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What Comes Next?

Metastate began when we realized we had been ignoring our creative selves for a long time. We started connecting with people who found the courage to listen to their hearts and take a different path than the one they were on. We shared their stories, started to rewrite our own, and hopefully sparked a small change inside of you.

Over a year later, we’re asking ourselves what parts of our story need to be scrapped and edited to move us toward the kind of ending we really want. The hardest part is giving ourselves the permission to follow our gut when we spend most of our days pulled in different directions – work, bills, relationships, friends. It’s easy to find ourselves in a kind of holding pattern, succumbing to the demands around us and losing the momentum and sense of purpose we once had. This next chapter is about tipping the scales back and making an effort to live each day guided by our core instead of the expectations of others.

It’s a continual process and we need to be reminded of it everyday. How do we keep pushing in that direction little by little when some epic change isn’t there to give us that push? What are those small things that will move us towards a happier life? How do we find them? How do we really know they’re worth going for?

Let’s talk about the topics we are struggling with and ask the questions we hadn’t thought to ask. The questions that arise out of the struggle are powerful because they can propel us in a new direction, both personally and as a larger society.

It’s hard to end a cycle and start a new one, but this is life and instead of focusing so much on telling the story or finding the answers, we are opening back up to the questions. Let’s be brave enough to ask the questions and put them out there even when we have no idea what the answer might be. This time of transition is a beautiful one and when we open ourselves back up to change, we also open to possibility — “the border is to be on the way.”

I love borders. August is the border between summer and autumn; it is the most beautiful month I know. Twilight is the border between day and night, and the shore is the border between sea and land. The border is longing; when both have fallen in love but still haven’t said anything. The border is to be on the way. It is the way that is the most important thing.

-Tove Jansson, “Moominvalley in November.”

So tell us, what are you struggling with right now?

Your friends in change,

Maryn & Darree

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