Wow, it’s really happening…

Wow friends! Has it really been three weeks since I last posted?! So much has happened in the past three weeks, including the birth of my niece on June 4th!

There are two thoughts that I want to share with you this week:

First, living a vision-inspired life and setting intentions is powerful. A little over two weeks ago, I found myself on the Big Island for Hawai’i School Garden Week. One of the events took place at the Mālaʻai Culinary Garden at Waimea Middle School. Long before moving to Hawai’i, I had researched this place and thought to myself, “How great would it be to see this amazing garden in person?!” And almost a year later, I found myself there, learning with a group of like-minded individuals who believe in the wondrous learning potential of school gardens. I saw a before picture and it is truly amazing and inspiring what they have created in that space.

There have been several moments of reflection these past few days in which I realize the life I have envisioned is becoming a reality, but the one that made me catch my breath took place while reading a journal entry dated 11/18/2013 which was Day 8 of Deepak and Oprah’s 21-day meditation series. It began with the question, What do I really want? My heart knows the answer. And I wrote:

“I want to share God’s love-the the love that heals, encourages, uplifts, forgives-and I want to help people connect, connect to nature, connect to their community, and even to themselves. I also want to live in harmony and experience peace and joy independent of my external circumstances.”

Well friends, I can say that the place where I am working now as the garden teacher values making connections is as well as living in harmony. I am even more humbled that I am doing this work in Hawai’i and learning about Hawaiian traditional values.

The second thought I wanted to share with you has to do with a quote from Maya Angelou in which she says, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” Sometimes, ego will try to reprimand me for my past mistakes and I just say this quote to quiet it down and focus on the present. This morning, I also read the following article which was a comforting reminder that an internal transformation is taking place:

http://www.success.com/article/10-things-successful-people-never-do-again?utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=http%3a%2f%2fwww.success.com%2farticle%2f10-things-successful-people-never-do-again&utm_campaign=10+Things+Successful+People+Never+Do+Again

Well friends, time for me to get some rest as I will need the energy for planting this week. I would love to hear from you and your “wow, catch your breath moments,” when you realized you were living the life you envisioned. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.

Pictures of my recent trip to the Big Island.

Pictures of my recent trip to the Big Island.

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About Magaly L.

Five Facts About Me: 1. I was born in El Salvador, grew up in NY, and after being in the United States for almost 33 years, I finally became a citizen in 2013. I was super excited when I voted for the first time! 2. My personal favorites: chocolate, desserts, dancing, the beach, leisure travel, reading, juicing, gardening, cooking, spending time with family, and writing. I really do love chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate, but any chocolate is better than none. I also love red velvet cupcakes from my favorite bakery in NYC, Two Little Red Hens on the Upper East Side. And I love spending time in nature. There's something so peaceful about listening to the birds or listening to the waves break, that centers me in the present moment and reminds me that Divine order is at work in my life. 3. I come from a large family and I love it! My parents, two brothers, one sister, LOTS of cousins, aunts, uncles, abuelos, and my "gotitas de amor"-my nieces and nephews. 4. I am an educator both by training and at heart. 5. I have been living with PNES (psychogenic non-epileptic seizures) since 2007. Though this condition has been life-altering and challenging to live with at times, it has also led me to a more fulfilling life, strengthening my faith and helping me have the courage to pursue my passions and chase a couple of dreams.
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