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52 Reasons to Be Grateful for 2013

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As I say thank you to 2013 for building the foundation that I stand on as I journey into 2014, I thought what better way than with one of my favorite things, a gratitude list. In no particular order:

I am grateful for hugging Hannah

I am grateful for gathering at The Loft with some of my soul sisters

I am grateful for investing in an amazing business coach

I am grateful for turning 30 without a panic attack (birthdays usually cause me anxiety)

I am grateful for growing my business passionately and authentically

I am grateful for the perfect weather at Folk Fest

I am grateful for taking big steps towards healing my gut

I am grateful for successfully taking part in a 21 day meditation challenge

I am grateful for caring for myself through yoga

I am grateful for discovering Amy’s flower essence blends and incorporating them into my daily routine

I am grateful for Opening to Abundance

I am grateful for family cuddles and tickle fights

I am grateful for the chance to explore a new city on my own

I am grateful for long solitary train rides

I am grateful for amazing opportunities to be interviewed throughout the year (here’s a favorite)

I am grateful for spending time with my grandmother

I am grateful for the memories I have of loved ones who died this year, heart-wrenching as it was to lose them

I am grateful for bringing healthy lunch to doctor’s offices and teaching them about the work I am doing (that was fun!)

I am grateful for Quiet Power

I am grateful for new moon visioning

I am grateful for the Joy Fairy Exchange

I am grateful for Anis Mojgani’s Shake the Dust

I am grateful for conversations with Katie Singer

I am grateful for my prosperity hens

I am grateful for Growing with Gratitude

I am grateful for Shopping locally

I am grateful for beach vacation

I am grateful for drastically reducing how much television I watch

I am grateful for morning pages

I am grateful for supporting amazing women as they transform and awaken their mama spirits

I am grateful for speaking to a group of 30 women (that was another fun one!)

I am grateful for finding a preschool that is a great fit for our daughter

I am grateful for antiquing with my mom

I am grateful for knowing what sleep schedule feels best for me

I am grateful for clearing clutter

I am grateful for shifting energy by moving furniture

I am grateful for S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G myself

I am grateful for having my sacred money archetypes read by Beth Martens

I am grateful for releasing self judgment

I am grateful for my redesigned website

I am grateful for the opportunity to teach our daughter about life and death (a tough one, but I’m grateful for it)

I am grateful for my fast growing hair!

I am grateful for snow!

I am grateful for conversations with my uncle

I am grateful for seeing changes in plans as doors opening instead of closing

I am grateful for my local radio debut!

I am grateful for keeping my plants alive (that was harder than it sounds)

I am grateful for planning BIG things for 2014 (planning ahead is not always easy for me!)

I am grateful for Ruth knowing the perfect word for my arm and holding space for me

I am grateful for honest communication

I am grateful for taking time to unplug from electronics

I am grateful for my Snap Out of It List (get’s me out of all my funks)

I am grateful for you! (that was a bonus if you’re counting, but you are what make this all possible, and I am grateful to the depths of my heart for your support)

What are you grateful for? Please share with us in the comments below.

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Gratitude is in the Cards

The other night, I was sitting at my desk, magazines and clippings surrounding me.

I had struggled through the day but managed to find my way to gratitude throughout, in the small moments.

Wondering where to go next, I shuffled the cards that sooth me. I shuffled. I shuffled. The pack split open and three cards floated free. The fourth, from the bottom, came to greet them.

Participiation.

Beyond Illusion.

Moment to Moment.

We are the World.

Yes, my soul whispered, this is what it’s all about, and I knew that these cards were speaking about the group gathering for Growing with Gratitude.

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Participation – Hands outstretched in a circle. Here is my soul, opening to yours in this safe space, awakening to the energy of a powerful community.

Beyond Illusion – Mind expanding into butterfly wings, ready to take off and soar as a new version of you emerges from all that you hold within.

