Category: Inspiration

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5 Ways to Practice Devotion with Your Bestie

It’s National Bestfriend Day tomorrow (June 8th), and while we think it’s super important to carve out time for your friendships every day of the year, why not take this day to really celebrate these relationships.  We don’t know about you, but we would be lost without the love, support and guidance of the girlfriends in our lives (shout out Team TD). Besties are a lifeline when you’re drowning, a boost when you’re struggling to reach those goals, and they always cover your back. They play the duel role of your own personal cheering squad and the honest voice of reason when you’re being, well, unreasonable. They’re basically essential to your growth and development as a person, which is why we’re so excited there’s a day to honor them!

We’ve put together a list of 5 ways to spend time with your person, that are focused on deepening your connection, and strengthening that lasting bond.

Plan a DIY wellness getaway

2016-03-18-1458279164-1804018-image1Wellness retreats are beyond amazing, and everyone should go to at least one in their lifetime, but they aren’t always the most accessible, and the costs can add up quickly. But, there’s no reason why you and your bestie can’t create your own! Here’s our easy guide to doing one.

  • Pick a city within driving distance, (or if this is with your long distance bff, fly to a city in the middle?)
  • Book an Airbnb for a night or two (we love trying to find ones with access to a pool or hot tub)
  • Find a local yoga/barre/spin studio that offers the first class free, or at a discounted rate and book in for some exercise
  • Hit up the local market and grab ingredients to make a few simple, healthy and delicious meals
  • Plan something fun to get you outside and active! Think hiking, SUP or bike rentals.
  • Consider treating yourself to massages, facials or mud wraps to up the luxe level.
  • And if wine’s your thing, bring your fave bottle along to cheers your friendship!

Volunteer together

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We guarantee that if you two have achieved Best Friend status, you probably have similar values. Pick a cause or organization that aligns with both of you and commit to volunteering together.  It can be anything from donating your time to the local animal shelter, serving at a charity benefit, writing postcards to voters, or collecting donations for your local women’s shelter.

Learn to cook something new together

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Let’s be honest, eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and it is one of the easiest ways to bring people together.  Why not go to a local cooking class together, or hire a private chef to come to your house and show you how to cook a new style of food.  Emily from Team TD got a group of her friends together and hired a vegan chef to come to her house and show them how to make some the meatless versions of some classic recipes.  At the end of the 3 hour class, the girls had a delicious dinner (plus leftovers), an empty bottle of wine, and the knowledge of how to meal plan a week’s worth of delicious vegan meals for a fraction of the cost of their meaty counterparts.

Create and hide a time capsule

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This is such a good idea for those friendships you’ve had for a few years.  Gather up some mementos from all the adventures you’ve had together, like pictures, concert T’s, flight receipts etc. Write each other a letter to each other explaining what’s in your heart, how your friendship has impacted your life, and your hopes and dreams for eachother and seal it all up in a cute box. Tuck this away somewhere safe, and make a pact to open it in 10 years.  We can’t wait to do this one!

Have a goal planning session

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Remember in highschool when you and your bestie would be assigned to a work on a project together, and you’d spend the weekend together focused on achieving one common goal (an A, obvi). How fun was that?! This is basically the adult version of that.  Being in total alignment, working together on a common goal is one of the best ways to really connect with a person on a deeper level. Maybe you’re just helping one another out with your individual goals, or maybe you’re going to work together on a joint venture… either way, we promise this will be a really fun and engaging way to grow together.

Which of these are you going to try?

 

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Mom, I am grateful for this…

Becoming a mom has made me even more grateful for my own mom.  As I experience wonderful and challenging moments with my own daughter, I am often reminded about the relationship I have with my own mom. I wonder how she felt when I was going through challenges or seeing me grow up so fast! It has also made me love my mom more than ever before, now that I know how tough it is to be a parent.

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to reflect on all of the reasons we are grateful for our moms. This poem reflects not only my gratitude for my own mom, it also reflects our collective gratitude for our moms across the globe.

For My Mom on Mother’s Day

For My Mom on Mother’s Day For all of the times you hugged me and promised me that things would turn out, I am grateful.

For the times when they didn’t and you helped me to heal, I am grateful.

For being my cheerleader when no one else was, I am grateful.

For carrying me in your womb safely til I was ready to be born, I am grateful.

For allowing me to fail and learn from my mistakes, I am grateful.

For all of the times I was hurt and you prayed to take away my pain, I am grateful.

For allowing me to leave home and spread my wings, I am grateful.

For your unconditional support, both emotionally and financially, I am grateful.

For your protection and love when others hurt me, I am grateful.

For teaching me how to fuel my body and take care of my health, I am grateful.

For giving me a moral compass that always remains true, I am grateful.

For allowing me to find my faith when I was ready, I am grateful.

For your undivided attention and gift of your time, I am grateful.

For supporting me in whichever career path I choose, I am grateful.

For your unconditional love of my father, I am grateful.

For showing me how incredible our world is through your travels, I am grateful.

For teaching me how to love my family and my siblings, I am grateful.

For holding my hand whenever I need you to, I am grateful. For your never ending love. I am grateful.

Happy Mother’s to You and to all of the moms around the world.

(Originally posted on julieboyer.com/blog)

Julie-128Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Vancouver B.C., Canada with her 7 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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Light, Love and Joy for Others

What if today you could be the light, love and joy in someone else’s life? There are always going to be people in our lives or our communities that are going through challenging times. Today I encourage you to be the one who makes a difference for them, in a small or big way. I’ll share with you seven ways on how to be the light, love and joy for others right now. You never know how much of an impact you may have on someone by treating them with grace.

We are all incredibly powerful beings of light and love. And we have the power to make someone’s day better or worse with our words and our actions. Although we are not responsible for how someone else reacts to what we say or do, we are responsible for our own decisions and actions.

Here are a few simple ways that you can make a difference for someone else today:

  1. Smile. One of the best gifts you can give another person is to simply look them in the eye and smile. It can be uncomfortable to do this with a stranger, but if you have the courage to do so, it’s incredibly powerful. I highly recommend greeting all of the service people you come across today with a big smile. If this is something you find difficult to do, start by simply making eye contact with a stranger today. We acknowledge others by looking at them in the eyes. It’s a reminder that we are all human beings.

  2. Hugs. Most of us don’t get very many hugs on a daily basis. And did you know that we need at least 12 hugs a day for growth and a minimum of 4 just for survival? What’s great about a hug is that you usually get one in return. I love it when I meet someone new and they are a ‘hugger’ as well. Instead of shaking hands, we share a hug. It brings us all closer together. If you feel nervous about giving someone a hug, I suggest asking first. There are moments when I feel as though we should hug but the other person might be not be comfortable with hugging someone new.  When I showed up at my first Mompreneurs Vancouver meeting, the organizer, Elaine, gave me the BEST hug! It made me feel so welcome within minutes of arriving at the event.
  3. Speak kindly. Whether a person is in the room or not, use kind words. Our words to carry energy so if we are speaking negatively about someone and they are not there, they can still feel the energy of our words. If you are frustrated or angry with someone, choose your words wisely. A few words said in a negative state can ruin a relationship for life. Even we when share our feelings in confidence, it’s important to be aware that our words could still get back to the person we are speaking about. Wouldn’t it be great if you heard positive gossip about yourself or someone else?
  4. Pray. Praying for others is one way to make a difference. Ever since doing the 40 Day Prayer Challenge, I have been praying for many people every morning and I truly believe it has made a difference for many of them. You don’t have to have faith in God to say a prayer for someone else. It can be as simple as closing your eyes and thinking positive thoughts about them. This article shares a simple practice you can do with your kids (or on your own) to virtually send well-wishes to another person.

  5. Respond. One of the things that can be very frustrating is the silence from others on social media. We have thousands and thousands of ‘followers’ yet only a few ever interact. If you want to make a difference in someone’s day, take the time to write a positive comment on their social media post. People will notice that you took the time to care and respond. This is especially true if someone is sharing a success or award. Sometimes, when we are focused on comparing ourselves to others, it can be difficult to give congratulations to others. Most people, especially women, are uncomfortable sharing their successes publically. When you see a friend share a success, be the light on her timeline and celebrate with her!

  6. Be there. Sometimes all that a person needs is for you to be there. Just to keep them company, listen (or sit quietly) and perhaps allow them the space to be sad or grieve as needed. It’s not necessary to keep a brave face at all times, and by allowing someone the space and time to be sad can be a huge gift for someone else.

  7. Love unconditionally. This one can be difficult. How can we love each other without conditions? One of the strategies that I use is to assume that everyone is always doing their best at every moment. This melts away frustration and leads to understanding, and helps me to keep my heart open. This is especially true when I’m waiting in line at a retail store and the cashier seems to be taking forever. I remind myself that he’s doing the best he can at that moment. The other day, I was served by someone who didn’t want to make eye contact and seemed super frustrated with me (my debit card didn’t work the first time). Instead of getting frustrated back, I smiled and did my best to be kind and understanding. It’s not always easy; however it’s always worth it to show kindness towards a fellow human being.

Will you be the difference for someone today? What others way can we make a difference in someone’s life today?

Julie-128Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Vancouver B.C., Canada with her 7 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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Money Bootcamp with Denise Duffield-Thomas

Are you ready to feel confident in your ability to make money in your business, to charge what you’re worth, and to freely allow abundance into your life in exchange for doing work you love?

In case you haven’t heard yet, Money Bootcamp is THE money mindset program for women who want to transform their money stories and finally earn the income they deserve.

This is a game-changing experience that is about much more than just money. Yes, when you join Money Bootcamp you’ll gain the tools, mentorship, and community to drastically increase your income.

What’s really great about Bootcamp, though, is that Denise’s mission is to empower women to step into their roles as the leaders they’re meant to be — in their lives and businesses.

This program will touch every aspect of your life in a positive way — and Denise has thousands of happy Bootcampers who are living proof of that.

So here’s the once-in-a-lifetime bit. As a proud affiliate partner, when you join Money Bootcamp through our link we’re thrilled to offer you this incredible FREE bonus package, valued at over $700!

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>> Go here to get all the details of the program, reserve your spot, and take advantage of that once-in-a-lifetime offer

We’ve shared with you that Denise Duffield-Thomas is a total rockstar. She’s an incredibly down-to-earth, yet inspiring role model for empowering women with wealth and abundance.

And guess what? When you enroll in the 2018 LIVE Round of Money Bootcamp right now, you get Denise right alongside you during the program, walking you through each and every lesson live.

Denise runs a 7-figure business she created from nothing in only a few short years. She’s raising a family. She has a happy marriage. She genuinely cares about the women in her community. She’s seriously a great role model for what it means to be a successful, fulfilled woman in business today.

Believe me when I say, you could do no better than to have her as your personal money mentor while you transform your money mindset and learn to attract more abundance into your life than ever before.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join Denise and a global community of thousands of brilliant women united in sisterhood and a desire for greater abundance (for themselves and the world), for the next 6 weeks in her 2018 Live Money Bootcamp.

Click here to get all details and to register.

P.S. Denise is even offering an extended 6-MONTH payment plan and a Money Back Guarantee. Your registration must come through before MIDNIGHT Eastern US time on Friday 20 April, that’s only a few days away!

>> Click here to reserve your spot in Money Bootcamp LIVE 2018!

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5 Strategies to Upgrade Your Money Mindset with Denise Duffield-Thomas

When you look at your life, what does it tell you about your money mindset?

Do you see thriving financials? A lifestyle that matches your desires? A deep impact on those you’re meant to serve?

Or do you find yourself playing small, feeling scared about money, constantly overworking and undercharging — and asking yourself when (if ever) you’re going to get your “money situation” figured out and start creating the business you envisioned when you first started out?

There are a LOT of women who find themselves in that second category (so if that’s you, please don’t feel bad about it).

The great news is, if you’re ready to change all that, then we have something very special to share with you today.

Our friend Denise Duffield-Thomas is holding a free live online class this Tuesday, April 17 at 6PM Eastern — and we REALLY want you to be there.

There are three reasons why.

1 -Denise Duffield-Thomas will totally transform your money life for the better.

That’s no exaggeration. She’s widely regarded as the go-to money mindset mentor for women entrepreneurs (or boss babes) who want to ditch their old money stories and habits and start succeeding financially — while having an easier lifestyle AND a bigger impact on the world.

In only a few short years, Denise has created a multi-million dollar enterprise from scratch (while raising a family!). She’s an award-winning speaker, bestselling author, and has influenced the lives of tens of thousands of online entrepreneurs through her books, programs, and other transformational materials.

2- This is not your ordinary webinar.

Denise’s down-to-earth style is incredibly refreshing, especially considering she runs a 7-figure business and has a following in the hundreds of thousands. One of the things we love about Denise is that she lays everything out in a very transparent, easy-to-understand way. Plus, she really walks her talk and walks alongside those she teaches.

3- What you’ll learn could be the difference between success and failure in your business + financial health

We’re not saying that to freak you out or be overly dramatic. You may have noticed, however, that not everyone is financially successful. One of the key factors that Denise has identified (and built her work around) is that your money mindset can absolutely determine whether you’ll be one of the ones who “makes it”  or not.

That’s why she’s created this live event, where she’ll unpack her “Top 5 Strategies To Upgrade Your Money Mindset.”

>> Reserve your seat right here (it’s happening this Tuesday, April 17 at 6PM Eastern time). 

We had to share this special event with you because we suspect that, like many other women, you want both financial success AND to make a difference on the planet.

And Denise’s message is pretty clear: when you’re doing well financially, then you can help more people. It’s not just about the money (though her strategies will definitely help you make more of it!) but about stepping into your role as a wealthy, empowered leader in your life.

This message is so timely for where we are as a society right now, and it’ll apply directly to you in your business, too (whether you’re already successful and want to get to the next level, or are struggling with overworking and underearning).

>> Click here to reserve your spot in this game-changing live webinar

You’ll discover the 5 strategies female entrepreneurs like you can use to upgrade your money mindset — AND you’ll learn how you can get Denise’s help along your money journey, and join a movement of thousands of women as we change the way we think and feel about money – forever.

Go ahead and register for the webinar even if you can’t join live, because there will be a replay (but you can only get it if you register!).

Get Denise’s “Top 5 Strategies To Upgrade Your Money Mindset” by registering here.

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Why Spring is the Best Time for New Beginnings

“The best time for new beginnings is now”

“It’s never too late for a  new beginning!”

“This is the beginning of your next great adventure”

We’ve all seen the inspirational quotes on Pinterest, usually accompanied by a beautiful sunrise, or a butterfly, or a big open highway stretched out past the horizon line.  The words may be slightly different, but the message is all too clear… if you’re not happy, start fresh

It’s FINALLY starting to feel like Spring here, and this time of year, even more so than January 1st, always feels like the true beginning of something.  The Earth is coming back to life, animals are waking up, babies are being born, we’re all soaking up the sunbeams and you can feel their warm energies revitalizing everyone.

Spring cleaning, the act of getting rid of that which is no longer serving us, is arguably what makes this the best time of year.  Winter is so strongly associated with comfort… comfort food, comfy clothes, comfy nights in, that we can become so used to those feelings  we avoid tackling anything that could create tension (read: discomfort) in our lives. But the thing is, tension is SO GOOD for us, and is absolutely essential!  If you want to develop or grow or mature, you need to live in the tension and learn how to work through it. Spring is such a natural time to tackle that project

Here at TD, we are actually moving to a new space this Spring, so those new beginning feelings are really been amplified for right now. We’ve found that this has become a mental as well as a physical endeavour, and we start to release ideas, practices, and yes, even products, that are no longer aligned with the vision we have for ourselves. We’re learning to leave things behind that are cluttering up our current space, which is only going to create more space for new and exciting things in the future.  Yes, it’s really uncomfortable sometimes, and maybe a little sad, but it’s such an essential part of growth and development.

So, this month, while you’re cleaning out your basement or weeding your gardens, maybe start a mental list of any emotional Spring cleaning you’ve been avoiding as well.

Are you…

  • Holding onto a one way friendship that’s draining you?
  • Harboring jealousy towards a friend or loved one and it’s negatively impacting your relationship?
  • Dreaming of a goal but doing nothing to achieve it?
  • Engaging with the world around you, or have you closed yourself off?
  • Acknowledging what you need and asking for it?

These are just a few of the questions you could be asking yourself that will prepare you for that new beginning you’ve been dreaming of, by helping you realize what’s currently taking up too much space in your life.

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Sexy Soulful Success with Emily Cassel

Recently we connected with Emily Cassel, the woman behind the Sexy Soulful Success podcast.  We were inspired by her ability to “balance strategic masculine structures with soulful feminine flow to help women create a BIG impact and pursue their sacred vision, while still being able to show up and be present in their lives for what matters most to them outside of running their businesses”

Read more from our chat with Emily!

What are your core values, and what do they mean to you?

