Today, it’s my turn!
It’s been a long time since I’ve added to my Life Well Traveled album with everything that’s been going on the past several months. But that’s not to say I haven’t been writing down thoughts as they come to me.
But I actually had a more recent encounter that made me want to get something in my album while it was really fresh in my mind–and that is to go with your gut, or your inner voice, or on the church-ee side of things…promptings from above.
While I have had many situations that support my personal point, last week I went to prepare a class for the 12-year olds that I teach in my church. I’d picked out a lesson earlier in the week, reviewed what was there and then didn’t come back to it until the weekend. But when I sat down to put my thoughts together, I felt like I kept hitting a wall. Nothing was coming together. I don’t think I spent even 30 minutes on it before I decided to look at another lesson.
Bam. Just like that, it all started coming together.
I didn’t think much of it. I know better than to keep hitting my head against the wall and to move on and try a different direction. But little did I know what kind of impact it would have on the actual lesson with the eight kids I teach.
It opened up discussions that I didn’t even think about. They shared personal experiences and asked questions. It turned out to be a wonderful lesson because not only were they listening to what I had to say, they were listening to each other and relating with one another. We were all teaching and learning from each other. And I know all of this wasn’t because of me. It was because I listened to the voice in my head–the promptings above–and switched gears. It was obviously a lesson the kids needed to part of and I’m so glad I listened and went the right direction for them.
There’s been many situations like this where I literally feel like I’m hitting a wall–whether in business, creativity, church or everyday life. Over the years I’ve come to learn not to keep hitting that wall and to move on to something else sooner rather than later. It’s amazing how quickly the ideas for whatever it is that I’m working on will come together.
And that is the lesson I wanted to leave for my posterity–to learn to trust those feelings and their inner voice.
Now it’s your turn.
Here are some thoughts to get you started on this subject.
- Was there a time when going with your gut had a huge impact?
- What about a small impact? The amazing thing is, a small impact can be a huge impact over time. Did you have an instance where you saw that happen?
- What do you feel gives you the inspiration?
- Do you rely on something for inspiration? Faith? Family? Friends?
- If there is one thing you wanted to share with your posterity about trusting your feelings, what would it be?
The Creative Side.
As you have seen recently (this post), I’ve been removing the staples from my Traveler’s Notebooks and using a Midori rubberband to keep the pages secure. Doing so allows me to remove the pages and print on them directly like I’ve done here.
Another fun design tip is to make up word strips and print them and your photo all on the same sheet–in my case, it was a 4×6 photo printed on my Epson PictureMate Charm. Add additional types of text by using a date stamp, some letter stamps (Maxwell stamps), and even a simple word cut on your Silhouette or Cricut.
And on kind of a different note, am I the only one that’s preferring smooth cardstock lately? I keep flipping the textured side over and using the smooth side. Is that weird? :)
If you’d like to share a time about going with your gut and the impact it had, I’d love to hear it in the comments here!
A Life Well Traveled is a journey of thoughts, perspectives, and memories in visual form based on events in your life. A play on words, it can be anything from actual travels and afterthought perspective to personal journeys and lessons learned in your life.