All Is Well – The Power Of Positive Affirmations

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I posted this photo a few days ago after reading “All Is Well” by Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz. If you haven’t read this or any of her other books I highly recommend you do so. She is an incredible person and a huge inspiration in my life. She has helped to heal many people from chronic health issues, pain and anxiety. I have suffered from chronic pain and anxiety disorder for years and I am constantly researching natural ways to heal myself. Positive affirmations have been such a huge help in my life.

Positive affirmations may seem ridiculous to some but there is scientific proof that they work at healing the entire mind and body. I have touched on the importance of positive affirmations before but I have to say I am even more convinced now than I ever was before. I have been successfully using the tools I have learned from Louise Hay in my every day life and I have had less anxiety attacks and have experienced more self-confidence and joy. It may seem to good to be true but I assure you, it works.

Here is a brief description of All Is Well:

In this healing tour de force, best-selling authors Louise L. Hay and Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz have teamed up for an exciting reexamination of the quintessential teachings from Heal Your Body. All Is Well brings together Louise’s proven affirmation system with Mona Lisa’s knowledge of both medical science and the body’s intuition to create an easy-to-follow guide for health and well-being. And, for the first time ever, they present scientific evidence showing the undeniable link between the mind and body that makes these healing methods work. Bringing focus and clarity to the effects of emotions on the body, All Is Well separates the body into seven distinct groups of organs—or emotional centers—that are connected by their relationship to certain emotions. Structured around these emotional centers, the authors outline common imbalances and probable mental causes for physical illness. They also include case studies that show a complete program for healing that draws from all disciplines, including both traditional and alternative medicine, affirmations, nutritional changes, and so much more. Using the self-assessment quiz, the holistic health advice, and an expanded version of Louise’s original affirmation chart, you can learn how to heal your mind and body with affirmations and intuition and live a balanced, healthy life.

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How Positive Affirmations Work:

Positive affirmations are a great tool to reprogram your unconscious mind from negative thinking to positive. Positive affirmations are a quick and easy way to de-stress your body and your life. Saying a mantra can make the difference in your day by setting a sense of balance to all that you do. Research has shown that every thought and emotion creates a chemical reaction because it immediately changes our neurochemicals that affect our mental, physical and spiritual health. Whenever a negative thought pops up you have the ability and the power to cancel it out by replacing it with a positive one.

How To Start:

I recommend saying an affirmation upon waking in the morning. This will help to affect all of your decision making for the day as well as your all-over attitude. Don’t stress about remembering the mantra word for word. The goal is to help de-stress. Slowly read the affirmation daily and nightly and eventually you won’t need to look at anything to remember it, it will be ingrained in you! When I first started with affirmations I would accidentally switch words around but after lots of repetition and practice, I now know them by heart. You can also say them silently when you are out in public. It’s a good stress remedy that you can always carry with you wherever you go!

Which Mantras To Choose:

Your affirmations and mantras can be unique and your own. Or they can be chosen from something you read that inspired you. I personally say mantras that I learned from Louise Hay. I picked the ones that really resonated the most with me. You can create your own or mix it up with other mantras you find elsewhere. Think about what you are trying to create or accomplish in your life. Are you looking to feel more empowered? To be more at peace? To be energized? Focus on what it is that you are trying to achieve right now and the right affirmations will fall into place.

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Do you use Positive Affirmations in your daily routine? Have you ever read any of Louise Hay’s work? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

 xoxo,

Britanie

You owe yourself a Beautiful Life.

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I wrote this in a journal entry not too long ago and I always refer back to it:

surrender to the stillness of this moment
and feel the possibilities arise
you are the maker of your own happiness
do not rely on others for safety
the most unconditional love is inside of yourself
you are your own home
make it comfortable, make it beautiful.

love more and fear less.

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I have been doing a lot of soul searching lately and I feel stronger than ever that I truly know who I am and know the things I need to work on. I will never give up on progressing. It is a constant state for me as I do not think we are ever at our best selves. There is always more we can accomplish in this life. It can often seem easier to succumb to the harder times in our life and to stay in a place of denial. I assure you both of these couldn’t be further from the truth. When life is harder than usual, let it happen to you but don’t let it become who you are. Fight to stay strong. Strive to be more positive every day. If you can wake up every day morning that you are going to handle the day to come with grace, patience and positivity and can go to sleep knowing that you did the best that you could do, that is all that matters. You owe yourself a beautiful life.

