Sceptres & Staying Centered - Simple, and very Usable Winter Creation For Forest Loving Families

What's keeping you centered these days? What helps you feel even an inkling of inner calm - your go to if you're feeling overwhelmed to bring you back? 
I love to walk outside in the woods to clear my mind and discern the important things from the not (seem to get clumped altogether at certain times of year more than others) but with the ice it's been a fair bit of woah waw eek ah … and then finally … I have to admit some pretty cool dance moves have emerged trying to stay upright while walking but has it been relaxing ... not so much! These sceptres/staffs have helped me enjoy a more peaceful walk. (-:

Last weekend I was with 10 star children for a Winter Fairy Camp. It was an honour and absolute joy to be with these nature/fairy loving children. The second morning there was a note that revealed that Fairy Queen had a winter gift for us - we later found wooden staffs/sceptres - with just 1 moonbeam threaded ribbon  tied at the top of each to help us find them - all through the nearby forest - up in trees even - we found the one that fit us best and later decorated these further with nature/herbal treasures. Some sceptres were crowned with a piece of the giant geode the Queen had gifted us with that we worked together to break open and that was just the beginning - the children's imagination and creativity and crafting was wonder full -  adding a bell here, wolf willow berries there, sprig of spruce, grasses, etc. as they made each their own. 
It was glorious to see the group of them trekking through the snow and ice with their sceptre … it made me appreciate the images of St. Nicholas carrying a staff -- this was a practical thing to help him on his way...

I share this as an invitation for you to take a breath (right now) with me and to to tune into what's keeping you grounded and centered and feeling your strength - I guess I'm wondering what is the nature of the sceptre you want to carry inwardly through these next particularly exciting weeks? A long slow exhale with peace written all over it, a feeling of gratitude, spaciousness, warmth, playfulness, some lightheartedness/humour, presence, curiousity, wonder, a mantra? 

And is there anything that you need mama externally (think simple) that you can set as a priority for yourself - a gift to you - to place in your week/space that will support this inward intention? Daily enjoying cup of tea sitting down, daily walk in nature, bath and book break, karaoke machine, 5 min. meditation before bed, get out for a yoga class/a massage? What is it for you ... that would be yummy? No 'have-to' here - just know how important you and plan to nourish you! (-:

The second reason I am sharing this with you is because it was such a hit for the boys and the girls at the Fairy Camp and  I know that sometimes during the holidays having a fun, simple forest activity for the family to get everyone outside moving is just what is needed --- who knows, maybe the Fairy Queen has them hidden for you in the forest like she did for us - and (who knows) maybe you find a little burnt edged note on your door and that starts your little adventure ... whatever the case - here you have the idea in your back pocket -  find stick that fits,  spend time in nature gathering and decorating this and then (best part) use it for your winter hiking/walking sojourns… happy trails families!