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“It’s not the external gaze that’s defining for you what fulfillment feels like in your life at this moment, it’s all you.” In part two of our conversation with Cecily – a vocalist, writer and healer – she continues to discuss how being a musician challenges and shapes her mental fitness journey. She also dives into reframing our mindset when it comes to social media, how she has built an online community around meditation, the evolution of the meaning behind success and gifting yourself with radical acceptance.

Show notes

Key Takeaways

:00 Cecily explains how being a musician challenges and shapes her mental fitness journey

3:18 The theory of impermanence provides a healthier framework for connecting with social media

5:59 Cecily outlines how a new journey into guided meditations has developed successfully online

8:00 Jenn speaks on being yourself and focusing on posting what you actually want

9:35 A hustle mindset can sometimes rob you of balance

14:25 Your definition of success should evolve with your age and mindset

16:15 Aligning with your own personal sense of spirituality and wellness contributes to a balanced, honest life

22:48 Cecily discusses how affirmations help her to flex her mental fitness

23:18 Reframing your mind can get you through tough situations

25:10 Radical acceptance

28:00 Parting words from Cecily

Books Mentioned

The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship: A Toltec Wisdom Book – Don Miguel Ruiz  https://www.amazon.com/Mastery-Love-Practical-Relationship-Toltec/dp/1878424424 

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – Don Miguel Ruiz https://www.amazon.com/Four-Agreements-Practical-Personal-Freedom/dp/1878424319 

How to Love (Mindfulness Essentials) – Thich Nhat Hanh

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Mindfulness-Essentials-Thich-Nhat/dp/1937006883

All About Love: New Visions – Bell Hooks

https://www.amazon.com/All-About-Love-New-Visions/dp/0060959479 

Quotes Mentioned

“As a normal human being just going through their life, you can be like ‘yeah I’m gonna delete social media apps for a while’, but as an artist you feel guilty.”

“Take away that option of ‘I’m doing this because it looks interesting’… that’s a new type of freedom”

“It’s important to have a practice of knowing that this [social media] is not permanent, for one, it helps you appreciate the moment. ”

“It’s really helpful as an artist knowing that whether I have a new project to post or not, I’m still an important, valuable human being.”

“Focus on your intentions, not expectations.”

“Growth is a pendulum.”

“You have a following. It doesn’t need to be millions.”

“Focus on your core fan base and figure out what you’re offering.”

“You can’t throw balance out the window, when you feed other parts of yourself then you become a fuller human being.”

“Giving your all is not cute anymore. Balance is cute.”

“Your voice can be used in a lot of different ways, it doesn’t just have to be used for music.”

“As you get older, don’t be afraid to redefine what success means to you.”

“It’s not the external gaze that’s defining for you what fulfillment feels like in your life at this moment, it’s all you.”

“Everything has to feel in alignment now, or I just almost can’t do it… I just have to be purposeful in anything.”

“Bigger paychecks, less work.”

“You don’t need to do this much.”

“It’s so important to know how to say no.”

“It’s all about value alignment.”

“I am mighty and unrestricted.”

“It’s interesting how you can reframe a situation that’s kind of sucky at that moment in time.”

“Radical acceptance of the moment.”

“Take a moment today to tell yourself that you’re enough.”

“You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. All will be well.”