Friday Favorites is a series where I share my favorite finds and discoveries from the week, all centered on spirituality and intention in travels and daily life.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
My Valentine’s Day this year will be pretty uneventful, at least in the typical sense. I’m finishing up my first half of spiritual direction training at the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction today and then driving the six hours back to San Diego just to pack up the car again so we can start driving up the West Coast early Saturday morning for our big move to Seattle.
Of course, my husband Kyle has promised to greet me upon arrival with an order of pad thai, and after a long drive that sounds romantic enough for me! Then again, if he wanted to throw in an extra surprise, he could shave the beard that he’s been growing since the beginning of November (hint, hint—cheaper than jewelry!). But, you know, I’ve come to terms and am not holding out. (Which means it would be an oh-so-good surprise if you happen to be reading this and wanted my help.)
I’ve so enjoyed my time here in the desert and look forward to continuing my training in April. But for now, I’m very ready to drive up to our new apartment in Seattle, move in, and stay awhile. Since we’ll be driving to Seattle over the weekend and spending the first few days of next week moving in and nesting, you won’t be hearing from me again until Thursday… maybe Wednesday, if I feel so inspired, but no guarantees. Until then, if you’re missing the weekday posts, check out the archives on pilgrimage, journeys, everyday life, and resources. You’ll find a lot of great and inspiring content from myself and many other pilgrims just like you.
I leave you on this Valentine’s Day with this profound quote on love above from none other than Albus Dumbledore, and my favorite recent finds on the web plus a round-up of this week’s posts on A Sacred Journey. If you want to follow along on my journey while I’m away, be sure to follow me on Instagram! Here’s my handle: @asacredjourney.
AROUND THE WEB
Dancing Monk Icons at Abbey of the Arts
Abbey of the Arts’ Dancing Monk Icons are now available for purchase! I plan on getting the one above. Check out the others and find out how you can get your own here.
Read our interview with Abbey of the Arts’ founder and Online Abbess Christine Valters Painter about planning a personal retreat here.
You Are So Brave (Words We Need to Hear) at The Meaning Movement
“She paused, looked me in the eyes and said, ‘You are so brave.’ Instantly I could feel tears welling up in my eyes. I didn’t know I needed to hear those words, but they cut straight to my heart and into my fear.”
Read a guest post about making meaning in your everyday life from Dan Cumberland, the founder of The Meaning Movement, here.
Gearing up for the cold and darkness I’ll face as I move to Seattle with…
Winter’s Rest at Kinfolk
“It is time to disconnect, to fill our wintry lives not with events but with rest. Start a new tradition… greet the frosty morning before the sun, no matter how much your body may plead to stay beneath the quilts. Rub the sleep from your eyes as the kettle boils. Then, with piping mug in hand, curl up on the front porch and share a quiet sunrise.”
An encouraging post as I leave sunny Southern California for a wet and dark Seattle winter. Coffee, please?
“This is how I began to create a luxurious life. I changed my focus from striving to making every day beautiful.”
Broken is the Beginning at Momastery
Another great video by The Work of the People with Glennon Doyle Melton.
On Monday I shared some suggestions for creating a morning ritual and gave you a glimpse into my own.
This week’s Travel Tip Tuesday post featured an easy-to-follow yoga and prayer practice, perfect for travel or right at home.
I posted my Twitterature reviews a bit early on Wednesday, giving Twitter-esque reviews of what I’ve been reading lately.
How have you practiced spirituality and intention in your travels and daily life this week? And on a more casual note, any special plans to celebrate love on Valentine’s Day?