Pivot vs. Shift

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Every time August rolls around I start thinking about ways to set myself up for the home stretch that happens as we prepare to move into the last-ish bits of the year. The Back to school season helps to put this into motion for me. No matter where you go you see all the back to school stuff cropping up in shops and the energy begins to buzz with all things school, structure, and study.

One of the biggest things that I get asked about is how to move from one area of your life into another one. This is a question I receive from professionals wanting to do something new or different, parents wanting to find balance, and folks who feel a bit at a loss for what’s next for them and their life.

I think we can all relate in some way to those places and spaces of life where you can feel that things are changing for you in big ways. Sometimes, we welcome the changes because we’ve been working toward them for some time, and other times it feels like the change is dragging us along for the ride, maybe kicking and screaming.

No matter what it may look like, change is healthy and an important part of personal growth. You know that old adage, change is the only constant. Well, it’s definitely true, however we can learn to lean into change in a way that may make the transition feel a little bit smoother.

No matter where you are right now, today; the great news is that you can be leaning into where you want to go. Sometimes people who are making really big changes tell me that they feel like they’re being forced to start all over again and that it feels too overwhelming.

The truth is that in most cases we aren’t quitting everything we’ve ever known or worked for but rather we’re being asked to pivot.

Pivot vs. Quit

Take that in for a moment.
They feel different in your gut when you connect to them.
Pivot vs. Quit

Can you feel the feeling of Pivot? Of Quit?
One feels like a shift and one feels like defeat.

The great news is that no matter where you are today, you’ve learned and experienced so many things that you take with you no matter where you go. You may not use them all every day but they’re all with you. Nothing is ever lost and nothing is ever wasted.

While we organically move into different chapters of our lives, it’s natural to feel grief as some things shift out of your life, the truth is that your life experience gets to go with you to your new chapter.

  • If you want to start something new
  • If you want to pivot into a new career
  • If you want to invest in a passion project
  • If you want to move to a new community

Please give yourself permission to lean into those callings.
Use the gifts that you have learned, mastered, and hold within you to begin the process that will move you forward.

If your something new feels like there’s a loss connected to it, reach out for support.
While you’re reaching out for support, pick up something that you love that’s been set upon a shelf for whatever reason. Maybe you haven’t had the time to get to it or it became a lower priority due to your schedule being full; now is a great time to fill yourself up with the things that bring you joy and comfort while you move through this transition.

Sometimes, we are asked to permanently close a door and that’s okay too.
We can feel when things are finished and have come full circle for us.
When you know, you know; so go ahead and close that door, lock it tight and move forward.

However, if you find yourself throwing your arms up and starting and stopping things all the time, it may be time to take a look at that.
If you are constantly quitting, constantly finding yourself in upheaval, and constantly in overwhelm, it may be time to take a look at that.

At the end of the day there is a big difference between Pivot and Quit.

If you are always quitting, there’s a reason.
If you give yourself permission to look at the reason and work through it you’ll find that you can begin to move forward in a way that allows you to gain traction in your life. (You may need to ask for help, that's okay.)

Traction leads to more joy, happiness, and life satisfaction.

No matter where you’re at today, don’t give up on yourself or your dreams for your life. If you find yourself in a season of endings and beginnings, look for ways to Pivot to where you want to be. Use your tenacity, insight, get up and go attitude, and your well of information and life experience to reach out for that next step on your path.

You do have what it takes.
You are enough.
You’re not too old.
You’re not too young.
It’s not too late.
What can you do today to move one step closer to the place you want to be? ___________________

Great, now give yourself permission to take action on your step.

Small actions always lead to big change over time.
Invest in the power of Pivot within your life, today.
Invest in yourself.
You’re worth it!

I’m standing shoulder to shoulder with you and cheering you on as you use this back to school time to propel you forward. I know you can do it!
With so much love and support,
Kristy~xoxo

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You've Got This

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I just wanted to remind you that you’re doing a great job and that the effort you put in every day isn’t going unnoticed.

As adults we tend to have less and less people telling us that they see us and that we’re making great strides in our life personally and professionally.

Many people experience at least a small handful of support people in their lives as children and young adults; maybe these people were parents, teachers, or coaches. These people may have been a strong support system for you and all that you were doing at any particular age or stage.

However, as we get older we tend to age out of these built in support systems and often forget to take the time to acknowledge all that we’ve done or how far we’ve come in any area of life.

So many times people tell me that they work diligently on a project or toward a big goal and once they achieve it, they simply move onto the next item on their list. While as adults the to do lists often seem to keep growing no matter how many things get finished; it’s important to take in your accomplishments.

In fact it’s almost as important to really feel and experience the achievement as it is to complete the achievement you’ve been working so hard toward.

Take that in for a moment.
Achieving and Experiencing the joy of Achieving are almost equally important.

If we don’t take time to relish in the joys of our own life and to treat ourselves the way we treat others, a feeling of emptiness can begin to creep inside.

I know you are the first person to congratulate and support the people in your world who are experiencing a big moment in their life.

Please give yourself permission to do the same for you.
Who you are makes a difference in this world.
Who you are right now, not when you reach some elusive goal in the future.

You’ve accomplished so much in your life already, and you’re going to continue to do great things just by being you.

No matter what is happening in your life right now, You’ve got this!
You’re smart, reliable, and have a lot of ingenuity.

Please let me be one person in your world today to tell you that you’re doing a great job and to keep up the great work.

When you get a win, others automatically get a win.
It’s important to celebrate your wins no matter what size they may be.
A Win is a Win!

With love,
Kristy~ xoxo

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Summer of Self Care

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This time of year often elicits images of beach days, swim parties, popsicles, flip flops, and a big slow down.

What I find is that while these images feel quintessentially summer, our schedules often feel like they fill up with even more things to get done.
Whether you find yourself with kids at home or longer days filled with more to do projects, or something else entirely; this time of year can lead to summer longing.

