Now more than ever we need to relax.

I know this is a tall order but start by breathing slowly…count to four as you take a deep breath through your nose, release more slowly through you mouth to a count of six. I also use music and exercise to help me relax. I am currently listening to my favorite singer Andrea Bocelli’s duet “If Only” with Dua Lipa. His voice washes the stress from my body.

Please take care of yourself now. We need to remember that this too shall pass. We will create, work, love, travel and prosper again. I know it is hard but we are strong! Hold your family and friends close, read good books, binge watch shows, do puzzles, meditate, eat well, have a glass of wine, be thankful, have faith.

Love you all. XOXO

Finding Joy In Everyday Tasks

I have been on a personal journey over the last year and a half. My goal was to remove negativity to make space for more joy and gratitude. I started with a meditation class; meditation did not come naturally to me. I grew up in a loving but traditional family. Meditation and self-reflection were too new-age for my parents. So I need help with this concept. I took a class that opened me up to the beautiful world of inner peace. The practice of meditation has helped me change the way I react to external stresses. I am now taking the next step and trying to find joy in everyday tasks. I have committed to spending time outside in nature; to be honest, some of this is due to my new puppy Georgia, but I am enjoying being outside even in the pouring rain or freezing temperatures! I am also trying to learn from Marie Kondo and her method of decluttering. I realize that there is a connection between a cluttered home/workspace and a cluttered mind. I love Jay Shetty’s podcasts, and if you have not heard of him, I recommend looking up his videos on youtube. He suggests we create more positive experiences in our lives, and for me, that starts at home. I want to not only create a beautiful clutter-free lifestyle for myself but also my clients. I want everyone to benefit from the power of an uplifting environment.

Today I am going to tackle the category (as Marie Kondo suggests, choose a category not a room) of clothing. I was going to start with paper to clean up my office, but, Konmari method teaches that you need to learn the techniques slowly. Clothes are easier to organize and I am looking for immediate gratification!

I will find joy in today by spending time in nature, meditating, working (I love my job), and cleaning my closets.

What will bring you joy today? Let me know by commenting or like my post. Thank you for stopping by. Wish me luck!

Best, Celia

This is the place that sparks the most joy in my life! I love Rome!

REDISCOVER YOURSELF

I truly believe travel allows us a unique opportunity to reconnect with ourselves. I love Italy, as you know, but even a day trip will do the trick! This morning I am going to Boothbay, ME about an hour from home. Wayne Dyer said, “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” I agree. My father always used to say, perspective is everything. So on this cold Maine winter day, I am going to change the way I look at things and discover the beauty within my state. Travel even a short trip can help you rediscover yourself!

Sometimes I need to use visualization to travel. I can not be in Europe all the time, so I meditate and take myself to my favorite destinations. I love courtyards and fountains they are often part of my visualization!

I am however planning my retreats to Europe! Come discover Europe with me! We will learn about culture through food, art, architecture, and people.

How do you feel about travel? I surround myself with fellow travelers, but I understand some people do not like to travel at all! Are you a lover of travel? Let me know how you feel by commenting on this post!

Have a lovely day! Remember perspective is everything.

XOXO Celia

Inspire others by living your best life

What makes you happy? Family, friends, work, home, travel and my dogs are the things that make me happy. I have committed to being grateful for something each day. I am grateful for sleep these days with a new puppy who rises well before the sun, I am thankful for my comfortable bed.

These are my goals, hopes and dreams for 2020.

1. EXPLORE MORE & LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY!

2. EAT EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.

3. READ, WRITE, COMMUNICATE & MEDITATE MORE.

4. TRAVEL MORE…TO ROME AND BEYOND!

5. EMBRACE LOVE!

6. THE BIGGEST GOAL…LIVE TO INSPIRE!

My goals for 2020 are simple. Enjoy life more, and stress less! Live in a way that inspires people to enjoy their own lives more!

Please share your goals by commenting on this post! Thank you for stopping by. Best, Celia

Liz Donnelly thank you for these amazing photos.

Missing Rome

Life gets so busy in the new year. I think we all look at the new year as a way to reboot our lives. I certainly do this. I am trying to wrap up projects that I have been working on and make room for my new projects. I miss Rome as it is the city I go to when I need to recharge my batteries.

Whenever I get overwhelmed with my to-do lists, I think of Rome, the city where my heart lives. This is a form of meditation for me. Because I am a designer, I guess it makes sense that I use visualization to relax. As I look through my photos from my December trip,  I am back in the eternal city meandering through the narrow streets, looking into shop windows and breathing in the warmth that radiates from the buildings.

There is something magical about the light in Italy. I look at these pictures, and I can feel the stress leaving my body.

One of the other things I love about Rome is that it is such a walkable city. I rarely drive, walking is just my prefered mode of transportation. Even on a cloudy day this city is stunningly beautiful. 

Italians understand the concept of living in the moment more than most cultures. For example, they don’t get a coffee to go…they go to get a coffee. It is so much more civilized, I am always doing more than one thing at a time. Italians also take time to eat, put family first, hang out with friends, eat good healthy food, surround themselves with beauty and walk!

I need to listen to my own words, eat healthy food, meditate, surround myself with beauty, walk more (this is difficult in Maine during the winter), hang out with friends and enjoy a cappuccino.

How are you dealing with the stresses of the new year? How do you relax? Tell me by commenting on this post. Ok off to meditate, then to the gym and the office…it is snowing again so no long walk today.

Best,

Celia