Guarded hearts aren’t impenetrable if you know how to work with them.
Their defenses may be up; weapons often drawn.
But consistency is everything.
Just as it takes constant pressure to create a diamond, it takes regular care to make it shine.
Letting someone in isn’t just about those around you.
Letting someone in, includes yourself.
Learning to trust others means trusting yourself, too.
Always remember, standing in your own shadow, weapons drawn, covered in armor is a lot harder to maneuver life with than an open heart and open mind. 🐺🏹⚡️
Have you ever noticed a broken heart 💔 looks like a lightning bolt shot through it as if to take away what wasn’t meant to be and make room for what’s to come?
Now you have. ⚡️
And with all the broken hearts I see this week, the more room I find for growth.
The more space there is for what’s meant to be to make a home.
If it’s there, let go of the sadness, free yourself of pain, hold onto the lessons but darling you have the power. You are so strong.
Your soul is waiting for you to love yourself more. It’s ready for you to do more, be more.
So please remember: every crack is actually a story, every opening is a chance, and you’re a freaking diamond— no one can break you. Never could. Never will. 💎🌙🐺
71 21562:45 AM Feb 14, 2019
Three years ago while wandering the greenways of Charlotte I had a crazy idea to load up some bags and bring them out to the homeless humans I would wander by regularly. But that wasn’t enough. It had to be bigger, there had to be more. Because there were more. I didn’t have enough for everyone. I only had enough for a few women.
Several emails and calls to friends and a few sponsors/partners at the time later saying “HEY I want to do this thing and share stuff with these humans who need us. You in?” Well..
Some told me I was crazy and there was NO way we would get it done in a time line or this or that. BUT @merdolhare with @runningworks was in. She got it.
Yes, it was crazy.
Yes, what I wanted to do was going to require a little more coordinating than my idealist heart understood but she got it.
And we did it.
And we did it again last year.
And we’re doing it again this year.
And from the looks of it, thanks to the over 400 hearts who came out for @stripit2giveit, we have a lot to give when we head out for the 3rd annual #CLTRUNS4WARDS at 5pm on the 19th and 26th of February. We now need some blankets, water bottles, hats, and gloves!.
But my heart? Well, my heart is full. Because people continue to just show up. Just in time.
And that’s what matters most.
If local and you have donations the @runningworks office has hours on Friday and Monday/or bring them next Tuesday leaving from RW.
And if you’re wondering, the greatest thing we can do is remind each other of our humanity. A simple hello, a how are you. A smile. Acknowledging another human’s presence is the key to growth and change. And we must do it together. ⚡️🏹❣️
UPDATE: we actually need blankets, water bottles, hats/gloves!
Can we be here?
Can we do this?
Can we be in this space and live?
Why are we asking?
Why aren’t we simply doing?
Why do we constantly ask everyone for permission to do what we want?
Asking questions and staying curious is so much the key to life but rather than permission ask others to join.
Invite others in.
Invite yourself to do what YOU want to do.
Let yourself enjoy yourself.
Because at the end of this moment,
Before you finish your thought,
Magic has already happened.
So why not just dive in?
Why not go for it?
Toes could get stepped on
But room will always exist in the space you’re meant to thrive.
Trust the line your feet take you along. They’re simply following the path your heart created. 🏹🏹🏹
47 14012:27 AM Feb 8, 2019
Pay attention to what gives you chills. Feel the goosebumps. Sit with them. That’s your calling. That’s your life. That’s your fire.
I found mine. Trust you’ll find yours. 🏹🔥
58 12202:34 AM Feb 6, 2019
You can be strong, independent, beautiful, soft, generous, wild, calm, vulnerable, guarded, curious, loving, fearless, deep, shallow, dark, light, funny, and free all at once.
You can check all the boxes you want to check. You don’t have to put yourself in a box unless you want.
You can evolve.
You can be free.
You can simply be anything you want to whenever you feel like it. Break your own rules or create new ones. Cry whenever you need or laugh just because.
You can shed layers or put one on. You can guard your heart or wear it on your sleeve. Never apologize for how you think or feel. As long as you stay kind to yourself and others.
Please, stay kind.
Start conversations with strangers or call old friends out of the blue just because you want to.
Claim what you will, this world needs all of you however you want to share. Write your story page by page. Not every chapter needs a title.
Don’t explain yourself.
141 28962:10 AM Jan 30, 2019
Some darkness moves mountains. Some darkness looks like light. This darkness feels like home. ⚡️
61 104112:48 AM Jan 28, 2019
Time to change the game. I’m tired of being consistent. Consistent is good. I want to be great. Now to get out of my own damn way and let it happen. 🐺⚡️ #levelup