Category Archive for "Celebrations"

2012: 60+ Highlights of The Big, Scary, Wonderful Things I Did (and What It Did To Me)

I read a blog post awhile back about the things the blogger had done in a year and was pretty floored. Then a girlfriend challenged me to reflect on what would go on my own list. Challenged accepted, the hubs and I sat down and scribbled it out. {I thought about putting these in categories, or at least in some sort of order, but then I thought about my sanity. ;)} I read 34 books. – And they weren’t kids books or manuals or pamphlets either. What feels the best is that over half of those were honest-to-goodness, sink-in-deeply novels. Stories. The kind you can’t wait to get back to (if you can bring yourself to put it down in the first place). Underwent the Elimination Diet – That’s not something I want to do again, but it was a big step forward for my body. Completely converted to a…

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31 Things Before I’m 32

Today is my 31st birthday. I’ve been celebrating all weekend with art, music, writing…basically quiet, creative space with myself. And it’s been divine. Before I forget, I’m also celebrating with a Pay-What-You-Can Day on Digging Deep {today and tomorrow only}. I’ve always wanted to do a Pay-What-You-Can Day and for some reason it just never came together. Lame, I know. But I also know the holidays can be tough, financially, and I know that to make 2013 beyond amazing it takes some tools to overcome our obstacles to amazing. And it’s just fun to do it on my birthday. My birthday’s always leave me reflective. I think it’s the passing-of-time + holiday nostalgia + upcoming New Year’s all rolled into one. The past few months have been especially reflective for me – lots of reexamining, realigning, rediscovery. Lots of asking myself, “Is this the Life you want? Are you making…

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A Small Christmas for a BIG Reason

We’re enjoying the warmth of Florida for Christmas again. {Well, I’m enjoying it; my men are lamenting the lack of frostiness and its impact on the holiday season. Pffft.} After a lot of talk between us, we decided to do a small Christmas this year. Very small. As in Justin and I are skipping gifts for each other and only getting Zeb a few things. We’re not really spending money on anything else, unless we decide to make and mail cards. Why? 3 reasons. We have been officially, completely, 100% debt-free for two years now. No credit cards, no mortgage, no car payments. Nothing. Zip, zilch, nada. This isn’t altogether abnormal for us. We rarely used credit cards, and only had “smart debt”, like a mortgage and a car payment {just one at a time}. But being 100% debt-free is something we’re not willing to give up ever. We’d like…

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I’m officially the mom of a teenager (is this what I hoped for?)

I am officially the mother of a teenager. Today is Zeb’s 13 birthday and he’s sleeping in, as is custom for his current body needs of non-stop eating and sleeping. 12 was a tough year. Justin and I found new parenting triggers we got to DIG IN to, and Zeb transitioned through many tough phases. But once we found our emotional footing and our patience and compassion for his experience, we were able to help him over the hump and meet his deeper needs. And it’s been amazing since then. He cracks everyone up, makes interesting conversations, has firm opinions, and opens car doors for me. *heartmelt* He’s kind, considerate and patient in ways you begin to wonder will ever happen when they are 4 or 7 or 11 and you’re dealing with your own fears of raising them “right”. And that thought got me thinking yesterday. I got back…

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A Mother’s Gift For You :: Filling Your Cup Meditation and Workbook (And It’s FREE!)

Dear, sweet, beautiful woman… Let me tell you a little story… Several weeks ago I had a little bird in my ear telling me I needed to do something for Mother’s Day to share here. It, of course, didn’t give me any hints and just left me hanging for awhile. So I made a little note on my To do list and just wondered each time I saw it, with a bit of trepidation in my heart because really…do I need any more projects? But I leaned into Trust that what needed to come forth would come and would do so at just the right time. Well then Monday rolled around and Justin and I went on a nature walk and came to the end of a path and sat on the makeshift log-bench and watched the scenery while the dog ran around and I verbalized all my thoughts. I…

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Burning My Dreads: The Final Goodbye

I assumed when I cut my dreads I would still have to let them go afterward. I pictured myself spending time reflecting on them as I burned them or buried them. I pictured it being ceremonious and personal and meaningful. Yup, not so much. From the moment I turned around from checking out my bald head in the reflection of the truck’s window and saw my pile of dreads laying on the ground, I’ve had no attachment to them. They felt so distant, like looking at a relic of my past…once a part of me, now just a detail in my story. Maybe it’s because it wasn’t the dreads that I had so much gratitude for, but the experience of them. Or maybe once I do take the next step it’s when I feel ready to truly let go of the last. Or maybe cutting them off cut that tie…

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Cutting My Dreadlocks, Contagious Clippers – And a Video!

The always gorgeous, always talented Tiffani Bearup sent me over the first of two videos of our Head Shaving weekend. I love you, Tiffani. You helped me commemorate one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Thank you for your talent, your heart and soul and all the tiny things you offered me in one brilliant weekend. ♥ It’s Contagious, I Tell Ya There is something about it that is contagious. Check it out: From Wild Zen: It was perfect, a part of the deep cleansing I was doing, a way to take what was inside and wear it outside, a symbol of new transformation in my life. I thought it was going to be a lesson in embracing my ugly – I wasn’t expecting to feel so radiant and sexy! I have bounds of clarity, especially in what is “other people’s stuff” and what’s mine (like how some…

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How to Create a New Year’s Time Capsule with Your Family

We learned how to create a New Year’s time capsule a couple years ago and really loved it. It can be a fun New Year’s idea for the kids (eve or day), and as simple or elaborate as you’d all like it to be. It can also be done alone or for someone else or together as a family project. The most important part of this project is to connect to your intention for it – not your expectation of it. I say that because it may be a project that you love, but your kids aren’t interested in it. If you’re expectation is to all sit around drinking sparkling cider and merrily creating a time capsule and they would rather not, you’re not going to enjoy this at all. But if your intention is to capture memories for yourself (and maybe for them later), then you will be able…

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Stepping Into This Opening Space

Today is my last day online before I honor my intentions for The Holiday Reset challenge. I’m wrapping up my online commitments, setting my autoresponder and looking into this week with a bit of unknown. I feel two opposing forces within me, one with a desire to plan and organize and control this digital sabbatical I’m taking; the other to allow it to unfold and flow organically. The latter is winning out. But before I sign off for a week of stillness, I have many swirling thoughts to articulate. My weekend with Tiffani, my photographer, was incredible. Yes, the dreads are gone and she’s promised to have all the after photos and the videos ready for the world by next Wednesday, when I come back online. I have SO MUCH to share on that process, but I’m still stringing together inadequate words. Soon, I promise. But I do want to…

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Today Is My Birthday, So Why Do I Ache?

This week – the last few weeks – have been deep. They’ve included heartache, hurt and anger. They’ve included Joy, mindfulness and powerful connection. And that’s just the personal stuff, between me and me. Today is my 30th birthday. I’ve looked forward to this day for so long. Excited, honored and ready to celebrate the last three decades of my life by bringing in the next with consciousness and embracing. Yet, here I am. Within an ache I am trying to grasp. With tears at the edge of my eyes. With my heart breaking. I’ve known that this birthday was going to be powerful. I felt it coming from years away. And I flowed with it and where it was taking me. Transformation, I expected. But I had no idea it would feel like this. I’ve sat with this. Dwelled in it. Allowed it to speak to me. And it…

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