One of the trickiest things about being a creative is that I often want to time-travel back to a success in my past or a dream in my future.
Both of those places are filled with fantasy. An experience that I crave to have (and am imagining is better than this moment). Or a memory I've already made and may possibly (probably) be expanding on how amazing it was.
Okay, some of my experiences, like interviewing Keanu Reeves, really were fabulous. But I would wager that most of my past memories are dusted with fairy sparkles. They were certainly a big leap for me at that time. And I've come a long way since that moment.
And so have you.
Embracing your current season often comes with uncomfortable and challenging feelings. Maybe you're bored or struggling to push a project forward. Maybe your collaborators are not being supportive. Or maybe you're longing for that big win that seems to be taking longer than you thought.
I am all for daydreaming the future and celebrating the past. I believe they are the push-pull that move me to braver territory.
AND I want to appreciate this moment. To love the challenge I am wrestling with now. To celebrate the age and stage that I'm in.
When is the last time that you sat with what you're working on?
That you felt how brilliant you are?
Do you notice the gift you have for lighting up a room?
Or creating beauty with your dahlia garden?
Recently, a dear friend celebrated a milestone with me by saying, "You created half a book out of NOTHING!" Her words stopped me in my tracks.
I was struck with the utter magic of what I do. And tears welled up in my eyes.
My friend's enthusiasm reminded me how much I love what I do and what a gift it is to do it.
So, if you find yourself in a season of drought. Ask what this season can give you. Maybe you need a rest. Maybe you need to relax until your spark comes back.
And if you are in a season of change, take a moment to appreciate all that you're juggling. Sink into the sensation that you are being supported through this time. And that your Soul is cheering you on with every uncomfortable step.
The sweet consistency of seasons is that they come and go.
So find the love and magic of this season. You can be sure that another one is just over the horizon.