October Self-Care Check-In!

Happy October my loves! As the year winds down I really want you to turn the focus toward self-love and self-care. It’s such an important recovery tool and such a good way to connect with yourself. I love the concept of cycles and stages of life, so I always see the end of the year as this beautiful, intentional, phase of turning within so that I can heal/analyze/let go of the months up to this point. I wanted to share with you some really wonderful and easy October Self-Care tips. One of the traditional Autumn themes is that of letting go and releasing those things that are no longer good for you. Also enjoyment. Pure, absolute enjoyment, that’s a really important part too. Here’s your October Self-Care Check-In! -What do you need right now?-How is your body feeling?-What boundaries do you need to enforce?-Is there anything upsetting you or bothering…

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Autumn Self-Care: Take the Self-Care Challenge

Autumn, we’re almost there. Summer is ending. My favorite season is coming. Warm drinks, warm blankets, cold air, and rustling leaves. It makes my soul sing but it also makes me turn deep inside of myself. It’s a weird combination of comfort and discomfort. Every single year I start going within, like Persephone’s descent into the Underworld. I feel like it’s time to figure myself out all over again. Re-build myself all over again. I’m like a tree letting its leaves fall. “No, don’t need that one anymore. Let go of that one too.” Self-care is essential to me in times like these. Traveling into that darkness requires special TLC. It’s uncomfortable and challenging and a little bit scary. Who am I going to be when Spring comes? Or tomorrow, even. Personal growth is always happening. These subtle shifts and then these upheavals that shake my foundation. I’m trying to embrace…

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The Ultimate Guide to Hygge

I first came across hygge when I ordered a subscription box earlier this year. When I read the description for Hygge my first thought was “Wow, there’s a word for how I live my life.” It’s the perfect definition of what my life looks like. Pronounced “hoo-gah,” or “hue-gah” this Danish concept of comfort, coziness, and warmth. It’s the base of my self-care. From the Little Book of Hygge: “Hygge has been called everything from “the art of creating intimacy,” “coziness of the soul,” and “the absence of annoyance,” to “taking pleasure from soothing things,” “cozy togetherness,” and my favorite, “cocoa by candlelight.” Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.” Yasssss! My home is everything to me. The colors, the smells, the feeling of comfort – I’m all about that. I have anxiety and there have been periods in my…

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Samhain Correspondences: The End of the Harvest

October 31st marks the pagan holiday Samhain, not pronounced how it’s spelled, even though I usually still read it that way in my head after over 15 years. The standard Irish pronunciation is “sow-in” with the “ow” like in “cow.” Other pronunciations that follow with the many Gaelic dialects include “sow-een” “shahvin” “sowin” (with “ow” like in “glow”). However you pronounce it, it’s a time of reflection, the time the harvest ends, and an opportunity to get in touch with your ancestors. Celebrating Samhain is about honoring Mother Nature’s cycle. It is the end of the growing season, the leaves are no longer green, the flowers stop blooming, the grass stops growing, and the frost starts creeping in bringing death with it. The Earth turns within itself, things start getting ready for hibernation, to sleep. It is a bit of a somber time, one for reflection and grief. Some choose…

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