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An Update From Me to You – Information Overload, Force Free Parenting and Pulling Back When Needed

8 minutes. That’s the amount of time I have available right now to write you and I’ve been thinking deeply about what I want to share.

First, thank you. Thank you so much for joining me in this journey of exploring presence, mindfulness and force free parenting. The past ten or so years since I started writing online have been such an adventure for me, much of it actually not shared, for various reasons.

Lately though, I’ve been wanting to share my appreciation for connecting with me and for sharing the ups and the downs, for doing the work that you do in your hearts, homes and the world. I’m continually grateful and moved each time I think of you and the road you’re traveling on this path to embrace your life fully.

Life has been intense for me these last few years (I was going to say months, but I’ll be honest that it’s been years). The growth has been amazing, and the pain has felt crippling at times. Being brought to my knees while facing the death of dreams long held isn’t easy, yet it seems that life just takes some of us down such paths and we get to learn how to navigate them, grow and heal through and along with them.

As I look back over the last few years I see all that I’ve started, like Force Free Parenting, and let fall to the side (although I will finish the book someday). Maybe in an effort toward perfection, maybe in fear I’m not good enough, maybe because of sheer overwhelm at my life circumstances (and my response to them). Reflecting on the overwhelm I see not only my day to day life, but my own seeking to make things better, different for myself, my children, my family, our world. Sometimes seeking can result in too much information.

Information Overload.

I’m not sure if it’s just me and my personality, but I went through my inbox subscriptions recently and I realized that I am subscribed to email updates from over 1,000 people or businesses.

Yes. Over 1,000. Maybe more.

Just thinking about the information coming into my system in this way brings my heart rate up. Part of my desire to pull back from writing and online activities is directly related to not wanting to add to the amass of information now being shared. And yet, information itself is not the issue. Our growth lies in our ability to trust ourselves in seeking information and support when it’s needed, and in amounts that work for us.

The last thing I want to do is add to any overwhelm for another person, especially since I’m currently working through my own experiences around the issue.

936533_217707761743495_824653923_nSo, for now, I’m taking a bit of a hiatus (except for a Mom’s Wellness Bundle I’m participating in that I’ll share one email about around May 1). Until next time, rest well, take gentle care and know that I’m holding space for all of us – for growth, for love and most of all for us to know our own worth, value and purpose in a world full of possibilities.

Take gentle care,
Amy


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