This is not what I’m supposed to be writing. Now “supposed to” when you work for yourself is always subject to change.
The truth is I am much more of a go with the flow person than one who craves structure. But I have learned that creativity thrives with a constraint and thus the benefit of an editorial calendar mapping what I share via my blog. This keeps writing feeling light and not like something I have to do even if I don’t happen to be inspired.
On the Bird calendar today’s post is busting meditation myths to get you ready for the Summer of Meditation Challenge (a free 8 week online training program which starts in June!) And I’m actually super excited about that content which you will see next week but instead I want to share something else today.
So I am.
Lately I’ve been feeling possessed. Is it spring fever? I’m not sure. Hard to wrap words around it but with the turning of the season I am going a little stir crazy and yearning for more of a relationship with the growing things out my window — that whole world of trees, plants and waterways, what indigenous communities call “the green nation.”
Last year this spring fever impulse fueled many a trip to the farm store and the hauling of animal troughs to convert to planters. I needed more growing space.
This year my garden feels nice and full. Aside from adding flowers and seasonal herbs to freshen it up and helping my husband install a new flagstone pathway through the garden beds (something I have wanted for about 4 years — here I am getting back from a walk on the day our two tons of flagstone were delivered. You can see the stack to my right and the path meandering behind me.)
Yet I still feel restless.
So rather than taking on another big outdoor project I’m attempting both to feel this stir of spring energy and slow myself down to actually enjoy, relish even, time outside.
To help encourage me to savor the outdoors I am doing the #rewildyourlife challenge. At least 30 minutes a day every day. For 30 days. Here are some pictures from this week’s rewilding activities ranging from an outing on Mother’s Day to the Trinity River Audubon Center, lemonbalm tea from my garden, and walks around our neighborhood.
I’m curious, are you feeling Spring Fever? Craft your own ReWildYourLife Challenge. How would you like to enjoy the shifting of the season this year? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear!
PS Just two spots left for my Spring Clean Coaching Special (including two bonus sessions from a nutrition coach and a home organizer). If you have been curious about coaching or feeling an inner nudge to get support in creating work and a life you love– this month is a great time to start! Just grab a free laser coaching session today to talk more. xo
UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS
Parenting Potions is Back! Just in time for Summer join me at our local Oil & Cotton Creative Exchange for a popular class to help you find more freedom and choice in your parenting role + other relationships. Plus you will make and take three roller balls with essential oil potions to help you reset when pressure builds. I’m offering two times: come in the morning for tea (or grab a delish coffee at Davis Street Coffee Roasters next door) or join me for the evening class and enjoy wine and adult conversation. Full details + link to register below.
June 11 or June 18 Parenting Potions
Saturday, June 11, 6-8pm or June 18, 10-12pm
Location: 817 W. Davis #110 Street
What is Your Parenting Personality? Do you lead (and filter) primarily with your head, heart, or gut center? Do you tend to lean into conflict? Or need time to retreat to regain your center? Utilizing a powerful tool called the Enneagram you can recognize your own dominant personality pattern and “de-velcro” from habitual approaches to life to instead find more freedom & choice in parenting and all relationships. Join Courtney to learn more about this dynamic tool + create three aromatherapy blends (in convenient roller bottles for easy application) to balance your mood and help you ground, open your heart, and clarify your mind. (Participants will receive a written guide with specific tips and practices plus the three roller balls with a choice of aromatherapy blends, and a carrier bag.)
*There are two class time options for this class. The June 11 evening class will include wine, you are welcome to contribute more drinks and snacks. The June 18 morning class will include tea, again you are welcome to bring snacks.
*Bring a friend and receive a 10% discount. If you’d like to bring a group please call or email for discounted rates.
Also, the Summer of Meditation Challenge is Coming (a free 8 week online training program.) This year I will be adding brief videos to each week! Stay tuned for more details … the training will start in June.
Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This Spring I’m writing on the 4 key myths I had to burn through before I was ready to really own my own juiciest goals. If you have a juicy goal I hope this series might help you clear out any inner obstacles so the goal can go from “out there” to “right here + totally possible.” xo Courtney