Autumn Stories: Transitions, Twists of Fate & a Baby Shower

Autumn Stories: Transitions, Twists of Fate & a Baby Shower

Autumn Stories: Transitions, Twists of Fate & a Baby Shower...

Autumn transitions photo


TRANSITIONS…

I find myself slowing down lately. I move slower. I walk slower. I breathe slower. And I let less in. 

I have just a few more weeks before I give birth. And I’m full of wonder. Curiosity, hope, worry, excitement, joy, anxiety, laughs, tears, love, fear. It’s all there, making me smile yet keeping me up at night. 

And more than ever, I’m full of protection, for myself… I tolerate less, I avoid more, I give less time to people and things that rob my energy, and I indulge in the positive love that surrounds me much deeper. And I wonder if I’m getting selfish, or if this is how I should have been living my life all along… 

I simply have less to give, less energy as my baby and belly grow bigger and bigger. And so in prioritizing the life I’m giving her, I’m prioritizing me far more, and it’s a strange feeling.

Greedy yet empowering. Full of relief, with a side of guilt.   

And with this big change coming up, the changes its causing in me, and the beautiful change in season, I keep thinking of the transitions we take in life. The curves in the road that weren’t planned for, the changes in direction that were.  

Student, to lawyer, to wife, to selling travel for animal lovers, to wanting to engage in more self-growth work, to getting my first coaching clients, to motherhood. To feeling found, and then lost again. And repeating that cycle, over and over.

And wondering when it all comes together in perfect harmony or if life is about constantly creating, experimenting, and challenging oneself, and seeing what road leads where. Wondering how safety and security join with dreams and creativity. Wondering what it is I want to give and teach to my daughter… 

TWISTS OF FATE…

I live in the neighborhood I grew up in. A neighborhood I left 16 years ago for college and swore I’d never come back to. But with twists of fate I landed here again two years ago, leaving behind the Brooklyn home I had turned into my sanctuary. We now live in the apartment my husband bought before we ever started dating, in this neighborhood I never wanted to see again, in an apartment we’ve had trouble selling and could no longer rent (darn coops rules…).

Ironically my husband also grew up in this neighborhood, yet we never met here, despite living just minutes from each other throughout our entire childhood. We met in college, after leaving here. Twists of fate combined with love to create our story

For years I envisioned having boys, based on certain fears I have about raising a daughter. And here I am carrying a girl, in the neighborhood I thought I’d vanished from my life, smirking at all the irony.

And yet it’s all perfect; imperfect twisted into perfect. Perfect because it needs to be, so I choose for it to be. 

This is my soul work. It’s the journey I’m meant to live; to heal and to grow and to create. To transition, from old stories to new stories. Stories I write. Love I nourish. Twists in the road that I learn and work hard to celebrate.

Soon my life will no longer be just about me and my husband. It will be about what we give to our child. How we love her and the life we give her. How we teach her to travel down her own beautiful roads.

To teach her to live independently, confidently, and with grace, I need to embody and embrace all the transitions, twists of fate, and lessons I’ve been learning along the various seasons of my life.

A BABY SHOWER…  

Autumn Stories photoI had my baby shower this past weekend. And it was wonderful, packed with all the people I’ve gathered throughout my many roads in life.

A friend said to me afterward, “Wow, there was a lot of love in that room.” And there was. Love I’ve created. People I adore. And feeling that love, from all my favorite people, I realized that my soul work is well on its way. Progressing beautifully, at its own perfectly imperfect pace. 

Transitions and twists of fate, however confusing they may seem at times, however curvy the roads may feel in our guts, are leading us somewhere. Somewhere beautiful, to a destination we can’t see yet.

And all the positive things and people in our lives are all flashing signs that we’re on the very road we’re meant to be traveling on… 

Can you see all the signs in your life?

xo, 
Liz 

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11 Responses to Autumn Stories: Transitions, Twists of Fate & a Baby Shower

  1. I admire the way you share your experience with the world. Keep doing it, in your own way, Liz. I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for you, my friend!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I love this post. Life is funny and can take us (back) to places we would not have imagined…and yet it’s right! Wishing you much love and peace as you await the arrival of your little lady!

  3. MollyG says:

    What a great approach to take. The world around you is what you make of it. By surrounding yourself with the people you love and finding the positive even in the annoying things you will bring joy to your life and to your daughter’s (and Jaime’s too, of course). Have a calm last few weeks! Hope to see you soon. Sending my love to your little family!!

    • Liz says:

      Thanks Molly 🙂 Couldn’t agree more. It definitely takes work to see the positive in the things that appear negative but it’s work that’s well worth the effort!

  4. Jeri Taira says:

    I love reading about your journey. The adventure, the wonder, the discovery. Major life changes and the challenges they bring, but also the blessings.

    Our oldest and his little family moved in with us in June. It was a rough ride there for awhile. We are just beginning to find rhythms in our new normal.

    I’m beginning to like it “here”. 🙂

    • Liz says:

      Thanks Jeri! Life is definitely a beautiful & interesting journey. I’m glad you’ve found rhythms in your new normal, I hope they are full of peace, as you are!

  5. Kathy Burden says:

    Oh Liz,
    I remember how exciting my upcoming deliveries were…31 and 34 years ago! My sweet babies are now grown and have families of their own. Kara, 31, has two little boys and John, 34, has 3 little boys. They are all the delight of my life! My best advise to you is to love and protect this special little one, give her lots of hugs and kisses, praise her everyday and tell her how special and important and loved she is and discipline as needed. She will grow up to love, respect and adore you! They are little such a short time. Many blessings to you and your family. I can’t wait to hear about your new arrival! From the heart~Kathy <3

    • Liz says:

      Thank you so much Kathy! This is beautiful advice! You sound like an amazing mom and grandma 🙂 It’s such an exciting time and I’m so looking forward to finally meeting my little peanut! Many blessings to you and yours as well!

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