3 Ways To Gain Mental Clarity

organization, spirituality September 4, 2018

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Hello, my dear ones!

I am going to be talking about how to maintain mental clarity when dealing with stress, anxiety, or anything else that may be cluttering your mind. We all have moments in our lives when it is just too much, and I came up with three different techniques I use to regain a clear mind.

  1. Meditate. I know we have all been told to meditate in the past but it is such a positive action we can take when our mind is busy. I suggest using a crystal that calls out to you and then setting an intention for your meditation. You could simply say you want to dedicate five minutes to your breathing or perhaps self-love. Meditation doesn’t need to be deep and profound all the time, it can simply be choosing to give yourself time and space to breathe.
  2. Smudge. You may have heard of smudging and it is a very effective technique to reset your space and yourself. I recommend tidying before you smudge. So, if there is an area of the house you need to tend to it may help decrease your anxiety too. Simply, light your smudge stick and blow out the flame and allow the smoke to rise. You can then focus the smoke on areas where you want to clear the energy of. I honestly think this mentally resets the mind to focus on what is before you instead of behind you.
  3. Essential oils. I tend to always buy clarity essential oil blends at the store but you can make your own or use peppermint, lemon, rosemary, etc. I honestly think when you smell a fresh smell it can clear out any thoughts you may be letting build up during the day. Use an intentional smelling method and deep breathe in the aroma and tell yourself as you do this that you will be clearing out any negative or busy energy or simply that you need to focus. Aromatherapy is a powerful tool that you should always utilize!

I think these are all effective methods of bringing peace of mind back to you. However, whatever works for you is wonderful! I think it is the setting the intention you need to focus and taking a  few deep breaths that works like magic.

I’d love if you would share any thing you do to clear your head in the comments~

Have a lovely day,

Julie

Self-Care For Low Times & The Fall

blog, spirituality September 3, 2018

Hi, my loves!

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So, I’ve had a slightly low weekend and I thought I’d  shed some light on what I do when I get into a dark place.

The best thing to do in my opinion is to ask yourself why you are feeling down. I know for me, it was because I had a really busy week and then this weekend I didn’t do much. Also, I’m an Empath and I have a friend going through a hard time so it affects me greatly. The swiftly changing weather is also becoming more and more apparent and I am not adjusting the best.

Getting out a journal and writing for even a few pages is so therapeutic. It helps release the thoughts into a new space and can star the process of healing. You could also write poetry, short stories, or anything really that is creatively expressing emotions.

You can go outside if the weather permits. During this time of year it becomes less and less appealing to go outside because the weather is getting colder and less sunny. However, I still try to get outside when I can and just simply taking a walk or breathing in the fresh air is a wonderful self-care option.

Clean your space or decorate a part of your space. Now the fall is coming, you can prepare and self-care by cleaning your space and decorating for the season. This always helps me because each season is like a new chapter in your life that you have a chance to rebuild. Buy a set of fairy lights or fall decor from your local craft store. You can even choose to make it an art project. You could also burn Palo Santo to clear the atmosphere of negative energy!

Use crystals to set a positive intention! I like to use crystals for self-care because they are so wonderful to set positive intentions with. Find a crystal that you find drawn to and program it to help you with something you are struggling with or want to embrace more of in your life.

Make your morning routine a ritual. Making sure your morning starts off well is important because it will lead to a more positive and productive day. Make your favorite tea, turn on some music, play with your pet, give yourself a facial massage with essential oils, etc. As long as it is making you feel happy and alive, especially during the low times, it is a good sign!

Say thank you and mean it. You could make a list of things you are grateful for or say them out loud, and then truly feel the power of being thankful for what you have. You could do this at night as you look at the stars or the moon, or during the day when you see the beautiful leaves changing colors. Or anywhere! Just sit with it for a moment and you will feel divinity all around you.

Dance, move, do yoga, or meditate while you walk. Honestly, movement is the perfect remedy for low days because it encourages your mind to produce happy emotions instead of low, sad ones. It doesn’t matter if you’re running a marathon or cleaning the house, you can incorporate movement into you routine and you will feel the benefits almost immediately.

Make a healthy meal. Honestly, I feel nutrition gets neglected a lot when we are feeling sad because we either want to eat everything in sight or not eat at all or maybe just not the healthier foods. When we choose to take time to prepare a meal we show ourselves we love ourselves. Find an easy recipe on Pinterest or simply combine the ingredients you have at home into a delicious lunch. It’ll make you feel better, trust me. With the fall season coming, if all else fails, make apples with nut butter. Or brew a nice earthy tea.

I could go on and on with suggestions, but these are my main ones for right now. I may make a part 2 to this because self-care is so important in our lives. I hope you all had an amazing weekend and I will catch up with you all later!

