Book Release Party

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This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a book release party for a book I edited, hosted by author D. Anne Townsend. Her book, “Sweetheart! After you have your meltdown, can you make dinner?” is an encouraging and witty quick read that highlights the experience of being a mother and wife. D. Anne put me on the spot when I arrived at the event by having me share a few words about the book. As I recounted to those in attendance, the book is very relatable; it is not only about the experience of being a mother, it is about the experience of being a woman. As a woman who has no children, I still felt that I could relate to the book.  D.Anne offers encouraging advice and helpful tips, while sharing her personal experiences.

 

Learn more about D. Anne Townsend, her book, and her Meltdown Momma movement at: www.meltdownmomma.com

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Reflection

Happy 28th Bday to Me

Last week, I celebrated my 28th birthday, and as with every birthday, I reflect on the previous year. I finished my 2014 vision board just in time for my birthday (even though I had been gathering the pictures and quotes since mid-2013). Below are photos of my 2013 vision board in comparison to my 2014 vision board.

2013 vision board

2013

As you can see, 2013 is very picture-heavy. That year, my vision board was more about what the images meant to me, not necessarily what they are actually portraying. For instance, there are a lot of pictures of people in yoga-like poses. Although it is a goal of mine to become an avid practitioner of yoga, these pictures actually represent balance for me. In 2013, I really wanted to find balance in my life. There was so much that I wanted to do. I wanted to travel, try new recipes, write, act, spend time with/reconnect with friends and family, exercise, meditate, read the bible, memorize scripture, increase my relationship with God, play with my hair and makeup, update my wardrobe, clear all the clutter in my apartment, etc. There were many times that I felt overwhelmed with everything and everyone in my life that I just wanted to learn how to balance it all.

 

2014 vision board

2014

In contrast, 2014 is very word-heavy. This year, I felt I needed to be reminded of these particular ideas in order to encourage myself. I needed more than just pictures that represented something. I needed words—straightforward words, so that there was no ambiguity. For me, 2014 is about letting my light shine and doing everything that it takes to have the courage to do so. It’s about letting go of fear—fear of judgment, fear of failing, fear of disappointment, fear of loss, fear of not fitting in. It’s about loving myself. It’s about growth and positivity. Although I still have individual goals for the year (FINALLY finish editing my screenplay that I’ve been “working on” for almost 3 years, for instance), this vision board represents my overall theme for the year. I even made a playlist that reinforces my theme for 2014.

 

As we are approaching the end of the first quarter of the year, I hope that you are getting closer to accomplishing (if you have not already accomplished) some of your own goals. Remember in setting goals, make sure your goals are:

1. Clear and specific

2. Measurable

3. Realistic

4. Time Sensitive (set date to accomplish the goal)

And of course, write them down and revisit them often.

 

I will leave you with a quote from Marianne Williamson, a quote that also reinforces my theme for 2014: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”