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> July 2022 

Intentional Living............

Have you ever arrived at a location and had no recollection of your journey? Or have you ever found yourself zoning out during a conversation because your mind was elsewhere? We all let our thoughts take over now and then, but when we spend too much time in the passenger seat of our lives, we can start to feel a little 'stranded.' This is where living deliberately can be beneficial.


Living purposefully empowers us to take charge of our lives, allowing us to live with more purpose, calm, clarity, joy, and confidence. Rather than existing and living life on standby, waiting for our circumstances to determine our reality, intentional living puts us back in control and empowers us to take control of our own lives.


The practise also has a slew of other health benefits, such as reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as better sleep and stronger relationships. Doesn't it sound fantastic? So, why aren't we all already doing it?


It's not always easy to distinguish our genuine purpose, beliefs, and desires from those imposed on us by our families and society. Our society, parents, friends, and instructors instil in us the need to fit in from an early age. This produces subconscious programmes of how we should act, which frequently contradicts living intentionally.


Someone who wants to achieve in life, for example, may believe that they need to make a lot of money, so they educate themselves to work in finance, law etc, but they don't enjoy it. Their subconscious programme steered them onto a path that stifled their natural creativity. Overcoming these subconscious programmes can be challenging, and it takes time and effort.


So, the first step in living more consciously is to become more self-aware and recognise what resonates with you personally. Instead of thinking about what you think should resonate with you, try to rise above the noise around you and any cultural or family conditioning that might be determining what you think should resonate with you. Ask yourself, "What actually energises you?" What sets the fire within you ablaze? What makes you feel like you're alive? Energised? Inspired? Joyful?


Taking some time to sit in self-analysis and figure out what resonates with you on a personal level will help you clarify your life objectives, priorities, and desires.


You may make active choices to support your desires and take aligned and focused action to get there if you've gotten crystal clear on what you want out of life.

Life can become easier in many ways after you figure out who you are and what you believe in. Before making decisions, you ought to listen to your conscience. Because your mind and heart are in sync, you're less likely to be stuck in a job you despise or a relationship that causes you pain.


Here are five ways to start living intentionally today:


Set up time for yourself - Clearing your mind and regulating your nervous system can be as simple as carving out a calm and peaceful window for yourself each morning. Starting the day in a state of relaxation rather than in 'stress mode,' whether it's a few minutes of stillness with your morning coffee or ten minutes of meditation, will improve your focus, concentration, and productivity throughout the day and allow you to respond to stressful situations with ease and resilience.


Establish your core values - Understanding and defining your fundamental values, as well as what is important to you, will motivate your behaviour, activities, and life choices. Once you've determined your values, you can begin intentionally living a life that matches and identifies with you, resulting in a more purposeful, satisfied, and happy life.


Connect with your emotions, "How can you do more activities on a daily basis to build that emotion?" Find ways to feel calm and peaceful right now if your big picture dream will generate feelings of tranquilly and peace. Think about what makes you happy right now and do more of it.


Limit your use of social media, If you want your big picture idea to create feelings of quiet and tranquilly, be wary of social media. While most of us have a social media account, think about why we use it. Is it a helpful tool or does it have control over your life?


Make that change. Ask yourself what needs to change in yourself and your life in order to move closer to your ambitions and dreams. This entails taking responsibility and carefully considering how you present yourself and who you want to be.

> June 2022 

Initiate Your Awareness............

“Transform your decision-making capability by tapping into your inner wisdom.”


Do you have trouble making decisions? When it comes to making decisions, we're typically urged to "trust our instincts." But what happens when our instinct tells us that our social plans are more important than listening to our own inner voice?”


We all have intuition, even if it doesn't feel like it.


It's the skill and feeling of instantly sensing something without having to think about it. There may have been times when you've had heightened intuition for example; Have you ever been in a situation where your first impressions of someone or something turned out to be correct? It takes time to develop the ability to trust your inner voice, but it can drastically improve your decision-making, self-confidence, and outlook on life.


“Let’s explore, ways in which we can be more Intune with ourselves……………”


Create a meditation routine. When you have a lot of thoughts swirling around in your head, it might be difficult to tap into your inner wisdom. Developing a meditation practise is a fantastic place to start when it comes to developing strong intuition. Meditation can help you calm your thoughts and hear your inner voice more easily.


While integrating a few mindful minutes each day, it will help you create a regular, relaxing practise. Begin with simply five minutes, focusing your attention on your breathing while sitting in a comfortable position. With practise, you'll realise that these five minutes fly quickly.


