The longest journey you will make in your life will be from your head to your heart, but the journey is beautiful and worth it. ~Oprah Winfrey
Have a great week.
Good food, great friends – thanks to each of you who could make it and to the many of you who were there in spirit.
It was such a special event – can’t wait until the next show! xo
Special thanks to my family for all your last-minute help and to my studio mates for all their help in making this happen – Annie and Tamie – you’re the best! ❤
This past weekend I was at a fundraiser event for my children’s school. I donated a Muse Session for the live auction (and it did great! so pleased and love helping to support a great cause).
During the event another mom came over to talk to me about it and said, jokingly, “You’d have to photograph me while I’m ironing or folding clothes or something.”
While I do realize that, on a certain level, she was joking, it still hit my heart.
This touches on what many of us think about ourselves:
We are the things we do – ironing, cleaning, our 9-5 job, grocery shopping, driving kids around town, supporting them at their various sporting events.
We question our worth and our specialness.
We find it easier to just go with the flow, do what needs to be done, do what the world expects of us.
We feel good about it because we’re fitting a mold and being a good citizen.
And this is commendable.
But ( you knew there was a but), is it living your whole truth? Are you taking advantage of your God-given gifts? Your talents? What you love to do?
Or are those things being put aside, waiting for kids to get older, waiting to have more time?
Or maybe that was just something that you were only meant to do when you were younger? Now you’re just too old and need to give up on those wild-youth dreams. Water under the bridge, etc.
While I’m not going to tell you to give up your current life – drop everything and go chase your dream!! I won’t say that, because you are where you are now for a reason. You’ve made a series of choices that brings you where you are at this moment and that has value and should be honored.
But I will ask you to rethink (RETHINK) the idea that what you love should take a backseat, feeling like it needs to wait for another time and another place to exist.
Bring the special things back into your day. Think about what you love to do and what you have loved to do.
Think about what you were doing when you felt time fly by, while you were absolutely consumed with joy.
Maybe you need to travel back in time a bit further than you thought to pull up those feelings. Grabbing a paper and pen and writing anything that comes to mind may help you pull your thoughts together.
Now think about that special thing and about how you can PULL IT BACK INTO YOUR LIFE, EVEN ON A VERY SMALL SCALE. It doesn’t have to be reasonable or make sense, just let your heart have some time and attention to tell you what it wants. Immediately take action.
Right now create a chunk of time to make this happen in the next 24 hours. Make a plan to bring your magic back. You can borrow my wand if you want. 😉 Seriously, get creative here. There are many nooks and crannies of time hiding in our days. Reserve one of those for taking care of this.
If you’re ready to move forward and to shine yourself a little brighter you’ll find a way to make it happen. Obstacles and excuses will melt away.
Go get ’em. Here’s to the first step.
I’d love to hear about what you love….. Dancing, writing, walking with friends, traveling, getting back to nature, telling stories, teaching, painting?….
Please share with me in the comments below (you may have to click on the title above to make the comments visible).
P.S. BIG news – I’ll share more details soon – Muse Sessions are now available for booking! I’m currently booking dates for 2014 and 2015. If you want to know more now, send me an email: email@example.com
P.P.S. Like this type of self-discovery and want to dig a little deeper? I highly recommend The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks.
Our stories are not so simple and we are not definable by a single word or a single phrase.
We are people who have lived through challenges and joys – we’ve reached out to help others and we’ve turned away from those who have hurt us.
I find an image can tell a more complete and compelling story than words alone.
If you’ll play along for a moment… Looking at the image above, what thoughts pop into your mind about this woman, her situation, her thoughts? How did she get here?
I bet your ideas are different than mine and just as (if not more, of course) interesting.
Imagery lets the imagination flow in any direction. And I’d love to hear what popped into your mind as you thought through this image.
Comment below (to see the comment/like/share portion, you’ll need to click on the title of the post above) ~ xo
Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring. ~Terri Guillemets
Without winter we would not have spring, so I am grateful for every snowfall and every cold, blowy day. Now we have our turn towards the sun and we can savor the time to grow, bloom and thrive. Growing our roots deeper, stronger to take us even through the next winter.
Hooray for spring and it’s bright colors, warm breezes and – in Evergreen, Colorado – the occasional blizzards.
When people go within to connect with themselves, they realize they are connected to the universe and they are connected to all living things. ~ Armand Dimele
There is a certain peace that occurs in the space where we’re left alone to think and dream and to just be.
And there is a certain magic that occurs when we come from that space of solitude and begin to intertwine creative energies to turn dreams into action and manifest a reality of beauty using the momentum that comes with accountability and seeing the light in another’s eyes.
To dream is beautiful – to bring that dream into reality is your choice… and, perhaps, your responsibility.
To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful… This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. –Agnes de Mille
May you find your music, your rhythm and your feet moving you through your world on this Monday, the beginning of your week. Today is the day to make a conscious choice about where you want your life to go from this point on.