Starcat’s Favorites: Love and Family

This time of the year gets super zany for me. There are hundreds of things that populate my to-do lists, and all of them want my attention. It’s too easy to get overwhelmed. Know what I mean?

One of the things that helps me slow down and enjoy the winter holiday season is to remember what’s most important. For me, the holidays are about love. All of the tasks that get added to my list in December – shopping for and making gifts, sending cards, decorating the house, baking yummy treats, hosting and attending gatherings – are there because I want to make things really special for my family and friends, and to spend time having fun with them.

I can’t do that when I’m stressed out or exhausted.

WP_20141126_001When I stop to remember that, it brings clarity to what I’m doing. I slow down, enjoy the decorations, sit and watch a Christmas show together in the evening, take a break to read a book, enjoy a relaxed dinner with my extended clan, gaze at the gorgeous snowy landscape, and become more present for gatherings with friends. Ahhh…that feels better.

I choose to trust that everything will get done, and that I can show my love for my family and be kind to myself.

Here are some links for your weekend. Take a little break, make yourself a cup of tea, and enjoy!

Did you know you can learn to stop worrying? I love this.

Here are some tips on how to get more done while honoring your own needs.

Self-care can be luxurious without costing a lot of money. Here are some inexpensive ways to nurture yourself. The article also defines the very ambiguous term “self-care” in a way that makes real sense.

Are you (like me) a “Renaissance person?” Here’s an article that encourages those of us who have more than one passion!

Finally, at the risk of annoying you with more stuff about introverts, here’s how to survive the (very social) holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

 

Holiday Wishes Especially for You

Here is a holiday list of gifts for you, directly from my heart to yours. Many blessings!

I wish good health for you. I wish good health for those you love.

I wish for you to be surrounded by people who love you. This includes cats, dogs, and other critters – they’re people too, in my book.

I wish for you to love and accept yourself just as you are. I wish that you enjoy the solitude of your own company,

I wish for you interesting and sustaining work to do in this world. I wish for you wonderful passions to keep you engaged and learning.

I wish for you laughter and fun. I wish for you sacred movement, dances that move through your body, and music that is yours alone.

sunsetoceanI wish for you delicious, healthy food, a warm and cozy place to live, and comfortable clothing. I wish for you plenty of money to sustain your lifestyle, plus some extra to share and enjoy.

I wish for you beautiful places in Nature to experience. I wish for you time spent outdoors, enjoying the energies of this gorgeous Earth.

I wish for you big hugs and soothing backrubs. Warm showers and hot tea. Comforts that you enjoy.

I wish for you quiet restful sleep and deep, insightful dreams. I wish for you protective spiritual guides and wild totem animals and voices of intuition to whisper delights in your ear.

I wish for you new things to learn, to excite your mind and keep you thinking. Empowering websites, terrific books, engaging shows and movies, inspiring artwork, and uplifting quotes. I wish for you creative inspiration that flows through you and moves you to do something you love.

I wish for you kindness and  compassion, given and received, for yourself and for others, for everything that is.

I wish for you a tangible connection with the Divine forces of the Cosmos, the ones that dance within you and all around you. May you be blessed by your connection.

I wish for you exciting new goals to reach for in 2015. For a joyous transformation of your life, ever-changing and awesome!

I offer you this gift, an e-book that was created to inspire you: 101 Tips to Be More Present, Access Your Inner Wisdom and Share Your Spiritual Gifts! To access it, simply visit Feline Dreamers and enter your name and e-mail address. You’ll receive our twice-monthly newsletter that focuses on ways to live a more joyful and meaningful life – or if you like, you can opt out of that once you’ve downloaded your gift. I hope you enjoy it!

Holiday Blessings to you!

December Reflections and More

Happy December! I woke up feeling especially creative today. After a fun trip to town with my Mom for breakfast and some groceries, I’ve been bopping around getting some fun creative projects for this month all ready to roll. I know, I need to sit down and work on my novel, too. And there are all those Christmas cards to be finished. But hey, this stuff is inspiring me, and there’s a cool synchronicity involved.

I’ve decided to participate in Susannah Conway’s December Reflections photo project this month. I also signed up for the Whole Health Designs 21 Day Green Up smoothie challenge. I had BlackLion snap a picture of me with my peachy green smoothie, so I could share it on Instagram. And voila! When I looked up the December Reflections theme for the day, it was “drink.” Two for one!

