Listen now (7 mins) | On focus, courage, and not losing integrity
Renee you are such a starlight of a person! Your newsletter are highly appreciated, even if I might not read them immediately as you publish, but in my moments of solitude I keep coming back to your pieces, each one poignant and stirring in its own ways.
“To touch the stars, we need to launch with the fuel of immaterial qualities of the spiritual, such as gratitude.” Yes, a thousand times yes. I absolutely love this line. The path is always more beautiful than the destination even if objectively we need the destination to be on the path but we usually go on because we love walking down the path. One can only know this as true when their spiritual side is awakened and when they glue themselves to gratitude. Your illustrations and the poem are also lovely. Thank you for sharing such beauty and wisdom with us!
Renee, I love your poem at the beginning of this post. And congratulations on closing in on submitting your novel. I purposely wrote "congratulations" instead of "good luck" (which I also wish you) because to have gotten this far is a massive accomplishment.
Lovely poem and lovely drawing.
I think you should go by your intuition. If that doesn't guide you, just keep on with what you're doing. Life will soon let you know if you should be following a different path :-)
My dearest Renee, I love your encouraging words. They help me center myself and I’m so excited for you on your journey of writing have strength you are very loved. You’re helping people think about their goals and help them on their journey to get through this crazy life. Love you, auntie Denise
I get excited about your posts and look forward to them. I read them, listen to them, and reread them, pondering for days. This one is charming.
> "the realization of the goal, after the initial high, will leave us feeling empty and fearful."
You are lucky to have this realization.
Success doesn't necessarily bring fear, but it certainly doesn't bring fulfillment. Fulfillment is gained along the journey of life at all stages. Success is a just another milestone. Once your book is published, then comes pressure to produce another, and another, and merchandising, & marketing, & compromises, & new liabilities.
Right now, in this period of waiting, you have quiet, you have time, you have ease.
In a way, I'm in this boat with you, but I'm holding off on my opportunity to reach my career goals. I like this period of limited stress. I like savoring this time as if it were the "golden years". I like having down time to play. I like not having the pressure on high.
Your success is not an "if" but a "when," and when it happens, I hope that you are still able to find time to simply be. 💙🤍
I love your illustrations!!
"As the years unfurl, it’s more obvious to me that gratitude is the launchpad, and our goal is the rocket." I love this line. I've never thought of gratitude this way before!
Congratulations on sending out your queries! I'm also in the beginning stages of querying agents. If you're open to it, I'd love to connect and offer feedback on our letters or the process if it's helpful! I know I could use some encouragement along the way- sometimes being a writer and sending out your work into the void can feel rather lonesome!
Big fan here
Renee, your creations are all so beautiful. I don't think you need any luck on your journey—you know exactly where you are and where you are going, because you are right where you need to be. Sending love to your corner of the world.💚🙏🏻
Beautiful poem Renee! You and your sister have touched on something profound here. We often get caught up chasing the next milestone that we forget the journey IS the destination. We’re so focused on the next high from the achievement we attain that we forget it’s about who we become along the way. Focusing on the future rewires our brain to find happiness in the future and thus feeling like the present is never enough.
It’s ok to not have your work shared with the world right away, or ever. It doesn’t mean it is any less valuable.
Sending you love and appreciate you for all the energy you put into sharing such beautiful words. ❤️🙏🏽
ALSO LOVE YOUR ILLUSTRATIONS-
This is a fabulous insight into all we do and why. Your words of wisdom can be taken with us daily as we navigate our thoughts, actions and progress towards what we think will make us happy in life. This one I will listen to so many times.
Beautifully said, Renee. My best wishes are with you.
What inspiring words! Thanks for sharing your droplets of courage, wisdom and kindness. Congrats on your writing. Stretch your wings and fly high : )
'Our true north, allow goals to harmonise' love these words