Friday 5

Questions to ask yourself- Friday 5

Hey Lovely Souls!

Life is often chaotic. I have found myself being in the mode of react instead of responding. Today, I am taking a little bit of time to take a deep breath, literally I am stopping right now to take one.

Ok I am back. Things have been feeling out of whack lately and i need to get myself grounded in order to get focused and in action (instead of inaction!)

Here are 5 questions you can ask yourself that I am asking myself right now.

  1. Where are you feeling this tension, stress, chaos?
  2. What can you do to bring some love and a little bit of ease to where you are holding the tension, stress and chaos?
  3. What do I most need right now?
  4. What’s the easiest place to start?
  5. Is the level of stress and energy I am currently giving this/these situations helping get it solved or just depleting me making it more difficult to work towards a solution?

Here is to living with Intention

Heather

Friday 5

Easy (and low/no cost) ways to get creative- Friday 5

Hey Lovely Soul!

Creativity is an important ingredient in living a life of intention and inspiration. Sometimes we may feel we just don’t have time for it. This is usually because we either have a certain vision of what we think creativity looks like (I need a ton of supplies and space to create a masterpiece… ) or we are resisting it because we know it might open us up to some other layers we don’t yet feel ready to deal with.

We are all creative, I truly believe that. This weekend, give yourself the gift of allowing space for some creativity. Feeling stuck as to what to engage in? Here are 5 ideas…

  1. Rearrange things in your space, on your wall. Doing this can take hours and hours. It can also take say 15-30 while you just find a few things to shift. Maybe it’s creating a mini altar in your space, redoing a wall of inspiration, adding or subtracting decorative and functional items. If you don’t have space for your creativity in the way you would like to, might you find a way to carve out, re-purpose a corner or container to hold your creative supplies for easy access?
  2. Putting together a new look for yourself… play with your makeup, add items together that you haven’t before (more accessories anyone!) Just play around with it… You don’t even have to go out of the house in this new ensemble if you don’t want to.
  3. Create playlists for various moods (this can be done on your phone, spotify, YouTube etc.)
  4. Create a new to you meal, bake something, make a menu. If you get stuck in the same ol or are feeling uninspired choose a new to your meal or ingredient to work with.
  5. Grab a notebook (or loose piece of paper) and doodle, list, play with letters and shapes. Just follow your gut, even if you think this is pointless or looks silly… just go with it.

Here is to living with Intention

Heather

Friday 5, Holistic Living

Ways to clear Space this weekend- Friday 5

Friday 5:

5 ways to clear space this weekend

1) Set a timer for at least 5 minutes and delete apps, photos, notes you don’t need.

2) Do a brain dump, this means just write down all the stuff that’s on your mind. It might be groceries you need to get to what is my purpose in life q’s. A brain dump is simply a list a way to allow your mind to rest a bit since all that was swirling around in it is now on paper.  it’s not only helpful to clear space in your head but it’s great self care!

3) Go through your bookshelf (set a timer for 5-15 minutes) and choose any titles that feel like shoulds or give you a guilty blech feeling.. Put those in a box to donate.

4) Choose a small area to clear out, a table, shelf, drawer and declutter it, dust it, move things around.

5) Do a 5-10 minute blitz on your space. We all have stuff just sitting around sometime that needs to be dealt with in some way. Filed, recycled, put up, put away, gone through. Set the timer and go for it.

Even though these don’t seem like they would have an impact. They do, it helps shift the energy and in some instances helps as a catalyst for actions.

Here’s to living with Intention

Heather

Friday 5

5 (free) acts of self care to do this weekend- Friday 5

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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

Heather

Friday 5

5 Inspiring books under $15 for your wish or gift list!

 

Hey Inspiring Souls,

I wanted to share 5 inspiring books (that are under $15) that would be perfect for your gift list or your wish list.

  1.  I am her tribe poetry book. So much inspiration and powerful words in this book (and I have not even read it all yet!)
  2. Daily Rituals. This book does have some woo in it (and for me that’s not a bad thing!) It has practices and prompts to live with more intention and love.
  3. The magic 10 and beyond. Lovely practices for connecting to yourself and beyond.
  4. Girl wash your face. I really loved many things about this book. I listened to the audio book it was like a motivational talk from a friend!
  5. My friend fear. This is a thought provoking and beautifully illustrated book

What books are on your gift or wish list?

Here is to living with Intention

Heather

Friday 5, Holistic Living, Living with Purpose

Infuse Intention into your weekend (or week) – Friday 5

Hey Wonderful Souls!

