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You are essential.

Hey Friends,
On Monday, I woke up with my mind racing up and down a to-do list that felt a million miles long.
I woke up knowing I could not do it all, but still tried to will my mind to come up with an unrealistic plan to make it happen.
I woke up wondering how to even form the words to let people around me know that I needed help.
And instead of trying to make my mind stop or telling myself to get it together-I cried.
While I was crying, I let the thoughts swirl and focused on my breathing too. I noticed those thoughts and just let them roam. Kind of like when my toddler throws a tantrum–hovering around but not trying to control the expression.
As I wiped my tears, I let it go. “It” being the pressure I often put on myself. I let the invisible expectations go. I let self-imposed deadlines go. I let some balls drop.
I reached out to a friend to share how I was feeling and she asked: “What is essential today? ”
What is essential today?
Turns out only a few things on this to-do list were essential for that day. Also, some things not on that list were essential too like resting and playing with my daughter.
I did those essential things. I allowed myself and that to-do list to rest, too.
If you find yourself feeling like I did Monday, ask yourself: What is essential?
On days when nothing makes sense, do what is essential.
On days when you are in a frenzy, lean into what is essential.
On days when it feels hard to do anything, focus on what is essential.
And remember this: You are essential.

Sharing is Caring
📚Storytime for Adults. Reading children’s books is self-care. Take a listen to my reading of The Year We Learned to Fly and reflect on what inspires you during challenging times. (and join the live storytime for creative adults later this month–details below).
🔥Girl Power. Read about how Anne (a Black fiddle player) and Amanda (the only Black woman violin maker on record in the USA!) met online to create something special.
✍🏽Latest Blog Post: Starting conversations with children’s books, starting with Jabari Tries.
📆 Are you in a creative rut? Go from stuck to inspired to keep working on your creative project in just 60 minutes! Register for this free class happening August 25 at 12pm CT.
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