Category: Intentional Living

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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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Why moving is THE WORST, but doesn’t have to be…

The entire internet can agree on the fact that moving is THE WORST.  Google the words “moving is” and you’ll find a plethora of responses revolving around why…  moving is stressful, moving is hard, moving is exhausting, moving is expensive… it goes on and on. And let’s be honest, they aren’t lying, moving is all those things. In case you’ve missed it, we are in the final stretches of preparing to move to a new head office. It’s been challenging, frustrating, and at times overwhelming.  But (and there is always a but) it has also been one of the most exciting and enlightening processes.

We understand how easy it can be to get consumed by the drudgery of a project like moving. However, if we can pass along one nugget of advice, it would be to take a minute and try to find the silver lining.  Instead of focusing on the annoying things on your plate, try and change your perspective. We bet you’ll be surprised by what you see.

Here are the top 4 things we’ve learned about ourselves through this process

      1. As yogis, we have to be flexible

We’re leaving our current home to move into a brand new, modern space. Big surprise, construction was behind. As a result we’ve had our moving date pushed back multiple times.  We’ve literally been working out of boxes for the past few weeks, which sounds super inconvenient… but miraculously it’s worked out just fine (funny how that happens). It was such a good reminder that not everything is going to go to plan, but it’s still going to work out exactly how it was supposed to

      2. We’ve grown… A LOT

You know the saying you can’t see the forest for the trees? Yeah… it’s amazing how true that can be sometimes.  When you’re in the thick of it, laser focused on your goals, it’s hard to take a step back and see the big picture.  Prepping for this move has really forced us to do that. We’ve had to stop and take a good hard look at our product offerings, our old samples, our design and inspo boards and decide if they were still valuable to us. That can be a really uncomfortable process, and you have to let go of things that were once super important to you, but it’s necessary and ultimately so good for you.

    3. We’ve got a great community

Our friends, families and TD Tribe have been unreal during this.  They’ve helped haul stuff to the women’s shelter. They’ve offered to come uninstall our appliances to avoid hiring a plumber. You know all those things on the to-do list that never seem to get checked off until the last minute when you’re panicking? We’ve had offers of help for all of them.  Moving involves a ton of tedious tasks that no one wants to do, and if people offer to do those things for you, hold on tight to them and never let them go

      4. We’ve “failed”… and then we’ve flourished

Not every idea we’ve ever had has been a good one.  One of the hardest parts of moving is going through your old things and deciding what is coming with you, and what’s destined for greater things. Finding old samples and design sketches of products past is a bit like finding your grade 10 yearbook. It’s totally cringeworthy to be reminded of ideas that you were convinced were going to be AMAZING (ie those gemstone wine stoppers) that turned out to be complete duds.  But it’s also really motivating to take a big picture look at just how much you’ve learned from those “failures”, or how they were just the catalyst for your next great idea.

So yes, we do agree with you that aspects of moving are THE WORST.  But next time your wrestling with that awkward tape dispenser thing trying to avoid your 1000th cardboard cut (no.. just us?)  try to remind yourself of what an amazing opportunity to completely re energize your life this is.  Use this chance to shed everything that isn’t serving you, and start the next chapter with fresh intentions that match the fresh coat of paint.

 

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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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The Sun is Out and Anklets are In

Anklets are having a moment right now, and we couldn’t be happier about it!  Now that the sun is slowly starting to warm us up (at least up here in the Northern Hemisphere), it’s time to pack away the boots, dig out the sneaks, flats and sandals and let those ankles BREATHE. We are soooooo excited to amp up our accessory game with anklets this season!

The anklet dates back to Ancient Egypt, where they were worn by all classes of citizens, from royalty to street merchants. The Egyptians were alllllll about adorning themselves from head to toe, and their anklets were made out of everything from simple braided rope, to metals covered in precious and semi precious stones.

In India the anklet is steeped in tradition, and actually has it’s own fable! Shilappadikaram is a fanciful story of an unfaithful husband who briefly falls in love with a woman who wears a magic anklet.  They even had customs about what ankle you were supposed to wear your anklet on, left for married women, and right for the single ladies. Today elaborate and intricate anklets are worn by brides during their marriage ceremony.

In North America, the anklet made its debut around the 1950’s, when the sock hoppers would wear anklets to jazz up their white socks, but the 70’s is when women really embraced the anklet as a statement piece. They became a jewelry box staple, with everyone from bohemians to business women accessorizing their ankles.

Anklets have become one of our favorite warm weather pieces of jewelry, and after reflecting on what our awesome community loves, we thought introducing mala ankles would be the perfect way to marry our fave boho style with our fave way to connect with our intentions!

We all know the benefits of having a physical representation of our commitment to our intentions, it’s so helpful with keeping you focused on what your manifesting! We also understand that sometimes you don’t want to wear a bracelet at work, and that not everyone wants to wear their mala during their daily yoga flow. That’s where the anklet comes in! We’ll be wearing our anklets all spring and summer to remind ourselves to really stay grounded, connected and committed!

