Life is an interesting and messy journey that includes ebb and flow of energy and creativity, both joy and heart-ache, growing into our strength and wondering if we’ll ever enjoy a season without so much struggle. There is no one right way to be human and no one right path to wholeness or joy.
There are, however, some practices and seeds of thought that can serve all of us on this journey – that help make it more soul-honouring, compassionate, and life-giving. Tools for building resilience, befriending ourselves, and putting down deep roots that hold us fast when the storms come. This is what I want you to know…
Life is complex and there’s no magic pill to ease all suffering or protect us from struggle – but we can take responsibility for what we can control and dive in fully to the life in front of us. We can bring compassion and deeper understanding to our current behavioral and emotional patterns, and narratives, while expanding our capacity for new ways of being and engaging in the world.Krista xo
what i really want you to know is…
1. You’re not bad, wrong, or broken or a problem to be fixed. Befriend your True Self exactly who and how you are: a colourful human in a messy world. Practice self-compassion until it becomes your new instinct and learn to care for yourself like your own best friend. Learn more.
Ask: Do I know and like my True Self and behave like my own best friend, and am I building my resilience bank account?
2. Quiet the noise of comparison, perfectionism, fear, shame, and your inner critic. Build your EQ and and learn to sit with discomfort. Attune to your mind-emotion-body wisdom and learn to trust yourself. Quiet all the noise so you can learn to recognize your own voice. Learn more.
Ask: Do I trust myself and listen inward for my voice of wisdom and direction and can I quiet all the external noise to hear myself think?
3. Life “shouldn’t” feel neat and tidy and joy and pain coexist in a brave and beautiful life if you allow it. Learning to make peace with paradox and shift your experience of life is freeing and empowering. Consistently practice imperfect action: you find your way in action, not before. Learn more.
Ask: Can I sift through the stories I believe to separate truth from fiction, can I make space for both/and in my body and my life, and do I consistently practice imperfect action?
4. Reorient or re-envision your life. This is a form of hope-in-action and keeps you anchored and values-aligned. Slow and steady you can handcraft a life that feels like home and tells the whole truth of who you are and what you want/need (and the world you want to live in). Learn more.
Ask: Am I living a vision and values-aligned life and when I’m at the end of my days am I clear how I’ll know that I have lived well?
5. Life is more cyclical than linear, about going deeper not wider, and there’s wisdom and beauty to be mined in every season, even the hardest of them. Loosen your grip, show up curious, and learn to honour your wiring through a practice of mindful and Seasonal Living. Learn more.
Ask: Am I honouring my wiring and showing up fully and mindfully to my life in every season?
6. We heal/grow/become at the speed of safety*: name and process stress and grief, regulate your nervous system, and expand your window of capacity to love yourself well and so that you feel more empowered to show up fully even in the hardest seasons of life.
Ask: Do I know how to work with my nervous system and emotional/relational patterns to live regulated even as I gently stretch my window of capacity and resilience and do I ask for help when I need it?
7. To walk in freedom and feel safe, at home, and joyful in your body and your life you must reclaim your voice and your agency, practice vulnerability, own your light and your story but keep writing, and trust that you grow into the strength that you need for each season. Learn more.
Ask: Am I giving myself permission and owning my responsibility to more fully become who and how I choose to be in the world, and am I bravely using my voice and gifts?
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We’re meant to be colourful, diverse, interesting humans, each of us honouring our unique wiring, and bringing our voice and gifts to the world to form a brave, beautiful and healthy whole.
If you’d like to explore these core topics of my work more deeply and identify where you are on your journey to freedom and wholeness, I invite you to take The Hope Map Assessment. You’ll score yourself on 21 different milestones and when you submit your overall score to me, I’ll offer you possible next steps to continue your journey.
Identify where you are on your journey to wholeness and freedom then practice hope-in-action by carving a joyful and soul-sustaining path forward (I can help you get started)!
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