Over the years when I've been at the bottom of my priority list or not on it all (because life happens), I have found that taking a weekend for myself to de-stress and refocus on me is the perfect jump start to getting back on my self care daily practice, especially after a stressful time. Of course you don't have to do it just on the weekend - if two days during the week work best for you, that works too!
Skincare and makeup can be a very overwhelming experience for some women, not to mention expensive if you keep buying the wrong products! So, let's chat about one of my favorite skincare products.
Summer is here and while the warm weather and longer hours of daylight can revive and rejuvenate your spirits, you can often get lost in the enjoyment of the beautiful days to the point that your daily tasks become neglected. Summer has a tendency to become unstructured while life has a tendency to keep moving forward at the same pace that it always has. You can easily get lost in this lack of structure and find yourself overwhelmed with a list of incomplete tasks that need doing. If this happens and the responsibilities of life begin to pile up on you, unnecessary stress can be the result. As you know, stress does terrible things to your body. In an effort to keep stress at a minimum so you can enjoy your summer days without losing focus on living, here are four tips that will help you deal with the unstructured days of summer.
Sex and the City fans, will recall that moment Carrie and Mr. Big interacted for the first time, as he picked up her condoms from the NYC sidewalk. Had her goodies been secure in a "on the go sex pouch" in her handbag, the awkward moment may have been avoided.
When you are driving along, and the GPS begins to say "Recalculating" it's often because you have taken a different path than originally mapped or perhaps an unexpected event(s) occurred ahead - and the GPS is directing you towards a more efficient route to reach your destination. The Universe is like GPS for life ... if we are straying from where we are suppose to be, events will occur to help steer us back. Unfortunately these events may not always happen in the form of a joyous occasion, most often they are gut wrenching, WTF kinda of events.
We have all been there, our lives become so busy with career, family, domestic chores and the day to day activities of life, or we are so wrapped up in dealing with health, relationship challenges (be it family, romantic, work, etc.) that we neglect our friendships. Then, when the dust settles, we look up and wonder where did everyone go? Well, the friends that are like family will still be there - but it's up to you to reach out and start reconnecting and rebuilding that friendship/bond.
What about when your friends are busy with their lives and while you get together once in awhile, you find yourself spending more time on your own, wishing you had someone to do things with. As adults many of our social connections that evolve into friendships are made through work, play dates, and social invites. When children grow up, we (semi)/ retire, working for our self - think working from home - and less involvement in community occurs, it lessens our interactions with others; thus making friends later in life may not come as easy as it once did. But, it's not impossible, there are many opportunities outside a work environment to connect with others and make friendships.
Lavender essential oil is a steam distillation of the flowers, harvested at their peak. Some of the best
lavender in the world is grown in the Mediterranean climates of France and Bulgaria.
Lavender. The very word conjures up an unmistakable aroma. Lavender means "to wash" in Latin, and the plant was used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans for everything from bathing, relaxation, cooking and perfume. Dried flower buds can be used for aromatic sachets, but it is the essential oil that has the most therapeutic properties.
Lavender essential oil is a steam distillation of the flowers, harvested at their peak. Some of the best lavender in the world is grown in the Mediterranean climates of France and Bulgaria. Essential oils can be used in three different ways: aromatically, topically and ingested (if they have been rigorously tested and approved for internal use).
Everywhere you look social media, lifestyle blogs and magazines are saying 50 is the new 40. I too have repeated that same sentiment, and may have even included the quote 50 is the new 40 on an inspiration board. Perhaps, it was because I spent my forties healing and rehabbing from my accident - and was hoping to "recoup" that lost decade, in my fifties. But we all know that you can not get back time, once it's passed. And I have to be honest - having spent a year at 50 I no longer believe 50 is the new 40. 50 is the NEW 50!! and I'm embracing 50 and creating the next chapter with more zest for life than I ever imagined possible.