I love synchronicity.

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Fueling up for some writing time with a peachy green smoothie!

So here I am, sipping my delicious green smoothie and gearing up for an afternoon of writing. What creative projects do you have on tap for December?

By the way, if you’re a new visitor to Starcat’s Corner, welcome! I invite you to browse through the posts and leave your feedback. Actually, if you’re a regular reader, I’d love to hear from you, too. What topics are you most interested in? What types of inspiration are you looking for as we head into a brand-new year? Want more pictures, more quotes, more book ideas?

Let me know what you’d most love to read about here. Thanks!

 

How to Stay Sane During the Holidays

This week is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., and as my Mom reminded me last night, Christmas is just one month from today, and Winter Solstice comes even sooner. One month! Ohmygosh! There’s so much to do!

I started to get a little bit stressed about it, thinking of all the preparations and celebrations. I’m also writing a novel, which won’t be done when the end of November arrives. I don’t want to set it aside and lose momentum on my story, so I need to add that to the mix. How can I do all that in one little month?

Then I remembered an article I wrote back in 1997, for a Pagan newsletter. It became part of my book, Starcat’s Corner: Essays on Pagan Living, and I thought I’d share it here with you. Here’s how to keep your sanity during the busy winter holiday season.

It is the dark time of the year, just now beginning to give us hope with the turn toward the light and the renewal and rebirth of the God, yet also the beginning of the hardest part of winter. It is ostensibly the time when we withdraw and turn inward. Why, then, do most of us find ourselves so busy at this time of the year?

Part of it is certainly our involvement in the customs of the secular American culture. Most of us have extended families who expect us to attend Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations. Many of us are invited to parties by friends and employers, and go out shopping for holiday gifts for our loved ones. And that’s not even taking into account our own planning for Winter Solstice rituals and gatherings. It is one of the busiest and yes, most stressful times of year for many people.

outsidetree2I believe that there have always been “festivals of light,” Pagan celebrations at the time of year when the days began to get longer. But I think the contrast of those celebrations with the time of quiet rest and retreat that came before, and would come afterward, was part of what made them so special. In other words, if we go through the time from Samhain to Solstice and beyond with a calendar full of social engagements, traveling, decorating, shopping, cooking, making crafts, and more, will we really be happy to celebrate the holidays when they finally arrive? Or will we be glad when they are over and done, so we can have a much-needed rest?

I’m not recommending giving up entirely the customs and traditions of the “holiday season,” as it is now called (which I think is great – it puts Solstice and Chanukah on an equal footing with Christmas). Some of my favorite activities at this time of year include making gifts for people I love, going on walks in the city to look at all the lights and decorations, caroling, and going to parties. I just think that we would do well to balance our activities with some time to ourselves.

How can we sustain and recapture the magickal aspects of the Winter Solstice and the dark part of the year? And in doing so, replenish our own energies?

“Why do we hurtle ourselves through every inch of time and space? I must say around some corner I can sense a resting place.” – Emily Saliers (The Indigo Girls, Get Out the Map, from Shaming of the Sun).

It might be too late in this busy season to take time out to do the things that you love, and that make you feel recharged (I’m making a note now to remind myself of this next Samhain). But that “resting place” is coming – the rest of the long winter stretches ahead of us. Take the days after your celebration of Yule to wind down, to be with your inner circle of family and friends, those who understand if you want to sit and just be still. Do some private rituals. Sleep in whenever you can. Capture the joyful parts of the holidays and let them seep into your soul.

Personally, I plan to let the bear in me take over, once the preparations and celebrations are through. I have a happy vision of snuggling on the couch with a book and some leftover cookies, reading and daydreaming. In the meantime, I’m living in the moment, enjoying the fast pace, the cooking and card-making and gift-buying and the partying and dancing.

I hope all of you have a very magickal and joyful holiday season! Blessed Be!

Starcat’s Favorites: NaNoWriMo Forever

I’ve written nearly 40K words on my NaNoWriMo novel at this point, and I’m reasonably sure that I’ll make the 50K goal by the end of the month. The thing is, though, the novel I’m working on will only be at about the halfway mark at that point. So what do I do?

December is a busy month, preparing for and celebrating the winter holidays. I want to keep up the momentum on the novel, but will I really have time to work on it every day? Quester says I should just go ahead and block out time for writing every day, forevermore. It sounds like a good idea, that is until all of my other responsibilities come crowding in, looking for my attention.

