I have a story to tell you. It’s the true story of my life over the last seven months, and it’s your story. Because we all have felt and experienced the exact same things at one point in our lives – each and every one of us: The joy, the pain, the disappointment, the healing, the elation, and the growth. How we internalize these experiences and what we choose to learn from them is what makes us uniquely human and deeply beautiful. It’s how you build your future.
Let’s begin with January 2016. I started the year with a passionate kiss. One that reverberated throughout the core of my being; and one that, I had thought, would continue to do so for the rest of my existence on this planet. Six months later, my life would change, my heart would break, and I would be bumped back onto a path that I was never meant to leave.
That’s life, it pushes you back on track, always and no matter how far away you stray.
You see we are all heroes – passionate and yearning for a life to be lived. And in our deepest and even darkest depths of our humanity, we resist. Ultimately, we will fall back in line with our true mission. We are on this planet for the experiences that we choose to create in order to build our future – the intention behind action.
Choice is an activity we can control or give up. We can take responsibility for our lives or choose not to, whichever path we walk, consequence encumbers. That consequence can be so beautiful, it gives you wings.
Seven months ago, with my bloody heart in my hands and ten pounds underweight, I flew back to California, back to my home – or what was left of it. The details on why and how don’t matter as much as the learnings.
Important life lessons
Here is what I learned:
- Love is everywhere.
- Everyone of us is powerful beyond belief.
- Happiness is the key to a life well-lived.
- Happiness is a daily habit.
- Not everyone deserves your time or friendship.
- What happened in the past does not matter. What matters is how you use that information to build your future.
So I set an intention: I deserve better. I deserve everything that I want, and I will do everything in my power to get it.
With no income, a fierce determination, and my unique ability to simply just get shit done, I moved back to San Francisco for the summer to be around the people I love the most – my friends, my family, and me.
I proved to myself again that I am capable and unbreakable. I am woman.
For three months, I did what I love and do best: Teach yoga and meditation and focus more deeply on my own growth and the amazing and inspiring friends that I have. I focused on the impact that I wanted to create in the world.
Realizing a dream, a want for experiences
The last three months of 2016 were marked with movement, challenge, and an immense desire to affect positive change in the hearts and minds of my peers and of everyone I meet.
I worked with some of the world’s top personal growth authors from Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God, to Jon Butcher, founder of Lifebook, to Robin Sharma, author and leadership speaker, and many others. I had the privilege of helping to launch a product that was the highest ever revenue-generating product in the history of the company with the highest ever value per lead.
I travelled to twelve cities and four countries and made the most extraordinary friendships. I spent the onslaught of 2017 in Singapore with friends and family, then moved my world to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to continue this mission.
Now, I’m back in Southeast Asia for the third time in my life, but for the first time in this new life. This time, just like all the other times, it’s going to be epic.
Here’s to a new year of trouble and fandango.