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November 3, 2015

The best thing we can do for ourselves is find the stuff that really light us up – that motivates, inspires and takes care of us – and make that stuff a part of our everyday life.

First, connect to self. 

Call this whatever you want – connecting to your soul, spirit, your higher self, intuition – regardless of its name, it’s all the same. Before we can do any quality work in this world, we have to be sure to fill ourselves up. If we get to work or life feeling packed to capacity, we don’t have room to let the good stuff in. And you can’t fill an already full container, can you? We have to empty some stuff out to create a space for creation.

Extreme gratitude. Reverence. Intention. 

I don’t get out of bed without tuning into a vibe of gratitude. I feel gratitude for the littlest of things that I might otherwise takIMG_5560e for granted. Even my crazy part-Siamese cat who has a nasty habit of bellowing on the top of his lungs like the house is on fire to remind me that it’s breakfast time. This isn’t about running through a list of things because someone once told me that gratitude is super powerful (and I know it is). This is about actually feeling grateful for the little things that make up my life. It’s about creating the day through mindful mornings.

For me, showering is my time to set an intention. Call it prayer, divination, manifestation – whatever you like – I set the firm intention to be present in my day. I let myself be fully aware of the warm water running over my skin, the fact that my feet are firmly planted on the ground and I try to take that vibe with me everywhere I go.

Focus and tarot love.

Being intentional also has to do with setting focus. When I’m questioning my focus for the day or evening, I’ll pull a card with the intention to understand what I need to concentrate on. This isn’t about predicting the future or some crazy voodoo shit, this is just my way to shine a light on what I might not be seeing. I like to have a choice of decks depending on how I’m feeling at the moment. They all have a different way of communicating what I need. That’s why I have a pretty phat collection of tarot decks to play with. When I’m looking for a gentle reading, I reach for my Doreen Virtue angel cards. When I want to get lost in a visual and focus on how to feel for the day, my goddess cards will do the trick. And my Wild Unknown deck is a favourite when I’m feeling for a straight-up intuitive hit. I have other decks too. I used to think that I needed to stick to one but now I know I’d rather have a selection depending on my mood.

Simple self-care. 

I have to be honest, the first time I attempted oil pulling, I was totally grossed out. Putting a spoon of coconut oil into my mouth just felt weird. But I wanted to see if all the hype to it was true. So I stuck to it for a week and I’ve never looked back. I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my teeth and gums (not to mention that my dentist asked me what I was doing differently too). I’ve also chucked my department store-bought toothpaste and substituted for a natural clean. I’ve been on a real kick to rid my body of harmful chemicals and coconutextra non-essential ingredients in my self-care routine (hello natural deodorant, diy body lotion (aka coconut oil), skin cleanser and facial toner).

And finally, I refuse to buy hundreds of dollars worth of skin-firming, wrinkle-defying, age-enhancing products chock full of ingredients that I would never ingest let alone shouldn’t be shovelling onto my skin. Instead, I’m keeping myself hydrated. I start my day with a tall glass of room temperature water with either lemon or apple cider vinegar, which clean out impurities, signal my digestive system to wake up and start my daily hydration. I make it hard for myself to ‘forget’ or ‘get too busy’ to drink water throughout the day by bringing a metal container of H2O with me when I’m on the go and keeping a tall glass filled with water at my side when I’m working.

Meditation. Silence. Mindfulness.

I might not have a huge chunk of time every single day to mediate but I sure as hell take time every day to get quiet. My sanity, creativity, relationship with myself and others depends on it. Meditation and mindfulness is all about achieving a moment of mental inactivity – where I don’t get carried away with my never-ending judgements and thoughts and can have a chance to get mindful to what’s happening in my day.

Accidental altars.

I didn’t set out with the intention to create a pretty little altar in my home, it kind of just happened. I intuitively began to collect little somethings that had a lot of meaning to me – all in one spot beside my bed. What started as a stark night table is now a collection of my favourite things. From books to candles, to stones and crystals, feathers and bodhi beads, I have a small space that holds energy for me. It doesn’t have to be anything more than a love note to yourself or a photo of your dream home – but it’s super powerful to hold a space of meaning that’s just for you. And change it up every now and then – make it a living expression of your essence.

Music. Dance. Move.

