It’s been 2 years…
This week will be two years since I launched my book, The Key to Happiness. And I’ll be honest, I had no idea that I was onto something when I first wrote this book.
You see, I discovered something so profound at a very young age.
Authentic Happiness. Or True Happiness. However, you want you to name it. That is something people spends their entire lives “searching” for. But it isn’t something that we go searching for somewhere. It’s something that we do within, internally, that will allow us to shift.
I didn’t experience trauma at a young age, but things weren’t “easy” growing up. My parents separated when I was very young, and I didn’t have a relationship with him until I became an adult. I experienced my first loss at the young age of 13 and many more afterward. I was hit by a car when I was 17. I grew up struggling with self-love, body image issues and lack of confidence. This was it. These were my experiences.
The moment I was introduced into personal growth and began reading books that allowed me to think and dream bigger, something shifted entirely in me. I unlocked a door within me that I’ve realized now allowed me to find my destined purpose on this Earth.
I made a very conscious choice to face every experience and person from my past that I left things unsettled.
If I were to change anything about my book, I would have started with the chapter on awareness. With awareness, we can change our lives. That is the very first step to living authentic happiness. I was unhappy, and I had to own that in order to change anything.
Authenticity is about owning our stories and our experiences. And then rewriting it. Changing the way, we tell it to the world so that we are empowered by our stories and do not play the victim.
Awareness. Be aware of how you tell your story to the world and if you’re telling a victim story or a warrior story. That is how we gain control of our happiness.
Give yourself permission, to be honest with yourself and be self-aware. The next step piece to true happiness is forgiveness and responsibility. Forgive everyone you need to forgive because in this you take back control of your emotions. And part of forgiving is taking responsibility for the part we play in creating our reality. We always have a choice in how we react. Period.
Release EVERYTHING that weighs you down. People, experiences, limiting beliefs, emotions. Let it all go because it is getting in the way of you living TRUE HAPPINESS.
And once you do that, you begin to celebrate life, you begin to practice gratitude, and you give yourself permission to LOVE yourself and see that you are worthy of happiness.
So, you see, I didn’t realize that I created a foundation of new habits that one can implement into their life so that they can heal and be authentically happy. Sure, that means we still will experience heartbreak, moments of disappointment and reacting before thinking, but when you go through this process and commit to the work, you are able to move through your life differently. You experience less stress. You know your worth. And you are free from holding onto pain and heartbreak that weighs you down.
Helping people live that kind of life is one I can smile about and one I’ll never give up on.
I’d love to hear from you, and hear your thoughts, are you living an authentically happy life?
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