Make an Essential Mama Kit

Comment

Make an Essential Mama Kit

I like to keep what I bring to a minimum, yet be prepared for anything that can be thrown my way. This compact DIY essential mama kit is great to keep me and my baby, feeling healthy and happy wherever we are.

Comment

[VLOG] The Secrets to Releasing Fear

Comment

[VLOG] The Secrets to Releasing Fear

The fears we don’t face become our limits
— Robin Sharma

Fear appears to be the dominant emotion currently surrounding us. It comes in all shapes, sizes and for a number of reasons. The secret to releasing fear is to identify the fear, find out the reason it is present and then choose how you wish to proceed.

The fear never goes away. It's the relationship to fear which changes. -click to tweet it!

Fear is a reaction from our nervous system designed to keep up from harm. When this lovely mechanism was designed, its purpose was to make sure we didn't get eaten by a bear, be too lazy to gather food or find safe shelter. With our modern lives fear is not usually a life or death situation, it's a fear of the unknown. Reactions to fear have three outcomes:

  1. Initiate us into action,
  2. Move us in the opposite direction of what is causing the fear, causing us to cower,
  3. Keep us stagnant. 

Write out the answers to the following questions:

  • What fears are currently present in your life?
  • Which of the 3 reactions are the having inside you?
  • Are you happy with the reaction, or do you wish to change it?

If you are happy with your reaction to all of your fears, then great! If you want to move forward with releasing more of the fear to aid in eliciting a new reaction, then watch the video below. In this video I give you 3 amazing tools to help you release your fear. It's worth the 10 minutes. You don't want to miss it! 

A quick recap of the 3 tools:

  • Change your story around the fear
  • Release the physical response with fear
  • Train yourself to tame your reaction to fears


Next Action Steps: 

  1. Tell me how these tools helped you work with your fear in the comments below or share in my fb community group.
  2. Learn more on how to help manage stress with my FREE program Vibrance. Or my FREE Nourished Mama Program. 
 

Comment

Holiday GIVE Guide

Comment

Holiday GIVE Guide

 

The beauty about the holidays is it has the opportunity to shine the light on generosity.

To me the holidays have nothing to do with gifts. It's the attitude of kindness and compassion which sparkle to me. Compassion for ourselves and those around you. The following are my 4 guides to holiday giving. These guides will help nourish your light, as well as, those you are generously sharing with.

GIVE PRAISE
Tell people one thing you admire or appreciate about them. Whenever at a party, writing on a holiday card, or simply in passing, tell them something wonderful you notice about them. This moves beyond the standard, 'you look good' comment, and makes an impact. They get a glimpse of the beauty inside themselves and you get a fantastic reminder of why you enjoy this person so much. Try it with your loved ones, and move to extend it to people you pass buy like a sales clerk. 

GIVE ATTENTION
Listen. We love to jump in to someone telling a story and put in our own opinions and experience. Try simply listening to a whole story, move forward with asking them questions about how they felt about that, or asking them to dive into more information about a particular section or topic which peaked your interest. Give them the attention without needing to add anything. You will be surprised at what you learn and how lovely they will feel being heard. After being filled with your wonderful listening, they automatically listen more to you afterwards. 

GIVE LOVE
It's easy to fall into the negative speech pattern of what is going on around the world, with the weather or in life in general. Especially when we are in groups. This can be a subtle trap we fall into, maybe it starts with a minor complaint on the weather, or dismissing a comment on how lovely you look, to full blown gossip about something or someone which bothers you at work. Instead of feeding the negative speech pattern, can you validate concerns with love, or turn the thoughts around to focus on what is beautiful. Examples: replace 'Brrr it's cold' with 'oh it's so lovely and warm inside!' Simply say thank you when some one compliments you. Instead of feeding into a negative conversation with comments such as, 'that must be rough', or 'oh you poor thing', just listen without comment or replace with comments like, 'you are strong to move through this'.

GIVE GENEROUSLY
When we live abundantly we receive abundantly. There are more ways to be generous than with money. Give from the heart and you will feel the love return. 

To help you move into the spirit of giving, I have included a Meta Meditation, (Loving Kindness meditation) for you to listen to. Click the image below to download. 

