What's the one thing you can do right now to turn your dreams into reality? Journaling. Did you know studies have shown that a regular journaling practice helps to clear your mind, focus on your goals and alleviate stress? Getting your thoughts, feelings and aspirations down on paper offers you the opportunity to build a deeper connection with yourself and identify goals and desires you want to manifest in your life. Plus it’s inspiring to go back and reread past entries and see how far you’ve come in your life journey!
Some people have some challenges when first starting a journaling practice. Here’s some tips the Peace and Pear team would love to share to jumpstart your journaling practice:
1. Try writing first thing in the morning when your mind is most quiet.
2. Don’t worry about writing in complete sentences. Try a stream of consciousness where you write about everything and nothing in particular. Start by writing phrases or simple words to describe your mood or feelings.
3. Use journaling prompts. A journal prompt is just a question or topic that gets your mind flowing. Try picking a card from your Soulful Connections deck and journal your answer. This is a great way to start your journaling each day.
4. Journal every day. Even if it’s just a few sentences, the more you write the easier it becomes.
5. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Every time you journal, list all the things you are grateful for in that moment. This helps reframe your mind and the way in which you approach life. Positivity, even for the small things you have in life, attracts more of the good stuff you crave.
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Peace, love and pear,
In today’s crazy world of social media, gas lighting politics and a growing disenchantment with the corporate dream, many of us are looking for ways to reconnect and get back to basic communications and heartfelt discussions with our partners, family and our friends.
Are we living in parallel worlds? Many would say yes. One is the social media world and the other is the REAL WORLD. We all know the people, maybe close friends, that message us to go and hang out at a restaurant but what ends up happening is exactly the opposite of what we want. It can be hard to talk with them face to face because they are busy snap chatting their “social media friends" and taking pictures with fun captions to post on Facebook. It begins to feel so shallow at times and even lonely as we sit and watch them furiously typing on their smart phones.
We aren’t alone. The number of social media users worldwide has grown to 3.196 billion, up 13 percent from last year according to a 2018 global digital report from wearesocial.com. That number is growing as people of all ages look for recognition, companions and fame on Facebook and Instagram.
What happened to the good old days of setting the phone down and having a real conversation about our lives, our work, our dogs and kids, our likes and dislikes? Or even the weather?!
Why does this matter? Because isolating from friends and family who are sitting across the table from you only to be social in the social media world full of filters, quick snippets of conversations, posturing for a great photo to show your “best life” all becomes fake and leads to a sense of loneliness for real connections. When we spend our time in the company of others but aren’t fully present, don’t engage in conversation but try to capture the best image of what is happening, we miss out on the fun and heartfelt connection we could be having.
That's why I created Soulful Connections, a 120 card deck filled with unique and thought-provoking questions for friends and families to use as a fun and inspired way to help bring people closer. We are all craving connection and sometimes a little inspiration is needed.
The questions range from introspective; What does this year have in store for you? What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in your lifetime? What do you love and admire about the person sitting next to you? To the more playful; If your life was a movie, what would the title be? All these cards are designed to get you and the people you care about, talking more. Visit www.PeaceandPear.com to learn more.
What if we began to “live in the moment” and not always try to capture it on our phones? What would that look like for you? Tell us what you think, we'd love to hear from you!
Peace, love and pear!
Until recently, I didn’t know the difference between these two. It actually seemed like the same thing to me. I was in a fog and very wrapped up in my routine. Can you relate?
For many years, I was just living. Really just getting by in life. I wouldn’t have said I was depressed but I also knew I wasn’t very happy. But hey, I had bills to pay and a job that paid me well so that was enough. Or so I thought.
It can be easy to get comfortable and fall into a routine. It can become easy to be complacent, stuck in the rat race and struggling to feel some meaning in the day to day.
Life can lose its spark, if we let it.
One day, I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. I started to ask some of the hard questions to figure out my place in the world. My goal was to create a life I could love. Other people were doing it, why couldn’t I?
What does it mean to truly live?
1. For me, it’s the ability to embrace and investigate opportunities. No more self- defeating talk; “it can’t happen for me” or “this is just how it is and its good enough.”
2. Spending some time in quiet reflection, even if only 10 minutes a day, to check in and see what I need for self care and self love.
3. A deep look at what is lacking in my life and the fearlessness to make some big changes.
This wasn’t easy and often times scary. I believe life begins at the end of our comfort zone. This is how we truly begin growing. I wanted to see life as an adventure and began looking at the universe as guiding me in the right direction not conspiring against me.
The payoff has been leaving a lack luster corporate job to find my true passion; creating mindfulness products, holding workshops and writing about my own struggles and wins so others can feel empowered to create healthy change in their own lives.
It isn’t always easy but if you ask yourself what it means to truly be alive and showing up for your life, be willing to take a few risks and trust in your inner voice, you will find your special place in the world.
