What is Essential? - This American Girl

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Do you ever take a moment to ask

what is essential?


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What matters most?


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If you stripped everything of excess away

what would still remain?


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What is essential?


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Is it showing up to the party

in the most stylish outfit

that cost as much

as a flight to Bali?


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Is it rolling down the street

with the top down windows down

butt nice and cozy

on heated leather seats?


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Is it the Macbook Air juiced up

the latest iPhone model

the Go Pro fully loaded

the heaviest camera lens combination?


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Is it that glass of vintage wine?

Is it that lobster with a side of steak?

Is it that big soft bed with fluffy white sheets?

Is it that all-inclusive resort?


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Is it the mortgage

the job title

the corner office

the university diploma?


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Is it the relationship status

the bouquet of red roses

the number of times they compliment you

the number of times that they don’t?


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Is it the number of likes on your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook page?


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Is it the attention

the validation

the money

the fame?


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Or is it actually simplicity?


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Is it freedom?

Is it passion?

Is it compassion?

Is it play?


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Is it joy?

Is it gratitude?

Is it expression?

Is it human connection?


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Is it discovery?

Is it exploration?

Is it growth?

Is it introspection?


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Is it nature?

Is it harmony?

Is it happiness?

Is it bliss?


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What might you let go of

what might you release

to make more space

for only that which is essential?


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What fears?

What judgments?

What insecurities?

What stories?


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What can you let go of

to let more light

to let more love



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To let more light shine

to let more love spread

from within?


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Can you let go of everything

except that which is essential?



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Hello beautiful soul,
In August 2018 I stopped blogging as This American Girl. You can continue the journey with us over at Earth Daughters where we walk the sacred path of feminine awakening. Will love to see you there if it speaks to you.
With love, Camille