It has been a while since I have blogged, and for some this might be your first time hearing from me. I actually switched platforms in order to offer some online programs, and in doing so decided to start fresh...
Welcome to Purple Beet! I am excited to start a new chapter here, and share what I have learned along the way. I will primarily be blogging about food and nutrition, raising kids, non toxic living, good books, and I will do my best to keep it interesting.
Right now, I am luxuriating in the fact that I have time to dedicate to my practice and to my passion. For the past 15 years, I have been a stay at home mom, as well as a homeschooling mom for the past 10 years. Yesterday I dropped off my 8 year old daughter for her first day of "regular" school. It was awesome, for me and for her. We will see what today brings, but new beginnings are good for the soul. I have a lot of feelings about this transition, and it will take me a few days to really take it all in, but for now, I'm okay, actually pretty great. :-)
To commemorate my new beginning, I wanted to do something that I have never done. I decided that I was going to surf. Living in Santa Cruz for 20 years, having children and a husband who surf, there was really no good reason why I didn't. There were plenty of reasons why I could have backed out yesterday morning, from not having eye contacts, (it's better to "feel" the wave, right?) as well as having been up at 4:30 in the morning to take my husband to the airport, to it being a drizzly foggy morning. I was scared. I have been intimated of surfing because of the sharky feelings I get when I get in deep. I was also scared to walk down the steep stairs with the board on my head ( remember no glasses) and getting in to the water. But I knew I had to do it. I thought of my daughter in France, I thought of my other daughter sitting in a classroom, surrounded by unfamiliarity. Again, I knew I had to do it.
And I did do it! I did not stand up on any killer waves, but I did catch a few on my belly, and I paddled my butt off trying to catch more. And at other times, I just laid on my board and took in the beauty of the moment. I'd be lying if I did not tell you I also cried a little bit. Tears of joy for me and my family, tears letting go of a life that served me well, and looking forward to the future. We did it! We are doing it!
In the space that I am in, I'm constantly being reminded to "get uncomfortable," "do something that scares you," because that is where the magic happens. Sounds a bit cliche, I know, but seriously nothing comes from nothing, and when you put yourself out there to experience life at its fullest you get back so much more and then some. Yesterday I was walking on cloud 9, smiling all day and feeling the joy. It has lingered to today, and inspired me to share the feelings. So here we are, and so let it be.
Go ahead and do something that scares you... I promise you'll feel different.
( me after my first surf, feeling completely blissed out)
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