Last weekend, my family and I went exploring some of the local mountains. We walked through Scribbly Gum forests and invented stories about who might have passed through these tracks years ago. We dined al-fresco, happily munching on tuna-salad sourdough sarnies; our feet dangling in the grass.
These simple experiences sparked my imagination and forged a connection with the precious energy of Mother Earth.
Straight up, it was one of the few times in the past month where I’ve fully inhabited myself.
You see – One of the things they don’t tell you about launching a programme, is how depleted you will feel afterwards.
In the past 4 and a half years, I’ve experienced eight individual launches for three online programmes and I’ve had to deal with a little post-launch fatigue, every.single.time.
Launching and facilitating a creative project of any sort requires an enormous flow of outward energy and one thing that exacerbates this expending of energy? Continuing to extend your resources to other people and projects when you are already depleted.
This cycle of energy flow has been been captured beautifully by Nicole Mathieson in this post with the cutest hand-drawn diagrams.
Lots of giving and not as much receiving, lends itself to low energy – but what I’ve noticed is that alot of us continue to give from near-empty vessels and end up thoroughly exhausted.
And of course, I’m not just referring to coaches and entrepreneurs here, I’m talking about the majority of women I know. Women who are natural born givers.
Needless to say, I’ve been busy resting and refueling.
Here’s what’s been helping me:
:: Getting outdoors every day, even if its for a 10 minute walk around the neighbourhood.
:: Removing the facebook app from my phone and switching it to airplane mode on the weekends.
:: Eating seasonal nourishing foods – which in the Southern hemisphere translates to less green smoothies and lots more soups and gut-healing broths.
:: Reading and writing for pleasure, rather than to teach and learn.
:: Decluttering my home and stripping back on all the unnecessary ‘shoulds’ so I can make room for receiving and refueling.
:: Hanging out with girlfriends who enjoy long deep chats and reassuring arm squeezes.
:: Getting on with the process of living, rather than reflecting and intellectualising on the process of living.
And if you’ve been feeling a little low in energy or affect, for whatever reason:
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I ran CYL as a 14 day programme last year with hundreds of women in our community choosing to participate. Here’s what a few of them had to say:
There’s a saying (I think it is Buddhist) that goes something like this- Choose your words carefully and speak them with compassion, for you do know not what profound impact your words will have on another person. And I’m feeling really connected to what you’re saying and feeling very grateful for your work & your positive, honest energy.
– Kylie H
Because of you, I learned the importance of loving and accepting myself. Your blog posts, online courses, and personal emails kick started my journey to healing/learning as I struggled in my new role as a wife, a mom, living in a new place with no support or community and as a victim to an extremely toxic person. The reason that you are on my mind right now is that today the situation has come full circle and the shift I feel in my headspace and heart is so incredible that I just had to reach out to you say thank you.