My thirties were spent in Seattle and were marked with significant highs and lows. One consistency throughout this time was a handful of friendships with women 10-30 years my senior. During these tumultuous years these women would all whisper some version of this message: “Do your inner work.”
After hearing “Do your inner work” for years, I eventually arrived to a point in my life where there was nowhere to go but inside. The only way I was going to feel the peace and freedom I longed for was to do my inner work. I went for it, it worked, and today my inner work is a priority.
Though I no longer live in Seattle, as I reflect on that time I now see the consistent whisperings of those amazing women set the stage. Did I enjoy hearing the message? No…but I never thought they were wrong and in the end it was clear that their words’ paved the path.
Today I’m one of these women. I remind others to do their inner work. Since our inner health is valuable-beyond-valuable, it’s a message worth repeating in every creative way I can imagine.