wednesday wisdom

Giving Up in 2018

First things first, it’s 2018, happy New Year!

In the third year of GMG I’ll be laying out more content, guided meditations, and tools for self-connection. I am so grateful for your readership and happy to share this next year of growth with you.

I know it’s New Year’s and not lent, but as I look into 2018, my resolutions aren’t to add more to my to-do list, instead it’s to give things up—especially when it comes to self-talk.

Winter Wellness Kitchen Staples

It may not be officially winter, but t he date is all the same to me. Once my cozy sweaters are out and the heat is on, all of my winter wellness habits kick right on. Here are my winter wellness kitchen staples for this time of year.

Confession: this picture is all thanksgiving and little wellness—but you get the gist, right?

The Art of Not Settling Part 2: Self Value

Last week I wrote about The Art of Not Settling and living creatively, or making choices based on your intuition as opposed to other people’s expectations. “Not settling” begins and ends with your self value. A strong value of self gives you courage to ask for what you need and continue to work toward the fulfillment that your inner guidance system yearns for.

But what is the difference between not settling and working with what you’ve got?

Stay Balanced This Summer With Ayurveda

When I started practicing yoga regularly, one of the first things I learned about was Ayurveda—I was lucky to have a teacher who blended Ayurvedic principles into her classes. Since then it has become the driving force of my wellness practice. Ayurveda is a preventative medicine that teaches you to align your daily habits with the natural world around you.

The best part of Ayurveda is that it can be easily applied, and doesn’t have to cost any extra money. You simply pay attention to what’s happening around you and adjust as needed. According to Ayurveda, summer is pitta (fire) season. Traditionally in Ayurveda, you pacify whatever quality is dominant at the time by incorporating its opposite into your routine. During pitta season you should balance the heat and busy summer schedules by eating more raw foods and building relaxation into your schedule.

Here are some of my favorite pitta pacifying habits to help get you through summer.

When You Can’t Stop Shopping

At any given moment you can find about 15 different online stores in my browser history with countless items that I’ve left in the virtual shopping bag. Online shopping, it’s for me. But as much as I love to browse, I have to be careful not to overdo it. Not for sake of my bank account, (don’t worry I’m not buying it all,) but because of lack mentality.

Lack mentality happens when your focus is on external satisfaction. It usually happens when you are feeling insecure and doubtful, and can be linked to not enough time for reflection or self care. It can happen easily and when scrolling through social media, it can happen daily.

A Meditation To Return Inward

I love to put my hands on chest. Right where my collarbone meets my neck.

Have you ever tried this? Like not at heart center and not in prayer, but simply one hand on top of the other at the top of your chest where a necklace might hang. It’s not the obvious place to rest your hands, but man does it feel good

Here is my favorite meditation for returning inward when I’m feeling stressed.

This Friday Digs

This weekend I am with my sister in the mountains, here and here. We went white water rafting yesterday and horseback riding today. It’s hard to imagine that I can dig anything else this week… but here it is!