You Learn By Living

On my birthday last year, I made a commitment to myself to start living. This was prompted by the book My Year with Eleanor and You Learn by Living.

In this time, I have accomplished things I never dreamed of. I went skydiving, ran my first 5K, went to Mardi Gras and began taking care of myself better than I ever have. My mantra has been,

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."-Eleanor Roosevelt 

The quote has meant so much to me, I recently had it tattooed:

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Each time I have been struck with fear or thought I can't do this, I repeat this quote to myself over and over. This has lead me to living in a place where I am happier than I believe I have ever been.

Through my living, I have learned a great deal about myself, realized what's important to me and have taken serious ownership over my life. The experiences I threw myself into, gave me gifts far beyond what I could have imagined. This was mostly because I have chosen to be present in my life and show up for myself.

During this time, I gained the strength to move on from a relationship that had not been serving me for quite some time. Yup, I got a divorce. It is part of the reason I have slowed down my posting over the past six months.

The other reason I have slowed down is because I have been out among the world living my life. While I love writing this blog, I had felt an obligation to "keep up" so to speak. I was getting overwhelmed, found myself comparing to others and just genuinely not happy with the experience anymore. About 3 months ago, I decided to blog when I felt like it and to allow it to flow how it would. 

If you want to keep up with me, I am on Instagram, Twitter and snapchat (arielle217). Some of you I know we have communicated quite a bit, so feel free to shoot me a message on my personal Facebook, if you want to be friends.

I hope you all examine your life and go out there and live, too. It's an amazing experience.

xo, arielle