Sixteen weeks of radical change—a change that feels foreign yet so profoundly organic….dancing with the unknown moment after moment. A new gratitude has entered my life—a sense of joy and connectedness to what matters most in life. It’s truly miraculous.

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Words have felt distance. My voice has quieted down. I’ve been listening and watching more keenly than ever before. Yet, my heart craves writing—putting words to experiences and sharing them with others. It will always be a part of who I am—that I know. The rest…the hows and what the future will look like…is what I’m going to let evolve on its own. That feels most sincere and true to the purpose of what I do and who I am.

I hope you’re willing to enter this new chapter with me—accepting the uncertainty of what that will look like. For now, I want to thank you for giving me time to get comfortable with this discomfort before showing up.

This is my greatest adventure—my journey into mommyhood—and welcoming a precious little boy into the world this April. I’m still pinching myself with excitement and gratitude!

Wishing you a beautiful start to this month of gratitude,
Carolyn

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Life can be painful. It can feel sharp and jagged to the touch. It can seem dark and glib, filled with uncertainty after uncertainty. Your heart will break more than once. You will never know if now is the right time or if this is the right decision. And I want you to know that you will get through the darkness, the uncertainty, the heartbreak, and the loss. 

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There is no trick or secret hidden within the depths of the loftiest academic journals of psychology. There is no knowledge you are missing. I promise you. I want you to know that you have everything you need, within you.

The human ability to persevere is truly astounding. You are not the sole exception. You can persevere. You need to persevere in order to get through the darkness, to live with light and joy. You deserve to feel true moments of glee, even if they pop up against the dark sky. Fill the dark sky with shining stars and create light in your life. I want you to know that you can let go of the need to suffer.

To feel is human. To equate your worth with your feelings is irrational. You are so much more than your feelings, your emotions. You are the container holding them, nothing more. I want you to know that you are not your feelings. 

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I want you to know that baby steps matter, a lot. Forward and backward—movement means you are trying. To try is the most powerful thing you can do.

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This video is so very beautiful. It’s a short snippet from an interview Oprah did with India Arie. India Arie radiates genuine inner confidence that may just give you chills.

After watching the video, I wrote a few words in reflection (shared below).

Take time to let yourself simply be—as you are, without fixing or looking for a new direction. Sink into the present moment—approach life in the here and now—breathe in clarity, breathe out confusion. Let yourself feel grounded and supported, rooted into the rich soil of the universe.

And remind yourself that the universe will rise up to meet you. Trust the process.

… If the video doesn’t show up, you can see it on youtube.

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a definition of grace and happiness

photo: sybil steele (found on limn and lovelyrachel gilbert wedding gown)

… more quotes in the quoted series and on the quoted pinterest board

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Happy Sunday!
Carolyn

… photo from a recent photo shoot with my favorite photographer donna newman

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