Monday, February 20, 2017

Ten Things

The beginning of last week had us shoveling out from lots of snow. It was a lot of work, but also provided lots of beauty. I walked around the yard with my camera, snapping photos of last summer's flowers covered in snow. So pretty.

Four days later we were enjoying sunshine, blue skies, and spring like temperatures. It happens this time of year, the huge shift in weather, and let me tell you it certainly puts a spring in your step, and fills you up.  The skies this weekend were beautiful shades of blue, the sun warmed my cheeks and my soul, and the's melting!

We have entered into the stage of sleepovers in our home. My little man's best bud has been sleeping over quite a bit the last month. The first time was a "storm stay". She came for our homeschool day, and the weather made it impossible to get her home, so she spent the night. Since then two more sleepovers have happened, and I'm pretty sure the two of them have more planned. It's another one of those bittersweet milestones.

On Friday evening I gathered with some close friends to host a blessingway for another friend. It was beautiful. We shared poetry and quotes, adding them to a journal the mama to be can look through as she awaits the arrival of her little one, we all made braided bracelets that we will wear until we hear word that her baby has arrived...a small way of connecting us all and a continual reminder to send her love and support, and we each brought stones and crystals and created a birthing bracelet for her. Then we ate, chatted, and the mama to be received a chiropractic adjustment and a foot massage (thank goodness for chiropractics and massage therapists in our beautiful tribe of women). It was a special evening, and I know the mama to be felt loved and supported.

I have shared my morning yoga and meditation rituals on the blog before, and this ritual continues to be a grounding and centering way to begin my day. I am finding the longer I continue this ritual the deeper I connect to myself. Most mornings after my yoga and mediation I settle in to listen to a podcast, something to inspire me, and guide me on my continual journey of growth. Two mornings a week though I tune into my studies....yes I am a student again, taking an online course through Journey of Young Women. I am working towards a certificate to mentor young girls, helping to guide and support them as they transition from childhood to young womanhood. It is something I feel very strongly pulled to do, and I look forward to seeing where it takes me.

I have jumped on the essential oil bandwagon, and I am in love. Young Living essential oils are amazing, and every day I am learning a little more about just how powerful these oils are. I have used some of their products, most notably thieves oil, over the years, and now with more oils in my life I am finding new ways to support the health and well being of my little man and myself with these magical oils.

The last few months has brought some new people into my life, people I am getting to know better, and am happy to call friends. Some have come through my work, some through friends of friends, and it feels so good to welcome new people into my life, people who bring a sense of joy and abundance to my life.

My little man and I are getting ready for the beach!!! Yes, we are beach bound again this winter, off to visit my parents. It's our annual trip south, and one we are both looking forward to. This will be our fifth year traveling south and it seems my body and soul now crave this trip...both are aching to be on the beach, to hear the ocean waves crash against the shore, to breath in the salty ocean air. You can be sure there will be a post or two from the beach once we get there.

Summer planning has begun around here. First up, summer camp. I am putting the final touches on my plans for summer camp and will be posting information over at Life at Nature's Pace in the next few weeks. There has already been a lot of interest, and registrations are coming in. So much interest in fact that I have hired someone to help me out. It was exciting to have so much interest so early, but to be hiring my first employee, well that is super exciting. I mentioned abundance in my last post...this is just a small amount of the abundance that has been coming my way. So grateful.

With the start of summer camp planning also comes garden planning. I am looking through seeds, putting together seeds orders, and making plans for the summer garden. I can't wait to get my hands in the dirt.

Wishing you a beautiful start to your week, my friends.


  1. how fun that you are a student again :) I had a feeling that your beach trip was around the corner. You are going to have so. much. fun.

    1. It is fun, exciting and soul filling. I love being a student, and this course is amazing!

      We are here now, arrived last night, and we are having a great time.

  2. oh, how i love a "ten things" post... such a nice way for a quick catch up. i absolutely love these things happening in your world. your morning ritual sounds amazing. summer planning... sigh... what a wonderful thing to think about. i feel a bit warmer just reading your summer plans... thank you :)

    1. Aw, thanks my friend. My world is full of abundance right now, and I am doing my best to ride the wave and soak it all up.

  3. I always love your posts and I have missed them a lot all this time I have been away from blogland, so happy to be back :)
    I am a massage therapist by the way and once we are more settled gonna try and get more specialized on women stuff I feel very pulled to it, any way. .. enjoy your time.
    Lots of love
    Luisa xoxo

    1. You are so sweet my friend. I am so happy you are back and writing again, I love visiting your space.

      That sounds just lovely. I have a feeling you would be well suited to specialization in that area :)

      Much love right back to you. xoxo

  4. dear dear Kim, I'm so happy to take a moment to come back here and read your post. Your project on accompanying girls to young women is just amazingly interesting… With Issa we are always thinking of Reece and you and each time it gives us a big smile, I hope I can convince Issa to take time to write again… Sending you a lot of love from our mountains ...

    1. Hello there, my very dear friend...oh how I have missed you. Thank you for stopping in, for saying hello, and just being you. I think of you often, and wonder how things are in your world. We have fallen off the letter writing a bit here, it somehow got lost in the shuffle of daily life as a single mama. Let's see if we can get the boys reconnected, I know Reece would love it. We are away right now, but when we get home he will write a letter and get it sent off to Issa.

      Big hugs my friend and much love to you, and your family. xo

  5. I love youreading "ten things" posts, glad to see it again! Well, I'm always amazed by our similarities... we have just this year entered the sleep-over years as well. And I love young living oils. I started off with Thieves years ago too (still my favorite). Just diffused Frankincense today and Sleepize tonight for my daughter. Visited their farm in Utah when I traveled through there at Thanksgiving. Gorgeous!AND as we move towards spring and start to warm up, I've also been planning for spring horse camps-and reassessing where I'm at with "barnraised" and prioritizing. Looking forward to hearing more about the Journey of Young Women !

    1. I love writing these posts, allows me to focus on ten good things happening in my world, and share them with you :)

      It never ceases to amaze me how much we have in common Jen. I so hope one day we might get the chance to sit and have a cup of tea, or two, together. I think we would end up chatting a day and night away and still have more to chat about. One day.....