Last week a good friend (& fellow blogger), Laurel Mills, sent me a link to a Power Balance bracelet that raises money for The Maddie James Foundation, a charity in memory of her five-year-old niece who died of an inoperable brain tumor earlier this year.  As Laurel put it, I was “the most active person she knew” (ha!) so she thought I might be interested in wearing one since a lot of athletes swear by them.  To learn more about how this holistic athlete technology works, visit this link.  If you’d like to buy one to see how it works for you, then click this link to buy the bracelet made in memory of Maddie.  I’m getting one today.  Maddie’s charity is one of only two that Power Bracelet supports.

When I wrote about my quests for 2011 back in January (read #4 here), who knew that “being authentic” would end up being the most important quest of them all!  When I reflect back on this year in December, I’m pretty sure that the main theme will be finding the real me.  I know that sounds cliché & cheesy, but it’s true.  I am determined to figure out what real peace is, and who I am at the core of my being.  I’ve already started the process by facing some pretty scary things head-on all the while listening to that little voice inside of me saying – you are doing the right thing. Wouldn’t you know that the more I listen to that “little” voice, the louder it becomes.  It’s becoming more outspoken, too.

Another thing I am working on is my mind-body connection.  Everyone has their own ways of “bullying” themselves, and mine in the past has been to either abuse my body with food and/or exercise.  My challenge then is to learn more about my body’s likes and dislikes in an attempt to learn more about it.  Show it kindness & love.  It is my body, after all.  I think paying it more positive attention will help curb my tendencies to take frustration out on it.  Honestly it’s been like my mind is a separate existence from the rest of me, which couldn’t be farther from the truth.  I think the separation happened when I was a child and I didn’t like the fact that I was prone to gaining weight, whereas my sisters were always really small.  I always wished to look like them, instead of accepting what I was given.  So, I rejected my body… and have been literally running away from it ever since.  Now that I am 32 years old, I can finally look at myself and see a beautiful person – internally and externally.  I really my reflection.  I really like me.