10 Life Enriching Things To Do When It’s Cold Outside

 Merry Christmas Folks! I hope you are having a lovely time with friends and family, but be sure to take time out for yourself, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day through the holiday season. When you’re refreshed, you bring your whole self to the party! This blog post is a revisit from last December and I thought it was timely as many of us are taking time off for the holidays. Enjoy and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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Cold weather or tending to sick, sleeping children definitely keeps many of us in doors. When we find ourselves bound to the house, whether to stay warm or to care for ourselves or others, we can use the time productively. Here’s a list of ten life enriching things to do while stuck in doors.

1. Create an acknowledgement/gratitude journal. This type of journal is different than one to capture all your thoughts and emotions from day to day (although I think that’s a good reason to journal too). This journal is simply to acknowledge the specific things you did in a day and what you are grateful for. In time, you will have a collection of acknowledgements about your life and will have physical evidence of all that you do and receive.
2. Create a Manifestation journal. This is different from an acknowledgement/gratitude journal because it is a chronicle of the things you wish to bring into your life in the near and far future. It will feel amazing to see the things you scribed in your manifestation journal come to fruition in your acknowledgement/gratitude journal. Some things I have manifested was my daughter, my degree, my vehicle, and a better job, just to name a few.
3. Create a Vision Statement for your life. A paragraph detailing your vision for yourself is an awesome way to culminate all that you want represented in your life. It is a great reference to look at each day in your cubicle wall or on your bathroom mirror. Companies have vision statements, why not the little peoples too?
4. Create/work on your vision board. I have a well loved, ratty vision board that essentially has everything I wanted to manifest come about and now need to make time to create a new one. A vision board is great for the visual folks who need to see images to conjure up good feelings of what they want to have or continue to have in their lives. I grabbed images from the internet, magazines and even fortune cookie notes. It is a fun project to do with the kids, too.
5. Surf the web with purpose. Surfing the web sometimes gets a bad wrap as a time zap. I personally feel we are gaining information to store for later when we are perusing the net. Now that I am blogging, every opportunity to surf is a possibility for a new subject to write about. When you’re surfing the net, think about something from your manifestation journal you want to do a little more research about. Perhaps it’s a trip to Brazil. Or, an article on the history of tithing. Whatever it is, surf with a purpose to make the computer time count.
6. Guided meditation. I am a huge fan of guided meditation because it helps to guide the mind and body into a quiet state. Guided meditation reduces stress and for those of us who are spiritual, it brings us closer to our Higher Self or God. Here is a link to UCLA Health’s website with free quick, guided mediation MP3s http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22. If you’ve never meditated, having a guide to help you quiet your thoughts is super helpful. Don’t feel like you have to start out doing 30 minute sessions – start with five minutes and work your way up.
7. Listen to Podcasts. Just as I’m a journal junkie, I am also a little strung out on Podcasts. I listen to spiritual leaders and life coaches for daily inspiration. Some podcasts to check out: Everyday Attraction with Rae Zander; Think, Believe and Manifest Show with Constance Arnold; Receive Your Life with Janice Campbell; The Matt and Phil Show; Flowdreaming with Summer McStravick. For the creative writers, check out Writers on Writing.
8. Exercise. Get some second hand yoga or fitness videos, dance, or if you have room in your family room, get a small bike or elliptical machine and work up a sweat while you watch television. Whatever you do, get moving. Obviously, if you have a sick child or you’re sick yourself, this is not really a feasible option, so that’s why it’s towards the bottom of the list.
9. Daydream. Now, this is something you can do while your child sleeps or if you’re bedridden. Allow your mind to wonder. It feels so delicious to dip into a daydream, and almost a letdown when it’s interrupted. Here is how Wikipedia defines daydreaming: Daydreaming is a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a person’s contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake. Your mind needs a break, why not daydream?
10. Sleep. This will be a given if you’re sick. Even if there’s no sickness in your house, a nap or a night’s rest is what your mind and body needs to recharge. For many of us, sleep is a depleted commodity and naps are great for storing a little day’s energy. On days when I’ve had a hard time or had to leave work early, I go straight to my couch and take a nap. I usually wake up feeling a lot better about a situation or I may even dream up a solution to a problem. Sleep is medicine.

