Thursday, December 18, 2014

Creating Reverb14 - Day 18 - Nourishment



Today's prompt and image come from the gorgeous Sophie Appleby aka Her Library Adventures. Sophie is also the co-creator of Wilde Asher, a powerful collection of talismans handmade with her mum and sister. To soak in Sophie's world is to wander in the dusk picking fragrant gum leaves; savour afternoon tea of freshly baked bread and an exotic pot of tea; snuggle in front of the open fire with a crocheted blankie, journal and quill. 

Sophie writes:

In the busyness of the everyday, taking time to nourish the soul doesn't reach the top of the 'to do' list as often as it should. 

What nourishes your soul? How would you like to incorporate more of this into your life in 2015?

Dear friends,

You know I LOVE this yummy prompt!

What nourishes my soul?


My Nourishing To Do List:


My morning cup of tea - aaahhhhh

Yoga

Meditation/Morning Prayers


InterPlay! InterPlay! More InterPlay!

Daily Creative Practice (which includes blogging)

Great conversations with friends - especially on the front porch!

Connecting with Mother Earth/Nature


My weekly Zumba date with Joe

Hugs - especially from my kids :)

Daily Gratitudes

A great book & a hot bath at the end of the day!

I'm sure I missed a few things like noticing beauty (and getting a picture of it) and retreats, and...

What nourishes your soul?


Wrapping you around with infinite love and gentleness,

Christine 

p.s. 

17 years ago today Alexandria Lynn (Alex) made her grand entrance into the world! 
She's super creative (the credit for this year's holiday card goes to her it will be revealed soon), funny, smart and she has a beautiful heart - Happy Happy Birthday Alex - we are so glad that you were born and so lucky to call you our daughter!  This is the ornament that has my eyes leaking a little ever year when I place it on the tree - she's now taller than me ;)





 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Creating Reberb14 Day 17: Don't be an a**hole

Reverb14 Day 17: don’t be an a**hole



Apologies for the slightly controversial subject line! I stole it with love (and kind permission) from my friend Summer Pierre’s absolutely brilliant comic of the same title.  

I love the way she realises how hard she has been on her ideas, and how little room she has given them to play, make mistakes and evolve.

How can you stop being an a**hole, get out of your own way and make room for more of your magic to happen in 2015?



Dear friends,

 How can I get out of my own way and make room for more of my magic to happen in 2015?

I can go back to basics and do the things that I know work!
 
I can eat the things and way my body loves and quit self-sabotaging my energy levels by eating things that disagree with my body.

I can do my morning and evening routines that help my life and family to function better.  I can get back to working out daily - period.  I can believe that I am enough and it is time to get out there and do the work that I am called to do.

 
 Wrapping you around with infinite love and wisdom,


Christine


P.s.


Here is a "Georgia Peach" ornament that we bought when we moved our family here almost 8 years ago from Texas.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reverb14 Day 16: Wonder

Dear friends,



Today's prompt and image come from the brilliant Tracy Brisson, founder of The Opportunities Project.

Tracy writes:

In 2015, is there something you’d like to try harder at because you believe it would make all the difference? 

Conversely, what is something you could stop trying so hard at that might actually help you manifest what you’d like?


Through Interplay, I was introduced to the concept that our body has Four movement patterns (by Betsy Wetzig):  Swing, Thrust, Shape and Hang.  Usually a person has one pattern they lead with in their lives.

When I think about "try harder" I think about the thrusting movement.  Think Karate, throwing paint and pushing your way through the world.

In my role as a mother who often "drives the bus" for the family I feel like I am put in the position of thruster more often than I like.  That and a shaper.  So when asked the question,

"In 2015, is there something you’d like to try harder at because you believe it would make all the difference?" 


Photo by Trish Weaver - after I See You Free Performance

My body answers, "No."  This year I don't want to try harder.  This year I want to "swing."  I want to gently and gracefully go through the year meeting things as they arise and dancing with them.  I'm a bit tired of all out thrusting and I'm ready to "go with the flow."

Of course that might just be this morning since I checked in with my body through some deep breathing and stillness and my sinuses are fussing at me a little ;)  and my too do list is trying to take over.  Today my body is really, really wanting to just "hang" and dream and be.

I think that's my answer to the next question too:

Conversely, what is something you could stop trying so hard at that might actually help you manifest what you’d like?

Yes to adding in more "hang" time - with meditation, day-dreaming and mindfulness.  

This year has been so full and fun as I learn the Interplay system and am integrating my mind, body and spirit.  Checking in with my body and seeing where it is at verses just pushing on as so often I have done in my life.


Check out Betsy's book:Move to Greatness: Focusing the Four Essential Energies of a Whole and Balanced Leader.

Another InterPlayer in Seattle wrote this blog after his experience:Exploring the Four Movement Patterns.

Wrapping your around with infinite love and movement,

Christine

P.S.  We have several musical instruments on our tree since our girls play the strings.  Alex plays Cello and Sammie the Bass.  This ornament was one we gave out to all of  Sammie's after school music program in 5th grade (she was playing the Bass at that time).  I found a "lot" of them at an estate sale. 

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Reverb14 - Day 15 - Do it Anyway

Dear friends,

Today's prompt:
  What are you really proud that you made happen in 2014, despite the gremlins? And what will you do anyway in 2015?











 Oh those pesky gremlins the ones that whisper, "Who are you to do this?"  "No one will show up!"  "Are you really good enough?"  Yep.  Occasionally they do show up for me.  I say, "Grrrrr" to the Gremlins.

This year they showed up around my annual Fall retreat offering.  I was on the fence about having a Fall retreat this year due to my packed schedule with finishing my InterPlay Leadership training.

My women's retreats are part of me creating meaningful work!


