A year ago today on my 27th birthday, I had a desire to live more wholeheartedly. Every month we selected one of Brené Brown‘s Guideposts for Wholehearted Living as a lens through which to see our adventures and encounters here in Peace Corps Nicaragua. I centered myself in what our blog is all about: embracing that life is beautiful, hard, and worth living, that love and light are actually all around, that this moment, whoever and wherever you are in life, is the best part of your life.
Living into these Guideposts was rarely easy. They always sounded so pretty, so simple. Forget about what others think? Awesome! Cultivate authenticity, creativity, or laughter? Sign me up! But when it came down to it, to actually walk the walk was more challenging than I anticipated.
My 27th year was one large lesson in self-compassion and trust. While these guideposts are life-long endeavors, in spending time thinking about them, and especially writing about them each month, I found strengths I didn’t know I had. I trusted myself and my inner spirit. I opened my mind and my heart a bit more to the lessons around me. They sparked conversations between Andrew and I about not only our Peace Corps service, but about how we treat others, how hard we are on ourselves, and how we can be more supportive of each other.
I didn’t have time to write about all of those insights; part of the challenge of these ideas is to live more, after all. But I am thankful for the moments I did have to reflect in writing and share with all of you.
May We Suggest’s
Journeying Towards Wholehearted Living
Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison
Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness
Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certainty
Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think
Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth
May We Reflect
On May 1, 2014, we gave May Day a new twist. In celebration of the ideas of spring and new growth, we set 5 goals to guide our way on and into our Peace Corps service. In place of a Brené Brown guidepost for this month, we took some time to reflect on these five intentions and how they played out in our lives this last year:
+ May we strive to be present in the midst of transitions.
+ May we set healthy expectations for ourselves.
+ May we not get bored of rice and beans for every single meal.
+ May our hearts remain open and our minds curious, even in the midst of confusion and struggle.
+ May we be receptive to new knowledge and understandings of how life can be lived.
June & July 2015:
Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle
Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self-Doubt and “Supposed To”
Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control.”
Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting go of Perfectionism
Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark
Although our yearlong blogging focus has come to an end, striving to live as these Guideposts call us to will never fully be finished. For those who have journeyed with us, shared on posts, or even just read from afar, thank you.
Bring it on 28! I’m ready to keep living every moment, good and bad, highs and lows, as the best part of my life.