A sunny gal from Cali living in France. I adore slow living, the cosmos, and celebrating the simple joys of daily life. I’m a Disney nerd, obsessed with cats and hot cocoa and living in different places in the world, and you can often find me swimming with the fishies in the salty sea or looking up astro transits, making secret world predictions. Come along and enjoy the magic, the simple joys of life with me...
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True acceptance was a major lesson I learned in the last decade of the 2010s, and it was from this acceptance that I found lasting, genuine peace in all areas of my inner world. I found that by accepting everything as it is and acknowledging the gift in the present moment, peace will surround me.
One of the best books I read in the 2010s was Loving What Is by Byron Katie. She describes her process known as “The Work” much better than I could!
As much as we all attach value to achievements, awards and financial success, these things do not bring lasting happiness nor fulfillment. In the last decade, I learned how more important it is to be, rather than do.
To be present, be aware, be appreciative.
I spent 2010-2017 focusing on achievement, on being the driven go-getter that defined my youth. I was taught from a young age that to escape poverty and be loved, I had to make something great. I had to do great things to be noticed, appreciative and loved. But upon reaching my mid-twenties I realized that what was shown to me as a child was not the answer, the real answer, to lasting happiness.
Long-lasting happiness comes from simply being. Being the watcher of your mind, being aware of what lights you up, being surrounded by people who lift your spirits. It is not in fame, or money or success, as many peers and teachers – and still, today, my family – continually tell us it is.
What I’ve learned from 12 years of focused drive and achievement-chasing, is that those who chase after achievements – and only success and achievements – get burned out in the end. Those who drive themselves out from stress and to-dos and this hustle culture our western world has placed such an importance on, get tired, eventually ill and they quit.
In the 2010s, I learned the importance of ignoring the noise and living life to my values.
We all have free-will in this life. We can choose how we think, and we can always choose how we react.
We like who we see in ourselves. We are attracted to those individuals that are a reflection of us. We dislike what we see as threatening or not true to your own lens.
One of the biggest life lessons I learned as a twenty-something millennial in the 2010s was that life is not as black and white as my simple mind often thinks it is. Life may look simple, but there is so much more underneath the surface, and it is naive to judge anything in life at first glance.
People are richly complicated and fascinatingly grey. It is what makes life interesting and our stories worth telling.
Ever since I was a little girl I’ve asked people to check in with their gut. While I don’t know exactly where I initially learned this from, I’ve always felt deep down that the best answers, the truth, comes from our gut. I’ve always believed that the answers were with me, right in front of me, begging to be looked at and explored. They didn’t come from books or documentaries, experts or knowledge, the answers always come from within.
Hunches, gut feelings, inner voice, intuition – whatever you want to call them – is the only true answer worth listening to. Everything else is just noise. Noise and chatter coming from everyone else’s egos and past experiences.
But the only true experience you can rely on and depend on is your own. If there is one life lesson that impacted me the most in the last decade, the 2010s, it is the priceless and powerful lesson of listening to your own intuition.
I'm Helena, your new kindred spirit.
Free-spirit, writer, astrologer and all around creative in love with documenting the simple joys of life. I am passionate about noticing light and truth around me and reflecting it back to others.