Melissa Lyons is passionate about comforting, healing and cultivating a mindset that allows us to get the most out of our experiences. She feels honoured to have been given the opportunity to bring these encouraging words to life in this story. She believes that the messages have deep meanings and are reminders to us all that anything is possible. Her mission is to share the joy and freedom that is created when we live in the moment and consciously choose our thoughts and reactions.
In terms of her life, Melissa believes that she is on a journey to seek, understand and embrace her life’s purpose. Reflecting upon her early years, she recognizes that she sought to please and conform to the expectations of others, not being aware that most of the time she was missing the point and ignoring the signs. Looking back now, she says it’s just so easy to see because the signs are all around us, all of the time. For decades she avoided hints, nudges and messages; she lived her life as she understood it was to be lived. Then when she least expected it, a wonderful opportunity presented itself and she was given the gift of time. Time to slow down, unwind and “listen” like she had never listened before. She decided to take three months “off”, pulling away from work and the pursuit of a goal driven life. The three months became thirty months. It turns out that stepping away and allowing one’s life purpose to present itself is not something that will be rushed.
It was on an island in Thailand that the words to I Will Always Love You came pouring out. Seriously. There was no warning, no conscious planning and certainly no life experience that can explain what happened as she wrote the story. It was simply a morning at a cafe on Sairee Beach with a cup of tea and a tasty chocolate-banana crepe and of course a conscious decision to allow life to unfold and to listen to her heart.