• being human,  embodiment,  reading,  writing

    2021 Reading Goal

    Yesterday I wrote about my goals for 2021 and one of my biggest ones is to read more books. Specifically, my goal is to read 108 books. I have set this goal for myself every year—reading more, not 108–this is the most ever. With my intention to lessen social media (and a pretty good follow through so far), I am making excellent progress. Everyday reading is becoming a habit. I have read ten books in full so far and I have five that I’ll be reading throughout 2021. Each month I plan to list the books I’ve read. Below are the year-long books on my shelf: The Book of Awakening: Mark Nepo Do Something Beautiful for God: thoughts from Mother Teresa Radiance Sutras: Lorin Roche The Cloud of Unknowing: Unknown A Calendar of Wisdom: Leo Tolstoy I will list the other ten (and any others I read by January 31st) at the end of the month. So far, these are all books I own, either in print or digitally. I just sold a huge box of books to the Paperback Exchange in Lancaster and I plan to start buying second hand or borrowing from the library. I have five other boxes in my basement I…

  • being human,  embodiment,  reading,  writing

    Goals for a New Year

    For many years now I have set personal and professional goals at the beginning of each year. I did so again this year but they look much different from years’ past. I have ALWAYS had something to prove, the result of a not-enoughness mindset. Thankfully much of my life’s inner work has been about seeing/understanding not-enoughness, the insideous ways it shows itself, and dismantling its ugly manifestations. I never would have had the courage to publish Love Letters for the Soul without doing so. I don’t have to be the best at anything. I only have to be myself. So while I still think it’s important to set goals and work toward them, my stance has softened. To me, life has shifted from acheiving goals at some far-off date to paying greater attention to how I’m living today. My goals for this year are much more internal than external (well, except for a few … ) They may shift over time and that’s okay. As of today, here is my short list: Everyday presence, being fully connected to life, embodying it Everyday movement Spending time outside most days, even when it’s colder than I’d like Respecting and living within the seasons—of the year and my…

  • being human,  embodiment,  writing

    Optimistic Energy

    Optimistic energy attracts all good things because it believes those things are already on their way. In fact they are. Optimistic energy is a felt sensation in the body as much as it is a mindset (maybe more). Optimistic energy is expansive and contagious. Optimistic energy comes directly from spirit. Optimistic energy must stay present to itself in order to attract more optimistic energy. Optimistic energy sees the good in all. Even the ugly. Optimistic energy is a byproduct of love. Optimistic energy is the opposite of fear. . . . Fear is unbelief. Fear is a belief in lack. Fear is lack, not-enoughness, ego, limitation, reaction, a lack of love. Fear stops us from being our best selves, living our best lives. Fear has a felt sense too. It is different for everyone but there is always constriction in fear. . . . Please reread each section above, perhaps starting with fear then finishing with optimistic energy. Feel the words and the vibration in your body. Reread optimistic energy as many times as you need to and then go in peace, in optimistic energy throughout your day. Photo by Seth Doyle on Unsplash

  • being human,  embodiment,  writing

    An Invitation

    I find myself in a place I know well—a place of seeking less, a place of letting go, a place of learning to simplify. It’s a place I know well because I return to it regularly, mostly because I forget along the way. Life, it seems to me, is a series of forgetting and remembering—even some of our core qualities, the essence of who we are and who we want to be in the world. In my life I’ve had major periods of growth as well as stretches of lifeless living—periods of time where I’ve been completely disconnected from who I am and where I’m going. Life changes all the time but while some of the change is initiated from within, from a knowing place, other times it is unconscious. I’m pretty sure I’m in a period of being fully (mostly) connected to life and spirit which, perhaps, explains why I KNOW where I want to go without knowing with my brain. It is in my body—in my bones and in my breath. And the place I want to go isn’t a place at all; it’s a state of being; it’s an attunement to the aliveness that is already here. But first: Letting go. Surrendering.…

  • being human,  writing

    Learning to Wait

    I am learning to wait, hopefully patiently. For the majority of my adult life I have pushed and strived and made things happen. I have set goals and conquered them. But I’m in a different place now, a place quite unfamiliar to me. I am in a place of quiet anticipation. I am teaching myself to wait. Sounds simple enough, right? Sure, yeah—no, it doesn’t feel simple at all. In this waiting period, I am noticing my compulsions and tendencies. I am noticing how much mindless scrolling I do as well as the tendency to pick up my phone for …. something, but what? I do not know. I just announced a break from social media today, something I’ve been thinking about for a while but have not had the courage to do. And how crazy is that? It literally feels like it is taking a great deal of courage to stop. It actually feels scary. I am trying to identify why and the best that I can come up with is that it is important to me that I connect with people and that in some small way I remain relevant. But that is a trap—all of us are relevant in our human-ness; our…