My core values are freedom, beauty, romance, community, abundance, + authenticity.

To me, freedom means doing the inner work to unlearn limiting beliefs + patterns that no longer serve me to liberate myself from small thinking so that I can experience both intrinsic and extrinsic success.

Beauty is all about tuning into my senses and creating sacred spaces in my home, during events, + in everyday moments that feel magical and special. It’s all about being intentional and curating my environment and life to feel as though it evokes a sense of awe and wonder. This value also allows me to feel creative and organized, and to remember that I hold the power to alchemize any situation into something beautiful, no matter how it may appear at first glance.

To me, romance extends far beyond partnership, and is all about being gentle with myself and others, taking inspired action, and doing all things with devotion and through the lens of unconditional love. Things like buying myself fresh flowers, treating myself to something special, lighting candles, taking extra time and care with my clients, and cooking nourishing meals all feel like expressions of romance to me. I think of the concept of treating life as my lover, and noticing how perfect the journey is unfolding, even when it doesn’t make sense in the present moment.

Community is all about sisterhood, and surrounding myself with friends and other connections that feel like soul family.

Abundance is about experiencing the fullness of myself, life, & every moment, noticing how there is always more than enough to go around. Personally, I love connecting with mother nature as a reminder of the abundance that is inherent on this planet for all of us, in every way. I am constantly affirming to myself that there are always more opportunities coming, more resources available, more women who are looking for me, and more work to be done in even more fulfilling ways. When something doesn’t work out the way I expected or wanted it to, I remind myself that it’s always because there’s something else even more magical coming my way.

Authenticity is about embracing + expressing the fullness of who I am in all ways, in all moments, and in all of my many internal archetypes. I remind myself that I will always feel in alignment and know what to do next when I am being true to myself, because that means I’m living from my soul.

 

What has been your most impactful moment at a retreat to date?

The most powerful moment I’ve had on retreat was being in Volcano, Hawaii under the full moon, watching the active volcano of Pele, The Hawaiian Volcano Goddess, who represents passion. Everywhere I looked, there was a message wanting to be known, and it felt so sacred. A few of the women who were on the retreat were there, too, and we started uncontrollably giggling a contagious laughter and none of us could stop! We had the BEST time ever, and also offered Pele an offering gift made of banana leaves, dragonfruit, starfruit, + other natural materials.

What does Sexy Soulful Success mean to you?

To me, Sexy Soulful Success means being tuned into your innate feminine wisdom, feeling confident in the truth of who you are, living and leading your soul’s mission, and staying devoted to creating the impact you’re here to create by sharing your unique gifts with the world.

It’s about recognizing that your influence doesn’t come from an external title or role that you play, but from allowing your voice to be heard, answering your soul’s calling, and living your life to the fullest based on what makes you come alive.

I believe every woman has her own unique way of expressing her own brand of Sexy Soulful Success, and every expression is needed, exquisite, and world-changing when witnessed.

What has been the biggest hurdle to your success so far, and how did you learn from it?

The biggest hurdle is always myself, even when that’s hard to admit! I truly believe that the only thing that holds all of us back from success is ourselves — our belief systems, and our willingness to act in alignment with a belief system that supports the future we wish to create for ourselves and for the world.

That being said, one of the biggest hurdles to my success has been not being willing to delegate things out in my business and trying to do it all myself so that I could have more control over everything. Ultimately, that left me feeling like there was always more to do on a never-ending list that kept growing every single week. When that was the case, I felt like I was constantly “behind” and never able to celebrate the big things I was accomplishing, because I was drowning in my overwhelm! I hardly had time to get to one yoga class a week, and I wasn’t prioritizing my self-care or living my values — and I definitely felt it!

From this situation, I learned that it can be powerful to hire out certain tasks that are outside of my zone of genius or don’t bring me more alive when I do them. Now, I have built a small team of women to support me with everything from my podcast, to newsletters, to social media. It’s still me creating the content, communicating with my tribe, and doing the things that feel exciting to me, but I’m no longer doing the tedious administrative stuff so that I can really focus on honing my craft and focusing my energies on higher-level tasks.

In this way, I am now the boss and leader of my business instead of operating as an employee as I was before. It was a tremendously valuable lesson for me, and one that will continue to support me as I grow and shift my business! I’ve also been able to better identify where the women leaders and entrepreneurs I coach through my business are falling into the same trap, and help them learn from my mistake of waiting too long to delegate things out so they can be more effective and impactful faster!

What is your self care routine?

My self-care routine is constantly changing! I follow the moon cycle closely, which aligns with my personal menstrual cycle. By checking in with where my body is and what she needs, I’m better able to give her what she needs to function optimally. That typically includes shifting the food I eat based on the nutrients my body needs most during the phase I’m currently in, using essential oils, taking a yoga class or a long walk with my sweet pup (Kai), reading, and spending lots of quality time with myself. I like to change things up a lot because I’m a natural rebel, and need lots of variety to stay consistent with self-care, but this disposition lends itself well to a more cyclical method of knowing what I need, and providing what would be the most nourishing and supportive during each phase!

Screen Shot 2018-03-02 at 1.22.12 PMEmily Cassel is a Mentor Masterclass Certified Life, Business, + Leadership Coach for soulful + ambitious women on a mission to make the world a better place.

She holds a BA in Psychology, Marketing, & Sustainable Food Systems from Chatham University, has been recognized as one of the top 100 Life Coach Blogs by Feedspot, and her work has been featured on The Huffington Post and Best Kept Self, among other notable online publications.

Emily is the podcast host of Sexy Soulful Success, where she holds a space for visionary conversations with inspiring women leaders to redefine success and womanhood for modern-day change-making women.

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Real Love Revolution Program with Terri Cole

Hey Tribe, we’ve spent the last few months really listening to the struggles and concerns of our community, and trying to figure out how we can best serve you, and one thing that kept coming up over and over was an unhealthy relationship with Love.  Whether it was self love, romantic love or platonic love, this is a pain point for the majority of our community.

Does this sound like you… you always over deliver, and leave nothing in the tank for yourself? Or maybe you’re the type of person who says yes when you reallllly want to say no, leaving a permanent bitter taste in your mouth? Perhaps you even keep repeating the same unhealthy relationship patterns despite knowing deep down that you’re setting yourself up for failure.

If any of those stories sound familiar to you (aka you’re living them), then we think we have the solution for you. We’ve partnered with our dear friend Terri Cole  to bring you her Real Love Revolution Program

This is a proven 10-week coaching program to rewire faulty beliefs about yourself, what you deserve, what you are worth and how lovable you are

Terri’s remarkable course includes

  • 10 weekly video modules
  • 10 week members only private Facebook group
  • 10 integration exercises
  • 10 Laser coaching live call exercises
  • 10 therapeutic meditations

In honor of your commitment to the Real Love Revolution, we’re offering this awesome + inspiring bundle (a $300+ value) GIFTED with your purchase of the Real Love Revolution through us. This bundle is exclusive to our community and includes:

1. The Real Love Revolution Mala, designed with Terri 2. Rose Gold Seed of Life Ring 3. Black Onyx Mala Bracelet 4. The Intention Journal 5. Mini Rose Quartz Crystal Candle

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What’s eluding you in your life?

Is it real juicy romantic love or deep self-love and compassion? Are you missing passion for what you’re doing or a true sense of inner peace that, all is well?  Our fave love expert Terri Cole, LCSW has created the perfect solution for you. WE love Terri’s work because she is a triple threat of psychology, coaching and spiritual knowledge that guarantees she’ll cut through the noise and help you get straight to the solution.

Sign up here for Terri’s Real Love Revolution training on all things Real Love, cuz it all starts with YOU!


Unsure if this is a good fit for you?

Do you want to test the waters a bit o before you commit to the full program? Terri is offering FREE master classes so you can experience for your self how Terri can help you! Join her and a powerful group of like-minded women on the Real Love Revolution journey to self and all other love.  Free Master classes are being held on Tuesday March 27th and Wednesday March 28th. Click here to register!

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Have questions for Terri?!

She is going to be LIVE on our Facebook page on Monday, March 26th at 12pm EST to really go deep on some of these issues, and answer any questions you may have!

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Bold Devotion Program with Diana House

Are you ready to uplevel and make your Bold Devotion a reality? Tiny Devotions is committed to helping the women of our community create their most successful, intentional and abundant lives.

We’ve developed the Bold Devotion Program, providing you with 1 on 1 coaching, that will empower you to move forward, develop a clear strategy, and execute like a boss so you can create and grow a business with intention.

A Letter from our founder, Diana House

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“When I started Tiny Devotions over 8 years ago I felt very alone in the world. I had disappointed my entire family by deciding not to pursue a career in law after finishing law school. People would literally tell me I was crazy for creating a mala bead company. Guys, you have to understand that at the time, malas were NOT a thing and there was no one creating mala beads or intentional accessories out there in the marketplace. Because no one else was doing it, people thought that there was NO WAY that this would work.

I had no mentors and didn’t know any other entrepreneurs at the time. I didn’t have the entrepreneurial support system that every #girlboss needs. I would go to family dinners and leave bawling – actually I would be crying at the table because everyone spent the whole meal trying to convince me to try to go back to law. I had to dig deep and find inspiration and believe in myself.

One of the things I did to encourage myself was wear these awesome spiked BCBG high heels. These shoes were like my armour – I would wear them anytime I went to an important business meeting and would channel my inner badass. So, when it came time to design our new #girlboss malas I knew I wanted them to capture the fearlessness and courage that I felt when wearing my (now well worn) spiked heels.

xx Diana

 

Why Diana? Here’s what a few of our fave #girlbosses are saying about working with her

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“One of Diana’s gifts is providing insight to what you already know inside. It’s not that she figures things out for you, but she helps you realize what you’re already capable of. She’s so amazing at coming up with an action plan to help make your goals a reality”

Rita Catolino is a certified personal trainer, online coach, motivational speaker, fitness writer and cover model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I always love listening to Diana as an inspiration and for her infinite business wisdom I feel like I’ve cracked the acne code with all my extensive research and studies. I’m excited about launching my business because even though it’s uncertain and terrifying, I am jumping in head first. Whether I succeed of fail it will always be a success becauseI did it!”

Natasha is the founder of Derma Greens, and is a Certified Plant-Based Nutritionist + Certified Esthetician + Acne Therapist + Skin Transformation Program + Raw Natural Topical Solutions

 

 

 

 

If you’re feeling stuck… reliving the same story of self doubt and poor self esteem, you will be amazed by how much an outside and unbiased perspective can change the trajectory of your thoughts and subsequent actions. The Bold Devotion program is designed to help break you out of those negative patterns, and provide real insight into what should be the next phase of your growth.

If fear is holding you back, be it a fear of the unknown or a fear of failure, let Diana give you clear guidance, drawing from her 8+ years of successful entrepreneurship,  that can provide you with the clarity, action steps, and the framework you need to uplevel

 

What’s included in the Bold Devotion program? 

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  • Two 30 minute coaching sessions with Diana
  • Your choice of our Girl Boss Mala or Ladypreneur Mala.

(Click here to learn more)

Here’s a little more insight into why we designed these spiked malas!

Our Girl Boss Mala features our favourite stone Rock Crystal, Hematite and Swarovski crystal night double spikes.

 

Below is our Ladypreneur mala, designed with sandalwood, Hematite, Black Onyx and jet black Swarovski double spike accents.

 

We can’t wait to connect with you! If you have any questions about the Bold Devotion Program you can click here, or email us at tribe@tinydevotions.com

 

 

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Intuition: Cultivating And Trusting Inner Knowing

We are fortunate to live in a day of age where so much emphasis is placed upon intuition. More so than other times in humanities history we are encouraged to “trust our gut”, “follow our intuition” and go with “what feels right”. The question becomes how do we learn to cultivate this inner knowing? Perhaps just as important, how do we trust this inner knowing?

As an Intuitive Therapist I’ve taught many how to expand their intuition as a foundation for a healthy and holistic life. I help others create practices that both keep intuition sharp and helps to build trust.

The good news is that you already are intuitive. Though we all have varying levels of strength, each of us beautiful humans come standard with an intuitive muscle. Now it is simply a matter of putting practices in place that train our intuitive muscle, ensuring it is strong and finely tuned; capable of providing invaluable clarity in our life.

 

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Since we are already technically intuitive this is more of a coming home to oneself than it is becoming something we are not, or acquiring something new that we’ve never had before. Even if it was a dream we had that felt real, thinking of someone and then having them ring you days later, or feeling emotionally overwhelmed when you enter a crowded room and not knowing why, we have all received intuitive insights throughout our life. Chances are, if you think you are not intuitive, the reality is you have a weaker intuitive muscle.

When our intuitive muscle is weak we find we get “flashes” of intuition that come from out of nowhere. In the modern sense, cultivating intuition is strengthening this muscle so we receive guidance more consistently and on demand when the need arises.

Here are three ways to substantially train your intuition so that it becomes a stronger and more present force within your life.

1. Meditation

Our brains, the precious computers that they are, take in billions of bits of information at any given moment. Every detail taken in and sorted through in mere seconds to decipher what information is filtered out and which is absorbed. Our systems, physical, emotional and mental need the spaciousness meditation provides. Not only for our overall well being but especially when it comes to the cultivation of intuition. Meditation helps us to slow down. To pause. These breaks from the fray help our bodies to take in information with a greater level of detail. We slow the process our brain does naturally at breakneck speeds so that we can assess. Most importantly when we meditate we quiet the brain and the body allowing us to receive. It’s in these moments of stillness that our intuition sees an opening to speaking to us.

2. Childsplay

As children we are naturally all more intuitive. Our beautiful minds have yet to tighten under the conditioning of what we are told we can and cannot do, and as such we see a world much more colorful and open then we tend to as adults. Getting in touch with this ever present, even if long buried, aspect of our self helps us to once again open to our intuition in a natural way. Playing games, using our imagination and engaging our never-ending curiosity are just a few ways that we can connect to our inner child and activate the wide eyed wonderment. We can see through the same eyes that we had as children as we engage in these simple exercises. Our inner child reminds us that intuition is a natural and vital part of our being. We simply need to come home to ourselves.

3. Study (active and passive engagement)

I have always known that I was intuitive but when I first began to consciously cultivate intuition I read everything I could get my hands on. Books, blogs, articles, teleconferences, webinars, you name it, if it was about intuition I devoured it. This passive engagement filled my mind with a great deal of insight on what intuition is, where it comes from as well as myriad ways I could activate my natural intuitive abilities. I learned about different types of intuition, and through this discovered my own strengths and weaknesses. From here I had information I could then put into active engagement in my life with practice, which I did often and consistently.

Practice, as it turned out, was perhaps the most vital aspect to all the work I did as I was consciously strengthening and working with my intuition. Practice is the means whereby we gain confidence in our ability. We begin to trust our inner guidance and most importantly trust yourself. Through practice we learn to discern between an “intuitive ping” as I call them and the ego. Practice is the means through which we not only gain confidence and thereby trust our intuitive insight but we also fine tune our gifts. A win-win!

 

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Laura Brown is an Intuitive Therapist who blends intuitive tools with traditional therapeutics to help others on their journey towards sustainable well-being. You can schedule your Intuitive Medicine Session or Manifest Session at Of Spirit & Bone. You can also receive daily readings and other musings by following Laura on Instagram

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Using Malas for Power and Presence

I like malas. There’s something powerful about wearing them- like they give off energy that encapsulates you, empowers you, and protects you. When I did yoga teacher training, we practiced abhyanga, the practice of self-massage with warm oils. I remember our instructor telling us that she felt like she was “putting on her armour against the world.” This is how I feel with malas. When I wear a mala, I feel like there is something more to me- that I am somehow connected and separate from everything around me.

The other day at work I was interviewed for a book. I was really nervous. I wanted to represent myself, my students, and my profession well. This is my “Year of Gratitude” and I wanted to embody my gratefulness for the opportunity to present myself and my students and not let my nerves overpower me. I chose to wear a mala that morning that had the intention of finding peace. During the interview, when I was talking, I held the stone in my hand. I think it’s become a nervous habit, but one I’m really proud to own (let’s not talk about nail biting!). As I held it, and thought of their deep questions about race and belonging, my mind settled. I was able to clearly and, with pause, find the right words to express my ideas. It was so surreal.

As I move through my “Year of Gratitude,” I want to be more mindful of setting intentions for my days and with my malas. I found that in those moments, when I’m nervous or have a big “thing” to do, touching the mala is almost a mini-meditation. That just by setting and verbalizing my intention or hope for that experience, I can reset myself to be clear and calm. How cool is that?

I wanted to share some of my favorite intentions that I’m hoping to channel in my “Year of Gratitude”

  • Do good and good will come to you.
  • You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
  • Important encounters are planned by souls long before the bodies see each other.
  • I am building myself.
  • Live the life you dreamt.
  • Be grateful. Every day. For every thing.

