Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday!

I remember about 15 years ago I stumbled into a gemstone store and was drawn to have my first of many little goodies. I chose a carnelian—a gemstone that I still love and have many of them.

People tell me when they come into my house, it feels so peaceful. I believe having crystals and gemstones around have so much to do with that. They have become powerful tools in my life. I have them lining my windows, on my body, in my car, used during meditation and I add them to essential oil blends. When I choose one to work with, I set the intention of what I am needing or wanting to achieve (a state or peace, cleansing, energy etc). And I let it do the work.

When choosing a crystal either go to a local metaphysical shop or browse a crystal website online. Scan the shop (or the page) and see what catches your eye. What crystal stands out to you? Which one are you drawn to? Then, read the meaning and properties of that crystal. Nine times out of 10 you will find that the meaning of that crystal correlates to your life in some way, shape, or form. And at this time, that is the crystal for you!

The reason that crystals are so effective in energy work, is the same reason that cleansing them is essential—crystals pick up energy. Cleansing your crystals resets their energy, so that every time you work with them, you are starting from an energetically clean slate. If you never clean your crystals, they will continue to store energy they’ve picked up from their environment or people they’ve come into contact with. Think of it like this: A towel can wipe a mess clean, but if you never wash the towel, it will begin to add to the mess. Crystals are similar.

There are a few different ways that you can set about purifying the energy of your crystals:

Moonlight Spa: Let your crystals bathe outside in light of full moon (or sun) for at least 4 hours.

Couple Your Crystal With Selenite or Quartz: Act as a crystal matchmaker and pair your crystal with either a selenite or quartz crystal! Both of these crystals have the ability to charge and purify other crystals, without ever losing any of their own energy. Lay your crystal on a piece of quartz or selenite for six hours.

Smoke It Out: Not only will burning sage and palo santo clear the energy of your space, they’ll also have your crystals feeling great. Immerse your crystal with the sacred smoke until you feel its energy and vibrancy return.

Return to Nature: We could all use the energetic reset that comes with a return to nature. To give your crystal that revitalizing pleasure, place it on the Earth or in the branches/soil of a healthy houseplant for 24 hours.

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The Failure

I want to know if you can live with failure, 

yours and mine, 

and still stand on the edge of the lake

and shout to the silver of the moon, 

“YES”.

The author of the Invitation says that real mistakes are genuine errors in judgment, and choices that can seen, with the knowledge of hindsight, not to have been the best.  We have all made them.  Not the kind of mistakes where we were misinformed or lacking of enough information.  The real ones where we screw up, despite our better knowing.

The real work of failures is to not deny them, or insist that there are no mistakes.  You may have heard people say that everything happens for a reason, or that good things come from the struggles. I wholeheartedly agree with this…up to a point. I do believe that the Divine works in mysterious ways with a purpose, but I also believe that we are fully responsible for our choices and what we do with what life offers.

We cannot live fully and at the same time avoid mistakes. Sometimes it may seem so much easier to overlook the failures and instead to hide them in some form. Refusing to acknowledge our failures is often an attempt to avoid shame.  That awful feeling we might get when we realize that at our core, we have failed and screwed up.  Ownership means that we do not blame others for our faults and screw ups. It means that we do not justify them as a result of my upbringing or story.  Instead to truly to own them.

The big question related to failure that I ask myself is can I live with my failures and still say “YES” to life, still feel worthy of love all that surrounds me.  The answer for me comes from the space of forgiveness. To allow love to move through me.

I know that many times I failed when my kids were little.  There we things that I did out of being clueless and then there were things that I did that were just mistakes. I am not going to justify them by saying I was a young mom with three little kids, or that I was overwhelmed, or that my marriage was empty, or that we were poor, or that I was burdened.  Instead I am going to love myself enough to say that I screwed up. At times I made choices that failed them, and failed me. But we all overcame them and despite the failures my kids turned out to be amazing people.  And I turned out amazing, too.  I came out of the failures so willing to say yes to life and to keep forging a path that brings me joy and contentment.

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Super Moon

Today is the Full Super moon…

The full moon is traditionally known as the time of letting go…of releasing what is no longer serving your highest good.

This particular moon is all about responsibility as it relates to freedom.

It’s a good time to ask yourself where do you feel constricted? Where do you feel bound? Where do you feel obligated? Where do you long for freedom?

With freedom comes joy. And joy is the ultimate goal, right?!

