Excellent Energy

So, a while ago I had my aura and palm read. While I was there I picked up some crystals. This article will be more about the crystals but I really suggest getting an aura reading. It was really interesting and actually quite helpful. You have to be open while doing that type of reading though, don’t waste your time and money if you aren’t willing to hear it out.

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Anyways! Back to the crystals. Each one has specific energy and benefits. But here’s the thing, you don’t have to believe in the healing and aiding benefits of these beautiful rocks to buy them or even for them to work – you could simply be someone who is looking to have more patience and can pick up a moonstone to keep in your purse or pocket as a reminder in times of frustration. Or you could be stressed out and need a token to remind you to chill out! Go pick up a piece of green Calcite to keep nearby.

Picking out your crystals is fun! Read their benefits and choose the ones you feel like you consciously need THEN just look to see which ones you are drawn to, your subconscious may be telling you something!

Do you keep crystals or tokens near by? If so, which ones?

The stones in the picture above –
Center: Clear Quartz – Clears Chakras, encourages clarity, stimulates immune system, clarity and balance, helps connect to your higher self.
Top Center: Unakite – Stone of partnership, promotes harmony in all relationships, helps manifesting, helps with making wise decisions, clears blockages from the past
Right Top: Lemon Chrysoprase – Universal Abundance, helps with acceptance of birth rights of prosperity, joy and health, strength to face difficult decisions, compassion, forgiveness, helps release fear, overcome feelings of separation
Right Middle: Crysoprase – Compassion, attracts love, prosperity, joy, remain centered in your heart, courage to face difficult situations, supports general health
Right Lower: Moonstone – New beginnings, stone of high priestess, enhances intuitive powers, harmony in relationships, balances female hormones, evokes patience and appropriate action, protection for travelers
Bottom Center: Smokey Quartz – Stone of grounding, purifies and protects from negativity, enhances practicality and organization, helps to create and move into a new reality, relieves pain and stress, helps with headaches
Left Lower: Green Calcite – Cleanse body & energy, eases stress, stone for meditation, strengthens immune system, helps with arthritis, helps with ADD
Left Middle: Shattuckite – Self healing, clear communications, feminine empowerment, psychic protection, mediumship and channeling intuition
Left Top: Aquamarine – Stone of courage, sharpens intuition, enhances creativity, aids in verbal expression, provides emotional stability, excellent for meditation, curbs fear, opens throat chakra

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You’ve Gotta Grind

You've gotta grind

Recently I moved to NYC and that means taking the subways. Everyone prepared me with horror stories of homeless defecating on seats, hecklers and a serious lack of personal space but I keep running into the opposite. My experiences on the New York Subway have been remarkably inspiring. One in particular, so great that I want to share it with you.

A man with a young boy, around 9 years old who from the looks of it was headed home from Basket Ball practice. “You’ve gotta grind” he said as the little boy looked up at him. “You’ve gotta grind. Just be constantly working on yourself. Your game is good and when you’re winning you’re happy but your character shows when you’re team’s losing and your attitude gets bad.” The little boy says “yeah but…” And the man replies “I know, it’s frustrating, but you have to have a good attitude or else no one will have you on their team even if you’re the best player out there. You’ve gotta grind. I’m still grinding! Every day I work hard at what I do and on myself. You’ve gotta grind.” That’s when they got off the train…

ARE YOU KIDDING?! Seriously… Even I needed that message, what a lucky little boy to have such a great mentor. I felt lucky just to catch that quick interaction.

We all need a reminder now & again to not only work on what we do but on who we are, in every area of life! Personally, in relationships, at work, on teams and especially when times are tough. After all, at the end of the day we are only left with ourselves.

The New Wave of At-Home Workouts

Recently I started doing a home workout video called 21 Day Fix from Team Beach-body. They are the same people who do Insanity & P90X. Have you heard of them?

Well, this video is kicking my butt. I feel better after just the first week and can feel myself improving. I didn’t weigh myself though because I am more about feeling great, rather than focusing on a number on the scale. The DVDs come with meal plans and directions on how to portion food so that you are maximizing how healthy you are during the 21 Days. My favorite thing about the DVDs though is that each workout is only 30 minutes, and they are hard core. I honestly thought, how hard can it be? It. Is. Worth it.

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But the best part? I ordered a shake from them that I drink daily now! It’s called Shakeology – weird name. Awesome drink. Majority of days I drink it for breakfast but sometimes I add other things to it to make it dessert. My favorite dessert recipe so far? Mixing the strawberry shake with chocolate milk. Yum. Yum. Yum.

I love it so much I’ll be giving away three samples to people who comment below with their favorite flavor: chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. As easy as that! I’ll announce winners here on Friday.

If you want to buy your own, click here.

Must live in the U.S. to win.

