I know my kids like I know the palm of my own hand. I can look at each of them and know exactly what they may be feeling or lacking. I know my husband, too. I can tell when something is wrong and I can tell when all is right in his world. I can evaluate and supply the basic needs of my immediate family almost without effort.
The question of the day (of this series) is… am I that in tune with my gut feeling when it comes to me?
I wrote in my blog, “Unpacking- Part 1“, how I often lack fulfillment until I see someone else’s need being met… and that finding things I personally enjoy, that make me happy, is possibly the key to reconnecting with the inner me.
I often forget to stop and check in with myself when I am life-sculpting– creating, molding, shaping– switching from one task to the next as if life were an origami paper fortune teller…
…I slow down and lift my layer, revealing an honest-to-God truth…
I have not had a girls weekend since college!
And so, the second bag I am unpacking in this Serenity Sunday series is: Introvertism. In our very loud social world, I often feel like the person so committed to the quiet revolution that I forget to connect with people who genuinely make me better.
To Fix This: I am going to spend more time with the vital women in my life, and hopefully pursue a trip/getaway on an annual basis.
Recently, I and eight of my girl friends kicked it in Atlanta for a fun-filled, serio-comedic bachelorette weekend. The time we spent opening up, bonding, life-relating, and emotionally vibing, was so rejeuventaing. I enjoyed seeing what naturally started off as mom or wife guilt, turn into healthy self-gratification and a hearty reminder that we must absolutely remember to celebrate the hard working women in our circle.
Here’s to love, friendship, sisterhood, the beautiful bride-to-be, and positive interactions with others. ❤
End of Part Two.
Clinnesha is a writer, wife, mom, meta-artist, and social entrepreneur who feels most accountable to southern, black citizen-artists, elders, children, and families. Her work is at the intersection of arts, culture, innovation, and community.