This is the fifth and final instalment in our Boundaries versus Barriers collaboration with Rachel Freemon Sowers. If you didn't catch the rest of the series you can find them here: Boundaries versus Barriers (Part I), Boundaries versus Barriers (Part II), Boundaries versus Barriers (Part III) and Boundaries versus Barriers (Part IV).
I must say I’m feeling a little sad writing this last instalment in our Boundaries versus Barriers journey… I’ve had so much fun working with Rachel and the This Authentic Feminine Life group and the month has gone so fast!
This week we’re talking about how we keep the momentum going as our series comes to an end. Maybe you’re now feeling confident applying a new boundary or maybe you are still working on creating that initial vision for yourself of how you want to be interacting with the world around you. No matter what progress you have made during our time together we want to congratulate you for having invested in yourself by taking this journey with us. Whether you feel like you’ve made a small step or a large stride in the last few weeks, you have started on a positive path to building the life that you want to have. Now it’s about keeping up that momentum and implementing the changes that you have identified. Remember as you continue on this journey that we at The Upward Spiral Project and This Authentic Feminine Life are always here for you. Reach out to us at any time for encouragement or support.
As we talked about early on in the series, life is always changing, and our journey is ever-evolving. We need to keep checking in with ourselves, seeing what is working and what is not. Ask yourself regularly, do you have a sense of freedom and ease as you go about your life, and if not, what needs to change?
One of the biggest challenges to this can be remembering and setting aside the time to check-in as the hustle and bustle of daily life takes over. The fact that you’re reading this means you’ve already taken at least one positive step toward creating that space for yourself. You’re engaging with sources of information and inspiration for creating your authentic life through our mailings lists and/or blogs.
Self-love and self-care are crucial. Putting yourself first allows you to interact with the world in your authentic way. No matter how busy life is it is essential to prioritise behaviours and activities that allow you to feel freedom and ease. In fact the busier and more stressful life is, the more important it becomes! There’s an old Buddhist saying that sums it up beautifully “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.”
If you’re interested in finding out more about meditation and how it can help you with self-care, you’ll find a variety of resources on our meditation page.
Any women reading this who aren’t already members of This Authentic Feminine Life, I definitely recommend you consider joining. For me it’s not so much that it’s an all women’s group, it’s that it’s a welcoming and supportive community of people focused on lifting one another up, not tearing each other down! And if you’re not currently on our mailing lists I’d recommend signing up (with some added bonuses using these links): Rachel Freemon Sowers and The Upward Spiral Project. You’ve got nothing to lose after all – in the unlikely event that you don’t love the content we send, you can unsubscribe at any time!
If you’re ready to take things to the next level, Rachel will be running a group Desire Map programme in the fall. Choosing to lean into the feelings you most want to feel is one of the most powerful things you can do with your life. The Desire Map workshops, based on the best seller by Danielle LaPorte, take you through that process. As a Desire Map facilitator, Rachel will take you on a guided experience to discover the way you most want to feel and set goals and intention based on those feelings. More ease. Less striving. All pleasure. Keep an eye out for more information coming out over the next couple of months. Make sure you’re signed up to Rachel’s mailing list to be the first to hear the details!
What have you learned during our Boundaries versus Barriers journey? How are you going to keep the momentum up now that our series has come to an end? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below.