Thursday, November 12, 2015

creative thursday

the ceramic "yarn bowl" i painted
as i wrote on a previous blog post, immersing myself in the practice of creativity has really helped me get through the tough times of my dad's passing.  it nourishes my soul and i think, no i know, that if you nourish your soul regularly and especially during the tough times, it makes handling life's challenges just a little bit easier.  of course the hard part is taking the time to do those things when all you'd really like to do is stay in bed and pull the covers over your head.  doing what nourishes your soul can make you feel safe, help you find comfort, and give you a sense of calm and peace.  it can ground you.

daisies, the friendliest of the flowers!  :)
i know what you're thinking, but i can't draw, i can't knit, i can't (fill in the blank).  i know this because i've thought the same thing. here's what i've come to learn however, being creative doesn't mean you have to be perfect.  you don't even have to be very good at it.  it's a practice, which similar to a yoga practice doesn't require perfection, thank goodness.  it's a "practice" in every sense of the word.  trust me, i enjoy drawing, but as you can see above, picasso need not be worried!

start practicing what makes your heart sing, feel comforted, or calm so that when the bumps in life come along, which they will, you'll have something to fall back on and find a little bit of peace within the chaos that sometimes ensues.

peace, love and daisies,

cindy  :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

tuesday ramblings: thoughts on the bike

have i told you how much i love riding my bike?  i probably have at some point along the way, but it definitely bears repeating.

i enjoy a little later start to the day on tuesdays and i try to use that time to write, work on the newsletter, stuff like that.  i love these mornings.  my mind seems more productive, creative, and ready to work; well, at least most tuesday mornings.  today was a little different.  i was having trouble focusing and trying to figure out exactly what i needed to work on first.  i'd scan the to-do list in my daybook and then go back to surfing facebook or checking email.  i started to write a blog post and and instead would check facebook again or email.  so when the oldest son said he and the kids were going for a bike ride, i said, count me in!!

i love riding my bike.  it is one of the fastest ways to clear my head, reboot the creativity, the ideas, and the motivation.  i could ride for hours if i had the time, though i tend to get all of these ideas and want to rush home to start putting them in place.  one of these days, i hope to have the time to ride a little more or even better, live in an area where i could ride to class.  i'd have my wicker basket on the front, my yoga mat strapped to the back fender, and off to class i go!

what are the ways you clear your head when you get stuck? would love to hear.  feel free to share in the comments below or on the facebook page.

peace, love, and bicycles!

cindy  :)

my bike said no photographs today, he's a little shy, so we had to go with some cute stuff i found on pinterest.

note to self:  order cushy seat for bike, ha!

Friday, November 6, 2015

introducing new friend friday!

i'm so excited to introduce a new feature to the blog, new friend friday. (not sure if i'm sold on the new friend friday title, but we're going with at the moment ;)

as a seeker of all things wellness, self-care, inspiration, and creativity i love reading blogs and listening to podcasts from other seekers.  i've met some really cool people through social media as well as the health coaching school i attended and i was thinking you might like to get to know them too.

so for our inaugural new friend post, i'd like to introduce you to heather shafer of to live inspired.  as her bio states she is a certified dream coach, holistic life coach, and inspirationalist.  i first met heather through an art journaling course she was offering, which was so good i took it twice!  she has definitely been an inspiration to me, is a great coach, and a beautiful soul.  when i asked her if she wouldn't mind writing a post just for us, she didn't hesitate.  so without further adieu, i present miss heather shafer on checking in vs. checking out.

Hey Beautiful Souls.

I am so thrilled to be able to connect with you and by doing this guest post for such a kind soul!

Life is full for many of us. It’s all too easy to allow our days to be reacted to instead of responded to. It’s all too easy to check out (and most of us are not even aware that is what we are doing) then to check in.

It’s vital for us to nourish ourselves, to engage in self and soul care. However that can sometimes feel like just too much. Like just another thing on the already too long to do list.

Checking out…

So instead we check out, that can look many different ways for each of us. For some of us it will look like watching a lot of TV (that you are not nourished or even entertained by) others it will look like staying really busy (often with things that are not really aligned with what we truly want) it can show up in spacing out on the computer (guilty!) Those are just a few of the ways it might show up. You know what you're checking out is. I know one for me, one sign of that is my environment if it’s really chaotic then that is a reflection of my internal state!

Take a moment and ask yourself, what is your way of checking out? This is NOT about beating yourself up. It’s simply about noticing. (we need to reveal it to heal it)

Look I also get that there are times in our lives where checking out becomes a sort of survival of what is going on in our lives and that there are times where you just need to be able to numb a little and just to get through another day. Be gentle with yourself if that is the space you are in. Where I believe the problem comes in is when it becomes your default mode every day.

Checking in…

There are many ways to check back into your life and really nourish yourself. Only you can know what is truly right for you. However I will share some ways this could look for you, some inspiration, diving in points if you will.

  • Connect with your breath, hand on heart. Deep breath and say something encouraging to yourself- like “You’ve got this, you are loved, I am guided and I am held.
  • Ask yourself (and journal it if you can, or if the word journal seems too intimidating jot it down, make a list) What do I need right now? Right now I feel
  • Braindump, just get whatever is in your head out of your head. To do’s, worries, tasks, grocery lists doesn’t matter.. Let it all out!
  • Nourish your body, with a good meal and some water.
  • Do what I call blitzes, mine are most often 5 minute blitzes. Set an alarm for 5 minutes and clean something, release something, move  your body, straighten up, read something
  • Close your eyes and listen to a song that you love that feels soothing, soulful, calming. or choose one that has energy to it and bellow out the words!
Above all, be gentle with yourself where  you need to be and be a little fierce (kindly) where you need it and listen, just listen your life is giving you messages. What is your saying?

Here is to living Inspired, Creative and Empowered


Hi! I am Heather Shafer and I am a certified Dream Coach, and Holistic Life Coach, and Inspirationalist! I believe that connecting to our deepest and most creative Selves is critical to living our best, most powerful, lives. My purpose in life is to learn to express myself fully and authentically, and to teach and inspire others to do the same. My website features inspiring stories, tips and ideas to help you live an Inspired, Creative and Empowered life.

don't you just love her?!  here's to a fabulous weekend of checking in!

cindy :)

heather has an e-course beginning november 14th, creating an inspiring holiday.  i took it last year, have signed up for it again this year, and highly recommend it.  we all want the holidays to be fun and relaxing, yet they often end up quite the opposite.  in this e-course heather shares insights for a more mindful, insightful, and joyful holiday season, and it's FREE!  what do you say we take it together?

if you've got an idea for a catchy title for the new friday feature i'd love to hear it.  please feel free to share in the comments below.

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