Investing in Yourself 

How many times have you thought that something for your health is “too expensive”…..consider looking at areas of your budget that you might be able to replace health with. The fast food for a homemade pot of soup (I guarantee cheaper, packed with flavor and at least two meals), the $5.00 coffee for making your own (using amazing and health benefiting essential oils), the weekend shopping trips for an afternoon of DIY natural skin care products? 

Trust me when I say I not only used to weigh 100 pounds more, but I was a toxic mess who also was in financial debt, tired all the time, ate crappy food, used toxic cleaners, didn’t honor my body AT ALL… I overcame it all with mindfulness—choices on where I was investing and I began investing in myself, rather than what I thought was important. 
You can too! I would love to walk the path of health with you! 

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Fall Soup 

Yummmmm Butternut squash soup! I love making and EATING soup! Super creamy and warm, this soup is perfect for a cold winter day. 

Ingredients:

¼ cup medium diced onion

¼ cup medium diced celery

¼ cup small diced carrot

3 cups medium diced butternut squash

2–3 cups chicken stock

½ cup heavy cream or evaporated skim milk

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 drops Cardamom essential oil

2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil 

Directions:

 Roast first 4 ingredients in 350 degree Fahrenheit oven; when nicely browned put in sauce pan.

Add 2 cups chicken stock, heavy cream, salt and pepper.

Simmer until just boiling, place in food processor.

Puree until smooth, add more stock if needed for smooth, soupy texture.

Add essential oils.

Add more seasoning if needed. Serve hot.

Taking Back Your Power 

I have come to connect that when I feel diminished or lethargic, it is a leak of energy/power that needs to be sealed. Whether the leak is coming from people in our lives who drain us, physical pain, mental worries, spiritual disconnect, etc, taking time to practice self-care—sometimes in radical form—is the best thing we can do for ourselves and our personal power.  

Today, I am choosing to take back my power by practicing self-care in the forms of connection, bubble baths, writing, good coffee and time to be alone. 

What will you do today to take back your power? 

Deliberate Planning 

Each week I carve out a few hours to go to a coffee house and be intentional with my planning. Without the distractions of home tasks, I feel like not only is it a treat to my soul to splurge on an amazing bulletproof coffee, but it also gives me the space to look at different areas of my life with a deliberate focus. 

I have learned over the years that part of having a successful business is making time for planning and learning to be organized. When my business feels purposefully directed, so does my personal life because I am not spinning with disorganized worries and unfinished business. My play time feels free and spacious. 

Plus, it is such a treat to have time outside of the normal work and home to self reflect, set goals and gather up my thoughts. 

What kind of deliberate planning do you practice? 

A Habit of Gratitude 

We are headed into the season where gratitude and thankfulness seems to be on everyone’s radar a bit more. What if instead, we all chose to make gratitude a habit everyday! I often teach that it isn’t about being grateful for the obvious—those are great—but what if you started to look closer for the less obvious things to be grateful for? 

Today, I am grateful for being called on my cranky mood because I got to make a choice to shift. I am grateful for the ability to treat myself to a house cleaner so I can rest my body. I am grateful for understanding. I am grateful for opportunities. I am grateful for consistency. 
What are you grateful for?