For the Love of Holiday Movies

Beautiful snow at my house

There may be 12 days of Christmas, and 24 days in an advent calendar, but there are at least 20 required holiday movies to watch in my world – and I wanted to share my favorites with you!

For me it all begins with movies that aren’t actual Christmas movies, but have great Christmas scenes. The next phase of viewing includes movies that occur at Christmas time. And finally as it get closer to Christmas I watch the classic holiday movies that I’ve loved for year (and years…). Mixed in are a few fun movies that I may still watch (even though my son is an adult now). My fave movie lists are below – maybe you’ll see one of your own favorites, or find a new fave! Each movie has a link to more information in case you’re interested. If the weather outside is frightful, or you’re wrapping gifts, or just want to relax into the holiday spirit, movies about Christmas are one of my favorite parts of the season!

Movies with awesome Christmas/Holiday scenes:

Christmastime movies:

Christmas Classics:

Fun Movies to enjoy with, or without, children:

And even a couple for the New Year!:

{ Note: Because many of these movies are from a different time period than ours they aren’t all what some would call acceptable viewing. So, of course,exercise your freedom to choose and don’t watch anything that upsets your own sensibilities.}

I wish for you the most delicious holiday season!! Drop me a line at cheryl@theintrepidgoddess.com and let me know your favorite movies of the season! Or share your love of one of the movies mentioned here. I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Holidays!!

Love,

Cheryl

The Positive Aspects of What We Fear

On the road to who knows where…

{simple tools series}

The other morning I was involved in a practice I like to do a couple of times a week. I sit down with some coffee and make a list of positive aspects for negative (even scary) things – specifically, things I see as uncomfortable or miserable in my life. The process is simple: quickly create a list of 6 positive insights about this thing/person/situation that I complain about, fear, or dislike. (This idea is from the very useful book My Law of Attraction Project Planner by Pamela Thompson and Donna Hawkins). I was feeling annoyingly and sadly lost that day, so I decided to explore what beauty there is in feeling lost (since, ya know, I’m already familiar with the ugliness). Perhaps you can relate!

My Positive Aspects List for Being Lost:

  1. There is no need to give directions. You don’t have to be the tour guide, no need to control things – that’s exhausting! You can put the reins down. Yes!
  2. You can open up to what’s around you – in fact that’s a wonderful thing to do at any time – look around, be aware of and even enchanted by the path you’re on. Even seemingly scary paths have magic and delight along them.
  3. Enjoy spending some time just being befuddled, and you will see that it isn’t the end of the world to be unsure. Plus, isn’t “befuddled” an amazing word! Truthfully, I really like that I don’t always have to know exactly where I’m going.
  4. It’s the perfect time to look for signs – not stressfully and desperately (that is rarely helpful), but with curiosity and delight. What will show up? This is one of my favorite things to do anyway, but it’s especially lovely when you feel lost.
  5. Practice having faith. Know that when the time is right and you are ready that things will become clear again. Have faith in yourself and the Universe (God, Spirit, Source).
  6. Why not catch up on some sleep! You’re not going anywhere right now anyway. In fact, lack of sleep alone can lead to feelings of being lost and confused. Anyway, sleep and taking good care of yourself is always a good step when you feel less than satisfied with your life and yourself.
  7. It can also be a great opportunity to connect and ask for guidance or help. Talk and share with a wise friend. Or check in with your own higher Self for guidance. Here are a few ideas: Try bibliomancy – randomly choose a book, or a passage from a book, with the intention of being guided and see what it has to tell you. Meditation or prayer is a great way to deepen your understanding of what steps to take next on a foggy path, or to just learn that it’s OK to be lost for a bit. You could draw an oracle card (like Tarot, but there are many, many others) and see what message you discover for yourself in the cards. Journaling is another great way to connect with yourself and find answers.

You know, I had to laugh that my list segued into a list of things to DO when you’re feeling lost. And then it became a blog post! (And don’t think I haven’t noticed that another of my recent posts was also about feeling lost…it has a different approach though, so it’s all good! But you can tell where I’m at right now, huh?) I guess what I felt I needed was some action to take – even if that action is to choose inaction.

So, if you’re feeling lost you can look at my positive aspects list and see if anything there is helpful to you. There are some useful tools for when you’re feeling unhappy with how things are or unsure about what’s next.

You could also make your own positive aspects list – which I highly recommend! It helps to see that even when you really dislike something about your life you can look for what isn’t all that bad, and then you can choose which aspects of the situation you want to focus on now. I’ve done it with my messy basement, financial concerns, people who upset me, stressful events, and other situations that I get worked up about. It always helps me to find some balance, and to look at things differently – more happily, in fact!  And, of course, I sometimes even come up with ideas for things I can do to make life better. Which is something I am all about, you know!

