Today it was time to write...not about a product, a review or anything to do with a company of any sort. I needed to sit with my thoughts and reflect upon the year ahead. I started out by visualizing the past year..the path I have traveled, and what moving into a New Year represents to me. I saw myself traveling down a familiar path lined with trees that meandered through the woods, over bridges, across roads and back through the forest. It was a changing landscape: Dark and moody, bright and airy...I felt tense in some of the spaces I envisioned and joyful in others. I traveled with a large wheel barrel which held a number of items physical, emotional and spiritual: memories, tools, lessons, keepsakes. I moved about as if my baggage was as light as a feather, yet the contents proved the weight of the load. I visualized myself laying seeds along my way, seeds that would grow...that would become something bigger. Ideas, intentions, dreams. I promised myself I would return to these seeds to care for them, and to nurture their potential.
There came a point in my travels where it was time to deviate my familiar path, to a new road that branched off in a direction that would still remain apart of the original. You see, this has happened many times before. When I visualize my travels on this earth from birds eye view, the paths are all interconnected. Some are much harder to access and revisit, while others remain a pivotal road that I return to from time to time..to reflect and observe the growth of my seeds.
This new path was the birth of our daughter. It was unlike any road I had ever traveled, and it was filled with an entirely different light, sound and feel. I felt rooted with every step I took, knowing that this path is one that I have been traveling towards my whole life. I tread lightly, taking in the beauty, learning and growing from the obstacles I encountered along the way. I see myself today, and I am still on this road, except I am sitting quietly on a bench with my wheel barrel in sight...and it is time to leave behind some of the contents, but it's also time to observe some of the most recent items that have found its way inside.
Today is New Years Eve. After visualizing my path, I take the time to write down some negative thoughts and self talk that have come along with me throughout the year that hinder my happiness and self love. They come out of the barrel, (this is not to say that they may end up back in there) and I try to be patient with myself as I remove them time and time again. I must be compassionate as I grow and learn from those burdens I carry.
After considering all the seeds I have planted and the paths I have traveled each year, I have decided to change my approach to entering a New Year. I have decided that I will replace my New Year's resolutions with a Mission Statement. My mission statement will encompass one Large Goal, that can be broken up into smaller increments, so that I can celebrate each milestone. Also instead of writing down a list of goals for the upcoming year, I will write myself a letter expressing gratitude for the goals I have met. Perhaps I will share the letter that I wrote to myself...or perhaps not.
What I do want to share is my Mission Statement for now. The smaller increments which are the building blocks of my Grand Goal for the year will be written on stones in my home. As I accomplish each of these milestones I will celebrate. I will, however, ensure that these stones Do Not represent absolutes. They are meant to be flexible and harnessed in the time that is right, and I will not shame or punish myself if I do not celebrate them at a strict pace. I trust that each stone will be celebrated because they are not resolutions or traditions...they are decisions. They represent what I want for my life. So here is my mission statement
"My mission is to act as an instrument of positive change in family and community. I will participate in all aspects of my life with purpose, mindfulness, compassion and gratitude. I will nurture and develop my passion for the motherhood community to build my life's work. I will cultivate inner peace and self love within myself when facing challenges. I will also ensure that my home is loving and calm by creating space and time to be quiet with my family, and to live in the moment, content in our surroundings. Finally, I will find peacefulness within myself by looking inward while using my heart to guide my path towards my dreams, my mind to pursue the knowledge needed to accomplish my dreams, and my inner strength to create balance among all of my personal obligations. Finally, to walk life's path with the understanding that there is no way to happiness, as happiness IS the way"
Within this mission statement are all of those little increments I told you about. From those I will write my stones...the milestones that will help me to honour the mission I have set for myself. I hope that you all have a year of positive growth, love and peace. Happy New Year!
Guys...Christmas is 10 days away and today is officially the last day to order a gift online for Most stores (to receive it by Christmas). This is a short and sweet post reviewing some of my favourite shops that offer gifts that not only have meaning, but give back! If you are scratching your head trying to think about a few last minute gifts with a big impact- read on :)
I recently collaborated with this company because I was blown away by the beautiful vision the creators had. SOLS is a Utah based company working with Mexico’s most talented Artisans to bring you their beautiful products. Born in Mexico, but raised in the U.S. Liz, Cici and Abby were inspired while visiting small peublitos where their parents grew up. They were determined to share the beauty of their craft and culture with the world. Their mission is to give these Artisans both men and women the work and honorable pay they deserve in order to care for their families. A message from Liz, Cici and Abby:
"Every pair of SOLS has been handmade by an artisan in a small pueblito in Mexico. All leather, carefully handcrafted, and designed by real people with real names. Our hope is to share the beauty of the Huarache making art, which has been passed down through generations. Through this project, we hope to provide job opportunities for these people"
Visit ShopSols by clicking Here
2. Designs By A
I have had the pleasure of knowing, growing and working with the owner of this shop- Alanna. Her passion and creativity is so inspiring, and she is simply an incredible person and friend. When I am trying to think of a sentimental gift for anyone- whether it be a member of my family or a friend, the first shop that comes to mind is Designs By A. Alanna creates the most beautiful custom pieces for every occasion! For Christmas I think of her Custom Mugs, Wood Signs, Laser Cut Signs or specialty items such as unique hangers. I love getting people something unique and meaningful for their home..and Alanna makes absolutely stunning options! Take a look at the Designs By A Shop by Click Here to see if anything inspires you for the Holidays!
3. Kantha Bae
Collaborating with Krista and her beautiful company was a pleasure this year. Her creations are so magical and unique that I think they would make the perfect gift for a new mother, or anyone who loves textiles!! Check out Krista's inspiring words about the creation of Kantha Bae:
"I believe in mamas and sisterhood and community and that we can't do life alone and weren't meant to. I want my shop to be a platform for that. I hope that as you wear kantha, you feel a part of something bigger and that you are strong and brave!"
