HGTV/MPLS URBAN OASIS.

Photo Credit: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo Credit: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

HGTV is getting Hygge with it in Minneapolis with their Newest Urban Oasis Home Design Giveaway and it’s in my Neck of the Woods! Yea!

I’m such a sucker for these home giveaways. Entering daily in honor of my late Best Friend Crystal who got me hooked on the fun of what if’s. Though realistically the Cash Option sounds more appealing. But, this lovely 1920 home in the Hiawatha Neighborhood near the Beautiful Minnehaha Falls might be a keeper:)

Photo Credit: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo Credit: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

I just love the exterior and green spaces that it offers and that Modern urban twist of a classic Minnesota Scandinavian Farmhouse. Which is such rich part of our heritage in the upper Midwest. It screams Minnesota.

Photo Credit: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo Credit: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

The interior is definitely Simple Hygge comfort for those dark harsh winters we experience up here. Full of windows and welcoming nods to cozying up when the weather changes.

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I will be honest at times the interior spaces do remind me of a High End Ikea showroom. It definitely was designed to appeal to the masses. If you want a true peek at one of my favorite Minneapolis styled homes, swing on over to Francois et Moi’s Instagram feed. Spot on.

Photo Credit: Tomas Espinoza

Photo Credit: Tomas Espinoza

But, overall spaces like above do capture Upper Midwest Modern, Minimal design.

Photo Credit: Tomas Espinoza

Photo Credit: Tomas Espinoza

My personal favorite room is the home office above. Minus the fur chairs:) I adore the brightness and contrast with light and pink. I would so love to be writing this post in there right now.

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But, again the outdoor spaces has my heart a flutter. Us Minnesotans live for the warmer months and soaking up the best summers ever. Entertaining here would be delish to say the least.

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Warm and welcoming. Minneapolis is good place to call home. So, you should join me in the home fun and enter HERE until November 21st 2019. If you want more of a peek at the Hiawatha Neighborhood home take a virtual tour HERE at HGTV.

And maybe we’ll be Neighbors. Love, C.

📷: HGTV

EVERYTHING IS FIGUROUTABLE.

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I do think things are Figuroutable and now the everything deal is sealed after finally getting my hands on Marie Forleo’s New York Times Bestselling Book, Everthing is Figuroutable.

I first discovered Marie via her Oprah Super Soul Sunday talk of the same name. I will be honest around that time I had immersed myself in all kind of Self-Help. As I was going through some challenging times, I was looking for Any Kind of Outside insight to pull my bootstraps up. Listening to Podcasts were my number 1 jam and still is… Yes, I came across some amazing podcasts and some also not so great. I felt like a kid on Halloween with all these candy choices laid in front of me. A Free for all Eating fest of every Sweet advice I could pop in my mouth. Then the sugar rush hit and soon it followed with ‘I’m gonna throw the eff up’🤢.

Self-Help is no different in my book than that spooky Childhood day of the year when you can stuff your face with any kind of candy, even those gross black and orange peanut butter chews.

Bombarding oneself with so many different choices that you inevitably need some Pepto to settle that stomach of treats (self-development) down.

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Marie was and is my Pink Pepto Bismol. A better tasting one too 😊. She doesn’t throw sweet advice around unless there is rock hard insight and research attached. She’s the real deal in a Halloween bag full of self-help fluff that anyone these days can wrap up in a nice fun-size serving.

When I first picked up her book, I will be honest. I was Leary after all the crap I digested lately in other books. But, once I began to read I knew I was in a legit zone of Marie TV content in written form.

I took her advice, grabbed a special notebook in Forleo Orange 🍊 to do each chapters Insight to Action Challenges and write what I uncovered down.

Before I share my BIG 3 Take-aways with you. I wanna do a little disclaimer- I’m sharing some sneak peeks into the book. If you plan on reading it, which you should and will 👍. Maybe skip and come back:)

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My 3 everything is Figuroutable take-Aways:

  1. Define your dreams.

    All the Chapters had me going a-ha in so some way or another. But, Chapter 6- Define Your Dreams was a surprising doozy.

    I always considered myself a dreamer:) What I mean by that… being clear and concise to what they are. But, always feeling overwhelmed at how am I gonna get started on my mega bucket list of dreams. This chapter for the first-time created a actionable plan to focus on just ONE. I had heard this before, but surprisingly it finally stuck.

    And to also uncover the ONE that meant the most to me. That ONE Dream I needed to Go for NOW and how it could possibly create a ripple effect for the other Dreams on my list.

    Which I’m doing right Now- Writing this post and three others this past week. It has been a long-time coming. I haven’t consistently blogged like this since 2012. This chapter was such a huge kick in the ass to getting clear on my passion and reminding me of the 2nd BIG take-away.

  2. Start Before your ready.

    Chapter 7 was catalyst to my new Blog mojo. I grabbed my planner and notebook -then set myself into ACTION for the first in along time. I shoved my usual Procrastination to the way side with the reminder that it’s better to dive in than wait to be ready. Because what Marie brought home to me is, I’ll never be ready and to Stop Thinking and Start Doing.

    Yes, it’s a scary move to make. Especially for me the perfect planning freak. But, doing now what I’m doing. Writing these blog posts consistently. I’m seeing my rust fall off and beautiful growth happening in my creativity again. Small imperfect steps that are leading me to a new Done is Fun movement.

  3. Progress Not perfection.

    Chapter 8- Progress Not Perfection made me cry. I didn’t realize how much a perfectionist I was. I consider myself pretty self-aware. But, how Marie breaks down the perfection myth. I was blown away on how this has trapped me my whole life in pursuing my passions. It has allowed me to show up now and not sweat the small stuff. Actually embrace them in a whole new light.

