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seven simple steps to happiness

seven simple steps to happiness

by There are many things we can do to improve our happiness, and more often they not, they are simple steps, usually involving a “stop and smell the roses” sort of mentality. But sometimes we need it spelled out for us. Or repeated. We are kinda like toddlers that way. We don’t get it until its broken down into clear, simple instructions. Or someone is yelling at us because we chose not to listen the first seven times. So here are seven clear, simple steps for your road to happiness…and I’m not even yelling! Don’t read or watch the news....

the story of cosmetics

the story of cosmetics

by The greatest thing about life is we always have a choice. Always. No buts. You always have a choice. I plan on repeating that phrase a lot in this blog because it’s true. I choose to use cosmetics. I like wearing make up. I enjoy having squeaky clean hair and nice smelling pits. I also chose to be ignorant to what ingredients were in the products I slathered on myself. I naively trusted cosmetic companies to create products that were in the best interest of my health and well being. I’ve been looking for the rabbit on packaging (...

living in the now

living in the now

by Living in the NOW. We’ve all heard the phrase, but it’s actually difficult to do. To really live in the moment means not thinking about the past, and not worrying about the future. Yet our mind wants to jump back and relive what has been, or jump ahead and attempt to create what will be. Studying yoga has helped me with this dilemma. Yoga emphasizes living in the very moment you are experiencing and not letting your mind drift to another plane. One of the greatest phrases that I use to help ground me in the now is “You...

coconuts for beauty

coconuts for beauty

by One of my goals in living more simply is using products on my skin and hair that are as natural as possible. Overall, my skin gets very dry in winter, but my face tends to be on the oily side no matter what the season, and I am prone to breakouts.  I recently read about the benefits of using pure coconut oil, both as a body lotion as well as a facial moisturizer, even when the face tends to be oily and have some acne. I was skeptical of putting OIL on my face. Surely it would only cause...

in the beginning, there was breath…

in the beginning, there was breath…

by I will start this simple blog with the most basic of things: the breath. The breath is our most amazing tool for healing. So often we turn to medication or our doctor or a psychiatrist to rid ourselves of stress and anxiety. We jump out of bed, wolf down our breakfast, send children off to school in a frenzy and whip ourselves to the office. We down cups of coffee to stay awake, pop pills to release the tension in our neck, and chew on tablets to relieve gas pains and indigestion. We visit doctors when we can no...