Hey Beautiful Soul,
I am a believer in self and soul care. This is not the type of self care (though for some it certainly can include it) that is all about massages and vacations. It’s about practices and rituals to put into your life on the regular. Ones that support your mind, body and soul.
We have more opportunities for self care than we often realize.
Here are 5 acts of self care you can do this weekend and they are free!
- Stop for a moment (several times throughout your day, even set up a reminder on your phone) and take a put your hand on your heart and take a deep breath, eyes closed if you can.
- Get some fresh air (if it’s crazy outside or super cold, open the windows when you can even for just 5 minutes if it’s safe to do so) If you can get outside even for a just a few minutes and just breath it in.
- Do a brain dump. Most of us have what feel like a zillion things on our minds. Taking even just a few minutes to grab a piece of paper (or notes app if you are more of a digital kind of person) and just write down everything that’s tugging at you. It might seem like a strange mix from what’s my future hold to get milk. But it’s all taking up space! Step away from it for a while and then take a gander at it. Are there things that are simple to just get done or delegate? Are there more action items or it’s not in my hands but it’s on my mind items. Once you have a bit of this perspective you can decide what if anything needs to be done.
- Check in with your body, what does it need? Rest, movement, water, veggies, cake (ok maybe we don’t need cake, but if that’s truly what you are craving and it’s not detrimental to your health can you give in just a tiny bit, or find a compromise) Maybe you simply needed to check in with your body to notice that your shoulders and ears are scrunched up together!
- Create something… a photo (with your phone counts, visual journal page, vision board, inspiration board, doodle, a meal, a yarn project the list is endless… Even if you don’t have all the supplies for one project I am willing to bet you have available to you supplies to create something (pen, paper, phone with camera, ingredients to bake or cook something)
What act’s of self and soul care will you engage in this weekend?
Here is to living with Intention
Hey Wonderful Person!
I wanted to share some intention setting prompts (that I will also be answering this week!) This could be done for each month, 3 months, 6 months, the year whatever works for you!
Ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I want to feel?
- What do I want to create?
- What do I want to accomplish?
- What do I want to savor?
- What do I want to embrace?
- What do I want to release?
- What do I want to explore?
I encourage you to carve out some time and allow yourself the space of really listening to what comes up for each of these that you choose to respond to.
Here is to living with Intention
Hey Beautiful Person!
How are things going for you so far?
I just wanted to remind you that you can have a fresh start whenever you want.
You may feel like you are seeing people on social media seeming like they have it all figured out. They have their goals, words of the year, vision boards, and perfect plan of actions already to “slay” the year.
Remember you do you. If choosing a word doesn’t feel right this year then don’t do it maybe a word a month feels better or a list of words and heart resolutions, maybe it’s a phrase or nothing. It’s up to you.
Maybe you don’t want to do a vision board (also you can call it an intention board or inspiration board) you can skip creating one, decide you want to use one image to represent what you desire this year or put words and images (or just words or just images) in a journal instead or create a piece of art to represent it.
Maybe you don’t freaking know what you want this year yet, guess what? That’s totally OK!
Sit with it, you get to decide what will best support you. Maybe it’s the tools and clarity we talked about above. Maybe it’s not but you hesitate to put it in place, name it or pursue it because that’s not what you think you should do.
Do things your way, do it in the time that feels right to you.
Here is to living with intention
to feel, create and accomplish
May you allow for the unexpected
Seeming wrong turns
Nourishing and healing for mind body and soul
Connecting more with those you love , your community and your whole amazing self.
This means not only planning where you can , but allowing space and grace for the unexpected. (Sometimes the unexpected is amazing, sometimes it’s heartbreaking)
That means making choices for what you want most vs what you want right now.
#2019goals #ponderthis #lifecoach #toliveinspired
Hey Lovely Souls!
Each year for the past at least 5 years (I think lol) I have written a letter to the year to sort of close it out and reflect on the year coming to a close.
I invite you to write your own letter to the year to help you reflect.
