Mercury Retrograde’s Silver Lining

newmoonToday Mercury (in the Air sign of Aquarius) goes direct after being in retrograde for the past 3 weeks. Lots of people celebrate the ending of Mercury retrograde because it’s known to cause difficulties in communication. It’s recommended to not begin anything new, like a project or relationship and to not sign contracts. Think of it as a pause button! Despite the challenges it might bring, there is a silver lining. It’s a great time to do research, be more internal, strengthen your foundation and cleanse + clear. If you take advantage of this opportunity to slow down, by February 12th you’ll be ready to step into your life with more clarity!

MysticMamma described it like this:

“This will be another important retrograde, where the past will be reviewed to see what we can and cannot bring with us into the future in mid-February…By learning how to use Mercury retrograde periods wisely and consciously, even if our affairs are momentarily diverted in strange directions, coordinated in some unusual ways, or take some peculiar twists and turns, they often turn out for the best over the long run, whether we knew that or not during the retrograde period.”

There were some twists and turns for me. I had plans to go out of town for work, but they were interrupted when I got sick with a cold and cough. Despite not feeling well, I was still considering going, even though I didn’t honestly feel like it was the best idea. After struggling with making a decision whether to go or not to go, I stopped to really think about what I was doing. I knew and was disappointed that I was taking part in a continuous cycle of mine where I don’t trust my body or my intuition and try to “power” through. I don’t want to live that way any longer, so I made the decision to honor my body and stay home to get some rest. And I’m so glad I did because I was in bed all day yesterday! I’m not saying I blame Mercury retrograde for why I got sick, as cold and flu season is in full swing. But, I do believe that my body needed to learn to take advantage of this time to rest, reflect and reenergize. I also learned what I don’t want to bring with me into the future: not trusting the intelligence of my body and not practicing self-love and self-care. There will be more to come on that next week… Satya Jewelry_Gunmetal And Gold Moon Ring-Chandra_finalSomething beautiful + meaningful — Satya Jewelry’s Retrograde Style collection of pretty, delicate pieces that “project positivity and protection”, like (image above) the stackable Gunmetal & Gold Moon ring, $49.

I’d love to know — Did you realize what you can and cannot bring with you into the future?

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Room for Improvement

improvementAs the saying goes, there is usually “room for improvement”. That doesn’t mean in every aspect of our life because sometimes how it is is good enough. But, we all know we can improve somewhere. According to a go-to source of mine, MysticMamma, that’s the theme of the month: Improvement. January was about Activation. Now, it’s time to improve what we’ve activated.

So, what’s up?

heartThe ability + motivation to refine + upgrade all aspects of your life whether that be the way you communicate, your health, relationships with self and others or in work. Use this time to “pause, rethink & regroup”. This helps in opening your eyes to see what isn’t working, so you can take steps to letting go. improvement quoteheartIt’s been said that this year’s challenges are Impatience + Martyrdom. They’re called challenges because neither of them really serve us in the long run.

How to prevent becoming impatient?

1. Focus on 1 thing at a time that you want to change & improve. Take baby steps.

heartImprove your relationship with Time. Western culture is obsessed with time. I definitely have trouble with it. For example, my habit of trying to plan every minute of my day, having the occasional mindset that “I’ve run out of time”, etc. Some of this is in the name of productivity because time is precious, but it can become controlling and fear-based.

heartBe present with your Time. MysticMamma recommends this mantra:

“There is always enough time for everything. Everything happens in the right time.”

heartImprove outlook on life by having Trust & Optimism.

heartMost importantly, focus on improving your relationship with yourself.

To read more on how improvements can be made in your personal life, relationships, environment, health + in business, click here.

Please share – what areas in your life do you want to improve? 

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Home Sweet Apartment

This weekend was a big moment in my life. My husband and I moved out of the home we’ve lived in for 4 years and into an apartment while our new home is being remodeled. The past 2 months or so before the move was busy with organizing, packing and then the actual moving day, that I didn’t think too much about the significance of it. But, walking through the house for the final time on Saturday, I felt the emotions of this new step. It’s exciting though and it’s change!

And now, how to make an apartment (or any unfamiliar space) feel like home? Here are a few tips:

1. Open windows + turn on the fans to get in some fresh air.

2. Sage the entire space. Walk through each room waving a sage smudge stick to clear any negative energy or any energy that isn’t yours. Consider it a fresh start! Here’s how to do itapartment_furniture_edit3. Set up your furniture so it feels right to you. It’s especially helpful if you bring some favorite pieces from your previous place.

