3/2/2016: Heart

This phrase has become a kind of unofficial mantra for @jasondoesstuff and myself when we talk about our beliefs around our work and our lives. With every day that goes by, I feel this statement seeping into my core more and more. Here’s what it means to me:

While hard work should never be underestimated, I think HEART work should be valued even more so. Heart Work to me is defined as the work you do because it calls to you from the deepest parts of your being. The work that lights you up, that comes from a place of MUST not Should, that radiates joy. It’s the work you put your whole self into. The thing you do that feels like you were put on this earth to do it. And when you invest in that, when you make the commitment to bravely follow THAT, when you refuse to get distracted by anything extending beyond that, AMAZING things can happen.

You can change lives. You can impact people. You can grow into a version of yourself that you never thought could exist, a happiness you never thought could exist. I started my business from scratch. No followers, no readers, no nothing. But I was SO clear on my WHY. I knew what it felt like to go from living a black and white version of my existence to a technicolor one, and I knew I wanted to help other people do the same. That’s my heart work, and let me tell you, it pays off every time I get an email from a mom who has rediscovered her creativity. Or a woman who gets the courage to end a relationship that was dimming her spirit. Or a person who finally decides to stop telling themselves they’re not good enough.

I’ve said it many, many times but I will say it again: there is no match for the unbeatable combo that is AUTHENTICITY and CONSISTENCY. If you have both of those — if you’re putting your true heart forth and doing it with persistence — then it is only a matter of time before you get to your dreams. Seriously. This mantra is about embodying both of those elements perfectly and reminding yourself: do it with heart, do it with grit and you’ll find yourself on a custom-tailored path on the way to contentment.