I have never seen a grasshopper before in my life, but last Saturday, I managed to have too close for comfort encounters with three. I shuddered when Avon told me the gory details of killing one in our apartment and gave him a good laugh when I ran face first into our front door trying and failing to escape one on our doormat. He doubled over when I sprinted past one on our doormat and clutched his sides when he pointed out another one on a nearby wall and I ran even faster. Having never seen a grasshopper before, I was curious as to why I was suddenly seeing so many. I hopped (pun intended) over to Google to search the “spiritual meaning of grasshopper” and was blown away by what I found. According to Southern Revivals:
When the grasshopper appears to us, we are being asked to take a leap of faith and jump forward into a specific area of life without fear. Usually, that specific area is one that we have avoided and is often connected to change on a larger scale. This can represent a change in location, relationships, career or just in the way we perceive ourselves.
Grasshoppers can only jump forward, not backward or sideways. So when [a] grasshopper shows up, he could be reaffirming to you that you are taking the right steps to move forward in your current situation. Or, it could be that he is telling you to go ahead and move forward, getting past what is hindering you. This is why [the] grasshopper is the symbol of good luck all over the world. Grasshoppers ability to connect and understand sound vibrations is why he is also a symbol of your inner voice. He could be telling you to trust yours.
I sat silently for a moment while my mind ran wild searching for meaning. It dawned on me that this time last year, I was preparing to take a huge leap of faith by moving to Charlotte and pursuing a relationship with Avon, who up until then, I had only met twice in person. Now, as I get ready to celebrate the two year anniversary of our introduction and my one year anniversary in Charlotte, it seems that another major transformation is presenting itself right on time.
I thought of Ready, Set , Charlotte, which also celebrates a milestone this month. Over the last year, I took tentative steps toward creating and growing my presence online. In the last few days, I’ve once again recommitted to that goal and, once again, struggled with feelings of self-doubt. I took the grasshoppers as a sign to break my pattern of false starts and to jump all in to creative entrepreneurship. Every step may not be the right step, but I get to trust that each step will move me closer to achieving my goal. I shared my thoughts with Avon. He pointed out that one grasshopper in our apartment and two others at our front door could indicate a sense of urgency. Now is the time to run, not crawl.
I’d like to believe that each of the three grasshoppers represented each member of my little family. After all, I’m not the only one with goals and taking steps toward achieving them. By the end of the month, Avon will have completed the first thirty days in his new role at his new job and Bean will have completed the first thirty days of Kindergarten at his new school. I thanked God for the affirming that we’re all moving in the right direction. I’m excited to see what’s to come because of it. Here’s what else I’m looking forward to in September:
Ready, Set, Fall // Fall is hands down my favorite season. I enjoy the shift from the casualness of the summer months back to the busyness of life. And boy, will I be busy this season! I have an ambitious list of fall themed activities that my family will hopefully enjoy or, at least, will pretend to enjoy when they see my camera. I also have a short list of of personal tasks to tackle. One I know I’ll really enjoy is transitioning my closet from summer to fall. Bring on the riding boots and chunky sweaters!
Inspired By // This month, I’m introducing a new feature on the blog. Through Inspired By, I’ll get to highlight the people, places and things that inspire me. But, no more grasshoppers. Please!
National Read A Book Day // Grab a book you might enjoy and spend the day reading in honor of National Read a Book Day on September 6th. I just finished reading Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey and I highly recommend it! Up next on my reading list are Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media by Brittany Hennessy and You’re Not Lost: An Inspired Action Plan for Finding Your Own Way by Maxie McCoy. For more book recommendations, follow me on Goodreads!
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