Summer is fading. I can smell, see, and feel the autumn coming in and I love it! sumMEr was full for me but I would be remiss if I did not admit that somewhere along the way it fell just a bit short of my expectations. The guest bloggers were fabulous and more than I could have ever anticipated but I don’t feel like I upheld my end ~ to myself. Once again, I let the days pass by in a blur with sumMEr just on the tip of my tongue.
Then I remember to be gentle with myself.
Many people commented that sumMEr helped them, made them more aware and I recognize it did the same for me.
I now recognize more of what I do and don’t want in my life. I recognize I want more care-free-ness, more play. I recognize that I want more writing, more yoga and more books, less stress. I recognize that I want more singing and dancing. I recognize that I want to be more comfortable in my skin, the only skin I will ever have. I recognize I want relationships that are deeper and more meaningful. I recognize that I want a simpler life. I realize I want to live ~really LIVE~ my one precious life. I recognize that it is up to me, each and every day, to take steps (as small as they may be) toward my goals, to embrace what is while making what will be. I recognize I have to actively ALLOW and keep my eyes and heart gentle, be less judgmental while finding my true, authentic self. I recognize that I create my own reality.
I recognize this is what life is – more about the recognizing, not so much the fading.
She’s not in a race to get “there.” She desires to maximize “here.” ~Tonya Leigh
I am giving myself permission to step back from the aimless searching, overwhelm, all the self-imposed comparisons and expectations, the lists that no longer calm, the wasting of my precious time with a busyness of nothing. I want to delve more into me and make friends with myself, fall in love with myself. I have always felt like an extrovert but secretly wonder if that is my truth. I really don’t like labels, that is my truth. My truth is sitting quietly, thinking, reading, writing, being, hoping, loving. I feel that I have strayed from these truths. I also want to add to these truths and know I can not do that while on the current path that I travel.
This is me~letting all that go, shifting my thoughts and outlooks to finally find my truth.
Andy is making his dreams come true and that makes my heart sing.
I am ALLOWing and that feels wonderful and freeing.
I have so many supportive people in my life and I am leaning into all this goodness.
I want to live as authentically and in the most genuine spirit as possible and I know this is the year for grand things.
This fills my soul: “The gifting of oneself and one’s talents is a most honest way of sharing with those around us, because it forbids pretense, and demands that we give others something real, something tangibly experienced. Far too rarely do we truly enact this kind of gift-giving—this sacrifice, even—but when we do, something holy and unexpected happens.”~Kinfolk Magazine
Many people have started adopting a One Word a year practice. This year my online artist’s group that I now fondly call ‘My Tribe’ is helping to build the excitement even more!
I have been doing this for a few years and I like it for many reasons. One Word is easier to remember and there is no guilt if I miss a day in implementing it, whereas many make resolutions and begin counting the minutes until the first is broken. I prefer to give myself as much encouragement and positive reinforcement as possible and the One Word has worked this type of supportive magic.
In anticipation of the New Year/One Word, I had been thinking of all the options, after all, I do love the words and there are so many! I had decided on Brave and was contemplating all this one word meant to me when I had a conversation with a wise soul and she mentioned that bravery lives inside us and we have to allow it. ALLOW………yes, that would be my word for 2012 – and why stop at one? Why not define what I want to ALLOW – have sub-words, if you will. (Words are food for my soul and, much like potato chips, I can’t always stop with just one.) Plus, I love it when my words chose me – it makes this seem more divine and possible and all-encompassing.
I made a charm bracelet so I have a tangible reminder in case I forget to open my heart and soul to ALLOW. (and I will ALLOW my Intention Charm Bracelet to be my first Etsy listing – http://www.etsy.com/listing/90073615/hand-stamped-intention-charm-bracelet?ref=ss_listing see, my word is working already!) ALLOW the process, in all its messiness and goodness. ALLOW myself to learn the lessons and relax in knowing it will all unfold as it should. ALLOW my creativity to flourish and be enough. ALLOW happiness and peace even in the low moments of doubt that can sneak up when least expected or uninvited. ALLOW the shift in focus and embrace the rituals and movements that will propel me forward to create my dreams into reality. ALLOW the bravery, organization, trust, grace, truth, strength, kindness, courage, soul, heart, intuition, belief……xo
If you’d like more inspiration and to get to know the wonderful, creative members of My Tribe, stop by Fly Tribe blog hop.
I am sure I am like everyone else and am just trying to find my way in this craziness we call life. As I make my way, I am opening myself to my creative process and all that entails. I hope to honor, empower, motivate and inspire along my way: honor my path and the paths of those that I have the pleasure of experiencing while on my journey~ empower others and help them to feel uplifted~ motivate everyone to realize their potential and the fact that we can change the world, one heart at a time ~ inspire others to live their best, most honest life.
There are no instructions and oft times I fail miserably but I continue and I think that is enough sometimes!
Erica Herbert http://www.becomingfrida.blogspot.com/ has compiled pictures into a video that spoke to my soul. I have to let it go and open myself to all that can be. She has another project in the works all about love and what is in our hearts and I was inspired to create a bit. I love when that happens – inspiration when I least expect it……but that is what life is about, right? Living in the moment and creating your reality. xoxo