Moment to Moment – The only way we ever truly live our lives, one step at a time, one foot in front of the other. Each step is taken with deep trust.

We are the World – We dance, rejoice, and hold hands as we come together from everywhere, in one place – this place of gratitude. Creating the light that we wish to see in the world, and spreading it in every way we know how.

The messages of the cards to you:

Participation “You have an opportunity to participate with others now to make your contribution to creating something greater and more beautiful than each of you could manage alone. Your participation will not only nourish you, but will also contribute something precious to the whole.”

Beyond Illusion “Drop your opinionated mind and move inside. There, you can relax into your own deepest truth, where the difference between dream and reality is already known.”

Moment to Moment “Be available to what comes your way, as it comes. And don’t worry if you stumble or fall; just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, have a good laugh, and carry on.”

We are the World “When we recognize the common source of our humanity, the common origins of our dreams and longings, our hopes and fears, we are able to see that we are all joined together in the great miracle of existence.”

We are approaching the eve of Growing with Gratitude, and our 30 day journey begins tomorrow. Will you join us? Your first step is to click here.

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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*Images and quotes come from the Osho Zen Tarot Cards

 

Gratitude as Growth (this is what it’s all about!)

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We don’t grow by looking back, we grow by looking to our future.

When you get clear, crystal clear, on what it is that you want in your life, when you dream it so much you begin to believe it, when you express gratitude for these dreams – that’s when the magic begins to happen.

Most of the time, we stay stuck in the past. We focus on what hasn’t worked, we focus on regrets, we focus on all the little things that add up in our mind to a life filled with negativity. That’s no way to live!

Gratitude can pull you out of the past and into the future, leaving you free to dream the biggest dreams you can and truly believe that they can become your reality.

Gratitude can pull the dreams out of the depths of your soul and into the light.

Gratitude can help you create the vision of the life you want to be living.

Gratitude can help you start to live that life right now.

When you are grateful for your dream, your vision, everything you do in life becomes colored by the feelings that live behind that dream.

When you live the feeling of your dreams, everything else begins to fall into place.

Are you ready?

We start in a week and the community is growing every day. So what are you waiting for? Click here and join us now.

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Gratitude as Connection

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We get nowhere by ourselves. Life is a constant collaboration between the people who help and support us, and those who we help and support. You know it feels amazing to be on either side of that, and acknowledging and expressing gratitude for those moments deepens the power of their impact.

Often, we move through our lives without fully expressing gratitude for all that we have done for others (yes, you can be grateful for that!) and for all of the support we have received. Even with our close friends and loved ones, we say “thank you” and “I love you” and of course we mean them, but how deeply are they felt when they become part of our routine to say?

When is the last time you felt truly connected to someone or to an experience that you had? I’m talking about taking a moment to pause, to really soak in the love and support of another, to look them in the eyes and express how much it meant to you.

This is the magic of gratitude. It’s about so much more than expressing thanks.

It’s about deepening our connections with the world around us.

It’s about strengthening our relationships.

It’s about expressing ourselves fully.

It’s about truly living our experiences instead of simply having them.

This is part of what Growing with Gratitude is all about, and I hope that you’ll join us.

Click here to learn more and register today.

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Gratitude as Forgiveness

gratitude as forgivenessThis is deep work. This is deep magic.

Here’s what I recently said to a friend about this, “Yes, you have to do the work, feel it, and move through it. But then you get to experience your shining self!”

What have you wanted to let go of?

What is it that you’ve held onto for far too long?

What load are you ready to put down?

What can you release that will help you feel lighter, freer, and ready to move forward?

That’s what gratitude as forgiveness gets to the heart of. It gives you the strength that you might not have even known you had within you so that you can move away from the gunk that gets in the way of living the life you are ready to embrace.

The dark parts of our lives thrive on darkness and staying hidden. That’s what helps them grow. When we shed light on them, when we hold them with compassion, they loosen their grip on our lives and we begin to be able to release them, to free ourselves.

