Life can certainly weigh us down to the point that we get lost underneath the heavy pile of BS – so lost that we barely recognize ourselves anymore. At any moment though, you can make the decision to let go of the baggage of life that is weighing you down and set yourself free.
Hola everyone! It is good to be back! Back from Spain that is! I celebrated my BIG 5-0 in Valencia and Barcelona, Spain, and I had a blast! Si! Si! Si! If you have never been, I highly recommend it! The weather is amazing, the people are super cool, the beaches are gorgeous, the food is divine, and the wine is oh-so fine! If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube or TikTok, you can see a video of highlights from my trip! It was epic for sure!
Spain was the perfect place to start the top half of my life! The first thought when I woke up on November 27th was, woah. I’m fifty. Fifty. Fifty. Fifty? That sounds so weird. My next thought was, well, let’s make the next fifty better than the first fifty!
Not to say that the first fifty was all doom and gloom, but it was certainly filled with lots of trials, trauma, and tribulations. I am determined to make the second fifty filled with more light, more love, and more laughter. That might sound so fluffy, but all in all, that’s what I want.
The first half of my life was all about surviving, and I intend to make the next half of my life all about thriving. As I look back at the first 5 decades of my life, I had to be so REactive. I was constantly repairing and recovering from my relationships, my health, and my emotional trauma. I was always on high alert of when the next ball would drop. It was so exhausting!
But not anymore. Instead, I want to be more PROactive in the next 5 decades of my life. What I mean by that is really making myself and my happiness a priority. I want to create better boundaries within my relationships, and to stop apologizing and explaining who I am and the life I want to live. I used to think of that as being selfish or self-centered, and now I know that taking a stand for myself and the life I desire to live means that I love and care for myself. That’s not selfish. That is selfless.
No matter your age, you can make the decision at any moment to change your life, change your relationships, change your career, change where you live, change how you live, and change who you are. Without apology, without explanation, and without guilt. You just have to believe in yourself and make it happen. And HOW do you make it happen you might be asking? Well, today’s show will help you get started! Before we get into the nitty-gritty of it, a few reminders for you:
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Speaking of jumpstarting your midlife makeover, let’s jump into today’s topic by telling you about a friend of mine named David. First of all, he is absolutely breathtaking. I mean, gorgeous! Just imagine the manliest of men standing tall before you with beautiful curly hair, dreamy eyes, broad shoulders, a firm chest, rock hard abs, strong legs, a lovely tush, and a nice package just for you. An Amazon package, of course! Golly geez! Get your mind out of the gutter!
Anyways, if you want to meet David in person, you’ll have to travel all the way to Florence, Italy. This stunning and magnificent being is better known as The Statue of David. If only we could make this guy come to life! A girl can dream.
Here’s a little history on our sexy friend. Back in the 1500s, the statue was finely carved out of a 20-foot block of marble by the famous Italian artist Michelangelo. The artist was given the contract to sculpt this fine specimen decades after two previous artists abandoned the project, leaving the giant block of marble neglected and exposed to the elements. Poor David.
Thankfully, Michelangelo rescued David from oblivion. He grabbed his chisel and began carving our big hunk of a man out of a big hunk of marble. Three years later, our David was born. Hallelujah!
When Michelangelo was asked how he sculpted David from this gigantic, abandoned rock, he replied, “I saw an angel in the marble, and I carved until I set him free.” Essentially, Michelangelo carved away at everything that was not David. Blow by blow, piece by piece, he removed chunks of marble until his vision of David was brought into existence.
I am not sharing this story with you because I am a history buff. Far from it. I am also not sharing this story with you because I am obsessed with naked statues. (Well, maybe a little.) I am telling you this story because just how Michelangelo freed the angel from the marble, you can free your own inner angel. You, too, can bring your angel into existence.
Who is your angel anyway? Your angel is the true you. Your spirit. Your pure essence. Your angel is the sweet little girl or little boy who came into this world before she or he was blind-sided and bombarded with the craziness of life. Your angel lies deep beneath the layers of heavy stone – your fears, insecurities, negative thoughts, bad habits, limiting beliefs, crappy relationships, and traumatic experiences.
Shewee! That is a big block of misery right there! How do you even begin to chip away at all of that? You might already want to abandon the project much like the previous artists of David did — oh, but no! Not this time. No more abandoning yourself. It is time to rescue your inner angel from the baggage of life that has been weighing you down. It is time to set yourself free.
First and foremost, you need a vision. You need to envision your angel in the marble. You need to imagine who you truly are at your core. Imagine who you would be if you weren’t buried underneath the heavy pile of bullshit.
How would you act if you were confident, secure, and courageous? Would you finally go after a career that allowed you to shine and share your gifts with the world? Would you create better relationships with clear boundaries, love, and respect? Picture the person you would be if you took care of your beautifully perfect body. Would you implement healthy habits of eating nutritious foods, consistently exercising, and sleeping well? Envision yourself as your own best friend. Would you become conscious of how you speak to yourself and only allow loving thoughts to fill your mind? Never lose sight of your angel in the marble, of the man or woman that is waiting to be rescued.
Now that you have your angel in mind, it is time to grab your chisel and start chipping away at ye’ ol’ block! Just like Michelangelo, you too can carve away at everything in your life that is not you. Take a good hard look at all areas in your life and decide what is not in alignment with the person you envisioned.
What does not belong? Which relationships bring disharmony in your life? Is your career causing chronic stress and unhappiness? Is it time to let it go and start that dream business? What negative thoughts and limiting beliefs need to go by the wayside? Are they congruent with someone that loves and appreciates themself? Do you have debt weighing you down? Is it time to get your finances under control? Which bad habits do you need to kick to the curb? Are your daily habits allowing you to be at your best?
Don’t be afraid to start carving away. It will take time to chip away at that big boulder, but it is so worth it! YOU are worth it! Blow by blow, piece by piece, you will make it happen and you will free your angel!
Mind you, you are the sculptor. Not only are you the angel within the sculpture, but you are also its sculptor. You are the artist at work, and you are the work of art. You hold the vision, and you hold the power to create the vision.
As you move throughout your day today, and every day, be mindful of what is no longer serving you. Ask yourself, is this good or bad for me? Does this free me or bury me? Does this help me or hurt me?
Remember Michelangelo’s words, “I saw an angel in the marble, and I carved until I set him free.” Envision your angel, chisel away, and bring your angel to life! Decide to make the rest of your life the best of your life!
Let’s review The Nuggets of Midlife Wisdom from today’s show:
- You can make the decision at any moment to change your life, change your relationships, change your career, change where you live, change how you live, and change who you are.
- Just how Michelangelo freed the angel from the marble, you can free your own inner angel. You, too, can bring your angel into existence.
- Your angel lies deep beneath the layers of heavy stone – your fears, insecurities, negative thoughts, bad habits, limiting beliefs, crappy relationships, and traumatic experiences.
- No more abandoning yourself. It is time to rescue your inner angel from the baggage of life that has been weighing you down. It is time to set yourself free.
- You need to envision your angel in the marble. You need to imagine who you truly are at your core. Imagine who you would be if you weren’t buried underneath the heavy pile of bullshit.
- Carve away at everything in your life that is not you. Take a good hard look at all areas in your life and decide what is not in alignment with the person you envisioned.
- Not only are you the angel within the sculpture, but you are also its sculptor. You are the artist at work, and you are the work of art. You hold the vision, and you hold the power to create the vision.
- Decide to make the rest of your life the best of your life!
Okay Michelangelo! Get out there and BE BOLD, BE FREE, BE YOU!
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