Being comfortable and satisfied in the present moment is something many of us desire. I also think “being in the moment” can be one of the most challenging states, not something that comes easy for many people. For us that find it difficult we may fear stagnancy, wasted time and lost dreams. For those that master this state of being, they might argue that it is quite the opposite. By lightly letting go, we might find that we can hear our soul speak and that we deepen our relationship with ourselves and others. We might find that happiness is easier to attain and our lives are filled with more sincerity and peace.
In the last couple of years, I have done a lot of letting go and stepping back to reassess. It has not been easy in any sense of the word. However, I made a promise to myself that for once I was going to let some things just happen on their own. It takes a lot of faith in oneself -that regardless, you can be happy. And it takes a lot of faith in life that some things might just come on their own if you give it space to do so. Honestly, the latter is sometimes very difficult when so many horrible things happen in the world. Realistically, we need to remember that the good by far outweigh the bad even if it doesn’t always feel that way.
This past year I let go of a former business I shared with a friend to branch out and to do something that allowed me room to explore my own natural talents. I took a break from creating jewelry to try other crafts and broaden my experience. I have allowed myself ample time alone to write and write and write so someday I will have the confidence and skill needed to publish my own book. Something awesome is happening in my 40th year of life. I am beginning to have more feelings of personal acceptance and happiness with all that I have achieved. There is more peace and an understanding of what it takes to be happy. I feel like through this personal and professional space and all of my past adventures, I finally really know me. And by taking time to reflect on past experiences with humor and lightness along with a promise to do things differently, I believe I finally have enough space for this wonderful new person that has just entered my life. I know that all of these wonderful things have happened because I stepped back and simply let go, just a little.
Shelly Kerry — Creating Space, Mindful Living
Shelly Kerry is the founder of the program Creating Space, Mindful Living – motivating and inspiring people to run their businesses more efficiently. She helps others look at their personal and professional lives and explore what is and isn’t working. As a jewelry designer she has spent many years testing and honing the skills and discipline needed to run your own creative business while still having time for friends, family and fun. She puts her wealth of experience to use in the Creating Space service – healthy living advice to help keep you motivated and make the most out of your already busy schedule. She will help you find both the physical and emotional space so you can pursue your dreams and she’ll always insist there’s time for yourself.
Shelly writes guest posts on living your best life on well-known blogs such as Kanelstrand, Handmade Success and Awfully Grand and is pursuing a Core Strengths coaching certificate through San Francisco State University.
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