On Monday I woke up with heartburn + a WhatsApp message from my cousin Eric that read, “Look who’s on the cover of Vida Culinaria?”. That cover girl did look awfully familiar. She had my same shade of red Chanel lipstick + my Anthropology dress… holy guacamole, but it’s me! That split second I thought of you.
Then I saw your photos on social media. The ones where you’re cruising through the Life is Messy Bootcamp adventures in spite of heavy winds + vicious sea creatures. “I made that”, I thought. And then, seeing your use it. Wow! My gratitude burst into start dust, which I saved in a little teeny jar so I never forget how you made me feel.
A lady reached out to invite me to be a guest on her podcast. I had promised myself not to raise my hand until Life is Messy App + Life is Messy Kitchen come out. But this women came armed. She said, “I know you don’t do these things very often, so I’ve come with bribes! You love the ukelele. And I play the ukelele. If you come on my podcast I will give you a ukelele lesson.” Sayyyyy what? She had me at ukelele. And I remembered it was you who thought me how to say “helz yeah” from a place of eternal appreciation.
Marie Forleo launched her 3-Part Free B-School Training yesterday + of course I’m doing it for a third consecutive year. I’m a nerd, what else is new? In the middle of deep focus + note taking, there was little ol’ 5.1 foot tall me wearing my handmade felt cotton candy bow striking a pose on the B-School’s Success Stories section, well, cuz you put me there silly. You’re the one who gave me a shot when so many called me kuh-raz-eee. It’s because of you that my phone makes that epic sound that makes my heart go BOOM BOOM BOOM. You know which one I’m talking about, the infamous, “Cha chiiiiiiiing”. My favorite melody after, “Honey I’m home”. You did that.
For that + so much more, I think about you, a lot.
I think about all the little ways that you show me kindness. I think about how I could ever repay you.
I think about you, a lot. I think about what you might really need from me. Maybe some tips on vlogging? Then I remember how scary the first few times felt + how much I would like to hold your hand till it doesn’t feel like vomiting anymore. Or maybe it’s a very special occasion + you need something crunchy + easy to pack into favors for your guests, preferably something with cinnamon + cranberries. Then I remember a dream I had where I made granola + you made granola + we made granola together. Fun times.
I think a lot about you because there are 7 billion people on planet Earth + 3.5 million of those living in Panama, but you found me. Do you know how crazy pajama pants that is? The Universe conspired to bring us together. I will never E-V-E-R take that for granted.
I’m obviously under the influence of… (no not rose champagne, yet) Heartmade’s favorite holiday, Valentines Day (duh!). Which means license to be cheesy + own it, which is exactly why, without further ado, I have a full set of Love Stationery I want to give you… absolutely FREE!
I think you will love it, a lot + if I’m lucky, when you use them you will think of me too!
I’m getting giddy about wearing my new Christmas lights necklace (which of course lights up) + giving/opening presents + baking Flourless Black Forest Cake topped with outrageously overpriced (but who cares cuz it’s Christmas) cherries + heating granny’s left overs + sighting free firework shows + roasting S’mores + dreaming of 2014 + cuddling over not so scary movies + testing new superfood smoothies + checking no e-mails + Tabata training in the sand + leaving my cellphone in a basket + swapping my Olive Oyl jammies for my Tommy Bahama bikini + giving thanks for having everything I could possible wish for.
I might be in the middle of overhauling my flagship program Life is Messy Bootcamp, which sounds like the worst time for a mini sabbatical + that’s precisely why I’m taking off my shoes + forgetting my chargers anyways. Revolutionary revelation disguised as counter-productive action, something one could have only learned from years of reaching for peanut butter when sleep deprived + mentally constipated + about to turn into Hulk.
Gravity might be working against me every year, but hell am I getting smarter by the second.
Wanna join the unplug-a-thon? There’s no pre-requisite or house rules, just a conscious disposition to disconnect from busy work to connect with happy land. You in?
talk to me
In the comments I want to know which unplugging activities you are most looking forward to during this end of the year pause. Any books + recipes + documentaries you wanna get to, but have been too crazy person to prioritize this season? Any traditions or tricks for surviving the festivities you care to spill?
winner winner chicken dinner
I’m so excited to see your replies (for sneaky borrowing potential mostly) that I’ll be giving away to everyone who raises their hand before December 31, 2013 at midnight, a FREE copy of my hand-illustrated Life is Messy Calendar. No way! Yes way, because thanks to your generosity + kindness I have all I’ve ever dreamed of under my invisible tree.
Psst… your gift will be sent manually via e-mail (so make sure you type your correct address in the comment box) as soon as my fingers get back to the keyboards.
From my little warm corner of the Universe, I wish you the most magical Holiday bonanza the world has ever seen. I will see you back in 2014 with more of what you love + an avalanche of wild (I can’t believe they’re really happening type) projects coming to fruition.
Dear Santa: Thanks for giving me the best virtual family E-V-E-R!!! I’ll take that as a sign that I’m on your “Nice” list in spite of refusing to share any of my desserts. What’s wrong with people? Seriously. Sharing dessert. Ridiculous. End of conversation.
