{power and creation} love

Friday, January 31, 2014

"creating the world we want is a much more subtle but more powerful mode of operation than destroying the one we don't want"
::marianne williamson::

waaaay back, i shared that my focus for 2014 is "power" and "creation" and today i am finally going to elaborate.

in that post i spoke about how my theme from last year emerged as "faith".

i wrote about how for years and years and years i had been looking to external sources for guidance and answers and the pat on the head of acceptance and then, last year, life and all of its lessons fit together to bring me to a place where i actually and honestly could say that i had faith in my own self; that above anyone else's thoughts, opinions or teachings, it was my own heart i could trust and look to for guidance first.

so, with my new found faith in hand, this year i want to really focus on owning how powerful i am and how capable i am of creating the exact life that i want.

"your playing small does not serve the world"
::marianne williamson::

in regards to power i will:

-shed hesitance and resistance; i am learning that if i am resistant or hesitant about something there's often a really valuable lesson there.

-be vulnerable; stepping into my power is not about putting on a suit of armour and becoming invincible or about putting up more walls. for me to be truly powerful i will need to be open and honest and raw.

-be present.

-place absolute trust and faith in the whisperings of my heart. or, as my heart centred practice continues to deepen, the shoutings of my heart!

-create my life.

"believe in what you want so much that it has no choice but to materialize"
::karen salmansohn::

which, conveniently, brings us to creation:

-i will remember that thoughts become things and that every thought that i hold is creating my reality; creating the lens i see my world through.

-i will remind myself every day, and every moment if i have to, that i get to choose. i get to choose my thoughts, my reactions and actions. i get to choose the situations, people and opportunities that i put my energy into.

see how those two words go so beautifully together? i cannot choose to create my life without anchoring deep into my own power.


let's do this twenty fourteen.

happy friday, you beautiful, powerful creators.

{and happy year of the horse! from me and my girl of twenty-one years.}

{monday morning} love

Monday, January 27, 2014

happy monday fellow lovers!

start your day off slow with a sampling of what i loved most on the interwebs and my life last week:

not for the delicate, but hilarious none the less, reviews of sugarless haribo gummy bears

a murmuration of starlings

"you are made from love, to be loved, to spread love"; while this letter is to a newborn, the lessons are pretty ageless

an incredible creative process

reusable glass straws...cause the smoothie drinking in our house is off. the. hook.

a quote from P after giving me the three loonies he earned for serving our guests yesterday:

"here mom, you can have these...i can do jobs for money anytime. you? not so much."

and a quote from B yesterday at his bedtime:

"ummm. when are you guys going to die so we can go live with grama and cowpa?"

i tell ya, those kids of mine love and respect me!

have a beautiful start to the week.

and, because i love them, i'm throwing in this outtake from p's portrait session last week and a shot of b and my dad that is all kinds of good.

{intentional} love

Sunday, January 26, 2014

i really enjoyed last week's intention of community.

i'm not sure about you, but so often i think about how much i love and appreciate a person that i simply assume they know how i feel without ever actually saying the words. so last week i made a point to say the words. 

it felt good and it felt like pure gratitude.

this week my focus is recognition.

i think i'm above average at recognizing those around me as it is really just an offshoot of gratitude but i know that i am terrible, although getting better, at recognizing myself.

so often when someone pays me a compliment i dishonour it with an "aw shucks, anyone could do that" kind of a statement. or i undermine it with a "yeah, but you should see how bad i am at _____."

this week i am going to go for "damn, i do have some really cool and unique gifts" and "shit yeah, i nailed that." and of course round it all out with humble gratitude for the blessings i have and am.

i suspect this week could be a challenge.

do you ever notice that? how hard it is to take a compliment? the way we diminish ourselves?

is it a woman thing? a canadian thing? a conditioning of who knows what from childhood?

anyway, this week i am recognizing myself.

{coconut butter} love

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Have you taken stock of the available "butters" lately?

There's peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter, pea butter {wtf?} and apparently there is even cookie butter! But have you ever had, or even heard of, coconut butter? Me either! Until last week that is.

Naturally, when I heard such a thing existed, I promptly made a batch. And it is so good! Lightly sweet and salty and so coconutty...yum.

Here's what you need:

8 cups coconut flakes {shredded would also work fine}

2 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp vanilla powder *

1/2 tsp sea salt

*you can leave this out if you like...I'm also keen to experiment with cinnamon or cacao and honey

Throw the whole lot in your food processor and crank it up but keep an eye on it as you may have to scrape the sides down with a spatula every now and again.

After a minute or two, your mixture will have a sort of crumbly texture and then, after another minute or two, it completely liquefies. Once you've got a liquid like consistency, pour it all into an oh-so trendy mason jar, slap a lid on it and you're done!

