Mother: thank you

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Mom. This woman amazes me, every day.

I am not a mom, yet. I know there are things I will not understand until I am. But I do know how lucky I am to have her. To be like her. And to have developed into the woman I am on the foundation of her unwavering love, acceptance & admiration. As our national Mother’s Day arrives, I want to acknowledge the woman who gave birth to me, lived to love and care for me & who still teaches me so much every day. I am humbled & in awe. And so very grateful.

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A lot of important women in my life are having babies. Family. Friends. Women I have known a long time & respect greatly. It is so fascinating & inspiring watching the transformation to motherhood. It is profound. Magical. And deeply instinctual. Every single experience is different. Each on their own beautiful journey. I have so much love for each of you.

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As I walk along my path in life, sometimes I wonder, what it will be like to be a mom & still be me? A balancing act to love in a new way – a way we are born to love – but to still prioritize & honor our self-love. Rooting deep into who I am, yet still open to transformation beyond anything I can be imagine. To stretch. And grow. To give unlike before. To love in a way I have not. They say: it is the best & hardest thing you will do.

I look forward to becoming a mother one day. I am grateful for all the strong, loving mothers in my life. You all fill the world with joy & love. Thank you.

Happy Mother’s Day.

Give & Give Thanks

I received a gift yesterday that I am beyond excited about & must share. A set of essential oil blends for mood management. There are many ways to use these oils to promote feeling grounded, motivated, hopeful & at peace. I have several routines for self-regulation using these blends & will share more about using essential oils for managing emotions in an upcoming blog post (hopefully soon!).

Essential Oils for Emotions

Yes, I just started a post about giving by talking about something that I received. But that is the beauty of giving – whether you are the giver or receiver – you win either way. As the receiver I have been filled with appreciation & gratitude. And when I give, I am filled with an overwhelming sense of love & purpose. We have many opportunities every day to both give & receive if we are open. Giving to others what we can is a simple way to strengthen our connection, community & world.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life but what we give.    -Winston Churchill

With this in mind, I incorporated giving into my Thirty before 30 list. Although the project is centered around self-growth & experience, service to others is a priority. My giving goals for this year include donating blood, volunteering at a local fundraiser & a random act of kindness.

This month I have been focusing on donating: select 1 item to give every day for a month. It is a simple way to reduce the number of things that we have and also give to a charity in support of those in need. This is a fun one because it is in line with my values of living minimally & serving others. (For honesty sake, please note I selected all 31+ items in a two day period after a friend – who is also doing the challenge – suggested this technique. Once I started collecting items to give – sifting through my wardrobe, kitchen & cupboards – it snowballed quickly into more than 31 items.)

Giving feels good. Everyone wins. It can come in all forms. We are all capable of giving to others. A smile or acknowledgement. A hug. A piece of food from your lunch. Kindness. Love. Give for others. Give for yourself. Give and make our world a happier & more loving place.

One last thing. Have you heard of Giving Tuesday? This relatively new holiday dedicated to giving falls on Tuesday, December 2nd this year. Check out givingtuesday.org to start planning ways that you can give back. With the holiday season upon us, what better time then now to help out a friend, neighbor or fellow human being?

Love & Castles: Going back in time on a Scotland Roadtrip

“But just then, for that fraction of time, it seems as though all things are possible. You can look across the limitations of your own life, and see that they are really nothing. In that moment when time stops, it is as though you know you could undertake any venture, complete it and come back to yourself, to find the world unchanged, and everything just as you left it a moment before. And it’s as though…” He hesitated for a moment, carefully choosing words. “As though, knowing that everything is possible, suddenly nothing is necessary.”
― Jamie Fraser in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander

Have you ever felt this feeling? Peace in your heart, mind & body. All of a sudden, there is no trace of fears or worry. No desired outcomes are too remote, or too urgent. All that matters is the love & presence in the current moment. I have found this during quiet meditation, during connection with loved ones & nature, and upon waking from a rejuvenating sleep.

Scottish Highlands – August 2014

The quote above is my favorite, from the book Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, as it serves as a beautiful reminder to believe in the limitlessness of the universe (& of love) while cherishing the present moment of now.

Beyond loving this quote, I couldn’t put the book down & gobbled the 850 pages up despite being a fairly slow reader. Motivated to get reading by my Thirty before 30 challenge, the timing of reading this couldn’t have been better! I bought the book over a year ago on a friend’s recommendation (although it turns out she had never heard of it & actually recommended the book Outliers), and I thought what better time to finally read it then while traveling in Scotland – as this is where the adventure unfolds!

Not only am I a sucker for a great love story (which this is), but the vivid tales of life in Scotland over 250 years ago came alive in the cobblestone streets, ancient Castle ruins, Lochs & mountains as we ventured through the Scottish countryside. I am not sure if it was finally visiting Scotland in the blue skied summertime (okay, not always blue, but bluer than the grey winter skies we usually travel under), the electrifying green blankets of the hills & pastures, or perhaps just connecting with the well written stories of the people who walked this same ground so many years ago. Enveloped by the magic of Scotland’s Highlands, I could feel the joys & hardship of early and modern generations simultaneously – kind of like the main character in the book Claire. The spirit of Scotland-both ancient & strong- is heavy in the air. The people’s courage & kind hearts shine through their thick accents.

