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Good morning!

Yesterday I re-posted a quote on IG about how there are people who are more successful than you, doing what you want to be doing, simply because they chose to believe in themselves.

The wording on that is impeccable. They “chose” to believe in themselves.

It’s not something we have to wait for, right? It entails my circular thoughts the other day regarding the chicken and egg, or the self-love as an action or feeling. One day, I’ve just gotta CHOSE to love self, and thats the answer. The beginning is simply our¬†choice.
Jojo.

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Good morning everyone! I hope your holidays were amazing, as we move into our new year its great to have family time to really remind us of our achilles heels! Haha ūüôā

In correlation, I had such a wonderful time with family and we reflected on how we’ve grown this year. Truth be told I grew so much this year in learning how to be graceful when I feel awkward! These difficulties taught me how to disconnect from some physical sensations and move towards my own empowerment despite them, this has been my favorite year thus far and this is the most powerful I’ve ever felt.

I hope your time with your family is enjoyable and another beautiful learning experience for you!

I hope to get in the gym today to work off all that gluten-free food I munched on yesterday.

Thanks for being on the other side,
Jojo

Love is the reward for love.

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Good morning!

Super early post this am as I am about to head out on a long drive to Phoenix. Originally I had planned to leave yesterday and then it dawned on me that it was probably¬†everyones¬†plan to leave yesterday! haha ūüôā So I decided to take the extra day and relax, get some work done, have some me-time and be a bit more prepared to leave early this morning sans a bunch of traffic.

I’ve had a few friends, already home with their families, talk with me about how difficult it can be to feel like yourself when you’re around people that are so different from you, share such different views on how to do things, enjoy different things and different ways. Yes, I’m talking about family.

During this time we spend time with our families and for some its a smooth ride and others bumpy and others a bit of both. But I feel that one of the best things we can do is to continue to give our families a new chance each day.

What do I mean by that?

Well, to be honest, our families hold the longest memories in our minds and bodies. And probably since we can remember they’ve been a certain way…. but have they? I think that sometimes we continue to hold an old view of them and even keep them there, hanging on to past resentments or just simply viewpoints.

Its really up to¬†us¬†to try and transform any relationship. Now, yes, some just aren’t willing! But that doesn’t mean we can’t take 100% responsibility for how the relationships feel to us. Perhaps we’re even¬†tolerating¬†how something feels in our family endeavors. So, today, during this holiday and maybe forever, I am just reminded that WE are responsible for how we view others, how we interact with them, who they are for us, how they show up, and its¬†us¬†that can transform an experience from good to amazing.

No one is perfect and each person has qualities that are beneficial! So lets find the best in others, powerfully acknowledge and accept the rest and do the same for ourselves, handle ourselves in the same self-respecting manner and be responsible for how it turns out.

Anyway, I hope this helps! I think all too often people sort of fog out when it comes to family and there’s a new view to be had every single day, for ANYONE. That is a real gift!

Happy Holidays! Thanks for being on the other side!

Jojo

Love is the reward for love.

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Good morning!

Who read the link yesterday? I wanted to give you a chance to read it for yourself, but if you haven’t by now, you probably won’t, so this is the story:

A boy wants to run away, he sits his parents down to tell him. The parents nod their heads and thank him for letting them know. Mom watches from the balcony as the boy walks off, backpack in tact, complete with the essential football, some snacks, and so on. As he gets just past the lake, he takes a seat to think, comes back home in time for dinner. Mom asks him how his time away was. He said “I think it would have been better if I didn’t pack so much in my bag.”

Mom immediately realizes the analogy and lesson; our experiences can be so much more enjoyable when we are with them, without all the ‘stuff’ and ‘baggage.’ Such a beautiful story.

But what I really needed to hear was moreso the viewpoint of the mother. So often I try to restrict others from living their questions because I feel (accent on I) that this is a mistake. But she was way wiser than I. She let him go off and live his questions, so that he could learn that for himself.

I think for me the most valuable lesson in the whole story was faith. Now, thats not to say she didn’t keep an eye out, but she was clear that someone with this question will keep having this question unless its LIVED, for no one can answer that for him.

Where am I not living my questions?
Where am I not allowing others to live theirs because I (accent on I) believe its not their best choice?
Where am I bringing along baggage unnecessarily thats dampening my experience?

Where am I projecting my baggage onto others, hoping they’ll learn from my mistakes, knowing they need to live their own?

These questions were stirred and it was lovely. If you did read the story, what did you get from it? Anything different?

Thanks for being on the other side!! ‚̧

Love is the reward for love.