What are some ways you pass the time on cold or rainy days? And, what are some ways you enrich your life for free?

~Your Curator of All Things Spiritual and Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

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I am a self-professed Pinterest junkie and I don’t see rehab for my addiction anytime soon. There are so many beautiful words and images out in the world, it’s great to have them right at my finger tips!

The above pins struck a cord with me because that’s where I am in my journey – simplifying and getting back to basics in life. It has been a bumpy, yet delightful time for me as I downsized homes, vehicles, and redefining a budget that doesn’t involve excess and overspending. I toiled with yard sales, Craigslist postings, hawking items to co-workers – chiseling away all the extras and unused items in my life. How liberating it was to sell what needed to be sold and to share with others what no longer was useful for me – my soon to be trash became others’ treasure.

I have wobbly, Bambi legs as I gather my new life and move about my new space – but it’s delicious to learn a new way of being. I am embarking on living an intentional life, deliberately creating a beautiful and loving space around me.

What’s inspiring you this week on Pinterest or in the great, wide world?

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Recommendations and Shout Outs

Monday, December 15, 2014 Recommendations:

Get ready to be enchanted and enlightened by these New Thought/Law of Attraction Podcast recommendations. The hosts of these following shows have been channeling some divine knowledge and understanding on how to be in alignment and to devour all that life is giving. It is spiritual mind candy for those of us who are want a-ha moments on a regular basis. Week after week, these hosts are delivering the manifestational goods. Let’s get started:

Flowdreaming (http://www.flowdreaming.com/): Summer McStravick offers the gift of her talent and flowdreaming in her website, app, and Podcasts. She has hundreds of Podcast shows and a growing library of flowdreams that we all can access and build the structures of our dreams in our minds with vivid imagination and emotion. I love the format of her show – she covers the featured topic in depth, then she takes callers and answers their questions with finesse and insight, and then she closes with a show tailored flowdream. Stand out shows:

  • Manifesting vs. Intuition: How They’re Alike and How They’re Different, November 12
  • Awaken, Nourish and Revitalize Your Emotional Self, November 18
  • Booster Show! Take The Crazy Out (Total Destress), December 9

Receive Your Life (http://www.receiveyourlife.com/): Janice Campbell has a way of breaking down the nuts and bolts of having compassion for where we are right now. She teaches how to begin to root out negative beliefs no longer serving us and inserting beliefs that are in alignment with our desires. Her latest shows have been discussing how to BE abundant. Stand out shows:

  • Find The Ease, October 2
  • Your Money or Your Life – And You’re Designed for Both, October 9
  • Creating Money from the Inside Out, October 6
  • Experience More Abundance by Lessening Your Anxiety, October 23
  • Receive Your Wealth, October 30
  • Receive Your Wealth-Part 2, November 6
  • Sustainable Cash Flow, November 13
  • There Is Always a Way Through, November 20
  • Realizing Desires in Your Own Way, December 4
  • Realizing Desires in Your Own Way-Part 2, December 11

Everyday Attraction (http://everydayattraction.com/): Rae Zander and co-host Heather McKay Novak take the guess work out of Esther & Jerry Hicks and Abraham, and all things Law of Attraction in their Podcasts. It’s like getting together with a couple of close girlfriends to talk all things inspirational and Law of Attraction – delicious, deep, and divine. I know I will be changed for the better after a listen to a new Everyday Attraction Podcast. Stand out shows:

  • How to Manage Your Point of Attraction, June 20
  • To Do or to Be: Leveraging the Power of Source-Energy, July 18
  • Wobble-Free Thinking, August 29
  • Rendezvous Points, September 12
  • Effortless, October 17
  • Emotion IS a Manifestation, October 24
  • Sensual Spirit, November 14
  • Finding Your Balance in a Wobbly World, November 21

Think, Believe and Manifest Show (http://www.fulfillingyourpurpose.com/):