The stunning colours first attracted me to Kantha Bae, and now I just can't stop lovin on this company!! From wraps to carriers to pareos, head bands..quilts and more, just take a look at this site and feel all the beauty this mama creates. Check out the website Here
4. Jord Watches
I recently wrote a post about these beautiful watches and how much I adore them. So of course I want to include another hooray for this company. We are still in awe over the craftsmanship and attention to detail these timeless pieces possess. You can still order your JORD Watch for that someone special and receive it before Christmas- But today is the LAST day...so I have to remind you that the code for 25% off your order expires tonight! Click Here to receive your DISCOUNT and shop!!
5. Caco and Kai
Caco and Kai are two bizness ladies that opened a store in order to feed their global, vintage and hand-made textiles habit. As native Africans, Caco and Kai strive to use ethically sourced vintage textiles from all over the globe. Putting emphasis on promoting fair trade and sustaining local craftsmanship. Buying a Caco and Kai product is more than just a purchase for your home as 5% of every sale goes to support Morning Star Children’s Home orphanage and school in Kenya, Africa. Meaning you’re helping support the great work done to help the very communities our textiles originate from. They believe that in this era of mass production, there is a new desire to get back to handcrafted goods that tell a story, building the character of a home and illustrating individuality through uniqueness. Every Caco and Kai piece is one of a kind. It is such a beautiful way to show someone you care! From pillows to Blankets and Baskets, there are so many beautiful items that make for meaningful gifts this Christmas. Check out their website by clicking here. Psst they also have a Sweet Sale going on to!!
6. Cuddle and Kind
This adorable company was created by a family with an incredible mission: they created cuddle+kind because they wanted to make beautiful hand-knit dolls that help feed children. So for every cuddle+kind doll sold, they give 10 meals to children in need. The sweet dolls are SO adorable and come in two sizes depending on your preference. When it comes to gifting a little in your life whether it be your own or not...hands down, Cuddle and Kind is my pick! I love that every doll gives back, and I also love the quality of each of the little friends they create! Piper has Stella the Polar Bear and she is Literally obsessed with it. They have some Special Offers going on right now, but remember today is the last day to ship before it's to late! Click Here to Shop Cuddle and Kind
Okay everyone, that's it! If you are searching and trying to think of some last minute ideas that don't feel like a last minute idea...well, I hope your search ends here, and that you can finish your orders and pour a glass of wine. Cheers everyone, enjoy the Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your family xo Am
It`s almost Christmas and we couldn`t be more excited for the Holidays! It`s such a special month because not only is it Christmas, but it is also my birthday, my husbands birthday, And it`s the month we got engaged...Oh And the month that we found out that we are having a Girl! So needless to say, there is a lot of gifting and celebrating happening between now and New Years! I was so eager to give Andrew his Christmas present that he got it a little bit early for his Birthday instead! I wanted to make sure that he could wear it for our Christmas photos, and well...I was too pumped to wait!
Before I share the gift with you, I want to get into the inspiration behind it. When thinking about a gift for Andrew I try to think about whether or not he has mentioned something he would really like, and then I also consider what makes him happy, excited and inspired. He had started to mention that he would like to add to his watch collection, so naturally I made note of this! Although I have given Andrew watches in the past, I really wanted this years gift to be special and unique. It has been a whirlwind of a year for us both between finding out we are pregnant, to welcoming our baby girl into the world and embarking on an adventure of a lifetime. I wanted to celebrate this, and to make sure his gift is a gesture that comes from a place of appreciation. Andrew has always been an admirer of detail and when we were at the Winona Peach Festival this summer he stopped dead in his tracts at a booth selling watches made out of wood with incredible engraved designs on them. I had remembered seeing a similar design online, and felt that the ones I saw were bolder and included stunning options I loved for Andrew. I kept this in mind!
Fast forward to shopping for that Perfect wooden watch, I decided to check out JORD Wooden Watches. These were the beautifully crafted watches that popped into my mind the day of the festival. After scrolling through the JORD website I knew right away that this was going to be the special gift I get Andrew for his birthday. I thought I would share about this watch because I truly think that it is an incredible watch, keepsake and even an Heirloom to be passed down!
After giving Andrew his watch I decided that not only did I want to write about it, but I also wanted to Team Up with JORD Watches to offer a discount to those of you who are searching for the perfect gift. Whether it is for your husband, wife, son, daughter, parents...anyone who is special to you, I think that these unique handcrafted watches are absolutely timeless. To access a 25% off discount click the link below to enter in your email address. Your code will be emailed to you! JORD rarely has sales and this is a huge discount...I am so so excited to be offering it!!Click Here for the Discount Code
I am in no way trying to sell you on anything, and I am not being paid to say this! I am just so excited about these beautiful watches that I wanted you to learn more about them to. If you are thinking about buying a JORD Watch for Christmas, or if you simply want to take advantage of the discount, keep in mind that the offer expires on December 15th!!
If you love the watch that I got Andrew here is the direct link to the Dover Series: Koa and Black Watch - Click Here for this Watch
Here is the link to check out all Men`s Watches - Click Here for Men`s Watches
Here is the link to check out Ladies Watches- Click Here for Ladies Watches
Hi! My name is Amber, I am a wife and mother to Piper June. Welcome to my blog. You will find my path towards natural health and wellness as well as my honest discoveries as a new mother. In all aspects of life, I strive to cultivate Balance through a mindful existence. I share my experiences as a mother, helpful product reviews and companies that I am passionate about for our family. I am so grateful for your visit xo