Flown The Coop is dedicated to those who can’t be caged, because I aspire to live authentically. I want to surround myself with individuals who are giving themselves permission to BE. I honestly believe in the American dream, that we all have gifts to give and that we all can soar past our limitations.
Occasionally we find ourselves caged by ideals and circumstances. Flying free is not always easy. I unexpectedly found myself caged and am willing to share what I learned in hopes that we can encourage each other to fly free!
Caged by the Do
Time between shows and buying trips makes me restless (and crazy). I love the road, finding unusual junque and then finding new homes for the treasured pieces! I also love to be busy, proving myself to be productive and useful. In the month of March I was super busy, only home in Houston for five days. You would think that I would welcome a few weeks off. After only a few days of rest I was anxious to get on with another project, hit the road, DO something productive.
Well, here’s the thing… I was caged by my need to “Do.” You know I like the HUSTLE! I equate doing with successful people. I tend to fight for what I think is necessary for success. I erroneously believed that if I stopped the madness, nothing would be accomplished.
My forced down time has given me the opportunity to read, garden, walk/run, watch the DIY network and spend time with Jeff. Funny what you discover when you slow down!
- I read The Invention of Wings and wondered what women of that era would think of the freedom we have today? I devoured a few Brene Brown books on shame and vulnerability, discovering a few things about myself and my perceived limitations.
- I serendipitously discovered TX/RX Labs while picking up an industrial shelf I purchased on an online auction. Jeff and I joined the lab, signed up for classes and now have a renewed excitement about creative projects we are planning.
- One day, I won a GoPro camera watching Brene Brown on Chase Jarvis Live, which has inspired me to pick up my camera again.
- After watching Brene Brown on Chase Jarvis Live, I also watched an interview with Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York. I fell in love with his project, bought his book and daily read individual stories on Facebook. We are all so unique, but still struggle with similar issues.
Although I fought it at first, slowing down has given me a new sense of HOPE, creativity, and made room for new opportunities. I am reminded of the importance of BEING.
Caged by Comparison
Comparison is a cage I desperately need to be free of. GEESH! This one kills me. If I wish to be vulnerable and authentic, I need to be honest about this one. I found myself envious of the success of others. I immediately fell into despair thinking I will never achieve success with all my limitations. I have had time to process this cage and take flight. First of all, my personal journey will not look like any other journey. The hardest thing for me to grasp is that my self worth is not tied to my net worth, productivity, or the accolades of others. Life has meaning and hope when I free myself of that crap!
Improper focus is another cage. I’ve always had a Focus Board of dreams. I have several posters covered with magazine images of what I thought life should deliver me. I dreamed of big houses, cars, exotic trips, etc. Dreaming and ambitions in life are not bad. I treasure the dreams and accomplishments of my life. I realized, after reading Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection, that the acquisitions and accomplishments I strive for don’t necessarily bring joy. Love this quote in Brown’s book,
Joy seems to me a step beyond happiness. Happiness is a sort of atmosphere you can live in sometimes when you are lucky. Joy is a light that fills you with hope, faith and love
~Adela Rogers St. Johns
I see a pattern. Once I achieve a dream, I always set the bar higher for myself. Striving for success in the future robs me of present joy. Now, I am working on a Focus Board for JOY, the things in life that bring meaning and hope.
The Avett Brothers sing it best!
Head full of doubt/Road full of promises
Like a bird in a cage, I broke in and demanded that somebody free it! I am grateful for the downtime and for discovering creative people who inspired me to live authentically. In sharing my journey, I hope to encourage you to break free from whatever cage ensnares you.
I’d love to hear from you!!!! Let’s encourage each other in flying free.
Here’s to freedom!
And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!