When the universe wants to teach you a lesson it doesn't give up until you learn it.
I am an introvert. I tend to observe rather than engage. I take in all that is happening around me. But when you only observe you stand on the outside and no one knows what is going on with you inside. There are times I feel isolated and lonely. There are times when I feel defeated and unsure.
One of the ways that I connect is by showing up to this space and spilling open the contents of my heart. It allows me the opportunity to share my story. In sharing my story I hear from others who are going through something similar and it makes me feel less alone.
All to often I feel like I need to do it on my own. I do not like to ask for help and when others try to help I push them away. I am a pleaser and want to do anything to make someone else comfortable. I think of others needs before my own even when they are willing to help me. When it comes to my work I feel like it all has to be done by me. I bog myself down with trying to do it all. But no one person can do everything.
We are stronger when we come together.
This is the lesson the universe has been trying to teach me. The lesson I have been pushing away time and time again. But within these last few weeks I am learning that I can't do it all alone. I need to reach out. I need to invite others in.
My sister in law showed me this by sharing a very personal story publicly. In doing so she connected with other tender hearts who have gone through or is going through what she had. In sharing her story she helped others to know that they are not alone and in turn she learned that when she felt isolated that there were others out there going through what she had.
It is important to share our stories.
It is our stories that invite others in.
It is our stories that connect us.
It is our stories that bring us closer to one another.
It is in telling our stories that we help our hearts heal.
For the past couple of years I have been on a journey to eat more mindfully and move my body daily. Karen and Katrina from Tone It Up have been my inspiration. I want to have more energy, a clear mind, and feel strong.
I have lingered on the outskirts of the Tone It Up Community. I longed to find a couple of other girls from NJ who followed the plan but never took the effort to really seek them out, until now. They just kicked off their next challenge and I actively pursed finding others from my area. It has been such a blessing to know they are out there. I never would have found them had I not sought them out. Together we are going to go through this. We will be there to support one another to hold each other accountable and let each other know it is ok when we slip up.
We are stronger together.
The theme for this challenge is actually titled 'Stronger Together'. That could not have been more appropriately titled. The universe showing up again to try to teach me this lesson.
When I was younger I was terrible at math. I remember sitting for hours at the dining room table with my dad as he tried to explain it all to me. It took a while but once I got it, I had it. My mom always said she could see the moment the light bulb went off in my head and I understood what he was explaining.
If my mom was here today I think this would be one of those moments she would see the light bulb going off. I am FINALLY learning to invite others in. To share my heart not only in the written word but through stories and conversations. I crave and desire that face to face connection. Being an introvert it can be hard to show up into that.
Writing has given me the opportunity to pour my heart out and learn that when I did so I would not be rejected. It is ok to share. It is necessary to share.
I have grown steady on these writing legs but it is time to spread my wings and dive in deeper. Knowing that we are stronger together I feel deep courage and confidence inside my heart to keep stepping forward on this journey. It is time to open up and let others see me in ways that I have not done so before.
I invite you to join me on this journey. To take these steps together. To encourage one another. To let each other know that they are not alone. Will you join me?