The first blog of the 2016 calendar year will not be about resolutions or goals. It will be about making a choice.
I have experienced much grief in losing loved one’s in my 45 years on this planet. Beginning with Mom when I was twelve, my Dad this past year, my grandparents and uncle and far, far too many close friends who were much to young. Through all of this, I have learned that wrapped in grief, is the incredible gift of knowing and honouring the value of life.
As this year of 2016 begins, it brings with it the first anniversary of one of my dearest friends passing on January 6, 2015. Allison “Allie Sunshine” Chartrand Hayes, will always and forever be my gypsy soul sister and one of my greatest life-honouring teachers.
I had the privilege of delivering a portion of Allie’s eulogy at her funeral last year and in re-reading this tribute on the first day of the new year, I have come to realize something. Instead of asking yourself what you want to accomplish and/or attain in 2016, ask yourself “What do you want be remembered for teaching?” Write it down and then make a choice each day to live in a way that makes those lessons clearly obvious to those you share your time and space with.
Here is what Allie taught me…
Make everyday a special day.
A day to dress up.
A day to dance.
A day to throw kindness like confetti.
A day to look to the sky and smile.
Speak your own truth.
Open your heart to all you meet.
Wake up everyday knowing life is a gift.
Encourage and cheer on those you love.
Make the best decisions for yourself.
Lead by example.
Love with the entire mass of your heart.
Execute extraordinary leaps of faith daily.
Happiness is contagious.
Believe in magic.
Focus your eyes to look at life through the lens of gratitude.
Ps. If you want to learn more about the charitable initiative set up to share Allie’s lessons, please check out The Allie Sunshine Project. Allie was 35 when she earned her angel wings after 13 years of living with neuroendocrine cancer and myeloid leukaemia.
Allie and I the evening I spoke at LIFT* in 2014 right before her leukaemia diagnosis.
She came to every talk I gave, art show I had and theatre production I was in. Her voice will always part of my Soul Patrol.
*LIFT is the Ladies Inspiration For Transformation Series