A chance to start again.
I'm back! Did you miss me?
Yesterday, I took a "me-day" as I needed to deal with some surprise twists that life threw at me.
Yesterday was a challenge and I had to prioritize.
So I gave myself permission to take a break.
It allowed me to push through the muck, gather perspective and re-center myself.
The act of taking a break also provided an added bonus as an example of how to carve out a new definition of perfect. It highlights some of the destructive tendencies that can creep in to striving for "perfect".
I started this blog with the intention of writing every day during the week, and it would be tempting to feel like a failure for taking a day off.
However, life isn't that black and white.
The main purpose of this blog is to connect with you lovelies and share this process of growth and discovery. To walk with you through the steps that will help create your ideal life! We all have ways in which we are growing and we all have truths we are discovering. Support is beautiful and I am here for you.
I am grateful for the permission to take a break because that shows that there is trust. Trust that the true reasons why we do anything will be upheld. If we stay the course with our true values, we will grow.
At one time, I would have felt that taking a break meant I was a failure and my idea was stupid and nothing I do is valid anyways so why bother.
That is perfectionism speaking. That is the negative side to being a high achieving awesome powerhouse of a human.
Our goal here is to challenge and re-frame that aspect of perfect.
To recognize that the above distortions are not only unkind, but that they are counter to the truth.
Those thoughts are part of the conditioning from our airbrushed society.
Not only does it work against our goals, it is also hurtful and self-fulfilling.
As I am growing through this learning and building process, I really value the fork-in-the-road moments. The moments that past Andrea would have stopped (let's be really honest, past Andrea wouldn't have even started).
Moving forward, I get to celebrate the beauty in choosing to continue.
The freedom that comes with saying, take a day, AND GET BACK TO IT.
Throughout your day, take a moment to notice and celebrate the small moments of achievement. The moments that you challenge the absolutes. Through my hard day, a day with other priorities, I was still allowing my subconscious to work on this project. That didn't destroy the process.
This will move me towards my goal, even if my body didn't allow for it yesterday.
Is there a project that you want to grow through?
How are you giving yourself permission to get back to business?
I would love to hear from you - in what ways is your conditioning holding you back?
Here's to starting fresh! You're crushing it!
Tea-loving awesomeness. Challenging perfectionism.