I’m scrolling through Instagram seeing so many beautiful places!😍 . Each time I think “I must go there, I must see that through my own eyes.” . I thought I’d go ahead and throw my own photo up to remind me what’s outside my door right now. . I love where we are! It’s beautiful! . I’m also excited to see pretty much everything I haven’t seen yet and to see some places again. . One of the things I love about our nomadic lifestyle is that these feelings no longer cause me stress. I don’t feel stuck in one place, drowning in stuff. . Instead I feel like we’ve got the rest of our lives. We’ll get there💖. We’re seeing this place right now!
#adventchallenge Day 9 A touch of Christmas Magic in the air ❄️ Some desert Christmas ornaments 😂. Can you see the stars in the middles ✨??? Today we made a little batch of grain free Christmas cookies for my grain free little lady💗. See the cookie making in my stories today 💖 . @theselflovesummit @iammelwells
Ive been #seekingsimplicity for a few years now. It’s been a continual process of release. Releasing stuff...a lot of it! Releasing expectations. Releasing limitations. Releasing self-consciousness. Releasing limiting beliefs. Releasing trapped emotions. Releasing doubt and worry. . I find the more I release, the more I gain. More family time. More love. More experiences. More nature. More confidence. More peace of mind. More self-love. More creativity. . Just imagine...by letting go you could find everything you wanted💗
#adventchallenge Day 8 Make a move towards your dream💗 We focus a lot on our dreams. We’ve taken a lot of action to move toward them. A couple of years ago we downsized by 90% to move into an rv and slow travel the US....and eventually the world. That was a huge dream and here I sit in the middle of it💖🤗💖💫💕 The dream I’m most focused on right now is earning income from online products, courses and coaching to more than cover our lifestyle while still being home with my kids everyday! To do work that fills me up, work I want to do and work that helps other people create positive change in their own lives! A big ripple of positivity 💫 This picture is us blending life with soul work. We took the dog for a walk and the kids played while I did videos for my groups and courses. Then we played a bit and got fun pics like this💖. Win. Win. Win✨ . @theselflovesummit @iammelwells
Simply existing is inheritanly wasteful. We have whole fields created around it, like archaeology. We love to find ancient pieces of pottery or arrowheads. We go to museums to look at the waste left-behind by our ancestors. We consider it precious. It's certainly interesting and informative. A civilizations waste tells the story of how it lived. Some civilizations we don't have many stories from. Some we have to guess at based on what they left behind. But, what we're leaving behind is very different from what they left behind even 100 years ago. Can you imagine what they'll think of us in the future. How could they have let themselves trash the planet? How could they not have realized how important it was? How could they have sickened themselves like that? How could they have done that to us? Health is the natural order of things and the reason we're not healthier is because we've gotten out of the natural order of things. We didn't even realize it was happening. The world has changed a lot in just a short amount of time and if we know anything it's that the speed with which we advance technologically is going to continue to speed up which kind of makes time seem to speed up. Last night we watched a movie that didn't seem very old. It was from 2010. But, there was a scene where they needed to remember lyrics to a song and they couldn't, so they ran around trying to find someone who knew the lyrics to the song. And I was like "why don't they just look it up?" And then I realized they were all using flip phones and they couldn't look it up. What a different world we live in now! It's pretty incredible really. I am a huge fan of technology. But, I also like the real world. And I love seeing all different types of nature, the more the better. But what we're doing is destroying nature piece by piece. We didn't see it happening for awhile, but it's gotten glaringly obvious, especially because of our advanced technology. So, the idea of zero-waste is as a concept really important! We’ll be doing a deep dive into it in my #naturalmama movement membership in 2019. Your first month is $1. Link in the bio😉
#adventchallenge Day 6 Spend some time with yourself I seem to be a day or so off on this challenge naturally 😂. Today’s challenge is solo time and it’s my busiest day of the week. It’s daughter date day, it’s homeschool meet-up day, it’s errands and groceries day. There will be no solo time here today especially not in our tiny home when we all come and go together. But I love the solo dates with each of my daughters and love them getting to play with other kids. Tomorrow I will close the door and sit in silent meditation 🧘♀️ and I will appreciate that my kids will mostly not disturb me. We’ve reached the point that if they open the door and see me meditating they either close the door or come in and sit silently with me. Tomorrow 💗💗💗 . . @theselflovesummit @iammelwells
#adventchallenge Day 5 Get into gratitude 🙏🏻 Finding gratitude is easy💖. I just finished up a #30daysofgratitude challenge and I find myself in an almost constant state of gratitude 💖. I am so grateful to have come through the thorny times in my life to get to experience the flowering🌼. I feel like this picture is a pretty good symbol of where we are in life right now. We’ve been through some sticky and painful bits. We’ve grown and learned tremendously. We’re seeing more beauty all the time. And we know some of the most beautiful times are still to come. I am so grateful for this life💛. Grateful for my family💖. Grateful for the challenges we’ve grown through. Grateful for the beauty to come 💖💫💖 . . @theselflovesummit @iammelwells
If you ask me, Life just gets better when you simplify😉
Change One of the most consistent things in life is change. The world is moving all the time. Spinning through space. 🌎 Sands shifting on the beach. Water slowly wearing away stone. Winds carrying dust. And everyday we grow older, changing in every moment. Even the mountains that seem so solid are changing all the time. You have the power to change anything that isn’t working in your life. Make the decision and begin moving in a different direction. Not to say that it will be easy, but the decision is yours to make. Harness the energy of consistent change and use it to your advantage.