So when I want to be powerful, and present, and remember my intention, I will come back to that nervous touch of my mala. I will try to remember not to be nervous, and instead to channel my gratitude for this moment.

 

2016-06-09 17.28.03Kaitlin is a high school Government and English Language teacher in Boston, MA. She first found yoga in college and is now a registered yoga teacher. A huge foodie, Kaitlin and her husband are always exploring new restaurants or cooking (and drinking wine!) at home with their cat, Three. Read more on her website: www.kaitlinteaches.com

 

 

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Use your intuition to find the perfect limitless mala

Hi! My name is Angie Aristone, I’m a psychic-medium, flow coach, and the author of Consciousness Becomes You. Today I want to help you intuitively choose the perfect limitless mala and amplifier. So what is intuition? It’s the subtle whisper of a vastly wise and intelligent part of yourself guiding your thoughts and actions when your thinking mind is quiet. The biggest obstacle to connecting with this part of ourselves is our convincing and opinionated egos. So, the question you might be asking is: how do I sidestep my ego and get in touch with my always connected, eternal and authentic self? With practice, we can summon the ego dropping experience and drop into a blissful connection during meditation. For others, quieting the monkey mind can be a little trickier, so I recommend doing what you love, or loving what you’re doing, to the point where you lose track of time and you feel like everything is right. If you can lose yourself in the perfection of the moment, your prefrontal cortex will quiet and you’ll slip into your connected, eternal and authentic self. I hope you will explore this experience often! Remember, how you get there, whether it was cooking or running, meditating or dancing is irrelevant. Be in your authentic connected self as often as possible!

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For simplicity sake, let’s say your intention is to balance and align your chakras:

  • Before you shop with intention, take a few minutes to cross your legs and meditate.

    • Play your favorite meditation music while you meditate and while you shop to anchor yourself in connection.

    • Start by witnessing your breath. Then imagine your chakras opening using all of your subtle senses – inner sight, sound, feel, taste, smell.

  • Notice which of them you may have struggled to feel or imagine to the color of. Notice also if there is another sense you use that informs you of an obstacle.

    • Ask yourself: Does one chakra feel flat? Off? Colorless or dull? OR conversely, is are there any that are too open?

  • Ask yourself: what would my energy and my life look and feel like when I’m in total alignment? Spend a few minutes exploring what your potential future looks like in total alignment.

    • Set the intention now to be drawn to, and to brighten, when you come across the limitless mala and amplifier that will help resolve to this issue or enhance your desire. In other words, we are not looking for the color we could not imagine in meditation, we are remaining open to what ‘feels’ like a remedy or like medicine to our energy system.

    • Time to tune into a solution! While your soundtrack is still playing, shift to an eyes open mediation while you shop. Continue to witness your breath..stay present. Let yourself flow through the website effortlessly and playfully. There is no try, think or effort here. Just gentle curiosity.

  • Notice if a particular mala or amplifier creates a sensation of brightening, sort of like a smile on the inside, the sort of feeling you get when you spot a familiar face in a crowd. In this case we brighten when we come across the solution to our desire or block.

  • Gaze and breathe as you tune in to one mala and amplifier at a time, paying attention to any subtle sensations that arise. Take your time exploring without any judgement or running commentary until you feel settled.

  • Your intuition has already found the perfect mala and amplifier for you, it’s okay if it takes your ego some time to catch up and trust the wisdom of your intuition.

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Angie has worked as a psychic medium and flow coach for 16 years. She holds workshops helping people learn to access extraordinary abilities in flow states of consciousness, and is the co author of the book Consciousness Becomes You.

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How I got off the hamster wheel of endlessly busy

Being a mum is hard work, any mother will tell you that. There are always errands to run and things to organize. Making time for yourself can feel like the last thing you have time for.  The thing is, if we continually put off our own needs we can become stressed and burnt out. We can become stuck on a hamster wheel of striving and doing and lose touch with our own needs and desires.

When I say that making time for yourself is important, I talk from experience. I used to live my life from the neck up. I was so out of touch with myself. My focus was on everyone and everything external. My mind jumped from task to task. Life centred around my overflowing to-do list and responsibilities. I was so focused on what everyone needed and what I had to accomplish.

I ignored the nagging voice from within telling me to slow down and to make a change. I put off self-care in favour of the more “productive and sensible” daily tasks. I was being a selfless and exhausted martyr, which understandably lead to depression.

Looking back, it feels like my body was forcing me to stop and listen by mentally shutting down. I had no choice but to stop and realise that I wasn’t happy. I was behaving like superwoman yet felt like I never measured up.

I worked with a life coach and a counsellor as part of my recovery. Both encouraged me to acknowledge how I felt and accept it. I had been denying my inner voice and ignoring my feelings for so long that it took considerable effort on my part to start listening to myself again. This process of relearning has been transformative. Today, I try to ensure my inner voice and intuition a have chance to be heard.

Learning how to listen to your body and intuition can be difficult if you are in the practice of ignoring them. We often ignore our needs in favour of what is expected of us, or seems like the “right” thing to do. Re-learning how to listen to yourself is a process. As part of this process, you need to find ways to slow down your noisy and cluttered mind. By quietening and grounding myself, I could hear what my intuition and body was telling me.

I tried yoga and meditation and found that the movement of yoga really drew my focus inward. Quiet moments with a cup of tea and also proved to be a mindful and meditative activity for me. I struggle with traditional meditation and often find it hard to maintain my focus. I read about mala beads on a yoga blog and gave them a try. I really liked having the focus of the beads and mantra as they really help draw my focus inwards and slow the pace of my thoughts.

These days I like to consult that voice from within. Self-care, yoga and meditation are all ways that keep me in tune with my intuition and body. They keep the internal clutter in check so I can listen to when my body wants me to relax, or when my intuition is telling me to be brave and take a wild step into the unknown.

As a busy mum, this process allows me to take care of myself. I do not ignore my time off repeatedly anymore. I listen to when my body is telling me that I need something.

Ignoring how I felt did not help me get more done, it did not make amazing things happen. That total disconnection from my mind and body actually made me ill. I am able to maintain a much better mental health now because I focus on having a good mind-body connection now.

My mind also feels calmer and clearer. There are not as many to do’s and responsibilities rushing through my mind. If stress builds up, I can notice it and take the time to slow things down. This means that I usually approach life in a calmly and rationally rather than being rushed and frazzled. I can see when I am behaving like I am superhuman and remind myself that I am just one person and I can only do so much.

I also notice from this practice that I am aware of when I need to drop tasks from the to-do list. I have a bad habit to try and do everything all at once. By taking time to slow my thoughts and to really listen to my own inner guidance I can look at the things that aren’t really that important, the things I do for expectation’s sake or the tasks that aren’t that urgent. I can prioritize from a calm and clear headspace.

Learning to listen to my own inner guidance has been something I have had to learn. It takes practice and a lot of trial and error. Yoga and mala meditation has been such an integral part of this process. They have helped me draw my attention inward and slow my mind down. This slowing down has given me space to really work out what matters to me. It helps me work out how I want to show up in the world. The type of mum I want to be and importantly what I want and need from my life.

 

HeadshotLynne is a Scottish-born life coach and writer currently living in Southwest Norway with her husband and two children. She coaches torn, stressed, and overwhelmed women to work out what is really worthy of their time and energy so that they can live a life that feels free, relaxed and joyful.

 

Website: http://www.lynnemcleanbrown.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lynnemcleanbrowncoaching

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lmblifecoaching

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Manifest anything you desire

We all know that it’s possible to manifest anything that you desire in your life, right? Today I’d love to share with you the story of how we manifested a cross-country move with our family in about 11 months. What makes this story incredible is that we didn’t have a job transfer or anything else like that to help us to achieve our goal. We had to manifest it ourselves, along with the amazing support of friends, family and God.

Before we get into the long story, here are some the strategies I used to help our family manifest our dream:

  • My husband and I both wrote out our one year vision on January 1, 2017. It included living in BC.
  • I wrote a gratitude intention in my journal every night for months. A gratitude intention is when you are grateful for something in the present tense; that has yet to manifest in the real world.
  • We ‘acted as if’ our dream had already manifested.
  • Whenever someone asked when we were moving, I would say at the end of November, beginning of December, even though we didn’t confirm any dates until Nov 17th.
  • I wore my Manifest mala necklace daily for over a month.
  • I booked several of our services (moving crates etc.) before everything was finalized.
  • I created a vision board, which was beside my bed.
  • We prayed. Every morning I prayed for support and guidance from God to help us with our move.

Want to find out how this incredible story all worked out? Stick with me until the end and I promise you, you’ll be as amazed as we were that it all came together in just over 24 hours.

When you tell people that you’re moving across the country the first question they ask you is: So is your husband getting transferred? It’s always a bit of a shock when we tell them it was a decision that we made in order to be closer to my family. My parents, who have been living in Mexico for over 8 years, had recently moved to British Columbia. I also wanted to be geographically closer to my sister, as she is one of my best friends. She is married with two young daughters, who are my daughter Céline’s only cousins.

So how did we make this all happen?

First, on January 1st 2017 my husband and I had set our intention to be living in Langley, B.C. by January 1st of 2018. We took the time to write our intentions down, and send them as an email to each other. Here’s part of what I wrote:

‘Dan and I wake up in our king sized bed together after celebrating New Year’s Eve with my family. Céline comes in for snuggles with our puppy, Mouse, the newest addition to our family. She’s an adorable Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever that we have been waiting all year for.

Christmas was celebrated in our home in the Langley area of BC, with both of Celine’s grand-parents present and of course, my sister and her family. It’s awesome being only an hour drive away from them and about 4 hours from my parents too.’

A few weeks later, I flew out to my sister’s place in North Vancouver, B.C. I started to seriously think about moving our family from Ontario to British Columbia. And it was a big step for us to be able to do this. We decided that it would be best if our family I came out for a visit that summer so that we could take a seriously serious look at Langley BC.

Using some of my strategies to get things going

Over the next few months we started thinking about all the pieces that would have to come together for this to actually happen. I created a new vision board; which included a photo of my family and some images of British Columbia. This was kept beside my bed for many, many months. I also started writing in a gratitude intention in my gratitude journal that included moving with my family to live in Langley, BC.

In the spring I started to look at different homes and neighborhoods that would work for our family. One of the things that is really important to us is our French-language heritage and culture. We wanted to find a school that offered education in French for our daughter. After a little bit of research we found that there was a French School in a neighborhood called Walnut Grove. We knew that it would be best for our daughter if she had the chance to visit the school before we actually moved to a new Province and a new city. So we created a plan to visit the school that summer and built our vacation around that plan.

Our trip to British Columbia

The first week of July we flew out to BC, and stay with my sister for visit. During that visit we went out to visit Langley three different times, including once with our real estate agent. On one of those trips when my husband and I were driving through Walnut Grove, we drove past the community center and beautiful forested areas surrounding it. I remember saying to him soph and julie top of grouse (our trip to BC)wouldn’t it be great if we actually lived by the community center? I said that comment in such an off-handed way that it completely had slipped my mind – until a few weeks ago when we actually purchased a house in Walnut Grove, across the street from the community center.

When we returned back to our home in Burlington Ontario, we knew that it wouldn’t be long until we put our house up for sale. This is where our first biggest challenge came from. The housing market in Vancouver and the surrounding area had recovered and was once again a seller’s market. However the market in Ontario, where new legislation was introduced in the spring, had slowed down significantly and had become a buyer’s market.

Making the decision to sell our home

We put our home on the market in September with the intention that it would be sold in the first 30 days. At the same time my husband started looking for work. We knew that as a last resort he could always stay behind and work on his current role while our daughter and I moved to BC. However this was a very unappealing solution to our move across the country as we wanted to do it as a family.

Applying for jobs when you are out of province and do not have an address of where you will be moving to, really makes it hard for prospective employers to actually trust that you’re going to make the move. We applied to close to a dozen jobs, before he even had one interview. And that one interview went really well, yet unfortunately that process dragged on for over a month and he ended up not getting that role.

Was there some good luck involved?

It was also during this time that I started wearing my Manifest Mala every single day. I would hold the gemstone and visualize our family selling our home and moving to our new home in Langley. For me, the mala was a source of comfort and a physical representation of my desire to manifest our dream. It also felt like a good-luck and good-vibes charm!

By chance, one lunch hour we had decided to call cold call a recruiter in the Vancouver area. We did not know this person we simply looked at the agency online knew that they dealt with roles and technology and gave them a call. That one phone call ended up giving my husband an incredible opportunity for a new role in Surrey, which is close to Langley.

The last part of the puzzle

Finding housing in Langley (Walnut Grove area) was the last piece of our puzzle. We knew we wanted to find a house with three bedrooms, but it was looking more and more like we couldn’t find one in our price range, and would have to figure out a different solution. As a family of three, we could make two bedrooms, work. However, as I work from home, and my husband is a video game streamer, we would have to find two other areas in the home for each of us to do our own thing. One thing that I am super grateful for is that my business is portable and I don’t have to start from scratch when I move. In fact, I look at it as an amazing opportunity for expansion.

The first miracle

our new homeThen we found it: the home in Walnut Grove that ticked off ALL of our boxes, and was priced in our budget. Our agent visited and sent us videos of the property. I never imagined that we would be comfortable buying a property without visiting it first. We knew it was the right one and really trust our agent. We put in an offer and it was accepted, with 7 business days to fulfill conditions. At this time, we had not sold our house here in Burlington, nor did my husband have a job. This was a massive leap of faith. We kept saying, we’re moving at the end of November, beginning of December (it was already Nov 8th).

The really incredible miracle

Now we were in a VERY stressful position. We had 7 business days to sell our house and get our closing date. Our agent suggested one last open house, and we dropped our price again by $10,000. At this point, it had been close to two months since we had listed. Incredibly, our future buyers came to that open house on Nov 12th. They put in an offer on Nov 14th, and we sold FIRM two days later on Nov 16th. On that same day, my husband got a job offer from the company in Surrey (his 2nd interview was the night before). The next day, Nov 17th, we waived the conditions on our home in Langley. Incredibly, it all came together in 24 hours. Our house closes here on Dec 8th, my husband starts work on Dec 12th and we get our keys on Dec 15th.

How did we ‘act as if’?

star wars the last jediHere’s just one example of acting as if our dream had already manifested. Our family loves Star Wars. And we were super excited when the tickets went on sale for The Last Jedi, the next movie in the series. These tickets went on sale on October 10th. We had a decision to make – purchase the tickets in Ontario or British Columbia. I knew that I had to show that we were 100% committed to being there by the end of November, beginning of December. So we bought them for Langley! And guess what? We were there for opening night on Dec 14th!

What does this mean for you?

It means that when you make a decision that is non-negotiable, things do work out. Not always exactly when you think that they will or how you thought they would, but they do. I know that you can do this too and manifest your wildest dreams! It’s possible for anyone to create a magical life. I’m no different from you; I’ve just had a little bit more practice at this manifesting stuff. Decide today on what you’re going to manifest in 2018. I’d love to hear what you’ve got planned, and I’ll be cheering you on, every step of the way!!

julie-128Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Vancouver B.C., Canada with her 7 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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First New Moon Reading of 2018

The first new moon of 2018 is a powerful opportunity to get focused, aligned and ready for the year ahead.
Our light is bright.
Our hearts are open.

We are ready to shine, create and revolutionize the world we live in.

This New Moon is collectively calling us to use the wisdom we’ve cultivated on our spiritual path and apply it. It’s a time for inspired action — to stop hiding and to start expressing your feelings and ideas.

Our desires, dreams and intentions must be planted and nurtured. Tending to our inner garden with relentless commitment and passion is key to our inner and outer transformation.  

We must give our desires a voice and act with inspiration over the coming weeks. This is a potent time for taking action and getting creative. Give yourself permission to fall and you will soar ten times higher. Let your magic be seen, felt and heard in the world.

The steps you take now will create the foundation for the life you’ve always wanted to live.

So move when you feel moved.
Act on inspiration.
And show the world who you really are.

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Nine of Cups

TinyDevotions_blog108-AlexCarruthers-NineofCupsWe are walking into 2018 with light in our hearts and a readiness to continue our journey. The Nine of Cups represents the completion of a powerful and important chapter of inner growth and healing. For most of us, 2017 was a turbulent year filled with many challenges that taught us important lessons about who we are and what we are meant to do in the world. The universe brought us to our knees and cracked us open so that we could heal not only our personal wounds, but the deep collective wounds that keep so many of us divided. This process created tons of expansion and it is with this enlightened perspective that we enter a new year.

The Nine of Cups represents the profound power and wisdom that we are carrying with us in 2018. Our light is brighter than ever before. We know what we want and why. We are deeply committed to our path and open to the wild possibility that is dawning before us during this dark stage of the moon. As it grows, so too will the intentions we nurture.

