• The downside of daily meditation: because even things that are supposed to be good for you can suck sometimes. #meditation #mindfulness #awareness #selfdiscovery #wellness #wellbeing #personalgrowth #personaldevelopment
    Personal Development,  Self-Care

    The downside of daily meditation. Because even things that are supposed to be good for you can suck sometimes.

    In last week’s post, I shared about some of the (more pleasant or “positive”) shifts I’ve been noticing over the last two and a half months of meditating daily. I realize now (thanks to a friend and meditation mentor) that I didn’t really paint a complete picture of what’s been going on.

    So I wanted to take some time this week to broaden the picture and share about the downside of a daily meditation practice. Because meditating daily isn’t (and hasn’t) been all textbook zen and perfect.

    I also want to clarify that these observations are based on a decade-long practice of meditation and even longer time spent observing my thoughts and behaviors.

    Additionally, it may help to consider last week’s post to be POINT, while this week’s post is COUNTERPOINT. Or light versus shadow. In other words, the things mentioned below are all opposite sides of the same coin. (I promise it will make sense as you read on. Well, I hope it does. 😂)

  • The ease and the struggle of a daily meditation practice. An honest reflection of the impact a daily meditation practice can have. #meditation #selfcare #mindfulness #shadowwork #wellness #mindset
    Personal Development,  Self-Care

    The difference a little meditation can make.

    Back on April 3rd of this year, I embarked upon my 3rd 100 Day Project (!!). For someone who wasn’t sure she could do anything for 100 days in a row without flaking out, that feels like a pretty epic accomplishment.

    In previous years I’ve focused my time and energy on blogging (year 1) and yoga (year 2). This year, I thought I was going to spend my time painting faces but at the last minute decided to go with meditation instead. Daily meditation was something I really wanted to do, and knew that I needed to do, but didn’t think I’d actually commit to doing it daily without some sort of accountability (even if it was just to myself).

    So, meditation it was.

    I am happy to report that I’ve been meditating every single night for the past 70+ even though I haven’t been sharing about my journey much. I have been learning a lot through my practice and thought that it would only be fitting to share about it now that I am over two-thirds of they way through my 100 days.

    Better late than never, right?

  • 30 prompts to help you get in the groove with gratitude
    Gratitude,  Personal Development,  Self-Care

    30 prompts to help you get in the groove with gratitude

    Journaling has been a powerful tool for self-discovery and growth throughout the course of my life. I grew up in a home where journaling and self-expression were encouraged. I had an English teacher in 8th grade require daily journaling as part of our class. Hell, my health coach training program incorporated daily free-writing (a la Morning Pages) as part of our coursework.

    I’ve journaled when it was just me, and I’ve even managed to journal daily with two businesses to run and a toddler who thinks that 4:55 AM is a perfectly acceptable time to wake up for the day. I’ve probably considered every single reason why I wouldn’t be able to take on such a task.

    Wherever life has taken me, I’ve always found my way back to the pages of my journal. Because I know that when I’m able to sit down and write, I FEEL the difference. I have incredible a-ha moments, insights a-plenty, excitement, newfound energy, and am way more grounded.

    And then, I found gratitude journaling.

    It literally turned my entire world around. First, through the experience of keeping a Miracle Journal based on the ideas found in Melody Beattie’s book, Make Miracles in Forty Days*. A few years later, I stumbled upon another life-changing book called Thank & Grow Rich* by Pam Grout. I spent the better part of a week writing down 100 things each day that I was grateful for.

    Each experience cracked me open and helped me connect more deeply with myself and the world around me. Which is why I wanted to create a way for others to experience the joys of journaling and a daily gratitude practice. Consider this the best of both worlds, as each prompt will help you explore a different facet of your life and beliefs, all while expressing a little gratitude for it all. 

  • Why anger and resentment have been my greatest teachers
    Gratitude,  Personal Development,  Self-Care

    Why anger and resentment have been my greatest teachers

    I’ve always had a bit of a temper. As a kid, whenever I’d get in trouble I would storm out of the room screaming, run to my bedroom and slam the door as hard as I could, crank up my stereo to peak volume, and yell about the injustice of it all.

    I wish I could say that I’ve outgrown that response as an adult, but I’d be lying.

    Up until a year or so ago, I would reenact the same behavior of my youth — screaming, yelling, and carrying on while muttering choice words under my breath, slamming doors, and cursing up a storm. I would eventually calm myself down after a healthy stress cleaning session and go on with my day. The only difference being the extreme guilt and shame I would feel after all was said and done.

    For a long time, I believed that my anger was justified. It was always over how someone slighted me or didn’t take my needs into consideration. I always had at the ready at least 15 different ways that the other person had botched it or times where they had done something similar and equally insensitive.

    It wasn’t until I had my daughter that I saw my anger for what it was: toxic and incredibly self-serving.

  • Self-Care

    How to make time for The Miracle Morning when you’re a mom…

    From the moment I read about morning routines in Hal Elrod’s book, The Miracle Morning*, I knew they were for me. I loved the way morning routines helped to anchor the day in a positive way and also gave structure for incorporating things like meditation, reading, and journaling.

    Problem was, I had a newborn whose sleep was erratic at best and a creaky old house that wasn’t conducive to moving around without waking everyone (dog, baby, husband) up at first step.

    My husband and I did everything we could to make it work — taking turns with who got to go first and who would be on “baby duty” — so that we could both get our Miracle Mornings in. We lasted about a month before going back to the old routine of waiting for our daughter to wake up before starting our days.

    I couldn’t understand why WE struggled so much with carving out the time for something that we both enjoyed doing until I remembered something: the people who are cited most when talking about the power of morning routines are a.) men, b.) single or childless, and c.) have partners who are responsible for the care of the children.

    OH.

    RIGHT.

    So where did that leave me — someone who saw the benefits of a morning routine but didn’t have the bandwidth to devote the time in the morning to fit it all in?

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