learning to come back to yourself


“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars and see yourself running with them.”—Marcus Aurelius

Today is about reclaiming what is fully yours, reveling in it, rejoicing at the thought of all you are and all you have yet to become.

In essence, self-reclamation.

Perhaps you're wondering, why reclamation? What do I need to be "reclaimed" from?

The work we're doing here is all about taking the parts of yourself that feel small or unworthy and returning them to a place that feels loving and accepting.

Reclamation is taking those parts of you that you know others (and maybe sometimes yourself) have tried to tame, to flatten, to dull and then recognizing their true luster and wild beauty.

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You have teeth to bare, a soul to show, that wild glint flashing across your eyes.

There is no use hiding it. You know you feel less than full when you let others tell and assume you are a pretty, tame beast with a leash and collar.

Reclamation is biting and clawing your way from a life that feels less than what you are meant for.

Because make no mistake, there is a measure of struggle as you step progressively more into your truth.

The more you claim ownership of who you are, the more obstacles you will face.

Authenticity can make some uncomfortable—those people who want that frank honesty and unapologetic life-claiming for themselves, but don't yet know it.

Thankfully, authenticity will also draw your best people near. The more open you are with your needs and your character, the more a magnetic pull will emanate from you, attracting the people who matter.

Reclamation is about finding your people, the people who will meet you face on, with their own scruffy hair like yours and tongues lolling in their mouths from the exertion and sheer joy of running with their pack.

Reclamation is a pack-finding, and it is also a self-finding.

It is allowing yourself to be stripped bare to see what is beneath.

It is not pretty work. It is not easy. But it is worth it.

Reclamation is making the decision for yourself that you desire the freedom of living fully more so than the dull comfort of being unassuming and unquestionable.

You are wild. Let yourself know and feel and rejoice in what that means.

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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