{True Joy}

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

I came across this quote today and it put into words exactly what my heart feels. I’ve spent too much time not following my heart and intuition and 2013 has already been so amazing because I’m choosing to do just that. I had a plan for everything; I wanted to control every aspect of my life. I wanted it to be “presentable.” But nothing has gone according to plan yet I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. I wouldn’t even use happy. I have the greatest joy.

When I attempt to describe this very real joy that I have experienced this year, tears of joy are always on the brink & I literally feel warmth radiating from my soul. I can’t even articulate the feeling that over comes me. I feel like I’m literally just wrapped in love, light, and warmth. Everything is different. The sun is brighter, food is extravagant, the air I breathe is fresher, colors are more radiant, time with my son is more precious, and I have unending peace.

Looking  back, the plan I made for myself was so silly. It was based on society’s thoughts on what success and happiness should look like. I’m going to do what makes ME happy. And I don’t have to settle on just one thing, I can just live in the moment. I’m not on an endless search for my ONE purpose any more. It can change. We are all so different and unique in our own way. How can happiness look the same for everyone? It can’t. I’m embracing myself in a way I never have. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.There’s something freeing in having the courage to just follow your heart.

XoXX,

Shaina

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