Embrace the Chaos

Mar 26, 2013 | My Creative Practice

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Life and biz are moving full steam ahead these days. Though I try different routines + schedules to try and put it all into balance, or into a nice tidy box, the truth is, most of the time, it simply doesn’t work. 
What I’m learning these days is this: The second I lean into the chaos, put on my big girl pants and take the driving wheel from the younger version of myself that tends to get overwhelmed, I can feel my chest expanding with the knowing that I totally got this. I got her. I got this. 
Honestly, friends, it feels like a practice in self compassion toward the pieces of myself that insist on adding in teeny bits of suffering (I’m overwhelmed! I’m under appreciated! I’m not seen!) when the overwhelming evidence is that it always works out
All we can do is embrace the chaos, keep our hearts open, and keep on truckin’!

Right? Right. Wishing the same sweet surrender for you. Let’s keep our hearts open, through and through.

Sending much love,

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  1. Anonymous

    I echo the other comments and say "How did you hear the voice in my head?"
    I agree, most days, it is a choice to know I/we can do it. So much of my energy has been lost to feeling overwhelmed. Best to just jump into those "big-girl" pants and get it done!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. dawn@joyfulscribblings

    Love this post because I can so easily relate. My brother used to have a shirt back in the 70's that said keep on truckin. Come to think of it, I think I did too!

  3. Betsi Goutal

    Oh gosh, this is so true. It's a simple concept but so difficult at times. Thanks for sharing, I needed this boost!

  4. ~ Donna Peter

    Love this!! I have been feeling so overwhelmed these days, but you are so right, what is meant to work will work 😉

  5. curlygirlpress

    "self compassion toward the pieces of myself that insist on adding in teeny bits of suffering…" I didn't realize I *don't* do this, practice that self compassion, until you put it into words. Thank you. I'll take a closer look next time I'm feeling overwhelmed or under appreciated. = )

  6. Steph Herbert

    Kelly Rae, thank you for putting into words what I have been feeling. Also, for reminding me to be kind to myself! Hugs!

  7. Kathy K.

    Hi Kelly Rae,

    I love your beautiful artwork. I wish I could come sit in your studio and learn to paint with you!

    I battled for a long time with the persistent thought: "I'm overwhelmed, and I shouldn't be…I guess this means I'm not mature or experienced or whatever ENOUGH to handle this."

    Then I realized it was because I put so much pressure on myself to be everything to everybody. And I derived much of my "value" from my work and success. So, with great amounts of prayer and confirmation from the Holy Spirit, I painfully, but joyfully, cut ties with some major so-called "priorities" in my life. I feel more whole, healthy and in tune with my purpose in this season of my life. I actually have many pieces of your art to commemorate this significant change in my life!

    While the artwork saying doesn't fit my life's philosophy, it would be meaningful in my living room…where toys are strung out and temper-tantrums happen. 🙂

    Many Blessings to you.

  8. Anonymous

    I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. So, do you just accept that your life will not be balanced and give up trying to keep it in balance?

    I admire and respect your approach to life, so I genuinely am interested in understanding what you're trying to share with us.

  9. Joyelle Brandt

    I'm working my way through Flying Lessons right now (I bought it a year ago and got overwhelmed, then came back to it a few weeks ago) I am trying to be patient with myself when the whole thing totally freaks me out and I feel overwhelmed by all the work I see ahead of me. Lots of deep breathing here.

  10. Hartelief Yvonne

    Hi Kelly, Love this blog… Isn't it funny how this "voice" inside always finds something to nag about, no matter how much proof there is that points other directions. How come it is soooo hard to silence it???? Thank God it's got less loud for me since half a year!

  11. Jeanette

    All I have to say is, Amen to that! You are so, so right! And, you capture my heart in the essence of what you too are experiencing. Know I'm here in spirit for you!


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Before I picked up my first paintbrush at the age of 30, I was a medical social worker. I followed my creative whispers, and today I’m an artist & Possibilitarian. I’m passionate about creating meaningful art and experiences that awaken and inspire our spirits.

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