Thinking of putting my writing first, for real, is both exciting and scary. Writing is incredibly important to me, though. It’s definitely my primary career focus. So, I guess that’s one of the decisions an artist must make: to prioritize their craft, no matter what. I’ll try it, and see what unfolds.

As much as I’m hooked on being a writer, I’m also still a dedicated reader. Here are some of the links I’ve found this month that are well worth sharing. Enjoy!

With all the wild speculation out there about humanity’s future, I loved this article about the new mainstream. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably already part of it!

Are you an introvert? Here’s a handy chart that explains what being an introvert is all about. If you are one, you might enjoy these tips for managing your time. Or maybe you’re just sick of hearing about the whole introvert thing altogether (giggle).

No matter what form your creativity takes, you need to fill your cup from time to time.

A thought-provoking list of 10 choices you won’t regret in 10 years.

The holidays can be stressful. Here’s a holiday survival guide that will help you stay healthy.

One of my favorite authors, Patrick Rothfuss, is running his annual fundraiser to support Heifer International. It’s a great cause and there are fabulous prizes!

Remember to get your copy of my book Cultivating Self-Love: Your Path to Wholeness, now available in paperback! It makes a great holiday gift, too.

Enjoy your weekend!

The Power of Dreaming

I’m caught up in the throes of NaNoWriMo, dreaming up a novel that won’t be finished this month, though I will make the 50,000 word count by November 30th. So for today’s post I bring you a thought-provoking quote on dreams and creativity, from one of my favorite author duos, Seth and Jane Roberts. Enjoy!

“The waking state as you think of it is a specialized extension of the dream state and emerges from it to the surface of your awareness, just as your physical locations are specified extensions of locations that exist first within the realm of mind.

“The waking state, then, has its source in the dream state, and all of the objects, environment, and experience that are familiar to you in the waking state also originate in that inner dimension.

“When you examine the state of dreams, however, you do it as a rule from the framework of waking reality. You try to measure the dimension of dream experience by applying the rules of reality that are your usual criteria for judging events. Therefore, you are not able to perceive the true characteristics of the dreaming state except on those few occasions when you ‘come awake’ within your dreams – a matter we will discuss later on in this book. But in a manner of speaking, it is true to say that the universe was created in the same fashion that your own thoughts and dreams happen: spontaneously and yet with a built-in amazing order and an inner organization. You think your thoughts and you dream your dreams without any clear knowledge of the incredible processes involved therein, yet those processes are the very ones that are behind the existence of the universe itself.

“Also, in a manner of speaking, you are yourselves the ancient dreamers who dreamed your world into being. You must understand that I am not saying that you are passive, fleeting dreamers, lost in some divine mind, but that you are the unique creative manifestations of a divine intelligence whose creativity is responsible for all realities, which are themselves endowed with creative abilities of their own, with the potential and desire for fulfillment – inheritors indeed of the divine processes themselves. Spontaneity knows its own order.

“I have said that many times. The world’s parts come spontaneously together, with an order that basically defies the smaller laws of cause and effect – or before and afterward. In that regard, again, your dreaming state presents you with many clues about the source of your own lives and that of your world.

“Computers, however grand and complicated, can not dream, and so for all of their incredible banks of information, they must lack the kind of unspoken knowing knowledge that the smallest plant or seed possesses. Nor can any amount of information ‘possessed’ or processed by any computer compare with the unspoken knowing knowledge that is possessed by the atoms and molecules that compose such an instrument. The computer is not equipped to perceive that kind of knowing. It is not equipped for such an endeavor because it can not dream. In dreams the innate knowledge of the atoms and molecules is combined and translated. It serves as the bed of perceptual information and knowledge from which the dreaming state arises in its physical form.

“You are subjectively ‘alive’ before your birth. You will be subjectively alive after your death. Your subjective life is now interpreted through the specialized state of consciousness that you call the waking one, in which you recognize as real only experience that falls within certain space and time coordinates. Your greater reality exists outside those coordinates, and so does the reality of the universe. You create lives for yourselves, changing them as you go along, as a writer might change a book, altering the circumstances, changing the plots. The writer only knows that he or she creates without understanding the spontaneous order with which the creativity happens. The processes occur at another level of consciousness.

“In the most basic of ways, the world is formed from the inside out and from dreaming reality into the physical one – and those processes happen at another level of consciousness.”

