I’ve been a bit quieter lately in emails, on the blog, and taking a break from the rabbit hole of Facebook. I find this happens every year around this time, as the days get shorter and the weather colder. It’s a natural inclination, deep in our DNA, to cycle with the seasons.
There is so much still being tossed around on how to find your purpose, how to create your ideal work to fulfill your purpose, etc. I have to admit that I used to get caught up in this too and agonize about it.
I love to read, and the latest author I’ve encountered is Gretchen Rubin. I have to admit there are a few things in her books that irk me (like her stance on water, artificial sweeteners, and diet soda – that’s another story altogether!) but she does have a lot of valuable insights to share. One of my big interests these days is habit formation so Better Than Before was on the must-read list.
One insight in particular from that book, which has provided more than one lightbulb moment on the homefront, is
Winter is a natural time for going inside – literally and figuratively in your heart and in your thoughts. It’s become more popular to have a “theme” for the year, and I’m glad the trend is happening. I think it’s a much more natural and fruitful way of going about life than New Year’s Resolutions – especially for women. In my circles, we come up with 3 words to focus on for the year: “seeds” to plant in the fallow of winter and allow to germinate and grow over the year. The analogy is one that speaks to me deeply, and I have found that the act of consciously planting these “seeds”, as a form of intention, really does set some interesting things in motion. Be careful what you wish for!
We have options of how we choose to be and what we choose to do every day of our lives. The holiday season can add some complexity, but it’s important to remember that those options are still there. Here are some habits that are easy to fall into – and some tips to help maintain your well-being and your energy along the way.
As women, a sense of support and community is so important for us. It has been said that a woman who has close relationships with 3 other women will live longer. The Harvard Medical Review reported that the lack of strong relationships is as comparable a risk factor to health as ...
Intention is the act of focusing on something specific, which impacts both mind and energy. In reality, we are creating intentions at some level every moment of the day with our thoughts, and, sadly, many of our thoughts are a stream of negative commentary about ourselves and what’s around us. Now, wouldn’t you rather consciously choose what your focus will be?
When there is too much going on – or at least too much of the wrong things! – pressures, heightened emotions, disagreements, or whatever else may be happening in your life.
I know how it is. We all cycle through it periodically. Sometimes life throws unexpected curves our way, so the question is not why or when, but how. How do we navigate it all? How do we manage when life turns upside down?
Like many people, the events of the world have me feeling somewhat discomforted and unsettled. Delving deeper, I’ve been feeling a greater awareness of each of us as individuals. As the saying goes, peace begins with me.
It begins with each one of us.
It begins in each of our families.
And when we can’t truly get a handle with what’s happening in our own hearts and minds, in our homes, and in our neighbourhoods, how can we expect events to transpire any differently?
So I offer these questions for you to ponder and journal about
I've never believed - and honestly get a bit irritated when I hear it - that "it takes 21 days to form a habit." After all, I've done things for 21 days, or more, only to drop them again... and then wish I could more easily get back into a routine with whatever it was.
I don't think I'm a hopeless case, and I don't think I'm all that unusual either. So (naturally!) I figured the statement must be one of those things that is massively misquoted.
Well, it turns out I was partly right - and partly wrong too.
We all know we need to eat more veggies... but we get tired of the same old things. We've also become conditioned to variety, so we tend to be able to eat more healthy foods when there is a mixture of flavours and textures. The challenge, of course, is the time and effort involved in food preparation.
This recipe is a family favourite, and one that the kids never grow tired of.