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Holding Space

Jamieson Van Loan

A lot of our holiday season is spent holding space for others. We do this without even realizing. Now that I think about it, we are constantly holding space for others. Effortlessly. The problem is that we don’t always hold space for ourselves.

Let’s start at the beginning though, what is holding space, you ask?

Essentially it’s the act of being present and there for someone else. It is giving someone compassionate, nonjudgmental support. Lovingly embracing them in not just a physical space but in an emotional one.

This comes easily to me. Comforting and protecting another soul. Done and done. The problem for me and I’m assuming a lot of us, is do you take the time to hold space for yourself?

I had someone recently tell me that my philosophy of “do you” is a bit selfish. And I can understand why they would think this- if the whole world was doing whatever the heck they wanted- there would not be a great deal of global forward movement. But that is not what the “do you” ideal is really getting at. I believe we should be doing what feeds our soul each day. And yes, there is a wee bit of annoying adulting that gets in the way, but life is a balance. The most important aspect is that when we do what makes ourselves or our inner spirit happy, we then become more generous, kind and joyful humans overall. Our happiness creates a ripple effect. Being “selfish” enough to seek personal happiness is the most effective way to spread more joy in the world.

The interesting dynamic is that we hold space for others best AFTER we have taken the time to hold space and care for ourselves. Just like you put your oxygen mask on first before helping those with you, you need to care for yourself first. Emotional self care is of the utmost importance.

Be open to others holding space for you. I, admittedly, do not ask for help often or easily. But we cannot thrive without our tribe and this means allowing them to support you unconditionally. Be vulnerable and accept the space and support. 

What I’ve enjoyed seeing on social media this past week is the honesty surrounding the holidays. While some may thrive off the holiday spirit, others are feeling their lowest. And that is ok. However you feel this week, just know you are not alone.

Here is what I’m personally doing this week: I am managing my expectations. This applies to all things, not just the holiday season. Expectations typically incite disappointment. Allowing things to unfold as they come and being at peace with the situation is true emotional intelligence. It has taken me a very long time to learn this lesson. I have to accept that there will be circumstances that will upheave my peace and all I can do is control my response. Holding my space and being compassionate to myself when things may go awry is crucial. Taking a note from Frozen, “let it go” is sometimes the best response. Try that this week: just let go of what is not serving you, let go of expectations, let go of perfection, let go of ego, let go of negativity, let it ALLLL go. Breathe in love, exhale everything that is not benefiting you. Hold your space!

I wish you all a very peaceful and beautiful week ahead! Sending you all love and good health.

Jamieson xo

The holidays are upon us...

Jamieson Van Loan

We are in the thick of it. The 2017 holiday season. It is mostly, and more importantly, known as the season of giving and being around the ones you love. It is also the season of overindulgence, holiday parties, hot cocoa, cocktails, eggnog, cookies and the rest of the yummy bits of this time of year. And don't get me wrong- BRING IT ALL ON! 

Life is about balance. It's about eating two peppermint brownies and having a glass of wine followed by a yoga class, a Maikana power bowl and fifteen minutes of meditation. It is not about beating yourself up for indulging and going against you're normal healthy lifestyle. It is appreciating that you CAN eat a slice of pie and hot cocoa, but balance it out with a healthy choice later. Maikana is a firm believer in life balance. We all have our highs and lows with nutrition and lifestyle choices. Maikana is here to help keep you in check during the week. 

We have some exciting things coming up this week!

Starting on Monday we are doing a HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!!

One of my favorite parts of being in the startup world is getting to meet all the other amazing entrepreneurs and small business owners in our area. I have teamed up with some of my favorite healthy & happy-making businesses to giveaway some fun items to my clients and social media followers who have been so supportive this past year. You guys give me ability to follow my passion every day! Please follow us on instagram: @maikanafoods or on facebook: to get involved!! 

Our weekly menu is posted down below. Check it out and don't forget today is Friday!! If you order by 6pm, you can use promo code: FRIDAY5 to get 5% off your order. 

Have a wonderful weekend guys! 
Jamieson xo