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Dreaming Big – LIVE Retreat & free coaching


Life can feel kind of overwhelming sometimes, don’t you think?
And then, there are times when you feel completely alone.
And then, there are days when you feel on top of the world, like you have it all together.
And then, there are those days when it feels like you’ll never live the life you want to live.

We have ups and we have downs.
Sometimes we see the path clearly, and sometimes there’s a whole lot of muck to go through.

But YOU CAN do it. And you don’t have to do it alone.
There is something magical about sharing this self-discovery journey together.

I have created something very special JUST FOR YOU.

If you’ve taken Inside Out: A Creative Adventure of Self-Discovery e-course in the past, then you probably remember the Top 25 List. It’s the list where we wrote our top 25 things we’ve always wanted to do in life. I’ve received countless emails from so many who have shared how powerful that list has been in their lives. It’s just such a great feeling when we check something off that list.

I’m checking off one thing from my list by offering my first ever, hands-on Inside Out RETREAT in Boulder, Colorado THIS SUMMER.
Register by March 7th, and receive ONE MONTH of Life Coaching Services with me for FREE!

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The Inside Out Retreat

An art journaling retreat that will change your life.
July 16th – 19th, 2015
4 days, 3 nights
In the heart of Boulder, Colorado!

I am beyond excited for this experience and I want YOU to join me.

Check out the video above to hear a special message from me.

Click HERE for more details about the retreat, to register and to receive free life coaching.

(Limited space is available – Registration closes March 7th!)

I’m happy to answer any questions you have!

Live deeply.
Live boldly.
Live freely.

KEEP DREAMING BIG.

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learning how to shed self-doubt

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This is me, making my latest video, while the kids watched an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  One take, unedited and thankfully I had the stuffed sheep as my sit-in so I could set the focus!  It’s all a part of being a mom

Are you in need of some quiet or inspiration or a boost to your energy? Take a few minutes to watch the video I made just for YOU.

In the video I share part of my story, what brought me to this moment and why I created A Free Spirit Life and Inside Out: A Creative Adventure of Self-Discovery.

I share how I’m learning to shed outward distractions, negative thinking and old habits. I share how I let self-doubt grip me for years. And how I learned to release those inner fears so I stopped believing “I wasn’t good enough” and started embracing a life that is truly unlimited.

You can overcome the obstacles keeping you stuck.
You can learn to embrace the mess and imperfections.
You can find more joy, peace, and happiness in your daily life.
You can live more connected to your intuition and creativity.
You can learn to trust and follow your heart and how to find your inner courage.
You can learn how to break free of fear so you can leap towards a bold, abundant life.

I’m still learning.
I’m still stumbling and fumbling and tripping along the way.
Let’s do it together.

Watch the video to learn more of what has helped change my life from one gripped with fear, to one that’s like…what the hell…let’s go for it.

What is going really well in your life?
What are the habits that keep repeating?

What are you ready to break free from?

Email me and share a little of YOUR story.  I want to hear from you!

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Inside Out: A Creative Adventure of Self-Discovery starts in ONE WEEK!
To learn more click HERE.

you can change your life

Maybe you want to get rid of the clutter in your life.
Maybe you want to connect to other like-minded women.
Maybe you want to make space in your busy life to nourish your creativity.
Maybe you want to invite more peace, simplicity and ease into your day.
Maybe you want more stillness and less busy.
Maybe you want to find time to do what you love.
Maybe you want to feel more joy.
Maybe you want to nurture your inner dreams, or be more present, or live with intention and purpose.

Whatever it is, YOU CAN change your life.

Start today.

Join us for Inside Out: A Creative Adventure of Self-Discovery!

This 5-week online experience has helped hundreds of women face their fears so they could find the courage to live a more authentic, connected, abundant life.
To learn more, visit here.

Questions? Email me and I’m so happy to chat more.
Class begins January 26th!

Winners Announced:

Thanks to those of you who took the time to share my new Being a Mom music video!

The winners of my random drawing for 3 spots for the next session of Inside Out are:

Debbie Hines, Jessica Naccari and Karen Skelton!

