Simplify and Soften

I recently read a quote that perfectly described my current state of mind. It was something like ‘when a snake sheds a layer of skin there is a period of time when the skin is over its eyes, and its vision is skewed. Once the skin is completely shed, however, clarity returns.’

Don’t worry, I’m not getting all Animorphs on you, but I have certainly felt like that snake over and over again for the past few months. I am wrapping up my undergraduate degree, I have been given a taste of what its like to work a real job, and have been uncovering layers of myself that I didn’t know existed through my yoga teacher training. Mentally perplexing concepts of the fragility of life, death, love, and accepting the fact that my pants are fitting tighter bring out that ‘monkey mind‘ feeling.

I apologize for all the animal metaphors, but I think they’re the best way of describing what I have been constantly thinking and feeling. I think its why I have come to love my ‘technology detox Sundays‘ so much; they give me permission to just shut off the constant chatter. When the power goes out I rejoice, because it means I can enjoy my book distraction-free by the candlelight (mind you, I do miss my cup of tea when this happens :( ).

Writing HV has been an amazing, challenging, and enlightening experience, and I don’t regret it one bit. I have loved playing around with my camera, spending time in the kitchen, and meeting blends. It’s still a lot of work though, and with life being so busy the past few months it has been challenging to keep up.

So now that the metaphorical snake skin has moved over my eyes I am starting to see where I need to make a few changes for the sake of my sanity. To me, simplifying means being okay with unplugging more often that once a week. It means being more concise and thoughtful, and embracing my more minimalist approach to life. Softening means not trying to hard that I become rough around the edges, and not worrying so much with others think. It means being more gentle with my actions and words, and to stop forcing thing like going for a run or writing a blog post when I’m just not feeling it.

I can’t say for sure that this is a solution, but I hope it helps to blow me in the right direction. The next few months signal a big transition for me (hello, real world!) and hopefully throughout simplifying and softening I can take life as it comes with more ease. I hope you will stick with me through this, because I love having friends along for the ride :)

No questions, but I would love to her your thoughts.

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About Suzanne Poldon

runs on plants. eats out of mason jars. bends like a straw.

19. February 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
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  1. I didn’t realize it when we talked about it a bit on Sunday, but now that I really think about it, I can kind of relate to you! I mean, once I finished undergrad I wasn’t really entering the real world yet because I still had internship to do. But now that I’m approaching the end of it (well, kind of… it ends in July), I feel like a big change is coming for me.

    And I totally know what you mean about needing to unplug more often. I seriously need to do that too!
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  2. I can promise you this will be the most insane but most rewarding year of your life. Change is scary but it’s in that time you start to get a better sense of who you are and what you want out of life. It feels nerve-wracking in the moment but in hindsight it is so damn cool. Sounds like you’ve already got a better grip on everything than I did so you’re most of the way there!
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  3. I love what you said about trying to take life as it comes with more ease. Most of us struggle with this and it’s definitely a balancing act – being productive and ambitious but also taking time to unwind and just be. You sound like you’re in a good mental place to take on this next (crazy) year. <3
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  4. You know I’m right there with you right now – it’s a bit of a scary time! But we’ll both figure out where we need to go over the next little while.
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  5. I like that little worry diagram. Also, do you teach yoga?? Because if you do…you should totally make a video so all your reader fans can do yoga with you!! :D
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  6. Just take everything in stride! I think this is the time in our lives when we can no longer expect things to be familiar and constant. Once we hit adulthood, big changes become a regular part of life! I mean when I graduated Queen’s, I never thought I would have done the things I have and still be in school 4 years later no less! I think the important thing to do now is to breathe and enjoy the ride. Because now nothing is certain, and isn’t that kind of beautiful?
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  7. There’s a lot I can relate to being in a similar situation right now and struggling with how to balance things. Also, I really like the animal metaphors because we as humans tend to overcomplicate things when animals – clever as they are – find simple solutions. In a way we could learn quite a bit from them.
    Keeping my fingers crossed you’ll find your happy place but it sounds like you were well on your way already!
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  10. Lol, I used to love reading Animorph-related books when I was a kid! It’s fascinating to see how we transform into animals.

  11. You’re at a very good time in your life right now and you have such a positive spirit Suzanne =)
    I would love to “unplug” more myself – love the idea. I feel like when I used to work full time or have full time school I didn’t have much time to use technology… now I use it too much. Love the idea of just “being” more.
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