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A New Coven

A New Coven

I’m now working out of The Wing in downtown SF and it’s lifting my spirits by the day! It’s a beautifully designed space with vibrant energy and exceptional events, plus luckily it’s a smaller investment per month than my previous co-working space. They’re located in quite a few cities now, so whether you work for yourself or another company, I encourage you to check them out and consider joining! Their curated gatherings and mingling with the members who attend are a treasure trove of inspiration...

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Taking a Beat

Taking a Beat

I’m not myself and it’s a relief.

As January has meandered along and it's now cusping on February, millions of thoughts have formed and floated away.

I’ve been okay with this. It’s not my normal M.O. Usually I’m grasping for feel-good things or opening the floodgates of my busy mind onto the world for some relief. If I like something, I immediately attempt to make it last...a sunset, festive times with a friend, hugs from my hubs, vacations, a box of cookies...I don’t let things be, I reach for, then hold on tight and amidst all the grasping/aversion hubbub, I miss most of what’s happening, foreshadowing the sadness of the end.

I’ve realized this path leads to excess and emotional strain for me and those in my proximity. I’m finally beginning to get some inkling that this doesn't work and being with what is, right for the moment, is a better way to go about living life. Wanting so much, in a very particular way, at a set time and place means I’m constantly fighting against the odds, which are: things will happen in their own time (or won’t), in a different place and it will not be in the way I planned or envisioned.

The energy I squander fighting City Hall is a colossal waste and not at all sustainable. I’m realizing some difficult, yet soothing truths and attempting to unlearn a lot...my new way to pass time is dappling with hearing thoughts and realizing that’s all they are - funny little sounds in my mind that require no action and don’t need to be said aloud. This is what I’m sitting with right now…

Have you all ever sat back, listened to the confetti swirling in your head and suddenly realized so much of it is nonsense? I’d love to hear what you’ve experienced! Here’s to growing together in 2019, I’m truly looking forward to the next 11 months...

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How to be Happy

How to be Happy

One Hundred Words by J.D. Roth

Breathe.
Self-care comes first: nurture your mind, body, and spirit.
Be optimistic.
Choose happiness.
Don’t take things personally, and don’t make assumptions.
Be good to people.
Foster friendships.
Be vulnerable and love passionately.
Trust others.
Trust yourself.
Always do your best, but embrace the imperfections.
Refuse to let fear guide your decision-making process.
Act, even when you’re afraid.
Ask for what you want.
Collect opportunities, and create your own luck.
Explore.
Try new things, and keep an open mind.
Be present in the moment.
Share without reservation.
Do what you love — do it often.
Cultivate gratitude and joy.
Try new things, and keep an open mind.
Be present in the moment.
Share without reservation.
Do what you love — do it often.
Cultivate gratitude and joy.

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Everything is Changing

Everything is Changing

"Think about your life situation in this moment: the good and the bad, and the ugly. Whoops! Now it’s different. While you were thinking, everything around you got a few seconds older.

What we think of as “my life,” stable and solid, is in fact a flowing river. The banks may look the same, but the water is always changing.

The river of our lives flows away from some things, right into other things. Each present moment is the point where time intersects with eternity. There, all experience is present, because the whole river of time flows through eternity. All memory, all perception, all presentiments of future, everything we have ever loved or will ever love is intimately available—but only In.This.Moment.

As my life flows, as your life flows, we can tune into presence and find connection—not flimsy, mind-made, let’s-pretend connection, but true oneness. That’s the reality we like to call “magic,” although it’s far more real than the losses we seem to suffer."

Excerpt from Martha Beck's wonderful blog.

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No Straight Line

No Straight Line

"You never know how close you are until it happens. Even if your growth doesn't feel linear, it is yours and it's the only possible way that you could have gotten through everything you already have. It's the only thing that brought you to where you are today.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who at 29 became the youngest woman ever elected to the US Congress, gave us this encouragement and inspiration with one simple tweet reply:



You're not behind. You can be impressed, and in awe, and even envious. But you are not behind. You can work toward goals, experiment with ideas, and have a vision for your future. But you are not behind."

Adapted from a recent The Assembly Newsletter by Molly Goodson (yes, you should subscribe)

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Stellar Saturday Ahead

Stellar Saturday Ahead

Getting very excited about a morning in the wine country tomorrow to support local makers...my first stop'll be Bay Area Made at The Barlow in Sebastopol for their 2nd Annual Holiday Market. Then we'll head over to the St. Helena Winter Market namely to see our pal Nicole of Yolotli, check out if Carter & Co. has any new styles and sample Grove 45's lust worthy olive oil. Before we head back, we'll stop by either Charter Oak or Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch for a dreamy lunch.

In the evening I'm elated to meeting up with my bestie, Nini so we can pop by Rich Table for porcini donuts and other bites, then attend Elizabeth Gilbert in Conversation with Lisa Congdon at the Nourse Theater in SF. 

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have some special plans in the works that warm your heart as well!

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The World Around Us

The World Around Us

Getting away from it all and feeling microscopic helps put things in perspective, a reset some like to say. Yosemite is a good place for this. I’ll have more thoughts on this soon, but with a small beacon of hope on the horizon after the Election, this picture says a lot about appreciating the world around us - a new day, shimmering light, fresh air and above all, hope and wonder. Thank you to those that voted, no matter how small we feel, it's important to make our voices heard!

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For the Time Being

For the Time Being

Have you ever sensed a melancholy twinge in late August? We have...it’s a time synonymous with the waning days of summer. This year we’re reminding ourselves to stay in the moment and extract every ounce remaining of this season. We’re looking at these dog days as a celebration! Maybe we can all let our guards down and put our agendas on hold for a little longer...this is a notoriously slow week, let’s take full advantage of it!

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Attitude Boosters

Attitude Boosters

The ‘world is your oyster’ originates from Shakespeare and means we can achieve anything or go anywhere because we have the opportunity or ability to do so...we concur, but believe taking advantage of this has a lot to do with a positive outlook and self-confidence.

Finding ways to build happiness and attitude boosters into our lives like meditating, volunteering at a non-profit, journaling, helping a neighbor in need, baking a pie, taking a long walk, etc. is essential for our well-being.

Actions like these, when done regularly, provide us with more than just a momentary decrease in stress...we’re manifesting a better world and creating a solid foundation of self-esteem, thus making our goals more attainable. What can you do this week to increase your self-worth?

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