Spirituality and Self-help

MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

I think sometimes we lose sight of things we love, things we cherish, things that are important to us and who we are. But in this moment and every moment, I choose to acknowledge these things and keep them before all else. Sometimes we get distracted by life, and that’s okay, but at the end of the day I choose my priorities. I choose my values, my relationships, my outlook and I choose my relationship with God. I urge all of you to choose these things, too. Or choose other things. Choose something; something to keep you grounded, humble, centered, heart happy and in love with life. I want to take this opportunity to talk about my relationship with God. Maybe this is a selfish article, so that I can see what my relationship with Him really is to me or how it could improve, but maybe i...

LIVING THAT COMPASSIONATE LIFE

In the past year, I have really clicked with the idea of living compassionately. Life is hard, we all know this. Even if we live with privilege, have not experienced a major trauma, do not live in poverty, we all have days that are a struggle. Simply remembering that everyone has these days is the starting point of living compassionately. Compassion and empathy are close friends. An empathetic person will understand what someone is going through and therefor want to be compassionate and help. A compassionate person can wish to alleviate another’s pain and try harder to empathize to do so. That is not to say we all need to be mind-readers. I personally think that an important part of being compassionate is admitting that we don’t really know exactly what any one else is thinking or feeling....

THE TWENTIES: TOUGHEST DECADE OF ONE’S LIFE?

The twenties can be a confusing and very difficult time for anyone. You have the energy and urge to travel around the world, but not enough money. You are trying to be the best version of yourself, but for some unknown reason, the men nature seems to send your way act like they are making a Walmart run and you, well, you are just one stop they’re making on the way there. You are working so hard at college, yet you are not sure if the course you’re pursuing is what you actually want to do for the rest of your life. Sometimes, you are mostly just hanging in there waiting to see what tomorrow holds. My twenties have been an interesting time of my life. Let me not exaggerate, I graduated from campus last year and joined a master’s program earlier this year. Relationship wise, I could say I am ...

CULTIVATING HAPPINESS

“Be here now.” As I sit on the deck of our Hill Country getaway house, I am mulling over those words. The little birds are attracted to the several feeders in the yard, and we’ve spotted more than one deer sauntering by the creek behind the house. Squirrels approach us curiously and mischievously as they plop onto their tummies and appear to engage us in a staring contest. The cool breeze rustles the trees and brushes my hair away from my face. There is peace here. Everything is calling for my attention, yet it is not in a desperate beckoning that gets only my distracted glance, but a deep, established process of nature that will continue with or without me. I can choose to enter in and be delighted by the small fawn with the spotted coat and the tiny birds that flit around. The big lizard...

MINDFUL SELF-CARE CAN GO A LONG WAY

I don’t have to tell you that we are all busy!  Family, work, fitting in healthy endeavors like exercise, even getting together with friends is tough to find time for. Believe it or not, making time for mindfulness helps us find MORE time do the things we love! We gain more calm, clarity and centeredness, which leads us to make better decisions.  Meditation is a type of mindfulness, but you do not have to sit for 20 minutes with your eyes closed to be mindful. Try this: instead of waking up in a slight panic about that morning meeting, work deadline or kid worry,  place your feet on the ground, sit at the edge of your bed, inhale through your nose, open your mouth and let out a nice long sigh. Smile! OR Just for today, try noticing the hot water as it hits your shoulders, marvel in the fre...

TALE AS OLD AS TIME

We know that life isn’t a fairytale. We fight all the time to be heard, to be taken seriously, and sometimes it seems as if the automatic way to respond to this is to aim for the furthest possible idea of what is expected of us. I mean, what does it really mean to be female in today’s society? What about embracing our desires, differences and letting us empower us. We need to know that it’s as much okay to be a stereotype as it is not to be. Whether as a female you choose to be a pinup, a mother, a wife, a lover, a painter or a plumber…it’s all about being free to make the choice to do so.This is truly what can empower us if we let it. The exploration of raw and real women must come from a place of recreating the traditional in order to understand our ideas and expe...