King of Crystals

TD_Img2-SeedoflifeThe King of Crystals call us into the power of masculine and reminds us that action is a vital ingredient to manifestation. Crystals are connected to the earth element and represent achievement and abundance in our earthy endeavors. And the King represents our divine masculine, the side of us that is fiery, driven and motivated to get the job done.  This card’s calling us to let our inner girlboss out! Get focused on what you want this year and then let inspiration lead you to right actions to take.

But act with compassion.  Remember the emotional wisdom of the Nine of Cups. Do not let your fire burn you out! Listen to the wisdom of your body and let your intuition lead you. Don’t bypass your emotional guidance system and drive yourself into the ground. Action for actions sake gets you nowhere. You must take aligned action. How do we know whether an action step is aligned? Inspiration. Every action inspiration leads you to take, is aligned. Inspiration is one of the key signs that you are aligned in your flow state. So act on inspiration… and quickly! this new moon. You will reap the benefits of the seeds you plant over the coming days and weeks for many months and years to come.

Eight of Cups (Reversed)

TD_Img4-limitlessThe Eight of Cups in its reversed position reminds us to embrace our mistakes and to treat them as opportunities for growth and healing. Cups are the suit of the heart and represent our emotions and intuitive nature. Turn the number 8 on its side and we have the infinity symbol, the internal dance between light and dark, conscious and unconscious.  The point in the middle, where the two circles connect, represents our higher self. When we take this position we can see not only the conscious forces at play within us, but the unconscious aspects too. We have an opportunity to connect with our own shadow. And it’s by taking this perspective that we’re able to heal and grow.

The Eight of Cups reminds us that mistakes are necessary catalysts for our own enlightenment. Without them, we’d never evolve. If we can embrace our struggles with an open mind and heart, we will always overcome them. And in the process of doing so will uncover many gifts, talents and strengths we never imagined we possessed.

The Wheel of Fortune

TinyDevotions_blog108-AlexCarruthers-WheelofFortuneOur final card in the reading, the Wheel of Fortune, brings us both the message of fulfillment and assurance that we are moving in alignment with our destiny. Life is not a straight line or staircase… it’s a roller coaster! And when we’re about to drop or go upside down of course we’re going to feel afraid … but that’s part of the experience. A roller coaster without any steep drops or crazy loops wouldn’t be any fun. Just like a life without any struggles or hardship wouldn’t feel very rewarding.

While there will be moments over the coming weeks and months where you will be tested, challenged and stretched, The Wheel of Fortune card reminds you that this is what a human experience is all about. There is value in both our positive and our negative experiences should we seek it.

We are asked to deepen our perspective this year and to look for the big picture reasons why we are experiencing what we’re experiencing.  We are being asked not to resist our negative emotions, but to embrace and learn from them — and to take this compassionate perspective out into the world.

You are exactly where you are supposed to be. What you are experiencing now is giving you the tools, insight and power you need to create the life you’ve always desired and dreamed of. Stay open and focused and the seeds you plant and nurture this winter will blossom into magic you experience for the rest of your life.

alexwebs-83Alex Carruthers is an intuitive life coach and writer. She helps women embrace their spiritual gifts, heal their hearts and change the world. Originally a journalist, Alex went through a radical awakening in her early twenties that put her on a path of personal healing and opened her up to the world of metaphysics and spirituality. Through her coaching programs, intuitive tarot readings and shamanic healing sessions she helps women connect more deeply with their own intuition and step into their power so that they can transform their lives.

To learn more about Alex and working with her visit alexcarruthers.co. You can also follow her readings and inspiring daily posts on Instagram (@alexcarruthers.co).

 

Let your intuition guide you to your 2018 intentions

It’s a new year, and with that comes a fresh perspective.  Many people use this time of year to reset their goals, refocus their minds, and choose new intentions.  We suggest really taking the time to connect with your inner divine, work on opening your third eye, and use your intuition to lead you down the right path!

Allow your intuition to guide you through the word search, revealing which intentions to claim as your own for 2018!

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Want to wear your new intention in 2018? Click below for our recommendations!

Love || Friendship || Fearless || Freedom || Prosperity || Grounded || Strength || Healing || Peace || Calm || Adventure || New Beginnings || Inhale || Exhale || Breakthrough || Alignment || Meditation || Inner Truth || Intuition || Balance || Spiritual || Awakening || Trust || Zen || Enlightenment || Clarity || Gratitude || Health || Harmony || Joy || Oneness || Spirituality || Mindfulness || Abundance || Courage

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Our Top Gifts for all the Spiritual Mamas!

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Our Top Gifts for all the Spiritual Mamas in your life!

  1. Mama Mala and Mala Bracelet  beacause she’s the person we strive to become. Endlessly forgiving, unconditionally loving. Beautifully courageous. Our best friend. The wisest teacher. The shoulder that will always be there to cry on. Protective, patient and kind.
  2. Rose Quartz Limitless Mala because Rose Quartz is thought to balance the emotions, raise self-esteem, restore confidence and open the heart to all types of love. It carries a gentle feminine energy of compassion, peace, and healing.
  3. Trust the Process Mala. This mala is a reminder to trust the process. To remember why you started in the first place, and to help carry on when obstacles start to appear in front of you.
  4. Rare Stone Aquamarine Mala to help feel the calm, soothing and relaxing sensations of the sea, and open the channels of communication. Aquamarine is said to allow your deepest truth to be communicated by stimulating the energy from the heart to the throat. It is said to be a stone of empowerment, helpful in inspiring trust, truth and letting go.
  5. Rose Gold Tiny Seed of Life RIng  serves as daily encouragement to tune into your truest dreams and desires and gently guide them to the surface.  The Seed of Life’s sacred geometry is composed of seven overlapping circles. The number seven channels the powers of the universe and vibrates with the energies of spiritual awakening. Representing cycles and infinite possibilities, this ring holds a fertile energy which initiates new beginnings.
  6. The Intention Journal to bring mindfulness + gratitude into her daily life by journaling.  Spiritual Mamas can write, draw, doodle, discover herself. Journaling is a powerful and therapeutic way to release emotions, declare your intentions + manifest your dreams.
  7. Release + Renew Clearing Kit combines the essential tools for clearing unwanted energy, protecting your space + setting fresh intentions

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Fave Gold, Rose Gold and Silver Gems from 2017!

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Sri Yantra Ring                     Prosperity Mala                          Gold Seed of Life Ring

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Rose Gold Tiny Seed of Life Ring                                            Amazonite Tranquility Amplifier

                                            Rose Gold Rose Quartz Limitless Mala

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Mermaid Limitless Mala                   Priestess Necklace                     Flower of Life Ring

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Harnessing the Vibrations of Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver

Are you feeling anxious one day and energized the other? It could be the change of seasons, work stressors or relationship struggles  affecting your mood, or it could be vibes from the jewelry you’re wearing.

We all know that everything in nature emits an energetic vibration. Natural healers and shamans have been prescribing crystals like quartz, ruby, turquoise and many others as a way to balance out challenging vibes for centuries. But did you know  gold, rose gold and silver all emit an energy that can also be harnessed for your spiritual, emotional and physical benefit?

Embracing The Gold Standard

TD-SriYantra_gold_IsolatedGold, “The Master Healer”, has been a symbol of wealth and power since humans began keeping a record of valuable items. Gold is also associated with purity, as in being ‘present and open’ to communication with the original source of all existence.  When gold is combined with gemstones, it increases the healing power of the stones exponentially.  Trying to manifest more wealth and abundance in your life? Wear gold while you’re meditating on those intentions… trust us! Here we love to wear gold to help open the crown chakra, exposing us to rare and previously untapped sources of wisdom.

 

Drop the Rose Colored Glasses, Slip on the Rose Gold

TD-Mala-108-RoseGold-limitless-Amplifier-FlatlayCharged with the warmth of the Sun’s energy, Rose Gold is often worn by healers and teachers, especially after a session of self-healing, to replenish diminished energies and help balance the chakras. Rose Gold’s healing properties can benefit the nervous system by improving it’s ability to communicate essential information, and enhancing the flow of information throughout the wearer’s body. It is a high level amplifier and has strong associations with Heart Chakra, so here we often pair it with rose quartz to really focus our intentions on self love and healing.

Trade in Silver Linings for Silver Rings

Silver reflects the phases of the mTD_108_Priestess_flatlayoon, making the wearer increasingly sensitive to psychic ripples. Those looking to tap into their dormant psychic abilities should really be wearing alllll the silver, especially women as it’s one of the more feminine metals. Physically silver is said to increase the production of hormones, as well as regulate the function of glands, which is so crucial to our health and well being.  Silver as strong associations with intuition, vision and clarity, so we love to intertwine it with clear quartz to strengthen our connection to those intentions

 

 

When choosing the adornment you wear, pause and really think about every aspect of it. Most of our readers are pretty familiar with the healing properties of gemstones and sacred materials, but have you ever stopped to think about the metals used? You might be surprised by how much they can influence your spiritual journey

What’s your favourite metal? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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My Moon, My Mala

You know that saying, “new year, new me” that pops up all over Instagram around NYE? Well, after the full moon on Sunday, December 3rd let’s change it to “full moon, new me!” 

I’ve always been drawn to the moon, and not only because I was obsessed with Sailor Moon as a child (and adult). The moon, to me, is such a peaceful and magical wonder. It has complexities, energies, and emotions emitting from it that the sun just doesn’t have (sorry sun, still love you too).

Each cycle of the moon has its own significance and energies. The full moon in particular is a time where we can let go of things inside us and release them back into the universe. This full moon on the third falls under the astrological sign Gemini, which can make us feel a little more distracted and scattered. Don’t let this discourage you though, Gemini always has two sides to the story. The best way to ground ourselves and focus our energies is to prepare for the new cycle. We can do this by owning our mala ritual.

Sunday night, when the moon is shining above you, step outside. Being outside for a mala ritual is key because it is connecting with not only the moon, but the earth below you. And, an added bonus, it’s the perfect time to truly test your new winter coat – because I know we all have those.

Before heading out into the moonlight, you’ll want to gather a few things:

  • Your favourite crystals and gemstones. Think of what you are releasing, your intentions and your ambitions. What other crystals and gemstones have ties with your energies?
  • A candle, placed in a safe and controlled jar or dish
  • Since the full moon is in Gemini, if you have any  Agate, bring them along to encourage forgiveness, strength, courage and protection

Once you’ve gathered your things, think of a sacred space to hold your ritual. It could be under your favourite tree, close to your home, or somewhere secret. As you walk there, hold your mala in your hand and focus on what you are releasing into the universe. I personally like to picture the tides rolling in at night, leaving us with a clear, fresh beach for the morning.

When you arrive at your space, set it up in a way that makes sense to you, but allow your mala to rest on the earth. Now, once you’re ready, hold your mala and recite your personal mantra. This sets your intentions, and breathes life into the energies and goals you have set for yourself for the following cycle. There’s no set amount of time you need to do this, go by how you feel. Once you feel you have set your intentions, rest your mala back on the earth. Now you can begin to reflect, release, recharge and reset. Let go of the things inside you that no longer have a purpose, or positive impact. Make space for new, positive changes. After this, complete your ritual by repeating your mantra one last time. On your walk home, continue to hold your mala and reflect on the intentions you have just set.

Place your mala in a windowsill under the full moon for the rest of the night. While your mala continues charging in the lunar energy, you can sleep peacefully and rise the next morning refreshed and ready to start the new cycle.

Good luck goddesses, enjoy the full moon and everything the new cycle has to offer.

 

Sarah Welch is a creative copywriter based in Toronto.
Check out her work at www.srhwlch.com or lurk her insta here.

The Holiday 2017 Guide to Gifting with Intention

 

It’s the time of year where party time tends to trump time spent on your mat! So…..  we came up with this holiday guide to help inspire your gift giving for the yoga lovers, wellness enthusiasts and meditators in your life. Here’s our favourite products to keep you and your loved ones focussed on your physical and spiritual health into the new year!

  1. Inner Fire

2G2A1838_2000xInner Fire creates beautiful, high quality, suuuuuper comfy lifestyle clothing that fosters connection and honours Mother Earth.  We basically live in these Flower of Life leggings and everyone we know has these on their Holiday wish list!

 

 

2. Tiny Devotions

We obviously looove our mala beads and Tiny Devotions  is the original creator of gemstone malas. They have stepped up their mala game this year with their Limitless Collection. The Limitless mala is the first interchangeable mala in the universe. We love that you can change up your intentions with your fave guru stones. There are hundreds of combos and Tiny Devotions is always adding new amplifiers to this growing collection.

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3. ToeSox

We love that the ToeSox intention is to create products that enhance and support natural movement! We rock our Sox during Barre and pilates classes, so this is perfect gift for your ballerina bestie or fit mama who is all about working her core on those reformers we love to hate.

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4. La Vie Boheme Yoga

Who doesn’t need (or want) a mat that’s both beautiful AND extra comfy.  La Vie Boheme Yoga has chosen every single piece of their collection to represent their love of beautiful prints, and colors as well as functionality and comfort for daily practice.  We are in hearts with the starry vibes of the Celestial Hot Towel Mat. One for a gift and one for me?

 

 

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5. Christine Russell of 889 and doTERRA

Christine Russell, founder of 889 Yoga Studio and a doTERRA Wellness Advocate can’t say enough good things about the doTERRA  Balance essential oil, and we are right there with her!
This warm and woodsy blend is perfect for grounding, calm and an overall sense of well being. It’s ideal for the oil junkies in your life who’ve always got their diffuser on! We will be slipping these into a bunch of stockings this year.

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6. Philosophie

Eating clean can be one of life’s biggest struggles (especially during the Holidays), but Philosophie by yoga superstar Sophie Jaffe  is providing us with food that makes life better!! Her Coconut Butters and Superfood Honeys make your avocado toast ooooh so much better. And don’t get us started on her Philosophie Powders …  your morning smoothie will never be the same! We are upping our dose of these healthy treats to balance out all those Holiday cookies. (Read: wine)Philosophie 3

 

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BONUS: For the Stocking
It’s high time yoKrisCarr-Collageu gave yourself (or your bestie!) a healthy dose of self-love with Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Love Notes.

This 52-card deck features gorgeous illustrations by artist Lori Portka that serve as gentle yet powerful reminders to help you care for and appreciate yourself at the deepest level.

 

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Chocolate Berry Smoothie Bowl

Hey Everyone!

I’m so happy to be back on Blog 108!  Last time I was here I got the chance to talk about one of my favourite topics: how to develop mindfulness in our overwhelming, material world (you can find those posts here and here).

Today I get to talk about another one of my fave things: smoothie bowls!  I am obsessed with all of the amazing smoothie bowls floating around Instagra, and am especially in love with Taline Gabriel’s feed- it’s unreal!!  So I thought it’d be fun to make a bowl inspired by her bowls.

This was soo fun to make, and actually doesn’t take much time at all- and it’s delicious!  So win, win, win.  Hope you love it as much as I do. ☺

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2 frozen bananas
1 cup raspberries
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp cacao powder
½ cup nut milk (I use cashew milk)

TOPPINGS

Shredded coconut
Blueberries
Frozen raspberries
Cacao nibs
Chia seeds
Mangos (cut into star shapes using a cookie cutter)

Blend up the smoothie bowl based, pour into a bowl and then top with your toppings of choice!  The ones I used are listed above, but you can use whatever you’d like!

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Kate is a lifestyle and travel writer based in Halifax.  You can find her online at her site, and on Instagram

One thought on “Chocolate Berry Smoothie Bowl

  1. Jade

    Sounds delicious! can’t wait to try this out! ant thing i could use to replace the cocao powder or nibs? P.S welcome back!!! 🙂

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Spirituality For Success – Unlocking your Spiritual Side for more Success as an Entrepreneur

What if I told you unlocking your spiritual side will increase your success as an entrepreneur, would you believe me?

You might be sceptical, just as I was. Having graduated in business and being an entrepreneur since my twenties, I was hard to woo. I was a toughened business woman who believed in traditional business and marketing methods.

That was until I hit rock bottom and felt that I had failed my first business, my kids and my family. In the depths of my downward spiral, I discovered mentors who believed in greater powers and Universal energies. I became obsessed with self-development, the Law of Attraction and I even googled ‘how to meditate’.

I began to find peace in meditation and realised that for years, I had been hiding under lots of masks and the pretence of having everything together. My inner being had felt the opposite. With some of the masks removed and a stripping of my soul, I connected to my inner most truth and began to absorb support from these Universal powers.

Success was an inside game. Everything I had followed for years had failed me. I was not the failure. My beliefs were.

With a spiritual backpack on my back, I began to rebuild myself and found that my day to day experience was shifting from that of anxiety to tranquillity, newfound freedom and hope. Over time I began to witness lots of small miracles in my life. But I was also hit with great earthquakes too, taking me out of my zone. Each time I fell, I used every spiritual tool and practice I knew to realign myself for success and miracles. It was the most unglamorous awakening ever but totally worth it.