You know the feeling, trying to make your summer look and feel the way you want it to but not finding ways for it to match up.

So many people think it must just be something that they’re personally doing “wrong” and that’s why they aren’t capturing Instagram worthy summer pics each day. If you’re feeling any of this, it’s okay and I promise you’re not the only one. This season always seems to go by in a bit of a blur.

One of the ways that you can capitalize on the slow down of summer is by scheduling it into your calendar.

I know, I know, scheduling doesn’t feel very “vacation-y” but it will help you to get those things you want to do and experience into your schedule so you can enjoy more of the things you love this season.

Sometimes, something as simple as giving yourself permission to try the new café or breakfast place everyone is raving about can help you feel like you’re enjoying the slow down of summer.

Pick up one of those ever so chic plastic kids swimming pools and fill it with water and set your feet in it while sipping your favorite summer drink.

There is no one way to enjoy the slow down of this season.
In between any vacation travel plans you may have, there are lots of ways to incorporate the vision you have for summer into your real life.

  • What is something that makes you feel rested, relaxed, and restored? __________________
  • When was the last time you made time to do to something just for you? _________________
  • (Choose another answer if you thought of something involving chores…)

Okay, good.

Now, take out your planner, whether it’s a physical planner, your phone, or scheduling software and get at least 3 things into your schedule for the summer right now.

These can be anything that make you feel relaxed, happy, and supported.
*Bonus points if it also feels like summer to you.
Things like:

  • Riding Bikes
  • Making/Eating Popsicles
  • Swim Day
  • Beach Day
  • Spa Day
  • Backyard Movie Night
  • Garden Party
  • Drinking Lemonade on Your Porch
  • Camp Outs
  • Day Trip
  • Road Trip
  • Reading a Physical Book Outside
  • Or ______________________

There’s no wrong choice here, so choose at least 3 things and get them scheduled today.
(Yes, you can do 3)

The truth is that if you schedule it, you’re more likely to honor that commitment to yourself.

I know that you’re super busy and that you don’t have much down time.
I know that you’re managing lots of different responsibilities and behind the scenes stuff while maintaining the day to day things too.
That’s why it’s so important to invest a few minutes right now into scheduling some much deserved fun, self care, and summer slow down activities just for you.

You’ll feel more energized, refreshed, and more like your true self after engaging in some much needed “You Time” which will allow you to get more done in the long run.

I hope your summer is filled with things, people, and activities that fill your heart with joy and love.

Please leave a comment to let me know what you're doing to make this your Summer of Self Care.

With love,
Kristy~

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Just Breathe...

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I see you, darlin'.

I see you working really hard every day trying to manage all the things on your to do list while also making time for the people in your world who you care about.

I see your kind, gentle, and open heart as you move through your day to day activities where you take yet another call from someone who needs to talk just for a minute; when you know that means an hour.

I see you offering to help even though your plate is more than full.

I see you privately dealing with the things, situations, and people which are creating or contributing to challenges, stress, and or pain in your life right now.

I see you.

I see that you’re trying to balance so many things that you may feel like you’re the person balancing and spinning plates at the fair.

I wanted to tell you that the efforts, kindness, and support you share with the world has not gone unnoticed.

In fact, you touch lives every day just by being yourself.
You may not hear it frequently enough, so let me tell you again, you matter.

As a highly sensitive person it’s really important for you to make time in your very full schedule to s.l.o.w. down so you can catch your breath and come back to center.

When you’re going all the time without taking a true break; you can begin to feel:

  • Depleted
  • Worn out
  • Exhausted
  • Clumsy
  • Lonely
  • Taken Advantage Of
  • Disconnected from Your True Self
  • Like the Joy is Missing from Your Life
  • Physical, Mental/Emotional, and or Spiritual Pain

Many highly sensitive people experience these feelings regularly and over time it can be really overwhelming and sometimes it can lead to health challenges.

If you’re feeling this way, you’re not alone.

There’s several things that you can do to help shift this experience for you; including but not limited to:

  • Taking a Breather, Literally (for 15 seconds or more take a breath in through your nose and out through your mouth to help release tension and stress from your body.)
  • Place Boundaries around communication with others, an hour after you wake up and an hour before you go to sleep. (No texting, talking, or email.)
  • Get outside into nature
  • Listen to soft music
  • Learn to Say No to demands on your time and your life. (Saying no to things and people that aren’t a fit for you allows you to say Yes to you.)
  • Release people and situations, including groups that are no longer uplifting or supportive for you. This may mean releasing the fake “friend/s” who only contact you when they want something from you. This may mean releasing family members too.
  • Allow yourself to receive, even if it seems small, like a coffee, allow yourself to receive.
  • Rest when you feel guided even if you “could” be getting something else done.
  • Renegotiate your priorities and boundaries in your life so you are actively taking care of yourself, daily. (Even if it’s in small segments of time.)
  • Make sure that your day to day activities match the goals or vision you have for your life.
  • If things don’t match, making changes will move you in the right direction and help you to feel more aligned with yourself.
  • Sign up for a healing treatment of your choosing to help your body, rest, restore, and renew.

One of the biggest challenges for highly sensitive people is that they forget to take care of themselves because they think they can put it off for one more day. The truth is that you must invest in your overall health and well being daily so that you can continue to support the people around you while also enjoying your life.

It is possible to love and support others in your world while taking good care of yourself and enjoying your life at the same time.

It can start with you taking a nice long deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth….good.

Allowing everything that feels tight or tense, to easily and effortlessly release from your mind and body now…beautiful.

Keep taking nice long, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.

What is one thing that you can release, change, or say no to in order to create some space for you, today? ________________________

Good. Now give yourself permission to honor your inner wisdom by taking action on this area of your life.

