Your Magenta Monday Magic.
Like most people our age, I can remember exactly where I was on September 11th, 2001 –attending a conference in Phoenix while my husband watched our 3- and 5-year-old kids. I had been working incredibly hard in pursuit of the ‘perfect’ life, but any belief I held that all was right in the world was shattered that day. I couldn’t have imagined that such evil existed. 😞
I didn’t realize it then, but it was one of two major events that brought home the fact that we just aren’t guaranteed any tomorrows; the other being the loss of my 31-year-old sister when I was pregnant with my firstborn at age 29.
Those two events planted a seed deep within me – one that I couldn’t fully access in the midst of climbing the corporate ladder, raising a family, and pursuing my vision of a perfect life. It wasn’t until all the transitions I was facing started to accumulate – student to employee, girlfriend to fiancé to wife, a woman with no kids to a mother of two – that I began to question who I was and what really mattered.
You see, when I stopped long enough to really look at myself in the mirror one day, I found that I didn’t recognize who I was anymore. The cumulative effects of all of the transitions I had been through (coupled with my razor-like focus on creating my dream life) had ended up distancing me from the woman I was underneath all those transitions.
I found that I had transformed into someone I didn’t really even know. This – topped with the cold, hard realization that life truly would not go on forever – stopped me in my tracks.
I realized that unless I figured out my true purpose and began to live my life as fully and completely as I possibly could, I might eventually end up feeling deeply regretful. What if I lost everything and realized then that I never fully appreciated what I had while I had it?
It’s the 1° shift that makes the biggest difference over time.
That’s the thing with transitions. Sometimes they arise from huge, life-altering events like the tragic loss of a loved one – something which can feel like a life-quake. In times like those, when sudden, shocking change is thrust upon you, the most you can manage is to white-knuckle your way through it, trying to give yourself as much space and grace and compassion as you can.
But sometimes, transitions involve smaller steps or less dramatic changes – ones that we expect to happen; like going to college, landing a good job, getting married, and having kids…..
Those are the ones that can sneak up on you – they’re the 1° shifts that make a big difference over time. If you don’t take the time to check in with yourself and acknowledge them as they’re happening, you may find, like me, that you don’t recognize who you are anymore.
Wherever you are in your life right now, I challenge you to pause and ask yourself: what significant transitions have I been through, or which ones am I about to face?
Write them down, take a deep breath, acknowledge yourself for making your way through them. Then, spend a little time in gratitude for who you were, what you came through, and who you are today as a result of all those transitions …………and then get ready for more!!
You see, grounding yourself in gratitude helps to keep you present and aware. And when you’re fully centered and grounded in yourself, you’re better able to handle whatever curveballs and transitions life throws your way! 🙏
Living BRIGHTer is...
B - Be Brave
R - Cultivate Relationships
I - Live with Intention
G - Practice Gratitude
H - Prioritize Health
T - Live your Truth
What is Magenta?
The color magenta is one of universal harmony and emotional balance. It is spiritual yet practical, encouraging common sense and a balanced outlook on life. Magenta helps to create harmony and balance in every aspect of life; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
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