Happy New Year!
I have to say 2019 did not start the way I was hoping, with myself and most of my family sick. But, while it wasn’t a pleasant vacation from reality, feeling ill really knocked me on my butt and forced me to slow down and say no, something that is so hard for me when I am feeling full force. It helped me fall right into winter.
I look to nature as my spiritual advisor, connecting through whole food, through walks in nature, plants in our home, and following the moon. And nature shows me that life is not always the same. Through the beautiful seasons, and the constant change in the landscape of our world, change is welcomed and inevitable. I believe in winter being a time of more stillness, more darkness, more of well, less. A time when we say no more often and sit around and just do what we want to, instead of having countless activities and dates bogging down our calendars.
Its so hard to accept for myself that I shouldn’t always be growing. And that sometimes I need to rest. That rest is not ‘lazy’ and that it is actually powerful.
I’ve been clearing space in my life to make my days feel more spacious. I’ve deleted social media for the month, saving myself countless numbers of wasted hours and distracted moments I’m sure. I’ve set my over-achiever aside and made simpler meals, accepting the help from bagged salads and take-out more often. I’ve gotten rid of the stuff that surrounds me that doesn’t light my soul on fire. I’ve gone to bed with the house a bit of mess.
And instead? I look my husband in the eye and talk about what really matters to us. We played scrabble the other day and I had space for an impromptu play date that left my youngest boy’s heart full. I sat with hard feelings and didn’t brush them aside. I’ve cried a lot in ways that feel so, so good. I feel at home in my body, mostly because I’m more present.
Maybe winter is growth in its own way. Preparing us for the seasons ahead, making sure we are in alignment with our truth and authenticity. Maybe its the foundation from which we can build our lives.
Its a challenge, I know. In a time where there are so many ‘things’ to do and seemingly less time to take for ourselves to slow down; lets welcome winter. Lets accept winter into our lives and feel comforted by the fact that we don’t have to be moving a million miles an hour to get 2 million tasks done. Its a choice. And you get to craft your life. You, my friend, are in the drivers seat. So then, what does it look like outside, in your life?
In December, I hosted our Winter Solstice Women’s Dinner and it was so delightful to spend time with such amazing women. I wanted to share with you here the playlist from the evening to help you connect a little deeper this winter. Music is such a beautiful way to set a tone and reset the energy of a space. You can find my Winter Solstice playlist here. Enjoy!
I hope you will be able to join us on February 4th at Happy Girl Kitchen to celebrate the new moon, set intentions, enjoy tonics + appetizers, and have some fun! Learn more here.
Wishing you a beautiful start to this year!