As the Universe would have it, I manifested the divine download to work with other entrepreneurs and mentor them around growing their business from a spiritual perspective. As soon as I began talking about the two together, my growth as a coach exploded.

Here are some tips to allow spirituality to enhance your success as an entrepreneur:

1 Have a non-negotiable spiritual practice that allows you to connect with universal energy or whatever you believe in, on a daily basis.

2 Challenge yourself to use your intuition as a sounding board for making those business decisions. Meditate, go within, or journal when you are faced with opportunities and decisions. Your intuition always knows what’s best.

3 Ask for Universal support when you feel fearful or are pushed outside your comfort zone. Recognise your fear as the voice of the ego, your dark side. My clients have overcome fear of visibility, fear of speaking their truth and fear of sharing their message with the World, by relying on spiritual tools.

4 Trust that you are supported unconditionally. Stop relying on your own strength to be successful. Know that you are being guided, watched over and supported, and feel the relief in your energy.

5 Be the light. Lead with light and love always. So many entrepreneurs are thinking ‘what’s in it for me?’. When you shift away from ego based thoughts towards loving thoughts and being of service to your clients, your business will grow tenfold.

6 Practice gratitude every day to get into the highest vibration possible. Allow yourself to get into the feeling of being grateful. It’s easy to say you’re grateful or to think it, but actually feeling it, is where the magic begins. This sends a signal to the Universe that you are ready for more miracles in your life and business.

7 Ask yourself what is the ‘higher good’ of your business. Why are you doing this work and what purpose does it serve. When you can tap into your ‘why’ on a deeper level, your success will be magnified.

8 Get grounded to take massive action. Achieving balance between spirituality and business is key to success. Allow your spiritual practice to fuel your growth so that you achieve more and burnout less.

9 Use your energy to feed your growth. Energetic marketing has been transformational for my clients as they step into new beliefs about themselves and attract a tribe that vibes with them. Imagine everything you put out into the World being reciprocated back to you. Raised consciousness allows more fun, freedom and abundance.

10 Invite your Higher Self to every party! Celebrate all of your wins and thank your Higher Self for showing up. The more you celebrate the small wins, the bigger the successes that come your way.

Have fun with your spiritual growth and enjoy even more success!

Lynne (22 of 60)Join Lynne at High Vibe Live a Luxury retreat for Spiritual, Life, Business & Health Coaches taking place on November 6-8 at the Luxury Galgorm Resort & Spa in Belfast, Ireland. Learn more here.

Lynne Taggart is a Motivational Speaker, Business Coach and Success Strategist who works with Spiritual Entrepreneurs, supporting them to step into the best version of themselves and elevate their success.She believes that success comes from your inner self mastery, tuning into your Higher Self and a connection to Universal energies.

Lynne has built a multi 6 figure business, through online Coaching, Group Programs and live events. She is the founder of Soul Biz Mastery, High Vibe Live luxury retreats and the High Vibe Mentorship. She is a Mum, Essential Oil lover, and loves to travel.

Lynne is a Gabby Bernstein Spirit Junkie Masterclass Level 1 and Level 2 Graduate and a May Cause Miracles Practitioner. Lynne has been an entrepreneur for over 12 years, having graduated in Business Management and has supported many business owners with their growth.

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National Chocolate Day

One of the best days of the year has FINALLY rolled back around… National Chocolate Day is here!  My first instinct was to celebrate this glorious day with a mocha  and chocolate donut for breakfast, chocolate cake for lunch, chocolate ice cream for dinner and my body weight in Milk Chocolate Lindts for dessert.  However, for obvious reasons , I don’t think that’s really the best idea.

Still, determined to celebrate, I meandered my way into my kitchen this morning to see what goodies I could whip up using one of my all time favourite ingredients. I found my 24%, Dutch process cocoa powder, some brown sugar and my trusty coconut oil.  These three simple ingredients make the most perfect lip scrub you could ever need.  The brown sugar exfoliates, the coconut oil moisturizes, and the cocoa powder makes it smell (and taste) amazing. My lips are so silky soft now, and prepped for all the beautiful fall lipstick shades I’ve been itching to use ever since the first leaf fell off my tree last week.

LipScrubJust mix ½ cup of coconut oil with 2 cups of brown sugar and 3 tbsp of cocoa powder. If you’re feeling adventurous add a little peppermint essential oil or even some high quality vanilla extract!  That’s really all there is too it, and you can keep it in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Thoroughly satisfied with myself for finding the perfect way to celebrate International Chocolate Day without having to do endless burpies the next day, I went rummaging through my fridge for a snack.  Inspiration hit the second my eyes landed on the greek yogurt.  I often plaster it all over my face to help reduce fine lines, dissolve dead skin and tighten my pores. It also works great as a deep conditioner in my hair!  In my world, greek yogurt can do no wrong.    

I spooned some into a bowl, added a tbsp of honey, and a heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder, and proceeded to paint the delicious mixture all over my face.  Honey is amazingly moisturizing, and really amps up that glow we are always searching for. It also has a ton of antioxidants, which help slow the aging process. Cocoa powder is also packed with antioxidants, which help repair skin cells.I let my mask sit for 20 minutes, and gently wiped it off with a warm, damp cloth.  Followed up with my favorite moisturizer, and my face has never felt so refreshed!

All it took was six simple ingredients and 40 minutes (including a 15 minute yoga flow while my mask worked it’s magic) to a bright, tight and smooth face.  If you ask me, that is the best way to celebrate a day like today without overindulging!  Don’t get me wrong though, I still had a chocolate bar.

Chocolate Lip Scrub
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
2 Cups Brown Sugar
3 TBSP Cocoa Powder

Mix all ingredients together to form a paste.
Can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months

Chocolate Face Mask
1/4 cup Full Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
1 TBSP Honey
1 TBSP Cocoa Powder

Mix all ingredients together.
Paint on your face, and let sit for 15-20 minutes
Gently wipe off with a warm damp washcloth

 

 

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How Gratitude Helps Us Deal With Change

Back to school is a time of change for many families. Whether it’s our children going to school for the first time or becoming empty nesters, change is always a part of this time of the year. For many of us, it can also be a difficult time as we adjust from a carefree summer to the organization and scheduling that tends to rule our lives when our kids are in school. How could we use gratitude to help us deal with all of these changes?

Personally, I am super excited for the beginning of school. As a work from home parent, it’s not always easy to get much work done in the summer, so I find gratitude in the return to a regular routine. It’s not the same for everyone however and for many parents, the return to school can be a very emotional time.

How does gratitude help?

Let’s say you’re finding it difficult to say goodbye to summer. It feels like it’s gone by far too quickly and there wasn’t enough time to check off everything on your summer to-do list. A great place to start would be to review your summer in detail. Take a look at the camera roll on your phone and choose some of the highlights. Make a list of all of the fun things you did together! You can even take it one step further and print out a few photos to make a small album. Each photo provides an opportunity to give thanks for a new memory that was created. Keep your album in your purse or on your desk and when you’re feeling sad about the end of the summer, flip through the photos with gratitude.

Dealing with little ones going to school for the first time

Four years ago, I put my 3 year old daughter on the school bus for the first time. She insisted that she wanted to take the bus on her first day. I wasn’t so sure about it; however I wanted to allow her to be independent. It was a tough day for me, and I know there were tears. Using gratitude can help turn these difficult moments around for us.

Here are some of the things we can be grateful for on the first day of school:

  • A public education system. For most of us, our children can attend school at no extra cost to the parents as our public school systems are paid for by our taxes. In many developing countries, families have to find a way to pay tuition for school in order for their children to attend school at all.
  • School bus transportation. This is easy to take for granted since in most communities, there is busing available for students who live outside of walking distance to school. School buses are one of the safest ways for our children to arrive at school (16 times safer than travelling by car).
  • Teachers who are willing to teach our children. It’s true that not every teacher loves their job and that some teachers aren’t passionate about their work. However I would say that in my experience, the majority of teachers that I know are very passionate about their work and take their job very seriously. Even if you’re not happy with the teacher that your child has this year, thankfully they will be exposed to many other teachers and staff throughout their day. And sometimes that other teacher may make all of the difference in the world.
  • School supplies. This is a hot topic on social media. Should parents be buying school supplies or not? Let’s choose to avoid the controversy and be thankful that we have access to everything our kids could possibly ever need for school, at super low prices. Years ago I visited the Dominican Republic and on our trip we had the chance to pack backpacks full of school supplies for the kids from a nearby village. Giving those kids about $20 worth of school supplies was an incredible feeling because most of them would not have any if it wasn’t for the generosity of others.
  • A full lunch box. If you were able to fill your child’s lunch box this morning, give thanks. Again, we hear a lot of grumbling on social media about making school lunches. This summer I volunteered at the Food4Kids program to pack summer food packs. During the school year, there are 400 kids in my own community that don’t have enough food to eat on the weekends and also rely on school food programs for food all week.
  • New shoes and clothing. Back to school shopping can be expensive, especially for those with larger families or that have uniforms to buy. For most of, we can figure out how to pay for these items and send our kids to school well-dressed with shoes that fit. I just finished reading An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff. It’s the story of the relationship between Laura, a 35 year old sales executive, and Maurice, an 11 year old panhandler. When she shares his struggles about going to school in smelly, dirty clothes that don’t fit … it’s a great reminder of how blessed we are.

What are some things that you can be grateful for this month? How can you use these simple gratitude reminders to help you get through these times of change?

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Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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Think Abundantly, Live Abundantly

When we think of abundance, we tend to see dollar signs dancing before our eyes. But holding an attitude of abundance means so much more than having money in the bank: we can be abundant in all areas of our lives from time, to love, to health.

How can we cultivate an attitude of abundance in our daily lives? Using your thoughts to gravitate towards feeling more abundant every day is one way to bring more good into your life. Although it’s not always easy to control your mind, the more you focus on it, the more it will begin to feel like second nature.

To get you started, here are three steps towards thinking and living abundantly:

Be conscious of your beliefs

What are your true, core beliefs about life? This may take some time to figure out, but we all have deep-seated thoughts and feelings about the way the world works and what is truly possible for us. Maybe your parents instilled in you a fear of being destitute, and you’ve carried this belief into adulthood. Whether you have negative beliefs about work, money, or relationships, take a moment to jot them down honestly in a journal without judgment. You may be surprised to find out what you really think about the world and yourself.

Affirm the positive

Once you have your beliefs out on the table, flip each belief on its head by pairing it up with a positive affirmation. Maybe you’ve always believed your dream of being a famous singer is impossible, or that you’ll never find your soul mate. Whatever it is, jot down a more positive, good-feeling belief next to it. Even if you don’t believe the positive affirmation yet, write it down anyway and commit it to memory.

Focus on feeling abundant

Now that you’ve established a better feeling thought for each of your negative beliefs, all you have to do is focus on the positive thought. Every time you feel a negative feeling creeping up, take a deep inhale and exhale it out completely through the mouth. Remember your positive affirmations, and try to bring a more abundant feeling into your awareness. Every time you feel small, shrunken, depleted or yucky, that’s your body telling you that you’re focusing on a negative belief and straying from the path of abundance. Use the way you feel as a compass, and your breath as a tool for ridding yourself of stuck emotions. Keep the inhales and exhales flowing freely and deeply, and you’re one step closer to bringing abundance into every area of your life.

How do you live abundantly each day? What tools, rituals and practices do you like to use to cultivate abundance in your life?

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 10.59.47 AMBorn and raised in Toronto, Kenzie is a writer, blogger and yoga teacher. She loves all things beautiful, magical and free-spirited, and she’s passionate about seeking inspiration everywhere. Kenzie also writes young adult novels, which you can find on Wattpad (http://my.w.tt/UiNb/lQr2X68ODF)

What is Sacred Geometry?

 

Sacred Geometry has been around for thousands of years and is recognized in cultures around the world. We’ve compiled a brief explanation on the Seed of Life, Flower of Life and Sri Yantra  and how it can bring you closer to aligning your soul to your higher self.

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Crystal Guide

Gemstones have some of the strongest frequencies in the Universe, and are worn for their healing qualities. Each stone is believed to radiate its own unique energy and positive vibes.

So, what are you manifesting next? Here’s our guide to what intentions are aligned with each gemstone:

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New Moon Manifesting: Four Essential Oils to Help You Attract What You Want into Your Life

The New moon is a time of new beginnings and an opportunity to plant seeds for what you would like to grow in your life. We do this by setting intentions on the new moon and beginning the process of manifestation. It’s important to get clear about what you really want to create in your future and essential oils are the perfect thing to help you with this!  Because the new moon is about positive change, it is associated with optimism and taking action. All four oils embody this sentiment and can be used aromatically and topically during your new moon ritual.

Wild Orange:  Known as the oil of “abundance”, Wild Orange is an uplifting citrus oil that inspires good fortune. We all want more abundance in our life whether it comes in the form of more love, time or wealth. When we are beginning the process of manifesting on the new moon, it is important to come from a place of abundance and not from a place of scarcity. Wild Orange helps us to release any beliefs around lack that can come in the form of fear, anxiety or perfectionism. As we let go of these thought patterns we tune into an abundant vibration which allows us to receive throughout the rest of the moon cycle. You can use Wild Orange on your diffuser mala while setting your intentions and/or place a drop on the paper you are writing the intentions on.

Encouraging Blend: This blend of citrus and mint oils (peppermint, clementine, coriander, Basil, Melissa) is the ideal blend to motivate you to sit down and get clear about what intentions and goals you want to set for the month ahead and the future. The universe is much quicker to respond to what we want to manifest when we are crystal clear about our desires and dreams. Taking the time to really think about what you want to call in to your life is the perfect activity do with a drop of this blend on your heart chakra or on a diffuser bracelet. This blend is also known for helping you to reconnect with your desire to serve others and align with your larger purpose.

FullSizeRender (15)Lavender: Thought of as the oil of “communication,” Lavender helps us clearly speak of our needs and wants. As we connect to our deepest desires on the new moon, lavender supports us in clearly communicating this with the universe. It allows us to connect honestly with our emotions and thoughts that we may be resisting. Any possible fears we have about our dreams and goals can be brought to the surface and released with lavender.   A drop of this oil on your throat chakra or on your mala necklace is perfect to make a part of your new moon ritual.  

Clary Sage: Widely accepted as the oil of “clarity,” Clary Sage aids us in changing our perceptions and allows to see what is really in front of us. When we use clary sage on the new moon we become open to new ideas and experiences. As we begin to set intentions on the new moon and think about what we want to see and feel in the future this oil helps us expand our vision and think big. Any blocks we have dissipate and we become open to all the possibilities.  A drop of Clary Sage is ideal for your third eye chakra or in a diffuser.   

What do you want to manifest this month? Grab your favorite oil and set aside some time to write your intentions, dreams and goals down!

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Jessica is a Canadian therapist, children’s yoga teacher, essential oil educator and mother of two. Her mission is to empower women to become the healers of their homes and take control of their healing with essential oils! Jessica leads an international team of over 700 women who share this mission. She and her oil girl gang teach classes around the world to teach people how to use essential oils to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Join her on Instagram (@lightandlotus) for daily inspiration!
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The Power of the Full Moon: Four Essential Oils to help you Let Go

Every full moon we have the beautiful opportunity to release what no longer serves us! This can be in the form of releasing energy, limiting beliefs, fears, old habits and even relationships. When we engage in this process of letting go we can make room for new blessings and abundance in all forms.  Essential oils can both assist and enhance this practice when we choose an oil that has specific healing properties. All four oils can be used topically or aromatically depending on your preference.  Topically you may put a drop wherever you feel called to; Ideal places are the wrists, heart chakra and third eye chakra (forehead). Aromatically you can place a drop of oil on your diffuser mala or bracelet (so the scent is carried with you throughout the day) or in a diffuser.

Lemongrass:  Known as the oil of “cleansing” lemongrass is a powerful and effective cleanser of any energies that no longer aids in our expansion. When we use lemongrass on the full moon it helps us let go of old belief systems and any negative energy we may have accumulated from others or situations. We can also use lemongrass oil to cleanse the energy of any physical space such as a house or office. This can be done on its own through a diffuser or diffuser necklace and/or in combinaimage1tion with the burning of sage. Lemongrass is an uplifting and joyous citrus oil making it an ideal oil to help you tune in to what energies no longer match this vibration.  

Cypress: As the oil of “flow”, cypress is the perfect oil to release any stagnant energy or relationships on the full moon. Cypress helps to create energetic flow and emotional purification. When we use cypress during a full moon either a drop on our heart chakra or a drop on our diffuser mala we begin to let go of the past and move forward with the flow of life. A flow of joy and wellbeing always exists within the universe- it is up to us to decide if we want to flow with it or go against it. Cypress has a very invigorating and fresh aroma which leaves us feeling refreshed and reenergized after the full moon.

