Easter Morning

It is five o’clock on a Sunday morning. I sit in front of my computer. My thoughts are like elusive gold fish; fast and slippery. They swim erratically through my mind and I fail to lure any of them long enough to catch.

And then something occurs to me… It’s Easter Sunday. What better time to start again, renewed, refreshed… alive.

It also seems the perfect time to introduce to you the reasoning behind the title of my website/blog… Ellavate7.

Ellavate7 is a combination of my beloved mother Ella’s name and the fact that I am her 7th. child. It also signifies this moment in my life. It is a call to action. An internal longing to rise higher… to elevate!

So as I finish doing my morning stretch, turn the coffee maker on and check my phone, I sit back down at the computer. That school of elusive fish have disappeared, and my thoughts are calm.

I close my eyes.

An image of my mother appears and she is standing over my bed. I am a child again and it is Easter Sunday morning. A gloriously beautiful morning… but I am still in bed hiding from the world.

The early morning sunlight finds its way to my bedroom window, winks around the edges of the vinyl roll up shade and encases my mother in a breath taking halo of ethereal light. She pulls the crumpled bed sheets from my head… I giggle. In my heart her voice beckons me… “Get up Andrea… Elevate. It is a new day!”


Happy Sun~Day.


Chill vs. Lean In

I find that navigating through life without a lot of undue stress is about being able to stay pliable through its many ebbs and flows. Sometimes you just have to plant your feet, ground yourself and lean in. While other times laying back and meditating on the rhythm of the waves is just what you need to float the currents before moving forward on your path.

The ability to feel in your gut the time to act and the time to be still is inherent within us all.  It is up to us individually to pay attention to the signals that our intuitive selves sends us.  But we must learn the language of Self.  Sitting in silent contemplation is vital to learning this language and helps to develop our creative selves.  But we must also apply to the outside world what we have learned in stillness in order to create a positive change.

Over this last decade our society has gotten even more preoccupied with busy-ness. We pride ourselves on working non stop throughout the day and often remark how there just seems not to be enough time in our days to fit in even more things to do.

But there is a balance. The balance between To Do and Not Do is so essential to our wellness. Doing too much, we risk our physical and emotional health. Doing too little, we risk creative expansion.

What can we do to find balance:

1. Take a break if you’re feeling blocked creatively.  Sometimes creative blockage is intuition speaking to you.  Even if it’s only five minutes every hour while at work to focus on your breathing or stretching and checking your posture can help your creative flow.

2. Stay hydrated.  It’s amazing how dehydrated we can become during the day. One sign is brain fog.  Have a drink of water every hour to help replenish and refresh your body.

3. Take 5 – 10 minutes upon waking and before bed for meditation or reflection.  What did you accomplish today… What do you want to accomplish tomorrow? End your meditation or reflection with another 5 or 10 minutes of stillness. Focus on your breathing, heartbeat or nothing at all. Don’t hold on to any one thing when you’re done.   Either get up and start your day or let your mind relax even more and drift off to sleep.

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4. Get up and get out! If you’re feeling stagnant MOVE! If you can’t leave the house, put on some uptempo music and dance… Get your blood pumping and let the child in you out to play! If mobility is an issue, do a craft or play a game with a child, play with your pet, nurture a plant!FB_IMG_1524136592560.jpg

5. When you are feeling overwhelmed… Be Still.  Do nothing at all.  Have a day of silence. Take a quiet walk in nature.  Or help someone else accomplish a goal they’ve been struggling with.  You’ll be amazed at how sometimes helping someone else in their accomplishment will create a spark for your own creative flame.IMG_20180312_075309_849

In the mean time… Stay Balance and Be Well!

Ellavate7 ❤



The Journey Begins

And so it begins… A journey once more to self.
Where it will lead at this time in my life I am not sure. But I am sure of this…
My willingness to embark on this journey comes from an internal wisdom.
To float with the clouds and ride the waves one must have clarity… A clear insight into self.
I am now aware that I captain my ship. I trust my ability to harness the changing clouds and ride those sometimes turbulent waves… This ebb and flow of life.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Thanks for joining me! Continue reading The Journey Begins