Check out the Tiny Devotions Anklet Collection here

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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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Raising the Next World Leaders

I’m just going to come right out and say the thing that every parent in the world is thinking (but is too afraid to say out loud)… THIS IS NOT WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR.  This parenting thing, being solely responsible for producing a couple fully grown adults who are going to contribute to the world in a very real and meaningful way, is soooooo much harder than I thought it was going to to be.  

I have to make sure they are kind and loving but not a pushover, strong and courageous but not overbearing, confident and ambitious but stay humble.  They need to be able to experience and process the full gauntlet of emotions without imploding. They must be trustworthy, dependable, respectful, disciplined. I could go on and on and on. Basically they need to be physically, emotionally and mentally prepared for every single thing that could possibly happen to them over the next 60-80 years. No pressure.

The first few years of this journey were relatively easy for me (I can’t even believe I’m now in a place where I can say that).  I grew two humans, pushed them into the world, nourished them with my body, and with the help of my husband taught them the basics of life.  It was difficult, exhausting, at times even frustrating, but we all came out stronger.

Now that my kids are a bit older, and I can officially say goodbye to the infant stage, I am faced with the reality that I am now charged with the task of raising people… real people who are one day going to exist in the world separate from me.  The decisions we make as parents are potentially going to impact the lives of our children for the rest of their lives, so clearly there isn’t a ton of room for error.

I used to stress about everything, and I mean every single thing, when it came to my kids. I was wound so tight, I was one diaper rash away from completely falling apart.  I knew that I couldn’t continue living like that, nor did I want to model that type of behaviour to the little human sponges I was spending all my time with. So, after one particularly bad day, I opened up my computer and did a 15 minute yoga flow before bed. And I felt better for it. So the next night I did the same thing, and the day after that I went for a walk outside with the kids.  I said hello to my neighbours as we passed them on our walks, and said an ernest thank you to my husband for taking the garbage out. And I even sat down while my kids were playing and read a book that had no pictures, just because I wanted to… I basically started living my life as the person I hope my kids will be when they are adults. Kind, considerate, grateful people who do what they can to serve their community while still recognizing the importance of their own needs.    Not only did I end up happier, but my kids started modelling that behaviour instead of the stressed out, hypersensitive example I used to set for them.

Now, almost a year on from that day, I am constantly amazed by the actions of my tiny humans.  Granted they are still young, but they are already showing signs of being ready to conquer this big scary world one day.  There are a few things my husband and I do as parents to make sure we are raising strong, empowered and mindful kids.

  1. We practise gratitude every day.  We often talk about how lucky we are, both in regards to our material possessions and our emotional wealth.  Love is a blessing and we have it in abundance, it is important our kids grow up understanding that.
  2.  We do yoga.  Yup, all of 4 us do yoga.  Sometimes just for a few minutes, and not always as often as we need, but we get together to stretch, laugh and grow together.
  3.  We’ve replaced the traditional time out with a 1 minute meditation.  When things inevitably head south and someone needs to hit the reset button, we sit down in a quiet space, and for one minute repeat the affirmation “I am calm”.  Sometimes we use a sensory bottle, or a strand of beads as something physical to focus on.
  4.  We prioritize time spent with our extended family and friends.  This is so cliche, but it really does take a village, and we are lucky enough to have a pretty awesome one. Everyone has a story to tell, or some wisdom to impart about a lesson they learned the hard way.
  5. We have regular dance parties. Music is such a powerful tool that can elevate your mood and your endorphins. We tell the kids to really pay attention to the sensations in their body while they move, teaching them about the importance of caring for and nurturing their bodies

A house without a strong foundation isn’t going to last long in a storm… and the same goes for our children.  I’ve learned it’s important to teach them from a young age how to be strong, kind, independent, compassionate, loving, and courageous people.  

If you’re looking for a way to introduce an intentional lifestyle to your little ones, check out the new Tiny Devotions Kids Mala Collection.  They are recommended for kids ages 6 to 13 years old.

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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.

 

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Conscious Living Techniques to Overcome Fear

Recently we touched base with Jennifer Butler, a Transformation Coach who is dedicated to helping others create the life of their dreams. She combines life coaching, health coaching, personal training and conscious living techniques to work intensively with her clients to get clear on their goals, break through their fears, and create the life they desire.

Jenn is amazing at her work, and we were lucky enough to have her share some of her methods and rituals with us!  Keep reading to see what Jenns approach is to life, overcoming obstacles, and the importance of self care.

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

JB – My core value is to live to my highest potential and be all that I have been created to be. Living by this value is extremely important to me and influences how I choose to show up in my own life on a daily basis. There will always be challenges to face, things will go wrong, I will get hurt, I will make mistakes, etc. etc., AND I can choose to show up with a heart that is open and leading with love. Every situation that comes my way is an opportunity for me to practice this, and in doing so I am able to grow to reach my potential and be all that I have been created to be.

TD – What are your top 3 conscious living techniques to overcome heartbreak?

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  1. Meditation
  2. Exercise/Movement
  3. Dedicated personal growth work

TD – How do you overcome fear in your life, and how do you help your clients overcome their fears?

