Today, ARISE (Advocacy, Reclaiming Your Power, Inclusion, Spirituality, and Empowerment) launched via Reclaiming Your Happiness With Lemus! To signify the progression of this journey, a three part story went live on Instagram today. It was indicative of the past, present, and future. It was raw and emotional. It was everything I wanted and more. Below is that story.
The past (1/3): I recently came across some pictures of me from two years ago. As I looked at the man in those pictures, I realized he no longer existed.
On the night of September 8th, I felt an extreme need to go out for a run. On that run, I said goodbye to the old me and thanked him for getting me to where I am today. As I finished off that run, it became dark and windy, and a single birthday balloon creeped it’s way across the street to me as I ran near a cemetery. I knew immediately then that the old me had been laid to rest and that a rebirth had just occurred. You see, the old me wore a mask for years. He placed unrealistic expectations upon himself. He was afraid to live his truth due to a fear of judgment. He believed in order to be happy that he needed to constantly be meeting milestone after milestone, ironically never pausing to reflect on whether or not these positions and titles actually made him happy. The value he placed on himself was solely based on what society thought of him. He was calculated, fearful of taking risks, and afraid, so very afraid to love wholeheartedly.
Although on the outside, he seemed perfectly put together, successful, and complete, he was not. So on September 8th, I finally said goodbye to him and acknowledged him for trying. I acknowledged him for his growth and let him go. Now we are here in present time, post spiritual awakening, and through a non-linear process in healing, ready to ARISE.
The present (2/3): As I have come into ARISE, I have found myself.
The old me has been put to rest. I have thanked him and have let him go. My platform is of transparency, vulnerability, and community building. Together, we ARISE.
I am unapologetically me. I am of spirit. I am one with Mother Nature. I am of the seeds my ancestors planted thousands of years ago. I am of the roots that allow me to breathe. After all, I am my ancestors manifestation work.
I Magical, Powerful, and Blessed. I am brown, proud, and bisexual. I embrace the intersections of my identities and move forward in resiliency. I am the breaker of generational trauma and the chains that have not allowed us to soar in the past.
I am a founder, a CEO, an educator, facilitator/trainer, empowerment coach, spiritual healer, social justice advocate, blogger/writer, and so much more. I am spiritually conscious and have worked through my past to get me here. I have cried. I have laughed. I have connected with my ancestors, with God, the angels, and the universe and know there is no going back. I am wholeheartedly me. I finally know what authentic freedom and happiness feels like and can walk in my own skin knowing, I’m finally free.
The future (3/3): For those of you that know me, you are aware of the fact that I’m very future oriented. While that has been a strength of mine in the past, I am working on remaining more present these days. However, I am all about intention setting and manifestation work and as I think about the future of Reclaiming Your Happiness with Lemus, here is what I see.
I see myself being a world renowned speaker, author, and educator. I see myself as a successful business owner. I see myself being known as a spiritual healer. I see myself helping people near and far, impacting the lives of thousands if not millions of people. I see myself expanding upon my role as a community leader. I visualize living an abundant life in which my loved ones and I live happily. I visualize myself as a planter of spiritual seeds and clearly see the descendants of my ancestral line recognizing the manifestation work I am putting in for them now. I picture myself happy and living an authentic life as my whole self. I put this out into the universe and let it do its thing. So it has been said, so it shall be.