What a journey we’re on y’all.
I wanted to take a moment to revisit my original creative outlet post, which outlined my goals and plans for this blog (life) of mine. It’s been a little over two months since I jumped in headfirst to a world of creativity, inspiration, motivation, and connection. It’s such a fantastic, positive outlet for me.
I want to live intentionally, and occasionally that means taking a step back and making sure that’s what is happening. Accountability is everything. Original goals below, with an update in blue.
101 102: GOALS
Fulfill need to create, inspire, and engage. YAASSSS. Hikes, blogs, volunteering, interacting – it’s amazing, fulfilling, fun.
Find new adventures. Explore. Hike new trails. Jump in lakes. I have to admit this is my favorite of them all. We live in a absolutely incredible place – mountains, lakes, views galore – I appreciate it more now than ever. It’s hard not to get out and have an adventure. But really, it comes down to that time with my kids. And myself. Surrounded by God’s beauty, away from technology and the stresses of everyday life.
Learn from others, share what I know. What started this whole journey was being inspired by others, mostly due to social media and bloggers. I love learning about a new trail, boutique, coffee shop, restaurant, farm….the list is endless! However it’s also empowering and wonderful to know that I may have something, however small, to give back to this amazing community. As Marianne Williamson said, “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”
Read. Read. Read. I try, try, try! I have a tendency to read less during the school year because life is well, crazy. I am still reading, it just takes me a lot longer…(currently reading A Man Called Ove, and it’s been over a month…don’t judge).
Practice kindness. Volunteer. Help others. This is where I feel like I need the most work. There are so many opportunities that it can be overwhelming. One of my goals was to make a simple calendar where one could just hop on and see how they can help. But for me specifically, I still want to find one thing that I can be passionate about and make a difference. Which in all honesty I have not. Still working on that. We’ll just say “To be continued…”
Connect with the community. Shop local. Eat Local. Well that’s not hard – love shopping, love eating. I still have so many places on my list (we don’t get out much – that sh*$$@ budget gets in my way every time, along with well, life)
And the most important, which is noted above but worth mentioning again: stay true to myself – simply go after what I am passionate about. This is important, and am I accomplishing this?? Well, mostly I think. But I gotta admit, it’s so hard not to get sucked into a world of likes and getting a perfect photo, even if your day was complete crap, then acting like it was amazing. Is it real? Instagram? Are you real? I have to take a step back and remember my purpose, which isn’t likes or followers or readers or comments or even money. It’s creating my own happiness. Experiencing life. Being passionate. Kind. Thoughtful. INSPIRE | BE INSPIRED
So, whatcha think?? What’s your creative outlet? How do you stay true to yourself? Is Instagram real?!
I will leave you with “Our Greatest Fear” from Return to Love by Marianne Williamson:
Our Greatest Fear
it is our light not our darkness that most frightens us
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.