Hi everyone! Welcome to our first blog of the year! And we are almost through February already! Say What! Today I thought I would share my experience of the year so far. I would like to say it’s been inspired and motivated, but actually it’s been quite the contrary and frankly, pretty cray cray!

Recently I have been experiencing this thing both professionally and personally, where I am overloaded with so much new and unexpected information that it gets mega overwhelming because you don’t know what to do with it. Or, what it all means for you.  And the more you try to figure it out, the more you seem to be sacrificing your spirit to the flayling headless chicken! Until you finally scream and give up! Then the next day, somehow, you are calm, know exactly what to do and are baffled by why it wasn’t this obvious before!

Kind of like when you sit down at your computer determined and ready to smash through that project or design or writing like a boss. Instead, just end up constantly moving things around just ever so slightly and not get anywhere. Until you finally step away from it and come back with a fresh eye and perspective, knowing exactly what to do and so it takes care of itself quickly.

This experience made me realize a pattern and reacquaint myself with a few things. One being this thing.

Over-thinking: The art of creating problems that don’t exist.

Secondly, that sometimes action is important but sometimes taking time out is just as important. That stepping away from the problem isn’t weakness but instead can set up wisdom.  So I can return to the problem with a higher and better perspective, which always leads to better solutions and also without compromising self care. It allowed me to be more receptive than reactive with both myself and my work.

Also, I have been seeing praying mantis everywhere! They have been officially appointed as my spirit animal! Turns out, that the praying mantis is a symbol of stillness and patience. Duh! Kung Fu Panda! I should have known this!

So if anyone else is in the same boat, where the goals, projects, life are feeling just too hard. Maybe just be the Mantis. Be still for a while and enjoy it. 

With Love and a massive splash of joy

Your Creative Curiosity Advocate.