do so naturally when your body chooses to respond differently.  I had a moment when it did.  My hands hurt with very little blood flow to them, and silent tears fell in worry that I may injure myself more if I don't get down this mountain carefully. 

I thought as much as I hike I can't stop because of this.  In my second summer of chasing higher elevation gain, I CANNOT stop now!  We all find ourselves questioning the rocks and foggy paths in life but the beauty is pressing through it and knowing it only last for a moment.  The magic of the universe and the places I allow myself to go once again surprise me.  Feeling in my fingers did not come back until the last half mile down.  14 miles of mystery on a foggy mountain.

Xo ~ L

Xo ~ L