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Phenomenal Woman – JJ Carolan

Phenomenal woman is you or I.  Everyday women who have achieved something ‘phenomenal’ – whether this is overcoming obstacles and/or adversity, giving birth, learning to drive, paint or swim, caretaking others, giving back to the community through voluntary work, mentoring others, starting and running a business, and so, on and so on……hope you get my drift…

Meet JJ Carolan….a 30 something year old everywoman…mother of a toddler girl, wife and certified Behaviour Analyst who is spiritually seeking how to live in the present, to walk through the world in a way that is meaningful in the now. 
Over the years of her life, JJ has found meaning in writing, dance, nature, more recently her child and even more recently through her photography.
I asked JJ what meaning she has found through say, her child, photography and writing (in particular, her blog).

“In the b’hai faith, creativity is considered an act of prayer, as it connects you to the same source which allegedly created us.  Although I don’t associate with any particular faith, that idea resonates with me.  I think every creative person – or every person who has been happily absorbed in any task – can relate to the “hum” of being connected with something greater than oneself.  Raising my spirited child, photography, and blogging all connect me to the deepest marrow of life – creation, stillness, consciousness, God, Goddess… so many names for the same river of life.  They each require me to take pause and step of of the daily hustle”.
 I can identify with JJ’s statement that some daily solitude makes her happy, more connected and more available and open.  She shares with us some of what she does in those moments when she experiences some daily solitude:
 “My first instinct in a solitary moment is.. to connect!  I think many mamas may relate to how much I do miss regular adult contact.  Once I reply to emails/phone calls, etc, I usually open up my little desk under the window, gaze out at the lake, and delve into something inspirational.  Either something I’m creating, or literature on spirituality, or currently, Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit.  I also love to order my home.  It’s a small home, but as we did not live by ourselves as a family for a long time, I relish things like washing my dishes and caring for our space.  I also tend to spend time preparing the environment for my 2 year old – seeing her interest and delight in new things also keeps me connected to my inner child! I wish I could say I exercise in my free time”.
If you would love to read more about JJ and share her experiences in ‘finding a meaningful path in an instant-karma world’, please do visit her blog The Marrow Of Life.  If you are a phenomenal woman and would like to share your story – please do get in touch!




5-Minute Marrow Makers

JJ of The Marrow Of Life says “there are so many ways to bring delight to your everyday life, tiny ways to connect to the source – call it God, consciousness, presence, Being, Goddess… tiny Marrow Makers will bring you happiness and make you smile at the folks in line with you”.  She has kindly given me permission to share with you her 5-Minute Marrow Makers:-


  • Candlelight Cleanse.  You have to shower.  You shower alone most of the time.  Turn off the lights and light a candle.  Even on the most hectic mornings, this tiny trick is like a day at the spa.
  • Starbucks Sweetness: Leave your cell in the car when you go into Starbucks.  While in line, take a 3-point check: What do you smell?  Hear?  See?  Starbucks are usually designed like a senses feast, but we rarely notice it.  Your latte will be so much more delicious after having anticipated it!
  • Car Kids:  What are the kids doing in the car on the way to school? Texting? Watching DVDs?  Is there a possibility this could be some quality time – a time to set intentions with them, or just to ask what they want from today?
  • Car Cruise:  I love Oprah’s old Spirit Channel podcasts.  If you are mindlessly choosing the 9:30 Z100 phone tap… try a spiritual podcast instead.  They’re thought provoking and usually put you in the frame of mind to work mindfully.
  • Twilight Tea:  Do you have that cup of coffee after work to plow through the evening? Choose a tea.  The sensual experience will be greater, bringing you closer to the present moment, and you will sleep better if you choose a delish decaf like Tazo Calm.
  • Goddess Goo:  Skip the sh!tty Suave discount lotions.  Dump them all and indulge in one, gorgeously scented, skin-friendly, paraben free body lotion.  You have to moisturize – why not treat yourself like a goddess while gooping up?
  • Night Nurture:  Instead of mindless flopping around Facebook (#1 culprit) the 10 minutes before sleep, set an alarm on your computer/phone/iCal to shut down the visual stimulation and open up something peaceful.  Create a stack of inspirational books, or a gratitude journal, and spend the time before bed invoking meaning into your sleep!
  • Dishes Dance:  Turn on something stimulating for your ears while you wash those dishes.  Keep a little iPod speaker on the sink so it’s no big deal to throw on some sweet, soothing tunes, meditations, podcasts, or soundscapes.  Wiggle your butt around! 

    Source: http://meaningandmarrow.blogspot.com/