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I just got back from an amazing adventure in Greece. This trip was no joke, you guys. The only word I can find to describe it would be: magical. From the beautiful aesthetics of the white cliff side buildings, to the incredibly beautiful crystal blue ocean water, to the amazingly delicious food… everything was perfect. We spent time in Athens, and then traveled to Santorini, Naxos, and Paros. If you’re ever planning to go to the Greek Islands, I highly recommend checking those out! I could go into so many details about all of the ins and outs of our trip, but I have so much more on my mind and heart than just that. If you’d like to check out my short Greece travel guide, click here!

I am currently beaming with gratitude, not only after a wonderful experience, but because of the meaning behind it. Let me explain…

Almost two years ago now, I wrote a check to myself, not for money, but for adventure. Sounds crazy, but I literally took a check that you would deposit in the bank, and instead of writing a dollar amount on it, I wrote a couple of things that I wanted in my life for the following year. I wrote “Paid in Full” on the bottom of the check, signed it, and put it away in a drawer and forgot about it. A couple of months after writing that check and completely loosing sight of writing it, I was involved in an ocean clean up and I met the most amazing man, Michael. Michael and I have been dating now for a year and a half, and he is a pilot… and very much an adventurer. He invited me on many adventures that he had planned over the course of our time together, and has encouraged me to live beyond myself and push my limits. We have traveled to places like Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Italy, and now.. Greece. Mike has been such a beautiful, beautiful blessing, and I’m so thankful for all he represents in my life. 

OK OK, enough of the gushy stuff.. Rewind to two weeks ago: I’m packing for my trip to Greece, and I go in my drawer to grab my pjs, and a piece of paper falls on the floor. I pick it up, and to my surprise, it’s a check! I’m thinking to myself, “oh man, how did this get here! I hope I didn’t forget to cash this!” I opened it up, and it was the check I had written myself almost two years prior. I started reading it, and my eyes filled with tears. On the check, I had written my intentions to travel and see the world, and to expand perspective. At this point, I am covered in chills, and I started to hear the twilight zone theme song in my head.. (haha not really)! How crazy that two years ago I set an intention, let it go, and it was honored.

I’ve always heard about this Law of Attraction stuff, and I’m gonna be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the way it’s been presented. While I believe in a lot of the overall mentality (as you can tell in my check writing), books like “The Secret” leave God looking like a Genie that we just use when we so wish. I’ll tell you right now, this God energy is so much more than that!! Look, I love asking God, The Universe, Source, The Great Light, Christ Conciousness, whatever you want to call it, for what I desire, because I know the same energy that is God, is me. I thank God everyday for this body that I have been given, as it is a vessel for the this great energy to pour through me… it’s what keeps me (and you) ALIVE. IT. IS. POWERFUL. As much as we think of God as this man with a septor in Heaven conducting the universe, and who knows, maybe that’s exactly what he is… but we forget that this energy is inside of each of us… It’s honoring our path, and our intentions. It’s supporting us in our trials, and our healing. Even if you would rather not call this energy anything at all, it is you, and you are it’s vessel. You can’t change that… What you can control is how connected you want to be to it. 

Being connected is the key. Over the course of the last several years, I have done a lot of inner work on myself. I’ve acknowledged a lot of past trauma, and have worked on healing those things. It was such a breaking down process… a dismantling of patterns and beliefs. All leading me back to myself. When I say myself, I don’t just mean all of the things that come with Courtney Cole…. There is a force greater than that that IS me…. and that is the Christ energy. The CREATIVE energy that is honoring this life we are creating together. I don’t mean “we” as I am equal with God.. No. I’m am just the vessel, but I say “we” because I have to be willing and OPEN to allowing it to work. So in that, we are co-creating this life together, and I am blessed by the intentions this energy has honored in my life. 

With this whole experience, I feel encouraged and supported to keep digging deep within myself and being honest with the deepest parts of myself. What do I want? Where do I want to go? Who do I want to be? Then turning inward and seeing how these things align with the God Source that lives inside of me. THIS is how we determine our path. THIS is how we know the next steps. THIS is how we live up to our highest potential.