 This year I had a small retreat.  I set my goal at 12-15 (the previous year I had 10) and I had a retreat of 4!  

I thought about cancelling.  I did.  I asked myself, "What should I do?"  That was the day I got a registration from a friend of a friend in TX.  

I really felt called by spirit to host this retreat and create a journey  So I did.  AND it was wonderful!  I met two new ladies who had never attended one of my retreats and one has now become a regular coaching client.  Together we created a divine time!  I blogged through the process and here are some beautiful pictures I posted once I was home from a great retreat!

View at Sunset from Highlands, NC

What will I do anyway in 2015 - Host and facilitate another women's retreat :)  Even though those gremlins might be whispering their nonsense in my ear.  









 

Wrapping you around with infinite love and peace,

Christine

ps.



These two "ornaments" actually started as party favor holders from my friend Karen who threw the most fabulous Christmas parties here in Duluth, GA before she moved away to CO.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Creating Roots - Reverb14 - Day 14

The idea of rooting down into your own personal beliefs and center of truth is an ongoing process, and many things can serve as anchors or roots as you move through life.

What rooted or anchored you in 2014?

And where do you want to put down roots in 2015?

Dear friends,

What rooted and anchored me in 2014....

My friends, my family, InterPlay...

My friends & InterPlay Life Practice Program

Sacred Spaces


A group photo from the class +Hallelujah Truth and I taught!

...and blogging Creating a Week in Review helps me to remember and pay attention to my Full and Beautiful life!

So grateful for an amazing year and looking forward to deepening the friendships and communities that began this year!

Wrapping you around with infinite love and connection,

Christine 

p.s. last year's Christmas card - My family that keeps me rooted and anchored even when they reject a traditional photo shoot for 2015 card and choose art instead (translate into wild and wacky card to be unveiled soon).





 

Creating Bravery - Reberb14 - Day 13

Today's prompt comes from the magnificent Marianne Elliott. Marianne lives an extraordinary life as a lawyer, human rights advocate, yoga teacher, writer and restaurateur. If (like me) you might be prone to finding her CV somewhat intimidating, I'd encourage you to read her beautiful memoir Zen Under Fire. At the end of the day, she's just like any of us: finding her way with as much courage and grace as she can.

 
 Marianne writes:


Step one: set the timer for 5 minutes and write down as many answers as you can think of to the question: 'When and how was I brave in 2014?' Note: remember the private, intimate and small ways in which you were brave as well as the big public ways.

Step two: Choose one of more of those moments of bravery and write a letter yourself back at the beginning of 2014, letting you know how brave you are going to be that year.

Step three: Write yourself a short reminder to tuck into your wallet or post above your desk of just how brave you can and will be in 2015.


Dear friends,

So Step 1 was interesting as I racked my brain and came of with a list of 19 things that I considered brave this year.  I hope you can take a moment to write a list for yourself too - I surprised myself with what came up.  On the top of the list was blogging consistently most of year even when sometimes it feels like really putting myself out there.

Step 2. - The Letter...

Dear Christine,

This is a big year, 2014, 

You are starting the year with a bang with the reading of the  First Unveiling of Fall on Jan. 3rd.  A personal spoken word poem you wrote and are being called to perform.  I know your heart will be beating fast as you look out on the packed house at the community theater but you can do it!  You can share this part of yourself even if it's not completely memorized, even if your knees are shaking a little - you can do it!  Who knows maybe someone will even record it so you can revisit it at the end of the year and remember how much fun it was!




Wow! You are just starting your journey to become a certified InterPlay leader in 2014 and I think you will be amazed how you Channel lots of InterPlay energy throughout the year.  I know that it can be scary to show up and be seen.  Especially when you are being vulnerable and whole-hearted.  Know that it is worth it and the connections and friendships you will make this year will expand your heart delightfully.  There will be surprise opportunities that sing to your soul through InterPlay.

Not to ruin the surprise but you even get to perform a time or two ;) - I See You Free &
SoulPrint Players


Photo by Joe Hunt - Alchemy Effigy Burning 2014

 
Oh and you really should consider going to Alchemy this year!  Be brave. It's going to be a great adventure.


Wrapping you around with infinite love and courage,

Christine

p.s.  Here are part of the ornaments created the first year we didn't travel back home for Christmas (2010?) since several members of the family had the flu.  It was a quiet Christmas that included making Sculpty ornaments out of clay - these 4 were made by Joe :)






 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Creating a love note to self

 Dear friends,

 Day 12: a love 

 note


Today's prompt comes from the beautiful Amy Taylor-Kabbaz.

It all starts with kindness. Everything I have learnt, everyone I have interviewed, every word I have studied has guided me to this simple but profound conclusion: true happiness begins and ends with self-kindness.

No more guilt. No more shoulds. No more comparison.

And the very best way to give your weary soul some kindness at the end of this year? A love note.

Write a letter from you to you... filled with forgiveness, love, and a big bear hug.


Dear Christine,

I wanted to tell you how much I love and appreciate you.  You have been in my life for 44 years and our friendship means the world to me.  The times we sit together quietly and meditate - I treasure.  Your connection to Mother Earth I honor.  The fun times we have moving our body and dancing, running, cycling, zumba-ing and swimming I am so grateful for.  I really love the way you have been taking care of you and prioritizing healthy eating and sleep.  Oh and can I tell you how proud I am of you going for your InterPlay leadership training - wheeeee! 
I love you.  I love the way you nurture your family and friends.  Even when you start juggling tons of balls in the air I love the way you make time for the important things like a friend in need.  Thank you.  Thank you for living your dreams and having fun while going for it! 

Wrapping you around with infinite love and more love,

Christine

P.s.  This ornament was given to my by my dear friend Tracey Freyre after one of her traveling adventures.  I love it and usually leave it out all year so I can think of her often!