Book Review: Your Inner Compass That Could

Ohmigosh!  I seriously am so excited to share this with you!  I have so many reasons I love this book ….

As 99% of you know we started our homeschool journey two years ago.  (We actually JUST completed our second year of homeschooling this week).  When we started that first year, we created goals for each of our kids.  We had three goals for each of them and they were:  Academics, spirituality and self esteem/self worth.  We wanted our children to grow in each of these three categories.

Academics was the easiest one to create for them.  As homeschoolers,  there is no shortage of curriculum to choose from to align with any education standards you wish to achieve.

The self esteem proved to be easier than we thought as well.  Apparently love IS ENOUGH lol – Each of boys have grown in this avenue substantially.  But I know its strongly because we create an atmosphere in which they are able to honor themselves at all costs.  We put very little pressure on them in the way of social requirements and really allow them to move through their lifetime  as freely as they wish.

The last leg of our goals has been more difficult to create for them however.  When I started homeschooling, I took my knowledge as an Intuitive Empowerment Coach and wanted to create a space in which my kids could listen to their souls and hearts and decide what they wanted.

Unfortuntely for them, their mother is strongly versed in the lingo that connects with ADULTS and I had a difficult time bringing it down to a kids level in a fun way that they can connect to it.

I noticed early on that there is a plethora of books for kindness, sharing, keeping promises, bullying and so many other childhood topics however, NO one wrote about honoring your soul.

I have worked with countless adults who have to LEARN at an adult age what honoring your soul means (myself included).  And as such, I really wanted to teach my kids to do it now, instead of waiting until they are adults when it seems to be SO.  MUCH. MORE. DIFFICULT.

And then I learned of THIS book.  Your Inner Compass That Could.  This book was written by Kristin Pierce, a fellow Sasky girl (woop woop)!  And she teaches kinds in rhyming words and fun illustrations how to honor their INNER COMPASS!

I was sooo excited to get my hands on this book and share it with my Littles (age 6 & 8).  I am a huge believer that every child should know a few things that are mentioned in this book…

First, that they have an inner compass (or as us adults call it, their soul) which knows why they are here and can guide you if you let it!  Yay!  So great.

Second, it teaches them that if they want to change their minds about where they are heading they can.  Woohoo High Fives, Kristin!  Cause how many times as adults do we stay in a space because we have “committed” instead of honoring the fact that our souls desires have changed.  This portion of the book gives the kids the freedom to change and reroute and realign and it doesn’t make it scary or a bad thing!!  Like I said, High Fives, girl!

Next it teaches them when we ignore our compass not to worry, just blow off the dust and realign.  We do this as adults ALL.  THE.  TIME.  We lose our way.  We get tossed back up into our old thoughts and belief structures and programs and forget to honor us.  This passage in the books releases all the fear and guilt, and just reminds us to “blow the dust off” and realign.  BOOM!

I love this book for a hundred reasons.  But for fear that I will give away all the goodness of the book, I will leave you with only those three above points.

THEN, because you know, Kristin is just a rock star.  She created activities to go with the book FOR FREE. With a link listed at the back of the book, you can access add on activities to help the kids really discover their Inner Compass.

And as a homeschool mama, this was a perfect addition to our curriculum.

We did the “Door of Unlimited Possibilities” activity.  It allows the kids to create their door and look within themselves for what they want for their future using their inner compass (their soul) as their guide.

This activity was so much fun.  I did take a bit of a side road and allowed my kids the freedom of creating any door they wanted (even though Kristin provides a template, I’m sure she won’t mind our detour lol)

My littles just blew me away with their creativity and original ideas on what their door looks like.  We didn’t even google doors or anything, they just knew!  It made me so proud of them!

Here’s some pictures of them creating their “Door of Unlimited Possibilities”

This one (above) is C’s – he had large double doors because he said he needed HUGE doors.  Anyone who knows my C knows there is not a truer statement ever spoken.  That boy is HUGE with his energy and spiritual knowledge.  I could see why his soul would desire a dramatic double door.  Inside he created his dream of being a Roblox YouTuber with 30 trillion? viewers!  Rock and roll, little buddy.  If anyone can woo 30trillion viewers it will be you!

