Joy in a twirl

perfect twirlToday at work, I found a co-worker wearing a perfect twirling skirt.  The kind of skirt that is created in such a way that when you spin it flares out at the bottom, all the while staying low to the ground.  It is beautiful to see these skirts dancing around.  They make life sparkle a bit more; at least it does for me.  Skirts like this are meant to move and twirl no matter where you are.  It is the kind that inspires me to go shopping for one!

I spotted my friend and could not help myself.  “Oh, my that is a perfect skirt for twirling!”  She looks up at me with a big smile that reminded me of a young girl feeling completely feminine and fabulous when she says, “Thank you.”  I take my joy a step further with a simple request, “Spin.”  Much to everyone’s delight, she launched into a perfect spin.  The skirt flared to reveal the beautiful polka dots in two distinct patterns.  She giggled aloud as joy seemed to visibly rise from her toes to the top of her head.

The special part is what happened to all that witnessed this.  Everyone around joined in a giggle and bright smile.  This moment reminded me of how joy lives in the simple things in life.  Her skirt was ready to twirl at any moment to spread joy for all to see.  It was as though I could see a wave of joy pass through the crowd.  It only lasted a moment.  Yet sometimes all we need is a moment of joy to transform our entire outlook for the day.

I encouraged her to expand her joy for the rest of her day.  “You should twirl every time you get up from your chair!”  She smiled brightly with a wonderful compliment, “I love working with you!  I have not twirled in years and this feels fabulous!”  My heart smiled right back at her.  Maybe, just maybe, reminding people to be joyful when they are grownup is where I am at my best.

Twirl on! Namaste!

Kristin Springfield

It’s my birthday!!

Happy Birthday Hug from Kristin SpringfieldI turn 44, Friday April 8th!  My birthday has always been something special to me for as long as I can remember.  I always feel like I did when I was 7 years old; excited, special and overjoyed!   I take time around my birthday to reflect on the past year’s joy, love and lessons.  This birthday is extra special for many reasons.

My 43rd year proved to be filled with fear conquering activities.  Driving over 11,000 miles across the country to hug trees was by far amazing.  Ending a career with a company I had been with for over a decade was sad and liberating at the same time.  Taking a 7-month break from life as I designed it, brought wonderful people into my life that I would not have met otherwise.

Completing my book proved to add a layer of healing that I was not prepared for.  It is amazing to look at a 300+ page document that I created to help others and myself heal completely.  I will continue with editing this year with plans to publish.  We shall see what the universe has in store for that one!

I have returned to the roots of a great profession, OT.  I am reminded daily how important kindness and attention is for all of us.  The simplicity in putting my hands on people to remove their pain and return their independence makes my heart sing.

This past year has given clarity to money and how I treat it. The past has been dominated with stress and worry around money.  My 43rd year, revealed that I need much less of it than I thought in order to be happy.  That is freedom in itself!

I am free from many of my old fears that used to cripple me.  Being alone proved to be wonderful therapy and gave room for perfect people to come into my life.  Tears about the loss of relationships have turned to joy.  Those people are simply people I used to know.  They no longer have power over me, and I wish them the very best in all ways.

If my 43rd year on the planet could give me such love and peace, I can’t wait to see what my 44th year shows me. Thank you for all of your support and love.  Please realize that is returned to you 10 fold by me!  Celebrate my birthday with me, please.  Have some incredible gluten free brownies and loving kisses!

Kristin Springfield