The Importance of Self-Care: Morning Pages

This past week I have been focusing on the art of self-care.  It came to my attention through my studies to become a holistic health coach and I am very grateful for it.

I had no idea how badly I needed to make self-care a daily practice.  I was giving a lot of energy to projects, my j.o.b., travel, studying and other people and it took me a while to notice that my energy was waning.

Through my curriculum I learned about a wonderful lady named Julia Cameron, author of the book The Artist’s Way.  This book was recommended to me by a friend within the last couple of years, and I purchased the book but still have yet to read it!

Luckily, I watched a lecture given by Cameron in which she describes the practice of writing what she calls Morning Pages.  This is the gift of writing freehand first thing in the morning and filling 3 pages with thoughts, feelings, dreams and anything else that is on one’s mind.

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I have only been doing this for about a week, and I am amazed at the difference it has made in my life.  I am calmer and more grounded and able to live outside of my own head and be more present with my loved ones.  I feel less needy of other people’s attention because I have given myself the loving attention of honestly sharing my thoughts and feelings on a daily basis.

There really is something magical about validating yourself through writing.  Not only is it an actively healing and cathartic experience, it allows the exercising of creativity, something that I now remember is incredibly important.

I’m so grateful to Julia Cameron and the Morning Pages activity that has helped me to nourish myself emotionally and mentally and to inspire me to get back in touch with my creative side.

You can learning more about Morning Pages and Julia Cameron’s beautiful gifts here.

 

Celebrate Friendship

You ever have those moments when you connect with a great friend at just the right moment in your life?

I had one of those this past week.  One of my dear friends and I got to share stories, memories and laughs as well as encourage each other to enhance our lives in some way.  We talked for the better part of an hour and I had a smile on my face that lasted after the call.  Over the next couple of days I connected with 4 of my best friends and I experienced healing, joy, gratitude, love and peace from those simple yet profound conversations.

That is the beauty of friendship.

I am so thankful for the deep, meaningful friendships that I have in my life.  Their love reminds me that God and the universe truly loves me and is moving things in a positive flow to aid me in my intentions to create the life I desire.

I encourage you to reflect on your relationships this moment.  Is there someone who stands out as being a truly amazing, supportive and loving friend at all times? If so, I encourage you to take a moment right NOW to pick up the phone and call them and tell them what they mean to you (texts and emails are nice, too-but a call is so much more powerful because we can hear each other’s voice and feel the energy and emotion there).

I appreciate your presence on this site right now and I hope that reading these words will remind you of the beauty, light and power that lives in you.

Goodbye Squarespace, hello WordPress!

I’m very excited to get started on my WordPress journey and am looking forward to developing this site and transferring my posts from my old blog into this new one.

Out with the old blog, in with the new!

I know there will be a learning curve and an exercise in patience and I am thankful that I have a great team available to support me.

I’m looking forward to taking my blogging to the next level and I hope that what I put into this blog is multiplied and blesses others.  To all who read these words, thank you for being present with me in these moments.

I believe that this is the beginning to something great and I am excited for what develops

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Vegan Spice Broth/Stock

This is a tasty cheat that I discovered a few nights ago when I was preparing a recipe that called for chicken broth.

1/2 cup water

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp salt

Fresh cracked pepper

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

I love this mix of spices for warm flavored dishes (like vegan taco filling/vegetarian enchiladas) and the best part is that it’s very inexpensive and you can make it on the fly without having to run to the store for broth/worry about using a whole container of stock before the expiration date.  Yay!

I am Thankful for My Life

I woke up this morning to another beautiful, sunny day and realized what a gift it is to be alive one more day!

 

I am so thankful to live in a country that honors being thankful with a whole day to reflect on the abundance of blessings that is bestowed upon each one of us.  I feel especially blessed on this day to be able to enjoy some time off of work with my boyfriend who has 3 whole days off from law school!! 😀

My day was not “traditional” by any means, but it was perfect to me: waking up slowly and relaxing in bed, working out at our local Y in preparation of Thanksgiving dinner-at Denny’s! 🙂 It was yummy and it was super fun to go into San Diego and take in the sights of Ocean Beach.

On the way home we caught some beautiful views on our scenic route.  Now we’re relaxing after doing some cleaning, cooking and baking-it’s gluten free brownie time! All in all, it has been a very simple yet perfect and joyful day.  I’m so thankful for the gift of choosing to do what I desire and the means with which to do so.  Right now that choice is to enjoy a gin & tonic and snuggle up to watch a movie.  I hope that everyone’s day was this good and that the week only gets better from here!

Here we go again…

Hello there! I’m back after nearly a year-long hiatus and I’m very happy to announce that in that span of time I have:

1) Completed my Master’s Degree in Nursing Science (Woo-hoo!!)

2) Traveled to Hawaii and Cuba (totally awesome!!)

3) Initiated my investment plan

4) Lost about 20 pounds!! (hell to the yah mon!!!)

I am soooo excited to share more about these experiences and to be getting back to my blog as a reward after all my hard work.  It’s going to have to wait just a liiiittle bit longer though because I am about to give myself some well-deserved love and care, starting with a hot bubble bath and a pedicure…I may even throw some red zinfandel into the mix!

Whatever your day/week/month/year has been like, I hope that you will take the time to ask yourself what you need right now to feel loved and cared for.  Got it? Ok, now hop to it! See you soon!

 

 

Check out my YouTube channel!

I am uploading videos on a semi-regular basis of things that I am interested in…mostly birds and plants as there is no shortage of those beauties in and around my home!

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Feel free to leave comments and any suggestions if there is something you would like for me to explore or investigate, I’m always ready for an adventure!

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