Today :

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I release you.

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I expect nothing from you.

I will commit to witnessing my heart. Practicing gratitude whenever I am fortunate enough to remember.

I let go of needing to muscle through, with clenched hands. Instead, I move with generosity, fluidity, and grace. Knowing that everything will get done when it truly needs to.

I am divinely guided. I loosen my grip.

I smile kindly when I catch myself tighten. I make myself a cup of tea and sit with me, my fear, anxiety, shame, and whatever else feels like it needs to surface.

As I sit and I see this part of me, and remind it : you don’t need to work quite so hard. Space is good and quiet is truth telling.

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Pockets of Sparkle

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My husband smashed a geode in the driveway before we rushed to the hospital to have a baby. The rock was unassuming on the outside, but filled with pockets of amazing sparkle on the inside.

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Anna is cracking me open. In magnificent + heartbreaking ways.

I can see my strengths and weaknesses that much more clearly. Like looking through a magnifying glass.

Some days I “have it together” – whatever that means.

Other days I feel as if motherhood is swallowing me whole, and my brain is tired mush by dinner time.

But really, I should never claim to have it together. For if I do, it is specific to that moment. And most likely related to if I got any sleep.

Because just as parenting goes, once I have it “figured out” it changes, just like that.

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Spiritual Treasure Chest : Art of Attention

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I just got my hands on the Art of Attention Healing card deck created by Elena Brower + Erica Jago and I am in love. I have been using them nearly every day and deeply benefiting from their guidance.

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Before I pull a card, I think of something I need a little support on. Like… What should I use this day for? How can I approach this weekend away? How can I best serve today? Etc..

These questions just surface as I slow down my breath and shuffle the deck – and what I’m wanting becomes clarified in those few moments before I choose the card. And every time it always seems like the card chooses me and grounds me in such an elegant way.

I’m so grateful that this treasure of a deck exists and that my friend, Reyna, told me all about the use of cards in the first place. Now I’m hooked and love adding this little ritual into my daily practice.

“Life is nothing but a dream, and if you create your life with love, your dream becomes a masterpiece of art.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

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Notes to You // Notes to Me

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Intuitive Flow : Mini Mala

If you’re feeling wobbly – it’s OK.

It doesn’t mean today is going to stink, that you’re less than, or not on the right track.

It’s just a feeling, that will certainly pass.

Use it as an invitation to listen closer to what you may need.

Connect to your intuitive flow + honor it fiercly.

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These words started as a note to myself, scribbled in my journal, on a day I was feeling off my center – and now I share it with you : with the hope that it might help you continue to move forward even if you are feeling stuck or slightly uneasy.

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Above is a mini mala I made, which you can find in my little online shop Charm & Magic.

 

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30.

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In honor of turning 30 this week – a list of 30 things I’m grateful for – in no particular order.

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1. My parents and the tremendous courage + grace it took for them to have me. :)

2. Growing up with my three brothers.

3. Moving to a new house – in Lancaster, PA – where the produce is plentiful + fresh.

4. Bringing the seed of an idea Charm & Magic into this world and now having an outlet to make beautiful meaningful things for people.

5. My incredibly amazing, amazing husband. Who knows where I’d be without him. Seriously.

6. Little Luca who is now a toddler and amazes me every day… as cliche as that may sound.

7. Naps. (in regards to Luca’s naptime and anytime I can squeeze one in)

8. Chocolate. Especially good quality stuff. Like bean to bar. Artisanal made shit.

9. My many ridiculously awesome friends from all parts of my life, all over the world, yet so near and dear to my heart.

10. Snail mail.

11. My little cousins that are now big cousins to Luca, and the magic of witnessing that. My aunts and uncles, that Luca now gets to have as great aunts + uncles.

12. Being pregnant again with baby #2!!! :)

13. Having had the opportunity to live in some of fantastic places : Brooklyn, Italy, & Frankfurt, and the excitement in the thought of returning.

14.  Shelter Island, and my gracious aunt + uncle who are always willing to have us.

15. Fresh flowers.

16. Orange egg yolks.

17. Washi tape, stamps, and any other craft supply.

18. Beautiful design.

19. Good coffee, and the ritual within a cup.

20. Grass fed, organic half and half, and other dairy products. :)

21. Ice – Cream.

22. Slowing down.

23. Learning at an early age that motion is potion, and running, dancing, yogaing since.

24. My teachers – especially the ones that believed in me more than I believed in myself, and offered a sublime teaching just in their way of being.

25. Everything I discover and uncover on my yoga mat.

26. Meditation. Especially when I have my husband as a meditation partner.

27. WFUV. Best radio station ever. Thankful I can stream it when I’m out of NYC.

28. Mantra music. That stuff really grounds me when I’m feeling scattered and anxious.

29. Sunshine. I worship the sun.

30. Today.

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#Latergram

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For the first time in a few weeks, I have a chunk of time to myself and even though I have a loooong list of things to tend to, I can’t help but reflect on the fullness of this past month.

The first part of July was spent saying goodbye to favorite people and places in Brooklyn. It was sad to leave certain parts of our life there, and I already miss my friends + family that were so near and so dear. The middle of July was spent with my family in Lake George which was such a nourishing treat. Then Luca and I floated around a bit until we were able to move into our new home on the very last day of July… which just so happened to be a blue moon, or the second full moon in a month! A special day indeed. So now here we are in August, my favorite month of the year and I’m finally ready to resurface.

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Looking back on July, so many incredible things happened that I was barely able to process in the tempo of life around me.. Such as…

  • Luca started taking his first few steps !! After a month of practicing, he is now (as of yesterday) feeling confident and choosing to walk on his own. I’m still getting used to spotting him waddle around.
  • We had an incredible photo shoot with the oh so talented Alaina Muckell, and now will forever have beautiful images of Luca and I when we lived in Brooklyn. I am SO grateful for Alaina and for these pictures.
  • I hosted a mala making workshop! Six incredible women gathered around my dining room table to craft their own unique mala. I can’t wait to host another one of these.
  • I designed 3 mini malas exclusively for Prema Yoga, which are now on sale in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn!! I can’t believe this actually happened!
  • A piece I wrote was featured in Teach.Yoga – a beautiful online space created by Elena Brower. This was such a surprise as I submitted this mini article months ago, and assumed it hadn’t been a match since I didn’t receive a reply. Then last week I woke up extremely exhausted, asked for a miracle, opened my inbox, and discovered my work featured in the weekly email. Surprise!
  • I have been working with two of the most loveliest clients, and have so enjoyed picking up my coaching practice again.
  • We moved into a HOUSE and it feels really, really, good…and messy. I can’t believe the all the space that is ours, and how much furniture we now need after coming from a little 2 bedroom apartment. Slowly but surely it will come together. Right now I am treasuring our backyard + driveway amongst many other things.

So, that’s what has been happening. I’m excited to get my feet back on the ground and start building something here in Lancaster, PA.  Thank you for reading and I’d SO love to hear what has been happening in your life.

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