Plant those New Moon Seeds

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It’s New Moon time again :).

You may know that this is significant time for me. It’s always a time of new beginnings and new possibilities in my mind’s eye.

It’s a time to dream again and believe those dreams could come true all because and just because you’ve set your sights on those dreams.

How do I think it works?

By dreaming these little dreams and getting excited about them, you re-align your invisible sails to make haste to *those* destinations. Often times you are amazed at how far you get and what you’ve learned on the journey just a few short weeks later – at the full moon or in the days before the next new moon. 

It’s a beautiful cycle and it brings me so much insight every time I actively participate!

And so my friends, I’m inviting you to participate with me this time. What’s been on your mind to create? to change? to evolve into? to be better at? What do you want that seems just outside of your grasp?

Let me know in the comments. Then plant your seeds of intention in your mind with a quiet meditation or prayer. Let it flow into the Universe (God’s Hands) and see what floats back to you in the coming weeks :-).

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Robin Williams – What I hope we take away

Get that Glowy Skin

Glowy Skin

 

Hello lovies! So today’s post is all about one of my favorite things, holistic/natural skincare. It’s so possible to have beautiful, glowy skin and there are quite a few ways to approach it. Of course, what you are feeding your body is going to make a huge difference and we’ll talk about that in a later post. Today’s post though is going to be about developing a simple skincare routine. Sometimes, you need to go back to the basics! I originally posted this article over on the Wellness site at Bellaonline (I’m the wellness editor there :-)) a few years ago and it was so well received that I felt like it deserved a repost.

Enjoy bringing on that beautiful healthy glow in your own cute face!

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Back to Basics

Sometimes it’s necessary to go back to basics. When your skin gets super reactive, seems dull and without a natural glow, or just seems generally “unhappy”, you might want to try this. Even if you’ve never actually tried the basics, your skin might be begging for them!

Below, I’m going to start you on one of the simplest skin care routines possible where you actually creae your own products to use, thus being in total control of what your skin is exposed to – at least cleaning wise:). 

1. Cleanser
The first basic we need is a cleanser. This isn’t a step you want to skip. I don’t know many people who can go without cleansing their skin twice a day and maintain healthy, vibrant “breakout-free” skin. Particularly in our modern societies, our skin needs to have the gunk of our polluted air and environments removed in order to function properly. 

So for a basic cleanser, I recommend everyone purchase a product called castille soap. The most popular brand of castille soap is Dr. Bonner’s, which can be found at almost any natural products store and online as well. There are a number of scents and each one does a good job of cleansing.

Castille soap is such a good choice because it is very gentle yet very effective at cleansing. I recommend two varieties, tea tree oil and peppermint oil for oily skin. For normal skin to sensitive skin, I recommend the almond oil or original version. Dry skin does well with these also. 

When using these, use just like a regular cleanser – take a small amount, lather your face with it, rinse it off, and proceed to your scrub, if you have one, or toner. 

2. Exfoliant
An exfoliant is the second important basic. Everyone should be using a scrub/exfoliant at least once a week. This is to help your skin slough off dead skin cells. In a perfect world with perfectly healthy skin nurtured by super healthy diets, the skin wouldn’t need any help sloughing off dead skin cells. As we know, this isn’t our world :-). So giving a little extra help is sometimes the way to go.

To create a simple, health promoting scrub that does the job, all you really need is brown sugar and olive oil. Contrary to belief, olive oil is great for the skin. It penetrates the skin very well, thereby increasing moisture content and retention. It’s also stocked full with vitamins that the skin needs. Brown sugar contains glycolic acid, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help even out skin tone. 

To make this scrub, find a small bowl and add about 4 tablespoons of sugar. Add enough oil to create a scoopable paste. Mix this together until the sugar is scoop-able and then apply to your face in circular motions. Just like with any scrub, apply gently and make sure you scrub your entire face. Instead of washing off by rinsing your face (unless you are in the shower), wipe off with a warm, damp washcloth. 

These two first steps will get you on the way to beautiful glowy skin in no time! We still need to talk about toner and moisturizer but we’ll save those for a future post.

Love yourself and be blessed!

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#Chevrons ! Red clover is a plant so dear to me. I found this little patch of chevrons walking my doggies around the neighborhood. It took me back to my old self that longs to encourage people to get to know the ‘weeds’ right around them. These plants have such heading power! Maybe if we learn to value them, we’ll begin to wonder why we can’t just go out and harvest what is growing down the street… and *then* we’ll actually start to do more about the toxins and pesticides we’re using everyday….Just a thought :-). Anyway, I love #redclover for so many reasons. You should look it up ;-) .. #herbalwisdom #favoriteherbs #greenwisdom #leahslife


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What Choice?

