Friday, April 20, 2012

Sometimes the only way out is through

This blog has been a bit quiet lately because, to be terribly honest, I've been less than my sparkly self. Due to a heart-wrenching break-up, the past three weeks have been some of the most painful, lost, guilt-ridden and confused I've felt in a long time (if ever). I've been forced to draw on all of my coping mechanisms: self-help books (I'm now the proud owner of "Better Single Than Sorry", don't judge), yoga, journaling, loooong talks with girlfriends, (many) Sex and The City re-runs, bubble baths (and a few less than healthy things I won't mention here). As much as I've resisted, I am starting to see a few positive changes coming out of what I've deemed "Awful April":

1. I've never felt closer to my girlfriends, mom and sister. In times of crisis, we have no choice but to open up and rely on people in ways we don't normally. Interestingly, it seems to be through that totally uncomfortable vulnerability that real closeness and intimacy are achieved. Also, friends give wise & funny advice. For example, the following exerpt from a recent discussion about weekend plans:
Me: "I'm not doing bars these days"
Friend: "That's definitely for the best. Nothing good ever comes from upset girl at a bar."

2. I've begun feathering the nest, totally de-cluttering my bedroom and closet and investing in a new mattress (If your going to be up all night crying, you better damn well do it somewhere comfy!)

3. I've been more creative and I can't stop journaling. The (mostly dark) thoughts just keep pouring out of me and and are gradually becoming more positive.

4. I've been more active, doing heaps of yoga and's an awesome release and the endorphins aren't so bad either.

For any readers who are also going through a scary/painful life transition, I've found the following quotes to be helpful:

"Life is divine chaos. Embrace it, forgive yourself, breathe and enjoy the ride."

"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards"

"When we are shaken out of our everyday experiences by intense emotions, we have an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to spiritual practice, and to come to terms with our lives, our relationships, and our experience of the world."

Sending lots of love to all of you.


  1. I'm so sorry my love, I hope things start looking (way) up soon - everything will work out for the best in the end, even if it's difficult right now.

    Seems that you are on the right track - lots of love and positive vibes being sent your way from South Africa :)


  2. I'm sorry to hear you are going through some tough times :( Breakups are NEVER fun but time will help you heal and eventually greater things will unfold for you! It is so great that you are using this time to focus on the more positive things-- like time with your girlfriends and yoga/jogging. You are one of the most positive, self assured, and inspirational women I know, so there is no doubt in my mind that you will come through this all as an even stronger person. Love you and miss you! There is always a place for you in CA in case you want to get away for a bit. xx

    1. Awww you ladies are awesome, thanks for the love :)

  3. I second everything said above! You are so strong, compassionate and full of energy and enthusiasm. I could not imagine my world without you in it. I love you so much. Thanks for the inspirational quotes, you always find the best ones!

  4. Wishing you a much better couple of months. May you find love and peace! Thanks for the kind words on my blog!!