  • being human,  embodiment,  writing

    Writing for Peace; Writing for Posterity

    I have been proving my existence through the written word for as long as I can remember—keeping diaries, journals, common place books, writing lists, poems, letters and more. It’s a deep need and desire within me and yet I cannot fully express the why of it, except that it brings me peace. But there is more to it than that. I wish I was one of those people who just lived and didn’t question my why’s, but if that was the case, I wouldn’t be me. And damn it, I love me now, finally, so I will learn to love that this is the way God made me. I really questioned my why of writing after my mom’s passing. It grew to an ever deeper need in the weeks, months and years following her earthly exit as I realized I had no words of hers to ponder. It saddened me and made me think of the legacy I’m leaving for my loved ones. The writing in those days were also therapeutic and helped me sort out the jumbled mess of my mind. I revealed and healed deep wounds, childhood and ancestral trauma and many misbeliefs that were lodged in my brain. Slowly I became a…

  • being human,  embodiment,  studio sage,  writing

    New Moon Intentions

    I have set new moon intentions every month for many years now, but they look much different these days: there are fewer and they are smaller, more embodied, life-giving intentions instead of goals. Here are my intentions for the month ahead as we enter winter solstice: THEME: Do Small Things with Great Love. INTENTIONS: Everyday presence. Fully connecting with my life. Embodying it. Movement. Outside. A grounded sense of calm. Non-profit research and knowledge for The Studio Sage. Yay! (This is my one big goal for the month.) Daily spiritual reading. Respect the season: daily quietude, lots of sleep, less screen time, more reading, slow yoga, conscious breath, staying home and cooking more. What about you? Do you set monthly new moon intentions? Happy Season of Yin, y’all. Time to go within. Be still. I’m here for it!

  • being human,  embodiment,  studio sage

    It All Starts with a Wish

    It all starts with a wish, but it becomes more than a wish with some will; that will turns into a specific intention, and goals set it physically into motion. I am in awe of the human will to create, and I’ve been lucky (privileged) enough to do a lot of creating in my lifetime. I’ve come to see that I create because I HAVE to. It’s a deep primal force that I cannot explain. It has also become abundantly clear to me that I must give back in some way. THE SHORT BACKSTORY: I started sewing again about a year ago. Learning to sew with my grandma as a child, the art was a tactile link to my past, a deep need to return to my roots. I simply couldn’t stop creating once I started. But while it quickly turned into a passion, I grew discontent at the money I was spending at the fabric store … so I started thrifting for fabric. I also began to research the incredible amount of waste produced by the clothing industry and my passion grew deeper: thrift, then flip the item into something I’d like to wear or carry. The more I got into it, the more…

  • studio sage,  writing

    Undefined

    I am undefinable. And so are you. What I am thinking about today is who I am, who I’ve been and who I’m becoming. I’ve had a lot of “flashbacks” lately — no, not the drug tripping flashbacks you might think of if you grew up in the sixties, seventies and eighties. I am simply having memory flashbacks of my younger years. I’m pretty sure it’s normal as we go through life. We look back, reminisce, obsess over mistakes and eventually integrate it all into our totality. So undefined? The change that inevitably happens in life. I’ve put myself into boxes and categories for years and I’ve moved out of many of those boxes in the last few years. Lots of things changed when my mom passed and our only child moved out of the home. I reevaluated what was important. I made changes based on those evaluations and I continue to do so as time moves along. I think a lot of people are afraid to make change. I think some people expect themselves and others to stay the same, but that is not for me. I like change. I thrive on growth and I accept new ideas, endeavors and challenges with open arms.…

  • writing

    Commonplace Journal Inspiration

    As I was organizing files today, I came across a little info book I put together last year around this time. I read through it and decided I’d share it with you. As a longtime commonplace book keeper, here I provide a number of ideas for keeping your own. Download the guide here. Enjoy! Do you keep a commonplace book? If so, please tell me in the comments, and tell me what you keep in yours!

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