Happy Winter Solstice, let’s remember

Hello! Happy Winter Solstice – let's remember: I’ve always loved getting out to enjoy the beautiful winter season as a child, and even now as an adult. When I was little, I spent hours and hours at the ice skating rink at Stodden Park near my house in Butte, Mont. Or I had my mom drop me and some friends off at one of the rinks across town. My dad always tells a story about how proud he was of me the first time I strapped on some ice skates. He’ll tell you I went all the way around the speed skating rink by myself. I think I was around 5 or 6 years old. But when I wasn’t ice skating, I was sled riding down the hill at the Oregon Street overpass (hello Sarah Wixsten in heaven) or making a snowman or snow angels in the new fallen snow. I still remember coming into the house with red stinging fingers from the cold. Now, my...
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The Desire Map a life changer

Inspiration for the new year A few years ago, I was introduced to Danielle LaPorte’s book called The Desire Map. It arrived at the perfect time as I was looking to transform my life. I knew that I wanted to feel more than just good. The Desire Map was a step into the right direction to show me the way. It’s easy to say that I absolutely fell in love with the book and Danielle’s vibe. I can’t remember where I read it, but one follower called her a “spiritual badass.” Definitely the right description to attract a Montana woman like myself. Now three years in the making, I’ve been a fan ever since. In short, the book encourages you to feel exactly how you want to feel through your very own set of Core Desired Feelings. Core Desired Feelings are 3-5 words you create to trigger your feel-good vibes. A program is built within the book to help you dig deep to discover...
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New Montana favorite Beartooth Pass

Living in the Light Energy of freedom I feel like I haven't unpacked my suitcase since March. I've put many miles on my car rambling across Montana and surrounding states. Traveling and exploring are something I love doing regularly. It's my way of accessing my space of freedom. When I say freedom, I don't mean the 4th of July-type freedom, but rather a freedom in the feeling of being light and at peace. Here's what I mean: Close your eyes, and imagine all of your senses being activated. You're in the now, with no constraints from the past and future. You're totally and completely in your body, out of mind. The air you breath is weightless. The burden you hold on your shoulders released. The heat from the yellow sun tickles your face. Your heart beats ever so gently. Like a hug from inside, a sense of joy washes over you with a smile – YOU ARE FREE! For me, this feeling is...
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Connect mind and body with a walk in nature

Recipe to cure a busy mind Perhaps you’ve considered ways you can bring more beauty into your life. I believe that it’s as easy as a walk in the park! Like a lot of people, you'd probably agree that the beauty you’re looking for sometimes gets caught up as not-so-nice thoughts in your head. They range somewhere between guilt and worry. Really, all you want to do is release the thoughts and move on with your happy day! Many ideas may come to mind about ways of letting go. The first step, however, is to recognize the busy pattern circulating in your head. More than likely, the past or future are running a marathon in your mind. When this happens, it’s time to do a little root chakra work. Walk to connect the root Working with the root chakra is all about connecting with the present – grounding yourself to the Earth. Heading out for a walk in nature is one of my favorite ways...
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Trip to Moab equals joy, freedom – priceless

A few weeks ago I took a ride and ended up in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. Taking the trip wasn't really as spontaneous as I just made it sound. Actually, for more than a year, I had this immense feeling that I just had to go there. I don't know how many times I mentioned it over the course of a year. But when I did, I got these questioning deer-in- the-headlight-looks, "why do you want to do that?" Because I was questioned, I felt I needed a huge explanation. But all I could come up with is that I just had to go. Then a little more than a month before I left – (insert big echoey voice) before I made the official decision to go – I met a woman at an event. She talked about how she often had these extreme urges to just take off. For the most part, she didn't know why. But, every time she followed her...
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