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The Ease Issue

Curate Comfort with

Jennifer Peterson of Indigo Home

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o say I’m a homebody is putting it mildly. I l-o-v-e my home and I love being at home. Home is

where I can be myself, whether alone or hostessing a group of friends. In my home, I’m surrounded by all of my favorite things, and my three favorite feelings—stability,

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security, and safety. I have, more than once, bemoaned leaving my home. And then, there’s reality. Even a work-fromhome, introverted entrepreneur whose

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business is primarily online has to tend to the stuff of life: relationships, namely, and extracurriculars; grocery shopping and other domestic blessings… During the winter, though, I retreat even more. And to be honest, I don’t have any words of wisdom for all those of you who feel the way I do, and I have a helping of woe

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for those of you traveling during the holidays. I’m still stuck at “I really just want to stay home.”

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I know setting an intention to find comfort wherever it is I find myself is going to be a challenge for me—this year and likely many years to come. I also know that a life of ease doesn’t mean life is always easy. And I’m okay with both of these things. Yet, I want to enjoy my holidays. That’s why I was excited about exploring this month’s theme, finding comfort, coming at this time of year. More than anyone, I need to read what the wise women within these pages have to say. That’s why I’ll be packing a few extra favorite things in my holiday overnight bag—my

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There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. – JANE AUSTEN

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Cherish those things that bring you comfort and release stress-inducing traditions that aren’t full of Ease. You get to decide what’s comforting and what isn’t, and you get to welcome in the feelings you deserve.

Lifestyle Think Smaller.................................................. 14 Go with What You Know................................. 30 Relax + Re-Wear............................................. 34

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Books.............................................................. 17 Soup!.............................................................. 18 Cocktail.......................................................... 20 Stillness.......................................................... 22 Products......................................................... 24 Self-Care......................................................... 32

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Dwell Crave the comforts of home, even if you’re not there at the moment or have just arrived. Create sanctuaries of restoration where you need them most. Allow chaos to show you what’s truly important.

Design Get Cozy from the Get-Go............................... 42 Restore Your Bedroom’s Soul............................ 44 Settle In (for a little while)................................ 48

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Live Create a life that takes no for an answer, particularly when yes is becoming your default. Stop to assess what brings you comfort, show you are grateful for these things, and then connect to the pleasure of receiving ease.

Mindset Give Love....................................................... 80 Practice Gratitude......................................... 84 Connect to Pleasure...................................... 90

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Small Comforts with

Marie Levey-Pabst

Seize winter’s slowness to identify what brings you comfort and ease.

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he winter holidays bring plenty of images of comfort

Comfort means slipping into something familiar. A habit, a

with it. Cozy blankets, sweaters, and hot chocolate with

beverage, a sweater, a book, a place that is familiar and safe.

a mountain of whipped cream are enough to make us all

Comfort means having space to simply breathe, be ourselves, and

give into cravings. Indeed, if this is a season of warm and safe comfort for you,

let our guard down for a while. Beyond this basic understanding, your definition of comfort is up to you.

huzzah! I personally look forward to quiet nights where I

We live in a world that would love for us to define comfort by

can enjoy the holiday lights or watch a movie that I’ve seen a

what we can consume: a holiday drink, a certain exquisite fabric,

hundred times before. My comfort comes from the familiar, the

even furniture molded to suit our tastes. While some comfort

activities where I don’t need to think or plan but can simply relax

can be found in these things, we do ourselves an important

and enjoy.

service when we step back and identify items and experiences of

Of course, this season also comes with its own unique needs for thinking and planning. Children are on break from school. There

comfort for ourselves.

all the excitement one might expect. For some, this is the fun

N A M E T H E I T E M S T H AT B R I N G Y O U C O M F O R T.

part of the season; for others, a challenge.

I can tell you three items that bring me comfort, even in the

are events for work, with friends, and family get-togethers with

I’ve learned that I thrive in a holiday season that has just the right mix of engagement and events tempered with quiet and comfort where I can find it. Sometimes this balance means weaving in a weekend with no plans after a weekend spent with family or

most unlikely of places: my well-worn purple hoodie, my favorite mystery book that I’ve read a dozen times, and green tea. Even when I’m out of my literal comfort zone (on a train, in someone else's home, etc.) these items bring me comfort.

friends. Sometimes this balance means weaving in forms of comfort in the most unlikely of places.

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Name some of your items that can be transported wherever you go this holiday season. What books, movies, or songs can you bring with you on travels far and near? What clothes or footwear or jewelry can you enjoy wearing at home, even when there are the needs of others to be met? What food can you share that also brings you comfort and warmth?

N A M E T H E E X P E R I E N C E S T H AT B R I N G Y O U C O M F O R T. The experiences that bring me comfort are full of ease and lack stress, be it a walk outside or watching a favorite movie. Indulging in an activity that brings me comfort allows me to experience ease, even during a busy season— or when I’m not at home. What are some experiences of comfort that bring ease to you? Is it being with others - or maybe a certain person? Do you find this comfort outdoors or indoors? What is your experiential equivalent to mac n’ cheese or a cozy blanket? Consider ways to make a slice of time for them, no matter where this winter season takes you.

Reflect + Release The following prompts will help you name and

Go ahead and discover these items & experiences now.

choose comfort and ease in your life! Take 10 minutes

Think about (or jot down) a few times when you felt relaxed

to think about and respond to one or both the

and comfortable in your body and soul. Think about when

following questions (and then enjoy a moment or two

you felt cozy. Where were you? Who were you with/not

of comfort):

with? What were you wearing? What were you doing? Once we know what things bring us comfort, we have the option of bringing comfort with us wherever we go.

• Think about the last few times you felt a solid sense of comfort and ease. Where were you? Who were you with (or not with?) What were you wearing? What were you doing? How can you ensure these feelings of comfort come along with you wherever you go? • What are a few “mini” experiences of comfort you can create in your everyday life? What does 5 minutes of a “cozy time” look like? What does it feel like when you truly ease into comfort with someone else? What actions help you get there? Consider ways to add these “slices” of comfort to your life this winter.

Marie Levey-Pabst is the founder of the Create Balance method. She teaches parents to create balance between family, work, and personal fulfillment. Connect with Marie at @CreateBalanceCommunity on Facebook or at CreateABalancedLife.com. Photo by Joanna Fisher, @joanna_fisher.

