Dreaming into 2017

Dreaming into 2017…

Wow guys, can you believe it’s the end of 2016 and we’re stepping into a whole new year, dreaming into 2017? I can’t believe how fast 2016’s gone! I am also very excited about the new year ahead and all that its energy holds. Do you feel the promise of new beginnings and much goodness like I do? 🙂

A novel way to move into the new year…

So often we rush madly through December, and come the 1st of January it’s all about New Year’s goals and to-do lists, for some there are also hangovers, a desire to eat less, drink less, exercise more, complete/start projects, you name it… “This will be the year that I finally…” And already we feel the weight of these on our shoulders. 

Often our goals come from a place of self-imposed pressure to do more, be more…that we’re not enough…haven’t done enough…that where we are right now is less than ideal. Let me just remind you before we go any further, you are perfect just as you are, right now! Plus – you seriously don’t need any extra pressure!

dreaming-into-2017-3-wordsWhat if instead of goals and MORE to-do lists, you thought about what you wanted to feel like in 2017 and made your decisions from there? What if, in the next week, you created some quiet space for yourself to reflect on 3 words that you would love to take into the year ahead with you? Then your dreams and desires for 2017 could flow naturally from them.

Goals vs Words

Say you felt inspired to choose the words FIT and HEALTHY for 2017. Then instead of the goals to eat more healthily and exercise more, for example, with those two words to guide you, wouldn’t you naturally want to eat more nourishing foods and move your body in ways that made you feel joyous? With fit and healthy as a guide, you might also decide to take nurturing time out so that you could fill your own cup, and from that space your body might want to move more anyway…maybe sometimes in slow ways like yoga or lounge dancing (I may have been doing some of that this evening), and on some days walking or push-ups!

Imagine all the things that would just come more naturally if you based your decisions on the desire to feel FIT and HEALTHY? You wouldn’t need the goals of eating healthily and exercising more, because instead of feeling like those were a chore, ‘must-dos’, more pressure…you’d feel inspired by your words of fit and healthy.

DIY dreaming into 2017

What you need
• paper/journal/cardboard
• pens, paint, coloured-pens
• your beautiful self (friends optional)
• some quiet space to feel into what you desire

What to do
1. Take a deep breath and feel into your body.
2. Let your mind wonder to some words that represent what you would like in 2017.
3. Write them down.
4. You can simply sketch them on a piece of paper as a reminder, or you can let your inner creativity have some air time with coloured pens and card, or you could rip pictures/words out of a magazine and stick them onto paper…let your imagination run wild.
5. you-are-doing-the-best-you-canPut them somewhere they’ll regularly remind you of what your guiding words for 2017 are!
6. Smile and move gently into the year ahead.

Then let your thoughts, words and actions be guided by them! And when you fall off the wagon…please, don’t beat yourself up! Instead acknowledge that you’re doing the best you can, and maybe you need a nap or some quiet time to reset!

My dreaming into 2017

This year end I’ve done things a little differently, inspired by my self-love trainer, Christine Arylo. It is her lovely end of year ritual that inspired the ‘3 words for 2017’ – for the full version of the ritual, click here. I have spent the last week or so completing it, and have to say it was a refreshing change for me to first reflect on the year been before I dreamt into the year ahead. Looking at lessons I could take forward with me and what I wanted to let go of and leave in 2016. And also just acknowledging how far you’ve come instead of simply looking at what else you need to achieve.

So my 3 words/phrases to guide 2017 for me are:
• Inspired action
• Vibrantly healthy
• Love and compassion

I’ll share my visual creation of them when it comes into being 🙂

And now, sitting on the deck watching the fireworks down at the beach revving up for 12:00, music in my ears, and a body that is ready for a soft bed in order to wake up feeling vibrantly healthy, I wish you an amazing, gentle step into 2017. May the year ahead bring inspiration, more love, and of course much laughter! xx

DIY Christmas Presents – make your own scrubs

DIY Christmas

Are you looking for fun DIY Christmas present ideas that you will enjoy creating?

Last year I held a scrub evening where people could create handmade Christmas presents for friends and family, and since I didn’t do it this year, I thought why not share some of the recipes with you!

What ingredients to use?

Basically you want to make this as fun and easy as possible, and therefore we want to use what you’ve already got in the pantry. Any suggestions that I make that you don’t have, use your creative spark and substitute it for something similar. We want presents to be an enjoyable experience for all parties involved 🙂

Which exfoliant to choose?

Sugar – contains glycolic acid, and alpha hydroxyl acid that’s great for exfoliating.

Salt – Epsom salts – when in contact with water, the magnesium of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) is easily absorbed through your skin. This is believed to be the best way to boost your magnesium (aside from through food). Most of us need to increase our magnesium because it is estimated that well over half of us are deficient, since it diy-coffee-scrubis depleted whenever we are suffering from stress or anxiety. Magnesium is required for 100s of biochemical reactions in our body – Google its benefits to the body and all the things it can help with.

Coffee – the caffeine in coffee, amongst others, is a great stimulant of circulation and lymph drainage. When you’re mixing up a fresh batch at home that you’re going to use right away, you can use preloved coffee grinds.

Which oils? (try and use virgin oils where possible)

Olive oil – contains high levels of antioxidants and is packed with vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids. It contains vitamins E and A that help in hydrating skin and sustaining skin’s elasticity and softness. Moreover, it helps to regenerate skin cells. It’s awesome stuff that’s been used on skin forever and is usually in your pantry.

Almond oil – rich in vitamins A, B and E, which are great for skin health. It helps to maintain moisture levels of the skin and gets absorbed really quickly – without blocking the pores. Almond oil is deeply penetrating and nourishing, while soothing irritated and dry skin.

Rice bran oil or grapeseed oil will work beautifully as well. Stay away from canola oil and any super refined oils as they have no nourishment left in them.

Which essential oils?

Whatever you have on hand and that you love the smell of! Remember our skin is sensitive to essential oils, so start off with small amounts in your mix and go from there.

What recipe outline?

Chai Spice Sugar Scrubdiy-sugar-scrub
• 1 cup sugar
• ¼ ½ cup oil
• ½ tsp cardamom
• ½ tsp cinnamon
• ¼ tsp cloves
• ¼ nutmeg
• ¼ ginger

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
• 1 cup sugar
• ¼ ½ cup oil
• 1 tsp vanilla essence
• 25 drops peppermint essential oil (EO)
• natural colouring/dried petals or mint for half the batch to create stripes

Coffee Scrub

• ½ cup ground coffee
• ½ cup sugar
• ¼ ½ cup oil
• ½ tsp cinnamon (or more)
• ½ tsp vanilla essence

diy-christmas-foot-scrubSalt Foot Scrub
• 1 cup salts
• ¼ ½ cup oil
• 5-10 drops peppermint or other EO of your choice

Mix and match, play around, get creative, have fun! If you like a drier scrub that’s more ‘scrubby’ then use less oil, otherwise go for more. Start with ¼ cup and see if you want to add…it’s all going to be wonderful either way 🙂

The salt scrubs can double as a nurturing bath salt mix and you can add petals for colour.

Bottle in recycled jars of your choice, create a label, and you have a perfect deliciously natural-scented DIY Christmas or anytime gift made with love!

Do you have any scrummy natural DIY ideas you’d like to share with us?

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