I hope this simple tool is of help to you. I have more simple tools in other posts and you can find those here. Best wishes for a fabulous day and certainly contact me at cheryl@theintrepidgoddess.com if you want to share your journey or have any questions. I’d love to hear from you!

Love,

Cheryl

 

Savoring Life Each Day

Turning Leaf on Red by Cheryl

Are you ready to Savor?

Hasn’t this been a fascinating year? It has been a year of review, release, and re-imagining for me. I’m at one of those places in life where the old ways and why’s of doing things no longer ring true, or inspire and motivate me either. That is actually quite a bit scary!! But also really exciting. 

One of my touchstones this year has been my Word of the Year – Embrace. I’m not sure what I would have done without it honestly! Really Embracing all of the good-bye’s, hello’s (and potential hello’s) this year has been the most helpful thing I could do. What a tumultuous journey! Whew! But as August ended I sensed that my work with the Word Embrace was pretty much done. (You can learn more about that here in my video.). It’s time for a new Word!! I’ve never changed my Word mid-year before, but I’m really excited about it trying it out now. Have you even changed yours? I’d love to hear about it!! (Email me at cheryl@theintrepidgoddess.com and tell me more!)

Since I’ve written a LOT about Word of the Year this year (and you know in the past too 🙂 And here’s my e-course about WOTY too.) I wanted to share this big change with you all and so…..(ta-da!!!) my new Word is Savor. My Words tend to evolve one into another and this is no exception – it just happened a bit early is all! Embracing life has moved me to a desire to Savor it. This is what I need now, and as with any Word, also what I want to learn more about too.

This time of year really lends itself to Savoring, doesn’t it? And it doesn’t have to be your Word for you to enjoy it either. Here is what I intend to “delight in, enjoy, or relish” (also get off on, revel in, or groove on – thank you Merriam-Webster!) during this gorgeous season. Perhaps you’ll join me! Let’s savor….

  • That Autumn smell – ohhh, yum!
  • The colors of Fall. Right now I’m imagining a golden-orange tree against a deep blue sky!
  • Shorter days
  • Coziness inside; and my favorite sweaters and denim jacket outside
  • Pulling out my boots and warm socks
  • Enjoying harvest, Halloween, football, and raking leaves!
  • Apple orchards and pumpkin patches
  • All of the mums and pumpkins
  • Bike rides and walks through crunchy leaves
  • Rainy, cozy days inside
  • Lighting a fire, and candles – lots of candles
  • Lazy weekends (no mowing!)
  • Putting the garden to bed
  • The very last picnics and motor bike rides
  • Exchanging ice cream treats for warm apple crisp
  • And planning and anticipating the coming of the Solstice Holidays

How could we not want to savor our lives and create beauty in this gorgeous season? I hope you all have a divine Autumn season and a fabulous fourth quarter!!
 
Lots of Love,
Cheryl

Create a Word of the Year Book

 

Hey all – look at the time! The 4th Quarter is starting soon – where are you with your Word of the Year? I’m laughing now because my personal journey has been bumpy, as it usually is at this point of the year. The good news is that September and the last Quarter are great times to revive your Word and have fun playing with it. Your Word can really make the special events of the last part of the year very meaningful for you.

If you want lots of ideas for ways to engage with your Word you can sign up for my free e-course about that right here. It’s full of fun suggestions and things to do! (And you can look here for even more about Word of the Year!! Be sure to scroll down as this post will be at the top.)

In fact, above you’ll find a video walk-through of my Word of the Year book. I mention it in the course, but it helps to see it in a video, I think. Despite how it may sound in the video (and BTW I’m not being perfectionist in that video at all – a rough-ish video, indeed :)) I do choose a Word each year (since 2009!), but I don’t always add it to my WOTY book. It all depends on how you want to experience your Word and if you want to take the time to create a book. I wanted to show you some of the things you might share in a book to engage with your Word. It’s a great way, as well, to have something tangible to look back at this year, and in later years. I love how during the year that my Word was Flourishing my journey was all about me understanding what that actually meant and felt like for me. I know that because my book from that year is ALL about that exploration. And it’s still really helpful and relevant information for me.