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P H O T O by @ C A T B A L L O U 2 4

PAT H S + J O U RN EYS

Empire Builder

Nine Mile Bridge

When Things Fall Apart

by Laura Gibson, 2016

by Helen Hamlin, Pub. 2005

by Pema Chodron, Pub. 2000

The title track of “Empire Builder” was written

This book is an amusing memoir of Hamlin’s

When Things Fall Apart is a collection of

on a train from Oregon to NYC when Gibson

early years, first as a teacher working at a

talks given between 1987 and 1994 by

was headed to grad school, leaving behind her

small logging camp (a position that was

Pema Chodron, American Tibetan Buddhist,

family and friends. Confident, invigorated, and

frowned upon for women at the time), and

ordained nun, and author. Her thought-

free, this album rumbles along like the train

later living with her game warden husband

provoking approach on embracing our

that influenced it, paving a path towards joy,

at his wilderness outposts. Full of details on

struggles with openness and curiosity invites

comfort, and prosperity. Gibson’s lilting voice

homestead living and finding comforts in the

in comfort and wisdom. "Obstacles,” says

is like a comfortable blanket on a cold, winter

small things even during times of boredom and

Chodron, “teach us where we're stuck."

day; her pace is unhurried, which makes space

struggles, Nine Mile Bridge shows just how

Simple, yet beautiful, the truths in this book

for her cathartic tale of loss and redemption.

wide of a definition words like “comfort” and

move us toward a future of freedom, even

“ease” can have.

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Simplicity with

Julia Grimaldi

Some of the most satisfying and delicious meals are the simplest ones to cook.

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ooking and enjoying simple food is nourishing and

The pomp and circumstance that leads up to and surrounds

satisfying. With little fuss and lots of forgiveness,

a holiday meal with family and friends is well and good. Every

soup fits the bill. You are guaranteed to get it

day meals can, in their own way, be just as extraordinary.

right. You need not have precision knife skills, or any fancy

Be inspired by stepping into the kitchen with compassion,

equipment—just a few quality ingredients, a couple basic

patience, and curiosity. Allow your taste buds to lead you on

tools, and an idea about what you’d like to eat.

a culinary journey that’s familiar and comforting.

No matter the season, soup brings comfort. Make a hearty, complete meal with beans or meat and a grain, or keep go for simple and light—a few vegetables and some broth—and pair it with a salad and some bread. Discover ease in the time

Follow Julia’s home cooking on Instagram @coachjuliag. Photo by Mary Elizabeth, @itsmaryelizabeth.

making a soup requires; simmer yourself along with your creation. Read a book, answer your e-mail, or do nothing at all.

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Teatime with

Crystal Cathcart

A reliable companion throughout our daily routines, tea offers an opportunity to create momentary escapes from our busy schedules. Tea jumpstarts our mornings and is on standby waiting to sooth away unwelcome energy when we feel ill. No longer just a fixture of daytime, tea is more than appropriate for social hour—the end of the day when we make time to reward ourselves with a comforting routine. Incredibly dynamic, tea cocktails can be created by simply adding a shot (or two!) of bourbon, whiskey, or vodka to either warm or iced tea. Enhance your go-to cocktail recipe by adding homemade simple syrups (easily made while the tea steeps) or liqueurs infused with tea leaves. Play around with the options of tea flavors, ranging from herbal and fruity to bold and spicy, and you’re sure to find a style that suits your tastes and your lifestyle. Grant yourself a moment of ease to celebrate the victories of the day.


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Choose Stillness with

Shana Schneider

The festivities of the season are more comforting when we are still enough to notice them

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oliday fever is building: the songs playing

Practice slowing down by focusing on one thing that

everywhere you go, the invitations to parties

delights you. Be enveloped by the smell of spices lingering

and receptions, the non-stop shopping emails.

in the air; admire the decorations and twinkle lights

Busyness and cacophony comes with this time of year. Or does it? Even with the traditions and obligations,

that sparkle at night; the sound of wrapping paper as it crinkles. Comfort can envelop you in those moments.

December can be a wonderful time to slow down, even

You are on the go most of the time. Let’s do intentional

if it’s for just a few moments. To stand in one place; to be

movement differently this month by gifting ourselves a

still; to take a breath.

few minutes of stillness each day

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For the Inspired Maker in your life, consider an Apron with good vibes or an Eco-Friendly Pain Salve.

For the Chic Minimalist in your life, consider an

All-Natural Lipstick or a Modern, Minimal Necklace.

For the Lifelong Wanderer in your life, consider

Wander-full Body Butter or Nature-Inspired Jewelry.

For the Spiritualista in your life, consider a Candle made with Kindness or a Wish-Fulfilling Necklace.

For the Intuitive Entrepreneur in your life, consider an Abundant Mindset Pillow or a Pro-Coffee (and eco-friendly!) Pullover.

For the Culinary Goddess in your life, consider HandCrafted Mug (or two) or a Wellness-Promoting Dish Towel.

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Shop Small with photographer

Markie Lynne Jones

The shop small experience is more than a trend—buying from local vendors and businesses is a way to support my community. I know my dollars are going to benefit the families of the owners and employees.

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inders Market is a modern take on an old time general store, located on Main Street (naturally!) in historic downtown Sumner, WA. Their inventory includes everything from

antiques to locally-made gifts and décor. I feel blessed to have partnered with them—both by taking photos for their website and shooting events held at the store. The name Finders Market gives you the perfect sense of the atmosphere at this unusual store. Similar to a flea market, one can browse the aisles at their leisure and find a variety of things they just can’t live without! “Market” also conveys the homey environment, as well as pays homage to stores of yesteryear. Objects of comfort abound here, from cozy vintage chairs to overstuffed handmade throw pillows. Scented candles, hand-lettered signs, and weathered goods beckon from every corner, an invitation

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hard to turn down. And man is it easy to picture myself drinking a hot cup of cocoa out of their signature market mugs. The home grown aesthetic and laidback vibe remind me how much more enjoyable it is to shop at a place where my face is recognized and my business is respected. In fact, I see shopping local as a way to pass along the comfort + joy of this season because there’s a direct connection between what I buy and the wellbeing of the store owners, their employees, and their families. That’s a warm, fuzzy feeling I’ll be glad to partake in all winter long!

Connect with Markie at @markiejonesphotographyllc or at her website MarkieLynne.com. See more of Finders Market’s goods on Instagram @thefindersmarket or Facebook @thefindersmarket.

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Choose Tried + True with

Leigh Schwab

Though the holidays have us in constant rotation, we can choose to control the aspects of life that can bring comfort.

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hoosing a simple and easy skincare routine that you

these acts are also time-consuming, and often turn out to be

know works brings the comfort of familiarity and

uncomfortable. This year, I’m sticking to my favorite shades and

confidence. When I venture outside of my normal

tones instead.

skincare routine, I often get breakouts or redness while my skin settles into a new product. During this busied season, I stick to what I know works. Consistency is the key to flawless skin.

No matter where you are or how late you get to bed, you can aim for a good night’s rest. Adding a little luxury, like a body oil at night after a bath, helps relieve any tension from the day

Using a tried and trusted makeup routine allows you to feel

and allows me to relax. I prefer oils with a calming scent, such

like yourself even while enjoying the abundance of the holiday

as lavender, to help soothe both mind and body. Even if I’m

season. Year after year, I try some crazy smoky eye or trendy

exhausted, I don’t skip this crucial step.

lip color; while doing these things can be creatively liberating,

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Choose consistent, relaxing, and easy routines throughout your holiday season and keep your skin hydrated and happy.

