Fear or Love
The older I get the more I realize this is what every-yes, EVERY-choice boils down to. Fear or Love?
Which reason are you choosing?
An easy example would be, staying in that dead end job you hate. You won't quit for fear you won't make your dream business a reality. Fear you won't find another job. Fear of being unable to pay those bills. Fear of ending up homeless, hopeless and alone.
That is a whole lot of fear and I get it. It's scary to go off on your own. It's scary to ask for that raise. Rejection is a great tool of fear.
What if we looked at it from a place of love?
What if you loved yourself so much that you believed in your dream business? What if that dream business was something that could help so many people? What if your loving family helped support you in case something didn't go as planned?
How about that raise? Fear or Love?
Fear of rejection or support the decision with love of yourself because you've been working 110% on that big project that drove up sales throughout the last year.
Going to that new yoga class solo? Fear or Love?
Fear of being all alone in a new place doing some crazy pretzel twist. Or love for your own body so much that it doesn't matter. Love for the personal growth of going on your own and hey, maybe meeting someone new.
Eating something healthy for lunch, love for my body (my temple!) or choosing fear of the orange goo we aren't sure if it's some kind of squash. Ha! Quite Literal...
You get the idea.
What if every decision we made, we stopped to think about it?
Are you deciding from a place of fear or love?
Hint: Choose love.
Gifting: That Spiritual Babe
First off, Hoping your Thanksgiving was lovely!!
I thought it would be fun to do a little mini series relating to the holiday season! I'm going to include some fun gift ideas you can purchase and some you can DIY as a fun alternative.
Not into these gifting posts? I'm only posting these on Fridays. Regularly scheduled inspirational musings will be posted on Tuesdays. :)
Let's start off with those spiritual/new age-y friends. There's quite a few finds for them. Here are a few of my ideas.
Price Point: $20 - $25 Range
Essential Oil Diffuser! Love, love, love mine. Amazon has had a few different models greatly discounted in their Black Friday flash sales this week. Bonus-adding some water vapor into that dry winter air.
Essential Oils - While we're on the subject, you might as well add a few extra oils to your cart. My favorite starter oil is Peppermint. Good for headaches, upset stomachs and opening up your airways (in case of a winter cold/flu).
Himalayan Salt Lamp. These are gorgeous. I received one as a gift a few years ago. The glow is very calming (and pretty!). There is some sciencebehind salt lamps; as they attract water vapor from the air, cleanse it and release those purified vapors back into the air. Fancy!
Price Point: $10 - $15 Range
Gift your friend a subscription box! This "Awakening in a Box" includes 3 stones/crystals each month and few other goodies. Buy them the first box (only $15) and let them decide if they want to keep it going monthly.
How about some Oracle cards? Unlike Tarot cards these are quick one card readings that are usually easy to explain based on the type of deck. One I'm currently in love with is Gabrielle Bernstein's the Universe Has Your Back cards. Super pretty and easily understandable-no looking through lengthy books to figure out the meaning.
Books! - Here are two that really made my 2017 kick butt. You know how much I loooove Gala Darling, so of course Radical Self Love is on this list. Maybe something a little less personal development? How about a crystal guide or some tips on astrology?
Price Point: Under $10
Mix it up and order something custom from a small business seller on Etsy! How about one of these gorgeous Tree of Life pendants? Or these super cute Gingerbread bath bombs!
Candles are always a win. I go through tea lights and taper candles like crazy! You can even dress them up a bit by anointing them with some essential oils you have on hand and maybe some glitter before gifting.
A new journal is always a great gift, especially before the new year. Find a pattern or design that your spiritual friend would enjoy. Get something minimal or something that offers creative prompts. ;-)
Next week, I'll have some DIY ideas for you!
- Jenn Rose
Top 10: Banishing a Winter Cold
Since I've already been struck with a fall/winter cold this year, I though I would share some of my tips to help kick that cold!
1. DRINK ALL THE TEA!
Okay, so that's not super unheard of. Green tea is great and packs a lot of anti-oxidants which are great for you, but if you are sick you need something with a little more punch. Look for herbal teas with Echinaccia which is said to help boost your immune system. Not into that flavor? Add some lemon and honey. Throw some ginger in mix for a spicy kick
2. Honey and Cinnamon
Of course, local seasonal honey is best, but if not grab that organic brand at the supermarket. Mixing about 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon Cinnamon will not only sooth your sore throat, cinnamon is a natural anti-bacterial fighter to add to your arsenal. Rumor is, if you do this 2-3 times a day you can shorten the length of that lingering cough.
3. Citrus "Tea"
Turn on that kettle and mix a bit of lemon juice, lime juice, and orange juice into your hot water. Kick up that vitamin C factor, quick! Add some honey to soothe a scratchy throat.
4. Elderberry Syrup
A blast from the past! An ingredient found in many of your over the counter cough medicine, in a slightly more natural form. I get mine from Woodland Essence, but you can purchase online as well.
5. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
As you know I've recently become an essential oil addict (No Shame!). This saved me when I had an upper respiratory infection. Dilute a few drops with coconut oil (fractionated is best) and rub on your chest. I also like to rub a few drops on to my sinus cavities around my nose.
6. Diffuse Essential Oils
Get that diffuser going! I've got a 400 ML diffuser from Amazon, that I love. It turns off when it's out of water and I can set it, then forget it. I love mixing eucalyptus and peppermint to open my airways while I'm sick. Bonus: Getting some water in the air of our dry wintery homes.
7. Chapstik on your nose
Nothing is worse than getting over your cold and your poor nose is all red and peeling (ew!). I use a cheap chapstik to rub on my nose and keep it nice and hydrated after all those tissues.
