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.
As we step into that chapter of our life known as "a women of a certain age" along with everyday life stresses (big and small alike) it's easy to feel out of sorts. This green smoothie will help you not only get some veggies and fruits into your day, it will help in balancing hormones!
Mother Nature is a little slow in recognizing that we have turned the calendar to spring, but no doubt she will be gracing us as with double digit temperatures anytime NOW! The brief glimpses of sunshine, and the chirping of bird's, outside my window are a reminder that warmer days really are around the corner. When the warmer temperatures strike us - are you ready to slip on those open toe shoes; shorts and exposed arms? ... I'm so ready to get outside. How about you?
I've put together a short check list of self care reminders so that as the temperatures rise, your stress does not.
Life can get pretty crazy and sometimes the things we should be doing to nurture mind, body, soul during these times can be the exact things that we are not doing. To help ensure I'm taking care of the self care basics I've recently created a non-negotiable list. What's a non-negotiable list you may be wondering? Well it's a list of things that you determine are important to you, to ensure your functioning at your very best.
EXAMINE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL MOTIVATION
It is important to understand the differences between internal and external motivation and to know which one is driving your motivation and your decisions. External Motivation involves pleasing others, looking good, being accepted, and taking no risks. Internal Motivation focuses on pleasing yourself, looking and feeling healthy, being a leader, and taking risks.
EXAMINING YOUR MOTIVATION
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.
... in spring to transition from winter to summer makeup