Have you ever felt like this? Where are you now on your personal journey?
We’d love to hear your story!
Do you or someone you care about need some inspired questions for deep self-reflection? Looking for interesting and unique ways to engage family and friends this holiday season? Soulful Connections is a 120 card deck of thought-provoking questions which are meant to deepen your journey of self exploration through personal reflection. They also make a great gift for loved ones and a hostess gift for friends. Enjoy the holidays and don't forget to live well my friend.
Peace, love and pear!
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That thing that burns deep in your soul and begs to be heard. It starts with a whisper and sometimes you can hear it whenever the noise in your head quiets long enough. We all have dreams, hopes and aspirations. Our soul is crying out to be heard. Over time the screams get louder and the flames more intense. This is the point where we either follow our hearts and chase that life dream or we squash it, lose our soul purpose and keep the status quo.
I’ve seen the latter happen all too often with my friends and myself. Sad to say, for years, I squashed my passions and dreams because I was too afraid of what might NOT happen. I was stuck in the fear of the unknown and it felt really uncomfortable. I had a hard time just sitting still and thinking or letting my mind take a mental break from the anxious thoughts.
Sometimes we become so disconnected from ourselves that we don’t know how to listen to that inner voice, let alone start to act on it. So where do we begin?
The most important thing to do is get still.
That’s it. Simply get still. Find a way to quiet your mind, whether it’s through meditation, a long walk in nature, a jog, or starting a mindfulness practice (focus on living in the moment and not worrying about the past or thinking of the future). Calming the “monkey mind,” that incessant chatter we all hear and starting to focus on our breath and asking life’s big questions. Who am I? Why am I here? What is it I’m being called to do with my life? Is this all there is or is there a bigger picture? Asking these questions of myself helped me get a clearer picture of my life. It doesn’t always happen overnight and it can feel really uncomfortable to be alone with ourselves. Turn off your computer and smart phone. Just sit quietly. Don’t worry about the outcome or trying to do it perfectly. Let go of the attachment of how it will get done, just set the intention to try.
Once I faced my fear, sat quietly on a regular basis and began listening to my intuition, that little voice inside me that was begging to be heard, I found the right path I needed to follow at this point in my life. It helped me discover my dream and I launched Soulful Connections. Many of the questions that helped me find my true calling, I included in this 120 card deck. I began realizing that what feeds my soul is helping others find their purpose and create lives they love. I think it takes courage, especially in today’s climate, to break from the norm, ask the big questions and really show up for our lives.
This is the only life we have, in this body and at this time.
We all deserve to be heard and seen. Go and follow those big dreams that lie inside of you. I will be by your side cheering you on!
Peace, love and pear!
I used to think self-care was selfish, something only people with a lot of money and time on their hands could even think about. It seemed self-indulgent and out of my reach. That was my thinking many years ago. Since then, I’ve changed my tune. I realized a few years ago that self-care for me wasn’t about going to the spa weekly for massages and manicures (although those are nice from time to time). It was something more accessible, easier, less expensive and often times more fulfilling.
I have been practicing self-care right at home on a daily basis for a very long time. For me, taking a few minutes out of each busy morning to journal and drink my favorite cup of tea is a form of self-care. Those 10-15 minutes I spend writing about the past day, week or month, are important in helping me sort out my thoughts and feelings. It gives me something concrete to reflect back on. If I get stuck, I pull a question card from my Soulful Connections deck and see where it leads me. Those few minutes can be a very eye-opening journey.
Every morning I take my dog for a walk around the neighborhood. I used to think I did it for him but I love the time we spend in nature, listening to the birds, letting the warm sunshine fall on our faces and saying hello to my neighbors as they come out on their stoops to pick up their morning paper. Is this a form of self-care? You bet. It’s meditation in motion and I cherish the time I get to have a deeper conversation with myself in nature. Not to mention the quality time I get to spend with my favorite pooch.
My yoga practice is self-care. The healthy food I choose to eat is a form of self-care. Going to bed early, talking gently with myself and others, they are all forms of self-care.
Making time to nurture and care for ourselves can sometimes be difficult. We all have busy lives but what if I told you there was a virtual community of like-minded individuals that are coming together to make self-care simple, easy and fun. That community is being led by Barb Klein, Inspired Possibility, life coach, author of 111 Invitations, retreat facilitator and a close friend and colleague to Peace and Pear. Our missions are similar; to help people create more peace, purpose and fulfillment in their lives. We all have an inner wisdom, a guidance that knows what is best for us and we need only tap into it. I hope you will join me online in the Self-Care Sanctuary being held for four Monday evenings from 7-8:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time) beginning September 10, 2018. To learn more and join us in this inspired virtual community,visit https://www.inspiredpossibility.com/selfcaresanctuary.html
What about you? How do you practice self-care? Please share in the comments below.
Peace, love and pear!