Words fall flat when the actions don’t match.
First comes the thunder in the distance. Then, out of the blue, torrential rain, lightning, strong winds and hail. Mother Nature looks angry as the trees violently whip back and forth. Sometimes even further devastation is brought forth by a tornado. Houses are reduced to nothing but the foundation. Then everything becomes still.
Sometimes our lives mirror a Texas Spring storm. First come the signs that something is wrong, but we can’t put a finger on it, so they remain in the distance (sometimes there are NO signs, as was the case for my dark moments back in 2014). Then, out of the blue, shock, frustration, depression, and unfathomable events unfold. We may feel like we are being violently whipped back and forth with our experience, and often, we are stripped of everything we thought we knew to be true. We are left with nothing but our own foundation, the core of who we truly are. We become still.
After any storm, even the most severe, the sun comes back. The birds sing. The same trees that were whipped around violently during the storm, now proudly bloom their beautiful leaves. The gray clouds and darkness are replaced by blue skies. Everything becomes beautiful again, and although the landscape may have changed during the storm, it is still worth rebuilding. It will always be worth rebuilding, and worth being cherished.
Yes, storms happen in life. Sometimes over and over, just like Springtime in Texas. But as we have all heard before, (and I am here to tell you it is so true after experiencing my own dark storm a couple years ago), you cannot have a rainbow without the rain!
I wrote this specifically as a reminder for any of you who might be going through your own storm today. I am thinking of you. I want you to know that the sun WILL come out again, even if it doesn’t feel like it ever will right at this moment. Hold on dear friend, hold on.
So, one glance at any news headline these days and your heart may start racing, your disbelief of the atrocities happening in the world (on what now seems to be on a daily basis), may make you want to shut all the doors, close all the windows, and secure yourself in the “safety” of your own environment. Anyone feeling this way? It is a natural fight or flight reaction, and it is not wrong, but my dear friend, I encourage you not to let fear keep you hostage. Do not let fear make you suspicious. Do not let fear harden your beautiful heart. DO NOT let fear stop you from living the most joyful and loving life that you can create. You, me, and everyone else on the planet must continue to live our lives despite the fear we all may be feeling. After all, there has been since the beginning of time, and always will be many reasons to be fearful in life, but we will be missing out on so much if we give in to it.
I am a travel lover. I have traveled all over the world, it is something that feeds my soul, and the thought of stopping at any point in my life, is just not fathomable. It is part of who I am. In fact, in just 17 short days from today, my husband and I will be back in Europe for almost a month. We will be traveling to The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, and The UK. We will be traveling by planes, trains, and automobiles (so excited to be taking the train that goes under the English Channel for the first time!!…),and we will make wonderful memories just as we have in the many trips we have taken to Europe previously. Yes, we will continue to travel on despite the raised terrorist threats. Will we be more aware of our surroundings? Absolutely. But we will still be sitting in the beautiful cafes and enjoy people watching as we share a great bottle of wine. We will enjoy seeing the sights of history that only Europe can show us, and we will cherish the time we will share with our friends and family that live there. No my friend, fear will not keep us from living the life we love to live.
It just has to be this way. The moment we all start shying away from our normal activities, and start letting all the “what if’s” take over our thoughts that keep us from living as we usually do, well…..then the assholes out there doing the unspeakable acts of violence have already won. For me, this is unacceptable. I refuse to let evil define my life. So yes, in 17 days, I put my faith in the good of humanity, and I travel on.
I look forward to sharing pictures and videos with you of my adventures my friend! It is going to be a wonderful time of exploration of new places that I have never been to, and falling into normal routine with other places I have been to many times. I can’t wait!! Knowing I am leaving in just over 2 weeks, puts a smile on my face and an extra skip in my step today!
So, if you are a travel lover like me and you are debating on whether or not to book that next trip….DO IT! You must! If you are not a travel lover, but you are fearful of ___________ (fill in the blank with any number of things)….I encourage you also to keep moving forward. Keep being positive, and keep living out loud.
Keep living your life my friend. After all, fear does not stop death. It stops life.
Happy Monday! Make this new week count.
Just passing it on….instead of buying an expensive mirror, go to Home Goods, or TJ Maxx, etc., purchase an inexpensive mirror, and then have your friends and family write sentiments on it when they visit you. This is mine. I sit here every morning to get ready, and being surrounded by loved ones words always makes me smile. A great way to start my day.
Anyway, there is your random suggestion for the day. You’re welcome. 🙂
Happy Saturday. xo
Last night I spent my time in the company of 100 other women. We danced together. We laughed together. We met new friends, and so much more. It was an overall wonderful celebration of women supporting other women, and I kept looking around the room as the event program proceeded and thought: Sisterhood Rocks!
You know what kind of sisterhood I am talking about. The supportive, positive, encouraging, and non-judgemental kind. The kind of women relationships that GIHY is all about. It gives me goosebumps when I think about it. You see, when I am not writing or speaking for GIHY, I work with a women’s organization called, Plaid for Women, on contract as their events manager. It allows me to use some of my talents that I don’t get to otherwise, and it goes hand in hand with my mission here at GIHY. Women supporting other women! There is nothing better!
At last night’s event it was a celebration of women in history, as well as, a program with dynamic panelists speaking about how every one of our voices deserve to be heard. We listened to the challenges women face in their careers, the struggles trying to create balance in our lives, and so much more. It was real women, talking candidly about real issues, and it was awesome!
I wanted to share this experience with you to give you a little bit of a peek inside what I sometimes do when I am not blogging or traveling, as well as, remind you that YOU are supported. YOU are encouraged. YOU are part of a sisterhood that rocks! Even if you don’t feel it on any particular day, always know that Girl, I Hear Ya (just like Plaid for Women) is a place for you to be heard. A place for you to be yourself and to share your dreams that are scary to say out loud sometimes.
I welcome dialog. I want to hear from you. If you ever have any questions for me, or just want to let me know what is going on in your life that you might need a little encouragement on, please reach out to me. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tap into the sisterhood!
Have a wonderful weekend my friend. I am thinking of you.