Below I’m sharing the letter I sent my subscribers a few weeks ago, because I think this will help to explain what’s going to be happening here over the next few weeks…
I’ve chosen alignment as my main guiding word for this year, and you can read more about that here.
It’s already challenging me in many ways – I don’t think I really thought this through when I chose this word! Actually, in a way I think the word chose me. It’s probably a good thing anyway, because I know it’s what I need, even if it is challenging me. It’s challenging me in a good way.
Something that keeps coming to me is the direction I want to take my business. As passionate as I am about creative journaling (and that’s a lot) there are also many other things I’m passionate about. I’m a renaissance soul/scanner/multipotentialite, meaning I have many varied interests and passions. Only working with creative journaling is, in a way, quite limiting.
There are lots of things you can do with journaling, and I am quite certain that it will forever be my favourite tool for personal and spiritual growth and change. I can guarantee I will never stop journaling.
I also want to keep including journaling in my classes and coaching, because of how valuable it is as a tool.
But I want to find a way to bring some of my other interests and passions into what I do. I want to write about them here on the blog, I want to create classes based on them, I want to write books about them. The problem (if you want to call it that), is that I’m struggling to find one unifying theme to bring them all together. The only thing that stands out to me is that they are all, in some way or another, a bit radical or unconventional – they all challenge the status quo. I don’t imagine they will all appeal to everyone, but each of these topics is something I’m passionate about:
- Simplicity – including tiny houses/downsizing/minimalism, slow living and the concept of exquisite sufficiency
- Intentional parenting – including gentle/attachment/unconditional parenting and unschooling
- Spirituality – including purpose, soul connection, Divine guidance and law of attraction
- Meaningful work – including purpose, entrepreneurship, creativity, using your gifts and working less/resting more
- Creativity – including creating more and consuming less, self expression over consumerism, being different/original
- Self-Empowerment, including embracing imperfection, living your truth, being discerning with input from media/other people etc, celebrating your uniqueness, enforcing boundaries
Maybe these things aren’t that radical to you. Or maybe you’re already heading to close this tab. Either way, these are the things I think about when my mind wanders. These are the fundamental things that underscore how I live (and how I want to live) my life.
When I first started blogging in 2012, I had a blog called The Authentic Life Project. I was inspired by such bloggers as Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Non-Conformity, Courtney Carver of Be More With Less, Susannah Conway, and Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens. But I quit my blog shortly after starting because I wasn’t properly committed and didn’t have the necessary tools to really connect with my soul and persevere when things got tough (that is, I didn’t have a solid journaling practice to guide me). It took another couple of years and a bout of depression for me to get the lessons I needed.
I’ve always been interested in the topics above (except the parenting ones, although unschooling has fascinated me since I learned about it from Zen Habits even – or especially – as a teacher) but I never knew how to make them into a business. Not only that, but I wasn’t actually living a life that reflected these things I was interested in, so I didn’t feel that I could get up on my soapbox and start blabbing. I didn’t have any experience with them. Oh and I didn’t want to alienate or offend people with my ‘radical’ beliefs.
Now I am living a life that reflects most of these things, or at least trying to. And now I also know better: I don’t have to be an expert, I just have to share my journey, my experiences. People want vulnerability and truth, not to be told what to do. And as for offending people, well I guess I’ve grown up quite a bit. You don’t have to like or agree with me. I don’t owe you an explanation, just as you don’t owe me one. If you don’t like what I say, stop reading my work and we will both be better off.
Why am I sharing all this? I’m not entirely sure. It’s been on my mind so much these past few weeks. I asked the universe for help coming into alignment and it has sure stepped up.
I’m still exploring how this new iteration of my work will look, but it’s likely I will convert this blog and business to include more of my radical self and take my work in a slightly different direction.
But I do know this: if I am really going to come into alignment I need to be whole and share all of who I am. I chose to be an entrepreneur because it means I get to express who I am and create my own rules – not follow someone else’s. Feeling like I can only share certain parts of myself, and like I need to keep certain passions out of my business, is not something I can keep doing for much longer.
Honestly, as scary as it is to consider making these big changes, it is so damn exciting. I’m struggling to get to sleep at night because of all the new ideas going round in my head (and I am one sleep-deprived mama!).
One thing keeps coming to me, though: it’s time. This is not going away. This random collection of radical interests and passions is here to stay: it’s who I am, really. I want to be my whole self, share my whole self, and help people in that way. I want my business to reflect that. If I want to be a good coach and teacher, then living my own life out loud, in alignment, is the best example I can give.
If you have read this far, thank you. I hope you’ll consider sticking with me as my work evolves and changes, and if it’s not for you, no hard feelings.