This Space Right Now

September 8, 2017 in About Me / College / Recovery

I can never force a blog post or an Instagram. That’s just not me. Just like I can never force a feeling or force myself to like something/someone. My life is not based off force: it’s based off authenticity. Creating a space that my heart thrives in, living a life of ease. Forcing does not produce the magic: an open heart and embracing what’s real does. 

This blog means so much to me, and so does my Instagram. The content of my posts have changed and how much I post a week has changed as well. Just like a river I flow through each season of life, and instead of forcing something that doesn’t feel good to me, I let the river flow. But everything that I do write, everything I do put out into the world comes from all crevices of my heart. I put a lot of value into that. 

This space right now in my life is different than it was a month ago, a year ago, two years ago. This space now is one that’s inviting more growth in. One where I have incredible friends who challenge my old ways: who tell me to get that cookie. Sleep in an extra hour. Check in with my intentions behind doing things. Stop talking poorly of someone who puts a bad taste in my mouth. These humans provoke growth and radiate so much love into my life. 

This space right now is allowing me to share so many laughs and genuine smiles with my roommate/best friend. A friend who grounds me, listens to me, supports me. Always bringing me back to the beauty that is human connection. 

This space is going to be getting busier. With yoga teaching starting Monday, as well as meetings for a women’s retreat I’m helping lead; the pace will be speeding up a bit. And I’m going to need to remind myself to pause and recenter. Refocus, breathe, and bring myself back to the present moment. 

This space is not perfect. It gets cluttered and oh so messy. 

This space here on the Internet doesn’t get as many views as it did last year, or the space I have on Instagram doesn’t have as many followers as others; but I’m doing what I love. “I’m becoming fluid in choosing me.” Choosing what feels authentic in the moment and allowing myself to write/post/do what makes ME happy. 

This space is still one of singleness. Doing my life without a male by my side. Something I will talk about more down the line, but something I am still working on: not settling for another human- for I am already whole as is. I am a complete puzzle, and everyday I’m working on feeling that way. Not running from the loneliness that used to terrify me and instead running towards the confidence and fierceness that’s beginning to flow through my veins. 

This space is one of vulnerability, laughter, change, love, smiles, tears, anger, frustration, friendships, family, authenticity, and adventure. I am blessed to be able to take it all in with every single inhale. 

comments always welcomed and encouraged 🙂 hope you all had a lovely week: drop a highlight of it below if you’d like! 



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  • Reply Stephanie September 8, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I just have to comment “wow”,”wow” and “wow”. What I just read was amazing. The words you
    have to say now are written with so much sincerity and meaning. How every word i see that you write is so beautifully written. I at the age of 53 learning so much from that post. Thank you!

    • Reply Alyssa September 19, 2017 at 2:09 am

      I love you mom. You are amazing.

  • Reply Emily September 8, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    And I love this space. I love you friend. <3 I'm thankful that you don't force the posts if they aren't there; I've been learning not to do that later this year too, and it's been freeing!
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    • Reply Alyssa September 19, 2017 at 2:10 am

      Thanks Em <3 much love for you. Force is not good in some situations... just go with that eb and flow of life!

  • Reply Krista Fernandes September 8, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Beautiful!! You write so eloquently and always have the best message ❤

    • Reply Alyssa September 19, 2017 at 2:10 am

      i love u krista… U R AMAZING

  • Reply Julz September 8, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    I love you so much!! You’re a beautiful human – inside and out ❤️

    • Reply Alyssa September 19, 2017 at 2:10 am

      hi buddy I adore you <3 <3

  • Reply Cora September 10, 2017 at 3:56 am

    I feel like you’ve hit the nail on the head for the season of life I am in right now, Lyss.

    A time of change. A time of accepting that change.

    Thank you for reminding me about the beauty of flow, and that it is okay. <3
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    • Reply Alyssa September 19, 2017 at 2:11 am

      YES. Accept that life flows and we just need to go with it. Sending all the love babe

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