So what does it actually mean to unravel?
To me, unravelling has always been about growing and evolving as a person. It's a normal and necessary part of life to be constantly bumping up against stuff. When I was young, I was given an impression that life involved traversing a linear path. I thought it would be easy to continue to tick off my goals one by one and eventually I would be happy. I quickly realised that this was not going to be the case- and I am grateful that it isn't this way. I like to think of life as a great unravelling because it often feels like an untamed ball of string. The string becomes knotted and messy and while it looks chaotic, it's also a beautiful, raw and wild.
I have gone through many unravellings in my 33 years but perhaps the most significant was becoming severely unwell with a rare type of migraine in my mid 20's. I went from a fully functioning , high achieving, woman to being literally unable to leave my house for what would be 3 years of chronic ill health. I lived in a state of constant dizziness for these years, hardly able to move around or do basic tasks. It would take all my determination, courage and strength to find my way out of this poor quality of life. This was unacceptable to me and that little voice inside was telling me it was all going to work out, I just had to keep going.
"I went from a fully functioning , high achieving, woman to being literally unable to leave my house for what would be 3 years of chronic ill health"
The hardest part about that time was the uncertainty. I had to get really comfortable with the unknown. The Great Unravelling was inspired by the moments where I felt so alone and fearful about the future.
Most of the time we unravel in private not wanting those around us to see us fall apart. We put on our brave faces and stick to the script that we have been taught. We are not congratulated when we choose rest over work. We feel misunderstood and torn between who we are and what others want us to be. Trusting my intuition and following my truth lead me on the path back to vitality.
"We are not congratulated when we choose rest over work. We feel misunderstood and torn between who we are and what others want us to be."
After a decade of experience working in the realm of mental health, trauma and counselling I have now found my true calling:
Shining a light on the unravelling process and supporting sensitive, curious and creative souls to emerge from the chaos.