The weekend is upon us (though these ideas can be used any day!) and I know that if I don’t have at least a bit of an idea, intention in my week or weekend that I can just spend the time reacting to whatever instead of responding and being intentional. When I do that I always feel drained and annoyed about it. So here are 5 ways to infuse your week(end) with intention.

  1. Create a list, if it’s the weekend then create what I used to call “weekend wanna” list. What do you want to do, explore, feel, accomplish? This can be really simple, try not to flood yourself with expectations.
  2. Plan something ahead of time, look around at what’s happening locally, plan to spend time in your yard or on your balcony.
  3. Create something, a meal, a journal page, a photograph…
  4. Notice how you are feeling, what your breath is like, where your shoulders are (as in are they up by your ears?!)
  5. Look at those you love and those you are interacting with, put down your phone for a moment and really listen, engage.

How will you infuse your day, weekend with intention?

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather

Friday 5

Books I loved or am loving – Friday 5

Hey Inspiring Souls,

I just love reading. It’s one of the things my Father taught me growing up (and a love of learning these go hand in hand!) I thought i would share 5 books I loved or am loving!

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I am still reading through Mindful Grieving and You are a Bad ass, but I am loving them so far!

What are you reading or have you read lately?

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather

 

Friday 5, Holistic Living

Lists to make- Friday 5

Hey Beautiful Souls!

I may have expressed before that I love lists! I have a list of lists I can make!

Lists can be fun, revealing, helpful and healing.

Here are 5 different list you can make.

  1. Things that nourish you, what makes you feel cared for?
  2. Things you want to do, create, accomplish for a season or some other specified amount of time!
  3. A list of things that you are grateful for
  4. More of/Less of list (ok this is actually two!)
  5. Things that you appreciate about yourself

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather

Friday 5, Holistic Living, Inspired

Connect- Friday 5

Hey Beautiful Souls!

Even though we live in a world that is hyper connected, it’s easy to feel disconnected in so many ways. I want to share 5 ideas of ways to connect.

  1. Connect to yourself, Just breathe. When we stress or are really distracted we tend to hold our breaths. Be intentional and notice your breathing.
  2. Put your device down and look at people you are interacting with. When you are at the store and checking out, make eye contact, when you are asking your loved ones how their day was, look at them.
  3. Ask yourself (in a journal or just ponder) what do I most need right now?
  4. Go outside, connect with nature! It doesn’t matter where you live, I bet you can find a flower, a tree and you can always find the sky! Take a moment to just connect, notice the sounds, colors, feelings of nature.
  5. Reach out, notice people. Reach out to a friend or loved one just to check in. As you are walking around doing various errands notice people, smile, say hello… simply notice others.

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered

Heather

Empowered, Friday 5

Things to stop beating yourself up about- Friday 5

5 Things to stop beating yourself up about

1)      Collecting books. Unless you are blowing your budget or pushing out your family members to house the books then I don’t see too much of a problem. If you’re like me at some point you’ll decide to stop beating yourself up about it and give yourself permission to surround yourself with stacks of goodness and potential. Just be mindful if you start feeling like those stacks are an obligation and not opportunity

2)      For not doing enough. Oh boy, this is a difficult one for me! There is often much to do, sometimes we are filling the space with things that we feel like we should be doing. No matter how much we get done. It never feels like enough. What you are doing is enough, in fact, it would be awesome for you to make notes sometimes about all the ways you are rocking it, showing up, getting it done!

3)      For not being the perfect___ (spouse, partner, employee, parent) Look, if you are showing up (as opposed to avoiding) there are bound to be some mistakes, some things you wish you had done,  that you wish you hadn’t done or said or… So forgive yourself, learn from it, move forward.

4)      Your contradictions: I don’t know about you (though I suspect many of you feel the same way) But sometimes I feel like I confuse myself. It’s not just my emotions that feel like they conflict with one another, it’s other things about me too. (Ready and Afraid at once, Introvert and outspoken advocate) Those are just a very few of some of the contradictions I feel like I possess. I think that we can embrace them instead of beating ourselves up about them) own it, use it and appreciate the ways that your contradictions support you! You don’t have to be an either or.

5)      Not having it all together, all figured out.  Because really, who does?! It may seem like some people really do have the secret (whatever that is) but we forget that what we see of others (most especially on Social Media and the like) is curated. It’s meant to show you the parts that they most want to show you (and I am not saying that this is bad, not at all. I am saying it’s not a complete picture). Some things we are figuring out as we go along day by day. Other times we have learned some lessons and hey we might have some of it figured out… for now!