- Seth through Jane Roberts, from the book Dreams, “Evolution,” and Value Fulfillment, written in 1980

5 Ways to Break Your Curses

Have you ever felt like you were cursed? Like there are these old patterns that have you in their grip, and they just won’t let go?

I have a friend who is having what she calls “a string of bad luck” right now. She feels like an old pattern is recurring in her life, one of being the unpopular one, the outcast, the kid who is always picked last. She describes this state as “being cursed,” and wants some help breaking it.

For the record, yes, this is an actual friend, not myself in disguise. Though I have felt this way many times in my life, too, so I can empathize.

Well, then, how did I get out of it? How can you break your own curses, those issues in your life that seem to come back like a bad penny? I have some suggestions.

Before I share them, it’s important that you know that right now is the perfect time for breaking a curse. We’re in the waning part of the lunar cycle, and the dark of the moon is upon us. It’s also the time of the waning sun, and the days will continue to grow shorter until Winter Solstice. This is a time for letting go, for releasing those things that you really don’t want around anymore.

You can do this! Try one of the ideas below, or hey, why not try them all? Your personal curse won’t stand a chance.

  1. Burn it up. Write down your curse, in detail. Draw an illustration. Pour your feelings about it into this piece of artwork. Energize it with all your angst and hurt and anger. When you are finished, burn it! I probably don’t have to tell you to do this safely, but a reminder is nice. As your paper burns, take a deep breath in and then exhale forcefully. You’re done with this crap! The curse is broken!
  2. Rewrite your story. Whenever you let something go, it’s crucial to put something new in its place. The Universe doesn’t like blank space. So, since you’re letting go of this curse, who will you be instead of the cursed one or the victim? Tell a new story. List your positive attributes. Using my friend’s example, tell yourself how others in your life want to spend time with you, they admire you but were too shy to say anything before, and you’re about to be chosen for an awesome new adventure!
  3. Help someone in need. Nothing distracts you from your own problems more quickly than helping someone who is suffering. This might mean volunteering for a soup kitchen, raking leaves for an elderly neighbor, or being a good listener for someone who’s having a terrible day. Look around you and you’ll see that just about everyone suffers in one way or another. How can you offer your help? When you’re engaged in helping them, you’ll be distracted from your own problems, and more likely to focus on the blessings in your life.
  4. Embrace your desires. I’ve heard this basic spiritual advice from so many different sources: to live the life of your dreams, focus more on what you do want than what you don’t like about your life. Feeling cursed doesn’t have to stop you from learning what you do want. In fact, it can provide the contrast to send you in a new direction. If you keep getting sick and feel you’re cursed with poor health, then what you do want is to feel well and healthy. Think about and focus on health, and the things you can do to encourage it – even if they are just small baby steps. Honor your desires by taking the steps to fulfill them.
  5. Ask for help. Sometimes we struggle along on our own and feel like we’ll never get out of this cycle we’re in. Asking for help from a friend can be just the boost you need. Her perspective could be a breath of fresh air, helping you see the situation in a new way. You might discover that she’s felt the same way, or that she knows someone who has. Or at the very least you’ll have a fun night on the town, laughing about your problems and devouring a huge hot fudge sundae together. Laughing at a curse is guaranteed to reduce its power over you.

The fact that you’re even aware of the curse or old pattern is a great first step. Awareness is key. Action is next. So get to work, and banish that curse! You’ve got this.

How to Release Your Mean Inner Critic

One of the things that all humans have in common is our non-stop thinking. Our brains almost never stop their chatter, except for when we fall asleep at night. The quality of that mental self-talk can affect us profoundly. You might never have noticed the things you tell yourself, day after day. And yet that mental chatter affects the quality of your life. How?

Think about what happens when someone compliments you. You might immediately discount the compliment, saying to yourself that they are just being nice, or they don’t know the real you. You may feel embarrassed and say something to try and defuse the praise. Perhaps you physically look away, overcome by the feelings of shame that might accompany the notion that you are receiving something for which you’re unworthy.

Ask yourself what underlies your discomfort with compliments.

Why wouldn’t you simply look the person in the eye and say “thank you,” acknowledging what they are praising you for? Why aren’t you able to praise your own skills, talents, and accomplishments? You can’t take these compliments to heart because your own mind has convinced you that you don’t deserve them.

