As the frantic whirlwind continues – at least for those of us who still have wrapping and preparations to do – here’s a helpful quote to try and keep things in balance:
“Just do your best to keep yourself in balance. One of the first things that causes Energy misalignment, is asking or demanding too much of yourself in terms of time and effort. In other words, you just cannot burn the candle at both ends, so that you are physically tired, and then expect yourself to have a cheerful attitude. So, the rule of thumb has to be: “I’m going to be very, very, very happy, and then do everything I have time to do after that.”
Have a peaceful, joyful holiday!
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I’ve toyed with doing a post on this book for awhile, but put it off, thinking that by now, everybody has already read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. Still, the buzz continues, so here goes:
Almost everyone wants a more beautiful, peaceful, organized home. But trying to wrestle organization out of an overabundance of stuff can fail us; no matter what we do, the mess returns, seeming to have a life of its own. Reshuffling, buying organizers, and trying to make our surroundings behave will never work unless we take control. Here are 7 things you need to think about before tackling your environment. Keep them in mind to help carry you through – all the way to a space in which you can breathe.
If you have a to-do list, and are feeling energetic, January is a time of putting things to rights. But if you are feeling tired and a bit let-down after the holidays, treating yourself kindly is the first order of business. And the best place to start is by creating simple comforts in your home. Continue reading
The start of a new year, with it’s 365 unspoiled days ahead, is ripe with potential. And the thought that, finally, this year will be perfect.
Part of creating a more peaceful home is creating an ambience that supports the mood we’d love to create. Music is a deeply personal expression of individual taste, but it’s also a means of human connection. When you listen to and love a song, you are connected to the singer, to yourself, and to other listeners. They may not be physically near you, but there is a sharing.
I love this beautiful, intimate version of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Canadian singer Sarah McLaughlin. As the Christmas preparation time winds down, with the celebration itself just around the corner, I hope you’ll enjoy it with me, no matter where you are.
In a recent post I fantasized about running away to the tropics to skip the overwhelming materialism of Christmas. But perhaps what I really need is a dose of restorative Christmas magic. And what city is the most magical on earth? Paris.