Lately I’ve been thinking and writing and sketching in my journal about working too hard and burnout. I’ve been exploring the connection between exhaustion from keeping too busy and equating busy and productive with feelings of worth. I was raised to link being worthy with working hard. Does this resonate with you?
While it can feel great to work hard and keep busy, this way of operating leaves no space for self care, for quiet reflection, for unscheduled time. Hence the exhaustion and burnout. In my experience creativity thrives on having space to dream and think. When I make space for creativity everything else flows more smoothly.
I’ve written this previous blog post Let This Be Enough. It’s about letting our accomplishments settle and celebrating each step before rushing onto the next step or project.
I am enough feels like that next step. No matter what else I accomplish or don’t accomplish, I am enough – right now, today.
How to cultivate the mindset of I am enough
Write and sketch about being enough. What does it feel like to be enough? What might enough look like? Keep your pen or pencil moving and let the ideas flow. You may be surprised by what unfolds.
Incorporate the idea into your creative projects. I’m designing a new Wild Woman as a way of further exploring the idea of I am enough. She will be called ‘Wild Woman says “I am enough”‘. As well, I have an idea for an abstract mat that conveys the feeling of I am enough.
When a feeling of being not enough creeps in, remind yourself – but I am enough!
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