I love a good wander. It was one of my favorite things to do in New York when I lived there… a million years ago now. You never know what you’ll find or who you’ll meet. I still keep up this practice in LA when time permits.
And so recently I found myself in a local jewelry and craft store in my neighborhood. It was here that I stumbled upon an adorable book written and illustrated by the adorable Jenipher Lyn.
The book is a semi-autobiographical trip through the author’s adolescence and struggles with depression. (You can buy it directly from Jenipher HERE. Or on Amazon HERE.)
Since I was such an a-hole to myself and to others through my own awkward growing up process, I immediately related to the book. And I just think it’s so awesome to take what was painful and then use that to reach out to people who may be struggling with the same things. I mean, that’s what service is! I wanted to buy this book for every single 13 year old girl I know! But… I actually don’t know many at all. So instead I contacted Jenipher to let her know how cool her book was and to give her some respect and admiration for saying yes to this venture.
She replied and asked me to contribute to her blog party to promote the book. So, well, that’s what this is here! My contribution.
One chapter of the book is based on being ambitious or “diving in.” I found this to be a relevant topic since several people close to me are in some phase of ambitious transition - moving across the country, leaving day jobs to pursue their passion, or starting a new business.
It’s not easy. It’s really freakin scary actually. Which is why many people never do it. I know I tried to prevent myself from doing it for years! I stayed in OK jobs, in stale relationships, in a much too small home. But inevitably I couldn’t stop the expansive energy that wanted to come through me and I gave in. I did that cliche thing we call “taking a leap of faith.” And then I did it again and again and again. And I continue to do it. And every day I’m so very grateful that I do.
Here’s some advice that I have given to my friends and to myself right before jumping into the unknown. I’m quoting myself, because, well, I’m just quoting myself.
“I always imagine at these times of change that I’m standing in space, on a very tall mountain peak (yes, there ARE mountains in space in my imagination) and even though I’m scared to jump into the starry blackness, I know that every single light, every single sparkly molecule, every single star - even the "darkness” itself- is there to catch and guide me. Every single star is God. You’re diving into God - into pure potential - where all of the really magical and amazing things can happen. You are always surrounded. You are always supported. Not everyone is ballsy enough to say yes. Sooo yes to… having balls.“
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