Reset & Reconnect

Transformation doesn’t ask that you stop being you. It demands that you find your way back to the authenticity and strength that’s already inside of you. You only have to bloom...
— Cheryl Strayed

BLOOM -- AND R & R!

Aside from talking about some passions of mine on this blog (filmmaking, movies, books, tv shows, travel, quotes, etc), I also wanted to use this platform to share a little part of me and hopefully some inspiration.

I talked a little bit about living with intention back in June (you can find that essay here) and last weekend, I got a small epiphany about my life's "direction" -- but it was quickly followed by a little confusion -- as so it goes, it seems.

I started thinking:

  • What am I doing with my life?
  • What do I want out of my life?
  • Is my "path" changing?
  • Am I doing all that I can be doing with what I've been given?

And so on and so forth...

I had a (somewhat) "big birthday" a couple of weeks ago...and I always get in a state of reflection when my birthday arrives. But regardless of birthdays, I find that I tend to think about these things often, especially living here in Los Angeles.

We're constantly reminded that we should be hustling more and more. It surrounds us everywhere -- in every coffee shop, store, and with pretty much every person we meet. 

L.A. is a place where people come to chase their dreams -- or to help bring their dreams to fruition and make them a reality. So it's natural, in a way, that we -- Angelenos -- would have that mindset. But I'm beginning to fully realize that that particular mindset isn't necessarily healthy to have on a constant basis.

To continously think about what we should be doing "next" and looking ahead -- or -- having doubt when our version of our dream hasn't happened yet, can also mean that we're not fully connected to our true selves...

Don't get me wrong. I'm a planner, to an extent. I usually like to plan things out, but we all know that even when we have the most precise plans, that doesn't necessarily mean that they're going to happen the way we envision. It's great to have some direction, but most importantly, you just have to trust your journey. 

Trust your journey.

These words keep ringing in my ears.

What does "trust your journey" really even mean...anyway?

I believe that we all have our own path....a path that leads us to our purpose, through our purpose, and to our victory. Trusting in that path and in our journey means doing all that we can do, staying true to who we are, and letting go of what's out of our control. 

There will be obstacles, doubts, and uncertainties along the way, but it's important to try to stay centered, trust that what was, is, and will be is ours.....and stay on path.

I'm learning that in order to be more proactive in this endeavor (in trusting my journey), I need to take some time out of my week to check in with myself, to reset and reconnect to who I am -- to not look outward to the world for validation or confirmation but to seek what I already know to be true.

I am a child of God. I have faith in Him and in my path -- reset, reconnect, and keep moving forward on that path.

I want to encourage you to take some time out of your busy weeks to check in with how you're doing -- with how you're really doing. It's easy to just not really think about "the deep stuff".....but we have to check in, take care of ourselves, and be bold enough to ask for help when needed.

Reset, reconnect, and know that our path is there right in front of us. We just have to learn to trust a little more.  

Some R&R:

  • Stay present more -- because now is what we know we have for sure.
  • Write down the pain, the anger, what's bothering us (or say it aloud). Then, throw the paper away. LET. IT. GO.
  • Be truthful to ourselves and listen to our bodies. When we need some rest, rest. When we need a laugh, laugh.
  • Incorporate wellness into our life. Become more aware of how we mentally and physically treat our bodies.
  • Practice gratitude -- because when we look at all of the little joys and blessings that surround us, open our eyes to it and acknowledge them, we'll become more rooted in the present and in the path we're currently on -- which is the head space we should reset our minds to (reset/reconnect).
  • Trust our journey.

I want to encourage you, and myself, to live with intention, and to throw some R&R in there during the week when we need it. 

Take a minute. Take some time. Find some moments to reconnect with you and to reconnect with your soul’s landscape. Your soul is constantly under duress. So give it a rest. Stop pushing down your pain. Stop masking the marks left on your heart from those who walked away or misused you. Stop denying your dreams, and start living with purpose. Stop acting as if you aren’t human. You are. And finally, stop being so busy, that you forget to just be...
— Sophia A. Nelson

Bloom, trust our journey, take some time to "just be"....and reset and reconnect when we need it.

Believing in our victory! Happy weekend! :)

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