Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Free to Move

Since my time off, from crafting, Etsying, blogging, I've been refueled.
You don't know how much pressure you're put yourself under, or how much the need to do has compounded, until you consciously have to remove all the extra facets of life and want nothing to do with them for nearly four months.  With passions flying about, and a live-life speed at an incredible rate, my balancing act came to a crashing halt, and then I was done.  burnt out.  I haven't been able to touch a craft since the bazaar.  I haven't listed a new item in my Etsy shop since the holidays, or so, and I let my sponsorships end.  There is a little sadness that I let it get to that point. 

I wanted to believe I had a handle on it all, that I could run at 100+mph, do everything with top-notch quality, efficiency, timing, and offer the best in family, friendship, work, adventure--but it ain't so.  Not for me, and I'm okay with that.  Embracing the pieces and re-piecing together what's most important, has been enlightening.  The crash, is part of the test, I guess.  What changes is the answer.

Change Demands Change.

The idea that change demands change, recently came from a mentor of mine in business.  In the same hour, I heard her say, "the same wind blows us all..."
I don't know about you, but there are things that I'm after in this life--
happiness, fulfillment, financial future for my family and time--having the time to
create a home life for my family to grow that is positive and where leadership is being instilled in each one. 

This is where mentors and building alongside those who are after the same goals, passions, desires, and level of leadership come into play.  Having a front-line of excellence to aspire to and to gain wisdom from is hugely important.  In the last month or so, I've considered my mentors in the different areas of my life, and I'm so grateful to them.  They are mentors in family, business, leadership, advocacy, spiritual,
and they encourage me consistently to press in and go deeper in these areas.
Though, I haven't been full-steam in my creative handmade life, or in my advocacy work, I've been reworking the personal areas that have become tattered.
With more work and awareness, I know the progress-product
(because that's what we are--in progress)
will be far more effective, efficient, and made of a quality that far surpasses anything done during a mind-bending, soul-draining period of time.

The greatest part, is that I'm free to move--
free to go where the wind takes me;
and I'm again, seeing the beauty in the littlest things.

For me, that is of most importance.

You know?
It should be noted, that last night, I dreamt of a giant wave.
When I looked up the symbolism this morning, I wasn't surprised--
a wave represents a reflection of important life decisions;
a clearing away of old habits and a readiness to make a brand new start in a new place.
I'm coming full-circle--in reality, in the moment and even in dreams.


b davis April 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM  

Maybe our dreams just get ahead of us in our mind. It's okay to work towards it slow & steady. I've thought that you handle it all well. And I honestly didn't notice the lack of listings, or crafting on your part. You're consistent on the blog. I enjoy your weekly updates. But that said, you know what is best for you. You are a soul-searcher. You dig deep and demand an answer. I also enjoy your honesty.

Just a ramble of thoughts on my part. Glad you're feeling free!


Amber April 19, 2012 at 8:38 AM  

glad you're doing well cass! these aha moments are always a blessing. i like that quote...change demands change! it's great and so true! great post. thank you!

Taesha Cecil April 20, 2012 at 3:02 PM  

so true. great post! and p.s. i have a new blog:
:)Luv ya!

vintch April 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM  

I love this! Sometimes we need those breaths and exhales--those times to be alone away from the screen, before we can see clearly. Change certainly demands change. What a gorgeous post.

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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