Release fear and embrace courage

Release Fear. Embrace courage. 2 Timothy 1:7

The late, great Muhammad Ali said,  “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing.”  You are an amazing, courageous woman.  It’s time to live life full out, in technicolour, boldly; brightly. Don’t wait till tomorrow, because for some, tomorrow never comes.  Be strong and courageous.

“Enjoy life, savour it, celebrate it with your loved ones.” [Tweet this]

Enjoy life, savour it, celebrate it with your loved ones.  Choose to step out of your comfort zone, even if it’s for a little bit.  Tip toe if you have to.

Take a risk (big or small) to start you on the journey to doing something that you’ve always wanted to do but never had the courage!  This is your moment. Now is the time.

Choosing Healthy Living

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a total foodie.  I love the smells, textures and taste of good, hearty food. About two years ago, a friend of mine mentioned she was doing a healthy living challenge. To be honest, I was not interested, after all, I love my food way too much for that sort of commitment.  However, after listening to her experience, I decided to give it a go. Here’s what she said that shifted my perspective enough to start choosing healthy living. She mentioned how she was feeling sluggish, tired and had low energy and how this meal plan helped her to turn that around. She was now a woman who felt energized, alert and focused. I was like, ‘girl, you need to tell me more!’ She shared a bit about her weight loss and how that was an added bonus. After saying goodbye, I decided to do some research on my own. What I subsequently learned, made me want to try it out for myself.

“She was feeling sluggish, tired and had low energy and this meal plan helped her to turn that around.” [Tweet this]

Was it easy to do? Not at all, I had to cut out foods like gluten, dairy, soy, alcohol, refined sugars, peanuts, caffeine etc. What I incorporated into my meals instead, was way more vegetables, fruits, lean meats, poultry, fish and healthy fats. I involved my whole family and presented it as a ‘healthy living adventure’. Fortunately for me, they were happy to go on the adventure too. I got my challenge kit in the mail a few days later and opened it up to reveal protein powders, fibre, energy sticks, detox tea, a 7 day cleanse and a helpful support guide. I was also included in a closed Facebook group where I got support and encouragement to keep eating healthier, weekly menu plans and ingredient shopping lists which made sticking with the plan super easy because it took the guessing work out of it.

I’ve now been following this system on and off for a year and I’m still loving it. What I learned from choosing healthy living, is that our bodies need to be cleansed from all the junk and toxins that accumulate in our systems over time. That although I’m a foodie, I want to incorporate way more locally grown whole foods into my diet. That I want to model healthy eating habits for my kids and that begins with me making better food choices. Finally, that sometimes you need a tribe to help you kickstart your journey to healthy living, people to help you stay accountable, who know how hard it is to not just gobble down that cinnabon and are happy to celebrate with you when you’ve hit your own personal milestones. The challenge starts the first Monday of every month, learn more about the Healthy Living Challenge or kickstart your journey to healthy today.

Create Your Own Luxury Spa Experience At Home

There is something remarkable about being completely relaxed.  Something about your mind, body and soul feeling thoroughly soothed. Something phenomenal about experiencing a renewed sense of invigoration and wellbeing.

As much as you’d love to go to the spa every week, you know there’s not enough time or money to do so. There’s good news though! You can create your own luxury spa experience right in the comfort of your own home.

Why not start your spa experience with some light stretching and a cup of herbal detox tea while filling up your bathtub. Then take a couple minutes to repeat some affirmations to yourself. I’ve compiled an infographic with 16 Daily Affirmations to help encourage you.

Next, pour in some quick dissolving sea salt crystals made with turmeric root to help boost your natural radiance. Then take some time to use a scrub with coriander seed oil and avocado oil to take away impurities, cleanse your pores and reveal your radiant, brighter looking skin.

“Give yourself this moment to fill your cup.” [Tweet this]

Remember, this is a moment to relax, rejuvenate, breathe, refresh, enjoy, nourish and renew you. Savour the moment. Be present. Suze Orman said, “No woman can control her destiny if she doesn’t give to herself as much as she gives of herself.” Give yourself this moment to fill your cup.

