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Renewing My Living Space: An Update

Last week for Wishcasting Wednesday, I talked about my desire to renew my living space. With a week now past, I thought about what, if anything, I had done to bring a little renewal to my home.  Thankfully, I was able to think of a few:

Went through all my old CD's and uploaded things I wanted to my computer.  Now that box can go to the attic.
Moved a few boxes and a double bicycle from one place in the garage to another in order to make space for my car.  For the past week, my car has been safe from the outdoor winter elements.  Yay!
Called the phone company who failed to come out as scheduled two weeks ago and got them to come out and fix our phone line which was not working at all.  

Built the baby's dresser and stocked it with clothes and changing supplies.  
My husband fixed the latch on our front door that was preventing us from opening the door from the outside.  (Yes, being able to get into the house is important to me.)
My husband replaced the air filter on our heater.  I …

Wishcasting: Hunger

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It's Wishcasting Wednesday so the gorgeous soul Jamie Ridler is inviting us to cast our wishes into the universe and support others' wishes. Today Jamie asks, "What hunger do you wish to feed?"

As usual, she asks a great question, one that stumped me for a bit. I went through my day with this question in the back of my mind and came to an answer: connection.

I have been craving connection lately. Connection to my family, friends, other women, myself, spirituality, and my home to name a few. I think I tend to remove myself at times from my surroundings- not necessarily physically, but mentally. It's also not always intentional. Often it is due to setting myself on autopilot.

But lately, I want more. I don't want to be on autopilot. I don't want to seclude myself from others or even hibernate for the winter. Well, sometimes I do. I want those times to be intentional, though. I definitely need my alone time, but even then I want to be connected t…

Dreamboard: Blue, blue, and more blue

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When inspired to do so, I create a dreamboard collage collecting images that embody how I am feeling now or how I wish to be feeling. A few days ago I created this one:



The largest image, which serves as sort of a background, came from last year's calendar by Leah Piken Kolidas. The print called "Moon Dreams" spoke to me with its soothing blues and peaceful attitude. To that I added a few magazine clippings that appealed to me at first glance: a patch of paper lanterns in blue, green and white; a teddy bear sitting in a wooden chair against a blue wall; and the phrase "Find harmony - within."

In assembling these pieces, the first thing that struck me was the obvious influx of blue. Holy smokes! Does this have anything to do with the baby boy who will be joining us anytime now, or is it something else that makes this color so appealing all of a sudden? I did a quick search for color meanings and came across this interpretation at Color Wheel Pro:
Blue is the …

If I Had a Hammer... Oh Wait, I Do

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A few months ago my friend introduced me to the blog Young House Love written by a do-it-yourself couple about their home improvement endeavors. I've been hooked ever since, never missing an opportunity to read about their latest project, big or small.

They have so many good ideas for reclaiming space and opening rooms up. What's better, they're not afraid to grab their tools and tear things down, build things up, or redo things themselves.

On Friday after a morning visit to my doctor, I realized that realistically this baby could come at any time. He's due at the end of the month, but they always say it could be two weeks before or after the due date. I'm in that window now.

Now it's crunch time. As much as I've tried to organize baby supplies along the hallway in order to transform the baby's room at the very second it is ready, those baby shower bags filled with clothes and supplies won't be practical to work out of should the baby arrive bef…

Happiness Desktop

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Last Friday my mind was buzzing with words like harmony, peace, grace, and resolution which I wrote about here. Combined with my word of the year (happiness) and another word that is always present with me (light), I was feeling really good about possibilities and life in general.

I'm probably not explaining it well, but these words were comforting to me and I wanted to keep them in the forefront of my mind. I decided a great way to do that would be to create an image to use for my computer background that captured all of these inspiring words. I am by no means a graphic designer, but armed with a free graphics program I chose a color I liked, some fun fonts, and created the image at the beginning of this post.

