style / mindset / simplicity
style / mindset / simplicity
Ahhhh. It’s been a while since I’ve been in this space. I'm a little rusty. Happy Autumn! Today, I'm sharing where I've been and offering some insight about what's ahead…
I recently returned from NINE Retreat in Montana. This is the second time I’ve experienced the magic of NINE. As it happens in this safe and supported environment, I began to feel the internal shifts and changes almost immediately.
My eyes and heart are now further opened to the limitless potential tucked inside each of us.
Watching the light begin to emerge from myself and other women is truly life-changing. I’m not an extreme sports or adventure junkie, but I think I could become a transformation junkie!
Here’s where I’ve been…
I spent August soaking up time with my family and preparing to drop Greta off in Boston for her sophomore year of college. (A note regarding college drop-off… I can assure you that round two of leaving your child alone in another city still sucks, but it sucks less this year. The ache is there, but the pain is not as visceral. It feels like we’ll all survive this time around. Thank goodness!)
I also spent time sitting with the reality that Matthew and I are in the home stretch of parenting children. The boys are both high school upperclassmen… Peter is a senior and Henry is a junior. It takes my breath away to even type the words. Time can certainly feel like a thief.
In July, I shared my truth. I told my story. I wrote a very personal post and then explored the vulnerability that followed.
Seems I’ve entered a new stage of life… one where coming clean feels better than hiding or pretending.
Authenticity is a driving force for me now and I welcome it.
Then, NINE. I spent a week in Montana with a group of remarkable women. Each on a courageous journey to find her voice and own her power.
My life is better because of these beautiful badasses!
This was my second time attending a NINE Retreat. Last year in Vermont, I was a student. This year, I had the profound honor of being both a student and a teacher. The class I taught on Style and Simplicity brought awareness to the fact that I have some new work to do.
Creating a life you love is a process and a practice.
I realize that there are additional changes I can make to further align me with my very best life.
Simplifying at home. I’ve decluttered. I know the trouble zones in our home. I’m tired to wishing areas would fix themselves:-) I’m committed to tweaking things so that our space feels simple, authentic and beautiful.
Strengthening my relationships. With my husband, family, friends. I want more laughter. I want to welcome the people I adore into my home. I’ve kept friends at a distance. I'm ready to feel deeply connected to other humans.
Challenging myself to ‘show up’ in new ways (whitewater rafting included;-)... I started this blog for two main reasons; to push myself to write regularly and to provide guidance to women wanting to create amazing lives… starting with their wardrobe. I still love both of those things, but I realize I want a more intimate connection with women and I crave a more interactive community.
I discovered this summer, after coaching women one-on-one and teaching at NINE, that I want to personally help more women transform their lives.
I genuinely love watching the sparkle return to a woman’s eyes as she realizes that she holds the power to change her life! (See, I am a Transformation Junkie!)
I’m asking big questions and allowing stillness while I wait for the answers. As I figure out the next steps, I’m planning to cut back on my blog posts. Right now, I don’t feel that I can deliver valuable content every single week… and I don’t want to waste your time.
I’m feeling the pull to explore new avenues, so I plan to...
Embrace Instagram. I’ve avoided this long enough. I love Instagram. My life is enriched by many of the women I follow daily. I’ve been waiting in the wings. Receiving lots, but sharing little. I’m going to play around with IG and see what feels authentic for me. Stay tuned. @togetheract... if you'd like to follow along.
Speak to groups. I come from a family of educators (My parent were both teachers and my sister is an English professor). I never wanted to teach in a traditional classroom, but I’m excited about helping women in a group setting. I love the energy of women encouraging and inspiring each other with their stories.
Coach. I’m opening up my schedule to include more coaching. I offer one-on-one and small group sessions, held virtually and in-person. These interactions feed my soul and allow me to connect in a meaningful way with women who are seeking strategies and tools to create a better life.
NINE Retreat. I’ve been asked to join the NINE team!!! I’ll be working with the owners (Rockstars Kym Ventola and Kimberly Goeman) to help create an outreach/follow-up program for the women who attend the retreats. In addition, I’ll be part of the new NINE Collective. The Collective will allow women who’ve never experienced NINE to join NINE alum in a local monthly group of like-minded women. So cool!!
I’m not yet sure what shape this blog space will take moving forward. I’m taking the time to really listen to my heart and do what feels best. As I’ve mentioned here before, I’m considering shorter posts that relate to a life that’s simple, authentic and beautiful. I’m also interested in creating a newsletter/journal/carefully curated sampling of the things ‘on my radar’. Maybe five things that feel worth sharing, sent monthly. Have a great idea for me? I’m open. Please share.
I have a touch of sadness that it’s almost October and I won’t be participating in the Write 31 Days challenge. I’ve enjoyed being a part of that community for the past 4 years. But I fully grasp that nothing is permanent. Everything changes. (My posts for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 challenges can be found below in The Simple Collective)
Thank you for being here with me. Thank you for your patience as I sort out what’s next.
Have magnificent fall.
Whatever that thing is that you’ve been waiting to begin… start today!