inner active

today’s drawing of inner active cards was quite timely and powerful. it’s so fascinating to see what parts work cards are pulled based on the energy put into the deck. it’s another way to ponder or answer the profound question, “what’s alive in me?”

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image | courtney | inner active card drawing 04.01.20 |  illustrations by sharon eckstein

the card on the left perfectly depicts the state of the world right now amidst the pandemic ; the center card reminds me of a person from my past ; and the card on the right is pretty relevant. cheers to prevailing love!

i highly recommend checking these cards out, as well as the accompanying book, which i have been reading more recently. i find both resources to be very practical and relatable. it’s no wonder that the cards were a SALT studio favorite!

make space

make space for the next version of you. she’s coming. – spirit daughter

the class has become my version of “church” – it’s spiritual. it’s emotional. it’s definitely physical. it’s overall healing and strengthening. if you’re at all intrigued, i highly recommend you check it out. click here to learn more and receive your free two week trial today! there’s no better time than now.

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image | courtney | the class digital studio @ the cabin

waves through walls

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image | studio newport

what a lovely surprise this morning to be greeted by studio newport who is turning social distancing due to the coronavirus into neighborly connection … a beautiful offering to the community and a creative way to document kindness during such an unforeseen  time. click here to see more of this project taking place around aquidneck island!

#thefrontstepsproject #wavesthroughwalls

online breathwork detox event

hi friends, i invite you to check out a special online event offered by the one and only, kurtis lee thomas! i have been fortunate enough to meet kurtis and experience this a few times in-person, and i can say it is one of the most eye-opening experiences i’ve ever had. now here’s your chance to open yourself up to something new and transformative during this time of awakening.

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click here to get your ticket – limited quantity available!

embracing the pause

how’s everyone fairing out there? it is a weird and trying time. we are seeing many wonderful acts of kindness shining through, and at the same time, we are seeing a lot of fear-based living being brought to the surface by this coronavirus pandemic. i have been trying to stay centered and am giving myself permission to engage in things i find meaningful and important. 

though we are all in this same boat of uncertainty, we are all weathering the situation differently. here are the top 10 ways i’ve been embracing the forced pause during this unexpected time. may we all be gentle with ourselves and each other.

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image | courtney | cliff walk, newport, ri

1.

rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore. – florence nightingale

working / appreciating from home  (and trying to keep my sense of humor alive) – i have coined #frontlinefriday #frontlinefridaychallenge, after “dateline friday” which i love, at my office to show appreciation to our staff who are tirelessly working the hospice frontline

2.

they motivate us to play, be affectionate, seek adventure and be loyal. – tom hayden

playing and cuddling with my dog

3.

some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. – laura ingalls wilder

exercising – the class  and walking the cliff walk

4.

people who love to eat are always the best people. – julia child

cooking

5.

connection is why we’re here ; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives. – brené brown

connecting with those important to me

6.

invest in rest. – unknown

sleeping

7.

the trouble is, you think you have time. – buddha

spending time with my parents

8.

clutter is not just the stuff on your floor – it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living. – peter walsh

cleaning / purging / organizing closets and drawers

9.

i think i’ve caught feelings for money. – unknown

working on my finances  – tax prep ; fully setting-up the personal capital app ; updating my financial spreadsheet

10.

when you support small business, you’re supporting a dream. – unknown

shopping / eating local

 

pure + simple

i am not interested in the show you’re putting on for the world. i crave vibrant + honest conversations tucked away in the quiet corners of coffee shops. i want to know what sets your soul on fire, the moments that shaped you into who you are today + what it is that makes your eyes light up when you talk ; community that is stripped down to the bone – no expectations, no judgements, just the complexities of your heart, pure + simple. – l.d.