Our holiday wish for you this year? That you would…
INCUBATE. Give yourself the time to sit and be still. Listen and wait to hear.
NOTICE the intents and dreams that have been residing in your heart and mind. Give them honest consideration rather than rush to disregard.
TRUST yourself. Trust the words of encouragement and wisdom from the important people in your life.
EXPRESS those hopes and dreams. Be brave enough to write them down, share them, speak life into them.
NURTURE those hopes and dreams. It’s going to require time. It’s going to mean saying no to other good things to make space and time for something great. A little sunshine. A little water. A lot of time.
TAKE ACTION when it’s time to move. You have to be watching and you have to be ready for when that moment arrives and maybe that moment is right now. What is more worthwhile than taking a risk on something important to you?
So take a moment to sit.
Don’t worry about the whole process at once.
Start with time to incubate.
Wishing you all the best and a season of growth in the new year!
Do they really need another silk tie? Or a generic gift card?
As you are doing your holiday shopping, we are excited to help include intent in your gift giving! Whether it be something for you or those you love, these mindful gifts are something we’d be proud to place under the tree.
If you’re wanting something pretty and personal:
My Intent creates original jewelry featuring personalized words of intent.
Joy? Gratitude? You choose. We’re also happy to share our Intent discount code ‘INTENT20’ to receive 20% off your purchase!
A flurry of controversy surrounded the astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson two weeks ago when he took a jab at religion in the name of science. It began Christmas day with a mischievous tweet: “On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642.” Then deGrasse Tyson felt that he needed to be more pointed in a follow-up tweet: “QUESTION: This year, what do all the world’s Muslims and Jews call December 25th? ANSWER: Thursday.” Continue reading →
Christmas has come and gone and if you’re like our family, you woke up on the 26th to find yourself surrounded by boxes and bags, gift wrap and piles of general, non-descript stuff. Here’s the to-do list we have this morning, in case it helps your household as well! Continue reading →
Lots of people argue about whether or not there is anything special about December 25th.
Maybe it’s Christmas, maybe it’s just Thurdsay.
Whatever today is to you, we encourage you not to miss an opportunity to share love and joy with those around you. Continue reading →
It’s time for pajamas! Christmas cookies are probably almost done in the oven and we have just a few more hours before we need to settle in so those sugar plums can start dancing. In case you’re looking for something to watch as a family, here are 5 of our favorites: Continue reading →
“Peace on earth, and goodwill towards men.” There’s no shortage of life-affirming mantras to throw around come this time of year, but let’s face it. It’s too easy to get preoccupied with the consumerist aspect of the holiday season. And what’s more — it’s all too easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the season: that charity, benevolence, and mankind’s capacity for empathy are our true salvation, and to truly experience a blissful holiday season, we need to be mindful of what we can do to benefit others.
It was just before Christmas in 2006 and my daughter, Elora, had fully realized the meaning of this holiday. The stockings were hung by the chimney with the care (Kind of, I mean she was 3), the tree was up and we were ready for Santa to bring us all our dreams wrapped in shiny sparkly paper with big splendid bows.
Elora had made her list, filled with dolls and Disney princesses and this Mrs. Clause was ready! So when I arrived to pick her up after spending the afternoon with Grandma making Christmas cookies, her newest addition to her wish list was quite a surprise. I had barely made it across the threshold when she blurted out “I want a baby brother for Christmas!” Continue reading →
It’s entirely possible that with a week left til Christmas, you’re already tired of hearing every version of “Jingle Bells” imaginable on the radio.
We have the solution.
Erin and MeLissa are a pair of comedians who sing songs and tell jokes in Los Angeles by way of Nashville, TN. This Christmas, they released their newest song, “Me and You Grandma”. It is a tribute to the most under appreciated holiday date you can have: your grandmother. She buys you things. She knows a thing or two about costume jewelry. She doesn’t care how many cookies you eat. That’s love.
So pause your Bing Crosby playlist.
Listen to a little bit of Erin and MeLissa.
Call your grandma.
If you need more Erin and MeLissa, visit their website, listen to their songs on Soundcloud, and follow them on Twitter or Facebook. You won’t regret it. (And we’re not just saying do it because MeLissa is part of our team, but because it’s going to make your life better and filled with more joy).
What do you think of the video? Who are you most excited to see this holiday season? Tell us in the comments below!
We wait all year for those Coca Cola bears.
We want all our friends and family to come over and sit on the couch to drink hot chocolate and watch Elf.
We don’t even have to put on real clothes.
We can just wear footie pajamas all day long.
Everyone is happy and sings songs like the Whos at the end of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.
That is what Christmas looks like in my head.
Instead I’m thinking about how much work I need to finish before I catch a plane home on Wednesday.
I’m thinking about how many Christmas presents I still haven’t purchased and how much money is left in my bank account.
Who is dropping me off at the airport? Who is picking me up at the airport?
I GOT YOU A $100 TARGET GIFT CARD AND YOU GOT ME A BACK SCRATCHER?!
The most wonderful time of the year quickly becomes the most stressful time of the year. The time we meant to spend making memories that will last the whole year through are being replaced by little arguments about stupid things, staying up late trying to get all the loose ends at work tied up, trying to get this Pinterest project to look how it did in the picture!
When I’m frustrated, when I am afraid of failing, I want to choose to lift up the people around me versus tear them down. I don’t want to let words I don’t mean leave a lasting impression on the people I love.
They may not know what do with the reindeer wreath DIY gift I gave them that crashed and burned, but I hope they think of that last. First, I hope they have memories of me telling them that they are loved and important. I hope they have copious stories to tell of me reminding them that they are beautiful and rare, talented and a gift in my life. I hope they know that because I have wasted not a single moment making them feel special. Because THAT is what the holidays are about. Sacrifice and a willingness to give for the sake of love. Taking my mind off myself for a single freaking second to focus on the people I so easily take for granted: friends, acquaintances or strangers.
So how do you participate?
When you get the opportunity to gripe or yell or cry, choose to speak life.
Uplift. Encourage. Love.