Design Your Day

I LOVE reading books on organizing and productivity! Since I work mainly from home, it is super tempting to procrastinate or get distracted (Pintrest is my vice). This book is written by Claire Diaz-Oritz, who was an early employee of Twitter. I love the way this book was set up with a purpose, as opposed to just diving in with tips. Part one is based on deciding your goals, and the second part is based on organizing. I found I truly enjoyed this book, the length was perfect, the advice was really unique as well. Unique advice is sometimes hard to come by these days! Let’s dive into it:

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Part One

This focuses on generating a word of the year for yourself, and how you want this word to represent yourself this year. This word is meant to be your guidance for your year, and to be a reference point for you to use throughout the year. I implemented this in my planner, and I chose the word “expansion.”

 

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I selected this word because I really would love to see growth with my business, blog and social media. I felt expansion was also appropriate in a spiritual sense, to expand my chakra’s more, and to expand my knowledge of various interests I have, like taking a cake decorating class in the future! 

She also offers a point of flexibility, that if you have lots of things you wish to accomplish, you can choose a word of for a season! She introduces that goals should be “SMART” and by this she means Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant and Timely. You can use this framework for various categories of your life, such as goals you want academically or spiritually.

Using a word of the year really helped me narrow down to specific goals, and her SMART system also is so helpful for using as a guide for goal making. That is something I have always struggled with, is finding a guide that can be a go-to tool to use with all goals.

I have always used timelines for goals, and usually give myself a due date for projects and things of that nature. However, she urges that it is beneficial to break it down and do something daily for that goal, and make sure you have a viable action plan. I feel action plans are very unique to each person, I find myself using Google Spreadsheets that way I always have access to it and can quickly edit and make changes.

 

Part Two

 

Organize, she divides organizing into four parts:

  1. Limit your work to you best 20%: This was so amazing for me since I was dragging my days out and not reach full levels of productivity, and she offers a study that 80/20 rule/ 80% of our work is accomplished in 20% of our time. Also, I for one know I can waste 80% of my time. So to be running on all cylinders, focusing on that 20% will bring results.Something that helped me with this was using an internet blocker and setting a timer so I wouldn’t get distracted. I use the SelfControl App, which I will list below. 
  2. Edit the time you spend on work: She suggests to focus on tracking your time, and offers a few tools on how to do this including: RescueTime, Moment (an app),Coach.me (an app). Once you complete this, it is time to maintain strict hours for yourself.
  3. Streamline: This focuses on being a morning person (the hardest thing for me) and developing a morning routine. I found my mornings to be very erratic, so I have worked on streamlining. Another part of this is batching the work that you do, and we close 40% of our time bouncing around different tasks in an attempt to multitask. I always would bounce around hour by hour with what I was doing, and to me, it felt productive but it also stressed me out. This batching method REALLY helped me, and has cut down my stress levels. I just batch certain things together, like doing readings for clients in a certain time-frame instead of spaced out and that has helped me stay focused. 
  4. Stop working: Taking breaks! This is so helpful! This was about taking breaks, taking vacations and digital detoxes. I have definitely been doing this more. It’s so cold right now but I still make myself get up and go outside and walk around for a little bit. It’s cold but energizing! As far as taking vacations, batching my work has given me more time for self-care, so I consider that more of a stay-cation. The work I do can be draining at times, so for me to perform at my best for my clients it is really important for that self-care aspect to be taken care of. But I think this is important whether or not you engage in a spiritual-based business. In terms of digital detox, this is so important. We all get caught up in Facebook, Instagram, etc etc. It’s great to disconnect and I feel this helps you spiritually and emotionally. For me, I try to limit the use of technology after 9pm, and I have found my sleep patterns have improved so much!

 

Overall, this book offers really wonderful strategies to design your goals, design your day, and is backed up by studies to highlight the value of her suggestions. She also writes in a really personable way, that is super easy to connect with! If you are struggling with goals, or just enjoy books on this topic, it is totally worth it!