Oh, and after an hour or two your coconut butter will go back to a solid state.

We've been spreading our coconut butter on toast, adding it to curries and just plain old eating it by the spoonful.


{monday morning} love

Monday, January 20, 2014

Oooooh, loves, I've got some sweet time wasters this morning!

Fill your best mug with your favourite brew, get as relaxed as your current environment allows and check out all of this amazingness that I came across over the past week:

sorry dolly and whitney, but this is the new standard for this classic...in my books that is

sometimes {always} i need a hit of peace, quiet and stillness in my day but don't have the time or space from the wee men to make it happen...this little film always brings me back to center and the kids will sit still and watch it too

ah hell, i also love this one, this one and this one

it has become my responsibility to make our family's christmas morning breakfast and i always make some variation of this recipe...can you tell that i am missing both christmas and am on day 20 of the whole30 madness?

ok, promise me one thing? crank this up when your work day is over and shake what your mumma gave you. seriously. dance. passionately, poorly...doesn't matter. just unleash that wildness from deep in your belly

{intentional} love

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Last week's intention kicked my ass.

Not because I have a hard time with gratitude, far from it, but because it seems to be an entirely foreign concept for the young P. 

And as I tried to weave the concept of gratitude in EVERYWHERE for him, I began to realize that it is a really hard thing to teach. Truly, how can he be grateful when he's never been without? And it's not that he is spoiled or has poor manners, he just sincerely doesn't know how fortunate he is because he doesn't know anything different. In contrast, I came from a childhood that was difficult and have had some fairly major bumps {code: rock bottom pits} along my life's path so I can well and truly appreciate how blessed I am. 

Also? He's six.

Which leaves my heart very hopeful that, as the gifts of perspective and hindsight begin to show up, it will come.

This week my intention is an awareness of community.

There are a few ways I am going to use this intention:

1. I want to really cultivate an awareness of my place in the world. Particularly to pay close attention to what my truth and purpose are and to listen intently to my heart so that I will best be able to serve the collective around me.

2. Recognize my need for others and honour the ways in which they inspire and challenge me while also offering me solace and comfort.

3. Show up for my tribe; make that time and space and really, REALLY, be present for them.

Have a great week.

{monday morning} love

Monday, January 13, 2014

Here are some of last week's biggest loves:

this woman and her heart's work

this instagram for some spectacular canadian love

the wee men listened to the little prince {my favourite book. ever.} on the way out to the ranch

comfort food

the week before last it was the anticipation for my courses, this past week those courses made me grow

i made it through the hardest part of the whole30 madness. i think. i hope.

and last, but biggest in my heart, a perfect, bluebird of a day at the ranch

Thanks for indulging me...I thoroughly enjoy this little time to reflect on the past week before diving into this one.

{intentional} love

Sunday, January 12, 2014

How did last week treat you?

Did you set an intention? Did you open yourself up to be guided by it?

I am pleased to report that I basically nailed it on the simplicity front!

However, I cannot take all of the credit. No, I must commend days five through nine of the Whole30 madness for making me feel exhausted and carb flu-ish to the point that I really truly couldn't have complicated my life had I wanted to!

Still, there were a lot of nice little moments where I could see that I was actively simplifying, and therefore keeping my sh*t drama-free, throughout the week.

For this week I am focusing on gratitude.

we can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts 
are conscious of our treasures
::thornton wilder::

The act of giving thanks and being grateful has become an extensive practice for me over the last year and it has the power to immediately change the moment. And it has been fascinating to see how the deeper I root myself into thankfulness, the more my heart opens and the more I notice for there to be thankful for. 

If you decide to really dig into gratitude this week, please be sure to be giving thanks for both the blessings and the not-so-blessings. Because that stuff that is the most challenging? That is where life really offers you a moment to access your pure potential; a moment for pure growth. Truly.

So, to get this gratitude party started, thank you so very much for taking some of your time to stop in here and support this little space of mine.

{kindness} love

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

inspired by today's visit with one of the most sincere, genuine and kind people i know, the motherload of quotes on kindness coming at ya in three...two...one...

be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
{ian maclaren}

three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.
{henry james}

i hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. and, most importantly (because i think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.
{neil gaiman}

tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.
{kahlil gibran}

so many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.
{ella wheeler wilcox}

no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they will not be here tomorrow. extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. your life will never be the same again.
{og mandino}

always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.
{j.m. barrie}

strive to be a vessel of love, to fill the world with more compassion and kindness...
{marianne williamson}

practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
{anne herbert}

neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. only kindness can do that.
{jean baptiste henri lacordaire}

despite our differences, we are all in this together. no act of kindness or compassion goes unnoticed. to change the world, take compassionate action within your immediate sphere of influence. to change yourself, start by being still and making time just to listen.
{edmund bourne}

the ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth.
{albert einstein}

everything we have and everything we enjoy, including our very life, is due to the kindness of others. in fact, every happiness there is in the world arises as a result of others' kindness.
{geshe kelsang gyatso}

be kind, loves...

