Twists and Turns

I’ve been reminded over and over again lately that my path through this world is a winding one.

There are twists and turns,

hills,

mountains,

and gullies…

enchanted forests,

and vile swamps.

But each and every spot has it’s own beauty.

I may not see it until I’ve managed to make it further down the way, but it never ceases to be true. 

The patches of painful thorns, catching on my skin and my clothes, reminding me of every mistake I’ve ever made- 

they tell me not to be so hard on myself.

They remind me that if I stop thrashing against the past, the pain will fade and I’ll be free.

The muddy marshes that threaten to keep me in their melancholic murkiness

until my heart stagnates like the hazy pools that swallow the green-ness of the life around them-

they force me to slow down and remember who I am and why I’m walking along this path in the first place.

These are the spaces that make me work up the strength to move forward, 

that force me to become stronger and grow. 

Because even in the marshes, life finds a way. 

Even in the dark and desperate places, where the shadows themselves seem tangled,

there is hope. 

So when you find yourself in a slump, and you feel like your dreams aren’t worth working on,

like you’ll never be able to free yourself from the briars or find your way back to the road…

Remember that you haven’t really lost your way at all. 

You’re just in one of the tough places that are there to help you grow, 

so you can come back refreshed and stronger,

ready to take on the next twist in the road,

the next hurdle,

the next hill.

And you will be ready,

whether you believe it at the time or not. 

Because this is your path,

and there will never be a space you cannot handle. 

 

Beginning Again

 

For the second time this year, I’ve had to rebuild this site from the ground up.  I can’t help but notice how appropriate it is that this second time has coincided with the beautiful coming of Spring- one of my favorite seasons, and of course, a time of rebirth and renewal! 

As the forests are once again being claimed by shades of green, I feel like I can breathe in some of the newness for myself, and use it to fuel my own new beginnings. 

I have renewed aspirations for the blog, and am now more determined than ever to deliver a new post to you at least once a week, if not more. 

I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be writing about, but that’s part of the challenge! 

Instead of waiting to write until I’ve found my voice, I’m going to write to find my voice. 

I’ll write what I know, and take you along for the ride! 

The key, I think, is to just let go

Let it flow. 

I find that I do my best work when I stop overthinking and just let myself be free to do whatever comes naturally, be it with writing, painting, drawing, singing, or even making jewelry.

When I let go of my ideas of what things should be, I make room for my own creativity. 

And that, my friends, is when the magick happens! 

Even now, I can see how much truth there is behind what I’m saying to you. 

When I first started writing this post, it sounded so stiff and uninteresting.

I swear, I rewrote the first few sentences at least 5 times. 

But then I told myself to just write.

Don’t worry about how you sound. Don’t worry about what people will think when they read what you wrote. Don’t even worry about typos.

Just write.

Just do.  

You can reread and edit later. 

You can fix your mistakes and make more informed decisions. 

You can always start over.

But first,

you have to begin