do you read the blog and then wish we could just sit down together in person, chat, and dig in a little deeper? or are you just dying for a deeper feeling of solidarity & understanding of mental illness, deconstructing, personal identity, or all-encompassing wholeness?
well, you’re in luck… because you can bring me to you!
every event is interactive and gentle. I always start by sharing my own story & experiences, before looking deep into the issues that plague us all. these are difficult topics of great importance, so come with the knowledge that there may be triggering moments, though I attempt to minimize them as much as possible. there are always opportunities & specific times set aside during the event for reflection and hands-on processing in a variety of ways.
yup, I can come speak to you & your friends. I’ve got a few different types of things I offer:
a 2-hour interactive talk on mental illness, personal identity, or sexuality
an 8-hour interactive mini series on any topic listed below
an evening + full day series on any topic listed below
I can also come speak in conjunction with another event you have planned
how to recognize it, get help, and live a more full & free life, not in spite of, but because of your intimate battle with mental illness
what does it mean to be human? why are we all so deeply wounded? how can we ever become whole again?
live wholeness journey
we look at the 8 facets of wholeness & how to foster healing habits that promote this wholeness in our everyday lives
we’ve all believed destructive things at one point or another- and all of our stories are both different and yet the same. we will talk about the grief process of disillusionment, and how to study what you believe, in order to come to a healthy understanding of what it looks like to rebuild a theology that is an intimate connection between you and Divine Love.
we work through the painful entanglements of false purity culture, abuse, victim blaming, and the modesty trap.
get in touch with yourself & with Divine Love- mind, body, and soul -by using your body to mirror the posture of your heart. learn how Jesus used yoga to do lots of healing in me, from the inside-out!
**live wholeness journey & deconstructing topics cannot be chosen for single evening events**
fill out the form below to bring me to you! and let the healing begin ❤
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I know I talk a lot about self care on here, and I also know how difficult it can be to either just start (I see you, fellow procrastinator) , or to continue a habit instead of relying on emotional bursts of self-care.
so I thought I’d share with you some incredibly practical, one-time things you can do, that will have a long-term effect inspiring enough to keep you on track.
3 POWERFUL PRACTICAL WAYS TO INSPIRE HABITUAL SELF CARE Continue reading “3 POWERFUL & PRACTICAL WAYS TO INSPIRE HABITUAL SELF-CARE”
I know it isn’t quite february yet, but here’s your personal preparation 😉
self care goodness, intentional acts of kindness, valuing what’s really important, and eating discount chocolate… that’s what should really be happening on valentine’s, am I right?!
even as a married gal, I tend to get valentine’s overwhelm by the amount of romance I’m supposedly supposed to be generating for myself and my man. let’s keep it sweet & simple this year, with an epic countdown that doesn’t care if you’re married, blissfully engaged, new to a relationship, or cuddling with your ten kittens. 😀
so, for the love of all that’s sane & lovely… let’s rock this v-day with tons of generosity, kindness, and actions that make the world a better place.
DAY 1 : buy coffee for the person behind you at starbucks.
DAY 2: treat yourself to some simple self-care (like painting your nails or taking a bubble bath).
DAY 3: don’t say anything negative on social media- only be encouraging.
DAY 4: take a friend out to lunch.
DAY 5: send your mom, sister, friend, or spouse a bouquet of flowers.
DAY 6: go out for your favorite dinner, and give the waitress or waiter a really awesome tip.
DAY 7: write small, encouraging or kind words on strips of pink & red paper, and leave them in public places for strangers to find ❤
DAY 8: make a mini poster of all your favorite verses & quotes about love on a piece of computer or construction paper.
DAY 9: buy your favorite valentine’s candy and share with a friend or SO… or keep it to yourself 😉
DAY 10: watch a cheesy chick flick & play this themed bingo game. add wine and cheese because yum.
DAY 11: meditate on the so not passive nature of Jesus-love. then go share the love!
DAY 12: throw a Galentine’s Day party for all your girls.
DAY 13: mail a hand-written letter to a friend or loved one.
DAY 14: treat yourself to your favorite coffee, wear your favorite outfit, and make a point to love each and every person you come into contact with today… including yourself. ❤
happy valentine’s, lovelies!!
much, much love
aaaaand a show of hands for everyone who starts off the new year completely goal-crazed, wild-eyed, over-committed, and caffeine-fueled? and what about that resolution overwhelm?
you too? yup. that’s about right. I knew I couldn’t be the only one. 😉
well, this year I’m doing things a bit differently.
if you read this blog post, (if you haven’t… read it now ’cause you’re missing out, babe!) you’ll already know I’ve forgone resolutions, goals, and all the chaos that comes with them, and instead opted for an ultra-simple system that focuses on wholeness and staying true to who I am discovering myself to be & what I most need and desire out of life.
aka: no stress, all becoming. sounds just about divine, right?!
so, to celebrate my cutting of ties to the chaos that binds us this time of year, I’ve decided to host a really awesome mini online course for you all to kick off your 2017 in freedom and wholeness!
it’s called “ABC’s of the full & beautiful life”, and it’s a 26-day journey (starting January 2nd!), each day introducing a new word, designed to help inspire a more whole YOU, which corresponds to the next letter in the alphabet.
it’s for you if:
~ you really want to pick your #oneword365 but can’t decide what word is best for you OR
~ you don’t know what 2017 will hold, or how you want to enter it, but you need a bit of gentle direction while you decide OR
~ you just want more untidy grace in your life OR
~ you’re craving community with people who are trying to figure out this whole life and transition and new year thing OR
~ you need some structure OR
~ you need some inspiration
(or all of the above!)
