{monday morning} love

Monday, March 31, 2014

i stayed pretty far from the internets last week but i did come across a few gems last night and this morning.

enjoy:

major lady love for this woman

i love all of these, but am really feeling numbers one, five, six, nine, eighteen and twenty-six right now

why, yes, yes i did watch this and pretend i was there instead of here...where it has been gray and snowing and cold for far too long now

a good read

and an empowering and inspiring quote:

your soul is your true home. 
in the moment you finally arrive in this psycho-ecological niche, 
you feel fully available and present to the world, unlost
this particular place is profoundly familiar to you, 
more so than any geographical location or any mere dwelling has ever been or could be. 
you know immediately that this is the source, the marrow, of your true belonging. 
this is the identity no one could ever take from you. 
inhabiting this place does not depend on having anyone else’s permission or approval or presence. 
it does not require having a particular job — or any at all. 
you can be neither hired for it nor fired from it. 
acting from this place aligns you with your surest personal powers... 
your powers of nurturing, transforming, creating; 
your powers of presence and wonder. 

::bill plotkin::



have a beautiful rest of the day sweethearts.


{knocking down the walls} love

Sunday, March 30, 2014


about six months ago i was asked if i would ever teach about healing from post-partum depression.

my immediate reply was that i didn't know how i couldn't. but, even as i said those words, i felt my throat tighten and my heart begin to race and then i quickly made some excuses as to why i wasn't the right one to do it.

it was so strange. and a very clear sign that there were still some walls up around my journey through depression.

and i sort of left it at that.

then in the last three weeks it has come up again and again.

a friend i haven't seen in years {since before i even had post-partum} contacted me to see if i was interested in the non-profit organization she is starting which will provide support to those affected by post-partum depression.

a handful of other friends and acquaintances, all on separate occasions, have asked if i had ever thought about running a workshop on dealing with post-partum depression or a workshop for new moms.

today when i clicked back onto facebook, after a week off, my feed was full of articles and links all dealing with depression.

and the following quote, which made my heart expand and contract and break all at once, found me:

perhaps what we call depression isn't really a disorder at all but, like physical pain, an alarm of sorts, alerting us that something is undoubtedly wrong; that perhaps it is time to stop, take a time-out, take as long as it takes, and attend to the unaddressed business of filling our souls.

::lee stringer::

now that is more than enough synchronicity to get my full attention and so this week i am going to start to open myself up to this potential body of work.

i am also going to be really brave and strong and gentle with myself because, even three years later, post-partum depression still feels so rough and raw to me.



{unplugging} love

Monday, March 24, 2014




it's spring break and p is home for the week!

we don't have big plans, but i fully intend to spend my days unplugged from screens and social media and business planning and "shoulds" so that i can really just enjoy being with my biggest little man.

see you all in april!

{personal energy} love

Tuesday, March 18, 2014





hello loves!

here's a first 'round these parts...a post that is all about self promotion!

well, all blog posts are, in a way, self promoting...but this one is promoting the first little step in the direction of my new business that i am working on.

so, the exciting news?

just about two years ago i learned of a phenomenal body of work that has since become a fundamental part of my every day life. it has impacted my relationship with my husband, my kids, the world around me and myself. it is an absolute permission and acceptance piece to live my most authentic life.

and, drum roll please, i am so excited to let you know that i have completed my training as a personal energy profile affiliate so that i can freely share this teaching with all of you!


a little bit about the personal energy profile program:

"when you discover your personal energy profile all parts of your life will be impacted.
you will focus on creating the most nourishing relationships with your family and friends, how to best use your personal time, more effectively parent your children, nurture your relationship with your partner and how to make the most out of your work.
the personal energy profile workshops provide you with the foundation, learning and action needed to unleash the energy of your greatness. this experience was designed to create impact in both your personal and professional life, as you understand who you truly are, how impactful you can be and what your personal energy is capable of.
while unleashing your greatness may not always be easy, you will prosper in many ways as you journey through the process of self-discovery."
{from the greatness in action website}

amazing, right?

and i am seriously blessed to be able to watch it all unfold with every single client.