    Our Imperfections can be the perfect formula for progress:) Again this has been a game changer to my creativity and overall existence ♥️.

Everything is Figuroutable.

As I said above this Book is full of so much. I’ve actually re-read it twice and have no plans on putting it on my book shelf anytime soon. It’s definitely a guide book to dreams and action. But, also a love letter from Marie in some ways…

A ‘you got this friend’ that perfectly sums up in how she always ends every episode of Marie TV with,

“Because the world really does need that special gift that only you have.”

Get the book and Let the World See You ♥️.

Love, C.

MARY TYLER MOORE/ MINNEAPOLIS MINI TOUR.

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Even though it’s been over 40+ years since the Mary Tyler Moore Show first aired on CBS. It still definitely has a place of Honor in its fictional hometown of Minneapolis and mine.

I never actually watched much of MTM re-runs growing up. But, when I made Downtown MPLS my new home a couple years ago. I couldn’t resist ‘Hanging’ out with Mary and the gang via Hulu. It’s sorta become a fall tradition now. Every time the light and leaves begin to change, I Cozy up in my own studio and watch in the evenings before I doze off.

And this year I took it even a bit further, Finding the real places that colored the iconic opening sequence in my neck of the woods.

Yes, things have changed over the years. But, surprisingly a lot of Mary’s “Turning the world on with her smile” magic still exists. Here is my mini peek:

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The Mary tyler Moore House- 2104 Kenwood Parkway

Nestled in the beautiful Minneapolis historic Neighborhood of Kenwood. This is where the exterior shots for the first five seasons of the show were filmed. Mary Richards Lived on the top floor and Rhoda had her swinging single pad in the Attic.

Now: Well,its always been a private home and couple years back it even went up for Sale. The exterior colors have changed since the show aired, but those beautiful Victorian bones are still there. The Kenwood neighborhood is a quick jaunt for me, just up the hill where I love to walk around the nearby Lake of the Isles.

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Lake of the Isles

Near Mary’s Fictional Apartment home is where many of the opening outdoor sequences of her walking we’re filmed. Minneapolis is literally branded as the City of the Lakes and Lake of the Isles is my personal favorite of the chain of Lakes. It’s my own oasis in the hustle bustle of the city. I love how quiet it is and the neighborhood feel it has. The houses are epic too. I can so see why the producers picked it, Mary fits right in:) You can just see Mary putting on her fall coat and going on a stroll.

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Mary Tyler Moore statue-505 Nicollet Mall

Right in the heart of Downtown resides a permanent statue commissioned by TV Land back in 2002 of the final opening shots of Mary tossing up her classic tam. It’s actually one of my favorite spots down on Nicollet. I always have to stop in between my errands to remind myself, “I can make it after all” in my own urban experience:)

Other Mary Bonus Spots:

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Several shots from the opening credits for later seasons were shot here. The epic skyscraper in Minneapolis wasn’t finished until 1972 and that’s when you could catch Mary riding the escalator or dining on the balcony at the now Jolliet House Restaurant.

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The building where the exterior shots of the fictional offices where Mary worked for WJM-TV. When I stop by I can totally imagine Newscaster Ted Baxter sauntering out onto the street in his classic Powder blue On-Air blazer. Loving all the fan fair of passerby’s:)

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The colorful skyscraper apartments that became her new home in Season 6. For the locals like myself, it has quite a unique reputation. Over the years, I’ve affectionately called it The Good Times building after another favorite 70’s sitcom.

The best way to view it is from highway 35W.

Love is all around.

It truly is most day’s (ask me how I feel in winter though 😂) for me in my new hometown of Minneapolis. When I hear that iconic theme song to The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love is all Around. I am reminded of how far I’ve personally come and the challenges I have overcame to initially navigate this city alone.

Now I’m surrounded by amazing little community of friends and neighbors I can’t imagine my life without. Maybe, now I have to throw my own hat up on Nicollet 😜.

I hope you enjoyed my little Mary tour:)

Love, C.

SUNDAY’S BEST/OCTOBER.

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Sunday’s for me are cozy magic. I just love hanging out in bed and scrolling to my hearts content on IG for the spaces and things that are inspiring me right now.

Like this Chicago home’s epic Gallery wall paired with this vintage sofa in Cobolt Blue via Apartment Therapy.

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Or this charming hand-painted wallpaper in a Manhattan Apartment via Domino.

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Then there’s these girls from a 1945’s Life Magazine article that caught my eye enjoying a day at the museum.

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And Sunday scrolling love wouldn’t be complete without a perfect wall collage from Clare Vivier.

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Last, but not least. Any photos or goods showcased my new fave IG feed, @microscopetelescope.

Hey, Now it’s your turn… what’s your current inspirations this October?

Love, C.

For the Love of Blogging/12+.

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After 12+ years of Blogging, I’m still totally crazy in Love!!! Yes, I’m no influencer by any stretch of the imagination nor do I take myself too seriously. But, I do have goals and I’m excited to share today what still keeps me going after all these years in a blog world that has/is completely changing. While Digging Deeply with some bonus fun included 😜 into the 5 Big Blog Love Lessons I’ve learned since first hitting that publish button back in 2007. Now Let’s get cracking…

1.Nobody puts Baby in the Corner.

First things first, Do ya’ll remember the beginning of final scene in Dirty Dancing when Jennifer Grey’s Character is sitting with her family and Patrick Swayze saunters over to grab her and says that cinematic Iconic statement, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” and then they do the final dance to Time of My Life? Pure magic right?

