Hello! Welcome! I am beyond excited to be bringing the ideas that swarm in my head to life with this blog. Over the past year, I have had ideas bubbling up constantly and nowhere to put them. I have been called to write them down and share them with you. I applaud you for stopping by and taking the time out of your day to connect to yourself. And really for me, that is what this is all about: connecting to myself and to women all over the world.
I have been on a spiritual journey all my life, just not consistently until about seven years ago. I consider myself a “seeker”. I believe we all are , however, not all of us know it or tap into it. It seems that today, in this crazy world we live in, somehow it is starting to get through that there is more to this, more to us and that we need to connect with that energy. Or maybe that is just the world I am in. Whatever the case may be for you, I hope that something here resonates with you so that you have this sense that yes, I need to explore this and dig deep down within myself to see what is there. I will warn you, it is not always pretty but it is the best thing you can do for yourself, your family, and really, the world. If everyone in the world “got it”, that we are all connected and all on the same wild ride here, just think how peaceful we could be. It is my intention to nudge that feeling along in any way I can.
I have to tell you that I am not a writer, I am not a blogger ( I have failed miserably with it on my photography site), I am not a guru and I don’t have all the answers. All I can share is what rings true for me and share my journey and maybe it will help you in yours. All I know is that when a woman allows herself to tune in and bloom, it is a beautiful thing. In addition, when women do this together and support each other in this process, as I do with my Sexy Soul Sisters, then we can take over the world! I hope this becomes a place that we can do just that: support each other, learn from each other and have fun. For me, if I am not having fun then I don’t want to do it. I hope I am able to tap into my sense of humor and quirky way of looking at life. I have no problem with you laughing at me as I laugh at myself all the time. I have been told that I am “something else”. Well, doesn’t that just hit the nail on the head? We are all “something else”. We are just visitors here for a short time who go on to bigger and better things over and over; we are souls having a human experience.
That being said, let’s get a few things straight. This is in no way a religious blog. This is a soul searching place for you to explore and open your mind. I tried my whole life to label myself this or that when it came to religion and I always felt that I was trying to stuff myself into a box I did not fit into. I breathed a huge sigh of relief the day I decided that I no longer had to be labeled anything and I could believe whatever rang true for me. What that ended up turning into is a core belief that I am more than this physical body; that I come from something so huge and powerful that it can hardly be named. I do call that energy God or the divine or spirt but these days, to me, even those words are too small and don’t do “it” justice. I believe that all the religions of the world all describe this energy but in different words and labels. We are essentially fighting each other over something that is the same.
I know for sure that I have a soul, a spirit inside of me, that is more than flesh and more than thoughts and is more about feeling: an all encompassing feeling of bliss and love that we can actually tap into in the here and now if we are open. I believe that this soul sheds the physical body when it is done learning it’s lessons here on this planet and goes on to join back with the energy from which it came, an energy that is born from that love and bliss. This thought to me is the most comforting idea that I can have in this lifetime because I don’t have to be afraid of anything, even death. And I just enjoy the ride. HOWEVER, I am human and I am imperfect so that is not as easily done as it is said. It is a constant work in progress and a concept I have to continually remind myself of daily. I am guessing that this writing I am compelled to do at this point in my life, 45 years in, has something to do with keeping me in that space and helping others do the same so we can breathe a collective sigh of relief together.
I have been a photographer for the last 13 years. I will always be a photographer and still love the thrill of “getting the shot”. Really, I think it is creating that I love. Sometimes, the problem with living your passion and evolving it into being your job is that it takes away from the joy you get from it. I have been experiencing burnout the last few years and in that burnout this other idea of writing would not leave me alone. I have notepads everywhere with ideas that would randomly pop into my head. Believe me, the idea of starting another blog that I could not keep up with was not high on my priority list but the thought would not let go of me so here I am. I hope that in exploring these feelings I have, I will be able to create something that continues to stimulate, energize me and get me back to that creative being that I am. I truly believe we are all here to create and we will be most truly ourselves when we find what type of creating makes us jump out of bed every day, energized and eager to get started. It is a type of creativity that keeps you in the moment fully when you are doing it; where time almost pauses for you while you are engaged in it. It can be cooking, writing, drawing, singing, sports…anything. I hope in reading my story, it will help you figure out what your creative dream is.
As I said, this is all a work in progress…I am a work in progress. I don’t know what this is going to turn into but I can tell you that I am thinking BIG! I see a blog and a Facebook community turned into a website with all sorts of products offered including retreats all over the world. I see my passion for photography coming back in a way that I can empower women with it. I see a book…or maybe two (this is terrifying!). I see some public speaking, which makes me want to crawl into a hole and hide. (Public speaking is one of my biggest fears so that one will be a hard one to overcome.) I hope the excitement I feel today for this path will continue far into the future so that I can create all of the above.
All of the thoughts and ideas in my head can be overwhelming and frankly, I get overwhelmed very easily in this digital world we live in. So I need to take this slowly and just explore and see where I end up…where we end up. I would jump for joy if all my ideas come to fruition, however, for now, I need to take it one step at a time, starting with this blog and Facebook page to open the doors to the rest that is waiting. My intention with this blog is to share my journey and my passions for spirituality, photography, health and wellness, women’s issues, silliness, and books (oh how I love books!). I hope that in sharing this part of myself with you, it will open the door for you to open yourself up and share yourself as well. I encourage comments and communication with each other. I would love it if women’s groups started up around the world. See where my mind goes? This is new and scary for me. I am putting myself out there for all of you to judge and I hope you will be kind in the process. So let’s get started on this crazy, wild, roller coaster journey we call life and see where it takes us! With this post, A Girlfriend’s Guide to the Universe is born! I just hope I am brave enough to hit send. Thanks for showing up! xoxoxo
“Show up, tune in, be real, enjoy the ride”