Posted by Emily Barr on Sep 12, 2020
Yesterday during our Faithful Friday circle, I shared that Pavi and I have been collaborating on a "secret project" and today I'd like to share it with you. A little backstory: in July, I started writing myself affirmations, messages from the heart, to me and by me. They were generated from what I was feeling or needing on a given day and would come to me without effort - while showering, meditating, praying, being out in nature - when I felt them, I wrote them down.
Around this same time, Pavi invited me to send her a picture of something that brings me joy each day, and she was on the receiving end of many images of flowers (far too many! :)), favorite meals, and snapshots of small moments that brought me to life.
A few weeks ago, she told me (very cryptically) that I might start getting more specific instructions for my photos. I had no idea what was in store, but I was on board and eager to see where it would lead. Maybe she's just getting tired of my surplus of garden photos, I thought :) But alas, the real reason was so much more beautiful.
Having sent her a list of all the affirmations I'd written, she surprised me with the attached - one of my photos paired with one of my affirmations - and thus, Emily's Affirmations was born.
It's always been my intent to share them, and thanks to my "artistic director", they've come to life in a way that I couldn't have imagined or planned for. Upon seeing the first one, I thought, "This is my book!" It felt like a giddy revelation, one that I continue to hold with unwavering certainty.
I'm incredibly excited to share them with you, and my hope is that each will reach those who are needing them at just the right time. Writing them and taking photos for them each day continues to affirm my sense of purpose and has led to so many magical nature encounters that I can't even begin to describe in words...
If you've stuck with the message up until now (which I hope you have!) you're probably wondering, where can we see them?! I've created an Instagram where I'll be releasing a new one every Sunday. There are many that are already completed, but I like the idea of releasing them slowly, allowing each to ripple through the world in the way it's intended.
If you're on Instagram, you can follow @emilysaffirmations.
If you don't have an Instagram account, the above web address is still accessible publicly.
I hope this project touches you in ways that can't be predicted in the moment, but is already weaving threads of mystery, connection, and grace. There are so many layers that had to come together to bring this to fruition, none of which I could have orchestrated, their complexity escaping my understanding. But there is also so much comfort and deep knowing that this is what emerged and it's for a reason that feels altogether bigger than me and meant for me.
Please share this message and account with others who might be nourished by this project. I truly hope that it will make a difference to others' lives... I suspect it already has :) Thank you for accompanying me on this journey and for the unique light you bring.