Monday, July 13, 2009

4 Weeks Ago Today

Wow. A lot has happened in my life lately. It's hard to believe that 4 weeks ago I was this pregnant!! I remember feeling so uncomfortable and so ready to meet this little baby of ours.

On June 15th I got my wish! Olivia Carol Powter was born at 8:07am in our home. I had a water birth and the experience was truly everything that I wanted it to be. Peaceful, gentle, calm and so completely natural.

Then, three days later we moved! I've promised myself to never do anything like that again. We've lived in chaos for the last few weeks complicated by the loss of our phone and internet services for two weeks. I can't lie-it's been crazy and overwhelming yet somehow we've gotten through it.

I'm bleary eyed as I write this. Nothing prepared me for how busy life would be with two little ones. I'm loving every minute of it AND still feel like if given the chance I could fall asleep for 10 years. My to do list is a mile long but I'm trying to be patient with myself. Getting this posting done is one thing I can tick off, next will be updating my website with new fall workshop and retreat dates--very exciting so check back to see what I've got planned.

I feel so lucky to have two amazing children and a very incredible husband. My goal is to try and get enough sleep and exercise so that I can resemble the woman that I know I am and not the sleep deprived crazy grouch that has sometimes shown her face! I also think that our household is about to become a lot more structured. I'll keep you posted on what it's like to be an WAHM (Work At Home Mom) with a two year old and a 4 week old. Yikes.

I also had the opportunity to write an article for Prema Sai's Wholistic Living Magazine, check out page 20. It's all about how to keep your relationship alive and thriving when you bring baby home--pass it along to anyone you know is pregnant and tell them to check out my workshop for expectant couples!

Thanks to everyone for the well wishes AND for beign so patient with me to get back to blogging. My goal is to be much more consistent so we'll see how things go.

Dream big. Imagine. Be inspired.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Register for This Weekend's Workshop

I am so excited for Saturday. If you haven't yet heard about this workshop click here for more info. There's still time to register and if you enter the coupon code "workshop25" you get $25 off the registration fee.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that my life is good. I can get caught up in the details of living and forget the overall big picture. I can find myself wishing for time to pass or for this or that thing to hurry up and show up which is totally NOT living in the moment or being connected to the present. I have to admit that I've felt s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d lately--both literally and figuratively. I'm 36 weeks pregnant and trust me, that involves a lot of stretching so that's the literal part. But figuratively speaking we're also "birthing" our new home with the major renovation project we took on with Rectangle Design (who we can't say enough amazing things about).

Everything is coming to completion soon and I'm getting anxious to see the final product but how does that take away from my experience in the moment? What am I missing out on?
My goal for the next two weeks is to be patient and connected and focused on just enjoying the process. What can you do to bring yourself more into the present? Give it a try.

Dream big. Imagine. Be inspired.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I love weekends!

We had a lot of fun around here this weekend!! We planted flowers and mowed the lawn and Jake got very good at watering the garden. How is it that two days can fly by so quickly?

Mat built us two raised garden beds this weekend. I've become a huge fan of the "Square Foot Gardening" concept. One box is 4ftX4ft and the other is 4ftX3ft which means we can potentially have 25 different crops of herbs, veggies and flowers AND they make it sound so easy. I'll keep you posted on how it goes. All I know is that there's nothing like home grown vegetables and I love the idea of growing our own produce in our backyard.
We already have a ton of rhubarb so I picked some today and by tomorrow night it will magically become strawberry rhubarb crumble--so good.

Dream big. Imagine. Be inspired.

Monday, May 18, 2009


The literal translation of incommunicado is that one is in a state or condition where one is unable or unwilling to communicate (adverb) OR a manner in which communication with outsiders is not possible for either voluntary or involuntary reasons, especially due to confinement or reclusiveness (adjective). Which one is true for me this past month? It's not that I'm unable or unwilling or confined but perhaps I have chosen to be a bit reclusive....? Maybe. With so much on the go I'm choosing to savor the quiet, non-busy moments which seem few and far between but they are there and I need them. I like them.

Check out this egg free chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe I found on! We tested it in our kitchen today and they're awesome. I think it's fantastic as who doesn't love to eat cookie dough? I know I do and Jake does too but I always worry about the fact that there's raw egg in the dough and we could get sick. Now I don't even need to think twice--yum.
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I love this photo!! Talk about a child's true ability to be gentle and generous and love themself. How great it would be if this was sustained throughout our entire life--what would be possible?

Dream big. Imagine. Be inspired.

Egg Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Check out this recipe I found on!

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Bunnies and Eggs.

Oh this was such a great long weekend!!! I got to spend it with my two most favorite people in the world and we just did FUN things like garden and bake and fill Easter eggs with goldfish and shreddies and then hide them. My life is good.

I had a really good conversation the other day about the whole concept of balance and whether it's possible and/or achievable and the key thing for me is fully recognizing that I'm in conscious control of what I do and do not do. That means I never feel like I have to do something, I'm not a victim of my circumstances, in fact I'm the CREATOR of my circumstances. For me this is freeing--I know that I've always got a choice and with each choice comes consequences (some positive, some negative) but I ultimately get to choose what I want to experience. That doesn't always make the moment I'm in easier but at least I have a reason for doing it!

This week is FULL--(again, that's the way I've created it), we've got places to go and people to see and errands to run. There is still space in my upcoming workshop this weekend for expectant couples so if you've been on the fence, sign up now!!! Tell me how you heard about it and get $25 off the registration-sweet deal!

Dream big. Imagine. Be inspired.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Balance, Life and Courage

BALANCE. This is a word I hear a lot in my business as everyone seems to be trying to achieve it and yet never feels like they're quite there yet. For me, balance is something that needs to be looked at in the overall big picture because trying to achieve it on a day-to-day just doesn't seem to fly on my end. Some days are super hectic, crazy busy and then others are slow and calm. Some months are crazier than others and it seems like it might just be that way with years too. We're in a crazy period right now and I'm Ok with it. I choose to be Ok with it. In fact, everything I've done has actually created my life to be this way right now--so really, I just have to laugh and go with the flow.

COURAGE. I love the boldness of nature. I love it when the buds start to form on the trees--they take a risk that there won't be anymore snow and they just go for it. It's like they know that if things don't work out this year then they'll just have to try again next year but it's worth trying. If you don't try things you don't get anywhere at all, there's no growth. I'm trying a lot of things right now and I've decided to stay curious about the outcome rather than attached to an expectation of how I hope things "might be". It feels safer that way.

Other news: If you're up and awake tomorrow morning check out Global am news @ 7:20am and Breakfast TV between 9-10am--I'll be on and speaking about the upcoming workshops I'm facilitating for expectant parents. Very fun.

Dream big. Imagine. Be inspired.