#MotivationMonday Word Check In

It’s almost 2015, and I’m settled in with my word for the year: Nurture. Before I get started on the year, I’m going to explore it a little more in depth with some questions posed by Susannah Conway.

What does your heart need? My heart needs nurturing and tenderness. My heart needs peace and comforting. My heart needs to feel healed and whole again. It’s getting there, but it’s still sore and scabbed.

If you lived and breathed your Word every day in 2015, what would be different for you? I think if I lived and breathed “nurture,” I might feel like myself again. I think I would take better care of myself and feel like I’m doing my very best to care for the ones I love. I think I would actually take the time to nurture my passions and hobbies instead of drifting through life daydreaming about “someday.”

List some ways you are already being/experiencing this Word. I’m already taking the time to nurture myself by reflecting on the past two years and visualizing my ideal life. I’ve been planning ways to nurture myself and promote better health so I can better care for my family. I’ve been planning the next round of Cultivate prompts, which will further encourage me to nurture. I’ve felt the nurturing others have provided to me and my family these past two years, too. I’ve found that my circle knows how nurture when I’m broken and raw.

What can you do this year to bring more of your Word into your world? I can pen in daily goals — 64+ounces of water, fruits and veggies, a good stretch, a hot cuppa while writing. I can get in the kitchen and cook up pots of soups during the cooler months to keep our bodies happy and healthy. I can live and breathe maternal instincts.

Choose four more words to support your Word this year. They could be anything from inspiring words to names of people to things you want to invest in… Happy, Peace, Love, and Cultivate. This came very easily after having sat down over that 5 day e-course.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Cultivate 2015 prompts. We’ll start on January 11th and run through 31st. Let’s cultivate a life worth loving together!


#FoodieFriday Christmas Dessert


Don’t mind the glare and lack of a photo-editor. We enjoyed festive mini red velvet cheesecakes and wintery green mint fudge for dessert yesterday evening. I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season! Check back next Friday to see what we’ll enjoy for New Year’s Eve!


#ThankfulThursday Christmas Gratitude

I’m so glad that today is Christmas and that I have my lovely little family of 5 all under one roof together. Today we celebrate one of our family’s favorite holidays. Traditionally, we wake up and open presents. Then we enjoy a delicious Christmas breakfast — french toast, waffles, pancakes, or something special and festive like that. We enjoy our day together while I prepare Christmas dinner. Growing up, we either had turkey or ham in my family, but I always had a soft spot in my heart for a beautiful roast beef. Blame it on The Grinch and the Who’s traditional roast beast feast. So that is what our little family unit does now. We sit down and eat dinner and dessert before snuggling down for the night. And of course, we listen to Christmas music all day long. We really do have a lot of fun. I’m so grateful for today and all the blessings it brings to me and my family. I’m thankful that we’re able to celebrate unhindered by outside forces.

I hope that you have a wonderful day, whether you celebrate the Christmas holiday or not.


#MotivationMonday Nurturing

I’ve just finished my responses to Kat’s beautiful Reverb14 prompt series, and it’s been inspirational and motivational. I feel rejuvenated and ready for several projects in 2015. I joined Susannah Conway’s 5 day e-course to help find my word for 2015 and came up with “nurture.” The overall theme of the word branches out to cover just about everything I want to accomplish next year — and it fits so well with my Cultivate series. By the way, I’ll be starting the next Cultivate prompt series on January 11th. It’ll run for 3 weeks, ending on January 31st. That gives us time to marinate in our Reverb14 responses, enjoy the holidays, and get back into a routine — or cultivate new ones.

I’m inspired to take on a 365 day photography project. I want to take self-portraits each day, as well as portraits of my children. I don’t indulge my inner photographer as much as I would like to, so this nurtures my creativity. I’m also inspired to migrate my blog over to my professional website. I’ve got a complete design over-haul in mind for it, too. I’ve started my 2015 vision board on Pinterest and a pinboard for my word. I’m just brimming over with ideas, and I’m so glad to have that spark back.


#Reverb14 Day 21

How does [what you wrote on 1 December on the first day of Reverb14] compare to where you are now i.e. what can you say today with certainty?

I’m still ready for big changes, but I’m also more certain today that I’m ready to face 2015 with a new sense of resolve. I chose the word “nurture” to guide me through 2015, and I’ve noticed patterns in my Reverb14 responses that indicate I certainly need nurturing and nourishing. The thread ran all the way through straight to the very last day, and I’m pleased with the last three weeks of reflection and dreaming. I still don’t know what direction I’ll be taking, but I do know for certain that I’m going to cultivate a life worth loving.

