Category Archives: Gratitude

New Year Self-care Jump Start, Day 6

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Good morning, beauty! An easy one today to brighten up a little corner you look at often:

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Buy yourself a little bunch of flowers. Or get a huge bouquet if that suits you. You could also choose a little sprig of something fresh that smells amazing. (Rosemary will give you a mental boost. Lavender will calm you and uplift your mood.) If you garden you could pick something of your own, or you could buy a lovely green plant. Anything fresh and green and good-smelling will do. Buying it yourself sends your heart the message that you’re worthy of daily beauty, which of course you are.

Warmly,

Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world holistic coaching for mamas who want to consciously cultivate big lives that get them totally fired up.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and rocks a tiny homeschool in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She believes that connection can change your life.   Read more about her here.

New Year Self-care Jump Start, Day 5

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Good morning, beauty! Today’s self-care idea is simple but powerful. Use it whenever you wish to change the way you’re thinking about yourself. If you glance in the mirror and don’t feel love for the body or face you see, do the daily self-care rituals and I guarantee you will feel differently by the end of this month. For today, try this powerful little tool:

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You may make it a little song, like I do, or just think it in your mind. Breathe in as you think, “I am Love. I am Beauty” and exhale long and slow as you think, “I am Peace.”  Do this for a minute or so, whenever you think to.

Repeat your mantra all day, any time of day to send calm, loving feelings to your Great True Love: You.

Warmly,
Kirsten

New Year Self-care Jump Start, Day 4

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Good morning, beauty! I’m writing this message who knows how long before you get it and I know that as you open it and start to read, it will be a simply gorgeous day. How can I be so sure? As parents of energetic kids who need to get outside no matter the forecast know, There is no bad weather, only the wrong clothes. I also know that any day we’re alive and breathing is going to be a stunningly gorgeous day on this beautiful big blue Planet Earth. Rainy, windy, sunny, foggy… it’s all good. In that spirit, I invite you to check out today’s self-care challenge:

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You probably know that time outside is linked to less stress, more concentration, better physical fitness. Whether your terrain is city steps, a green park, redwood hills, or the rolling ocean, outdoor time (especially outdoor exercise) just makes life better. Can you spare a few outside hours today? A half hour stroll through your city or town? Lunch or dinner on the back patio or a late afternoon cup of something warm on the front stoop? Where will you get outside today?

Warmly,
Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world holistic coaching for mamas who want to consciously cultivate big lives that get them totally fired up.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and rocks a tiny homeschool in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She believes that connection can change your life.   Read more about her here.

New Year Self-care Jump Start, Day 3

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Good morning, beauty! Today’s little mission for self-care is to make a small corner of your life organized and calming to look at. No need to spend the whole day cleaning house, but tidy up a small corner you use a lot. Clean with loving intention, perhaps meditating on your good fortune at having warmth, shelter, and a place to call home.

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A good, small spot to focus on might be your desk, your bathroom counter, your vanity, or a kitchen cabinet. (That’s my kitchen cabinet above, and you can probably tell from looking at it that, 1. I don’t have a lot of pantry space, and 2. I’m kind of a birth junkie. Yes, that’s a printout of an Alex Grey piece taped to the inside of my cupboard. Makes me happy every time I look at it.)

A tidy space is calming to the psyche, and there is even a school of thought that says living in clutter contributes to overweight. I believe that a calm environment brings a sense of peace and a feeling of competence. How about you? Do you thrive on a bit of chaos or do you need order in your personal space? Let us know in the comments!
Warmly,
Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world holistic coaching for mamas who want to consciously cultivate big lives that get them totally fired up.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and rocks a tiny homeschool in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She believes that connection can change your life.   Read more about her here.

New Year Self-care Jump Start, Day 2

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Good morning, beauty! Your mission for today is to find a pen and paper. Make it a beautiful blank journal or the back of a kid’s scribble. Simple copier paper will do nicely, and so will a blank doc on your phone or computer. Whatever you use, take a few minutes today to reflect on the year we’ve just left.

Today let’s think about the good parts of last year: the brags, the triumphs, the people you loved, the places you went, the small things that made you happy. You might write about:

  • What worked well for you in 2017?
  • What are you proud of?
  • Did you achieve any particular goals or work through any difficult situations in 2017?
  • What brought you bliss in 2017?

In a future journal we’ll talk about goals and strategies for 2018, but for today the idea is that knowing where you come from helps you plan for where you want to be. It’s also an awesome opportunity to count your blessings and pour your gratitude out onto the page. You probably already know that gratitude helps you calm down and notice the good things in your life. Did you also know that keeping stress low and happiness high are directly correlated to longer life and less illness?

So today use your journal (or blank doc, or back of scribble) to write down anything that makes you feel good and happy and proud of your 2017.  And feel free to share a brag or two in the comments!

Warmly,
Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world holistic coaching for mamas who want to consciously cultivate big lives that get them totally fired up.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and rocks a tiny homeschool in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She believes that connection can change your life.   Read more about her here.