Focusing on the Already Haves

It was so much fun visiting Louisville, KY this past weekend with my sweet love! ♥️ We had passed through dozens of times on other road trips but never stayed to EXPLORE. ✨ There were so many moments when we both paused — just to SAVOR — to really take in the beauty of a moment and to let the gifts of it SINK IN. Whenever I do this, my heart swells — and I also become so aware of how I truly would have missed a large percentage of whatever it was if I had NOT done this. It’s not that we didn’t talk about the future (we’re always dreaming and scheming!), but we spent most of our time pointing out to each other the wonderment around us and in our lives, no matter how small. In the busyness and delicious fullness of life, it’s so easy for us precious humans to: 🌼 Not be fully present 🌼 Focus on what needs fixing, correcting, or our attention — rather than on what IS working 🌼 Focus more on the to-do’s than the already-have’s I’ve been doing this savoring practice for many years now, but it truly is a daily practice. And spending a whole weekend away that was devoted to RELISHING in moments and to appreciating and celebrating what ALREADY IS filled my heart! ♥️ How can you spend more time this week appreciating the already-haves, rather than your mind jumping right over them and straight to the have-to-dos?!…

When Something Unexpected Happens

When something unexpected or unwanted happens, we can spend our time and energy: (1) looking for who to blame or (2) looking for creative solutions for how WE can help positively transform the situation. One option greatly limits our joy, spikes our stress, and closes our hearts, but the other option opens up pathways for unlimited possibilities ~ which is way more fun and where I love to live! (Lovebug agrees that there are much more productive uses of our energy than spending any of it on blaming others! 

“What can I GIVE” vs “What Can I GET?”

Whenever I think “what can I GET?” (from an interaction, experience, relationship, etc.) it is nowhere near the joy I feel when I shift back into my favorite place to be: 💖 “what can I GIVE?” 💖 Having a service-orientation towards life opens up pathways to love, connection, and joy otherwise unavailable to us. It is here that we remember who we really are and why we’re all really here. ✨🙏🌟 Thank you for all you give and do to make this world a kinder place to be! 🤗 XO

Awakening Your Joy Potential

Love + Gratitude for Our Joy Potential Weekend

So grateful to have spent a magnificent weekend with this amazing group of humans committed to accessing their Joy Potential ~ for the greater good of ALL! ❤ Thank you all so much for being powerful GENERATORS of positive energy,  BEACONS of kindness, caring, and love, MODELS of what’s possible,  and REASONS for hope for our world!  “As one of the seven billion human beings, I believe everyone has the responsibility to develop a happier world. We must pay more attention to our inner values. We must look INSIDE.”  – Dalai Lama Thank you for sharing your exquisitely authentic lights and accessing the wellspring of joy and love within you. As you do, I have no doubt you are helping others recognize and tap into their own!  And a happier planet is surely a kinder and more generous, peaceful, and connected one  “Because you are alive, everything is possible.” – Thich Nhat Hanh 

Walk the Talk Speaker Series: Creating Happiness

Creating Happiness Event Coming Soon!

I just found out that I have the great honor and joy of getting to be one of the six speakers for the upcoming TED-inspired “Walk Your Talk: Creating Happiness” event in Bloomington this February at the wonderful Buskirk-Chumley Theater! My talk will be coming straight from my heart, and my greatest hope is that it will be of service on your own journey of creating happiness! ✨🙏 I would love and be honored to see any of your beautiful faces there! It is being organized by some amazing people, and I’m so excited to hear the other 5 radiant speakers and their inspiring messages. I know it will be a truly heartwarming and illuminating evening! You can get tickets through the Buskirk Chumley box office and can find the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/268208790349791/ Deepest love and gratitude! ❤ PS: This is different from the TEDx talk I am giving farther north at Wabash College in March. In fact, this one is much closer to most of you darlings! #WalkTheTalkSpeakerSeries  