Until Next,

Julie

A Lifestyle Detox

Uncategorized August 26, 2018

Hello my loves,

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It’s been a while and I cannot currently make any promises that I’ll be back 100% but I’ll be definitely making an effort at being better at posting. Life has been quite different for me the last month and a half and I’m embracing the changes but I also noticed my interests have changed a lot and while I can appreciate and still love beauty posts, I think a lot of my posts will now be geared towards topics of spirituality, lifestyle, and some natural (vegan) beauty posts or self-love topics! My blog has always been quite all over the place because it truly is a representation of my life. Thank you all for following along with me over this period when I’ve been blogging, I truly appreciate it!

So, today I’m going to be talking about my lifestyle changes in a little more detail. I hope these will encourage you to look at your own lifestyle and see where you are at!

Diet.

I’ve decided to make some serious diet changes. Before I was eating healthy only part of the time and I kept blaming my medications for my weight gain when it was mostly resulting in what I was choosing to eat. Yes, medication is a contributing factor of a slow metabolism but I definitely wasn’t helping by eating processed foods. So, what I’ve decided is to change to a vegan diet. While it was very difficult for the first week or so, I’ve realized there are many foods I already love that are vegan and simply making the choice to not eat dairy or meat has helped with bloating and tiredness that I would get after eating heavy foods. I love being vegan and I am constantly learning new things about diet and health every day!

Relationships.

I realized that my general outlook on the world and people wasn’t always as positive as I may appear to be on the outside. A lot of the inner workings of my mind lead me to be critical of myself and others for no reason. I think a lot had to do with my upbringing as well as the way I was treated growing up. I now look at people very differently because I know they are struggling just like I was. If you look at people with an open heart instead of a closed mind, it truly can change your world. Giving people chances you may not have in the past is a huge effort but ti is so rewarding when you see how amazing they are!  My new outlook is to live by love and if you believe in it, it will turn your world upside down.

Beauty.

I often saw beauty and makeup as a way to pretend I was someone else. It was a chance to wake up every morning and become someone I liked as opposed to the person I didn’t like when I looked in the mirror. Now, I see it as more of a form of expression. I like using colors to express my mood or my personality. I’ve also realized a lot of the beauty products I was using were not always cruelty-free so I pitched those and I am also trying to lean towards all vegan products in my beauty regime. Obviously, it’s very hard to do but I’ve switched my body care products easily, my shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, and lotions. I also am into vegan skincare, and I really like the Pacifica brand! They’re an amazing drugstore find and I love all they stand for!

Spirituality. 

Honestly, spirituality has become so important to me again. I tend to go in waves of it being a main component of my life and then not but I feel so strongly towards my beliefs that I cannot see myself abandoning it again. I believe God/Universal Energy is what is helping me through a lot of my daily struggles and if you just believe you will be enlightened in ways you could never imagine! I am so happy right now because I believe in this and it has made me a better person. Meditating, praying, and following your heart is the best thing I feel for our soul. Listening to yourself is a masterpiece in itself.

Organization.

I decided to throw away most of my belongings about a month ago, and it has helped me clear space for things I actually need. I was in the habit of buying things to help my loneliness but it ended up making me have all this stuff I didn’t need or want. I have stayed focused on keeping my space minimal and am trying to only buy things I need. I’m still struggling a little with this but it has gotten remarkably better. I also started a new planner and feel it is always good to have  a fresh start when you’re detoxing your life. I also bought a few small notebooks to bullet journal different topics in. I think journaling is one of the best forms of creativity that can also heal many emotional wounds.

I hope this post helped anyone struggling with lifestyle conflicts right now. I know it’s hard to do all these things at once and I certainly don’t recommend that. I just think slowly changing some habits can truly help in the long run!

Until Next Time,

Juliw

Metaphysical Haul

spirituality July 15, 2018

Hi, my loves!

As you may have gathered from my other posts, I am a very spiritual person. I truly developed a sense of tranquility when embarking on my spiritual journey. I have had an excellent teacher – my friend Andy. He was able to enlighten a lot of darkness while I was on the beginning of my path and now I am currently working on it every day, trying to find the wisdom and my own inner grace.

I have found a metaphysical shop near my house and I have been picking up crystals here and there for the last few months but this past weekend I felt compelled to go back and this post is going to be all about what I purchased there!

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Crystals

My main crystal is rose quartz. It is the dominating crystal in my collection and I often use it for not just self-love but for expression, creativity, relationships, etc. I don’t often buy a ton of crystals at a time either because they need to have meaning in my life and for me it is difficult to vibe with many crystals at once. I felt like buying a few more crystals that I thought would help me on my life path. I have only had this group of crystals for a day or so but they seem to generate very good energy together and I already can feel the benefits of having them in my space.

