Monday, August 30, 2010

My Ah-Ha Moment - Learning to Live with Intention

Four years ago I sat in a glider cradling my son hoping he would fall asleep. I felt tired, anxious; I was in a daze as are many moms during the middle of the night. But this night was different; this was the night I gained awareness. I needed to live my life with intention, to create balance, simplicity, to create harmony and more joy. It was time to rediscover my values, to no longer live on autopilot. The conception of the Harmony Bowl began.

You are on a journey; make the journey one of joy. When we live our lives in alignment with our values, the outcome is a life in which you are true to yourself and a life filled with joy and love.

Every morning I reflect on my values, I pull from my Harmony Bowl several pewter nuggets which are stamped with words representing my personal values. I reflect upon the words and then make a mental and conscious choice to incorporate these values into the day. Today I pulled “Family, Career, and Friends.” I've invited my in-laws over for dinner, plan to watch “Date Night” with my husband and son tonight, found a quiet place to work, and purchased a card for a special friend. These are my values; this is what matters to me.
  • What matters to you?
 Pay attention to how you spend your day, this is a clue to what you value. If you realize you are spending your energy on things that aren’t important to you then you are becoming aware and can begin to make positive change.

  • This week notice how you are spending your days, do they reflect what you value?

Share your thoughts so we can grow and encourage each other to live with intention, and create more joy in our lives while living our values.


  1. Well, Lis, I'm the first to join your blog! Infact, it's the first blog I have ever joined! You write beautifully and you know I love your work. I look forward to your posts! And look forward to the day you launch your harmony bowls! xoxoxo

  2. Hi Lisa. Great blog, I can't wait to read more.

  3. Love this thought. I will be thinking about this as I go about my day.

  4. Lisa, thank your for this post and thank you for sharing your experiences. As a new Mom, I am trying to strive for the same balance and intention. You are an inspiration. I still love my bracelet that you made a few years back for Ovarian cancer! Hope to see you soon.

  5. I'm glad you still love your bracelet! As a mom and in general I am learning to give myself GRACE..not be so hard on's tough in our culture to let the guilt and self criticizing go..we believe we have to do it ALL...Being present ..sitting quietly helps me out...Ohhh and running like heck on my treadmill as I pound out my pretty awesome
    You are a great mom and woman...Remain true to answers from always know..listen..:) Lis