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Dear 2018…

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…

Dear 2018,

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.





20 Lists to make for 2019

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.

  1. Books you want to read
  2. More of list
  3. Less of list
  4. Local things/places you would like to explore
  5. What you want to savor
  6. What you want to explore
  7. What you want to create
  8. How you want to feel
  9. Ways to nourish yourself
  10. Ways to nourish and honor your dreams
  11. 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.
  12. Your basics (for self care, feeling grounded, nourishing yourself)
  13. Things you want to learn
  14. Ways to start your day
  15.  Ways to end your day
  16. Appointments you need to have
  17. People and practices that support you
  18. Things you want to finish (or declare you are finished with)
  19. Things and people that make you laugh
  20. 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


10 Meaningful gift ideas (on a budget)

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!

  1. 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)
  2. Print out a favorite photo and get a frame for inexpensive and gift that to them.
  3. 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.
  4. Rent a movie and get some snacks and spend time watching something with them.
  5. Grab a nice cup, a box or some bags of tea and some cozy socks.
  6. Get them a book that will inspire them.
  7. Take them out for sweets/snack and tea/coffee.
  8.  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.
  9. Create a playlist for them.
  10. 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


10 Ways to reflect on the year coming to a close


Hey Beautiful Souls,

It’s that time of year that many of us are pondering what we want to create in the new year. Or being in denial of the fact that we are almost at the end of the year (seriously how did it get here so fast!)

I believe that taking time to reflect , acknowledge, celebrate and release what  has unfolded during this last year. I know it’s been a tough year for so many. So maybe even the word celebrate felt tender. If that word doesn’t fit, how about find the blessings, goodness or beauty. Even in the tiniest or most unlikely places.

Here are some reflection prompts and ideas:

  1. Something i learned this year is…
  2. Something I released or shifted this year…
  3. A word or a phrase that sums up the  year
  4. Something I embraced (habit, mindset, practice, ritual, relationship)
  5. How present was I with my word, goals or intentions this year
  6. Where did I rock it, what ways did I show up, how did I support my mind body and soul…
  7. Write a letter to the year (one of my favorite ways to close out the year) You can use the above as a starting point.
  8. Put together a photo book, digital album or video of photos of your 12,52 or more favorites. Print out your favorites and frame them or glue them in a journal.
  9. Write down what you are ready to release from this year and then rip it up throw it out, burn it if you can do so safely.
  10. Go over your journals (visual and written) and extract the ideas, insights and lessons that you processed through in them.

Here is to living with intention


Book Pre-Order and Supporting those in need!

Hey Beautiful Souls!

I am thrilled to announce the launch of a passion project I have been working on this year. This is a project that my Dad and I were working on for a while now. He passed away before we could finish it (and we had just recommitted a few months before he passed away) It was too tender of a project to finish last year for me and for those I would have asked for some support on. So I committed to getting it completed this year and self published. Here it is! 

If you are looking for a different kind of devotional that explores  the intersection of spirituality and creativity, prompts (I call them Soul Prompts) to help you take that idea into your daily life in a practical manner then this book is for you! 

For the first 60 days of this books sales all proceeds earned will be donated to help the victims of the devastating Paradise, CA fires (near Chico, CA) we have family in Chico a very close town to the one that has been virtually destroyed.

You can find out more about the book and Pre-Order here!!!

Here is to living with Intention


Journal ideas for fall

Hey lovely souls

Here are a few ideas for your journal this fall .

Other ideas

  • A wish list
  • Found words and bits
  • Recipes tried
  • Movies watched
  • Books read

Here is to living with intention


Watercolors and stencils-creative prompt

Hey Creative Souls!

Creative prompt:

Grab a stencil or two and play with watercolor and stencils.

I also played around with just squeezing my water brush with varied colors to play with the various pigment possibilities!

If you don’t have watercolors use what you have to play around with. Use crayons, craft paint etc. no stencils? See if you can look around your space and get curious about might work in a different way than it’s original purpose is!

Here is to living a life with intention!