To be the upholders of expression is to fight the good fight, to safeguard the revolutionary act of being creative, to ensure that the message we are communicating to the world is one that will push us towards a future that we have all had a hand in creating.
We can ride out what comes our way
and rest in the moments
when we make it through.
Rock bottom tends to provide one of two outcomes; quitting or persevering. We are interested in the persevering, in seeing rock bottom as a springboard in disguise.
It is okay to let it go. It is okay
If it feels like a layer of skin that you need to wiggle out of
A layer keeping you small.
Shed it. Make space.
I challenge you, when opportunity comes knocking, when something catches your attention, even for just a moment, lean in to it. Feel the discomfort of something new and start anyway. In our passion we must find the courage to start something.
There’s a sense of liberation that comes with embracing your “failures”. Just say it out loud, and breathe. Acknowledge it, and the impact that it has had an you as a person. See it as another stroke on your canvas, a page in your book, or a stitch on your shirt.
I can see your light. You shine. But can you? Explore that. Where is it hiding?
Sometimes you need to take the journey from your head into your heart and just feel - the layers, and layers, and layers of feelings. Not just the surface level - not just the ones you have words for, but the deeper emotion, the ones that are hidden that you aren’t able to explain. Sometimes you need to exist in the messy space of feeling all of those things, but not try to understand them just yet. The barista at Coffee Culture reminded me of that.
In order to seize this new year; to begin anew, we must be ready to make changes to our lives that are brave and courageous and have a positive impact on our well being and the well being of those around us. It is now, as a new year folds out in front of us, that we must take stock of the year that was.
The millennial generation is a young one, and we are building this plane while we are flying it, our stereotype will no doubt change and shift as our generation grows, sometimes we will be met with negativity, sometimes indifference, sometimes excitement. This is the magical thing about being a Millennial, we really can be apart of the change we want to see.
At the center of this bold new world is finding unity in diversity. Unity and diversity. Two words that completely contradict one another in a literal sense. So how can both of these ideas co-exist? How can we find that balance? How do we make sense of this proverbial yin and yang?
Recognize the circumstances you were situated in when you were forming - the patterns, responses, ways of existing that you need to unlearn to show you that there is more to life. You are worth taking the time to begin to understand the patterns. You are worth doing the work to slowly, delicately, rewire them with grace, and you are more than them. There is so much more out there.
It’s risky, rewriting your story. You've been living according to it. This is all you know. But the unknown is worth seeking - it is a place of someone returning, of mutual healing, of security. A place of knowing that your wounds are worth loving.
One woman's march would rattle the very foundations of the structure, it would cut through the stale air of the government building, it would cause heads to turn, it would change the world. What should have been another day at the office, was suddenly shattered. It was shattered by the click of one woman’s heels.
I'm a twenty something that is made for deep connection and embracing the messiness of life. Through words, I want to wake up others to do the same. I often think of life in seasons. Seasons of letting go, of embracing the mess that is life, of chasing after things, of rest. Seasons of being really human.
Wellbeing is no fad, it can’t be. Not if we want to continue living a life where we are all comfortable. But what is fundamental to this conversation is painting a bigger picture. A picture that extends outside of our well-being bubbles. One that includes community and nation, one that includes everybody.
Once your head and heart align, a kind of synergy happens. Your motivation picks up because you’re living and breathing that thing. Working late nights becomes easier because you were thinking about that thing anyways. Your hard work now has fun mixed into it.
The truth is, the only thing separating these people from yourself is effort and time. If you see a problem with this place we live in, you probably can see the solution, too. As our city expands faster than ever before, we still have time to decide who we are, and who we want to be.
Dream big and work hard, but at the end of the day, remember that this ‘race’ that we tend to get caught up in is only against ourselves. Pace yourself, set your own goals, and you’re already on your way to better living, loving and leading.
I’ll be the first to admit that it isn’t always realistic to shop ethically and locally all the time, but it’s worth considering. For this month’s blog post, I’ve chosen to profile a few local creatives who craft beautiful things that are worth sharing with your loved ones this holiday season.