Hello! So lovely to meet you.
I am Ariel.
After a long illness I have taught myself to walk again! Needless to say, grin, I am so ready to create life on my terms with an interactive community and a new zest for living.
JOURNEY TO GETTING WELL
I was living with a dis-ease that left me in a wheelchair. I was told that I would spend the rest of my life in a nursing home. The day that zinger edict came, it was wrapped with sadness, shame, guilt and labels that I could not grasp. Invalid which really means in-valid. And dis-abled meaning less than.
So my journey began having to come to grips with the internal fight of my own willingness and vulnerability to find acceptance of this “new normal”. The first step was willingness to be seen in the wheelchair. This was really huge for me.
Have you noticed that people look away at people in wheelchairs? As if riding a wheelchair is contagious! But the perceived shame of it worked, because I felt lessened, diminished, small.
And if we are not “productive” in terms of societal expectations and working, we are just invisible. So that became another nail in my heart.
Unexpectedly, courage and vulnerability stepped up to become my intimate allies.
Having spent my ‘before” life as a people pleaser, I was an apt student at judging myself harshly. The illness only magnified my poor judgment.
Do you know what I mean?
May I say, this process has not been pretty. It has not been draped in glitter or presented with a gorgeous bow. I have gone through fire and torched by experiences that have led me to a path of learning extreme letting go.
EMANCIPATION OF SELF
This website is therefore dedicated to emancipation of what Bob Marley called “mental slavery.” I think he meant, our thoughts that act like containers to stop us from becoming our true selves.
I emancipated myself through sheer will and belief that there would be a new day. Knowing that someone else’s judgment or diagnosis did not fit my new perception of self led me on quite a journey.
I began to meditate . And then visualized myself walking and not having daily episodes that were seizure like.
And then one day, I started to take my first erratic, totally ungraceful steps! I was sure there was a presenter with a medal waiting for me! And each day I walked a bit more.
Now I walk about 2 hours per day or more and exercise twice a day. I live in a beautiful apartment with windows that overlook my beloved Blue Ridge mountains.
Each morning ritual begins with sitting at my window filled with gratitude.
I am still coming to grips with the process of accepting boundaries, like when do I know I have overdone, when do I need to push more, or when have I not acknowledged my inner voice.
Yet through the dust, that is at times unsettling, I can finally see a path of great light. This process has been such a gift of value, even more than the actual outcome.
As an artist, writer, facilitator, grandmother and now believer in the positive, my spiritual life has been the opening gate to finding courage, strength, patience and self loving.
Joy to me comes from simplicity and connections. My plants, my family, friends, the unexpected shared smile of a stranger, gifting handmade gifts, the art of creating beauty, exploring and finding new ways to live in my true higher self.
I am no longer just the container of my body. I am the spiritual leader and CEO of me!
My definition of success and abundance is far different than external societal expectations, it is holistic. It is mind, body and soul.
I have been dreaming and visualizing of an online successful business, knowing that I am totally responsible for my own success. So here I am, taking the leap of faith!
Will you join me?
My greatest joy, would be to inspire others that have heard “No you can’t, and turn it to ‘oh yes, yes I can!”
So I am saying a big YES to this lovely new journey!
I believe in the simplicity of loving each other, and being of service in ways that inspire and motivate. I am hoping you will share your life stories here.
Please let me know how we can connect and be a part of lifting each other up. Leave your comments and stories below. I will respond.
Thank you for being here!
Join me in successful living…we are all worthy of this sweet journey.
In peace and gratitude
founder of success-full-living.com
‘Our legacy is every life we touch.‘
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PS. Since I realized that i would need to augment my disability, I was searching for an online presence that would give me the courage, start and education to create this blog. I found it . It’s called Wealthy Affiliates. If you want to know more please click here. WA has completely changed my world. Wishing you well always.