finding center

Being still does not mean don’t move. It means move in peace.

~ E’yen A. Gardner

At this very moment, I have the baby sleeping in my Ergo carrier and the 3-year-old playing with his cars at my feet. I have potato soup in the crock pot, fresh gluten-free bread hot out of the oven, and my little baker helped make gluten-free vegan chocolate chip cookies, too. Big brother is at school today and Nana is picking him up. Heck, I even have Christmas music playing in the background. And I’m taking a few minutes to sit quietly and enjoy my vanilla hazelnut coffee to check-in with YOU!

But, it’s not always this peaceful.

(Not to mention the 3 baskets of clothes waiting to be folded, the toys scattered throughout the house and the crumbs on the kitchen floor. We’ve gotta let some things go, right?)

So…tell me. How do YOU feel about the holidays coming up? I really LOVE this time of year. I share the same joy my kids have about the decorations, the gifts, the foods and the special times together. We keep gift buying to a minimum and instead, I like to use our time and energy on parties, cooking yummy meals and sending hand-written cards.

Sometimes I feel moments of melancholy around this time of year…like when those holiday songs come on that make me think of my grandma. Man…I sure do miss her. And this time of year reminds me just how fast life really goes. In many ways, it seems like only yesterday I was a child dreaming of what Santa might bring. And now I’m reliving those memories with my own children.

Then…I remember how much more peace I find…IN THE MOMENT.

Living moment-by-moment, and adapting to what happens throughout the day, rather than being attached to expectations of how things used to be or how I think the day should go, takes practice for sure! In this very moment, with a sleeping babe and another boy having fun playing on his own, I already feel more at peace, because I’m sitting here, quietly, doing what I love – writing and drinking coffee.

But…as we know…it can all change in an instant.

So how do we keep connected to that feeling of peace when…
the kids cry, the computer fails, the car breaks down, the money gets tight, the stress of life feels overwhelming…?

When life throws us those detours, how do we stay connected to what matters most?

Breathing…helps. Crying…helps. Asking for help, sleeping, eating well, art, journaling, movement, community, and giving thanks…all help.

Finding stillness helps, too.

It’s in the stillness where you return to…YOU.

It’s in the quiet moments where you reconnect to the peace in your heart.

I find that making time for a little quiet each day helps remind me what matters most during those stressful times. It helps me stay centered during the chaos that can easily come during the holiday season, too.

It might be writing in my journal before bed. Or lying on my yoga mat before the day begins. It might be taking a walk alone. Whatever it is, on the days I set aside even just 5-minutes to myself, the more at peace I feel in the midst of chaos.

During my own moments of stillness recently, I’ve reconnected to the messages in my heart that remind me how much I LOVE art journaling, writing and leading women on self-discovery adventures!
And that’s why I’m getting ready to offer a new session of

Inside Out: A Creative Adventure of Self-Discovery!

Inside Out LogoInside Out has changed the lives of countless women from around the world (including my own) and you can read more about their experiences HERE. During the course of 5-weeks, we will make a visual journal that will reveal how we can live the life we are meant to live – with more creativity, peace and joy!

Through art, journaling, simple yoga, guided meditation and connection to community, you will discover and reconnect to your inner dreams, learn how to make space for them AND create an action plan to make them real for 2014.

For all the Inside Out details, visit HERE.

Registration begins December 1st and the course dates are
January 27th – February 28th, 2014.

For your chance to win a spot in Inside Out: A Creative Adventure of Self-Discovery, simply leave a comment on this blog post!

I’ll announce a winner on Friday, November 22nd.

Baby is still sleeping but the 3-year-old is ready for Play Doh.
I’ll sign off here and simply say…

Be well.
Give yourself a break.
You are doing enough.
And you CAN feel more peaceful now, even in the chaos of the holiday season.

Find your moment of stillness and return to the peace that lives within YOU.