Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.

Walt Whitman (via mishproductions)

goals for raising my boys

(via awelltraveledwoman)

‘… stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.’

Leo Tolstoy

                          .MORNING ROUTINES // NIGHT RITUALS. 
Never in my life did I think that all of this self discovery and truth-seeking would lead me to running out the door with a child-like eagerness to buy post-it notes. 
Through my readings and explorings and dive deepings one thing that keeps coming up for me is morning routines and nightly rituals. In all honesty I can clearly see the benefits of both. It makes so much sense to me yet I have trouble sticking to the ones I’ve set in place for myself. 
but let me give you a break down..
Starting off your morning right has a PROFOUND affect on the rest of your day. And truly is there a better way to start off your morning than with a good, decent, restful night? 
You can imagine, I’m sure, that when you wake up in the morning after a good nights sleep and take some time for yourself, your whole day is going to be significantly better! Now don’t be fooled, I’m not talking about how you need to eat a full well balanced breakfast with a nice cup off bark steeped in spicy water from the himalayas or that you need to eliminate all forms of stimulants 30 minutes after the sun goes down. It’s much deeper than that. I’m talking about taking control and setting yourself up for success.
Starting and ending your day with balance of your mind, heart, and body will open up doors for you. 
Here are a few ways you can do that for yourself;
All of these things can be used in the morning or  for night time so get funky!
journal journal journal journal journal. ever have those nights where you are so pissed because all you can do is sit in bed and think of a million brilliant ideas or a billion things you have to do tomorrow? ELIMINATE THAT! Who wants to deal with that shit then they have to wake up in 4/5/6 hours?! you look at the clock and think “please brain, PLEASE turn yourself off!!!” - it’s bed time purgatory. No more! Write everything down, have a conversation with yourself (on paper) for an hour or maybe only 5 minutes but get those thoughts out of your head. You will be able to remember and readdress them tomorrow if need be and they wont be demanding your attention at 3am. In the morning there is nothing better than getting all of those little thought bubbles out of your head! Write it out darling, get that noise out of your brain and on to paper. You will thank yourself.
Stretch! Gently. After many nights of coming home after a weird mentally exhausting work day, sometimes my mind is ready for bed but my poor little body hasn’t gotten any attention! So what does it do? What would you do?! It tries to get what it wants, it makes me toss and turn and its too hot but now its too cold and I want to be touched…wait no, get off me!!! Who can possibly sleep like this!?!? nobody, silly. And then those mornings where you cant pry yourself out from under the covers with a forklift let alone your own will power? Get a nice good stretch on! Awaken your body, slowly and intentionally. 
GRATITUDE ATTITUDE. While I personally think every moment of every day should be filled a constant flow of gratitude, the best way to get to that point is to start with a little taste. Set a number, 3/5/10.. whatever feels right to you. In the morning list that number of things you are grateful for! Don’t stress about this one, don’t judge yourself either!! My items will range from “those jeans that make my booty sing” all the way to “this wonderful life that has been gifted to me” get as deep as you want, get as superficially as you want, get as spiritual as you want. My list often includes a weird range such as food, my brother, the fact that I like foreign music even though I dont understand the lyrics. Just be grateful! I promise it will have a massive impact on your day. There is something so delightful about going to bed and recounting your day and finding all the things you were grateful for. 

These are just a few easy ways to start off and end right, I have PLENTY more juicy one’s I would love to share with you, but I encourage everyone to start off small, commit to a routine and see how it has a massive impact. I am right there with you, I am trying to implement this as well and I mess up, but when I do I just get right back on track! 
Good luck ducklings 
Xx

                          .MORNING ROUTINES // NIGHT RITUALS. 

Never in my life did I think that all of this self discovery and truth-seeking would lead me to running out the door with a child-like eagerness to buy post-it notes. 

