Connect + Replenish | Bringing 2015 to a Close

Our next meeting will be this Thursday, December 17 from 9:30-11 at Grace. Newcomers (and out-of-town visitors!) always welcome.
(This will be our final meeting of 2015)

A-stress-free-ChristmasThis is the time of year when ALL THE THINGS come to a head, where your best intentions get the better of you. You decide to take on that list of resolutions from 2013 – no, 2014 (er, I mean 2015 -the lists look remarkably similar.) You are going to create an exquisite holiday village out of gingerbread that your family will (peacefully) decorate with inspired its-a-wonderful-life-tree-2creativity (while humming christmas carols and reminiscing over their favorite memories of 2015).  You are going to give nothing but exquisite handmade gifts (oops, you forgot about #4 on your resolution list: learn to make something exquisite by hand…) to all the loving souls on your gift list. Your baked goods will be lauded by all (there may even be a little write up in the local paper about how beautiful your children were as they caroled around your neighborhood delivering beautifully wrapped tins of holiday goodies…) Your home will smell of cinnamon, clove and something halfway between cedar and pine 24 hours a day and your spouse and children will float around always with little half-smiles on their faces being evermore kind, helpful and oh-so-thoughtful. Tattered relationships will be repaired. Health issues miraculously healed and bank accounts replenished beyond your wildest dreams. You will end each evening writing in your gratitude journal all the ways you are overcome by the spirit of the season. *Sigh*

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In truth, our expectations about this time of year always seem to blind even the most pragmatic of us. We always seem to try to dig a little deeper into our pocket books to buy those gifts we *think* we need to buy. We stay up later than we’d like baking treats we would prefer we (and our families) didn’t eat. We push ourselves and our (little, sometimes big) people beyond their limits and then stare down the disappointment that comes when the holiday spirit seems to be missing-in-action.

Join us this week as we take a break from all the hustle and bustle and give ourselves time to connect + replenish with old friends (and new!). No expectations. No judgements. Just a time-out for you to find a little bit of peace: to reconnect with yourself and the *sweet spot* of your intentions as 2015 comes to a close. Be-calm-in-your-heart

BOOK CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT:

In 2016 Moms Morning Retreat Book Club will be exploring Brene Brown’s 91G0Snkw8VLbook “Rising Strong”. We will explore Wholehearted Living and what helps us when we stumble and fall.

Dates: This group will meet on Thursdays: Jan. 28th, Feb 25th,March 31st & April 28th

The fee for this group is $50 which includes childcare.

To register: Please complete and return this form. You can email the form to morningretreat(at)gmail.com or bring the form and payment with you to any of our meetings. 

“Our stories of struggle can be big ones, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague. Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the rising strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are.”

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