(Note: this article is a repost and was originally published several months ago.)
Much has shifted in the last week. I got a great job and, in the blink of an eye, landed in a city I don't know surrounded by people I don't know, delivered right into the process of finding my way. The truth is, when I'm not working I live a pretty simple life. I drive my kids to school everyday; I help out at school when I can and spend most of my days in the house or close to our house.
Landing in New York—yes, New York—has been a bit of a culture shock for me. Being away from my family the toughest part. What I ammost grateful for are all the ways I know how to ground into myself and into my soul—as I enter the new space where I spend my time, my trusty sheepskin turns wherever I am into my sitting spot, my home. My Kundalini Yoga practice gives me peace and calm, as does a hot bath and a lot of tea. These simple actions become for me a lifeline as I navigate this new adventure.
While I'm away, staying connected to my family takes some creativity. Thank God for a stellar husband who truly co-parents with me, and for Celeste, our kind caregiver who offers not only her hands, but her radiant, beautiful heart. Reading to my littles and having tea together over face-time, a lot of talking on the phone, and years of family rituals and rhythms have created our strong and resilient family. Deep faith that we are thriving, and that as mama leaves the nest to do her work we all have something to gain, keeps me grounded in gratitude.
I am so grateful to make a living doing what I love. The actual acting part of it can be creative and exciting, while at other times difficult and technical. But what I love most is being part of an experience and sharing myself with a group of people all coming together for a common goal—to create something really amazing. I love connecting to others and hearing their stories. I love the humanity I feel deep in my soul when I speak to a transportation guy about his daughter's soccer game this weekend. I love witnessing the passion of my beauty team's deep need and desire to meditate—because of their devotion, a sign is made declaring this a sacred space for 20 minutes during their lunch break.
For me, as I share again and again here in this space, it's about connection.
When I meet new people and witness that we are truly all the same, my heart expands with compassion and joy. Of course we are. We all love our families and we are all looking to create lives which hold value.
What holds value to me is being connected to my soul and to the life I create and the people in it.
So as I stretch out of my comfort zone right now to do this work, I am reminded of all that holds true to me. I am choosing to hold my life with all the love I can and to be grateful for all of it.