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cousins & siblings & grandparents & families | extended family session at the arboretum

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I love working with extended family groups and I love working at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Bringing the two together? Magic.

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Especially with this fun-loving family. 🙂

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We looked for turtles, snakes, and turkeys as we made our way through the gardens. The kids were a blast.

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The grown-ups were pretty cool, too. 😀

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Thanks for letting me hang out with you!

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getting unstuck

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I thrive on new experiences, sights, and sounds but when overwhelmed by stress my go-to move is holing up. Annnnnd when I stay in this place too long, I get stuck. This is very much a tendency of my personality type – and while knowing that helps a smidgen, it is a tough place to be. I thought I would share my process for getting unstuck in case you find yourself in a similar spot this season:

1) Journal. Stay with me here. In normal circumstances, I consider journaling an enjoyable task but when I am stuck, it is the last thing I want to do. Unfortunately, there is no way around it – journaling is the first and foremost step to getting unstuck. I highly recommend following Julia Cameron’s practice of writing three pages daily, even if this means destroying the pages after you have finished. Journaling in the morning allows me to start my day free of mental clutter but if you are not a morning person, do what works best for you! Create an environment that beckons, avoiding rooms that need cleaning (there’s nothing like obsessing about the mess you’re staring at while trying to journal). Sitting by a window brings me a lot of peace while I journal. Leave your phone in the kitchen, grab a cup of coffee, and plan on settling in for 20-30 minutes. Getting started is the hardest part, so try focusing in on senses first: What sounds do I hear? What does it feel like to sit in the chair? How does my coffee taste? If you remember a dream from the night before, try jotting down bits and pieces: What details stand out? How did it make me feel during the dream? What does the dream remind me of in real life? If random thoughts pops into your head, write those down too.

2) Strive for Balance. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and if not, examine why. Am I cultivating healthy habits? What has my caffeine intake been like lately? What am I doing at bedtime that may be impacting my sleep? Be intentional about exercise and physical activity. Be mindful about snacking. Keep screen time in check. How is my workload? Have I been giving myself downtime? Am I being wise in my spending? When feeling stuck, it could be there are areas in your life that need adjusting.

3) Be Kind to Yourself. Comparison and negative self-talk keep you stuck. No one has this thing all figured out! Be sure to extend grace to yourself.

4) Feelings Follow Action. If we wait for our feelings to change before doing the thing we need to do, nothing will ever change! When you are stuck, it is important to continue to do the next right thing, then the next, and so on. You might not feel like doing much of anything, but pressing forward is the only way through a difficult season. Keep showing up, keep taking that next step. If you struggle knowing what that is, Emily P. Freeman’s The Next Right Thing podcast is a great place to start; click HERE to learn more.

5) Stay Connected. It is important (especially so during periods of “holing up”) to maintain connections with people in real life. Sharing ideas, stories, challenges, and joys with others can offer inspiration on so many levels. Meet a friend for lunch, invite friends over for dessert, or host a movie night with neighbors.

If you’d like to learn more, click on the links below for previous posts on this topic:

creative block, mean girls & personality types

finding joy when stuck in a rut

living with intention – weathering change with grace

intentional living for the directionally challenged {living a great story}

If you have tips or ideas to share, please add them as a comment to this post. Have a great week!

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cultivating comfort & coziness | fallapalooza 2019

crafting retreats by tina vega

I am launching a new crafting retreat series to the annual mix! Fallapalooza is a celebration of my veeeeery favorite season (and everything in it) that will take place in my home as the slumber party of ALL slumber parties! This series will focus on living with intention, offering tips and inspiration to help make the most of everyday life.

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The weekend will include all meals & beverages, handouts, gifts & art supplies for an optional group project. There are SIX SPOTS available [Fallapalooza 2019 is FULL! If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, let me know.] Each attendee will have their own bed* and craft table. Most of our time will be spent working on personal projects – scrapbooking, needlework, cardmaking, etc. with an optional activities in the mix. If you are interested in attending but don’t consider yourself crafty perhaps one of the following ideas would appeal to you:

1.  Make it a letter writing weekend. Bring along some lovely stationary, cards, stamps & your address book. Use the time to write meaningful notes to the people in your life.

2.  Create a legacy journal. Click HERE for instructions.

3.  Spend the weekend reading or resting or writing; use the weekend as an opportunity to refill the well.

4.  Pick up a copy of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and work through the creative exercises at the end of each chapter.

5.  Assemble a mini album. Turn your photos into 4×4 prints and use them to create an adorable gift for yourself or someone you love.

WHEN: Friday, 10/11-Sunday, 10/13 (you may check in as early as 6:00 am on Friday & check out as late as 6:00 pm on Sunday)

WHERE: Rosemount, MN

COST: $175 due 9/15

As an extra special bonus, each attendee will receive AN ENTIRE PAN of Pumpkin Spice or Maple Glazed Cinnamon Rolls with payment! Just specify preference when reserving your spot.

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My home will be yours this weekend so feel free to grab a book from the office library and curl up on the deck. Watch a scary movie on the basement big screen or unwind with a soak in the whirlpool tub. Indulge in some my favorite recipes of the season (Autumn Cheese Fondue, Maple Scones & Sweet Potato Turkey Chili) while using this set apart time to pursue your creative projects. This is your weekend to try new things and learn as you invest in personal growth. My hope is that you leave feeling refreshed and reinspired to pursue everyday life with intention. Annnd get your fill of All Things Fall.

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If you have any questions or would like to reserve a spot, let me know!

*there is one queen-size bed, one twin-size bed, and four twin-size airbeds that sit 16.5″ off the floor

Rachel Sullivan - July 8, 2019 - 11:09 pm

Pumpkin?

Toni Sacrison - July 9, 2019 - 5:01 am

Tina, I would love a spot if still available. This sounds great!

Tina - July 9, 2019 - 9:00 am

There is, Toni – I’ll hold one for you!

Tina - July 9, 2019 - 9:01 am

Got it, Rachel!

Jodie McLagan - July 9, 2019 - 9:11 am

Hi Tina, what a fun idea! If a spot is still open, I would love to be a part of Fallapalooza 2019.

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the upside down

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Our youngest heads off to college next month and it feels like I am stuck in The Upside Down.

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It reminds me of the summer after our oldest graduated and the questions that plagued me: How will we ever pay for this? What will it be like without him here? Will we adjust? Despite the challenges and unknowns faced that first year, we survived. Letting go, is a tough but necessary part of parenting.

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Sometimes a bit of self-coaching is required to keep ALL.OF.THE.MOM.FEELINGS in check but it does get easier with time.

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Home life will take on a new rhythm come fall as my husband and I become “free birds” (this expression was coined by a friend attempting to refer to herself as an empty nester and I thought it oh-so-much better).

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In the meantime I will do my best to enjoy these days of summer.

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