We will start with self-care to set up your strength and foundation, and then we’ll move into the tough stuff. It’s okay to be unsure of what this week will bring because you will be surrounded by support and love.

Are you ready to let go of the past and fly into your future?

Join us!

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Gratitude as Self-Care

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If you’ve heard me talk about self-care before, you know that I believe taking care of yourself is the foundation for your health, your family, and your happiness.

Self-Care comes in many forms – including making time for the things you love, nourishing yourself with delicious food, and making a gratitude practice part of your routine.

A gratitude practice is an act of self-care that you can fit into the tiny crevices of your day. You can make this part of your evening routine as you wind down from the day and get ready for rest. You can make this part of your morning, just a few moments, to get your day off to set the lens through which you view your day.

Gratitude is a way to take care of yourself by shifting your mindset from negativity to positivity.

Gratitude is a way to take care of yourself by reminding yourself of the beautiful moments that often slip between the cracks of the frustrations and complications.

Gratitude is a way to take care of yourself by making a little bit of time for you to process all that happens during the waking hours.

Gratitude is a way to take care of yourself by creating  life filled with joy.

In the first week of Growing with Gratitude, we’ll be focusing more on gratitude as self-care. By the end of the first week, you will feel more love for yourself, more compassion towards yourself, and more open to receiving the beauty of life.

I do hope you join us. The community is growing and powerful!

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Why Gratitude?

Growing with GratitudeThis is the time of year when the idea of giving thanks comes up, but the idea of gratitude gets lost in the mix of pumpkins, turkeys, and either looking forward to or mentally preparing for time spent with family.

This year, let’s make it different. Let’s carry that idea of gratitude not only through the entire month of November, but let’s keep it going as we move forward through the holiday season and into the new year. If you’re intrigued and ready to get started, click here. If you’re curious but still wondering why gratitude, keep reading!

You know that feeling you get when you do something for someone and they respond in a way that makes you realize that they truly appreciate you?

You know that feeling you get when someone does something for you and even if it’s something little it makes your day?

You know that feeling when you sit down and realize that you don’t have to anything other than just be, even if only for a minute, because you decided that’s what you need?

You know that feeling when something truly awful happens in your life, but you realize that you’re still breathing, and you realize that above all else, that matters?

Gratitude is a doorway to joy, to happiness, to abundance, and to comfort amidst the difficult situations that we all face in life.

Gratitude is a simple practice. It can be done mentally in seconds, and if you begin to keep a gratitude journal, it can be just minutes a day.

Throughout the week, I’ll be sharing in more detail why gratitude acts as self-care, as forgiveness, as connection, and as growth, so be sure to check back each day this week (or sign up in the box to the right to receive new blogs posts in your inbox).

Are you ready to join us now? Register today.

Got questions? Leave them below and I’ll be sure to respond.

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Expansion Experiment #1

jai yogaWe often go through our days with our eyes shut. We walk around not fully absorbing our lives. I do this, literally, in my yoga practice, My time on my mat is very spiritual and I often use it as a time for introspection.

As I focus on the word Expansion for the month of October (I’ll be talking more about this as we move through the month), I decided to stretch myself and keep my eyes open during my most recent practice. I discovered so much and I’d like to share some of it with you.

I discovered that my default is eyes closed, and I found myself back there many times. I let go of judgment and took it as an opportunity to reopen my eyes and look with a fresh view.

I discovered that I remain more present with my eyes open. I tend to ‘disappear’ in my yoga practice, flowing with my movement but not always being fully present to what I’m doing and where I am. Staying present today allowed me to have more gratitude for the space I was in and for how I was taking care of myself.

I discovered that the deep stuff comes up more quickly when I can see. In pigeon pose, with my eyes open, I learned exactly what I hold in each of my hips, and now I know what I can release. That felt amazing and very important in contrast to my usual sinking into the pose and turning my mind off completely.