JB – The way I overcome fear and teach others to do so as well is by making fear your friend. And this is another area where mindful living and practices such as meditation become essential. Over time, I have come to build a relationship with my fear where I acknowledge its presence and am willing to hear what it has to say. We spend some much time either avoiding fear or jumping straight through it, though what I feel is really necessary is taking the time to understand it. Fear is nothing more than a communication from our inner selves that we need to take notice of something. If I am feeling fearful, there is something within me that I must attend to. So, my process is that when I feel fear, I stop and take notice. I ask my fear what it intends for me to know or understand. I wait for the feedback it has to offer me and then I move toward that fear, using it as a guidance system to help me break through barriers or walls I have created within myself to stay small. It is sort of like a dance, working together to achieve something beautiful.

TD – What are your core intentions right now?

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  1. To surrender into the flow of life, going with the current instead of against it.
  2. To be open to opportunities as they present themselves in my life.
  3. To come from a space of love, rather than fear.
  4. To act with courage in my actions and relationships with people in my life.
  5. To always allow my intuition to be my guiding force, trusting it no matter where it takes me.

TD – What is your self-care routine?

JB – Self-care is at the top of my list! For me, self-care is about mindful living.

I wake up every morning to do a daily practice of meditation, prayer, conscious breathing, and stretching. To me, this is my very first act of self-love every morning. I connect to the deepest part of my soul and awaken my spirit.

Throughout the day I remind myself to take conscious breaths to connect with that deep part of my soul. I literally will take moments to tune inward and say hello to myself, to say mantras, or to breath so that I am aligned and connected.

I end my day with gratitude and prayer.

Self-care goes beyond my daily practices though. I make sleep a priority, making sure that I get the amount that my body needs to function at its best. I exercise daily and I eat in a conscious way, tuned into my body and its needs. I smile and laugh throughout my days and I make sure to give and receive lots of hugs!!

 

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Jennifer Butler is a writer and transformation coach, currently working as a community leader for DivorceForce. Beyond an extensive education, Jennifer also went through a life transformation as a result of her own divorce and has dedicated her work to supporting others. You can connect with Jennifer at JennJoyCoaching and on Instagram.

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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.

 

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6 Tips for Opening your Third Eye

For centuries seers have been connecting to their divine intuition and wisdom by opening their Third Eye. It allows us to experience the subtle nuances between our world and the world of spirits, by helping us channel our intelligence and psychic powers.

The Third Eye is your 6th Chakra, the home of your intuition, and the window to your enlightenment. It is located in centre of the brain, and some argue there is a correlation between this, and the Great pyramids being in the centre of the physical planet, and because it is directly behind the eyes, it is activated by light. Due to its close proximity to the hypothalamus gland, it can also have an impact on your most basic primal needs of thirst, hunger, and sexual desire.

The Third Eye is really the core of all our spiritual work. For most of us, the reason we choose to meditate is to deepen our connection to our inner divine, connect with our soul, and tune into our intuition so we can make more informed choices. We must have a clear and open Third Eye in order to truly see the path laid out before us.

Here are our favorite ways to work on opening the Third Eye, so we can truly transform into the best versions of ourselves

  1. MEDITATE. We can’t stress this enough. Your meditation practice is the most integral connection to your Third Eye you have. Make sure you are fostering that growth with regular sessions.
  2. Step out of your comfort zone every single day.. Open your mind by being curious, and exploring new ideas and beliefs. A closed eye thrives on narrow minded beliefs.
  3. Eat whole, nutrient dense foods. Get all the antioxidants you can through superfoods like acai, blueberries, quinoa and coconut. Your body thrives off the energy provided by proper nourishment. The better you take care of the physical body, the more energy reserves there are for the spiritual body
  4. Use ginkgo biloba, rosemary, and passionflower. Plant these in your garden so you can make delicious herbal teas, and dry them to hang around your home.
  5. Use those crystals! Wear them in your mala, tuck them in your pockets, purse, car, pillow case… wherever you spend the most time. We recommend Lapis Lazuli and Labradorite.
  6. Don’t forget your mantra! “I am open”, “I trust myself” and “My intuition knows the way” are our favorites.

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What it Means to be a Priestess in 2018

2018 is the year of the Priestess.  I know, that is a strong statement, but given our current social climate, and the momentum of movements like #metoo, #timesup and The Women’s March, females everywhere are starting to really feel the vibrations of their uniquely feminine energies. This is the Age of Aquarius (try and get that song out of our head now), an age of harmony, understanding, and trust.  The timing is ripe for women to shed their fears, let go of everything holding them back, and truly step into their power.

In Ancient times, a Priestess was a women who devoted her life to serving her Deity.  Often she would live at the temple with the other Priestesses, where they would fill their days praying, cleaning, catching babies, healing and  throwing temple celebrations for the community. These women would form a sisterhood of spirituality, and serve the Deity in whatever forms necessary.

In today’s world, we priestesses don’t live in temples surrounded by our spiritual sisters (although that sounds pretty magical), and we don’t worship our diety in the same way.  We may go to our temple of choice on a designated day, or perhaps we’ve created a worship space in our own homes, filled with crystals, candles, tarot cards, smudges and essential oils. We could also choose to serve by journaling, meditation or mindful living.

