In just a few days I will be turning thirty and I can't be more excited. <3 I am at a point in my life that I truly believe is the precipice of awesome-ness.
This past year has had a lot of big changes and opportunities for growth. I really feel as though those will continue for the rest of this calendar year and I'm going to start kicking some major goal-booty (totally a technical term) in the next few months.
So here's what's happening for the b-day extravaganza! As far as I know there's no actual birthday party planned, but I do have a few fun things in the works surrounding the momentous day.
First up, this weekend I'm super pumped to teach at the first ever "Dance With Utica" event! One of the local studios is bringing together a bunch of the area's teachers for a two day event. Super excited they liked my application. ;) P.S. - How cool is that video of all the dancers? Did you see me?! lol
After that Eric and I are headed down to Ommegang Brewery for the Glass Animals show! Followed by camping on the brewery grounds. (Smart idea on their part to cut down on possible drinking/driving issues!)
Jumping ahead to the following weekend, we're heading out to the Sterling Renaissance Festival. We go every year. I love it. We get dressed up and just enjoy the entire day. Here's an older pic with our favorite Rat Man.
Then I decided to take a week off from work and treat myself to 'Witch Camp' with the amazing Veronica Varlow. I've been taking part in the "Bitchcraft" classes and love discussing with other witchy babes in "Veronica's Parlor" private group on Facebook. I've had a lack of magic in my life and am loving having an outlet again. <3
We've got lot's of adventures planned. :)
What do you do to celebrate your birthday?
What crazy things can I expect in my thirties?
- Jenn Rose
When you spend most of a sleepless night sitting upright so you can breathe, it's time to check in with yourself and see what's going on!
Now I'm really thinking it's just a bad couple of seasonal allergy days. That doesn't change the fact the next work day is going to be a little bit more difficult and I'm going to feel off my A game.
Below are my go-to, tried and true Sick Day tips. Here's hoping they help you too!
Number one in my book, you need to rest. Even if you can't fall asleep, resting means taking the time off to let the body heal and fight whatever is making you weak. This could mean taking a day off of work or trying to find a sub to teach your classes. Do it. Don't share your sickness.
Hot tea-I prefer echinacea to support the immune system-and honey to soothe your throat. If my stomach is feeling okay, I'll make a hot citrus concoction out of hot water, lime juice, lemon juice and a little bit of OJ. Add in some honey as needed.
If your stomach isn't game for citrus, look into a ginger herbal tea like this one.
As always make sure you're getting enough water!
I'm a big fan of Vicks Vaporub. It's often the only thing that helps me breathe when my allergies are really bad. If you're looking for something a bit more natural, maybe a DIY version or a DIY shower tablet version you can try those.
I've also recently gotten into essential oils, and my go to difusser blend has been DoTerra's Breathe with some extra eucalyptus oil. I've also read that difussing a mixture of eucalyptus, lemon and peppermint helps with sinus issues.
Headache? Rub some peppermint oil on your forehead.
I'm always amazed how well this works.
Lingering cough? Try a mixture of 1 Tbsp honey and 1 tsp cinnamon two to three times a day. (Bonus points if it's local raw honey-to cut down on your allergy symptoms. Read more here.)
What other remedies do you use when you're feeling a bit under the weather?
Off to brew some tea,
- Jenn Rose
Disclaimer: I am not compensated by the above companies. These are just my personal opinions.
Sometimes when we get really hard on ourselves we believe that we have not done anything worthy or great. Of course this isn't the truth! These are the moments when it's nice to be able to talk to a friend or look in the past at the good stuff that we've completed.
So here's your homework:
List 100 Achievements or goals you accomplished.
Big, small and in between. From the time you were born to the person you are now, you've accomplished so many more than 100! This isn't a test in greatness, though you truly are. This is a reminder to that cruel voice in your head that brings you down in moments of panic!
If you journal out your greatness, you will be reminded of how much you make a difference and how worthy you really are. Then you can use this list if that fear voice starts to creep in.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few from my own list to start:
Took a walk every morning for a week
Completed 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training
Choreographed a dance!
Packed my lunch every day for a week
Put together an 1.5 hour show
Corrected a $40,000 billing issue
Sewed my own Halloween costume
Taught someone how to copy/paste
Created a poster/flyer for an event
Took a friend out to dinner
Gave directions to a lost tourist
Walked over 55 miles in a week
Told a good joke
Adopted (and love) a shelter cat
You have done great things and you will continue to do great things. We are all worthy of greatness.
- Jenn Rose
I'm mixing it up this week. I really wanted to share with you some recipes, events, and articles that have caught my attention this week so prepare yourself for a million links... in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1:
First off this awesome cookie cake recipe from Fannetastic Food. I adore Anne's blog and have made several of her recipes in the past. I made the cookie cake for a birthday party last Saturday.
Another food related item; I've made at least 3 batches of these black bean brownies in the last week for the same birthday party and 4th of July celebrations! Don't Waste The Crumbs has some awesome DIY Natural Living ideas to check out too.
Switching gears, I'm super excited to be part of the next set of "Bitchcraft" classes taught by Veronica Varlow. I really enjoyed the last set of classes and the private Facebook group is so supportive! Veronica is also donating 10% of each sign-up for this session to The Transgener Legal Defence & Education Fund.
Danielle Laporte everyone...
P.S. I just bought her book White Hot Truth. Don't spoil anything, but do you love it? <3
Self body image and bathing suit season?
I think we could all use a little self love talk concerning this subject.
I'll wrap up this link party, with one to horoscope.com. Anyone else addicted to their Daily Tarot Reading? <3
What have you been reading, testing, or finding on the ever growing web that is shareable?
- Jenn Rose