Julie Kittredge: Artist, Speaker, Coach and Course Creator for the Intentional Woman & Creative Entrepreneur
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On the 12th Day of Christmas ....
 

I hope you’ve enjoyed the 12 Days of a Mindful Christmas - My heart feels more centered than it did when I started and I’ll continue the practice of quieting the noise and my heart in the coming days. I hope it’s inspired you to identify what the heart of the season means for you - whatever that might look like for as you journey.

Own your Christmas.

Release the crazy, say no to the unnecessary.

Keep the spending in check with a budget, consider thoughtful gifts of time, talent, and experiences.

Choose well. Prepare for the important and let the rest go.

Keep dysfunction and toxic to a minimum. Set boundaries.

I pray you too can quiet your heart and experience your own “God with Us”.

Thank you for your steady support this 2018. You have been an encouragement in so many ways!

Merry Christmas to all of you, my friends!

xo - Julie

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Holiday Creamer & Sugar Set

$49

 

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On the 11th Day of Christmas ....
 

Music quiets my heart. I have the Spotify “peaceful piano” station playing almost every day. I tried to learn the chords to Silent Night today. It’s been one of my goals to be able to play well (on guitar) by Christmastime. I’m not there yet, but today I tried - and it helped to continue the process of focusing my season and quieting my heart.

Silent night, holy night
All is calm and all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace, ooh
Sleep, sleep in heaven, heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories streams from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing, alleluia
Christ the savior is born, he's born
Christ the savior is born
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace, oh
Sleep in heavenly peace

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Dotted Mugs!

$22 Each

 

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On the 10th Day of Christmas ....
 

Light the Festive Candles

BY AILEEN LUCIA FISHER

(FOR HANUKKAH)

Light the first of eight tonight—
the farthest candle to the right.

Light the first and second, too,
when tomorrow's day is through.

Then light three, and then light four—
every dusk one candle more

Till all eight burn bright and high,
honoring a day gone by

When the Temple was restored,
rescued from the Syrian lord,

And an eight-day feast proclaimed—
The Festival of Lights—well named

To celebrate the joyous day
when we regained the right to pray

to our one God in our own way.

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Holiday Votive/Tealight Holders

To honor this last day of Hanukkah - the Festival of Lights

$30 each

 

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On the 9th Day of Christmas ....
 

I bought a menorah this year.

I was inspired by a friend who posted her thoughts about the subtle and continued oppression that continues to bubble in our nation.

The issues are so much bigger than going out and buying a menorah to understand a practice I have no exposure to or experience with. But it’s a start to an open heart and a desire to invite the conversation into my home. I’ve already learned that Hanukkah represents a celebration of religious freedom for Jewish families. I didn’t know that, and I think it’s something worth celebrating.

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Morning Rhythm: Mug and Plate set

2 Available.

$40 each set

 

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On the 8th Day of Christmas ....
 

"Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means 'God is with us.' Matthew 1:23

God with us. Now that's something to ponder. Whether you believe or not. Whether you're disillusioned with your faith or not. Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not .... can we really look away from the history of Jesus? And the gift of this babe? One thing I am finding as I practice quieting my heart these first days of December is that I'm drawn undeniably into this Divine gift. I do believe that true peace resides In 'God with Us.'

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All that holiday baking might as well be beautiful!!

Mixing Bowls with Flourish Detail

Large = 4 1/2” tall x 7” wide . $60

Small + 4 1/2” tall x 5 1/2” wide . $45

 

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On the 7th Day of Christmas ....
 

“The message of Christmas is that the visible material world is bound to the invisible spiritual world.” -Author Unknown

Bound forever.

The message of Christmas.

It’s Personal.

To quiet my heart is to reflect on this.

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Boho Ceramic/Leather Dangle Earrings

Lightweight. So cute.

$30 Each

 

On the 6th Day of Christmas ....
 

"Always winter and never Christmas; 
think of that!"
"How awful!" said Lucy.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

How. Awful. Especially here in the Windy City where winter is 75% grey and 25% pretty (this coming from an optimist and one who loves snow!) Christmas helps take my eyes of the gloom and focus on the gifts in my life, the gifts I want to give, and the people I love to spend time with.

What spirit of Christmas do you want to cultivate this season? Own your Christmas. Seek Joy. Even if Christmas is difficult, there is Joy to be found. It only takes one spark of gratitude to ignite a new perspective. Easier said than done in difficult seasons, I know. But don’t miss the heart of Christmas. Stop the cycle of crazy. Sit in the quiet - a lost art I think - and choose your focus. You really really don’t want to miss it because this is the only Christmas you get in 2018! :)

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Kids Pottery Sets

Let the kids play with their own pieces of pottery!

A beautiful alternative to a tea-set!

$39

 

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