Ten years ago this month, I created my own little corner of the Internet that I called "Be Present, Be Here." I was in the middle of my first experience with really deep grief while also studying yoga and mindfulness as part of a two year yoga teacher training. The name came out of a strong desire to live my yoga each day, to practice presence in the world filled with distractions while also beginning a journey of finding my voice. These ten years have cracked me open and through it all I've found my way with the stories, connection, and community my blog has given me.
To celebrate these ten years, I've created the "Ten Years, Ten Phrases" collection, which is full of the ten Soul Mantra phrases that have been handholds for me during this time. There's a little story behind each piece, and I'm going to share them here in this space over the next few weeks. You can find all the Soul Mantras from this collection right here.
Thanks for finding your way here. My hope is that these phrases become handholds for you too as life takes you on it's awesome, sometimes messy, beautiful journey.
I Am Enough
I estimate that I've hammered a version of the phrase "I am enough" into lockets and onto bracelets and necklaces close to 1,000 times over the years.
"I am enough" was a phrase I kept hearing when I was beginning to read blogs and share my own story on my blog ten years ago. It reminded me of the kinds of things Mister Rogers used to say to me when I'd watch his show as a little girl. He reminded me that it was okay to take my time to do what I loved to do, that a person could be loved "just the way you are," and that I could believe that I was special. Somewhere deep inside me, I made that choice to listen and to believe that I was enough just as I was as a little girl.
And as I write these words in this moment, I know it isn't always easy to believe this. Some days we simply find ourselves with a case of the "not enoughs" for many reasons. And in those moments, I come back one of the first lockets I hammered with these words and run my fingers over the letters and know that I have a choice. I can release my grip on the stories that don't support me anymore and choose to believe, like the little girl me did again and again, that I am enough just as I am.
This truth, that you are enough just as you are, is the truth I most hope you will believe as you move through all the beauty and grit life brings you.
The new "I am Enough" design is hand stamped onto a brass bar and is paired with a gorgeous chevron amethyst stone to support you in trusting that you are enough and to create moments of stillness where you can simply breathe and be. Find it right here in the shop.