I am soooo celebrating Christmas this year. Not with a tree, unfortunately. No tree for us this year, but what we lack in pine aromatherapy + lights + over-the-top ornaments we compensate for in spirit.
The house smells like Holiday magic thanks to the eight batches of Banana + Dark Chocolate Granola I made to gift the people who have put up with us all year. It’s one of our most cherished family traditions, making our own homemade granola + giving it away as favors for “muy importante” occasions. It taste absolutely divine + it’s vegan + gluten/refined sugar/junk product free.
At least my man’s pack is ready for dispatch.
Let’s interrupt today’s Christmas special so you can steal this must-make recipe, shall we?
- 3 cups certified gluten free oats
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup chopped cashews
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- pinch of pink salt or sea salt
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon pure raw honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a large bowl combine oats + almonds + pecans + cashews + pumpkin seeds + salt.
In a separate bowl add honey + coconut oil + vanilla + bananas. Use your hands to mic the ingredients completely smooth.
Add the banana mixture to the dry mixture + combine well, using your hands until everything is well coated.
Place the granola in a long baking tray + lay out flat.
Place in the middle of the oven + bake for 25 minutes, checking 3 times to turn the granola over with a wooden spoon.
Allow to cool completely before adding the chocolate pieces + storing in a container.
Serve with organic yogurt or almond milk.
Moving on Granola Monster.
As promised, I’m playing Santa + giving away presents each week of December. If you missed my Holiday Gift Tags last week you can snatch em’ right here.
This week I made you another sweet printable to help you tap into your deepest wants + heart fueled desires. Disguised as a cute download, this All I Want for Christmas List will help you celebrate + acknowledge what makes you twinkle. without feeling guilty or ungrateful for what you do have + what you’ve already accomplished.
So, if I may ask, What do you want for Christmas?
- I want to let go of my need to control + perfect to have the courage to enjoy what is now.
- I want a Hello Kitty toaster.
- I want to increase my tolerance for mess.
- I want to give up sugar, oh Santa please!
- I want learn calligraphy to up my illustrated quote game.
- I want to a pink medicine ball as desk chair. Six pack 2014 is the year.
- I want to learn to crush bad days with red lipstick + fake eye lashes. Pow!
- I want to get my notepads into Anthropologie. There I said it.
- I want to make beautiful babies with hubby. Bonus if they look like him.
- I want to give give give the world E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.
Your turn. Share your All I Want for Christmas List in the comments below + on social media using the hashtag #heartmadechristmas + tagging me @mayicarles.
This little challenge will come in handy in a couple of weeks when we discover how to match soul with to-do declarations + explore our goals for the new year together, so don’t skip it thinking it’s silly to dream big.
I interrupt your gift wrapping + egg nog sipping + jingle bells singing + Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer sweater knitting + frenetic Holiday shopping to say a big fat Santa Claus-sized THANK YOU!!!
I still pinch myself that your here. actively watching + raising your hand in the comments + showing me you have my back. Seriously? And just like if that weren’t enough, my Google analytics (hadn’t checked those in a while) just informed me that the Heartmade family is growing rapidly beyond my wildest projections + I know it’s because of YOU!
You are freaking AWESOME!
Thanks for all the infinite little ways you show you care.
I’ve tried to hunt down the right words to tell you how much you mean to me + how much I appreciate you, but it’s been a failed mission every time. So, instead of cursing my Spanglish Version 1.0, I’ve come up with a little something something to by pass language + speak from my T-Rex heart.
The idea inspired me to shake things up in December + play Santa Claus Ho Ho Ho!!! You’ll see what I mean in today’s episode.
Any ideas for the upcoming December gift giving episodes? Things you would love me to make for you or leave below your tree? Santa’s is taking notes. I’m trusting you’ve been nice this year (wink).
Oh + do you have a friend that needs a little Holiday picker-upper? Share this post with them. Can you imagine the smile on their face when they see these cute Holiday Gift Tags? I know, right?
You got me. Looks like I “accidentally” left on my Winnie The Pooh pajama bottoms. Opps!
Embarrasing? Just a little. Liberating? Gosh yeah! You should try it sometime. Freedom is jamming in your jammies.
Speaking of jams, do you ever feel like your one-on-one offers are taking over your entire freaking life? Disco-balling with the client is super-docious, but the logistic… MAN! Pass me the punching bag will ya’? And while you’re at it the bad carbohydrates too, please.
So what’s my secret to booking new clients without going coo coo for Cocoa Puffs + selling out all my coaching spots for 2013 + it’s not even June yet? The answer + step by step guide + printable: Inside. Ten points for Gryffindor!
How to you streamline your one-on-one services? Any systems you care to share? Apps you fancy? I want to hear from you in the comments.
grab + share
Don’t forget to take your brand new Coaching Tracker with you… it’s FREE, though sharing in exchange for downloading would be ridiculously appreciated + rewarded by the karma fairies. I hear.