Brave New Steps.

We had a lovely Christmas day. Zak set the coffee the night before (as he does every night). I always warn him on Christmas Eve "make the coffee extra strong this time, babe" and without fail, he makes a kick ass brew to fuel us through the opening of presents. I wake up earlier than everyone else to pop our traditional cheesy spinach strata in the oven so that we can eat after wrecking havoc in front of the tree :)

Recipe by Smitten Kitchen.

This year, we all bought and received for / from each other such thoughtful gifts. My people and I know each other too well. We all participated in whipping the house back into shape for our dinner guests who were coming to dine on prime rib, roasted potatoes, stuffed shells, lasagna (made by my best friend), garden salad, and the most delicious apple caramel cake. The company (my best friend and her family) was wonderful. It was a perfect Christmas.

I'm spending the next couple of days home. My brother gave me the week off to enjoy time with my girl. I have some writing deadlines to meet and I'm trying to figure out when I can get into the city to visit bestie who just had a baby. The whole New Year's Eve traffic thing is giving me anxiety. The visit may have to wait. What are your new year's plans? We're staying home this year. I am becoming that person who can't stay awake to watch the ball drop. At 42, a restful sleep takes presedence over watching Ryan Seacrest on tv.

Today, on the new moon, I'm feeling brave enough to send out invitations to a handful of women who I have come to know and love, who I feel safe with, to a New Year Intention share and support circle here at my house. I'm so excited. Some of my friends who live in far away places have gatherings like this. When they tell me about their experience, I feel the tug . . . the "I wish I had that too" feeling in my belly. After thinking about it and working through some hesitation, I was all in for creating the capsule for the experience to happen. The gathering will be on the full moon here at my house. I'll be sharing the details and photos soon after.

And now, I sink into rest. I hope that you are filling yourself up in ways that your body, mind, and soul need. Much love till next time. xx

As a photographer, Bella Cirovic is curator and keeper of life's most sacred moments. Her clients have said she has a way of capturing them in instances of magic and whimsy and that her steadying presence helps them feel at home in their skin.


She witnesses stories while living her own healing adventure. Bella's photography and video work have been featured in magazines, print, books, and documentary films, including 2017 Manhattan Film Festival pick, Bright Lights by Jen Lee.

An impassioned lover of nature, Bella works with earth and plant medicine for  purposes of deep soul examination, sacred ritual, and ceremony. From this passion her enchantment​ with perfume blending was born. She now offers her handmade talismans and treasures in the form of anointing oils, elixirs, space cleansing mists, and oil concentrates in her soulful online boutique. She considers herself a light bringer, a companion for the journey who adds a playful and trusting energy to the circles she is invited to or a part of.

Bella C.


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