{monday morning} love

Monday, January 6, 2014


They can be total balls.

You know how it is...you do know how it is, right?

Or am I projecting?

Either way, I am hoping that this little capture of all that moved me last week will become a weekly practice that helps ease me into Monday with as much grace and gratitude as possible!

What I was loving last week:

This little monthly forecast always seems to be so accurate, gives a nice heads up on what's coming down the pipes and totally satisfies my hippy soul.

A set of rules that basically nailed all of last years big lessons for me...read, read and read again.

Sarah's new blog...epic creativity and beauty will be going on over there!

Anticipation for two courses over here.

This cover by Coeur de Pirate, this song by Patty Griffin and this song by Mt. Wolf.


I'm already feeling more equipped to face the day.

Have a beautiful one my loves.

{intentional} love

Sunday, January 5, 2014

In order to show up somewhat more regularly here in the blogosphere, I thought I'd try out running a couple of simple, weekly series.

So, for Sunday evenings, I am sharing an intention that I am setting for the week.

This week...simplicity.

It is our first week back to a full time, "normal" schedule since December 20 of last year! {that sounds so dramatic} But still, kiddos go back to school, the mister back to work, a return to routine showering and going out in public...regular, scheduled, life resumes.

It is going to be full, it is going to be an adjustment and it definitely has the potential to cause some *ahem* madness in our household.

So, rather than getting to that place where I feel stretched too thin and I am only reacting, as opposed to making focused, heartfelt decisions, I will choose simplicity.

We are responsible for our choices, so choose wisely and choose simply.

Simplify, simplify, simplify.

{one word} love

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Now that we are well and truly into 2014, I thought I'd share a little bit about my Solstice intentions.

Last year, I didn't outright set a theme for the year, but it became very clear that my theme was "faith"; more specifically, faith in myself.

For the longest time, maybe as long as I can remember, I sought outside guidance and opinions to steer my life or made decisions based on what I thought would be seen as the most practical {and for a long time I also equated practical with intelligent}. I was doing a lot of living based on maintaining appearances.

Then, after the birth of P, I had a chance to make some changes and so I made a big shift away from my corporate, material driven lifestyle to that of a stay at home mom and part time yoga teacher.

And things were "better", but still I desperately wanted to be handed the prayers to say, the mantra to chant, the meditation to do, the practice that was right so that I would be able to achieve "it" {"it" being this elusive notion of peace and contentment}. I still continued to hand my power over to others assuming that they had the answers. I just wanted someone to tell me how to be whole.

But this past year? It was the year that I finally got it. I finally learned to have faith in myself, faith in the process, faith that all is as it should be and faith that my life is unfolding exactly as it should be.

And I don't know that I could have learned it any sooner. I honestly don't think I even realized that I had zero faith in myself or the world around me until the fall of 2012. So how on earth could I fix something I didn't even perceive to be broken? Even then, once I did realize it, I can't say that I actively "fixed" anything so much as everything, all the teachings, lessons, trials and successes, finally fit together perfectly for me to fumble my way through to faith.

Around the same time that I really started to feel and understand faith, I also came to the sweetest realization that nothing is inherently "good" or "bad" in my life. That all of this stuff that happens in life really is nothing more than stuff. And when I pull away from the habit of labelling everything as "good" or "bad"? Then I am able to choose to evolve with gratitude through the circumstances of my life.

Lets take a moment and recap that:

Every single thing that happens is an opportunity for growth; the magic happens when we see that and choose it.

That's some good stuff, right there.

And for 2014?

My one word is "power". My one word is also "creation". I know, not one word, but they go so beautifully together. I promise to elaborate soon.

The wee men are scuffling, but I'll be back soon to expand on my 2014 theme!

Have a beautiful rest of the day.

{new year} love

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year, loves!

I hope you spent last night surrounded by loved ones, celebrating all that 2013 was to you.

And, remember, even if 2013 was less than amazing, or maybe it was downright shitty, those times that are the hardest? They are the ones that crack us open the widest to allow even more growth and more light...sometimes we just have to keep our heads down and continue to truck along until our great friend hindsight shows us that!

2014 is here! Let's do some epic growing, loving, seeking, trusting and manifesting.


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