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Jodi Chapman - I Choose

I live in a love bubble.

It may sound cheesy, but it’s absolutely true.

I didn’t always have this bubble around me. I spent many years of my life surrounded by people who either loved me but had a funny way of showing it. Or people who didn’t love me and definitely didn’t show it.

Many years ago, I set the intention that I no longer wanted anyone in my life who didn’t nurture me, fill my heart with love, respect me, and want the best for me. I didn’t want any so-so friends or anyone that I felt worse about myself or about life in general after I spent time with them. I didn’t want anyone who needed to knock me down a few notches in order to feel good about themselves. And I didn’t want anyone who was simply there because they felt that they had to be – because we were family or had been friends for so long or because it was comfortable.

I set out to create a love bubble: a space of harmony and feel-goodness that lifted me up and filled me with happiness. Before I decided who I would let into this bubble, I asked myself how I felt when I was with them (over a period of time – we all have “off days,” after all). Did I feel expansion or constriction? Did I feel happy or sad? Did I feel ready to soar into the world or like I just wanted to go back to bed?

Before I added anyone into the bubble, I visualized how amazing it would feel to only be surrounded by people who love me and who I love. To live each day in a world filled with love and positivity. To feel embraced and honored. To be able to feel the warmth flowing between us. To feel endless joy.

And then I began to invite others in. My husband received the first spot. He takes up quite a bit of space in my bubble – he has a huge chunk of my heart. His love fills me up like no other. His goodness has helped me open up and love others with a full heart.

I then thought about my family and current friends. I put them through the criteria that I mentioned above. I based their entrance into the bubble not on our history or our genetics but how they made me feel. And I invited only those who lifted me up and brought joy into my heart.

After this step, I realized that I had much more room in this bubble. And so I began setting the intention to draw people into my life who would fit my vision. I prayed for dear friends – loving friends – to be a part of my life. At first, it was a trickle. But I kept the faith that they would come. I met a beautiful soul who quickly became a dear friend. She immediately was let in. And then a few more showed up. And a few more. And before I knew it, my bubble was filled with love and goodness – goodness that I had only dreamed about before. 

I’ve since realized that this love bubble can never completely fill up – the more we love, the more love we have to give. The more we let love in, the more it multiplies and the more space we have for it. It’s amazing how that works!

While I’m not completely sheltered from the world and I do still have small doses of negativity enter into my life from time to time, having this love bubble has changed my life and opened my heart to the goodness in the world. It’s helped me see how wonderful so many people are – how huge their hearts are. And it’s helped me see that we truly do have the power to create a life we’re happy to be a part of.

We are all deserving of our own bubble of love, and I can’t wait for you to create your own! Consciously creating this sacred space to let love into your heart is life-changing. It’s such a beautiful way to honor yourself and surround yourself with loving souls who will lift you up, support you, and love you unconditionally.

Hugs,

Jodi

 

about jodi
Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

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