Inspiration: January 24

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Inspiration: January 24 >> Life In Limbo

As with most of the world, I was obsessed with Cheer, the beautiful and powerful Netflix documentary about the Navarro College cheerleading team. If you’re like, “I don’t get it..?”, read this (or just watch episode 1) and get ready to get VERY into it! The memes alone are worth it.

Speaking of Netflix, Sex Education is back with season 2 which I devoured in like 2 days! This show is truly some of my favourite television ever, and the theme of friendship this season is so beautiful.

I love Hurry Slowly, but I thought this episode about ways to hold space for yourself was particularly great. It made me feel calmer just listening to it.

Next time you’re struggling to login to a public wifi because that little box refuses to open, head to “neverssl.com” and it will force it to load!

There are a lot of great tips here for those of us that work from home!

Love this idea from James Clear: “Curiosity, courage, and persistence are the new gatekeepers.”

This is a cool thread about the biggest life lessons people wish they’d learned 10 years earlier. The first one is super powerful: “External solutions for internal problems don’t exist.”

I liked this Self-Knowledge Questionnaire from The School of Life. Very insightful!

My friends, The Dream is back and they are taking on the wellness industry this season. Oh. My goodness. SO good.


I’m back! Last week I literally ran out of time to do this post (😳) but I gave myself some grace and chose not to force it to happen. But I’m excited to be back and sharing some of the things that have been inspiring me lately! In other news, I’m excitedly preparing for my first-ever business retreat in February (EEK!), starting with a bunch of new clients, and starting my group program, The Foundery this month. Business is good, and I am good too – trying to eat healthier, sleep more, and go for walks. Wish me luck! This weekend I am planning to see my family and support them as much as I can. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too! xo.

Inspiration: January 10

Every week on Friday, I share a list of the most interesting and inspiring content I’ve read lately here on my blog. You can expect thoughts on productivity, happiness, balance, spirituality, politics, and more. Subscribe here to get updates. See archives here.

Inspiration: January 10 >> Life In Limbo

I loved this list of ways to help the people and land of Australia as they fight these catastrophic wildfires.

A great podcast episode (from my business coaches!) about the decisions that helped grow their business last year.

If by some miracle you missed Google’s Year in Search for 2019, you can watch it here. I look forward to these every year. Every year I sob uncontrollably and watch it three times in a row. (I just watched it again linking to this and cried again. I don’t know how they do it.)

Reminder to myself & you: the muse whispers in quiet moments. We have to make space for the magic!

Super interesting TED talk asking the question: how much does it cost you to work at that full-time job? How much of your weekly paycheque is spent paying for things you need in order to earn that paycheque? Fascinating.

A great Twitter thread about people’s biggest insights or lessons from therapy.

Cooking is not just cooking! Loved this piece on the emotional labour of preparing food.

THIS. Not every second of our lives needs to be scheduled. We don’t need plans in order to have an excuse not to make plans. We can just…not make plans.

Newly obsessed with the Tiny Spells daily self-care newsletter! Such great, simple tips and it never leaves me feeling overwhelmed or guilty about all the things I’m not doing.

Pre-written canned emails for a variety of situations! Sometimes the hardest part of writing a tricky email is knowing how to start. These might give you an easy starting place!

Some truly great, thoughtful advice for building an audience of true fans.

From me: my word for 2020, 2019 in Review, 2019 in Reading, and my 2019 1SE video.


Hello hello! I’m back to weekly Inspiration, mostly because my Inspiration Google Doc was getting way too full! It needed an outlet. I hope the beginning of 2020 is treating you well. I am happy to be back to work and am enjoying being back in my daily routine. But I tell ya, taking 2 weeks off was WONDERFUL for my mental health. I had the capacity to read more challenging books! I felt like I could handle meal prep! Sure signs I’ve been too stressed lately. Excited to try to hold onto this relaxed feeling as we move through 2020. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo.

