the truth you need to know- about me

When I was in high school, I was outcasted by the Caucasian, male leaders of my school. I was labeled and stereotyped as a young, female, Latina youth. Even some of the female teachers told me I was better off going to a continuation school, learning to be a homemaker, and that I would “never be anybody.” There was a fire in my soul that kept me fighting for more, a better way, a better me, a better tomorrow. I had a knowing deep down in my soul that I could make changes for myself, my family, and my community.  This is why I am calling you to rise up, sisters, on International Women’s Day! Had I listened to these awful messages about me, and to society about a “women’s place”, I would not be here today. I would not be breaking through every damn stereotype and making changes in this world! Keep scrolling for the hard truth, what you need to know about yourself! 

 

 

what brought me here to this work  

I can recall being a bright-eyed, eager 20-year-old getting ready to graduate with my B.A. in Psychology preparing to move on to graduate school. I was so confused on the path I should take. I was being groomed to go to law school, but something inside of me did not feel like it was the right path. I lost many nights of sleep trying to figure out the next step logically. I considered years of schooling, money, potential to make more money, debt from loans, etc. I felt so confused, and I was intently praying for a sign from God to show me my calling, which path to take, and my gifts. I had just discovered the field of Social Work, and that is wasn’t just taking babies out of homes (a common misconception.) I thought to myself, “could be this be it? Is this the field that will allow me to help people without doing research, or law school, or writing prescriptions?” I wasn’t sure. Then one day I was at work, and a security guard asked me what I am I passionate about doing. I told him “helping people… and loving God’s people.” He replied, “There you go! Everyone has the ability to help others, but not everyone does it. Use your gifts as a light to the world.” Whoa, he was right! This was a deep calling of my soul, and I needed to listen. This was not something to be ignored or follow what everyone else was doing to make money, which was the loan industry for me at the time. I thought about his statement for days, and my life purpose, my gifts, my passions were all clarified- Being a light and helping others to ignite their light too.

Throughout my life I have been through many experiences both up and downs. I have cried, I have laughed, I have feared, I have been in deep pain, I have been inspired, and I have been strong, to name some. I have by no means lived a privileged or “easy” life, but I have been blessed in so many ways and by many people. There were times of depression, heartbreak, tragedy, chaos, lack of resources and money that dimmed my light. In fact, there were times where I felt I could not even see the light; I didn’t even recognize myself in those dark times. It was the love and light of my sisters they helped me through those times. They helped me hold my head up high and whipped the dirt off my face when I felt I couldn’t shine. In the end, all of my experiences have happened for me, not to me. They helped me grow stronger, wise, more compassionate. They helped me figure out who I want to be and how I want to show up in the world for myself, for my kids, and for others.

That is why I am here, sister. I am here to share my gifts with you and to be the light that ignites the light in you. I am here to be that person that shows up authentically, imperfect, and truthfully to say I understand. I see you, I feel you, I see your light. I am like a mirror reflecting to you when you can’t see your light, or when you are shining bright, together we shine brighter. So, shine on and don’t ever let anybody dim your light.

the hard truth about you

Understanding you are here on purpose, and you have a light to shine. You have special gifts that no one else has because there is only one of you, and only your way to express and share your unique gifts. By allowing fear to hold you back from sharing your gifts, you are not helping people in the way you could be, and now. Sister, you are the light. Do not underestimate the power of your light and your gifts. Do not make excuses to play small because of fear of out shinning someone else. Your light is needed now, and you shine brightest when you are unmasked, in your authentic power, willing and open to using your light and gifts to impact yourself and others. 

what is a light worker

 My definition of a lightworker is anyone who is authentically shining their light in this world; or more specifically, shining their light to help others elevate using their unique gifts. This also requires some things from you like making a leap from control to faith, from fear to love, from isolation to connectedness. It requires you to be present and show up every day, starting right now, willing to let God and the Universe use you, support you, guide you, expand you and show you beyond your wildest dreams.

answer your soul’s calling

If not now, when? Many times, we are waiting for the “right time” to make moves in our lives. Waiting on doing something “tomorrow” often becomes days, months, years, and tomorrow never happens. Are you listening to the whispers of your soul’s calling? Are the roars of your desires getting louder and louder? Are you following your soul’s calling? Or trying to drown it out with fears of the unknown, the what-ifs as many of us have done and still do. You can be in a career you enjoy and love, but that doesn’t mean it is your soul’s calling, your higher purpose. Listen carefully to what your soul is yearning for? What light’s you up? What is stirring up inside of you wanting to be birthed? What is expanding, and you can no longer contain it as it? Trust and have faith in the process. In the art of allowing, allow the God/the universe to open pathways, guide you, and let your destiny unfold even without knowing how and having all the details worked out. Listen, follow what lights you up, surrender, trust, and allow.

what needs to be healed

We all have limiting beliefs and old stories that hold us back and sabotage us in several areas of our lives from work, to relationships, to manifesting. When we were younger, we made stories up/added meaning to our experiences to make sense of what was happening. We are now older, wiser, stronger and we need to look at these old stories and wounds and heal them, especially because they are no longer serving us for our higher good. The most common old stories are “I am not enough, I am not deserving or worthy, I don’t belong here, I feel alone.” There are also common threads of feelings of shame, guilt, isolation, and lack. These stories need to be healed because they are how and why you are showing up in the world the way you do. How can you attract the love you want if your old story is telling you are not loveable or not worthy? How can you get that promotion and get paid accordingly if your old story is not to be seen or heard? How can you break away from fear and leave that job you feel stuck in if your old story is that you have nothing worthwhile to contribute? It is time to look at this and reclaim our power where you lost it, or where you so freely and lovingly (many times) gave it away. What old stories need to be healed within you? What are your underlying beliefs about yourself and the world? What do you need to release and let go off? What is the real truth of who you are?

sisterhood- shining together

We are here together at this point in time on purpose. I would like to think it is our sisterhood and coming together as a united tribe to reflect light to each other and to shine even brighter together. If you are reading this blog that is more proof that everything is happening how it should be and when it should be, everything is connecting. Our souls recognize each other regardless of location, age, gender, time, and space. Have you ever looked at someone or met them for the first time and swore you have known them or met them before until you found it there was no possible way? That is called soul recognition, sister. Together we are a powerful force. Not just in our words or superficial acts of kindness, but in holding space for each other in a non-judgmental and supportive way until your sister finds the courage to heal and elevate herself. We hold space for one another to get deep, to be raw, real and messy, to be perfectly imperfect, to laugh, to commune, to love, and to see the light in each other. You don’t have love or even click with everyone, that’s ok, as long as you are not cutting your sister down. Sisterhood runs deep and is about building each other up and honor your sister for who she is especially if that is different from you. When one woman is built up, supported and loved, her light will light a new path. When one or more is gathered, we become an unstoppable force that lights up the night sky. Shine together!

what are you standing for?

Feel into your body. Dig deep into your soul. Anchor into your heart, and connect to your womb space, the place we create and birth creation from. Who are you? What is your truth? What are you showing up for? Feel into what you are ready to take a stand for? Say it boldly! And stand proudly in your unwavering, authentic, unapologetic truth! Rise sister!

 I am standing for love and service! I am standing for all of you!

 I have been so blessed to meet and know some pretty f’ing, amazing women. To those women who have inspired me on my path, thank you, sisters!

 And to those, I do not know yet, but who are here, I am so excited to begin this journey with you and to get to know you, sister.

 The time is Now!

 We rise together!

 With all my love, 

Christina Sofia 

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