Only Light Can Drive Out Darkness

Yesterday was MLK Jr. Day and in his honor people and businesses posted motivation quotes by him to social media profiles. I saw some really good ones but the one that really struck a cord and made me stop to think was as follows “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -MLK Jr.

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It might only be me but when I read quotes like that one I think “it would be great for the masses to show unconditional love” or “world peace is possible”. In other words, I imagine the quote affecting large groups of people. Not until yesterday did I see that the light to remove darkness has to come from with me. The love to remove hate has to happen within me.

For example; I cannot hate that someone is racist. It only fuels more negativity. Instead I have to shed light on the love people need to have for each other.

Now, I say “me” but mean “us”. If each of us finds the light and love within ourselves it will soon become the masses. As MLK Jr. said; “confidence is taking the first step without seeing the whole staircase.” Without knowing how you will affect the community, find what fuels the light within you and share it.

So my task for you today is to join me on this fist step towards a lighter more loving world. Whether it is your religion, practicing the true meaning of Namaste or simply organizing an aspect of your life, take a moment to discover what drives your light and love. By working on ourself, we will become a better group. A greater society.

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ROC RACE

Just think – rope swings, cargo nets and uphill climbs. Now think about the worlds largest water slide, foam pits and inflatable wrecking balls above a pool… Sounds like the most ridiculous 5k EVER right?! Right. Well, that’s what the ROC race 5k has to offer.

I HIGHLY recommend doing this 5k. There were walkers and runner the whole way, it is not a competitive run by any means but it sure was fun. I will do this run every year!

Pros: The best (and most ridiculous) obstacles I have ever completed. Foam. Water. 5k. More foam. More water. Even MORE foam at the step & repeat at the end for photos. There was a staircase to run up that had Eye of The Tiger playing with a life size Rocky cut out at the top. The run course went through a stadium, which was fun! The obstacles were very evenly The pros seriously outweigh the cons but here they are…

Cons: Not all obstacles that advertised water, had water. Monkey bars are hard.
There weren’t showers post run and although it’s just foam, it’s still nice to rinse off before changing. There weren’t any photographers (that I saw) other than at two obstacles.

Check it out here!

 

ROC Race 2013
ROC Race 2013

Be Kind

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Watching adults sometimes makes me sad. Manners used to be important, but they seem a little scarce these days. The most painful thing to see? Negativity and intolerance! People often respond to a conversation with a negative comment as an attempt to be accepted. You’re an adult, so act like one. Come on, let’s be real.

Here are some observations that can help us be more tolerant.

  1. People typically like people who are nice.
  2. If you have not experienced something, don’t speak poorly of it. Especially to someone who has expressed interest or enjoyment in it.
  3. Negativity often appears rude and close minded.
  4. Negativity is considered to be bad manners and our everyday manners shape how people view us.
  5. As a role model, being negative sets a poor example to anyone watching. People will say “I don’t want to be a role model” but you don’t get to choose who looks up to you.

Life happens though, we have to roll with it. If someone offends you or is close minded don’t take it personally. Other people should not have a negative effect on you. Who knows, maybe your positivity will even rub off on them!

The Versatile Blogger Award Nomination

Woohoo!
A Blogger award nomination =)  A big THANK YOU to Hodgepodge Pilots Wife!Here are the rules:

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  • Display the award on your blog
  • Mention/link the people who nominated you
  • Nominate another 15 bloggers who you feel should be given this award
  • Inform them you have nominated them
  • Write 7 facts about yourself

Seven Facts About Me

1. I love living in Arizona. People freak out over the heat but I think it is great! The rest of the year is very mild so a couple of months of heat is OK by me. 2. I get very into new workouts but never really stick to any. My heart is always with yoga & running.
3. I am extremely allergic to my cats but love them so much that I take Zyrtek every day and deal with the mild effects.
4. Every day I write down something I learned. It is typically things about life and how to survive as an adult. Other times its things like being able to WWOF (Willing workers on farms)Through Australia.
5. I am terrible at baking and OK at cooking but wish I could whip up 4 Course Meals on the regular.
6. I graduated with a B.A. in Fashion Marketing in 3 years at 20 years old. I still wish I had gone to get my Masters degree like  planned.
7. I love blogging and if one of my blogs helped someone get inspired I would be ecstatic.

In my wordpress feed there are some seriously great blogs to read – here they are

Standard Wax
Her Happy Balance
Shh….Fit Happens
Design Spell
NYC Fit Food & Fashion
Raising 5 Kids with Disabilities
My Fit Pregnancy
Flux & Flow
Citizens of Fashion
TJ Hoban Fitness
Eco Media
Lateral Love
Lauren
Lakshmi Loves to Shop
Social Cha Cha

I am honestly not too sure what this award nomination is but I am so excited about it!