Self Care Fridays: 12 Steps to Self Care

Peace Soulstars,

I hope everyone had a great week! Despite perceived obstacles always remember that you have a choice to manifest your reality and whatever that reality is it’s a work in progress.  Every day is a chance to move closer to that reality.  Start with self care.

If you don’t take care of yourself, you are doing not only yourself but others around you a disservice.  These steps are only a guide.  Use them at your own discretion and tweek where necessary.  It’s for inspiration purposes.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’ve been participating in a twelve day yoga challenge.  This was one of the best decisions I’ve made all year!  It has motivated me to keep that appointment with myself everyday.

I’m not only improving my total wellbeing (yoga is perfect for mind, body,soul alignment) but the wellbeing of my family as well.  When I’m out of alignment, they have to deal with it.  I prefer being aligned not only for me but for them. If we don’t take responsibility for ourselves, nothing will improve.  It’s in our own hands.

What we do and how we react not only affects us but those we come into contact with; especially those we care about the most.  If everyone took the time to practice more self care the world would be a much better place but we cannot control what everyone else does.  We can only control what we do.

Love and light,

 

 

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Wellness Wednesday: Have a fruitful breakfast!

Peace Soulstars,

Fruit for breakfast was an on and off thing for me in the past but I’ve been making it routine to have fruit for breakfast!  Alongside my cuppa matcha green tea (yes, I’m that person who drinks hot tea in the summer), I have a mango and banana.

Sometimes it’s just a plate of an assortment of fruit.  It makes me feel good, satisfied (not full…there’s a big difference), and it just works.  How? Some benefits I’ve noticed personally: my energy and mental clarity have improved.

Check out a list of benefits of eating fruit for breakfast below from one good reason:

Photo from : onegoodreason.tumblr

Love and light,

Foodie Tuesdays: Portabella and black bean burgers!

Peace Soulstars,

I’ve been wanting to share this recipe with you for a while now! Most of the recipes I share are quick, simple and healthy yet flavorful!  I don’t do bland food.

So, whether it’s vegetarian, vegan, etc. it’s going to be packed with flavor! Can’t wait to share the tofu scramble recipe that had me dismissing eggs without hesitation…

In the meantime check out the recipe for portabella and black bean burgers from “the kitchen whisperer” here!  My meat eater husband and picky 11 year old daughter both request these burgers.  In their opinion, the texture is just like beef and the flavor is on point.

Just an FYI, this recipe calls for adding Worcestershire sauce to the burger patty mix.  I usually like to use Worcestershire sauce for my turkey burgers and it makes the flavor very similar to beef burgers.  Try it and let me know how you like it!

Love and light,

 

Inspire Me Mondays: When you love a flower…

Peace Soulstars,

There’s a Buddha quote that states “When you like a flower, you pluck it but when you love a flower, you water it daily.”

I’ve made it my business to love the flower…the flower is me.  It’s you, us, everybody.  Speaking of water, most mornings I wake up and first thing I do is get a glass of water to hydrate.  After all of those hours of sleep or whatever you do at night (some are up with insomnia…saving that topic for later) you need to re-hydrate your body. It’s just non-negotiable. Your body needs it.

After I drink at least 12-16 oz of water (some say a liter…let’s keep it real),  I do yoga or circuit exercises to get the energy moving in my body and to detox.  Sometimes I do both.  Just depends on my mood.  Get that mind body soul connection going just as you wake up.  Make it your business to treat yourself as you would your favorite flower, plant or anything that you love.

Don’t make this more complicated then it needs to be.  That’s part of the reason why we begin but don’t finish things.  We put pressure on ourselves to do so much when really less is more.  It’s not about quantity.  Quality is key!

So, try to incorporate one change a week and gradually add on over time.  If you miss a few days, just make up for it the next day.  No stress. The objective here is “just love yourself” everyday.