What is one thing you can do this week to increase rest, renewal, and relaxation?

Great! Please give yourself permission to take action on this area of your life too.

You’re worth it and I know you can do it.

I see you, darlin' and you’re doing a great job!

Keep taking great care of yourself while you listen to your heart; it and you know the way.

With deepest love and gratitude,
Kristy~

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How to Get More of What You Really Want

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Do you ever feel like there’s a running list in your mind about things that you want more of?

Things like:

  •          More Time
  •          More Fun
  •          More Joy
  •          More Playtime
  •          More Rest
  •          More Relaxation
  •          More Alone Time
  •          More Self Care
  •          More Time for Your Passion Projects
  •          More Money
  •          More Resources
  •          More Support
  •          More _____________________

If so, you’re not alone.
In fact most people have their own list of what they want more of and a list of where they are right now.

For most people the lists don’t match up which can lead to feelings and experiences including but not limited to:

  •          Stress
  •          Tension
  •          Overwhelm
  •          Anxiety
  •          Sadness
  •          Lowered Life Satisfaction
  •          Addictions/Addictive Behaviors
  •          Feeling Disconnected from Your Life

The great news is that you can make simple but significant shifts to bring your lists into alignment.

Yes, you can!

Even if you’ve tried before or you don’t feel like it’s possible for you; it really is possible.

One of the best ways to move toward more of what you want is to remove things that are standing in the way of your goals.

Nearly all people underestimate how much time they spend doing activities which eat up their life.

These are activities that don’t support your overall well being or forward motion towards the life you want to live.

Things like:

  •          Social Media (Yes, even if you own your own business, you don’t need to be on there all day.)
  •          You Tube
  •          Email
  •          Binge Watching Streaming Sites
  •          Communicating with friends or family for long blocks of time as a way to distract you from what you could be doing.
  •          Procrastinating by __________________________

People under report how often they invest their precious life into one or more of these activities.

With devices and notifications fully integrated into our lives; it’s imperative to get really clear on the kind of life that you want to live.

Focus on what you value and what kind of life you desire to live.

The truth is that technology and other goal grabbers aren’t going to go away; the distractions are only going to increase.

You can place healthy boundaries around the ways that you’ve been living so you can move into alignment with the life that you want to live. The way you do this is by saying no and removing the things that are literally blocking you from the life that resonates with you.

  •      Reducing Screen time
  •      Creating screen free zones
  •      Leaving your phone at home when you go somewhere (yes, you can do it.)
  •      Purchase or dig out a physical camera to take with you on adventures
  •      Turning off your wifi in the evening and leaving it off for at least an hour after you wake in the morning.

These are simple yet significant ways to take your life back.

Like anything new, there will be an adjustment period, however it will give you a better understanding of how often you were using these distractors.

You’ll quickly recapture the time that you lost and you’ll be able to move closer to your list of the life that you desire for yourself.

Online business specialists, tech specialists, and applied psychology experts have suggested that training ourselves to hold healthy boundaries around distractors will be one of the most important skill sets to master at this time as technology is going to increase distractions as we move forward.

What I know for sure is that you deserve to live a life that is fulfilling, uplifting, joyful, and aligned with your personal goals, dreams, and visions.

I hope that you will give yourself permission to invest in yourself and your quality of life by making subtle but significant shifts in the way you’re moving through your day to day life.

What is one thing you could do today to make space for your dream life? _________________________

Great, now take some action on that one thing!

You can do it, I’m cheering you on and it’s not too late to start something that is meaningful to you.
This is your life, right now, right this very second. Invest in the life that you truly desire. You’re worth it!

With love and gratitude,
Kristy~

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3 Reasons Why Highly Sensitive People Benefit From Energy Treatments

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If you’re anything like me, you’re a highly sensitive person who tends to be really good at multi-tasking and getting a lot of things done every single day.

One of the biggest challenges for people who tend to be empathetic, highly sensitive, and introverted is that they tend to take on other people’s emotions, thoughts, feelings and experiences as their own as they go about their day.

When someone is really great at getting a lot of things done, and tends to have a lot of things on their list they’re often exposed to lots of people places and things that can feel intense, overwhelming, and even challenging.

If you think about how a sponge picks up water as it moves across a surface, you can better understand how sensitive people feel at the end of the day. Full, tired, and heavy…

Now, imagine doing that over and over again every day without clearing out that sponge.
Yep, if you’re imagining a sponge you wouldn’t want to use to clean anything, you’re on the right track.

This is what happens to people like yourself who are constantly going, going, going but that often don’t have the time or energy to clear out from everything that’s happening in and around them.
Over time some of the things that can show up for highly sensitive people include but aren’t limited to:

  • Exhaustion
  • Burn out
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Brain Fog
  • Low Energy
  • Sadness
  • Feeling of Heaviness (within and around you)
  • Bloating
  • Weight Gain
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of Joy and or Happiness
  • Feelings of being separated from Sense of Self
  • Feeling like there is not enough time for the things that make you feel like "yourself"
  • Feeling compartmentalized within your own life
  • Feeling marginalized by the people in your life (Friends, Family, Colleagues)
  • Sickness/Dis-ease in the body

Just like that sponge; the body, mind, and spirit need to be cleared on a regular basis so that you can maintain optimum health and wellness.

Below are 3 of the Main Reasons Energy Treatments are a Powerful Way to Support Highly Sensitive People

1. Always Helping Others, But Need Help For Yourself Too:
One of the biggest issues for highly sensitive people is that they’re hard wired to support, help, and intervene in people’s lives.

They often tend to be the “Go To Person” within their world; which leads them to having lots of people who come to them for extra support, guidance, and direct help.
They gladly help the people in their world every day.

However this person feels like they don’t have anyone to help or support them.
Most of the time, this is 100% true.

