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My Magical Night Routine

spirituality November 12, 2018

Hi, my loves!

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Today I am going to be talking about my magical night routine. I call it magical because I have been practicing being more mindful and bringing subtle witch rituals into my life.

To start my night routine, I take off my makeup as soon as I can. I used to hate taking my makeup off but recently my skin has improved drastically (due to Alani Nu) and I don’t feel so self-aware of my troubled skin anymore. I am so happy now to remove my makeup. I use a simple makeup wipe to remove whatever makeup is on and then I do my normal skincare routine. I’ve added in a step, which is using a black onyx facial roller. I purchased this at my local metaphysical store and I love it!

I will sometimes make a special hot chocolate drink that adds cinnamon and vanilla extract as well Himalayan  sea salt and turmeric. It is a delicious way to end the day and curbs my cravings for super sweet treats at night.

After this, I will go into my bedroom and turn on my essential oil diffuser. I typically put in a calming blend such as lavender and cedar wood or stress away from Young Living. I usually will wipe down my surfaces each night and tidy my room. It is something that has been truly beneficial for me because my mind does not need to look at a cluttered space and I like seeing everything in the proper place.

Lately, I’ve been working slowly on writing a book  – the one I’ve promised for ages (basically a guide to all things self-care/spiritual/lovely)! It is finally coming together but I am trying to decide if I want to release it as a book or as a course guide for an online course I’d love to teach. We will see, maybe it can be both! So, I’ll work on that for an hour or so each night but I don’t like to stay up too late anymore so I try to reign it in by 10 PM at the latest.

I will then sit down and do an angel card reading. I know it may seem late in the day to do an angel card reading but personally, my energy needs angels the most when it is at the end of the day because this is typically when my mind is the most receptive to receiving messages because I am about to be dreaming soon and I receive many messages through dreams.

Depending on the message, I may now meditate about it or try to journal or at least focus my attention on what the message that came through said. Sometimes (can’t lie) I will fall asleep meditating but often I will try to remain in my routine and will grab a crystal intuitively from my collection and will try to work with it as well before bed. Malachite is a crystal I am super sensitive to, and works well for me to receive messages – so try to pick a crystal you can work with over time but remember to cleanse them so they continue to assist your energetic needs.

I find stretching before bed is important or doing light yoga. I put on some zen music and try not to think of too much. I’ll often apply essential oils topically at this point and try to relax. I really have been connecting with my oils lately and I am so grateful to have them in my life for supporting me. After stretching, I will brush my teeth and sometimes shower if I feel I need to relax even more.

Lastly, I will write down a spell. This spell is usually regarding something I want to occur in my dream like healing or a message I want to be revealed there. Other times it is to try to wake up in a happy state or something on those lines. I’ve found each spell works when I put in a conscious effort and expect it to happen. It is all about energy work.

Then it is lights out and off to bed after I drink some lemon water to make sure I stay hydrated during my rest.

If you have any rituals you do, you should leave me yours in the comments! I love to hear about other people’s routines and I hope you enjoyed reading about mine.

Much love,

Julie

Belly dancing for self-care.

spirituality October 13, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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As you are reading this it is likely Sunday –  which means self-care Sunday!

I have recently been enthralled by a certain type of exercise which has already changed my life. I love to work out, move, and dance but when I am in a depression I will barely be able to go for a walk. I wanted to find an exercise that I could do that would uplift my spirits and allow me to express myself as well as move. This is when I found belly dancing.

Belly dancing is a practice which has been around a long time, and it has not only physical benefits but it can also improve memory, self-esteem, and concentration. Who wouldn’t want to join?

There is a misconception I think that you have to be thin to belly dance but this is not true at all, you don’t have to be anything, you can be female or male, thin or heavy, and of any ethnicity.

The way I simply began was by watching a few videos on YouTube to make sure i understood what I could do if I worked daily on a routine. I then have been watching tutorials by belly dance instructors online. I have not taken an in person class just yet but I am actually rather keen to do so.

The reason I think belly dancing is such a wonderful idea for those who have mental health issues specifically is because it requires you to continually practice to get better and you can see your results every day if you continue to learn and grow with the dance.

