For The Sake of Simplicity

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The other day I was making dinner, and felt the incredible urge to do 20 things at once. Chop the onion, grate the cheese, set the table, make a salad, cut the bread, tend to the kids… whatever it was, there were many things I felt like I had to do – all at once.

However, luckily I was making risotto, which requires you to stand at the pot and stir the rice until the broth is absorbed, and then add some more. This meal doesn’t really allow you to multitask – because your presence is needed while it cooks.

So I tried to do it all, until I realized I couldn’t. So, instead I planted my feet and stirred until the rice was cooked and we were ready to eat.

When I feel like I should be doing everything, I often need to stop and do nothing.

It always gets figured out.

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How Human of Me

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I heard this mantra from Judith Lasater, during a conversation with Elena Brower.  She uses it when she catches herself in a less than ideal moment, thought pattern, habit, etc.

“How human of me…”

Gentle, compassionate, tender bow – to yourself + your humanness – when you need a dose of loving forgiveness, instead of judgement, criticism, etc.

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I have been enjoying it in moments after I have : eaten too much chocolate, harshly reacted instead of thoughtful responded, wasted time mindlessly scrolling, noticed my heart closed instead of open…

Grateful for those few words, that remind me – I am human.

 

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2016

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A constant thread of my writing is taking time to craft your intentions – to enjoy rituals that connect to yourself so you can ultimately create the life that you wish to live. The one where you feel fully expressed and are able to be the truest form of yourself – which is what I am continuously working on.

It can be helpful to look back before you glance ahead. Celebrate all that was, forgive all that wasn’t so you can forge ahead clearly. Here is a little ritual to consciously transition from one year to the next.

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Get out your journal, or your favorite colored pieces of paper, make them beautiful, or burn them when you are complete… Make it your own – but sit with each guideline.

#1. Record what happened in 2015.

What was it filled up with? Little moments, big moments, keep an ongoing list to mark the happenings of this year. Nothing too big or small. Go through your memory month by month.

EX: I started hosting pop up yoga classes // Luca turned 1! // Spent time visiting Oma & Opa // We moved // I turned 30 // Spent lots of time in coffee shops // Hosted 2 mala making workshops // etc…

#2. Record what didn’t happen in 2015, that perhaps you wished would have.

Where there any goals you wanted to reach? Ideas you had but were never were truly born? Trips or classes you never took…?

EX: I never made a Charm & Magic signature kit that I brainstormed a lot about // I never learned Italian… or took an art class // I didn’t make as much money as I would have liked // etc…

#3. Honor both lists.

Really, look at all existed in this year – so many successes, surprises, little moments, perhaps some that were planned or some that were better than you could have ever planned. Reflect on the fullness + abundance in you all created and soak it in.

Then FORGIVE all that didn’t happen. All the plans + ideas you set out with this new year to complete. This might take extra journaling, or burning, or dancing … but you must forgive so you can release.

#4. Now make some wishes.

Some heartfelt ones. This might take a moment of silence before you begin, or asking your guides above. Leave your mind out of it + all the “shoulds” rest on the side. Instead invite your heart to to the talking. Write and see what pours out. How do you want to feel? How do you want to spend your days? What would be so magnificent? What if you allowed _______ to be possible… See what pours out.

EX: I wish to expand. I wish to step fully into my offerings. I wish to feel like a divine goddess – confident + creative. I wish for trust + compassion to envelope my days, along with naps, snuggles, belly laughs and consistent time to reflect on the charm & magic that exists in my life. 

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Now you have a wish to guide you into the new year. You can keep it present as you navigate the days of 2016 and refer to it often, or rip it up and release it into the future. You decide. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds for you. :)

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Lighten Up : Forgive + Release

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We are officially in the season of light and get to enjoy one extra minute of daylight each day. It’s a  gorgeous time to leave behind what we no longer need in the darkness. Especially as we soon welcome the new year.

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I find I am fully able to release when I forgive.

So I sat with my journal (a current treasured morning ritual) and forgave myself for all the times :

I compared + despaired + sat in judgement // For when I felt like I had to prove something + put the pressure on in all the wrong ways // For when I didn’t know how to focus, and wasted my energy on silly, draining things.

So then I could confidently release:

The constant doubt of my worth + value // The need to seek external validation // The habit of shrinking to maintain the illusion of safety // Indulging in unsatisfying distractions // GUILT – especially all things mom related.

And of course like everything… the release will be a work in progress. And I will forgive myself when I see myself in the same old pattern, I’m ready to move on from.

An Invitation : Think about some habits / patterns / illusions that you are ready to leave in the darkness, and truly forgive yourself for the time that you have spent entertaining whatever it is. Then boldly declare that you are finished – so that you can create space for what you’d like to invite in next.

A pen + paper will help this process along, and lighting a candle can never hurt.

 

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Intentional Calm

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Savoring quiet time in front of the Christmas tree.

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Doing my best to not get tangled into the perfect images + endless lists of this season. So that I do not feel like I am falling short of every expectation that can feel so real at this time of year.  I’m catching myself, and constantly reminding myself all it has to be is a true expression of my heart.

What keeps this season sacred is the rhythm of time : time to be together, time to reflect, time to get quiet, time to celebrate, and time to clarify intentions:

My intention :

I want to feel grounded + light, rooted in generosity + receptivity. Letting my actions be a joyful expression of myself and my values. I want to laugh until my belly hurts. I want to create a space where people can connect to themselves. I want daily time to reflect with hot chocolate, marshmallows, a beautiful blanket, and inspiring things to read. I want to create an inspired approach to 2016. I want to nap – daily. I want to give it all away.

And how perfect, that it all will culminate with a full moon on Christmas Day!

A true celebration of light.

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Seeking Beauty Is Vital

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I awoke to these words so generously shared from a friend from a far:

“When tragedy strikes afar or hits closer to home, we feel it. In harsh realities, we’re exposed, raw and uncertain.

It’s during these hard times that we really need the softness of craft. To be wrapped in the embrace of grandmother’s quilt, to feel protected from the elements in a hand knit sweater, to caress a mug thrown by someone else’s hand on a potter’s wheel. These simple things reconnect us to our humanity and remind us of the goodness and potential of people.

I don’t think it is naive to turn to crafting and making or seeking out beauty. It is vital.

Piecing a quilt isn’t just about sewing fabric, it’s time to process emotions and patch together our feelings. A knitted sweater is an entanglement of love that our child wears when we can’t always be by his side. These things matter deeply. One stitch at a time, we can shape our surroundings.

We can control what we make — and what we do with it.”

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This was so affirming, after reading the paper in tears this weekend, as I processed all the pain in this world.  I couldn’t help but feel helpless + like the world was doomed.

Taking time to make things, to create beauty is a necessary practice, and it can look like anything.

I have been inserting this slice of beauty in my days lately  : lavender oil behind my ears, listening to Essie Jain (such peaceful music!), holding onto my mala and repeating a mantra, while lying on the couch for 15 minutes. A divine indulgence of beauty and rest, of allowing instead of pushing.

Create moments of beauty. Finding moments to uplift your spirit.

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Start here :

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“I do wonder, how some people, who upon seeing gorgeous, billowing cumulus clouds floating effortlessly overhead, don’t just want to explode with joy.

Or who, upon seeing a mighty old oak tree, don’t run right up to it wildly screaming, “I love you!”

Or who, upon being caught in the rain, don’t blush as each drop gently kisses their skin.

Or who, upon gazing at a star-filled night, aren’t paralyzed with awe.

Or who, upon seeing their reflection in a pond, don’t cry the happiest of tears.

Do you know what I mean?”

– The Universe (Mike Dooley)

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