As I mentioned on my meet wondergirl page, I’ve been on a journey of self-discovery these last two years. Part of this journey involved a private blog where I documented my feelings, emotions and lessons that I’ve been learning during my journey. From time to time, I like to reflect back on these writings for reminders, encouragement and to appreciate how far I’ve come.
I wrote the below letter six months ago as a reminder to myself of the lessons I’ve learned. Each time I have reread these words since then, I find comfort in them and while I did write this letter to myself, I can’t help but be drawn to share this with the world. Perhaps someone out there needs to hear this as much as I do. After all, deep down we are all beautiful creatures that need encouragement from time to time. ♥
Letter to Myself
I know you have a lot going on right now. Your life is full of major change and it’s leaving you with a lot of emotions. But during this time of transition, I want to remind you to enjoy the journey.
You do not know what the future holds, and cannot waste precious time worrying about the unknown. The only thing you know for sure is what is happening right now. Embrace every emotion, every chance and every opportunity to live in the present moment. Trust yourself and have faith that things will work out. After all, they always do; even when you can’t see it at the time.
Remember that each situation is an opportunity for a lesson. Don’t be hard on yourself if you make a bad decision; instead see it as a chance to grow. And while we’re on the subject of decisions, stop over thinking everything! Give spontaneity a chance, trust your gut and don’t forget to give your heart permission to take the lead sometimes. You just may be surprised at what happens when you learn to let go.
Don’t lose your restored confidence. Change is scary and there are going to be a lot of times when you don’t know the answer, but don’t let that doubt rattle your self-esteem. Know that you are smart, beautiful, funny, courageous, trusting and loyal. Know that you deserve to be happy, respected and loved.
Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. If something makes you scared, it is an opportunity to try something new. If you fail, it’s okay. You are only human and you can’t be good at everything. But keep in mind, you won’t know if you are good at something unless you try.
You don’t have time for negativity and drama in your life. Friends are the family you choose, so don’t feel bad about terminating toxic relationships. Instead, surround yourself with like minded people. Lose yourself in long conversations, new adventures, music, laughter and love.
Please don’t forget the importance of meditation and yoga. This past year has proven how vital it is to have these moments of stillness and self-reflection in your life. You have witnessed the power with which anxiety can come barreling to your door. But don’t give it a chance to come in. Take a deep breath, relax and watch out the window as it turns and keeps rolling down the street. With repeated practice, you have the power to observe your thoughts and your situations objectively. You have the choice to watch them pass or get caught up in the stress and uncertainty of it all. And should you lose your way, know that you can pick it back up. Don’t get discouraged even though it may take three weeks to feel the full effects of your efforts.
Practice patience. Good things come to those who wait. Practice gratitude. Be thankful and aware of what you have. Practice positivity. Not only for yourself, but for those around you. Being able to see the good in feelings, situations, people and yourself is a gift. Cherish it.
Never lose sight of the miraculous wonders of the universe. Whether it’s the beauty and awe of nature, or the little signs confirming your path or leading you back when you get astray. This world is amazing and your time here is short. Make the most of every second you have.