Whether you had the holiday out of a storybook, or were left feeling a little let down, the holidays can give you a run for your money in your spirit department! Here are some cheerful ways to turn “now what?” into “what’s next?” and bypass those holiday blues. RELATED: Rethink Your Resolutions: Writing Goals With Soul Get Out Your Notebook It may sound cliche, but right after the busyness of the holidays is a great time to take inventory on the past year. What were you pleased with? What do you have on your radar to accomplish? What is something new you’ve been wanting to try? Set some goals and intentions to get excited about and also take the time to do a mental health check in. Making out a list with ideas like this can inspire you to spark something new, revving up your zest for jumping out of bed. Here are a few inspiring options for
Gifts that are handmade speak straight from the heart. It’s the ultimate way of personalizing a gift for someone you love. Aside from having something tailored to your specific liking, this can be a super budgetfriendly option – especially for people that have a long list of people to buy for. This simple, but elegant, project can be the perfect pairing for a bottle of wine that anyone would love to receive. For this project, you’ll need one bottle of Armour Etch, which is an glass etching cream product. I purchased my bottle at Michael’s Craft Store. You’ll also need wine glasses, a paintbrush, stencils, and tape. Get started with wine glasses of your choice. I love stemless glasses (these ones are $1.95 each!), they’re chic and an unusual alternative to your typical stems. After you’ve chosen your stencils, tape them securely onto the wine glasses. I chose to do these delightful, freeform, organic butterflies. After the stencils
Whether you’re an Early Bird or a Night Owl, we’ve all got to get moving and get out the door. Planning out your day can even help you steal a few minutes of extra sleep. Heading out for the day can be made easier and even enjoyable by adding a few of these simple morning habits to your routine. Wake up to a Fresh Start Adopt Dr. Christiane Northrup’s theory of a Shiny Sink. It’s a downer to walk into a kitchen of dirty dishes. Wake up to a fresh, clean kitchen to get your day started new. You can dive into productivity and self-care straight away. Prepare the Night Before The less decisions you have to make in the morning, the easier getting out the door will be. Lay out the basics of your outfit. Set out your supplies for making the morning cup of coffee or tea. Do a light prep for breakfast; set
It’s raining and gray outside, and the weather matches your mood. You’d love nothing more than to go back to bed, and start the day all over again. Most of the time, that’s not possible, and maybe not even necessary! With a few changes and small resets, you can always turn around a bad day and head home with a smile. Take a Breather As many people will tell you, deep breaths work wonders for anxiety and a fast-paced heart. Practice deep breathing in a spot that’s as close to quiet as possible, it will help clear your mind. Change your scene Take a break from your current environment if you’re able to. If you’re at work, take a break to walk around the block, go to the bathroom, visit a co worker to inquire about their own day. Jot-Journal Getting your thoughts out on paper can be a release for thoughts that fill your mind.
Whether you’re just starting out in the world of health and wellness, or you’re trying to look for new avenues to a better eating plan, we’d all like to find it along the path that doesn’t break our wallets! After all, who doesn’t want money left over for an extra yoga class and essential oils? Eating healthy can be achieved on any budget by following some simple basics, and it doesn’t have to be specific, or even organic. Buying organic is fantastic, but not completely necessary, especially if you’re pinching pennies already. What is the most important aspect if you want to eat healthy? When I’m giving my friends advice on how to get started on eating healthfully and naturally, the biggest and best piece of advice is: Don’t eat anything out of a box. Ever. If you are dying for Mac n’ cheese, boil macaroni, drain, add butter (not margarine!) and muenster and cheddar cheese, a little milk,
I was having one of those days. You know… the days you feel like your head is in a whirlwind of things you need to do and your mentally-written to-do list replays like a two-song play list. I frantically searched for my trusty notebook, which was already filled with lists I compulsively made, sometimes even in my sleep. After jotting a few tasks down, I felt a little better. I allowed myself to take a break and clear my head. I wanted to tackle my list, but I still had the sinking feeling of being overwhelmed. Looking at my list, I saw that my tasks required different kinds of attention, and multiple stops to make. I opened a fresh sheet of my notebook and divided a page into three parts. I decided to reformat my To-Do list to an Action List. The first third was my “action” list. These were things that needed to be
Breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day, right? Yes–its called important for a reason! Eating breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism, fuels your body properly, and creates a healthy routine before heading out for your day. We talk about this with friends and hear, “That’s all well and good but… I don’t have time! I’m so rushed! I’ve got five thousand things on my mind as I’m juggling briefcases, book bags, pets, and kids out the door. Not to mention I might have a presentation at work and other projects on my mind!” Of course, those are all great reasons to be eating breakfast in the first place! Breakfast is literally food for your body and mind, both of which require nutrients to function to the best of your ability. You need your strength to lift your kids and pets, car seats and kennels, and work projects require mental clarity and sharpness. If you want