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What do you do when you don't know the next step?

**This is an archive from our 4/29/19 newsletter**

Do you continue to plow through different possible directions and see which one sticks? Do you freeze up? Do you ask for help?


Right now, I am experiencing a whole new phase in life. I'm about to become a mom. SO many changes are afoot and they're happening rapidly. While I'm overwhelmed with anticipation to meet this little person there is also a very big feeling of: "I have no idea what's about to come my way and holy sh*t am I even prepared for this and how am I supposed to continue my art and oh hey wait a minute, where did all my friends go...??"

Stepping into the unknown is incredibly scary.

When I don't know the answer or can't see a clear path my tendency is to push and push until something reveals itself, but in this particular moment, that old trick has been less than effective.

My mind and heart need a pause to simply exist.

As someone who is used to constantly producing designs and plowing forward with their business this new notion has been a struggle to grasp. I know I'm not alone in this pattern. The pressure to consistently create beautiful designs and "put yourself out there" is something most creative minds experience. There is a compulsion to always produce, even when it's clear it's time to rest.

It's OK to rest when you have nothing to express.

The pressure that I'm feeling? It's certainly self-created. I can choose to stress and struggle through feelings of inadequacy and create half-hearted designs.... or I can just sit and be. I can go along with the flow of my life at this moment and recognize the special nuances in what's happening NOW. I can choose to give myself a break and put away the vice grip that I tend to apply to my mind and heart when the ideas don't seem to flow easily.

I can simply be quiet and allow the answer to present itself.

 

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Cheers to remembering that there is more unknown than "known" in our existence every day (and it looks pretty dang spectacular!)
photo by Mikko Lagerstedt
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Some magic that has me inspired me this week:


Brené Brown's special on Netflix
Have you checked this out yet? Do yourself a little favor and be reminded that you are, in fact, a living breathing badass.

The Art of Money by Bari Tessler
I've read this book a couple of times through but I always go back to it when I'm feeling like I need a refresher on my patterns with money. I've been in the midst of dealing with lots of fun tax stuff and since money is such a powerful energy we tend to have lots of emotion wrapped up in it. I highly suggest this book to peeps who have any emotional baggage attached to money (aka everyone).

Jonas Wood
If you're in NYC be sure to go check out this exhibition. Wood is probably one of my fave living artists right now and I can't get enough of his color palette and wonderfully graphic and fun painting style. Thank goodness for art.

 

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