Welcome to My Beautiful Advent!

I love having the meal plans. Even if I don't follow it exactly, it forces me to think about planning my week out. Foodwise, this year is such a stress-free Advent. - JM
Join us in following the ancient Christian path to the Feast of the Nativity! If you’re like us, the major fasts prescribed by the Church can bring on a mixed bag of feelings. We’ve looked forward to them with longing, knowing that the discipline, if taken seriously and fully, can be an incredible time of growth and blessings. And yet, during Advent, the rest of the world seems to be in full party mode! This can cause us to approach it with dread. One more layer of stress, one more thing to think about and add to my life of guilt over not doing everything I want to be doing or know that I should doing. This program changes all that! Join hundreds of Christians around the world, and experience this Advent within our supportive community. You'll learn more about our faith, and how to live in a healthy God honoring manner during this precious time. You can participate as much as you would like, or just be an observer. Either way, you are welcome!
The Daily Ascesis quotes are 'doable' bites of nourishment that I look forward to. Also the health coaching and interviews, but more than that, it was the opportunity to experience a kind of 'fellowship' during Advent on my own schedule. - SV

The Purpose and Components

My Beautiful Advent is designed to eliminate the stress of feeling as though an extra layer is being added to an already tapped out life...and simplify it. Let our community inspire and support your intentions of being fully present during one of the most beautiful seasons in the ancient Christian liturgical cycle.
I enjoyed the Health Coaching sessions, which got me thinking about some basic healthy habits that I was neglecting. I appreciate that Rita & Cynthia were so open about their own spiritual practices, which inspired me to pick up my game. - TM
I really liked how it helped expand my Advent journey into the rest of my life, beyond church services. All-in-all I think MBA helped me to have a very rich, rewarding Advent. - DL
1 – Meal Planning: What to eat everyday, including recipes and grocery lists. All new recipes, many cultural favorites...all can be customized to your specific tradition. Two months without meat and dairy, and at times fish and oil? We have you covered! And new this year, special meal plans for Diabetics. We know this can be a challenging time for you! This year we welcome Martha Condra, a professional chef, and former Cooking Light contributor. You'll want to read her bio on the "About Us" page! She has provided us with new recipes, PDF menus, and a way of preparing food that makes things easy!

2 – Daily Ascesis: This is one of our most loved features! Each day a quote from the Saints will appear, and an opportunity to practice structured and silent prayer will be offered. A daily exercise component via video with former Professional Triathlete, Nataliia Kravchuk is also helpful if you don't have your own exercise routine in place.

3 – Health Coaching: Don't spend 40 days eating "fast friendly" junk! It will only lead you toward the Nativity with higher stress, lower energy, and a compromised immune system. A weekly health and wellness coaching session with Cynthia Damaskos, other health coaches, doctors, dieticians, etc, on a topic related to health of mind, body and soul will give you tools that will last a lifetime. Plus, you have an option to have your own personal plan developed based on your individual needs. If you choose the Personalized Plan, Cynthia will call during the program to set up a 1 hour health assessment, and create a plan just for you, based on your unique goals.

4 – Weekly Video Interviews: Interviews with Orthodox Christian priests, deacons, authors, etc., who will teach, inspire and support you during the journey. This year, our guests speak to topics such as:

The Meaning of Advent and It's Importance
Grief and Missing our Loved Ones at This Time
Your Daily Prayers and the Significant Impact They Play in Your Life
The Voices in Your Head, and How To Discern the Holy Spirit

And more! Stay tuned for our excellent line up this year!

5 – Community: This is an opportunity to meet your fellow sojourners from all over the world, share, ask questions, and learn from each other. A private Facebook page has been set up, along with the opportunity to comment directly on the website.

A portion of our proceeds will be donated to the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage in Guatemala City.

It all starts November 15th!

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