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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

I hope that anyone reading this can find something in these words to make you feel just that much better about your day and your life.

xoxo,

Britanie

Outfit Of The Day & Body Acceptance

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Happy November!! I’ve said before; I love the crisp fall air and I love autumn fashion. I’ve done “outfit of the day” posts randomly in the past, but recently I’ve been more inspired than ever. I’ve received emails from women who’ve shared with me that they look up to me for promoting my curvy figure. It really struck a chord with me and made me think about how extremely important it is for all healthy women to embrace their bodies and curves.

There was a period of time where I was very uncomfortable in my body. I fought with an eating disorder for a few years. About five years ago I decided to give up worrying about weight and label size and to really start focusing on health, love & acceptance. I’ve finally learned to accept the skin I am in and to work with what I have while still always striving to become a stronger, healthier person.

I will never be stick thin, it’s just not in my bones. And you know what? That’s okay. I don’t need to be skinny, thin or “average” by fashion standards. I just need to be me. I tried once to fit into the mainstream modeling world of “standards” and it left me looking frail and feeling constantly obsessed with all things weight. Whatever size or shape you are; love yourself and treat your body well. There are so many more important things in life than striving to be thin. I say, embrace your individuality. It makes life far more interesting, don’t you think? No two leaves are the same….just saying! They are each spectacular works of art!

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Blazer / Old Navy
  • Peplum Turquoise Top / A&E
  • A&E Hi-Rise Jeggings / A&E
  • Rings / Urban Outfitters and BCBG
  • Bag / Thrifted
  • Necklace and Earrings / Claire’s
  • Boots / Marshall’s
  • Sunglasses / Target
  • Nailpolish / OPI “Cuckoo For This Color”
  • RMS Beauty Lipshine in “Moment”

What are your thoughts on body image? Do you like this outfit and post? Please share your thoughts and opinions in the comments!

xoxo,

Britanie

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Life Update | If You Stumble, Make It Part Of The Dance.

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“Once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”Haruki Murakami

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I figured I would do a quick life update since I haven’t done one in awhile. Things have been stressful lately – between my beloved cat recently passing away and our new puppy being sick and in and out of the hospital, I haven’t been getting much sleep and my health has really been a struggle. I’ve been in a lot of pain and haven’t been able to do as much as I would like to. I have been trying my hardest to get everything done that I can on my good days and on the bad days I just give in and let my body rest as much as possible. After years of dealing with chronic health issues I have finally learned to say no when it’s too much for my body and I know when I should and shouldn’t push myself.

I am always working on staying positive and not letting the pain make me hard. I am looking forward to gardening soon. I have some projects I am working on that I am really excited about and I am thankful for the good days that I have and I don’t ever take a pain-free day for granted. It has made me more aware of the beauty in the world and has made me appreciate the little things in life so much more than I think I ever would have had I not dealt with so much pain for so long.

Onto some beautiful images I have taken recently:

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“Do what you love. It’s going to lead to where you want to go.” — Wayne White

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Tayo and Tianna love each other. Who would have thought? Tayo is so gentle with her and watching them together brings me so much joy. They are the cutest duo I ever did see.

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For all of my readers who also deal with chronic health issues, I feel your pain and frustration. I know how hard it is but remember you are not alone and there is a greater purpose for all of the pain. This quote below has been an inspiration in my life and I hope you find comfort from it as well:

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I hope you are all doing wonderful. Your support, comments and emails mean the world to me.

xoxo,

Britanie

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Embrace Your Naked Face | Confidence Without Makeup

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman, with passing years, only grows!”Audrey Hepburn

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It may seem strange for me to do a post about how to be confident without wearing makeup as I do many makeup looks on my blog and posts about my favorite beauty items, etc. However, I have always stated that although I love makeup and I see it as a form of art – for the most part I like to keep my face bare or with very little coverage and color.

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I think makeup is a wonderful thing but I also think it can be seriously overused and misused. We all have flaws – it’s what makes us human. Instead of hiding every flaw, why not let them show? The more you show off the things you aren’t confident about, the more confident you will become about those things. Sound confusing? It’s not.