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Hydration + Joy. Too many cocktails, too little sleep, and burning the candle at both ends can dehydrate your skin. The Countermatch Collection (a serum, eye cream, face lotion, and night cream) includes two types of hyaluronic acid, Vitamins C and E, as well as a host of other plant-derived goodness to keep your skin properly hydrated. Leigh recommends...

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Options + Ease.

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Take the stress and guesswork out of your makeup routine with a set that includes a foundation, concealer, blush duo, brow pencil, lengthening or volumizing mascara, and a lip gloss. I love the Flawless in Five set from Beautycounter because I can choose the shades of each product to best suit my skin tone and preferences. Leigh recommends...

Beautycounter’s Flawless in Five set ($148)

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Relaxation + Peace. The smell of lavender is the clean-living version of Calgon Take Me Away, as evidenced by Osmia’s Night Body Oil. Slather this oil on damp skin right out of a shower or bath so that it can sink in and work its magic. Use it consistently as part of your bedtime routine to harness its benefits. Leigh recommends...

Osmia Organic's Night Body Oil ($20)

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Investigating and exploring new products, trends, and routines can be loads of fun; in the holiday season, though, I prefer to stick to what I know looks good and works best. My skin stays healthy and my mood remains balanced, so I can focus on enjoying the festivities (and getting a healthy night’s rest!).

Leigh Schwab uses her love for skin care to help educate women about the ingredients in their products and the need for proper skin care legislation in our country. Learn more about her passion for a healthy and simple life on Facebook and Instagram @leighschwab.

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December Self-Care Get Cozy. Pay attention to the feel of your clothing against your skin. Choose soft

socks, wrap a sweater around you, curl up under a blanket while you take advantage of the Internet and cross off some holiday shopping from the comfort of your couch. Write it Down. When was the last time you wrote yourself a letter? Take a break from all the holiday to-dos and write yourself a gentle note of encouragement. Or put a favorite calming phrase on a post-it note and hang it where you’ll see it frequently.

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Just like the seasons change, the beauty of self-care practices comes in their ability to morph in whatever we want and to nourish and support us based on our current needs. As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, nature encourages us to slow down and rest; still, the added busy-ness of holidays and end of the year means our calendars don't always reflect this urge. This month’s toolkit encourages you to find comfort and ease through the filling up of your energetic well. Naturally stimulate your immune system, spend some quiet time appreciating the mesmerizing flicker of a candle flame, be warmed at your core by a calming cup of tea, and embrace the embodied knowledge and trust of the innate wisdom that we are all born with.

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Brings appreciation for both the light and dark of the season

Encourages slowing down to savor the moment

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Choose Re-Wearing with

Cait Sherrick

Choosing to re-wear can bring some much needed ease into your holidays.

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don’t know about you but when I get really busy or I’m

up precious time we don’t have, and makes us rush around all

running around all day every day, I tend to gravitate toward

morning, if not all day. Too much of this and we feel like we’re

wearing the same outfit over and over again. I think it’s my

losing ourselves.

subconscious telling me to chill out, my intuition’s way of trying to make it all a little easier. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense. When it seems like we don’t have enough time in the day, spending too much time getting dressed in the morning is more stressful than anything else. Lingering in the closet uses

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The solution? Wear the same thing you wore yesterday. Choose to wear one plaid shirt for every occasion and find some calm in the chaos of the holidays. Wear leggings for pants every day and run around with ease all month long. Leave your favorite sweater in the car as back-up and feel better knowing you’ll never get cold wherever you go. Maybe even do all three.


Choose a Plaid Shirt Cozy and comfortable, a plaid shirt adds a little charm to every outfit, from your most relaxed to your most fashionable.

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Cozy. Wear your favorite oversized plaid shirt with some leggings and thick socks. Throw on a few rings and statement bracelets for a touch of glam. Super easy and warm, you can take this combo from the kitchen to the post office and look stylishly current the whole time. Pictured: plaid shirt, leggings, thick socks, Leocadia K. Turq

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Couture.

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Tuck a more fitted plaid shirt into high-waisted black pants, layer on a leather jacket, and pair it all with a statement necklace and some heeled boots. From holiday parties and nights out, to family dinners and dates, this glam look is easy to pull off. Pictured: plaid shirt, high-waisted black jeans, leather jacket, heeled ankle boots, Leocadia K. Cora Necklace

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Cheeky. Pair your plaid shirt with a neutral, solid-colored pencil skirt and some heels. Throw on a blazer to make it more professional and some statement earrings to make it more creative. Unexpected and cheeky, this outfit will keep you looking professional and fresh from your first meeting ‘til happy hour. Pictured: plaid shirt, pencil skirt, heels, Leocadia K. Jasper Clan Earrings

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Wearing easy, comfortable clothing on repeat when you have more holiday parties than hairs on your head and your to-do list is a mile long is practical, and it’s also a quick way to help you feel more grounded when everything else in your life feels just a little holi-crazed.

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What makes you feel completely at home?

Heather Success Coach @vickeryandco VickeryandCo.com

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I feel a sense of home when there is laughter and joy surrounding me. It doesn't matter if I am actually at home, working, teaching a workshop or sitting with my friends at book club, if we are laughing and experiencing joy, I am "at home."


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Late at night when everyone in my house is safe and sound

Amy Owner Craftivate @craftivatect CraftivateCT.com

dreaming away in their beds, I embrace the silence, cozy up on my couch in some jammies with my favorite tea and a good book. No makeup, hair products, jewelry or fancy clothes. No life changing business or parenting decisions. Just the simple comforts of knowing my loved ones are well cared for.

Lisa Founder Living Fully Balanced LLC @livingfullybalanced LivingFullyBalanced.com

Taylor Artist/Writer/ Homesteading Mother @living.ontheland StudioOnTheLand.com

Donella

Nature and meditation. I can find my "home" when I take time to push pause in the craziness of life, step back and take a breath and get outside of the house.

Comfort. Acceptance. Space. Fuzzy socks are still one of the greatest gifts, but as I get older I may admit I'd pass those right along for the down comforter and down pillow.... Acceptance to be myself in my home is a must, and space- to roam and observe, to be still and imagine.

I have this black and white fuzzy blanket which I take everywhere

Wellness Diva

I go. Business trips, family vacations, an unexpected road trip‌

@iamdonella

and settles any anxiety I may experience while away.

my blanket goes with me. It holds the fragrance of home

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/ härTH / noun A cozy respite that offers grounding and peace

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Welcome your body home with a cozy, cushioned rug. In the entryway we transition between worlds; home begins and the outside ends. Cozy, soft fabric underfoot can trigger the mind to let go of external stressors, and ease into a softer and more peaceful way of being. As weary feet sink into a winter rug, the body loosens, knowing she’s arrived to a warm, safe place. On dreary days, the colors of the season—reds, golds, and browns—invite your body to relax by comforting our laden spirits and melting tension. Then, too, the entryway acts as an introduction to the tone of our entire home. Promoting tranquility and ease can begin with a comfortable entrance full of soft fabrics and warm colors. Let go of hectic and busy by choosing decor that promotes ease and comfort. Foster a coziness that will flow through your entire home, as well as your life.

