Being Fully Ourselves
"A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing.
She goes where she will without pretense and arrives
at her destination prepared to be herself
and only herself."
~ Maya Angelou
Thank you for all the wonderful conversations around last week's newsletter topic: Freudenfreude. I love hearing how you flex this muscle of empathy! Let's all continue prioritizing this in our daily lives. I know it will exponentially increase our connection, our joy, and our sense of gratitude. Here's to spiraling up, my friends!
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Today, the busyness of summer season has me thinking about adaptability. Or, maybe the better word is surrender? 🤷🏻♀️
I don't believe life happens to us. I believe we are active participants in each and every moment. But, none of us is in charge. So, despite our best plans, our thoughtful intentions, life continues to ask us to shift. And to flow.
Truth? This does NOT always come easily for me.
When things go sideways, I can get easily frustrated, or fall back into some not-so-kind behavior patterns. Sometimes, when I have lost awareness, I am surprised by the tone of my own voice. 😤
And, guess who I am the hardest on in times of struggle?
Yep. You guessed it. That would be . . . me. 😔
Click here to learn a simple, powerful tool to help you live in flow and in harmony.
How To Spiral Up
"Good friends aren't afraid of your light.
They never blow out your flame.
And you don't blow out theirs."
~ Brené Brown, Atlas Of The Heart
As the humidity builds, and the population of our resort town swells, I appreciate this air-conditioned moment to reflect and write.
Thank you for meeting me here; I am grateful for our connection.
Some of know I used to teach middle school and high school English. And yes, I proudly identify as a word geek. The New York Times Spelling Bee and WORDLE have been delightful additions to my daily routine.
So, I have to admit, when I first read the word "freudenfreude," I definitely perked up.
Hmmmmm. I know the word Schadenfreude comes from German.
But, Freudenfreude? This was a first for me.
A quick online search via Merriam-Webster should easily solve this one.
Freudenfreude hasn't made it into the dictionary?
Alright. Back to my years of high school German. (Thank you, Herr Wolfert, for putting up with me!) And, a little more scouring on the internet.
To learn how to SPIRAL UP and practice Freudenfreude, keep reading . . .
New Ways To Connect
“What a fantastic way to manifest joy!
The instructors were loving and helpful.
I am still tweaking my art work from that day and loving every second of it.
It is the perfect souvenir of a perfect day.”
~ 2021 Participant | The Art Of Connection
Today, I am SUPER excited to catch up with you; I have 2 announcements and 2 updates.
First, a big Save The Date and Early Registration Opportunity!
The Art Of Connection is returning this fall, Saturday, September 17. If you missed the buzz last year, or are new to my mailing list, let me fill you in.
The Art Of Connection is a one-day retreat where you will connect to your body and create courageously. My dear friend, and amazing artist, Theresa Gray and I will be your facilitators. We'll spend the day moving our bodies, breathing, meditating, and painting.
Trust me, you're going to love it. And, you don't need any expertise in yoga or painting!
You simply need to show up for yourself and receive the relaxing, empowering, experience of the day. (Did you read the quote at the top of the page? Yep! 😉)
Registration is now open with Early Bird Pricing available. This is the only West Michigan date for this workshop this year, so now is the time to secure your spot.
Our webpage has all the details (retreat includes: art supplies, delicious lunch, celebratory closing circle, etc.) and it's easy to sign up.
I hope you can join us!
Next up, stay tuned for a powerful way to deepen your practice, and experience transformation, all from the comfort of your home. It has been a couple of years in the making, and I can't wait to release my 40-Day Yoga Challenge called Elevate Daily Life.
If you're looking for a way to:
Keep watching these emails for further details and registration information. I'd love to be alongside you and support you on your journey.
And, two quick updates:
Live Like Jay
"What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.
Those moments when another human being was there,
in front of me, suffering, and I responded . . . sensibly.
~ George Saunders
Quoted in Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown
This week, a personal tribute to Uncle Jay . . . who unexpectedly left us this week, far too soon.
Whenever I am plunged into grief, part of my healing process becomes stillness. I know I need to settle into stillness in order to hear.
What exactly am I listening for? I am listening for the wisdom from my heart. It's my heart that reveals to me the lessons I can learn from a life well-lived. And this is where the transformation, and the healing, begin taking place.
While I still have much to process about Jay's death, I know there's so much we can all learn from the way he lived his life. Here's how I hope we can all be more like Jay.
Live a big, brave, COURAGEOUS life:
Live in SERVICE to others:
Learn to make the foods you love (and delight in sharing with everyone around you!)
Thank you, Jay. For your courage. For your service. For the Italian meals that fed us so, so many times.
You will always be an inspiration, and you are forever loved.
P.S. I'd love to hear how you embody lessons from a life well-lived!
Drop me a line via email or text.