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March 2012 - Shivaya Naturals

March 2012

Nurturing Creativity

March 27, 2012

One of the things that I love most about the world of blogging is the inspiration that it brings. I am always amazed at the ways in which the words, images, and passions of others inspires me to live more fully and with greater intention in my daily life.

Renee of FIMBY (Fun In My Backyard) is no exception. I have been reading Renee’s blog  for a long time now, and she has given so much of herself within it’s virtual pages. From soap making to homeschooling advice, living life outdoors to the worlds best recipe for cashew cream (trust me, you want to make this ASAP), there is so much goodness to explore.

Renee has just released her first e-book, Nurturing Creativity: A Guide for Busy Moms, and it was a pleasure to have an opportunity to read it last week. I have strong feelings on what it means to nurture ourselves as women and mothers, and Renee’s work speaks deeply to me as I am navigating some major transitions in my life.

Renee is generously giving away a copy of her e-book today. To enter, simply leave a comment here and we will draw a winner on Friday morning. I hope that you will head on over to Renee’s blog and read more about her new project, as well as explore so many great topics, tutorials, and recipes.

Renee and I have a surprise, as we have chosen not 1, but 7 winners this morning! Congrats to all who won a copy of this beautiful book. 


What Happens When

March 15, 2012

Sometimes life makes the decisions for you that you know you needed, but could not get the nerve up to do. Life has gotten seriously busy around my world, with the new book for ROTH, the magazine launch, and all the wonderful activities that my boys are involved in as the weather turns from Winter to Spring.

We had decided to take a vacation from Colorado to California a few months back, and I had diligently set up my blog posts for the week that I was gone. I was going to make my big blog come back, finally get back into the swing of things and get this space rolling again.

We traveled to Moab, Flagstaff, and ended in the California desert. Just as we were getting out of the car, my computer bag fell out and shattered my computer. It was a big mistake, and one I had packed to avoid, but a last minute decision by my sweet husband sent the bag flying out.

Oh goodness, I was seething. All that hard work gone to waste, as I would have to wait for a replacement system. Whatever would I do?

I would take a vacation.

I unplugged, literally. I put the phone down, set the broken computer on the table and simply enjoyed the past 5 days with my family. That was a much bigger task than I thought that it would be, as I felt as though I had to overcome feelings of being behind, of being unavailable and perhaps even a bit irresponsible. However, it was a great lesson for me that there are moments that we need to remove ourselves from the world, and if we choose not to, the universe will find it’s own way.

I talk a lot about self-care in this space, but I am always in a state of having to practice to get there. I love a good life lesson, and this was no exception. The blog will always be there, I am way more important in my own head than I actually ever am in reality, and the world will not fall apart if I step away. Sometimes it is hard to admit those things, but that is the way it is, and it is always good to completely remove myself from the crazy world of technology now and then.

So I will return on Monday, those posts will go up a week late, and we will see where we go from there. For now, I wish you all a long weekend of savoring the moment you are in, and perhaps taking a few moments just for yourselves.