Tuesday, May 1, 2012

mantra for may

"...a pattern that others made may prevail in the world and following the wrong god home, we may miss our star." william stafford














































it's so natural to want the guidance of those you love and admire. but sometimes you just need to wander, to not follow other's suggestions, to forge out on your own. i read this quote in a book recently and it was a direct hit for me. we do ourselves a disservice by focusing on what others might think of our leaps of faith. by buying into what others perceive as success and failure and not following our own internal compass. sometimes we can't even hear our inner voice tell us what to do next because the voices of others are so loud in our heads. life is too short to wish on someone else's star. follow your own star. this is your adventure.

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17 comments:

  1. I love this quote, this photo, and this message! Thank you so much, Elizabeth. This is exactly what I needed right now, too. :)

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  2. I'm so glad you wrote this! It's been my personal struggle the past few years--clipping those last childhood needs and really coming into my own as a growing adult. I'm so close to my parents and really value their approval and guidance; but as I feel myself growing personally, I'm realizing that means sometimes doing things differently than they might advise. But it's important to be true to ourselves!

    You always seem so confident to me, so free-spirited and self-assured, so to read these words from you? Well, it just makes me think, "Yes. That's right!" Because I'd love to share those characteristics!

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    1. Dear Sarah,

      I think it's easy to fall into the habit of second guessing our paths in life. Most of the time I forge ahead but sometimes, like when I read something like that quote, I stop and go "wow, i really need to work on that more." It's hard to live consciously sometimes. We get in ruts and it's more of a gentle reminder that we need to remember what our opportunities are!

      xo e

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  3. Beautiful words and so well timed for me, thank you!
    Megan

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  4. love this
    what i needed
    love your blog

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  5. beautiful words. I especially like the last part you said, life is too short to wish on someone else's star. follow your own star. this is your adventure.

    i love your blog!

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  6. Wow, these words are so timely for me. Well they have been for the last few years really. Thank you for saying them.

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  7. Inspiring - this is my struggle right now - and I can see I´m not the only one - why is it so hard to follow your conviction and do something different from what you think others expect of you. Even writing this I realize that I´m the only one standing in my way.

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    1. i don't know why it's hard! sometimes it is though!

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  8. These are some very honest, well written words. I love your writing "voice", it is what keeps me coming back or more! This post def resonates with me. I've got a few self-conscious issues in regards to my in-laws and I really appreciate your affirming words. Living the artist's life is tricky. I need to follow my own words of advice that I just doled yesterday, "Enthusiasm is contagious. Believe in your work. People will either be in awe of your talent or guided into awe by your confidence. Lead the way for them".

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  9. So true. My husband and I are following our dream right now. We picked up and moved to California:)

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  10. yes! another one here in need of reinforcing. thanks rad lady. xoxo

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  11. why is it that we always get in our own way? thanks so much for sharing these thoughts. they are very good ones. cheers!

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  12. Elizabeth,
    Thanks for posting this. I really needed it more than you even know....I love you so much!! -Cassandra

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