• Nature

    So much of the human experience is removed from nature that we tend to forget we're part of the natural world. At birth we're perfectly attuned to nature. Our feelings are an authentic response to the stimulus we encounter. We interact with our environment viscerally, desiring only what is necessary for our survival.

    As months and years pass, however, we discover the sights, sounds, and scents of the synthetic world. Though these often captivate us, the dim memory of our roots remain. When we embrace the notion that human beings are inherently natural, bringing it to the forefront of our day-to-day experiences, we achieve a new level of wellness that boasts nature at its very core.

    We innately understand that our bodies are not composed of plastics or synthetic chemicals and that there's no legitimate reason to consume or expose our bodies to these substances. This knowledge is reinforced each time we find ourselves energized by sweet, fresh air and warm sunlight or awed by the beauty and interconnectedness of the natural world.

    The human body has been blessed with the same physical intuitiveness that all living beings employ instinctively. But because our lives are no longer bound up in nature's rhythms, we must actively seek to reconnect with this formerly innate skill. The process of rediscovering our place in the natural world can be exciting and inspiring, since nothing more is required of us than to delight in nature's wonders, to derive nourishment from natural foods, and to drink deeply of all the wisdom that plants and animals have to share.

    Your own naturalness will reveal itself to you when you look beyond your beliefs, your lifestyle choices, and the attitudes you hold. When these constructs are stripped away, you will see a body and mind that never gave up its relationship to the essence of the natural world from which consciousness sprang.
  • Give Yourself Permission

    You’re allowed to leave any story you don’t find yourself in.
    You’re allowed to leave any story you don’t love yourself in.
    You’re allowed to leave a city that has dimmed your light instead of making you shine brighter, you’re allowed to pack all your bags and start over somewhere else and you’re allowed to redefine the meaning of your life.
    You’re allowed to quit the job you hate even if the world tells you not to and you’re allowed to search for something that makes you look forward to tomorrow and to the rest of your life.
    You’re allowed to leave someone you love if they’re treating you poorly, you’re allowed to put yourself first if you’re settling and you’re allowed to walk away when you’ve tried over and over again but nothing has changed.
    You’re allowed to let toxic friends go, you’re allowed to surround yourself with love, and people who encourage and nurture you. You’re allowed to pick the kind of energy you need in your life.
    You’re allowed to forgive yourself for your biggest and smallest mistakes and you’re allowed to be kind to yourself, you’re allowed to look in the mirror and actually like the person you see.

    You’re allowed to set yourself free from your own expectations.

    We sometimes look at leaving as a bad thing or associate it with giving up or quitting, but sometimes leaving is the best thing you can do for yourself.
  • Friendly Reminder

    A friendly reminder to slow down and breathe.
  • Take a Break.

  • Energy Matters - Space Clearing

    Can you “feel” energy? It’s not a superpower reserved only for a select few. Everyone can do it! In fact you’ve probably done it before, but may not have known.

    Recall if you’ve ever had the uncomfortable feeling that you were being watched. Did you ever turn to confirm someone was actually staring at you? Have you ever walked into a room or building and something just felt “off” and didn’t know why? Has the thought of a friend or family member popped into your mind and just a few minutes later they called or texted? These are only few everyday examples of how we interact with energy every day.

    Energy needs to be in motion. When it’s slowed or stuck, we begin to notice it subconsciously. Stuck energy needs to naturally flow to be in balance.
    Is there a room in your house you don’t enjoy? Maybe the laundry, garage, a seldom-used bedroom? Is there clutter? Is it bright and cheery or is it dimly lit without good, fresh air flow? If you said yes to any of these, the chances are there its because of stuck energy.
  • Weekend To-Do List

  • 12 Self Care Ideas for Real Life

    Self care is trendy, I know.... But for me, self-care goes way beyond articles about long baths, pedicures or relaxing with a glass of wine. Don't get me wrong- those are all wonderful! But shouldn't there be something... more?

    Below are a few ideas for self-care that I've used in actual real life, and hope these inspire you too.

    1. Use your commute to and from work to listen and learn. Download a podcast (or audiobook) that sparks an interest. It will make your commute way more tolerable! Maybe you’ll find something new! Perhaps a topic or hobby you’ve always wanted to know about and haven’t gotten around to.

