I’m sipping coffee on this warm Saturday afternoon feeling totally happy and relaxed. Life has been, seriously, pretty freakin’ great lately.
For one, my adrenal fatigue is finally healed after years of suffering and months of work with my doctor. I’m on supplements and I pulled all irritating foods out of my diet AND I upped my calories. For two months, nothing happened. But then, a few weeks ago, I bounded out of bed and thought, “Hmm, that’s weird. I feel like working out.” So I did. And I waited for the brain fog to descend the next morning…and it didn’t.
So I worked out a couple days later, and, guess what? Same thing. I only felt awesome.
It’s been three weeks now that I’ve felt this way. I worked out 4 times last week and 3 times this week. That hasn’t happened in 5+ years. I’m over the moon!
So I’ve been doing a LOT of yoga lately, since my body is soaking it up like I’m a sponge that’s been all dried out for way too long.
Also, I went to Vancouver for the first time a few weeks ago, for a work conference. It was the most inspiring, uplifting, fulfilling experience I’ve had in years and I am just so grateful for my job. I got to hear the legendary Seth Godin talk about what it means to be #fullcheetah (in a few words: be all in, 100%). I got to do Kundalini yoga in a room with a thousand other people (seriously, a thousand) while we danced to Ariana Grande’s “Break Free.” I met our CEO, who is seriously the smartest and most rad and fun person. I made new friends and got to spend time with old ones.
I also got to goal coach a brand new lululemon team on Monday night. I love goal coaching; it’s what drew me to lululemon in the first place and it is a huge part of what keeps me invested and inspired. I love giving people the tools to write their visions and goals for the first time because it’s SO inspiring to see what they can create!
So anyway, life is good. How are you? I’ve been thinking about you, and talking to many of you who are leaving comments (I’m actually buried in comments right now and have no idea how I will ever answer them all). I’ve been thinking about what I would write next here, and I started to draft a post on how to discover your core values, but first, I found two things in the last twelve hours I thought I’d share.
The first is a quote:
Your life is right now! It’s not later! It’s not in that time of retirement. It’s not when the lover gets here. It’s not when you’ve moved into the new house. It’s not when you get the better job. Your life is right now. It will always be right now. You might as well decide to start enjoying your life right now, because it’s not ever going to get better than right now—until it gets better right now!
The second is from Oprah in the latest issue of her magazine. I read it and thought, Dang, this girl knows her grief + loss.
You can run away from yourself for a very long time. You can be married to the wrong person for decades and pretend it’s fine. You can fake it doing work you only half care about. You can hide behind accoutrements, square footage, and cars. Big-screen TVs and fancy vacations. But you will never get away with being a phony.
Eventually life reveals itself and shows you a mirror to help you see your own truth.
And if you’ve been faking it, ignoring your thoughts and feelings (what I call your emotional GPS), the wake-up all can be harsh.
The call often comes in the form of what, on the surface, looks like loss: loss of a job, a relationship, your looks, or whatever external thing you use to find value in yourself.
When you excavate deeper, examining more closely every situation that has fallen apart, you will find truth gone awry.
I know for sure that we each contribute to the whole of what it means to be a human on earth. The fullness of our humanity can be expressed only when we are true to ourselves. Your real job on earth is to become more of who you really are. To live to the highest degree what is pure, what is honest, what is natural, what feels like the real you.
Anything less is a faked life.
To be authentic is the highest form of praise. You’re fulfilling your mission and purpose on earth when you honor the real you.
Your whole life becomes a prayer of thanksgiving.
I really relate to the passage above and re-read it several times.
I don’t know about you, but when I’ve been faking it for a certain amount of time, my life gives me a couple of warnings and then, if I don’t listen, my world explodes.
It looks like devastation; it looks like loss; it looks like punishment.
It certainly felt that way when I lost jobs in the past, or when I lost C. But around the corner from that loss came things that were so much better suited for me. Through the loss and the grief and the healing, I became so much happier.
So what if you looked at this difficult time in your life in a different light?
Maybe you built your world on a faulty foundation. Maybe it always had an expiration date; maybe the sun you put at the center of your universe was always on borrowed time. Maybe you built it on the premise that you needed to be someone you actually can’t be. And the explosion, the loss, the destruction, is actually your life giving you a clean slate so that you can live purely, authentically, #fullcheetah, 100% you.
The love you got by acting like someone else was never meant for you anyway.
The job isn’t lighting you up because you’re not the right person for the job.
If there’s nothing you can do to gain back the thing you lost, that thing was probably never actually yours.
Anyway, just thinking about that over my coffee. I wish you all the best weekend!
(And take it from me, go do some yoga. You’ll feel better.)