Then, without thinking too hard about it, grab a pen and some paper and finish the following sentences:

In 2015, I am open to… changes. I am open to the possibilities that will unfold before me. I am open to ideas that may not yet be known to me.
In 2015, I want to feel… safe, loved, and nurtured. I want to feel that life is beautiful once again and unafraid of what’s next.
In 2015, I will say no to…
living in fear. I will say no to compromising myself when I know full well I can’t nurture others unless I’ve nurtured myself.
In 2015, I will know I am on the right track when…
I wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. Good habits will feel natural, and I will see the happiness reflected in the faces of my children.
But when I find myself veering off course, I will gently but firmly…
remind myself of all I have overcome. I certainly have the strength and ability to overcome so much, and there’s no reason to revert to fear, anxiety, worry, and depression.
In December 2015, I want to look back and say…
I have accomplished my intentions of nurturing myself and my loved ones. I want to look back and say that I followed my heart and my dreams, that I found my path once again.


#Reverb14 Day 20

How could you make space for joy in the year to come? How could you protect it?

I had to snoop around a bit before really pondering this question today. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. Then I realized something — I once had a daily practice that made space and protected my joy! When everything crumbled, my daily practice of gratitude and happiness fell with it all. I haven’t made the time to sit and write my lists. I use little notebooks to write out my concerns, just to get them off my mind for the moment; then I write a list of 5 things I’m grateful for; then I write a list of 5 things I accomplished, no matter how big or small; and finally I write a list of 5 things that make me happy. Once I’ve completed this practice, I feel happier and lighter. Even if I turn the corner to find something unpleasant, I’ve at least given myself the opportunity to count my blessings and bring myself joy. Also, I used to publish weekly Thankful Thursday posts. That practice, too, has fallen to the wayside in favor of all those urgent matters. If you’re familiar with Steven Covey and his four quadrants, basically I was spending a lot more time in quadrants 1 and 3. When I was done with those, all I could muster was the strength to goof off in quadrant 4. That magical quadrant 2 is where the lists and posts come into play. It’s time to stop worrying so much and goofing off. It’s time to quit sabotaging myself and start nurturing myself and my joy.

In 2015, I intend to reinforce my gratitude and happiness practices. This is a natural progression from the intention to pen in more time to nourish myself. You see, I just completed a free e-course that helped me flesh out my word for 2015, and I choose nurture. Or maybe it choose me. Either way, everything is falling back into place, and it’s time to nurture myself and get my life back.


#Reverb14 Day 19

Today, I invite you to consider: what sorts of signs and symbols have recurred for you in 2014? Think: repeating colours, shapes, people, sayings, music, images, ideas. Where could they possibly be leading you?

I’ve noticed a lot of signs that seem to be pointing me towards dreaming big dreams once again. They’re leading me to explore what makes me happy and to continue nurturing that which matters most — and those who matter most. I see it in images. I hear it in music. I notice all the subtle ways that life is trying to tell me to practice happiness and gratitude. Even when life was completely shattered and stressful, all signs pointed towards cultivating a life worth loving. I knew what I was fighting for, and right now I’m completely motivated to keep my family safe, happy, and nourished in all ways. As 2014 has drawn to a close, I’ve seen quite a few signs that encourage me to continue cheering up. Things are changing in a good way. Good things are coming our way. I may not have a clear vision anymore, but I know what I want out of life. I know that I love making french toast in the morning and watching hungry mouths devour it. I know that I love sitting outside in the fresh air relaxing while the not-so-little ones burn off that enormous amount of energy. I know that I love quiet, cozy evenings in fuzzy socks and pants. I’m not completely sure of the path I’ll be taking, but I know that I have wonderful traveling companions who I cherish dearly. And that makes all the difference in the world.


#Reverb14 Day 18

What nourishes your soul? How would you like to incorporate more of this into your life in 2015?

Quite a few things nourish my soul, most of which I don’t incorporate into my life nearly enough. I think my very best option right now is to purchase my 2015 planner with the intention of penning in times for me to incorporate some soul nourishment — yes, with pen, permanent ink. I would like to see myself preparing a healthy, filling breakfast that keeps me going well into the morning. I would like to see myself stretching to maintain my flexibility and exercising to maintain (or even increase) my strength and stamina. I would like to see myself writing my pages and lists daily once again. I would like to see myself having fun — coloring, lounging, baking, cooking, playing games with the family, and so on. I’m actually a very simple girl with very simple needs that are easily met. I just don’t focus on those needs as much as I should. And if I don’t nourish my soul — and put on that proverbial oxygen mask — there really won’t be much of a me to nourish others. I know I have four other lives that depend heavily on me for nourishment, therefore I need to nourish myself so I’m fulfilled.