  • Energy Treatments allow the helping person to receive direct help from a professional they trust so they can literally release all the stuff they’ve been carrying around for weeks, months, and in some cases even years.
  • Energy treatments move that heaviness out of the body and mental space so that the person feels like themselves again.
  • Many times, the person will literally look different when they leave than when they arrived because they let go of so much heaviness. Most people will also feel like they let go of a huge weight and that they feel back to their true self.

2. The Catch 22:
Most highly sensitive people have lots of things that they want to get done in their own lives but don’t have the energy to implement them by the time they’re finished with their day. 

This can contribute to or create a deep sense of sadness, heaviness, and even loneliness.
Highly sensitive people are compelled to honor the ideas, inspiration, and calling of their hearts or inner knowing.

If this calling is placed onto the back burner for too long, challenges come up for these sensitive souls.

  • Energy treatments can help to release that feeling of exhaustion and heaviness so there’s more energy and clarity to take guided action toward personal projects and passions.
  • This creates a cyclical effect which leads to more joy, happiness, and life satisfaction.

3. Self Care/True Rest:
Because Highly Sensitive People tend to have a lot going on, they often report:

  • Burning the candle at both ends
  • High levels of stress
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Problems quieting their brain
  • Never finishing everything on their lists

As you can imagine, this can lead to a lot of physical stress in the body as well as self induced pressure.

  • Many of these folks report feeling like they are always playing “catch up” and feel bad about themselves because they are always chasing lists which never end.
  • This can create a feeling of not being enough which creates more tension and stress.

Energy treatments allow the mind and the body to rest and get quiet so the sensitive person can experience true rest, relaxation, and respite.

  • This true rest is what’s needed to help bring all the other pieces together allowing the sensitive person to feel renewed, relaxed, and more like themselves again.


If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms of being a highly sensitive person, you’re not alone nor are you imagining any of these things. 

Your sensitivity is a gift to everyone but it's important to take good care of yourself so you can live the life that's right for you. 

Please give yourself permission to reach out for some Direct Action for yourself in the form of an Energy Treatment if you're so inclined.

I’m wishing you a gentle day and just sending you a gentle reminder that yes, you’re worth it and you’re deserving of taking care of yourself too.
With love,
Kristy~ xoxo

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Check in with Astrology and the Angels for the Taurus Cycle

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Elizabeth Pendleton joins me to discuss all things Astrology and Angels as we greet the Fixed grounded Earth energy of Taurus. I'm going to share the angel messages that have come through for us and Elizabeth will explain what's happening in the stars. Find out how this grounded and soothing energy will work with the other Astrological Events happening this month and how you can work with these energies too. 

Eucalyptus Spa Treatment

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Eucalyptus Spa Treatment

The Eucalyptus plant is naturally:
Anti-Bacterial
Anti-Microbial
Anti-Inflammatory
Antiseptic

It also supports:
Respiratory System + Respiratory Health
Stress Management
Mood Elevation

You can create a quick and easy at home spa treatment which will allow you to experience the benefits of Eucalyptus every time you take a shower.

You can find Eucalyptus cuttings at Farmers Markets, Natural Grocery Stores like Whole Foods, and I’ve even seem them at Trader Joe’s.

Simply tie your branches with twine or another natural fiber to your shower head. (Avoid using synthetic fibers like acrylic.) If you don’t have any natural fiber handy, you can use the rubber band that comes with your branches or a hair tie.

Push your branches as far back against your shower wall as possible; this will allow you to keep your branches in the shower for more days before replacing them.

You want the heat from your shower to activate the Eucalyptus so you can give yourself a spa treatment; however you want to try to avoid your branches getting beaten too hard with the water pressure from your shower head.

Honestly there is no “wrong” way to do this and the treatment is wonderful. Plus, it will make your whole bathroom smell incredible. You’ll naturally receive all the benefits from the Eucalyptus plant and you don’t have to “do anything” to make it happen other than enjoy your shower.

Enjoy!

Love,
Kristy~

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Anti-Inflammatory + Metabolism Boosting ACV Drink Recipe

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Anti-Inflammatory + Metabolism Boosting ACV Drink Recipe

The causes of inflammation in the body can vary greatly; however inflammation is an issue that most if not all of us are experiencing in some capacity or another.
We can experience inflammation from but not limited to:

  • Food and Drinks
  • Sugar
  • Eectro-Magnetic Frequencies
  • Lack of Exposure to/ Time Spent in Nature
  • Too much Acid in the Body (Acidity vs. Alkalinity)
  • Barometric/Atmospheric Pressure Changes
  • Elevation Changes
  • And even Tension, Stress, and Anger can increase inflammation in the body

Inflammation in the body leads to things that end in “ITIS” including but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Colitis
  • Dermatitis
  • Sinusitis
  • etc.

Finding ways to support the body in reducing or removing inflammation can help your overall health and wellness. This is just one way (out of many ways) that can help to reduce inflammation and acidity in the body.

Depending on what you prefer, I’ve included two recipes below which will support your body in reducing bloating and inflammation while also boosting your metabolism.
They both work really well and I use them both regularly. The only difference between them is the taste profiles; the cinnamon is a spicy and heavier taste so if that’s not your cup of tea, no worries at all, the second recipe has a lighter taste.

You Will Need:
Bragg’s Brand Apple Cider Vinegar
Ground Cinnamon
Ground Cayenne Pepper
Lemon Juice
Water
Glass

Recipe #1
1 Tablespoon Braggs ACV
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Small Shakes of Cayenne Pepper
8 Ounces of Water
Gently still all ingredients and drink.

Recipe #2
1 Tablespoon Braggs ACV
1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Small Shakes of Cayenne Pepper
8 Ounces of Water
Gently still all ingredients and drink.

Cheers!

