In the wake of the holiday madness and the throws of New Year expectations, I’m offering an exit ramp to gratitude and celebration of YOU. I compiled a list of resources to remind you of your amazing brilliance right now, as you are, in the crazy, hectic mess of life. Take a little reprieve from how last year didn’t quite measure up, and all the changes that must happen in the year ahead. Just self-indulge for a moment and remember all your accomplishments, the incredible attention and effort you give everyday, the nurturing and support, the tireless work you do, the emotional labour - that, I know, all seems to happen without anyone even noticing. Thank you for all your freakin’ hard work keeping the world together. It hasn’t gone unnoticed. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Sending you Gratitude and Joy.
1. Music: “Courage to Be Yourself” Playlist on Apple iTunes.
Music is often a really quick way to lift our spirits and transport us into a happy place. Here’s an iTunes playlist you can put on repeat and get your groove on. Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Sara Bareilles “Brave” always jazz me up.
2. Book: She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman. By Mary Anne Radmacher and Liz Kalloch.
SHE (which stands for She Harnesses Everything) truly sums it all up - all the amazing qualities in every woman that we often don’t take credit for. The writing will tug at your heartstrings as you recognize yourself in the passages. SHE is a place to rest and know that you are seen, recognized and valued.
3. Blog - Momastery by Glennon Doyle Melton.
I know Glennon Doyle Melton is not an uncommon name these days and you’ve probably heard so much about her already. But, people, it’s because she’s brilliant. Brilliant in her truth and honesty and screwed-up-ness, that you know we all have. She says the things that most of us don’t even admit to ourselves, nevermind say out loud. Glennon is all heart and will probably make you cry because she gets right to the core of the feels. You’ve been warned. I teared over this post about “Sistering” (it’s short and has a video even).
4. Artwork - Kelly Rae Roberts
Kelly Rae Roberts is a “Possibilitarian” who also makes multi-media art. Her uplifting messages of positivity, hope, and bravery (among others) are wrapped in beautiful artwork. Her prints, jewelry, ornaments and stationery make great, everyday reminders of your infinite worth and brilliance. Her mantra art speaks right to my heart, like this one, which is a message from the Stars about your perfect place in the universe. Pure. Gold.
Oracle Cards are little messages of beautiful, divine wisdom. They come in a deck with inspiring themed artwork and a simple uplifting message. My favourite is the Goddess Guidance deck by Doreen Virtue (which is on sale for less than half price right now!). It beautifully showcases Goddesses across cultures and history, along with their inspiring messages. I pull a card every morning to help set my intention for the day by meditating on it and being mindful of the message. One of my favourites is Sedna, an Inuit Goddess; her message is about “Infinite Supply” and that there’s abundance and we have everything we need. “You are supplied for today and all of your tomorrows”. So, pull a card (or 3!) any time you need a pick me up or some divine wisdom. (Doreen has a free digital version for Oracle Card readings online.)
6. Website - Nalumana by Jessie Harrold
Settle in with a cup of tea and get ready for some soul food. Nalumana is the place for women’s wellness, courage and community. More than anywhere else, I find myself quietly saying “me too”, as I read Jessie’s posts about keeping it all together and not losing yourself in the process. Her poignant, thoughtful, honest way, of shining a light on being a woman during these times, is so nourishing and refreshing; it’s like finally being able to exhale after you’ve been holding your breath. And she doesn’t just talk about the things we already know, she offers so many awesomely useful resources, (including coaching) to help navigate your shifting life (and FREEBIES too, yo!).
7. YouTube - I Mom So Hard
Be prepared to pee your pants laughing. The honest-to-the-core videos that Kristin and Jennifer make about the work of being a Mom are absolutely hilarious and totally relatable (and usually involve cocktails). Take this episode for a test drive. (Warning - you may snort uncontrollably)
8. Twitter - Women Can Do It All (@WomanDoItAll)
These little snippets of inspiration will lift you up and fill your quote quota for the day. Good stuff.
9. Book - Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This gem dates back to 1996 and is still a goodie. It’s too much to ask that I read one passage a day from January 1 to December 31st, so I just randomly open the book and bam - wisdom and calm before bed.
I love my commute because it gives me time and space to find a bit of serenity. I only listen to podcasts that are uplifting and help start or end my day with good energy. Sara's SHE Talks is really calming and "a space for women to come home to themselves". Here's a recent episode about "How to come home to yourself when your mind is a travelling circus".
My wish is that your heart is full and you recognize the brilliance within you. Remember it - in little snippets when life sends you a shit sandwich and in good times when everything is right with the world. You make a difference. You matter. And the world wouldn’t be the same with you.