4. Unpack + get organized. But, don’t overwhelm yourself by opening all the boxes right away. Give yourself a few days to go through the boxes + only unpack what you need. apartment_juliska box_edit5. Light a scented candle, like this Juliska Honeysuckle & Jasmine one. apartment_bedroom_daily routine_edit6. Continue your daily routine as usual + do so mindfully.

In the words of Maya Angelou, “I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”

I’d love to know — how do you help yourself feel at home wherever you are?

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Lovely Finds 1.29.15

Part of living a lovely life is finding pleasure, beauty + gratitude in small, everyday things that may otherwise go unnoticed. These are 6 of my lovely finds of the week that put a smile on my face.

lovely finds_manners1. Etiquette expert, Lizzie Post, updates us on modern manners: the new rules for real life via refinery29.com. lovely finds_ext. of Grand Budapest Hotel2. The whimsical beauty + grandeur of the exterior of The Grand Budapest in the award-winning & nominated movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel and…lovely finds_Mendl's3. Mendl’s bubblegum pink with red font + sky blue ribbon sweet boxes.lovely finds_birthday cake cookies3. Mail-delivered cookies from The Cravory. They demonstrate skillful balance in cookie baking with a soft, gooey center + perfectly baked outside. The Birthday Cake cookie is a must-try.lemons_bowl up close4. The look + taste of lemonsORG_clear boxes in various sizes - large, file box, medium and small, & labelmaker5. The efficient expertise of a professional organizer to help me organize + pack for my move. lovely finds_buckwheat pancakes6. My slightly decadent, yet healthy breakfast this week: Pumpkin buckwheat pancakes topped with almond butter + Lily’s sugar-free dark chocolate chips.

{photo credits: 1.refinery29, 2.grand budapest hotel, 3.the cravory, 4 & 5.shina welch}

I’d love to know – what are some of your lovely finds this week?

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Lovely Words: Mantra of the Week

This week I’m packing up house, moving and making time for work. There’s a lot of changes + disruptions going on and I know I want/need to feel my best so I can get through it as gracefully + stress-free as possible. To help me, this is my mantra of the week…ALL mantra for weekDo you have any go-to mantras?

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Fresh Start, Fresh New Year: How to Get Organized 101

ORG_professional organizer_iPhone suppliesI’ve always considered myself to be a fairly organized person. I thrive when I am. I also do best with a minimal amount of “things”, so I try to only purchase what I really need and/or love from cleaning supplies to clothes. That being said, being organized can be difficult to maintain. Life moves quickly for all of us. For me, after many moves – LA > NYC > LA > Fresno and into my now-husband’s home, things got a little scattered. And it made me feel mentally scattered. Not a good feeling!

It had been on my mind for a long time that I needed to get organized, but it felt daunting not knowing where to begin. After a friend’s high recommendation, I enlisted the help of a professional organizer, Sophie Dictos Garcia, to help me get on track and stop the domino effect. In our first 1.5 hour session together, Sophie narrowed my focus, starting with the office, and established the way we wanted to organize. My mind felt clearer and lighter with each trash bag filled and each box organized!

To make getting organized simple + stress-free, here are Sophie’s tips:

heartWhen Starting to Organize:

  1. Focus on 1 room at a time.
  2. Devote a small amount of time (1.5-2 hrs) to the project. Make a standing appointment with yourself. That can be once a week or every day, whatever works best with your schedule.

Have a plan of how you will store and organize. Get all necessary materials. *Sophie’s favs: white clear plastic bins + file holders + a label maker.  ORG_clear boxes in various sizes - large, file box, medium and small, & labelmaker_SMALLedited

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How to Organize:

1. Take a subject & create a bin for it. Such as, iPhone supplies, Costumes, Christmas tags. ORG_empty small clear boxes2. Develop separate file systems by Year & by Subject. The Year file system (shown below) includes pictures, meaningful invitations & notes, etc. from each of those years. A Subject file system can include files like “Medical”, “Insurance”, “Home”, “Family”.

ORG_Kelly & Nick full file box by year3. Keep other “paper” that’s special. For example, I’ve kept a journal for most of my life & now they are all in 1 bin filed by year. It’s like my own library of thoughts! ORG_teamwork_journals

 

ORG_journals in box 2005-2014If you have kids, Sophie recommends to have a file bin for each child with their teachers notes, certificates, art work (only save hand & foot prints, special + cute handwritten notes, holiday art), awards/ribbons filed by year.

heartWhat to Get Rid Of + What to Save:

If you don’t foresee yourself using it or haven’t used it in awhile (say a year), then get rid of it. Don’t be afraid to let go of items. It’s okay because tastes change and you evolve. You no longer need what you once did. This doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your grandmother’s china & other pieces that have special importance.

heartNow, What to Do with the Leftovers:

  1. Offer to friends & family.
  2. Have a yard sale.
  3. Donate to a favorite charity.

heartHow to Stay Organized: ORG_small clear boxes on shelfOnce a system is in place it will be easy to manage because there is a place for everything. The goal is to not shove papers in a closet, but to fix and maintain.