Here is 2018’s letter…
The word this year was devotion. This word showed up in ways I didn’t expect but I am glad that it did show up. It also didn’t show up in some of the ways I had expected and even hoped. This year had some health challenges for myself (nothing major, just a big ol nudge that I need to shift the way I take care of my body) and there were some family health challenges. Thankfully no crises.
I was able to bring forth my major goals of Publishing the book Dad and I were working on for years before he passed away last year and creating an creating an e-Course that I know I will pull from in the year ahead. And throwing my step-mother an 80th birthday bash that she loved! (and she still has the balloons and wont let them go lol it’s been since end of September!)
In many ways it’s been the year of small shifts personally and in several other ways some intentional, some not. From how we live, financial stuff that’s been taken care of that I have avoided for years, moving my body way more often and with more intention. Oh and let’s not forget finally getting a haircut after a few years too long!
I am (and we as a family) are still adjusting to the absence of Dad. While he is not physically present. He is still very much a part of our lives, the man has a huge legacy.
The last few months of this year have felt like I got hits of inspiration to a level I have not in a while and that’s been awesome! (more of that to be unfolded in 2019) I feel like i am waking up a bit more in some ways, some so subtle it’s even hard to pinpoint to write out in this letter.
Thank you 2018 it’s been a year of devotion, stepping up, waking up, sifting through layers of stuff (from physical a , most not belonging to me but I have taken on the responsibility to emotional/interpersonal stuff)
I know you have prepared me for the next iterations of what’s to come.
Hey Inspiring Souls!.
I love to make lists, I also think it can be a great way to process through, get clear and focused on things.
Here are 20 lists you can make for 2019 (or anytime really) to help you get a little more clear and focused.
- Books you want to read
- More of list
- Less of list
- Local things/places you would like to explore
- What you want to savor
- What you want to explore
- What you want to create
- How you want to feel
- Ways to nourish yourself
- Ways to nourish and honor your dreams
- Reminders to yourself (be gentle, get focused, start again, start where you are etc… ) for the inevitable times where you will feel like you are not making the progress you want.
- Your basics (for self care, feeling grounded, nourishing yourself)
- Things you want to learn
- Ways to start your day
- Ways to end your day
- Appointments you need to have
- People and practices that support you
- Things you want to finish (or declare you are finished with)
- Things and people that make you laugh
- The tools, skills, resources you have right now to help support you to create the life that you desire (even if you feel like you are inching your way there)
Do you have any that you feel called to make? What is your favorite kind of list to make to support you?
Here is to living with Intention
Hey Lovely Souls,
I wanted to share some ideas for some meaningful gift ideas that you could give others that fit most any budget! I know times are tough for many and this time of year often makes things bit tighter. That doesn’t mean that you sacrafice meaning though!
- A journal. You can go to the dollar store and grab a cute notebook or composition book (or buy what one you can find and decorate the cover.) Some ways to spruce up this gift, grab some kids art supplies and put together a mini visual kit. You can also write, print out and glue, rip from magazines some prompts throughout the journal (or give them a little envelope or jar of prompts)
- Print out a favorite photo and get a frame for inexpensive and gift that to them.
- Make something sweet or make a meal, offer to help in some way (watch the kids, help with their elderly parent, do some errands for them.
- Rent a movie and get some snacks and spend time watching something with them.
- Grab a nice cup, a box or some bags of tea and some cozy socks.
- Get them a book that will inspire them.
- Take them out for sweets/snack and tea/coffee.
- Start a secret Pinterest board with them (or another idea Trello, this is an idea I got from a lovely group I am part of she suggested Trello but this idea can easily be used for Pinterest as well.) Here’s the concept you start the secret board and add things you know that they want to learn, that they are interested in, inspiring quotes, pretty pictures, links to things to support them. Then invite them when you are ready to gift them You can keep adding to it. Another lovely idea I saw in a magazine one year was a woman who emailed her mother something inspiring or pretty everyday for 30 days.
- Create a playlist for them.
- Give them a subscription to a magazine you know they love or would love. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Here is to living with Intention