This self-doubt also extends to the choices you make in your life. What happens when you have a dream or big goal that you’d like to pursue? You might talk yourself out of it before you begin to take action, stopping yourself in your tracks. Perhaps your fear of failure causes you to put the brakes on your most cherished projects.

Failure is something that self-confident people are comfortable with, for they know that it is one of the ways they learn new things. Yet when you’re convinced that you don’t have what it takes to succeed, you might worry that failure is the only sure outcome.

This fear of failure is particularly strong when you’re trying something brand-new. When your mental chatter is negative in tone and you doubt your basic competence, that energy is increased once you begin to create change. Your patterns of fear and unworthiness become threatened – perhaps your new venture will succeed, rendering them obsolete. Your ego mind ramps up its negative self-talk, wanting to hold you back from following your dreams.

The ego-mind wants you to stay in the comfort zone, doing the things you’ve always done. Truthfully, this comfort zone probably isn’t all that comfortable. And yet, for the most part, you stay there. The reason is simple: habits require a lot of energy to shift.

Like water that flows in the same channel year after year, habits follow the path of least resistance. Sometimes it takes an obstacle to change the flow, or a strong desire for change.

When you’re faced with a crisis, or finally grow tired of following the same path over and over again, then your intention becomes strong. Your ego-mind is not the entirety of your consciousness. Your observer self can step back and see the patterns you’ve fallen into. That is the part of yourself you can tap into when you want to release the negative inner voices that are holding you back. It will require practice and strength of will, yet you are uniquely able to transform your own harsh words into supportive encouragement.

Transform Trash Talk to Encouragement

The best way to begin the process of retraining yourself away from negative mental chatter is to notice. Tap into your inner observer. This is the part of you that watches, with a clear and open eye, what goes on in your life. You might think of it like a loving older friend or mentor, one who is removed enough from your day-to-day life to offer wise words of counsel.

When you open to it and allow this voice to come through, it can help you to see beyond the negativity that has become a habit of mind.

Start by taking just one day to observe what goes on inside your head. Perform this observation without judgment. Be as objective as possible. When you speak negatively, whether aloud or in your mind, notice and affirm that you have noticed. As life coach Josha Grant likes to observe, “Isn’t that curious…”

Here’s an example. You get up in the morning and head for the shower. As you undress, you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. Your first reaction is “ugh, I’ve really got to hit the gym and lose those extra pounds.” Pause, and notice. Say to yourself, “Isn’t that curious, that I’m feeling bad about the way my physical body looks?” Be as objective as possible in the language you use to observe.

Don’t scold yourself for it, or try to change it. Simply pay attention.

When you begin this practice, devote an entire day to it. Set an intention for the process, such as “Today I notice my self-talk” or “For today, I am the observer of my mental chatter.” Remember that you are new to this way of being. There will be a learning curve. If you forget from time to time, simply bring yourself back to the moment when you do remember. Some people like to create a physical reminder, like post-it notes or a bracelet that you shift from one wrist to another each time you observe negative self-talk.

You can choose to keep track of your observations, or simply let them flow through your consciousness. If you enjoy journaling, write about your experience at the end of the day. If external processing is more your thing, choose a trusted friend and share how it went. Keep track of your observations in your own way. You might wish to expand your process of observation, continuing it for a few more days or even a week. Do what feels right to you.

NOTE: The above is an excerpt from my book Cultivating Self-Love: Your Path to Wholeness. I’m delighted to announce that as of this week, the book is available in paperback! Get your copy today, and welcome more self-love into your life. It also makes a great holiday gift for friends or family members. Blessings!

Inspiration for the Journey

Writing a novel in a month is, let me tell you, quite a journey. But no matter what projects you’re working on right now, you probably look for inspiration in other areas of your life. Everyone has their go-to music, or books, or TV shows when they’re looking to be inspired. Hopefully they change over time, and you find new things to motivate and/or relax you.

What, you don’t think relaxation and distraction are a part of the creative process? For me, they’re essential.

So, while I’m working on my newest novel, with the working title Patterns In the Void, here’s a list of some ways I’m finding inspiration.

What I’m listening to:

Shakey Graves “Dearly Departed” (featuring Esme Patterson). I’ve been hearing this tune on the radio and I absolutely love it! I didn’t even realize until just now, when I was looking for links to it, that the performers are so freaking adorable. Wow. Awesome.

Bat for Lashes, Two Suns. The whole album (apparently everything really is available on YouTube). Quester put the CD on one day when I was writing, and it just fits my story so well. So atmospheric -and creepy-in-a-good-way.