For Sophie’s services, contact her at sophieig@sbcglobal.net

If you have any organizing tips, please share!

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Fresh Start to a Fresh New Year – 2015

freshWhen New Year rolls around, I’ve always liked to look back on the past year, see how I did, what I need to improve on & also what I need to let go of. Usually, I learn a lot from the reflection & it helps me go into the next year feeling clear about what I want to accomplish.

These are my goals for 2015:

heartListen to + Follow my Truth. Good, fun reminders to remember + say to yourself are, “Go with the Glow” + “Follow the White Rabbit”.

heartForgive myself for the past. We’ve all done things we wish we could change, but we can’t. That’s a part of life. What we can do is learn from our past, be in the present & move forward.

heartLet Go + Let Flow. I’ve always planned my days down to the last minute, which has become tiring + stale! I’ve been letting go & practicing not having a plan. Without a set plan, I allow the unexpected to happen. That can be magic & much better than what I ever could have planned!

heartCareer isn’t the only sign of success. The quality of my relationships, good health, being good to myself & others matter even more.

heartWork hard & smart + be patient. Success won’t happen right away. Create a healthy work-life balance by giving yourself free time.

heartContinue to practice self-love + self-care daily. Start the day with gratitude, positive affirmations, prayer, warm water with lemon, dry skin brushing, movement, meditation, etc.

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Cook + experiment with new recipes.

heartLove your life. The intention of this blog, to create the life you love. It’s always a work in progress. 

 

What are your goals for 2015?

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Happy New Year!

newyearI’m sending you my best wishes for 2015!

How are you starting off this New Year of your lovely life? Let’s make it a good one!

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Beautiful Words

I was just looking over my journals from 2014 & stumbled upon this quote I had wrote down. I had to share because I think it’s absolutely beautiful.

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.” ~by Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet 

rainer1What do you think about it?

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Welcome to the Unknown

unknownLena Stevens of The Power Path forecasts the Unknown as the theme of this month. It’s only 3 days into November and we have the rest of the month ahead of us, so that seems obvious. But, let’s continue to roll with the forecast. I’m always able to find meaning in these insights.

The Unknown can be kind of a scary concept, yet an exciting and liberating one, right? When you don’t know, you’re almost forced to step outside of your comfort zone. It’s still a choice though. If you choose not to because of fear, chances are you’ll be stuck and unable to adapt. If you choose to, you’ll most likely be okay and progress.

I remember the first time I heard about “comfort zones”. I was on a 6th Grade week-long camping trip at Camp KEEP. For the first time, I was with a lot of kids I didn’t know, bunking in a cabin, showering outside, and brushing my teeth in what looked like a trough. On one of the cold and rainy days, we went for a hike in the mountains. I thought I was outfitted properly in my Payless hiking boots, but it turned out they had holes in them. I had to wrap sandwich bags around my feet, so my socks and feet wouldn’t get more soaked. Then, after all that, they talked to us about stepping outside our “comfort zones”. If this was what it meant, I HATED it!!! But, as horrible as I thought that experience was, I learned that I’d need to do that to adapt to new experiences and to grow.

Also, with the dark expansiveness of the Unknown, we’re able to be more creative and let our imagination roam. This can be great for envisioning what we want to manifest in our lives.

What can you do this month? 

1. Surround yourself with a good support system. Those who are like-minded and encourage you to be your best.

2. Have a daily spiritual practice. Whether it be your religion, yoga practice, meditation, self-care practices; whatever it is that connects you with your internal-self and keeps you grounded.

3. You have 2 options: Be afraid of the Unknown and wait for it to pass OR face the Unknown and explore it. Turn fear into excitement!

4. Trust your heart over your mind. Your heart knows what you really want and need.

5. Let go of the past and let go of old, limiting beliefs.

6. Let go of the need to control and to know.

7. Beware of rash decisions.

8. Make your environment symbolic of how you are recreating yourself. Arrange some flowers in your house to make it beautiful, light a candle for relaxation, organize and get rid of clutter to create space. Create a sanctuary for yourself wherever you are.

For more on how the Unknown this month affects you, your relationships, environment, health, and in business, click over to MysticMamma.

How do you feel about stepping outside of your comfort zone?  

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