8. Detox Bath
I love essential oils and bath salts on any regular occasion, but I amp up my bath time with a bit more if I'm feeling under the weather. I toss in about 1/2 cup of epsom bath salts, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oils. I recommend a nice cup of tea on the side to keep you nice and hydrated.
9. Peppermint Essential Oil
Did I mention I'm an oil addict? When you're coughing for days, I like to rub a few drops of peppermint oil on the outside of my neck to soothe my sore throat.
10. TAKE TIME TO REST
This should be a no-brainer, but in our fast paced society we push ourselves to get back to work, do chores and take care of everyone else. Listen to your body! You got sick because your body is trying to tell you to slow down and now you are forced to. This is a difficult concept when we try to check all those to do list items off and end up feeling run down in the long run.
Take the day off work. Watch some bad day time t.v. (that you can nap on and off through). Don't share those sick day germs. Gift yourself the time to recuperate and get back to feeling 100%.
Hoping your feeling well, if not then maybe some of these ideas help you out! I'm always on the look-out for any non-traditional cold remedies; What are some of your traditions?
Love & Health,
Gratitude... For You.
We're deep into the month dedicated to gratitude! I'm sure you'll be seeing (if you haven't already) people posting things they are thankful for ALL over social media.
While I do appreciate all that I have to be thankful for, this year I'm spinning the idea a little. Let's take a moment to send gratitude to those things, events, unique gifts that really truly make you who you are!
We spend a lot of time being what I like to call "Outward" focused on the things and people we are grateful for. Family. Pets. Jobs. etc. I'm not saying you shouldn't send some gratitude to these people/things-Please do!!
I am, however, suggesting we send some love to ourselves.
No, I'm not saying "I love me because I'm better than everyone else."
Drop that ego, quick!
I'm suggesting you dig deeper.
I am grateful for the events and experiences that made me stronger.
I am grateful for the experiences that shined light on new ideas and helped me grow.
I am grateful for the ups and downs on my journey.
Those leaps of faith and the chances to fail. The moments on your journey that really define you.
Turning to that "Inward Focus".
Really learning, knowing, and understanding what it is that makes you... you!.
Those are things I am grateful for.
And of course all of my readers ;)
Jenn Rose <3
Self Care, Self Care, Self Care...
Possibly the "buzz-i-est" of the buzz words going around the web right now. However, it really is needed more than ever!
As we grow-up we learn to be nice to others and take care of our friends/pets/family/etc. While, yes I do believe these things are important; what about being nice and taking care of yourself?
First off, You can say "No" to take care of yourself first. Don't go to that party if you are feeling run down from the week. Don't accept that invite to the baby shower/wedding/etc. that you don't want to go to. Do what is best for you!
Now that you're home, gift yourself with some gratitude! Take a moment to write down your best qualities (physical, mental, emotional/etc.). Build yourself up, instead of tearing yourself down.
If that is too difficult, I've been there, start out by writing down any compliments you've received recently. Or maybe you did well on a project at work? Write it down. Feel like you accomplished something big? Write that down. Sometimes just a bit of journaling is all you need for a confidence boost.
Bring on the hygge (Another buzz word!)!!
Layer up with a cozy blanket. Read a good book. Make a cup of tea, coffee or cocoa. Rest.
In our go-go culture, we are pushed to never stop, but the body needs a break here and there. Take a minute to breathe. Try some pranayama exercises or meditation. Try an app like Headspace or Calm so you can meditate any where/any time you have a few minutes.
Do some restorative yoga. Have I mentioned how much I love the Down Dog app? There's a paid version, but the free version is soooo good. Set the timer and choose your style/level, let's go!
Of course, there's always the ever popular hot bath. Make it a spa experience by adding in some bath salts, essential oils (Lavender, anyone?), or bubbles for fun. Pair it up with some soft music and floating candles! You deserve it.
Make time for your hobbies. Create more (Draw, paint, knit, doodle!). Giving yourself the time to reconnect to those things is huge! Of course, once you look at the final product, you'll also feel accomplished! Add that to your journal entry of accomplishments too!
I truly believe that if we don't take a breathe and rest, our bodies immune system can't handle the stress and we become more susceptible to sickness.
What does your self-care routine look like?
I'd love to hear if you try any of these ideas as well. <3
- Jenn Rose
Musings: Parts of the Self
With Halloween/Samhain behind us, we've truly entered into the dark part of the year. The part of the year where we turn inward, review what worked for us, what isn't working and begin to plan where to go next.
Growing up, I tended to put part of my life into compartments.
School tasks, friends--"school Jenn" over here.
Work tasks, feelings--"work Jenn" over here.
Dance class Jenn over there. Home alone Jenn over here. Etc.
Seeing myself in different ways in different settings.
Of course any time when these settings/friends/etc. would merge, things would feel a little overwhelming.
The problem here is that you (and I) are really all of these titles/emotions/hobbies/etc. in one package.
The issues you feel at work, really do intrude to the home life and vice versa. If you are unhappy in your chosen career/family/hobby/set of friends/etc. it affects ALL parts of your life.
You are not just the (insert current job title) that you are working.
You are that and so much more.
The "compartments" don't just live in one part of your life/your 24 hours a day...
Your work self comes home with the home alone self and that home alone self goes out dancing with your school friends.
You are all the things. AND you have the choice of being whatever titles you truly want to be.
What titles/emotions/hobbies/etc. are currently working for you?
What aren't and how can we work to clear those out for our future?
These are the hard hitting questions, my friends.
<3 Jenn Rose