Day 200/365 “I love spending time with you.” 200 days into 2014 and #VirtuosoFest is a wrap! Three shows in three days and I would say they went really well. Having such a blast can really wear one out though so I ended my night with some excellent dinner company at Tom’s, watching the tail end of #TheGreatGatsby and some sports highlights. Now, to sleep for the next 30 hours. #instalike #instadaily #instagood #LosAngeles #LA #KaylaShaDay #OfficialFITC #FaceInTheCrowd #FITC #love
Days 198 & 199/365 “Good job.” A whirlwind of days! The first two shows for @mattryanking & @tbtgmusic opening for @aaroncarter are in the bag! Can’t wait to see what the rest if the dates hold for AC’s #WonderfulWorldTour. Check out the official MRK and TBTG pages for links to get your tickets now! www.mattryanking.comwww.this boy that girl music.com #instalike #instadaily #instagood #LosAngeles #LA #KaylaShaDay #OfficialFITC #FaceInTheCrowd #FITC
Day 197/365 Still locked out of my website and I’m about to hire a web developer. Bah! Still in love with my life though. #instadaily #instalike #instagood #LosAngeles #LA #KaylaShaDay #OfficialFITC #FaceInTheCrowd #FITC
Day 196/365 Oops! Today was a bit crazy so I didn’t take any pictures. Regardless of what did occur, I’m learning lessons everyday and enjoying what I can. There’s always something positive to see no matter how stressful the situation may be, you just have to want to find it. #instalike #instadaily #instagood #LosAngeles #LA #KaylaShaDay #OfficialFITC #FaceInTheCrowd #FITC
Day 195/365 “Make Missouri proud!” Life is so good! I rode the bull at #SaddleRanch for the first time and actually did pretty well! Munched on some delicious food with great company. We were in a minor fender bender (not my fault, minor damage)but overall, another great day! #instalike #instadaily #instagood #LosAngeles #LA #KaylaShaDay #OfficialFITC #FaceInTheCrowd #FITC
Day 193/365 “Come over babe I’m making us some breakfast” I sure am spoiled. I was treated to breakfast before heading out to a packed day at #SixFlagsMagicMountain! Took on Viper, Apocalypse, Goliath, Batman, X2 and cooled down with Jet Stream. We even met a really cool #Norwegian! Even closed out the night at one of my favorite spots: #DanielsTacos! Each day keeps getting better and better.
Day 192/365 SUMMER SPLASH! What a great day! Awesome performances by @mattryanking @tbtgmusic and @trevorandaustin made for a full day, capped off by watching #CaneloVsLara in Simi Valley. Absolutely exhausting but so much fun! #instadaily #instalike #instagood #LosAngeles #LA #KaylaShaDay #OfficialFITC #FaceInTheCrowd #FITC
Reddit user IMAMenlo found a handwritten note on an empty chair at the San Francisco Airport. It didn’t have anything except “read me” written on the outside.
This is what it says:
I recently left an emotionally abusive relationship.
After months of insults I wont repeat, false accusations, lies, delusions, broken mirrors, nightly battles…. I left. I know that I was being poisoned by each day that I stayed. So with a heavy heart, I left my lover of three years, knowing that I had already put it off too long. At first he begged, then he cursed, but eventually he paced his bags and faded out of my life like a bad dream.
For the first few weeks, my body seemed to reject this. For three years I had seen the world through him-colered glasses. I didn’t know who I was without him. Despite the kindness of friends and even strangers. I could not help feeling utterly alone.
But it was this sense of aloneness that set me free. Somewhere along the way, I let go. I released all of the painful memories, the names he had called me, the shards of him buried deep in my brain. I stopped believing the things he had made me think about myself. I began to see how extraordinary, breathtakingly beautiful life is. I meditated, drank too much coffee, talked to strangers, laughed at nothing. I wrote poetry and stopped to smell and photograph every flower. Once I discovered that my happiness depends only on myself, nothing could hurt me anymore.
I have found and continue to find peace. Each day I am closer to it than I was yesterday. I am a work in progress but I am full to the brim with gratitude and joy.
And so, since I have opened a new chapter in my life, I want to peacefully part with the contents of the last chapter. The end of my relationship was the catalyst for a wealth of positive changes in my life. It was a symbol, most importantly, it was an act of self-love. It was a realization that I deserved to be happy and I could choose to be. And so, in an effort to leave behind the things that do not help me grow, I am letting go of a relic from the painful past.
I wore this necklace-a gift from him-every day for over two years. To me, letting it go is a joyous declaration that I am moving forward with strength and grace and deep, lasting peace.
Please accept this gift as a reminder that we all deserve happiness. Whoever you are, and whatever pain you have faced, I hope you find peace.
I hope this inspired/encouraged anyone going through the same thing to leave.