Click the image to download the meditation

Click the image to download the meditation

May your holidays be filled with gratitude and generosity!

 

Looking for mindful wellness gifts to give? 

 

 

Comment

Holiday Self-Care

Comment

Holiday Self-Care

In the spirit of giving this season, remember that the best person to give to first is YOURSELF! If you are nourished, then you won't be able to sustain your holiday generosity and thrive yourself. 

Comment

Nature's Medicine Cabinet

2 Comments

Nature's Medicine Cabinet

 

I remember my first exposure to natural health care.

My mom was going through menopause at the time and she was't finding relief through the conventional western ways. She came home one day with a paper bag full of bark, herbs and some unknown plant like looking things, from a Chinese herbalist and started to cook a tea. This tea smelled so awful that my father and I unsympathetically made her stop and finish the job outside over the BBQ! Sorry mom! The tea may have smelled terrible, yet, it worked! She felt amazing, and although it didn't register with me at the time, it set a tone for my exploration and acceptance of natural ways to balance and care for the body. 

Fast forward to now, and I have wholeheartedly adopted self-care from plants. I certainly enjoy the benefits of my own 'stinky teas' my Chinese specialist will prescribe, they always work wonders.  My favourite type of plant self-care, however, is essential oils. These beautifully fragrant wonders embody the immune system of the plant from which it was extracted and contain it's most powerful therapeutic properties. They are potent. A little goes a long way. One drop of peppermint oil is roughly the equivalent of 28 cups of peppermint tea! 

Watch the short video below to hear more about essential oils and the top 3 oils I use in my natural medicine cabinet:
*Scroll below to read instead. 

DIVE DEEPER and enjoy a FREE Essential Oils 101 Video Class here!
 

Warning. Not oils are created equally!

One of the major reasons I have moved towards plant based health care is because I wanted to move away from putting as much synthetic materials into my body as possible. From home cleaning, beauty products to prescription medicines can be laden with synthetic materials. Whether I am shopping for my food or my essential oils, I always look for the cleanest possible resource. I have done my own extensive research and found my favourite brand which I love so much I have affiliated with. I highly recommend doing your own research and finding what resonates with you. 

Accessible and easy to use essential oils make up the bulk of my natural medicine cabinet. (I still love making my homemade echinacea extract). They have become a part of my daily health routine and work wonders to support my wellness as a preventative healthy-care tool. 


The following are essential oils I keep in my natural medicine cabinet. 

Oregano

  • One of the most potent and powerful essential oils. Oregano has been used for centuries in traditional health practices for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties.* 
  • I take one drop in a veggie capsule, or directly in my mouth with coconut oil, when I need that extra boost to my immune system. Caution! This baby is strong! 
  • For more detailed information on this oil click here

Tea Tree

  • Melaleuca, or Tea Tree oil, is best known for its purifying qualities, which make it useful for cleansing the skin and home surfaces, purifying the air, or promoting healthy immune function.*
  • I use tea tree all the time. I refresh my feet and shoes with a drop. I add a drop to my shampoo for a healthy scalp. The same goes for my face or body wash. I'll place a drop on my kitchen sponge, in my garbage cans...honestly I use it all the time.  
  • For more detailed information on this oil click here.

Wild Orange

  • Why drink sugary OJ when you can use a drop of the essential oil?!  Wild orange has multiple health benefits and an energizing aroma that can uplift the mind and body.
  • I put a few drops in an essential oils diffuser, or inhale it straight from the bottle. I put a drop in my water for a burst of flavour and the health benefits. I use it as an all purpose cleaner on my counter tops, in my dish soap and hand soap. Wild orange is versatile works wonders and makes me feel fantastic. 
  • For more detailed information on this oil click here

What natural solutions are you using to support your overall health and wellness? Let me know in the comments below. 

To dive deeper into essential oils enjoy my FREE Essential Oils 101 Video class here!


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

2 Comments

Are You Over Stretching?

Comment

Are You Over Stretching?

Taking on too many responsibilities until we burn out, and Physically pushing and pulling our bodies beyond their capability in the name of flexibility are ways we over stretch ourselves...

Comment