March 17th, 2014
The other day, I did something absolutely ridiculous.
I was brushing my teeth with this new amazing toothpaste (well, tooth powder).
I know this doesn’t sound newsworthy yet, but stay with me because there’s a story in here that relates to you, I promise!
So this particular tooth powder is different and unique. 100% natural, and super good for my teeth.
And every time I brush, I feel like I’m doing something really good for my body.
Kind of like yoga for my teeth.
The only thing is that the powder itself literally looks like dirt (and is appropriately named “The Dirt”.
Which would be fine except it also makes my toothbrush look like I swirled it around in mud.
Brown flakes fly everywhere, including my bathroom walls. My sink, after brushing, looks like I washed muddy boots in it.
And the other day, as I finished brushing I looked at my toothbrush, in all its nasty brown glory and I thought to myself…
“I should probably hide my toothbrush and put it in the cabinet in case anyone comes over, goes to the bathroom, looks (closely) at my toothbrush, sees it all brown, and thinks I have nasty brown teeth.”
And immediately after I had that thought, I realized how utterly ridiculous it was.
The truth is:
1) I live alone. And I almost NEVER have people over.
2) I’m proud of being a tooth-brushing yogini!
3) Who cares if these imaginary bathroom-inspecting people DO come over and happen to see my brown toothbrush?
And I wondered…
Why was I so worried about being judged for something I’m really proud of?
(And for something that is very likely not even going to ever happen?)
And the more I thought about it, the more I realized that we ALL do this in so many areas of our lives.
I mean, haven’t you experienced this in your own life?
You decide to do something for yourself. Something that makes you feel good. Something you’re proud of.
It might be starting your own business, or embarking on a year-long travel journey. Or it might be something simple, like leaving little post-it notes around the house to remind you to look at the positive side of life.
For me, it was brushing my teeth with this awesome toothpaste that made me feel all healthy.
And once we start doing these things, we want to back down. We imagine that people won’t approve. Or that they’ll think we’re weird (or have nasty ass brown teeth), or that we’re frivolous or silly for wanting what we want.
And the more we think of things like this, the more likely we are to change our behavior to do what we “should” be doing instead.
For me… it was hiding. Hiding my toothbrush. Not giving anyone the opportunity to judge me.
But what am I doing really by hiding my truth (or truthbrush)?
I was not standing behind my decision. I was turning my back on something I was proud of. I was too afraid to be judged that I wanted it all to just go away.
And this made wonder…
How many times do we stuff down our opinions because we’re afraid people won’t like us if we share them? (Click to tweet that!)
Or we don’t tell people about our dreams because we’re afraid they’ll think we’re silly?
Or we hide who we really are to try to avoid getting rotten tomatoes thrown at us?
But the more time goes by, the more I realize that this isn’t living.
That if we are so afraid to be who we are that we hide, then we’re not doing what we came here to do.
We are WILDHEARTS.
We came to make a difference. We came to create beautiful things. We came to have a voice. To say something. (Click to tweet!)
To be the full expressions of ourselves. To do it differently. To listen to our heart and not be bothered if someone else doesn’t like what we have to say.
We didn’t come here to hide.
And with that, I’m proud to say that my ugly brown toothbrush is proudly displayed on my sink.
There are flakes of brown tooth powder all over my bathroom walls. My sink looks like I washed my feet in it.
And I’m damn proud of it.
After all, this is the Wildheart Revolution.
Where you ponder questions like whether to leave a brown toothbrush out… or when it’s time to end a relationship… or how to leave your mark on the world.
Where you decide FOR YOURSELF how you want your life and your toothbrush to be.
And where we support you, no matter what.
We are the Wildhearts. The peacefully rebellious warriors. And we’re here to help you through your biggest toothbrush issues.
Or hey, if you have something even MORE serious to deal with, we’re here for that too. :)
In fact, this week I’m holding a special call with my friend (and Wildheart) Helen Hunter Mackenzie.
We’re going to talk about how to pave your own path in life instead of listening to all the guru wisdom (Helen and I are both pretty passionate about this topic!).
And because the call isn’t us sharing our own “guru wisdom”, we’re not naming it something market-y or snazzy.
It’s just… a rad, fun phone call. Where we’ll provide:
- Inspiration to go after what you REALLY want instead of what you think you “should” want
- Wisdom from our own experiences WIldhearting our way through life
- Awesome actions you can take right away to start stepping into the life YOU want to live
So, be there Wildheart!
And if you can’t be there, make sure you’re on the list to get notified when the recording is available. (If you already get emails from me, you’re already on the list!)
AND, if you know you want some support pondering your own questions about toothbrushes and careers and love and life…
Stay tuned, because the doors to the Wildheart Revolution (which are currently closed) are about to swing wide open soon!
And I’d love to see you in there. Brown toothbrush and all.
Big ol’ brown toothy grin,
P.S. Here are the details of my rad phone call with Helen Hunter Mackenzie:
When: Friday, March 21 from 5-6 pm PST
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