An unplanned stop.
After my first class this morning, I paused at the beach along my way. I pulled my car right side on the parking of Cresmina beach, swapped into my Havaianas, threw the towel over my shoulders and took the notebook in my hand.
That's all that I needed.
In the sand, the towel sheltered me. Unusual for July the sky was grey, clouds hanged low covering the cliffs and the air was chilly.
I started to write to you. But the truth's, I couldn't get my thoughts structured, nor clarify one essence that I learned. My mind's full of insights, excitement, and curiosity of life.
You know, July wasn't easy. Challenges popped out like the lid from a champagne bottle.
Struggling at the beginning with my inner conflicts, especially the emotional ones, I decided, I don't hold my mask up, nor I run away. I stood my ground.
I dove in. I did my best to take the challenges on, to find my place in each one. I saw it as it is; I listened, asked, sorted, clarified, spoke up, said sorry, failed, re-adjusted, connected, kept silence, wrote (many pages), breathed, and stayed present.
Wanted to say this to you, because I've learned that your July wasn't the easiest either - a break-up, death, illness, mean actions, misunderstandings.
Thank you for sharing.
I've figured, when you speak the truth, you've got a great chance to connect. And connection, with yourself and others, is the foundation for a steady mind, and an open heart and a soulful, beautiful life. You breathe from a place of calm and peace and choose your battles and make your choices from there.
Love. Expansion. Growth.
During the struggle friendships deepened, my work became more professional, collaborations are in the making, my family's growing stronger and me, I've gained a tiny portion more trust in myself and in what I love and how I do it.
Now I need to take a deep breath.
I'd love to hear from you. What was the most important learning from July and why? Because, you know, connecting. 🤗
To re-connect, sometimes you need to disconnect, to step back from everything and overlook the events from the outside. Insights need to settle in, new structure forms, positive memories store, and you're able to draw from them to take your next steps.
Saying this, my holidays are on the wa-hhahayy. Leaving this Friday, I'll be back on schedule from Thursday 29 August.
On Thursday 29 and Friday 30 August, I've got two lunch spots for you. Want to practice one one one? Reply here!
Again and again, thank you SO much for being here, reading my emails, sharing and building a better life. ❤️
Now let's summer!
love & love & love.
Your Stef ✌️
P.S.: Ah, big news! I'm on Instagram. Follow me @stefaniebirkholz!
Would appreciate to have you over there.