I am definitely not the same person I was a year ago. It was one year ago that I sat in Doreen Virtue's Angel Intuitive Course in Orange County and had a quantum shift. She announced to the room, "If you want to be a Hay House author then you need to start building your Social Media platform." I had been on social media for a while just posting pictures of my dog, Chester, who has pretty much been my spiritual running buddy for the last ten years. I never thought about having a separate account allowing people I have never met in person to see a part of me. I surrendered those fears, and I opened my Instagram account under @serenity_of_the_angels and used a picture of Doreen and I as my profile picture.
My first post was on Oct 14th, 2015. The post received 44 likes, which some of those likers have been with me since the start. 44 in angel numbers means, "The angels are giving you extra comfort, love, and support right now. Ask them for help with everything, and listen to their guidance through your intuition." (from Doreen Virtue's Angel Therapy website) My goal initially was to reach 10 K followers by December when my book proposal is due to Hay House. But this account became so much more than that. Those people who I never met in person, those beautiful strangers encouraged me to believe in myself and put more faith in the beams of light up above. They were no longer strangers; they became friends.
I found myself. I realized what I was born to do and learned what and who no longer served me. I found you all. My tribe. I found acceptance and love. I found a freaking ton of light. Who knew all of you existed? So many gorgeous people, shiny angels, and lightworkers. I love you all. I really do. I wanted what you had. How could I get it? How could I make that same difference in the world? I learned that peace begins with me. By seeing all of your light you encouraged me to shine mine. Thank you.
"I am here to serve. I am here to inspire. I am here to love. I am here to live my truth."
I am so close to reaching my goal, or what Hay House looks at for numbers to publish a book with them. Although numbers are important, I have learned something; My self-worth is not measured by the amount of likes and followers I have. To be honest with you, the more people that found my account did not equal more engagement. This bothered me at first. I felt I was doing something wrong. My ego got the best of me. I forgave myself for this thought and decided to choose self-love instead. My soul purpose on social media is to be the light and to share love. If I am not feeling it, I don't post it. Authenticity and integrity are so important to me, and it is exactly what I teach my social media clients. I have now realized that it is not about the number of followers. If I can affect at least one person with my light and shine on one person's newsfeed, then this makes me feel joy.
"When you are in a state of joy, you leave a positive imprint on every being in the world."
I learned from new spiritual teachers that maybe I would never have found if it wasn't for divine timing and social media. Seriously, Gabby Bernstein came to me at the exact time I needed her strength. I was able to find my tribe of Spirit Junkies and angels that will have my back forever. I connected to a community that helped me find my authentic self. I came into my own which gave me the confidence to help others shine their light and share their spiritual gifts on Social Media, and I became a Social Media Coach for Spiritual Entrepreneurs. In the spirit of self-truth, I found the courage, surrendered my fears and came out of the spiritual closet on my personal social media accounts. Phew, that was a big one for me, terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. I am no longer just posting pictures of my precious snowflake, Chester, on my personal accounts.
"If you are real with others, your real relationships will come to the front. And those that fall away were never meant to be in the first place."
I can go on and on about how much I have grown since October 14, 2015. And trust me, I do and will in my book. :) I am just grateful. So thankful. I have learned that by being grateful, I open myself up to more joy, abundance, and love. To show my gratitude, I am offering special pricing on email angel card readings at $5 off and social media coaching at $15 off for the month of October. Check out my website for details, www.taraladue.com. I also have a fun giveaway drawing on my Instagram account. See here for details.
I am so appreciative of you for joining me on this journey and believing in me at a time I didn't believe in myself. I can not wait to see what my angels have in store for me in the next year. More will be revealed.