I'm really loving that this year the moon cycle seems to have synced up so perfectly with the holidays! We had the Full Moon sync up with the Winter Solstice last week. This week we've got a waning moon before we release the 2018 year and welcome in 2019. Not to mention the New Moon on January 5th, 2019!
For today, let's just focus on the waning moon.
When I say waning, I mean the moon is diminishing in size. This is a great time to let go of things that do not serve you. Right now it is especially powerful as we let go of 2018.
Gift yourself some quiet time before midnight December 31st for some yearly contemplation.
With the moon in the waning phase releasing this year's difficult situations may feel a bit easier. I'm not saying it still won't be emotional, but letting go during a waning phase is allowing you to work with the natural cycles rather than against. It is also important to let go of the comforts that no longer serve you. This one might be a bit more difficult, but if we want to grow this is necessary!
Grab your journals! Let's do this together.
Today, December 21st 2018, has a LOT of magical power.
First up it's the winter solstice (Happy Yule!) and the longest night of the year. This year we're also lucky enough to enjoy a full moon on the longest night of the year (at least in the Northern Hemisphere)! It's also the last full moon of 2018.
Let's grab all that magic and gift ourselves a self-love ritual!
Traditionally Yule is celebrated as the returning of the sun! Back when we couldn't turn lights on with a flick of a switch, THIS was a big deal. While it may take some time to actually see the "days getting longer", so to speak, we can celebrate this light and the light within.
During the holidays it gets a little hectic and naturally we start to put people and tasks before our own sanity. If you follow me on instagram, you've probably seen a few of my recent posts reminding us to take a moment to check-in, connect with your breathing and gifting yourself some self-care time. It's SUPER important right now, especially if you feel like you don't have time for it.
So here's the thing... The full moon on Yule is a reminder to check in with that internal light.
I first did this photo blog back in 2016, moving into 2017. I was just looking at last year's thinking how far I have come in a year! Sure, looking back in my journal I may have thought the same thing, but seeing it through an image stirs up so much more. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words!
So this post is more for me, #sorrynotsorry. However, I do encourage you to look back at your year and take some time to reflect how far you have come, who you are now and where you are going in 2019. <3
2018 SUMMARIZED IN ONE PICTURE…
I'm all about disconnecting from time to time and getting out into nature, but how about some helpful yoga and meditation apps that let you disconnect while staying on the wifi?
As a IT/IS person by day and a yogi/dancer by night I've tried my fair share of "mindful" apps. The following are the ones I find I actually use and don't just take up space! (lol) Best of all these are FREE!
With Thanksgiving behind us and the holidays just around the corner we're looking at the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and also the busiest. While running to holiday parties, visiting family, shopping, baking and everything else added to your regular to-do list your self-care may fall to the way side.
So how can we savor all the flavors of the season AND take care of ourselves? Let's jump right into some SIMPLE Self Care ideas for your holidays.
There was a time about two years ago that I didn't use essential oils; now I can't even imagine life without them! I have cut out many over the counter meditations, updated my skin care routines and even added some more DIY self-care into my life because of essential oils.
There is a lot of information on the internet about essential oils (usage, mis-usage, questions on things that harm and things that help). There are also a LOT of essential oils out on the market now. Before I jump into my personal experiences let me state... I am not a doctor or medical professional. I do not sell essential oils.
I do however use essential oils every day and have been for almost 2 years now. Below I've included some of my favorite oil usages.
Before we dive in to some every day uses, I want to let you know that I use DoTerra essential oils. I have purchased (and been gifted) some essential oils from other sources and found they contain soap and other ingredients all while boasting 100% essence/etc. I'm not saying you should use DoTerra as well, but be mindful and check the ingredients in anything that use on your body.
Now, on to the fun stuff!