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Julie Fanning LCSW



Moments of Clarity

It can happen anywhere and at any time.  Driving in my car listening to music, lying in bed waiting for sleep, eating at a restaurant with friends or when taking a walk.   There is a moment where I might have perfect clarity.  Where I know, without doubt what my next step would be.  It could be a major thing like the next step in a relationship or accepting a new job.  It might be a minor thing like calling an old friend.  Most of us have those moments where we absolutely are certain of a course of action.

Only, the moment often doesn’t last.  A few hours or days or sometimes even minutes later that absolutely certain fades.  The decision doesn’t seem so clear cut.  All the barriers and roadblocks- often of my own making – gets in the way.  I can often think of many reasons why something – that felt so perfect – is not what I should be doing after the moment passes.

I think that I am better when I just hold on to the moment of clarity.  I acknowledge it existed.  I acknowledge that in that moment I knew that this was the way to go.  I try to hold on to regardless of what all the extraneous noise is telling me.  I think maybe our moments of clarity our truest voice of our soul and should be listened to.*

Try it.  Next time you have a moment of clarity, cling on to it.  Hold tight.  Maybe even write it down.  Step away from all your doubts and obstacles you put in the way.  Act on that moment of clarity.





*An exception would be if your moment of clarity consists of harming yourself.  In that case I would strongly encourage you to wait and talk to someone else about these feelings immediately.

Perils with Following your Path

I often speak about speaking up about your own truth.  Be who you are. Follow your dreams. . I know I can get quite passionate on the subject.  I just am not sure that I always remember to mention that even if it is the path you are supposed to take, it isn’t necessarily easy.


It isn’t easy facing rejection from others of who we are.  Some people won’t agree with the statements you make or the actions you take.  Some people will be brutal in voicing their disagreement.  It isn’t easy being vulnerable and laid out open to others.  Following your own path may mean having to grieve over the safety of hiding, or of not having immediate supports or being unsettled.  There might not be the panacea of freedom; there may be sadness and hollowness.  I encourage everyone to speak up because I think all of our souls are amazing and worthy but don’t worry if it just isn’t your time yet. Don’t worry if you have to take a step back or break.  Everything will happen in its own time.  Everything you do, every path you take, leads you to where you need to be.  None of your time is wasted time

Find Your Passion Prezi

Happy Wednesday!

I am always looking for fun ways to get my message out.  (Whatever that might be.)  I saw some therapists were using this program called Prezi to create slideshow sort of thingies so I jumped on the bandwagon and did one to.  I took my “Find Your Passion” rack card and tried to make a Prezi.  Go ahead and check it out and let me know what you think.  I obviously have no idea how it is supposed to work yet but it was fun to do.

You can click on the start button for each slide to show up or  if you go prefer go under the tab ‘more’ and it will give you the option to run it like a video.  Good times.

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