Frankincense: Widely known as the oil of “spiritual truth” Frankincense assists us in removing any low vibe or false components in our lives. This can mean letting go of toxic relationships, negative situations or an uninspiring job. This oil creates a spiritual opening within us to create new perspectives based on truth and light. You can anoint yourself with a drop of frankincense on your third eye chakra (forehead) or a diffuser bracelet. Frankincense is both grounding and protective, with an earthy aroma, making it a beautiful oil to include in your full moon ritual and beyond.

Thyme: Revered as the oil of “releasing and forgiving,” Thyme is a significant cleanser of the emotional body making it ideal for the full moon. This oil can help us to deal with feelings that have been stuck for some time as it goes deep within our soul to cleanse any unresolved issues. When we use thyme in our full moon ritual we begin to open our heart and experience forgiveness and love towards others and from this we are able to find peace. With its spicy and warm smell, it’s a comforting oil that is a great addition to any full moon ritual.

What are you ready to release this full moon to make space for ? Which oil do you resonate the most with? Start with that one!

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Jessica is a Canadian therapist, children’s yoga teacher, essential oil educator and mother of two. Her mission is to empower women to become the healers of their homes and take control of their healing with essential oils! Jessica leads an international team of over 700 women who share this mission. She and her oil girl gang teach classes around the world to teach people how to use essential oils to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Join her on Instagram (@lightandlotus) for daily inspiration!
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What Mindfulness Helps You Prevent

Losing Your Sense of Purpose

The more mindful you are, the more adept you will be at maintaining awareness of what’s most important to you. Keeping your attention and focus on the present moment helps prevent fear, doubt and worry from creeping into your psyche. Becoming consumed with periods of time that are not happening now (past + future) can be a destructive way of thinking because those thoughts are often worrisome, regretful or fearful in nature.

While It is instinctive and healthy to be inspired and motivated by the past or future, it’s helpful long-term to actively cultivate your capacity to redirect your attention to right now.

Living in each and every present moment encourages your connection with the fulfilling feeling of living a purposeful life. It allows you to tap into your full potential and all that you have to contribute, versus robbing your potential by having your attention elsewhere.

Depression (Including postpartum)

Similar in nature to losing your sense of purpose is experiencing depression. A quick route to depression is to constantly wish your life would have gone differently or that there’s no hope for the future.

Staying mindful will help you engineer habits that serve your overall positive self-feeling. Participating in activities (daily) that make you feel alive and empowered will serve as a motor away from depression and negative thoughts.

For instance, if you love running and you know it leaves you feeling good, then make it a point to run every day. The same idea could apply to anything that makes to feel alive; whether it’s painting, making time for family and friends or practicing photography.

Dysfunctional Relationships

Many dysfunctional relationships stem from an underlying sense of unfulfillment with one or both individuals involved. Going through traumatic events leads some individuals to “take out” their frustrations or trust issues on their significant other; when a more restorative route is to work on healing yourself before you look to someone else for that fulfillment.

If you have experienced a string of dysfunctional relationships in your life, it’s worth entertaining the idea that you need to invest more time looking inside for that fulfillment that you’re seeking, instead of searching for it outside of you.

Emotional Eating

There are a multitude of ways that people choose to mask pain, hurt or disappointment that they have experienced in their life. Some choose substances like drugs or alcohol, while others simply look to food. The problem is not eating in itself, rather it’s when eating is happening and the purpose is not to fuel the body properly.

Many emotional eating habits are brought on by a focus on negative thoughts. Staying present and mindful of the good in each second can prevent you from going down that path of thinking, which can alter or eliminate those destructive eating patterns.

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Focus On the Little Things and You’ll Accomplish the Big Things

Often we get caught up in big ideas and grand gestures to make an impact on someone or something, when in reality it’s the little things that make a difference. Whether we are talking about our daily habits, being of service, contributing to a larger task or trying to solve a global crisis, our smallest actions will always be the most meaningful.

We all know that our lives are built on our habits; the small, repeated actions that we do on a daily basis. We often forget that in order to accomplish most things in our lives, it’s always the little things that make the biggest difference.

Gratitude habits are built on small, seemingly insignificant actions. Compounded over time, these small habits eventually change our way of thinking and in fact do change our lives.
What are some of the ways that we can make a difference today by focusing on the little things?

1. Look for opportunities to be of service to others. There are times when helping someone else would only take a few moments of our time, yet we are so caught in being busy that we’ll brush them off and tell them we’ll help later. Later never actually comes, and often they are left doing the task alone.

2. Do it now. If you’ve got a small task in front of you, one that would take less than 5 minutes, do it now. For example, you’ve just seen an email come through and you know that replying would only take a moment, do it now and get it over with instead of letting your inbox fill up. Another great way to manage email is to only open it a few times per day and deal with all of it once. Still a small task, as long as you do it on a regular basis.

3. Take a few extra moments to hug your family and tell them you love them. Make a point to look them in the eye for a bit longer than you normally would. Spend just a little more time showing your affection. Every day we read about those who have lost loved ones unexpectedly. Don’t miss the moment to say I love you daily.

4. Make a small donation to your favorite charity or maybe support a different charity than you have before. Every little bit helps! You may think that your $5 isn’t going to make any difference but for a family in need, that could mean a day’s worth of meals.

5. Add one new gratitude habit today. My favorite is to wake up with gratitude. Or something as simple as giving thanks before a meal. You could also practice saying thank you when you walk up and down stairs.

6. Pray. Never underestimate the power of prayer. Prayer doesn’t take much time and it has a lot of power when done regularly throughout your day. I pray to give thanks to God as a part of my day, several times a day.

7. Pick it up. Often when we look at the mess or clutter around our homes, it seems overwhelming and too big of a task to handle. One little thing we can do it is to simply pick up things off the floor as we walk by them (just one thing at a time) and put it away in its proper place. If it doesn’t have a place, that’s a whole other task that may not fall into the category of little things. Choose to take a moment to schedule time for a proper clean up and sort, if needed.

8. Give it away. There are so many things we can give away for free: our smile, kind words, gratitude, love, friendship and praise. We can also give away one item that no longer serves us. Do this daily and it could be really beneficial to someone else. Again, it’s a little thing that over time would make a big difference in reducing clutter and helping others.

9. Make one extra call. If you’re in business, you likely have a list of clients or prospects to connect with daily or weekly. Today, make one extra call. That one extra call could be the one that makes a difference both for you and the client.

10. Remember to breathe. Stop for a moment, at least once or twice a day to breathe deeply and be present. It doesn’t take long and it will shift your energy immediately. Take a few extra moments for a short meditation or yoga session. Five minutes per day will make a difference, compounded over time.

Keep it simple and do only one of these today. If you can do more, great! Remember that in order to create the big things in our lives, we’ve got to focus on the small things every day.

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Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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How you do one thing is how you do everything

This sentiment particularly holds true to how you speak to yourself. Our thoughts become our reality through the web of our feelings, emotions, and beliefs. It’s the same foundation for the saying “your vibe attracts your tribe.” If you’re constantly spouting hurtful comments about yourself to yourself, the rest of your life will not look much different; your confidence, relationships, career, bank account, etc.

So, how do you navigate life while not losing sight of the glorious perfection that is your spirit; who you truly are.

The answer is to stop criticizing yourself and shift the tone of your internal dialogue.

Before we dive in, I want to make it clear that when I say criticizing, I am not referring to making positive changes in your life i.e., swearing off soda, cigarettes, contact with your narcissistic ex-boyfriend, etc. I am talking about making those positive changes while speaking positively to yourself.

Pat yourself on the back, not on the back of the head.

Society teaches us that we must control ourselves in all capacities; our emotions, our bodies, our creations, our needs. We are critical of the things that we feel, the way we look, the expectations we don’t fulfill, the way our body functions, and the so-called mistakes we make. We categorize every aspect of our lives as good or bad, right or wrong. We pose, edit, and screenshot snippets of ourselves for social media to uphold an image of what we’ve been told is perfection. All the while, resisting and dismissing the inherent beauty of our imperfection; our bumps, bruises, and boldness.

We desperately need to stop criticizing your humanness and start believing in and existing in our other-worldliness.

Negative thoughts are habitual and addictive. They don’t feel good or nourish our soul, but somehow they’re easier than admitting we’re fabulous. They gain the most momentum in the morning, when we take the first post-sleep look at ourselves. You can set the stage for a day of manifestation, connection, and empowerment by simply saying, “You’re beautiful, capable, and alive.” Repeat the phrase three times while looking in the mirror. Feel anything that comes up – mistrust, disapproval, unworthiness, shame, discomfort. These originate from a state of fear and lack. They are normal and okay and a product of our human conditioning, but you’re choosing to alchemize a different reality (Can I get a Hell yeah!?!). The decision to exist in a state of yes, a state of I-am-worthy-of-greatness can begin immediately.

Instead of rolling in the muck of non-doing, pressing snooze three times, tiredness, or the pimple that decided to occupy your face the day of your big job interview, know that none of those “things” are who you are. They are just details in our stories — the ones we like to react to, dramatize and exist in, rather than feel the experience, see it with total clarity (its intentions and causes), and accept it with unconditional compassion.

Compassion comes in many different forms, but the one we tend to forget is compassion for ourselves. Practice speaking kindly to yourself – the same way you would speak to a child, offering love, encouragement, and affection. Incorporate a self-care ritual into your daily routine: exfoliate with a homemade coffee scrub in the morning, put a few pinches of maca in your morning brew, place a few drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil on your shower floor during your evening shower (I call this the lazy diffuser – works like a charm!). Compliment yourself and mean it. Tell yourself that you are gorgeous and necessary and that your light is an essential contribution to the brilliance of Universal Intelligence; our oneness and sameness with all other human beings. Say it out loud. Believe it, like you believe in the warm coffee between your hands.

The constant influx of thoughts is like a buffet. If you pass by a thought that serves you, that looks delicious and nourishing, throw that baby on your plate. When you come to the red jello with whipped topping … you know, the thoughts that poison you and the life you deserve to live, keep walking without a second glance. As with anything, the more you practice, the more efficient you become at effortlessly stepping over the heavy, toxic thoughts like a pebble in the road.

You can bask in the magic of your aliveness in every single moment.
You are worthy of unconditional love, abundance, and adoration.

Each moment and each thought has the capacity to be a tiny devotion to ourselves; our strength, beauty, and divine purpose, so that we may become the best possible version of ourselves … the person we are truly meant to be.

BIoimageShawn Rae is a mother, nonfiction word-weaver, poet, life coach, yoga guide, nontoxic living advocate, and compassionate earthling. She’s inspired by truth and believes wholeheartedly that all humans are worthy of love and wine. Connect with Shawn on her website, Instagram, or Facebo
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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl

Think about the amount of time and energy many of us devote to keeping our skin looking young and wrinkle-free. Could that time be better spent? Do we really need to spend $100 on the latest age-defying, wrinkle-reducing skin cream?

We sometimes forget that the food we eat, the ingredients that come from mother earth, has a tremendous impact on how we look from the outside. Nature is full of ingredients that can support our skin, hair and nails, and keep us looking young, naturally!

Today I’m showing you to make a magical smoothie bowl that is packed with beautifying ingredients. This smoothie bowl not only tastes incredible, but it will fill your body with nutrients, nourish your cells and make your skin glow.

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Here’s a quick look at our beautifying ingredients:

Spinach. We all know that dark leafy greens are an integral part of a healthy diet, but do we know why? Spinach, and dark leafy greens in general, are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and antioxidants. Spinach also contains high levels of lutein which helps keep your eyes healthy and give them that little sparkle!

Blueberries. Blueberries are one of the highest sources of antioxidants on the planet, which helps protect against premature aging. They’re also high in fiber which helps to keep you fuller for longer.

Mesquite Powder. You might recognize this from labels on dressing and marinades, but this superfood powder not only has a sweet, nutty flavor, but it’s also high in protein, fiber and B vitamins which helps support our metabolism and skin.

Ashwagandha Powder: While not directly helping your beauty routine, ashwagandha powder has been shown to help regulate hormones and stress levels. So for all those times where you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed? You’re probably doing a lot frowning, rubbing your forehead and not eating properly, which all contribute to those fine lines and wrinkles we so desperately try to avoid.

Maqui Powder: These rich, dark purple berries have been found to contain more antioxidants than any discovered food on earth, which means they’re superstars at protecting our cells from oxidative stress, and supporting healthy aging and immune function. They’ve also been shown to support healthy cardiovascular function and regulate blood sugar levels.

And the natural beauty of smoothie bowls? They make an ultra filling, super hydrating meal that will keep you fueled all day long!

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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach
1 cup frozen cauliflower
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop vegan protein powder (optional)
½ teaspoon mesquite powder
½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder
½ teaspoon maqui powder (or acai)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ – ½ cup non-dairy milk (or coconut water)
Toppings: kiwi, blueberries, sliced almonds and bee pollen

Instructions:

  1. Add everything into a blender in the order listed. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, smooth with a back of a spoon and add your toppings.
  3. Enjoy!

Alyssa-Rimmer-Headshot-SquareAlyssa is the CEO & Founder of the healthy food and wellness website, Simply Quinoa, which is focused on nutritious recipes with an emphasis on plants. My passion is to create healthy solutions for women through plant-based food and it’s important to me because when I first started to eat a plant-centric diet, these resources didn’t exist in a way I found to be helpful. My mission moving forward is to continue to create resources to help my audience enjoy nutritious and delicious foods, give them the tools to build lasting, healthy habits, and show them how to make health and wellness a lifestyle.
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Auspicious Encounters

I am in love with people I have not yet encountered and cities I have yet to explore. I am a wanderlust-er down to the bone. And as much as I’m drawn to the other-worldly beauty of mountain ranges, jagged cliffs that tower over the oceans, or cities bursting with art and architecture spanning back centuries, it’s the people that fuel my travels all around the world.

I do not believe in coincidences; I believe that we do not mean anyone by accident. We are meant to cross paths with exactly everyone that we do—no ifs ands or buts. And with my entire being, I believe that everyone we encounter can teach of something if we are open and willing to listen. I can honestly say that every person I have met – that I have gotten to know beyond a simple hello – has contributed to who I am in this very moment in some way, shape, or form.

Reflecting on all the people I’ve gotten to know over the past several years of travels, and throughout my entire life, I can pick out something very specific each person has taught me—whether they were aware of it or not. Some of these things are simple and seemingly small, like how to be a good roommate, how to plunge a toilet, or to smile at strangers when I walk down the street. Other things have been more significant like how to unconditionally love someone else—or myself, for that matter.

There have been people who inspired me to be a better person, and there are people who have shed light on how I don’t want to be. There are individuals who have made small (yet impactful) marks on my life, and there are people who have shaken my shit up. These movers and shakers have forever altered the future I’ve always envisioned for myself and they have transformed the way I fit into this world. A quote by one of my favorite writers perfectly sums all of this up:

“You are going to come across people in your life who will inspire you, love you and change you, and that is a rare thing, but every once in awhile you will come across someone who will completely rob you from your sleep and those are the people who are just too beautiful to put into words.” – R.M. Drake

So, here’s to all the people who have inspired us, loved us and changed us; here’s to being fortunate enough to have had a few of those rare humans who have robbed us of our sleep. And here’s to all those extraordinary humans that have yet to cross our paths. Cheers.

Never stop exploring, TD tribe. Stay curious.

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Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life with purpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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5 Questions We Asked for #InternationalYogaDay

At Tiny Devotions we’re all about mind, body and soul. We know that yoga plays a huge role for us in maintaining our wellbeing and health. We’re so excited to celebrate #internationalyogaday with you by opening the discussion with some of favourite yogis.

What yoga pose do you do daily? And why?

[Koya Webb] I do pigeon pose daily when I wake up or before bed because it releases emotions, opens my hips and stretches my hamstrings.

[Sophie Jaffe] Every single day I go upside down. It may just be one handstand in the middle of a chaotic afternoon, it may be shoulderstand before bed or it may be a series of headstands and inversions. Going upside down refreshes my perspective, gives me a burst of energy and allows me to get out of my head and into the moment.

[Alexzandra Peters] I have 5 wonderful go-to yoga poses that I do every day and those poses are standing backbend, standing side bend (both sides), forward fold, frog pose, and upward facing dog holding all for 7 breaths or more. I usually do them all first thing in the morning right when I wake up because I love to begin morning with a refreshing start by energizing my spine and entire body.  These five pose not only energize you but they help you release old energy from the day prior and bring new space, openness, happiness and lightness into your entire being.

How do you meditate? (Sitting, app, mala beads, other, etc.)

[Koya Webb] I sit on a meditation cushion and light a candle.

[Sophie Jaffe] I use yogawakeup app (where I have some yoga wakeups recorded!), I use other meditation apps and I also meditate lying down by focusing on my breath.

