Happy 2016!

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I started my jar this morning. I call it the “Gratitude and Wishes Jar”

I plan to write down one thing a day that I’m grateful for and all my hopes and dreams for this year.

This morning I realized… I have so much to be grateful for.

I have my health, my sanity, my family, my friends, my job which I love, a roof over my head, food in the fridge. I have a lot of qualities I don’t give myself enough credit for but I also have a bunch of beautiful people who are there to remind me.  I have a lot! What more could I ask for? To be truthful, nothing. I want nothing more than to continue on this journey called life. To continue to walk with myself, to learn more, to grow more, to see more, to experience more, to love more, to breathe more. Another year of more of all this that I’ve been living.

For some reason, I have this notion that my life has been radically transformed during the past few years. As if the sum of my life experiences has somehow altered me on a genetic or biological level.

I find myself to be more kind, more loving, more generous, more intuitive, more patient, more graceful, more benevolent, more decisive, more confident, more honest, more trusting, more flexible, more peaceful, more joyous, more beautiful, more EVERYTHING than I’ve ever been in my life….

 

I posted this on Facebook today:

Some of you might not know this, but once upon a time I was a very shy person. I was afraid of sharing my thoughts and feelings with the world because I feared they could be rejected. I feared I could be rejected.. and in some way, by thinking that way I created that reality for myself. I was an outcast for a big part of my life. Today, not sharing my heart with others feels like drowning. Not letting them know how much I love them every second of every day is not an option. (some people are actually sick of it already haha) but I am so grateful for my bold, beating heart that feels so damn much for so many people. I am so grateful for this year because this is the year that I learned about courage, authenticity, loss, discovery, connection, transformation, detachment, freedom and most of all.. Love. To my friends and family, you beautiful people… thank you for being with me (near or far).. teaching me, pushing me, encouraging me, scolding me… loving me. Thank you so damn much 2015. I wish you all a 2016 full of love, love, love, some peace and joy too, and most of all… I look forward to the memories and experiences I hope to share with you. Happy New Year!

 

The response was somewhat overwhelming. I received messages from people I haven’t spoken to in years telling me how amazing and awesome I am, my primary school teacher even wrote to me saying she knew that shy side, but that I’ve always had a big and kind heart.

 

So maybe… I’ve always been this way? Maybe I’m now realizing it. Maybe this is what we call “Awakening”. Who knows? 🙂

They are a lot of things I’m not sure of. In fact, there are very few things I believe with 100% certainty. Full conviction. It is these 3 things:

 

  1. I am a being of Love

 

loveHuman beings have an immeasurable capacity for compassion, for kindness, for gratitude, for love! Love knows no boundaries, no barriers, no race, no gender, no color… when love comes knocking, open the door!

 

  1. The stars, the trees, the leaves, the breeze, the sea, everything without is within me. I am connected to an Eternal Source of Unlimited Energy

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  1. I am here in this life to be happy. To experience love and beauty and truth and peace. In order to step into my own authenticity, in order to be me and claim my beautiful life, I need courage.

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  1. There is a flow to the entire Universe. There is order in the Chaos.

 

This is a post I wrote Jan 1, 2015:

Oh my god, is it really over? 2014, you were amazing on so many levels. You were a roller coaster ride the whole time and I’d like to emphasize that I survived. Thank you for pushing me past my limits, for testing new waters, for challenging… well pretty much everything. Thank you for bringing change, both temporary and permanent. Thank you for bringing opportunity. For bringing wisdom, joy, creativity, love and friendship. Thank you for reminding me of the value of family. I’m glad we do that every year. Thank you for my family of friends. Thank you for the books, the movies, the moments, the intimate conversations, the aleatory souls, the random chance encounters, the late nights, the early mornings, the sunsets, the meditations, the silence, those infinite moments where I took a deep breathe. Thank you for courage, for patience, for freedom, for truth. For everything, thank you. Sending my love to all my family and friends, may 2015 be a time of intense joy, fulfillment and togetherness. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

As you can see, there is some conducive string attaching 2014 to 2015 and I hope to 2016. I believe it is because I am aligned with my Truth more and more in time and therefore the path that I’m on automatically winds to fit where I am. I believe life is a beautiful and intrinsic dance and we all just need to let loose, take off our shoes and shake the hell out of it!

