Welcome : 2017

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I wish to move forward elevated + restored. Heart brimming with compassion : for myself + for this world.

I wish for my steps to be intentional, clear, and light. My arms to be open and ready to hold my little ones tight. My words courageous, true, and clear.

I am ready to tend to myself lovingly : honoring the cracks that truly do let the light in.

I forgive myself for all the times where I underwhelmed myself, and then I forgive some more.

I wish to continuously fill the well of gratitude, so my reserves are never dry.

I wish to witness the moon, the trees, the clouds, and the sun all surround me + may I absorb their elegance + steadiness.

I wish for these days ahead to bring me closer to the truth.

And I wish for you : all that you wish for yourself + peace.

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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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Spiritual Toolbox : The Great Work of Your Life

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“… we cannot achieve greatness unless we lose all interest in being great. For our own idea of greatness is illusory, and if we pay too much attention to it we will be lured out of the peace and stability of the being God gave us, and seek to live in a myth we have created for ourselves. It is, therefore, a very great thing to be little, which is to say: to be ourselves. And when we are truly ourselves we lose most of the futile self- consciousness that keeps us constantly comparing ourselves with others in order to see how big we are.”  – Thomas Merton

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The quote above came from a wonderful book : The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope. It looks at the lives of great masters and ordinary people to see what it took for them to listen to, and follow what felt to be their true calling.

Reading about other people’s journeys reminded me the individual’s purpose is so unique, and shouldn’t be discounted if it seems too “small” or not making a big enough impact. The nurse, the teacher, the friend, the artist, the mother, the assistant, whatever it may be… is incredibly important and a sacred role to fill, especially when it is aligned with your heart and your life’s work.

It’s worth exploring.

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Purposeful Play

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“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” – Win Borden

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Upon leaving teaching dance full time to be a mom and explore my other passions, like teaching yoga and making malas – I spent a lot of time playing. A lot of time tinkering, experimenting, journaling, asking questions and figuring things out – as I continue to do.

Things have evolved. I didn’t start with it all figured out, and I certainly still don’t have it all figured out now. My first blog post looked like this. One of my first mini malas looked like this. My first days as a mom looked like this. My workspace once looked like this

Beginning was the best thing I could have done. Figuring it out along the way with a sense of play + curiosity created motion and lightness informing where I am now.

There is tremendous freedom in doing what lights you up. In giving yourself permission to do what you love, because that is your unique gift you have to offer this world. So go ahead and begin. PLAY. Let it be MESSY + confusing and I’m sure you will come out with something beautiful on the other end. And of course, I’d LOVE to hear what you create. I’ll be making a mess right alongside you. :)

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