Our Story

Our Story

Dear Reader,

At thirty, my relatively calm and stable life underwent some major changes. Pregnant with my first child, my husband and I decided to move to Boulder, Colorado, and I stopped working as a school psychologist for the foreseeable future. Then, I became pregnant again when our first son was only four months old. Life with two boys just over a year apart had our heads spinning, mine often immersed in worry, anxiety, and containing the pervasive thought, “Please God, just help me get through this day”. While life often felt like a big blur, it was still manageable, despite the lack of sleep and being a thousand miles away from family. In July 2012, when our youngest was three-months-old, my husband came home with news that he’d been laid off in a company restructure. I felt like I had been bulldozed, thinking this was just too much to deal with on top of having two kids in diapers who often cried at the same time, but rarely napped at the same time. Hiding and bawling in a closet was looking like the best option to cope. That’s when I realized there had to be a better way to move forward.

I scanned my bookshelf and cracked open the writings of spiritual gurus that had been gathering dust. Their advice and actions seemed to center around one overarching theme: live in the present moment. It made complete sense as I reflected on those times when I was most happy; For example, I was fully immersed and passionate about an activity, I languished and soaked in nature, or felt totally connected to my family. These were times I wasn’t actively seeking happiness, it just existed. I also started to take note of the opposite, times I had been the least happy. The common thread was that I had worried relentlessly about the future, dwelled upon what I could have done differently in the past, or ferociously clung onto a negative emotion I felt in a situation. Definitely NOT living in the present moment.

Once I made an active decision to live life in the present moment, I was no longer consumed with worry and anxiety and instead experienced an opening of a floodgate of creativity like never before. I started writing in everyday, conversational language how living in the present moment was attainable for an ordinary person such as myself with the likes of a spouse, children, dogs, and pursuits outside all of that.  My reflections often centered around everyday experiences and how they taught me to live a more present life. Some moments really stunk; literally and figuratively. But, when I didn’t cling to these moments and instead embraced the next moment that was already better, the bad moment was no longer a part of me. It was liberating.

Over the course of several months I started to amass so many essays that I realized I wanted to share them with other people, and Present Senses was born. The essays are my way of reaching out and sharing my personal journey into the present moment, which I think many others will be able to relate to their own lives. Check out The Basics to get an idea of where I’m coming from and then explore the other categories.  Sign up for our newsletter and Like us on Facebook to see what’s new.   

In addition to my essays that I hope will stimulate some of your own thoughts about living a more present life, Present Senses is proud to offer the following features that aim to tap directly into the five senses: Children’s Book Recommendations, Family Activities, Picture This, and The Dinner Question. Activating any of the five senses is the easiest way to access the present moment.  The number of features will continue to grow as Present Senses does, but this is an exciting place for us to start.

Original Artwork Greeting Cards by Karen Broman are launching at the beginning of 2014. These cards are borne from my mother’s desire to pursue her lifelong interest in drawing and painting on a regular basis.  Read more about her here.  

In 2014, Present Senses will begin to offer workshops, all geared toward helping others embrace the present moment. The first of which will be for young children and their caregivers. We look forward to updating you on this offering.

A special thanks to my children Sam and Max who show me every single day how to live a more present life. And, my husband Steffen, parents Leon and Karen, and my fellow writing friend Keri, who have been right alongside me on my journey into the present moment as well.

PS, (Say the letter “P” and then the sound “S” makes)

Liz Cave

P.S. I truly hope that you will join me on this journey too.