A day before my birthday last year, I was working in my office. My desk snuggles in a corner and is flanked by two large windows at ground level, so I get to see birds and wildlife quite often. That day, a bird landed in front of my window that I had never seen before.
His head was as black as night when no moon or stars give light. He had a strong crest that made him look like a warrior. His neck faded into gray. After that, his body and wings turned into a brilliant blue. He was a large bird; about the size of a magpie. Every move he made was intentional. He didn’t forage or seem busy, as most birds usually do when they land. He simply walked in a slow pace in front of my window, as if to get my attention.
I couldn’t shake the feeling that he had found me on purpose; that he had a message for me. The feeling was deep. The bird’s gaze was intent. Eventually he flew into our aspen tree, as if to give me one more look. Then he was gone.
Was it strange to feel such a strong feeling with a bird, I asked myself? Maybe.
But 2014 was no ordinary year.
I can honestly say I have never grown so much in one year. My intuition has greatly expanded. I look at the girl I was at the same time last year, and I’m not her.
With the help of Kim, my business coach, I worked on my darkest fears and biggest hang-ups. I am now a firm believer that our external world is a manifestation of our internal one. The theory has proven itself over and over again.
If I hadn’t been doing the inside work before that fall day, I may have brushed off the feeling I got from the bird.
The bird, I learned, was called a Steller Jay. I’ve lived here the majority of my life and have never seen one. As I researched further, I learned that Steller Jays are natives of North America and are the only crested jays West of the Rockies. While they symbolize different things, I was impressed when I read they are symbols of a transformative growth period, as well as reminders to follow through and work hard.
A beautiful symbol for a New Year indeed.
I am excited for 2015. I think it will be a very abundant year for myself and my industry as a whole.
I will be working on building our new horse property, a few traveling adventures, some new equestrian skills, and incorporating my oil painting roots back into my business model. That’s right! You’ll be seeing more paintings this year.
A huge thank you to Kim, to my husband, and to the fabulous design networks created by Tobi Fairley and friends. All of you are showing that the world is indeed a place where dreams come true, our missions are bigger than we ever thought, and there are great people who will support you all along the way.
As fall was ready to give way to winter, I had one more siting. I walked to my back porch, where two Steller Jays swooped past me. They flew together in silence once around my house then disappeared into the trees.