What's in a name? As some of you may know, my Instagram handle is @sunflowergirlie, and many of you may assume that I picked the name simply because I love sunflowers. While this is definitely true, there is more behind it than just appearances.
The sunflower is like the unofficial flower of August and summer as it comes to life in full bloom at this time of year. Perhaps my affinity towards them also has something to do with this since I am born in August as well, but there is another reason altogether of why I love the sunflower so much, aesthetics aside.
The sunflower, named for its sunny, yellow disk shape that resembles the hot summer sun, is the flower of positivity and happiness. As the movie Calendar Girls states, "I don't think there's anything on this planet that more trumpets life than that of the sunflower. For me, that's because of the reason behind its name. Not just because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that's such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life."
When I was 18 years old, coming out of high school and trying to figure out where I fit in the world, I decided that I really wanted to get a tattoo. But what would I get? I decided that flowers always made me smile, so I decided to start researching individual flower meanings when I stumbled across the sunflower's meaning and that quote. I immediately knew that that was my tattoo choice. Unknowingly to me at the time, it captured my true essence.
Years later I would leave my graduate school program in search for a different lifestyle and career path. If I knew then what I know now, I would have realized that my affinity for the sunflower was because I felt so drawn to its message because of my dharma-my calling.
I wanted to spread positivity and look for the good. I wanted to brighten people's days and give them a reason to smile. To help them feel good. To remind them that life is beautiful. And just as the sunflower has no qualms in being triumphant, proud, big, and bold, I wanted to help others do the same by just being unabashedly themselves. Pursuing their own happiness and passions, no holding back!
If you need help finding the good, feeling good, or rediscovering what your happiness is, then I would love to chat with you about my life coaching programs for your overall lifestyle or career goals!
Here's to being unapologetically positive and steadfastly dedicated to happiness!
Are you like the sunflower too? How so? Comment below!