Today……

I have an outline of my focuses for this  sumMEr  with the main point of all this being:  How to change my relationship with me so that I will be better equipped to help others and connect with my soul’s work and the Goddess that I am? I know it all starts with me – no one else can do this work. We all have magic to share and we must take care of ourselves and believe in ourselves in order to be able to share that magic.

I am becoming more aware of how I speak to and about myself, aiming to be gentle. I am putting in place rituals that feel right for me and organizing so I have a calm reprieve to physically land when I let my mind get out of hand. I will make better food choices and start taking better care of myself. I will listen to what I need most and stand firm, not apologizing, remembering that when I say ‘yes’ to something that does not serve me, I am saying ‘no’ to something that might. I will not give into guilt. I will remember that ALLOW is my word of the year and I will make sure to have quiet time at least weekly, where I can reflect and offer gratitude. I aim to lighten up and not take everything so seriously, acknowledging that I only get this one life. I will enjoy the things and people that I love most. Everyday I will honor myself and in doing so, create a safe place for others.

There are many books and ecourses  and retreats that I want to delve into. I started this sumMEr off with an online class hosted by Liz Lamoreux and an art workshop at the studio of Jenni Horne. I am now joining Liz in her Inner Excavate-Along and Catherine Just in her Soul*Full Summit .  My lovely friend, Jenn Borek, has invited me to participate in her ecourse which involves one of my favorite things in the world: sticky notes! 😉 Rounding off my sumMEr will be the Artist’s Way Bookclub that the fabulous Jessica Brogan.

I invite you to poke around and see if any of these things call to you.  You might want to take this sumMEr to go inside yourself and reflect. There is no wrong way to do this – the ‘being aware’ is the most important part; it’s all in the becoming. Go at your own pace. Notice how you talk to yourself . Reflect on what you really want from your one precious life. Lean in. Live your Poem. xo

 

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ALLOW…….

Many people have started adopting a One Word a year practice.  This year my online artist’s group that I now fondly call ‘My Tribe’ is helping to build the excitement even more!

I have been doing this for a few years and I like it for many reasons. One Word is easier to remember and there is no guilt if I miss a day in implementing it, whereas many make resolutions and begin counting the minutes until the first is broken. I prefer to give myself as much encouragement and positive reinforcement as possible and the One Word has worked this type of supportive magic.

In anticipation of the New Year/One Word, I had been thinking of all the options, after all,  I do love the words and there are so many! I had decided on Brave and was contemplating all this one word meant to me when I had a conversation with a wise soul and she mentioned that bravery lives inside us and we have to allow it. ALLOW………yes, that would be my word for 2012 – and why stop at one? Why not define what I want to ALLOW – have sub-words, if you will. (Words are food for my soul and, much like potato chips, I can’t always stop with just one.) Plus, I love it when my words chose me – it makes this seem more divine and possible and all-encompassing.

I made a charm bracelet so I have a tangible reminder in case I forget to open my heart and soul to ALLOW. (and I will ALLOW my Intention Charm Bracelet to be my first Etsy listing – http://www.etsy.com/listing/90073615/hand-stamped-intention-charm-bracelet?ref=ss_listing see, my word is working already!) ALLOW the process, in all its messiness and goodness. ALLOW myself to learn the lessons and relax in knowing it will all unfold as it should. ALLOW my creativity to flourish and be enough. ALLOW happiness and peace even in the low moments of doubt that can sneak up when least expected or uninvited. ALLOW the shift in focus and embrace the rituals and movements that will propel me forward to create my dreams into reality. ALLOW the bravery, organization, trust, grace, truth, strength, kindness, courage, soul, heart, intuition, belief……xo

If you’d like more inspiration and to get to know the wonderful, creative members of  My Tribe, stop by  Fly Tribe blog hop.