[Alexzandra Peters] My favorite way to meditate is in a low-lit room, postured on my meditation bench using my Tiny Devotion mala necklace or mala rings.

What has been your most profound moment on the mat?

[Koya Webb] Healing my back and knee injury with yoga and meditation

[Sophie Jaffe] I’ve had many profound moments. Yoga has been my stability throughout the past 15 years. It’s been there for me through some incredibly trying times and has helped me to work inward to fix outward problems. Being pregnant on my yoga mat and facing my new body, a human life inside, experiencing yoga in a whole new way, was probably one of the most profound moments of my life.

[Alexzandra Peters] My most profound moment on my mat was the first time that I felt what letting go feels like. Letting go emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

What is the greatest life challenge yoga has helped you overcome?

[Koya Webb] Yoga helped me realize that I don’t need a gold metal to make a difference in the world

[Sophie Jaffe] Yoga helped me get through a very abusive and toxic relationship with my first boyfriend of 5 years. I found yoga right around when we were ending our relationship. I sobbed tears of fear, tears of enlightenment, tears of strength and epiphany in that time. Yoga was my friend and my mirror during that time, and always.

[Alexzandra Peters] Yoga has helped me overcome the challenge of self-acceptance and fully loving Myself just the way I am, just as I am – flaws and all.

What is the most important wisdom your mentor, teacher or Guru has passed on to you?

[Koya Webb] Chase your wildest dreams

[Alexzandra Peters] A wise teacher of mine was speaking to me about personal growth and this one sentence has been written on my heart even since. “You have to let go, so you can grow.”

 

 

 

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Why Is Gratitude So Important in Personal Growth?

There are so many ways for us to invest in our personal growth these days. Why is gratitude important in personal growth? As someone who has invested tens of thousands of dollars in the past decade in personal growth, I’d love to share my personal perspective with you.

Why Personal Growth?

Let’s start here. What are the benefits of investing in our personal growth? One of my favorite mentors is Jim Rohn, and he explains it with this quote, ‘The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.’ We all have goals and dreams and without an investment in our personal growth, these goals and dreams will always remain just out of our reach. In order to achieve success, we have to become a successful person. Personal growth is the best path to get us there.

How Do We Invest in Our Personal Growth?

The options are truly unlimited when it comes to investing in personal growth. This can be a challenge if we don’t know where to start. Here are few ideas that are free or cost almost nothing (except your time):

  1. Start at your local library. You can borrow books, audiobooks, eBooks for free and begin your journey. I recommend starting with some of the classics, such as Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill or The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell.
  2. Podcasts. Another amazing free option that has thousands and thousands of choices. We are very blessed to live in a time when successful people are open and willing to share their journey with us (for free!). One of my favorites right now is the Tim Ferriss Show, since Ferriss ‘deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas’. There is so much to learn from these interviews!
  3. Reach out to a local mentor. For example, you want to have a successful yoga studio? Connect with the owner of your local studio and offer to take them out for lunch. Ask them your questions and then listen carefully to their answers. Take good notes and use them to start your own plan. Create a relationship focused on collaboration, rather than competition.
  4. YouTube videos. There is a lot of great content on YouTube and it can be difficult know where to start. I recommend starting with Marie Forleo, whether you are an entrepreneur or not, she has amazing interviews and Q&A Tuesday.

Where Does Gratitude Fit In?

First, I’d start with gratitude that we live in an age where we can take the time to invest in personal development. Not too long ago in our human history, this kind of behavior would not be possible. There wasn’t the time or the disposable income to invest in this way.

Next, focus on gratitude for the abundance of options to choose from, many that are free or cost very little. It may seem overwhelming to have so many choices however this also means that we can be more specific in the kind of learning we’d like to do.

And finally, let’s express gratitude for all of the mentors and successful people that have come before us. More specifically, we are grateful for those who are willing to share their knowledge with us so that we can all learn. We have grown and evolved as a society partly because there is more and more free sharing of information. Instead of the old adage every woman for herself, there’s a global shift going on. Together, we are more powerful than the sum each part.

What are you going to do today to invest in your personal development? And how will you express your gratitude at the same time?

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h her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole
food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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Creativity Without Fear

Ever since I can remember, I’ve enjoyed the act—the art—of making things. I’ve always considered creativity as a way of incorporating myself into everything that I do or create. From chalk murals on the driveway, to charcoal masterpieces in 5th grade art, to scrapbooking, drawing, and writing. Even before I could put into words what being able to express my creativity does for me, I knew that when I grew older that it would play an important role in my life.

Now, creativity and the art of making things show up in every area of my life. They have become a part of who I am. From my big girl job, to my side hustle of teaching yoga, to writing—everything I do, every conversation I have, I’m being creative.

My life-long dance with creativity hasn’t always been a smooth one, though; I’ve hit a lot of speed bumps and come face-to-face with countless roadblocks along the way. It took me years to even consider the idea of calling myself creative, rather than just someone who creates, and I still struggle with owning it some days. I don’t get paid to write, take photos, or draw, so who am I to call myself a writer, photographer, or artist? And if I don’t get paid, surely that means I’m not talented enough, right? I always think, how dare I? But that, of course, is just my fear trying to keep me small and inside my comfort zone where I know I won’t get hurt. When someone doesn’t recognize the value in my offering, it cuts deep because I’ve put some of myself into what I create. It feels personal, like they’re rejecting a part of who I am.

My creative offerings, they’re not for everyone. That’s something that I’ve realized after years of creating, often after tears or anxiety levels that shot straight through the ceiling. But just because someone doesn’t find meaning in or a connection to what I say or what I’ve created, that doesn’t take away from its intrinsic value. It’s still art. It’s still a beautiful act of creativity.

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Creativity Mala by Tiny Devotions

For anyone who is struggling with owning and fully stepping into his or her creativity, this is what I have to say to you:

Putting your heart and soul out into the world whether it’s a podcast, a book, a caption on an Instagram photo or a blog post, it can be just plain scary. When you hit publish or put the final brush stroke on your masterpiece you’re saying, Hey, world. See me. Hear me. It’s an act of vulnerability, of sharing yourself with others in hopes of making connections in some way, shape, or form. But when you practice vulnerability, you are inherently being brave. So. Damn. Brave. Without courage, there is no creativity. Your fear will try to trick you into thinking it’s not good enough, that you’re not good enough. Don’t listen to that voice—it’s wrong. There will be people who hate what you say, who don’t consider your work art, or who will try to tell you that you are not who you think you are—but they’re wrong too. If you write, you’re a writer. If you draw or paint, you’re an artist. If you take photos, you’re a photographer. Being good or getting paid are not prerequisites to being creative, all you need to do is create. That’s it.

Don’t be afraid to make things and share them with others. The world needs more of you and your creative expression in it, I mean it.

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Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life withurpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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New Moon Gemini: Let it Go, and Grow!

The World is a beautiful playground where you get to Play and Create as you wish to! Though, on the odd occasion Life may usher in a serving of lemons! So what is the best thing to do when life serves you lemons? My suggestion is to make a tantalizing Lemon Spritzer, and then sink into Surrender while sipping your spritzer!

Life is here for us to Grow! Grow in ways that we may not know! And each of the Lemons served to us, is perfectly aligned with learning how to embrace Life at its absolute best.

So in those times when Life serves you ups, down, parallels and reverses, with all kinds of movements that take you round and round, know, that the Universe is lovingly trying to teach you. When you are in the midst of a teaching, it is then where you need to dig deeply into your heart, so that you may continue to move forward and upwards.

The real question here is, how do you do this?

Well… I may not know all the answers, but I can share some light, and some interesting tips to support you through the excursion of Life!

Let’s take a step back and examine Life, and the Rhythms and Cycles of living on this planet. With this vantage point of stepping back and looking at Life, you shall notice that there is a definite Rhythm to the Universe.

And, then you may notice that you have your own personal Rhythm too. And, like every other human you may feel that your Rhythm is perfect. And, yes it is! You are perfect in every way!

However, imagine that you could align your Rhythm with the Universal Rhythm. That you could literally attune yourself to this Universal Rhythm; so that you can walk step-in-step with the Universe, versus feeling yourself being dragged along by some tether, which seems to have no rhythm or rhyme at all.

So, how do you gather your wits about yourself and tune into this Universal Rhythm? Well, first you need to realize that the Universe is working with you, and not against you. That the Universe, in fact, is attempting to guide you. When you realize this fact, and pay attention to the cycles presented to you, you will see that you can step onto the cosmic ebb and flow.

Your next question may be, “Well, how do I see, feel, or attune to this Rhythm?” I will share with you my experience in attuning to the Universal Cycles, so that you too may be able to step onto the Wave that is coaxing you into your own personal and unique realization.

Firstly, if you simply recognize that the Universe has a Rhythm, it awakens you consciously to this phenomena.

Secondly, acknowledging for yourself that you are ready to attune to the Universal Rhythms, will then already begin the attunement process.

Thirdly, now this is where you have to truly look at yourself in the mirror, and say out aloud, “I choose to surrender to the flow of the Universe!” Seeing yourself vocalize your surrender, you begin to reinforce the process of letting go of your attachments, and also to what you feel life should be like. In a way you are allowing your ego to surrender.

Fourthly, make this is a daily practice of finding time to listen to the Universe. Be prepared to spend a few minutes a day either in meditation, or simply being still (yes, without your phone or any other distractions). This allows you to “feel into the Universal Rhythm”.

Fifthly, re-instate your intention daily that you are surrendering to the Universal Rhythm, and that you are happy to do so.

Sixthly, every evening let go of your day! Take time before bed to honor yourself and let go of the day. So that no matter what occurred, you can allow yourself to rest well.

Seventhly, start each day with a smile! Consciously look for the beauty in the World. This will help keep you pepped up.

Eighthly, repeat all these steps often, and frequently!

Know in your heart that the Universe is here to support you, and that you are truly being shown the way to step into your fullest potential. When you align your heart and mind with this mindset, the World around you will begin to shift into a World of new possibilities.

I fully believe that when you choose to work with the Universe, the Universe 100% chooses to work with you! I also, and fully, believe that having a daily practice of tuning into the Universe will help pave the Way forward and upwards!

Each of you are powerful in your own personal and unique way! Start seeing yourself as that, and let go into the Flow of the Universal Rhythm. It is a dance of being in Rhythm daily. It will allow you to forge forward on creating the outcomes and potentials you are so dedicated to bringing towards yourself.

Honour yourself daily, as you step forward into the Flow and Rhythm of the Universe!

With Infinite Love Always,
Belinda Pearl

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She Believed… so she did!

When you awaken to the All Mighty presence within you, you realize that YOU are not just a human being, but a Spiritual Being. And being a Spiritual Being, we can tap into an infinite resource of Source energies that will fuel us upon an evolutionary cycle of living life Attuned to All possibilities.

Our greatest strength is not just our Will Power, rather it is when our Will Power taps into the Infinite Source that energy is created to fuel us in our everyday life!

So, how do we tap into this Infinite Source power? Well, there are many tales passed down by the great Seers that share light on how to purposely utilize the Universal energies that surround us everyday.

In my honest opinion, tapping in and fueling the Self is fairly easy. One, it requires a necessary desire to want to tap in, and two, a deep desire to continue to be connected to this infinite supply.

Today, I will share with you a few of the theories or methods that I have have learned along the way. Allow me share with you a quick story of how I have utilized and embodied source energy.

What seems like many eons ago, the Universe pointed me to a task that was seemingly greater than my worldly resources. Since the idea was presented to me by the Universe, I decided that there was a greater reason for me to follow through. However, the journey required financial and mental resources that seemed beyond my capabilities.

Each day, through this journey I simply asked to be guided, and I promised the Universe that I would follow through on anything that was given to me that would help me accomplish the entire journey.

As I set forth, little did I know that the Universe did endeavour to help me out. Each time a major step presented itself to me, amazingly, the Universe provided the right person or resource to help me take action. And, at times when my own energy or motivation waned; the Universe provided a little, or sometimes a large nudge to put me back on track!

In the end, all that seemed so much greater than myself or my resources was accomplished “quite easily”.

I acknowledge that I was supported throughout my entire journey of being a very lucky recipient of a very sort after gift. I basically won my green card in the green card lottery. I give all the credit to the Universe, and also to me absolutely believing in myself, and the process, by continuing to have faith and in following through on each piece of the puzzle. Because of my faith, the Universe ensured my success; even when others were naysayers to this journey.

Now, back to this present moment. The question I present to you is; what is it that you are creating for yourself or wish to create?

First take a moment to reflect. Then, be very clear about your intention, as the Universe listens to every word, and even to how you send out your intention.

Once you are clear on what you wish to create, follow the steps below.

  1. Step one, believe YOU can do it.
  2. Step two, ask for assistance. Not just from the Universe but, also from the World.
  3. Step three, give yourself the time to create. Have patience! All good things come at the right time. Divine timing is truth!
  4. Step four, ensure that everyday while on your path, that you give energy towards creating your desire.
  5. Step five, meditate! Meditation helps you open up to receive guidance.
  6. Step six, have unwavering faith! Believe in the process, if it is meant to be, it will be. If it is not, that means there is something else that is more important!
  7. Step seven, be detached from the outcome. How your desire may manifest, may look different to what you expect.
  8. Step eight, repeat steps one through seven daily!

Ok! In my mind and heart I believe that when something is meant to be ours, it will. Do not compare yourself to others. Hold your unique essence as a valuable commodity. And know that the Universe is your friend – ready, willing, and able to assist you always!

All things come to us if we hold faith and believe in ourselves!

Believing in yourself gives you the space to truly co-create with this great Universe.

From my heart to yours.
Go forth and create!

Belinda Pearl

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Grounding with Soul Values

Lately, I have been ungrounded and lacking clarity in almost every area of my life. Maybe it was the latest full moon or because we’re stuck in the awkward limbo between seasons. It also might be that I’m turning 25 this summer and I’m due for my quarter-life crisis, or that I haven’t had my vision and goals top-of-mind these past few months. Most likely, it’s a mix of all the above.

Some days, I know exactly what I want—others, not so much. For me, it’s all too easy to go with the “out of sight, out of mind” adage when I’m not holding myself accountable to the vision I have so lovingly crafted – and continue to grow and nurture – for my life. In this space, I say yes to things I’d truly like to say no to. I procrastinate. I take short cuts and the easy route whenever possible. I complain and I compare. I take a passive stance on my life when I should be in the driver’s seat.

Through years of vision and goals work at lululemon and coaching sessions with Jacki Carr and Mary Beth LaRue (co-founders of Rock Your Bliss), I’ve picked up a clarity ritual to help me when I’m feeling lost, confused, un-grounded, unsure…you get the point.

I flip to a brand-spankin’-new page in my journal, grab my go-to purple PaperMate FLAIR pen, and I write down my soul values at the top: passion, creativity, curiosity, connection, and nature. These values are my compass, if you will, that will keep me heading toward my true north—always.

Then, I draw a big circle in the middle of the page. On the outside of the circle, I write all the things I don’t want in my life at that exact moment—i.e. hustling, busyness, saying yes to things I should say no to, etc.

Next, it’s time for the fun stuff. On the inside of the circle, I cultivate a thoughtful, loving list of things that I want to fill my life with—the HELL yes’s, like spending time unplugged outdoors, keeping up a daily yoga practice, and exploring way more.

Once I’m finished, I take a few minutes to reread my sparkly, fresh roadmap and let it all marinate. And just like that, BAM, clarity and grounding. It’s really that simple.

And the best apart about this ritual is that it is as fluid as I allow it to be. As I evolve, it will evolve with me as I, my circumstances, and my wants and needs change. Every time I feel like there’s a shift happening in my life, I carve out time for this exercise. Heck, when I want to create change I do it. Rather than letting it feel rigid and like I have to stick to whatever I’ve jotted down on paper, I look at is an exciting opportunity to create and live in possibility. Knowing exactly what I want and what I don’t want in my life allows me to stay focused, be creative, passionate, and authentic in all areas of my life, and to live my life on purpose.

I’d love to know – what are your soul values? And if you’ve taken the time to do this exercise, what the things you don’t want in your life right now and the things that you want to say hell yes to?

jenna-28Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life withurpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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How To Raise Your Vibration With Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the highest vibrations we can feel, along with love, freedom and empowerment. Starting your day with thoughts of gratitude can set the tone for the day. What are your first thought when you awaken? Whatever you start your day with is how your day in going to unfold, so choose wisely.

Here are some of my favorite ways to raise our vibration:

First, start your day with gratitude, love and peace.  Start your day in communion with Spirit, God or the Universe. Ask for guidance in your day. Give thanks for this gift of another day. Pray for those who are hurting and suffering. And commit to being of service to others today. Taking a few minutes every day to wake up with gratitude will immediately raise your vibration and allow for more miracles in your life.

