When you're living your truth...

 

This season every title of the QBR interviews will double up as a journal prompt for our community's exploration. This week's prompt is brought to us by my conversation with Kayla Kooistra

For me, here's what's true, right now...

 
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When I'm living my truth: I know that effort isn't what makes things happen, my alignment does.

When I'm living my truth:  I remain easily inspired by others, but no longer easily swayed to be less like me and more like them.

When I'm living my truth: I am acutely aware and proud of the fact that there's no one just like me. 

When I'm living my truth: I laugh loud, dance freely, sing for no rhyme or reason. 

When I'm living my truth:  I vocal about my needs and desires and hold no one but me responsible for meting them. 

When I'm living my truth: I am clear. And in the moments I am not, I am ok with not being ok, because I know, everything is designed as an invitation to live deeper into truth. 

What about you Brave? What comes up for you when you think about this prompt?  Feel called to deepen your practice? Check out 6 more journey prompts inspired by my convo with Kayla.

 

Do you have room on your plate?

 

This season every title of the QBR interviews will double up as a journal prompt for our community's exploration. This week's prompt is brought to us by my conversation with Abigail Davidson

For me, when I think about my plate, here's what's true, right now...

 
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Yes, thankfully, I do have room on my plate. That's the black and white answer. The more colorful truth? I have become fiercely protective of my 'life plate' and it's not so much as what I have on it as it is about how I feel when I look at it.

The result of using that lens means I am challenging myself to crowd out and eventually all together eliminate what doesn't make me feel the way I want. Which means my tendencies towards perfectionism, over-giving, not wanting to hurt people's feelings, and saying yes to too many things, are what's really being challenged. 

To me, our plates are a reflection of what we are currently prioritizing. And S P A C E is a priority of mine, so my aim is to always have room on my plate because...I believe empty can receive. And because S P A C E strengthens my ability to discern what'll truly benefit , me and those I serve, by being on my plate at any given point in time.  Making it a fluid, ever evolving experience and an invitational offering to get closer to your inner guidance.

What about you Brave? What comes up for you when you think about this question? Feel called to deepen your practice? Check out 10 more journey prompts inspired by my convo with Abigail.

 

Is this coming from love or is this coming from fear?

 

This season every title of the QBR interviews will double up as a journal prompt for our community's exploration. This week's prompt is brought to us by my conversation with Lauren Barber.

For me, right now here's the main topic I'm using to explore this question...

 
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Holding off on creating a paid community project/experience- this is coming from fear....

Despite how deeply I know my dearest Braves are resonating with the message and mission of quiet brave living, I am afraid that even if I build the raddest, realest container, for them to gather and grow (together), no one will pay to show up to the party. There is something very real and insidious about the fears that come up when you decide to put a price tag on something that matters to you. 

I am afraid I will put nonrefundable time and energy into something that might be put out there before it's time. I'm also deeply afraid that I'll either over-promise and under-deliver or over-deliver to the point of burn out.  I'm afraid it won't be different enough and that eventually I'll run out of things to say. 

Here's the catch. Since I am a firm practitioner of alignment before action, I know that if I put it out there not having dealt with underlying fears and worries, the seed is automatically tainted and will grow with that anxiety inside it's roots. No thank you.

So while  I am deeply uncomfortable with all of this, and even more uncomfortable sharing it in this public space, for all to see, I know with all my heart, that effort will never matter as much as  how I feel about it first. And so that's where I'll be. Working through my fears, until I get to a place where thinking about the idea makes me feel a different way, and until the different way, is the most dominate feeling I have. Notice how I didn't say the only feeling, just the most dominate. That's when I'll know I'm coming from a place of love. That's when I'll know I'm ready for the next piece. Stay tuned!

What about you Brave? What comes up for you when you think about this question? Feel called to deepen your practice? Check out 8 more journey prompts inspired by my convo with Lauren.

 

Who am I already and learning how to be more of?

 

This season every title of the QBR interviews will double up as a journal prompt for our community's exploration. This week's prompt is brought to us by my conversation with Morgan Wade.

For me, right now, this is who I am already and learning how to be more of...

 
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I am supported: Despite the current ebb and flow of anxiety, brought on feeling called to commit to my creative expression as full time gig, I know this to be true. 

I am amazingly connected to my intuition and trusting my choices to be heart led. And every day is a lesson in deepening that trust and knowing. 

I am a good mom: Despite often dealing with waves of emotions, including guilt, shame, anger, confusion and exhaustion, from mom life, I know I'm a good mom.

I am consistently watching to be sure my language both verbal and not are a true reflection of the message I want to send. I constantly put down my ego to show my son, I am human and not immune to fucking up. I am learning to be more kind to myself when it comes to giving myself credit that I am raising another human being, as consciously as I can. 

I am conscious creator: Despite a nurtured relationship I've built with Universal Laws. I still fumble and forget my power as a vibrational vessel and hand that power over to being validated by others, comparison, doubt, and fears of rejection.

I do however, always realize what I'm doing and take my power back in all the ways I practice my relationship to the Universe, all while staying open for other ways to deepen our bond. 

And right now, that's where I'm at.

What about you Brave? What comes up for you when you think about this question? Feel called to deepen your practice? Check out 11 more journey prompts inspired by my convo with Morgan.

 

What do you celebrate?

 

This season every title of the QBR interviews will double up as a journal prompt for our community's exploration. This week's prompt is brought to us by my conversation with Jelena Aleksich

For me, right now, this is what I celebrate...