i am going to be offering a workshop in the very near future, either in my home or a nearby studio, so stay tuned for that!

i would also like to offer my services to all of you. we can work one on one or build a workshop around you and your family, friends or co-workers.

in a workshop you will learn:
- the art of dowsing and energy measurement
- your two greatness profiles and how these profiles hold the keys to your brilliance; what you were born to do, be and emanate
- your distraction profile and a heightened awareness of what {relationships, situations, actions, habits, etc.} will leave you feeling drained mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually
- your individual greatness principles and distraction characteristics

all workshops include:
- your own custom made dowsing rods
- all workbooks
- complete and total empowerment to confidently measure your own energy
- follow up coaching and guidance as needed

for one on one work you can expect to book about two hours and for larger groups {up to six people} you can expect about five-six hours.

and, because I adore each and every one of you and want this teaching to be completely accessible, I am offering a friends and family rate of $130 per person for any workshops booked before the fall.

you guys, i am so excited about this...it has been an absolute game changer in my life.

please, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or are interested in booking your own workshop at amillionlittleloves@gmail.com!



{monday morning} love

Monday, March 17, 2014


good morning and welcome to the week!

please grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a few moments of quiet.

there is a lot of parenting/relationship gold in this short interview

a link to the motherload of crunchy, hippy, natural remedy blog links

a lovely and talented local artist

our oh-so talented wedding photographer's amazing new adventure

in case you missed it last week, my sublime recipe for mint chocolate

i have always suspected this to be the case

have a lovely, lovely day.



{intentional} love

Sunday, March 16, 2014



well.

between b sleeping through the night only once and the time change happening {so five in the morning was actually four in the morning on the old system}, five in the morning continues to elude me.

excuses? yes.

valid? i think so.

but, rather than throwing my hands up in the air and flipping the bird to the whole endeavour, i rolled with it and was content to wake up just a little bit earlier than the kiddos. most mornings i enjoyed over half an hour of quiet, meditative solitude and a couple of mornings i only managed the time it takes for my shower.

and that, i have learned, is totally ok.

somehow my perceptions finally shifted last week to the reality that even just ten minutes of peace and quiet first thing in the morning, when well spent, has the power to impact the entire rest of my day. in a very positive way.

this week i am going to focus on determination.

determination to continue to strive towards that full two hours of quiet time in the morning.

determination to not throw in the towel and become an owly beast on the mornings that it just doesn't work.

determination to continue to work on my business in a way that is straight from my heart.

determination to not lose the connection i made back to kev after having a full weekend of just me and him.

determination to continue to be so present in the lives of my little dudes.

determination to live so fully and awake from my heart.

sweet dreams tonight my loves.




{chocolate} love

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


remember how not so long ago i bragged up my energy bar recipe?

well i do hope you tried it and that i have therefore earned your trust, because today i am giving you my very own chocolate recipe. and, trust, it is the best thing i have ever created...right after p and b that is!

let's get to it.

you will need:

1 heaping cup cacao butter wafers {if you have chunks of cacao butter, and a scale, use 120g}

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla powder

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 cup cacao powder

1/4 cup spirulina {say what?!? algae in chocolate...who knew!}

15 drops peppermint essential oil

tiny amount of coarse sea salt

a silicon loaf pan

then:

- find a bowl and a pot that fit nicely together {or use your double boiler, if you own one}, put the cacao butter and coconut oil in the bowl and fill the pot halfway with water, then simply put the bowl on top of the pot and bring the pot to a boil.

- once all of the cacao butter and coconut oil have melted you can, carefully, take your bowl off the pot and then whisk in the vanilla, maple syrup, cacao powder, spirulina and peppermint oil.

- once your mixture is, well, mixed you can pour the whole lot into your container {i have found a silicon loaf pan works great because it makes a nice big bar {about half an inch thick} and it is super easy to remove the chocolate from the pan} and then sprinkle the surface with some coarse sea salt...because salt and chocolate are one of the most perfect combinations in the history of mankind.

- you can allow the chocolate to solidify at room temperature or put it in the fridge if you are impatient.

