You have all heard that old saying “Karma is a bitch.” The concept of what goes around comes around. What you put out into the world, you will get back in spades. You reap what you sow. In my own personal experience, this all is quite true. But I ask this: Why does Karma get such a bad rap? She’s really only a bitch if you were a bitch first. And I try really hard not to be a bitch. As a result, Karma seems to be responding quite favorably to me. (Except when it comes to chewing gum. More on that later.)
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What I put out into the world is this…kindness, positivity, love, strength, empowerment. I smile often. I laugh frequently. I offer words of support and encouragement to all those I encounter. I praise the success of others. I uplift those who are feeling like failures. I share my stories of struggle and pain in the hopes that it was not for nothing. I share as selflessly as I can so that someone else will benefit from what I have learned. I do all of this with a genuine and sincere intention to help, encourage, and empower. I have no other motive, really.
I present to the world my true and authentic self in all of its rawness, with all of its edges and curves. With its soft spots and sharp corners. Sometimes, it may come out as a jumbled up mess. Other times, I am organized and concise in my message. But always, always, always, it is who I am at the very moment that I am sharing it with you.
And good old Karma, she responds to me. She watches me as I attempt to make a difference. She sees me wake up every day with a driving passion to move forward and share my message. She presents with me opportunities and new forums to expand my audience. And these opportunities are so important to me because I do not want to feel as if my struggle was in vain. Self-discovery, no matter which road we take to get to it, is such a hugely important part of this life. And we all get there in our own way and in our time. But some of us get really, really lost on that dark and winding road. And any glimmer of hope, any stories from others to help light the way, can make all the difference in the outcome.
This is my mission: to provide that light wherever and whenever I can to whomever may need it. I am sure you have all seen my article recently published in the Autumn Issue of Resilientista Magazine. If you haven’t, I will be sharing it in its entirety this weekend right here on my blog. Or you can check it out in its original format right here. The story that I shared in this article was an important one for me to voice. But it is only one struggle that I have faced and conquered. I have so much more to share. So when Celia asked me to be a regular contributor to her online publication, I could not say no. I will be contributing articles on mental health and midlife issues on a regular basis and I am so excited about it. If there are topics that you would like me to address, please do not hesitate to let me know.
While I will never proclaim myself an expert in issues of mental health or midlife, I will say that I am seasoned and experienced enough at this point to share what I have learned. I also am confident enough to state that I have survived some of the toughest battles a person can face in the darkest depths of mental illness. Battles that many do not win. And if I can offer just the tiniest glimmer of hope on the other side of those dark places, then I must do just that. I feel that it is my responsibility and my calling right now, right here, at this moment in my life. So please stay tuned for more on these topics. What I can offer is all that I have learned, unapologetically and authentically in all of its rawness and realness.
And now back to Karma. I want to thank her for recognizing my efforts and for presenting me with these amazing opportunities. And I also want her to know that I am okay about the chewing gum. I will deal with it just fine. With grace and ease and probably a few cuss words.
You probably all want to know about the chewing gum now…so here it is. I seriously step in chewing gum more than any person ever should. If there is chewing gum on the ground, anywhere, my foot will end up in it. I have stepped in it so many times, even with bare feet on a pool deck. (So gross!) This has been a consistent occurrence for my entire life. And I have never ever been a person to toss my chewing gum on the ground or stick it under a table (and yes I have put my hand in chewing gum stuck underneath tables and desks, too). I don’t even chew gum all that often in the first place. So all I can think, if you believe in the idea of reincarnation, is that in some former life I was a person who spit my chewing gum on the ground. And stuck it under tables. Or desks. I probably even threw it out of car windows and stuck it in other people’s hair, too. And I must have done it quite often for the amount of times that it inconveniences my current life. All I can say is I’m sorry for my past chewing gum transgressions. And I accept the punishment.
And now let’s get right to your favorite posts from last week:
Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style shared an amazingly heart-warming post Sentimental Clothing that Reminds us of People or Places. As a person who attaches sentimental meaning to certain items in my wardrobe, this is probably one of my favorite posts ever from Jodie. If you want to read her stories about the meaning behind certain wardrobe items, hop on over and check it out. You can also find my story in the comments of that post.
And Ingrid of Fabulous and Fun Life shared her adorable boho top in her post Versatile Clothing – Adrift Toya Top. I love the different ways she has styled this top. And you have to go check out the amazing sleeves!
Thank you all so much for visiting every week and joining my link up! I love seeing what you all are wearing, sharing, and discussing.
Keeping it on the edge,
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