Where It All Began

Oooh I’ve been waiting for this day for quite a few weeks now!!

As I mentioned before, I’ve been reflecting a lot these past few months. And within that, I discovered a new facet to my story: My journey of quitting my creative biz and starting anew was not just a story about a simple career change… It was about a huge life transformation.

This my friend, is where it all started (IT being: this big shift happening in me now. The deepening of my creative practice. The deepening of my soul)…

My story began well before my coaching. Well before I discovered art journaling.

It began when it all fell apart.

It began out of necessity to save my soul.

And this is the story I share in the latest release of Phoenix Soul Magazine.

I hope you check out this incredibly inspiring magazine and witness my beginning. You can grab your copy of September’s release, Catharsis here: http://bit.ly/phoenixsoul



With Love,




5 Ways to Reconnect with Your True Self

Who am I?


Who am I?

I found myself asking that question a lot over the last year. While going through intensive life coach training, we were expected to answer a lot of questions about our own beliefs, patterns, and personality traits; but I found myself struggling to respond.

I felt flustered.

Unsure.

Who the hell am I when you strip away my titles of mother, wife, sister, daughter…

I wasn’t quite sure. The busyness of life had yet again swept me away. And when life sweeps me away, my art and personal practices are always the first to be pushed to the side, leaving me with a sense of disconnect and longing; but then I get a wake-up call like this one, reminding me to come back. Reminding me that these practices are actually the things that keep me grounded in who I am. That these are things I need to do MORE of when overwhelm strikes, not less.

Because when you know who you are, all of life’s choices become easy.

And you know what the best part is? Our truest self is always with us, in the here and now. We just get disconnected, or it gets pushed beneath the surface by pain and fear. But no matter how far we stray from our deeper self, we can always return home.

Are you ready to make that return trip? Here are 5 ways to reconnect with your true self:

5 Ways to Reconnect with Your True Self


#1. Get out – Take a night off and spend time with a good friend. If you’re a mom with young kids, spend time with a loved one without the kiddos (and keep the topic of kids off the table!). Taking time away from your many jobs and titles helps the real you shine through.


#2. Get still – Sometimes the busyness of life makes us feel like we’re going crazy. Stop all the rushing and get still for a few minutes. If you like to meditate, do yoga, pray, or have another spiritual practice… get to it! If none of these practices call to you, simply stop, put your hand on your heart, and take a deeeep breath. Taking a moment or two to pause helps us to feel grounded and to hear our heart calling to us.


#3. Get creative – Creative expression is a powerful (and fun!) way to connect with who you are and let it radiate outwards. A creative practice will allow you to grow, explore your heart’s path, follow your intuition, build confidence in yourself, and so much more. Art journaling especially is a great tool, as it combines creative expression and reflective journaling.


#4. Get present – With our lives being played out so much on the internet and in our heads, it’s a good practice to notice surroundings. Look around. Really pay attention. Perhaps get yourself out in nature. Dig your toes into the earth. Evoke your five senses.


#5. Get clear – Your values, desires, and passions are part of what makes you unique. When you’re feeling disconnected with yourself, take some time to reflect on what’s most important to you. That will remind you of what it is you really want in life.


What’s your favorite way of connecting with yourself? Let me know in the comments below! :)






Time for Living – a 30 Day Challenge

Winter

Each December flies by so quickly, I don’t even have a chance to breathe.

This year, I want it to be different.

I want to stop rushing around, feeling like I’m always behind.
I want to see the sparkle in my little one’s eyes when she grins at me.
I want to hear the crunch beneath my feet on newly fallen snow.
I want to take in the hidden beauty of the life around me.
I want to be amazed by my eight year old’s ingenuity.
I want to savor each delicious bite without feeling guilty.
I want to feel the warmth on my face as I snuggle up next to the fire…

In short:

I want to notice the magic of everyday.

Because if we don’t… we’re missing out on our lives.

If you feel the same way, I invite you to join me in a challenge this month:

Simply practice taking notice and giving gratitude everyday for the next 30 days.

Why? Because I have seen how a moment of pause, to take in what’s around me, has led to feeling more connected, more loved, and more fully alive. But it’s easy to forget. So I’d love your support in witnessing my challenge, and I’d really love for you to join in with me. Let’s keep it simple: No daily blogging. No mandatory check-ins. No pressure.

After all, the whole point of this challenge is to simplify life, reconnect, and to enjoy actually LIVING.


The Challenge:

Take Notice – Throughout your day, look for the beauty that surrounds you. And when you spend time with someone, or step outside, or take part in a tradition, or experience anything else that you welcome into your life: stop for a moment. Take notice. Breathe, and take it all in.

Give Gratitude – Each night take a minute to write about one thing you’re grateful for. Get specific. Why are you grateful for that thing, person, or experience? (Learn more about the power of details when it comes to gratitude with Marie Forleo’s recent video.)


Witnessing and Contributing:

Like I mentioned, I want to keep this simple. This challenge is about really immersing yourself in life, which is impossible to do if you spend all your time online. So I have no set schedule to email you, or post on the blog, or any of that. If I feel inspired to share something, I will. And I invite you to share and contribute in any way that feels right for you.

Most if any of my sharing will be on:

Instagram – (perhaps some photos of special moments, or everyday beauty I find)

Facebook – (where I may share some of the experience, what I’m grateful for, and invite you to share as well)

noticing mountains

Ready to take on the challenge? Why not start now by sharing in the comments what you’re grateful for today and why. Continue practicing taking notice and giving gratitude throughout this month, and I’m sure it will transform the way you view and experience your life.

If nothing else, remember this:

Slow down.

Breathe.

Notice.

Live your life.






You Are Full of Possibilities {+ Free Printable!}

Ask anyone what their fears are, and why they’re afraid and you’ll get a wide variety of answers. But in the end, if you dig deep enough, most of those fears have a core common misbelief.

Are you scared of failure? Do you procrastinate putting your art into the world because you fear rejection? Do you not give it your all because you’re scared you may not be able to handle the success? Do you fear being broke?

If you look closely at these fears, you may notice a common thread. They all potentially stem from the belief that you aren’t good enough.

…but you are.

You are good enough, because you are whole.

You are perfect just the way you are.

In fact, you are full of infinite possibilities.

So stop focusing on the one question, “What if I fail?” or “What will go wrong?

And ask yourself, “What if I succeed? What if this is what I am meant to do?

Can you really sit back and ignore those callings if these possibilities exist?

Go forth and reach for those dreams. Believe in yourself. Only then will you be living your life, whether you succeed or not.


As a gift for you today, I have created the above image as a free printable download. Click HERE to download it, and display it as a reminder that you are full of possibilities!






Don’t Let This Little Thing Damage Your Life

Do you ever feel guilty for working on your creative projects? Or have you ever said to yourself, “I want to work on my art, but I really should be spending time with family right now.”? This type of thinking can be really damaging to your life. Watch the video to find out how, and what you should do about it today. 

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I urge you to give this a try and commit to this. Comment below to get it in writing and let me know when you’ve scheduled your creativity time!