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Create a bedroom where you can truly relax and restore body, mind, and soul.

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ne of our most private spaces, our bedrooms reflect how we care and create comfort for ourselves. Over the holidays,

when our focus is on keeping our communal spaces organized and presentable, our bedrooms can easily become a last thought. During this time of year, we send a lot of our energy out to others. Balance that by treating yourself to an in-home retreat, a bedroom that empowers and inspires you every day. Enter your bedroom and look at it with fresh eyes. How do you feel here? What is resisting comfort? Lovingly consider each item present, and whether it supports your inner peace or causes distractions. What can be removed? What would you love to add? By making your bedroom a place for only rest, renewal, and restoration, you’re choosing to prioritize better sleep and promote a positive mindset.

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Clear surfaces and remove all items unrelated to restoration

The day begins and ends in your bedroom, as do mood and

and comfort. The first thing that might go are the electronics

mindset. Select window treatments that will block out light

(even digital clocks) as they are known to disturb our sleep

while sleeping, but let in natural light during the day. Choose

rhythms. Some of us are eased by minimalism while others

accent lighting that helps you enjoy all your routines, like

are invigorated by lots of color and beautiful adornments and

reading, journaling, and cuddling. Focus on what makes YOU

artwork. Aim to display things you treasure that evoke the

happy and comfortable so that you can truly retreat, and

restorative mood you intend for your space.

restore the energy spent throughout the day.

Choose weather-appropriate bedding with textures and colors that soothe your body and mind. Do you need a lighter or heavier bedcover as the seasons change? Natural materials such as cotton, linen, or bamboo promote peace-of-mind. Color can affect your emotional state, too. White bedding is restorative year-round, and also provides a neutral and refreshing backdrop for accents of your choice.

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LaToya is a mama / imaginer / gypsy nomad who explores life through the lens of interiors imagination and inspiration. She lives on a bus with her husband and son exploring the Australian landscape. For more inspiration, follow her @latoyaburton_musing. Photos by @latoyaburton_musing.


Dwell on This Creating a home is about support: designing a place where we are completely comfortable being ourselves and where we can explore how we want to lead our lives. I’ve found the following strategies useful for creating a sanctuary—in my bedroom and the rest of my home.

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Get Inspired. Pay attention to the life outside your window and you will find colors and textures that make a natural accompaniment to the rhythms of your life. When we turn our focus on the coming season—winter’s silence and retreat; the pastels of spring; summer’s abundant, enlivening sunshine; and the rich colors and textures of fall—we are bound to find inspiration for our decor.

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Stay Rejuvenated. Incorporate plants, flowers, and bits of nature collected—shells, drift wood, feathers – to bring life to your space. Plants clean the air, rejuvenating as you go about your day (or sleep!). Plants also carry symbolism that inspire, from the healing Aloe Vera to the virtuous Peace Lily, to the elegant calm of Lavender. Check lighting and water requirements when purchasing your plants.

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Feel Supported. Create coziness through texture and textiles. Cushions and throws are an easy way to change up your decor and add comfort. You can even borrow from your wardrobe pulling in a scarf or two that you love - using it as an accent at the foot of the bed, tied around a throw pillow or even across the back or arm of a chair. Thick woven or woolen textiles create warmth and light smooth materials can feel cooling.

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Chaos C R E AT I N G A H O M E WHILE LIVING

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Finding comfort in a new space is possible if you’ve brought the familiar (and your family) with you.

THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE The photographer did a high step over a rotting, fallen log and pushed through heavy, knee deep brush behind our family of five, while my husband, David, bushwhacked a path ahead to a small clearing. I wrangled our three children, ages 7, 3, and 2, into a heap and awkwardly held both my daughter’s little hand and a “Sold—3.01 Acres” sign.

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Only hours before, we had closed on this slice of prairie, heavily dotted with hickory and oak, far from any stop light, on a rambling dirt road deep in the Arkansas Ozarks. I had to tug my Banana Republic blouse away from chest, not from the sweltering humidity of Arkansas in late August, but from the anxiety of a mama feeling very little comfort in such an alien surrounding. How did we end up here? I wondered, as we ducked and kicked ahead, through prickly plants without names and the welcome committee of mosquitoes that enveloped our hiking party. This land, devoid of electricity, public water, a sewer system, or internet service was to be home. We smiled at the photographer and her camera clicked.

FROM THERE TO HERE Only a few years before, my husband and I, along with our oldest son, had built our forever home in a suburban neighborhood, complete with street lights, honking horns, and pizza delivery. At the time, I was teaching 5th grade English in a neighboring public school, while my husband worked long hours completing an Engineering degree at the local University. After his graduation, adventure came calling. We spent a few fitful nights of running numbers through Excel, and made a decision that altered the course of our family—to move 856 miles to Detroit, Michigan where David would begin work as an Engineer in the highly coveted auto industry. Two years and one more child later, his career moved us yet again to Colorado Springs, where our third child was born. And after three years of life out West, we returned back home, determined to give this family of five some stability, some roots. Ultimately, we found them—In the form of real roots, on a wet weather creek and presided over by a majestic Black Walnut tree.

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IN THE HERE AND NOW My husband, a modern-day jack-of-trades, insisted on doing the bulk of the work himself. He’d start with a modern farmhouse barn, a carriage house, if you will, that we would build and then live in permanently while we worked the land, fell trees, put in a garden, and pursued plans for the main house, to be built adjacent. Flash forward a year: our lower level windows still need caulking and there are always trees to cut and haul, but we are growing and learning and playing out here in our very own Little House on the Prairie.

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With an array of ongoing projects, life at home is always evolving. Our sights are consistently set upon the next season—the approaching chores that accompany the changes in the weather, and the plan to complete it all before the last leaf falls, the first grass grows, or the ground freezes. Ours is a continual practice to enjoy the present while also looking ahead with intent: a challenge to appreciate the here, the now, even while thinking ahead.

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In a sense, country life is an oxymoron; it's a slow pace full of peace, but also a frenzied practice in staying one step ahead; it’s enjoying a fall day while planning a spring garden. Still, the days are rich and meaningful. Two tire swings, a vine swing, two hammocks, and a ropes obstacle course dot our land with the promise of adventure and fun. Our land has become a place for forgetting the grind and escaping into the comforts of nature.

AND NOW WE’RE HOME Creating a sense of ease and choosing comfort amidst so much change hasn’t been straightforward. Our children all gave up individual bedrooms in order to share one large

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relearning how to be a family who doesn’t watch television in the evenings, we have found comfort in abundance, albeit in fits and starts. With every box I unpack from storage, I rediscover the many ways our family has stuck it out, not just through this move, but through all of our many cross-country moves over the years; how we have survived in the face of newness, all while thriving in the familiarity of family and home.