 

Recommended Resources:

Design your Day: http://amzn.to/2jRZemW

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Self-Control:

 

4 Quick Ways to Meditate

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One thing that comes forward consistently for my clients in a message from an angel or guide is that they need to meditate. Everyone knows the many benefits of meditation, but in our crazy, crazy world, it can seem like a big time commitment. I understand this, and I would love to share my tips on how to incorporate quick meditation into your daily life.

youtube_logo1-gif_480_480_0_64000_0_1_0One resource that has been super helpful for this is YouTube! I always thought of meditation has a huge time commitment, but on YouTube, they have guided meditations that are as short as two minutes long, or others that go on for hours! I use the shorter ones during a lunch hour with my iPod, when I am traveling or just to have in the background. My personal favorite accounts include The Honest Guys and Lisa Beachy. For meditation music I love the Soothing Relaxation account, and I will list links below. What I love about the guided meditations is the fact that they are so custom-fit; you can focus on a particular chakra or an angel meditation.

himalayan-salt-sole-crystal-chunks-247x300 Meditating in the shower! I keep a Himalayan salt crystal in my shower and I hold it and just visualize any bad energy coming off of me, and this takes up to a minute! Super quick and beneficial!

 

At my hair salon, I was getting my hair washed, enjoying the moment, and realized that this was some form of meditation too! Even if you spend five quiet moments in your day, that is a form of meditation. Ever since the salon experience, I try to incorporate some meditation in daily tasks, such as waiting in line at the store, and I have found myself to be much more grounded.

Exercise! Doing some form of Yoga or Pilates is so healthy for you in the long-term and also helps you focus on your body in a holistic way. Doing this at least three times a week will help ground and center you! It is super beneficial even if you are only able to devote a few minutes to the practice daily.

I know this blog post is super short, but it is something I get asked about frequently so it is something I wanted to share. Let me know if these tips help at all!

 

YouTube Accounts Mentioned:

The Honest Guys: http://bit.ly/1OpSKW6

Lisa Beachy: http://bit.ly/2iNQuxF

Soothing Relaxation: http://bit.ly/2hBsgJz

 

 

Best wishes,

Simone

Goddess Provisions December Box Review

Hello again! I wanted to share this amazing monthly subscription box! I have been a subscriber for a year, and I love this box so much! Each month typically has a theme (one box was based on the solar plexus chakra) and includes teas, crystals, and a variety of other items to encourage good vibes.

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All the items together, minus the snacks!

This post will focus on reviewing the items in the December Box, and I will continue to do monthly reviews on future boxes. I do want to apologize for poor quality pictures, unfortunately, my camera was recently stolen!

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The7Directions Crystal Grid – $19.99 Value

 I had received a crystal grid prior in this box, and it was my introduction to crystal grids! They are used to help fulfill an intention based on sacred geometry. This one is made of fabric and features The Flower of Life grid, which assists with manifesting a larger goal or desire. I love how this one is so large and really helps pack a visual punch when it’s set up! This is my favorite part of the box!

The first thing I did was saged the area just to make sure it was cleansed of any negative energy before I laid out the crystals. Typically, in the center you would place a tower crystal (I have a tower rose quartz) so that extends upwards, so the universe hears your intention. You surround it with other crystals that may follow the same theme around, and  I wrote my intention on a slip of paper, and I left it underneath the rose quartz crystal. I activated the grid with a little meditation. It is perfect for the new year to help manifest goals. I am still learning about crystals and crystal grids so I am happy to explore this topic further in the future.

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Plant Life Uplift Blend – $8.95 Value

I have really been learning more about aromatherapy, and I was so pleased to see this in the box! I immediately used it in my diffuser, and I love it! So uplifting, just like it claims. bergamot, lemongrass and citrus essential oils. I found that it was very uplifting in a gentle way, and is not like a peppermint oil where it makes you very alert. It is perfect to have as an all day oil in a diffuser. Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant (1 oz jar) – $8 Value: Unfortunately, mine will not push-up so I have been unable to use it, but it does smell amazing. It is plant-based so it is free of toxic chemicals and uses essential oils for that delicious smell.

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Addictive Wellness Raw Chocolate Love – $7.75 Value

Value It is made up of mesquite, lucuma, maca, cistanche, mucuna, he shou wu, and reishi mushrooms. The taste was a little different that what I am used to, but it tasted amazing when I shaved it and put it in some coffee!

