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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!

For more interesting Mother Earth preservation techniques visit our Pinterest board.

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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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