For your face, smooth on a creamy French pink clay mask to cleanse and draw out impurities while balancing your PH levels with hydrating rosemary oil. Transform yourself to your happy place with an invigorating body cleanser with skin conditioning alfalfa and chicory root extracts. Then soak up every drop of goodness by smoothing on a detox oil containing grape seed and sesame oils. It’s perfect for a relaxing massage. For thirsty skin, use a lotion with anise seed oil, Shea butter and vitamin B5 to help your skin look softer and smoother.

Finally, if you’re looking for a way to cool down. Liberally rub some Gelée made with juniper berry fruit oil, aromatic lavender and tangerine peel oils to soothe your tired muscles, hydrate your skin and help you feel a sense of balance and peace.

Fully immerse yourself in aromatherapy relaxation by transforming your bathtub into a blissful, beautiful oasis. If you’re curious about the products I use to help me feel renewed. Click here to get the 16 Daily Affirmations Infographic and learn more about ‘Rescue and Renew’, my absolute favourite aromatherapy home spa products. Take a deep breath of these spa like scents to begin creating relaxing moments that promote even more peace and calm in your life.

Mindfulness

How often do you take the time to be mindful?

Life sometimes feels insanely busy. We rush around from place to place, crossing things off of our list. We live in a perpetual state of planning, what tasks do we have accomplish for work, what should we make for supper; what do we have to get done this weekend.  In the midst of busyness, we end up missing out on the beauty of the moment. We forget to be present; we forget to be mindful.

Mindfulness is defined in the dictionary as, “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”

“Try to remember that you deserve good things too.” [Tweet this]

Choosing to engage in mindfulness, will allow you to let go of worry and stress by focusing on what’s happening in this particular moment.  It will also help you sleep better and live a more satisfied life.

Next time you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, try to sit quietly, breathe deeply, be aware of what’s happening with you mentally and physically and let those things go, let them flow away from you without judgement. Be in the moment. Appreciate the gift that life is at this point. You are a blessing to others, and you are blessed.  Try to remember that you deserve good things too.

Goals and Grace

Do you ever find yourself jumping feet first into new resolutions, ‘I’m going to exercise every single day’, ‘I’m going to stop that bad habit’, ‘I’ll never do that again’.  Rather than taking on new limitations, maybe you could choose to ‘marry your goals with grace’!

“Choose to ‘marry your goals with grace.” [Tweet this]

For example, chose three things that you would like incorporate more of in your life; then psychologically, you’d be more inclined to continue doing it. As some options, you could start your morning by meditating, praying or saying three things you are grateful for. You could choose to go for a walk or get a breath of fresh air on your lunch hour. You could choose to make a list of your action items for the next day, every night before bed. The idea here is to live an abundant life where you add value to who you are and what you’re doing every day. Will you choose to add some new things to your day to fill your cup?  Will you choose to marry your goals with grace?

You gotta have faith!

Self discovery is an interesting thing.  It’s described as, “the process of acquiring insight into one’s own character.”  Looking back, if I’m truly honest with you (and myself), I realize my journey of self discovery has taken a decade. Ten years of bumbling around trying to figure out who. I. am.

“His handiwork is perfect.” [Tweet this]

Actualization came in drips and drops here and there like summer rain cascading through sun kissed leaves.  None of it made sense, there were indications, feelings, dreams but nothing concrete.  I rejected my natural gifts (encouragement, nurturing leadership, caring, faith) because they weren’t the ones the world considered important.  Mine seemed too gentle, too nuanced, too heart centered. It took God moving within me, moulding me, shaping me; loving me.  Ten years of assurance that His handiwork is perfect.  

As I’m rounding this leg of my journey, the ultimate puzzle of ‘self’ is finally fitting together and I can see parts of the picture more clearly.  Aristotle said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”  I say, “acceptance of yourself is the beginning of change.” and “a desire for change opens the door for personal growth.” I am finally becoming the person I was created to be and I accept it wholly and completely.