When I was a kid I thought being strong just meant being physically strong but as I’ve grown mental toughness is just as important. Being strong on the outside is one thing but being strong on the inside is a whole other department. Since becoming a parent this has become more a part of my journey. Some days I feel defeated emotionally and on those days is when I use my physical strength to balance it out. Be strong.
Speaking of being strong, looking forward to this read…I love Brené Brown.
I recently joined a book club. This has been a long time coming because I love nothing more then talking about books, researching books and reading books. It began when I was in high school and worked at a library shelving books, it was and still is my happy place. I plan to do more book type posts on this blog: reviews, book cover designs and library goodness.
Just go with the flow — it seems like such a simple way to live life. Typically my gut reaction is to use resistance against things that maybe hard or scary. Then as the thought “just go with the flow” comes into my mind my shoulders begin to relax feeling a sense of relief and I go with the flow.
Sometimes you are handed a card that seems impossible to play and it takes looking inside yourself to find surprising strength. About 3 years ago, I could not find my inner peace. I was stricken with anxiety and confusion of “what am I supposed to do now…”. I dug really deep, like super deep, and asked for help. And with that help I was able to find tools to help me cope with any uneasy or uncomfortable feelings that I was faced with daily. I am so proud to say that those tools helped me find the comfortable in the uncomfortable. I am able to be at peace.
But as life tends to do, you are handed another card but I am looking inside myself for those tools to help me cope with a very uncomfortable situation but I feel more at peace about it than ever.
By the end of 2014, I wanted to get my freelance career to the level that I could quit my corporate job and do freelance full-time. In June 2014, I began working with a life coach named Julie Serot, she had me create an ideal work day (I still have it hanging in my home office) and a list of what I needed to do to make it happen. I worked on my design work page, did more engaging online and also pictured what it would be like to work for myself. After chipping away at that to-do list and using Julie’s approach I gained confidence, I know that I am on the right path that I have created for myself. I AM good enough and strong enough to be doing EXACTLY what I want to do, on my own terms.
I also launched an etsy shop with one of my closest friends called Hatch Design!
As an avid blog reader, I was so inspired by all these creative entrepreneurs stories of how they finally took the leap into freelance. Here is the start of 2015, and now I have my story!
Cold weather = lots of reading, in my book (pun intended). There is nothing better than getting cozy with a cup of something warm and a book. I’ve always been a book worm and it’s something that I hope that my kids also pick up on. I’ve added more historical and non-fiction to my list for this year, check them out:
wake up to the smell of coffee
breakfast in bed
take a nap
afternoon yoga practice
cook dinner while drinking a glass of wine
conversation by a fire
journal, then bed
when I need to envision my happy place I can find it here
I have realized how important it is to take time for myself. And yoga is something that always come back to no matter where I am in life. There is just something about breathing through stretches that gets me to a place that is more mindful and that mindful state is what keeps me on track. I am on a new journey and excited to see where it takes me.
This is one of my favorite yoga practices; found here.