Joy is never in the overwork.
Lately, I have come face to face with “walking my own talk.” Tara asked me to write an introduction about myself for the blog and here’s what I came up with.
My name is Brittany and I am passionate about slowing down and learning how to take time to care for ourselves and finding what we need and want deep beyond the societal pressures to “do it all and have it all.” I am passionate about being honest about our struggles and supporting one another. I am passionate about bringing light, space, and love to our perfectionist tendencies and dissolving them to make room to enjoy life and delight in our time here.
my free association continued in bits and pieces of truth on the page…
beauty lives in the space we give
like a wrapped gemstone
we step back and allow the wind to unfurl its ribbons and the tightness of the wrapping
unfolding unfolding unfolding
maybe it is a colorless multifaceted diamond under there
like a rubix cube
reflecting our lives and the flavors of where we place our attention
I am craving my own advice because I have been…you guessed it, overworking. How did I get here again? Why did I say yes to virtually everything others asked of me? Why I am trying to attack every area of my life like a desperate pecking bird, hoping to scrounge enough goodness to tuck away into my pocket? At first, I become disappointed. Didn’t you already learn this lesson? How many times…how many times?
But, then, I give the gift space to breath and as I unwrap it, I realize that as women, we are all learning a new way. Or maybe it’s an old, ancient way. Take your time. Even in bite-sized pieces at first. Pause. Breathe. Rest. Repeat.
Step away so you can really hear yourself. Pause. Breathe. So much easier said than done. I write from the deepest place of knowing this struggle.
Let delight in. Let the light in. S P A C E is always inviting you to step into it and stretch out your wings. There is room for you to extend to the ends of your fingertips. Please don’t fold yourself up tightly and play the tiny version. Please don’t deny yourself. You are a gift.
Pause. Breathe. Rest. Repeat.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
― Mary Oliver
Artwork by Alicia LaChance