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I was recently laid off from where a job where I worked for 15 years, and I am currently in the “sacred space between stories”.

Eisenstein writes in The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible:

“If you are in the sacred space between stories, allow yourself to be there. It is frightening to lose the old structures of security, but you will find that even as you might lose things that were unthinkable to lose, you will be okay. There is a kind of grace that protects us in the space between stories. It is not that you won’t lose your marriage, you money, your job or your health. In fact, it is very likely that you will lose one of these things. It is that you will discover that even having lost that, you are still okay. You will find yourself in closer contact to something much more precious, something that fires cannot burn and thieves cannot steal, something that no one can take and cannot be lost. We might lose sight of it sometimes, but it is always there waiting for us. This is the resting place we return to when the old story falls apart. Clear of its fog, we can now receive a true vision of the next world, the next story, the next place of life. From the marriage of this vision and this emptiness, a great power is born”.

Yes, this is exactly where I am.

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Loving this quote from Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection:

“Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging”.

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!!

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I love this quote from Brené Brown’s book, Daring Greatly.

“When it comes to parenting, the practice of framing mothers and fathers as good or bad is both rampant and corrosive -it turns parenting into a shame minefield. The real questions for parents should be: “Are you engaged? Are you paying attention?” If so, plan to make lots of mistakes and bad decisions. Imperfect parenting moments turn into gifts as our children watch us try to figure out what went wrong and how we can do better next time. The mandate is not to be perfect and raise happy children. Perfection doesn’t exist, and I’ve found that what makes children happy doesn’t always prepare them to be courageous, engaged adults.”

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!

From someone who is a recovering perfectionist, this speaks right to my heart about how it is that I want to parent. I want to be an engaged parent, who makes mistakes. I want to live my life engaged and courageous and not afraid to make mistakes, and I want to raise my son to be engaged and courageous and not afraid to make mistakes.

So be it and it is so.

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The following quote from Glennon Melton at Momastery speaks to me today, on the first day of 2016.

“I don’t want a new, better life in 2016. I just want new eyes to see that my life is already staggeringly beautiful.

I don’t want to be a better mom in 2016. I just want new eyes to see that the miracle is not good better best — the miracle is that these people are mine and I am theirs. Full stop.

And I don’t want to be a BETTER ME in 2016. Screw that. I don’t want to chase after some imaginary more fabulous version of myself. I AM what the people I love need. I already AM. And when we are always BECOMING we have no room to BE. So I’m done striving. I’m fine, thanks. I’m showing up to love my people and you and the world this year JUST AS I AM.

Don’t try to be better. Just notice that it’s all good enough already.”

Happy new year, dear friends. May it be beautiful.

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I loved Jewel’s memoir, Never Broken. I have always loved Jewel’s music and I admire her even more now that I know about her difficult childhood / roots, and how she has remained grounded through all of her experiences.

These words spoke to me the most:

“Life is simple right now. Simplicity is where happiness is for me and where I can heal from… What do I need today? What does the part of me that is sad need? Often, it just needs witnessing, some room to be seen and known and experienced. Unfelt feelings don’t cease to exist; they stay bottled up in our minds and our bodies. They dissipate when given expression…  I am learning to be a whole human who has the internal permission to allow myself to find expression without editing.” – pp. 362-363

 

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