Love,
Kristy~ xoxo

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Smudging 101

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Smudging 101

Smudging is a form of space clearing that’s been used for generations to cleanse, uplift, and shift physical spaces, outdoor spaces, people, pets, and objects. Smudging with Sage helps to move out stale dense, or negative energy. It can also be used to purify air and to clear away germs and bacteria.

Space clearing helps to move out stale or dense energy and makes space for the new to come into our lives. Space clearing helps to lighten and brighten the feeling, vibration, and quality of the space and it's something that you, your loved ones, and pets will feel and benefit from.

  • If you or a loved one who lives with you suffers from Asthma or other breathing issues, Smudging is NOT the best Space Clearing option for you and you should use a different method to clear your home.
  • If you live in an apartment, you may need to check your building regulations to check to see if you’re allowed to burn sage. If not, you should use a different method to clear your home.

You can find sage bundles at most health food stores or you can make your own.
You can add a rosemary bundle to your sage, lavender, or roses if you feel guided.
If you want to create your own bundles just make sure to use natural fibers to wrap your herbs.
Do Not use acrylic or other synthetics fibers to wrap your sage bundles.
If you want to add additional herbs or flowers to your sage bundle you may want to research the meaning for each flower you choose. You can easily find the flower meanings with a quick internet search. Each flower or herb that you choose has its own special clearing and healing element supporting a deep clearing of your home and or office space. 
 

Choose a non-flammable dish to rest under your bundle so you don't get embers on your furniture or flooring. (Some people use abalone shells but you can choose whatever is right for you.)

Then open all your windows so the old energy can move out when you begin smudging.
This is also important because your space will be filling with smoke and you want to avoid your smoke alarm being activated.
You may also want to turn on any ceiling fans to help circulate the air.

Before you begin you can set intentions for your space and your clearing; you can ask your angels to be with you and support the clearing process, or anything that feels right for you.

Then light your sage bundle carefully, it may take a minute to light and begin to produce smoke.

Begin moving throughout your home, office, or other space allowing your sage to waft. Make sure that you smudge behind doors, in corners, under furniture if possible, and in places or spaces that aren’t used very often. If there are any rooms or areas that feel off to you, spend more time in there allowing the sage to clear and waft over the entire space. Walk into and around every room you’re clearing.

Smudge electronics, televisions, routers, cell phones, websites, social media accounts etc.
You can bring the online accounts or websites you would like to clear up on your device and clear them with the smoke.

Continue smudging until you’ve cleared every space. If you’re clearing your home, make sure that you clear the front and back doors, and every door leading to the outside especially well. Clear both sides of the doors, so you’ll have to go outside to do this.

Clear your property and any out buildings you have including garages and sheds.
If there are weird spots on your property, spend more time clearing those areas.

You'll feel the space shift and snap, similar to snapping a sheet as the space clears of old energy.
You may notice a deep calm come over the space, you, and anyone else in the space. Sometimes the space will feel and even look bigger after it’s been cleared. There is a palpable shift and you'll feel it. When you're finished make sure you stop your bundle from burning, you may want to use some water to ensure that it's out. Place your smudge bundle and your dish somewhere that it will be safe so you can smudge again when you feel guided. You can continue to use the same smudge bundle until it’s completely gone.

Smudging is a powerful tool to keep your spaces uplifted, supportive, and feeling like you.
I hope you’ll enjoy this method of space clearing as much as I do.

Love,
Kristy~ xoxo

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Beat The Bloat Spa Water Recipe

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Beat the Bloat Spa Water Recipe

This is a really easy way to support your body if you’re experiencing bloating or swelling and it tastes really good too. The great thing about this recipe is that there’s endless options so you won’t get bored and if you can slice fruit, you can make this at home.

You’ll Need:
Citrus: Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit (Your Choice)
Cucumber
Berries
Fresh Basil (Optional)
Water
Water Pitcher or Large Mason Jar
(Any Other Fruits/Veggies/Herbs that you enjoy)

Slice your fruits and veggies
Add them to your Pitcher or Large Mason Jar
Add Water
Place into the Refrigerator to Infuse overnight
Then, pour into a glass, drink, and enjoy!

Have fun with this recipe, use things that you love and create recipes based on your favorites.

Cheers!
Love,
Kristy~

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Nutrient Dense Spring Soup Recipe

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Nutrient Dense Spring Soup Recipe

This soup is really hearty and filled with nutrient dense foods. This soup also contains a lot of protein since it has both Lentils and Quinoa. The Leeks are anti-inflammatory so this soup also supports your body in moving out excess bloating that could be holding space within your body.
This soup comes together really easily and is great on a cool or rainy Spring Day.
You can pair this with your favorite salad and or bread to make it into an entire meal.

2 Large Leeks
1 Small to Medium Yellow Onion
3-4 Cloves of Garlic
6 Ribs of Celery
2 Large Carrots
1 Small Red Potato
½ Cup of Dry Lentils
½ Cup of Cooked Quinoa
1 Tablespoon of Chili Powder
1 Whole Dried Bay Leaf
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
¼ Cup of Red Wine Vinegar
2 Big Handfuls of Raw Greens (I like Spinach and Arugula)
2 1 Quart Boxes of Vegetable Broth
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Wash, Peel and Chop Leeks, Onion, Garlic, Celery, Carrots, and Potato.
In a pot over medium heat, add your Olive oil, Leeks, Onions, Garlic, Celery, and Carrots
Stir continuously for a few minutes until the onions become translucent
Add the Chili powder and stir for another minute
Add your potato and stir so it gets covered in the chili powder too
Add your Vegetable broth, Lentils, Quinoa, Salt and Pepper to taste
Allow your soup to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
(If it starts to pop or move into a rolling boil, turn down the heat a bit.)
Add Red Wine Vinegar and Stir Completely
Add your Whole Dried Bay Leaf
Reduce heat and partially cover with a lid
Allow your soup to slow cook for another 40 minutes, checking and stirring occasionally
Check your potatoes to see if they’re cooked through and taste your broth to see if you’d like more salt and pepper. (Potatoes absorb salt so you may need to add a bit more.)
Remove Bay Leaf Before Serving/Eating
Once your soup is cooked through and seasoned to your personal taste, and you’re ready to eat it (this is really important) then add your Raw Greens to the top of your soup. Allow your Greens to wilt into the soup and you can gently fold them into the soup too.