Jessica McCash is a wife and mother, cultivating life with her family of five in the rural Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. In her former city life, she enjoyed evenings spent with Netflix, but is now learning to love living off the grid by investing in good books, hammock swinging, and the occasional coyote chorus outside her barn loft windows. You can find her in search of adventure, be it the mountains or the prairies, at her instagram: @jessicamccash. Photos by Melissa Williams, @mawilliams8311.

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The Comforts of Home Creating ease isn’t about peeking ahead but about appreciating and accepting the

Preservation.

life right in front of you, whether that be on the same street you’ve always lived or

More than ever before, we have opportunities to document our lives—through Social Media, Blogging, portrait photography, or intricate scrapbooking. Family photos can seem overwhelming or contrived, but I believe their power is worth the trouble. They have a cathartic magic to them that can transport even the grumpiest stick-in-the mud back to a time of remembering.

in unfamiliar territory, on wild acreage, down a bumpy dirt road. The following are three ways we’ve maintained a sense of ease and comfort no matter where we were living.

Heirlooms.

Traditions.

Over the course of our 16-year marriage, we have lived in eight homes, mainly from career moves, but also from an unabashed sense of adventure. Our children, in turn, have grown up on the road- they’ve all been born in different states.

Children use traditions as anchors, and whether the seas are familiar or stormy, we all need those fun-loving reminders that we’re in the right place. Traditions have the power to give all members of a family a sense of time and place.

One of our comforts is treasured heirlooms: the weathered throw blanket that graces the arm chair of every house we call home, the antique sofa table with the wobbly legs I refuse to replace, the 16-year-old gold framed mirror that gets prominent wall space regardless of current design trends.

Even the simplest of traditions can bring joy. For example, the family dinner, where we gather around at night and practice good oldfashioned eye contact. Our tradition is “Highs and Lows,” where we rotate around the table and share one high and low from our day.

Our kids have come to recognize and love the physical, hands-on, kinesthetic environment these heirlooms provide. Regardless of the unfamiliar street just outside the window, they recognize my old copper-bottomed cooking pot and immediately recall a favorite meal. Ease. Comfort. The familiar. Yes, clean out and purge. It is both healing and mindful. But don’t be afraid to keep those pieces that are well loved and well known. The ease, comfort, and familiarity these items bring will call people back inside from the chaos and draw them home.

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While many of us are abundant in holiday traditions, we fail to see the value in the everyday tradition: a bedtime routine of family book hour while snuggled on the couch, or first day of school photos taken in front of the same tree each year. Greeting the last member of the family to arrive home on the “Hug Rug” for an epic hug/wrestle pile on the floor is a staple in our household. We make it a tradition to visit the local library of any new city within the first month of settling in, and my kids have surprisingly held me to that standard. I’ve pushed aside many a moving box and box cutter to Google map my way across an unfamiliar town at the reminders of my children.

Our family uses Chatbooks and my kids happily smile for most pictures knowing the pocket sized books will be passed around our dining room table and shared with our dinner company. They love to hear the stories of our moves, our adventures, and our mountain summit hikes, all captured within the lens of a camera. Regardless of what method you use for printing, motivate yourself to print those pictures. You’ll never regret having them in paper format. Preservation by ink and paper has helped create a sense of calm in my heart, especially during tumultuous times. Keeping family journals, beyond the popular “Baby Book” years, can also be a powerful and binding thread. By making the effort to preserve our family memories through several mediums, our children have come to anticipate new experiences with hands held open. Keep the mementos you love, celebrate traditions around the open table, and don’t be afraid to pull out the camera from time to time, especially if there’s a good story to be told.


Weathered Warmth corresponds to Benjamin Moore CC-544

Velveteen corresponds to Benjamin Moore 2144-70

My Favorite Blue corresponds to Benjamin Moore 2061-50

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Fuzzy Blanket corresponds to Benjamin Moore AF-665

Comfort comes in all shapes and sizes. A child’s room can show us the various ways to get enveloped, from curtains to books to a globe that takes us around the world. A warm gray is neutral without being sterile and plenty of colorful accents keep an abundance of {sensible} white from being the primary focus. Decorate away, and then get lost in your favorite comforting activity.

Whirls & Swirls corresponds to Benjamin Moore 2000-20

Love these colors for a more grown-up space? Here are some ideas for its use in other parts of the house:

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Winter Wow

If you’re one of the lucky few with a 3-season

Enliven the fireplace mantel with farmhouse-

porch, beach it up with this all-American

esque touches of metal, wood, and weathered

combo of red, white, and blue. Driftwood

white. This winter palette is neutral enough

and other natural elements can bring in the

to be the backdrop to holiday décor or

warmth of gray.

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T H REE Q U ES T I O N S

with

Jennifer

What's one practice in your daily life that

What about your physical space that

For you, what is the relationship of

brings you Ease?

brings you Comfort?

Comfort & Ease?

Every morning, after my husband leaves for

Every detail of the truck reminds me of

work, I sit on the couch with my dog and a cup

comfort—I created it that way. That is evident

You have to be comfortable to have ease. This

of coffee and just chill for about 30-45 mins

in our flooring choice and the decision to

before I start being productive for the day.

paint the ceiling of our truck rather than the

Sometimes the Today Show is on; sometimes

walls. Inspired by a trip to Charleston, SC

not. I love running my business, but taking that

where the porches of historic homes have their

quiet time for just me is imperative.

ceilings painted a color called 'haint blue' to

could be anything from having confidence in your ability to run your business that helps you create ease in your processes. I think they kind of spill over into one another.

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Jennifer Peterson, designer, maker, and owner of the mobile décor truck, Indigo Home, never expected to be doing what she’s doing; she didn’t “plan to reinvent the wheel”—or even to become an entrepreneur at all—and, yet, owning a mobile décor truck has turned out to be her ideal life. “I’ve never been so satisfied or worked so hard,” she says.

Like any entrepreneur, she’s learned a lot of lessons—not the least of which is that much of what she already knows to be true is a good place to start. She confidently, emphatically explains that the lowest lows are worth the high highs being a business owner brings along. For any of us interested in living comfortably, Jennifer’s gift of remaining true to herself while designing a fresh, invigorating space to live and work in is a design viewpoint worth exploring.

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B E W H E R E Y O U A R E & L O V E T H E S PA C E Y O U H AV E . As the owner of a box truck turned mobile décor store, Jennifer can write the book on designing a small space. To make her tiny shop look cozy but not crowded, she relies on her background in theater production. “That was my formal training,” she jokes, “In theater, you learn to utilize the space you have.” Having a store that’s unlike anything else she’s seen or heard of required Jenifer to reach into her design memories for inspiration; for example, the first time she ever designed a space of her own—her teen bedroom—and the freedom she enjoyed when decorating her own dorm room in college.

For her shop, Jennifer designed inviting product vignettes that can be easily moved around, and chose a small amount of delicate furniture pieces to display. Since the aesthetic is focused on comfort, textiles and textures take center stage. Most importantly, Jennifer chooses which items she will sell with great finesse. if she’s not excited about a product, she doesn’t sell it. These tricks, as you can see from the photos on these pages, totally work! More so, they’re easily translatable to a space of any size. (And, in fact, principles Jennifer follows in her own home.) Jennifer admits that “it takes work to make [the truck] appear well laid out.” However, she knows the result is worth it. “Ease doesn’t equal easy,” she says.

