With Valentines Day tomorrow. I cant help but think about Love. LOVE! What is it? What does it mean to you?
I have read a couple quotes lately that I just love:
Love is something that is within you, not something you fall into…
The more love you give, the more love you get…
Love is the ultimate. Of. Everything.
Its why we eat, breath, sleep, smile, frown, glow, reflect, inspire, aspire. It truly is the end all be all.
Today I am so happy. I tweeted that earlier: I love this day.
I read a comment back where someone said: I hope your today celebration is about something awesome for you…
I couldn’t help but think: Nothing special. I woke up, I didn’t sleep all that well. but I walked outside and I said its beautiful out! The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, the birds are signing, and I am alive!!!!
And then I made a cup of tea, and I ran some errands about town with my friend who I haven’t seen in awhile, and I had a photo shoot with my friends at Vuori, who are about to launch their awesome line of yoga pants, tops, recycled tees, and amazing spirit. And when everyone left, I was left to myself, and silence and I thought. Wow. Life is epic. So simple. But epic. And there really wasn’t nothing so special about it, but at the same time everything was special about it.
I am so in love with home once again. Today I was surrounded by people who dream big, want a simple, happy life. And know that, that is has nothing to do with obstacles or money, or new beginnings or stepping into something or someone you have never been. These are the people that inspire me to live my life so open and free.
Its true. I cant even begin to count the ways.
I have one friend who moved to Portland to pursue a change of scenery and graphic design, and she just landed herself at an even bigger and better firm, with amazing clients. Earlier this year, she took me camping into the woods for my first time and introduced me to the amazing group of friends she had made, over dinner at one of Portland’s best kept secret local restaurants. But at the same time, she just loves her dog, who digs up the yard, and that her darling sister, who recently moved to town, after a divorce (the best definitely hasn’t happened yet) and hell of a year, but through that started a brand new venture in being a nutritionist, has an amazing blog and some of the best recipes I have ever seen/tasted.
I have another friend, who married the love of her life, went to school for hair, and moved to Boston. (Her husbands job took them there). She found a job assisting at one of the most coveted salons in Boston. She’s the most adaptive, adventurous girl I know. Despite the recent snow storm, she is kicking major ass, and making the most of it, staying positive, with the best sense of humor even though she misses the shit out of home.
I have another friend who has taken her event planning business to soaring heights, the top of the top in San Diego. Her passion for success and her go big or go home attitude inspire me everyday. Despite many obstacles, she remains to kick life’s ass, instead of letting it kick hers.
Then there is my friend who took his t-shirt clothing line, and turned it into a dream, of expanding and creating yoga clothes designed and based on the active and care-free lifestyle of coastal San Diego. He recently quit his full time job and now calls me with surf reports in the AM, and lets me borrow his Vespa in return for free photo shoots!
And, I cant even forget my darling friend Leah, who I make my “Maybe The Best Hasn’t Happened Yet” bracelets with, who works 4 jobs, single mom, raising 2 kids, and still has the loudest, contagious laugh I know. This woman has the most giving, loving heart of anyone I know. She gives and gives and gives, and you know what, the universe miraculously always takes care of her. She is a manifesting magician this woman. She blows my mind. She is amazing.
I could go on and on, I feel like everywhere I look, I know people that just kick ass at life. From my Yoga Tropics family, to my friend Lisa at Beaming, who started the heaven sent beauty, superfood, vitality bar down the street from my house.
And some of the letters I get from fans, holy shit. You guys are rockstars. You uproot and change shit up like the best of them. I tell ya, I am inspired, non-stop everyday. Sometimes I feel like I am in the middle of a love revival its so nuts, everyone just wakes up and decides: Today is the day where I do it for me! And, Bam!! They do.
And its not because they have all the right cards in their deck or infinite amounts of money, but its because they have a passion burning inside of them, that they can not, do not, ignore. And they go after it.
I don’t know about you, but I know, I CAN FEEL IT, when I am surrounded by people who either A.) fuel my creativity and passion, or B.) Kill it completely.
I go back and forth. I am so free and all over the place, that sometimes I have moments where I fall into relationship and patterns with people who completely turn my faucet off. I don’t notice this till months down the road. I try to carry my positive ‘well’ into their territory. I try to see the best in everyone, the potential, the good stuff. But, eventually the well runs dry, and I find myself just stuck in a rut.
And then I have moments like today, where i look around, and I see all these people doing amazing shit. Making shit happen, not making excuses, not complaining about what they don’t have, but really making the most of what they do have.
I would like to dedicate this blog and this Valentines day to those people, who are KICKING LIFES ASS! WITH LOVE!
This is this kind of love I love the most. Because this love is infectious beyond belief. This is the LOVE that spreads, multiplies, divides and conquers. This Love starts from within, and flows outwards. This love inspires, reciprocates, and is unconditional.
This is the kind of love, that I have been working on.
I realize when I surround myself with love, and people who are doing epic shit, it inspires me to do epic shit, and hopefully inspires everyone I encounter to do epic shit.
So this is my message to you for Valentines Day. Do epic shit. Cause you, YES YOU! Are super amazingly capable of doing the most epic shit of all of them.
And I love that about you.
Each and everyone of you, inspire me to do epic shit, everyday.
Like a drop of water, that just keeps rippling out, and out, and out.
Make the most of what you have. Do epic shit. Don’t settle. Be awesome.
I love you.
For reals. I love the shit out of you.