Archive | February, 2014

How To Be A Passionate Mama

How To Be A Passionate Mama ::

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This week I went to see Sting and Paul Simon perform together. Seeing Sting perform live was a long-standing entry on my bucket list.

It was a great show – both artists are incredible and have rich and diverse musical careers individually. It was wonderful to see them each perform each other’s songs and witness their obvious respect for each other and love of music and performing.

But the thing that struck me most about this concert was the band. Behind Sting and Paul Simon were a dozen other musicians, and each of them played several instruments each. They didn’t just dabble in a few instruments, they played each of them well enough to back up Sting and Paul Simon.

And they were having a blast. The violinist played with such intensity that he was shredding his bow. The accordion player was doing a 2nd line shuffle every time I looked at his corner of the stage. One band member switched from cello to electric guitar to recorder and had a special stand so he could play measures on a tenor sax without taking off his guitar. The three (!) percussionists were laughing and egging each other on during one particularly notable rhythm-section solo.…

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How To Create a Peaceful Morning Routine

How To Create A Peaceful Morning Routine ::

This post was originally published on Modern Alternative Mama.

The way you start your morning has a huge impact on the rest of your day. Do you wake up already late, feeling frustrated, or cranky? If so, it might be time to create a more peaceful and nurturing morning routine.

When you begin your day intentionally, with activities that ground and nourish you, you will be far more able to deal with the challenges of a busy day.

I can’t tell you what your intentional morning routine will look like. It will be different for everyone, based on your needs, the ages and needs of your children, and whether you are a cheerful morning person or take a long time to wake up.

I remember going to a talk about creating a morning writer’s routine when my daughter was about 9 months old. The speaker talked about waking up at 5AM, meditating for 30 minutes, and then going to her desk and writing longhand for 2 uninterrupted hours.

That speaker didn’t have a baby in the house.

While that all sounded lovely, it was never going to happen in the life I was living right then.…

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Treat Yourself This Valentine’s Day

Treat Yourself This Valentine's Day :: nurturedmama.netValentine’s Day is about love. This we know and accept. We make cards, we give flowers and chocolate, we send love letters.

I love Valentine’s Day, and I love showing love. But I think I’ve been missing something.

As moms, we spend every day taking care of everybody else. I think Valentine’s Day is a great day to show our own selves a little love. Who deserves it more?

Here are 10 ways you can treat yourself for Valentine’s Day.

Sign up for a class focused on self care.

Vivienne McMasters is offering a deal on her 14-day Self Care Policies Class until Valentine’s day – just enter the code SELFLOVE for 50% off the registration. I’m currently in her 28-day class and I’m really enjoying it.

Take a mini retreat.

Schedule a little time (even if only an afternoon) to spend nourishing yourself. I love Liz’s Gift Of This Moment home retreat kit to give structure to this kind of solo retreat. It is full of easy and powerful practices you can do at home and comes with several guided meditation audio files. Liz is a self-love master – this is good stuff.…

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7 Ways To Uncover Your Dreams

Recently I’ve been thinking about dreams, big and small.

But what if you don’t know what your dreams are? What if you are still in the trenches with small children, or just realizing you children don’t need you quite as much as they used to and you have room for yourself again. Except you can’t remember what you dreamed about before you had the kids.

Here are 7 things you can do to help you uncover those old dreams, or recognize some new ones.

Make A List

For several years I had a long list taped into the back of my journal. I called it my 100-things list, though it didn’t always have 100 items on it.

It is easy to come up with 10 or 20 things you want to do with your life, but 100? That’s a challenge.  When you really push yourself to write down 100 things you want to do, big or small, you will push past the comfortable, easy stuff, the things you think you should do, and finally uncover the things your heart is really longing for.

When you make a list like this write without editing.…

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The Value of Small Dreams

The Value of Small Dreams ::

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I have small dreams.

I have big ones, too, but the ones I cherish most are the tiny ones.

  • I want to feel strong in my left shoulder again.
  • I want to have a nearly empty closet
  • I want to grow tomatoes in my front yard.
  • I want to write a letter, by hand, every week.
  • I want to fill a journal.
  • I want to reach the end of the day and feel happily exhausted.

I cherish the small dreams because they are achievable. Because even in the midst of life with a small child, I can move myself toward them. I don’t have to sacrifice a year or a month or even a weekend away from my family. I can spend 15 minutes here and 10 minutes there.

  • I can hit the gym for 30 minutes on the weight machines doing the grocery shopping on a Sunday afternoon.
  • I can spend an rainy afternoon pulling out and boxing up most of my clothes while my daughter plays dress up with the off casts.
  • I can start tomato seeds in my kitchen today.
  • I can set a box of cards next to my favorite spot on the couch and write a note while my love is putting our daughter to bed.
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