Being a modern day priestess looks much different than it did back then. We aren’t so much ethereal beings draped in robes anymore, as we are modern day warriors wielding our individual talents like shields to prove our importance. We are being pulled in more directions than we can count, and are often unable to devote as much time to our spirituality as we need/want.  We’re too busy planning our next career move, or our allergen friendly menu for the week, or that enriching yet educational homeschool lesson for the littlest members of our tribe.

Despite the differences, we still carry the core values of the ancient priestess inside of us.  We live a life devoted to our purpose. We make sure to serve ourselves, and by doing so we serve our Inner Divine at the same time. We believe in the power of rituals.  We use the moon as our clock, and our intuition as our compass.  We stand strong for what we believe in, and we aren’t afraid to challenge the patriarchy.

The feminine power is rising.  We are enlightened beings who know our value, and we are not afraid of the work ahead.

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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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Bad Yogi’s Secret to Ushering in the New Year

 Can I be honest with you about something? With 2018 right around the corner, I’m trying not to fall back on old habits. I’m pretty easily swept up in the obsession over making grand and mostly unattainable New Years Resolutions, but I’m not gonna do that this time. And honestly, I think anyone interested in improving themselves is bound to feel obliged to use the end of the year to evaluate where they’ve been and where they want to go, even before the official New Year.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make positive changes to your life, but usually the anxiety over finding just the “right” thing to change comes from a place of guilt rather than a place of empowerment.

So instead of vowing to make massively life changing resolutions this year, what if we all took a moment to give ourselves a high five for a job ALREADY well done?

In fact, I’m going to let you in a little secret ritual I implemented for myself last year that I plan on carrying over to every single year for the rest of my life. Before I make a list of goals or things I want to achieve in the coming months, I make a list of everything I’m proud of accomplishing in the year before.

I set a timer for 10 minutes and write down every single point of pride I can think of. Some things are small, others are huge, but writing each thing down brings my accomplishments to life. It drags them out of the closet and forces me to say, “WOW! LOOK WHAT I DID!” I know, I know— congratulating ourselves is hard to do, but we have to do it once in a while!

We don’t take enough time to truly reflect on growth we’ve made unless someone external points it out to us. It’s time for that to stop. Practicing true self love can mean pursuing growth and self development, but it also has to include praise and appreciation for your “wins” along the way, no matter how small. 

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The bottom line is no matter where we are in our journey, we’re already completely whole, worthy, beautiful, and badass versions of ourselves. So the next time you sit down to evaluate where you are and where you’re headed, take a moment to appreciate everything you’ve already done and give yourself some love.

 

Over to you! How are you going to show yourself some love as we get ready to close out this year? Did you accomplish anything big (or small!) in 2017 that you’re proud of?

badyogibioErin is the co-Founder of Bad Yogi and a voice of real yogis everywhere. She is also the creator of the Perfect Body Yoga Program, which is centered around the belief that the “perfect” body is simply the healthiest version of the body you already have. In her spare time she’s a wine drinker, cheese eater, and not-your-average yoga teacher. She may be a Bad Yogi, but if she’s being totally honest, teaching yoga has been one of her greatest pleasures. She practices to feed her teaching, but she teaches to feed her life.

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Our Top Gifts for all the Spiritual Mamas!

Mama Gift Guide

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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These are the most poplar gifts that our tribe is buying for Holiday 2017

              Priestess Necklace                                              Mermaid Limitless Mala

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            Clear Quartz Limitless Charm                                Clear Quartz Limitless Bracelet

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                             Mermaid Mala                                                 Amethyst Om Mala

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                         Unicorn Ring                                        Rose Gold Tiny Seed of Life Ring

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             Clear Quartz Limitless Mala                                   Lapis Intuition Amplifier

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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.
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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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All about the Chakras

I’m having a chakra moment right now  I’ve always been interested in the Chakras, but never dedicated the time to reallllly dig deep and learn about them… About 6 months ago that changed when I hit a low point in my life that I just COULD NOT bounce back from. I was overwhelmed, broke, exhausted, anxious and lost, I could feel my grip on everything slipping. I called one of my closest friends, a true Lightworker, and over lots of tea (and maybe a little wine) she helped me face the darkness in my life, and opened my eyes to how integral the chakras are to our health.   Continue reading

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But Really… What IS Sacred Geometry?

 

The first time I discovered sacred geometry was close to a decade ago in Bali. It was Ubud actually – which is the spiritual center of Bali {sidenote: absolutely magical if you haven’t been there, go ahead and add that to your wanderlust list now}. I stumbled into the cooooolest looking shop and there were indescribably beautiful geometric patterns and formations everywhere: On art, on jewelry, on the walls, and even tattooed on the arms of the bright eyed shopkeeper. I didn’t know what it meant…but I knew it was powerful. Very powerful. I I bought a 3D sacred geometry ring to complete my soul searching trip and bring back home with me.

Have you been seeing sacred geometry pop up everywhere as well lately? It seems as though the time has come for sacred geometry to intersect with yogis and spiritual seekers around the world, to deepen their understanding and practices of the mystical.

Maybe you watched our video , and were intrigued by the pretty shapes, but then your phone dinged, your dog barked at air, and your kettle boiled… tea time!  And then you were lost down the rabbit hole of emails and searches for the ever elusive squirrel of the dogs imagination, still not really understanding what all this Sacred Geo stuff is all about.

