Several months ago I attended a class about how best to make and stick to resolutions. It was led by a woman who referred to herself as an intuitive consultant and spiritual advisor. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The session turned out to be a discussion about the impact of positive thinking on our ability to achieve goals.
Something happened during the class that has stuck with me over the months. After listening to one of the other attendees debate the pros and cons of an important decision, the instructor said, “Leap and the net will appear.” Her statement was directed at everyone in the class, but it felt like she knew exactly what I needed to hear. She explained her belief that trusting our intuition and practicing positive self-talk helps us take chances and live more fulfilled lives.
At first I thought it was all a little new age-y, but after paying attention to my own self-talk, I noticed how many times I told myself negative things. Or, I let the negative things others said about me to seep under my skin and take root. It’s dangerous. It threatens my satisfaction or worse, my self-worth.
The instructor suggested daily affirmations – both spoken and written – as a way to rewire how we think about ourselves. I couldn’t find a book or set of affirmation cards that felt right to me so I decided to make my own. (FREE printable here!)
The goal of affirmations is to choose a few affirmations a week that speak to something you’re struggling with. Read them out loud, write them over and over in a notebook, even say them to yourself while looking in a mirror! (I haven’t worked up the ability to do the last one.) With practice, you’ll better trust your instincts, understand your value, and feel confident to take a big leap because you know the net will appear.
If you have a stash of kraft boxes, you are always ready to wrap a gift (I stock them in 2″, 3″ and 4.”) Kraft boxes are the perfect packaging for gifts from your kitchen like jars of jam or lemon curd or homemade crackers, cookies and candies. They also work well for soft items like socks, belts, scarves or gloves. The little tan boxes even make cash and gift cards more festive to give. The beauty of a kraft box is you can tie it with twine and you’re good to go. But sometimes it’s nice to take it to the next level. Here are a five easy ways to embellish a kraft box.
Markers – Kraft boxes are the perfect canvas for doodling. Use markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint… whatever you have on hand. After you finish your masterpiece, add something festive like a sparkler-inspired box topper.
Stickers – Nothing could be easier than decorating with stickers and you probably already have a stash somewhere in your house. If not, you could pick up some neon dot stickers (or white hole reinforcements) from your local drug store. Simple.
Paper – You could wrap your kraft box with beautiful gift wrap, but that’s an obvious solution. Instead, use patterned scrapbook paper to cover just the sides of the box. (It makes opening easier and the box stays pretty!)
Paper Punch – Use a paper punch to cut and paste decorative shapes to the sides of your kraft box. I love this trick the most and do it all the time. (Check out my valentine boxes.)
Washi Tape – Use washi tape to create any pattern you like. You can also use washi in place of ribbon. I like the look of “outlining” a box with washi tape.
There are hundreds of ways to create unique, personalized gift boxes. I hope these five simple ideas spark your creativity. Happy packaging!
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer in the USA. It’s also the first of three warm-weather holidays where red, white, and blue is expected and welcomed. Say “hello” to five summer celebration favorites that will carry you through Labor Day.
1. Replace the metal tops of your mason jars with card stock inserts and you’ll protect your ice-cold lemonade from bugs, and minimize possible spills.
2. I love sparklers, but they can be dangerous for little ones. Add some ribbon wands to the mix so everyone has something to wave when the mood strikes.
3. Dig out a well-loved quilt from your attic (or buy one on Etsy), and spread it out at the park, beach, or even in your own backyard. Perfect for day dreaming and picnic eating.
4. Pinwheels can add patriotic flair to your tabletop or can be a craft activity at your BBQ.
5. If you have a fire pit, s’mores are likely on the menu. But you can create this quintessential summer treat even without an open flame.
May Day is a generally an uncelebrated holiday. But, what better excuse to fill your home with lovely blooms? Fresh flowers too pricey? Add some cheer to your space with a few paper alternatives. Say hello to my five favorite paper floral decorations from around the web.
My mom and I spent the day shopping for baby gifts for a fundraiser. Everything was so tiny and sweet. I wanted to keep filling my cart. Because the gifts will become part of a “bundle of joy” tote bag filled with other items, we’re asked not to wrap anything. I do wish I could package everything up in one of these lovely wrapping papers. Say “hello” to my five favorite gift wraps this week.