You want to make sure that you add your Raw Greens right before you serve and eat your soup so they maintain their bright green color. If you add them and then wait to serve your soup, they will look brown, limp, and not so pretty. If you’re prepping this soup ahead of time, wait to add your greens until right before you eat/serve your soup. So if you’re re-heating, wait until your soup is nice and hot all the way through and then toss your greens on top.

Enjoy!
Love,
Kristy~

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Calming + Restorative Bath Treatment

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I'm a big bath person and this is one of my favorite ways to decompress and clear from the day. This treatment is very calming, restorative, and helps to soothe the nervous system. This bath will also support you in relaxing sore muscles, increase readiness for sleep, and feels very gentle. 

1 Cup Epsom Salt
1 Cup Sea Salt
1 Cup Pink Himalayan Salt
4-5 Large Sprigs of Lavender
3 Large Sprigs of Rosemary
1/4 cup of dried Chamomile Flowers or 3-5 bags of Chamomile tea
1/4 cup of dried Roses or petals from 2 Fresh Roses

Draw bath with hot water to your comfort level, test the heat before entering water.
Dissolve Salts while bath is filling
Add flowers and tea to the top of the water once bath is filled.
Soak in bath water for a minimum of 20 minutes and up to 40 to allow your body to absorb the salt, flowers, and herbs. 

After your bath, drink a lot of water to hydrate your body and try to rest for at least 30 minutes. This bath treatment is great before bed as it helps your body to rest, restore, and renew; and lavender helps to promote good sleep. 

Add On's:
Candles
Favorite Crystals (Nothing ending in "ite" like selenite; it will dissolve)
Gentle Music
Cup of Tea
Cucumber or Citrus Water
Cozy Bathrobe and Slippers

Enjoy!
Love, Kristy~

Anti-Inflammatory Green Drink Recipe

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Anti-Inflammatory Green Drink Recipe

I love green drinks and this is one of my favorite recipes.
This green drink is really easy to make, filled with phyto-nutrients, and it tastes light and refreshing too.

You’ll Need:
1 Washed and Separated Stalk of Celery
1 Large or 2 Small Cucumbers
1 Granny Smith Apple: Washed, Cut, and Cored
2 Big Handfuls of Spinach
1 Large or 2 Small Peeled Lemons
A Juicer (This is not the same thing as a Blender)

Add all ingredients into your juicer
Pour into A Glass
Then…
Enjoy your cooling, hydrating, nutrient dense green drink which will help your body to detox, absorb nutrients and minerals, while reducing inflammation all at the same time.

Cheers!

Love,
Kristy~ xoxo

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Detox Citrus Bath Treatment

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I'm a big bath person and I believe there's a bath for nearly every life situation. If you're feeling a little sluggish, are getting over something, want to reduce inflammation, or you want to maintain your body's great health, this detox bath recipe is great. This treatment will also help to shine up your skin and scalp while pulling stored toxins from your body. (Yes, you'll need to dunk your head for the scalp treatment.) Because of the detoxifying nature of this particular treatment, you'll want to drink water during your soak, but more on that below. I hope you enjoy this invigorating bath treatment.

2 Cups of Epsom Salt
1 Cup of Baking Soda
1 Cup of Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Large handful of Fresh Mint (Peppermint or Spearmint, your choice)
1/4 Cup Dried Green Tea or 4-5 Tea Bags
2 Limes Sliced
1 Large Lemon Sliced
1 Grapefruit Sliced

Draw bath with hot water to your comfort level, test the heat before entering water.
Dissolve Salts while bath is filling
Add Apple Cider Vinegar while bath is filling
Roll or break Mint in your hands to release scent and add while bath is filling
Add Green Tea and Citrus to the top of water once bath is filled

Soak in bath water for a minimum of 20 minutes and up to 40 minutes to allow your body to absorb the salt, baking soda, vinegar, tea, herbs, and citrus. 

Drink Citrus or Cucumber Water while soaking in this Detox bath; this treatment pulls toxins out of your body so you'll want to hydrate during the treatment. You may notice that you sweat during this treatment, it's completely natural as sweating is one of your body's natural detoxifying systems. 

After your bath, continue drinking water to hydrate your body and try to rest for at least 30 minutes. This bath treatment is great before bed or when you have a gentle day of rest and relaxation planned. This detox treatment isn't a great choice for right before work or before running errands. 

Add On's:
Candles
Gentle Music
Cozy Bathrobe and Slippers

Enjoy!
Love, Kristy~

Welcome, Spring! Ways to Jump Start Your New Season

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Happy 1st Day of Spring!
This year feels like it’s moving along really quickly and now that we’ve officially arrived at Spring, it feels like we’ve hit a milestone in 2018. Even if it’s still cold and stormy at your house like it is at mine or if you’re still getting snow, the hope of Spring is officially upon us.

This season brings with it renewed energy, and often a new lease on life.
You may notice that you start feeling excited about starting some new projects, picking up some projects that have been on hold, or that you feel guided to shake things up around you.

This season is a big one for clearing away the old and making space for the new. If you’re feeling a call to make some much needed changes, you’re right on time.

Below You’ll Find Some Ideas to Help Welcome This New Season and Shake Things Up a Bit Too…I hope this inspires you to come up with some great ideas and ways to move into Spring in the ways that are right for you.

