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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

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.

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

Simple Summer Skin Care Routine

skincare July 5, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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I have been really into embracing summer this year. Sometimes the heat gets to me but I am still trying to get outside as much as possible. With being outside in the humid or dry weather it can make skin dehydrated. I have a simple and affordable skincare routine that I’d like to share with you today!

Makeup Removal: Coconut Oil is my savior when it comes to removing makeup in the summer. It is an oil, so it breaks down makeup instantly and also leaves the skin quenched and is also antibacterial which helps with fighting acne. I really like to deeply work this oil into a massage and wipe off with a dry wash cloth.

Cleansing: I like to use a gentle face wash like Cetaphil, to remove any remaining traces of makeup as well as clean my face. After a long day there is a lot of build up and dirt that needs to still be removed and a simple, gentle cleanser is perfect for this.

Toner: I like to use Thayer’s Witch Hazel and Rose Petal Toner.  I simply add it to a cotton ball and rub in circular motions around my face to remove any remaining dirt and to balance the skin’s pH. Toning can also clear up any acne that you have on your face or body, so it is a great step to add to a skincare routine when you are sweating a lot during the day.

Serum: Sometimes I will use a serum, depending on how my skin looks. If it needs some brightening or moisture, I will typically use the Glow serum by Valjean Labs. I found this serum at TJ Maxx and it is made with Vitamin C and Magnesium to even out skin tone and balance skin.

Moisturizer: I am currently using  Rosen Apothecary Collagen Firming Beauty Cream as a moisturizer. I found this at TJ Maxx and it is a nice, thick, easily absorbed cream which provides overnight moisture as well  as some firming properties if used consistently. It’s a nice product to use during the summer because it is super hydrating since it is made with many different beneficial oils like rose hip oil and argan oil.

So, for the most part that is my summer skincare routine. I also use masks from time to time but I feel like saving that for another post. Skincare for me equals self-care, and it is important to take care of our body, mind, and spirit.

Until Next Time,

Julie

 

Thrift Store Finds June 2018

blog June 18, 2018

Hello, my loves! Happy Monday!

As you may know, I am an avid thrift shopper. I love spending little money on high quality items  at the thrift store instead of lesser quality items that would cost much more from a typical store. I have a thrift shop near my house that has the nicest items, whether it be clothes or home decor and it is the lowest prices I’ve ever found in my experience. I decided I’m going to share my recent finds.

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I found these three desert plates for 50cents each. They are originally from Pier 1 and I am in love with them. They have such a cute floral design and I will likely use them to hold little crystals, rings, or even lip balms.

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I bought these small bowls with blue floral detail. These were 99cents each and are in perfect condition. I will use these bowls for oatmeal in the morning.

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I bought these blank cards that have a country style vibe but they also remind me of summer. The pack of cards was 40cents and came with five cards. I will be sending these out to family members who live in different states.

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The last two items I am sharing is a bold pink necklace, which I bought for 99cents, and a floral print skirt which was 2 dollars. I plan on pairing this with a white dress tank top and black ballet flats for a casual summer outfit.

My love for vintage and floral is probably quite apparent here, but I hope you liked the small look into some of the purchases I’ve made so far in June.

Until next time,

Julie

 

June Goals

blog June 1, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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Happy June! Today is going to be a post about my goals for June. I honestly have been trying to get my thoughts organized lately and I do well with setting intentions and goals for the days, weeks, and months ahead. I know my blog has been a little sporadic lately and I am vowing to change that. We all go through events in life that sometimes do not allow much room for what we want to be working on and that is what was going on this past month. A lot of chaos was happening and I was unable to structure that chaos, but right now I’m trying as hard as I can to rise above any negativity in my life and start with a positive and overall progressive month.

My goals for the upcoming month are:

  • Post 2 times per week on blog&Instagram
  • Yoga&stretching daily
  • Drink only water for a beverage
  • Laugh more
  • Invest in myself, not in things
  • Sleep before midnight
  • More self-care time
  • Journal daily

My list could go on and on for literally pages and pages but I do not want to focus on everything at once and then be disappointed when I fail to accomplish them. I feel like what I’d like to change the most is how I feel about myself. I often feel disappointed because I may not be at a certain place in my life and I am comparing my life to other people but in the end, it doesn’t matter, as long as I am happy.

I hope this encourages you to set intentions or goals for yourself this upcoming month as it is truly a helpful practice.

Until Next,

Julie