Put Down That Project


Best of 2009 Blog Challenge: Day 21: Project. What did you start this year that you’re proud of?


This year, I began again to write the book I stopped writing five years ago. I stopped writing it when I realized I still had to live much of what the book was to be about. I put it down. It was not time.

Since then, many things have transpired. Life has been full of many twists and turns. My mother was diagnosed with cancer. After a two-year journey with cancer, she passed away last year. My two daughters have given birth to two new grandchildren. And, as I look back, I now can see I have lived into the book. The book is so ready to be born.

This is my project. And, the funny thing is, part of the book has to do with realizing that we must, as women, put down ‘the project’ – that project that keeps us on the never-ending treadmill of trying to be better, more beautiful, sexier, younger, thinner, more perfect, more successful, more fill-in-the-blank if we are to discover who and what we really are underneath all the beliefs that we aren’t enough. I call it ‘the project’. So, when I read Gwen’s prompt, I chuckled at the irony, at least for me.


“Woman is the radiance of God; she is not your beloved. She is the Creator —you could say that she is not created.” ~Rumi

When we put down that project of not being enough, something that has always been within begins to move and stir and reawaken.

I am excited to birth this book, and to begin to teach the course that is directly intertwined with it. It has to do with women’s creativity, with the life-giving mystery that is within you, and within every woman, and how you and I and all women can awaken, and step into, this natural power, a power that is serves all of life.


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5 Replies to “Put Down That Project”

  1. YES! ohmyword, yes, yes, yes!! No more treadmills to “perfection”. Thank you for this, Julie.

    On to discovering “who and what we really are underneath all the beliefs that we aren’t enough”.

  2. Love this. As I go through the process of writing my own book, I see the parallels you talk about here. I may have started the book over 3 years ago, but I hadn’t “lived into it” as you say, until this year.

    Thanks for sharing this, Julie.

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