Here are some of my personal tips on how to be more confident without (or with little) makeup:

1.) Acknowledge and -embrace- your insecurities:

We all have insecurities. There is no denying that. There is also no shame in being insecure as long as you can acknowledge that you are insecure about something and try to change the way you view that insecurity. For example: I used to be severely insecure about my freckles. Since I was younger, no matter how much sun screen I put on my skin, I would develop freckles within ten minutes of being in the sun. I used to think they were awful until I started to look at them differently. I dated someone once who was obsessed with freckles and would frequently take photographs of mine and others freckles and I started to notice the beauty and uniqueness in them. I now not only accept my freckles but I try my hardest not to cover them up anymore. I also have dark circles which I can’t say I am proud of but I can say I am not nearly as insecure about them anymore and I don’t freak out if I go outside or take photographs without covering the darkness with concealer. I also have redness around my nose (thanks allergies) and I used to always put concealer to cover up the redness and now I let my skin breathe more and I let those flaws shine through. The more you let your flaws make you unique, the more you will come to appreciate those things that make you who you are.

 “What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.”- Scott Westerfield

2.) Take care of your skin:

Our skin is our biggest organ, take care of it! So many of us are focused on what we put IN our bodies but neglect what we put ON our bodies. What we put on our skin is ultimately absorbed into our bloodstream so you want to make sure to use the safest and cleanest ingredients as possible. I also say that a little bit goes a long way. You don’t need to have five or ten products in order to have a good skincare regimen or to take care of your skin. As long as you are using common sense when it comes to your skin and taking care of it, you will see results. Think simplicity when it comes to the ingredients you look out for and the routine you develop. When your skin looks better, you will feel more confident without wearing makeup and if you do decide to wear makeup, it will look even better on well treated skin!

3.) A little goes a long way:

You will be surprised at what a few simple things like curling your lashes and grooming your brows will do for your face and features. Add a little tinted moisturizer and lip balm and you will be ready to go. I suggest trying out tinted moisturizer if you are someone who is used to wearing heavy foundation. I also suggest tinted lip balms and investing in a good eyelash curler and brow set! If you are going to wear makeup, focus on enhancing your features instead of covering them. Dab a little cream blush on the apples of your cheeks or swipe some light bronzer to accentuate the cheek bones. The focus should be on enhancing, not covering.

4.) Positive Affirmations:

I have talked about how important it is to be positive and to use mantras and affirmations both here and here. Something as seemingly simple as telling yourself that you are beautiful and worthy can be more helpful than you realize. When you use positive affirmations on a regular basis you will start to see results in your confidence level and over all being. Whenever you feel like something about your physical appearance isn’t what you consider to be “beautiful” or “right” – just tell yourself something that you do love about yourself and take it from there. For however many bad things you can think about yourself, I promise you there are more good, you just have to dig a little deeper to recognize them sometimes!

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”― Confucius

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Do you prefer to wear makeup on most days? What are your thoughts on showing off your naked face more? Please share your thoughts and opinions!

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If you liked this post, you might also like…

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The Power of Positive Thinking: Tips on how to be more positive

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Rest, relax and be in a letgo.

xoxo,

Britanie

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The Power of Positive Thinking: Tips on how to be more positive

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

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The power of Positive thinking is an every day mission for me. I receive many emails from readers who ask my advice on how to cope with chronic health issues and other frustrating things in life. My biggest advice is to think positive. I can’t stress enough how important it is to always replace a negative thought with a positive one.

I have struggled in the past with negative ruminating thoughts that would plague my mental and emotional energy. I would feel so frustrated about my health issues and start to feel sorry for myself and I got into a horrible cycle of never-ending negative thoughts. I finally got to the point where I realized that thinking negatively would never help me to better myself in any way. I started to slowly incorporate one positive thought at a time into my daily routine and over the years it has become much more natural to me to automatically replace a negative thought with something positive. It is still a challenge and I work at it every single day. Positive thinking can help immensely with the management of stress and can help to improve your health.

The Mayo Clinic notes that positive thinking can bring about a longer life span, a greater quality of life, reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, lower stress and depression levels and even a better immune system. Positive thinking can alter your life outlook so that you feel a greater sense of health and vitality, and project that feeling into real results in your health.

The health benefits of positive thinking

Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

 

Start With These Tips:

 

1.) Out With The Old, In With The New

The minute you feel yourself thinking something negative – quickly replace that negative thought with a positive one. If you feel like you cannot possibly think of something positive when you are sad, depressed, angry, etc — let me tell you that you can. It can be anything positive from the weather, the way someone smiled at you, something you love about yourself or someone else, your animals, a good book, anything will suffice as long as it’s a positive thought.

2.) Fake It Til You Make It

You do not have to truly believe in what you are saying as long as you say it enough to the point where your mind and body start to believe it. You will get to that point once you practice thinking positively on a moment to moment basis. It won’t always come easy but having a desire to better yourself is the first step to change.

