Hi, my name is Stephanie, and I don’t like change. This was literally the first thought that came to my mind when I decided to write this post. Change has always been very difficult for me. I consider myself a flexible person in my day-to-day life, but sometimes a major change can totally rock my world.
Happy Holidays, my friends!! Is it just me or is your calendar already filling up for the season?! Traveling, shopping, holiday parties, visiting with family, cooking — November and December can be a total whirlwind. I consider it a FUN whirlwind, but still a whirlwind that can make time pass by so quickly!
We all experience fear throughout our lives in different ways. The key part of this statement is we all experience fear. Fear is not a sign of weakness or an emotion that should be pushed away. Instead, let’s consider inviting it into our lives for a dance or two.
Do you have a passion in your life that makes your soul come alive? Does surrounding yourself with this one thing inspire you and awaken a unique energy inside of you that you can hardly contain? Music has been a lifelong passion in my life for the reasons I mentioned above. This post is about the abandonment of this passion, and how its presence returned stronger than ever in a moment that I will never forget.
The morning is an important part of the day. How we begin those first few minutes after we awaken can set the tone for the hours to follow. Many of us hit the ground running at full speed. From the moment we drift back to reality and our eyes flutter open, we are bombarded with thoughts and demands. While the thought of a busy day can make mornings overwhelming, setting an intention is one addition to our AM routine that could bring good vibes all day long!
I have always loved documenting my days and experiences with images and words. Growing up I was always someone who had their notebooks in school covered with pictures, magazine clippings, and inspirational quotes. There was always something so encouraging about seeing all of those pictures and phrases that represented how I felt inside. Reminiscing on my magazine-clipping days and reflecting on how much those images brightened my daily life inspired me to create a similar space for my current goals and passions: a vision board!
The holidays are in full swing and December days seem to come and go with every blink! This time of year always seems to go by so quickly. All of a sudden it is January 1st and I’m left with a vacation hangover and Christmas decorations covering my home that I’m not ready to take down!
When you think about yourself as a child, what comes to mind? What experiences do you remember? What emotions do you feel? Do you still feel the presence of your younger self in things that you do today? We all have an inner child that lives in our hearts, and I personally have a lot to learn from mine!
Passion: do what you love and love what you do. I’ve heard this simple phrase so many times, but lately it has been making me question whether or not I actually “walk the walk” when it comes to “wearing” my passions in my daily life. Maybe you have thought about this, too? Are we participating in activities that energize and excite us? Or, are we walking down a runway that appears to be safe and stable, yet we are stumbling as we attempt to stay in a straight line?
We have so many types of “weather” in our lives, and while I prefer the beautiful, sunny days during which I am comfortable and content, I must learn to exist under all types of weather in order to truly learn about myself and experience each day. I wrote this post over the course of two weeks and almost didn’t finish it; I have had a difficult time putting my thoughts into a piece that makes sense to me. There were points where I would stop and feel that the words I was writing did not reflect how I have been actually working through some recent difficult “storms” in my life. This photo is a snapshot of my heart and these words are a peek into my soul.
I enjoy being alone sometimes. I love silence, but I also appreciate noise — like being alone in a crowded room. Something about being alone brings me back to center. Being by myself slows me down, and allows my mind to be still with solitude, but at the same time busy with clarity. In this post I am sharing 5 reasons why alone time is so important, and how to get to know yourself a little better!
Our actual birthdays are milestones; book ends to celebrate the end of one year of life and the beginning of another. But after our birthday comes the first unbirthday of our new year — 364 of them to be exact! Each unbrithday makes up the journey of our lives and is proof that we are growing and changing. Though it might not feel like it on your birthday, you are a different version of yourself than you were a year ago.
What do you feel lucky to have in your life? Or maybe you don’t feel so lucky? Maybe “luck” is a symbol to you — a pot of gold, the color green, or a leprechaun. Whatever the word luck means to you, I am here to tell you that you are in fact lucky in ways that you might never have considered!