Both of these were a lesson in blending trends (magazine collage!!!) What matters most, she says, is “being comfortable in your space.”

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And though she never expected to go from the little girl whose mom “dragged her to home décor stores” to a woman who owns a home décor shop—Jennifer has discovered new purpose in just being where she is and using her innate longing to feel at home in her own space to curate the one into which she wants to draw others in. Design Question to Consider: What’s one design memory that has framed how you set up your current living space?

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART AND DESIGN WITH INTENTION. Many of the design principles that Jennifer puts into practice when curating her mobile boutique come from her personal design aesthetic, which is part instinctual and part intentional. Just as she wouldn’t have an object in the store that she didn’t love to sell, she also wouldn’t fill her home with anything that she doesn’t love. And what does she love? “A really cozy blanket—in July or the dead of winter”; organization, where it counts, like in her home office; and lots of pillows in the bedroom. Her overall aesthetic is definitely one of ease and comfort. When Jennifer lends design services, she counsels the client to follow similar principles. What does she love that’s already in her home? What are her favorite colors: What is her life like? Instead of designing for someone Jennifer “guides them in the right direction” with questions and support. Even if a client really desires a certain style, for example farmhouse, Jennifer still leads them through “basic questions to find out what is and isn’t working in their current space.” After knowing the basic needs, she can help the homeowner integrate aspects of any particular style she loves. In the end, being comfortable in one’s space isn’t about trends or certain aesthetics, even—both of which can exist without any basis in reality. Instead, Jennifer encourages designing from the heart. “IF you love something, it needs to be in your home,” she says.

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Couch LOVE Let’s face it: buying a couch might be the most challenging aspect of setting up a comfy living room. The trends tell us to go modern and make the couch a focal point, whereas common sense and instincts tell us we don’t want to invest in something we’re going to outgrow. What’s a couch buyer to do? The following tips from Jennifer let you know that A) it’s okay to buy into trends, if you really want to; and B) it’s okay not to buy into trends, if you don’t! What matters is the feeling you want to have in your home. Period.

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Choose a Color. Even though color may seem like a BIG decision in couchbuying, it’s a good place to start, says Jennifer, because this will determine whether your couch is the focal point of the

Design Question to Consider: What’s something in your

room or a neutral backdrop for other pops of color to bounce

current living space that isn’t working at all?

out. If you’ve always been a bright red lover, then buying a bright red couch is probably safe. If not, explore that trend in

AIM FOR COHESIVENESS AND GET COMFY WITH COMPROMISE. Of course, falling in love with our homes would be a

throw pillows and curtains instead.

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Measure, measure, measure. Size does matter, says Jennifer, at least when it comes to

no-brainer if we were A) living alone, B) independently

couches. Unless your style is Hollywood Glam, you probably

wealthy, and C) not dynamic beings. Assuming none

don’t want your couch to overshadow the rest of the pieces of furniture. You also don’t want a couch arm or leg sticking out in

of that is true, however, you will likely need to make

a doorway—so measure three times and then go out to buy.

compromises. Be “aware of things that make you tick and those that tick you off” says Jennifer. Let’s take the whole “perfect couch” challenge as an

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According to Jennifer, any couch of hers must have bounce and

example. What if you love neutral, sensible design and

must be nappable—a word she might just have coined herself!

your partner wants to have a show stopping statement

“If I don’t see myself falling asleep there,” she says, “I wouldn’t buy it.” When testing out couches, keep your lifestyle in mind.

piece? This takes negotiating, which Jennifer has

If you love to Netflix binge or work from the couch, you’ll be

recommendations for. “Show your whole vision” to the

happier with something comfortable.

other person and they’re more likely to hop on board, she says. And remember: design is malleable. Pops of color or trendy patterns can be worked into throw pillows and

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Invest Wisely. The couch is typically the biggest expense in a living room design, says Jennifer. Thinking of it as a long-term investment

other textiles, which are easily changeable if anyone

piece could color your purchasing decisions in all of the above

tires of them later on. This is also a way to find cohesion

areas! Are you going to love bright orange forever? Or are you

throughout your whole house; for example, repeating the same navy blue color on accents in several rooms.

the type of woman who updates décor with every new trend? Will you be moving or renovating in the future? Or is it safe to buy that 6 foot sectional and call it a day?

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For her part, Jennifer loves flowers—fresh or faux—because

Design Question to Consider: What design elements bring

they’re super easy to change out when the season or your

you comfort?

occasion (or your mood) dictates. “Little things make the space,” she says. You can move furniture around if you feel compelled to, but it’s a whole lot less stress to swap out throw pillows or buy a $3 bouquet from T.J.’s to add instant freshness.

T R U S T Y O U R I N S T I N C T S A N D L E AV E PERFECTIONISM BEHIND. Okay—but what if we don’t know what we want OR if we know what we want but aren’t “good” at design? How do we get our

By using elements of cohesion throughout her home, Jennifer

home to look like the ideal design in our head? Public opinion

feels more comfortable if the “sense of comfort” varies from

can be helpful, but only to a point, says Jennifer pointing to

room to room. She also knows and is okay with the fact that

the “oversaturation of perfect houses” on Pinterest, HGTV,

her definition of what’s comfortable will change over time.

and the cover of design magazines. “It’s hard to make it

“Design isn’t permanent,” she says, “and comfortable has

personal if it’s also perfect.”

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Managing expectations during this time is a combination of “flexibility” and “trusting your gut.” Having a “comfortable space” goes way deeper than having all the answers to our design “what if” questions. Being comfortable in our homes means we can maintain a greater sense of comfort in our lives as well. Hanging on to your innate “sense of comfort,” says Jennifer, is a way of “sticking to who you are.” Design Question to Consider: What do you love most about your house, and what does that say about who you are?

While interviewing Jennifer, I knew I was getting tons of free design advice. In fact, I mentioned it and we both laughed in acknowledgement. What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was also receiving a healthy dose of life advice. As a firm believer in a Not that she doesn’t love HGTV as much as the rest of us, and

woman’s relationship to her dwelling space, though,

“Pinterest,” she says, “planned my wedding.” As you watch or browse,

I’m happy to be reminded that home and heart go

though, be aware of how you’re being influenced. A good reality check

hand in hand.

of one’s expectations is a way to bring yourself down from the high of watching ten hours of Joanna Gaines.

