I live in a 200-year old house atop a hill in rural New Hampshire with the loves of my life — my husband, Lee and our two kids, Tucker and Andie. This is the 4th old house we’ve renovated, and I can’t imagine ever living in a place that doesn’t have crooked door frames and slanted floors.
One of the activities I love to do with my clients is help them create a list of what they love. It’s deeply nourishing and takes you on a self-exploration journey to bring light to all that is magical in your life!
Here is my “love list” ~
I love thrift shops and farm stands. I love cooking with whole, organic foods (but if I’m ever stuck on a desert island, I’d love potato chips, French onion dip, and an endless supply of Corona – they have those things on desert islands, right?)
I love home decorating shows, finding bargains on clearance racks, and white slip-covered furniture.
I’m completely into alternative therapies and love acoustic guitar, female memoir writers, and my trusty old white MacBook. I love the sound of freshly sharpened pencils scratching across the page. I love romantic comedies, watching Sunday afternoon football with my family around me, and our little local independent movie theater.
My daily walks in the woods with our pooch, Georgie Girl are my meditation and if my husband would let me, I’d have more dogs, a flock of chickens, miniature donkeys, and maybe a few sheep. But even though hubby won’t agree, I’m crazy about him anyway and treasure our date nights sitting side by side at the bar of our favorite restaurant sipping margaritas and talking about our lives, goals and future adventures.
How My Calling Became My Work
When my kids were born, I knew my greatest teachers had arrived. I still continue to learn from them both every day. And yet, despite being the amazing teachers they are, somewhere along the way… I completely surrendered my whole self — body, mind, and spirit — into their lives. I forgot who I was, what I loved, and what I wanted to do in my life. Since that realization, I have been on a journey to unwind my life from theirs and remember, discover, and reawaken what I love.
Maybe you feel a bit like this too?
It’s so easy to lose ourselves, right? Whether it’s taking care of kids, work, extended family, friends, community…we put other’s needs before our own and eventually we reach a point where we don’t have a whole lot left to give.
Through this process of my own discovery and witnessing it in the lives of my clients, I’ve come to understand that by meeting our own needs, in taking care of ourselves first and giving to ourselves without feeling guilt, we are best able to show up for our family, work, friends and the rest of the world.
Are you ready to discover and bring more of what you love into your life?
And yet, amazing teachers that they are, somewhere along the line, I so completely surrendered my whole self — body, mind and spirit — into their lives, that forgot who I was, what I loved, and what I wanted to do with my life. Since coming to that realization, I’ve been going about the amazing process of unwinding my life from theirs and remembering and discovering what I love.
Parenting is certainly a process, and it’s through this process I’ve come to understand that in meeting our own needs, taking care of ourselves first and giving to ourselves without feeling guilty about it, we are best able to show up for our children and the rest of the world.