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how to find peace this holiday season

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I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.

~ Confucious

Thank you for being here!  I hope you are enjoying some nice family time and a happy holiday weekend (for those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving).

Not sure how you feel about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but I’m kind of tired of the emails, the commercials and the ads that are fighting for my attention and trying to get me to buy, buy, buy, more, more, more!

There is just so much NOISE out there
And sometimes, I find that the constant distractions in the world make me feel cloudy, stressed, confused and even lost. Do you ever feel this way?

Life throws a lot at us. It’s quite easy to get knocked off center again and again and again. And I’m seeing that part of the practice in mindful living is learning how to get back there, because it’s in this peaceful, present moment space where your pure love, JOY and contentment are always within reach.

Not outside…but within.

So what exactly does it mean to find center?

Your very essence – who you really are – is at your center. When you find center, it’s like going to the place where you feel at home. It’s when you feel most present. It’s when you feel in the flow. It’s where you feel…peace.

Making a connection each day to this inner place will remind you what matters most in your life.
When you get distracted and stressed and overwhelmed, it’s important to have awareness of your center – and know how to get back there.

Whether you are full of joy during the holidays, or they bring you dread, it’s all too easy to get swept away by outward pressures to be more, do more, buy more, and give more. When we fight feelings of not doing or being enough, it’s almost inevitable we’ll end up over-committing or over-eating or over-spending to feel better in the short term.

Finding center and remembering what matters most is about being a part of life, but not getting consumed by it.

We can go to the mall or buy gifts for friends and family, without spending our grocery money. We can create a “to do” list and set intentions to make gifts, but we can also be realistic that we can’t do it all. We can indulge in sweets and the fun food of the season without bursting at the seams and feeling sick afterwards. We can volunteer and be of service without sacrificing our own needs. We can say “no” and let go of “shoulds” and feel ok with not over-doing-it, because we come from a grounded place of love and peace (not a confusing place led by regret, worry and fear).

This is what happens when you stay connected to center.

The more you become aware of your center, and recognize what knocks you off or triggers you, the easier it is to get back to a more grounded, compassionate place. It’s this connection to center that helps you feel an inner peace, when the anxiety and overwhelm creep in. It’s this connection to center that allows you to feel more calm, even when the outer world is seemingly moving at lightening speed.

It’s this connection to center that reminds you how to love and how to be kind – to others AND to yourself.
Be kind to yourself this holiday season.

Eliminate the noise.
Slow down.
Find stillness.
Connect to your center.
Free your spirit.
Love yourself.
Change your life.

I appreciate you deeply…

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Interested in learning tools & techniques on how to stay connected to your center?

Join us for Inside Out: A Creative Adventure of Self-Discovery!

Learn how to listen to and trust your intuition, and how to cultivate the courage you need to live out your inner dreams so you can be yourself and create a life you love living every single day.
Visit HERE for all the details.

You will receive a FREE Inside Out audio book at the end of our course just for signing up!

(Gift certificates available and past Inside Out grads get a discount.)

i love happy art journaling challenge (& podcast #3)

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I had an amazing day yesterday.

I spent the morning at the farmer’s market with my boys, then took my 3-year-old to gymnastics. Both boys took a long nap at the same time (which never happens) and I listened to a podcast and got really inspired about some new creative business ideas.

Later, the kids played together after we picked up my 6-year-old from school. I made butternut squash soup and roasted beet salad for dinner.

Everyone was in a great mood.

Of course, it’s not always like this. But yesterday, everything just seemed to flow.

After dinner we went on a family walk in the woods and around our neighborhood lake. I was walking a little faster then the boys and at one point I just stopped to watch them. The sun was setting. The lake was still. The temperature was perfect. The baby on my back was waving to his daddy and brothers and in that moment I felt completely elated. Peaceful, really.

It was a moment of pure bliss…joy…HAPPINESS.

And then I thought, “I never want this moment to end.”

For a few seconds my mind started freaking out as it tried to grasp time and space.

I caught myself.
Took a breath.
Returned to the moment.
Simply watched the boys walk up the hill.
Listened to the sweet sound of their voices.
Felt complete gratitude in my heart.
And soaked it up.

