Thanking the universe in shouty capitals.

It’s raining a lot of very, very good things on me and it’s freaking me out.

Ever have that happen? When suddenly the universe just felt generous and a whole bunch of good shit just fell at your feet?  No? Me neither.  Until recently.

I remember when The Secret started making headlines, I wrinkled my nose in its general direction.  All I heard about it’s philosophy was : if you think positively and project your wishes to the universe, your dreams will magically come true. With leprechauns and unicorns. Okay, maybe the mystical creatures are a stretch, but I still call bullshit. I was raised by amazingly tough parents who instilled in my brother and I a strong foundation of working for what you have. We were taught that sacrificing and truly appreciating your accomplishment made you respect the value of hard work and its rewards. The belief that you can just SAY what you want and expect the universe to hand it to you, ie: The Secret, to me is utter bollocks.

Enter my friend FreakFlag, who introduced Camp Mighty into my life. Their concept? THAT I can get behind: Say what you want. (aka write it down in a Life List) Begin to do these things on your list. Start small, but you must take action. Do good for others. Help someone with their dreams, too. Then before you know it, things begin to happen in other ways because the ball is rolling. You become more brave. Stronger. More confident. Achieving smaller goals paves the way for tackling the bigger ones! FF’s huge life improvements in the year after her Camp Mighty experience inspired me to go. And DO. So I did.

If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve accomplished a great deal in the last year. I’ve put my dreams out there for the world to see and I’ve started going after them with a fierceness. Here’s a quick list, because lists are awesome.*

In the grand scheme, these are all pretty damn good things but  I didn’t do anything crazy like quit my career or get a boob job or move to Italy. Give me time… 😉

But then bigger things started to happen. Another list, because yay.

  • A few months ago I began to plan #3 on my 2013 Top Five: See the Redwoods and feel small in the world. My friend Might-E is joining me and we’re solidifying plans to make that happen.
  • I began to learn how to voice my needs out loud to the people in my life. Still a work in progress, but better!
  • My friend Nette committed to tackle #4 on my 2013 Top Five with me: Go to London with N. to revisit our juvenile delinquency. We started planning dates and asked for PTO from work!!
  • During my performance review at work, I got brave and asked for a long overdue raise. I got it. And a bigger one than expected. Holy shit!
  • Love smacked me upside the head. I braved the risk and went for it. I’ve been on cloud 9 ever since. Seriously, even my therapist is disgusted with me. Hell. I’m disgusted with me. I’m all fuzzy bunnies and shit. OMG, WHO AM I? :)

If all that wasn’t enough with the fat raise and the travel plans and the falling in love… then the universe hit the turbo boosters.  Check out THIS list, of the last five days.

  • Nette called me late Thursday night and passed along the teeny tiny news that her boss gifted our entire hotel stay in London. Um. WHAT?  I may have fallen off my bed. Clearly, the universe wants us to go to London.
  • I smashed my 5K time from a year ago by 9 whole minutes. Still in disbelief.
  • Had an amazing time with family up in the mountains. Life is truly good when you’re watching your nephew make a double play at first base while the Spring sun is shining on your Starbucks coffee cup.
  • A friend from college invited me to go see the Jillian Michaels’ Maximize Your Life tour on Sunday. It was so amazing, both the show and catching up with a long-lost friend after 13 years! But then by utter chance, we wound up meeting Jillian Michaels and got a picture! (I AM GINORMOUS NEXT TO HER.)
  • Bertie was given club-level tickets to go see Rihanna last night and invited me and some other CrossFit gals. SO MUCH FUN!!! For the record, RiRi has a pair of crotch-high white leather Louboutin boots. That bitch.

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Jillian Ticket

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Rihanna

Maybe it’s silly, but I’ve always held onto the belief that that we go through hardships for good reasons. Had I not been through as many difficult things in recent years, I would not be where I am right now. Not geographically, physically, mentally or emotionally. I know this with 100% certainty.

But these recent blessings are happening in such quick succession that I am having a difficult time wrapping my brain around everything. I don’t feel like I’ve done anything tangible that would result in such an outpouring of ridiculously cool events. And it feels bizarre to think that maybe, just maybe, these amazing things are happening because the universe decided I’d waded through my share of the shit for awhile and it was time to throw me a freakin’ bone.  I don’t know what the answer is.  All I know is that I’m grabbing onto these very good things and amazing opportunities with both hands and my toes, all monkey-like. I do not take my good fortune for granted and you best believe that I am one grateful girl.

So, it continues. I’m going to keep living the shit out of my life and keep on with my happy. And by god, I’m going to get my dreams.

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Thanking the universe in shouty capitals.

19 Responses

  1. Oh friend! This is WONDERFUL. Such a good read. Yay for all the good things. I’m proud of you and inspired by you.

    I want to hear more about the love interest! I want to hear more about all of it! When are you heading to Lodon? I’ll be there in September.

    You’re great. xo

    shannon April 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm #
    • YOU, Shannon. :) Thank you for the love and support. We need to catch up soon, for sure. You’re going, too?? I’ll miss you there. Mine is in November. You’ll have to give me pointers when you get back! :)

      50Peach April 24, 2013 at 9:51 am #
  2. Like! +1! Woo-hoo! etc…. Love hearing about all the good stuff flying at your face.

    VegasChrisH April 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm #
    • Haha, thanks Chris! Usually I’m opposed to things flying at my face. But for these, I’ll make an exception. >:)

      50Peach April 24, 2013 at 9:52 am #
  3. Even though I’ve heard about a lot of this awesome stuff in person, reading this made me want to jump up and down and fist pump frantically (so not me). :) I actually had butterflies whirling around in my stomach out of sheer joy and excitement for you. Your writing totally rocks, too, by the way. So proud of you and happy for all of these amazing things you’re accomplishing and experiencing!!

    Erica April 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm #
    • Hi, Erica!! Yay!!! I’ll totally do a fist pump and booty shake with ya, don’t worry! Thanks for visiting/reading and can’t wait to hang again soon! xo

      50Peach April 24, 2013 at 9:53 am #
  4. Life is GOOOOOOOD!!!!! #snaps

    Bertie April 24, 2013 at 9:31 am #
    • That is IS. Don’t pinch me. I don’t want to wake up!!!

      50Peach April 24, 2013 at 9:59 am #
  5. You deserve all the goodness! :)

    Anne Marie April 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm #
    • Anne Marie, you are the sweetest. I’m glad to see your running shoe pics again!!! YAY!

      50Peach April 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm #
  6. YAY for all these amazing things! I am so incredibly happy for you :)

    Samantha Brinn Merel April 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm #
    • Thank you, Sam! 😀

      50Peach May 1, 2013 at 8:32 am #
  7. This made me teary because this post is just so. damn. awesome. So happy for you and all of the wonderful things that are happening! And this post came in at just the right moment. I was all woe-is-me and bemoaning my life and the truth is I’m sitting here waiting for the good stuff to just appear and it’s not going to if I don’t do something to kick start it. Thank you, again, for inspiring me.

    Michelle Longo April 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm #
    • Go get it, Michelle!!!

      50Peach May 1, 2013 at 8:38 am #
  8. Serious fist pumps and high 5s! You’re awesome!

    Stacie April 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm #
    • You, girlie. 😉

      50Peach May 1, 2013 at 8:38 am #
  9. Whoot! So inspiring! And deserved. xo

    Daffodil Campbell May 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm #
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