Second, shift your focus. Instead of judgement, choose understanding. Instead of blaming, choose kindness. Instead of dislike or hatred, choose unconditional (that means without conditions) LOVE. Instead of frustration or anger, choose forgiveness. Instead of disappointment, choose gratitude. When we remember that everyone is doing the best they can in any given situation, it’s easier to shift our feelings to a higher vibration.

Third, spend some time in nature. Walk with gratitude and give thanks for the incredible miracles that surround you. Breathe deeply and slow down to observe the beauty around you. Allow yourself to release tension and move with ease. Enjoy a dance in the rain! Close your eyes and look up towards the sun to feel the power and heat on your face. Stop to literally smell the roses and all of the other beautiful smells of spring.

Fourth, release the past. Forgiveness is one of the keys to raising our vibration and we can use gratitude as a part of this process. First we acknowledge that the past is no longer serving us. Second, we release the past and give thanks for the lessons we have learned. And finally, we ask for forgiveness or grace so that we can truly move forward without the chains of the past.

And finally, know that we are all connected on an energetic level. Every human being on this planet is connected and connected to the collective consciousness of those who are no longer here. Your vibration attracts or repels others; it’s completely under your control. When you are vibrating with gratitude, you’ll naturally attract more grateful people.

To understand more of how we are all connected, I recommend listening to the audio recording, Co-Creating at Its Best: A Conversation Between Two Master Teachers, with Dr. Wayne Dyer and Abraham, as channeled by Esther Hicks. It’s PHENOMENAL. I just finished listening to the audio and I’m excited to listen again as there is so much to learn!

What will you focus on today to raise your vibration?

julie-128Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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6 Easy Things You Can Do For Earth Day!

Earth Day has been celebrated annually since 1970. For 47 years, communities from around the world bring awareness of the degrading quality of our environment and home, Mother Earth.

There are many ways Mother Earth can use our help today and everyday to counteract the effects of environmental mass destruction. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and believe that our individual actions can truly have an impact and a difference, but it really does. Trust that your acts of kindness have a ripple effect on the universe.

We’ve compiled a list to help get us started. You can pick one or multiple of these environmental actions to help Mother Earth for Earth Day and/or to implement into your everyday lifestyle.

Mother Earth’s Breeze  

An average car ride of 16 km omits 8.6 km pounds of carbon dioxide into the air nearly twice as much as an central air conditioner. Consider making it both ways to work without driving your car. You can carpool with several co-workers, use public transit or better yet, ride your bike and get healthy alongside mother nature; The Zen Guide to Bike Commuting

Deforestation is a primary contribution to global warming. We can help counteract those effects by planting trees, shurbs, bushes or any plants to help absorb CO2 in the air; Here’s How to Plant Trees from Twigs

Mother Earth’s Grounds
The average American throws away almost 4.4lbs of garbage a day, that is 1606 lbs of garbage a year!  There is a growing trend in the eco friendly community to move towards zero waste grocery shopping.  Mason jars, reusable shopping bags, cloth produce bags are all affordable, and easily accessible alternatives. Here is an example of how easy it is to be plastic free!   Zero Waste Grocery Shopping Kit

The honey bees are disappearing. This is a fact, and it is something we should all be worried about.  90% of the world’s plants, including many we use for food, depend on pollinators like the honey bee. If the bees disappear, the plants won’t be far behind.  So this spring, be sure to leave those dandelions where they are, they are the first food of the season for our honey making friends.  And be sure to plant a  bee friendly garden!

Mother Earth’s Waterflow

Now that you have planted your trees, and bee friendly garden, it is important to make sure you can nourish it! Whether you live in a climate that experiences droughts and water restrictions or not, it is always important to limit your water consumption. This simple rain collecting system means you can have lush lawns and gardens, and a bountiful harvest, with minimal water usage! DIY Rain Barrel

Lastly, consider going through your product drawers to check for beauty products that may contain micro beads. Essentially they’re plastic pellets that can be found in products like: Toothpaste, shower gels, facial scrubs and shaving foam to name a few. According to the Marine Conservation Society, Emma Cunningham explains “When you wash them off with water, the water goes down the plug hole but it carries the tiny bits of plastic with it and they end up in the sea. They’re less than a mm wide so water filters miss them…The evidence is there to suggest animals right at the bottom of the food chain are ingesting it and we worry what impact that will have higher up the food chain.” What can you use instead? Simply look for products that do not contain micro beads or try making your own. Natural Products All Natural Body Scrubs- Ban the Microbead!

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Eight Essential Success Habits

What does it take to be successful? Running two successful businesses for over 11 years has taught me a lot of lessons about what it takes to succeed. Here are my top eight essential success habits.

  1. Sleep

This has been in the news a lot lately, no longer is it a badge of honour to give up sleep. Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, shares how sleep is the key to success in this Ted Talk. Aim to get to bed by 11 pm and wake up at 6 am for a minimum of 7 hours of sleep. It’s also super important to turn off your devices at least 30 minutes before bed. When we are lacking good sleep, not only are we tired, but it’s more difficult to be creative and productive, which are both key factors in success.

  1. Gratitude

Your first thoughts in the morning set the tone for your day. Start your day with gratitude and a vision of your perfect day, before you even get out of bed. Give thanks for another day to be alive and to provide value to those around you. And to help you with number 1, write down 3 things you are grateful for every night before you go to sleep. This helps your subconscious mind to focus on what’s good in your life, rather than what’s wrong.

  1. Movement

Successful people keep moving. They make sure that they are not stuck sitting in front of a laptop all day long. Getting the blood flowing helps you generate more ideas and keeps you alert. A few simple things you can do: Stand when you’re talking on the phone, go for a walk & talk meeting (outside if possible), drink lots of water (more frequent bathroom breaks) or hand-write Thank-You cards and walk to the mailbox to post them. Yoga is an amazing form of movement that has benefits on a mental and spiritual level as well. I do a simple ten minute yoga routine every morning to stay limber and focused for the day ahead.

  1. Affirmations

In order to overcome all of the negative self-talk we have been programmed with, affirmations are essential for everyone. Successful people make saying daily affirmations a twice a day habit. Louise Hay has endless affirmations in her many Hay House Books and on her website. Write or type out a list of affirmations that resonate with you, the more personal they are, the more effective they will be. I shared my favorite gratitude affirmations in this blog post. The Tiny Devotions Intention Deck would also be a perfect way to inspire your daily affirmation practice!

  1. Self-Care

This is just as important as sleep. Making time to take care of yourself first is critical. In order for us to be successful business owners, parents, employees and human beings, we must take care of ourselves first. No exceptions. It is impossible to serve others if you are not in an optimal state of well-being. Self-care includes taking care of your body, your mind and your spirit. Suggestions include massage, energy work (reiki), day at the spa, attending church or other spiritual services, regular exercise, meditation and yoga, stretching, reading or other hobbies. Make sure you do at least one of these daily.

  1. Meditation

It’s really easy not to meditate. It takes time and effort to do so on a regular basis. However, more and more very successful people are choosing to find time to be still and quiet every day. Making a commitment to meditate daily can truly change your life and help you to deal more easily with unexpected challenges and difficulties that will come your way. Over the past several weeks, I have made a commitment to meditate for ten minutes a day (right before my ten minutes of yoga) each morning – including weekends. I enjoy guided meditation and have been using the Insight Timer app, which has thousands of free guided meditations and a timer if you’d prefer to meditate in silence. I’m also working on a different kind of meditation, using the Tiny Devotions Mala beads. This is a new practice for me, and I’ll share my results in a future post.

  1. Eat Whole Foods

What you put into your body is your fuel for the day. Does what you eat give you more or less energy? Are you dehydrating yourself with coffee, tea or alcohol? Do you feel good after a meal? Do you take time to eat regularly? Successful people know that creating healthy eating habits leads to more success, because when you’re properly fueled throughout your day, you are more productive. And there’s nothing better than starting your day with a fresh green juice!

  1. Have Faith

This has become the cornerstone for my personal success and the success of many of my team members. Personally, I have faith in God, and this is where I have grounded my faith. Your faith journey doesn’t have to look like mine, as long as you can find something greater than yourself to fuel your faith. This is a non-negotiable. Looking back, I can see how much easier it has been to succeed now that God is an integral part of my life. However you choose to name your source of faith is not important – what important is to find your faith, build it, solidify it and watch how quickly your success grows.

Which one of these are you ignoring right now? Which ones needs your attention? Choose one to start with and as you create a new habit, then add another one. The recipe for failure is trying to implement all of these at once! Not sure where to start? My suggestion is to always begin with Gratitude.

julie-128Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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Real

Real.
Oh, you guys. This seemingly simple 4-letter word can really throw me for a loop. It’s one of my favorite words, but also one of the most terrifying for me. Real means no bullshit, no filter, no nonsense. It’s all about truth, authenticity, and the courage to show up and be seen for exactly who we are while saying exactly what we think and feel. This makes me knees shake out of both excitement and fear.

We’ve all met those extraordinary humans who embody real—they radiate it. You know that when they speak, it’s their truth, and they’re fiercely unapologetic about it. But on the other hand, if they speak and it’s not aligned with their core values – they’re brave enough to admit it, take a step back, reflect, and put in the work to get back to their true north. They make it look easy and maybe for them, it is. But if you’re like me, it takes a lot more effort; it’s a conscious, every-minute-of-every-day kind of practice.

Me? I’m one of those people who, since I can remember, have always thought, “But what will they think?” before I say, do, and even think something. This makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to be myself when I’m always filtering and editing my every action; it doesn’t leave room for cultivating real connection. I’m always worrying about being all too much or not enough for others. Too loud, to passive. Too excited, too apathetic. Too serious, or too quirky. And when you’re playing the game, there’s no way to win except to be real, regardless of what that may look like to someone else.

But then there are those times that I’m free. I recognize that I’ll always be too much or too little for some people, but those who truly matter to me will love me unconditionally for all parts of me, the good, the bad, and everything in between. When I’m in this space, I operate uninhibited and devoid of worries about what someone else might say or think, and it feels so damn good. I’m present to the moment unfolding before me and I have the confidence to be playful, silly, vulnerable, and brave all while speaking my truth. I’m 100% me. I’m real.

The secret? A whole lot of self-love and keeping this mantra at the forefront of my thoughts:

“You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you’ll lose your edge. Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone – profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.” – Danielle LaPorte

To hold myself accountable, I make a conscious, daily effort to pause and reflect whenever I catch myself thinking “But what will they think?” This means taking a huge step back, pulling out my notebook and putting pen to paper. This helps me to name what it is I’m feeling while getting to the root of the insecurity, and then coming to a resolution that can bring me back to myself.

We will always be too much or too little for some people. Those people? They’re not our people.

With love, light, and big-belly-laughter always,
Jenna.

jenna-19Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life withurpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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Gratitude is My Prayer

Prayer is an important tool in all of our lives. And it’s not used nearly as much as it could be. Do you have rituals in your day where you are giving thanks?

Expressing gratitude and giving thanks is a form of prayer. When we say thank you for what we already have, we are asking God or The Universe or a power that is greater than ourselves to give us even more to be thankful for. Writing in your gratitude journal is a form of prayer. Giving thanks before a meal is a prayer. Saying ‘thank you for this gift of another day’ when you wake up is a prayer. When we widen our scope about what prayer looks like, we may find many opportunities in our day when we are praying.

Having grown up without any formal prayers or spiritual practice, it wasn’t until my daughter was born that I started looking at my faith and spirituality. At first, my focus was only on gratitude as my prayer, which on its own can be very powerful! I manifested many wonderful things in my life using gratitude intentions. A gratitude intention is when you write something that you are grateful for, in the present tense, that you have yet to manifest in real life. You write the same intention in your journal, every day, until it becomes your reality.

My practice continues to grow today and currently includes a morning prayer ritual, meditation, gratitude before I eat and giving thanks in my gratitude journal every night.

You don’t have to be religious to benefit from the power of prayer. A prayer of gratitude can change your life. When you give thanks, do it from a place deep inside of you, right from your cells and create a beautiful vibration at the highest energetic frequency possible. Send out your message of thanks into the world and watch carefully what comes back to you. You will be amazed and surprised at the gifts that will show up.

What are you prayer practices? How can you use the incredible power of gratitude to fuel your prayers and connect you to a higher power?

julie-128Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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To the girl who wants to have it all

The answer is yes. You can abso-friggen-lutely have everything that your soul desires. The people who tell you otherwise, those afraid of the big life you want to live and who want to keep you small, they’re wrong. The success, the love, the magic you seek? You’re worthy of it.

Your passion, your determination, your never-ending days and sleepless nights will all get you to exactly where you want and need to be, but not without patience. You’re your own toughest critic, but only because it keeps you on track, motivated, and accountable. You’ll be met with plenty of closed doors and nos, and some of them might shake you so hard you’ll want to give up, but don’t. Please don’t forget that you will never miss anything that was meant for you along your journey.

Between work, working out, maintaining a social life and everything in between, you pack your schedule full to the brim and often find yourself running on fumes (coffee fumes, that is). You pride yourself on your productivity, and you think you’ve figured out a sustainable way to cheat exhaustion without actually taking time to rest, but don’t fool yourself – you haven’t. You check goals off of your list like you’re grocery shopping, and you often put your heart’s desires before your personal needs.

Pause. Take a step back. Breathe. Slow it way, waaay down. Admire all the good things and humans you’ve filled your life with thus far. Give yourself permission to prioritize pleasure, play, and rest once in a blue moon; it won’t kill you or tack on any extra miles to your trip toward your vision of your best life. You lovingly hold space for others, so why don’t you try holding space for yourself? Most importantly, remember this: you don’t have to do it all, all the time.

You are doing the best that you can. Take pride in that idea. Cultivate a joy-filled life around that idea. You can have it all as long as you remember to take care of yourself along the way.

Get it, girl. Slay.

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Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life withurpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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Day 10/14 of Self Love :: Make Time for “Me-Time”

When I think about “me-time,” I tend to think about face masks, bathrobes and fluffy slippers. I also tend to think, I’ll do that on the weekend, I don’t have time, I need to make dinner, I need to walk the dog…

Do you see what got lost there? ME. Activities that make me feel good and recharge my batteries, seem to slip to the bottom of the priorities list.

Time for a mindset shift: me-time can come in different forms and doses. Reality check: you are not doing as good a job of taking care of others as think – if you are always at the bottom of your own to-do list.

You can’t pour from an empty cup. To truly give the best version of yourself to others, you have to come from a place of health, of nourishment, and of care – for yourself.

The key to making “me-time” count, and making sure that you are feeling the benefits of self-care, is intention. The way you look at things can make all the difference.

Me time can be the extra 2 minutes you spend in your morning shower, when you are intentionally taking that time to relax, to feel the heat of the water, to mentally prepare for your day.

Me time can be your drive home from work, when you pop in an audio book that really challenges and engages you towards your highest self.

Me time can be anywhere and everywhere, as long as you are putting yourself first. Check in with yourself, with your body, with your mind. What do you need? And what are you going to do today that will serve your needs? Self-care isn’t optional, it’s necessary.

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Day 8/14 of Self Love :: Declutter Your Space

Imagine yourself waking up to your most ideal morning routine. In this fantasy, you wake well-rested and have all the time in the world. You decide to put off answering emails and checking your social media accounts. Instead, you choose to dive into a deep, slow meditation for 10 minutes. When you rise, you reach for a glass of water with fresh lemon, and step into a long, hot shower. As you step out of the steam, grabbing a fresh, fluffy towel, you look at yourself in the mirror and know that today is going to be awesome.

Now take a moment to reflect on what your mornings really look like. When you wake to your alarm blaring you are instantly aware of the sleep you didn’t get, and the time you don’t have, and so the feelings of stress and rush come flooding back in. You lay in bed scrolling instagram for a few too many minutes. You peer over the edge of your bed to the pile of laundry you left on your chair last night and wonder what you’ll be able to find that’s clean and wearable.

You take a quick, lukewarm shower and step out of tub. You reach for your towel, and notice that it’s still where you left it yesterday, in a damp puddle in the corner of your bathroom. You brave the freezing cold to rush to the linen closet – you didn’t get your laundry done but a face cloth will have to do. As you re-enter the bathroom, you look in your mirror and get ready to face the day. Only, your toothpaste cap is missing, your makeup is in a bottomless bag and you can’t find your hairbrush.

We all know how wonderful it feels to come back from a weekend away, or to wake up after a night out and feel the energy of a spotless and clutter free home. We know that cleaning and tidying makes us feel good, and we know how it can affect our mood to be in a serene and contemplative space. What you may not have thought about are the negative consequences when you haven’t made time to tidy, clean and organize.

Waking up and coming home to a messy space can become a metaphor for brain fog and overwhelm that we carry with us throughout our lives.

Prioritize your mental space – take some time to declutter today, and imagine how good you will feel tomorrow morning. xx