I discovered that expansion is all about exploration and experimentation. In being open to a new experience, in this case that of literally keeping my eyes open, I gave myself the opportunity to see what this would feel like, and what I might learn from it. For that, I am grateful.

For so long, I’ve allowed my yoga practice to be a place where I can build strength and subconsciously invite myself to grow. By keeping my eyes open, by bringing more conscious awareness to my practice, not only did I welcome more growth, but I encouraged expansion.

I titled this post Expansion Experiment #1 because I can feel that there are more to come. I challenge you to play along.

Let’s start together today – in what ways can you begin to live your life with your eyes more open – either figuratively or literally? Share with us in the comments below.

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Top 12 Posts of 2012

As the year comes to a close, I’ve been spending some time thinking about all that has happened and been brought into existence in the past 12 months.

 

For the last 12 days I’ve been sharing my top 12 posts with you, and I wanted to share them again in one post so you can more easily find the ones that resonate with you.

 

I’d love to know what your favorites are and what you’d like to see in the coming year.  Let me know in the comments below!

Trying New Things

 

Releasing Control

 

Flavorful Foods from Womb to World

 

Loving the Process

 

Out of Your Comfort Zone and Into Your Joy

 

Finding the Flow

 

Passing on More Than Our Stories

 

Finding Mama Spirit

 

What You Need to Know for a Healthy and Joyful Everything

 

How Are You in Your Worst Moments?

 

What Happens When I Don’t Nourish Mama

 

Healthy Mama, Healthy Baby: Preparing Where You Can

 

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Finding Mama Spirit

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I’m journeying back to find that place.  The place where my mama spirit burst open and showed me the courage, the power, the truth that is me.  Pieces of me that I hoped were there but never fully knew until one day a few Aprils ago.

 

I came upon a time in my life where I felt both more empowered than ever before and more out of control than ever before, and it taught me to trust myself, listen to myself, and understand myself in new ways.

 

During this time, I never doubted – not once, that I was exactly who I needed to be in this moment of my life.  I felt secure in the choices that I made, confident, radiant, and in my element so completely.  Others may have doubted for me (I know some did) and others were rocks of support.

 

What was most important was that no matter what I faced, I did not doubt myself.

 

This was a new feeling to me.  Throughout my life, I had doubted.

 

  • Doubted the work I was doing in school. 

 

  • Doubted that I took the right path in college, and in choice of jobs after I graduated. 

 

  • Doubted that I was going to “figure my life out” and be able to live feeling happy and fulfilled with the work I would do. 

 

  • Doubted that I could trust another so deeply so as to have a long lasting, committed relationship. 

 

I doubted myself deeply.

 

This place in my life that brought me to my center, that helped me look inward and see who I truly was at my core, no longer surrounded by all the negative talk I often gave myself, was one of the greatest gifts of my life. 

 

This time of feeling so connected to my mama spirit receded and opened space for my self-doubting tendencies to return.  “No,” I thought to myself, this is not what I want.  I want my life to be full of courage, love, and self-trust.  Knowing that it had found me once, I was sure it could find me again, and I began to search.

 

Searching often takes us on many journeys that are not our intended path.

 

  • When I met Jon, the love of my life for the past 12 years, I was not searching. 

 

  • When I found what I feel is becoming my life’s work, I was not searching. 

 

  • When I found my mama spirit, I was not searching. 

 

Once again, I discovered that my mama spirit would have to find me, and it would not likely appear when I was waiting, looking, searching.

 

I came to realize that mama spirit is always there, whether I see her, am in tune with her, or not.

 

  • She is there in the whisper of happiness. 

 

  • She is there in restful, peaceful sleep. 

 

  • She is there amidst a tickle fight full of joyous laughter. 

 

  • She is there in my heart, always. 

 

In stillness, in quiet, in those moments of not searching, she finds her way back to me, giving me the courage to connect to the truth that is me.

 

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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This post was originally featured on Where the Spirited Women Gather