Here are some ideas and tips for making your own book for your Word of the Year (and you can start any time!):

  • I made my book from a 8.5″x11″ scrapbook I had around the house. I like that I can use varying sizes of page protectors in it for all kinds of different pages. But you could use a basic binder, or a sketch book, etc. You could create it digitally too. I also used paper, cardstock, and other paper crafting types of products. You could collect cool ephemera that relates to your word and incorporate that too. So many options!
  • Consider the things you want to remember and record for your Word, and also how often you want to check in with it, and then create some projects that reflect those desires.
  • Some ideas are:
    • Poetry
    • Photography
    • Journaling prompts to write about
    • Collages or other artwork you make
    • Tarot spread(s)
    • A mini scrapbook of WOTY projects or field trips
    • A written record of your experiences with your Word
    • Word Play – what your Word means to you, how you chose it, why you want to experience it, ways you want to share it or use it in your life, synonyms, quotes, etc.
    • And there are more ideas in the video…
  • Then set aside time to regularly add something to your book and experience your Word in a deeper way.
  • Don’t worry if you let it go for a while, just enjoy yourself when you do take time to engage.
  • Go back and look through your book – see the things you’ve learned and accomplished!

Next year I may make a junk journal version of this book and keep it fresh! I love new ideas!!! I hope this is of help to you in your Word of the Year journey. I’d love to hear how things are going. Drop me a line at cheryl@theintrepidgoddess.com.

Hugs and Happy Word Play,

Love, Cheryl

Helpful Things to do When You Feel Lost {or stuck, or unsure about what to do next}

my feet on the ground

Lately I’m regrouping, revising, and just plain starting over in several ways. I’m trying to get across the ground slowly, letting it support me, allowing myself to feel my way. I know that some days require lots of movement, but overall I’m trying to go slowly, be at peace, and mostly to rest and have fun while I allow clarity to come. Some days I really think this is way too hard!

I’m used to pushing, go-getting, working hard, making it happen. Or panicking, stressing & feeling paralyzed. Whew! Neither of those approaches are fun when you’re feeling lost. (Ummm, or very effective…) But they are “easy” because I’m used to them. And yet, I know that when I can let myself slow down, feel my feelings, lighten up, enjoy life, and look at the resistance, then I’m on my way to clear knowing about what to do next. Here’s what I’ve been doing to move slowly & joyfully to my next steps, and to allow the panic, fear, and resistance while not letting them stop or define me. Maybe there’s something here to help you too. I hope so!

The first thing is to not be too bossy. Bossy Girl is a fun and intuition killer, that’s for sure! Instead I check in with my desire, my heart, and I do what feels like pleasure. I let myself let go of the “rules”. I cut myself slack. I tell myself things like: “I always have plenty of time”, “I’m taking vital steps right now by relaxing and allowing my intuition to speak up”, “I’m gradually releasing all resistance and fear”, “I’ll know when the time is right”. Right now it’s time to relax and let go of the strain.

Next, I look under the bed at those monsters that keep me from moving out of my safety zone. For me the resistance is always about thoughts I’ve picked up along the way that aren’t in the least bit helpful. I used to try to change them, but often that brought up more resistance. Now, I write and write until I think I’m to the bottom of them (those beliefs of inadequacy, and idiocy, lack, and shame of failure – messy, ugly stuff). I let myself feel how crappy they feel. I accept the pain of them. And then I set them aside with love (after all, I do think they want to help me) and do something life affirming. I let them work themselves out. And usually they do! They’ll probably pop up later, but I know what to do, and each time they’re a little bit different and I know I’m getting clearer and clearer, and kinder and kinder, and that is what helps me to work with them and not be stopped.

The next part of this process is to do something life affirming. Do something that makes you feel alive, happy, and awakens the feelings of joy you expect to receive from those things you really want to do, but are feeling lost, or stuck, or unsure about. Open up to potential, and serendipity, and messages, and help. Life affirming activities will vary from person to person, and situation to situation, but here are a few things I’m doing now:

  • Listening to a LOT of Abraham-Hicks – Divine Intervention, I call it! Anything that inspires and/or calms you will do.
  • Getting back into a good self-reflective groove. For me right now this means spending time journaling, thinking, resting and thinking not at all, watching clouds go by, pulling oracle cards and seeing what they have to say to me, taking naps, making tiny art projects, listing ideas (so many ideas), and generally getting to know myself better. It’s amazing how I can lose myself in the rest of the world and other’s needs and ideas – so, time-out to focus on me.
  • Taking my sweet time….it really is sweet when I go slowly too. Why the rush anyway? I’m amazed at how fast I think I need to go. Is there plenty that needs doing? Heck yeah! Has rushing around ever meant I got it all done? No, not really.
  • Hanging out with my dear son while he’s around – delightful!!
  • Participating in August Break (a daily photography mindfulness practice) with Susannah Conway on Instagram. In fact, this post was inspired by the prompt for today’s photograph – Ground. Serendipity indeed! Such fun to engage in the photography and especially to interact with other participants. If you don’t participate in this already you may want to give it a try!

