Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Here I Go!

I created Be Here Be You in an attempt to create a space dedicated to self-discovery and expression. I live a really full life, and often get lost in planning my life instead of living it. I am a planner by nature. I know that I will never be able to fully live for only today, but I want to make a concerted effort to LIVE my life going forward. To live in these moments and look at today. I want to find the balance between looking forward and looking inward, between making choices to make my tomorrows bright, and loving the shades of today - whether they be black, white, red, blue, or gray.

After I decided that I wanted to create a blog, I struggled for awhile to find the right name. Okay, I admit, I'm an Aries by nature and birth so I didn't spend that long (we are very impulsive and impatient by nature). After many great ideas, and a few glasses of wine, I kept coming back to one name that seemed to sum up what I was hoping to accomplish. Be Here Be You was born.

Be Here. Each day we are given is a gift. A beautiful, perfect gift. When I look back on my life, I don't want to remember the days I spent at work, or the mundane Tuesday when I was too tired to take my dog for a walk. Those who have come before us would give anything for those minutes of life that I spent watching some mundane reality show on television or mindlessly thumbing through Facebook spying on friends living their lives. I want to say "yes" more than I say "I'll do it tomorrow". I want to remember a life filled with adventures, both big and small, and the touches of friendship and love. I need to get rid of the excuses.

Time with my loved ones is the one gift I am lucky enough to receive every single day. And every single day without fail, I squander that gift. I push it aside and run through life. I put off calling friends and family because I know I can see them tomorrow or next week or next month. I get annoyed when my mom calls while I'm cleaning dishes instead of enjoying the fact that my mom is one of my best friends and cares enough to want to talk to me every day. I want to learn to enjoy the moment, no matter what that moment is.

Be You. I don't want to spend my life waiting for the perfect image of myself. I want to learn to love who I am today. I will change and grow, but I want to appreciate the journey, not just long for the destination. We are all perfectly flawed and capable of greatness, but we need to learn to be present in our own lives, rather than live as a bystander. I have been given incredible gifts, and I want to explore all of the different sides of me. My plan is to use this blog to create, express, and learn who this girl really is and where her place is in the world.

I am highly critical of everything I do, and need it to be perfect in order for me to be happy. I'm hoping this blog helps me change that mentality. I'll be posting bits and pieces of original creations whether I think they are perfect or not. I want to learn to find my unique creative voice, rather than the voice I think I should have. I don't know where this journey will take me, but I'm excited to find out.

I hope you decide to share this adventure with me and find out a little about yourself in the process too.

Be Here. Be You. I dedicate this blog to all those who have come before me and left too soon. I hope to make you proud.

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