Here at Free & Fierce we believe that everyone is on their own unique journey. Along that journey of ups and downs and twists and turns there are so many different ways that we chose to express ourselves and allow healing into our lives. I believe that creative expression and healing can often go hand in hand. In order to have self-expression you must be able to create a connection to a something inside that is a part of who you truly are. We have bodies that change, minds that grow and learn and God knows we have emotions that are all over the board, but deep within all of that we have a core of love and value that never changes. When you begin to get to know yourself, to truly connect to that vibrant sense of love and self that you hold within, you will be a more powerful influence than you can imagine.
Today I chose to honor the journey that I am on to self-discovery but placing a permanent reminder on my body. I invited someone else (Stay True Tattoo) to use their creative skills and come up with the drawing because I am definitely not skilled in this particular area. We must know and honor that we are not good at everything. J I chose the lotus and the poppy flower because they have beautiful representations. The Lotus reminds us that beautiful things grow from the messiness of life and that even though the past may look murky, we can bloom and grow into something beautiful. The Poppy reminds us to find peace along our path and to both honor and learn from those who have gone before us. Underneath the flowers are the words “Wild Woman.” This is not a license for me to party people, it is pure and simple a reminder that I shall never live inside a box again. It took me a good portion of my life to realize that I didn’t have to look, feel, act, speak or think the way that people wanted me to. I suddenly realized that I had my own brain and intuition and maybe I should think about using that to navigate life instead! I began to get to know myself all over again, from the ground up and I realized how many things I loved about me as well as finding things that just weren’t really a part of who I was. This realization changed me. As I became more like the person I was created to be, I realized a lot about growth and letting go. Right now I am going through the biggest “letting go” of my life to date (that’s a story for another blog) and I need the constant reminder that beautiful things grow from the mud and the messiness and that we must honor our journey- the good, the bad, and the ugly.
So in conclusion, there’s this book I once read called Women Who Run With the Wolves. In this book Clarissa says “To love means to embrace and at the same time to withstand many endings, and many many beginnings—all in the same relationship.” I will always be in this relationship with myself and there will be many new beginnings and many ends but I hope that as I grow I will learn to love every part for what it was, for how it changed and shaped me into the woman that I am today. May we always be wild, may we be free and may we never stop loving ourselves along the way.