Smudging:
This is a great time to open the windows (even if you have to bundle up while you do this one) and get your smudge bundle out to clear the energy and space in your home, office, garage, and or out buildings.

Using sage to clear the energy helps to move out any old stagnant, heavy, or trapped energy that could be hanging around your home. It’s natural for energy to build up when it’s cold outside and the heater is running to keep everyone warm and cozy inside.

Trapped energy can lead to lethargy, irritability, feelings of heaviness within the mind and body, and can also dampen inspiration, ideas, and solutions. Smudging clears the heaviness or density out of your home and moves out any energies that you don’t want hanging around.

Please make sure to completely put your smudge stick out once you’re finished using it. Running in under water works really well and it will still light easily the next time you use it.

Clearing the Clutter:
The desire to do Spring Cleaning is a real thing and getting into any closets, garages, drawers etc. to clean things up is a great way to make space for this new season. Clutter, similar to heavy energy has an impact on the spaces and the people and pets in the home.

If you feel like you don’t know where to start, choose one small project like a kitchen drawer and go slowly. You’ll notice that as you clear away the clutter you’ll have a surge in energy and you’ll find things that you can donate or recycle in the process.

Your home will feel lighter and brighter and you’ll notice that you feel better too.
Clearing Clutter also helps to increase Manifestation Principles because as you streamline the physical surroundings in your life, you clear out distractions from your mind and body too.

You’ll notice that as your environment is calm, clear, and clean you’ll experience more clarity and calm too. (I call that a win-win.)

Add Some Color:
Bringing flowers into your home or planting some color around your home and in the garden makes everything feel bright, new, and refreshed. You can do some colorful potted plants if the ground is still too cold or snowy in your neck of the woods. Think pansies, violas, and alyssum or you could make some beautiful succulent pots; the options are endless.

If you don’t have a garden of your own, you can also add color to your home with throw blankets and decorative pillows.

Fragrant Floors:
Sometimes, a light and refreshing scent can make your whole home feel like Springtime.

Here’s one of my favorite Floor Cleaning Recipes.
(Yes, I know super dorky, but I love stuff like this.)

1 Part White Vinegar
3 Parts Water
5-7 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
5-7 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5-7 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil

  • Mix in your mop bucket and mop away.
  • The tea tree and eucalyptus are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial so they’ll keep your home clean while making it smell incredible.
  • Plus, no toxic chemicals so you can feel comfortable walking around without socks and shoes and your fur babies won’t be ingesting anything dangerous.


I hope this little list helped to jump start your excitement about this new season and gave you some ideas of your own.

I’m off to do my floors…and I’m wishing you a wonderful new season; I hope it’s full of happy surprises, new opportunities, and lots of inspiration!
Love,
Kristy~ xoxo

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Schedule in Some White Space: How to Do More with Less

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I hope this finds you well as we welcome, March.
While this year is moving right along, it has also gotten off to a bit of a rough start for lots of people. Whether you’ve experienced this flu that’s going around, have been impacted by intense weather, or something else entirely; you’re not alone.

One of the big things that tends to stand out once we get to March is that it feels like the beginning of the new year is getting away from us and that we aren’t hitting all the goals or intentions we set for ourselves back in January. This can lead to additional stress or even feelings of overwhelm. Sometimes people feel like it’s too late to try to shift their schedules or to get to the things that were prescient for them at the beginning of the year.

If any of these feelings are lingering around; it’s okay.
In fact this is actually a great time to reflect back on the things that are on your 2018 wish lists and to pull out your vision boards for a little refresh.

Now that we’re into 2018 a bit you can more clearly see what things are really important to you right now and the things that you want to experience, accomplish, and finish this year. You’ll also know which things are no longer front burner to do items, and which things may be able to go away entirely at least for this year. In fact, you may find that there are some new things that you want to add to your lists.
(That’s totally okay and by all means, go for it.)

Setting intentions, making vision boards, and any other goal setting techniques you enjoy are wonderful ways to help keep you moving in the direction of your dreams, goals, and personal happiness. This is a tangible action step that we can see and really get into as each year begins. I love doing this kind of stuff, and I do it every year because it really works and I think it’s fun too.

However, another equally important goal setting step is often overlooked during this process. It’s the scheduling in of regular and consistent white space.

I know.

·         You would do it if you had more time.

·         You would do it if you had more help, support, and or resources.

·         You would do it once you got these things ___________ off of your list.

·         You would do it once there wasn’t so much happening within your personal, family, friend, and volunteer worlds.

·         You would do it once you felt more ready and more secure.

·         You would do it when_______________.

Here’s the thing, there’s never going to be a perfect time to do anything.
Because life is always happening, we have to carve time out of our busy schedules to restore, renew, and replenish ourselves.

When we push the white space out of our lives, it can create additional challenges or barriers to our lives. (Hello stress, tension, health challenges, relationship strain etc.)

When We Prioritize White Space We Experience:

·         More Balance

·         Joy

·         Happiness

·         Inspiration

·         Ideas

·         Solutions

·         Fun

·         Health

·         True Rest

·         Deeper Connection to ourselves and Others

·         Deeper Connection to our Spirituality

·         Increased Life Satisfaction

·         A Deeper Connection to our Life Purpose and or Calling

·         And much more

People tend to fill up all the white space in their schedules and planners because they believe it will help them to:

·         Stay on task

·         Continue moving forward

·         Maximize their to do lists

However, because we aren’t machines, this only works until it doesn’t.

One of the challenges that comes with over scheduling is a feeling of self blame if you aren’t able to continue working at all hours of the day and night day after day.

Guess what? None of us can do that and we aren’t meant to try to do that.

This isn’t about letting go of your dreams or goals at all. This isn’t about throwing in the towel but rather understanding that by pivoting a little bit you can actually get more done.

