I can't believe we are already in the final weeks of 2017! It's been a jam-packed year, with many lows and highs, but through it all, I've been carried by the power of Grace. Grace, to me, is the devotional process of deliberately keeping an open heart regardless of what life hands you. It's the power of Grace that enables me to get up every day and serve vulnerable individuals and families who are experiencing the most difficult days of their lives, even when I'm struggling myself. It's Grace that allows me to shed the limiting beliefs and behaviors ingrained in me from early life. It's Grace that helps me feel empowered to continue learning and serving. And it's Grace that reminds me to listen to the lessons in the challenges of daily life with gratitude. Most of all, I am grateful to you all for your tireless support! I know 2018 will be an amazing year!
I'm sure you have been inundated with articles and tweets and posts about "surviving" the holidays, but I wanted to add a few tips here:
Self-care is not selfish! Be sure and give yourself the gift of time and space from stressful (even good-stressful) situations. A little quiet time (and meditation) can help renew your energy and focus. Check out my free guided meditations on Insight Timer!
- Online shopping can save time and reduce overstimulation at holiday time. Be sure to support small businesses and independent makers as you complete your gift giving lists!
- Give yourself a moment to explore within. Ask yourself, "What do I need right now?" Allow the answer to arise from any layer of your being--the body, energetic, thoughts/emotions, wisdom/intuition, or spiritual. Once you know what it is you need, you can address it. Sometimes, just taking a moment to check in with yourself, just noticing what it is you need, can help to soothe and shift it in subtle ways.
- Remember that the winter holiday season is all about togetherness, service, and cultivating Joy!
Again, thank you so much for a wonderful year! It's truly been my pleasure to serve you and support you in discovering your most radiant, highest, and best self! Here's to a beautiful New Year full of joy, abundance, growth, and community!