Embracing the New: A Mindful Journey as We Approach 2024

Embracing the New: A Mindful Journey as We Approach 2024

As the year draws to a close and the holiday season envelops us in warmth and merriment, we at Beautifully Broken Transformations are busy crafting new experiences and offerings to enrich your journey in 2024. The festive spirit is not just about celebration; it’s an opportune time to reflect, express gratitude, and set mindful intentions for the year ahead.

Mindful Work in Progress

Behind the scenes, our team has been working diligently to bring you fresh, transformative experiences. We’ve been handcrafting new treasures, curating content, and weaving together the threads of creativity and mindfulness. From a new mini membership to journals, meditations and other workbooks to support your journey! It’s a labor of love, and we can’t wait to share the results. You can view some of the products already HERE!

Finding Gratitude in the Present

During the hustle and bustle of this season, take a moment to pause. Find a quiet corner, light a candle, and let gratitude wash over you. Reflect on the year’s journey, acknowledging the challenges and the triumphs. Gratitude is the cornerstone of mindfulness and can be a powerful tool for nurturing a positive mindset.

Consider starting a gratitude journal. Each day, jot down three things you’re grateful for. They can be tiny moments, like a warm cup of tea on a chilly morning or a heartfelt conversation with a friend. Over time, this practice can cultivate a sense of appreciation for the beauty in everyday life, find a downloadable gratitude journal HERE.

Setting Mindful Goals for 2024

As we inch closer to the new year, it’s the perfect time to set intentions and goals for the future. But let’s approach this tradition with mindfulness. Instead of hastily scribbling down resolutions that may be forgotten by February, let’s take a more deliberate and meaningful approach. Grab your journal!

Reflect: Begin by reflecting on your personal journey in 2023. What did you learn? What moments brought you joy? What challenges did you overcome? Understanding your past year’s experiences can guide you toward more purposeful goals.

Clarify Your Intentions: Think of your intentions for 2024 instead of resolutions. What feelings or experiences do you want to cultivate? Clarity in your intentions can lead to more authentic and achievable goals, whether it’s a sense of inner peace, creativity, or personal growth.

Break It Down: Once you have your intentions, break them into actionable steps. Create a roadmap for your year, breaking your larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks. This makes your journey more tangible and less overwhelming.

Visualize Success: Spend time visualizing yourself achieving each goal. Visualization is powerful and can boost motivation and confidence. Imagine the joy and fulfillment you’ll experience as you progress toward your intentions, each small step is success!

Stay Mindful: Throughout the year, practice mindfulness. Be present in each moment, whether working on a goal, enjoying time with loved ones, or savouring life’s simple pleasures. Practicing mindfulness will help you stay connected to yourself and your intentions and navigate challenges with resilience.

Bringing It All Together

Let’s embrace the new with open hearts and mindful souls as we wrap up the year. Our team is excited to bring you fresh, transformative experiences in 2024, and we can’t wait to accompany you on this journey of growth, self-discovery, and creativity.

Let’s work mindfully, express gratitude for the present, and set intentions that resonate with our hearts. May the year be filled with beauty, connection, and transformation moments.

Are you prepared to commence this mindful expedition for the New Year? Share your thoughts and intentions for 2024 with us in the comments below. We’re here to support you every step of the way.

Don’t forget to join our amazing new FREE Facebook Group, Creative Healing Pathway. Join Here

Bye for now – chat in the NEW YEAR!

Kels

Embracing the Night: My Journey to Conquer Sleep with Fibromyalgia

Embracing the Night: My Journey to Conquer Sleep with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Sleep Help

Finding the right rhythm to dance with sleep when you live with fibromyalgia is like trying to choreograph a ballet in a room without gravity. It’s been over 2 years since I began this intricate dance of medications, sleep studies, and strict bedtime routines. And let me tell you, it’s been nothing short of a journey paved with patience, persistence, and a few too many sleepless nights.

Fibromyalgia Managing Fibromyalgia Sleep Medication

Let me take you back to the beginning, about nine months of trial and error, to be precise. That’s how long it took to find the right combination of medications to help turn off the part of my brain that’s perpetually ready for a fight-or-flight marathon. If you’re nodding along, you might know the feeling — like sleeping with one eye open or waking up as tired as when you hit the pillow.

Sleep Study Experience

Then came the sleep study, an intimate tango with a watch that tracked every toss and turns for a month. The data was eye-opening; seeing the breakdown of my sleep stages was like reading a story where the hero never entirely managed to save the day. So, I invested in my watch, a vigilant sidekick in my quest to improve the elusive deep sleep.

Sleep Routines for Chronic Illness

But here’s where the plot thickens: the sleep routine. Imagine setting an unyielding schedule for sleep and wake times — yes, even on weekends. That meant leaving gatherings early and starting my bedtime ritual an hour and a half before my head would grace the pillow. It sounds like a party pooper’s manifesto, but it was my ticket to dreamland.

What did this ritual involve? Picture this: no buzzing electronics. Instead, my living room transformed into a serene space for low-impact exercises, transitioning from yoga to gentle stretches, followed by a tranquil meditation. The final act was thirty minutes of dimmed lights, a dose of vitamins and medication, and losing myself in the pages of a book until my eyelids begged for mercy.

It wasn’t just a routine; it was a commitment. A commitment that meant temporary evenings apart from my partner, missing out on nighttime laughs, and the occasional feeling of FOMO. But here’s the kicker — it worked. After about nine months, my internal clock wasn’t just ticking; it sang harmoniously.

Fast forward a year and a half later, and my nights are no longer solo acts. I have more flexibility with my sleep hours and no longer need the isolation to find my snooze. But don’t be fooled; it’s a delicate balance. The moment you skip a beat, the whole routine can come tumbling down.

Managing Fibromyalgia

So, here’s a piece of heartfelt advice: Keep your nighttime routine sacred. Power down those screens an hour before bed and indulge in activities that bathe your mind in calmness. This is not a time for planning or ticking off to-dos. This is your time to unwind, to let go, and to prepare for the rest that you deserve.

Give these few mindful techniques if you are starting your own sleep routine:

  • soft music

  • meditation

  • mindful coloring/painting

  • mindful doodling

  • journaling/art journal

  • yoga

  • stretching

  • low-impact exercises (should only be done if starting your routine an hour and a half before bed and it is your first 30 mins)

  • Progressive muscle relaxation

Sleep, especially with fibromyalgia, is a journey, not a destination. It’s about finding what works for you and sticking to it, even when it feels like you’re swimming upstream. And if you ever feel like you’re struggling alone, remember that there’s a community out here, myself included, paddling along with you. Together, let’s turn our nights into a restful retreat, one peaceful dream at a time.

Chat soon,

Kels

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