I’m super excited to introduce Dani of the site Dani Does Stuff. I’ve known her since we were in high school (maybe even longer tbh lol). We even did our cotillion together! I reached out to her after stalking her instapage and I was like oh yeah I gotta have her on my blog. I was so excited when she agreed to do it!
Here’s a little about Dani: she’s a Florida International University (FIU) grad with degrees in Fine Arts and Women’s Studies. She’s really passionate about issues for people of color, mental health awareness, and the LGBTQ community. She’s a down to earth cool chick. Check out her post below and her site as well. You won’t be disappointed.
If you asked me how I would describe myself up until about a week ago, those two words were among the first I spoke. I thought the most important thing about me was productivity and my worth could be measured in the amount of hours I worked. I was always tired and frustrated and I always felt like I was pushing myself too hard but I had to. Honestly, I was addicted to feeling put upon and struggling.
But recently something magnificent happened.
I took a little break.
I went on a 7 day cruise with family and aside from giving me some time to breathe, it gave me some time to think. I started to wake up and stretch and sit in silence. I took unofficial tours. I didn’t have a solid schedule most days and I realized that I actually thrived. I started talking to my partner about how to bring these vacation vibes back home. I couldn’t bring the mountains, beaches or even the hot dog cart home with me, but I realized that I could take my calm home. I could take my sense of wonder home. I could decide to rest in gratitude.
So for the past week I have been working on being present and kind to myself. I’m attempting to give myself permission to have fun and rest. I’m experiencing some resistance and I feel old patterns of guilt and shame rising, but I’m working through them and while nothing has changed externally, internally I feel a real shift. If you ask me to describe myself today my work ethic will not be something I boast about.
I don’t want to be the hardest working person. I want to be at peace. I want to be free.
And I plan on figuring out how I can get there with ease.
I’m not afraid to change anymore and I hope you’re not either.
You can find Dani here:
Twitter – @danidoesstuff
Instagram – @danibedoingstuff
Youtube – Dani Does Stuff