March 21, 2016

Just Keep Showing Up

ashasm

Dear You,

Yes, YOU. The one behind the keyboard. The one with more dreams than it feels like your bones can breathe strength into. The one with all the air in her lungs…who knows what it is to have that wind knocked out of her over and over again. To the one who feels left out. The one who doesn’t quite belong. The one who doesn’t know her place yet. The one who isn’t in with the inner circle.

Just keep showing up.

And what about you. Yes, YOU. The one who has worked so hard, but has so far left to go. The one who did it right for a while, but now feels like it’s all going wrong. That it’s all slipping away. To the one who has lost herself. The one who lost her fire. The one who doesn’t remember anymore what it is to shine.

Just keep showing up.

To anyone who has a dream in their heart but a day job in the way. To the ones who don’t look like what it’s “supposed” to be. To the ones so busy taking care of the “to do’s” that it feels like you’ll never get around to the really big stuff. The stuff you were born to do. That you and you alone were created to do. Here’s to the ones pushing a boulder up the hill that feels like it never moves.

Just keep showing up.

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Show up and push harder. Show up and give just a little more. Give until it feels like there’s nothing left to give and then give more. Show up and do the work you know needs to be done….so you can get on to the work that matters. Show up every day and say “I’m here and I’m not leaving.” Take me or leave me, include me or don’t. But mine is a voice that will not go away quietly. It will not shrink away in the shadows of the dark, dark night. Because I’m here and I have something to say. I’m here and I will always fight harder for this dream than you ever will to crush it. You cannot break me. You cannot make me feel small enough to quit. I will hustle. I will work harder. I will fight. And when you just think I should go away…

that’s exactly when I’m going to just keep showing up.

This is it. Fight like hell.
M:)

  1. Sarah H.

    These posts are always the most uplifting and always come just at the right moment.

  2. Meagan

    Yes, Yes, YES! Thank you! Its like you’re writing just for me.

  3. Maeve

    Tears. My goodness, thank you for this. I needed to hear this one today. Well, really, every day. Just this morning I was having coffee with a new friend and we shared and talked of the big stuff – the things we ache to do – that relate and then don’t, that make sense in our mind but we stumble over the words when saying it all out loud. We feel lost in the shuffle of work and pleasing others and want so badly to fight for joy and gratitude amidst the discontentment we sometimes feel in our hearts. But this is true. We have to keep showing up. We have to choose vulnerability and be being brave & loving with all we’ve got. We have to keep fighting. xoxo Thank you:)

  4. Laura

    Thank-you so much for this!! Exactly what I needed to hear today…

  5. Lecinda

    Thank you :)

  6. Leandra Brown

    Amazing post! Thanks for the encouragement. Definitely right on time!

  7. charity

    Very timely! Thanks so much for encouraging words!

  8. bekah

    Thank you so much for this! This was such an encouragement to me. Such wise words from such respected artists. Thank you for all you do.

  9. Anna Rebecca

    I always feel like you are speaking directly to me…like you know what is always on my mind! Thank you for this sweet note. xoxo

  10. Carla

    So what I needed to hear today. Bless you for the inspiration!

  11. Justin tearney

    Exactly what I needed to hear right now!

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