by Elizabeth Kelsey Bradley
The wind was blowing through my hair when we sat by the river in Chiang Rai. The breeze was delightful, a welcomed friend that cooled us down after a typical hot day in Thailand. As our daughter took a stroll amidst the restaurant’s bountiful organic garden, I sat and pondered how grateful I was for the abundance of good in my life, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. I wondered what this year would bring our family as well as to my friends and clients.
When I think of abundance, the word conjures up memories filled with love and laughter, or simple gifts such as an overflowing bowl of fruit being given to me by a stranger in Korea. Abundance is feeling full, as though you’ve had a delectable, home-cooked meal savoured amongst friends. It’s comforting and nourishing.
Heart-centered abundance is something I focus on when I run my business. I ask myself who I am meant to serve, and what’s the best way I can serve them. I want them to feel understood and leave feeling motivated and filled with inspirational ideas they can implement in their lives.
There are three main ways I cultivate heart-centered abundance and fulfillment in my business: through sharing, caring, and valuing what I have created in my day to day life.
Sharing leads to abundance because by its very nature, it attracts people interested in what you are sharing. While reading a book for creative entrepreneurs called Show Your Work, by Austin Kleon, I realized how abundance is intrinsically connected to sharing what you do with the world, and why you do it. The book expounds upon creating connection and helping people be a part of your journey while inspiring them to be creators themselves.
My intent with my business and blog is to create a community through caring for those who are sharing in a similar journey. When I’m crafting my newsletter or blog post, I think back to the image of having an intimate, joy-filled meal with friends that are sharing their highs and lows as they savour a meal together. How can I help them with their goals? How can I comfort them? How can I congratulate them? Through caring for my readers and clients—even if I don’t know them offline—I create a safe space for them, whether they want to work with me in the future or merely connect with my journey through Social Media. All are welcome.
Gratitude is another integral part of heart-centered abundance and thriving as a creative. There have been days when my heart yearned for more than I have, but what brought peace and inevitably helped my business thrive is being grateful for where I am in my life, no matter what challenges have arisen. Focusing on lack never helped me gain more of anything except worry and sadness. Looking at my beautiful daughter and kind husband give me joy and shift my attention to that which fuels my drive for meaningful work. Repeating mantras or taking a nature walk have also helped my mind find peace when things aren’t going according to plan. As the Greek stoic philosopher Epictetus said, “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
About Elizabeth Kelsey Bradley
Elizabeth Kelsey Bradley is an award-winning writer, photojournalist, and consultant for holistic entrepreneurs.
Her work has been featured in magazine such as Holistic Fashionista and Wild Sister, as well as on sites like Tiny Buddha and Kind Over Matter.