The next chapter is being written!

 It’s interesting, isn’t it? When one giant event occurs in our life, it seems the way is paved for another. Just as one huge chapter is finished, another starts being written. Just as one canvas is painted and finished, another starts up.

Or, if you are me, there are many going on at one time. As one project is done – finite – accomplished, another takes the lead.

I say, hold onto your hats! It’s going to be another wild ride!

In this case? Finally, I can concentrate on completing some long overdue projects. But with that, I am leaving behind some important – or so I thought – pieces in my life.

I am leaving the art gallery in which my artwork is shown, but this is good! I am permanently closing my private massage practice, but this is even better! I am leaving behind a community I thought I loved, but this is the best!

I am moving from an area that I have adored for 10 years to an area with which I have fallen in love – at first sight!

So, here’s the gist of this post. Be careful what you ask for – you just might get it!

Many years ago, 15 to be exact, I did a vision board of what my perfect life would become. On that vision board were several images – a college degree, a mountain, a river, canvases and paintbrushes, a typewriter, and a heart with the words inside “my one true love.”

Now the intent of that vision board was to create what my perfect life would look like in 15 years. What happened you say?

Of course, you all know I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degrees – number 1. And now? I am moving next month to a beautiful little community close to Mount Shasta (one of my favorite places to be), on the Sacramento River. There is a thriving artist community that is building with an amazing Arts Council.

I met a woman that is on the board yesterday, and have been invited to join and become an active member/artist. The typewriter? I now have the time to finish my books and work full time as a writer.

The heart with the words, “my one true love,” has certainly come to pass this year.

While there are some bittersweet moments included in this manifestation of my vision board, there are these moments that I realize I certainly have created what I envisioned 15 years ago.

Granted there have been a lot of bumps in the road, and there have been times that I have been battered, bruised, hurt beyond what I thought I could endure. But, I kept going even when I didn’t want to.

The interesting thing is I forgot about the vision board until I started clearing my closet this morning to start packing. There it was! I sat on my bed looking at it and realized that in creating the thoughts going into this and letting it go, I allowed Universe to do Its job.

Regardless of your belief system, however you go about creating your own good, it is in the release of your desires that manifestation comes to life. Does the saying, “Let go and Let God” come to mind? Whatever realm you see the Divine in, (God, Universe, Goddess, All that Is – my personal favorite) does not matter.

The simple truth says set your intentions, however you see fit, and let go.

Is this easy? No, not at all! In fact, it is a daily struggle, especially when life’s battles come and go. But know this. If you are intent on creating your good, and that intention is strong, you can create, or co-create, what your heart desires. It is not a simple act, and yet it is simple.

And sometimes, in that creative process, pain must come. I use the analogy of giving birth (I would, right?). The gestation period can be easy with a few hardships, or for some, really difficult. The labor of giving birth can be excruciating and painful – hard or relatively easy. But what you have in the end is absolutely beautiful! And looking upon this amazing manifestation – creation – you are filled with wonder and amazement.

This, my friends, is creating your life. It is “living with purpose.” It is living. Good or bad, difficult or easy, painful or not painful, it is living.

And in the end, I think it is well worth it.