word of the year

5 steps to take now to make your new year a success

5 steps to take now to make your new year a success

In order to know what the new year needs to look like you first have to figure out what went on in the previous year, That is, you need to know what worked and what didn’t so you can plan effectively, Read on to get the 5 steps to take now to make your year a success.

Welcome 2019!

Welcome 2019!

All we ever have is right now....making choices for ourselves, for others, for the world we live in, one moment at a time. THIS is what I'm bringing into this new year. Making choices that, in the moment, are sound and make sense for my life where I am right now. Read on for how you can jumpstart your year.

What's your why (part 3-ish)

What's your why (part 3-ish)

It's when we allow space for ourselves to be more present that brilliant things are manifested, including your “Why?”..…that ever present piece of ourselves that informs all we do. How to find you why. Read on.

quit playing the catch-up game for good

Playing Catch Up

what do  you do when playing catch-up is not enough?  ....when the game of catch-up looks like a big gigantic rock rolling down a hill that suddenly begins to roll back up toward you?  totally not an impossible feeling, right?  what do you do?

    stop.                   breathe.               reassess.

stop the cycle.......take time for breath.......reassess the situation.

and you know what?  this is what i'm experiencing right now { what?  i'm not supposed to reveal my struggles??? }.  as i sat at my desk last week looking at my list of tasks i still needed to complete i knew something had to change.  every week i create my to-do lists. every day i pick at least 3 tasks to work on and ,invariably, by the end of the week my list looked like this.


see all those arrows *....that's carry over.  that's me playing catch up next week....again.  so i stopped, took a much needed deep breath and push my chair back.  i was outta there.

was it escape? yes.  did i need it?  yes.  i have been on the proverbial hamster wheel long enough trying to catch up each month on activities and creating content and admin and revamping and redesigning and being present online........... and yet still find myself caught out.

don't you hate that feeling, where no matter what you do it's....

just.  not.  enough. 

and truth be told......that's where i am.  i've got a got a few things going on, not able to give my full attention to any  and yet nothing gets completed.  it's bothering me enough that i've decided to take drastic measures { sometimes you just gotta do the BIG girl panties stuff and live with it! }

so i'm going underground.  don't worry, it's just for the month of april { as you have seen already with no posts on my blog yet }.  

i've been going, going, going, plus developing, filming and editing a new course for SPECTRUM { that beautiful holistic creative course with a vibe oh-so close to my heart starts in may by the way } plus also trying to ramp up my presence online  and, before i get to that space of overwhelm and burnout i've decided to stop.  take a breath.  reassess

playing catch-up

can be a dangerous game stepping back especially if your work is mainly seen online but sometimes you need to hit the pause button and take a step back.

what i'm aiming for with this pause is calmer days, a more focused presence and being able to get all my little ducks lined up much better

{ cause i'm quite ocd like that...i like things organized darn it! }.  

my word of the year is holding space....and that's exactly what my word of the year is about ....holding space.

but not to worry, i'll pop in every once in a while to say "hey y'all!" or "i'm still here people!" but, for the most part i'll be working behind the scenes lassoing that rock and rolling it down the hill to a great landing spot.

what could you do if you could hit the reset button?

let me know in the comments below how you stop playing the catchup game?

{ update: wordpress is def playing a game with me.  was brought to my attention that you won't be able to leave a comment { bummer! } but i still want to hear from you sosend me an emailinstead and let's talk. thanks! }

toodles, G

p.s.  next week on the blog i'll have one more spot to giveaway in the SPECTRUM holistic creative workshop that starts may 2nd. Look for that post soon!

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*  to keep me on task i use a bullet journal in a midori traveler's notebook.  these days i stitch my own notebooks to use in my midori.  one of those tasks that has me going underground is that i'm stitching up new notebooks that will be added to my shop soon.

p.p.s.  want more info about the bullet journal...find out more about them here.

new year resolutions again?  wait, there's another way. 

so rather than feeling guilt and shame for the rest of the year because i've failed yet again, i started implementing christine kane's WORD OF THE YEAR { woty }.  what a flipping difference to how my year shows up for me, my life, my business for those 12 months!

Choosing a word of the year is your best bet to manifesting your dreams and goals
— Grace

my woty for 2015 was E X P A N D .  it took its time making itself known { didn't really solidify till feb of last year...i mean seriously right! } but once it showed up it was game on.  it made so much sense in one respect in that our family had already decided to do one BIG expansion ... move from charlotte, nc to portland, oregon this past summer.

yeh, let’s hear it for BIG moves baby!

