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Permission to Fly

For many of us, birthdays are often a time of reflection. Reflecting on life specifically the last 365 days while looking ahead and setting goals for the next year. As I celebrate my born day today, I decided to reflect on my wins in the last year. We often look at what has not been accomplished or where we failed to progress. Taking the glass half full approach was very intentional for me today. So intentional that it required effort to even start. With this mindset, I picked up my pen and my journal to capture the wins and highlights of the last year. To my surprise there were several wins that I was truly proud of. The fact is I am not in the same place I was in last year. This alone calls for celebration!!!

My trip to Bali was definitely a highlight from the last year. One of the things that stood out in my recent travels was awakening to the sounds of nature every morning. The sounds of the roosters crowing and birds chirping brought a sense of peace and rejuvenation to my day. While sitting on the balcony in the mornings, there were several baby birds flying in, out and around a tree on the side of the balcony. It dawned on me these small baby birds that were flying around so enthused singing in this space were just learning to fly. They were doing something they were designed to do…. Fly!

I began thinking about what a morning looked like just a week or two ago when these same birds did not know they were meant to fly. I find myself in this space often. I have felt stuck living in areas which are absolutely acceptable in the eyes of many around me, but not aligned to me and who I was designed to be. I have found myself saying things like “What if I fail? What if I'm not good enough? I’ll just prepare more and jump out when I feel more equipped.” But how does a bird learn to fly? Not in the nest. Baby birds practice flapping their wings in the nest but the only way they truly learn to fly is to jump! During these moments on the balcony I told myself “Brandi, you just have to give yourself permission to fly.”

Now I’d be lying if I said this statement doesn’t bring feelings of fear. It is definitely easier said than done. The fact is when I give myself permission to fly I may fail. I probably will be imperfect. I probably will not do it right the first time. But when I give myself permission to fly, I also give myself permission to soar. I give myself permission to be great. I give myself permission to walk in my purpose for which I was created. Like the birds I give myself permission to do exactly what I was designed to do.

What gifts were you given that set you apart from others? We were all specially designed and gifted by God. We were never meant to stay in the nest with our gifts. Our gifts are what allows us to soar like only we can.

So…… what happens in a year from now when you have given yourself permission to dream beyond your wildest dreams? What happens in a year from now when you give yourself permission to jump out there and fly? You will open yourself up to amazing opportunities and experiences. Knowing that in one year from today there will be challenges. There will be do-overs. But the most important thing is …there will be progress. I invite you to take a moment of reflection with me today and celebrate yourself in how far you’ve come. Think about all the things you have learned and the person you have become. And now I invite you to take a moment to envision yourself soaring like only you can! Imagine yourself soaring above the clouds, free with a sense of empowerment, knowing you are right where you are meant to be.

My big leap for the next year is to coach women to identify and create the life they love. Starting January 2024 I will be leading a safe space of accountability encouraging women to jumpstart their nutritional goals and soar. I was challenged to take this leap. I invite you to soar with me… We have all we need to fly. All we need to do is give ourselves permission.

Peace and Blessings,


Be100 Wellness

~Helping Women Create the Life They Love~

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