#adventchallenge Day 3 💖3 things to love about me💖 It can feel vulnerable to give yourself love especially in a public way but it’s getting easier as I’ve had this kind of prompt before and others are out there joining me in it today 🙌🏻 💖 I love my willingness to let go! I’ve been a #simplicityseeker for a few years now💫. My family let go of 90% of our possessions. I let go of excess hobbies. I let go of excuses and busy-ness. What I gained by letting go is a more enjoyable life experience 💗. More time in nature, more time with my family, doing things that are most important to me. I can’t emphasize how much richness you can gain by letting go🤗 💖I love my courage, to put myself out there, to try new things, to travel to new places, to let go💫 💖I love my willingness to get back up when I’ve been knocked down, to try again, to never give up, to be kind to myself, to let go💫 Thank you for putting together this challenge @theselflovesummit @iammelwells
Simplicity💗 Letting go of the excess stuff and the excess to do’s so that you have more time to spend enjoying life with people you love, doing the things you want to do, being the person you want to be💫
#adventchallenge Day 2 A gift to decorate my space Today’s challenge calls for buying yourself flowers or another gift to decorate your space. We’ll be home all day today and have a pretty tiny space. We’re also in the desert without many flowers, although these are desert flowers! But yesterday we did a bit of a deep clean to spruce the place up and my daughters took it upon themselves to clean off a shelf, dust everything, and rearrange it, which felt like a gift to me 🎁 @theselflovesummit @iammelwells
#adventchallenge Day 1 I just finished #30daysofgratitude which was so amazing and helpful to me in getting into a habit of showing up daily in gratitude 🙏🏻. Just when I was thinking it’d be helpful to continue with those kind of prompts I learned about the #adventchallenge from @theselflovesummit and @iammelwells 💖. Perfect timing 👌🏻 So here I go! Day 1 - Proud of me I am proud of the fact that I have begun to show up daily despite prior obstacles 💖. I am proud that I am finally getting the projects in my heart, head and notebook created! I am proud that I have run two courses, written an ebook and a workbook and begun my membership all since the end of August🙌🏻. I am proud that I have my children’s meditation book on the calendar to complete after sitting with the idea for over 7 years. I am proud of sticking with it even when I felt like I was moving through sludge💖
I was an art major in college. My secondary focus was photography. I love to go out with my camera for the sole(soul) purpose of taking photos. I love to get in close and capture the details, the little things missed at a glance. I love Instagram for it's photo sharing abilities, yet, I feel I haven't fully embraced this platform yet in the way I want too. When I think back to myself at an earlier age I know I would have jumped in here more fully, eager to share my photography. I realized what I'm missing here is connection and community. I'm ready to feel like Instagram is an engaged community. I tend to keep running back to Facebook where my friends are. I love Facebook, but I want to love Instagram as well. I've noticed there's a lot of people who will follow you and then unfollow you the moment you follow them back. That's gnawed on me a bit. That's not engagement. It feels icky. If I follow someone on Instagram it's because I like their photos, or their message, or preferably both! I would love for them to follow me back and us to have engaging conversations, but I'm not following them just to gain followers. I don't want to play that game. So I'm opting out of that game. I'll follow the people I'm interested in. I'm engaging on other people's pages because the engagement is where the gold is. It's not about quantity, it's about quality and connection. We're hyper connected through technology but a lot of people are missing the human to human connection. I want more connection, therefore I am connecting more. If you like what I have to say please follow and connect and let's be in conversation. But, if you're just trying to get more likes on your page, please move along, because I've opted out of that game.
#30daysofgratitude 🙏DAY 30🙏 Write about what makes you happy to be alive. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I am so happy and grateful to be alive! I love this life! I love Johnny❤️ I love our girls😍 I love experiencing lots of new things. I love this gorgeous planet. I love seeing how everything is connected. I love how the more we learn the more we realize there is to learn. I love technology and the ability to connect with people all over the world. I love traveling and seeing new places and cultures. I love staying in a warm bed and cuddling with my family no matter how tight the squeeze sometimes is. I love getting out in nature. I love knowing that the rocks and mountains have been here for ages evolving super slowly and witnessing the world around them change. I love trees!!! 🌳 I love the sunlight warming my skin. ☀️ I love the ocean waves kissing my toes. I love watching the stars move through the sky every night.🌟 I love the possibilities available to us. I love the idea of human potential and evolution. I love the ability of our body to heal itself if we treat it right and give it the opportunity. I love the ability of the earth to heal itself if we treat it right and give it the opportunity. 🌎🌍🌏 I love that I set up and continued this #30daysofgratitude consistently for the entire 30 days! I love that I have finally created some of the programs that were hanging around in my head, heart and notebook for years. I love that we are moving in to a new year full of new possibilities. I am so grateful for everything I am and everything I have!