By scheduling in some white space, yes, literally scheduling it into your planner or scheduling software you’ll create more breathing room for yourself and your life. You don’t have to carve out lots of time to do this, seemingly small segments of time work beautifully; 15 minutes here, 15 minutes there. Maybe, just maybe you can give yourself permission to take an entire day off each week.

No emails, calls, website changes, posts, etc.

By making these simple yet powerful shifts, you’ll notice that you have more energy, excitement, and overall feelings of joy. You’ll also notice that you find solutions to issues or problems you’ve been struggling with as well as a renewal in your relationship to work, to yourself, and to your life.

That seems like a huge win win, right?
So why do you still feel a little tentative + have the feeling like you want to say,
Yeah But____________...?

It’s okay, this secret to success isn’t taught or emphasized as often as the go, go go aspect of goal setting which can make this feel a little bit uncomfortable.
However, it’s absolutely possible and so important to give yourself permission to take some time this month to reprioritize your goals, dreams, and intentions for your year.

While you’re doing this renegotiation, add this powerhouse step to your planning.
The truth is that by adding in white space you’ll yield so much more in your personal and professional life.

Leaders in their fields talk a lot about doing more with less time and sometimes it can be easy to forget that you’re a leader in your life.

Yes, You are a leader in your life.

Investing in some white space, daily is well worth it and you deserve to experience balance, joy, and forward motion. You can do it and this is a great time to dive in and shift some things around so you can make the most out of your year while enjoying yourself + your life at the same time.

I believe in you and I’m cheering you on!
I know you can do this!

With love,
Kristy~ xoxo

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Check in with Astrology and the Angels for the Pisces Cycle

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Elizabeth Pendleton joins me to discuss all things Astrology and Angels as we greet the Mutable Water energy coming in with the Pisces Cycle.  I'm going to share the angel messages that have come through for us and Elizabeth will give us the 411 about what is happening in the stars. Find out how this dreamy and watery Pisces energy will work with the other Astrological Events happening this month and how you can work with these energies too. 
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Heart Over Hustle

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While we greet February, we also greet the month of love. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to focus on this month; and how to best practice self love.

One of the things that has really been prescient for me is this belief system around hustling. You’ve probably noticed an overwhelming amount of messages around this too over the last year or so. As a highly sensitive person, you may have felt the pressure in your own life to try to push more, to do more, to try to convert more, to go, go, go at the expense of your own personal health and well being.

Like you; I’m a highly sensitive person and I work with highly sensitive people all day long.

What I know for sure is that this belief system and practice can lead to lots of health challenges including but not limited to:

  • Exhaustion
  • Burn Out
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Feelings of Unworthiness
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Anxiety and Stress Related Issues
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Life Out of Balance

It can also create a feeling that you’re not enough and that you have to go outside of what you genuinely know is right for you to try to get things done.

This can lead to:

  • Negative Self Talk
  • Perfectionism and Overachieving Tendencies + Patterns
  • Denial of Self Care and Self Love

While these experiences show up for people across the board when they push outside of themselves to try to get things done; it’s exponentially more representative + impactful in those who are highly sensitive people.

So, here’s the thing:

You can absolutely set high standards for yourself while moving toward your dreams and goals.

In fact, moving in the direction of your heart is the exact right way to move into alignment with who you are and what you’re meant to be doing.

  • You can be a highly sensitive person + dedicated, responsible, reliable, and upwardly mobile.
  • You can be a highly sensitive person + a great partner, parent, friend, and colleague.
  • You can be a highly sensitive person + a great leader, innovator, boss babe, and a mover and a shaker.

You can be and do all of the things that you feel called to do without moving into the mindset of hustling and putting yourself into harm’s way.

Being a dedicated, honest, hardworking person is a beautiful thing and 100% within your reach while also nurturing yourself. You don’t have to sacrifice yourself or your own well being to experience the life you want for yourself.

  • The truth is that your Heart is the True North within you.
  • Your heart knows what’s right for you and what isn’t working.
  • You can feel your heart tugging at you when it’s time to make some important changes within your life.
  • You can feel you heart inspiring you and uplifting you when you hit onto something that truly speaks to you.
  • Your heart knows the way; and if you listen, it will lead you to the people, places, opportunities, and experiences that are a fit for you.
  • Your heart will also let you know when you’ve set your own needs upon a shelf and when you’re overextended.

It’s your job to adjust things in your life accordingly so you can be in alignment with the calling of your heart and your day to day lifestyle.

  • Will this mean that you have to release some things, people, and situations that aren’t serving you? Yes.
  • Will this mean that you have to create healthy boundaries within your personal and professional life? Yes.
  • Will this mean that you have to shift your priorities to match your value system? Yes.
  • Will some days be a little bit of a juggle? Yes.
  • Will most of your days feel like they resonate for you and the way you want to live your life? Yes.
  • Will it be worth it? Yes!

Guess what?
When you choose to put your heart over hustle, you Choose to Align.
You are worthy of Choosing to Align.

Whether you are working on increasing self care, relationships, building your brand, increasing clients or something else entirely; please give yourself permission to tune into your heart and make any necessary shifts and changes.

Allow this to be the year you line up with your heart, your vision, your integrity, and your joy while honoring yourself all at the same time. Your loved ones and clients can feel the difference in what you do when you choose to align….and so can you.

I promise you, you are 100% worth it and yes, you can do it.
I’m sending you oodles of love and cheering you on as you move into alignment.
With love,
Kristy~

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Check in with Astrology and the Angels for the Aquarius Cycle

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Elizabeth Pendleton joins me to discuss all things Astrology and Angels as we greet the Fixed Air energy coming in with Aquarius. I'm going to share the angel messages that have come through for us and Elizabeth will give us the 411 about what is happening in the stars. Find out how this Aquarian energy will work with the other Astrological Events happening this month and how you can work with these energies too. 
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