Whatever you’re doing right now, I want you to put down your phone, step away from your laptop and say quietly – or loudly – to yourself: “I am Enough.”
Because you, my friend, are enough. You’re doing enough. You have enough. You are ruling the Queendom of Enough-ness. If Enough was a Hogwarts house, you’d be the Head, yo.
Why am I getting all Stuart Smalley on you? Because I suspect you don’t hear nearly enough that where and who are you right now is enough. The inner critics in your head and the judgey people in your life keep telling you to “hustle harder,” get thinner, smarter, richer, better; no matter what you have and what you’ve achieved, you still need more, more, more.
You Are Enough of a badass to get yourself where you are today. Even if it isn’t exactly where you want to be, you’re here. And that alone is something to be grateful for.
Don’t misunderstand: You Are Enough isn’t about giving up or giving in, it’s about appreciating how far you’ve come and remembering that you have what it takes to keep going.
You’ll get there, wherever your particular there is, but for right now, here is also a beautiful place to be.
I’ve gotten to this place of Enough-ness since my recent revelation about burning out and the helpful advice I got from my Facebook friends and family. I’ve been meditating, doing yoga on my own at home, generally trying to slow things down and watching/reading every piece of inspirational brain food I can get my hands on. I’m calling it my #SummerSlowdown.
It was while watching Brené Brown’s Ted talks on vulnerability and shame for the millionth time that her point about being enough resonated with me in a new way. Toward the end of her talk on “The power of vulnerability,” she says:
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] “When we work from a place, I believe, that says, ‘I’m enough’…then we stop screaming and start listening, we’re kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves.” [/perfectpullquote]
Remembering that is enough to keep me going.