Thursday, December 30, 2010

A few years ago, I was turned on to the idea of having a *word* for the year. A word to set intention, to be mindful of what I'd like from life, or where I'm at in life at least. A guide post to give me a place to return to when I feel adrift. Not sure which way to go.

Last year my word was
Surrender. My intent was to surrender needing to know exactly where I was going. To stop planning everything. To release my brain from figuring it all out. I wanted to listen to my heart. I wanted to come from a place of feeling, rather than thinking. Because it was something new for me. I have been a goal-setter and planner my whole adult life. That talent has taken me to some pretty groovin' places, but there have been times when I let my head lead and I knew I missed out on something spectacular because I didn't listen to my heart. I wrote a little more about it here. I also realized half-way through the year how easy it is to forget what your word of the year is!
And I can say, looking back at 2010, I did listen to my heart, and some pretty big things happened.

So, my word for 2011. Well, this year it seems I have two words.

The first ~

This word ~ Soar ~ has so many layers for me. Following on the footsteps of 2010, if I can let go and believe and trust my heart, I will be lifted up by invisible currents. Supported and held in a loving embrace. This feels so right. To continue on with my quest to not have it all figured out. And by listening to my heart, I will reach new heights, soaring high, effortlessly, with new vistas.

The second word ~ which actually kinda came first ~ but I tried to *over-think* it (grin) was ~

I received this beautiful piece of art/card in the mail from a dear
BIG Sister. She's amazing. She knew it was my word too. I love that. Thank you Lisa! Even though I wasn't so sure. But I took it to be an affirmation that, yes indeed, it's my word this year too.

And so instead of trying to choose just one. I embraced both. By having fun this year, by letting go of being so seriously on my quest all the time, by PLAYING, I will SOAR.

Pretty fabulous.

What's your word for the year? Do you have more than one? Maybe you have 5?

However many you have, embrace your year, set you intention, and share it with me!

Happy New Year to you all!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Solstice!

Winter Solstice is my absolute favorite celebration of the year. It's a day that signifies the start of winter. It's the longest night of the year. Days that had been getting shorter, now begin to grow longer.

I'm not sure exactly what it is about it, but I just love it. I don't have any special traditions or rituals that I do every year. I don't have any unique decorations or recipes. And I don't even necessarily celebrate it with anyone but my family.

Every year is a little different. Some years my son and I have made pine cone bird feeders smothered in peanut butter and bird seed. Other years I light a candle, representing the return of longer days. Sometimes my husband and son and I take a moment to share all that we're grateful for this past year. One year I even invited friends around and we did all of the above. That was a special year I'll always treasure.

But usually, if nothing else, it is a time of year for me to reflect on all that I've learned, and to honor the challenges I faced, and the strides I've made. I also take a moment to set intentions for the new year, and hold a vision of what I'd like to see happen in the coming year.

This year, for something a little different, I've been having a whole bunch of fun with the 2011 Goddess Workbook. It is such a beautifully created guide book to your coming year. And Goddess Leonie's website if just full of scruptious tidbits and resources, go visit!

One of the activities is to come up with some mottos for yourself for the year. I've been loving this, and got all carried away and creative with mine. I mean really, don't we all need some personal cheerleading to support us on our adventures in life?

I'm sharing mine below. Enjoy!

One for my blog and all that it represents for me on my life's path...

One reminding me of the possibilities:

One to remind me that this moment, each and every moment, is what it's REALLY all about:

One to help me remember, I am enough, just as I am:

And of course, why else would you bother with any of it unless it was FUN!

How are you expressing yourself these days? Would love to hear about it and see the results too! Won't you share them in the comments below?

Here's to the returning of the Light, and also to the Light that shines deeply within us all.

Have a lovely Solstice!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I am so thrilled and honored to be a guest blogger today over at Dirty Footprints Studio!!

Thank you Connie, this is just so fun!

You can check out my thoughts on being Fearless, just click HERE!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I believe that our thoughts become things, that we can shape our own reality. But you know, it doesn't happen overnight, it takes time to manifest what we really want. And it's easy to lose faith in the lag time, the time it takes for things to shift.

But I keep on believing!

This week, for the first time, I'm playing along with
Jamie Ridler's Wishcasting Wednesday. I have done this before, in my journal, privately. But there is more power in saying it out loud.

So here goes.

What do you wish to transform?

Today, I wish to transform the way I spend my time financially supporting me and my family. I wish to transform my *work* life. I wish to transform my LIFE!


Thank you thank you thank you!

Friday, December 3, 2010

All the Necessary Steps

It's December. The end of the calendar year. The days of darkness, awaiting the return of the light at Winter Solstice.

I find it's a perfect time to reflect back on all I've done this year. All that I've accomplished. All that I've struggled with. Because both the successes and the challenges are necessary. Each step is taking me closer to who I am meant to be. Sometimes it's shedding old ways and habits. Other times it's trying on new bits and pieces to see what fits. Mostly though, it's letting shine through that which is already there. Waiting patiently, until I'm ready to embrace all that is me, ready to bring out into this world my one true self.

Here are some of the bigger steps I've taken this year ~

* dared to
Dream Very Big with these fabulous people

* learned to embrace my Inner Artist who's been in hiding since 7th grade

* started
Art Journaling ~ nothing but goodness by doing this!

* let go of feeling left out of a group which no longer fit, which was an old feeling anyway

played and danced in a city I've always wanted to go to, and danced my heart out with some fabulous women

* followed my heart, my intuition, my small guiding voice and made
a very difficult decision

* started a new blog (you're reading it now!)

* had an art piece in an art show in Athens! (see pics of it here

* really embraced my Inner Artist and went Fearless, painting really

* connected even deeper with a soul
Sister, a friendship that I am just so incredibly grateful for

* experienced a complete meltdown over what marriage means, learning to allow it to be all it needs to be, and watched it grow even stronger

* discovered my life's purpose (
a wee little thing...)

* realized that knowing my life purpose does not mean I now know how to go about making it happen

* opened once again to the idea of moving away from
this cabin out of the snow, and trusting that it most likely will happen in a way I can't predict or control

* honored the part of me that is a
Creative Rainbow Mama while letting go of not being a different kind of mother, at last

* decided it's definitely time to make some serious changes next year so I can do what I love all the time!

And what about you? Take some time this month, if you haven't already, to honor all the things you've done this year, both rewarding and hard, both joyful and challenging.

Give yourself some love for wherever you're at right at this moment in time, it's right where you're supposed to be!

So glad to be here with you!!