The holidays are upon us, winter has arrived, and yesterday we celebrated the winter solstice which represents the darkest day of the year.
Today we begin the process of slowly moving back toward the light.
During these dark days, it’s important to pay attention to both the light and the shadows in our lives.
What are you wanting to bring to light in your life? What are you ready to let go of?
Here’s a simple journaling activity you can do to get clear on your intentions…
Fold a piece of paper in half. On one side, write “my shadows” and on the other side write “my light”.
Under your shadows, list out any challenges, uneasy feelings, or struggles that you are facing.
Under your light, list out your gifts, the blessings in your life, and the things that you are naturally good at.
Take a close look at your lists and notice where your focus goes. Which of these aspects would you like to work on in this next season of life? Which shadows are you ready to let go of? And what parts of your light are you ready to let shine even brighter?
Circle these items on your lists and set your intention to let it be so.
What are you bringing to light this season? Please share in the comments below!
Earlier this week we celebrated the Spring Equinox, where we have equal amounts of daylight and darkness.
Now that springtime is underway, the amount of daylight is slowly increasing each day. I like to think of this time of year as a time where we are all moving toward the light.
The energy of spring brings new life and renewal. This makes it the perfect time to set new goals or intentions for what we want to grow in our lives.
My daughter June and I celebrated the Spring Equinox with a special ritual that I want to share with you! It is a simple, but powerful way to welcome spring and start moving toward the beautiful visions that you have for yourself and your life in this new season!
How to Create a Simple & Special Spring Ritual:
Buy or gather fresh flowers
2. Take a moment to set an intention, or goal, around what you want to see grow in your life this spring.
3. As you cut your flowers and pull out any dead or bottom leaves, imagine that you are pulling out anything that has been keeping you from achieving your intentions/ goals/ dreams.
4. As you arrange your flowers into containers, imagine that you are arranging everything that needs to fall into place in order to allow your dreams to bloom!
As an added bonus, you can light a candle to symbolize the increase of light, and play calming or uplifting music while doing this ritual.
Dedicating some time to intentionally welcome spring and think about your hopes and dreams will create positive momentum in your life. This will help you stay focused on your ambitions and cultivate your desires.
Please let me know how you feel after trying this ritual! It is so simple but powerful, and easy to do either on your own or with your little ones!
I am wishing you all that you desire and more this spring.
Autumn is upon us, even if the weather doesn’t particularly reflect that (at least here in NJ) right now! One thing that has been really helpful for me in my self development journey, is learning to celebrate and live by the seasons. Nature offers us so much wisdom. As human beings, we are part of the natural world. By making peace with the different seasons and getting curious about the gifts that they have to offer us, we learn to live closer to nature.
One of my favorite ways to celebrate the change of seasons is by having simple seasonal rituals in place. If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you may have seen a photo I posted of my daughter June and I celebrating the Autumn Equinox by having an outdoor picnic and reflecting back on the seeds that we planted last spring, that are now coming to fruition. As I thought back on the springtime, I remembered that June was just beginning to string sentences together, and I was still adapting to my role as a full time stay at home mom, and learning to be more patient and present. We have both come a long way since the spring, and it was nice to have this little ritual to anchor us into the celebration. I like to have June be a part of my seasonal rituals, and she is only 2 years old, we kept this ritual simple and basic, but you can feel free to make it as extravagant as you wish.
I encourage you to take some time to celebrate where you are right now, this autumn. What seeds have you planted that are now coming to fruition? You can gather with friends and family and discuss this together, or make it your own private time. The important thing is that you take a moment to think about what you were desiring for your life just a few months ago, and think about the progress you have made, even if you didn’t realize it at the time. Think about the changes, big and small, that have occurred for you in the last several months. Then choose a fall inspired activity to help you celebrate!
Here are some ideas for ways to celebrate the arrival of autumn: