Beyond Comfort…

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Life begins beyond comfort,
beyond what you can imagine,
Reach as far as you can go
and go even further…

I am excited to say that I will be taking on new challenges this year for charity again. It has been nearly two and a half years since climbing Kilimanjaro so I felt it was time to take on something new that I have never done before. I will be taking on not one but three challenges this time which will require commitment and planning to make it happen. It means I get to travel some more later in the year but what I am most looking forward to is the journey to get there.

From previous experience, I have learnt that it is the journey to the journey that is most memorable because of the person I needed to be to get there. Part of me is really nervous about taking on three challenges but I am willing to give it a try. I am willing to face my fear for a worthy cause and be open to new possibilities.

I feel it is important to take on opportunities as they arise and trust the path you take. Life is all about choice and I know for me I want to look back on my life with love and joy of the memories in my heart rather than regret of a life unlived which can easily happen with the busyness of modern living. I do find it really difficult a lot of the time to juggle everything. This is something that is always working progress. However, I wouldn’t change a thing. Like everyone else, life is full of ups and downs and when all is said and done it is about having faith and belief in oneself and to know that you are never alone.

There is always a purpose to everything and your dreams choose you for a reason. It allows you to step into the fullness of who you are and that is something to celebrate. We are all unique and have something to offer so if there is something that you have been thinking of doing, do it now. Cease the day act on anything that inspires you.

“You don’t have to be great to start,
but you have to start to be great.”
(Zig Ziglar)

With love and light,
Lisa

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When you allow your dream to come alive, doors will open…

Happy New Year to you all!! It’s 2017 and I am so ready for a new start. A lot happened last year with ups, downs, troughs, peaks and so much more. Such is life and it is reassuring to know that whatever we may encounter, there will always be support available to us when we believe in life.

What I love about the New Year is the opportunity to reflect and beginning anew. It’s a time to reassess what is important to us and what goals we wish to set for the upcoming year.

I know for sure that things are changing and it’s being aware that change is the only constant. To embrace it is to allow the flow of life to lead you along the path. I have had to make some big decisions over the holidays and as part of that it involves blogging again. Also to immerse myself in my creativity on a daily basis no matter what this is.

Creativity comes in so many shapes and sizes and I will be exploring this over the next 12 months. Who knows where this may lead. It is risky and uncertain yet exciting and exhilarating at the same time to my inner experience.

There will be more travelling, charity treks, projects and writing in 2017, in no particular order. They will stretch me and force me to step up, to become who I need to be and want to be to achieve what I have set out to do. What I know for sure is that I am willing to do what it takes. I am willing to go further than I have ever been before. I am willing to see it through and let the opportunities speak to me, to guide me that much closer to the answers.

This is the best year yet!!! Can you feel it?!!

What are your hopes for 2017? I would love to hear from you.

Love and light,
Lisa

P.S. I have updated my ‘About the Blog’ page. If you would like to read it please click here.

Reflections from Kilimanjaro…


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View from Barafu Hut 

Last Sunday marks a very special anniversary in which I turned the impossible into possible and reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free standing mountain. I am feeling the energy from the climb as I look back at a challenging but beautiful journey on the mountain. On some level, I still don’t think my mind has fully registered the scale of what I did and I’m not sure if it ever will but I wanted to take a moment to celebrate this achievement. Sometimes in life I think it’s good to take a moment and breathe it all in (no pun intended) and see the light and beauty that is always around us.

There was a time I couldn’t have even comprehended the thought of doing this. It has been a big lesson for me in realising that dreams can come true and life can be better than you could have imagined it to be. It was a huge deal to commit to this climb after just overcoming a serious illness that took over my life for six years. During that time doctors told me there was no hope for a cure and I knew the moment I healed myself from this, I wanted to do something big. I could feel it inside my body calling me near. Little did I know that it would call me to the top of Africa.

What I experienced on the seven day trek turned out to be very representative of my life and what I endured and overcame. The climb forced me to reach into parts of myself that I didn’t know were there. It taught me that there are so many possibilities to life if we remain open and pure to our intentions. It taught me that beauty is in the overcoming and in that overcoming you can access more of who you are and who you have always been.

Faith will take you everywhere….

Despite having support all around me which included a friend that climbed the mountain with me, I still doubted myself constantly. I found the trek a struggle from day one. I was already tired before beginning and started feeling the effects of the altitude early on in the trek. My friend and I decided that we would focus on getting to each camp every day. We would acknowledge our success in reaching each one and this helped quite a lot.

Even so, I think the summit must have been at the back of my mind somewhere. It wasn’t until arriving at Barafu Hut (camp 5) that something shifted for me. The picture I have shared above is the moment I felt this shift. I took the photo with my phone as I sat on a big rock outside our tent in deep contemplation. This was in the early evening right before we were to begin our ascent to the summit (at midnight). The view of the clouds was so phenomenal and I wanted to take it in. I wanted to feel into the experience and soulfully connect.

As I did this a wave of love and appreciation came over me through all of the experiences that brought me to this point. I thought to myself that if I could heal myself from my illness, then I could do this. I finally found the inner strength I needed for the first time in the entire trek. I saw myself on the summit and I kept this image with me during the 7 hour walk towards it.

I wanted to leave you with a poem I wrote during my time of deep contemplation at Barafu Hut. With the spectacular view of the clouds all around me, it inspired my soul to write this and I am so happy to share this moment with you. Here it is:

High, high above the sky
White blankets of hope
Bring hearts to heaven
As Mother Earth smiles
In deepness of faith

High, high above the sky
My strength is found
As I feel my journey
With the grace of love
A divine being that will always be

High, high above the sky
The sun is shining
Lighting my path
As every step
Breathes new possibilities to life

High, high above the sky
Freedom is alive
Kissed in passions
For I am that I am
And I am me

Kili 108 - day 6The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
on 9th August 2014

In love and light,
Lisa