At The Heart Of Challenge

Thanks to Vector Graphics for this lovely image.
Thanks to Vector Graphics for this lovely image.

The other day while listening to a talk by transformation coach Elayne Kalila Doughty, I heard her say something profound.

“At the heart of challenge lies grace.  In the eye of the storm lies the still point.  Within the muck is the diamond.  The grit becomes the pearl.”

She was talking about dealing with challenges in moving a business forward, but this obviously applies to all of life.

Attached to each and every challenge there’s an opportunity to show up within grace.

Kids arguing and you’re sick of it?  You can yell at them, or do something kinder – even just withdrawal may be better than yelling.

Someone just cut you off in traffic?  You can get mad, pound on your wheel, call them an ugly name – or you can bless them on their journey.

You get the point.  It’s about consciously choosing how we respond to what goes on around us.  Nothing terribly new or profound here, but we all need reminding from time to time.

I’m planning to write more than usual about stuff like this in February, hearts are a big theme this month, and I’m expanding mine as much as I can.

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Love Your Heart Pinterest Contest

Did you know heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US?  I’m willing to bet it’s pretty high on the list in all industrialized countries.

February is Heart Health Awareness Month, and to bring increased awareness (and to add to the Valentine’s Day fun) we are running our first contest on our Pinterest page.

Pinterest Contest

Here are the rules.

Follow us on Pinterest.

Between now and Feb. 25 create a pinboard entitled “I Heart Indigo Kitty Knits”.

Pin 12 images, each one representing one of  the following themes.  Do this in the listed order so we can tell which is which.

1.    Retro Valentine

2.    Red Dress

3.    Chocolate

4.    Handmade Jewelry from Etsy

5.    Heart Healthy Eating

6.    Flowers

7.    An Item You Love From Our Etsy Shop

8.    Love

9.    Favorite Exercise to Keep your Heart Healthy

10.  A Place For Lovers

11.  Stress Management

12.  Heart

Send us an email at indigokittycontest@gmail.com with a link to your pinboard.  We’ll select our favorite and the winner will receive a free pair of fingerless mitts (your choice) from our Etsy shop.  We’ll even pay the shipping.  If you don’t see anything you like right now let us know and we’ll make you something you’ll love.

Take a look at my sample contest pinboard for some ideas.