Wow. These past couple of weeks have been surreal. From…
- the death of my aunt, who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung and brain cancer a little over a year ago, (I could write a whole separate letter on stages of life, learning to let go, and how it leads to that final surrender… and maybe I will another time…)
- to catching a flu. Being out of the game, on the couch, with a fever and more, totally nonfunctional (which, like, never happens to me) for a whole week,
- to my little guy catching that flu just as I started getting better.
- to finally getting both kids back to school last Monday (after 2 separate weeks of Spring Break), only to have my little guy fall and hurt his dominant arm. It may seem like no big deal but he was home most of the week. Awake at night crying in pain. Unable to care for himself during the day (little things like buttoning his pants and feeding himself). It was hard to watch him in so much pain, and I was still rebounding my own energy.
…Let’s just say it’s been an interesting time.
I didn’t write to you last week because I wasn’t pushing through and showing up for my work each day. No posting on social media and writing emails and working on (or in) my biz.
I was doing my best to take care of my family, process a death, and heal my body.
And that’s okay.
Because as much as I say to show up each day and do your work, the truth is that most of the time we need to get out of resistance and show up for what we say we want…
And sometimes we need to let go and tune in to something greater.
Because if we spend all of our time with our noses buried in to do lists, we’ll miss important opportunities to learn and grow. And that’s how we evolve.
The choice, then, is when to push and when to rest???
Choices like this used to drive me crazy. Especially after leaving my traditional job. I became keenly aware that every day, each decision to do one thing was a decision not to do another. And over time these choices become my life story.
(Of course, if you work a 9-5 you have choices to make too, but when you step into an entrepreneurial role, your life really is more malleable.)
My life coach helped me a lot in finding my compass, and I studied a lot, too.
In fact, if you’d love to make choices from a place of clarity, I love Laura Day’s Practical Intuition.
It’s a cornerstone of my personal development and has been a mainstay over the years. Come to think of it, she also wrote Welcome to Your Crisis: How to Use the Power of Crisis to Create the Life You Want, and it’s perfect if you ever find yourself navigating troubled waters and need a map.
Now, never mind that Demi Moore and Nicole Kidman sing her praises, and that Deepak Chopra calls her work “brilliant and practical”. The accoutrements are cool, but she doesn’t need them.
Remember her name if you don’t know it already. Her work just might change your life.
(Honestly, I didn’t plan to mention her today, but I’ll roll with it. Intuition in action, eh? Enjoy. 🙂 )
Here’s to navigating the ebbs and flows.
With the usual amounts of love,
PS: In other news, The Audacity of She Podcast drops on 5/1!!! Candid conversations with unstoppable women doing exactly what they want. Here’s everything you need to know.
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