Day 37

We have been here less than a week, though it feels like months. I love this city. I love my husband even more. I have had the opportunity to see his hustle in action and I am more than impressed. This man is truly favored of God. The opportunities are so ripe here that I would be ashamed if I could not thrive here.

We have pounded the pavement and networked like nobody’s business. There have been many ups and a few downs, yet through it all we are grounded. This challenge has stirred up a few gifts and talents in us and has placed us in a position to really live life as we have imagined it.

When fear or discontent arises we subdue and master it quickly. We stand as a united front in the face of obstacles and those obstacles have to flee. I am thankful to all of my life struggles and heartaches of the past. If I never experienced them then, then I would not be able to appreciate this stage in my life.

I did not fully realize the importance of placement until I arrived here in DC. In Atlanta I struggled hard to position myself in a place to thrive and fulfill my purpose. My vision for my life and my environment were at odds with each other. I love Atlanta for preparing me to thrive in the right environment and now that I am here I am ready to roll.

As soon as we hit the city on Sunday, my spirit felt as if it exhaled after holding its breath for 10+ years. I knew I was where I was supposed to be for this leg of my journey. The very things that we requested of God were almost dropped in our laps. We move at the pulse of the city. We blend into its diversity. We learn from its elders and are ready to share what we have to offer.

The most valuable blessing we have received is the gift of being centered. We are not moved to the left or the right. We have grown closer to ourselves and each other. Most importantly we have grown closer to God.

If you are reading this I hope to inspire you to be fiercely proactive in pursuing whatever it is that your heart is longing for. Stop waiting on God to do the work for you and just begin somewhere. The Laws of the Universe will begin to draw you to the very thing you seek and you will be that much closer to being whole. I love you!

Aum Shantih Shantih Shantihi

Days 28-31

The day has come! It is time to hit the road. I’m on my way DC! Willie Nelson, Ledisi and Jill Scott are playing on my mental ipod. Willie is crooning “On the road again…”, Ledisi suavely sings “Life can bring you through many changes; its alright” and Jill”s saucy and sassy lyrics bounce through my head, “I’m living my life like its golden!” These are high times for the Whitman clan.

One month into the challenge to change my life and the momentum is astounding. I am ready! Jon is ready and the funny thing is that we do not have a rock solid plan. Everything is written in pencil (ok maybe crayon!). We are seeking to be feathers on the breath of God and enjoy the adventure. Either we trust Him or we don’t. Besides, our plans rarely go as planned.

As Jon & I let go of control, and a huge percentage of our belongings, and go with God’s flow, we feel a sense of jublent peace within ourselves and with each other. I am so very thankful that my husband is as adventurous as I am. Most imporantly, he is intune with God and his higher self. I can not imagine being called out into the world with a reluctant, scared, non believing partner. Thank you Jon Jon! Muah!

I encourage all of you to be proactive in fulfilling your goals and dreams. The positive energy you create will draw the resources that you need and create the opportunities that you want. I am so close to my life altering opportunity. Let’s see how this flows.

Aum Shantih Shantih Shantihi

Days 18, 19, 20

What a weekend! I am loving this challenge. Jon and I are on countdown to our relocation and we are siked. The energy created through this challenge is contagious. Friends and family are getting a buzz off of our natural high. It is a blessing to be an inspiration for others who want to change the direction of their life.

As we are packing up our stuff and preparing for this major change, we are doing a lot of visualization of what we desire to come of this move. The more that we meditate on what we desire, the quicker that thing comes to us and the stronger our faith becomes in God and our own abilities.

This challenge thus far has freed me to be more confident and I hold myself in a higher esteem. I have given myself permission to just be me. I really LIKE me. I am as cool as a cucumber, as complex as the hardest math problem ever yet as simple as the color blue. I am both mean and sweet and I am very intelligent, resourceful and creative.

I am as open-minded as I am closed. My commonsense takes vacations frequently and all I can do is laugh about it. I love people, however I enjoy my own company most. I am spiritual yet worldly and I love to balance the two.

I am growing and evolving. I am perfect yet incomplete. I am Yolanda and I just wanted to introduce you to the real me. Hello!

Aum Shantih Shantih Shantihi

Day 15

Today I watched God  keep to His word. As I stay focused on Him and keep moving forward in what comes organically to me, He continues to make provisions for me. The obstacles that arose became blessings and confirmation that I am on the right path. I do not have much to say on this day other than Hallelujah!