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So, here is our attempt at the most simple and thorough explanation of that which cannot fully be explained 😉  We will focus on 3 foundational patterns: The Flower of Life, The Seed of Life and the Sri Yantra. There is sooooo much sacred geometry to discover and study but these are the most prevalent and our faves.

It’s really very simple once you strip it down to the basics.  Math is a powerful thing people, it holds the key to literally everything in nature. By studying a simple flower, you can find the mathematical equation in its form and link it back to creation.  It’s kinda mind blowing

The Flower of Life is the holy grail of Sacred Geo.  Every pattern of creation can be found in here, from the simple dot to Metatrons Cube.  Just look at the beauty that’s created when the Universe is in harmony, that’s what the Flower of Life represents. It has provided deep spiritual meanings, and even some forms of enlightenment to many who have studied it, from the ancient Egyptians to DaVinci

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The Seed of Life is The Beginning.  The basis of the Flower of Life, it is the relationship of six circles perfectly forming around one, containing all the fundamental shapes of Creation. Everything starts with these 7 circles.  Think about it; 7 days of the week, 7 days of creation, 7 colors in a rainbow, 7 notes on a scale, 7 chakras… we could go on.  (How expanded is your mind right now?)

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The Sri Yantra, with it’s 9 interlocking triangles, is a spiritual AF shape representing the union of the divine man and woman. The point where the triangles meet in the center is considered to be the connection between the physical and spiritual worlds.The 7 circuits of the Yantra (paths around) are also linked to our chakras.  I love using it as my inner tuning fork during meditation, after learning it many believe it is the geometrical representation of the most sacred sounds on earth, like AUM.

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This is  a small but mighty sampling of the hundreds of Sacred Geometry shapes Mother Universe has created for us.  From the smallest cell, to the largest galaxy, you really can find these patterns in all living things. Sacred Geometry at it’s most basic level really represents oneness. It is a daily reminder to look deeper, don’t just look straight ahead, sometimes you need to look up and down and backwards to see the whole picture.

Check out our Sacred Geometry offerings at www.tinydevotions.com

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Is Gratitude a Habit, a Practice or a Value?

Do you think of gratitude as a habit, a practice or a value? I often speak about all three, each one having a place in our everyday lives. When we are focusing on how to be more grateful every day, it’s important to look at each one separately and figure out how to fit all of them together in the end. As you read this post, I invite you to take a look at your own habits, practices, and values. Then you can decide whether or not you are living in alignment with these on a daily basis.

Let’s start with habits.

Habits are the things we repeat every day, such as writing in a gratitude journal or choosing to wake up with gratitude. I share my favorite morning routines in this post which will be helpful when you’re looking to create new gratitude habits. My favorite morning gratitude habit is to simply say, ‘Thank you for this gift of another day and the opportunity to be of service to others and make a difference in the world.’ Which of your morning habits is currently serving you well? And which ones are not?

The old adage that it takes 21 days to create a habit is not always accurate. I’ve found that a new habit can be created in a matter of days, once you’ve made the decision to change. And it’s often much easier to create a new habit, rather than trying to get rid of an old one. For example, let’s say you have a habit of pressing snooze a few too many times and are often late for work. Create a new habit by choosing to wake up with gratitude, which could include changing the name of your alarm to ‘I am grateful’. That way when you see your alarm, it reminds you to be grateful. This will often make you smile and start to wake up, as you think of what you are grateful for this morning.

What about a gratitude practice?

Practices are when we use gratitude to help us in different situations. For example, we can practice gratitude while waiting in line, instead of being frustrated. Keep a list of simple things that you’re grateful for in your phone, such as clean drinking water and electricity. Instead of scrolling through your social media feeds, review your list of things you’re grateful for. That will quickly shift your mood!

We can also practice gratitude with others when we acknowledge and give thanks for those that make a difference in our lives. Sending out gratitude cards or Thank-You cards is a great way to do this. We live in a time where a physical piece of mail is very special. Taking a few moments, each week, to send out one or two cards of thanks is a very valuable and inexpensive gratitude practice.

For many of our Tiny Devotions tribe members, both yoga and meditation are also daily practices. You can incorporate gratitude into both of these easily. This post from the Chopra Center shares some excellent poses that inspire gratitude. I am also a fan of guided gratitude meditation and use my Insight Timer app daily. Which app do you use for meditation (if you do use one)? If you’d like to download a guided gratitude meditation, I’ve recorded a 10 minute one for you that you use to start your day.

How does gratitude fit into our values?

And lastly, as a value, it’s when we choose to live a life that is built on a foundation of gratitude. It’s when we choose gratitude first and often, as a way of relating to others and understanding our differences. As we learn how to be more grateful, we start to think of gratitude as one of our values. It may not be a core value for you, as it is for me; however I highly encourage you to include it in your top five core values. Our core values help us to make decisions and are expressed in how we show up in the world. We can choose to find a way to be grateful in any given situation, whether it’s full of joy or great sadness.

Which one of these is right for you?

