I’m a work in progress.
I’m learning how to stop defining myself by the rights and wrongs of anyone other than myself…. my parents, my coach, my bestest friend in the world, the latest trends in O magazine.
I’m learning how to withdraw from blaming those who “know better” for telling me what to do or who to be, and how to practice boldness in making and living with my own choices.
I’m learning to give myself room to grow.
In essence, I’m learning to take up space.
To be a visionary wild woman, I know it’s something I must do. I must be willing to value myself enough to risk just about everything for the sake of being the leader of my own life.
It’s not easy, that’s for sure. I mess up, I feel vulnerable, I feel insecure. But this doubt in myself has become a doorway to something much more powerful…. it’s become the instigator of me taking my life by the reigns and moving ferociously forward despite my old stories of quitting altogether or considering my passion to be a meager glorified hobby.
As a stay-at-home mom for over ten years, I’ve done quite a bit of wrestling with how we women far too often allow our to-do lists to whisk us away from any sense of deeper purpose. It took me a while to realize there was more to life than jaunts to the grocery store and loads of laundry. It took me even longer still to give value to the part of me that wanted to dream and create on a regular basis, especially without feeling as though I were neglecting something or someone else.
And to be honest, it’s still somewhat unfamiliar and impossible feeling at times. I suppose that just makes it all the more enticing, mischievous, appealing to me these days.
What about you? What would it take for you to take up space?
You are a visionary. But you must give your visions the chance to breathe and imagine what’s possible for your life and for the world.
You are an artist. But you must be willing to create.
You are a wild woman. But you must give yourself permission to take insane leaps of faith.
There’s nothing to prove, and everything to live for.
Claim what works, what’s healthy, what’s valuable for YOU in this moment, and grab ahold. Don’t let go, despite what anyone thinks.
Declare your boundaries and limits more brazenly, making it a priortity to carve out some time and space in that busy, busy life of yours to find out what makes you tick.
Step up as the leader of your own life.
You are irreplaceable. You are important. You are priceless.
Whether it’s in a special place reserved just for you, or within the emptiness of a blank canvas waiting to be experimented on, or simply within the indisputable worth of your heart’s ramblings, take up space.
Even if it’s not that pretty or perfect, or you’re not in the mood, or you’re convinced it’s a colossal waste of time, take up space.
If it means getting a little sassy, a little ornery, a little feisty, a little naive, a little uncomfortable, take up space.
Take up space, you wise wild woman… take up space.
P.S. We all have much to learn from your courage. If you feel called to share a part of your adventures in the comments below, I will say without a doubt that anyone who reads it will benefit from your willingness to… well.. take up space. So please do!