Daily Motivation from an Online Modern-Day Poet

In this day and age, social media has become a routine. We scroll on an endless basis, gazing at pictures, reading quotes or watching videos.

Sometimes social media can be a dent in our emotions because feelings of disappointment can override our dreams. That’s why it’s important to fill up our timelines with positive affirmations and messages. Through this, we’ll be able to look past the challenges of life. We’ll be able to learn to take the hard times with a smile.

Giselle Buchanan’s words ring true for everyone and she speaks to our inner emotions, showing us that we’re stronger than we think we are.

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Yesterday, I got caught in a downpour. Not a drizzle. I’m talking flash flood warnings, limited visibility, squishy sneakers. The shops were closed, and I had no umbrella. Lately, I’ve been making it a practice to ask myself in moments of discomfort, when things are beyond my control, “Is there is pleasure I can find in this experience?” I can’t change it. Is there a way I can enjoy it? I relaxed my muscles. I took some full breaths. I unclenched my jaw. I allowed myself to breathe in the water-soaked city. Rain has always been my favorite scent. I felt the drops in my hair and on my face. Cool after a week of heatwaves. I walked slowly, allowing myself the gift of presence. Allowing myself to feel. At the crosswalk, a kind, handsome stranger held his umbrella over my head. He and his brother walked me the rest of the way to the train. I don’t know if that would’ve happened either way, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that in a moment when my resistance was down, when my heart was open, I so tangibly received the support I needed. When I got to the train station, I saw a woman looking for someone to swipe her, so I paid the kindness I received forward and paid her fare. Some days, this is all we can do. Relax into the challenge, and be a hand of ease on the back of another. This could be about creativity, but to be honest, it’s kinda about everything.

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More Self-Love

Her messages encourage her readers to stay motivated and focus on one’s goals. Often times, we’ll feel like we’re not enough but the most important thing to remember is to trust the process.

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l got my first two pieces of internet hate over the past two weeks lol. Someone didn’t like my lettering and color choices 💁🏾‍♀️and then another person wrote the longest essay- I truly didn’t even understand most of it. As artists, it’s easy to get lost in how people will receive what we are creating. It really doesn’t matter what it is. People will love it or they won’t. That doesn’t matter either. In order to make sure we aren’t led down unmanageable paths, we must learn how to trust our own instincts regardless of what people think. Honing in on your own artistic instinct is the only way you can build a relationship of trust between yourself and the creation process. The people will not be in the room with you each time you happen upon a new thing. A new color palette. A new technique. A poetic form you want to sit in for a while. They might not like it as much as they liked what you did before (or at all). Continuous growth and interior interrogation should be the goal of the creative process. Trying on different hats to hone in on your voice. You must ground yourself in your own choices to develop a relationship of trust between you and your work. These days, I’ve been learning how intuition and resonance live as a physical and visceral feeling in my body. When I hear something that rings as truth for me, I get chills. Goosebumps. My heart wells up. When I read something I wrote or look at something I made and am met with these feelings, this is how I have learned to trust that what I made is good. This is the map I’ve always followed unconsciously and is what I am now working to develop with intention. As I learn, read, see, and feel more, the internal guidance adjusts to what I’ve added to my knowing and my relationship to what I make changes. In this time when we are so easily swayed in one direction or the other, making sure that we are staying true to what fills and flows through us regardless of how other people feel about it is the way that we remain in integrity with our works so that we can continue to make them. Try everything. Be all that you want to be. Learn to listen for the quiet stirring of what resonates as truth for you.

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A Beacon for Women

Giselle Buchanan’s words are like an arrow that hits hard with every message. She focuses on decluttering one’s mind by clearing one’s space too. Not only is it important she says to clear our minds, but to make sure our surrounding spaces are organized too. A neat room equals a peaceful mind.