 

I wish every single one of you kindred spirits from the bottom of my heart a very wonderful and beautiful 2016. Full of LOVE! Peace, Happiness, Beauty, Growth, Transformation, Discovery, Re-Discovery, Encounters, Magic, Flores, Laughter, Eye gazing, hugs and absolute Bliss!

Thank you for being in my life. You are part of my journey, my existence, my growth, my transformation. This year, I hope to do the same for you.

With immense gratitude and love,

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Dolly

Merry Christmas!

Meet my Avatar, the cartoon version of me that speaks in Comic Sans and always has gorgeous, flowing hair =]

I’d like to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas. Whether you celebrate it or not, today is a day to love, to forgive, to reminisce, to appreciate, to give, to be present.

I heard my neighbor screaming this morning, the little boy was so contented with his new Xbox One that Santa brought him that he had to run out of the house into the streets and shout it out to the world.

It was joyous. What a wonderful sound to wake up to: Happiness.

I’ll be spending the rest of my day in the company of my family and loved ones. Floating in their love and kindness.

Last year was a completely different scene for me. I was in a foreign country without any family members to spend Christmas with so I actually spent it with a group of people just like me. “Christmas Dinner for the Family-less people in Buenos Aires”. A group of friends organized a house and around 20 young people came together to celebrate Christmas. Each of us made a traditional dish and we played Secret Santa. For a moment, you almost didn’t miss being surrounded by family. Friends are the family we choose for ourselves. I’m lucky that no matter where I go, I’ll always have family with me 🙂

Today I count my blessings. My blog being nominated for an Award, my friend Denyce who is a ray of sunshine to me, my entire family and the closeness and warmth that they give me, my extended family all over the world, my beautiful mind and all the things it wants to achieve, my beautiful heart and soul that loves everything around me.

I wish you true love, peace, patience, kindness, grace, forgiveness and joy today and everyday. My warmest regards to you, I carry you in my heart always. Happy holidays!

Dolly.

Gratitude

All that I am,

All that I see,

All that I’ve been,

And all that I’ll ever be.

It’s a blessing,

It’s so amazing,

And I’m grateful for it all!

The infamous Nimo Patel does it again, this time accompanied by Daniel Nahmod they brought together dozens of people from around the world to create this beautiful, heart-opening melody. Inspired by the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge, the song is a celebration of our spirit and all that is a blessing in life. For the 21 Days, over 11,000 participants from 118 countries learned that “gratefulness” is a habit cultivated consciously and a muscle built over time. As a famous Roman, Cicero, once said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” This soul-stirring music video, created within a week by a team of volunteers, shines the light on all the small things that make up the beautiful fabric of our lives.

Its that time of the year when we take a moment to reflect and to appreciate all the wonderful things life has to offer us (and, of course, to indulge in all kinds of wonderful goodness too!)

So as we celebrate Thanksgiving, I just wanted to let you know that I am grateful for the gift of you in my life. Yes, that’s right, I’m talking to YOU, the beautiful soul that has found me in this corner of the cyber Universe and who has connected with a word that I’ve fluttered on this page. Thank You for your eternal kindness and kindredness ❤

What are you grateful for?

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Timeless Kindness!

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Mark Twain

This is an incredible video of an act of kindness being done without expectation yet returned without measure.

Life is very much like this. Everything we do affects everything around us and we don’t know how far or long our actions stretch. If you were to think of your life as an experience with an uncertain future, would you be doing what you’re doing today? Most of us, whether we like to admit it or not, believe we have tomorrow. we take it for granted. we’re all chasing some kind of instant gratification yet we also know that the most beautiful things take time and patience to bloom. Your act of kindness today, your smile today, your hug, your word of encouragement… well… they could go on the be the turning point of someone else’s future.

You are so powerful. Powerful beyond measure. Share your most valuable gift with someone today and plant a seed for life.

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. – Ralph Waldo Emerson