3.) Lick  Those Wounds

Let yourself be sad. This might seem counterproductive but I think instead of trying to never feel upset, that we should accept that many things in our life are hard and may be sad and let yourself feel sorry for yourself for a little bit if you need to (but not for too long). Lick your wounds and get back up and be positive.

4.) Find Something Positive In Everything

This goes back to a point I made in the first tip. There is always something positive in everything that we do and everything that we experience. It is a matter of having the will to dig deep into what those positive things are and holding onto them with all that you have. Don’t stress yourself out if you feel blocked and can’t think of anything good. When you give up the pressure to have to feel or be a certain way you will slowly start to see that it isn’t so hard to find something positive in all that you do.

5.) Like Attracts Like

Let’s be honest – as much as most of us want to avoid all negative people, it can be hard to do. The best thing you can do is try to not let your energy be sucked out from “energy vampires” as I like to call them. If someone is being negative, don’t let yourself go to that negative place too. Help them out of it. Give them positive reinforcements. In time you will find that the more positive you are as a person, the more positive people you will attract in your life and vice versa.

6.) Positive Mantras:

Start off your day by reciting something that is happy, uplifting and positive. It can be anything from “today is going to be a good day no matter what comes my way”, or “I accept whatever this day will bring me with open arms” and end your evening with positive thoughts like “today was hard but I am so proud of myself for getting through it with a smile”, “I will do even better tomorrow”, “tomorrow will be amazing”. These all might sound cheesy to you but they really do work when used daily!

“Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment.”Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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I hope some of these tips are helpful to you and please feel free to share your experiences with positive thinking in the comments!

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If you liked this post, you might also like…

How To Be Happier: Five Easy Tips

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xoxo,

Britanie

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My Week of Creations

If I’m not creating, I’m not living.

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It’s no secret that I suffer with chronic health issues that can sometimes severely impact my daily life and my ability to get as much done as I would like to. Instead of just feeling sorry for myself and not doing anything with my time when I am having a bad day, I discovered that one of the things that truly helps to not only make me feel happier mentally and emotionally but also helps to get my mind off of the pain is to create and be to be inspired.

Particularly at night I create and concoct. It is my time to delve into my inspirations and play around with different ideas. I am very excited about working on my upcoming Etsy shop which I plan to open hopefully within the next year, though I will start selling some products or sending samples in the  mean time if requested. I will be offering a very small collection of homemade organic skincare, hair and body care, and tea blends on Etsy, as well as some random hair accessories and jewelry.

Before I begin anything I have to get my recipes perfect. I have been spending my nights in the kitchen creating all different types of concoctions. I have almost mastered my Organic Rose Lavender Clay Face Mask and I have also come up with a super hydrating Lip Balm, a few wonderful Tea blends and a luscious body oil. If there is anything you’d like to see me create, please feel free to leave suggestions as I am open to sharing my own creations with all of you.

Onto the creations…

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I recently did a post on my homemade Organic Rose Lavender Clay Face Mask and Scrub. I had a giveaway and picked five winners. I sent out the products in Mason Jars and decorated the tops with individual artistic collages wax-sealed with the letter “B” (for Britanie or Beauty or Beauty By Britanie). I am still working on the packaging for this Face Mask. I recently got in a huge shipment of different types of recycable jars and tins and am playing around with different ideas.

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I made this tea using a mixture of Organic herbs and flowers like Rooibos, Dandelion, Lavender, some shredded Organic Coconut and Cacao nibs. It is so good. I am calling it my “Delicious Dessert Tea”. You can indulge in this tea without feeling guilty as it’s extremely detoxing and sooo good.

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Organic Lemon Cookie Lip Sugar Scrub. This scrub is good enough to eat and so clean that you could eat it if you wanted to!

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This is my all over body butter wash. It contains a blend of Raw Honey, Rosewater, Organic Coconut oil and a blend of Organic Flowers and Vitamin E. After you rinse this mixture off, your skin will be left feeling so soft and supple and will smell of Roses, Chamomile and Honey.

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My DIY Calming Face Mask for Eczema, Sensitive and/or Acne Prone Skin was a huge success and I have since added a few more ingredients and am considering selling it in my future Etsy shop. It is a combination of only a few ingredients but has helped my eczema flare so much. It’s also super hydrating and makes my skin feel amazing. This mask is also great for spot-treating.

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My homemade face masks all ready to ship off to the giveaway winners!

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I have three extra Face Masks for some friends. These are wrapped in micro-fiber cloths.

