The people that are meant to find you will find you. I was interviewed by @USAToday about my work and this sentiment has always stayed close.
Words and artistic expression have served as a bridge for me and my feelings since I was a child. I spent every day after school in the art studio my mother worked at and summers on the green shag carpet of my Nana's drawing room.
As I got older, the world got larger and I spent less and less time in these two safe spaces. Before I knew it I was in college, bouncing from job to job, major to major. I stopped writing. Quit creating. I was putting all of my energy into trying to craft others' definition of a successful life, not my own.
At a time when I needed it most, I happened upon a yoga studio. Moving and writing with my body, connecting to feeling without judgement, helped me find my way back to the bridge of expression. I had found a safe space again, one I could always return to within myself.
My love for yoga led me to working for lululemon, where I went from seasonal employee to different roles in management. I was constantly given the feedback that the words I used in meetings and reports were too poetic for business, that no one understood them. After years of pushing up against this and trying to force it, I quit my job to pursue my creativity — In reality I had no plan, only a feeling and a new Instagram account. All I knew is that I wanted to create a safe space for others.
What started out as local storytelling, turned into something so much bigger. To pay my bills and fuel this passion project, I sold my clothes on eBay. I took random small jobs I could find. Did anything I could to keep my dream alive of being a full time artist and storyteller. For what may look like a low point in life, was also a highest point. It was the first time in my life I fully chose myself — I didn’t care if my work was any good. I didn’t care if anyone liked or understood it. My only job was to keep the bridge open, to bring my song into the world. The people that were meant to find my work, would. All I needed to do was keep showing up and serving those who showed up with me.
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Do you ever feel like there’s so much you want to do but you just can’t get it all done?
This is probably the part where you say… DUH! Of course!
Here’s the thing though.
We all respond to this type of overwhelm in different ways.
Some of us attempt to attack every project at blistering speed but quickly fall off the wagon.
Some of us look at the sheer size of the task, catch a case of the fuck its, and go do something else until inspiration strikes again.
And then some of us take a close look at the things we want to get done, decide which to tackle first, and put a plan together to make it happen. One step at a time.
The plan will likely change along the way. In fact, it almost always does. But that’s no excuse to not have one and just fly by the seat of your pants.
The speed queens tend to be the ones who fizzle out. The ones who try to tackle a 3-month project in 3 weeks and end up throwing in the towel. Or they start working out 6 days a week when they haven’t moved a muscle in 6 months. Only to fall off the wagon. These tend to be the start and stop crowd.
The ones that get overwhelmed at the sheer size of the task… they don’t even get started. Well, actually they do. They start piling up all the reasons why they can’t or why it’s too hard or why the time isn’t right. But when they finally do start, they wonder why they waiting so long, and wish they started sooner.
But the 3rd ones… the ones who decide. They always find a way. They don’t always go at it alone. The wise ones know that challenges and adversity will show up. And they find the kind of help, coaches, mentors, tribe, that can help them get where they’re going.
I’ve definitely lived in all three of these places. There have been times where the first two were all I knew. But there was a moment years ago when I first started my podcast that really brought it home.
Once I started the show, I thought to myself “Why did I wait so long to get started?!”
After that moment I started taking action on ideas way sooner and over time those old ways of being faded. They show up from time to time, but the pain of delay is a great motivator to just take the first step...
It’s almost like we got it all wrong. We are chasing money, to sit around and do who knows what all day, or buy a new car or send our kids to the best college. We are teaching our kids that these things will make them happy 😳. ⠀⠀
TODAY, I begin my pursuit in teaching Cannon to be purpose & service driven. Because I want him to truly understand the feeling of fulfillment and happiness.
So, the next time you have a free day, few hours or 30 minutes do something for someone else. ☺️