  • Cassiterite – A crystal meant to aid shamans, mediums, or anyone who connects to other realms.
  • Apatite – Used in meditation, to help with concentration and clarity. Can also help control appetite.
  • Kunzite – A lithium based crystal which produces a soothing effect and can be used to help combat the woes of a grueling daily routine.
  • Peach Moonstone – Brings relief to emotional issues such as depression or anger. It can help eliminate worry or fear we carry around.
  • Chrysoprase  – Helps with fluent speech, deep sleep, and promoting truth. Can help with compulsive and impulsive behavior.

Ayurveda Anointing Oils

I purchased two Chakra oils which I felt would assist me in my current energy state. I chose the Heart Chakra, which is made of High Altitude Lavender, Rose Geranium, Rose Otto,  Bergamot, and jojoba oil. This oil is meant to help with opening your heart or being awoken with your heart. I simply apply the smallest amount on my chest and breathe deeply. I also chose the Third Eye Chakra oil, which is made of Basil, Camphor, Rosemary, and High Altitude Lavender, and jojoba oil. I simply press a drop of the oil where my third eye is and breathe deeply.

Oracle Cards

I typically use a standard Tarot deck when doing readings, but I decided I wanted to reach deeper into Shamanism and try to learn more about it and channel some of the energy they have. I bought two decks of oracle cards and I’ve used both of them already and I am in love with them. There is definitely an energy behind the decks and I am so glad I found them.

The first deck is the Shaman’s Oracle. It is Wisdom and Guidance from the Ancestors. In this deck, it comes with fifty-two cards and it is laid out more of as a story that you have to find the energy or force behind. I really like this one and I felt very connected to my higher self while using the deck.

The second deck is the Sacred Vision Oracle Cards. I found this deck to be unique. It is 29 cards with guidance on how to live your most true life and how to be powerful within yourself and follow your dreams. The artwork is stunning and is inspired by Native American culture.

Books

Lastly, I bought two reference books that I really recommend to anyone who is starting their spiritual path. I purchased Llewellyn’s Little Book of Chakras by Cyndi Dale and Llewellyn’s Little Book of Dreams. I won’t lie, I went back to pick up the dream book today after I bought the chakra book because I knew there was only one copy left and I wanted it so badly. These books are a standard overview of chakras and then of course, dreams! I really loved the way the books were broken down and easy enough for a novice to comprehend. I know quite a bit about chakras, but it is always interesting to read other people’s interpretations or read their guidance. I bought the dream book, because I am trying to work on dream work and more lucid dreaming. I’ve been a lucid dreamer since I was a child but I rarely put much thought into it and I’d like to try to pursue it and read the messages given to me within each dream.

So, yeah! I think if you have a metaphysical shop and you are even slightly interested in spirituality you should go take a look. These are just a few things they sell in spiritual shops! They also always have great energy in them!

If you have any questions, please feel free to write them in the comments and I will gladly answer them.

Have a lovely Sunday and I hope we can vibe again soon,

Julie.

My Favorite Body Butters For Soft Summer Skin

skincare July 11, 2018

Hello, my loves!

In the theme of summer, I thought I would share my favorite body butters for summer. I like to keep moisturized all year round but in summer I am more particular about the way my skin looks because we wear less clothing during the warm weather. Nobody likes to have dehydrated skin, and these work perfect to combat that.

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The first one I am enjoying is the Body Shop Body Butter in Almond Milk & Honey. I have always loved the Body Shop Body Butters and this is no exception. This is a rich, dense formula which will keep you feeling silky smooth for up to 48 hours as it claims on the tub. The fragrance is a calming yet sweet almond-honey smell that I truly think everyone would enjoy. This body butter does not take too long to absorb into the skin but you can immediately tell a difference after it s applied.

The next are made by the same company and are the same product but are in a different scent. They are the Philosophy Glazed Body Souffle in Honey and Cream and The Ice Cream Man. These have to be hands down the best smelling body butters I have used in my entire life. I’ve never smelled anything so sweet and bakery scented that I can actually put on my body! The formula is wonderful as well and is thick and quick absorbing and leaves a wonderful glow on the skin. I believe that Philosophy rotates their scents that are available so these may not be available still but definitely look for them online because they have a huge variety.

The last one I thought I’d mention is more in particular for stretch marks. I bought the Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter to try to help combat some stretch marks I have recently noticed on my stomach from a repeated cycle of weight loss and weight gain. I decided to try this and I can definitely say it is working. I like it because it isn’t horribly thick or overly scented. Since it is for expecting mothers there is actually no added fragrance, and all you can tell is the smell of the cocoa and Shea butters.  For the summer, this is the perfect body butter to use on stretch marks or any other areas you may want to keep moisturized. You can definitely use this one in combination with the others too.

