Encouraging Words for the Day

Last night, I stayed up until 6AM and worked on my new website. It was such a great time to enjoy the quiet and focus and reorganize some things and write some new content I've been meaning to write for some time.

Things are getting closer and closer to being ready for all of you to see, which excites (and scares!) me, but more than anything, last night was a treasure because it was a time of pouring nurture into my soul. It has been a busy week, and I've not had a lot of margin. And as tired as I was when I thought I was going to bed at 1AM, it was almost like my heart and soul said, "Hey. We're here, and we want to work. We're tired, but we care more about the time we could spend in quiet creativity. That would actually energize and nurture us. Want to hang out and work?"

It was cool. I loved it. I was in the zone and got a lot accomplished.

So, to celebrate, I'm going to share some words I've found encouraging all week. Jen Gray is one of my favorite creative bloggers, and she never fails to find inspiring words to post along with her gorgeous photographs. Earlier this week, when I was frozen in the fear of taking this step publicly and putting ideas and words out there that are unfamiliar even to myself, I needed to hear this:

"Okay. It's like this. You don't necessarily have to make this gigantic huge step . . . you can do it in your own way, in your own time. Taking one wee little step. . . . Listen, at one time or another, we have all thought we weren't good enough . . . but at some point you have to make the choice ~ either you can stay frozen in this fear for another 40 years, or you can get on with your life and begin to learn that all that matters is you giving your soul a chance to swim in what it is curious about, and what it loves, and there is no grade or rating given to soul work.

Scared? I understand. You feel vulnerable and exposed. What if what you reveal makes others not like you or think differently of you? . . . I'll tell you what is 1000 times worse than feeling vulnerable, it is keeping all of those things sealed up inside you so they never see the light of day, and never giving your beautiful spirit a chance to speak up, and forbidding your life from exploring something."

Full post of these words found here.