You are becoming.

Mala beads & As You Evolve

You are becoming /// I am becoming.

You are adventurous /// I am adventurous.

You are wildly living /// I am wildly living.

There’s always space for trying again and again

It’s all perfect.

You are carrying your vision throughout /// I am carrying my vision throughout.

You are rooted in truth /// I am rooted in truth.

Always learning

Becoming.

xx,
k

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Beginning the journey to personal responsibility

This morning, I read over the December forecast from The Power Path. A part that felt true for me and As You Evolve was this:

In defining RESPONSIBILITY, I like to include “the ability to respond” as part of the definition. You should always be the first responder to whatever is happening in your life. You should be the first responder to your own issues. It helps if you can always come from the place of accepting that you create absolutely everything and every situation in your life. The power in that responsibility is that if you created it, you can uncreate it, you can change it, and you can always create something new.

What this says is that we are a lot more powerful than we think.

What happens when we know we are powerful creators, we…

…stop blaming others
…stop blaming ourselves
…know that since we created something, we can uncreate it
…embrace that we are powerful and what we think and do MATTERS
…live more fully in the moment
…see life becomes a fun game to navigate
…invite life to become magical again
…understand how much easier it is to feel good about who we are and what we do

Something you can do today…

Take a quick inventory of your life.

Maybe not the whole thing, but right now, in this moment.

Think…

Where are you feeling uncomfortable right now?

What doesn’t feel like ‘you’?

Where are you sacrificing your inner self to please others, the world, your family?

When you’ve identified where responsibility may not have been taken in your life, you create a roadmap between where you are and where you want to be.

This is where the magic comes in!

Learning to create your own life must come from within.

But it’s not without looking at the painful, the deep, and the messy – the places where we may have created something that didn’t fit, or didn’t work, but we can change it now.

It requires taking a peek at where things aren’t working, where things are rubbing you the wrong way – then looking at it with a curious eye to truly feel and understand what’s going on here – whether it’s growth, or just not right for you. It’s a matter of getting to the root of it. Doing a stream of consciousness can help.

When you begin your path to personal evolution, you start to understand what makes you tick. What feels good. What lights you up.

When you’re in tune with your mind, your heart, and your body, you start to see patterns.

You start to experience life in a different way.

You begin playing with more intention and trust and love.

And when you operate out of those good feelings, you receive more of that from the universe.

So…

If you want to embrace more abundance and generosity, give something away.
If you want more love, share your heart and vulnerability with someone else.
If you want to respond more kindly to others, practice compassion with yourself.
If you want more personal responsibility, start taking it + be the first responder to your life.

The universe always gives you what you put out, so the more you can feel good and share what you most want with others, the more you’ll receive.

The key is opening up to the signs that you’re on the right path – for you…

As you start this journey of personal evolution, it may feel big and scary and unknown. But the truth is that you’re never alone and this journey is not one you take independently. There are signs that will move through you and outside of you, whether through a penny on the ground in response to a recent intention for abundance, a card in the mail after sending some of your own love out into the world, or a sudden a-ha realization that helps you see the world a different way.

Take note of what you most want.

Step into the light of personal responsibility.

Trust the universe to provide you with what you need… then just keep your eyes out for magic.

It always shows up when you’re on the right path.

And, you are.

Love from another chilly + sunny day from Portland,
Kristen

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Does the holiday season pull you from your center? You have a choice (+ a mantra for the rest of the year)

“Go forth, the teller of tales, and seize whatever the heart longs for. Have no fear. Everything exists. And everything is true. And the earth is only a little dust under our feet.” - w.b. yeats

Love always.

This life is yours to live and the holidays are not a time to forget that. It’s a time dedicated to celebrating presence, love, and kindness. But, as the onslaught of consumerism and commercialism seeps into the cracks of every channel – whether electronic or human – it doesn’t always feel that way.

But, we have a choice.

We have a choice to give into the consumerism tendencies.

To believe that we aren’t good enough until we buy everyone in our family gifts.

To believe that presents are valued over presence.

To believe that we will be judged for who we truly are if we choose not to partake.

Personally, I value time and experiences over tangible things and you’ll find most of what I teach embraces mindfulness as a leading value. Our society does not reward a lifestyle like this. Starting before Halloween, we hear about everything we need to purchase over the coming months… and what our children, partner, or family will feel when we purchase them the perfect toy, the perfect ring, or the perfect TV. I remember as a child hearing in the summer that my dad + step mom were still paying off the debt from last Christmas – and that no, we wouldn’t be able to adventure up to the Wisconsin Dells. Thinking back to that Christmas, I can’t even remember what thing I got, but I sure as hell would have remembered going to the Dells.

Because, the reality is that all anyone truly wants is TIME. Time is invaluable. You can’t put a monetary value on it. It just is.

And you, my dear, are worth all the time in the world.

Even if the feelings of overwhelm, frustration, and sadness seep into your emotional being throughout this time of year, remember that you do have a choice.

You have a choice to…

  • purchase experiences instead of tangible gifts
  • say no to gatherings that suck your energy
  • say yes to events that feel good
  • opt out of consumerism
  • opt in to love

This isn’t a letter to say that holidays and cultural rituals are not important, because they do play a part in our creative consciousness. That being said, we have the choice to create these rituals any way we’d like. We are not forced to spend time with family that sucks our energy dry, or to travel across the country and sap our savings account, or to give into the consumerism tendencies of our culture.

We can choose to be mindful consumers. We can choose to bring kindness and love into every interaction, despite the consumerist side of the holiday season. We can choose to be a beacon of light + kindness throughout the year, instead of faking through it during the holidays.

Life is about feeling good. If the rituals and habits you’ve lived during the holidays throughout the years don’t feel good to your true self, choose a different story. Choose to be intentional about how you spend your time and energy. Choose to give the gift of presence instead of presents. Choose to love yourself, first, and do what feels right for you. Choose to live aligned with your authentic self – even if that means letting others down.

And, choose to celebrate presence, kindness + love this holiday season – whatever that looks like for you.

I leave you now, with a simple mantra to carry you through the rest of the year:

‘I am perfect + whole just the way I am.’

You are,
Kristen

PS. If this resonates + you’d like to learn more practices to live mindfully throughout this time of year, Mindful Moments is a free 31-day e-course that will help you do just that. I’d love to see you there! Learn more here.

Hey, I'm Kristen :) 

Your best work is the one that comes from within - the one that changes the world from the inside out. 

Your strongest joy comes from within when you're making a positive impact in the world - through your words, your art, and your actions. 

And, if you're here, you want to become the best version of yourself. You want to write with passion and encourage others to join your do-good mission. You want to say it like you mean it and encourage others to live their truth. 

Above all, you're a creative + conscious entrepreneurial and creative type. Your work is changing the world. When you create and share from your heart, there's nothing that can stop you. Now, you just need to figure out how to say it, share it, and invite others to join your mission. 

Thank you for joining mine + now let's change the world for the better - together :)

Warmly,
Kristen