I Am Wonderful

When I relocated to LA from Stockholm almost 5 years ago, I had no clue what my “new” life in the City of Angels would be like. “So what brought you here?” is a question I frequently get when meeting new people. And my answer is always the same: “The Weather”. Capital W.

For me living in Sweden was nothing but great. I had a teaching job that I loved, a great house and wonderful friends and family. But the older I got, the more ANGER I felt. I was angry at “The Weather”. It felt like I spent such a big portion of my life in “waiting mode”. Waiting for the snow to melt. Waiting for the darkness to be replaced by sunshine. Waiting for summer vibes. Waiting, complaining and counting the days.

I knew this reality would never change. That left me with two options: to live my life in denial – or – to relocate. When you’ve built your life for 40+ years in the same city, where you also raised four children, relocating seemed almost impossible.

Fast forward, here we are, on our 5th year as immigrants in the US. What I’ve learned since is that the saying “when there’s a will, there’s a way” is perfectly true. True is also that it’s very convenient to have a partner who shares your feelings about “The Weather”. In my case my partner's feelings were even stronger. Little did we know that our relocation would mean that not only the WEATHER would change, but pretty much everything in our lives. And yes I love it.

Affirmation of the week - I AM WONDERFUL

If you’ve read my blog before, or are familiar with how to work with affirmations, you already know this:

Repeat your affirmations frequently and they will go to your subconscious mind and begin to manifest as your reality.

Two of the affirmations in my collection was added after reading an article about how much girls in their teenage years HATE their bodies. I AM WONDERFUL is one of them. We are all born feeling wonderful. Then, along the way, many of us just forget this. We compare ourselves with the images of perfection, and we start to believe that we're not good enough. We think that being wonderful equals being flawless.

A while ago, I sold an "I AM WONDERFUL" leather bracelet to a mother who gave it to her daughter in 4th grade. She told me her daughter is wearing her bracelet every day. Now, picture this girl waking up every morning getting dressed, getting ready for school. Putting her bracelet on, filling her subconscious mind with I AM WONDERFUL thoughts. Picture her doing this every day for the rest of her life, making it her reality.

She is wonderful. You are wonderful. I am wonderful.

Happy Martin Luther King Day from Echo Park