2020: Devoted

2020: Devoted >> Life In Limbo

This will be my eighth (!) year choosing a word to keep in mind as I move through the months ahead. I love choosing a word for the year, because even if I completely forget about it, it still adds some whimsy and an extra dimension to the year. It guides my thinking, nudges me to make more aligned decisions, and helps me interpret things that happen to me through a new lens.

This year, my word feels just a teensy little bit confronting. Devoted. DEVOTED. That feels serious! It feels important. It feels real.

As we approached the end of 2019, I was feeling like I needed to have my own back more. I was tired of being tired all the time. I wanted to be able to set firmer boundaries and have confidence in myself and advocate for myself when needed. At Nurture, I wrote a poem with a line that says “You have your own gravity,” which I absolutely love. I initially thought that my word might be Gravity.

Then I realized that the bigger feeling I wanted to cultivate was a sense of commitment: to myself, to my life, to my relationships, to my integrity, to my clients. I wanted more of my own gravity as a way to stay anchored, grounded, firmly rooted in what I want more of, without distraction. So then I thought maybe Commit might be a better word.

Finally, after clicking around through a bunch of synonym pages for Gravity and Commit, I saw the word Devotion and my ears perked up. Devotion. Devoted. Devote.

2020: Devoted >> Life In Limbo

There is such a quiet beauty to this word, a humility, a steadfastness. It implies being unshakeable. It evokes romance and love. There is a fierceness to it that I am craving for myself. When I compare “self-care” to “being devoted to myself”, the difference rings like a bell in my head.

So my word is Devoted. I am devoted. I am devoted to myself and maintaining my boundaries. I am devoted to my health, wellness and wellbeing. I am devoted to making sure I give myself what I need. I am devoted to my family and my friends. I am devoted to my future romantic relationship. I am devoted to my rest, my downtime, my relaxation. I am devoted to creating more richness in my life, more whimsy, more playfulness, more delight. I am devoted to my home, my community, my neighbourhood. I am devoted to my life.

Devoted

  • the fact or state of being ardently dedicated, loving and loyal
  • loyalty and love or care for someone or something
  • to give all or a large part of one’s time or resources to (a person, activity, or cause)
  • an act of prayer or private worship

Synonyms: adoring, affectionate, fond, loving, tender, tenderhearted, dedicated, committed

 

Goals & Intentions

I went in a bit of a different direction this year with my goals. I thought about what feelings I’d like to cultivate, then set goals & intentions to help me get closer to those feelings. My hope is that my word keeps me devoted to these goals!

In 2020, I will be devoted to:

Wellness

  • Don’t drink alone
  • Walk for 20 for 2020 outside
  • Set up my Alexa morning & evening routines

Home & Community

  • Explore one new star per week
  • Do an Energy Exchange at Yoga Village
  • Capture 1SE

Rest & Relaxation

  • Read 111 books this year
  • Create a shut-down ritual for work
  • Take a vacation

Self-Care

  • Try acupuncture
  • Get quarterly massages
  • Find a great therapist

Whimsy

  • Celebrate minor holidays
  • Do monthly surprise dates
  • Buy something that sparks joy each month

I have a good feeling about 2020! It feels like I have some momentum behind me as I move into it in a way I haven’t before. I’m so proud of what I accomplished in 2019 and I can’t wait to put down more roots & deepen my relationships in 2020.

If you choose a word for the year, I would love to hear about it! And if you see any resources, books or posts about the idea of devotion, send them my way. Happy 2020, everyone!

You can read more about my words from the last few years below:

2013: Reach | 2014: Abundance | 2015: Grace | 2016: Light | 2017: Embrace | 2018: Flow | 2019: Energy

One Second Everyday: 2019

I’m so excited to share another year of one second everyday! This is such a fun practice that I’ve done twice before, in 2016 & 2017.

I am always so grateful to have these little home videos of what my everyday life was like during a given time. I always think the chapters of my life are going to last forever but (of course) they never do. It’s fun to see what things change and what things stay exactly the same as I move through my life. I’m so thrilled to have this record of what 2019 was like for me!

If you’re interested, this is the app I use to create these videos.