Hey there! First off, thank you so much for stopping by. My hope and aspiration is that this blog will serve as a community and be a place where you can come to know you are not alone, in whatever season you happen to be in. I know all too well what it feels like to think you are the only person going through something and how lonely of a feeling that can be. On the flip side, I know what it is like to be so excited and happy about something and feel like there is no one there to celebrate with you.
You may be wondering, “What in the world does this blog name mean?”. Boy is that a loaded answer. Let me break if down for you, because each of the three parts has huge significance and meaning in my life.
We live in a world where society tells us that we should always be pushing to move on to the next biggest thing, complete the next item on our to do list, and work until we fall over exhausted at the end of the day. I don’t know about you, but girl (or dude) that is EXHAUSTING. Not only does this bring stress, anxiety, and unrest, but even worse, it causes us to never be able to be truly in the moment or be still…mind, body, or soul. Over the last several years, this form of high performance anxiety had become increasingly worse for me, unbearable at times to the point where I would just break down in tears from feeling overwhelmed. I finally came to a point where I made it my goal to journey to a place to Be Still. I needed to make a shift in order to find stillness in my mind, in my body, and in my soul. Be Still & Just Breathe has become a life mantra for me, so much so that I tattooed it on my body as a constant reminder. This also loosely comes from the bible verse “Be still and know that I am God”. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a blog around religion, more so faith in self, in a higher power, and knowing that you have to fill your own cup first.
When choosing a blog name, I wanted something that would encompass anything and everything that I could ever possibly want to share with you, something that fully embodied me and my life story. Truth is that piece. Satya, or truthfulness, is one of the Yamas of yoga. Satya means a total commitment to truth in your actions, intentions, words, and how you live your life. We all know people that act like one person when they are with a certain friend, then a different person when they are with their family, and yet another when they are are work. Sadly, those people tend to lose touch of who they truly are completely. My intention is to never live like that and to live in MY truth always, in every moment. How freeing does that sound?! If we are pretending to be someone we are not and not fully living our truth, the world is missing out on our unique and authentic self, even worse so are we. I can make you one promise, you will never find anything other that me living my truth here, sharing my experiences, joys, and heartaches in the most truthful way I can. This is a place where you will see and hear it all, the highs and lows, the celebrations and sorrows, and my goal is to always write to you as if I am standing right beside you, coffee in hand, sweats on, and a curly hair don’t care messy bun. Heart to heart, in truth.
A butterfly has so many meanings and so much significance to me. A butterfly is proof that we must sometimes go through stagnation or hardship to come out on the other side a beautiful specimen of change. Butterflies truly embody change and growth. In recent years, my life has morphed and I have grown in so many ways mentally, emotionally, and physically. When my little sister passed away in 2012, the butterfly also became a symbol of hope for my mother and I in a way. It was a symbol that something beautiful could come out of something incredibly tragic. Still now when we see a random butterfly, we know it is a sign from her. They will forever be a reminder to me that there is always room for growth, that change can be good, and that happiness can come after tragedy. Finally, they have wings. You must grow your wings and learn to use them, but in order to fly you must first embrace the pain and fear then dare to dream and truly live.
I hope that in time this blog will help you see YOUR potential to grow your wings and fly, to show you that you are capable of overcoming anything you face, and to always know that you are not alone. You, my friend, are a butterfly. Now let’s teach that butterfly to Be Still and Be True to itself.