My mind tried to hold on to what felt like a perfect moment to keep it forever.

But we know that’s impossible. Life is ever changing. It’s all so temporary. So to try to grasp and cling and hold on to any moment sets us up for potential sadness, disappointment or anxiety.

The practice is to see the happy in the every day moments of life.

To appreciate them. To feel them deeply. To not miss all the beauty and joy that is happening around us all the time.

 

Life is a gift.

YOUR life is a gift.

To celebrate this gift called life, I’m hosting a challenge this October to inspire us all to slow down and see the happy in our crazy, busy days.
Please join me for the FREE I Love Happy Art Journaling Challenge for Moms (moms-to-be and grandmothers, too) in October.

Together, for two weeks, we will celebrate the special every day moments of happy in our day, while we nurture our creativity and connect more deeply with our intuition and inner wisdom.

VISIT HERE to watch the new Mothering with heART video podcast #3 for more details about this fun, free art journaling challenge!

To join the challenge, click the link below:

Yes! Sign me up to join moms from around the world for the I Love Happy Art Journaling Challenge!

Hug your loved ones.
Stop gripping the past.
Stop reaching for the future.

And see your happy right here and NOW.

I appreciate you.

mothering with heart video podcast #1 – facing fears

Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.

                 ~ C. JoyBell C.

Hey there!

Talk about facing fear…

I’m jumping right in with this whole video podcast journaling thing and I have no idea what I’m doing. It’s always a vulnerable feeling putting yourself out there.

But here it goes.

I feel the desire to speak directly to you. To connect with YOU on a deeper level. Will you join me?

Subscribe to my New Youtube channel and see my first Mothering with heART Podcast.

Let me know what you think.

Do you have questions you’d like me to talk about? 
Share your ideas and thoughts with me! I’m happy to address your questions in my next video. Simply leave a comment or email me directly.

There is still time to fill out my new Mothering with heART survey! You will be entered to win one month of life coaching with me if you are interested. (I’ll pick a winner next week.)
Visit HERE to share your thoughts – it’s short – I promise!

Happy weekend!

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Your Personal Reflection:

What are you afraid of?
How can you let that fear help move you towards your creative dreams?

balancing motherhood, new youtube channel & your chance to win coaching

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This photo pretty much summarizes what I’ve been doing since unplugging back in June.

Summer is officially over and 1st grade is in full swing. I’ll admit, the first few weeks of our new school routine felt like a shocking jolt to our little family unit. We had a full and relaxing summer. And then the first day of school came at the reluctance of my 6-year-old, which resulted in lots of tears, resistance and meltdowns (from me too).

As I saw all the darling new school photos on Facebook, I joked with my husband that our “first day of school” photo was my oldest son hiding under a blanket!

Now that we are back in the groove and my little guy has been not only warming up to school, but actually getting excited to go, my anxiety level has lessened considerably, too. (Wow, that “mama bear gene” can get activated during times like these.)

I’m feeling excited and ready to get back to some of my creative e-courses and new online offerings yet to come!

And I need your help.

Please take just a few minutes to fill out the following survey and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win one month of free email life-coaching with me.

I need you because I’m creating some new experiences just for YOU. And only YOU know what you really need in this stage of your life. Please share with me!

Click HERE to fill out this very short Mothering with heART survey.

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New Free Spirit TV Youtube Channel Coming Soon

I stay home with 3 little boys full-time.

And my heart has to be creative – outside my life as “mom”. I have to continue my A Free Spirit Life creative business in the midst of this crazy life of motherhood.

Join me as I experiment with sharing a new video journal about my journey as a mother, and how we can – together – continue supporting each other to mother with courage, compassion and creativity.

Visit HERE to subscribe to my new free channel.

Happy day!

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embrace your imperfect beautiful life

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*Below is an excerpt from my Mothering with heART e-course that begins tomorrow! You still have time to join us by visiting here.

“We listen best and empathize with our children most accurately when we are relaxed, feel centered, and have a sense of inner peace and well-being.”

