Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Big 3-0

It’s official; I’m no longer “twenty something.” This past weekend I graciously turned the big 3-0.

The celebration of this milestone was so much more than the anniversary of my original birth. This birthday I celebrated my re-birth.

There are many differences in me from the person I was a year ago. There are apparent differences in the way I feel, the way I look and the things that I do. My re-birth is however, not really about those changes; because my re-birth happened before any of those changes were manifest. The re-birth happened in the moment that, I decided to love myself. Not just talk about loving myself or self-affirmations, rather TRULY and DEEPLY with every FIBER of my BEING I decided I love all of me, AS-IS, nothing to fix, nothing to change. As soon as I made that decision THE UNIVERSE (aka spirit, aka God) started sending out invitations.

When I truly embraced self-love and acceptance my mailbox started filling up with these invitations. Almost magically, one opportunity after another presented itself.

For my entire life I searched for a way to lose weight. It wasn’t until I stopped searching that the “WAY” presented itself. People remark on my “hard work.” They comment on how difficult it must be to not eat grains and sugar or how commendable it is that I’ve stayed motivated to do ass-kicking workouts 3x week (Yay CrossFit!). At a different time in my life I would have thought this would have been so hard that it was impossible. The odd & amazing truth is that I do what I do with ease, without effort & WITH JOY!

As I move forward into the year of 30, I am excited at the prospect of receiving more invitations, in all areas of my life.

What invitations might you receive in your life, if you were loved and accepted the person you are today?

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Quote:
When you clench your fist, no one can put anything in your hand, nor can your hand pick up anything.

-Alex Haley

P.S.
I had my birthday party at Crossfit. I was hesitant at first about embracing this idea. If I would have gotten invited to a “workout birthday” a year ago, I’m not sure I would have gone. I ultimately decided to do it, even if it meant some people would not come. Crossfit has been a midwife to the birth of a relationship with my body. Celebrating my birthday there was the perfect way to ring in 3-0. A big thank you to the guests that attended and to the coaches who volunteered their time!


2 comments:

KCLAnderson (Karen) said...

Happy Birthday!! I am so glad I found your blog and am looking forward to knowing you better!

Stephanie Vincent said...

Thanks!! :-)