Category Archive for "Celebrations"

“Surviving” Sucks. Get The Holiday Thriving Kit!

Let me tell you how this Holiday Surviving Thriving Kit all began. I was freaking overwhelmed. I had a plate piled high and my mind wandering off in 14 different directions all at once – quite painful, I might add. I was finding myself feeling unrooted, scattered, unable to be present or feel authentic. (Not authentically overwhelmed; I had that covered. But authentically my real self: grounded, kind, patient, compassionate.) So I began to practice my own mindfulness meditation. I would practice it in the tiny slivers of a moment between the action and my reaction. I would practice it after it all took place. But soon I found I wanted to practice it outside the moments all together, so that I could get firm in it before the world shook beneath my feet. So I created a Guided Mindfulness Meditation for myself. No intentions of sharing it. I created…

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Why I Love Getting Older :: How Aging Became an Honor Instead of a Fear (Video)

Women, especially older women, always smirk a little when I tell them how much I look forward to aging. I can’t wait to get my first grey hair (or find them under all these dreads), I love the lines I’m wearing on my face, and how I see aging as one of the most beautiful things in the world. They assume it hasn’t “hit me yet”. Oh but it has. The fear of aging hit me a few years ago. Hard. And that’s when everything changed. I explain it, passionately and emotionally I might add, in this video below… . Could you use a little thriving growth in your life? I have two very gorgeous new products to offer YOU this holiday season. Not a gift for you to offer someone else, but something you can give yourself. Mindfulness. Grounding. Love. Joy. Awareness. Wisdom. An experience that allows us to…

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The First Place I Didn’t Want To Leave

Grayton Beach State Park. We stayed two weeks and I so fell in love. I fell in love with the calm waters of the Gulf, and listening to them as I fell asleep. I sooo loved laying in the sun, soaking up the sun in the cool breeze. The nearby bookstore and library. The beautiful homes with observation decks to see the water. The locally-own natural food store and their aaaaaamazing cheese! Granted, I haven’t visited in the middle of summer. Maybe I wouldn’t love the area so much then. But NOW…oh, it so deeply fed my soul to lay my blanket out, and sink my toes in and just BE right in that moment, sinking into meditation and feeling all the scattered parts of myself come back together, reconnecting to that sense of gratitude. I can see us snowbirding to Grayton over and over again. In fact, Justin applied…

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The Experience of Gratitude is Not a “Should”

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and so many of us are turning our hearts toward big, beautiful meals and the idea of gratitude. Gratitude was my main guiding word this year. So naturally I have lots of thoughts during my very favorite holiday. I’ve never loved Thanksgiving for the gratitude part. I loved it for the simplicity, for its ability to not add so many layers of complexity to what I am really wanting to experience: deep connection with those I love, deep enjoyment I find myself most capable of within a slower pace in life, and deep nourishment – physically and spiritually. But something about the idea of gratitude tended to rub me the wrong way. And I didn’t understand it until this year, as I dove into this word, allowing it to guide me, to show me, to open me to what I longed to understand. And this is what…

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End Of Summer Reflections

This weekend at the RV campground was packed full of Labor Day campers and kids enjoying their three day weekend. As Justin and I would walk the dog we would marvel at the noise and excitement where complete stillness had been. There were outdoor TVs for football games, four-wheeling through “our” blackberry trails and oh, the drunken karaoke. Nothing says “Sweet dreams and goodnight” like hearing the last chorus of Daydream Believer sung 17 times in a row. What surprised us the most was how much work their vacation looked to be. More setup and teardown than we allow ourselves for an entire week at one spot! LOL Zeb has had a blast this weekend too. He made two great friends here, one a little older and one a little younger and for three straight days they ran around together, playing Nerf wars and games, then for three straight nights…

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Thirty, Twelve and Eleven

August is a busy, busy month in our little family with two birthdays and an anniversary. Justin was up first turning 30 a few weeks ago! We’re big on celebrating milestones and on celebrating life, so 30 seemed like a pretty significant number to do something big with. What did he choose? Skydiving! Zeb and I watched from the ground, jumping up and down as we saw the plane, saw him jump out of the plane and at one point even heard his Woohoo reach us on the ground. And the look on his face and his serene demeanor after was priceless. Zeb’s birthday was up next, and like a classic 12 year old, he requested no photos. [Insert sad mama face here.] I do however have a photo of the two of them juggling together! ♥ I guess you’ll just have to take my word that we watched hours…

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Your Kids Don’t Owe You Jack (Or: Sometimes Life Hands You The Hard Lesson)

It was Mother’s Day morning and I woke with high hopes. After all, I’m a mama and I give a lot. This was “my day”. Except it wasn’t. You see, it’s easy for us since we travel full-time to lose track of the day and my husband and son didn’t even remember that is was Mother’s Day. I was sent into a tailspin of emotions and painful thoughts. “How could they forget?” “How dare they forget?” “I’m not important to anyone.” “I’m just the doormat.” “I’m that forgettable.” “Well, screw them both.” Pain, suffering, anger, resentment, hurt…it all started pouring out. Not because any of it was real. But because Life was giving me the opportunity to DIG IN and discover where I held these feelings and ideas that were causing me pain, instead of joy, that were keeping me in misery instead of inspiring me to create. So I…

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11 Permissions for 2011

I can feel it already. 2010 changed my life. But 2011 is going to rock my world. Two words have begun to hang over my head: Abundance and Gratitude. And I can feel them both churning and stirring up the mental dust. In preparation for the mind-altering, life-inspiring, beautiful madness to commence, I’m starting the New Year with a new viewpoint. I hereby give myself full, unapologetic permission to…. Only take and keep the photos I love. Feel shy or walk away. Slow the hell down. Love me how no one else can. Be selfish with my self-care. Surround myself with inspiration and beauty. Say goodbye to my wedding dress. Say hello to clothes that make me feel amazing. Have a piece of life that belongs only to me. Fearlessly live up to my full potential. Take an entire month off from blogging. Yes, an entire month. January, actually. It…

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A Christmas Wish

We have family coming flying in and food to create; friends and family to visit and carols to sing; gifts to give and movies to watch. Today we spent the afternoon with grandparents, aunt, uncles and cute little nieces making, icing and decorating holiday cookies…and playing in the flour. I hope your Christmas is just as beautifully messy, in the very best of ways.

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Twenty-Nine Intentions

Today is my 29th birthday and I could not be happier spending it in my happy place as we drive north to Eugene for a week. I’ve been thinking on my last birthday and the list I created for myself. I couldn’t cross all of them off and I’m really okay with that. When it came down to it, I was so wrapped up in the adventure of just living this life that the things I thought I wanted to do had long lost my interest. Life has an amazing way of changing what it is you think you want. I feel like I went into the year with a great idea of things I wanted to do, because I had such little idea of what such an amazing year would have me experiencing. And last year was an experience like no other. Not because of anything I did, but…

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