You can make this a part of your daily routine and spend some time truly embracing the music, movement, and your body. Just the idea that our bodies can move around the way they do is truly an amazing thing. We can use belly dancing in gratitude and honor our bodies. Perhaps you could light some candles or burn incense or diffuse oils like I do during your dance to make it a true experience each time.

If you are not interested in belly dancing, I do encourage you to find some sort of movement that you find fun and interesting because those are the type of workouts that you will want to do when you are feeling down.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried to belly dance before or if you have any other activities you like to do as an act of self-care!

Until next,

Julie

Yoga & Stretching: Why I Practice It Daily

spirituality September 16, 2018

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Hi, my loves!

Happy Sunday! It seriously seems that the weeks are coming and going so quickly lately! I hope your week has been an enjoyable one. Today’s post is going to be part of self-care Sunday, which I always partake in personally. Self-care is important for not only making you feel good for one day, but it can truly change your entire life if you keep up with it. There’s an activity I like to incorporate in not only my morning routine, but my afternoons, and evenings. This activity is yoga and stretching.

We can become truly sedentary creatures due to the fact that a lot of us work indoors or our main activities are done indoors. Our bodies are not meant to be sitting all day so it can cause some stiffness or even pain in some cases. Yoga is my way of making sure my body is aligned not only physically but emotionally.

Whenever I partake in yoga, I do not do it for my workout but rather because it is deeply rooted in self-care. We are feeling what our body needs and we are giving it just that. If our neck or shoulders are tense, we are stretching the muscles to relieve this. When our legs are stiff or our feet are sore we are making sure we tend to them.

To me, yoga is about feeling balanced. It encourages reflection and physical grounding. You can even use music or essential oils to move through the poses with fluidity. When you are in a yoga class, you are connected to the energy of the class and may find yourself happier and at ease when you walk out. I personally love watching yoga instructors on YouTube as well if I’m struggling to find a flow that works for me.

I strongly suggest if you are struggling to find the time to workout or feel like you just can’t because you’re not in the right place, to start with stretching and yoga. Stretching can make you feel so much better if you’re not living the active lifestyle you want because it is able to reintroduce you to the mindset you want to be in for more endurance driven workouts.

I have days where I am so depressed I can barely move from a chair and when I decide to do some stretching I literally feel like a new person. The act of getting out the yoga mat, making a calm space in the house and using positive self talk has made me feel empowered again.

If you don’t know where to start, definitely look up Yoga and Stretching on Pinterest, YouTube, even Instagram, or online in general. Don’t feel like you need to go stand on your head the first day either, just do what comes naturally.

I hope this motivated you to try this if you are feeling low or like you can’t get to the gym today and just need to feel a little better. I will talk to you guys soon!

Love, Julie

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.

Self-Care For The Goddess Within

blog, spirituality May 8, 2018

Hello, my dear ones!

I decided today I’m doing a little snippet of an e-book I am writing called Self-Care For The Goddess Within. I really want to bring light to feminine energy and self-care. I am all about self-care as you have read on my blog but I want to specifically talk about ways you can nurture your soul back to feeling whole again. Sorry for my posts not being regular this week but they will resume back to normal starting tomorrow!

Here is a snippet of the book:

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How often do you forget the pain that remains behind your eyes? For the comfort of others, just one more time? You believe you have relieved the control it has over you, but it grabs you so gently right before you have a chance to escape, and you suddenly remember everything. The pain is the part of you which you cannot erase but over time the feelings you have for it may form a revolution in your life, but know you are the only one with the power to change. Memories do not fade, but we can learn more from them if we only try. 

The first part of self-care for goddesses is knowing who you are and who you are only now. You are as you are in this moment, you are not what you couldn’t control as a child, you are not the poor decisions you may make in your future, you just are a pure light, which has been dimmed but needs no permission to shine, for you can at any given time. Embrace this moment now, and breathe deeply, my dear. You are all you have been searching for over the last several years. You are the glow in the realm of the dark, and I want you to be able to take action with breath from your heart. 

I am looking very much forward to working on finishing this book and it will probably be made available for free on a separate page of my blog, once I figure it out. Today I want to encourage everyone to go out and do something for themselves. You are worth it.

As Always,  Much love,

Julie.