I was NOT a morning person before I became a parent. Now I get up before 9am every day! That’s HUGE for me! What I would really love is to get up before my little one and have a little time for myself but of course a challenge like that begs for support, a circle of peers, something to look forward to every day, a set of goals. Jessica of Jessikat’s Holistic Mornings Challenge couldn’t have come at a better time for me!
Jessica has partnered up with Marissa Moondaughter’s Moon Rhythms Group which has been a huge inspiration to me lately. This group of women has fueled a fire in me that I thought I had lost decades ago and I highly recommend the group to anyone who is looking to connect with the moon, the metaphysical world and their witchy earth mama side.
xoxo – grace
Is it storming outside? Groggy thoughts slowly invade my dreamspace. No, that’s my alarm… Peeking out of my nest of blankets with one eye open, I see that it’s 0530. Another dawn, another day. Open your other eye. That’s good. Now move your legs.
Okay, I can do this. Waking up early is not an easy task for me, night owl that I am. But it’s worth it, I remind myself. I wrap myself in my cozy robe and go retrieve my partner’s coffee. The house is totally silent. I bask in the stillness. I heat up some water for my morning tea, and as I wait I think about the day ahead. What is my intention? What do I want the theme of my day to be? Balance is a good word for today. Balance. A mug in each hand, I return to my bedroom. Ignoring how absolutely delightfully comfortable my bed looks, I stretch with my boyfriend. We sip our warm drinks together, watching the news, then set about getting ready for our day.
I sit before my altar and pull several tarot cards to help guide my thoughts and actions for the day. This practice has become a ritual, something I look forward to every morning and feel lost without. It’s my grounding place. Afterward I email my gratitude buddy:
Today I’m grateful for:
-my inner wild woman
Grabbing my planning binder, I recall my daily intention. Balance. I write this down, along with my gratitude list. What energies will be at work today? Where am I in my cycle? The second week, I should be feeling a new surge of creativity, drive and flirtiness. Maybe I should set aside some time this evening to connect with my partner. I should also plan a date for Friday. Summer is waning, the weather is feeling more like Autumn lately. It’s a perfect day to get outside with the kids. The moon is waxing crescent, I should light some incense for Artemis today to help me channel some energy toward work. I jot down a quick to do list and start thinking about what meals I will cook today. Work, relationship, kids, house… What can I do for myself today? What would make me feel really nurtured? I want to do some journaling today. Perfect.
Glancing at the clock, I realize the kids will be awake soon and I should start cooking breakfast for my boyfriend. I am flooded with a sense of gratitude. I am so thankful for this time, my quiet routine. I am ready to face the day. I am grounded. I am fulfilled. And I want to share this feeling with other women. The power of my morning time can be multiplied with every heart that joins me. Enter the Holistic Mornings Challenge.
What: Holistic Mornings is a challenge that will address each of the aspects of your holistic health, and help you to start your day off on the right foot by doing so. Can you imagine how much better you would feel, how much healthier and happier, if you gave yourself some time every morning to focus on your whole health? Every morning I will have a post up with some inspiration and guidance for starting your day. Some days we will focus on individual aspects of your health, and others we’ll have a wider gaze. There will be activities, meditations, journal prompts, tips and suggestions for exercises. This challenge is Spirit-focused, so we will talk about energy, herbs, stones, elements, divination, manifesting abundance, creating miracles, and, most excitingly, real magic. There are two challenges per season. We will focus on the season we are in because the cycles of the seasons reflect the cycles we go through in life. When we take the time to consciously go through each cycle, we can grow in ways we never imagined possible.
Who: This challenge is open to all women who are open-minded, loving, and excited about starting their day off on the right foot. Women of all ages are invited to join us. We need to create communities in which our maidens, mothers and crones are meeting in a spirit of sharing knowledge and helping each other to grow. Women of all spiritual backgrounds are welcome to join, but having an open mind about things you might not be familiar with is an absolute must.
Where: This challenge is being hosted within the Moon Rhythms community. Every morning, you will wake to a new email. Everyone in the challenge will also be invited to join the Facebook community, where we will meet virtually to support each other and share our progress. There will also be a central, password-protected page where you will have access to information about the challenge and resources created just for you.
When: Registration for the first Autumn session closes on Monday, September 16. You can register for the first Autumn session, the second, or both. The official start of the first Autumn challenge is Monday, September 23. It will run until Saturday, November 2.
Registration for the second Autumn session ends November 4. The second session begins on Monday, November 11 and will run until Saturday, December 21. Each session is six weeks long.
How: To participate in this challenge, all you have to do is register for one of the sessions, or both. If you are a Moon Rhythms member, registration is $40 per participant. Seriously, $40 for 6 weeks of awesomeness. If you register for both sessions, it’s only $75. If you aren’t a part of Moon Rhythms, registration is $55 per session, or $105 for both. Access to Moon Rhythms for a year is $15 (so you are really better off joining Moon Rhythms first!)
I don’t want finances to hold you back from making a serious life change. I am willing to work something out in trade for those lovely ladies who are in a financial position that would not allow them to participate in this challenge otherwise. When you register, you are making a commitment to yourself and all the women in this community that you will do your best to work toward your goals and offer support and encouragement to the other participants. You will do your best to check in daily and update us on your progress. Nobody expects perfection; openness, honesty and willingness are the only requirements.
Why: The Holistic Mornings Challenge will help you to start your days off on the right foot. Can I guarantee that you’ll never have another bad day? Absolutely not. But I do promise that the tools I show you will make so many more of your days pleasant and fulfilling. If you’re still questioning whether or not this challenge is for you, I encourage you to check my blog for another week or two. I will be running a few mini-series to gear us up for Holistic Mornings. If you’re not totally convinced, you can get a taste of what’s to come.
Jessica is a sun-bathing, moon-howling mother, lover, mentor and healer. Her home on the Internet, jessikat.com, is all about empowering women, helping them to become more self-aware and teaching them techniques for personal growth. She describes herself as generous, excitable and amazing. She likes Chinese food, Italian food, Mexican food, food in general, drinking tea and reading tarot. Although she never got her letter to Hogwarts, she lives in a world of magic and wonder, and hopes to give her children a magical childhood. She’s not a fan of dimming her own light, being afraid to take the leap, or talking in the third person. She hopes to be a channel of power, healing and guidance for the beautiful souls she encounters. She and her boyfriend live in the heart of America, Kansas City, MO. And she loves you.