May 1st was my 37th birthday. As the days approached I thought little about it, until now. Now, I’m ready to celebrate. I have so much to be grateful for. I feel fantastic! I have two wondrous children, a loving husband, healthy parents, a supportive sister and life long friends. Over the past year I’ve also gained guidance from a mentor, a healer and a wise therapist. In this instant I feel complete, clear and strong.
I can assure you, the view from this happy mountain top was not accessible to me until now. Like so many others, my past was riddled with struggle. Over the past 6 years I’ve struggled with the loss of a loved one, financial upheaval, illness, postpartum depression and the overwhelm of being a new parent. But at this moment, with complete clarity, I can honestly say, I no longer struggle.
Don’t get me wrong, I am still challenged by daily life. Only now, I face these challenges from a place of empowerment. I believe I can learn from my challenges, respond with Love and surrender to Grace. The source of my empowerment comes from the loving presence and support of my family, friends, teachers, healers and mentors.
The magic of this moment is, I now believe I am deserving of this abundance and love. Because I believe I am deserving, I realize my capacity to give it back. I realize my capacity to love myself, love those in my life, and love you, a friend who I’ve yet to meet. To be lovable, is not only to be loved by others, it’s also the ability to love them back. It is my understanding that you cannot be lovable without being loving.
Let’s backtrack a little here. I’m feeling so good and it’s hard to stay focused. But I have to focus because I have something important to share. It’s taken me 37 years to realize who I truly am, and I’m excited to introduce you to this person.
Hello world, my name is Nina, I’m 37 years old and I am powerful, compassionate, courageous and loving. I am all these things because I choose to be. In moments when I am not powerful, compassionate, courageous or loving, I am hurting. In moments when I am hurt, I ask for you, kind strangers, kindred spirits and loyal friends to be powerful, compassionate, courageous and loving, so I can see you for who you truly are, and be reminded of who I truly am. I thank you, and I love you.