Mamahhh’s Self-Care Month – Shift Your Perspective

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I love those days when “self-care” means “get a massage.” And more and more, I’m appreciating those days—like today—when “self-care” means “shift your perspective.” That’s how I’m easing into this month of creating nurturing and protections for myself as I do the work of moving my family from Georgia to Tennessee over the next two months. I’m changing my mind about what I need in order to handle this big task in a way that feels intentional and loving. I was explaining to my friend and colleague Baraka Elihu of womanspace that blogging about self-care this month was a way to hold myself … [Read more...]

Family Living … Abroad!

Family Living Abroad

It’s Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she’s asking, “What do you wish to try?” Someday, someway, somehow, I'd like to try to live abroad with my family. Not long -- 6 months, maybe a year. A sabbatical to immerse us in another language, another culture, another way of living in community, and another way of relating with each other as a family. I envision such a sabbatical giving our family a memorable, meaningful experience together, sweetly knitting together our binding ties with love and a little spirit of adventure. I see our children being old enough … [Read more...]

What I Want

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It’s Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she’s asking, “What do you wish to ask for?” I must admit, what I want is pretty simple, ridiculously traditional, and not entirely necessary. But I'd absolutely adore having a white picket fence. And while I'm asking, how about a deck, too. My home is blessed with a nice-enough yard (Landscapers, shush please. Weedy and a little overgrown is OK by us!), but we have no fence. And the previous owner had a handicap accessible ramp on the back of the house. With a little carpentry creativity, I can see how we'd turn it into … [Read more...]

Spiritual Progress, Please

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It’s Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she’s asking, “What do you wish to make progress on?” I wish to make progress on discovering spiritual rituals of connection and meaning for my family. I dabble at meditation. I found a little inspiration in picking up sticks earlier this week (and I did it again today!). Some egg visioning and decorating projects earlier this year hinted at meaningful moments that I'd like to repeat in the spring. Yoga is a regular practice for me, but not one that yet extends --consistently, anyway-- to my family. So I'm staying open, … [Read more...]