I am Enough : Steps toward self-kindness

I am Enough : Steps toward self-kindness

First let me say that I am so blown away at the response the I Am EnoughCollaborative is getting. Thank you all so much for commenting, emailing, tweeting and helping to spread to word. Your encouragement and enthusiasm is what is going to make this amazing!

I promised to share more about the project, what to expect and how to get involved. First, I plan on updating at least once a week on Tuesdays. There may be an opportunity to share more than that, but for now, I’m starting at a manageable pace. Maintaining feasible expectations for myself (aka respecting my own limits) is one of my recent acts of self-kindness. The stories I will be sharing here won’t only be my own. The weekly calendar is already filling up with some amazing women who are going to be sharing thier own experiences, struggles, insights and images that come from the I Am Enough catalyst. Women like Katherine Center, Amie Adams, Myriam Joseph, Amy Turn Sharp, Brene Brown, Jen Gray and the list that goes on and on.

This is a collaborative after all, and I do believe that by hearing the stories of the women among us we will be inspired to be kinder to ourselves as we claim the truth that We Are Enough. The collective energy we all share is a really big deal and with it we can make really big things happen. First on the list, loving ourselves into wholeness(a phrase borrowed from the ever inspiring Sarah Ban Breathnach).

It’s no wonder that in my daily routine of reading Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book Simple Abundance that the last few days have focused on exactly that. She offers the kinds of strategies and tools to help us along this path, while we’re on this quest.  What I got as I read the comments on last weeks post was that we desperately want to embrace the truth that We Are Enough but can often feel so far removed from it, we need a bridge to connect us. It is my intention to offer a number of planks to help us build that bridge.

So, “Today, you need to be there for yourself.”

“…we recover our authentic selves one kind gesture at a time.” (from March 14th in Simple Abundance)

As you muse on what YOU would like to share here (yes YOU!), excavate or create images for the new I Am Enough Flickr Pool, become a fan on our new Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, you are affirming that you want to embrace the truth that You Are Enough. I applaud you brave sisters and am so glad you’re here. Being here is just the gesture of self- kindness you’re heart needs today. That and maybe a Hersheys Kiss. Or two.

  • Chis
    Posted at 19:09h, 16 March Reply

    Oh, I am SO ready for this. Let’s do this!

  • Lizard
    Posted at 19:41h, 16 March Reply

    Or maybe three??? Would three Hershey’s Kisses be okay??? :o)
    Hooray for collaboration, and the healing that comes with it. I can’t wait to see how this evolves.

  • blissmamaof3
    Posted at 19:43h, 16 March Reply

    I really need this, when do we begin?

  • Bev
    Posted at 22:28h, 16 March Reply

    i am ready for some much needed soul mending…

  • melody
    Posted at 22:52h, 16 March Reply

    Lead us forward…

  • katherine Quinn
    Posted at 00:43h, 17 March Reply

    Me too… am I allowed to be a part of this?

  • jane
    Posted at 01:22h, 17 March Reply

    i am jumping on this bandwagon!!!

  • traceyclark
    Posted at 01:57h, 17 March Reply

    everyone is welcome! everyone can participate! I will be giving you an email to use to submit your stories for the I Am Enough Collaborative soon! : ) YAY!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 02:36h, 17 March Reply

    very excited. looking forward to all of the inspiration.

  • Cara
    Posted at 13:38h, 17 March Reply

    this is just what I need!

  • Cherrytree
    Posted at 20:12h, 17 March Reply


    I have started reading Simple abudance, every January for the last few years. But I never get past February.

    I think I am now understand that I was so wanting to be different I couldn’t see the good in this moment.

    So Today, I am enough right now.

    I am celebrating the good now, not hoping for it to arrive in the future.

  • Lindsey
    Posted at 22:59h, 17 March Reply

    I love this. Love it. Thank you.

  • Mindy
    Posted at 02:06h, 18 March Reply

    Today I worked on being quiet with myself. When I had a quiet moment (which I did at the eye doctor and the veterinary clinic) I talked to myself about being kind, loving and quiet. Usually I NEED to pick up a magazine, or I’m anxiously looking around reading things on the walls and fidgeting with myself. I have a hard time being still with myself. So I practiced today! I’m very proud of myself!

  • Mindy
    Posted at 02:17h, 18 March Reply

    I really want to put an "I am Enough" button on my blog, but I can’t upload just the image =( Do you have the HTML code for the button? Oh I hope so!!

  • Jen Osborn
    Posted at 03:27h, 18 March Reply

    I’m so happy I stumbled across this {you}!

    Finding balance and respecting myself enough not to over-commit is something I’ve been working on these past 3 months with my art coach. I can’t tell you how peaceful {and yet full} my life both personally and professionally has become since I have started doing this! Gone is the panic and anxiety of having to cram my evenings full of deadline work – gone is the depression that over-commitment has caused – here to stay is the concept of loving myself enough to respect my boundaries!

    I would love to find out more about how to get more involved!

  • Shelly @ Aperture of My Eye
    Posted at 03:35h, 18 March Reply

    Great initiative, Tracey. You are so inspirational! 🙂

  • tara
    Posted at 15:08h, 18 March Reply

    i’m so happy you’re doing this. this is right where i want to be(come).

  • myriam
    Posted at 17:05h, 19 March Reply

    i love you

  • Liv @ Choosing Beauty
    Posted at 21:54h, 22 March Reply

    Tracey, I felt moved to stop by your blog and see what you’ve got going on…now I know why. What a fabulous and critically important project! We women seem conditioned to believe we’re never enough, despite all the amazing things we do on a daily basis. We can’t feel guilty about taking care of ourselves…if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy! Thanks for speerheading this – can’t wait to dive in.

  • amy rehnae
    Posted at 18:25h, 07 April Reply

    i would love to be a part of this! can’t wait for all the info on how to tell my story of "i am enough"!

    thank you just doesn’t seem to cut it…but i’ll say it anyway…thank you.

    thank you for sharing yourself, for creating this, for empowering us, and and and….!

    not even sure how i found you in the first place, not too long ago…but oh so glad i did!

    ~amy rehnae

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