    2. Pay for day-to-day items in cash. Nothing will tell you how much money you spend faster than seeing actual money in your wallet magically disappear.

    3. Unfollow and unfriend anyone and anything that makes you feel less than, sad or bad about yourself. Actively choose to follow social media accounts that make you feel happy, inspired and empowered.

    4. Achieve your goals by taking them in really, really small steps. For example- maybe you want to mediate for 10 minutes a day but can’t seem to get going. Cut your initial goal in half. Now we’re down to 5 minutes..... But cut it in half again.
    Can you do 2.5 minutes of meditation when waking up in the morning? Probably! This is so much more doable. Who doesn't have 2 minutes. Build upon this. Small action steps beget big goals.

    5. Have you been putting off a dreaded doctor’s appointment? Make that appointment which scares you the most. Then, show up. You may not realize how much your subconsious has been stressing about this. Regardless of the outcome, being proactive about your health is a good thing.

    6. Make time for friends and family. Be engaged. Try to minimize multi-tasking when someone is confiding in or speaking with you. It doesn’t go unnoticed and the effort to be present will be returned.
  • Why You May Want to Avoid Fragrance and Safer Alternatives

    Fragrance is literally everywhere. Just walk into your kitchen, laundry or bathroom and read the labels on your soaps, lotions, shampoo and cleaning products. Did you find “fragrance” written anywhere? Have you ever thought about what’s exactly is in this mystery ingredient?

    It seems there’s good reason many companies don’t want to list what goes into their products containing “fragrance.”

    What Is Fragrance?
    Fragrance manufacturers use about 3,100 various ingredients in different combinations to formulate scents.

    A report by the National Academy of Sciences found 90% of ingredients used to create fragrance are synthetics produced from petroleum. The majority of these ingredients have not been tested for human safety in personal care products.

    Additionally, the Environmental Working Group noted the average fragrance contains 14 chemicals that aren’t listed on the label. Many are more than casually linked to hormone disruption and/or allergic reactions.

    Even if a chemical is finally put on the chopping block, it takes years for the government to phase it out, with the assistance of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    Why is this Allowed?
    How is this possible, you may wonder. Fragrance is considered a loophole on the FDA’s regulation of personal care products.

    Fragrance is categorized as a trade secret under the Fair Package and Labeling act of 1966 which allows companies not to disclose their formula so it’s not easily copied by competitors.
    Unfortunately for us, this also gives brands an opportunity to use cost-effective yet toxic chemicals in their products to make scents that are chemically unrecognizable.
  • Mindfulness

  • 5 Natural Remedies for Winter Eczema, Dermatitis + Sensitive Skin

    For those of us with sensitive skin, changes in the seasons can cause flare-ups that leave our skin red, dry itchy and raw. Eczema and dermatitis is a chronic problem for loads of people – including myself. It affects a staggering 35 million Americans: 1-3% of adults, and 10-20% of children.

    The odds are good that if you don't have eczema, you know someone that does. Until very recently, it was assumed eczema was just a topical (but highly uncomfortable) skin problem- but evidence is pointing towards an overactive immune response in the body.

    The most common form is atopic eczema, which is thought to be a genetic and immune response triggered by allergens and/or stress. I suffered for years from this type of eczema too. Unfortunately, there isn't a cure per-se, but there are a few things I’ve learned that I hope will help you, your kiddo or loved one.

    1. Try an elimination diet. Wheat, eggs, dairy, nightshades (these include eggplant and tomato) and sugar seem to really aggravate eczema. If you haven’t been allergy tested it might be a good idea to eliminate one of the above food groups for 2 weeks. (I know how hard eliminating wheat can be- it’s in Every.Single.Thing.) Keep a food diary during the two weeks and note when/if you get itchy or stressed.

    Gradually re-introduce very small amounts of the food back into your diet. If you begin having flare-ups (within 48 hours) after eating that food, you’ll have a better idea of what negatively affects your system.

    A true allergic response will begin almost immediately. Sensitivities react within a 48 hour window of time, not right away. This is why the elimination diet is so helpful to rule in or rule out foods that don’t work for your body.

    2. Keep skin hydrated internally and externally. I use a humidifier at night, drink lots of water, take an EFA (essential fatty acid) supplemet and moisturize with our Dry & Sensitive Skin Body Butter. The whipped texture is heavenly and it really soothes
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