Rather Than Just Fix What’s Wrong, Build What’s Strong

So grateful for the monthly Buffalo Sisters Gift Circle that has been gathering at our home for 8+ years, for heart-centered connections, for spaces to come together to encourage, nurture, uplift, support, understand, and inspire one another, for opportunities to feel the incredible strength that comes from togetherness, for cultivating connection, for places to drop in and really see and hear one another, for the healing that is possible in safe and loving spaces, and for shared intentions to focus our energy on recognizing, appreciating, and growing the unique gifts within us all — for the greater good of all! <3 Last night’s circle also included all sorts of confetti I brought back from Peru that is traditionally used to make sacred offerings to Pachamama (Mother Earth) in celebration of the gift of life. When we travelled there last month, so many streets were lined with this sacred confetti and, when women left here last night, so were all of us, and so was our homesweethome! 😉 In Positive Psychology, research shows that the greatest changes happen when we don’t simply focus on fixing what’s WRONG but, instead, make sure we also spend an abundance of time and energy on growing what’s STRONG. We all offered up this confetti last night in recognition of those beautiful aspects of ourselves and our world we want to keep growing! I also intentionally handed out star stickers to everyone last night. It might seem silly (though I am all for the vital importance…

What Your Fear is Really Telling You

Fear is such an amazing part of our lives! 🙂 Here are some of the many things I love continually exploring and re-exploring in my own life and with my wonderful clients when it specifically comes to those personal fears in our hearts and minds that hold us back in any area of our lives: – Fears are so often (and so easily!) mistaken for red lights when, instead, they are usually GREEN lights showing us exactly where to go and GROW. – When we turn to face our fears and lean into them, they often disappear and, before we know it, become an area of ease within our newly expanded comfort zone (just think of the things that used to seem scary that are easy peasy now!). – Oftentimes, doing the very thing that scares us is the most powerful (and perhaps the only) way to truly transform the fear. – If we don’t face our fears… (1) they typically don’t go away on their own, (2) they can become paralyzing, (3) we become stuck in life, (4) they can leak out all over the place in other areas, (5) our world shrinks to fit the confines of our fears, (6) we clog our “spiritual pipes,” our intuition, and our calling, (7) and we disconnect from our true selves and what we came here to give, experience, receive, and SHINE! – If we aren’t experiencing some of these kinds of fears semi-regularly, it probably means we are staying a…

Don’t Wait For Anyone Else – Be Courageous With your Love and Kindness

​A smile too cute to possibly keep to myself​!​ The world is sooo much more beautiful when we don’t wait for someone else to smile at us before we smile at them, when we don’t wait for someone else to show kindness, generosity, grace, and love to us before we show those things to them. Let’s freely share our hearts (and smiles!) — it’s what (re)connects us to who we really are, individually and together! Wonderboy definitely endorses and models this way of living! 😉 Thank you so much to all of you who do the same and LEAD with love in your everyday interactions! ​ “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” William Arthur Ward Warmest smiles from Wonderboy (and me!) to YOU! 🙂 #rescuedogs #contagiouskindness #leadwithlove #smiles #thelovepack #joychoice #joypotential

Seeds We Plant in Others Blossom on Their Timeline, Not Ours

​When we dropped our son, Mayan, off in August for his freshman year of college in Tempe, AZ at Arizona State University, we had fun writing up a bunch of lovenotes and scattering them throughout his dorm room for him to find >> http://joypotential.com/joyblog/leaveatrailoflove/ This summer, he was only home for a (delightful!) two weeks before taking off for an incredible summer in Mexico and Peru. The day before he left, when Bret and I were out on a run, what did we come home to find? These precious lovenotes from Mayan! Lovenotes on our cabinets, in our fridge and freezer, on mirrors, on our water heater, in our closets, on ceiling fans and doors, hanging above our bed, and so many other places, including one near the dog bowls on the floor for the pups to see 😉 I have learned so much on my journey of being the luckiest stepmama of this remarkable human being, alongside his two truly extraordinary parents. Now that I have the total honor and joy of bearing witness to his 19-year-old self, I’m appreciating, as much as ever, that sometimes the seeds we plant in those we adore take years to really grow roots within them — but they matter so very much and can end up making all the difference. To all you wonderful parents who feel stretched in so many ways and give and do so much without often seeing instant results from your amazing efforts, this is just a little…

Abundance is A Mindset

Don’t forget to eat your “weeds!” 🙂 Did you know that dandelion greens are full of calcium, iron, antioxidants, minerals, and so much more and are wonderful for detoxifying and cleansing the liver and body! Springtime is the best time for them, but be sure to only pick them from areas that have not been sprayed with any pesticides or fertilizers. Dear Life, May I be aware enough every single day to see all of the abundant gifts you offer all around us, all the time! Endless Love and Gratitude, Christine  Enjoy the nutritious feast right in front of you! Dandelion smoothie coming right up over here! 🙂