"The fire ignited within you is stronger than the one in your fireplace." - sweet words this morning after sharing my pics ❤️
There comes a time in every woman's life when she accepts full responsibility for herself. Some are luckier than others and come to this place early in life. I was almost 40. I spent so much of my life waiting - waiting for the next diet, the next workout, the next brilliant mind who would crack the code on how to solve all of my problems. I waited for swimsuit season (because surely that would scare me into getting my act together). I waited for the New Year. There was an awful lot of waiting...
Something about turning 40 made me say enough is enough and I finally found the truth in my favorite quote from Glenda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz: "You had the power all along, my dear." Somewhere deep within me a small flicker of a flame began to burn. With every act of bravery, every act of kindness toward myself, the flame grows a little brighter. There are days the winds blow so hard that I fear it will be extinguished, but the strength that flame has given me could not be blown out with even the mightiest gust. This morning, after being stuck in the house for two days due to winter weather (ironically, high winds!), I caught myself saying "just wait until the weather is better and then get back on your mat." This girl no longer waits. I stopped in my tracks, went upstairs to change, and grabbed my mat. I had my own little hot yoga class in front on the fire and it was wonderful. A simple 25 minutes of gentle yoga shifted my entire outlook. It calmed me - mind, body and soul. The other amazing thing about self-care is how it multiplies! I went from yoga to photography to a hot bath and a healthy lunch. Then I picked up a pen and started writing with the sun streaming in through my kitchen window on a beautiful, cold winter day - a day that I was frowning upon this morning.
So, stop. Take a breath. Listen. Ask yourself what it is that you need right now. The answer will be different for each of us, but whatever it is that your heart of hearts is asking for will surely fan your flame.