Aum Shantih Shantih Shantihi

Days 12, 13,& 14

Whew! Made it through the weekend. I hung out with my sisters both days and weathered through some turbulence. Two weeks into my 100 days and I feel stronger than ever. Change can be a very abrasive transaction. The beauty and blessing in it is personal growth and a strong sense of inner peace/ calm (should you choose to embrace it).

These two weeks have not been a cake walk for me. However, They have been very, very auspicious for me. I have learned some wonderful things about myself and made peace with much of my inner conflicts. Despite what conflicts have come my way, I have learned to confront them fiercely with dignity and grace. The result; expected success.

It reminds me of a few quotes I have come to embrace:

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.

Henry David Thoreau

 

  If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France

Subconsciously I have been living out these principles these past few weeks. It is as if my passion for living was reignited. I no longer see obstacles, I see opportunities. I have a newfound love and respect for myself. The things that would send me spiraling into despair and self-pity, now have to yield or get trampled over by my determination.

With this new opportunity in my life, I choose to exercise my faith in God‘s ability to take what is beyond my control and work it out for my benefit. I have seen Him do some amazing things on my behalf especially during this challenge. I am more than confident that this situation is no different.

It is all in His hands!

Aum Shantih Shantih Shantihi

Day 11

After having conversations with a few of my girlfriends, I was inspired to write this blog. All of us are 30 somethings and either are wrestling or have wrestled with pursuing our happiness. There is this unsettling feeling in the pit of our soul that just nags and nags and nags at us waiting for our response.

For me it was more of a rabid pit bull nipping at my heals trying to get me on the right road to becoming centered. I would chase after jobs and approval for that sense of soul satisfaction. I even attempted to find sweet relief in my relationships to no avail.

The only panacea that is currently working is found within myself. As I seek a deeper and more intimate relationship with God and myself, the sea of obstacles begin to part.  What I can do becomes what I am doing.  This centering of myself provides clarity and bold courage. I am settled in the confidence of what I do not know.

I have harnessed that uncomfortable energy into action and the results are more than desirable, they are contagious. My moves are bold and even unsettling to some, however I am undaunted. Any fear that surfaces I master and exploit its energy. I  can almost liken its feeling to that of a big cat in the jungle hunting for prey.

I once read about what fear’s real purpose in our bodies is.  It produces the “fight or flight response” in us. Fear is not meant to paralyze us, but to evoke action. It is a survival mechanism. The body responds in kind. Your muscles respond, adrenaline increases and your senses jump to new levels. All of this is hardwired into our sense of self preservation.

So why are we spiritually paralyzed. Our bodies are sending the signal that we are in danger of forfeiting a full and purpose filled life full of meaningful relationships and satisfying work. The sos call of our spirit is saying, “we are in danger of spiritually dying silly! Do something!”

My challenge to all of us today is to see the obstacles as opportunities. The unrest is probably God trying to nudge you in the right direction. Take 10 minutes to sit quietly and listen. I am certain you will hear what you need to begin changing the direction of your life. I love you!

Aum Shantih Shantih Shantihi

Day eight

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Ah! The dawn of a new life is peaking over the horizon. I have clarity about where I am currently in life and where I want to be. This revelation is somewhat bittersweet. I realize that I am getting ready to leave behind a comfortable, albeit dysfunctional, lifestyle and with it a number of people.

However, I am ready to do it. I can’t allow anyone or anything else to fill the pages of my life for me anymore. At the end of my life, I have to give an accounting for the life I lived and the decisions that I have made. With that said, I boldly press forward towards the life that I truly want to live. I take with me only, myself, my husband (if he so choses), and my God. For this journey, it is best to pack light.

Within this year a lot has changed for me. Most noticeably my spiritual expression and my relationships with God, myself and my husband have changed. I am more at peace with myself and work to maintain the balance between what is desirable in me and what is not.

I have embraced my intuition more instead of ignoring it. I care less what people think of me and my decisions or even how I worship God. Distancing myself from negative people has been the most liberating feeling thus far. I feel as though my spirit can breathe. I am finding my center!

This 100 day challenge has been a blessing to me so far. Through the rough patches of this past week have bloomed some of the most exotic plants ever in my life. I am hooked. I want more. This life is too rich to miss. I have got to go experience it. Thank God that my husband is a natty nomad as well. The world is calling him as well. We are on the move!

Aum Shantih Shantih Shantihi

 

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