Like a Bird set FREE

Hello beautiful friend,

How has life been on your end? Hectic would be a GROSS mischaracterization of my last few months to say the least. And yet, we are almost approaching FEBRUARY. I know. I cannot believe it either. I blinked and <<BAZINGA>> There went January. Alas, it is January 22. I am about to shock pretty much everyone I know when I do this. I am going to talk about birds AND New Year’s Resolutions. My mother *might* have a heart attack. Quick. Someone feed her chocolate.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I absolutely detest animals of the feathery persuasion with an avid hatred and pure discuss that rivals carnival bathrooms after a chili cook off on a steamy August evening. I also have spent almost every New Year’s intentionally uncelebrating. (If that’s not a word, it should be.) I must preface this blog post by stating that I don’t hate animals, I just don’t intentionally like them. Except they are delish. NO one tell PETA.

You might be sitting in your home wondering how New Years and birds are related. We’re getting to the good stuff. It was on my mind last week that I should blog, but I honestly had no idea about what to write. Literally there was nothing. Well, there was silky smooth, warm, delectable caffeinated goodness with a caramel undertone, but nothing else. And then a close girlfriend played a song by Sia called, Bird Set Free. It has been on repeat since then.



When words fail

Clipped wings, I was a broken thing
Had a voice, had a voice but I could not sing
You would wind me down
I struggled on the ground
So lost, the line had been crossed
Had a voice, had a voice but I could not talk
You held me down
I struggle to fly now

I did have a few thoughts as I contemplated the lyrics and their subsequent relevance for my own life. I have attached the lyrics and song below. We all have haters in our lives who would like nothing better than to see you fail. I once read that some haters actually paid for a front row seat to watch you fail. I struggled to wrap my head around that concept. They don’t want to see us successful for two reasons:

  1. It makes them look bad.
  2. It forces them to analyze the status quo that has settled like a bad foot fungus in their own lives.

We all know people like that. That is not new. However, I am here to give you that friendly kick in the pants we all need from time to time. We do not have to succumb to their crazy notion of what they believe we should be. Those awful voices of negativity that keep us down. They tell us we aren’t good enough. We are not capable of achieving our dreams. I have a funny meme on my tablet desktop that says, “No matter how far you’ve come, there’s still someone back in your hometown trying to make it as a rapper.” Mind. BLOWN.

So. Will you join with me and leave those voices of negativity in 2015? Will you put on your big girl boots (or man boots if that’s how you roll), and pursue your purpose and the things you are passionate about? Everyone and even their grandma makes New Year’s Resolutions. What will be different about yours is that you will refuse to listen to the haters. We will wave to them as we pass towards the person we are meant to be. Here are three easy tips you can do RIGHT NOW to proceed in making your dreams/Resolutions become a reality.

  1. Write it down. What is your goal? Be as specific as possible. “Be better” doesn’t exactly have an connectivity in the real world. You’re welcome. I’m glad we got that one out of the way hehe. Are you looking to maintain/sustain a previously attained goal? Are you looking to be more social and join a class? It’s reaDiem (2)lly up to you.
  2. Date that baby! Now that we have a goal, we need to have a measure of whether we are actually working towards that goal. For example, by February 25 I want to be drinking 16 oz of water every morning by 12:00pm.
  3. You better tell somebody! Not hard. Text. Call a friend. Email them. Snail mail that bad boy. Let your people know what you want to do. If you fell off the wagon 21 days in, that is OK. Get right back on. Dust yourself off. Get your friend to feed ya something yummy and start again. But this time, you will have a friend by your side.

You have a beautiful soul. You are unique. You have something only you can offer to your friends, family and sphere of influence. Do not let the haters and naysayers keep you down. Fly. Be free in 2016. You’ve GOT this.

But there’s a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, we cannot deny
Eats us alive, oh it eats us alive
Yes, there’s a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, but I don’t wanna die, no
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die

No I don’t care if I sing off key
I find myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

Now I fly, hit the high notes
I have a voice, have a voice, hear me roar tonight
You held me down
But I fought back loud

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