Everything Is Progress

Hello My Dearest Beauty,

I hope Spring finds you taking the time to smell the roses and enjoying the swings in weather from a delicious, sunny and steaming 96* one day, to a delightful, stormy, and rainy 60* another day.

So much has been happening in my life lately, it feels like I’ve been swimming upstream. My head’s above water and I’m doing great, but let me tell you, it has been a doozy of a couple months.

What has helped me get through this with grace and more ease than I’d anticipated, is Danielle LaPorte’s #truthbomb,  Absolutely Everything Is Progress.  It has been my mantra as things have been moving verrrryyyyy slooooowly where my goals are concerned.

I attended the California Dreamin’ Writers Conference in March and was given the opportunity to submit the first 100 pages of my current manuscript plus its synopsis to an agent I really like.  Usually you do this immediately upon your return home.  But, as Life does, She had other plans for me.

For one, I needed to rewrite those 100 pages.  No sweat.  Right?  Weeelll, I’m still working on them a month and a half later.  Everything Is Progress ~ I love how the story now flows, I have a greater understanding of my characters, of how to write a kick ass synopsis, and I’ve done a better job keeping things hoppin’.  Best of all?  I now know this prequel WILL work with the beginning of the series I’ve already written.  See?  Progress.

I’ve had a very challenging time creating my website (you’ll be the first to know when it’s ready) and let me tell you, working on this baby has been the epitome of embracing the practice of Everything Is Progress.  One step forward, ten back – ugh!  AND I have learned tons, and am now able to apply this new knowledge as I move forward with building my platform as an author and blogger and cultivator of joy.  Progress.

Breathe in, breathe out.  Yoga is the practice of connecting your body, mind, and spirit.  This takes time and patience and willingness and breath work.  One week I can hold all the poses and feel exuberantly rejuvenated after the class.  The next week, I can’t hold my balance ~ no matter how hard I try, and during the class all I can think about is how hungry I am and that I really want a glass of wine.  AND I keep going back because I love my yoga instructor, I love how centered I feel ~ no matter how “good” I was at yoga that night, I love how my mind is clearer, and how the practice of yoga reminds me that Everything IS Progress.

So, My Beauty, when you are hearing your inner critic screaming at you, when you feel like you are moving at a snails pace, when you start beating yourself up because you are just NOT GETTING THINGS DONE….  Take a breath ~ breathe in, breathe out.  Take a moment, or two or even three, and recognize what you HAVE done.  More importantly, embrace the feeling of joy that comes with this recognition, let it fill you up.

Keep in mind that JUST BY SHOWING UP you ARE making progress, you are giving yourself the gift of being present, of taking that step.  And that, My Beauty, is the hardest thing of all ~ and YOU ALREADY DID IT!

Repeat after me ~ Absolutely Everything is Progress.   Say it again, and again, and again until you feel the freedom it endows.

And, KEEP showing up!  No matter what that might look like.  But most of all, BE KIND to yourself.  You are the only YOU there is in this world.  You matter.  You ROCK!  AND you CAN do this!

Everything, EVERY. LITTLE. THING, IS Progress, My BeautyEvery Thing!

Blessings always and in all ways.

IN JOY

Shannon

JOY is what we were made for!

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10 Responses to Everything Is Progress

  1. Cheryl Mergenthaler says:

    Love this. Love you and miss you my cousin. I’m feeling like we really all need to connect soon. I know it would mean everything to our moms if we could somehow pull together a fun reunion next time your mom is here visiting. Keep me posted if this might ever be a possibility in your next year or two. A big hug to you.

    Cheryl Mergenthaler cell. 760-310-0421 merghome@aol.com

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    • HI Cousin! Oh, yes, let’s get together soon! A reunion would be lovely and Mom will be in town again late June.
      I’ll give ya a call this weekend and we can catch up! Hugs — AND thanks for reading my blog:)

  2. Cheryl Mergenthaler says:

    One more thing I meant to send along to you…. a photo of my kitchen chalkboard that Kelly did for me upon her last visit home. I love it so much I don’t ever want to erase it!!!!!!

    Cheryl Mergenthaler cell. 760-310-0421 merghome@aol.com

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  3. farmhousesoul says:

    I’m right there with you Shannon! What a great post, love Danielle’s quote as well, I can really use that. Can’t wait to see your website!

  4. Kristy White says:

    Love you Shannon, you are amazing. We have to get together soon. 😉

  5. Mya Martin says:

    My dear Shannon. I want you to know how much I enJOY your blog. I don’t always comment, but I do read & internalize & digest your wise words. So thank you. You have a beautiful soul!

    • I love you, Mya. And I love how long we’ve been dearest of friends. Bless you, girl!💕. Thank you for all your encouragement and support! I’m glad you get some joy out of my words and thoughts😘

  6. Deb says:

    Amazing Lady! Great read great inspiration – THANK YOU! Miss you – your energy and glow is felt out here!

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