- once it has all firmed up i pop it out of the silicon loaf pan, cut it into big chunks and store it in a sealable container in the fridge.

easy!

and delicious.

and guilt free as every single one of those ingredients is so good for you.

i also love that i am able to get the wee men eating spirulina without them even knowing it...muahahahaha!

there you go loves. i hope you enjoy this one as much as we do.




{monday morning} love

Monday, March 10, 2014


you'll never believe it {cue heavy sarcasm}, but b did not sleep through the night last night.

what. the. hell?

i get all my clear signs from the universe to do something and then my little three year old, who is a universe unto himself, thwarts me.

ugh.

still, i did it. i woke up at five in the morning.

but i forgot to change the thermostat.

sooooo, long story short, after ten minutes of trying to settle into meditation, i pulled the pin on the whole operation, crawled grumpily back into bed and jammed my ice cold feet into kevin's back.

not exactly the rousing success i was hoping for, but i did learn that for tomorrow's effort i will need to crank the heat up and also shower as soon as i get out of bed so that i am well and truly wide awake.

anyway, my monday morning loves are more of a monday lunch break affair today! so, please, enjoy some of what i loved over the course of last week;

learning about money, holistically

my favourite friend-i've-never-met writes a brilliant and honest post about money

and now to move away from all the money talk, i must see these two live

some words to live by:

one of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.
::clarissa pinkola estes::


my friend heather is one of the most brilliant healers i have ever met, if you're in the yyc and at all stuck spiritually/emotionally, do yourself a solid and go see her

bwahahaha...but seriously, a simple starting point for helping save our environment

alright my loves, have a peaceful rest of your day.






{intentional} love

Sunday, March 9, 2014




for the last year and a half, at least, i have carried with me the well intentioned, sometimes nagging, knowledge that i need to start waking up earlier. like, five in the morning kind of earlier.

and, bless my heart, i have tried on several occasions.

and, bless his heart, b has sabotaged me every time.

seriously.

every single time i have set my alarm for a very early wake up, b has decided to have the shittiest of nights. on two occasions, i was only just finally getting back to bed half an hour before my alarm was set to go off.

so, yeah. success has not been mine.

however, taking into consideration the fact that i spent last wednesday in the fetal position due to a lack of freedom and solitude, that while i was visiting with a dear friend yesterday the random solution to some unrelated problems was that i was pretty sure that it was time for me to start getting up before everyone else, and then today, just to really drive it all home, a woman i had never met before told me point blank that i need to be getting up earlier than my family for that quiet alone time?

well, those are three pretty clear signs in my mind.

so, this week i am setting the intention to wake up at five in the morning so that i have my time and space to practice and to connect and to be quiet with my heart.

i am also setting the intention that b, bless his dastardly little heart, will sleep blissfully and beautifully all week.

and i think it goes without saying that i will also be setting the intention to be strong and courageous, as waking up that early is not something i relish!

but the benefits will be boundless.




{monday morning} love

Monday, March 3, 2014

short and sweet this morning.

the last time a commercial got me like this it involved enya, jcvd and epic splits {made me weep, don't judge}

ninja turtle noses...you will never see a nose the same again

march's theme is commitment

mmmm-hmmmm

last, but definitely not least, a great quote:

that you are here—that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

::walt whitman::

have a beautiful monday!



{intentional} love

Sunday, March 2, 2014





at the end of last week's intentional post i mentioned that i am taking the first teeny tiny baby steps into some exciting new territory.

i feel that was inaccurate.

i am actually taking a wild, running leap off of a cliff into entirely uncharted waters.

you see, i've started down the road of creating a business that is one hundred percent in alignment with what i feel is my life's purpose.

aaaah! even just typing that feels like a huge deal.

but i've listened to my heart, kicked fear to the curb and am going to actually create a business around what it is i feel i am here to do.

i want to keep rewriting and rephrasing that over and over and over...i am creating a business that is straight from my heart.

my own business. aligned with my own heart.

blows my mind.

i am excited. i am nervous. i am ready. and i am impatient.

so this week i aim to practice patience.

i'm going to remember that all of the very best things in my life have required a time of gestation.

what about you sweet loves?

any beautiful intentions for the week?





 

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