Where to start? How to begin? Questions we all have at some point or multiple points in our lives. They are exactly the questions I’ve been asking myself for the last hour. “How do I start this post? This litany of words that you may or may not find useful? How do I start? What do I write?”
I’m not new to blogs. I’ve used two other popular blog hosting sites, yet this is a challenge. Why? Yes, that is the correct question. Not how to begin, but why do we begin.
So why? Why start fresh. One word. Simplify.
It seems SIMPLIFY is the path I’ve been on for a while. A number of years ago, in addition to working a full-time job, I was convinced I wanted to open my own business. I was encouraged by friends and family to sell my “artistic creations” that I would give as gifts. Jewelry, artwork, whatever; my creativity was unbounded as I was creating! Such joy is the art of creation! I figured I’d test the waters of selling my art at craft fairs. Long story short, I loved the initial rush, but after a few years, my creative flow felt stifled as I was taking too many custom orders. What I loved became a chore. Simplify!
No more material goods. Better for me. Better for the planet. So better for you, too, as a habitant of this glorious orb.
During this time, I was also a Reiki practitioner and Wellness Consultant at a local Yoga studio (in addition to my full-time job). I taught wellness classes and assisted those searching for their path to find their AUTHENTIC SELF over 21 days of guided soul work. In other words, I helped awesome people find their smile, their light, their truth! What’s better than making someone smile??
It brought me great joy to teach. I learned so much about myself in the process. It was an incredibly enriching experience. The catch? It was taking time away from my family, which is ALWAYS priority number one. SIMPLIFY.
My son became very involved in the drama program at his school, and his parents are the backbone of set work and construction. I was no longer teaching (in person), yet I had found an outlet for my creativity (set design) while helping family and community. Better for everyone.
Yet, I maintained a website, social media presence, and virtual clients through it all. …and here I am.
Why? Why exactly did I start a blog some ten years ago? Because I wanted to write. That simple.
But somewhere along the line, sharing thoughts and art turned into a dream; a goal became a job, a chore, turned into teaching joy, demonstrating patience, and building connections; it became busy weekends and missing family experiences. Simplify.
Why? Simply for peace of mind. It took me a while to get here, to know what my values and priorities are right now, in this moment, this beginning.
In this new beginning, I hope to share ways of mindfully simplifying our lives to experience more joy, less stress, and live AUTHENTICALLY.
Here is to new beginnings!
Peace & Light