Letting go and making space

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"Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go." — Hermann Hesse

How do you make space for these parts of yourself that you are returning to and reclaiming as your own?

Release. Reassess. Remind. Let go.

There is simply not enough room to hold onto old beliefs that your experience is just about going through the motions, or that "fine" is good enough for you in the long term.

It's not.

You deserve to feel like an agent in your own life.

And "fine" is okay from time to time, but you deserve more than for that to be your constant, your regular state of emotion and wellbeing.

Thriving. Passionate. Excited. Creatively fueled.

That's what you deserve.

What are you ready to let go of? What are you ready to move on to?
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In order to make room for what you want, you need to release what you don't.

I think it's more helpful to think of release as the process of assessing essentials rather than just "getting rid of."

You can't just get rid of old beliefs.

You can't just say, "I'm never going to feel down on myself ever again" and then just have it happen.

But you can decide that you no longer want that aspect of yourself to be at the forefront of your beliefs. You can, over time, continually and compassionately question why you have that belief in the first place.

Release is not a one time soul-cleaning.

It's an ongoing process of deciding that your wellbeing matters more than making others feel comfortable. That a life of growth means more than one of unsatisfactory comfort. That you have a voice that needs to be heard.

Letting go is acknowledging that certain beliefs served you in the ways that they did in the past, allowing yourself to feel grateful for their role in your life's lessons, and realizing that you have outgrown them.

Release is not a forceful act of throwing away.

Release is a deep exhale of relief and pleasure, as you know you are making way for the new growth you desire.

Iris Rankin

Soulful questioner, exuberant organizer, here to find the balance between discipline and delicious relaxation. Iris Rankin is the founder of Project Intention, a values-based community focused on living day-to-day with purpose, planning, and heart. Iris encourages women to adopt the self care practices that make them feel divine, the planning tools to hone in on their essential wants and needs, and the emotional resilience to express their most authentic selves.

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