We were recently able to sneak away to Maui for 17 whole days- an amount of time that felt downright scandalous to set aside for the sole purpose of rest which is probably why I secretly planned to accomplish a lot of “inner work” while I was there.
You know, dreaming, planning, reflecting, figuring out my next right step in all major categories of life, that sort of thing.
There was none of that.
Zip. Zilch. Nada.
Instead I rested.
Like, actually rested.
And you know what?
Not being productive might be the most productive thing I’ve ever done.
It was like my entire soul exhaled when I wasn’t even aware I’d been holding my breath.
I didn’t recognize it until I’d finally relaxed (which wasn’t until around Day 4 because it takes a while to fully decompress) but it turns out I’m actually a pretty high-strung person. Maybe not on the surface.
My mind is always buzzing. It’s leaping to the next thing on my to-do list, or fretting over what that list should consist of, or it’s indulging my inner monologue which runs an endlessly critical loop of worry, pressure, and/or guilt.
Wow, I really sound like a basket case here, don’t I? But hey, I’m just being honest. I’m not proud of it, but the truth is that the real me is not very chill. Which is why it was so good to quit dressing up rest with a secret agenda for “inner work” for once. To take the time to rest, be with my people, play in the ocean, and completely SHUT IT DOWN.
It reminded me of this thing that Emily Freeman said last year at the Hope*Writers workshop. She was talking about waiting as an important part of creative work and she pointed out that music isn’t solely made up of different notes strung together, it’s equally about the pause between those notes. Read More…
You guys, it’s here.
It’s giveaway time again and December just needs to CALM DOWN ALREADY because this month’s list of “favorite things” has me so pumped I can hardly stand it.
As I’m sure you know by now, I always say that in my best singsongy Oprah voice. Which doesn’t exactly make sense because it’s not likely that Oprah goes around referring to herself in the third person in her own singsongy voice…Or does she? I mean, maybe it’s not that unlikely. She is Oprah, after all. If anyone could get away with it, it’s her.
But that’s all beside the point.
The point is, it’s time to talk “Favorite Things” so let’s not waste any time getting down to it.
Here are my current Top 3 Favorite Things that you must know about right this very minute: Read More…
“Rest needs a full stop.”
Before she was even done speaking them, I was busy scrawling these words in big bold letters across my page of notes. Emily Freeman seems to have a knack for speaking DIRECTLY INTO MY SOUL these days. It doesn’t even surprise me anymore when I hear her words and then my eyes automatically well up with tears. It’s almost like a reflex now. It’s fine. I’m used to it.
But it’s not just Emily.
Random things seem to make me cry lately:
A Lorne Michaels quote (because Jesus loves me and he knows that SNL is my love language)
A greeting card that stopped me in my tracks with a clear black and white suggestion.
A song titled “Surprise Yourself”, with a whimsical lilt almost more beautiful than the words it carries…
Who knows, maybe I’m just a sucker for inspirational words. But I don’t think that’s it.
I think this is just the sort of thing that happens when your heart is wide awake and open.
God uses anything and everything to get your attention. Read More…