Grounded in 2015

Well, here we are, in 2015. Happy New Year, friends.

How was everyone's holiday? Mine was pretty quiet. I enjoyed time with family, and took some time off work to chill out and reflect.

As I look back at 2014, I'd say it was a pretty great year. I found myself settling into my new home, a new lifestyle, embracing this slower paced life, and at the same time, juggling my 4 days days a week in the city, and feeling the need to be permanently at home.

Just before I sat down to write this, I wanted to see what I had written in last year's post. I chose the word "action" as my guiding thought for the year. My goal was to clear my head and focus on the things I wanted- to "act" on my thoughts, instead of just storing them as fantasy ideas. Well, I won't say that I am at a point where my mind is "still", cause I wrote a post about mindfulness not too long ago, and clearly I'm still working on that little detail. But, you know what, I definitely made moves and accomplished things that I had set out to do. Here are some this year's highlights:

I dove, head first, into country life. I took advantage of all the things the community has to offer, and was introduced to so many new things, that are really resonating with me, and allowing me to be who I truly am.

  • I stepped out of my introverted comfort zone, and promised myself that I'd become a part of my community. I was welcomed with open arms, developed quality, lifelong friendship with people that I click with, from all walks of life, each with their own story of how they ended up in Trent Hills. 
  • I started taking horseback riding lessons. I went on a trail ride one day, and got hooked the moment I sat on Bo. The next week, I was enrolled in weekly lessons. It's sort of coming natural to me, and it feels like an hour of meditation and energy work. I am aware of my energy around animals, and how it directly effects their behaviour. I owe a lot of that to Sonny, and our work with dogs. 

I opened myself up to learn more about wellness and broadening my knowledge in all things au-natural.

  • I was introduced to wildcrafting, through a program that was being offered in my community, and it's become something that I absolutely love, and have started learning more about and incorporating into my daily life.
  • I saw an Ayurveda Consultant, and learned more about this ancient Indian healing system, my imbalances and how they affect my mind and my body. I know how to achieve the balance that I need, and it's something that I will always be aware of. I am continuing this journey, and developing my knowledge of Ayurveda.
  • I have also had a few sessions with an energy healer. I'll talk more about this experience later on, but it's definitely been intense... in the best way possible. Stay tuned for that one!

Sonny and I finally settled in, adopted a few more dogs (we have 8 now), and launched the rebranding of our business, The Dog P.A.R.C.  I created the website, and he works his magic with the dogs and their owners. We've been working a lot with clients from Toronto, and are now able to spread the word to our local community, here in Northumberland County, that we are open for business.

That's my 2014 in a nutshell, and I'm happy with my progress, and the action I took to accomplish some goals. So what's my 2015 looking like?

You must be grounded to live your life fully in this incarnation. Your soul took on a body and a personality, both of which you need to utilize as tools for your spiritual evolution. When you are spacey and not connected to the present moment, you cannot fully learn all that you have come to earth to learn. In addition, you must be grounded to maintain mental and physical stability. If you are perpetually ungrounded, you will experience imbalance in these two areas. Mentally, you need the contact with everyday reality to keep a balanced mind, which enhances your ability to receive clear guidance. Physically, you need earth’s energy to replenish your personal energy field and therefore, promote your ongoing health and fuel your channeled sessions... When you are grounded, you are aware of what’s happening in the moment. You are energetically connected to the earth. Your feet feel the ground beneath them.
— yogaarogya.org

I did a 13 card Tarot spread, for the this year. The first card I pulled (which represents the essence of my year) was The Hermit. I don't think I could've pulled a more fitting card. Basically, the card represents solitude, meditation and stillness-- drawing within and igniting your inner fire.

"The Hermit suggests that you are in a phase of introspection where you are drawing your attention and focus inward and looking for answers within. You have a strong need to understand, not just at the surface level but to really knowHermit reflects that your consciousness has moved inward and you now realise that the truth and understanding you seek is within yourself and not in the distractions of the outside world... You desire a new direction in life and, as a result, have recently begun a journey of self-discovery and contemplation...Through meditation, contemplation and self-examination, you may begin to re-evaluate your personal goals and change your overall direction. You will look at your life with a deeper, more spiritual understanding and will begin to change some of your priorities as a result." -- source

Since my mind is still in fast forward sometimes, I know I need to buck down and focus on only a few main things. Like I spoke about in my Mindfulness post, I am working on getting out of my head and into my heart more, and ultimately getting GROUNDED. I'm an earth sign, through and thorough, and there's nothing I crave more than to feel comfort, and at ease. I'm a homebody, and an introvert. I cherish my alone time, and developing my woo woo side. My dosha imbalances need more attention, so that I can accomplish this. There are some aspects of my life that need settling, and that's what I plan to work on. How will I do this, when dreaming and imagination are so much a part of my personality? Well, I'm continuing with my energy healing, and things about myself are coming to surface. I have more awareness now- which means I'm not feeling as overwhelmed, and I have found other ways to be still... to help me manifest my wants. I've grown a lot, and I'm comfortable where my journey is leading and I am learning so much more about myself. As my life in the country develops, my goals and priorities are shifting. Things have become clearer, and seem to be falling in to place (naturally). Things that were important to me a few years ago, or even last year, no longer matter. 

So, as I take this year to focus inward, instead of getting caught up in outside distractions, things will continue to develop, and I'm excited to see where my journey leads next. Above all, I am looking forward to feeling my feet, firmly planted in the soil... feeling grounded in my mind, in my body and in all aspects of my life. 

 

 

FROM THE STUDIO | CALM CONDO CONCEPT

Just wanted to give you a peek into a recent client project. This was an online-based project, where I provided my clients with all the information they needed to carry out the design themselves (find out more about how this works). They are first time home/condo owners, so based on what I learned about them, here's a what I came up with.

How would you define your design style?

I think I’m in a discovery phase with this right now, so it’s hard to define. I took a look at the rooms I like and noticed the following: most have neutral palettes, with a dramatic element incorporated. Lately I’ve been trying to get better at adding texture, and that might come from pattern or layering solids.  I like whites and other neutral colours. I also like almost pastel-ish blue/pink/green, but I try to avoid too much of that. 

 

BEDROOM

"I want to feel like the room is hugging us. I'd also like it to feel soft and relaxing"

LIVING ROOM

"We expect to establish a vision for the space based on the pieces we know are staying in the room, and figure out how to work in some new pieces.I want to feel like the space is integrated and cohesive. That everything fits well together."