Today is the fourteenth day of Kat McNally’s August Moon. I have participated in her Reverb projects in December as well as her April Moon offerings, so it was a no brainer for me sign up for August Moon again this year. it comes at just the right time for me, I believe. There is a lot swirling around in my head and heart these days, and I’m looking forward to using the opportunity that August Moon gives me to work through those things that are rattling around inside of me.
Today Kat gives us the following:
How will you start the journey?
OK so if you’re anything like me, you have spent the past two weeks gathering information about yourself and now you’re itching to do something.
At this point, my inner task master is itching to get moving and start ticking things off the list. This will tend to involve making To Do lists, enrolling in e-courses, setting deadlines, contacting people who might be able to help me.
Imagine your most beloved little person (or yourself as a small child) came to you with this same dilemma. What advice would you give them? “Suck it up! Work harder! Work smarter! Push yourself ’til you burn out! Give yourself grief for not being good enough!” Somehow I don’t think so.
Today, I invite you to consider how you might contemplate the path ahead from a place of greater self-compassion.
What sort of trust would this require?
Goodness. I just signed up for a rather intensive blogging/photography course, and I also signed up for a course to help me navigate using Lightroom to edit photos. In my defense, though, the Lightroom course is self-paced, and it was too good of a deal to pass up at the time. And the blogging/photography course – well. It comes at the right time, too, and I really believe that the moves I want to make come this time next year need to be started now. Small steps, little things…even if right this moment, it feels a bit like a huge thing.
As for how I might advise another who is on this path, I think it’s much like I think about my students. We’ve started the year working on setting goals. Many of them have not had much success in their lives, and to me it feels right to spend time thinking and talking about what makes a goal achievable and how to break goals down into smaller steps.
So what are the goals? And what are the smaller pieces of them that are more manageable mouthfuls? Proficiency in Lightroom will hopefully be accomplished by the end of the year. Since it is a self-paced course, it should be easy enough and gentle to dip in and out of it when I have the time or inclination…as long as it by the end of the year, yes? And this other thing – is best if done as it goes, but is also something I can catch up with on the weekends or even after it is over. Or I can be mindful about the way I use my time. In the evenings, I often find myself rather mindlessly reading online (or if we’re calling it what it is, looking at Facebook or Twitter) or sitting in bed, trying to sleep for hours at a time. I could make use of that time.
And what’s more – I think I’ve got to take these small steps, little bites now so I have a better idea of where to take myself over the next year. One of the things that I also tell my students is that a little work and thought at the beginning can make the work in the middle and the end easier. I don’t mind doing that work now…particularly if it’s going to bring me home at some point. I can see the ultimate brass ring in the distance, but I know it is a ways off. I am training to run a 5K – it’s a little bit of running every week. I can do that. Just a little bit at a time.