my name is rhiannon skye. many of my friends call me skye as it’s my middle name. i’m 23 years old and live in a small town on the gulf coast of florida where swimming with manatees and walking around in bathing suits are the norm. for the past 8 months, i’ve learned a lot about myself and grown in ways i couldn’t imagine. i believe that love is the only thing that matters in this world and that we should fall in love with as many things as possible. whether it be with a lover, an animal, a place where we go to relax or even that salt lamp in your bedroom. opening up to love is the most remarkable thing i could have done for myself.
growing up, i always felt different from the other kids. when i was 4, i was the child that pretended to be a dinosaur in dance class. i was obsessed with magic and still am for i know it is real and exists everywhere. i always looked for love in others without ever looking into myself. i gave into the pressures of a growing young teenager. i wanted to look pretty, to wear brand name clothes and play sports. i did what i could but felt most at home with my theatre class when we showed up at 8am on a saturday about to practice for our musical. none of us wore makeup and were, for the most part, still in our pajamas. we came from all different cliques but all became family. i miss that dearly. we got to know each other based on who we were instead of our group of friends or what we wore. i adored any subject in school that dealt with the arts but didn’t care for math whatsoever. my soul was always wanting to create.
i fed my hunger for creativity whenever i could with writing, photography or acting. and although i craved acceptance from my peers, i craved to be myself even more. and it wasn’t until more recently that i completely let down my walls, let go of judgement and blossomed into what i am now. i am so grateful for what i have learned and experienced in my 23 years of life. i dropped the desperation for love in another and focused on myself.
i ripped myself open and spilled my light all over the floor. i cried at its beauty and in that very moment, i realized how magnificent i was. i fell in love with myself and cherished the heart that rested under this rib cage. it beats for kindness, love and humility. i found myself happier more and more, every day while being mindful of everything i said, did and thought. i took moments to appreciate the little things. i was now here in the present moment instead of just mindlessly existing in this body. i saw and felt everything. i danced half naked in my bedroom late at night to music that encompassed my soul in delicate electricity.
i am finding myself creating this beautiful, amazing life before me and i am so excited and grateful to be receiving all of this abundance and love. i often think to myself, “how did you get so lucky?” i know it’s because i found a home within the deepest parts of my being where i felt comfortable and safe. i felt that i could spring out and express myself in my truest nature. from the insecure girl i was in high school to the confident, kind woman who adores herself in the best of ways. it is beautiful. it is humbling. this is a love that trumps any love i have experienced. self love is one that radiates from your heart and shows others how to love you.
i believe that we can change this world. i look at how much i have changed on an individual level and how my life has improved. there’s a key to changing the world here, i know the secret. it all begins within us. our outside world is a reflection of the world within ourselves. if we are full of fear and anger, then it will be manifested and portrayed in our outside reality. i have experienced this first hand and know for a fact that changing our perspectives and practicing mindfulness will indeed effect our lives on a physical level.
i believe in the good in people. i’ve chosen to see the light in others instead of darkness. a light is so much prettier so why not?
life is meant to be lived and we are meant to experience wonderful memories and happiness while we’re here. i am choosing this as my reality. i am choosing love over fear. i am choosing happiness over anger. i am choosing calm over stress. i am choosing to let go of thought patterns that no longer serve me. i am choosing to think for myself. i am choosing to exist as love and to be a light for others. and i am choosing to receive all i desire in this life. i am worthy. i am ready, receptive and grateful.
wake up every morning and think of three things you are grateful for and smile to yourself. say out loud that this is going to be a great day.
and so it will be.
and watch the flowers bloom.
with love always,