Bloom where you are planted means bloom as a daisy in a field of poppies. They both need full sun right? Bloom where you are planted is knowing that just because you’re a poppy in a field of other poppies, it’s still important for you to bloom! Because you’re the only damn poppy who is you! Are you following me here?!
Does it feel authentic to who I am and what I do to lead a retreat where we make sure that we workout and sweat every day? Absolutely it does. I know for certain that getting grounded in your body with a beautiful view, fresh food, excellent company, downtime, sunlight, daily meditations, rest, conversation, horses, paddle boarding and water is one of the best ways to come to life feeling rejuvenated, full, nourished and well-rested. And that feels 100% authentic to me.
I learned this weekend that expectations set us up for failure especially when they are not communicated. I learned that I have some goals that I'm not currently working towards so I'm going to have to make some changes. I'm learning to be kind to my grief and my sadness when it comes up. I'm learning that I crave partnership and connection in both business and personal. I value authentic connection and when that doesn't happen from both parties, I feel that, and it doesn't feel good for me so I need space. I love leading and I also love learning.
But you know what, it wouldn't have been anything without everyone who had been part of it along the way. I wouldn’t have started running without people like Justin Rearden, Hilary Atamian, Kelly Turek, Megan Conner, Taylor Lewis, Jenny Aguilar, Jordan Herbert, and so so many others who told me I could. I wouldn’t have kept running if nobody had wanted to run with me. I wouldn’t be anything without the people who are closest to me who lift me up through everything that I do. Because, who are we if we’re not connecting and sharing that with other people?
And you guys, the point here isn’t to pick up running, although, if you want to you absolutely can. The point is to do everything and anything you want to do, even when, especially when it’s uncomfortable… and to do it with people you love.
To love and be loved you know? That’s the only way.