E X P A N D also meant something to me and my husband, moving from the rut we found ourselves digging thru for the last few years in our marriage to something better and more fulfilling for both of us { next year we will be celebrating our silver anniversary.  booyah! }

E X P A N D was also a catalyst for me in business.  the previous year i took a 10 month long business course that helped me implement ways to be more visible as a creative in business { financially not so much yet but creating a presence online was key } so much so that, without going after it, i was asked to be an instructor in one of the big online class.  so blown away that i opened the email, read the 1t few lines and immediately closed it cause i couldn't believe what i was reading { can i say booyah! again and not be redundant?  ha!}

E X P A N D, on a personal front,  was very freeing for me.  my tendency has always been to hang in the background.  i rarely stepped out beyond my own shadow to shine my own light, but that changed.  i opened the door and things began to manifest themselves, something i hope to encourage others to do in the new new year.

so that brings me to this year, 2016.  my word of the year is...


yeh, i know, it's a phrase but it is what kept showing up this last month of december { which is a bit late as well cause it usually starts making itself known around sep/oct }.

even as i write it my woty, it calms me as i take a deep breath inhaling its essence and all that it means for me for the new year. 



fall reflections :: my words-of-the-year check in

fall reflection 2

wrapped up in all things selling house, preparing, packing, saying goodbye, moving cross country, i completely forgot my mid yearly ritual of checking in on my word of the year { *woty }.

{ E X P A N D }

how did it fare these last 8 months.  boy did i expand on my word { pun intended, lol }.  we are 6 weeks in to our move to the pacific northwest and we are loving the change.

i found that in the last few weeks of life in north cackilackie { as north carolinians  sometimes call it } that, amidst the chaos of moving, i had to remind myself to slow down and take in each of those last days.  after all, we did spend almost 23 years calling it home.  since march of this it's been a whirlwind of planning and activity and sometimes, as you know, taking time to reflect can sometimes be forgotten in the hustle and bustle of life.

{ 2 things }

every year i do 2 things:  i write about my woty*, explaining why it chose me and how i think i'll move forward with it and i do a 6 month check-in.

this year i did not write a blog post about the word i chose, a practice i usually tackle at the beginning of the year to herald in my word, so i have nothing really to look back on for comparison.  and you may have noticed......it's way past the 6 month mark for a check-in.

i do remember in late january time, that my word E X P A N D  felt very BIG, expansive and almost illusive.  

maybe somehow, more subconsciously most likely, i knew that my word was more about the life events that were to come than about experiencing a personal, growth/expansion.  

i remember not being sure that it was the right word for me and adding in a minor word...thrive, just in case.   however, over the months, my word has popped up in my mind as a means of focus, and been trailing after me, reminding me in touchstone moments that it's still there, guiding me.

so for today's FALL REFLECTION i chose to sit quietly for a few minutes, like i usually do, to give myself time to breath in and feel the thoughts swirling around my woty.

as i sit here, doing some deep breathing and ruminating over the word  E X P A N D, in my mind a big field that stretches for miles and miles and miles fills my view.

it reaches so far that i cannot se what's on the other side.  but as i slowly move forward  not know what i will encounter, a slow smile reaches my face.  questions or concerns have not yet arisen.  maybe none really exist.  how bout that?

i reach deeper and deeper into this picture and look right and left and see my family surrounding me, laughing and joking as we always do when we're on a travel adventure, the kids happily teasing each other; cooper {#coopthedog} following closely behind us, sniffing the air for danger {nah...most likely for food, ha!} as we walk into our new life.

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  • who knew that last year when this word chose me take it would take me on a journey so far reaching, so full of opportunities and risk while at the same time be so settling for my heart.
  • who knew that me suggesting we up and move our family that my hubby would not hesitate to say yes { i kid you not! }
  • who knew that a city could so enthrall us all so equally and capture our hearts so completely.
  • who knew that my whole family would take on my word E X P A N D so fully as if it had chosen them as well.
  • wh o knew indeed.

this word had come lightly into my life at first and did what only it could do.....expand my thinking, expand my world, expand my way of life, expand the reach we thought we could reach.

on to new adventures,