In summary, there are many ways in which we can easily include gratitude in our everyday lives. What’s most important is that we choose to include gratitude from the moment we wake up in the morning, til we lay our heads down at the end of the day.  It doesn’t matter where you start. Make a decision to live a more grateful life and you’ll find that your habits, practices and values will evolve over time. When we live in alignment with our values we tend to have a better outlook on the world and find our groove much more easily.

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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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)

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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

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  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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Tiny Devotions Limitless Mala: 90+ ways to rock your mala

 

You were born Limitless.  Take a moment and let that sink in, revel in that glorious, refreshing knowledge of your infinite possibilities. There were no preconceived plans for you the day you came into this earth. There are no rules you need to abide by, no predetermined path you are forced to follow.  You can do/be/go anything and anywhere, you the only thing stopping yourself, is you.

We are obsessed with creating the most beautiful, meaningful, and useful mala beads to help guide you on your journey inwards. We’ve spent the last 8 years soaking up all the information our tribe has shared with us, and one of the recurring struggles the majority are faced with is change; too much change, not enough change, and especially, unwanted change.  We knew that we needed create a set of mala beads that would help all of us embrace the change.

Introducing the Limitless Mala, the first interchangeable set of mala beads. A meditation tool as dynamic as its wearer, this ever evolving collection allows you to harness the healing and restorative power of gemstones, and change up the combinations with your needs.  You can easily pair different crystals with different outfits, and wear different intentions on different days.

Start with the Limitless base that’s calling your name. Follow your intuition and choose the mala bead necklace that most aligns with the intentions you are looking to manifest right now.

https://shop.lovetinydevotions.com/collections/limitless-malasOnce you have decided on the mala bead necklace, it’s super simple to level up your intentions with one of our many interchangeable Limitless Amplifiers! These beautiful gemstones and tassels are easy to attach to your mala, and allow you change the intention you are wearing at the drop of a hat!

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The beauty of the Limitless Mala is you don’t have to limit (ha!) yourself at all.  You are free to create the perfect set of mala beads for you right now.  And if that changes next week, it’s as easy as wearing a different combination of Limitless mala beads and amplifier that better reflects who you are at that moment in time.

Always remember your only limit is yourself, so be Limitless.

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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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Using the Breath to Uplift Your Energy

The breath is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal for altering negative thought patterns and staying centered in the present moment. Simply taking a moment during the day to close your eyes and breathe deeply makes such a difference in terms of your mood, mindset and even your productivity levels.

There are endless yogic breathing techniques you can try to engage your parasympathetic nervous system and feel more peaceful within minutes. Breathing truly is one of the most effective methods for calming the mind and uplifting your mood, and the best part is that you can seamlessly incorporate these exercises into your day without disrupting your schedule.

To get you started, here are five tips for using the breath to uplift your energy and stay focused:

1. Add a mala to the mix. Using your mala beads during your breathing or meditation practice image3can add a grounding, calming method as it gives you a tangible object to hold onto as you find your zen. All the Tiny Devotions malas make for lovely meditation tools, but the Amethyst Om Mala is especially useful for opening and clearing the mind during your practice.

2. Keep the spine long and erect. While you can choose to lie down during your breathing practice, this often leads to accidental nap time! Instead, try sitting cross legged, propped up on a block or a pillow, with your spine erect, shoulders down and the crown of th
e head leading up towards the sky. This will ensure the energy is flowing freely throughout your body and lead to a more effective practice.

3. Set the mood. While you may be at the office or in a public washroom during your breathing practice, do your best to find or create a space that feels peaceful to you. If you’re at home, light candles and keep elements of nature nearby like crystals, plants or water fixtures. This will help to amplify the healing powers of the breath and really set the tone for your meditation practice.

4. Inhale slowly through the nose for four counts, hold the breath for four counts and exhale for four counts, then try counting each inhale and exhale up to ten. As you focus on counting your inhales and exhales, you’ll find your mind beginning to slow down and the relaxation response kicking in. If you give the mind an occupation other than worrying, fretting or making endless to-do lists, you’ll find yourself feeling more zen in no time.

5. Meditate on the breath. Think about the coolness of the air coming in through your nostrils and the warm air coming out to stay centred during your breathing practice. Or, imagine the breath coming in through the bottom of your feet and leaving through the top of your head as you exhale. You could also imagine the breath as bright, white light travelling through your entire system, cleansing the organs and tissues in your body and bringing peace to your entire being. Get creative and think of a few visualization techniques that work for you to support your practice.

How do you use the breath to uplift your energy? Let us know in the comments below!

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.

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Discovering Your Mantra

In ancient times, mantras were handed down by teachers or gurus. Nowadays many people can easily feel overwhelmed by trying to discover their personal mantra. We’re here to let you know that you have the ability to discover and create your own! You just have to know what you’re looking for.

The term “mantra” comes from two ancient Sanskrit words:

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Mantra directly translates to “instrument of thought” and is a powerful sound and/or set of vibrations. It is formed with a single word, sentence or phrase that you repeat to yourself during meditations to keep focused. We use them to keep the mind connected, our souls energized and our spirit aligned with our manifesting intentions. By regularly meditating with your mantra your mind connects positive intentions with actions, leaving no room for negativity.

