Never underestimate the power of putting pen to paper. Writing expands awareness, opens the heart and allows access to areas undiscoverable by thought alone. It is a fabulous release, this act of writing, allowing any and all pent up, stuffed or suppressed emotion a place to fall - one that is safe and protected from any that might witness other forms of release. And when all is said and done, when your words are spent, a flame to the page removes all evidence of the words poured out - the release is complete.
Over the last few weeks, I've been thinking a lot about traditions, specifically those related to Christmas. Some families have a lot of holiday traditions, some, not so much. When I think back to my own childhood, I remember very few traditions. My family split when I was seven, and my traditions bounce between the two families that grew from that split, With my Dad's side, there was the trip to get a real tree each year and the ornaments we would hang, with my Mum's the tiny bubble lights I loved to watch wake up and start bubbling. There were visits to my Aunt & Uncle's house, and to two groups of Grandparents as well, and small moments of tradition caught up in all of them.
These traditions we create and are part of are so important. They connect the events of the holidays, and make it stand out against the routine of day to day life. They set this time apart as special, and help anchor the memories we create during this time, to our consciousness, helping them stay in our awareness. And if that isn't enough, they serve to help slow us down. It's hard to immerse yourself in a tradition if you're racing full on through the time.
All of this has me looking at what I can do in my own family to create yearly traditions , as well as special events, that my daughter will remember when she is grown. We set up the same tree every year, with the same ornaments that come from my husband's and my childhood, as well as those we have collected over the years of our marriage, and too, my daughter has her ornament collection that goes on the tree. This year, we visited Kitras Glass in Fergus as a family, and made our own glass ornaments that now hang on the tree. It was a wonderful experience, that we may even do again in the future. This year, while we were setting up the tree, I brought out some new mugs, and filled my wine carafe with warm apple cider. My daughter chose hot cocoa instead of cider for her warm drink, but we all sat together with our drinks and some treats to just chat for a while. When Winter is over, I'll tuck those mugs away until next year, to bring out the day the tree goes up for 2019. My daughter has her Advent calendar too, the same one we've been filling for her since she was old enough to understand what it is about.
We have other traditions too, but I'd love to hear about yours. Do you have some traditions you love, that you'd like to share? They might be just what I'm looking for to add to the joy of our holidays.
Keep on groovin'
Welcome, to The Music of Life. Some of the most important connections of our lives, those we form with ourselves throughout life, as well as those we form with our families and friends, are being lost in this modern world of “social” media, minimalism, and keeping up with society. I hope, through this column, to remind my readers of all that matters, and help them re-establish their bonds with life, memories, mementos, and traditions.
Christmas music is everywhere these days, and with Christmas being less than a month away, that really isn’t surprising. My daughter started singing Jingle Bells six weeks ago., and given that we still had 2 weeks to go until Hallowe’en, I figured asking her to wait was a reasonable request. A few years ago, I was chastised by an older woman in a grocery store, when I was a bit exasperated with my daughter who was very excited about Christmas and showing it. “Enjoy it”, I was told, “these are the best times.” I looked at her and just said; “We’ve already had six weeks of this, I’m just about done with it.” It was still a couple of weeks until Christmas, and it was wearing me out already. She just looked surprised and moved on. Here we are years later, and I’ve now been listening to my sweet girl sing Jingle Bells over and over since Remembrance Day. A friend recently taught her how to play the song on the piano as well, so now I get to hear it that way too. Nearly four weeks to go until Christmas. I think it’s time she learned some new songs too!
Read the rest of December's The Music of Life Column HERE. And, if you want to know more about the fabulous A Cappella group; Supertoniic, hear sample's of their Christmas CD, and purchase your own copy of the album, click HERE.
Wow, the week sure did go by quickly! That's what happens when life gets busy. A couple things I want to touch on this week....name change for these Monday posts, and what to do when things get a little nuts, which given the time of year, is likely happening to a lot of people right now.
First, the name of these Monday posts. I've decided that I don't really like the name "Motivation Monday", so I'm dropping it. Not sure if I'll come up with a special name for these Monday posts or not, but for now, each one will just be titled based on the content. I hope you'll join me as I continue exploring life and all the ways we can make it groovy.
