How The Perfect Job Became A Trap

May 16, 2019

{Read the first post in this story here: Part 1}

Dear Imaginative Woman,

Last week I told you how amazing it was when I got my second cubicle job. I told you how I was physically and emotionally burnt out at the time, and how that job came to me at the right moment.

It offered me the time and space to recover from a couple auto-immune system disorders, and it gave me the opportunity to talk to grownups all day instead of 3-4 year old kiddos. This was all new, cool, and perfect!!

But at the end of last week’s letter I hinted at a change. Something happened that made this absolutely perfect job not so perfect anymore.

What happened was I recovered.

My auto-immune system disorders had caused debilitating fatigue. I could barely go for a 10 minute walk.

Then, I got the help I needed. I followed new food and supplement prescriptions, and I sat at a desk, resting, instead of running around all day.

One year later, the fatigue lifted.

Being sick for so long made me...

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Why I Took a Dull Gray Cubicle Job

May 09, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

I took my second Dull Gray Cubicle (DGC) job when I was 28.

My first one was a short, 3 week stint at a mutual fund company when I was 20. It was only 3 weeks because I gave my 2 weeks notice almost immediately, when I realized I totally hated working in a cubicle and that I would never, ever, ever do such a thing to myself again!

I love 20 year old Emma. She had her principles, she was healthy and strong, and she was not going to compromise herself for something as silly as a paycheck.

28 year old Emma, however, had fallen on some hard times.

Technically, 28 should've been the prime of my life. It should have been that great age when youthful energy merges with grownup smarts.

The only problem was, I had pretty much zero youthful energy.

At the time I had been teaching pre-school (3-5 year old kids) for five years.

I loved that job. It was fun and interesting, but it was also overwhelming. Taking care...

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The Art of Peaceful Persistence

Apr 14, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

Over the past couple months I've been telling you about the steps I'm taking to become more Wildly Authentic in my life.

First, I came back to myself.

Then, I established a new life goal to never do more than I can do in peace.

Now, this month, I've been doing even more to cultivate a feeling of peace in my life.

 

Here's why peace feels extra important to me right now: 

Last month, I crossed a bunch of things off my to-do list. This was AMAZING. I definitely felt like I was not doing more than I could do in peace, but then a kind of funny thing happened.

I have three projects I'm working on. I'm creating the first online course for The School of Wild Authenticity. I'm writing a children's novel, and I'm running the Women Who Run With the Wolves Online Book Club.

In order to never do more than I can do in peace, I take a few tiny steps per week on each project. I write a little bit. I do a little bit of course planning. I read a passage from...

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Do Less So You Can Be More

Mar 13, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

I recently received an email from Martha Beck, an amazing writer and life coach, where she shared this excellent statement:  "Simple recipe for happiness: Never do more than you can do in peace."

When I read this, I had one of those experiences where the right words hit me at the right moment. My world cracked open, and I was like, "YES. THOSE ARE THE WORDS I NEEDED TO HEAR!!" 

And all of a sudden I had a new life mission, to never do more than I could do in peace.

The reason I needed these words so badly was because for a while now I've been trying to fit a lot of work into a small number of hours. 

Since forever, my dream has been to work 20 hours per week. This is my goal because it feels like absolute freedom.

The only trouble has been that no matter how hard I've tried, the amount of work I do in my business each week has never fit into 20 hours. There has always been too much to do, and lately, that too much has been making me feel tired,...

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Coming Back To Myself

Feb 13, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

I had grand plans this January. I was going to take a break from writing my children's novel to write the first draft of a self-help book for The School of Wild Authenticity. The book is about the emotional journey of waking up, coming alive, and doing what you are meant to do.

Everything started out great. I felt connected and in the zone of creative flow. As I wrote the book, it surprised and delighted me when, instead of coming out as a self-help book, it turned into a fantasy fiction novella!! How awesome is that?!?!

I was writing fast and with lots and lots of joy. I was on target to finish the first draft by the last day of January. Woohoo!!

And then on Saturday January 12, my husband came down with a horrible flu.

It was a bad one, and the next day I came down with it too. Fever, aches, pain, UGH! From past experience I knew I was looking at a good 2 - 3 weeks of not feeling well enough to work.

This is exactly what happened. I stopped writing or...

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Celebrate The Milestones

Jan 10, 2019

Dear Imaginative Woman,

Last month I finished the first draft of my children's novel!!! It's a modern Secret Garden tale that takes place in a redwood forest.

This is my first book, and I have learned a LOT about the creative process from writing it.

Most importantly, I've learned how to dedicate myself to long term projects. Writing a book is so different than writing one blog post. With my blog, I dedicate myself to a post for a few hours, hit publish, and then it's born into the world.

It's taken me close to one year to finish the first draft of my book. It is one project, one story, one protagonist, which have stayed with me for many months, and I am still a long way away from hitting publish.

Projects like this can get overwhelming, especially when it dawns on you just how much work it's going to take.

What I've learned is it's critically important to celebrate the milestones, the smaller accomplishments on the journey.

The first draft is exactly that, it is one of...

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