 
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Appreciation rants are one of my favorite conscious living practices for years. The simple act of acknowledging all that brings me joy has been a powerful tool in my life. Helping me to deal with stress and unexpected moments with more ease.

Right now though, what I am learning to celebrate, more and more each day, is contrast. All the things that make me uneasy, impatient, disheartened, confused, angry and downright lost. 

And I am on mission to do this because I've learned how much more ease I welcome into my life when I do it. Granted, as I mentioned above, acknowledging my joys is what invites more joy. On the side token, learning to see contrast, not as my enemy but as my teacher, my guiding light to clarity, also invites joy. Because there really is no better way to know what you want, then to be crystal clear on what you don't. and for that I celebrate contrast. For the clear moments of not feeling the way I want to feel, and how quickly that puts me in tune with inquiring what then, do I really want in this moment and in life as a whole. 

It's been quite an up and down journey as only contrast can provide. I still, and may possibly always, get agitated and down right livid when I am experiencing it. But when I finally remember every moment is a teaching moment, especially the moments where I don't act in accordance to how I really want, I also remember that it's part of the larger lesson I'm learning and I come back a little more grounded in my understanding. 

What about you Brave? What comes up for you when you think about this question? Feel called to deepen your practice? Check out 8 more journey prompts I created inspired by my convo with Jelena.

 

How present am I?

 

This season every title of the QBR interviews will double up as a journal prompt for our community's exploration. This week's prompt is brought to us by my conversation with Marisa Ribordy.

For me, right now, this is what is going on beneath the surface...

 
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Today's prompt comes at a time of a really important crossroads. More things are happening behind the scenes for my business than ever before. A steady flow of giving and receiving has been born. A cycle that was not always the case for me in the past. And with it has arrived this acute awareness of my level of presence in any given moment.

Right now, there are days where I feel myself being right here and now happens with absolute ease. And there are days where, even after unplugging from work for the day, I find myself daydreaming about an idea, while I'm watching a show, or wanting to reply to Instagram comments when I'm making breakfast. Because multi-tasking is totally, still something I do. 

My desire to consistently and continuously embody being present has give way to a sensitivity in my life. I actually catch when I am not being as in the moment as I can be! And while I'll ideally I'd rather never have it happen, that's not real life. In real life, it's going to happen and when it does I'm learning to be grateful for the chance to notice where I can invite a new way to do things.

So for me, this questions feels more like a moment to moment invitation to notice how in that moment I am, on any given day. It's a chance to remind myself that I want to be where ever I am with all of my heart, and by committing to being awake enough to witness the ebb and flow I am already practicing presence in a very special way. 

What about you Brave? What comes up for you when you think about this question? Feel called to deepen your practice? Check out 10 more journey prompts I created inspired by my convo with Marisa.

Who am I and what am I here to do?

 

This season every title of the QBR interviews will double up as a journal prompt for our community's exploration. This week's prompt is brought to us by my conversation with Caty Pasternak.

For me, right now, this is who I am and what am I here to do...

 
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Today's prompt feels rather loaded and with reason. The idea of exploring who I am and what I've come here to do, is something I've thought about my entire life. 

Today I am....

I am a child of the cosmos, so acutely aware of how important and unimportant I am as being of this planet. I am taking care of myself in a new way because I feel things in a very deep way and if I don't focus on the good in the world, I easily become overwhelmed by it's troubles. 

I am a dreamer who believes in the potential of the human heart. I am a woman trying to navigate what it means to create, connect, consume and care in a way that allows me to feel like I am doing something with my life, without getting so busy that I miss out on what really matters. And sometimes I forget and I am unable to tell the difference.

Today I am here to ...

Forgive myself for the unconscious decisions I made before remembering my true nature. I am here to let myself be seen, without letting my fears keep me from standing in my light and living out my truth. I am here to try, over and over, for the rest of my life, to show up for my desires. As they stand true today and as they evolve. I am here to be human, to make mistakes and find my way.

What about you Brave? What comes up for you when you think about this question? Feel called to deepen your practice? Check out 9 more journey prompts I created inspired by my convo with Caty.

What is going on beneath the surface?

 

This season every title of the QBR interviews will double up as a journal prompt for our community's exploration. This week's prompt is brought to us by my conversation with Devon Walz. 

For me, right now, this is what is going on beneath the surface...
 

 
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Amplified awareness of my waste: I've explored and implemented some awesome ways of reducing my waste that I am super proud of. I am an avid thrift shopper and constantly donate gently used goods and clothes to the cycle I receive from. Living in Vermont has given me a chance to exercise my composting muscle. And I'm a total 'how can I reuse or repurpose this?' kinda gal. 

And yet, as of late, because of beginning to follow more zero waste accounts my awareness around the subject has amplified. Not in a bad, 'I'm never gonna get this right way'. Instead it's a 'wow this is SO amazing'. How many more ways can I continue to deepen my inquiry, understanding and choices?'

As someone who has a dog, a teenager and a partner, I wonder how to navigate it all in a way that doesn't overwhelm me. Because I don't want feeling overwhelmed to lead to giving up. Luckily I have a partner who is always up for exploring these ideas with me, so I'm thinking we can start with a list of ideas and go from there. 

It doesn't sound like a lot but I've come to recognize that the simplest act are what create the lasting change I seek. And in the meantime I've got two favorite accounts that keep me feeling encouraged. Meet Andrea Sanders of Be Zero and Stevie Vanhorn of Trading Waste for Abundance.  

What about you? What comes up for you when you think about this question? Feel called to deepen your practice? Check out 10 more journey prompts I created inspired by my convo with Devon.