APRIL TAROT MESSAGE: DELIVERING OUR TRUTH

Delivering our Truth with the Daughter of Swords After deepening our self regard in March with the Lovers, we were encouraged to touch and dig into some of the soft, vulnerable, even messy parts of our hearts. Parts of our past, parts of ourselves, we may previously not been able to confront.  I personally felt like I was coming face to face with some of my deepest insecurities about love and self-worth this past month. With the arrival of the Spring Equinox, I feel immense relief.  Really, like I survived the cold, dry winter (as my friend Audrey described it), and I’m welcoming spring with eyes, ears and arms, wide open. Our April message comes through to direct this new, fresh energetic current with fierceness and grace. Our tarot card for April is the Daughter of Swords. The Daughter o...

WILDFLOWER MANTRAS

~I’m a flower growing free and wild. My roots are nestled deeply in the ground. ~I’m a flower growing free and wild. Nature is my course for growth. ~I’m a flower growing free and wild. I am purely unharmed by external perspectives. ~I’m a flower growing free and wild. The colors of my petals are subtly intricate and dynamic. ~I’m a flower growing free and wild. The daintiness of my nature is protecting the strength within. ~I’m a flower growing free and wild. I dance with the wind. ~I’m a flower growing free and wild. My giving nectar is for the taking Life’s growth. ~I’m a flower growing free and wild. My path is one unpaved and undisturbed by footprints. ~I’m a flower growing free and wild. A step upon my stem will not break the heart within. ~I’m a flower growing free and wild. The sun...

HOW TO CHANNEL YOUR INNER BOSS LADY

Women’s empowerment can be a heavy and complicated topic, especially in today’s media. No matter where you find yourself in political and social movements you should always believe in self-betterment. So how can you channel your inner boss lady? Here are six ways to start. Invest in you Take care of your physical and mental health. Maintaining a healthy diet helps you genuinely feel good and have more energy! Try to have 30 minutes of exercise daily, even if it’s broken up into increments of 10 minutes throughout the day. Maintaining mental health includes understanding and controlling your emotions. We all have our moments, but being a boss lady means dealing with emotions in a healthy way that allows you to stay focused on your goals. I’ve found that talking with a close friend helps me ...

THE LABEL EFFECT

Over my Christmas break, I got excited about the prospect of writing a blog post for introverts in business. Off with my pen I went. That blog post may again grow it’s own legs and ask to fully release itself to you in time. At the moment though, I felt a stronger pull to write about something which has eclipsed that for me… Introvert. INFJ. Left-handed. Highly sensitive. The Helper. The above are all labels that I associate with. At some point, I have discovered at least a few characteristics about myself that categorically identify me with the labels above. A few, I am classified as by default (E.g. Being left-handed). For others, some research/inquiry led to the information (Introvert, Highly sensitive). The thing is, one of my favorite things is getting to know more about people, and s...

BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

On September 28th, 2015 a wild red moon orbited so close to the earth, it eclipsed the sun. Nearer than ever before, it shone like a star, like a red, fiery, hot star – except, it was the moon. Promising the harvest. Promising the night. Promising to light up the dark. High above the gold of the eastern mountain tips, but low and close, burning bright into the sky, we traced its luminous shadows. Full of force, a howl, endings, and beginnings – we watched it rise and heard its wild call – we listened close, and so we made you. Like your sister, you had been waiting for us and not the other way around. That first week in October you were a tiny wonder I was having deep in the secrets of my mind. One morning, I drifted into the bathroom and unwrapped a pregnancy test. A few...

THE DEVIL WITHIN THE MIND: ANXIETY

Anxiety…This is the word that suddenly gets everyone’s attention, but not always for the right reasons. When you start up a conversation with someone about anxiety, it can go a few different ways. They may think you’re trying to attention seek or may judge you for the topic you’re talking about. I must admit, I used to have a stigmatized view of this disorder and would think to myself, ‘Well why would someone have a panic attack when they’re just sitting in a coffee shop, what have they got to panic about?’ That was until the day I started to see and feel my mind & body in a whole different way. The pounding heart, body temperature rising, the terrifying thoughts, the dizziness as if you’re just going to collapse at any moment and the ‘elephant sitting on the chest.’ These are ju...

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