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I often let things get me down.

Personal struggles.



And lately, the state of the world.

Recently, I found myself in a sort of depressive “slump” wherein I was wrestling with each of these continually. They invaded every thought I had and every action I took. I could no longer brush them aside and busy myself with a day’s work. Rather the opposite in fact. I found myself unable to do even simple tasks. One day in particular was so bad that I could not will myself out of bed. It was all consuming.

The slump was deep but I practiced self-care. I went to my therapist. I journaled. I was proactively mindful during the day. I listened to calming music. I gave myself extra space and grace. I wrote down affirmations. I indulged in things that brought me joy.

And if you follow us on Instagram, you’ll know that I went on an impulsive streak and got two new tattoos.  Little by little, I felt the fog lift. I could still see and feel everything surrounding me, but none were dictating my journey.  At times, my slump was deep and dark. And while I did arrive at the other side of it, I arrived a changed woman. For that, I am actually very grateful. In the darkness you see, I discovered (and re-discovered) things that made my life brighter. Lighter. Happier.

I learned to focus on my breath. Silly? Perhaps. But stop… right now. Don’t change your breathe. Focus on it. Each is special. Each is a gift. Each can never be repeated or reclaimed. Ever. There is 
.deep power in knowing that…in remembering it

I learned that life gives us respite. In fact, each day has a built in period of rest. We can toil all day, but the sun eventually relents. So too should our anxieties. Give them a break. You can pick them back up in the morning. But each night, lay them aside.

I remembered that I cannot pour from an empty cup. I cannot be the wife, mother, friend, employee or volunteer people deserve unless I fill my own cup. I need to attend to this task with care and 
.reverence. So should you

I learned that I accomplish more if I focus on less. Spreading yourself thin — even just mentally — diminishes your overall effectiveness.

I remembered how much I love my life. It is easy to get caught up in wanting more or wanting different. But when I stop and look around me, I remember that everything was carefully selected by 
.me or for me. It is already perfection

I remembered the power of small pleasures. Each is more than a moment — they are tangential reminders of a life well led.

I learned that self-discovery does not end in your teens or 20’s. The ability to surprise yourself is just 
.as stunning and exhilarating as always

I learned that acceptance is not the waving of a white flag. Rather, it is merely acknowledging the path before you so that you can see the briars instead of becoming ensnared by them.

I learned that Force ultimately fails one way or another. It’s counterpart Flow however, is merciful 
.and generous in her own time

I remembered that less is more in most aspects of life. Brushing aside the unnecessary leaves you more space to enjoy the needed.

I learned that life is best when it is lived. Not wished away. Not muddled over. Not fussed about. It is 
.best when you dive into each day with one mission: to experience it
I learned what it felt like to truly savor something. Not to just acknowledge it, but to drink it in so deeply that it almost hurts. To have a laugh or gesture truly radiate within you. Truly savoring something allows you to recall it with such specificity and strength that you almost transport back into a moment or memory. True savoring is magic. We should all try it more.
Yes, my fog has lifted. Trudging through it was not pleasant but it was profound. I cannot and will not declare that it shall never happen again. I do know with certainty however, that if it does, I will be better prepared for my journey. And even better, I now find myself equipped with magic I had either long forgotten or which had been unknown to me before entirely. I cling to this magic now. Not out of fear. Not out of obligation. But because it is merely, life after the fog. 

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  • Reply Kay R.

    love this. So true about not being able to pour from an empty cup. So very true also about sea discovery jotting into your 30's. Been there. Am there.

    July 20, 2018 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Samantha @ The Life You Love

    I've been working through my slump, for lack of a better word, and I'm trying to learn some of the lessons that you've talked about. I think that acceptance is one that people, myself included, sometimes have a truly difficult time understanding. Thanks for sharing!

    July 21, 2018 at 2:52 am
  • Reply LMW

    I think we all go through these seasons of life where we are in a slump or the low on the cycle of life. I have had to really focus on me these last few months as well to really be a much better wife and mother and lawyer.

    July 23, 2018 at 1:36 pm
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