Rest, relax, and be in a letgo.

“Rest, relax, and be in a letgo. Letgo is the secret of life. Letgo is the secret of religion. Letgo is the greatest secret. When you are in a letgo many things, millions of things, start happening. They were already happening but you were never aware.” – Osho

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Lately I have been really trying even harder to stay present in the moment and to surround myself with the most positive of energies that I can. I have a lot going on with my health right now and I could easily choose to just give in to the stress and the frustration of it all, but instead I am trying to focus on the things I am not lacking in: i.e.- love, support, inspiration, faith, hope.

It can be very easy from an outsiders view to look in on someones life (especially nowadays with blogs, facebook, twitter, etc) and to judge someone’s life based on a mere glimpse of what that person chooses to share with the world. I try to share the things that are hopeful and happy in my life. I will not ever pretend that everything in my life is perfect because there is no such thing as perfection. I also will never be actively negative on my blog or any other source of an outlet for myself and others.

I believe in being honest and real but there is nothing good that can come from focusing solely on the painful and sad things in your life. It’s normal and okay to share those things with people you love and trust but always bear in mind that negative energy can easily be contagious and projected and is not usually ever useful for neither yourself or anyone else.

My goal in my life is to find ways to cope with the hardships I have been given for whatever reason they may be. I plan to take whatever possible good I can from every painful thing I experience, both physical, emotional and mental. From pain comes knowledge and strength. I choose to keep pushing on through the setbacks so that I can find the light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how bad things get there is always something to be thankful for.

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Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

I am lucky enough to live very close by to Kripalu which is one of the most calming, beautiful and meditative spots around. I love to go here and take photos, explore the grounds, visit the cafe and shop and just sit and look out at the magnificent view.

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St. Francis of Assisi

Many of the stories that surround the life of St. Francis deal with his love for animals. Perhaps the most famous incident that illustrates the Saint’s humility towards nature is recounted in the “Fioretti” (“Little Flowers”), a collection of legends and folklore that sprang up after the Saint’s death. It is said that, one day, while Francis was traveling with some companions, they happened upon a place in the road where birds filled the trees on either side. Francis told his companions to “wait for me while I go to preach to my sisters the birds.”The birds surrounded him, intrigued by the power of his voice, and not one of them flew away. He is often portrayed with a bird, typically in his hand.

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Organic Wild Rosehip Seed Oil  & 100% Pure Unrefined Shea Butter

I have been wanting to try pure Rosehip seed oil for awhile now and when I found this one for just $15.95 I had to get it. It’s an added bonus that it’s Organic. I also picked up some more Shea Butter because I go through it so quickly and this one in particular is so soft, it’s almost whipped! It goes on like a dream. Both of these are super hydrating (and affordable!).

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I went to the ER yesterday afternoon after having severe spasms in my stomach for the past few days. It got worse yesterday and I decided it probably best to go get it checked out. I deal with chronic digestive issues on a daily basis but these spasms were consistent and different than usual. I spent four hours in the ER, had x-ray’s and blood work and thankfully they didn’t find anything serious. I am scheduled for exploratory surgery on Friday to rule out any possibility of an Ulcer, Diverticulitis, etc. If everything comes back normal than it’s most likely my Spastic Colon that’s causing the pain. I will feel better once I have everything ruled out though.

I will go back to what I said earlier in this post and that is that I am focusing on the good that came from this situation. I ended up meeting someone at the hospital who recommended a specific medication for my chronic nausea and so far it’s been life changing.

There is a reason for everything we experience (good or bad). It may not always be our destiny in this lifetime to know the reason why, but it is up to us to decide what to do with the information we are given and whether or not we wish to turn it into something positive.

xoxo,

Britanie

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life update | if we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.

If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.

This is what the things can teach us:

To Fall, patiently to trust our heaviness

Even a bird has to do that before he can fly.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Two Blue Jays Sittin in a Tree

I caught these two love birds this morning. Whenever I see Blue Jays, I feel very blessed as they represent truth and good luck. I think they are so beautiful.

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The Blue jay’s animal symbolism resonates truth, faithfulness, and solidarity because they are vigilant in their tasks. They also keep the same mate for life, which is symbolic of endurance, patience and loyalty. The jay is an excellent symbol for those wishing to honor their long-lasting bond between friends, family and lovers.

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christmas decorations are finally going up!

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vintage earrings from my mom

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Tayo playing in the snow

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Homemade Coffee Body Scrub with Shea butter, Cocoa Butter and Bergamot, Lemon and Rosemary Essential Oils.

I have been making body scrubs like a mad woman lately. I just love them so much. They are perfect to give as gifts, especially with the Holiday’s around the corner! I received such a great response on my DIY Organic Lavender and Vanilla Sugar Scrub that it has inspired me to start making even more batches of scrubs! I have a ton of recipes in mind. Expect more body scrub recipes soon! I also came up with a great facial scrub that I will probably share as well! I love to spend time in the kitchen concocting recipes from clean ingredients that I can find in my own kitchen!

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Zum Rub and other goodies from Indigo Wild.

Thanks to Kimberly Loc’s review of the Frankincense & Myrrh Zum Rub Natural Moisturizer by Indigo Wild, I absolutely had to have it. They sent me a mini version of the Zum Rub which is so adorable and perfect to carry around in my purse! They also included a few soap samples and an all-natural aromatherapy laundry detergent. I was so impressed with their company that I ended up buying two more of their products. The Zum Lemongrass Face Scrub and the Frankincense & Myrrh Bath Salts. This month I went through some particularly stressful events which caused my hormones to go all wacky and made my skin act up. For the first time in twenty seven years I had acne that I could not seem to get rid of. I have been using this cream every night in conjunction with my Osmia Organics Cleanser and Spot Treatment and slowly my skin is starting to clear up. I have also been doing some DIY recipes for the acne spots which I am planning on sharing here on my blog soon! After dealing with such bad breakouts, I will never, ever take clear skin for granted again! The good news is that there are so many things you can do to clear up your skin! Sometimes you just have to become a bit creative and think outside of the box.

My morning skincare routine was featured on No More Dirty looks the other day which is really exciting. I love to able to share my favorite products and tips and tricks. I still use everything mentioned but I tend to change up my skincare routines quite frequently as I try out many products to review here on my site!

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I have started to meditate more and to be more present. It is so easy to get caught up in the things that cause us stress on a daily basis. It can feel overwhelming and overpowering but you have to remind yourself that you can get through anything. One of my favorite quotes to recite to myself when I am feeling down: “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”. Remember this at all times and never let the sadness get the best of you. There is always hope, as long as you are open to it.

Be at peace. Not in pieces.

Have you ever had an experience in your life where you felt you couldn’t overcome it and you did something therapeutic for yourself that gave you some relief? I’d love to hear your thoughts, experiences and any tips that you have to offer! Email me or comment on this post.

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xoxo,

Britanie

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