Through my readings and explorings and dive deepings one thing that keeps coming up for me is morning routines and nightly rituals. In all honesty I can clearly see the benefits of both. It makes so much sense to me yet I have trouble sticking to the ones I’ve set in place for myself. 

but let me give you a break down..

Starting off your morning right has a PROFOUND affect on the rest of your day. And truly is there a better way to start off your morning than with a good, decent, restful night? 

You can imagine, I’m sure, that when you wake up in the morning after a good nights sleep and take some time for yourself, your whole day is going to be significantly better! Now don’t be fooled, I’m not talking about how you need to eat a full well balanced breakfast with a nice cup off bark steeped in spicy water from the himalayas or that you need to eliminate all forms of stimulants 30 minutes after the sun goes down. It’s much deeper than that. I’m talking about taking control and setting yourself up for success.

Starting and ending your day with balance of your mind, heart, and body will open up doors for you. 

Here are a few ways you can do that for yourself;

All of these things can be used in the morning or  for night time so get funky!

  • journal journal journal journal journal. ever have those nights where you are so pissed because all you can do is sit in bed and think of a million brilliant ideas or a billion things you have to do tomorrow? ELIMINATE THAT! Who wants to deal with that shit then they have to wake up in 4/5/6 hours?! you look at the clock and think “please brain, PLEASE turn yourself off!!!” - it’s bed time purgatory. No more! Write everything down, have a conversation with yourself (on paper) for an hour or maybe only 5 minutes but get those thoughts out of your head. You will be able to remember and readdress them tomorrow if need be and they wont be demanding your attention at 3am. In the morning there is nothing better than getting all of those little thought bubbles out of your head! Write it out darling, get that noise out of your brain and on to paper. You will thank yourself.
  • Stretch! Gently. After many nights of coming home after a weird mentally exhausting work day, sometimes my mind is ready for bed but my poor little body hasn’t gotten any attention! So what does it do? What would you do?! It tries to get what it wants, it makes me toss and turn and its too hot but now its too cold and I want to be touched…wait no, get off me!!! Who can possibly sleep like this!?!? nobody, silly. And then those mornings where you cant pry yourself out from under the covers with a forklift let alone your own will power? Get a nice good stretch on! Awaken your body, slowly and intentionally. 
  • GRATITUDE ATTITUDE. While I personally think every moment of every day should be filled a constant flow of gratitude, the best way to get to that point is to start with a little taste. Set a number, 3/5/10.. whatever feels right to you. In the morning list that number of things you are grateful for! Don’t stress about this one, don’t judge yourself either!! My items will range from “those jeans that make my booty sing” all the way to “this wonderful life that has been gifted to me” get as deep as you want, get as superficially as you want, get as spiritual as you want. My list often includes a weird range such as food, my brother, the fact that I like foreign music even though I dont understand the lyrics. Just be grateful! I promise it will have a massive impact on your day. There is something so delightful about going to bed and recounting your day and finding all the things you were grateful for. 

These are just a few easy ways to start off and end right, I have PLENTY more juicy one’s I would love to share with you, but I encourage everyone to start off small, commit to a routine and see how it has a massive impact. I am right there with you, I am trying to implement this as well and I mess up, but when I do I just get right back on track! 

Good luck ducklings 

Xx

bet you didn’t know that buddha said homie. or shit. 
or wasn’t SO serious. 

bet you didn’t know that buddha said homie. or shit. 

or wasn’t SO serious. 

s’cuse me can I talk to you for a minute?

I just have one little question…

What is something you did today you are PROUD of? hm? anything? it can be little, keep in mind this is a little question. 

think about it. “I dunno” is not an answer. 

How about this, 

what can you do tomorrow that will make you proud? Do me {and yourself} a favor, in the morning, first thing when you wake up, wipe those crusties out of your eye balls and ask yourself “What liiiiiittle thing can I do today that will make me proud of myself?” 

don’t get up before you have an answer.

THEN. 

GO FORTH. 

DO!

yay!