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Nancy L. Neff Coaching and Healing

LifeForce Abundance Coach
Vision and Energy Coach

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Mid-June 2021 Newsletter

Hello, and a magical juicy Mid-June to you!
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter. Today's issue is about showing up. Enjoy!

Are you showing up?
 image of being criticized When I was younger, I thought showing up meant going to school every day and listening attentively to the teacher, even when I didn't feel like it. Or it meant doing my chores, whether Mom was checking on me or not. As I got older it meant paying my bills on time, or keeping my promise to a friend.

Though I had no problem honoring my personal and academic and business commitments, social gatherings and interactions, with no clearly defined structure, were more of a challenge for me. My busy brain imagined a scene like the image above, with everyone judging me and criticizing me. Who would want to show up then, just to become a target?

 snail leaving its shell and comfort zone When I realized I was treating every chance to interact with others like an acting performance which was giving me stage fright, I decided to approach the idea of showing up in groups differently. I noticed I often tried to "hide in plain sight" in gatherings, being physically present, yet unfocused and "checked out", often not paying attention. Learning is one of my highest priorities, and I would never treat a class I'd signed up for this way!

Hmmm... What if learning to interact socially, in a friendly way without fear of criticism, was my current "area of study"? Like the naked snail leaving her cozy shell of solitude, I was way out of my comfort zone with this. I practiced fully showing up for neighbors I ran into casually, or for other students at a workshop when we weren't in class. And like any skill, the more I practiced, the easier it became.

 Brene Brown being seen quote An overlooked essential part of showing up was showing up for myself. Before I had only thought about showing up for others, meeting their demands. As I added in the "assignment" (thinking like a teacher) to show up for myself first, making sure I was comfortable, it became easier to show up for others. At times it felt almost natural, as if it was becoming automatic. I was growing a new skill!

Showing up for myself could be considered necessary self-care, as important as getting sufficient sleep. I don't want to become so thoroughly depleted trying to meet everyone else's needs that I have no time and energy left for myself, and am approaching burnout. When I do show up for myself, it feels good and energizes me, then I have more to give when I show up for other people. And I can show up for Life more, enjoying the Nature scenes around my home, or even the food I eat, instead of just going through the motions of living. Showing up feels like allowing myself to have a full and fulfilling life. Are you showing up too?

For an article exploring the connection between my myopia and my unwillingness to "put myself out there", click here.

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