Now every time I sit at my computer, I have a cheerful reminder about the feelings I want to cultivate for myself and my family. It's all part of renewing my space in order to renew my energy. (Read yesterday's wishcasting post for more on that.)

Wishcasting: Renew

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It's Wishcasting Wednesday so the gorgeous soul Jamie Ridler is inviting us to cast our wishes into the universe and support others' wishes. Today Jamie asks, "What do you wish to renew?"

I wish to renew my living space. My home has become cluttered and unfriendly in certain (ok, many) places. I find that my favorite spaces are those that have the least amount of stuff- few knick knacks, only things that we really use or love, cleared surfaces, open space.

I wish to renew the spaces that feel overloaded, busy, or draining. I wish to repair, replace, or discard anything that isn’t working properly. I wish to clear out the items that aren't contributing to our happiness or well-being. I wish to freshen up paint and carpets.

I wish to bring a renewed energy to my home because I believe the way we surround ourselves truly affects our energy.

What do you wish to renew?

Setting Intention and Wishcasting

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I tried something new this morning. I spent a few minutes stretching and taking a few deep breaths, then I sat quietly to think about what I wanted for today. I set intentions.

Peace, harmony, and happiness were the first words to enter my mind. I dove a little deeper and thought about how I could apply these to the things on my agenda.

I thought about which things I absolutely want to get done, like returning my library books and doing a load of laundry. Regardless of what else happens, those two things will reduce some of the clutter around me and increase a peaceful feeling in my home.

When I go to help an acquaintance with a web page later this morning, I want to be fully present and truly connect with her. Strengthening relationships will bring more harmony and increase my own happiness.

Along the same lines, when my husband's day started with a "something's broken" phone call at 7 a.m. (a peril of owning your own business), he was obviously feeling a lot of st…

Don't Drop the Baby

That's my biggest fear right now. In these last few weeks of pregnancy I'm plagued by serious un-coordination. I drop everything. Then I think about how badly I need it back again because it's hard to get down to the floor and back again. And sometimes even if I make the effort to pick it up, I drop whatever it was again as soon as I'm upright.

And I'm supposed to carry a baby in a few weeks. Thanks a lot universe.

Anyhow, I wrote about this and other baby preparations over at WorkingMother.com today. Check it out. If you've been there, let me know how you got through the last month of pregnancy to post-delivery transition. Any stories about how your coordination came back instantly would be extremely reassuring!

Making Time to Move

Why do I always think I don't have time to exercise. Maybe it's because "exercise" calls to mind 60 minute workouts or trekking to a gym for classes.

The other night I was feeling achy and thought I should really do my pregnancy yoga DVD, but it was 11:30 p.m. and following an hour long program at that time of night was simply not going to happen.

Then I realized I could soothe my aches with something far shorter. I rolled out my yoga mat on the living room floor and grabbed my iPod to drown out the movie my husband was watching. Then for two songs I moved and stretched, taking some positions I remembered from my yoga DVD and mixing in a few stretches of my own.

For just two songs I lost myself in breathing and paying attention to my body's movements. In less than 10 minutes I released some tension and greatly improved my frame of mind.

I'm writing this now partially to encourage you to rethink what you can do for your soul in just a few minutes, but also t…

Word of the Year for 2011: Happiness

As I wrote about yesterday, a few years ago I began choosing a word for the year rather than deal with resolutions that would fall flat quickly.

Choosing a word for the coming year proved a bit more difficult for me than in the past. I have a baby due near the end of January which makes it hard for me to envision exactly what my year will look like.

Obviously there will be a new little loved one in my happy little family and I know it will impact our daily lives dramatically, but it's hard to fathom what that means until it actually happens. So when it came time to start looking ahead for what I want in 2011, I was having trouble pinning it down.

While on the phone with a very dear friend last week, I mentioned my word of the year conundrum and said I may just carry "shine" with me from this year right on through to next year, but that I didn't feel it was quite right.

Let me say here that there is absolutely nothing that can take the place of a friend who thoroughly…