Radio Paradise. I enjoy hearing tunes I’ve never heard before mixed with classic stuff and obscure stuff and new releases and different genres. This is always a great mix.

Some other books on my "to read" shelf.

Some other books on my “to read” shelf.

What I’m reading:

Maeve Binchy, Chestnut Street. This is a collection of poignant, funny, and touching short stories, published after the author’s death. Her character-building is fantastic. She can give you a complex picture of a human being in just a few short pages. Really impressive.

Joel Zaslofsky, Experience Curating: How to Gain Focus, Increase Influence, and Simplify Your Life. I can’t possibly begin to explain this book. It’s lighting me up, though. Apparently I’m already a curator, and now I want to upgrade my systems. If you want to know what the heck this is about before getting the book, listen to this interview.

Alice Grove. It’s a new web comic by Jeph Jacques. Quester gets credit for this one, too. I’m not usually much of an online comic reader, but this is great.

What I’m watching:

SpiritScience. You know how I mentioned my novel has the word “patterns” in the title? Yep, sacred geometry plays a part in the tale. This series, SpiritScience, is not only hugely educational, but also fun to watch, thought-provoking, and inspiring. And I’m not normally much of a video-watcher, so that’s saying something.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Sci-fi, superheroes, and Joss Whedon? I can’t resist. I love the storytelling here as much as the cool powers and alien artifacts. It rocks.

Doctor Who. Believe it or not, I’m a new viewer. I’m only on season 2 (of the modern incarnation of the show). So no spoilers, please! You know who you are.

Extra credit:

My friend Brigid posted a cool question on her blog, and it intrigued me.

Her question: “The scene, an empty stage. The spotlight shines on you and you cannot see the audience. You are wearing a red sequined dress standing before a microphone. What song do you sing?”

After giving it some thought, my answer is “Mystery” by the Indigo Girls. I’m not really sure why – but perhaps it will tell you something about me.

Your turn! What are you enjoying for inspiration these days? Please share with us. I, for one, am always looking for new things to inspire me. Blessings!

A Little Extra Sunshine for Your Spirit

Here in the northern hemisphere, it’s late autumn. The leaves have fallen from the trees and Mother Nature is ready for her long winter’s nap. In the U.S., daylight savings time means that it now gets dark at 4:30 in the afternoon. Yeesh. I don’t know about you, but that can make me want to curl up under my blankets with a book and call it a day.

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If you have things to do and you can’t just hibernate every evening, then what do you do to uplift your energies? How do you keep going when the days are short and cold?

Here are some ideas from my own playbook. Please feel free to add yours in the comments section!

  • Treat yourself and your family to some cut flowers. They brighten up the house and remind you of warmer days.
  • Take your vitamins. I started my winter regime of vitamins C and D a couple of weeks ago. They boost my immune system and help avoid seasonal depression.
  • Cancel events. No, really. This is a good time of year to get some extra rest, to stay home and relax. Remember, saying no to social gatherings can mean saying yes to your own most cherished projects. Speaking of which…
  • Get creative. I don’t know about you, but when my external energies are low this time of year, sometimes my inner world expands. When you stay home, dive into a creative project that sounds like fun. Make some gifts for the upcoming holidays, write a book, or knit something cool.
  • Make soup. It will warm the body and nurture the soul. Think of your favorite kind, and make a big pot of it. If you have extra, freeze some for later meals.
  • Get moving. You may not be outside as much, unless you’re a fan of winter sports, but be sure to keep yourself in motion. My favorite thing to do in the winter is to put on some great music and dance around the kitchen. ElvenTiger often joins me and spins her practice poi or does some hula-hooping.
  • Check in with your larger goals. Late fall and winter are the perfect times to delve deeply into your soul’s purpose. Assess your progress with your biggest goals. How’s it been going over the past year? Have things shifted and changed? Maybe your goals need to be updated. Now’s the time to clear the slate and set new intentions.
  • Spruce up your nest. If you’re home more during this time, look around. Do you have some clutter to get rid of, things you no longer use? Is it time to change up your artwork? Beautify your space so you and your family can enjoy it during those long winter nights.
  • Go easy on yourself. This time of year can be hard. Cut yourself some slack. When you’re feeling low, carve out some time for solitude or time to spend with a close friend, whatever energizes you. Be gentle.