Reflecting on This Year’s Journey: “Loving The Life You Have”: Tomorrow, May 20th, 9:30 a.m.


Reflections on This Year’s Journey: Tomorrow, 9:30 a.m. at Mom’s Morning Retreat

We know May is a busy time of year for many a mom!

And yet, talking a little time for yourself to replenish can work wonders!

We invite you to come relax and enjoy a cup of coffee with friends tomorrow morning as we look back on the journey we’ve taken together this year.

Last fall, Bev asked, “What do you need more of to help you love your life?” and the question got us talking about  what holds us back–from perfectionism to conflict, exhaustion. health issues, anxiety and grief.

Bev then talked about “minding the gap”–that space of disconnection between the platform and the railroad car; that place in our lives where we need to align with our own values in order to claim fulfillment.

We wondered together, how indeed can we can live in a way that is in alignment with our values: minding the gap between someone else’s expectations for us and our own authentic values?

Through the year, we’ve talked about ways to increase our sense of peacefulness and well-being and Bev has guided us in practices around mindfulness, gratitude, the latest in happiness research as well as forgiveness and emotional intelligence.

Tomorrow, take time for you–come join us for coffee and conversation as we reflect together on this year’s journey–with deepest gratitude.


Fill Out A Survey: Help Us Plan For Next Year!

Please take a few minutes to fill out a survey at tomorrow’s meeting. What worked for you this year? What would you like to see more of/less of? We read surveys carefully and incorporate the feedback when planning for the next year.

Thinking about Joining Mom’s Morning Retreat Steering Committee?

We’re excited to have several new members coming onto Steering this summer, stay tuned for that announcement! Steering is still ISO someone who enjoys running a budget. (We’ll miss you, Lori!)  If this is you, please talk with Carrie or Bev for more information. Steering is a great way to become even more involved with Mom’s Morning Retreat while having fun, sharing in meaningful projects and getting to know one another better.

Love the life you live; live the life you love
–Bob Marley

Gratitude and Loving the Life You Have: Tomorrow Morning, May 7th at 9:30 a.m.


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. — Melody Beattie

Gratitude and Loving the Life You Have

This year at each meeting we have explored different aspects of what it is to love our lives, what gets in the way, and what practices help us grow in our ability to love the rich and varied nature of our experience just as it is.

Join us tomorrow as we focus on gratitude: a feeling as well as an attitude or mindset.

Robert Emmons, the world’s most prominent researcher and writer on the topic of gratitude, defines it as “a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness and appreciation for life.” 

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow as we open to and practice gratitude together.



Thinking about Joining Mom’s Morning Retreat Steering Committee?

Mom’s Morning Retreat is brought to you by a wonderful group of talented women who are fortunate to work with the amazing Bev Gaines to plan all aspects of the year’s programming.

Steering is a great way to become even more involved with Mom’s Morning Retreat while having fun, sharing in meaningful projects and getting to know one another better.

We still have room for a couple more members on Steering starting this summer. Discover how your talents might be a great fit as we plan next fall’s program–talk to Bev or Carrie!

Bev on Forgiveness: Join us Tomorrow, April 16th at 9:30 a.m.


Forgiveness and Loving Your Life

As a Life Coach and Spiritual Director, I am drawn to the amazing power of Forgiveness because I see this as an essential key to healing and to truly Loving the Life You Have.

Forgiveness helps free us from the past and opens us to live differently now–and in the future.

How can we grow in the ability to forgive ourselves and others–and help our children learn to forgive themselves and others?

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning for coffee and conversation with other moms–join us!




Mark Your Calendars for this year’s remaining meetings: May 7th, May 28th, June 4th

Spring’s a hopping time for many a mom.

That said, we invite you to take time for yourself anyway!

Even just a little teensy bit of time…each day.

Perhaps a few replenishing breaths, a cup of tea, a walk, a soak in the tub.

Those caked on dishes, exploding laundry baskets, streams of texts and emails and pressing home improvement projects can wait ten more minutes while you take a little time off the grid to get centered, to breath.

You’ll be more relaxed and present, and things will indeed get done.

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” 

–Etty Hillesum

See you tomorrow at Mom’s Morning Retreat!

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