A Letter Of Gratitude To Her & To You, Dear Goddess

I have written and deleted, and written again, and deleted again. How can I put into words exactly how I feel, to truly express how much of an inspiration you have been, and continue to be, in my life. When someone asks me about my best friend, I immediately say you. It’s always been you. I couldn’t have asked for a better role model. You have taught me so much about love, compassion, and treating others with kindness and respect. Yours is the truest heart I have ever known, and I love you all the more for it. Always shining, your light is brighter than the sun. You are like its rays on summer day in which everyone wants to be near you, enjoying your presence, basking in your warmth. Don’t ever change. In my eyes you are perfect. Thank you for everything you have done for me throughout the years and everything you continue to do each and every day. We have shared so many beautiful memories together, we have laughed together, and sometimes cried together too, but we always lift each other up. You have made my life the greatest gift because you’re in it. Because you are my mother. I hope you have the most amazing day, and every day after this one, because you deserve only the best. I love you, I miss you, I am grateful for you, always.

So now onto you, dear goddess….

…..I wrote this letter to my mother tonight as unfortunately, I was unable to be with her today, and had so much left to say after our phone call. I hope you don’t mind me sharing, but I’m sure it can resonate with many of you. Maybe my words have brought thoughts and feelings to your mind about your own mother, or someone close to you. I know many of you have not been able to fully celebrate together today due to one circumstance or another and my heart goes out to you.

I also realize that although this is a happy day for many of you, I want to acknowledge that it may very well be a day that can be extremely hard for some of you as well. Whatever it is, embrace it. Don’t be afraid to feel those emotions, but know that many times they come from a place of love, and if not, maybe they have made you stronger, made you the goddess you are today.

If you have had a strained relationship with your mother, or maybe haven’t had a mother figure growing up, I ask you to to take a minute to meditate on another woman in your life, one that has helped you grow on your life’s journey, who has pushed you, loved you, and been there for you through thick and thin. Sometimes these woman can be just as important, if not more so. Never forget that.

Finally, as this day winds down (now 15 minutes til midnight EST) I want to take a moment to thank all of you beautiful goddesses out there who are mothers. Although I am not yet a mother myself, I have witnessed the sacrifices, the strength, the love, the care, the teachings, and some of the most special moments of motherhood through so many of the beautiful goddesses in my own life. It truly is a miracle and one of life’s greatest gifts. You are the superheroes of the world and I thank you for all that you do each and every day.

Stay healthy, be positive, be well,

Charissa

What Does Wellness Mean To You?

Good morning, Goddess. Quarantine hasn’t always been easy. At times it’s been pretty hard as I’m sure you well know. As the world as a collective whole goes through this major transitionary period, I too have felt a shift in my own life. I feel as days go by and I settle into a routine, I’ve begun to try to look for the positives in this surreal situation we are all in. I have wanted to do better, to take the time to focus inward on myself and to make the changes I need to for positive physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. Wellness has always meant a great deal to me but I was only just scraping the surface.

I feel that as we navigate through this new terrain it is important to put our energy into creating more positive moments for ourselves and others. Yes, it is important to be informed and to acknowledge the reality of the situation we are in, and to grieve, because these are all healthy things to do too, but make sure that you are balancing that out with self care, exercise, and finding the beauty in life’s little moments. It will not only bring you much more happiness and joy, but can also help to calm the nerves, and bring peace to your mind.

I have created this blog to do just that. It’s a place where you can come for solace, for a little brightness to start your day, or to help you on your journey to wellness. I am on my own journey right now, and it feels really good! I decided to name this blog in memory of my Nana. She was one of the most amazing women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and I know I was a very lucky soul to get to have her as my grandmother. Being one of the kindest people I have ever met (second to my own mother), she was always one to teach beautiful lessons about kindness, acceptance, and love. Her favorite was, “Always let that beauty shine from within.” Hence – Light Shine Wellness. If you have love in your heart, it will radiate outwards and you will be the most beautiful version of yourself. This is what I hope for, for you, for all of us. It may be hard some days, and maybe some days you feel like your light is dim, but when you begin to have love for yourself, for others, positive things will happen.

So, dear Goddess, I ask you, what does wellness mean to you? Does it mean getting up every morning at 6 am for that early morning run, when the air is crisp, and the pavement glistens with morning dew; when all you have is the long road ahead and your thoughts? Does it mean spending time with your loved ones, making new memories, and being thankful that they are in your life? It could even be when you’re holding your babies close, reveling in each new milestone, the sounds of their laughter and their joy. Does it mean finding a new hobby, or picking up an old one, and really enjoying each and every moment that you stitch that new blanket, or pluck that guitar string? Or maybe it’s simply learning to love yourself more, to giving yourself a little grace. Whatever it may be, hold onto it, and grow from it. Let it expand in your heart and add to it, and maybe your light will shine even brighter than it did yesterday.

I look forward to creating something to help you, others, and myself as well, and I hope we can grow in wellness together.

Stay healthy, be positive, be well,

Charissa