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I made Vanilla and Lemon Lip balms using only Organic oils, waxes and Shea and Cocoa Butters. These are delicious and super hydrating. I plan on making more and using different essential oils to create all different scents. I am also working on making some tinted lipbalms as well.

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Creating is the essence of life.

I am off to create some more!

xoxo,

Britanie

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How To Be Happier: Five Easy Tips

I think it’s fair to say that we could all use a little more happiness in our lives. Regardless of what obstacles we face or what pain we endure, everyone can benefit from a few easy and healthy tips that will help to make you feel happier and calmer. These tips will also make you more appreciative of the little things in life and teach you to live in the moment.

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1.) Live In The Now:

Living in the moment and being mindful is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present. When you become mindful, you realize that you are not your thoughts; you become an observer of your thoughts from moment to moment without judging them.

Many of us get caught up in an unhealthy cycle of worrying about the future or dwelling on past experiences. When you give up the worry of tomorrow and the regret of yesterday, you are allowing yourself to live in the moment and to relinquish unnecessary worries and negative thoughts. In order to find the balance that many of us seek on a daily basis, we must step out of the current moment, pause and breathe. You must get comfortable with resting in stillness and once you can do that, you will be able to focus on just being in the moment where you are.  Live in the now and forever be at peace.

2.) Surround Yourself With Love:

“Eventually, you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” – Gary Zukav

Whether it be with friends, family, or a significant other, make sure that you are surrounding yourself with people who truly have your best interest at heart. Being around people (and animals) that you love can make all the difference in the world. Having unconditional love in your life can help you through the toughest of times and brings a sense of peace. Everyone deserves love and everyone can have love. Love is, after all, the highest vibration of healing. So start loving more and letting yourself be loved more.

3.) Start Your Mornings Off Right:

How you start your morning is what sets the standards for the rest of the day. If you make a decision to start off your mornings right and feed your body with the right fuel, you will be happier for doing so. I like to start out by drinking a fresh Green Juice or making a Green Smoothie. I also usually brew myself an Organic cup of Low-Acid Coffee and a cup of Detoxing Tea. I follow that with a protein filled meal and by mid-afternoon I don’t feel hungry and I feel much more balanced. I also like to do some type of stretching when I first wake up to really get my body moving. Yoga and Pilates are wonderful. Another tip to get your thyroid, digestion and blood circulating is to Dry Brush your body before your morning shower. Check out my post on Dry Brushing if you aren’t familiar with the massive beauty and health benefits that it provides.

4.) Meditate, Meditate, Meditate:

Meditation doesn’t have to be a scary or intimidating thing. If you start by focusing on closing your eyes and listening to your breath, you are meditating! Meditation won’t always come easy if you are a stressed out person but if you get in the habit of forcing yourself to sit down and close your eyes and meditate for just five minutes a day, you will see and feel a difference. Slowly build up to sitting and meditating longer until you aren’t even focusing on anything else but your breathing. Don’t overwhelm yourself, start slowly and just breathe. Meditating will come easy after practicing it daily and you will feel calmer and be happier for doing so.

5.) Positive Affirmations:

Let’s be honest – We all have insecurities. We wouldn’t be human without them. It’s okay to feel those moments of insecurity or self-doubt but the sooner you start to replace those negative thoughts with positive ones, you will see results. Finding the good in something is always  more effective than focusing on only the negative. Start by telling yourself every day that you are beautiful (it sounds cliche but it works). Another tip is to write down things that you love and appreciate about yourself. It is not about being narcissistic or cocky, it is about honoring the qualities within yourself that are there in all of us but can so easily become masked by self-degradation. You don’t have to believe it in order to say it. Just start by telling yourself one thing that is positive. For example: “I am worthy of love and acceptance”, “I am a good person and I deserve happiness”, “I am beautiful at any size”, “I accept myself for who I am”. It might seem like these affirmations won’t matter much but the more you practice them on a daily basis and with positive intention, you will see results and you will start to appreciate and love yourself more.

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Other simple steps to becoming a happier and more balanced person: Practice yoga, Read more, Get adequate sleep, Take Vitamin D3, Try aromatherapy, Get a massage, De-Stress your life, Organize your goals, Write down your daily intentions, love more and always be compassionate.

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I hope some of these tips that I incorporate into my daily life will help you out. If you have ever tried any of these tips please let me know how they worked for you and please feel free to comment and share your own tips on how to be a happier person!