That’s kind of how I felt when I first pushed publish back in July of 2007. Yes, it wasn’t anything special by any stretch of the imagination, just some dear diary kind of words and not even a photo 😜. But like Baby, I was trying something different and exciting. Out of my norm, putting myself out there in ways creatively I never knew I could. I still feel that way now unfortunately without that epic Swayze air lift, which is probably not a bad thing 😂.

2.if the shoe Doesn’t Fit.

When I first began blogging, I was also trying so many different things. I still miss that initial discovery period, even down to the basics part. Like learning how to post a picture on my old blogging platform typepad 😂. The whole thing was so new to me and exciting to experiment with all the options. So full of awesome learning curves…

And Failures. Many pretty elementary ones I cringe at now like my overuse of Vignette filters on all my photos and obsessively rounding corners 😂.

But, those little laughable quirks pale in comparison to how I painfully tried to shove my blogging foot into other peoples size/style. Many times I wasn’t even aware of it. Just trying to find what worked for me, but nonetheless it’s been hard to look back on until I realized it was a big part of my learning process to discovering my own unique fit (voice).

Now looking back I see those so-called failures as blogging blessings 🙌. I seriously wouldn’t be the writer, photographer and content creator that I am today/and tomorrow without trying new things on for size.

3.Community over Competition.

#communityovercompetition Is one of my all-time fave hashtags on Instagram. The Community part is actually one of the main reasons I started blogging- to connect with others on-line to share my then passion of scrapbooking. Looking back it was such a awesome engagement time before Instagram and hashtags came on the scene.

But, with that community aspect. I also experienced my first taste of competition since Junior/High school. It was pretty eye opening to say the least. To see grown ass adults hustling to get followers and creating content to set them apart from the rest. Most of the time it was pretty harmless popularity contest, but their was the ugly side as well. Mean girls, scrapbook style 😂. Snarky comments, building others up to see them fall. Some Weird shit and I knew as I do now, I wanted no part of it.

Now I consciously embrace the Community over Competition hashtag way of online life. Yes, their are times on social media I still feel that competition/comparison game rear it’s ugly little head. But, I try to step back and remind myself that sharing/engaging is caring not defining. My main goal is to create, not to be the most popular blogger on the block ♥️.

4.Design-ly Inspired.

Going old School. This is actually one of my numero uno reasons for blogging and I didn’t even know it when I first started. Like I mentioned above Community and Scrapbooking is why I started. But, as I kept on creating, I reopened a long, but clearly not forgotten can of Childhood design loving whoop ass.

Growing up I was design odd, I suppose I still am 😀. When most of my peers were into 1980’s pop culture and style (yes, I did like that stuff too). But, My imagination lived somewhere else as well. A eclectic mix of anything mid-century with a heaping dash of Francophile. Old movies, books, magazines and even music.

My Dad and Mom knew and a few my friends were privy to my history loving quirks. But, overall it was my secret world of Nerd-dom.Spemding endless hours pouring over my Mom’s old design books, memorizing cover to cover vintage magazines and spinning my own little tales on paper. I’d even cut and pasted my own articles. Ha pre-blogging blogger was in the making 😂.

Then my teenage years happened and this creative craft of mine fell into oblivion until Scrapbooking and Blogging appeared in my life. Now I can’t stop nor won’t 👍.

Its crazy reflecting back at how Blogging reawakened and still continues to keep my imagination and creativity so alive and thriving.

5. “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you’er than You.” -Dr. Seuss

You gotta be you. This quote from Dr.Seuss really has come to define my blog story over the years. Cultivating and learning to find my unique voice in a huge blogging world. Embracing that one in million perspective that only I can bring to the table.

It’s definitely not been easy over the years. Their has been so times I’ve wanted to throw in the towel. When I felt irrelevant or stuck in a rut. But, I kept going…

For the love of blogging. To keep sharing, collecting and discovering that You that I am.

I so look forward to the next 12+ years of blogging and the goals I have going forward. Yes, I will make mistakes or not find the perfect words. But, that’s why I love this blogging ‘thing’ so much. The creative growth and documentation is priceless.

And thank you for being a part of it too.

Love, C.

Summer’s End.

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It comes so quick.It’s a bittersweet Good-bye. The days are shorter, but packed with such pretty I can barely stand it. I wrestle with the beginnings of Fall nostalgia showing up in my bones as with the dread of this view changing to bleak grey or white in the coming months.

But, for now I find comfort in the present show of cool mornings, blinding green landscapes and a breeze you so would write home about.

This summers end is sure a good one to say the least.

Love, C.

The Call to Courage.

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“If you’re brave with your life and choose to live in the arena, you’re going to get your ass kicked. You are going to fall, fail, and you’re going to know heartbreak.”

It’s the truth. I know it too well. And until last night before watching Brené Brown’s Netflix Special I had forgotten the power of bravery and vulnerability.

Having this arsenal of insight again makes me a little less (Ok Big less) hard on myself for being human and making changes in the last four months that would terrify most.

Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. It’s actually downright scary. But, from my own experience a whole hell of lot better than staying stagnant or worse closed off to growth.

Yes. Their are many moments where I’m disappointed, afraid and full to the brim with vulnerability. But, one thing I can’t say, I didn’t try. I have and am. It sucks most days. But, I keep showing up. And you should too.

Watch it. I promise where ever you are right now you in your life you will take some wisdom with you ♥️.

Blooming in the Cracks.

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July has gone, so has June. Now Summer is in this urgent August Month before Fall steps in to take over.

