This is an archived blog from when I ran Conscious Public Relations Inc. from 2008-2018. Excuse the potential outdated-ness!

On loosening the reins of my life

This is less of a throwback post than a wishing forward. For pretty much as long as I can remember I’ve been trying to do what I am supposed to be doing and staying in control.

On Janet Jackson’s Control album cover, she’s completely in her power in that black suit, and her face means business.

This is usually what I am like on the outside. On the inside, however, it is a whole different story. I’m not saying that I’m a complete wreck. I’m just a lot less stable than I’d like to be. Even Janet Jackson says in many of her interviews how – even with the great body she has now – she still has a sense of self-consciousness and shyness when it comes to her physical appearance.

In the grand scheme of things, life is actually going great. Business is better than ever and I feel more solid in myself than I’ve ever been. But with that greatness comes paranoia. I want to hang onto this success for dear life, and so I am looking for ways to prevent things from falling apart. Micromanaging, overworking, saying yes… and self-punishing if I am not doing it all with confidence and poise.

Frozen has it right. I have not seen the movie, but I see what the song does to people… it is not about tightening the reins for dear life. Life is unexpected, and surprising, and filled with marvelous failure. So we must all let go sometimes.

Can you identify areas in your life where you should let go, enjoy the present moment, and simply live?


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