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"Only in the darkness can you see the stars." ✨ ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week has been rollercoastery. If I'm being honest, which I try to do here, my emotions have bee
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"Only in the darkness can you see the stars." ✨ ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Jessica L. Williams • Issue #168 • View online
This week has been rollercoastery. If I’m being honest, which I try to do here, my emotions have been ALLLL over the place. And I’m not sure exactly why. Sure I have a lot going on, so many great things, but definitely felt like I was carrying the weight of everything on my shoulders.
The emotions, the self-doubt, and maybe the new year of it all (?) overwhelmed me a bit and I’m still kinda processing it all. I think a big part of it was a Cisco re-certification exam that had been looming over my head for the past few weeks, and test anxiety is a real thing. But I passed (!!) and when I got my score, I almost cried and released a breath I didn’t realize I had been holding. And immediately felt a bit lighter.💆🏾‍♀️
This is probably why “Relax your damn shoulders”, the main note from our #FearExperiment choreographer during rehearsal on Tuesday really hit home for me. Because for one thing, when you are dancing, it’s a completely different look when you’re moving with relaxed shoulders and without. Trust me.
For another thing, it’s such a great life lesson in general. I tend to hold my stress in my shoulders so it’s a good reminder to shake them out every once in awhile and ultimately, breathe. And perhaps treat myself to a massage sometimes. Baby steps.
So I am gonna take some time, take a bit of a pause, and recalibrate. Because there are some amazing opportunities in my future all around. And I want to make sure I have the energy, the focus, and the, ahem, relaxed shoulders to continue building (and dancing).💃🏽
That said, this week’s picks are all about being ok feeling a bit lost, moving forward, and just being kinder to ourselves.
On to the picks!
P.S. Take 30 seconds and give yourself a hug right now. Your soul will thank you. 😘

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#loves 😍
  • 🎧 Don’t Give Up - this song came across my Spotify again this week and I forgot how much this cover with John Legend and P!nk just speaks to my soul.

  • 💆🏾‍♀️Self-Care Style Quiz - you can use this quiz from Shine to find your style along with things to keep in mind when it comes to your own self-care. Me? I’m a Caring Critic which means I hold myself to high standards. 🙈 So for me, part of my self-care needs to create space for my imperfections. How about you?
#reads
38 Self-Care Tips for Busy Side Hustlers
It’s Okay to Feel Lost
The Call of the Wildling
#lifevibes
There goes that shoulder thing again! 😉
There goes that shoulder thing again! 😉
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