You Don’t Have To Do It Alone

Next week I’ll be sharing something that I think is going to help you overcome any wintery blues that you may experience this December. Stay tuned for that!

For now, if you are someone who ever feels overwhelmed by all the things you have to do and feel like you are often doing it on your own, then this post is for you.

Feeling like you have to do everything yourself can be a heavy weight to carry and often drains us of the very energy we need to get through whatever challenge, transition or task we are trying to accomplish.

And as I shared recently in the post about my couch, during these tricky times it’s almost as if we try to paddle harder or push more.  Unfortunately, this can really throw the whole process out of whack.

Today, I am going to help you to see things differently. I want you to see that you can let go a little and let Life lend a helping, supportive hand.

First, a sweet little story.

Last week, I had the glorious opportunity to spend 5 days in Mexico with some of my closest girlfriends. I couldn’t believe that we had gotten 8 girls to leave their busy lives and celebrate an exciting transition in my life: getting married.

Here are a few of the pics:)

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On our last night a few of us went down to the water to soak in some final moments of the glorious sea.

While there, we happened to catch a security guard picking up tiny baby turtles.

We quickly learned that apparently once a year, a mama turtle hatches some eggs deep in the sand. The mama turtle goes back into the water to let her babies hatch on their own.

Once the babies hatch, they have to first crawl their way out of the sand.

THEN, they have to travel from where the mama buried the eggs all the way BACK to the water.

If they don’t get to the water, it is unlikely that they will live very long.

To give you some context, while it would be easy for us to walk from the hotel to the water, for them the distance is like crossing the United States. On foot. It’s no joke of a journey.

And these little babies have to do it all by themselves. At night. In the dark.

There is an extremely small amount of turtles that actually make it because either they can’t find their way or they get eaten by seagulls (which is why they go at night).

Well, we had the amazing honor of picking up a few of them and walking them all the way to the water, where they will go on to live for 70+ years. Crazy right!?

We were literally ushering these little guys into their next phase of life. And rather than having to make the journey themselves, they basically got a first class ticket on a direct flight to their destination.  

(how cute is this guy!!?)

It felt like we performed a major mitzvah (good deed:) and we were so humbled by the experience.

Then I thought about my girlfriends.

While the transition of getting married can bring about a lot of different feelings from fear to excitement, there seems to be a common agreement amongst women who I have talked to, that the process can sometimes feel lonely.

The truth is that ANY transition or challenge we go through is done ALONE.

Yes, you are the ONLY one who will have to step your very own two feet into the new job, the new body, the new home or the new relationship. Nobody else’s feet will do.

But that doesn’t mean you have to do all the heavy lifting. That doesn’t mean you have to be lonely through the process.

These turtles could have never imagined that we would make their journey a little easier.

I would have never imagined that having my girlfriends gather around me during this time would make me feel so loved, seen and supported.

When we allow it, Life will often shower you with people, situations and little magical signs that CAN and WILL make your time easier.

It is our job to open up and put ourselves in the position to receive the support.



I was the one to suggest Mexico to my girlfriends so that I could celebrate this time. It was important to me.

But by taking that first step, I opened the door to receive more support and love than I could have even imagined.

The little turtles had to crawl out of that hole in the sand. They would have never imagined some giant humans would turn their epic journey into a 20 second walk.

Today, if there is something that you feel like you are doing all by yourself, I invite you use the following mantras to open yourself up to deeper sense of support. Because you don’t have to do it alone.

I am willing to be guided.
I let my heart lead.
I trust my intuition.
Support comes easily to me.

Now, I invite you to leave a comment below and tell me how this story inspired you and most of all whether or not you are willing to let go a little, today.

Love
Erin

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