Rising like balloons

When I was a kid, I loved helium balloons. I’d get them at amusement parks, the county fair - wherever they were sold. A balloon is not all that remarkable - just some latex, string, and gas. But what I loved most was to let them go and watch in awe as they’d float into the sky and eventually disappear.

I’d imagine the balloon on a journey, rising to heights that, to me as a child, were unreachable. Where would the balloon end up? How far could it go? For a brief moment, I myself could be part of a little bit of everyday magic.

I’ve since learned that releasing balloons into the atmosphere is NOT good for our planet - so definitely don’t do that. However, I’m encouraged by the thought of a balloon slowly rising into the sky, moved by the wind’s suggestion, but ultimately still traveling upward.

I try to think of myself and my path in a similar way when I’m feeling down or discouraged. A balloon doesn’t have to do anything or try to be something else to fulfill its purpose. It is what it is. In the same way, we have everything within ourselves that we need to succeed and achieve the things that we want in life. The components are all there and ready to go.

Sometimes all that we need to fly is to just let go. Let go of the past. Let go of other people’s judgments or opinions. Let go of our fears. Let go of our own unreasonable expectations that we unfairly lay on ourselves. We must allow ourselves to freely be who we are at our very core.

We are all inherently brilliant and beautiful - capable of awe-inspiring moments and striking wonder in the hearts of others. We can create an amazing life. We can shape a better world. Let’s lean into it.

New beginnings... again.

Ah, to be blogging again. 

I started my very first blog in the early 2000's when I was a teenager. It was called InsideCy and primarily documented my random musings as an angsty yet optimistic high school student.

The second blog was a reboot of InsideCy while I was in college. It was very short-lived.

This third blog serves to share my journey through a new chapter - becoming a professional motivational speaker.

In the Winter of 2017, I worked with an amazing executive coach named Bert who helped me to clear out a lot of the noisy clutter of my mind to discover and become confident in my purpose on this Earth.

I have a lot to say and write about this newfound purpose that, I've found, has always been within me. Every story in my life; all my experiences; each conversation - they have all been the fibers of a cohesive thread to help serve this purpose.

More to come, but I want you to know with this post that I'm excited and scared as hell about this new venture. Hasn't every amazing life-changing thing always been preceded by such a feeling?