The fire stopped us dead in our tracks, leaving us with nothing but the clothes on our backs. Literally. Our home, business, art studio, and all our possessions were gone. And yet, I couldn't help but think that I had manifested it all. I kept repeating a phrase that I had said a thousand times before: "Things are not happening to us, they are happening for us."
If this were true, I wondered, what could all this be for? For a year, I remained open to the possibilities. I was sure that the fire was a sign from the universe that I was supposed to do something different. So I explored every opportunity, idea, and passion with only two goals in mind: To live where I love and do what I love to do.
These phrases helped me to clear away all the confusion and noise from my mind as I tried to figure out my life. We achieved our first goal when we saw a notice on the Marshal Fire Resource page that a cabin, way at the top of the mountain, was open for rent to a fire-affected family. No one else wanted it because we came from the suburbs, and many families had kids who needed to be closer to school. But we didn't. The nature around this cabin almost matched the images on my dream board exactly. ✅
After a full year of trying different things, one day I had an epiphany. I realized how much I loved Filosophy, and everything about it. Right then I made the decision to start again. Only this time I was going to make it into my dream company, the way I had envisioned it for years. Everything fell into place, and ten days later, I was in India building the new collection. ✅
What seems like the greatest tragedy in your life may very well turn out to be your greatest gift, but you won't know unless you are open to it. Just keep telling yourself, "Things are happening for me, not to me," and you just might find out what those things are.