It happened… In the blink of an eye, 36 years of life flew by. I’m still in shock. It seems so surreal.

The evening before my birthday, we attended a fundraiser for the SIMS Foundation in Austin. (It’s a great organization promoting mental health within the music community. Donate to them when able.) As I stood on the balcony by the pool, colorful lights danced across the water, while blues music hummed from inside. Overlooking the trees, with the Austin skyline in the background, I reflected on how blessed I have been in my 36 years, and how lucky I am to still be here to experience this life.  Reflection is a funny thing…  seeing things that have been there all along, yet you weren’t ready to see them when they were first presented in your life.  Reflection allows us to see things when we are in the right place – mentally & physically, while open to receiving the message.



Reflection that night showed me that I feel like I have lived multiple lives in my 36 years…  I look back on all of my “phases,” and can see that all this time, each “phase” I went through was only my ego trying to detour me from finding my true self and staying on my path. Luckily, I realized just over a year ago my purpose in this life, and I’ve finally reached a point where I’m comfortable with who I am.  This was not an easy process for me. It took many years, along with therapy, self-reflection, feedback from peers, arguments, broken relationships, perspective shifts, accepting my role, and hearing the right universal messages at the right times to get here.


Love will always win!


The morning of my birthday, I woke with fresh eyes – along with puppy snuggles and kisses from my hubs. (I mean, really… best birthday ever already!) As the day unfolded, I was treated like a queen! Brek took me out to lunch for Chips & Queso (Or as I like to call it “liquid gold.”) at one of my favorite local spots, Tacodeli.  Afterwards, we had fun in the park with my fur babe, Sadie.


Sadie was more excited about grazing than the view.


The icing on the cake? Dinner at III Forks…


III Forks made sugar-free berries & cream specially made for me.  If you’ve never been to III Forks, I can not recommend them enough.  The food & service were top notch!


and… A concert! White Ghost Shivers & Squirrel Nut Zippers at 3Ten ACL Live.


White Ghost Shivers – So much fun!


Squirrel Nut Zippers – Nostalgia at its best!


Brek & I outside 3Ten ACL Live.


I felt amazing and was glowing with love! (We both were.)


I love how the light is dancing in this photo!


Reflection is knowing what I put out into the world is what will reflect back to me. 

Cheers to 36 more years of reflecting light & positivity!


Christalle Bodiford is an artist, advocate, writer, and adventure seeker. As an entrepreneur diagnosed with epilepsy, Christalle brings a unique perspective of empowerment that inspires others to embrace a positive mindset and live with purpose. When she’s not writing or advocating, Christalle enjoys puppy snuggles with her scruffy terrier and outdoor adventures with her husband.

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