~ Harriet Lerner

This quote reminds me why I’ve invited you to join me on this Mothering with heART journey.

It doesn’t have to be said that this job is a hard one. Not always. Sometimes there are moments of effortless flow. And then there are the moments where it feels like the tantrums, the mess, the noise, the problems, the piles, the dishes, the laundry, and the overwhelm will never end.

Our head hits the pillow. And we start. all. over. again.

Mixed within those days where you wonder how you will make it until bedtime, are those moments of pure bliss. Your little one picks a flower for you. He leaves you an “I love you” note. Your teen opens up about school. She thanks you for a great dinner. He looks up at you with that look that completely melts your heart.

And then you remember.

You remember why you started this journey in the first place.

And then you realize.

Being a mother isn’t about perfection. The mess, the heartache, the celebrations, the joy, the laughter, the sadness, the struggle, and the overwhelm are all a part of being a mom.

The gift comes when you can live more presently and peacefully – in ALL the moments that motherhood brings.

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It is true, that when you feel more relaxed and centered, you simply feel better.

When you take care of your needs, it’s easier to stay connected to your children, you think more clearly and you can more smoothly swim through the ever-changing ups and downs that are inevitable in life as a mother.

In Mothering with heART, we use creativity and reflection as a tool to connect to our intuition – the place that is here to guide us.

It’s there, your intuition, that knows when your inner dreams are ready to manifest. It’s there, your intuition, that knows when there’s something wrong, despite what others say. It’s there, your intuition, that knows when you need to get quiet first, before you make that big decision. It’s there, your intuition, that knows when you are letting fear get in your way of living a more fulfilled, joyful life.

Creative activities – like writing, playing with paint, making art (to name just a few) – help you relax and return to FLOW.

As a mom, we are interrupted about every 12 seconds! (I’m making that up, but doesn’t that seem accurate?) And after a while, it’s easy to get caught up in the glorification of busy. But it’s in stillness, quiet, and creative FLOW that help us stay connected to our hearts – our intuition, creative center, the all knowing place – that reminds us of our greater purpose in life.

So today, and for the next three weeks, we will step back into flow. And we will integrate this flow with and alongside our children. Because if we wait until they are napping, distracted, at school, or older – it just may never happen.

There is no perfect moment.

Your kids don’t want a perfect mother, they just want a healthy, happy you.

Mothering with heART is about mothering YOUR heart.

Embracing your imperfect moment, your imperfect children and your imperfect, beautiful life starts NOW.

Mothering with heART Session #2 April 2014 from Shannon Kinney on Vimeo.

 

Mothering with heART starts tomorrow! Give yourself a great gift and join us!

CLICK HERE to register.

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nurturing your mothering soul

Mothering with heART Session #2 April 2014 from Shannon Kinney on Vimeo.

The boys and I made you a short video for you!

How are you today?

It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve had to throw out any concept of a “schedule” and just…go with the flow.

Some days it feels like I want to call it quits.

You know…it’s when the kids get sick (seriously…it’s spring…I’m so done with colds), and you have to cancel the sitter (I only get her for 3 precious hours a week!), and the thought of making one more meal could simply throw you over the edge (I can’t believe how much these little people eat!).

Today I woke up craving a simple week.
Don’t you just love new beginnings?

So I prepped meals for the week, folded clothes, made school lunch and gave myself some much needed rest time.

I can’t control what will happen this week, but I can do little things that help simplify my daily life. And for me I feel lighter and freer when healthy foods are stocked in the fridge. I feel lighter when I know what nights my husband’s putting the kids to bed (tonight…anyone want to come over for a glass of wine?). I feel lighter when I have a few creative projects to work on (like prepping my Mothering with heART e-course & editing our music video I’m making with my sis and bro), and when I carve out time for my own wellness and recharge (I’m getting a pedicure tomorrow…hello, spring toes).

I love my kids. I love being with my kids. I love staying home with my kids (most days).

And along with being a mom, my soul needs ART.

