My Guiding Word: Nourish

Today marks the start of new month. How quickly the time has passed! Things have been quiet around here. I've been doing a lot of reflecting and making small changes where I can. Going inward. Nourishing my body, mind, and soul. At first, I was beating myself up for letting the momentum of all things "& celebrate" slow down. But, I have resolved to make this time of year a time of healing and quiet relaxation. And, I'm trying my darnedest to be be gentle with myself.

Right before the turn of the New Year, I had the immense pleasure of joint-hosting a workshop with my dear friend Carole Ann. Eleven women gathered in my living room to reflect on 2014 and choose a guiding word for 2015. It was a beautiful evening, full of thoughtful expression and togetherness - complete with a hot cocoa bar and special popcorn. Deepest thanks to the incredible women who attended. (A recap of the evening in photos below. Thank you Brittanny Taylor for your always amazing photography.) 

Since then, I've been focusing on my guiding word: nourish. tells us the following:

verb (used with object)

1. to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.

2. to cherish, foster, keep alive, etc.:

He had long nourished the dream of living abroad.

3. to strengthen, build up, or promote:

to nourish discontent among the workers; to nourish the arts in one's community.

Nourishing has meant listening to my body. Feeding myself delicious and wholesome foods. Giving myself permission to rest. Releasing the fear around thoughts like: what will my readers think if I only show up in their inbox once a week, or once a month? Doing really exciting work that I love. Cherishing quality time with people who fill me up. Strengthening the & celebrate community by promoting others with heart-centered, soulful businesses. In the last 30 days, I've discovered that the underlying theme of my guiding word = quality vs. quantity. From the way I spend my time, to the way I spend my money, to the way I approach my blog & business, to the food I choose to put in my body, my focus is quality.

The traditional way of looking at New Year's resolutions, creates A LOT pressure to make major changes all at once, which inevitably leads to exhaustion and disappointment. A guiding word is more about choosing how you want to feel and show up throughout the year. As Carole Ann writes in her article featured in the Lady Project Holiday Gift Guide, "A guiding word pulls you toward your vision of how you want to move through your year, but leaves room for surprises." If you haven't chosen a guiding word for the year, I encourage you to read her article to learn how to go about it.

Then download the Connect the Dots & Celebrate the New Year workbook. Carve out some space in your home and sit down to reflect. Go inward. Give yourself permission to make this time of a year a time of healing and quiet relaxation. Start to make small changes where you can. And, most of all be gentle with yourself.

Be sure to share your guiding word in the comments below. I'd love to hear how it's helping to shape your decisions and actions. 

Stay well, P

Patsy Culp

& celebrate, 616 Hope St, Providence, RI, 02906, United States