Free to Be Me!
I took a sabbatical this month from my self imposed obligations to work on my self this month. It was worth it and I had many “aha” moments along with having fun and joy brought back into my life.
I attended a sacred self care retreat this month and what I came away with it was life changing. I wasn’t going to change my life, as I was just looking forward to yoga, massages, etc. I want to share with you as I believe many people can relate.
All my life, I have lived to meet others’ expectations of me. I allowed others to control what I think, say and do. I was the ultimate people pleaser. I felt like a pretzel twisting myself to please others.
I just turned 50 a year and a half ago and I started to have an “identity crisis”. The usual profound questions of ” Who am I and why am I here?” were becoming prominent in my life. I have had several major challenges hit me all at once and it really shook me to my core. I let go of many things that at one time meant much to me. Some of it was voluntary, as I am in the process of simplifying my life and some were ripped apart from me.
I knew I had to change something as my health was starting to decline. So, this year has been a year of claiming my life. I needed to let go of old beliefs and habits and start focusing on me.
When I went to the retreat, it was at a beach city in CA. I only knew 2 people there which was the facilitator and the other woman I went with. I felt alive at the beach and I felt I could really be myself without any expectations from anyone.
The second and last day, I felt so light and airy and free, something I hadn’t felt since childhood. I went outside during break and looked at the ocean, taking it all in and then all of a sudden I felt an urge to dance. I have always loved to dance. It gives me such joy and pleasure. I love free style dance more than couples slow dancing as I don’t like to have my partner lead. I like to be in control and when I free style dance, I am in control of how I move. There was no music playing, and I danced as if no one was watching. Although there were several ladies who were. I felt freer than I have felt in a long time. It was then that I realized that I am in control of my life, what I think, say and do is important, if not to anyone else, then to me. That I have the power and it’s always been there ready to be unleashed. I no longer cared about what people thought of me. I was free! Free to be me!
Ironic that I finally had this breakthrough in July, the month we celebrate our country’s freedom.
So, my invitation to you is to dance as if no one is watching. Take back the power that has always been inside of you just waiting for you to let it out.
Mitzi Reed is the founder of ASPIRE Conferences, llc, ™ and is dedicated to raising the awareness, promoting healthier lifestyles and to empowering people in all aspects of their personal and spiritual development. She is also the founder of SpiritDove, a ministry dedicated to being a messenger of Love, Peace, and Happiness. Mitzi’s passion and purpose is inspiring others to tap into the power and beauty of their soul. Event Coordinator/promoter. Life and Holistic Business Coach, Author and Speaker, Peace and Sacred Activist. Mitzi is a connector, a community organizer, a visionary and passion is empowering others to live their fullest lives. She was voted by the Las Vegas Community as Best Community Resource in the Inspiration Magazine. www.aspiringconferences.com