It's Small Business Week and I want to send a big Thank You to all the small business owners out there who had the courage to listen to their heart and follow their dreams. I just read that more than half of Americans own or work for a small business and that entrepreneurs help create an abundance of jobs in the United States alone.
Launching your own business, no matter how big or how small, takes a lot of courage, effort, and perseverance. Its damn hard work and can be terrifying....I'm not gonna lie. But there's nothing like it. I grew up in corporate America, but dropped out 5 years ago to launch my own little business and I've not regretted it for one minute. Not even when I didn't know what I was doing, or during the times when I don't make profits.
Creating my own vision, setting my own goals, building my business around intangible concepts like love and joy instead of monetary success alone brings a sense of meaning and fulfillment to my life. I'm so grateful for the clients I've had the pleasure to serve. To those of you do buy from local / small business when you have the opportunity to do so, THANK YOU! You make a difference with each purchase! Granted, it's not always feasible to buy local for everything, all the time. But even a little bit can make a difference. 💜
Indoor gardening has proven to be a wonderful companion to my personal growth process. I've been paying attention to how I interact with my plants as they grow, and have been been observing similar themes playing out in my life as I interact with myself and others. This post shares just one small example of that.
I almost threw this plant in the trash the other day because it was having an issue that frankly I just didn't want to deal with. But thankfully a great friend talked me out of my rash decision and talked me through the simple resolution to the issue. Such is life, sometimes things feel too difficult or overwhelming. People who are highly sensitive or introverted just experience some types of situations differently. What feels like no big deal to some, can be a huge burden of stress to someone else.
And to be honest, I've been on both sides of this. I've been labeled as the one "making too big a deal out of 'nothing'" and I've also been the one wondering why someone else is making such a big deal out of nothing. Because different situations cause different reactions in different people at different times. And that's reality. I've been working to get better at being compassionate with myself when I'm the one stressing out, and compassionate with others when they are the ones stressing out. It takes practice, but what a difference it makes in the relationship we have with others, and with ourself.
We need to stop every once in awhile and reflect on what is good in our lives. What and who we are grateful for. Appreciate the little and big things that make our life better. Soak in beauty. Tell people how we feel, even if we're scared to. Notice what's good in ourselves. Take time to relax, rest, play, and have fun.
Life goes by much too quickly and we need to slow down every once in awhile to enjoy it and appreciate the good. I guess that's part of the reason why I love indoor gardening and raising houseplants. It helps me do that: to slow down, have patience, let things unfold in their own time instead of pushing so hard all the time. I've learned to appreciate the cycles of nature and bask in the soothing beauty of my plants. As I've learned to nurture my plants, I've learned how to better nurture myself. I love playing in the dirt and consider caring for my plants to be a very rewarding and fulfilling leisure activity.
Yes, of course, we still need to stay focused on our goals, take care of our responsibilities, and follow through on our commitments. But not at the expense of love, enjoyment, or self-care. We need to make room in our days, weeks, and months, for what's nurturing, rewarding, and fulfilling. If we "don't have time" for something like self-care, relaxation or leisure, that's when we need it most. Even if we can only give 5 or 10 minutes at a time, if that's all we can do to get started, then that's what we need to do. We deserve at least that much. There's so much more to life than just meeting material and worldly goals, and I don't want to miss it.
**Sacred space** Do you have a sacred space to help you feel grounded and centered? A little place where you can just be still, be quiet, reflect on life, and tune in to your heart and your inner wisdom?
It doesn't need to be a big space. My little centering space is just a small shelf that sits under a bigger rack in one small section of the room that serves as my creative work space. It doesn't take up a lot of real estate, but it still serves a very important purpose.
My small but mighty sacred space holds a few nature-inspired elements and artifacts that represent each of the 4 elements of water, fire, earth, and air. I've included reminders to listen to my heart and to be courageous and not let fear be in charge. When I look at this little shelf, I remember that love is my purpose and that everything I do, every decision I make, should come from my heart.
When I need to come back to my heart center, I come and sit here. I get quiet. I take everything in. I close my eyes and just tune in to whatever is going on inside. I relax and let go of whatever it is that is troubling me. I trust that everything will work out exactly as it is meant to be. When I get up, I feel calmer, more grounded, more connected, and inspired.
So, do you have a sacred space? How do you use yours? How does it help you?