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  • Writer's picturePamela Burwash

Adopting a Beginner's Mindset

When I set out to create my newsletter, I was excited with the possibility of touching base with my community on a weekly basis to share what was on my heart. As I started seeing people subscribe and the numbers climb, what first seemed like an exciting endeavour began to feel big and daunting. With an already busy month of kid’s activities, coaching sessions, and social enjoyment, it was easy for me give the newsletter the back seat on my priority list. During this time, some old stories and limiting thoughts surfaced, making the thought of creating a big kick of letter intimidating. Talk about a vicious cycle! With the end of the month fast approaching, I went back through a list of affirmations that I find so supportive for me and read; Don’t be afraid to be a beginner. This is something we can so easily say to our kids, nieces, nephews, and younger people in our life, but when was the last time you let yourself be a beginner? As an adult. Just acknowledging this to myself, loosened the grip of those limiting thoughts to open just enough space to take some tiny steps forward. When we let go of what isn’t right for us, we make space to discover what really is. When I lean into my value of connection, this space allows me to do just that, connect with you all. With this newly reminded mindset, I opened my laptop and began. Where can you adopt a beginner’s mindset right now? Is there a new project you want to start, or a job you may want to apply for but just aren’t sure you would be good at it? I invite you to consider what could open up for you if you embraced this beginner’s mindset and took small steps toward making things happen. I guarantee they won’t feel as big and scary as they seem.

What is supporting and inspiring me · This month I listened to the audiobook Already Enough, by Lisa Olivera. Her story is incredible, and she has discovered through her work as a physiologist and her own personal growth that so many of the issues we face stem from the root feeling of not-enoghness. She has an eloquent way of sharing that we are not alone in these thoughts and offers ways to shift these beliefs. I’ve already pre-ordered the book to have on hand. I’m looking forward to going through it again and noting so many of the parts that hit so close to home. · I also read the book, You Are a Badass at Making Money, by Jen Sincero. This is funny and educating book about an abundance mindset which has a direct effect on your view of life and bank accounts. She is also super witty and no nonsense. Highly recommend this one. · Finally, I am leaning in the crisp mornings with my coffee and silence routine. Taking 20-30 minutes for myself in the morning before my household wakes, with a hot coffee, my journal and my thoughts has been so supportive as the quicker-than-summer Fall pace hit. What is supporting you right now? I have also realized this month that the cadence of these newsletters will be slightly different than I had envisioned, and that’s okay too. As I honour all parts of me, I’m feeling that a monthly mail out will be best in this season of my life. Wishing you a mindful month ahead. Sending loves, Pamela x

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