Rebecca Cofiño is a mindfulness expert who specializes in everyday spirituality and family life. She is the founder of mamaguru.com, a website devoted to helping people create meaningful happiness.
She is both an author and public speaker. Her first book, "Enjoy the Holidays: Turn Holiday Stress Into Holiday Cheer," is a smart guide to recapture the joy and magic of the holidays, rather than succumbing to the de facto stress that permeates the season. She offers insights and practical tips to incorporate mindfulness into the holidays.
Rebecca Cofiño grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but spent her twenties traveling the world, visiting four continents and living in three different countries. She studied yoga in India and has been a certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher for fifteen years. She currently lives in Miami with her husband and two sons.
Describe your desk
My desk is 100 years old!. I bought it at a thrift store years ago, painted it a cream color, and then sanded it so it looks shabby chic-ish. A few drawer pulls were missing, so I added ridiculous ceramic rose pulls from Anthropology. One is already chipped; I guess that's the shabby part of my design. Still, it is adorable and I love sitting down to it.
My desk almost always has a cup of coffee on it. It's small which keeps clutter to just one stack. It is located under a window that faces a row of bamboo. I love to look up from my computer and see that. There are two other desks in this room, Ikea creations for my two sons. I long for my own office, but for now I work when they are at school.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the great Northwest, Spokane, Washington, to be exact. I spent my childhood outdoors where I formed a deep and abiding love of nature, which definitely influences my writing and thinking. I went outside no matter what the weather, but long winters certainly helped me become a bookworm and a writer. There was a lot of freedom and wide open spaces in my childhood which suited my contemplative nature.
These days I am living in Miami as a mother, and the contrast to my children's upbringing and mine couldn't be more different. Still, I make an effort to protect their free time, because I couldn't imagine what life would be without time and space to explore nature, stumble upon discovery, and let the mind wander. So much of who we become is formed in childhood.
Stress Free Holidays: Bring Back Joy & Peace is a smart guide to help you recapture the magic of the holiday season. This book teaches you how to incorporate mindfulness in your holidays, as well as offering a host of practical tips and holiday hacks to make the season run smoothly. It's promise is simple, but vital: to bring joy back into the holidays by cultivating a bit of inner peac