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xoxo,

Britanie

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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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accept and progress | 2013 resolutions

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make art – write or draw or build or sing or live only as you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”Neil Gaiman

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Many people don’t like the idea of resolutions but I happen to welcome them with open arms. I like to have start dates. It helps to motivate me to really think about the things that I want to better in my life for the upcoming year and beyond that. I have always found writing down my resolutions every year to be extremely beneficial.

I have a few goals for the next year and beyond.

Food for thought:

I don’t like to say that I want to “lose weight” as I think basing anything around weight is never healthy. Four years ago is when I finally started to be more comfortable with my body. I  found confidence within myself regardless of the number on the scale or the size of my jeans. I have been down the road of extreme weight loss and gain so many times and could never quite seem get it right. I have always had a hard time with my metabolism due to many chronic health issues that make it hard for me to exercise as much as I would like and that make it hard for my body to detox and digest foods properly which in turn mess with my insulin and so on and so fourth. I also have ongoing thyroid issues which doesn’t help anything. My biggest issue is that I make too many excuses for things when it comes to eating and exercising because part of me doesn’t want to go back down the road of worrying about my weight or caring about what size I am, but deep down I know that I am so far beyond that mindset. I know that I can change myself for the better because I have finally accepted myself and my body as it is now. I firmly believe that when you truly accept and love yourself for who you are now, -that- is when change can become possible and more successful in the long run.

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I already eat a very healthy, balanced diet but there are a few things that could definitely use some tweaking. I used to never eat after a certain time of night, preferably 6 or 7 pm and the reasoning behind that is that for me my digestion tends to get worse the later it is and also your metabolism is at it’s slowest at night. I always found that eating more throughout the day and lighter in the evening was very helpful for me. I also notice that although I have been gluten and dairy free for almost ten years now that I have introduced too many prefabricated foods into my diet (gluten free bagels, pretzels, etc). Another thing I used to do quite frequently was keep track of what I was eating. I always kept a food diary with me to jot down things that I eat. Sometimes you don’t even realize how many calories you are taking in until you actually take the time out to sit down and write every food down and it’s then that you start to recognize any possible bad habits. Writing down what I eat is also going to be beneficial for my digestion as certain foods really aggravate my Gastroparesis and Gerd symptoms more than others and it can often be hard to tell what the triggers are. I think keeping track of the food I eat will help immensely. I will make sure to keep a small journal with me and write down everything I eat and drink every night.

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I always start off a new year with a new journal.

Movement:

As far as exercise is concerned I know that although I cannot exercise as much or as hard as I would like to that I can still move my body. I know I should do it more but the truth is that I fight with chronic fatigue, nausea and dizziness (among other things) on a daily basis which make exercise the last thing on my mind. I used to do Pilates 3 times a week and walk for at least 20 minutes every day. I plan to get back to doing my Pilates and Yoga DVD’s along with walking daily. Exercise is not only important for physical purposes but for mental and emotional benefits as well. According to many studies, 30 minutes of walking a day can be as helpful as taking an anti-depressant. Yoga is also wonderful for stress reduction, improvement of digestion and over-all well being. I took a Yoga class with Bryan Kest a few years back and it was three hours long. For a few days after that I could barely move because of how much I strained my muscles. Although that kind of exercise is good for some, it is far too intense for my body. I think that over all the right amount and kind of exercise will help to benefit me more than not.

Meditation & Positivity:

I am naturally a very anxious person and when you combine that with chronic pain it can make for a horrible amount of anxiety and stress. Many people in my life do not even now that I deal with anxiety on a daily basis. I have learned how to be good at hiding my anxiety but I have the tendency to rely on certain medications to help me through the anxiety, panic attacks and chronic bouts of nausea. This year I am going to make a significant effort to use more relaxation skills like – Meditation, Detox Baths, Specific herbs and teas, Breathing techniques, etc.

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Through positive reinforcement and thinking, I have learned to accept myself as I am .right.now.  and that kind of out look has really brought along an incredible amount of clarity and peace. I hope to continue to carry that peace with me and to have it help me to work on the things that I would like to change in my life. I have an immense desire to better myself as much as I can. It’s amazing what can happen when you truly do everything in your power to change your lifestyle and to help yourself in every way possible. I have been through so much in my life and all of the pain has taught me lessons that I know will continue to serve me in the next year and years after that.

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I can only accept and progress.
the more I realize this, the stronger I will continue to become.

I see amazing things coming in the next year. My heart, my body and my mind are ready for it.

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Bring it on 2013 ♥

xoxo,

Britanie

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