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I've been doing some big thinking over here about where I want to focus my energy, my heart, my time when it comes to my business, my blog, my creative time. I've been paying attention to the parts of my biz life that light me up, the parts that I want to give up, the parts I want to improve, the parts I dread. I've had a gut feeling that something was off.
Not too long ago, while thinking about all of this, I wrote a quick list of the things that make me come alive - it was so quick, I grabbed the closest piece of paper (a piece of mail) and went to it.
Can you read that? It says:
What makes me come alive (or "What I heart")
-Brave + honest stories (women + biz, mamahood + biz, what is possible)
-Writing about what really matters
-Creative Decor + spaces
-Art in process (the story behind the art)
-Friends, convos, COMMUNITY
It's not super detailed, but I knew writing the basics down would help me re-focus on what's calling my attention and help me figure out what's not working. Because here's the truth: if our lists of what makes us come alive are not aligned with what we're actually doing (in biz or in life), then something has to be adjusted and realigned. This little scribbled list is totally helping me get realigned, especially when it comes to my blog. I am working on completely overhauling my blog's content, structure, and offerings. My goal? To incorporate as much as I can from the list above into meaningful blog posts. I want to get back to basics and simply do what I love to do: make art, have fun with creative projects/spaces, and write honest stories about life, the lessons, the journey. I want all of that to show up here, in this space. I want to create content that is inspiring, tells the truth, shares the bravery of others, while building and supporting a sense of community.
(Tiny heart leaf found on the sidewalk)
And I want YOU to be a part of it. Which brings me to comments! At the end of writing this list, I paused for a moment and then wrote "* time to open comments" - total shock to me. It's as if my truest inner compass spoke up against all my excuses to keep them closed. I've had my comments closed for many years, mainly because I was having a hard time keeping my writing personal and puposeful to my creative journey when I knew there was an audience - a little jedi mind trick I play on myself while still growing in my creative expression and into my new creative life. Now, years later, I feel way more grounded in who I am, my creative path, my business path, and I'm ready. Ready for this space to be a place of community, of fellow possibilitarians connecting with one another, finding one another in the comments, and on and on.
So that's what I'm learning, friends. To go back. All the way back to what makes me come alive.
What makes you come alive? I'd love to know (comments are open :)