We are enjoying the quiet (or at least the quieter?) around here.  While I love the holidays, I also treasure these few days and weeks AFTER the holidays when everything is cozy and the pace is slow.  As I mentioned earlier, I love a new year and new year’s resolutions.  It feels good to start fresh, get back to basics, and re-orient ourselves to what and who is most important in our lives…how we want to recreate our stories in this shiny brand new year.

In the right margin of the blog, you’ll notice some new links to my very favorite sacred spaces online.  These are sites that nourish and remind us to live this life RIGHT, and I am so grateful for all they are continuing to teach me:

I learned the practice of contemplative prayer through books and seminars from The Center for Action and Contemplation.  The Center is led by Fr. Richard Rohr.  Located in New Mexico, CAC seeks to empower individuals to live out their sacred soul tasks in service to the world through educational programs and resources.  I receive Fr. Rohr’s daily meditations through email.  I appreciate their open, abiding focus on community building, peace and social justice.

Momastery mastermind Glennon Boyle might just be my sister from another mother!  Her focus on truth-telling, caring for each other, and unfailing hope are a constant inspiration.   Her blog fans call themselves “Monkeesand here is the description from her site: “We call ourselves Monkees because we’re like monks, in that we put our faith in something beyond ourselves…We’re unlike monks in that we curse and watch trash tv and become annoyed quite easily.”  I love that – the acceptance that comes with saying that we can be imperfect and still serve in our own ways!  Plus, she’s funny…really, really funny.

Kind Over Matter is a beautiful site with a beautiful purpose: to nurture the creative, entrepreneurial, soul-centered community.  I always come away from this spot a a little lighter, a little lifted and a lot more hope-full.

A Holy Experience is the blog of writer Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts).  She spins her daily life as a writer, mother and wife into profound reflections on life, love, faith and family in a way that is challenging, hopeful, and all-together inspirational.  I am LOVING her new year’s “25 for Sanity Manifesto” printable right now…have copies hanging in my bathroom, on our fridge and in the car (yes, the car!).

I encourage you to check out all of these resources as you chart your course for an intentional, hopeful new year.

If you need a constant reminder to live this year to the fullest, please take a peek at our brand-new Wrist Resolutions!  Patchwork and a little wider and funkier, they are the Shema Cuff’s hip younger sister.   They’re intended as a hopeful, prayerful call to action.  Be sure to use the code NEWYEAR for 20% off your purchase through January 14.

Good luck getting back to YOUR basics friends,

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