Every so often, when I would to drive to my Massage Therapy office in Massachusetts, I would see this “crazy” lady walking down the street, while simultaneously dancing around. Her headphones on (probably blasting as high as the sound would go) hips totally swaying in ways I couldn’t even fathom, while putting one foot in front of the other, arms soaring in every direction.
I watched her move to her own beat. I laughed at her and thought “what a wackadoo!” A statement full of judgment. I did not accept her, understand her, and gosh darn I surely did not want to BE like her. As I continued driving, I thought to myself, WOW I would NEVER do that! People would look at me funny. And then I continued on with my day…
I now can see the immense beauty in this woman. She has taught me so much just by being her. A stranger. I have no idea who she is, what she does, her name, or any part of her life story. But I am forever grateful to have learned from witnessing HER.
I had totally forgotten about this woman until today. It has been well over a year since I last saw her. And yet, there she was, in my mind, showing me exactly what I needed to see.
I went out for a walk today. My music blasting in my ears, one of my favorite songs came on. And you know what?
I WAS JAMMIN’ OUT!!
I was moving my hips, dancing in circles, while I simultaneously moved forward one step in front of the other. I was swinging my arms in waves over my head, moving freely in my own flow. I was in the moment. Dancing, singing, walking, moving, free with not a care in the world.
I WAS THE “CRAZY” LADY WALKING AND DANCING DOWN THE STREET.
Cars were driving by. I didn’t care that they saw me.
Neighbors were out in the yard. I didn’t care that they saw me.
I gave absolutely no EFFs that these people saw me.
I was fully engulfed in the moment, of being myself because it felt good. I WAS JUST BEING. I WAS BEING MYSELF AND SHINING MY LIGHT.
I wasn’t afraid of their judgment. I wasn’t craving their acceptance. I did not want their approval. I did not care to be understood.
I LOVED MYSELF. I ACCEPTED MYSELF. I APPROVED OF MYSELF.
And maybe, JUST MAYBE, my light shined enough to make a positive difference in their lives.
It has been a long, winding, hilly, bumpy, hard road to get where I am today.
I have come a very long way since judging that beautiful “crazy” lady on the street. I have grown so much. I have overcome many fears and negative beliefs. I am embracing the beauty in letting go of negative self-talk. I am always learning how to love myself more each day; to just be me and shine.
I have put in the work to get to where I am, and yet there will always be more work to do. I am practicing new ways to improve self-love each and every day. By working on myself, I can better serve YOU. Heal the healer if you will 😉
By loving myself, being myself, and shining that bright light, I will inspire, empower, and assist YOU to do the same.
Just like that beautiful “crazy” lady on the street.
This realization for me did not happen in an instant. It happened when it was supposed to. Her light brightened my world, and showed me what I needed to see, when I was finally ready, willing, and able to see it.
I was judging her, but on the inside, I had to work through my own false beliefs about myself. I had to work on the inside to project the love and acceptance on the outside. Our inner world always reflects what is going on in our external world….
I had fear surrounding other peoples thoughts of me. Of not being accepted. Of being judged. Of not being understood. I worried about what other people would think of me if I were to do what she was doing. And ya know, it is not only about dancing on the street. It’s about every single aspect of your life. It’s about how you are showing up in the world each moment of each day.
It is about being seen AS YOU ARE.
We judge ourselves. We are afraid of not fitting in. We are afraid of not being accepted. We are afraid of being singled out. We are afraid of not being good enough. We are afraid of not being understood.
WE ARE AFRAID OF SHOWING OUR TRUE SELF!
We have had painful life experiences. We were singled out, made fun of, judged, not accepted, not understood. We felt hurt, and sought approval and acceptance to “fit in”.
We wanted to feel loved.
When we can see the lessons in the moments of pain and challenge, this is where the magic can truly happen. When we become aware of how others have influenced our beliefs and thoughts about ourselves, we can then work on changing those beliefs. The past does not predict the future. You can choose to learn a new way.
I believed I would be judged. I believed I would be seen as weird. I wouldn’t “be myself freely” because of my fears. I was hurting my own heart by staying comfortable in my fear. I was doing what the others did. I was judging and not accepting who I was. I did not love myself fully.
It has taken me a VERY long road to get where I am, in this moment. But the truth is, learning self-love is a PRACTICE. It is a journey towards freedom, happiness, joy, peace, love, and fulfillment.
IT IS A ROAD THAT CAN BE TRAVELED.
YOU ARE NO DIFFERENT!
You can choose to try your best each day. To bring awareness to what you need to heal. To learn and to practice new tools to assist you on your journey towards self-love, acceptance, and understanding. To learn how to be free of self judgment.
YOU DESERVE TO LOVE YOURSELF FULLY. YOU DESERVE TO BE FREE OF JUDGEMENT AND FEAR. YOU DESERVE TO GIVE NO MORE EFFs,
BECAUSE YOU ARE AMAZINGLY AWESOMELY UNIQUELY YOU!
When you heal yourself from the inside, your light grows stronger. Your light grows brighter. THE REAL YOU CAN BE SEEN.
YOU WILL FEEL LIKE THAT BEAUTIFUL CRAZY LADY ON THE STREET.
YOU WILL FEEL FREE. YOU WILL FEEL HAPPY. YOU WILL FEEL FULL OF LOVE AND PEACE.
MAY YOU TRANSFORM INTO THE ESSENCE OF YOUR AUTHENTIC, TRUE, BEAUTIFUL AND BRIGHT SHINING LIGHT…..AND SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD.
With love, light, and gratitude always,
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