Do something that benefits your mind, body, and soul daily.  Record how you feel, thoughts, etc. in a journal. They cost $3 at TJ Max and no need to write a book.  Just jot down words and phrases.  Be artistic and draw a picture of you want to.  You will definitely notice a change if you remain consistent for at least a week.

Love and light,

Friday “Feels”

Peace Soulstars,

Happy Friday!  I may be a little late but I’m lovin’ the summertime vibe of “Feels”.  I’ve always had a multidimensional style of music.  I love anything that has a beat that moves me. Speaking of frequencies and high vibrations, this song is no exception. Oh yeah, and I’ll be sharing more feel good music more often.  Music is my therapy.  So, it’s only natural that I spread the love.  Catch the video below!

Love and Light,

Broken but not destroyed

“And she always had a way with her brokenness…She would take her pieces and make them beautiful…”~R.M. Drake

Peace Soulstars,

When faced with difficult circumstances sometimes we’re left feeling incomplete.  That feeling often leads to depression, anxiety and other emotional issues.  When left untreated or not addressed,  these issues eat away at our spirit.  Some describe the feeling as being broken.  In a way you are because you’re out of alignment with your spirit.  Spirit gives you life.

Those feelings you get are an indication from your spirit that it needs healing.  The hope lies in your ability to heal yourself.  Healing is possible and most certainly can resolve feeling broken.  What matters is not that you’ve been broken but how you put the pieces back together.

I admire those who manage to endure the unimaginable yet they come back stronger than they were before.  Think of Tina Turner aka Anna Mae Bullock and how she overcame drug addiction and physical abuse.  She found freedom through meditation after being introduced to Buddhism by a friend.  Tina found a way to put the pieces back together right when she was about to give up.  That’s alchemy.  She’s an alchemist.  We’re all alchemists but we’ve forgotten how to use our abilities.

Sometimes we use our power unconsciously because it’s a part of our nature.  We use our power but can’t recall how it works.  We believe that someone or something else is responsible when the outcome is in our favor.   So, we downplay it as coincidence, luck etc.

We externalize our power instead of acknowledging that it’s within us.   We allow people, circumstances and other outside influences to gain control of our feelings. This throws the spirit off because it’s been pushed out of the driver’s seat.  It’s not used to being a passenger.  I either lost you there or you’re following me.

You may be able to think of more but I can guarantee at least two takeaways from this:

  1.  No situation is permanent unless you choose to make it permanent.
  2. Sometimes you break because you need to in order to become what you were meant to become.

Love and light,

 

 

 

Updates

Peace Soulstars,

Hello to all of you beautiful people.  Unfortunately, once again I’ve managed to let time pass without blogging regularly.  Thanks to computer issues (damn Mac chargers are the worst!) and of course…life, I was unable to blog like I wanted to.  I could’ve done so from my phone which isn’t a bad idea. I may start doing that sometimes but it’s not the same.  Although, I have to be honest in saying that I think I bit off a little more than I could chew.  I went from more of free flow blogging to daily blogging which was good information but ultimately became too much for me to keep up with.  It wasn’t my style to just blog for the sake of blogging.  When that happens it becomes less authentic and more contrived.  The latter doesn’t resonate with me at all. Needless to say, from now on I’ll be blogging more regularly.

I  have so much to share from all things spirituality to some great recipes using foods that increase your vibration and of course mental health.  I’ve discovered some meditation techniques that work for pain reduction and anxiety especially a good one for menstrual pain.  Oh, and I haven’t updated you on how I was able to heal myself from an ovarian cyst that I was diagnosed with late last year.  Yoga, meditation, diet and just overall lifestyle changes work wonders!

The more I read, open my mind to new ways of thinking and appreciate different perspectives the more I learn.  I cannot wait to share what I’ve learned with you.  You can also check me out on instagram (check the side bar for that link).  I check in with random thoughts and thought provoking info regularly on the gram.

Be on the look out for new posts this week!

Love&Light,