There isn’t a single person in my life that I’ve spoken with recently who isn’t rubbing against some area of their life – wanting to redefine, be more clear, step up in new ways. In many ways it’s really exciting – all that potential and possibility and juiciness. And in many ways it’s also maddeningly frustrating when things seem just a bit out of reach of clear vision despite fervent yearning for clarity.
Sometimes when I’m feeling most stuck I find it helpful to start at the beginning again – sweeping my arm across the proverbial table that is so cluttered it feels overwhelming. Sometimes a fresh slate invites fresh eyes. Or sometimes simply taking a few minutes to remember the start of the journey is enough of reminder that the direction for the next steps suddenly becomes slap-your-forehead apparent.
And sometimes simply choosing to focus on one thing can bring clarity and energy to a myriad of other things as well. I’ve been playing in Liv Lane’s on-line course about building a blog you love, and it’s a joy to be in the mix of creative folks thinking about how they want to show up in the world. All the basic questions about why we each blog has given rise to deeper questions for me about what my life is really about. And it’s been both fun and challenging trying to come up with a tagline that encapsulates how I see myself.
The photo above is a page in my journal. And in many ways I think it provides a perfect glimpse of who I am. My art is simple. But in that one page I reveal lots about myself – I love flowers (I’m a flower essence practitioner and aromatherapist among other things); I like beading; I’m fascinated by hands; I adore paper, particularly handmade paper (the base sheet on this piece is filled with seeds and threads, which are important symbols to me); and scent is a huge part of my life (I’ve used sandalwood and ginger essential oils on the paper).
But not everything is on the surface either Just like this journal page where you have to open the hands to read what I’ve written, you might have to hang around a bit and look to know that I often write poetry on my feet; that I have a Spirit Guide who only communicates to me in song; that I’ve been recording my dreams since I was a teenager; that I believe having a pair of red shoes is mandatory for my overall life happiness.
If you peek beneath the hands in my journal you’ll find this message:
And I think that sums up how I choose to show up in the world.
What about you? Do you have a “life (or blog) tagline” that delights you? Are you feeling like big shifts are afoot? Are you knowing where you’re headed, or is it still a mystery? I’d love to hear!