Truth be told, I'm not a big Valentine's day fan.
However, I'm not one to miss a chance to talk about self-love and self-care! In the last few years I've started to shift the idea of Valentine's day to be a day to check in with myself, making sure I am getting what I need to care for myself so that I can present my best self to those I love.
Let's jump right into some simple self-love ideas for your Valentine's Day/week or every day life!
(Because you shouldn't need a specific day to love yourself; it should be constant!)
Treat Yo' Self
Parks & Rec anyone? I'm not saying you have to go out and buy yourself a pair of Louie Vuitton's but definitely something that makes you feel luxurious. Some of my favorites are a new essential oil or blend, a small bouquet of roses (from Aldi's!) or bath fizzies. Perhaps that massage you've been wanting but never scheduled could be a fun solo date?
Perhaps taking yourself out on a date or treating yourself to something isn't in the budget. With our busy yang lifestyles some times just gifting yourself some "Me Time" is all you need! Schedule 20 minutes to an hour for a long bath, read a book, drink some tea or journal. Treating yourself doesn't have to mean you need to buy something.
How about a guided Self Love Meditation? Join me at 8 PM on Valentine's day on Instagram live (or in the Zennergy Wise Warriors private FB group) for a 10 - 15 minute guided self-love journey!
Create an affirmation that rings true to your core. Commit to repeating this mantra daily for the next week or so. Affirmations are powerful true statements that sometimes may bring out your inner mean girl (or guy) because you doubt it. For example, I love and accept myself exactly as I am. Commit to saying it and feeling it and the self-doubt will eventually melt away.
Amp up your affirmation! Create a sigil and place it next to your mirror. Look at it every day to help release any doubts behind your true and positive statement.
Check in with your sassy beautiful self and feel all those great positive endorphins after a nice work-out session. Try something new and break out of your routine. My obvious favorites are yoga and belly dance, but maybe you want to try something a little sassy like a twerk class or even pole fitness? You could always just put on some great music and dance around you kitchen.
I'm not saying you need to clean, but maybe it's time to get rid of things that no longer serve you or "Spark Joy" if you follow the Kon Mari Method. Let go of those pants that no longer fit (treat yo self to new ones if your size changed, you deserve it!). Get rid of those kitchen appliances and tools you never use. At this point that tomato slicer is just getting in the way and causing you stress every time you move it.
Perhaps a better declutter would be your social media feed. Does your Pintrest spark joy? How about your Instagram? Unfollow or Snooze friends who's posts upset you. You don't need those little stressors adding up to a big break down.
How are you spending your self-love day?
Have another idea? Share it in the comments!
Happy Self-Love Day!
- Jenn Rose
First up, sigils, what the heck are they?!
Think of sigils as a very personal symbol or design that sparks emotion for the creator. A similar example would be the emotions, beliefs, and memories that are invoked by the symbol of the cross. However, in the case of sigils the symbol will probably only mean something to the creator (unless created for a group, like this blog post). The idea is similar to a vision board, where the overall image creates a reaction that surpasses words.
I think if we walk through how to make a sigil, it will make more sense....
First up, let's create a statement that helps improve our self talk.
One of my favorite traditions at my annual retreat (this year it was "Clarify") is to make a Vision Journal.
So, what is it? If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know how in love with journalling I am; so seeing my journal tends to happen more frequently then say a vision board would that might get left on the counter to collect dust. Thus a Vision Journal was created! Seems like a simple revelation, but seeing that 'vision board' on my journal has completely changed vision boarding for me.
If you've never made a vision board before, basically it's putting together a group of images on a poster board with a specific idea in mind. Usually this ties in with a goal your are working towards. Then said poster would be placed in an area that you frequent, so you see it often.
It's the last one of our "Understanding Moon Cycles" series! If you enjoyed this, let me know and I'll work more moon related content into our mix.
Happy (almost) Full Moon! I like to think of the full moon as a celebration. It's the finish line for the work you've put in and time to check back in with those goals. It's also a time for gratitude (when isn't it?!).
Let's dive a little deeper.
First of all, if it's not bitter stinging cold where you live see if you can sneak outside Monday night (the 21st) to take a look at that beautiful moon. I always feel really connected with the universe and everything in when I look up at a full moon. Anyone else?
Today it's all about the waxing moon or the process of the moon appearing to grow larger. I always like to think wax on, wane off (ha ha!) to keep the cycle straight. With that in mind, of course our connection to the waxing moon is all about GROWING!
In short the waxing moon is drawing in energy and building up to become a whole (think full moon). If we choose to work with these natural cycles, now is the time to put the work in! Continue building up your projects, work on getting that experience and really commit to your daily practices.
So what are you currently putting your attention into?
Continuing on with our Moon Cycle Series, let's check in with the New Moon! As we start our new year journeys we're beginning the year with a new moon on Saturday, the 5th. This is like getting a second start for those new year intentions with a bit of extra oomph from the universe.
First up, the new moon occurs when we don't 'see' a moon in the sky. Obviously it's still there it's just not reflecting sun light since it's positioned between the Earth and the Sun. Some people will call this the dark moon, since the light is not being reflected back towards us. (Want to learn more about the science?)
The science is grand, but I'm more into connecting to the vibes and I'm guessing you are too if you're reading my blog. (ha ha)
New moon vibes are ALL about starting fresh. We've got a clean slate since we released what doesn't serve us during the waning moon cycle. Now is the time to begin new things. Try something new. Start a new hobby, work-out, etc.