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Free things you can do today to improve your days…Friday 5

Hey Lovely Souls…

This week I wanted to share 5 Free things you can do today to improve your days…

1)      Meditate (there are a ton of free meditations out there, I happen to really love an app called insight timer it has hundreds of free meditations. YouTube is another great tool) Start with 1-5 minutes.

2)      Listen to an inspiring Podcast. (or song or audiobook) You can multitask while doing this.. on your commute, going for a walk, straightening up your space, even oftentimes at work!

3)      Choose a book or magazine that you want to dig into, not one you should (and shoulds come in all different sizes…) but one that you really want to) Set aside 10-20  minutes a day to read some of it.

4)      Have a little plan.  I am not suggesting that you plan every hour. What I am encouraging, however, is that you use a planner or digital system to schedule a few things that need to be done and that matter to you.  I love having a paper and pen planner. I start out planning my week. If that’s not your thing then start with planning /setting intentions and your most important tasks for that day. It helps you feel like you do have a say in how your days will unfold. But I will suggest being open about shifts in your plan sometimes…

5)      Ask yourself, what do I most need today? And try and give that to yourself. I feel like oftentimes it’s simple things like a deep breath, a nourishing meal, laughter or even just a few minutes of stillness.

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered



Things to ponder before the end of the year…. Friday 5

Hey Inspiring Souls, Today I wanted to share 5 Things to ponder before the end of this year (a scary fact… it’s 72 days before the end of the year… what the…. ???!!

With the loss of my Dad this year, my goals and visions have shifted, I am still figuring out what that looks like. But a lot of what felt like it mattered at the start of the year just did feel right any longer… But I also know for me it best supports me to have some ideas, inspirations, and goals in mind or I will just allow time to pass me by.

  1. What needs to be released (this could be obligations, limiting beliefs or stuff)
  2. What needs your attention right now? Not the should, but what is really tugging at you for attention?
  3. What feels like it really matters to you right now? What conversations need to be had, connections made, what needs to be created, forgiven? Those are the things that we would be best served to lean into.
  4. How can you best support yourself in this journey for the remainder of the year?
  5. What does/would feel most like truth right now for you?

Here is to living Inspired, Creative, Empowered


Currently inspired by- Friday 5

Hey Beautiful Souls…

I love sharing inspiration (hence the name of my blog, social media etc… to live inspired)

I thought I would share 5 things that are currently inspiring me…

  1. This book of blog posts from Rbelle Society, I have had this book for a few years and now just felt like the time to dig in.

2) This yummy book… they had me at the title. But then you open it and there are so many good ideas and so much inspiration.

3) These super artsy free love notes download

4) This song raises funds for Puerto Rico and the devastation that’s happened there. It’s energetic and do-gooding win-win.

5) I just love this postcard from her shop she is such a talent and a really lovely soul. I bought a few, I plan on actually framing or putting up on the wall and sending or gifting the other.

What’s inspiring you these days?

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered


Embrace Fall- Friday 5

Hey Beautiful Souls!

I am happy that fall is here. Not only is this normally my favorite season, but this was the most horrific summer for me and my family (with the passing of my father on the first day of summer) so to me, it feels even more welcome to have a new season. Not to mention a season of some horrific disasters happening around the world.  Plus I love the layers and moods of fall (even if the weather here is not fully in line with that vision yet!)

Let’s look at 5 ways you can embrace the fall season.

  1. Take a photo series of a theme or a specific item or person (selfie, loved one, tree, favorite spot, cuppa)
  2. Take out or purchase a go-to sweater to layer up and snuggle up in.
  3. Create an inspiration/wishlist for the season. Maybe choose a thing or two that feel like a yes and must to you. Let the rest be an inspiration not obligation to lean into and draw from the season.
  4. Choose a book or two to savor and curl up with this season.
  5. Go local (local, no loco!) go to the farmers market, local events/fairs, local library. What foods, events etc. does your local area put on/have during this season? Savor it, embrace it!

How do you like to embrace fall?

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered


Empowerment Phrases- Friday 5

Hey Lovely Souls!

It’s really easy to allow ourselves (and not even realize it) to use language, words, even mantras/affirmations that are actually really disempowering. Try swapping even one of your disempowering phrases with one of these.

  1. I choose (instead of I should)
  2. I can (see #1 and #3)
  3.  I am capable (instead of focusing our energy, words on all of the cants)
  4. I will/can figure it out (Instead of I don’t know how… don’t get me wrong there are times where I don’t know is really a great response, but we often use it as a way to not deal with things that feel too scary or big to us)
  5. I have what I need right here, right now. (When you start falling into the mindset or language of lack, can’t, not enough… )

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered


Affordable Places to learn without leaving your house- Friday 5

Friday 5: – Affordable Places to learn without leaving your house

Hey Lovely Souls,

I have a deep love of learning, I am always signed up or enrolled in or digging through a book (or books)  for expanding my knowledge on various things. You could break the bank on learning things, going to classes, getting all the “stuff” to go with the desired “thing” to learn. However, I have some favorite places to go dig into and you don’t have to leave your house for the courses and they are all affordable.

1)   YouTube (free to learn so many things)

2)  this site has a good selection of various types of mind, body, soul classes and most classes seem to have a choice of how much to pay between $10 and $40

3)  ($5 a month for a class to keep forever and access to unlimited classes there… an amazing value and selection of classes/teachers)

4) at first most of these seem pretty price, however, if you sub to the newsletter they very often have classes for $10-15 on a huge range of subjects.

5) Books, I couldn’t do a post about learning without including books in it! Technically if you go to the library you will have to leave the house, but you could always order books online too for the things you want to learn. There is a huge range of books from programming to drawing, to decorating cakes, using essential oils,  and a TON of stuff in between. What do you want to learn more about, there is likely a book for that!

What are you wanting to learn these days, do you have a favorite resource?

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered


Ways to connect- Friday 5

Hey Lovely Soul,

Connecting is something that really matters to me. However, as with many of us, it’s easy to get caught up in the gotta do and should do and lose sight of what we need or what matters right now.

Here are 5 ways to connect (this weekend or anytime)

  1. Connect with Beauty. Buy some flowers, go outside and seek out something beautiful(tip, start looking at details instead of the overwhelm of everything in your view!)
  2. Connect with yourself. Allow yourself to just be still for even 5 minutes ( I know this can feel like hours if you’re not used to it. I love to find stillness in child’s pose) Journal, put your hand on your heart and one on y our bell and ask yourself what you need, sit and listen to a song with your eyes closed and feel it.
  3. Connect with others. Spend time with loved ones or friends, look people in the eyes (this includes people who are ringing you up at a store or the like) Reach out in person or via text, phone or some other way!
  4. Connect with your creativity. Take a photo (or 20!), Get a journal, magazines and a glue stick and glue down some images and words that you love, feel drawn to, doodle, color, knit.
  5. Connect with your body. How are your shoulders feeling, are they up to your ears? What is your body craving, take deep belly breaths, what food or beverage would really nourish you today?

Here is to living Creative, (Connected!) Inspired and Empowered