My soul needs connection.
My soul needs to write.
My soul needs play.
My soul needs rest.
My soul needs movement.
My soul needs music.
My soul needs nature.
My soul needs paint.
My soul needs yoga.
My soul needs women friendships.
My soul needs coffee dates.
My soul needs books.
My soul needs rain.
My soul needs sunshine.
My soul needs quiet.
My soul needs adventure.
My soul needs creative exploration.
My soul needs to be vulnerable.
My soul needs to face fears.
My soul needs to take risks.
My soul needs love.

And…my soul needs you.

What does YOUR soul need?

Join us for the next session of Mothering with heART – session #2 – and feed your soul, too. (Registration is now open.)

Embrace your joy and your deep need to nurture your soul while you nurture your kids. Your art, your creative dreams, your wellness…matters.

Seriously, we mothers need to stick together.

(Join us on our private Mothering with heART Facebook page to connect with other mothers from around the world.)

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Give-Aways!

For your chance to win the Simple Parenting & Play Planner, visit HERE.
For your chance to win a spot in Mothering with heART and Season’s Eatings, visit HERE.

The winners of the random drawings are:

Nicola is the winner of a spot in Season’s Eatings.
Katrianna is the winner of a spot in Mothering with heART.
Nina is the winner of the Simple Parenting & Play Planner.

Congratulations!  Winners will be contacted by email. Thanks so much for entering.

celebrating joy in the every day (& two give-aways!)

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I don’t know about you, but cooking three meals a day – every day – can leave me feeling, uh, rather uninspired.

I really do have a passion for healthy eating and cooking.  But doing it day-after-day-after-day in the midst of changing diapers, nursing, schoolwork, piano lessons, cleaning, folding clothes… I know you can relate.

It. gets. old.

So I’m excited to see that my friend, Leah, and creator of the Season’s Eatings e-course, is offering a new session.  I’ve taken Leah’s course in the past and I can honestly say that it’s one of my favorites because not only does she offer fabulous PDF’s full of easy and yummy recipes, but she is in-tune to how to make mealtime more meaningful while connecting more deeply to your children.

Cooking three meals a day doesn’t have to feel like a burden, and Leah, reminds you of that.

Her course will help you get grounded, centered and inspired so you can really enjoy the pleasure that comes from feeding and nourishing your family.

Leah says, “I believe that cooking can be a source of joy, fun, and connection in our lives. I know how good it feels to have a repertoire of delicious dinners you can whip together to feed a few or a crowd. And I believe that one of the secrets to enjoyable family dinners is to include everyone, especially the kids, in the preparations, rituals, and routines of the evening meal.”

Just from re-reading Leah’s course description, I can see that with the addition of our new baby, I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut over the last few months when it comes to mealtime.  I still cook healthy foods and have found ways to simplify my time in the kitchen – like prepping for the week on Sunday, buying similar ingredients for several meals, and making the trusted family favorites that I know everyone will eat.

But…I haven’t necessarily felt as much joy about YET ANOTHER MEAL that has to be prepared. Yes, it’s true, mealtime happens again and again, but rather then dread or lament it, there are ways to make it more fun.  And with Leah’s inspiration, you can bring back a sense of play, laughter, connection and JOY to this daily routine.

Are you ready to be inspired?

To learn more about Leah’s wonderful e-course, visit Season’s Eatings. (If you are ready to sign up for this course, use the discount code: FREESPIRIT.)

The Give-Aways – How to Enter:

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Leah is giving away one spot in her upcoming Season’s Eatings e-course.

AND…

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I’m giving away one spot in my NEW Mothering with heART e-course, that runs April 28th – May 16th. (Registration is NOW open!)

I’m SOOOOO excited to share this journey with mothers who are excited to bring more love, courage and joy into your life with your children while you follow your heart, TRUST your intuition and nurture your creative dreams!

For your chance to win a spot in one of these courses, leave a comment on this blog post and let us know:  Where do you find inspiration in the midst of motherhood?
For an extra chance to win, stop by and “like” A Free Spirit Life Facebook page.

I’ll announce a winner on Monday, April 14th.

Bring on the joy…

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(REMINDER: Visit THIS POST for your chance to win the Simple Parenting & Play Planner!)