Here are some tips on how to discover the perfect mantra for you right now:

    • Start by asking yourself the following important questions
    • What do I need from the universe?
    • What am I looking to create in my life?
    • Do any of the ancient sanskrit mantras have personal meaning or relevance to me, or am I more of a modern girl?

If you’re new to mantras, don’t pick something too complicated. It should be easy to repeat and remember.

You’re never limited to only one, not in a single day or ever! Discover what’s right for you as you experience life and grow in your unique way. 

To get started here are some of our fav mantras here on Team TD

Modern Day Mantras

  1. “I am loved
  2. “I am open to the abundance of the universe.”
  3. “Where I am right now is exactly where I need to be.”
  4. I am worthy
  5. “I am open to change

Traditional Sanskrit Mantras

Sanskrit is an ancient and sacred language that some linguists have described as the “perfect language”. The pronunciation evokes a unique vibration in the Universe, putting in motion whatever you’re looking to manifest.

  1. “OM”: The sound of the universe.

Pronounced ( Awe – oo – mmmm) when chanted it vibrates at 432 Hz which is the same frequencies found everywhere throughout nature! So by chanting “ommmmmm” we’re acknowledging and connecting with all living beings, nature and the universe itself!

   2.“Om Namah Shivaya”: “I honor the divinity within myself”

This is one of the most powerful ancient mantras, and it has been said, that regular practice of it will bring you closer to the divine nature within yourself

   3. “Lokah Samastah Sukinoh Bhavantu”:  “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”

Kindness is so gangster, why not wish happiness and love for all people? You may be surprised by how much wishing wellness and prosperity on others can bring back to you in turn.

So now that you have done your research, and discovered which mantra works for you, give it a try! Grab your mala or sacred jewelry, your favorite candle and get comfy. When you first begin to meditate with your mantra notice how you feel. Does it create positive physical sensations, emotions or a state of being? Do you feel empowered? Every soul vibrates at different frequencies so not every mantra will work for everyone. Be patient in finding what is right for you.

Meditating with mantras is a spiritual practice, and just like anything, time and dedication are key you your success. Whether you create your own unique mantra or feel inspired to use a traditional sanskrit one, make sure you take the time to sit, be still, travel within and confirm with the universe the intention you are looking to manifest

Do you meditate with a mantra? Where did you get yours?

Feel free to share your mantra experiences in the comments below.

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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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How to Choose your Mala Beads

One of the most common questions from our Tiny Devotions tribe is “How on Earth are you supposed to pick between all of these beautiful malas?

{sidenote: to any newbies reading this, “mala” is the slang or short form for mala beads}

Ok, back to helping you choose! We hear this story all the time. Your meditation practice is developing, your spiritual awareness is growing, and you’ve decided that a set of mala beads could be the tool that takes your growth to the next level. The question is…which mala?

We get it. You’ve hit a roadblock of decision fatigue, FOMO (fear of missing out on “the one” soulmate mala) and you don’t know where to go from here…

You might be wondering, do you choose by what gemstone you’re drawn to? Colors you love? Shapes you’re attracted to? Or just by the intention that you’re trying to manifest?  

The good news is, there really isn’t a wrong answer here. You can choose a mala by any one or all of these aspects. To help you make it over the hump of mala indecision, here are some factors to consider on your journey to finding the perfect mala for you right now:

Intuition

One approach to choosing the perfect set of mala beads is letting your intuition guide you. You know that gut feeling you get when you just know. That’s the best feeling in the world, because your inner voice is coming through loud and clear. When you hear this voice, LISTEN, it’s your intuition talking!  

Here are some questions to ask yourself to tap into your intuition when choosing a mala:

What was the first mala you were drawn to? This is most likely the perfect one for you! Never doubt your magic.

What set of mala beads can you just not get out of your head? This could be a sign that this is your best choice!  

Intention

Another key element in choosing your mala is connecting it to the intention(s) that you are looking to manifest.

Your intention is personal to your journey and only you can decide the goals you are working to accomplish. You may be looking to attract more abundance, find a soul mate or live a more calm and balanced life.

Ask yourself questions like:

What do I want to create in my life?
What am I working on professionally, emotionally or spiritually?
What am I struggling with or challenged by?

If you aren’t clear on your intention, these questions should help guide you.

But you might be wondering how your intention relates to mala beads? One of the coolest things about mala beads are their metaphysical properties. Everything is made up of energy and vibration and the sacred materials we use are no different.

  • Gemstones and Crystals: Our mala beads are made with semi-precious gemstones and crystals that  each have their own individual vibrations. So if your intention is to find more love, that aligns to an energy of a specific gemstones (ie. rose quartz in this instance). There are so many possibilities with intentions and gemstones (Check out our crystal guide for more deets).  When this energy aligns with your intention it amplifies and supports you in manifesting your desires!   
  • Sacred Materials: Similar to crystals, our sacred base materials including: Rudraksha seeds, Sandalwood + Rosewood are all believed to have their own unique healing properties.  Sandalwood is believed to have calming and meditative qualities, rudraksha seeds are believed to be healing and rosewood is believed to have protective qualities.

