Guest Blogger: Kelly Rae Roberts

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Recently i took a little trip to Hawaii – a vacation where my heart + spirit took a much needed break from long working hours, deadlines, and self-imposed pressure. while i was there i wrote about the kind of joy that finds me only when i slow down enough to see and feel its breath and expanse: the brightness of being alive. it finds me in unexpected moments of calm, when my heart takes refuge from the ever growing to-do list, when my perfectionism gives way to feeling, to release. and when it arrives, the brightness feels deeply spacious and warm, like an intertwining celebration of all things brave in love.

Do you ever notice that when we slow down and pay close attention to our lives, we feel the enormity and the magic of beginnings, endings, and all the small yet meaningful moments in between? we cry when we hear music or read words that touch down into the spaces of our hearts that are a bit undercover, not frequently visited. we get emotional when we consider the distance we’ve traveled with our best girlfriends. we stand in awe when we see and hear stories of dreams coming true. we recognize the tiniest exchanges between us and our partners that leave us feeling loved. and we are deeply touched by the circle of life, stories told, and memories shared.

Although i feel the brightness in my everyday life, I’ll admit that i really felt it while on vacation, when my heart had a little more room and permission to rest and to see. the downtime gave me a good dose of perspective and clarity about all the things i could do to infuse more joy and fun into my life back home. but wouldn’t you know that the minute i returned home, i was back to overwhelm, long working hours, too much computer time, and an unbalanced routine that left me feeling dull and depleted. by day 3 of this i began to panic. is this the life i’ve chosen? you are so blessed, why are you complaining? geez kelly, what is your problem?

And that’s when i sent out an urgent email to a few dear friends asking for help. after admitting defeat and overwhelm, i asked: how do you get out of the house, tend to your creative yearnings, build a business, maintain that business, nurture your relationships, meet your deadlines, and on and on? if you have a secret, please share.

Of course it turns out that nobody had the secret. we’re all just doing the best we can, sometimes juggling it all with confidence + grace, sometimes not. it also turns out that by opening up the conversation, we each had an opportunity to relate, to feel less alone, to admit defeat in other areas of our lives, and even to celebrate what was working in our lives. the simple act of reaching out, asking for help, and hearing their stories of struggle and triumphs was exactly what i needed to take few steps back and adjust.

What i’m learning this week while i navigate these waters is this: that we are 100% allowed to stop – that we won’t be forgotten if we do. that our overwhelm is a whisper worth listening to. that our dreams can absolutely change shape and our everyday lives/balance/routine can change accordingly. that we must speak up about our feelings of defeat/burnout/overwhelm, because we’re not alone. and most importantly, that its our vulnerabilities that connect us and that we can soar, always soar on the brightness of being alive.

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You can find the brilliant and soulful Kelly Rae Roberts on her website and blog… The beautiful photo of her above is by Denise Andrade.

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18 Comments

  1. Katie

    These thoughts were so what I needed to hear today. I admire Kelly Rae’s soul and her art…thanks for featuring her here. This was a blessing.

  2. Steffi

    Wow! This speaks to me so much at this time in my life, it feels like it has been written for me :).
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and wisdom!

  3. lori

    i can’t say thanks enough for posting this! i so needed it 🙂

  4. JosieK

    Wow…I absolutely hear everything you’re saying.
    Thank you for writing from your heart. It spoke to my heart. While my kids are napping and after I’m done gushing over what you wrote, I’m going to go sit in the quiet of my house and be grateful for everything in my life. Thank you for helping to remind me that I can find that “gift” if I just slow down and be still.
    xoxo

  5. karen

    your written and creative expressions of yourself and life continue to inspire me, and make feel not so alone facing certain challenges. the last line above especially drew me in …”that we must speak up about our feelings of defeat/burnout/overwhelm … our vulnerabilities that connect us and that we can soar, always soar on the brightness of being alive.” there’s a lot of wisdom in this!

  6. Thea Coughlin

    I do notice this Kelly, and sharing is such a gift to ourselves and others. Thank you for that gift.
    XO

  7. Kelly

    Wise Kelly. Your honesty is why so many people are drawn to you. Thank you for sharing. You are absolutely not alone.

  8. Caryn Lynn

    It is so refreshing to hear these truths that most of us face. I often keep my struggles tucked deep inside. Kellys honesty and way of putting her truths out for all of us to share, connect, and learn from is a lovely gift. Thank you!

  9. Annette Q

    “that we are 100% allowed to stop – that we won’t be forgotten if we do”
    Wow, this really spoke to me. I think about these things all the time, but can never find the words to express myself fully, or even partially. Kelly Rae writes in a way I could only dream about, and her work continuously inspires and drives me to keep creating. Thank you so so much for sharing:-)

  10. Stacy

    What a beautiful post. Thank you.

  11. Silke

    What a wonderful post! For me personally, it is Kelly Rae’s ability to be so successful, yet so human and honest about it at the same time. That endears her to me and has inspired me to explore my own creative soul! I love that she reflects openly and honestly on her path in life! Thank you!! 🙂 Silke

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  13. KellyA

    Thank you for this post. This is exactly where I am in my life and this was a good reminder to stop and be grateful. So, thank you.

  14. Davielle Huffman

    this was lovely – I often find “inspiring” words on walls, too. Found some just this weekend, in fact. Wish I could add a photo here to this comment to illustrate :-).

  15. Davielle Huffman

    this was lovely – I often find “inspiring” words on walls, too. Found some just this weekend, in fact. Wish I could add a photo here to this comment to illustrate :-).

  16. Davielle Huffman

    this was lovely – I often find “inspiring” words on walls, too. Found some just this weekend, in fact. Wish I could add a photo here to this comment to illustrate :-).

  17. Davielle Huffman

    this was lovely – I often find “inspiring” words on walls, too. Found some just this weekend, in fact. Wish I could add a photo here to this comment to illustrate :-).

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