As 2013 begins it’s descent, I have come to realize what it was mean to reveal to me.  The theme that has come up all year long is around the message that love has to teach.  The year has brought with it many challenges and tests, but ultimately it seems that each challenge has been presented to bring me back to my heart.  The year has unfolded in such a way that not only did the Universe open me up to loving myself but it also opened me up to receiving love from others.  Now that I look back on the events of the year, the latter could only have occurred after the former did.  As we discussed during our chat Receive the Gift of Receiving,  receiving is not the easiest thing for me to do.  I am much more comfortable on the giving side of things.  But I have to say that lately I have begun to open up to receiving in ways that to some may seem subtle ways but for me they have been huge.  I am beginning to see how being open to receiving has a lot to do with loving oneself.  As we settle into a more loving and kind relationship with ourselves, we begin to ease into believing that we deserve to receive just as much as others do.  As this lesson begins to become more clear, it is no surprise to me that I have been finding hearts absolutely everywhere over the past couple of months.  It seems as though I can’t step outside of my house without finding them.  They are now not just showing up in the form of rocks or ice (like the one above) or some unidentifiable something on the sidewalk but also way up in the clouds where the sunlight shines through as in the picture below.

The Universe has been offering up opportunities for me to continue this journey down the yellow brick road that leads back to my heart over and over again.  Even the things that have been most challenging, that even seem like they have been blockades placed in my way, have ultimately become opportunities for me to see where I need to embrace more of the calling of my heart.  It is almost comical that as we began our journey together in June this year, I became fascinated with studying all matters connected to happiness, love and the heart.  Again, it would seem that it was just another way that the Universe was saying to be “Pssst you know how you have felt that something is missing…well here it is…now pay attention!”  And attention I have paid.  This morning, as I was wondering what our chat would be about, the Universe decided to whisper it to me as I was creating my schedule for the day in my head.  The subtle nudge, made me stop and sit with you all to help us come back to the meaning of this year.  As I take stock of the events that have occurred and the people that have entered my life, I am overwhelmed with love and affection both for them and for my own ability to open up to them all.  Astrologers have said that 2013 was going to be the year of breaking down old structures that weren’t working in order to create a deeper connection and loving community around the world.  I know that I have seen this occurring in my life but I also have witnessed it in many others.  As a friend put it yesterday “I had my ass kicked this year but it was all for a reason.  I needed it  and it has helped me see things much clearer.”  Uh ya, simply put, I concur.  This year has not been an easy one, nor probably will the ones coming forth either.  I say this because for me, there is no going back.  Changes have been made to open my heart and the next steps will be walking down that path continuing to open up to my truth.

I share this with you all from a place of an open heart.  I am forever grateful for the love I have allowed myself to receive.  I am also grateful for the things that have not worked out because they too have helped me to see the light of my heart.  As I tell my clients all the time, opportunities that don’t come into fruition were never opportunities for you…they were for someone else.  What doesn’t work out, is not our loss but our gain.  Sometimes the things that don’t work out are the biggest gifts of all.  Thank you so much for your comments, emails and simply just for reading.  As I told a friend recently, I had no idea where You and Me with Tea was going when I started and it has been a wild ride towards love.  I have come to realize that my time with you all is one of the things that I most cherish about what has occurred this year.  You have become a part of my new opening and showed me a part of myself that I never knew was there.

As we make the descent downwards towards our endings and beginnings, what are you most grateful for this year?  What occurred in your life that showed you the love in your heart that may have been laying dormant for some time?  Embrace that part of you and share it with all you encounter.  Love really is the only thing that matters in the end.

Love to you all!


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