Decade Celebrations

10 years ago I was 29 turning 30, I’m now 39 turning 40 (in about a week) and I can honestly say I feel so much happier, healthier and fulfilled! I don’t share this to brag, it might be bragging for someone who was a high achiever, but I wasn’t…

I was that person who...

* only put in as little effort as I had to in high school to get by (except for in drama!) * started uni courses, but never finished them * didn’t exercise regularly because I thought it was a chore * couldn’t sit still for long enough to take a bath let alone meditate * missed opportunities and was unreliable because I was hung over * constantly put socializing and other people’s wants before my needs * hid behind alcohol and dating people who weren't right for me to avoid following my heart and allowing myself to fully receive love and live the life of my dreams! 

I share this to remind myself, and whoever needs to hear it, that growth and change is possible (and fun!), that we can literally do anything we put out minds and hearts to, and to get excited about the possibilities for the next decade!! It’s never too late to start!...

10 years ago… I smoked cigarettes like they were going out of fashion (which apparently they were!)…
Now the only thing I smoke is the occasional accidental sage inhalation. 

10 years ago… I was a wild binge drinker…
Now a wild night for me is a ginger tea - a green tea if I’m feeling really rambunctious. 

10 years ago… I couldn’t run for more than 5 minutes at a time (and thought I never would)…
Now I run for 30 mins several times a week because I LOVE it, and I’ve run a (half) marathon! 

10 years ago… I was so uncomfortable in my own skin, I was only just learning to enjoy spending time alone…
Now I LOVE my own space, I’ve lived alone for years (including overseas!) and prefer many activities solo! 

10 years ago… I thought meditation was a boring time waster and didn’t take care of myself…
Now I have a daily holistic self care routine including daily yoga and meditation - 29 year old me would definitely call me "booooring!"

10 years ago… I thought I’d never complete a bachelor degree…
Now I have my Masters. 

10 years ago… I was working in a job that fulfilled societies standards for happiness,
Now I’m working in a creative job that is fulfilling!

10 years ago… I used to get caught up in conflict and drama…
Now i’m experiencing more and more that when I I meditate with love, problems are miraculously resolved! 

10 years ago… I could not speak in front of a group of more than 3-4 people without choking up and feeling like I was going to pass out or die…. 
Now I not only LOVE public speaking, I also LOVE stand up comedy too!

...And on April 8th I’ll be performing my first PAID Stand Up gig at the Melbourne Comedy Festival! Tickets are selling fast, so click the link below if you want to come along!
EDIT: The Comedy Festival has been cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic. I'll leave the link here. They’ll refund automatically  https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2020/shows/the-best-of…

And most importantly…

10 years ago… I was looking for love, approval and validation in my work, other people, and wine…
And although I can slide back into old patterns sometimes (I’m still a work in progress and always will be), I’ve learned that I’m the only one who can give that love and validation to myself (well, the space within) and this is, by far, the most valuable change because it allowed me to keep going through my greatest challenges - anxiety, panic attacks, and Melbourne Weather* 

I'm so grateful for the journey so far and I can’t wait to see what the next decade brings! I’m learning that when we let go of attachment to our plans and go with the flow, it allows for surprises along the way...

The next decade is going to be one long surprise party… 🎉
Who’s coming?! 


* for non Melbournians- Melbourne weather is seriously bi-polar and often cold!

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