Music is medicine for the soul. It doesn’t matter what kind of mood you’re in, there’s something for everyone. Wanna temporarily brood over a rough day or failed romance? Go for it. Wanna solo impromptu dance party kinda of evening? Do it. Listen, soak it up and let your body move if you’re so inclined. Speaking of movement, there’s no better cure for being stuck than getting moving. Yoga, walk, jog, or sweat it out. 10 minutes or 1 hour, it doesn’t matter. Just. Move.

Much love.

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Ladybugs & Lessons

October 13, 2015

I’m all about signs and synchronicity in life. When things pop up more than once, I think we have to take a clear look at what’s being thrown our way. Things happen more than once for a reason to grab our attention.

This week’s video is all about how I had an aha-moment with ladybugs that I had to share with you guys. Check it out!

Much love, XXX

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Let Go. Let Some Magic Into Your Life.

July 28, 2015

It’s summertime. At this time of year, we’re naturally inclined to take it easy, to veg out and move with the flow of hot days and sticky nights.

This is the perfect time to take a breather and remind ourselves what it means to let go and how important it is to let things fall into place.

This week we’ll be talking about letting go and letting some magic into our lives. Enjoy!

Much love, XXX

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Full Moon Magic

June 30, 2015

If you know me pretty well, you know that I’m a positive person. Sure, I have my ups and downs but overall, I choose to look at the bright side of things ‘cuz, well, there’s enough shitty things in this world and I don’t feel the need to add to them or focus on them and make them even shittier.

So when I woke up on the wrong side of the bed on Friday morning, and Saturday, Sunday and Monday, I was all like, “Errrrr. What’s happening here?”

I was experiencing full-on resistance. To everything. Getting up and out of bed yesterday was b-r-u-t-a-l. I didn’t want to face anyone and was super thankful for the fact that my day wasn’t packed with things like my days have been for the last little while. At the same time, when I did get out to engage with the outside world, I knew it was what I needed, “in small doses!” I begged.

Something was definitely up.

The best way to describe how I’ve been feeling about things as of late is a strong sense of push and pull.

A start, followed by an abrupt – leaving me shaking my head in confusion and disappointment – stop. I was flooded with ideas, creative nudges and energy and then bam! Out of the blue, I’d hit that proverbial wall and crash, racking my brain about what to do next. This was followed by incessant internal chatter where I chastised myself for not doing more, being effective enough, pursuing harder, looking deeper.

And then it hit me. Ah, yes. Wednesday is a full moon.

So we’re gonna toss aside all the folklore for a minute. Let’s forget about werewolves and shit like that and tune into the cosmic side of it all.

I love how Mystic Mamma positions the full moon on July 2nd as one of Flexible Preparation. Oh flexibility. How hard can that be when we just want to get stuff done? We have real-world indisputable (and sometimes unrealistic) deadlines and oftentimes, we just need to plow through and get stuff out the door. We have plans, desired outcomes and a direction in mind and we often think that if we can just keep our nose to the grindstone and push on through, we’ll make it out the other side (preferably unscathed).

Well lemme tell you something. I tried that and it didn’t work. The energy right now is calling us to slow down, ease up and stop expecting to figure everything out in a hot minute.

Today I took another attempt at making it through the day but this time, I decided to not force it. I stopped forcing myself to find all the answers and just surrendered. I decided that I would allow myself the extra time to get started in my day. I would take that stroll rather than sit chained staring at my laptop hoping the creative juices would begin to flow again. I grabbed a book and sat outside, watching the world go by, instead of getting locked up over my lunch hour pressuring myself to do something/anything, desperately trying to entice a feeling productivity.

When I allowed myself to just surrender to the fact that there isn’t full-on clarity right now, I felt the tension in my body begin to melt. And with that melting of tension, followed some out-of-the-blue aha moments.

When I allowed myself the time I needed to flow into my day and let things unfold, I was pleasantly surprised to see how it led me to meeting some pretty awesome people.

I vowed not to get sucked into the feeling of hopelessness as I tried to figure out wtf is next in my business and life.

“It’s important to remember at this point that however we feel right now, we won’t be feeling the same way in a couple of days, let alone a couple of weeks!

“So waste no time or energy identifying with the emotion of the moment. Simply allow life to do what it must, ourselves to feel as we do and take one minute at a time.” ~ Mystic Mamma

What if you knew that any feelings of being lost, stuck, searching, wanting and needing were simply a matter of perspective?

What can you let go of right now to feel better, just for the sake of feeling better right now? Go do that.

Much love, XXX