Peaceful Purpose

Beach Dunes

We made it to the very end and here’s the final takeaway I want you to have.  By embracing your gifts you can find some peace in your days.  When you are doing what you were created to do you will feel more inspired and more purposeful.

We leave the endless to-do’s and the constant struggle to measure up and we end up in this blissful place of now, the current moment.

Each part of our day becomes enjoyable as we let our gifts expand more and more. Imagine spreading happiness and creativity to the people around you instead of stress and negativity.

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Release Your Expectations

Having older women mentor the younger is the idea behind the women’s group I am a part of.  We are interviewing women who have lived through the kid years or work years or both and marriage and family and faith journeys.

We are learning from these women that we are in the midst of a story, we are living it right now.  You are writing it and I am writing it in this moment and it is either intentional or it’s just a jumble of life’s moments, but either way it is the story that we get to tell when we are older.

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Embrace Your Art

Be aware of the tug of war between escaping and expanding.  We spent an entire week on the ways we let ourselves escape.  Choose to expand instead.  Unfold the petals of your gifts to reveal more and more of your true self.

I had the chance this past weekend to attend Allume and the lovely Emily Freeman was there speaking about her new book A Million Little Ways.  This book is all about living an artful life, exactly what I’ve been trying to tell you for the past month!

One quote speaks to the idea of procrastination which we talked about before.

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Continue the Journey

We made it to the final week!  How are you holding up?

This week we are going to focus on continuing the expansion of our gifts into the spaces of our lives.  It is so easy to say we don’t have time but I think that using our gifts and enjoying our gifts should be a priority.

There are three easy ways to continue on this journey of discovery.

  1. Keep freewriting.  If you tried the freewriting in the beginning of the series you know that it can be revealing and interesting and possibly weird.  It is a fantastic way to keep out the mind clutter so just keep practicing with it.
  2. Keep dating.  This is one of the best ways to fill up your inspirational well so I hope that you continue to do this as well.
  3. Keep creating.  It doesn’t matter that you’re a beginner and it doesn’t matter if you think your creation looks horrible.  It probably does because you are a beginner and that’s ok, this is all a learning process.  It’s supposed to look bad in the beginning. But if you don’t try how will you ever know if what you are pursuing is truly your gift.

Will you continue on your journey of discovery?  Tell me in the comments or by using #bloom31 on twitter.

To find the rest of the Bloom series go here. Don’t forget to check out the other 31 days topics at Nesting Place.

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Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup at Today’s Mama

If this is the only soup you make this winter your belly and the bellies of your loved ones will be happy.  It is one of my favorite soups ever!

We don’t usually add the celery but I think that’s the only alteration.  Serve it with bread or grilled cheese or even cheez-its.

So yummy!!

Do you have a favorite soup recipe?  I’m always on the lookout for new ones.  Tell me in the comments or by using #bloom31 on twitter.

To find the rest of the Bloom series go here. Don’t forget to check out the other 31 days topics at Nesting Place.

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