Sit quietly today… ask where you need to release responsibility that you’ve been carrying that really isn’t yours to carry. This could mean stepping out of drama between friends or co-workers. This could mean letting go of volunteer positions or projects you said yes to out of obligation.

Another question to ask is where is an area can I take better responsibility in order to receive the freedom I desire?

This could mean de-cluttering your home or making freezer meals to free up mental and emotional space to play and be spontaneous with your family. Or this could mean really getting focused on the income producing activities in your business so that you can enjoy the travel you crave.

2019 could be your most joyful, freedom filled year ever… if you choose it.

Remember… “Whatever is on your plate got there because you said yes to it.” Danielle LaPorte (Desire Map)

About Me

Hey there! With the start of the new year I thought I’d say hello to some of my new people and introduce myself a bit. It’s incredible how I have come to know so many of you and I am so grateful for the tribe that has been created.

Some fun things about me:

1️⃣ I have a love affair with smashed-nosed dogs (pugs, Boston’s, bulldogs, boxers). I can’t help myself.

2️⃣ I hurts my heart to see others not valued for who they are, especially those with disabilities.

3️⃣ My favorite color is any shade of orange, I’ve even had an orange car! (I had a VW beetle with three little kids—what was I thinking?)

4️⃣ I collect crystals and if you came to my house, you’d find them everywhere (even in most of the window sills).

5️⃣ I can’t stand unloading the dishwasher but I love cleaning the kitchen floor 😳.

6️⃣ I have never in my adult life taken an overnight getaway alone (that is on my list of fun things this year).

7️⃣ I technically have four paid jobs that I juggle each day (I teach yoga and adaptive yoga, I teach wellness and essential oil education, I am a CNA for my daughter with special needs, I take care of my mom’s billing business) and I am always a mom to my girl. And, this year I will become a grandmother!

8️⃣ Being outside is imperative to my health. I walk outside 99.9% of the days. I can’t do frigid wind chill, but I am up for bundling up any time to walk. It’s where I connect.

9️⃣ About 14 years ago I decided that I was so done being overweight so I changed my habits, starting walking and eating better, healed my inner world and lost all the weight. At one point I weighed 100 pounds more than I do now.

🔟 I believe with all my heart that we are here to be of service to others. Whatever your passion is, I say use it to better the world.

Welcome to a new year, new opportunities, new friends and maybe even a new outlook!

It is my intention to write more in my blog this year and maybe even finish editing the book I wrote. You can follow my blogs to learn more about me and my yoga website is full of goodness, too.

Welcome to 2019! I feel like it’s gonna be a great year!

Word 2019–LIMITLESS

My intention and vision is to be LIMITLESS; without end, limit or boundary. To be vast and infinite.

I see this in my health, my vibrancy, my business and my LOVE.

Choosing a word has been a practice of mine for nearly 20 years. I have always been astounded at how the essence of the intention shows up in my life throughout the year.

Do you have a word? I’d love to know!

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. The hustle can now start winding down and a settling in begins to happen.

The week between Christmas and New Years is my favorite week of the year. For me, it is a time of reflection and clearing out mental clutter. I read my journal and review my years goals and accomplishments. I take lots of time to be really grateful for every experience I had in 2018.

In doing this, I make space for new. Once I have reviewed my year, I look ahead and set goals and create dreams for myself. I use a paper planner and a separate journal and start with one WORD. This word becomes my intention and the thread that becomes woven into my years’s tapestry.

For me, this practice is as important as any other wellness habit. Nurturing our spirit is key to wholeness.

How will you close out 2018?

My Daily Regimen

What is your daily oil routine?

These are some of my most common—though I have added tumeric and pink pepper to my morning regimen.

🌱Peace Reassuring Blend is my go-to for a daily swipe up my arms. It keeps me level, steady and calm.

🌱Balance Grounding Blend is the oil I add to my lotion each day and apply along my shoulders and neck. It’s earthiness keeps me super grounded during hectic days.

🌱cedarwood is my favorite nighttime diffusing oil. I love the aroma and I sleep super sound.

🌱copiaba is one I take internally 2x a day. The list of benefits is long but for me I am looking for cellular support and overall well-being.

🌱On Guard Protective Blend goes along my neck and lymph nodes to keep my body healthy. I also diffuse this one in my car and use it as a natural hand sanitizer.

🌱Zendocrine is in a 10ml roller (25 drops) and I apply this to my liver every morning. The oils in this blend help support a healthy liver and provides a natural detox to your body.

Tell me your regimen—I would love to know!