 

So it’s been a doozy of a week! I’ve seen myself through a LOT of adversity and trust me – it was the “beat you down to the ground” type adversity. At least in my eyes :-). And you know, I could have easily faltered. I could have easily decided to just chuck it all and give it up. Like “bump this battle! I’m going to work for Walmart.” Or the call center. Or the temp agency. Or even the next best engineering job I could find.” Sometimes the going is tough, whether it’s the juggling act of multiple ‘most important priorities’ or the rearranging of this budget to fit that need or the constant requirement of flexibility and adaptability because I’m going my own path in life.

But there is always choice – always.

A major confidant in my life told me the other day that he felt like sometimes, though I give lots of lip service to believing positive things about myself and my life, that I secretly didn’t always believe it.

How sobering is that?!

It made me think though. What choices am I making at those pivotal moments. When I’m being hit with something that makes me cringe – what choice am I making in that instant? Am I making the choice to believe some old negative story about “see Leah, told you the other shoe always drops…” or can I make a choice right in that instant to see the wonderful game unfolding. The fun in the figuring out what to do next. The novelty in the mystery of how this one is going to turn out. Because truthfully, look at your life – doesn’t it *always* work out somehow? Begrudgingly, we can all say yes right? It works out. Life works out. It always does. Even when the outcome is nothing near what you wanted, looking back, how many of us see how that thing actually did work out and brought something else that, more than likely, we didn’t even know we needed. I’m willing to bet there are lots of us.

So today’s short and sweet is this: be conscious of your choice in those instants. If you miss the instant, no matter – catch the next one and choose to see the happiness in a new path yet to be seen. When you trust in that thing called faith/intuition/divine guidance the light down that tunnel gets brighter.

Trust me. Better yet, trust yourself ;-).

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What did I learn from the #Etniqbeautea Mini-Challenge?

Etniqbeatea Mini-Challenge

So what did I learn from my mini-tea challenge?

I felt like reflecting on that question would be not only good for me but good for everyone else too. You might have thought it was an interesting idea. Maybe you intended to join the challenge but never got around to it. Maybe you even re-posted the picture, invited some friends, and thought you were going to make it through the entire 8 days – and then didn’t.

First things first – it’s ok.

It’s totally ok if you didn’t make it through the challenge.

Trust me, it was a challenge for ME to make it through the challenge.

So let’s talk about that first. I intended to make it challenging for myself. I deliberately chose a span of days that I would be traveling through for starters. That meant that I had to find time to make tea for myself, photograph it, remember what was awesome and beneficial about that tea or research it if I didn’t know off the top of my head, and post it. That was particularly challenging for me because I was traveling for my family reunion.

I have a tendency to have a LOT of anxiety when I have my own agenda/to do list around my family. (Although, to hear them tell it, I have no problem with my own agenda and am often selfishly pursuing it *cringe* *smiles* *lol*.) So having to do even this small thing while on my family’s time was a major deal. However, I felt like asserting myself was important but what was even more important was experiencing how I could conjointly have my own to do list while still being available and a part of what was going on with the family.

No matter how many experiences one gets of this, the constant reminder is so powerful and so necessary. At least for me it is.

See I was born with anxiety and a desire to get lots of stuff done..can’t help it, lol. So reminding myself constantly that it all can coexist is important to my mental stability. Real talk ;-).

The second part of the challenge for me was committing to my teas.

I’d wanted to drink the same tea daily but I opted against that for this challenge mostly because I didn’t want to limit anyone else, and I wanted some variety in posting and information sharing. Although there probably are 8 days worth of things to say about one particular herb or tea, I wanted to make sure no one got caught up trying to figure out what *else* is good about peppermint (for instance).

At the end of this challenge I can say that I feel good. I’m proud of myself. I committed to something for 8 days and although the pictures didn’t all get up in the time that I wanted them to, my commitment to myself and to the idea was solid. And now, I’ve redeveloped my habit. Just in that short time, I’m craving tea like before and it isn’t so much of a task to remember to make a cup. I’m not stressing over whether today is a coffee day or a tea day. It’s ok to be both :).

So my next two challenges, I’m very excited about. I like working with a collective group even if it’s in mind and not in actual unified activity (i.e. you don’t actually get to complete the challenge :)).

The first challenge will be a smoothie one. I used to be a green smoothie a day girl. And then…I just stopped. I’m not sure what happened exactly, but all of a sudden, I was no longer making my smoothies. I know part of it was the death of my single serve blender that my beloved Suzie Q chewed to bits. I didn’t get another one but I did get a Vitamix. Major upgrade and much better, smoother smoothies. And I do go through my periods of “a smoothie a day” but they don’t stick. I want them to stick. Hence a 14 day challenge. Woop!

The challenge after that is going to be a yoga challenge. I still have to think this one out and figure out how I’m going to bring it about. Yoga is something I need in my life, especially with my propensity towards anxiety and succumbing to stress. Again, I go through my bouts of yoga everyday and then leave it for months, even years. I want it back and I think with a tribe of being supported and getting supported, all of us who want it can get it.

So stay tuned for that one as well!