Actually, life isn’t always a piece of cake… Bear with me. We’re going to start off with a story:

A little boy is telling his Grandma how everything is going wrong. School, family problems, severe health problems, etc.

Meanwhile, Grandma is baking a cake. She asks her grandson if he would like a snack, which of, course, he does.

“Here, have some cooking oil.”

“Yuck” says the boy.

“How about a couple of raw eggs?”

“Gross, Grandma!”

“Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?”

“Grandma, those are all yucky!”

To which Grandma replies: “Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!

You see, life is ever changing. We experience sweet times and times where we feel like life just egged us for no reason. Our experiences make us who we are.

The mix of our experiences, both good and bad, are what helps us shape our identity, our life. We rise and we fall.

It’s when we fall, and go through the hard times, that we take leaps to grow into who we continue to become. We can either let those times burn us, or it can show us where and how we need to grow.

Did you know that a lobster sheds its shell once a year? It can be very painful and the lobster becomes vulnerable for a short time until the new shell grows in.

It’s the same with us. Change and growth is both painful and beneficial. We may not know at the time why we go through what we do, but it always pushes us forward if we allow it.

Sometimes the right thing for us isn’t easy, or cheap, or what those closest to us want. Ultimately, only you know what’s best for you.

I wrote a few weeks ago about Fatima Ali, the chef who died at the ripe age of 29 from cancer. It got me thinking about all those around me that are going through hard times. That are going through changes in their life and not all for the better.

I’m challenging you, (yes, you!) to take a breath and really take a look at your life. Are you truly happy? What is in the way of your happiness, even if it’s hard to admit, or something you’re ashamed to admit?

We each have permission to live our best life. The only one stopping you, is you. You are allowed to want to be happy, to follow your dreams. It’s ok for your dreams to change and evolve. We aren’t the same people we were 5 or 10 years ago.

Life is messy. Life is sweet. Life is hard, and confusing. But take a bite out of life. Enjoy it. Work hard, play harder. Find joy in every bite, in every rainbow, in every moment. Eat that piece of cake.

Live Well! xoxoxo