Two years ago I had just finished my first trip out of the country alone. This was a big deal for me because I didn’t go away to college due to my severe anxiety. I never thought I would travel alone, especially somewhere far away that I had never been before. Additionally, it was a big investment financially and I was taking a week away from my businesses and family.
Yet, the trip was one of the most powerful experiences in my life for so many reasons.
In Costa Rica I met up with a group of women whom I had never met before. It was a magical trip focused on deep coaching, zip-lining, horse-back riding, yoga, delicious food and solitude. One of the best parts of the trip were the incredible women I had the chance to connect with. I truly felt we all understood one another on a soul-level.
There was a woman there who was one of the most creative and deep people I have ever met. I remember sitting next to her in a circle and feeling her powerful energy. She had such a depth about her that made me curious. As a naturally anxious and structured person, I wanted to receive some of her creativity and flowing vibes.
Although we didn’t chat too much after the retreat, we have watched one another on social media. She often shared amazing art and words and photos of her adorable son.
This past Sunday I woke up to the news that she had passed away. It brought such heartache to know she would no longer be sharing her beautiful creativity and heart. Then I remembered her son’s face and it brought an entirely new sadness. He will now have to grow up without his adoring mom.
I spent time grieving for her and her family. I spent time talking with other women who knew her.
And although her life her was cut short, it seems she tried to make the best of the time she did have. She traveled often, passionate about learning and meeting others. Apparently she was known to not let money and fear hold her back when making decisions in her life. She didn’t sit back and watch life go by. She jumped at opportunities which excited her. She truly experienced life as much as possible.
She has left an amazing impact on so many who have come in contact with her and her creativity.
The last post she shared on Facebook was a black and white photo of her young son reading and she shared these quotes:
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller
These words and the memory of her smile are my reminders to follow my heart and live my life to the fullest. I hope you will too.
Life is too short to constantly say no to your dreams and desires. You never know what tomorrow will bring…
How do you want to be remembered?
Since I have been going through a lot of emotions with the loss of this friend and of my amazing great-aunt this week, I have decided to extend the $100 off my Hope & Peace Retreat coming June 9th-11th.
If you are a young woman who is sick of saying no, this may be the perfect opportunity for you to start living your life more fully…
Feel into your heart and see what it is telling you about your life.