Wholehearted Woman Is Coming Back + What I Learned During My Break
I’m a bit nervous to announce this, because I’ve been out for quite a while, but I’ve already made the announcement on Instagram - so here it goes:
Wholehearted Woman is coming back!! With more clarity, vision, purpose, and heart.
Because I learned a few things while I was gone. A few much-needed life lessons and reminders.
It’s crazy to think Wholehearted Woman is almost 1 year old.
To say it’s been quite the adventure is an understatement.
There have been times when I’ve doubted myself and questioned my own sanity. Questioned whether this was something I wanted to pursue.
But over and over again, I always come back because I truly believe in building community over sharing your story, using your voice, documenting your journey along the way, and the potential to create the life you want.
Plus, I've made so many amazing connections this past year (whether in real life or online)!! Shoutout to some of my favorite women: Bria, Ashton, Katie, Lauren - The Letter Mag, Lauren - The Real Female Entrepreneur, Naseem, Cassandra. Plus all the women that I've covered in my Wholehearted Wednesdays series. And throwback to the beginning of this year when I created my first (and probably only) digital magazine (thanks again to everyone who contributed - y'all are amazing!).
Thanks for teaching me about #communityovercompetition and being an example of "empowered women empower women".
I'm seriously excited for 2018 and all the amazing women I'm going to meet!!
Have I created the life I want yet? The honest answer is no.
Have I managed to reach financial success yet? The honest answer to this is also no.
Have I given up a few times this year? Yup, absolutely. 100%.
And these were things I didn’t want to admit. To say out loud. Something I didn’t want other people to know about me, because it seems like … everyone else is reaching “success” so much more quickly and I felt like I was lacking, falling behind, and honestly… it just felt kind of embarrassing.
I was embarrassed because I felt like I had spent an entire year running in circles and chasing my own tail.
Because I kept reading these stories and IG captions about how just one or two years ago, they were at point A and now they’re at point M (and I felt like I was barely making it to even point C).
But then I realized that I wasn’t hearing stories of when people “failed”. Or when they didn’t reach their goals and milestones, because no one wants to talk about that.
No one wants to talk about their "failures" unless they've reached a certain point of success. And I can understand why, because I mean … I was the same way.
Instead of giving myself a little bit of grace and self-love, I pretty much beat myself with a stick.
There’s still a part of me that doesn’t want to talk about this. Honestly, I didn’t want to write this post.
But I also know I’m not alone in this, and if this means I can help someone else feel less alone and become a little more patient and kind with themselves, then this post will be worth it.
I started Wholehearted Woman to share my story and as a place for other women to share theirs as well, because I know first-hand how lonely the journey can be and feel. How often we want to hide our voices, instead of use it. How often we want to give up and go through an emotional rollercoaster others don't seem to understand. I started this for others but also for myself.
(Related: 6 Reasons Why We Need To Share Our Stories)
You’re not a failure.
You’re not broken.
You’re not behind.
You’re not a loser.
Or any of the things you’ve said to yourself. (I’ve said them a few times to myself too.)
If you fail, try again.
If you fall, get back up.
If you need to cry, cry and then find a solution.
If you get tired, learn to take a break instead of giving up every time.
The point is to believe in yourself and keep going.
(Yes, I need to take my own advice on this.)
But great things take time, so give it time.
After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
… and sometimes? Things don’t go according to plan, and that’s okay.
You’ll be okay.
Even if you may not feel like it at the time (I've been there), but you'll be okay.
What I learned during my time away is that everything will be okay and that life isn’t as serious as our minds make it out to be. Because if you had talked to me even just three weeks ago, you would’ve found a very stressed out, overwhelmed, and maybe even sleep deprived Molly, who was freaking out about literally anything and everything.
And sometimes, you just really need to give yourself a break.
And if not you, hopefully someone in your life will help you take a break and carry some of the load for a little while - because sometimes we just really need to get out of your own heads for a while so we can remember again that there’s more to life than our to do list.
Thoughts, comments, or just want to say hi?
I’d love to hear from you, and I’d love to if you left a comment below and share with how you’ve been! Or if any of this resonated with you and if you would like more posts like this - and/or what type of content you would like to see in the future.
Here for you. Always.
Sending hugs and happiness,