There is real power in physically wearing your intention by rocking mala beads each day. It makes your goal(s) feel tangible at every moment. Each time you catch a glimpse of your mala, feel its weight on your chest, or absentmindedly play with it, you are reminded to stay focused on your chosen path and connect with your intention.

Beauty

Finally, beauty is a key element to choosing the perfect mala beads for you. We believe that things that you are drawn to are integral in your healing. Whether it’s a beautiful landscape, a cute animal or a gorgeous mala. Surrounding yourself with beautiful and uplifting things is powerful.

  • Color: The colors we are drawn to tell us a lot about our inner world. It’s believed that certain colors are therapeutic and can contribute to our healing. There are so many colors in the world and each person has different colors they are individually drawn to – honor that.

Some things to consider:

What’s your favourite color?
Which colors give you a sense of calm or burst of energy?
What is your favourite room in your home? What color is it?
What colors do you like wearing the most?  

Take a moment to look around your most sacred environments and your most treasured belongings and figure out why you love them so much. Is there a trend with color?

  • Shape: Most of our mala beads, with the exception of tassel malas, have guru stones, or the 109th bead on them. There are a variety of different shapes of these key larger stones. Find a mala with a shape that you connect with like oval, pear or nugget. Or maybe you prefer tassels for their length and  flow of movement.

The bottom line is that shapes are sacred and important. Have you ever heard of sacred geometry? There are sacred universal patterns made up of interlocking shapes used in the design of nearly everything in our reality.

Selecting a mala is the perfect time to slow down and enjoy some personal reflection. We suggest lighting some candles, putting on your favourite album, comfiest clothes, and getting cozy in your favourite space.  Block out the distractions from the rest of the world, and really bring your focus inwards.

Try writing down your goals, struggles, dreams and intentions to see if there is a common thread. Often your subconscious has already started pushing you in the direction you want to be travelling, stop fighting it and listen!

Most importantly,  whether you choose your mala based on your intuition, the intention of the gemstones, crystals and sacred materials, or by how beautiful you find it,  remember to take your time, travel within, and be true to yourself!

If you need a little guidance, our gurus are always here to help point you in the right direction.  Reach out to us at tribe@tinydevotions.com

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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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You can always shop by gemstone at Tiny Devotions here

 

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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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Life on Purpose

Do you ever have those days where you wake up in the morning, blink, and then all of the sudden it’s night time and you’re back in bed, tucked in and ready to turn out the light? Yeah, me too. In fact, I’ve had weeks—sometimes I swear even months—where autopilot takes over and I have a hard time remembering what I did the previous week, let alone what I ate for breakfast earlier that day. It’s hard to distinguish one period of time from another, and everything starts to blend together into one mediocre blob. Autopilot happens when we let habit take the wheel. Instead of actively participating in our lives, we let old ways of thinking and doing auto fill our days.

The best way to combat autopilot, or existing out-of-habit, is with intent. When we are mindful about who we want to attract, what we want to manifest and create, and we infuse purpose into even the smallest acts, we begin to live on purpose. And living on purpose feels so damn good. Don’t you agree?

When we are intentional about how we show up in our day-to-day lives, we can’t help but be present. Intention and presence invite big belly laughs, real connection, joy, a sense of purpose, bliss, creativity, mischief (in only the best way, of course), innovation, adventure, and so much more into our worlds. And living in the moment is where the magic happens, baby. There is nothing more precious than fully showing up—mind, body and spirit—for others. Our attention is the most precious gift with can give others, and for that matter, ourselves.

So, how do we set intentions to begin living on purpose? I always start by asking questions and getting curious about where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I want to go. Here is a list of questions I ask myself when I need to ground myself and refocus on living intentionally (try journaling!):

What am I grateful for? (Name 3 things…or more!)

Gratitude changes everything and helps to crush our feelings of scarcity, allowing us to appreciate what we already have and the incredible humans that we surround ourselves with.

What are my core values? (What I really believe in.)

Think of core values as your compass that keeps you moving in the direction of your own true north. Not sure how to figure out your CVs? Check out Rock Your Bliss’s 7 Weeks to Bliss Program to help you create your compass and get intentional about living.

In what areas of my life can I shift habit into ritual?

In the book Yoga Wisdom, a ritual is defined as: an action that we consciously choose to repeat with awareness and intentionality. Rituals create and hold meaning – they help us to appreciate and focus on the richest, most beautiful things in our lives.

What is working for me right now? What isn’t?

When we identify the things in our lives that aren’t adding value or bringing joy into our lives, it can give us insight that will help us to clear our space to make way for things that truly make us happy.

What are my goals? What is the vision for my life in X number of years?

Vision and goals are tools we can use to quantify what we are working towards in our lives. Helpful reminder: As we learn, grow, and evolve, allowing our vision and goals to do the same keeps them fun and exciting rather than restricting and feeling like ‘shoulds’.

What are my three intentions for the month? If looking at an entire month is a little overwhelming, try setting an intention for a week or even a day.

This is a little exercise I picked up on from the badass goal boss, Jacki Carr. If three intentions for the month seems daunting, break it down into smaller periods of time or focus on one or two intentions you would like to focus on.

Cheers to living more mindful, intentional, purposeful lives.

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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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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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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.