Now let's talk about this busy time happening now, or just gearing up for you. I spent yesterday at The Well Event in Oakville. It was a fantastic day, and I did 26 readings. Can I just say, WOW?!? That is the most readings I've ever done in one day. I had a lot of fun, and really enjoyed meeting everyone who booked a reading. And boy, was I tired last night. And today too. That's okay though; that's how it is when doing events like this. I'm going to take a bit of time today and just unwind a bit to get my energy back up.
I'm looking ahead at the rest of my week, though, and the weeks to come, and seeing that there is all my regular stuff on my plate this week, plus some special orders for journals, a busy Saturday, and an event on Sunday. Beyond that, the weeks look pretty much the same. Seeing that, especially when I'm already feeling a bit depleted, makes part of me want to cancel everything and hibernate for the next 6 weeks. But I know, that's not what I really want, it's just a temporary, natural response to where I'm at right now. It's okay, and so am I.
So, how am I going to roll into the holidays, without being exhausted and stressed? By doing a few simple things to help maintain my connection with my self and my family, and by keeping my awareness on where I am right now. I'll be scheduling breaks, time off, and low key time both alone, and with my family. Without these times, I won't enjoy the next month and a half very much, and will mostly just be looking forward to Christmas and all that goes with it, being over. I really don't want that to happen.
To keep my mind focused on what I'm doing right now, I'll be keeping my planner handy all the time. It's important to be aware of upcoming events so I don't lose track of what needs to be done, but keeping all of it in my current awareness is exhausting and stressful, at least for me. To prevent this, I keep all the details in my planner, and only focus on what needs doing now, with a little more awareness of what else is happening today. Before adding anything else to my schedule, and at the start of every day, I look at my planner to be sure I'm not overbooking, and not forgetting anything. I also spend a bit of time at the start of every week going through my planner to get an overview over the coming week, while looking for spots where I might need one of those "me" breaks, and scheduling them in.
These steps make all the difference for me. I hope they help you as well.
I hope you have a wonderful week!
Keep on groovin;'
I don't live in an area where earthquakes are common. We get the odd tremor, maybe once every few years, but that's it. As a result, I don't have to worry about physical earthquakes, but every now and then, I have what could easily be called a "lifequake". Something happens that really shakes things up in my personal or business world, and I'm left bracing myself, and taking shelter until the movement mostly stops, and the dust starts to settle. I'm sure you've had similar experiences...no one goes through life with nothing ever getting stirred up.
As I've been going through this latest event, lets call it a "bizquake" since the earth isn't actually shaking, and all of this is specific to my business, I've also been trying to look at the experience from the outside in, viewing how the process is changing me, and what my business will look like going forward. It all started when I was having a business related conversation with a friend, and she said something about how to look at my business that really stirred up my thinking. This one simple comment, and all of my thoughts about it, set off this crazy bizquake, that is leaving me wondering now; what's next?
The best thing we can do when this kind of event occurs is to just stay with it. Let it happen. Let our thoughts roll around it, write about it if you find that helps, and just let everything vibrate and shake until things start to settle. Often, our first reactions are to try to keep things the same, to hold on tightly to how it all used to be, and try to put these foundations back together the way they were. That really doesn't work very well; usually the pieces no longer fit together, and there isn't any reason why they should. These changes happen because we need them. Sometimes it just takes a while to realize it.
At this point, I'm not sure that the outside appearance of my business is going to change much, but this bizquake isn't over yet either, so it may be too soon too tell. For now, I'm going to keep watching and keep myself as stable as I can while the landscape around me shifts and changes. If you're going through something similar; whether its a bizquake or a lifequake, I recommend you do the same. Only when the dust settles will you be able to see clearly.
Keep on groovin'
My name is Kayleigh Radatus, and I'm the creator of This Groovy Life. As far as I'm concerned, we're here to really live and love This Groovy Life, and it's my purpose to help you do exactly that! I hope this blog is helpful. If there are any Personal Empowerment or Metaphysical topics you'd like me to cover, send me a message!