I know that it has officially been spring for almost two months now, but to me it feels like the season has only just arrived! Chuck and I spent our wedding anniversary weekend in Traverse City, Michigan this past week, and it seemed as if the world was only just beginning to wake up from its long winter slumber. The thing I have learned about spring is that if you blink . . . you might just miss the best parts of its performance.
I have always loved drinking tea, but rarely do I sit down to actually enjoy it, especially throughout the week when its sole purpose is to keep my eyes open. It hasn’t been until recently that I have considered how I can use tea to create a moment in my day that is mindful and purposeful. Tea has the power to make you feel calm, energized, awake, relaxed, and even rejuvenated! I’m so excited to share with you my newly discovered mindful approach to tea drinking with the help of some very special people!!
It is said that in order for us to truly listen, we must be present. Eliminate distractions. Look the other person in the eye. Clear our minds and focus on what is being said. Easier said than done, right? Listening can sometimes be an abstract idea. How can we stay focused in this fast-paced world? How do we manage our emotions and our ideas when they differ from another person’s thoughts? It all comes down to our brain, our heart, and our courage.
January is a month that seems to arrive very abruptly year after year. No matter how many times I tell myself that I am ready for the return of quiet routine and the familiarity of home, the dead of winter always hits me like an ice storm.
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 remember putting up like it was yesterday! With all of the parties, traveling, family time, and entertaining going on this month, it’s easy for time to get away from us. This season, I’m trying to be more mindful of certain moments in order to capture these scenes as photographs in my memory. In this post, I have picked out 5 times during the holiday season to pause and take a mindful look around at the holiday backdrop before you!
Daylight Savings had me a little crazy this past week. I loved gaining that extra hour of sleep. The sun is now up on my commute to work, and it has disappeared by the time I get home in the evening. This year the time change made me more mindful of the morning and the night, and the feelings, thoughts and memories that these hours bring to my mind.
Of all the advice that I received as I approached my wedding day, it seemed as though nothing was stressed more than the concept of time and just how quickly it passes by on this particular day.
“Statistics prove that you have one birthday,
one birthday every year
But there are three hundred and sixty-four unbirthdays
Precisely why we’re gathered here to cheer!”
-The Mad Hatter and The March Hare from “Alice In Wonderland” (The Unbirthday Song)
With St. Patrick’s Day festivities fully underway, the word “lucky” has definitely been on my mind. Around this time of year I find myself reverting back to similar thoughts that I had around Thanksgiving of being grateful for what I have in my life, the thought beginning with “I feel lucky” as opposed to “I feel grateful.”