Jennifer’s aesthetic, as well as her approach to business, made it clear that, no matter the design you

At no time is this more relevant than the holidays—when women may

choose, if you remain true to yourself, pay attention

feel the pull to {re}decorate. Remind yourself that your home still needs

to your lifestyle, and listen to your desires, the result

to meet your needs, and be a space you enjoy. If that means a mantel

will be more than satisfactory: it will, in fact, be

of red and green, then have at it. If there are other color palettes you

Comfortable. “Your house is worth it,” says Jennifer.

like, go with that instead. “It’s your house,” says Jennifer, whose entire

And YOU are worthy of a comfortable home.

holiday design revolves around some simple wrought iron accessories, “If you love it, it’s going to work.” The good news is holiday decorating, just like the holidays themselves, is “impermanent.” If you do feel obligated to display those holiday hand-me-downs or gifts from years past, you can “put them up on a Tuesday and take ‘em down on a Thursday,” says Jennifer.

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The love we take time to show to others can be something we fully extend to ourselves.

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inter slows us. Like the snow falling in drifts, we

indulging on the decadent offerings of the holiday. All this

become softer and more gentle. Time slows, the

leads up to the penultimate day of self-criticism that comes

nights are longer, and we arm ourselves with

around on December 31.

priorities stemming from growth: giving thanks, celebrating, reflecting, and honoring. This can be a good time of year for your heart, as words like “peace” and “joy” literally begin to decorate the walls around you. This time of year, holy though it is, can be challenging for your body. The gentle peacefulness of the season is met with the harried and stressful obligations of shopping, cooking, wrapping, gathering, visiting, showing up, and holding space. The physical experience of the holiday season somehow manages to take on a polarity to the spiritual experience. Seasonal gatherings will provoke our inner-critic to jump out and share her two cents on how much weight we’ve gained or lost since last year, so we’ll shame ourselves out of (or into)

The day before our new beginning; the day before the many flaws we’ve broken our own hearts over will be magically set into perfect healing. With our minds so occupied and our bodies so poorly taken care of, it’s no wonder why this time of year is a prominent opportunity for depression to sneak in. What if you chose differently? What if, this holiday season, you chose to include your body in the spirit of comfort and joy, in the spirit of gratitude? What if you slowed down your body and your inner-critic the way the snow slows down the earth, the way the long darkness slows down the night? This time of year can be even better when the fullness of our love—robust peace and acceptance—Is also shown to ourselves.

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What a more satisfying way to enter in to the ending of the

of beauty. We give thanks for the body that brings to us all

year! Undoubtedly, we’d set ourselves up to manifest greater

the splendors of the holidays and the winter season, from

things in the year to come.

the comforting scent of a fir tree to the warm delight of the

And then the question: how do we do it? How do we deny the

season’s first hot cocoa.

hustle of the season and the demands of the holidays in order

Through that gratitude, we choose comfort. There is comfort

to slow ourselves down and focus on something as difficult as

in the way our body lays itself down to sleep, and stretches

body acceptance, maybe even body love?

gloriously into rest. There is comfort in the way our body

We begin in the same way that we begin many other challenging tasks: we choose. We choose to make time for ourselves, to remember our bodies as a sacred blessing for which to be thankful. We choose gratitude for the body that carries us, so full of imperfection and vitality. We give thanks to the scars for the lessons they taught us, to the legs that carried us, the eyes that gave us moments

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extends itself to hug, to give, and to cherish. There is comfort in treating ourselves, body and soul, with attention and intention; with soul-fueling warmth that comes from a place of spirit rather than a place of achievement. Self-care in winter seems like the easiest part of the equation: light some scented candles, take a bubble bath, curl up in your warmest blanket. It’s more than that, isn’t it? If we


acknowledge that these things are as good for our bodies

Ultimately, we find comfort through wholeheartedly

as they are for our souls, we consciously choose to honor

embracing the truth that we deserve as much care as the next

our body, to invest more of our time and our energy

person. Through unconditional gratitude, and the intention

into ourselves.

to slow down, we make room for peace and ease. We find

The process of self-love will look different to everyone; it’s an excursion inward—an investigation into what truly evokes

wholeness when we release expectation—giving ourselves permission to be imperfect, giving in to self-love.

comfort for each of us. Where does your body need love? In a dedicated practice of taking care of your skin, or perhaps in lovingly developing more satisfying eating habits? Some of us may find comfort in movement, some in stillness. Some in elaborate package-wrapping; some in simple giftgiving. Some in serving others; some in drawing our most

Casee Marie is a motivational writer living in Wallingford, Connecticut with her rescue pup, Blaze. She is the author of the online journal Hope & Harbor where she writes to encourage a deeper relationship with compassion and vulnerability. You can connect with her at caseemarie.com. Photo by Lauren Alexandria Photography, laurenalexandriaphoto.com.

loved ones nearer. Some in going out; some in staying at home.

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For a comforting season, put gratitude into all that you do.

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he December holidays are my favorite time of year, and every season I work hard at being present and taking in every opportunity

for warmth, quiet joy, and reflection. I live for those postcard moments when everything feels just as it should be—knowing it might not last long. In this season, our focus can slip into territory much less healing: we feel obligated, burdened, and disenchanted. We lose our peace, either to our own exhausting to-do list or to the draining energy of those around us who are overloaded with stress. Inevitably, our frustration manages to take control over the things that truly matter—and sometimes even the people who truly matter.

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One recent Christmas, I wrote letters to friends and family as gifts, each a gentle and thorough account of all that this person has brought into my life. At first it felt silly, and for a while I wrestled with the awkwardness of not spending money on tangible gifts - on “things.” In the end, this gift meant far more than anything money could buy. Gratitude can be expressed in so many ways beyond the traditional, and digging into the expression can unlock One of the best ways for me to navigate the complexity of emotion that comes with the season is to put extra effort into gratitude. I do that by getting mindful, tuning into my inner world and limiting my exposure to all the noise. My journal-writing practice increases; I set aside more time for

a wonderful, childlike sense of creativity that makes the season even brighter. I indulge in that creativity and look forward to discovering new ways of expression; for example, hosting a soulful gathering for dear friends—celebrating their goodness, big and small.

introspection; I bring more stillness into my life. The TV most

Perhaps your truest and most fulfilling relationships are of

often goes off and soothing music - for me, almost always

the long-distance variety and you’ll honor them by planning

jazz or folk - goes on.

an hours-long phone call, sending them a thoughtfully

Adopting an attitude of gratitude for the relationships that truly comfort me helps me to live in a way that feels more

crafted self-care box, or writing your gratitude out to them in a letter as I did to my loved ones.

authentic while also putting me in a position to better serve

When I do give tangible gifts, my favorite thing to give

others. A win-win, but not one that’s always easy. I have found

is something I’ve made, something personal. Some of

a mantra helps (I prefer the words of Sue Monk Kidd: “Just to

my favorites have been the prayer shawl I knit for my

be is holy; just to live is a gift.”)

grandmother, the photobook for my sister, the mandala I

If I’m able to look back on the holidays with a sense of having truly been present, then the season feels more abundant

drew and framed for a dear friend, and the shadow box for my parents.

and joyous. Even gift-giving becomes an opportunity to

Once, I dedicated a blog post to my father, another

express my gratitude to my loved ones for their support and

opportunity to use my passion for writing to inhabit

inspiration in the year that’s passed.

gratitude. I’ve made food, jewelry, or other forms of art.

