A Call to Action – by Donna Powell

april 23 2013 crocus and nots

Become aware what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it and give birth to it. ~ Meister Eckhart

Ahhh Spring. There is something to be said about this time of year. Now if you ask me, my favorite time of the year is winter. I love cold temperatures. But this year Spring has taken on something new for me.

Flowers are blooming. Bees are buzzing. The magnolias and dogwoods are so beautiful. The colors are fresh, vibrant. Yellows, reds, greens, blues, purples, whites.

In the fashion world, we can once again wear white shoes, white pants or Capri’s and bright white shirts and not feel like a faux pas.

Spring is a wonderful time of year that allows rebirth, regeneration, re-emergence.

I don’t like New Years Resolutions. (I know, I know…Hey D, its past New Years.) So each year I’ve made it a point to make a list of things that I want to accomplish during the year. Be it big or small. Fun or serious. This years list has heavy things such as give up Fast Food, Give up Soda, Be a certain size, Find that Divine Spark. But it also includes things that are not so heavy. Zip line, sit somewhere with a great view, a great person and a great bottle of wine, Watch all seasons of Lost. My list varies so much. But at the same time, I feel like it’s such a fun list.

At the same time, I am coming across something else…. Something bigger and more powerful…

Reinvention. I’ve been hearing this call for a while now. I guess I’m trying to heed it.

I don’t just mean change a few things up either. I mean change-up quite a few things. Crack down on a few things. Loosen up on a few things. I have a vision of how I want to be at the end of the year and it’s really the opposite of me right now.

A Call to Action!

This was an email from my Health Coach Caren from New Direction Wellness. It was full of wonder tips, but the subject line of the email stood out to me more than anything.

So here I am. Now what do I want to do? I currently feel like a caterpillar. Trying to spin its cocoon so that I can take a breather and re-emerge as a butterfly.

But how do I do this? How do I spin this cocoon and essentially hibernate for a while? That’s the hard part of this? In all reality, we can’t hibernate until we become that different, better person. Even though sometimes we just want to change into our warmest pjs, snuggle into our beds, pull the covers up over our heads and sleep until the hard, awful parts are over.

So try this exercise. Meditate for a little while. Imagine yourself spinning a layer of silk or satin in your favorite color. I imagine mine to be a rainbow of color. Swirls of reds, blues, greens, yellows, whites, purples, and pinks. And remember that it’s always around you. Let it comfort you and hold you when you need it most. Reinvention is not for sissies. You have to dig deep into yourself and learn about the good and the bad and make an honest effort at change.

But what do you change? Do you just change the inside? Do you just change the outside? What do you WANT to change? How long does it take? Those are just a few of the many questions.

RainbowAngelThe answers are all up to you. In this case, they are all up to me. I want to take a year and figure it out. And I have a lot I want to change. I want to find that divine spark of religion and spirituality that is hiding inside me. I want to be the better person that finds love, light and beauty in everyone. I want the artist inside that is hiding to feel free to emerge from the shadows. I want to be healthier, able to run a 5K and take all 5 flights of steps at work without being so out of breath. I want to dress for me in what makes me feel happy. I don’t want to hold on the negative things that weigh me down. I want to find my niche at work. I want my new relationship to grow and thrive. I basically want to take life by the cojones and run with it.

You can’t do everything at once. You have to be able to take things in stride and figure out where you are, were you want to be and how to get there.

So what am I doing to make all these changes happen? Baby steps in each. I’m reading, I’m part of a couple of groups on Facebook that explore the divine. I’m trying to look at everyone with just a little more love than I have previously. I’m walking, working out, even planning to start the couch potato to 5K program soon. I’m always on the lookout for clothes that make me smile. I’m going to a school for work. I’m working on my relationship each day. I’m learning to forgive and let go. And to help my inner artist, I’ve decided to try The Artists Way again. I will be starting that May 1st.

What will I find? Who will I become?

Will you join me? Let’s see what this journey brings us all.

donnaDonna’s Twitter bio describes her as: “Southern and loud! She loves her Crimson Tide, Marvel Comics, Thai food, Martinis, old movies and books, LOTS of books”.  Her journey towards empowerment & wellness began a couple of years ago when she stepped off a curb and broke her left ankle, both bones. She became aware, then and there:  her body was telling her something had to change!

Since then, Donna has listened to her true spirit.  When she’s not fabricating gorgeous quilts, spending time with good friends, or writing on her blog, Donna takes the time to make herself a hot cuppa tea and truly listen to her body and its needs.

You can follow Donna’s journey on her blog: Lipstick, Keats, and Tea ~ Because sometimes that’s all a girl needs and on Twitter.


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  1. Beautiful post, Donna – I loved the image of being able to spin our own cocoons, what an empowering thought! Especially as I think you’ve really nailed the crux of metamorphosis: however much we hope that it can be as simple as hibernation -a soothing hideaway from the outside world until we are ready to return- we are confronted with the truth of it being an act which demands tremendous commitment and courage: to transform into a butterfly the caterpillar has to do more than build itself a shelter and withdraw; it has to expend enormous energy, undergoing a partial death; breaking itself down in order to rebuild itself- as you say, this process is not for the fainthearted! Until the metamorphosis is complete, it is spectacularly vulnerable, and the process shortens its remaining lifespan considerably – but to the butterfly, it is worth it. And with courage, conviction and the right cocoon, it’s possible…

  2. this is inspiring me to take action, Donna! Thank-you!

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