Courage is to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” – Brené Brown
Sometimes life asks a lot more than what you think you have to give, and so far it has demanded courage. I wouldn’t have got through these past few months without courage, but acknowledging it as my word for 2013 has kept me focused. I know I’m a strong person but embracing courage has given me a quiet kind of strength to keep going when I didn’t think I could, it’s courage that comes from within, rather than me using the strength of others to pull me through.
I have spent the last two month’s procrastinating and not writing this post about meeting my personal hero, Brené Brown. Oh the irony of wanting to write a post ‘perfectly’ about this amazing women who has helped me to embrace my imperfections. Clearly I still have work to do! So today I am going to finish this if it’s the last thing I do, I am embracing my lack of perfection, whilst realising I’m not the only one to have ever felt this way. So I apologise if it’s not my best writing, or a bit jumbled, but if I don’t get out of this
I’m feeling pulled in a hundred different directions in my life right now and my blog has been neglected as a result with lots going on and not enough hours in the day. So here are a few of the self portraits I’ve been taking from the Digging Deeper course I’m taking. As ever self portraiture is unbelievably revealing and therapeutic for me, and what my photos show to me is that I need to really make peace with my body and myself, and be compassionate to myself during times of loss and great change.
This is a mini-post in lieu of the other two and a half posts that I’m currently in the process of writing and yes I realise that I should probably try just writing one at a time! However this post is more a case of sharing someone else’s wise words as they struck such a deep chord with me that I had to share them with you. This week I started the second part of an amazing online self-portraiture course which I have been looking forward to for weeks. I have also been stupidly busy in that “how
I’m sorry for the hiatus of posts these last few weeks, life has been kind of crazy and I needed to take a breather whilst I managed some things in my personal life. I did try desperately not to feel guilty or beat myself up for the large gap in posts, but I wasn’t particularly successful in that. I really felt like I was letting people down. I guess it just goes back to the same old issues, feelings of not being good enough, that perfection is the only acceptable way to be. But perfection is exhausting, un-realistic as
I’ve been putting myself under such pressure because I’ve not posted for almost two weeks, and I so desperately want to do justice to my Brene Brown post that I’m probably over-thinking it. I just need to go back to basics and write from the heart. So this is a silly, short, off-the cuff post about embracing play! I am at heart a playful soul, or as we British like to say ‘cheeky.’ The above portrait set was taken one evening messing around with my iPhone. The theme was ‘whimsy’