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Erin Madore Erin Madore

Erin Madore is a Life Coach, Writer, Reiki Guide with a bright smile and big heart. Dedicated to creating ripples of freedom, clarity and confidence throughout the world. [www.creativesoulinmotion.com]

I’ve always been the type of person to rush around. Running from project to project, meeting to meeting, always feeling late, overwhelmed and guilty. Once, I was running to a yoga class and literally ran out of my shoes. I actually made it a full 3-steps in my bare feet before realizing that I was no longer wearing shoes.

That happened over a year ago and since then I’ve been trying to be more mindful, more graceful. While I’ve made some great strides – being on time more often and working with time rather than against it – starting my own business this spring threw me back a step or two. Suddenly I was rushing around again; letting “lack” of time rule my mindset and my world.

I was feeling overwhelmed by everything I wanted to accomplish, and I felt behind as everything took longer than expected. This led to hours spent jumping from project to project, time lost in social media land, and a building feeling of insecurity and frustration.

Sprinting down the path, I lost my sense of direction.

One day I realized that I couldn’t rush the process and that I didn’t want to rush through this exhilarating part of my journey. I was proud of starting my own business, and happily embraced each challenge that came with it. So why was I forcing myself to move faster then I was able to? Where was I trying to go so quickly?

Embracing the process and being more mindful of my energy and intentions helped me reconnect with my inner compass. From there I was able to move forward with more clarity in my desires and goals, and more confidence in my abilities and purpose.

What did this actually look like? Well for one, I literally s.l.o.w.e.d down my pace in life and began to move more gracefully (even pretending I was a ballerina helped!). I embraced flexibility and structure. I gave myself time to focus on education and play. I let go of multi-tasking. I began to flow.

Living a life grasping onto each minute doesn’t leave much room or energy for creativity, productivity and engagement. Remember, greatness takes time.

– Erin Madore

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