These posts chronicle my thoughts, projects, and experiences through different parts of life.
Personal development, dance, community building, adventures, work, and more.
I aim to lead with Authenticity in everything I do.
It’s not an easy thing to cultivate and I want to document the process for myself – and those that it may help.
We are the only ones responsible for following and caring for our stream. We must defend it from the impulses of the world (even if well-intentioned) and trust that we know what is best for ourselves.
Raise your banner high and lead yourself and the army of your heart towards the campaign that matters most in your life.
If you recognize the greatness within you and then hide it… you put your own life in jeopardy to be mediocre and unfulfilling.
Seemingly magical things can happen when you get to a place where you can love yourself and the world around you with an incredible intensity.
Paying attention to my (literal) dreams can provide me with a lot of unique insight and helps me experience certain things in a much shorter time frame. Last night’s lesson: do not be afraid to traverse the shrubbery path and seek the courtyard of ambitions alone.
Today’s meditation brings on an onslaught of advice for myself: a recurring need to “clean out life,” make time for “sweeps,” return to routine, endure the restlessness of meditation, emphasize self-care, enrich your own experience for your own gain first, and so on.
I’ve had a habit of hiding from doing real, heartfelt work in favor of consuming more content, more ideas, more inspiration.
Why in the world do I seem to get teary eyed when talking to select people? My theory is that tears are a way of the heart or soul trying to express that it finally feels “seen.” Even if it takes other people looking at you, telling you exactly who you are, for you to see yourself.
Is that “super exciting inspired idea” worth saving? It probably won’t be worth as much a week from now as it would be if I just hit publish today.
I’ve procrastinated even trying simply because I “don’t know how,” or I can’t yet articulate exactly what I want my “thing” to be.
Q: How can I stay aligned in the beautiful state of Connection Cove and actively move forward with my life (and not hide and be passive)?
With each added layer of courage, our natural conviction increases and the more intense our “echo” can become. The greater the impact it can have in the world around us, on the people that matter to us, and to the people that need to hear our echoes.
When we start doing those little (or big) things that our intuition or heart is encouraging us to do … that’s when we start to experience life.
Entering new strides in my life, I’m experiencing firsthand the importance of living life in the middle of the arena of life, where we’re at risk of “being seen” by the critics – real and imagined.
Couples dancing performance by the dance community at Lutheran Life Villages on April 21st.
“To avoid aimlessness, you have to stand for something. Don’t allow aimlessness to rob you of years of your life. Act with urgency and diligence today to define your through line and your battles. We need you to act, and we need you to do it now. Run to the battle.” – Todd Henry, in Die Empty
I am Austin and I decide to live a story worth telling, to always be me, and to always be evolving.
Another effort to make meditation a regular practice.
Untethering myself from my distraction, my addiction, although not easy is simple and important. Take off the headset. Close the browser… And look at and focus on what I really want to be doing.
Now is the only moment that matters. No more planning for “how I’ll do things tomorrow.”
Sometimes having helpful things that can hold our things can be a thing that’s sometimes unhelpful for creating more clutter of things we don’t actually want. Maybe less things that hold things is a thing we should consider.
As I flipped through the notebook, it was really interesting seeing which challenges “back then” are no longer relevant and how many are still just as much of a challenge today.
“How will you progress your story today?”
Nobody’s going to notice. And those that do will either support you, not care enough about it (as you do), or will be opposed to it. But it’s still just YOU at the end of the day. Nobody’s going to notice or care more about the thing you want to do than YOU do.