The Rumbling

Creating small habits to reach larger goals.

Anna Burgess Yang
4 min readOct 21, 2018

The first book I read after Nelle died in September of 2015 was Rising Strong by Brene Brown. It was exactly what I needed at that time. Brown talks about three parts of the rising strong process: the Reckoning, the Rumble, and the Revolution. Of the rumble, she writes:

“The rumble begins with turning up our curiosity level and becoming aware of the story we’re telling ourselves about our hurt, anger, frustration, or pain.”

I had to rumble with myself this past week.

It was my birthday on Thursday, and much like last year, I felt my age more than I had in the years before I lost Nelle and Iris. Even more so this year. 35 marks entering a “new age bracket” in my mind. The boxes I check on demographic forms will now be “35–44.” It feels decidedly more like “mid-30s.” And more than ever, I began to question what I personally want to accomplish.

This identification of “what do I want to do?” began after Autumn was born, maybe a bit before. The focus had finally shifted from “wanting to give birth to a healthy baby” to “wanting to fulfill myself” in other ways. I focused more energy on writing. I captured some time alone on Sunday mornings for this effort — time alone, time uninterrupted, time without distractions. Autumn would wake early in the day…

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Anna Burgess Yang

Freelance Writer. Practical Tips for Solopreneurs. Career pivots are fun. 🎉 https://start.annabyang.com/