The best part for me about the process above is that now my focus is no longer on the stress and strain of “Whatever will I do next!!!”, but on the way life is gorgeous, and safe, and full of promise. Do I know yet what I’m going to do next? Nope. But each day more and more ideas come, and more and more confidence, and more and more delight, and that is how I want to live. And I have faith that the rest will come too. In fact, the last part of this process is FAITH. And when you get all worked up again remember your faith, and repeat the process as needed.

Part of making things happen is taking action, but a huge part is inspiration, and action without it is often just hard work.

Lots of love! I hope this was of help or there was an idea here that resonated. Contact me with any questions or comments, or to share your story, at cheryl@theintrepidgoddess.com. Or set up a time to talk (for free, of course) right here.

Cheryl

Being or Doing {or, you know, both}

collage by theintrepidgoddess.com

Magazine Collage by Cheryl

(Simple Tools for Changing Times)

I was talking with a client recently about how to “be” instead of constantly “do”. She wanted more peace and flow in her life. She wanted less stress about her huge list of things to do, she wanted to enjoy life more in the moment. I want those things too! How about you? Here are few little tools I shared with her, I hope they’ll be useful for you as well!

“Be” WHILE You “Do”

“Be” here right now, no matter what you are doing. Indulge in immersing yourself! It’s like the the Zen proverb “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” – you don’t have to wait or have special circumstances to “be”. Bring your whole self to a task. Don’t think ahead, plan, ruminate, or worry. It sounds a bit easier to say than do! But it’s such a relief & pleasure when you allow yourself to really get into what you’re doing right now. This is “being” as a form of focus or immersion in the present moment or task, and it’s pretty delicious!

Set a Morning Intention

How do you want to experience life today? With peace, or joy, or acceptance, or (your word here)? Choose how you want to “be”. Now, how does that feel to you? Do other words or feelings come up when you sense into this desired state? When you’re peaceful (or joyful, or accepting, etc.) how do you embody that in your life? Try a mantra: “I am _____ as I embody and embrace ____, ____, and _____. Repeat as needed – and especially feel the feels. Now, choose from your big to-do list based on how you want to feel, and at the same time feel how you want to feel no matter what you have to do! This is “being” through choice and intention.

Be Who You Are and Be OK with it…or Forgiveness 101

Who are you right now – in this moment? If you check in with your inner self often you are well, and that can be a surprise to the part of you wrapped up in a drama! But maybe you aren’t OK. It happens. I spent too much of the month of May frustrated and upset due to some ongoing dramas, but mostly I was distressed because I spent precious time in judgment of myself (and others – it kinda goes together!). I would have been a lot happier if I had just let it all be what it was. Being miserable, or angry, or catty, or sad, or whatever….you can let it be OK. Go there, feel the contrast, as Abraham says. Let it speak it’s full to you. Expression is a relief valve. What is your feeling telling you? A simple step for dealing with upsetting emotions and stories is to forgive yourself (first and foremost), but also that asshole, your parents, your spouse, etc. Just be who you are, let them be who they are, let it be OK. And if you’re feeling fabulous – please, let that “be” also! No guilt, or feeling you don’t deserve it – this is the time to revel!! This is “being” as an expression of acceptance and forgiveness, one of my favorite ways to “be”.

How Can You “Be” the One Who Loves & Cares for Yourself?

This is about “being” as a form of really caring for your own being – loving yourself. If you’re hurt or sad, how can you care for yourself? If you feel lost or angry, do you have ways to tend to your needs and address your deep concerns? You are responsible for this, no one else. For example, maybe you’re feeling like you aren’t valued. You can’t make someone value you, but you can see your value for yourself. If you aren’t willing to see your worth others may not be willing to try either. These may seem like harsh words to some of you, but the truth is they are words of freedom! “Be” what you need for yourself. You’ve got this!

The truth is “being” and “doing” are pretty interwoven in life. It’s delightful to take time to JUST BE, and I highly recommend it as something you set aside time for every day. But personally, I need more than that! So I came up with these ways to “be and do”. There are a variety of ways of “being”, choose your favorites! Or use the ones you find easy to tuck into even a busy day. Let me know what you think – I’m always excited to hear from you! You can write to me at cheryl@theintrepidgoddess.com. And I have a new FREE course to help your engage with your Word of the Year in fun and meaningful ways. I hope you sign up!

Lots of Love,

Cheryl