Hi Friends! I often get asked what some of my favorite things are around this time of year, so I thought it would be fun to put together a list of my favorite gifts and fun goodies to share around the holiday season and New Year! These are products that I personally use, give, and LOVE. They’re super fun, unique, and affordable gifts that almost anyone would dig! Here we go…by Read More
Hi Beautiful Friends! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to slow down big time this season. This year was HUGE for me… two moves, selling a house, buying a house, downsizing by half, lots of heart healing, and all kinds of other awesome (but energy burning) goodness.
When this time of year rolls around, I’m usually totally ready for the celebrations, gift wrapping, travel, and all the holiday whoop-de-do (although, I have never been a Black Friday or Cyber Monday person).
Not this year. This year, my soul is calling me to rest. To simplify. To find total bliss in all the little things.
So, I plan to be home doing just that for all of December. It’s the best gift I can think of for my spirit right now. Lots of sleep, enjoying my new home, gardening, catching up on reading, quiet, home-cooked meals with loved ones, and tons of focused writing time. It makes my heart leap with joy just thinking about it!
What is your soul asking of you this season? What gifts can you give yourself that will feed and replenish your spirit? You deserve amazing things. You deserve to be Loved, nurtured, and totally blissed out. Close your eyes. Listen to your heart. Make a plan.
P.S. – If you haven’t had a chance to download your free copy of my 5th annual Guide to Creating A Blissful Year 10-page guided journal, you can grab it here before they’re gone… my gift to you! Fun & soul-inspiring stuff for creating your best year ever! xoxoby Read More
Hi Friends! I’m giving away 500 copies of my 5th Annual Guide to Creating a Blissful Year Planner – free!
Excited to share this fun, creativity-sparking little 10-page workbook to help you reflect, plan, prioritize your calendar, and set your intentions for creating your best year ever!
Download your free copy here. Be sure to Tweet, Pin, & Facebook to spread the love! Much Love everyone & happy holidays! ~ xo Kristiby Read More
When I want to expand my creative mind to help me put the finishing touches on projects I’m working on, get ready for a speaking event, or bust through blocks when I’m writing, I break out colored pencils, paint, and other random art supplies and just set my creative inner wild child free!
Sometimes when we’re feeling a little meh, or out of touch with spirit, art – or any kind of free creative expression – can be an amazing way to re-connect with our soul and unleash ideas and passions that were stuck in the mud for a bit.
You don’t need to go out and by fancy art supplies or paint like Picasso. Just grab whatever’s around – crayons, pens, sticky notes… and let your inner-being guide you. You can also grab a pen and pad of paper and create fun lists, like “Stuff that inspires me in epic ways” or “10 things I want to do this month that are outside of my comfort zone.”
Just the act of doing something different and giving your inner wild child a chance to speak to you is a fantabulous way to tap back into your light! You can also do something physical – a new kind of Yoga class, a trail run, or just dance around your living room (one of my faves).
I’ll be spending some time this weekend making art and creative lists! I’m getting ready to start edits on my new book next week, and I’m feeling like this practice will be a great way to prepare myself to rock those pages like a creative goddess!
What do you like to do to tap into your creative side and embrace your inner wild child? Time for some FUN… one of life’s vital nutrients! xoxoby Read More
Hi Friends! It’s not too late to register to catch the rest of the Manifesting Mamas Summit – all about energy, abundance, and prosperity! My interview’s still to come, along with several other women who inspire me to no end! Check it out here & sign up. It’s all free! You won’t want to miss these conversations. Much Love, Kristiby Read More
I’m in the middle of a kitchen remodel. You can probably relate to the craziness that goes on when you have no kitchen for three weeks. Last week, I had the chance to learn how to use a tile saw. Yep – me with power tools. Awesome!
I was cutting tiles for the kitchen floor and having a rough time about half way through because my hands really started to ache and the tiles were chipping on some of the cuts, which was so fantastically frustrating.
About to give up, I tried one more tile, but this time I decided to see what would happen if I didn’t hold on to it so hard when guiding it through the saw.
It was perfect.
Not only did my hands immediately stop hurting, the saw moved through the tile with ease as I guided it and made an absolutely flawless cut. I was so excited! I rocked it! It’s the little things, right??
Only, this wasn’t so little. I finished cutting the tile, and a voice popped into my head and said, “What would happen if you lightened up your grip in some other areas of your life?”
Whoa! It then occurred to me that holding on to some things too tightly had been a pattern in my life for a long time. Struggling to hold on to things that may not want me to keep holding on so tight. Gripping too tightly to things that weren’t meant to be exactly the way I wanted them to. Being too attached to things that just needed a little time and space to manifest into what I was looking to create.
It got me thinking about the idea of letting go. About how letting go many times is actually the best way to hold on. But, sometimes that’s easier said than done in the moment, if we just don’t feel ready, or if we don’t quite have all the answers.
Maybe we don’t always have to completely let go of what we’re not quite ready to let go of yet. Maybe, in some situations, we’re not meant to let go completely – only just enough to allow space for things to fall together. Sometimes, we can first just try loosening our grip… and waiting to see what happens.
This could be an amazing way to get un-stuck. To change the dynamic of a painful situation, or even to attract something you’ve been going after but unable to quite make happen. It can allow space to gain insight and see more clearly. It could also be a powerful stepping-stone toward truly letting go, if that’s what’s meant to be.
What comes to mind for me in a big way is a past relationship. I did everything I could, in the most loving way I could muster at the time, to save it from coming to an end. But the more I held on and tightened my grip, the farther out the ship sailed and the more things fell apart. Holding on so tightly only made things worse, and didn’t offer the chance or space for things to come around naturally. Looking back, the most powerful, healing, and loving way to fight for what I believed in would have been to lighten my grip. To let go a little. Just like with the tile saw.
So, what could change in your life if you lightened up your grip? Didn’t hold on so feverishly? Created the space for a particular situation to naturally blossom or change, and allowed things to happen in their own time?
It just might be the beautiful, awesome middle ground you’ve been looking for.
Much Love & fall bliss,
xo Kristiby Read More
Hi Friends! Sharing my post this week for The Daily Love. I think you’ll enjoy the story and the lesson I learned from it. Much Love! Kristi xoxo
A while back, I was hiking with my dogs when they both simultaneously dove their faces into a bush on the side of the trail. They were a few yards ahead of me, tails wagging with enthusiasm as they looked to satisfy their curiosity. As I approached I shouted, “Leave it,” a command that normally gets them to back away instantly, even from super tempting treats. But they stayed put, sniffing away.
Thinking it was a rabbit or other furry critter that had scurried under the bush, I walked up and pulled both dogs away by their collars. Peeking into the bush to see what was so interesting, I was shocked to see a nervous, coiled rattlesnake staring back at me piercingly. It was seriously annoyed. It rattled as if to make sure I knew it was not happy and wasn’t afraid to strike, but for some reason it didn’t.
I stood there, listening to its rattle, both stunned and fascinated that it had resisted the urge to bite one of the dogs that had been inches from its face. It was a major close call. It held its gaze for a few moments, and then calmly took the opportunity to slip away. It must have been aggravated, scared, and unsure of what might occur. Yet, somehow it remained composed and discerning. Had the snake been hastier in those moments, it would have been a very bad day for all involved.
I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Why didn’t the snake strike? … Read the rest of the story on The Daily Love here…by Read More