This “Sassenach” taking a moment for peace & play with yoga on the castle grounds above Loch Ness, Scotland.

This isn’t meant to be a book review (although I highly recommend you take this adventure back in time!), just a reflection on the vast beauty & mystery that exists in our world & in humanity – independent of time. I breathed in the crisp mountain air & then relished in the warmth of humidity as Scotland’s weather continuously morphed around us. I journeyed through history reading Outlander while exploring the lands previously divided & defended by the clans. Then I went to the cities, reconnected with family & modern Scottish folk.

The question & struggle for independence still laces life in Scotland. Large signs posted in town stating “Yes” versus “No, thanks”, heated debates on tv & in private. The Scottish people will answer the question about independence by vote on September 18th. I look forward to seeing the outcome & how Scotland will shape history for future generations.

Another year older. And grateful.

bdayWow – 29 years. Seems so long. And so short. All at once. Old or young, one thing is for sure, I have a lot of love in my life. I feel so very blessed & want to take a moment to reflect on this beautiful birthday weekend & all the gratitude I feel for the people in my life.

My birthday weekend (yes, I celebrated for three days instead of one) has served as a powerful reminder of who I am. Specifically what I value & look for in relationships: connection, trust, & mutual understanding. I chose to spend my birthday (weekend) doing things I love and having so many people show up & show me love has left me feeling understood, appreciated & so very grateful.

I sort of think I am too old for gifts. But then, are we ever too old for anything? Nah! I was surprised & grateful for all the gifts I received this year and they were a fun reflection of who I am & the relationships I have with the people I love.

  • Fresh, colorful flowers
  • handmade: card, jewelry, food (BBQ, salads, dips, sweets, treats & a fruit platter aka “fruit loot”), drinks, a hoop (yes, a hula hoop), purse
  • farm fresh local cuisine
  • vino & mittens (wine & fashion are fun b/c choosing these myself can be work!!)
  • framed photograph
  • beach, picnic & play with the best company
  • scratchers – I’m feeling lucky!!
  • reflexology/massage (ok, that one may have been a “happy birthday to me” gift)
  • vintage style glassware
  • journal – a place to set goals, self-reflect & express gratitude
  • upcoming dates & travel (I guess I’ll be celebrating longer after all!)
  • cooked & cleaned for all weekend – ahh 🙂
  • lots of hugs, laughs & love

I love receiving & giving gifts that are useful, edible, experiences & a true reflection of a person &/or relationship. I definitely feel that my friends & family understand who I am. And feeling understood, appreciated & connected is the real gift. Thank you to everyone who has showered me with love this weekend & always – I am truly blessed & thankful.

What do you look for when giving or appreciate when receiving a gift?

The Beginning: first ever blog post!

One love. Bob Marley put it so simply. But somehow everyday life & relationships complicate even simple things. The further I travel down my own path and the more soul searching I do, the more I understand that we are all connected. That’s what this blog is about – or at least how it is starting out. That’s something else I’m learning, that despite our best intentions and well thought out plans, life has a way of throwing the unexpected at us. So I choose to identify & work towards goals while striving to stay open to whatever the present moment may bring.

Off on a tangent already – back to the purpose of One little Peace. To share who I am in this moment & how that changes day by day. Share passion, awesome community resources & wellness inspirations. This will also serve as a handy reference tool as the details of things often allude me (forecast a post on ways to improve memory). I have always been fascinated by human behavior and love everything health & wellness. Seeking purpose & wellness in my own life, I keep coming back to something greater than myself – US! I want to be the best me so that my life has a positive impact on those around me. In a world where so many of us are separated from our loved ones & neighbors by fences, great distances & miscommunications, I hope this blog inspires & contributes to a greater sense of community. Every small action we take to be well & act with love puts out a positive ripple effect into the universe & promotes positive change in ourselves, our community & our world.

You have probably already figured out that I am much wordier than Bob, so bear with me while I back up a smidge. I’m Kelly, turning 29 this year & a seeker of balance. Yoga is one way I do this – I’m currently practicing headstand (more on that fun challenge later). But, I mean balance in life – the bigger picture. Between our jobs, families (see some of mine below), emotional, physical & mental well being and so much more it seems impossible not to feel depleted or out of whack sometimes! My journey is seeking balance & peace in my life.  With One little Peace I hope to share part of myself, provide wellness information/resources & look at the wide array of choices we can make to be a catalyst for positive change in the world just by being happy, peaceful human beings.

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Being silly & playing outside at my brother Stephen’s birthday BBQ last weekend.

If you find yourself laughing along with me, adding momentum to the discussion or trying out a wellness strategy for yourself – I will feel blessed to be a small piece of your journey & grateful that you are a piece of mine.

Don’t let people pull you into their storm, pull them into your peace

Kimberly Jones

(Anyone know more about Kimberly Jones? Maybe I’ll do some research…)