Dear Sweet Soul,

We are all hopelessly flawed. We are all perfect luminous beings inside vulnerable hearts and bodies. We are doing our best, sometimes fumbling through near dark trying to make our way. This applies to you too. It’s ok to love yourself anyways.

Love the brilliant light of your heart. Love the dark places. Love what’s cracked and parched. What’s bruised and still bleeding. Take this magnificent whole and be as kind and as gentle with it as you are the sweet souls around you.

Take off your armor. Put down your fists. This is not a war. With grace and humility willingly receive all the love, happiness, kindness, connection, money, travel, opportunity, privilege, praise, and acceptance that this sweet life bestows upon you. Use these incredible gifts to help others.

Keep growing. Keeping learning. Keep opening your heart wider. Be sweet. Work hard. But in this moment please remember: You are good. You are enough.

– Jane Ysadora

 

Okay. Really going to try and keep this one going now.

You know, every year on New Years Day I always make a resolution that things are going to be different in the coming year. And sure, things do sometimes change, but I always feel like year on year my life is dragging along with the same ups and downs. There isn’t anything inspiring going on – I want fun, new projects, new friends and hobbies and sports and activities.

When people ask me about what I did on the weekend, I no longer want to say ‘nothing much’. I want to have new stories every week about the exciting things I did and will do. I want to be inspired and optimistic and look forward to living.

It’s hard for me to admit but so often I feel angry and disappointed, lonely and without-hope – and irrationally so. Maybe starting a blog will help me find some inspiration and hope again.

Who says I can’t choose which day to begin?