And this Morning while my friend plans for his upcoming time at the Lake this next week. I was panicking a bit about the end of summer as He quickly showed me the potted plants I needed to water for him while he’s gone. We also noticed this seedling that had jumped ship from one of the pots to bloom in the city sidewalk crack nearby. Perfect timing to see it surprisingly thriving as a sweet bloom surrounded by cigarette butts and other random debris by the Apartment steps.

A quiet reminder to me that it’s OK to bloom in the cracks of my own current situation. Away from the rest of the crowd or standards. Letting it unfold as it may without a sense urgency for perfection as the end of the summer might prescribe. Just Growing where I happen to fall even with less than savory junk cluttering my life.

Maybe you needed this reminder as well. We all spend so much of our life chasing the next chapter, waiting and working for the ‘Best is yet to come’ when most of time it’s already here in not so perfect form.

Alright that’s enough from me. My coffee is getting cold and thanks for being patient with my long absences between posts.Happy August. Love, C.

PS And when I water the potted plants this week. I won’t forget to water this guy as well😊.

Dedicate/Day 21. Light.

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On the Mat: 20 minutes.

Observations: Light. Finding little pieces of it as I investigate the curves and movement of my body. Doing what feels good always, not forcing the expectation of myself or others.

Insights: Honoring the light that is me. Even if it feels like a tiny little spark right now.

As well as honoring the dark that envelopes me and embracing wholeheartedly this contrast of light/dark dance. It might be painful, but it has so many growth lessons written its journey. A reminder to keep present and remember. Night comes, but the Sun always arrives in the morning. 

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But, I’ll Take Today: The uncertainty still sits in my heart, but today’s practice might be the best thing I do for myself today. And that is good. 

Tomorrow: Day 22. Steady.

Love, C.

PS It’s not too late for you to Join myself and many others on Dedicate-A 30 Day Yoga Journey. HERE  It least check it out:)

Dedicate/Day 20. Lead.

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On the Mat: 21 minutes.

Observations: I was more than ready to lead through my pain and grief today. I showed up and it was the best thing I could do after losing someone yesterday that had lead me out of my own past heartbreak to a world of welcoming love and acceptance at one time. I also let my body do the moves without my mind getting in the way. Overall it was a warm embrace on the mat that I needed more than anything in this world right now. 

Insights: Today Lead spoke to me. After this week of praying unceasingly and never giving up until I had to after his passing from this life yesterday. I was reminded of how in this life we are all called to lead each other in ways we often don’t physically experience at times. 

But, through our souls with a whisper of I love you instead when distance is between us. Or lead with our hearts instead by listening to the call to surpass our limitations. Realizing sometimes our limitations can be are strongest allies in finding a different path to serve others.

 

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But, I’ll Take Today: Where Nameste took on a whole deeper meaning-Honoring the ones we love that our knowlonger with us. And it is Okay to cry while doing yoga.

I cannot begin to say how much this home practice has meant to me and Adriene’s tender spirit to serve all of us by sharing her wisdom and love of Yoga. What a gift. 

Tomorrow: Day 21. Light.

Love, C.

PS It’s not too late for you to Join myself and many others on Dedicate-A 30 Day Yoga Journey. HERE  It least check it out:)

Money Honey.

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A couple weeks ago while putting away the money in the cash tills at work, I had a sweet like honey epiphany...

That Money is in Fact Paper (OK, actually according to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, our paper money is more a blend of Linen, Wood Pulp and Cotton. You’re Welcome for the info😉)  and we as Humans assign value to it and also our preconceived ideas too.

Before you think I have lost my mind by stating the obvious. Stay with me. I promise their is a point to all of this 💰 talk. Over the last few years personally, I’ve been trying to change my own ideas about money from Negative to Neutral even striving for positive:)

Digging deep into my empty money mindset pockets to understand why I have little and others have zillions. It’s been a interesting study to say the least. Fascinating, challenging and healing endeavor as I pour over new concepts and ideas like I’ve found via Jen Sincero’s book, You are a BadAss at Making Money or even recently from my dear friend Kendra sharing her own enlightening shifts towards Monetary Abundance.

Now after these two years of consciously getting real with myself and my money challenges. I’m excited to share with you and also a little reminder to myself on how far I’ve come and the work I still need to do. As you read forward: All I ask is you too keep a open mind, stay curious with new money mindsets and above all be kind if you see parts of yourself in my own money story:) Some of it can be pretty vulnerable, but I’m all about Embracing, Learning and Growing even in my 40’s  when often society says we should have our financial shit together.

Now your Turn. Grab a notebook and a pen. I’m sharing some questions I’ve asked myself over the last couple of years and currently. *I created even a ‘Money Honey’ Journal where all my notes live. 

What’s Money to you? Write whatever comes to mind and then maybe highlight the thoughts that trigger emotion. This exercise was so interesting to me and opened me up to so many preconceived ideas I’ve been carrying around $$.

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A Penny for your Parents Thoughts

It all begins when we’re little people. Our Parents and even Grandparents teach us our first Money stories. It’s either a healthy legacy or a skewed one like my own story. Yes, they’re a few positive take-a-ways I myself still carry. but overall what I’ve learned was most of these mighty dollar lessons were really a one way ticket to the bank of disfunction junction. Reflection I found has been key to amend that history. Here goes:

Growing up I remember loving staying home “sick” from school all cozied up on the couch watching morning game shows. It was the early 80’s and Game Shows littered the morning channels like trash on the freeway. My favorites were Price is Right (Duh), but Sale of the Century was my ultimate jam.  

I loved seeing Adults being excited about winning awesome prizes and the chances to choose the big prize! A clear plastic briefcase full of money:) It was a far cry from my own Parents concept of money in our household. 

My Mom was the Money Rebel. She herself grew up the youngest of five kids to Parents that lived through the Great Depression. So, their own money ideas were of scarcity and a hoarding money mentality. Growing up with that lack of idea she went the opposite on the spectrum. As a Adult craving the finer things on a middle class budget. She would spend and hide it the best she could from my Dad. It unintentionally was a game for her, to spend on things she loved without my Dad finding out. He always did somehow though.

I also was her little partner in crime on these shopping excursions and learning that spending was secretive. And a lot of that spending was for me and I remembering feeling guilt for that though her intentions were good as She never wanted me to be without the things she had not received as a child. 

My Dad on the other hand was the Money Inforcer. He would use shame and control tactics on my Mom often. He still tries it with me, Calling me ‘Little Linda’ after my Mom when I “f*#k” up in his opinion. But, the ironic fact about his tactics. It was ok for him to splurge on himself or even me because he was the breadwinner.  

So, as you can see, I grew up with a weird guilt about money watching they’re adult drama play out and I still carry it with me. My Parents despite they’re own challenges always were so giving to me and Money often was a currency of love.  That love currency I’ll leave for therapy😜. 

This is all money childhood stuff I’m still currently working on while getting specific with creating my own new foundations of a financial legacy. I’m learning to amend my monetary history while also acknowledging I can’t rewrite it. But I can correct and learn from it. Ultimately trashing the lessons that aren't serving me now and focusing on the concepts that do. 

Now your Turn. What did your Parents or Family teach you about Money? Positive, Nuetral or Negative? How can you amend your monetary history to serve you better going forward?  

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More than a Financial Portfolio 

Our relationship to Money as I shared in my own Money beginnings is definitely more than a boring financial portfolio. It has a lot of feels, learned thoughts and behaviors that actually go beyond some cash issues. My own adult broke ass story has often been filled with fear, what ifs and worry. It’s a scary story to be in and I know now I need to do some major self-fixing and uncovering better ways to view and live with money going forward. Changing old patterns and ideas. Acknowledging that I am tired of the inconsistency and dreaming of someone or thing to swoop in and fix it for me. 

When I first began doing the mental money work, resistance came in like a phantom in the night:) These past two years have been a challenge to say the least. Old habits are hard to die. But, yesterday I heard a quote from the new Mary Poppins Movie that gave me a good reminder. “Everything is possible even the impossible.” Money included. 

 A year ago when I filed Banruptcy, the kind I pay every month my past debt. I never would of imagined that I would of felt that kind of freedom again as a single person. It seemed like the impossible, but it did become possible.

Yes, I’ve had some small and medium sized set backs and still daily reminders to myself that no one is going to save me (like my ex-husband did) but me. But, also knowing their is help and guidance out there and it never hurts to ask. We’re never alone in this life and even when money is involved.  Whatever your Money mistakes are or have been you too can move to the light. Even if it’s just sparkly pennies in your financial portfolio in the beginning.  

Now your Turn. What our the true feels you have with money right now? Bleak, Fine or Abundant? Do you have any Resistance to old Money Habits you need to change? Mistakes that keep showing up? Any little Sparkly Penny steps you can make now? 

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Happy Money Thoughts

Ok, This is the fun part. This why I’m writing this post. I actually now enjoy thinking of money and even writing about it😊. It’s like when my friends talk about what they would do if they would win the lottery. Their faces light up and their eyes sparkle with the endless possibilities that imagined wealth could bring and It’s fun too.

But, most of my life it wasn’t. Like Money, even talking about the lottery stressed me out. I usually would sit back and listen as my buddies would go off into La La lotto land. Thinking to myself, “Oh that sounds nice and all, but I never win anything anyway and I don’t even play the lottery.”

I’d even have snarky thoughts like, “People actually don’t deserve that money, they didn’t work hard for it and it’s actually kind of tacky.”

If I did allow myself for a second to contemplate this ‘frivolous’ idea... I’d had ideas like, “I want my wealth to be Sophisticated kind of well to-do, a hard working money making endeavor not some Holding a Big Ass Check in between the 6 o’clock news kind of gross KLA$$Y get rich quick story”.

And that’s probably why I’m stoically poor😂 with that kind of Money Mindset attitude. Shutting that Happy Money shit down quick while being a arrogant a-hole to boot. 

While recently re-reading You are Badass with Money again for the third time, it’s finally sinking in on how my limiting, downright negative thoughts do limit my money mojo. Don’t worry I’m not gonna go blow my next paychecks on Lotto tickets with this recent epiphany, but I’m loving replacing those tired old ugly misconceptions of money with much happier thoughts. 

Now your Turn. What would you do if you won the Lottery? What are your negative misconceptions of Money? How can you transform them to Happy Thoughts?  

Radio Abundance 

Money is Energy. My dear friend Kendra recently said this to me, who happens to also now be my Money Mentor:) She is such amazing, loving wise soul that came back into my life recently sharing her own enlightened financial shift with starting a new business adventure that has transformed her own well-being and wealth.

When I got real with Kendra about how my own Money story is currently, she jumped to the sharing is caring attitude. Explaining how once she     realized that Money is Energy and changed her own currency thoughts on it. Her own ‘Radio’ frequency of Abundance changed for her and her family.

At first, my initial thoughts went to, “Oh lawd not Law Of Attraction or The Secret again😂- you just think it and it will appear instantly like that awesome perfect parking spot at Target.” But, instead she gave me concrete numbers and what she did to really make it happen.

And it’s more than just our conscious thoughts on Money like I mentioned in the beginning. You gotta go deep into the preconceived ideas we’ve grown up with and challenge that old man money mindset to tap into what we both now call Radio Abundance:) 

We all our made of energy. This is scientifically proven and when it comes to our thoughts they too our energy that manifests into action. So, when your always thinking about Money like I have  most my life, “I’m broke. Money sucks. Rich people are luckier than me...” that becomes your story. But, if you think instead, “I’m so adundant, Money is lovely. Rich people are no different than I am.” Your Money thought frequency shifts.

It might not mean you wake up with a wad of cash under your pillow tonight and if you do... I’d call the police. That’s weird🤪. But, your Money dialogue definitely is far more open to positive inner discussion and actionable abundance ideas.  

Now your Turn. What are your thoughts on Money as Energy? Do you have a Money Mentor? Someone that uplifts and inspires you to look beyond your limiting monetary beliefs? What currently is your Radio Abundance frequency at? Negative or positive? Do you have any Actionable Abundance ideas?  

Money Mantra

I read about creating one in You are a Badass at Making Money awhile back (get the book). But, at the time the idea of it floated over my head as certain ideas do when your quite not ready for them in that very moment. We’ve all had that happen... something just doesn’t click until the right timing appears.

My Money Mantra time finally showed up as Kendra shared excitededly about how it was her numero uno success shift for changing her own money mindset and approach to abundance.  

So, here’s the Gist: I wrote my first Money Mantra using Kendra’s one as a guide. Where she got super Specific even down to $$$ and staying Present Tense as if she had the Money Now, which actually she does at this moment:) She also chose her words very wisely. Staying away from Lack of limiting words like, I wish, I want, I need and I can’t with I have, I create and I love. 

Kendra’s Money Mantra was very detailed and at the end even stated affirmations to repeat as often as necessary. I used a few of them myself including one that I found I resisted big time that I now embrace wholeheartedly. But, overall the Money Mantra is a clear way to get real with what kind of abundance you are open too and actionable steps to get there.

I finally did a 2nd Draft based also off the ideas featured in Jen’s book.  It began with a fun ‘what if’ exercise of what my ideal day is if Money was no object and then I broke that down even further into my own Money Mantra revised.

Now I read it every morning. It definitely has shifted my own money mindset into a more positive, affirming way that creates excitement and confidence despite my current circumstances. Anything for peace of mind, Right?!?! 

Now your Turn. What would your ideal life be if you had the Money now? Write down a page of What if’s and Create from that your own Money Mantra. Remember to be specific, present tense and choose your words wisely. And what could be a few affirmations that you could use throughout the day to reframe any negative thoughts that pop up?  

Luxury Redefined

As I mentioned above I had some major resistance to one of the Affirmations I had borrowed from Kendra when creating my first Money Mantra which was, “I Live Luxuriously”.

The word Luxury instantly repulsed me, conjuring up negative beliefs like Gross, Excess and Tacky abuse of Wealth. I hated to read it or worse say it.  

So, when Kendra and I chatted the next time. I brought it up and without hesitation she explained that Luxury isn’t all about owning a private jet😀It’s about finding your own ideas of luxury (Big or Small) and not letting others examples or your former personal judgements cloud your Luxury meter. 

Soon after redefining this belief with Kendra, I came across some perfect examples of what fed this negative luxury idea in the first place. It was so interesting to investigate and reflect with a much more open money mindset.

Being 44 and growing up in 80’s there were definitely some decadent luxury living going on with the likes of millionaire moguls like Donald Trump and even a example that hit closer to home.

The TV Evangelist Jim Bakker (who ended up being my Dads Inmate at his work for the Federal Prison in my hometown of Rochester, MN.) and his wife Tammy Faye. They're gross misuse of church funds and living lavishingly under the guise of God’s Blessing of money. Left a major bad taste in my mouth about Wealth, Luxury and abuse of Mascara (Google Tammy Faye and Mascara if your unaware😂). 

Yes, some of us might want a air-conditioned dog house for they’re pets like the Bakkers or a private jet a la Kardashian’s and even maybe a closet full of Juicy Couture Track suits for someone else. But, I’m not here to judge anymore. Instead Re-writing what true Luxury is for me. 

My Luxury meter is all about going to the bookstore and affording the titles I’ve been dying to read and marking them up with lovely notes. Or a cup full of G-2 Pilot Pens in Bold. Being able to buy Dinner for a friend or not worrying about having to choose between gas or food.  

This kind of Simple Luxury brings joy, excitement and possibility to my heart. Honestly a reminder, if  doing all of this Money Mindset Reset is just for this shift change. It’s been totally worth it.   

Now your Turn. What’s some of your misconceptions of Luxury? How can you redefine them and enjoy a happy, healthy view of personal Luxury that fits You?  

Want more?

This post/essay actually has been one of my all-time faves to write and research. I’m surprised as you are that Me, Myself & I love talking about Money so much🤩 now and I hope it sparks a little fire of cash convo in you too.

Do you want more? Here goes:

Read:

You are a Badass at Making Money: Mastering the Mindset of Wealth. Your probably sick of me mentioning it or your ordering a copy for yourself on Amazon right now. Do the latter and thank me later;) *And No I’m not getting a kick back😜 for mentioning it so much:) But, it’s just that good as well as Jen Sincero’s first Badass Book, You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. 

Jen’s Funny as Shit, honest and One of us trying and doing self-helpery work to be our Best Versions. She breaks things down in a way that makes it enlightening, refreshing and possible.  

I even thought recently about how awesome it would be to go to one her book signings and hand this baby over to her to sign.  But, as I played this little scenario around in my head as I flipped through the well-loved pages and admiring the work/notes I’ve done. I realized in that moment for the first time my copy is already signed! Whoa! Reminding me once again that we all have this money mojo in us and we just need tools like this to remember it:) So, get it and do the work:) 

And Find Your Money Mentor: 

Someone you Trust and Admire to inspire you to look beyond your pre-conceived ideas of the $$. A friend that builds you up and has done the Work before you.

My Friend and Money Mentor Kendra has been such a blessing and continues to be even outside the realms of $$. Check her out for yourself on the gram @kendramarable Artist+Chef+Visionary and much more♥️. 

Make Money Knowledge your Amigo: 

Especially as Women.. Money Talk historically was reserved for the opposite sex not us so much. I know in my childhood I got that misinformation often that Money was a unladylike topic of conversation. Not anymore and while on this Money Journey of Love, I’ve decided to make it my business and enjoy it too.

A fabulous resource for me has been Makers which is a Media Brand I follow on the gram that ‘exists to accelerate the women’s movement through stories of real-life experiences that ignite passion and action’.

Including Real Money Myth Busting Talk and Empowerment via Makers Money Series. Leaving me wonder despite my limited Math skills I should of maybe gone into Finance:) It’s been a game changer for me hanging out with these Money Amigos of ideas and insights. 

So, What’s Next for You and I? 

I personally am enjoying the Money Mindset Reset Ride. I’m showing up and working. I’m creating and Making Wind Chimes of Pennies😜 J/K, but I did take some pretty pictures of Pennies to showcase here;) But, most importantly thinking of money with love not contempt anymore. Visualizing and meditating on a more abundant life. So, when those old $$ ideas come swinging in  with a their heavy weight punch. I’m now ready to knock them it out with a affirmation and a new spark of possibility. Yes, I’m not yet rolling in the dough, but now I’m sure as heck open to the possibility of it. That in itself is priceless:) 

Now I want you to go find your own Money Possibilities. Keep me posted.   

Love, C.  

Dedicate/Day 19. Listen.

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On the Mat: 21 minutes.

Observations: This practice surprised me. Just what I needed. Still modifying to Find What Feels Good and love the gentle prompts by Adriene. 

Insights: Resting Easy in this practice of Breath and allowing my heart to lead not my head all the time:) This practice I will definitely revisit♥️. 

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But, I’ll Take Today: Slowing down Listening to my Breath not the endless Chatter of my Brain.

And some Downward-Facing Dog: This pose has been one of my biggest challenges while beginning my at-home yoga practice with Adriene and getting to know all the other poses more intimately.

But, Downward-Facing Dog has and still is my Numero Uno on challenge list and it’s often where the practice begins! So, it definitely sets me up for the ‘do I really wanna keep doing this?’ Mindset while also seeing Adriene do this pose with such ease and grace.  it’s inspired me to dig a little deeper into the Pose to discover my own version FWFG (Find What Feels Good).

Currently,  I’m a Beginners-awkward and uncomfortable, but I do cut myself some slack:) But, now 19 days into Dedicate I’ve decided I really need to make this popular pose a friend instead of a foe. Especially if I’m want to keep practicing Yoga. 

And Adriene came through HERE. Breaking it down in a Downward-Facing Blog Post:) while sharing her own similar beginning challenges. Yes, of course there is a video. Totally awesome.

She also shared this equally awesome article from The HuffPost, The Real Reason Downward-Facing Dog Is So Good for You.  Worth a check out as well. 

Maybe this will help you too and Now going forward for the last leg of My Dedicate Journey, I want to continue to go more deep into all the  foundation poses. I of course will post it here for you as well. 

Tomorrow: Day 20. Lead.

Love, C.

PS It’s not too late for you to Join myself and many others on Dedicate-A 30 Day Yoga Journey. HERE  It least check it out:)

Dedicate/Day 18. Love.

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On the Mat: 23 minutes.

Observations: I showed up. Modified after being away from my at home yoga practice since Feb. 9th. Definitely finding what Feels Good again. Yes, I lost a lot of what I had gained in strength, but again I showed up. And that’s what really matters today. Done is fun. 

Insights: Love. How awkward it is to say that to myself. But, I’m gonna show up more too with those three little words. I need to and the reminder that yoga helps me with that. 

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But, I’ll Take Today:  The showing up far from perfect and whispering I love you a bit more. 

Tomorrow: Day 19. Listen.

Love, C.

PS It’s not too late for you to Join myself and many others on Dedicate-A 30 Day Yoga Journey. HERE  It least check it out:)

Morning Routine.

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I’m re-writing my morning routine history with some heaping help from this #mindset reset maven Mel Robbins. And if you been reading storyboardC for awhile you know I love myself some Morning. Straight up Obsessed I tell ya. It’s my Magic hours of creativity, coffee drinking and overall digging deep into what makes me happy. And without my mornings I believe I would be on a straight one way ticket to crazy town. Shit, sometimes I feel like I’m going there still with the everyday muck that life throws my way🤪. But, now I know my Morning routine actually over the years is more than a saving grace. I’m learning also their is some hard science behind it to beginning  your day off right while following along with  Mindset Reset. Below I have a few links you can check out to discover it for yourself.

I’ve also added some new routines and revamped some old ones to serve the rest of my day better.  I’m super excited to share it with you and totally hope it helps your own morning vibe. 

It all begins The night before:

A couple months ago I watched Mel Robbins YouTube video on Why you need a Morning Routine.   it was a game changer to begin my Mornings with a more fresh focused start and my new nightly routine only takes about 10 minutes at the max. 

1. Wash Dishes. This is something I actually love to do and they’re is just something joyful especially in winter getting my hands all warm and soapy with the delicious, clean smell of Lemon scented Dish soap. 

2. Prep Coffee and Morning Protein Shake. Nothing is better than waking up to pushing the Start button on the coffee maker and having my protein shake ready to down right before I go to work or need it after a couple cups of Jo. 

3. Commuter Bag Prep. Though I am no longer riding the bus to the burbs. I still have a short trek to my Parking ramp downtown. It makes it so much easier having my bag ready for the next day at work and not having to scramble to find my keys or wallet😊

4. Turning my phone to airplane mode. This is something new and has given even better rest at night. I’m knowlonger checking my phone at odds hours of the night or being disturbed by random texts.

Then lastly before shutting out the light-setting my alarm to 6am on work days and 7am on days off. 

Morning Ritual

1. Snooze You Lose. This is something new I’ve incorporated after watching this Session of Mindset Reset. I had no idea what a negative effect the snooze button has on the rest of our day. I am definitely waking up more rested and not as groggy throughout the rest of the morning either. 

2. Making my Bed. I have always been pretty good at this and now am kind of fanatical. It does make a difference especially living in a small space. Everything looks put together and I also love the ritual of making my bed. 

3. Five Second Journal. This is a new morning routine and I am absolutely in love with it.  My days have become far more productive and I worry less about getting things done. I feel way more focused as well. HERE and HERE you can watch more in-depth explanation about this process created by Mel Robbins and download a Free Copy HERE to try for yourself. 

4. Flow Morning Pages. This is where my creative magic happens every morning. It can also be where I show up and work through things. It’s my favorite part of my day really. I wrote more about HERE on the blog last October. I’ve since modified it with doing the 5 second journal. I love having it back to 3 blank pages of whatever needs to come out on the page:) 

5. Done is Fun.  My Mornings are sacred and I take a good two hours each day. I know it might seem excessive to some or unrealistic with having children. I get it. I have a luxury of time and a work schedule that mostly allows me to do this daily. When I’m done for the day, knowmatter how heavy my life load is I always nearly feel a sense of fun with my time in the morning. I do hope my little breakdown helps you to savor your own morning rituals or maybe inspire you to create one. It’s never too late to become a morning person in my opinion🌞 Cheers to Morning Light!

Love, C. 

  *Its completely (FREE) and no catch Video based 35 day program full of scientific research and Mel’s Trademark No BS, yet always kindly delivered message on how changing the way we think incrementally can truly transform our lives in big ways. Here is the Free companion PDF to DOWNLOAD and go HERE to Her YouTube #MindsetReset Playlist to follow along for yourself. 

 

Dedicate/Day 17. Learn.

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On the Mat: 26 minutes.

Observations: I’m back to Dedicate. Today’s practice was perfect to re-enter. My Strength was still there as well as my heart. 

Insights: When Learning something new in your life, their will be hiccups. I’m a creature of habit and recently I have had some awesome change come my way that have also made it feel like I was put off my usual course:) Expanding me in a way that I had to take a breather and readjust. Make room again for the New, Old and Let Go of the what isn’t a part of my story now. Today’s practice was a big embrace of that. Yoga is far more than Physical movements:) What amazing blessing it is and glad to be back on the Mat this Morning. 

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But, I’ll Take Today: Reminder to leave our worry in the future and stay present. 

Tomorrow: Day 18. Love.

Love, C.

PS It’s not too late for you to Join myself and many others on Dedicate-A 30 Day Yoga Journey. HERE  It least check it out:)

Dedicate/Day 16. Dulce.

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01/21/2019 Evening

On the Mat: 23 minutes.

Observations: Breathing Deep. Remembering that we can take care of ourselves. And there is sweet power in that. This practice today was quiet movements and part massage. It helped me to quiet the storm in my head. 

Insights: When we are sweet to ourselves, we can be sweet to others. 

This practice touched me very deeply reminding me of my Mother. She always called me her sweet girl. Now that she is gone I forget those sweet parts of myself that her love brought out in me. Actually over the weekend as I was having a hard time. I had a dream about her. In the dream we talked as if she was still here. It was so real, I woke up crying because I realized she wasn't here in my waking life. But, doing this practice tonight made me realize that she is somehow through me as I am Her sweet little legacy that she invested so much love in:)  

 

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But, I’ll Take Today: Any Sweetness I can find:) 

Tomorrow:  Day 17 Learn. 

Love, C.

PS It’s not too late for you to Join myself and many others on Dedicate-A 30 Day Yoga Journey. HERE  It least check it out:)

 

Dedicate/Day 15. Reveal.

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01/21/2019 Midday

On the Mat: 17 minutes.

Observations: I missed another day. Life has showed up with challenges I knew would come back. But, I also came back to Dedicate today to somehow to make sense of it all. My Body was rested. I went through the movements revealing my own method. Realizing that a home practice of yoga truly gives you permission to truly Find what Feels Good on the Mat. 

Insights: I’m half-way through this journey. Yes, the days have gotten jumbled or I’ve done catch up. But, a reminder it’s my Journey and I’ve showed up to the Mat 15 times. Woo-Hoo. I’ve experienced so much and learning to go beyond expectations. Love, lean in and Let Go. Let my heart be the compass not how my jeans fit. That’s hard, but I’m glad that lesson is being revealed to me. 

 

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But, I’ll Take Today: Sweet Double Feature Tonight-Dulce. 

Tonight: Day 16. Dulce.

Love, C.

PS It’s not too late for you to Join myself and many others on Dedicate-A 30 Day Yoga Journey. HERE  It least check it out:)