Trust the process / The journey is hard

Trust the process

If I were being completely honest, I would tell you that I’m struggling a bit right now. But don’t we all say that? I’m so stressed. I have so much going on. Yada Yada. Aren’t we all always overwhelmed and over-scheduled and over-booked?

I posted this status on Facebook the other day – “Why oh why do all the deadlines and projects and things always pile on top of each other at the same time?”And quickly, friends were commiserating and sharing that they too were in the same boat.

My current state is a combination of taking on too much work at the same time (I need to learn to look at a calendar more carefully), end of school-year juggle (field trips and half days and OMG it’s almost summer vacation), my lack of time management skills and attention span (Where did you gooooo????), and lack of inspiration. Maybe that’s why it felt so good to let go and play freeze tag the other weekend.

It’s really hard to feel inspired when you are constantly staring at a computer screen, managing the minutes of your day by work plans and to-do lists, and running through mental checklists of what needs to be completed before you can go to bed. That doesn’t leave much room for inspiration to appear. As a result, much of my work feels formulaic and forced right now.

Believe in Today

On the first evening of yoga teacher training, a group of Kula senior teachers welcomed us and shared a bit about their background and training as well as words of advice. The one thing that each one of them said was, “Stay inspired.” That can mean studying, taking classes, taking new classes, trying something new, moving outside of your comfort zone – anything.

I think that a big part of inspiration comes from being open to being inspired. I keep finding these signs all over the place, telling me to just stop and breathe. That’s where I tend to find inspiration – when I’m least expecting it and where I’m not looking for it.

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Notes on chalkboards as I turn to leave my doctor’s office.

A random wooden tile on the side of a building.

Colors so bright that makes it feel like we’re living in technicolor – the leaves on the trees, grass, cherry blossoms and magnolias – that it makes you actually stop and pause.

A sea of runners making their way to the finish line of the Brooklyn Half in Coney Island (and lots of shiny PRs).

It’s almost like little notes of encouragement from The Universe, reminding me to trust the process and to let go of the things that I cannot control, reminding me that opportunities and challenges present themselves for a reason, reminding me that I am where I’m supposed to be right now. That this is the journey – right here. 

And it’s hard and that’s OK. {And it’s also OK not to blog as often and not to stress about blog statistics and self-promotion and all that jazz.}

How do you remain inspired in your work? Where do you find inspiration?


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  1. says

    OH lordy, do I love this post.

    It is something I can relate to DAILY. I feel like I’m supposed to be inspired by the blogs I read or the quotes I browse through on Pinterest, but you’re right. It’s in those moments where I’m NOT looking that I am inspired. It’s in those “mundane” moments of simply walking down the street or spending time in the classroom with my kiddos that something clicks. Those mundane moments that are not so mundane after all!

    Thank you for sharing – loved this!
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  2. says

    That you’re noticing all the small signs of inspiration? That, is a good thing.
    Daily life can overwhelm, we just need to take a step back and just breathe.
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  3. says

    It depends on the day. I am a sucker for motivational quotes and love finding them on blogs and pinterest. I try to take different fitness and yoga classes or read when I can find the time. Most days, it’s a student, friend or family member conquering something new that makes me pause and think “that’s awesome”
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  4. says

    Getting away for the conference this weekend really helped ignite my passion and inspire me again. One of the other things I was thinking about this weekend is a (very successful) speaker said she takes one day every week to do nothing at all work related, no email, etc and I realized that was a goal of mine but I’m not very good at doing it! I think that could make a huge difference for me to stay motivated by feeding myself and taking a full day off.
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  5. says

    Looking up….as a teacher of new immigrants it is easy to get bogged down in how far they need to get in order to have the proficiency they need to achieve like their peers. It is hard in the day to day but I find looking up out of the situation helps a lot…look at how far they have come already…look at how far they came to just be in my classroom. Seeing the big picture once in a while helps the day to day details seem worth it!
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  6. says

    Oh – so sorry that you are a bit overwhelmed these days!!
    I think you completely nailed it when you said it is OK not to blog as often!!!
    And, I love that you find inspiration in various places – I think that it is one of those things that are easier when we aren’t trying so hard to find.
    I hope that this week is great for you – relaxing and productive!!
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  7. says

    I think that sometimes I just need to step back, reevaluate my priorities, and maybe take some time off. It is the writing that starts to push me over the edge. Ironic, because it is my favorite “work.” However, it doesn’t pay the bills (yet!), so when I get to the point where I feel like I’m in auto mode, just trying to get through the day, I push back from my desk, and go play with my dogs or talk to my husband for a while. They are the important things, not whether I get a blog post done by 9:00.
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  8. says

    love love LOVE this post friend and am completely with you. my brain feels like mush lately, staring at a computer screen with the outdoors just a window pane away, where I just want to do anything BUT sit in front of a computer. It is about the in between moments and little things that can inspire far more than the big. I completely agree. And now I am on a mission to find one little thing every day to inspire me. thanks for that! XO
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  9. says

    My most inspiring moments are when my brain isn’t on autopilot. When I can get outside and escape deadlines and reality. Yes, we need those moments. So sometimes we say screw perfection! Keep me living in the mess, my mess. Because your story, your mess, is what keeps us inspired even though you don’t know it

  10. says

    Christine, I so hear you. This time of year is always challenging for moms of school age kids.
    For me, taking time away from the online world is the best way to recharge and get inspired. I planned a 24-hour digital detox for this weekend that turned into 48 hours. Although I sat down to write today, to be honest, I could have happily stayed away for another day…

    When life gets busy, I try and remind myself that there’s always enough time in the day for the things that are important. The rest of it? I let it go….
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  11. says

    THe honest answer for me is sometimes I don’t feel inspired, I’m just trying to survive. Inspiration seems to come in waves, just like you’re saying. Hang in there, like you say, believe in the process.
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  12. says

    I have the end of the year crazies too! Every year. No matter how much I tell myself I am not going to have them – why must the schools pile everything on top of each other. All the important stuff. So, I breathe it all in and let it all go. Staying inspired requires many of the things you mentioned about but for me, I also need time to process the world around me. Less becomes more.
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  13. says

    You’re speaking my language here! I have been struggling with blogging for myriad reasons lately, but never even thought about the fact that I am not inspired to blog right now, probably b/c I can’t keep my head above water. I am pretty dedicated to making that change, though, b/c moving at such a rapid speed definitely does shut down the pathways to inspiration. Good luck finding (or seeing) yours!
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  14. says

    Inspiration is so tricky isn’t it? I feel like it comes in a big heap or not at all and I’d much prefer a more steady stream. But I think you’ve figured it out here – that when it feels like it’s not coming at all, it’s out there in much smaller ways and we just have to be open to seeing it.
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  15. says

    I love that idea of being open to inspiration. I’m finding myself uninspired to blog, but then I might read a wonderful post and I suddenly am filled with ideas again – well, then it comes back to making the time to write the posts huh?

  16. says

    I wasn’t as inspired in college, I felt, because I was so focused on school work. My writing didn’t come naturally or easily ever because I was conditioned to write research papers. After school when I took time to rediscover what inspired me, especially to write, I felt reinvigorated. I think it definitely helps to pay attention to the things around you, because there’s potential for inspiration everywhere and it also helps to seek out new experiences. Putting myself in situations that aren’t exactly comfortable for me always helps me find inspiration. Anyways, stoked you’re always so honest and hope you continue to find inspiration Christine!
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