spirit animal / the bee

A little over a week ago, I revisited a post about Spirit Animals that one of my favorite bloggers, Kathleen, had written. When I first read it, I was curious and wanted to figure out my own spirit animal. But of course … life got in the ways, things got busy, and I simply forgot. But last week, the curiosity crept back as I found myself determined to figure it out. Some may think it’s silly, but I’m always up to discover + understand more about myself. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter!

And as it turns out, landing on my spirit animal was admittedly a great exercise, too. During one of my busiest days last week ( the kind that feels endless and anxiety ridden ), I simply closed my eyes and allowed myself to breathe + think clearly. After trying to think about what animal I’d actually want to be, it hit me. I have never been afraid of bees. I know it sounds a little crazy, but whenever one buzzes around me, I stop and stare. You can hear them coming and most people run away, but I’ve always planted myself firm and remained in awe and quiet around them. They catch my attention.

So, like a true internet obsessed individual, I took to google and affirmed that yes, my spirit animal is a bee. They are a symbol of hard work, energy, and accomplishing the impossible. And perhaps more importantly, they remind us to “extract the honey of life,” which is exactly what I forget from time to time. More often than not, I will allow myself to be as “busy as a bee.” It’s in my bones. But recently, I’ve been experiencing a mind shift here, and at the end of the day, have found true happiness surrounding myself with loved ones and enjoying the simplicity of life.

I could go on and on, but it’s certainly interesting to see all the similarities here and think about my own personality in a different way. Seriously, give it a try! Two of my good friends I spent time with this weekend gave it some thought and landed on a hummingbird and a bear, which was SO fitting for them. I would love to hear about what YOU think your own spirit animal is!

The one other thing that solidified my choice was my Grandma Bea, short for Beatrice, who passed away from cancer almost a year ago now. I found instant comfort in the fact that my spirit animal, the bee, which ultimately reminds me of her every time I say it out loud, could be a little bit of her protecting me as well. I miss her so much and know that upon hearing all of this, she would have given me her normal “breanna rose you are off on a tangent, but that’s okay” smirk. I loved that.

  1. Melanie says:

    Ahh this is so sweet! I’ve always said I was either a wolf or a lion, but I haven’t really put that much thought into why. I love Braid’s blog but forget to check out Kathleen’s personal blog : /. Rectifying that now!

    I love how perfect a bee is for you! When I was little me and my cousin would play together all the time. When bees and wasps would fly near us he told me not to be afraid of them, that they wanted to be our friends and I totally believed him. I DO happen to think wasps can be mean little things, but bees have never really scared me either : )

  2. Danielle says:

    Haven’t really thought about spirit animals before. I’m going to take some time and think about it!

  3. Quyen says:

    What an interesting concept! After thinking about it, I think my spirit animal would have to be an elephant. I am committed to my family and the people that I love.

  4. Kara-Anne says:

    Gosh! I never *knew* about spirit animals till your post, haha. My business mascot is a polar bear, and I took a spirit animal quiz and the bear *is* my spirit animal!

    Haha, I just found it kinda cool that I knew my spirit animal all along (sorta).

    But I am, on the other hand, very afraid of bees (or any other insect)!

  5. giulia says:

    i find that so interesting! i’m glad you took that time for yourself. i am one of the people who is afraid of bugs and such, but i actually admire you even more since reading this post!
    i’ll have to think deeply about mine:)

  6. Haha! I can’t believe you decided to blog about this today because my husband and I were just talking about spirit animals last night before bed. My husband is definitely a bear and I am definitely a type of cat (although I haven’t figured out the specifics).

  7. It’s so easy to underestimate the power of bees! Such amazing and essential creatures in our ecosystem! I’m still trying to figure out what my spirit animal is. If it’s an animal that I love to death, it might be bunnies or pandas :)


  8. Bre! — you totally inspired me to do my own seeking and I have come to the conclusion that my own spirit animal is an owl! I had so much fun researching and meditating on the idea, that I shared my story on my blog with a link back to yours!

    Thanks so much for the extra push, as I’ve been thinking about this for awhile now myself! Ever since reading Kathleen’s. :)

    I love that you’re a bee — it totally fits!

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  10. Vicky says:

    I took a little test online, I’m supposed to be a spider! They do show up in my dreams a lot but I figured that’s because I’m batshit crazy scared of them, haha.

  11. Kathy says:

    Okay, intrigued I went and took a couple different spirit animal quizzes. Strangely enough, all 3 came back with a swan as my spirit animal. Okay, spirits, I get it!

    And after thinking about it, it makes complete sense. I’m passionate about my family and married to my soul mate. The description from one of the quizzes especially could have been written strictly about me:

    “Swans are idealistic, open-minded, and passionate. Your good nature often leads people to think they can take advantage of you, but they should be careful—beneath that serenity lies a fighting spirit. Your love is fierce and unconditional, fueled by the certainty that it should last forever.” http://www.jerismithready.com/quiz/

    I love it! Especially since growing up, I was so the Ugly Duckling. I didn’t know who I was or what I wanted or how to handle myself. I’ll take it!

  12. Sam Allen says:

    I remember seeing her post… thanks for the reminder to do that!

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