This one (above) is Miss E’s.  She needed her door surrounded with flowers and a door hidden amongst them.  Once again, that’s our girl.  She keeps her biggest and brightest moments put away and only those closest to her will see her wit and charm and LOVE.  If you aren’t in her circle, she will nod and smile and walk away so non-chalantly that you will wonder if she talks at all.  She does.  She’s my daughter, so trust me, SHE DOES! Inside she created her dream of owning a unicorn.  And while the mom in me wanted to tell her to create something attainable…I controlled myself and just let her have the freedom of connection.  I wanted her to allow herself to move into her soul and allow her six year old self to dream and feel her soul.  And what six year old little girl wouldn’t dream of riding off on a unicorn.  Hell, I know some adults who still want this to happen.

So there you have it folks!  This book is a home run over here.  It allowed us to accomplish a portion of our goals for our kids that nothing has been able to touch.

Thank you Kristin for writing a book that has moved our family.  Not only did you allow my kids to connect with themselves in a new capacity, but you also allowed me to create a space of dreaming for them.

Our family is so incredibly grateful that you followed your heart.  You listened to your inner compass and created a ripple that is felt all the way over here!!

Where to buy the book:

The book is available in both Hardcover and Paperback online.

It is also available in the following stores:
– Cole’s in Northgate Mall – Regina
– Chapters Indigo – Regina
– McNally Robinson =- Saskatoon
– Coles in Lawson Heights Mall – Saskatoon
– Santosha Yoga – Warman
– Rosetown Central Plains Co-op – Rosetown

(Discalaimer:  LanaEckel.com did not receive any monetary imbursement for the creation of this post.  All links included are not affiliated with LanaEckel.com nor are we receiving any funds for this product review)

An Open Letter to the Strasbourg Community & Surrounding Areas:

An open letter to the Strasbourg Community & Surrounding Areas:

My family is new here. Six months ago, we (a couple of “citidiots”) packed up everything we had in our city life and moved to an acreage 8km from you. To get back to our roots as small town folk. To try our hand at chicken keeping. But most importantly, to get quiet and reconnect to ourselves.

My husband and I are both small town folks growing up. (My husband hails from Quinton and I, from Findlater.)

Growing up in a small town we know how it works. Although I know each small town has its own clicks and querks – at the heart each small town is the same.

The hockey rink is the local hub of socialization. As soon as kids are old enough they are placed on the ice with a helmet, a stack stool and hope. They fall down. Get back up. And try over and over again.

Eventually they move into hockey. The small town sport of coveted notoriety.

You can’t have a gathering of parents on a Friday night, during hockey season, without someone discussing their sons or daughters dream of making it to the big leagues.

As much as towns this size are known for their gossip or clicks or querks there’s also a beauty within it that shines so brightly in a time of tragedy such as what you have endured over the weekend.

There is a love. A love for one another. A love for those lost. A love so deep and so strong because regardless of what you all have been through throughout the years, you have all loved each other.

As Marks family grieves, you will all grieve with them. Because in small towns, everyone loves each other as their own.

I admire how you have all come together. And continue to hold each other up. And share stories. But most importantly: LOVE.

Please know, as your new neighbours we are sending you love. Our hearts are broken with you. We have shed tears for your beloved Mark as well as for all the individuals lost this weekend. And will continue to hold you all in our thoughts as you try to move through this pain.

From where we sit, 8kms away we can feel your sorrow, your pain, and your profound sadness. And our hearts are shattered with yours.

We didn’t grow up here. We didn’t know Mark. We don’t have a family connection to the roots of this town at all.  Yet we understand because we know what it’s like to lose one of your own.

And perhaps this understanding of loss is what is pulling us all together as a province, as a country and as a world. We can only imagine your depth of lose.

We all seem to be connected to this tragedy in someway. Yet, each thread of connection is so vastly different.

But perhaps the only common thread we need is LOVE!

May you all continue to find solace in one another.

May you all share your love and stories and from this solidarity, may you find peace.

May you continue to provide one another with strength as you come to grips with your loss as a community.

We will continue to hold space and send you love from every piece of our hearts to yours.

Much love to Mark’s family.  As well as to all of you!

Your New Neighbours

The Eckel’s