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Hi, friend.
In my last newsletter, about stopping thinking and listening to my body, I said there would be a part 2, in which I would offer practical tips!
Well… I got no tips. But maybe I can be an example instead.
There is a deep knowing in my body that it’s time to be quiet, to put down everything that’s put-downable, and to focus on taking care of my health in a real and sustained way. My body has been asking me for this for many years, and now she is more like telling me. She's yelling and swearing and slamming doors and doing the shit teenagers do when the adults don't listen to them. She's been sneaking out at night to go smoke Parliaments behind the Shell station.
I have not been listening. But I am listening now.
And so, I'm carefully folding the most necessary and tender pieces of my life into a manageable shape that fits in the palm of my hand, and letting go of the rest, for now. 
I’m taking a sabbatical from all my public-facing work – writing this newsletter, podcasts, speaking, Instagram, workshops I've got in development. 
My thinking, rational mind is deeply concerned about this decision, because of a story I’ve told myself: in order to make a living in the future, you must stay visible and valuable to the people who pay attention to your work. You worked too hard to build this life. If you let it go, you might never get it back. 
But in my last newsletter, I also wrote this:
When we use our thoughts to override what our bodies are trying to communicate, thinking – even brilliant thinking – is actively harmful. Any tool can be a weapon, and I wonder how many of us who are really good at thinking are sometimes also slowly dying by our own hand.
This doesn’t mean “unless you’re really, really scared to do what your body tells you to do because what if your life falls apart THEN WHAT?!!”
It means what it means. And I stand by it.
And also: what if that story I’ve told myself, about what I must do to be safe, isn’t true
Which leads to an even bigger question: what other stories have I been telling myself that might not be true? 
And, what old pieces of myself might need to be pruned back, burned down, or donated to Cosmic Goodwill in order to make space for something new to grow?
These are questions worth considering. 
I’ll be back when my body has something different to say. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and each other. I'm sending love across time and space.
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Menopause + Me: I met Dr. Somi Javaid, founder of HerMD and rad human being, when we both spoke at Power to Pursue earlier this year. When Dr. Javaid asked to interview me about my experiences with perimenopause and, more recently, hormone therapy, I was like duh, of course. Check it out on YouTube here. 
The Inside Influence Podcast: I sat down with the delightful Julie Masters to talk about my experience with navigating not-knowing, including some suggestions for things to say when people we love are going through hard stuff. Listen here.

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