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  • Hello There!

    I'm Sarajane, a blogger, photographer and life consultant based out of Asheville, NC.

    On this blog you can find stories from my experience, my thoughts on the world, tips for making the most out of life and on occasion photos of remarkable people or my travels.

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    with love,
    Sj

On Getting Back to Myself. ( The Evolution Series )

I finished my workday feeling fine. It had been a relatively productive day and ultimately I knew what was expected of me and what I needed to accomplish the next day to stay on top of everything. I’d recently realized that I had more free time on my hands than I’ve had in a while and I was more in line with my vision for a successful life than I have ever been before. I walked in the door, put my bag in it’s usual home on the floor and buried my head into the chest of my partner. I could feel my shoulders turned in, the heaviness of my eye lids, the exhaustion behind my forehead and the slight frown on my face. He asked how my day was and I responded, “It was fine, I got a lot done.”

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On Loving Someone Who is Self-Employed.

I’ve been self-employed for most of the last decade. I’ve gone through seasons of over-working, under-working and everything in between. I’ve been busy and poor. I’ve been thrilled to pursue the life of an entrepreneur and ready to call it quits. My relationship to self-employment has seen many different faces. But, the one complication that has remained throughout the experience has been trying to explain it to the people in my life. Some have understood it more than others and a lot of times anything they didn’t understand it’s because I haven’t communicated it to them well. But, the more I work with other self-employed individuals, the more I see that we’re all facing the same complications in communicating our lives to the people who love us the most. So, today, I thought I’d share just a few things to help you understand and show love to the entrepreneur in your life.

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On a Season of Observation. ( The Evolution Series )

Lately, I’ve been in a phase of observation. Which, is really quite new for me. I’m a person of action. One of my greatest gifts is moving forward with ideas despite the fear of consequence. To put it less gently, I often act and make moves while ignoring any possible consequence that could occur. To be fair, I’ve loved my life. It hasn’t always been the most financially stable and I often make moves that I later change my mind on. But, I am living and I have had so many great experiences that have built me into the person I am and have contributed to a long list of skill-sets that I wouldn’t have acquired otherwise. But, now, I am in a phase of observation.

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On an Engaged Life. ( The Evolution Series )

I feel as though I’m working through some big things in my life right now. Choosing to live in my present moment. Doing my best to live the life of my dreams while not being able to control everything around me. I’m seeking healthy hobbies and building habits that I’m proud of. I eat at home more than I ever have and I’m drinking less alcohol and less coffee. I’m loving freely without fear. Well, maybe not without fear completely, but, I’m managing it and not letting it lead my decisions. I’m allowing space for myself to enjoy my gifts and to not feel weighed down by the obligations I have to people. I am the closest I’ve ever been to work/life balance and to top it off, I’m doing my best to be playful everyday.

So, why am I crying in this coffee shop?

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On Loving People Well.

I don’t always love people the way that I’d like to.

I’m often selfish or lacking the time to be fully present. I make rash opinions or put up barriers to hold off a new friendship that I don’t feel like I have time for. Lately, I’ve felt so consumed with my own work that I haven’t been giving myself the space to see people or remain open to them. This is the time that I find it important to bring back tools that I’ve learned to love people, hold space for the parts of them that challenge me, and to re-ignite my enthusiasm for the people that I encounter on  a daily basis.

As a reminder to myself and potentially a new tool for you, here are my top five tips for seeing everyone as worthy of love: 

 

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Hannah Woodard Lockaby - August 3, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Beautiful post! It’s hard to love other people sometimes but so worth it – in the end, nothing else really matters much. Thank you for the inspiration today!

Emily Eppard - August 3, 2016 - 8:12 pm

I really love this post! I am a firm believer in loving everyone, but I am terrible at setting healthy boundaries! Thank you for sharing!

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