On December 31st 2014, I spent some time looking over my journals for the year, and what my hopes were leading me towards-to help guide me on what I hope my 2015 will look like.
For some reason one of my high school teachers popped into my head. It is funny what we remember. On the very last day of grade 12, he told me that I need to be more wild, and I have never forgot that. I may have shrugged it off at the time, but he was right. What has been missing in my life all these years? The wild, the sense of adventure and learning, stepping out of my comfort zone, finding what makes me glow rather than giving my glow to everyone else.
When I cultivate my wild side, my light, I create more than enough light to share with others. When I don't nurture that wild side, I am running on empty and what I give to others takes from me, leaving me depleted and giving from the wrong state of mind.
I have always been super shy, or afraid to say the things I want to say or do. Always afraid to be the "weird" one. Maybe a better word for weird should be wild. Not wild as in party all time, but as in living in my own natural state.
For most of our lives we are 'tamed' and 'domesticated' in our culture. What our life should like-responsible, reserved, busy, working, over-working, no time for relaxation, standing out is not safe, never do or say anything that could bother someone, fit-in, failure is worse than just getting by...These are some of my limiting beliefs that I have picked up over the years, and to tell you the truth they are quite soul sucking. How miserable these beliefs are. Sure on the outside this works, I have a job, I have a home, I have a family, but we need more than this.
We need connection, meaningful connection, we need to feed our souls more than the scraps of a just getting by life. How do we do this? By lighting our fire and nurturing the flames. Find what makes you happy, what gets you excited, and follow it. Even if it is just small things that you do. This doesn't have to cost money, it can be going for a walk, going to the beach, slowing down to look at something, volunteering somewhere that calls to your interests, starting a blog, reading a book...the list is endless.
My theme/word for the year is live wild. To follow my heart and instincts, to let go of the things and people that try to snuff out the flames. To do the things that make me excited, that energize me and those around me.
What is your theme or word to explore this year?
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.