 

Lola’s Handcrafted Nag Champa Perfume- $9 Value

I have seen Nag Champa products in various metaphysical stores and always forgot to research them! This product was my introduction. I felt as a perfume on me, it is a little heavy for my tastes, but it is something I wear when I do yoga! It seems to set that yoga mood.

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Rawxies – $1.99 Value

This was beyond delicious! I actually put mine in the fridge (I enjoy cold desserts) and it was amazing! This is perfect for someone who engages in a plant-based diet, or for someone who is trying to eat healthier but still needs a little sweet snack to get by. And can we talk about how cute it is?!

ipphonegreenGreen Aventurine Pyramid – $25.00 Value

I love focusing on my heart chakra, and this pyramid is perfect and ideal to help with that! I used it on my crystal grid but I have also used it with my heart chakra meditations, and there is so much amazing energy in this crystal!

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Each box comes packed in a purple box with a charming design on it, and an instruction and information sheet for all the products within. This box is no longer available for the subscription service, but it available through their store. To sign up for the monthly subscription, it is $33 dollars a month. Since I have been a long-term subscriber, I am super confident in saying that each month, the boxes are totally worth it!

Here is the link to sign up: http://bit.ly/2iduQGn

 

Best wishes,

Simone

Angel Detox by Doreen Virtue Book Review and Doreen’s Detox Tips

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This book focuses on “taking your life to a Higher Level through releasing emotional, physical, and energetic toxins. ” I have to admit that I have been weary of some wellness books, and I never really found one that I felt a connection with,  or  a sense of urgency to apply the principles to my life. This book totally changed that for me because it is so holistic! I would love to share some tips that are in the book!

It begins with nourishing your physical body, provides detox plans and how to detox your home and energy. Doreen says that detox is “the process of removing unhealthy substances and energies from your life.” I think we can agree that our  present view of detoxing tends to be primarily rooted in food, but this book really explains and justifies the need for detox in every aspect of our lives. I will list some of Doreen’s suggestions from the book on how to begin an angel detox below:

Detoxing the Physical Body 

  • General food: Natural, fresh and organic food is truly the best for your body. They are free of negativity and work at a high vibration, and will give your body a sense of vibrancy after regular consumption.
  • Processed Foods/Caffeine: Avoiding processed foods since they do not offer your body nutrients, and can lower your vibration. This includes coffee, which is the hardest thing for me to give up! I have found replacing my coffee with tea helps, and I love the Yogi Vanilla Spice and Sweet Tangerine energy teas.
  • A plant-based diet is ideal, but if you are inclined to consume meat or dairy, it is best to purchase local products and blessing and thanking the animal. This raises the vibration of what you are consuming.
  • Drinking purified water: Drinking water is something everyone needs to do! This helps make your energy flow freely though your body. Doreen suggests that natural spring water is the best for your body, since it does not contain harsh chemicals like tap water may. Purchasing a water filter is a great idea, and adding Dead Sea Salt will add natural minerals and electrolytes.
  • Avoiding fluoride: We encounter fluoride in our toothpaste and it is best to have a chemical-free toothpaste. Fluoride is a toxin that can affect the thyroid and brain, and is unfortunately in water supply.
  • Vitamins: Making sure you are using vegetarian and gelatin- free capsules! I found my energy levels changed for the better when I switched from capsules that had gelatin in them to vegetarian.
  • Healthy oils: Use organic extra-virgin olive oil. Other oils may have counterfeit oils and mark them as olive oil, so be sure to check the ingredients. Raw or virgin coconut oil. This multi-use oil has been heavily featured on social media as an amazing oil to cook with and for beauty purposes.

