Fall Workshop Series :: Mindful Style Now Enrolling!

Hello my lovelies! I've been in a bit of a creative cave this summer, dreaming and creating the Fall Workshop Series...and now it's officially open for enrollment. The first in the series is Mindful Style: a 3-week journey into the heart and soul of style, which will beginning in just a few short weeks on September 19! Mindful Style is about getting beyond the surface of style, down to the really good stuff: rich, soul-deep, meaningful style. During our three weeks together, you will be unearthing, refining, and defining your personal sense of style, and discovering how to apply that to your home and wardrobe in an authentic way.

Mindful Style: A 3-Week Journey into the Heart and Soul of Style, September 19 - October 7

This course is one I actually dreamed up around the same time I was working on Mindful Clutter Clearing, but I knew it needed to simmer a bit more to make it as wonderfully juicy and inspiring as possible...and I hope that it is! Get creative with inspiration dates and mood boards, download a workbook & journal packed with reflection questions and prompts, and connect with one another in a (totally optional) private Facebook group. I love the back-to-school period, and I always crave a bit of creative enrichment around this time of year - why not join me on this journey?

Mindful Style: A Journey Into the Heart & Soul of Style, September 19 - October 7

(photo: Gaelle Marcel)

August Break {Photography Project}

This month I have been taking part in Susannah Conway's August Break photography project - a photo a day for the month of August, using any sort of camera (these were all taken on my iPhone), and sharing them with the community. The photo prompts have been a lovely reminder to pay attention and be present in the moment. Here are a few of my favorites...

Morning Light

Morning light

August Break

Favorite taste

Beneath my feet

August Break

Green

August Break

6 o'clock

August Break

A secret

The best bit of the month (year?) by far was our time in the Outer Banks, where just about anywhere you point a camera is something unearthly beautiful... Sigh. It's hard coming home!! But with just a week left of August, I plan to use the prompts to get my creative juices flowing again, and look for the little bits of beauty around me. If you'd like to join in, you can share your photos on Instagram with #augustbreak2016

From the Heart

Hello lovelies! I wanted to pop in and tell you about a little shift I have just made that's already feeling really good - instead of a boring old newsletter, I have just begun a new practice that I am calling From the Heart: twice monthly letters from the heart, from my inbox to yours :-) This feels like a safer, more intimate space than out here "in the open" on the blog, it's a place to reveal a bit more of my heart, share bits and pieces of my story, and hear back from you (I hope) as well.

Today I sent out my first letter, with the photo above, and just this once, I will include a piece of the text below, so you can get a taste of the sort of thing I will be sending out, in case you want to join us...

"The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear." - Rumi

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To warm up to this idea of notes sent from the heart, today I thought I would share something that is on my mind: a sacred pause. Even when I finally have a few hours to myself, I tend to fill it up - with chores, email, a bit of work, or (most annoyingly of all) simply sitting around not really enjoying myself but not getting anything done, either. Do you ever do that? It’s as if my brain won’t allow me to just BE.

But as I was flipping through a magazine the other evening (I think it was Yoga Journal) there was an article with the title, “A Sacred Pause”. I mean, how juicy does that sound!? As my eyes glued themselves to those words, it struck me what was so important about them: calling something a sacred pause brings importance, even reverence, to doing nothing. It’s allowing us permission to simply BE. Permission to slow down. Permission to let the chores lapse. Permission to stare out the bloody window if that’s what you want to do! 

Because the fact is, we need to pause. We need breathing space in our lives as much as we need air in our lungs. To pause is to be present in the moment. To pause is to let the oxygen of your breathe refresh you and replenish you. To pause is to realize that you are complete right now, just as you are, in this very moment - and what could be more sacred than that?

So as I go about my day, I am trying to be very mindful of those opportunities to pause, and I’ve decided to view them as little treasures. Even ten minutes can be a real treasure if it’s spent filling your well of vitality and creativity! 

But sometimes we really do need and deserve a longer pause. More than a few hours...a week, or a long weekend at least, to really recharge. Next week we are off to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a much-anticipated family trip - I can't wait to dive into the Atlantic, feel the salt water buoying me up, and sit on the deck every afternoon. This will be a delicious test of my resolve to practice a "sacred pause" for sure... ;-) But the sad truth is, these days even vacations can be swallowed up by our devices and endless mental chatter. So while I don't anticipate having any trouble unplugging, I am still setting an intention to be fully present during this trip, just in case I find myself tempted to check my phone a little too often.

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A few ideas for taking a Sacred Pause of your own...

  • Look up at the clouds and take five deep belly breaths
  • Treat yourself to a special drink at your favorite cafe (I’ve been loving iced coffee with coconut milk)
  • Write a journal entry
  • Put on headphones and take a walk, listening to music you love or a podcast you adore, but usually don’t make time for
  • Do a bit of creative writing: a poem, a love letter, a short story...and just see what happens
  • Lie down and close your eyes!

xo Laura

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