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Whether it’s something tangible or even just the time I spend with each person, I infuse the gift I give with as much love and intention as possible. By becoming mindful of the blessings of my life, I find gratitude a natural fit. I gently choose softness, reflection, and intimacy— turning away from what doesn’t serve me and turning toward what will bring the most joy. The holidays will be imperfect, and they will not be without drama; in choosing gratitude, however, we can create a chain of priceless moments that lead us into an opulence previously unknown.

Casee Marie is a motivational writer living in Wallingford, Connecticut with her rescue pup, Blaze. She is the author of the online journal Hope & Harbor where she writes to encourage a deeper relationship with compassion and vulnerability. You can connect with her at caseemarie.com. Photos by Joanna Fisher, @joanna_fisher.

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Keep the pleasure from fading through intention-setting and making purposeful connections.

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ow often have you started out the holiday season full of lofty intentions and suddenly found yourself in survival mode, with a social calendar bursting at

the seams, an endless to-do list, and a desire for everyone to just disappear?! This is my experience almost every year. I’ll have some moments of Christmas “magic,” but often it seems to fall flat.

1. Decide your values. 2. Make intentional decisions. 3. Communicate those intentions. 4. Let go of “should.” 5. Embrace compromise. 6. And, practice resilience.

As the season wraps up I’m left feeling as though I missed something vital and precious. I’m determined to make this the year I reclaim the pleasure and magic of the holidays—both in receiving and in giving. To facilitate this intention, I asked some of my friends how they find pleasure in the holidays. I got some excellent responses, which I’ll refrain from quoting verbatim, but my takeaways in a nutshell, are:

E S TA B L I S H Y O U R VA L U E S F O R T H E S E A S O N A N D P R I O R I T I Z E A C C O R D I N G LY. Educator, blogger, and mother, Marie Levey-Pabst, told me that “taking a moment or two to step back and name our own values for the holidays (or anytime) is helpful.” Marie also mentioned that she decides her values for herself personally and then what she values with her immediate

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family. They then choose the activities that uphold those values and everything else is extra without obligation. Taking a values-led approach frees us up to connect and give in an authentic and meaningful way. I’ve given quite a bit of thought to what I value most this time of year. And I’ve summed them up in a few words. Magic. Faith. Rest. Family. The deepest value the holidays hold for me is based on my beliefs. I intend to make that a priority in how I celebrate. Along with that, spending time with my family and being part of the magic for my young sons is essential to the pleasure I can give and experience. Baking, decorating, playing, reading, church services, music, and enjoying

pediatric cancer families has been the recipient of a Polar Express evening

quiet (I hope) moments with my family is how I

from a local venue. This includes a train ride to the North Pole and a visit

plan to act on my values.

with Santa.

C O M M U N I C AT E Y O U R INTENTIONAL DECISION TO THOSE WHO WILL BE AFFECTED. When healer, educator, and coach, Kelsey Fox Bennett, communicated her holiday intentions, she “was surprised at how many people were not just on board with the changes but incredibly grateful—it opened the door for them to make more conscious choices as well.” One of my values is magic. By that, I mean creating and being present in the magic this time of year holds for my children. My two

When we went three years ago, it was magical for my oldest. We missed it last year due to a work conflict, so this time we made sure to get time off to take our boys. We’re surprising them, and I’m so excited! Because we started talking about this experience and planning for it early, we’re able to indulge. I also value rest. The company my husband works for throws a huge party every year and I find it exhausting. I don’t know most of the people and I don’t enjoy “small talk.” On the other hand, it’s a night out with delicious food and my husband would like to go. To navigate our different interests, we’ll likely dine and dash (with no guilt!). Have that conversation with your loved ones. Share your values and hopes for the season and find out what theirs are. Work together on a plan to honor everyone’s values. Compromise can be a beautiful thing.

oldest love the movie “The Polar Express” and for the past few years a local organization for

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right now. I have been feeling so restless these past few months and I want to anchor myself in calming activities.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt to give yourself time to do your own thing amidst the social and family action. Photographer and mother, Markie Wheeler-Jones, plans “alone time” and “down days" – where she will “decide that morning what to do.”

L E T G O O F E X P E C TAT I O N S . Artist and mother, Christy Johnson, gave herself the following advice: “Don't feel pressured to start new traditions or live up

Allow yourself to practice self-care during the holidays. It

to the traditions of my parents. It’s okay to make the holidays

doesn’t have to be time separate from your social plans; you

your own.”

can do both! Eat the food you enjoy without shaming yourself for it. Start conversations. Sit quietly in the corner and observe. Take time to connect with others one on one. Honor your own boundaries. Give yourself permission to leave early if you need to. And check the guilt at the door! For me, this looks like drinking homemade hot chocolate after my children are in bed or reading a frivolous book. Clearing my evenings of “plans” for my blog or obsessing over all the things, and choosing quiet and solitude instead.

Whether they are your own or someone else's, expectations do not always contribute to a happy holiday. This is particularly significant when it comes to traditions. Your family may have always done certain things to celebrate; however, if these traditions don’t work for you, it’s okay to let them go and find your own holiday groove. Growing up, my family did have one particular tradition that worked because of the size of our family. It doesn’t work so much for my little crew, so when we do Christmas on our own,

I also want to cuddle with my husband and connect with him.

which we are doing this year, we need a different way to honor

Listen to my favorite Christmas music. Learn how to crochet.

the spirit of that tradition. (We’re still figuring this one out.)

Spend time in contemplation. Get acquainted with who I am

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Also, we usually put up the decorations December 1st, but I’m

doing it because we want to—not because it’s expected, or we

starting early this year. In fact, I’ve already started and it’s

feel like we should.

mid-November! I’m letting it be a gradual process this time. No stressed out scrambling to put up the decorations. And—If I feel like switching things around mid-season, then I will.

This goes back to communication. Find out what is important to your spouse or partner, your children, family, and friends. Work together to decide how best to celebrate in a way that is

When we let go of the pressure of expectations, and instead

meaningful for everyone. The season is about togetherness—not

honor our values and those of others, we are empowered to

just you, and not just them.

give and receive authentic joy and connection.

B E A D A P TA B L E , A N D R E L E A S E THE “SHOULDS.” I’m not advocating selfishness. Instead, I’m advocating being open to giving and receiving pleasure this holiday season with authenticity and mindfulness. I can get easily caught up in

When things don’t go as we envisioned, which is inevitable, we can look for what is good in the situation. We can ask ourselves, How can I receive and give pleasure in this moment? Curiosity and openness can lead to magic. Embrace the pleasure of this time of year, be a part of it willingly and intentionally.

perfectionism, which often comes across as being controlling and rigid in how I think things should be. When I’m in that kind of headspace, I know I miss out on what is best about this time of year. There is more beauty in putting our own expectations or

A self-proclaimed dysfunctional perfectionist, Sarah Bachelder is learning to accept and embrace all aspects of motherhood. Connect with her at SarahBachelder.com or on Instagram at @sbachelder. Photos by @createherstock.

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