What would be possible if you felt utterly safe and free to live from the core of who you are?
After working with thousands of women and families from around the world, I find my clients universally journeying through these three revelations:
- When you release the cultural conditioning of "who you should be" and journey back home to who you truly are, you will find yourself empowered to live in a sacred manner, where joy and truth emanate from you. When you're living in this radiant space of your own truth, you naturally and effortlessly inspire others to connect to their authentic core, too.
- In order to come home, you must first remember that you are safe, you belong, and you are here to be fully expressed, just like any other living thing on earth. The acorn is here to become the mighty oak; You are here to become the brightest and boldest version of YOU.
- When you first heal what's holding you back, you become the medicine that our planet needs to heal and thrive.
The more we are each activated in our full potential, the greater opportunity we have to collectively shape our world through the lens of love, inclusion, stewardship, and peace.
I believe we've been given the collective assignment and great responsibility to cultivate a more Nourished Home for our people and planet in the 21st century. From the world we create for our children to the ways we're relating in community and environment; the time is now.
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With warmth & light,
The Nourished Home Blog
This is the Advent spiral that we have at the center of our dining room table every December.
We light a new candle each day of the month until we have 24 glowing lights on Christmas Eve! This simple, beloved tradition in my family is one of the most beautiful ways that we connect with each other every holiday season.
I have to be honest, I have felt really conflicted about writing to you about my From Hectic to Harmonious Holiday Ebook over the past few weeks.
The news is filled with stories that concern, depress, anger, and scare me all too often these days. From the U.S. presidential election, to climate change, to all that's unfolding at Standing Rock, North Dakota, to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis (to name just a few things I'm paying close attention to), I haven't been in my typical "holiday spirit."
We're in intense and uncertain times as a people and planet.You and I are feeling it, as are our children. My six-year-old daughter, Flannery, was scared and in tears on the morning of November 9th when she found out that Donald Trump was our president-elect. It took all of my power as her mama to get her to school that morning.
And I’m so glad I did. During “morning meeting” that day, Flannery’s teacher gave each child the opportunity to share a single word adjective to describe how they were feeling.
I have seen so many people share messages of the love and light that our country and world need to move forward over the last couple of days. And I honor that.
But I also know how afraid we are of holding the space for grief. For shadow. For fear. For questioning what we thought was true. For darkness.
If you have felt called, in the depths of your gut, to speak the message of love and light in these immediate hours and days after the election, I see you, I honor you, I receive your medicine, and I am grateful for you.
But don't jump to the message of love and light because you think you "should." Be true to whatever is genuinely arising for you.
I wrote this song 14 years ago.
I shared it in small circles back then but was terrified of being visible with my voice and my message.
So I shut it down. I stopped singing.
I retreated from one of my strongest callings and fell into a path that felt safe to me.
But I know now that I am here to sing my true song.
The risk of being seen in my fullness is one I am willing to take.
I ask you to watch this video and read the words below it with an open heart and mind.
Women are so afraid to tend to themselves.
We've been taught it's selfish, indulgent, even sinful. We've been taught that if we let ourselves shine that we're taking up too much space. That we won't be accepted. That we won't be safe.
What if the very safety, acceptance, and healing you're so hungry for can only be found in YOUR empowered choice to nourish the home that is yours and yours alone?
This year has been a time of so much learning and deep, tough soulful work for me.
It has been humbling and it has been healing. It has been unnerving and it has been awakening.
I’m in the middle of what feels like a big turning point in my understanding of Self, in my work, and my journey in this life. Phew. It’s been intense.
I had the opportunity earlier this month to speak about this and so much more with my beautiful friend and colleague, Amber Lilyestrom, on her podcast The Soul Fueled CEO.
The girls and I were looking at their baby albums and at my wedding album the other day.
Flannery said to me, "Mama, you don't look like you did at your wedding. You've really changed."
And I said to her, "You're right, I have."
Today is the first New Moon since last week’s Autumn Equinox. The New Moon is an opportunity, each month, to be in the space of new beginnings, rebirth, and starting fresh.
So today is your day to set intentions for the next 30 days.
What do you desire to embody over this next month?
What vision do you have for yourself?
What commitments are you willing to make to yourself so that you may take aligned, life-giving action in the coming weeks?
Every New Year, I choose a word of the year that I most desire to live by for the next 12 months. My word this year is JOY.
Well here's the message I received from the universe on joy after I proclaimed it as my word this past winter:
Universe: "If you want joy in a way you've never had it before, than you're going to get sadness in a way you've never had it before, too."
Me: "Wait, what? But I really just want joy, Universe! I've done sadness. I've been through the mess of life. I've paid my dues, haven't I? I simply want to be present to joy. Is that too much to ask?"