I spent a few slow hours this morning reading and listening to podcasts. I AM HERE FOR IT. I was never really a television person to begin with, but even more so now in my thirties. To me, there is nothing better than waking up on a Sunday morning with no obligations and feeding my soul with all the books and ‘casts.

Today, I spent a big chunk of time learning about the art of releasing and why it’s so necessary to cut cords, let go of what no longer serves you and give yourself endless grace. When we think of a release, I am picturing many different areas of life. This could be releasing tension, relationships, weight, or anything, really. Before I dig into the “why” behind this, I want to quickly explain my view on relationships.

Our lives are made up of relationships. This can be partnerships of all types, friendships, families, coworkers, etc. Within each of these individual relationships is a dance. Dances can be healthy, but they can also be toxic. They can be repetitive, but they can also be transformative. Think of a dance as the cycle you go through with a person.

Many dances are good and they are based on clear communication, healthy boundaries, honesty, authenticity and trust. Those are the relationships you treasure most. Those are the relationships that fill your cup. Sadly, not all dances are good. Some dances are dangerous. Some cycle through miscommunication, conflict, and anger. When you think about relationships that bring you feelings of anxiety, these are ones that may be affecting you more than you realize.

All of this to say that who you choose to surround yourself with, who you choose to be each day and how you show up for your relationships makes a difference. It’s not something that happens overnight. It’s not something people are just born with the ability to do, but active practice will make you better!

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