Detoxing Emotions and Energy

  • Archangel Meditations: clearing away negativity, cutting etheric cords that no longer serve you and chakra alignments, the list could go on! These meditations can be found on YouTube, by simply typing in guided archangel meditation.
  • Healing crystals: I prefer amethyst, since provides protection from toxic energies, but clear quartz is awesome for any detox, green stones (emerald, malachite,etc.) have healing benefits and rose quartz is truly beneficial for emotional healing.
  • Connecting with nature: Nothing heals like being out in nature! Even if it is simply sitting on your porch for a few minutes!
  • Sea Salt Bath: This is a popular method for detox any negative energies. Simply put one cup of salt (Dead Sea, Celtic, Himalayan or Atlantic) in the bath, release your fears and concerns, and enjoy soaking for 15 minutes.
  • Journaling or Dream journal: This can be done with the classic pen and paper, or in a digital format. I prefer to do a pen to paper list format, by making a list of situations or people I would like to release. I also try to maintain a dream journal! Right now I am in the process of developing a printable dream journal that will be available through my Etsy store for you to print and keep in an A5 or Personal Size planner!
  • Aura Sprays: I love these! They help instantly uplift an aura! My favorite is the Momoko Therapeutics “Towards the Within” Smudge Spray! This can also help smudge your house or room for a daily cleanse!
  • Detoxing from Electronics: This one is hard! Especially for me, since I have my beloved Kindle with me at all times! But it is healthy for you to detach from electronics, even if it is just for an hour a day.

Detoxing the Home

  • Avoiding BPA in plastic bottles: I think this one is one everyone’s mind! We know that BPA (A chemical used to make plastics stronger) is linked to health concerns, so it is best to drink water from glass bottles or purchase BPA free products (they should be labeled as such, if not, do not purchase).
  • Canned food: BPA is also present in canned food, and this leaches into and contaminates the food. Doreen says that the brand Amy’s Kitchen guarantees that their canned food is BPA free. I have not found another brand that claims this, so I have only purchased Amy’s Kitchen canned products since reading this book, and it honestly has a fresher taste!
  • BPA free toothbrush: This is one I never thought of, but for something we use (hopefully) twice a day, this makes sense! The brand Preserve is BPA free!
  •  Fluorescent lighting: Try to limit your exposure to fluorescent lighting, it can confuse your sleep cycle. If you are a sensitive person, you may have noticed that this type of lighting can cause headaches and fatigue. I felt this, and switched to using soft and gentle lamps and not using the overhead lights. Even with this subtle change, I feel more focused!
  •  Cleaning products: Switching from chemical-based cleaning products to natural cleaning products: I feel like this is a big topic right now. Using natural-based cleaning products is cheap and healthy for the environment! Essential oils works wonders for this, since each oil offers different healing properties. I am passionate about natural-based cleaning products for the home, so I will make a blog post focusing on that topic.
  • Using a humidifier: This makes such a difference! I just purchased my first humidifier in June, and it makes such a difference! The air in my home feels cleaner and I have noticed a decrease with allergies!
  • Unsafe cookware: Aluminum is highly toxic, and while Teflon pans are very popular (I used to be a big Teflon fan) they often contain aluminum under the Teflon coating. The safer tools to cook with are: stainless steel, ceramic, glass, clay  and a classic cast iron.
  • Fresh flowers or plants: I am researching this more in-depth with detox plans  myself! But fresh flowers in a home have always uplifted my mood! They help provide positive energy to a home, and some indoor plants improve air quality as well.

 

Honestly, this book is so amazing and goes into so much more depth and is so uplifting to read! It is without a doubt a must-have for anyone and everyone!

Another valuable resource I discovered within this book is:

http://www.ewg.org/

This site is a database where they rate a product based on if the product has any hazardous ingredients.It is a super valuable source to check up on the rating of products you already have, or if you are looking for less toxic products.

Here are all the products I mentioned and where you can find them:

  1. Angel Detox, by Doreen Virtue and Robert Reeves, N.D. http://amzn.to/2g8qY8p
  2.  Amy’s Kitchen Canned Food (also available where organic food is sold) http://amzn.to/2fGQYHh
  3. Preserve Plastic Free Toothbrush http://bit.ly/2g8zpR2
  4. Yogi Vanilla Spice Tea http://amzn.to/2fqfRZq
  5. Yogi Sweet Tangerine Tea http://amzn.to/2fCYEqX
  6. Momoko Towards the Within Smudge Spray http://etsy.me/2gwJp7h
  7. Humidifier http://amzn.to/2g8DzbM

What are some wellness books that you love? Or, share some of your detox tips!

I hope you found this helpful!

Best wishes,

Simone