There are many other wonderful body butters on the market that I enjoy as well, but these are just the ones for summer that I have been using and think you would enjoy too! Just remember, taking care of our skin is a form of self-care and we should all take a little time to take care of ourselves. I hope your week is going well and you are staying cool, and I will be posting again on Sunday!

Love,

Julie

Reorganizing Your Disorganized Life: A Guide

organization July 9, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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I thought I’d talk about something I think that happens to all of us: disorganization. I honestly feel like I am one of the most organized people I know but at the same time, when in a state of depression or anxious worrying I can become an organizational disaster. I thought I’d do a simple guide to re-balancing your life when times like this happen.

  1. Clean your space. This is a very simple step which can definitely lead to a better state of mind. When we have papers all over our desks, or clothes piling up on the closet floor, it can be a trigger for us to want to throw up our arms and push it aside. However, the best thing we can possible do is tackle it straight on and make room for more important things in our head. When we are surrounded by clutter we often focus on it more than the tasks we have at hand and it can truly become a problem.
  2. Write things down. Making a list, or simply opening a journal and writing can help organize your thoughts and express your feelings. There is a lot of energy we invest on thinking about things and it can be exhausting, so try to get rid of any negative thoughts or even details you just don’t need to be ruminating about.
  3. Start a new planning system. I personally enjoy planning on paper. However, sometimes if that isn’t working you may want to try a digital option or vice versa. I really like bullet journaling, but it doesn’t seem to get done when time is not available. However, I noticed using a standard day planner is the best option for me. Even buying a new planner can work for motivation, and I think right now is the best time of year for this because planner companies often release a mid-year planner. Try whatever you need to, and refocus! You know yourself best, so follow what you feel you need atthis time.
  4. Reward yourself and have fun.  Life is difficult and there is no point in denying it isn’t going to get easier. There are many obligations we have and there are many things we have to do that we don’t want to but that doesn’t mean you can’t reward yourself and have fun too. When we spend too much time working and we ignore the desire for adventure or an escape, it can get to us. Try scheduling social times at least twice a week or more depending on your schedule. Make the weekends a no work time! You deserve to have that ice cream sundae, and you definitely should treat yourself to a face mask after a long day. Don’t let life get too stale or you will soon find yourself unmotivated.
  5. Establish a routine. I have noticed that when I am in a routine, I can easily make decisions and establish daily goals. However, when things are chaotic it is so much m ore difficult to get through the day. Even if it is a morning routine, or an evening routine, there should be some sense of knowing what you can expect at certain times and plan your work accordingly. Try to wake up around the same time, go to sleep around the same as well. It doesn’t matter if your routines are elaborate but try to make them positive, so you can look forward to grounding yourself at these times.

I hope these simple tips helped with anyone who is also struggling with staying organized or perhaps just needs to feel a little more balanced in your life. We all go through moments in life where it is difficult to stay focused, and it’s okay! Just remember that you are a wonderful, thoughtful, beautiful person who doesn’t need to be “on” all the time. Good vibes only!

Until Next Time,

Julie

July 2018 Thrift Store Finds

blog July 8, 2018

Hello, my loves!

Today I’m going to be doing another Thrift Store finds! It’s only the first week of July still but I’ve already found a few goodies which I’ve been super happy with having in my room. I do buy clothes as well at the thrift store but it’s harder to blog about them as opposed to home decor. I could definitely make a YouTube video hauling clothes, but for now I’ll just be posting about home decor and accessories!

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The first thrifted item is this wicker stand which has cute heart details on the sides. I really liked this because I could easily pick it up and move it but it still has a decent amount of storage. For $3 USD it was a steal to me, and I will definitely be rotating items depending on the season.

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The second item I purchased was a set of frames with what appears to be like a vintage post card or something inside. I don’t know if that was just the picture that came with the frame but I still think the color and the photo are cute. The other frame has a similarly drawn photo, just with a different label. I really like these and I’ve set one on each bedside table! Each frame was $1 USD.

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I found this cute bunny binder holder and I really think it fits my vintage decor in my bedroom. I am currently using it to store mail and papers as well as a vintage tin where I store some extra makeup (random, I know). It cost me $1 USD!

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Lastly, I bought this beautiful vintage looking necklace for $1 USD. I purchased this because it looks elegant but can be worn every day to make a statement. I typically either go for really gaudy jewelry like in the last haul or simple, more mature pieces.

I feel like for the prices that I’ve paid for these items, you just can’t beat it. I love shopping for inexpensive finds and anything to make my bedroom look more vintage but still functional makes me so happy!

I hope your weekend is going well and I will be posting again tomorrow (today, as it is past midnight..)

Until Next Time,

Julie