Continue reading “THE FULL & BEAUTIFUL LIFE // A FREE E-COURSE!”
this is a post that I’ve been really excited to share for quite some time now… even though I wasn’t entirely sure what it would look like 🙂
while it’s never been a public thing for me, and not something I chose to share on the blog, I’ve practiced this idea of having a single word to guide and represent my year for the past couple of years.
I love #oneword365 and the way that they really rally around and create tribe in a beautiful, holistic way for those trying to live their words! so, if this is something you find yourself really connecting to by the end of this post, definitely click here and go give ’em a visit. (this isn’t sponsored- I just really love these peeps!)
here’s the idea: instead of creating a list of things to do, or to not do, in the new year (which are pretty much either abandoned or causing you to pull your hair out by the time march rolls around), you just find one, solitary word that resonates with your soul, and you choose that as your battle-cry and banner for the coming year. or, more accurately, it chooses you; or that’s what it feels like. more often than not, the word you’ve been running from is the word you need. (don’tcha hate that?)
I’ve been searching for my word for almost three months. and even though I’ve pretty much known it since the beginning, it took me until the end of the creative retreat I did at the beginning of this week (more on that later!) to fully embrace it and own it.
it’s time. no more messing around. it’s my word that’s been given to me, and I’m running with it, clinging to it, breathing it in and becoming more comfortable with it in my life. Continue reading “I DON’T DO RESOLUTIONS // MY #ONEWORD365 FOR 2017”
some christmases are perfect.
they’re perfectly sprinkled with tinsel and giggles, your present-wrapping game looks like something out of a magazine, everyone somehow gets along, your dinner turns out better than you expected, the house magically stays clean…
some christmases… aren’t.
sometimes Christmas eve looks like your pregnant self having contractions and pain all day, a half-dead tree because you cut it down before thanksgiving, pajamas you forgot to put in the wash, a present or two still unwrapped, and meat for your favorite traditional Christmas eve dinner left out of the fridge leaving you to scavenge at Walgreens because it’s the only place still open at 8pm.
sometimes Christmas eve dinner is mozarella sticks and doritos instead of beef stew.
sometimes it’s giggling on the sofa in sweatpants because your husband’s adrenaline is still so high from putting on the Christmas eve service.
sometimes it’s all the things you didn’t see coming.
if that’s you, you’re in good company.
WE are in good company.
because Jesus was everything we didn’t see coming.
God with us.
God for us.
the dare to hope.
the un-hoped-for goodness.
so often all the good things are all the things we never saw coming.
all the things wrapped in messiness.
all the things we have to travel through wondering in order to receive.
embrace the messy, okay? ❤
as 2016 comes to a close, and we get ready for 2017 to make her grand debut, I thought it would be fun to take a little trip down memory lane, and revisit all the blog posts from this year that were YOUR favorites ❤
this is a little countdown of the 10 posts that were the most-viewed from 2016, in the order of least views to most views (there are a couple of exceptions, as I didn’t include any photography or business-themed posts).
THANK YOU for all of the love you have poured into this little corner of the interwebs ❤ your encouragement, comments, and sweet emails & messages have made my days brighter and my heart lighter. you are why I write, friends.
are you ready?!
I am! 🙂
here are the 10 MOST-LOVED BLOG POSTS OF 2016
enjoy browsing through the highlights of this year on the blog ❤
I love Christmas (big surprise, huh?).
I love this time of year.
I love the first snow, the giant scarves, the holiday drinks from Starbucks, the music spattered with the sound of jingling bells, and the homey crackling of a good fire.
I love finding the perfect gift, decking out my home, spending lots of quality time with my husband, and embracing all my favorite traditions.
but, this holiday season is also crazy-insane-super-intensely-stressful. am I right?!
between the awful colds & coughs getting passed around, trying to coordinate holiday plans with family, trying to stay within budget for all those gifts, fighting through the crazy traffic, dealing with the less-than-friendly/understanding family and friends you haven’t seen since last year’s chaos-fest, and who-knows-what-else, it can get to be a little much.
and in my experience, the dashing of dreams always happens when the real life thing doesn’t quite match up to the dazzling picture I had in my head.
if you’re anything like me, you and I gotta find a way to cope.
5 HEALTHY WAYS TO DEAL WITH THE HOLIDAY STRESS Continue reading “5 HEALTHY WAYS TO COPE WITH HOLIDAY STRESS”
(sorry to startle you)
it’s been a while since I gave you all a freebie, and in the spirit of Christmas being less than two weeks away (okay, but really, how did that even happen?!) I thought this would be the perfect time to share these ultra-adorable printable Christmas gift tags.
I might be biased, but I can’t handle the cuteness, y’all. real talk: I totally giggled the whole time I was making them! 🙂
from the most sentimental ELF movie reference, to a sarcastic remark for that one person you always struggle to buy for, to a simple “merry Christmas!”, I think you’ll find that there’s a little something fun in these tags to label everyone’s gift!
this one is totally going on my husband’s gift:
Continue reading “FREE PRINTABLE // CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS”