Oh January 2016.
I found yellow - laughter, light and energy. But I also found pink. A soft gentle fuchsia pink, an ambering red fiery pink, a bright and energetic pink. I found every divine, sacred, self-embracing shade of pink. Every divine and sacred shade of rediscovered femininity and gentleness.
Before January, I'd been on the run. As I've said severally, the life of a 20 something post-Uni is no joke. I found myself flapping my wings for the first time and I felt unsteady. I thought, at some point, the current might sweep me away. But alas! I've drifted. I've rendered myself to the wind beneath my wings and I'm floating.
Let me just write that for myself again. I'm floating.
What peace, oh January. What you did bring me was peace. A restored peace, a slowed pace, some stability.
I Found Laughter
....With my teammates. We laugh lots. Maybe more times than we should in an 8 hour stretch, but I couldn't have asked for a more genuine and supportive group of colleagues.
.....With the booboo..watching Nairobi Diaries! Forget date nights at the movies! Nairobi Diaries is free and we get to laze around in our sweats all while having a laugh. I don't know why I only discovered this gem of a reality TV show. (Thanks JD for the tip!) Such refreshing ratchetness! Hahaha! Ella is my fave and I dare say I might be finding it in my heart to think Vera is not so bad. Okay fine, there I said it: Vera Sidika is a sweetheart. *Waiting for pillows to be thrown at me!* Hihihi!
I Found Light
I found a bright bright sunshine. An inner drive, an inner resolve to let go of preconceived notions of life and rather, to embrace my current realities. Life doesn't go as planned. Ever. And oftentimes it's hard to resolve what is, with what you think it should have been. But this day, our whole lot of life (education, career, relationships etc) is what it is. And so I'm learning to embrace acceptance. Let go of anxiety. Release fixations. Breathe. Just breathe. This is exactly where we're meant to be in life. Now we must listen out for the clues. The wonderful lessons and discoveries that life has in store for us.
I Found Energy
...To eat healthy. I've been juicing, detoxing using Teami Teas and eating clean. The whole shazam! I sure had missed a faithful green salad! :-) It's the little things people, it's the little things!
....To hit the gym again. I LOVE my new gym - which now that I think of it - is all pink! It's an all women's gym and it's only 5 minutes from my apartment. You bet your girl's been sweating it out, trying to burn off my December bundles! I love feeling my body move again - I'd become sedentary, held down by life's challenges. But now, I'm floating. And it sure does feel good to be back.
As always, here are a few of my favourite shots from the month of January. Feel free to click the links below if you missed a post!
"There's nothing more rare, nor more beautiful than woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. So say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks. Stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate. Say bye-bye to your inner critic, and make a pledge to be kinder to yourself and others. The next time you look into mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you're too fat or too shallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgement, and that is the first step towards transforming your experience of the world."
How's been the new year for you? Have you found laughter, light and energy?
Sending you lots of LOVE and SUNSHINE for the month of February and beyond!