F.R.E.E.D.O.M.

F.R.E.E.D.O.M.

Freedom, what’s it worth to you?

free·dom
ˈfrēdəm/
The condition of being free of restraints. Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression.

We all feel restrained in something don’t we?

I remember when I was a child I was constantly in trouble or crying out of the sheer frustration of not being heard. Many adults around me were telling me how I was feeling and what I should or should not be doing.

When I would say, “No!” I was in trouble. When I would say, “That’s not how I feel!” I was discounted and told I was smarting off, and sent to stand in the corner.

I had much anger building in my little body because I had things to say and do that were important to me. In fact I was so angry that I was sick most of my life because of deep internal conflict.

After almost 2 decades of being told how to live and what to feel, I finally realized…I’m the boss of myself. I am a brilliant human being that is free to choose the life I want for myself. I learned that I can trust my gut and that the God of my understanding has my back!

Here are a few of the problems that get in the way with living the life we want for ourselves:

  1. We’re worried that we’ll be judged as being selfish and uncaring.
  2. We’re trying to make everyone else (but ourselves) happy.
  3. We’re afraid that doing things the way we deem “right for us” means we’ll end up alone. (Tip: If you do what feels right for you, everything else will fall into it’s proper place much quicker and easier.)
  4. Also many of us have deep subconscious limiting beliefs that are telling us if we do or have our sacred desires we will somehow be doing something wrong. 

These things are lies!

Just a 411…the human spirit was never meant to be controlled. It is meant to FLY! You may allow others to control you but that will only last so long before your spirit will break free and scream, “I’m free at last, God Almighty I am FREE at last!”

Many believe that by nature we are selfish and will do foolish and bad things.

Might I suggest that by nature you are beautiful and perfectly wonderful only desiring to have and give joy.

You were born with gifts and talents to bless and bring joy to yourself and others.

Some of these gifts and talents of yours have been squashed by those around you that have forgotten about their own.

There is not one mold to fit everyone. You have your own Personal Unique Essence, as does everyone else too. We must throw out this idea of “molds” and devour our uniqueness!

It is as though each one us are a piece of a puzzle. Without one piece the puzzle is not complete. Each piece fits perfectly with another yet it is a different size and shape. As we connect and live as our authentic selves we all fit comfortably together. Ahhhh. Isn’t that wonderful?

What’s living the life you want worth to you?

What are you willing to give to have it?

There’s much talk right now of things feeling like they’re falling apart. Have you noticed all the changes happening in your life and those around you? Has it occurred to you that this perceived loss is only making room for the wonderful new?

Many of us are setting high intentions to live in total abundance, happiness and joy, and there definitely is a connection between things falling apart and enjoying the new. A clearing must happen so there’s room in your life for your heart’s desire. 

And please please please remember that you living unashamed about who you are and celebrating your uniqueness is the main ingredient for you to be able to enjoy all the good you’re bringing into your life. 

Side note: If you’re not being true to you and living your life your way for fear of being judged for doing it different than most everyone else, you’ll be entrapped and blocking your own authenticity and progression. It means you are being lead by fear. Fear is an illusion. Let this crap go right now!!!

You are the boss of yourself. You are not here to live the life someone else wants you to live. You are here to share your unique gifts and talents, and to have joy and abundance in all areas of life.

And always remember that in order to receive something new, you have to have empty hands to hold it.

Trust your gut, and always know that the UNIVERSE has your back. I do believe that the freedom to be our brilliant selves is the greatest blessing we can claim!

Let’s all fly!

Love,

Tiff

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I was running for my life.

I was running for my life.

I had a dream.

I’m a dreamer…always have been.

You may think I’m talking about being a “dreamer” in the sense that I think big and have high intentions set for myself, and that nothing seems impossible if I want it bad enough–you’d be right, however in this case, I’m talking of the dreaming that happened last night as I was sleeping.

Normally when my head hits the pillow I’m out like a light, and though I’m not sure if it’s a direct correlation or not, I have vivid dreams that feel like I’m really awake having an experience in another place and time (I’m still not convinced that I’m not a time traveler).

A few nights ago, I found myself being hunted in my dream. The kind of being hunted that you know you’re dead if you’re seen by the hunter.

I was in danger. I was doing everything in my power to not stand out, I needed to be completely invisible, to blend in, become bland, no color, no light, no brightness.

If I stood out I would be dead.

I woke up exhausted. Running, hiding and trying to make myself invisible nearly killed me.

I know that you’ve probably already analyzed and interpreted my dream.

I have.

It had everything to do with being seen, being REALLY SEEN. The kind of “seen” where everyone knows where you stand and what you think.

The put it all out there, no holding back…kind of SEEN.

Here I am! Jack, formerly known as Susan, born in a girl’s body but now a couple weeks post-op with only “pecs” and no more boobs, waiting for the world to bow to the man before them. 😉
happy boy

This picture was taken 1 week post op at my doctor’s office. It was the first time in a week since my surgery that I could see the scars and get an idea of what my chest would now look like.

I was elated and felt like I might pass out all at the same time. It was surreal.

Tiffany standing faithfully by my side with a look of utter joy on her face reassured me that indeed I was wide awake and not dreaming.

I looked in the mirror and did a double-take, I saw ME, just me.

It was celebration time and so we decided we would go out for a delicious bowl of gazpacho soup and a slice of pie (oh how I love pie, not as much as I love Tiff, but it’s pretty big love).

As we headed into the restaurant, the first thing that met our ears, “Welcome ladies . . .” and the feeling of overwhelm settled in like an anchor around my neck, pulling me to the depths of an ocean grave.

The lump in both of our throats so huge that swallowing around it was near impossible.

Not only was it once that I was misgendered in 5 minutes, but 3 times. Ugh!

I’d like to say that I brushed it off and didn’t think about it again.

I did wait until I got home and then the upset exploded from me.

Invisible…am I? Will I EVER be seen for who I am?

I felt like shit. Tried taking a nap to sleep it off, didn’t help.

Talked it through with Tiff and felt a little better but still not the greatest.

Went to bed that night, and then the “being hunted” dream happened.

I got up, shared my dream with Tiff, and then went outside to meditate and sort this out.

What did I discover?

As I was in meditation I was reminded that I am the captain of my ship. I’m the one forging the path of my journey. I get to be ME and it’s up to me, and to let the world know who that is.

The movie, “Finding Joe,” popped into my mind and I realized once again that I’m the only one that can choose whether or not to be seen for who I am.

(If you haven’t seen this movie, watch it today because you too have your own journey of self discovery, and this movie will inspire you on your path! Click here to watch.)

Take risks. Follow your heart in spite of the logical storm screaming at you, “Blend in, don’t make waves, be invisible.”

I choose to play big…live out loud.

I’m giving this life all I’ve got.

No holding back.

I’m ALL IN baby!

I plan on getting to the end of my long wonder-filled life, used up, worn out, and a big ole silly grin wiped across my face.

And don’t you forget…I always get what I want! 😉

Always!

Jack