I would like to thank Mali and Joe for sharing their gifts through their writing and also giving me the opportunity to share what I am working on. I hope you all will find a little inspiration from my story and stay open to what love has to offer you. Please visit my blog or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

MagdelenaTell us a little about yourself. My name is Magdelena and I am the gal behind Callalilylife. The word calla means beautiful, and after experiencing two ugly, life-changing setbacks I decided it was time to take control of my attitude and create a beautiful life for myself. Instead of asking, “Why me?” I decided it was time to ask, “Why NOT me?” Why can’t I use these setbacks to leap forward? Why can’t I have the career I have dreamed of for so many years, but never had the faith in myself to pursue?

Since then I have made it my passion to empower women who, like me, might have a great desire to create more beauty in their lives, but are uncertain how to begin and how to stay motivated. Through my local women’s group, blog, and certification as a life coach, I hope to continue to build on this passion. My journey is fresh, honest, and most importantly a continuous work in progress. At any point we can be “reborn” and create an opportunity for change. Big or small, we all deserve the chance to make our dreams come true. I deserve it, and so do you.

Tell us about a deep soul connection that you’ve experienced. I have had the great fortune to experience more than a handful of deep soul connections, but the one that stands out is the one that taught me the incredible power I have within me to forgive. I truly believe a soul connection can only reach great heights if it is mutual, and for this relationship it reached higher heights than I ever thought emotionally possible for me. However, it also profoundly hurt me. There is a quote from The Soulmate Experience that comes to mind: “Remind yourself that a true invitation is free of obligation.” I invited this person into my heart, and they hurt me. What came after all the tears, the anger, and the disappointment of expectations left unmet was the realization that my love for this person was bigger than the hurt. At the core of our relationship there was unconditional love. You can hurt me, but I know you better than this hurt, and I love you more than this hurt. In turn, their love for me was such that their hurting me caused them a similar self-reflection. On both ends there was pain and the ultimate desire to forgive. This is still something I am figuring out, but it is as real of a soul connection as it can get for me! A deep soul connection not only molds you into a wiser person, but a more compassionate one as well.

Magdelena and DadDescribe one of the most soulful people you’ve ever known. The most soulful person I know is my father. He is the most humble man I know. His honest thoughts on life all stem from experience and the openness to learn from everything that has happened to him. Every person he interacts with will either laugh, leave wiser, or both! He will tear up at times when he speaks of his love for his daughters, he is quick to let me know my worth when I question it, and he loves my mother with a loyalty unmatched. No questions, no doubt, and no confusion as to how he feels about all his girls. This to me is soulful—to be so openly vulnerable in life, to be willing to get hurt, and to know that even if you do you will always make the choice to have it build on your personal growth, not destroy it. You share everything you are, and you positively pass it on.

Magdelena

What qualities do you feel a soulful relationship has? A soulful relationship between any two people is open. Open to giving love, and knowing how to receive it. Open to being vulnerable, and open to experiencing the risk of being hurt. Open to asking questions, and staying open to what the answers might be! A soulful relationship includes the one you have with yourself—allowing yourself to love you in the same manner you love others, and recognizing that healthy self-care is essential to extended healthy relationships.

What do you feel your soul’s purpose is? My soul’s purpose is to help others help themselves. This starts with me. Which is my journey right now—helping myself grow emotionally, taking more risks by sharing my thoughts with the world via social media—and I am finding the more I care for my soul and its purpose, the more opportunities arise to help others. This is my ultimate joy and passion.

Thank you, Magdelena, for sharing a little about your life with us. ~Mali & Joe, authors of The Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide to Creating Extraordinary Relationships, 52 Prescriptions for Happiness, and the upcoming book The Soulmate Lover, and creators of Mantras for Making Love