I am hooked to Constance Arnold’s southern drawl and brilliant questions she asks her guests. She is one of the best interviewers I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. The New Thought, Law of Attraction guests she hosts are some of the most renowned in manifestation techniques. She’s a speaker, life coach, and it’s a treat when it’s just her teaching life techniques. Stand out shows:

  • Mind Your Business: Live On Purpose, August 22
  • Mind Your Business-Part 2, September 5
  • Creating Happiness, September 11
  • Agreement in Spirit, Soul and Body to Boost Manifestation, October 17
  • Creating Amazing Abundance, October 31
  • Taking the Limits Off Your Life, November 7
  • Your Thoughts Create Your Reality, November 14
  • Consciously Wealthy, December 5
  • Consciously Wealthy-Part 2, December 12

Monday, December 15, 2014 Shout Outs:

Image courtesy of http://www.amazon.com/. Miguel Migs – Dim Division. Album dropped 11/4/2014.

Image courtesy of http://www.amazon.com/. Blue Six – Signs & Wonders. Album dropped 12/4/2014.

Sometimes inspiration and Law of Attraction education comes from the most unlikeliness of sources, such as Deep House Music. My earliest nudges into the divinity that is Deliberate Creation came from the music I listened to in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Shout outs go to two sublime deep house music albums that has been released this autumn – Miguel Migs, Dim Division and Blue Six’s Signs & Wonders. My fellow house heads know we’ve come home, spiritually, physically, and sensually when we’ve had a listen to these funky house base lines and melody on point…

Blue Six’s Beautiful Tomorrow and Miguel Migs Nude Temple 1 changed my life. I never listened to music the same way again after listening to these two albums in 2002. I have an active, imaginative mind, and I preferred to meditate to something more rapturous than tranquil. I found I could also dance all night to this music – trances and all.

Deep house music scratches a deep itch in the mind. The beats equally make you want to dance all night or chill while sipping on a chilled cocktail, in the clutches of a steamy, endless summer night. The rhythmic beat is meditative, the lyrics were mine to experience and relate to, and it was a music that felt like all my own. It’s not until you go to a show that one of these awesome producers DJ at, that you realize it’s not just you that’s in love with this music. These latest albums remind me why I am still in love with deep, soulful house music.

~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Consciousness and Your Beliefs

The New Divine Humanity

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Endless Divine Bliss, Opens The Heart and the Doorways within the perceived locked spaces, of Consciousness, deep within you. Those are those places, those spaces, that you know are there, but seem to not be able to fully access.  Or you access them, then they slip away, and you forget. Falling ever deeper into the patterns of the mind, that tell you, this is the way it is.

The thoughts of the Mind are Transcended when you access the doorways and entry points of Consciousness to limitless Being.

The funny part about the mind and its ability to create your reality, is that you must be invested enough in the thoughts of the mind, to sustain the  “Beliefs” that they are Real. Let me give you an example or two.

So you wake up in the morning and you had an amazing sleep. You feel excited, you feel your Heart, you know…

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Winter Rising

Etsy.com. Seller: RedpoppyVintageShop. Vintage Wool Poncho, Blanket Cape, Ethnic Scarf Coat, $82.

The poetic and chilly time between November and December marks the delineation between fall and winter. Those of us who swoon over cool weather clothing are very happy with 2014’s options for an easy, indulgent, and all-comfy ensemble. This season celebrates the nester in all of us, with easy layering pieces that dance the fine line between loungewear and high fashion.

Check out the below curated pieces for your 2014 fall/winter inspirational pieces…

Etsy.com Seller The Bohemian Dream. Bohemian Poncho Cape, Chevron, Floral Trim. Upcycled Clothing Recycled Clothes Eco Friendly OOAK by TheBohemianDream, $49.80.

Etsy.com. Seller: The Bohemian Dream. Bohemian Cardigan Nordic High Low Knit Doily Vintage. Upcycled Clothing Recycled Eco Friendly OOAK by TheBohemianDream, $49.80.

Etsy.com. Seller: The Bohemian Dream, $49.80.

Free people. Snowflake marled loop, $168.

Free People. Hendrix Sweater Legging. Color: Winter White, $68.

Free People. Marshmallow cardigan, $128.

Free People. Teddy Wrap Around Pullover, $148.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley