This past year I have really gotten in touch with how much I have to be grateful for. Even tonight, even when things weren’t going so well over my Christmas dinner out, I found touch points of gratitude and that was the gift of my 2017. I could always find something to be genuinely grateful for.
For 2018, I think we all need a little more PEACE. We ask, and sing and talk about “peace on earth” year after year that I think that it becomes tinny with the repetition. However, I think we need to find a deep and profound peace more than ever. Even if we disagree with something or someone politically, we need to find peace. Even if that someone or something, manages to irk us every single time, we need to find peace.
This Christmas Eve, I am committing my 2018 to creating, fostering and maintaining peace. It was St. Francis of Assisi who popularized what we now call a creche or a manager scene. And it was also St. Francis who prayed, “make me an instrument of Your peace.”
I love this painting above by Robert McCall. It points to how small we are, how small many of our problems are, compared to the vastness of the cosmos. However, I think if we all do our small part to be the peace we are seeking, that can also do so much good.
My Christmas wish for you is to find the peace you are seeking. If you are seeking peace of mind, I hope you find it. I hope you create it. If your heart is at unrest, I hope for you to have a peaceful heart in 2018. Seekers are finders and I hope you seek peace and find it.
Sometimes not everything is peachy in Kristin-land. I have my ups and downs. There’s that catchphrase, “The struggle is real.” Well, the stupid is real too and some days are full of very real and very consequential stupid.
I have had to learn how to manage a few roller coaster situations in the last few months. I’ve had to work on checking in with myself and I’ve found a surprising source of happy-my Tumblr. My Tumblr has been godsend the past few months.
My Tumblr consists of mostly things I find fun, interesting and make me happy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pressed the “Random” button, seen a photo I’ve long forgotten and broken into a smile. It’s my happy bank.
There’s a lot of rancor on social media. It’s the zeitgeist. However, I think we all need a little digital happy place, one that we don’t feel the need to impress too much or grow following, just a space to let those memories that make us happy “be”. If I were craftier, I’d scrapbook, but then I’d have to carry it around everywhere. Considering my penchant for mislaying things, it’s probably best that my happy bank is digitized.
My point is, sometimes life hits hard. It may be difficult to see the blessings. You may be barraged by stupid. When those times come, it’s important to remember the good times. Fill your happy bank and your heart will always be full of gratitude when you need it most. For me, it’s a small space on Tumblr. Explore what works for you.
What makes you tick? What makes make you say “That’s IT.” This past Wednesday’s What Women Want Talk Radio episode focused on finding your “IT”—what makes you tick and feel alive. I think this show is great for the new graduates out there who may be struggling with finding a personally fulfilling path.
Chaitra Radhakrishna started her career in computer science in Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley, but after finding herself unfulfilled, she moved to the US and discovered her talents for web design and marketing. She founded PinkPot, a lifestyle blog that blossomed into something more.
Jane Bishop spent her early life traveling the globe with her military family, which pushed her to develop a strong sense of self and constantly find her “IT”. After a corporate job caused her severe burnout, she focused on building her own business and now offers consulting, coaching, public speaking and is the author of the new book, The Bread Box, which focuses on finding the extraordinary in the ordinary stuff of life.
I also opened up about my “IT”, which is the movie business. I constantly had to say “yes” to my it over the years and still do so today. I love when Jane mentioned the power of play in our lives, because I think that’s something that so many adults lose touch of when “adulting”.
We see all sorts of hashtags out there: #mondaymotivation, #wednesdaywisdom. These serve to buoy us through the week with its ups and downs. Lat night on What Women Want Talk Radio, we had the opportunity to experts to help us get through our weeks with finesse.
Our two guests this week, Energy Management Coach & Author Lawana Harris and Celebrity & Lifestyle Expert Jill Simonian, are wonder woman, balancing and harmonizing vibrant careers with motherhood. We see that hashtag #mondaymotivation, but Jill and Lawana have tips to keep up positive and productive all week long. If you find yourself snoozing at your desk mid-week, check out this powerful conversation.
I think the ultimate message of this conversation was to ground yourself in gratitude everyday, which will power you through the difficult passages of the work week. When the alarm clock rings, do you say thank you? I am going to!