Stop and think about it. We've all had experiences in our lives that didn't go as planned, whether it was a relationship, a career change, or attending an event. Rather than wallowing in regret, make the most of these opportunities to learn. They're an excellent source of motivation for connecting with your inner wisdom.

Consider a period in your life when things didn't go as to plan. Keep a journal of the experience and write down what transpired. Also keep in mind whether you ignored any red flags during this time. Maybe someone said something that made you feel uneasy. Perhaps the workload was too much for you.


Perhaps you've always felt uneasy but couldn't put your finger on why.


Take a moment to listen to your body. How many times have you said "yes" without thinking about it and then regretted it either immediately or much later? We're all guilty of it now and then. We're more likely to make decisions that are in line with our actual ideals if we slow down and listen to our inner wisdom. 


Take a few deep breaths and pause the next time you're faced with a decision. Close your eyes and pay attention to how each option makes you feel in your body.


Your rate of breathing and depth may fluctuate, your heartbeat may speed, or you may notice a shift in your body temperature. Your intuition is speaking to you through all these physical cues. All you must do is take the time to notice.


As your intuition practise improves, you can use it to more significant life decisions. Trust yourself to make the proper decision, whether it's relocating to a new home or accepting a job offer.


Creative flow - As youngsters, we're inherently creative, spending our days painting, drawing, and creating entire worlds with our imaginations. However, as we grow older, rational thinking is frequently favoured over creativity and intuition. As a result, we lose touch with our inner voice and may lose faith in ourselves. There's no better time than the present to let your imagination run wild and allow your creativity to flow.


Practise your intuition - You may have seen an oracle card or two if you've ever had a tarot reading or "liked" a post on Insta or TikTok.


Oracle cards are a more chilled and a playful version of tarot cards. They can exhibit any image, and the individual reading them has more leeway in interpreting its significance and meaning. Increasing in popularity in recent years, they are ideal for honing your intuitive skills. Angels, goddesses, and crystals are just a few of the oracle cards available for you to check out.


Start by tuning into your intuition and choose the deck that appeals to you the most. It's time to put your cards to use in a mindful exercise now that you've got them. One basic way is to consider a subject or situation for which you require assistance or guidance with. 

> May 2022 

Body-Boosting Treatments............

Are you experiencing a lack of energy? Now is the best time to rejuvenate with these body-boosting treatments.


It's only natural that some of us will find our energy levels dwindling. Thankfully, there are a variety of caffeine- and sugar-free alternatives to recharge our internal batteries and cope with the demands and strains of modern life.


“You may want to try the following treatments to boost your vitality…..”


Acupuncture is a type of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in which small needles are inserted into acupoints on the skin to help stimulate the flow of qi (vital energy) throughout the body and maintain us in good health. 


There are many acupoints that may be utilised to improve our general energy and wellbeing; following a thorough assessment, your practitioner will select a set of points that are relevant to you and your needs and will assist to stimulate the body's qi, increase energy, and reduce stress and exhaustion.


Acupressure, often known as "No needle acupuncture," tries to restore the body's qi balance by applying pressure to certain acupoints with the fingers, thumbs, elbows, and other parts of the hands and arms. For individuals searching for a rapid energy boost, seated acupressure massage is ideal. The treatment is done through clothing and takes about 10 to 15 minutes. It's a very energising therapy and perfect for alleviating muscular tension because the therapist will often focus on manipulating acupoints on the back, neck, shoulders, and arms.


There's nothing quite like a pleasant scent to perk up your senses. Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant essential oils, which enter the body by inhalation or application to the skin as part of a massage blend or other product. Inhaled oils move via the circulatory system and reach the limbic system in the brain, where they have an effect on our Mind, Body and Soul.


To help you get started, Try this…….


The Energy Vigour: A vigorous scalp massage is a great pick-me-up that can be done at any time to enhance energy and increase circulation to the head. Working from the front to the back, rub, tap, and massage your scalp and neck.


The pick-up: On the face, there are numerous energy stations that can be accessed. Stress, headaches, and exhaustion can be relieved by massaging the 'third eye' between the brows and the bridge of the nose. Massage clockwise and anticlockwise with the first two fingers for 30 seconds at a time.


The Ear Vitality: Massaging your ears might help you feel more energised and awakened. Rub the top and bottom margins of your ears a few times between your fingertips.


The “Soul” Effect: Reflexology focuses on reflex points on the foot that correspond to various body parts and manipulating these points can assist to restore balance and promote health. For 15 to 30 seconds, press and twist the pituitary reflex point (middle of the big toe) with the knuckle of your index finger. Most other endocrine glands are regulated by this crucial gland.

> April 2022 -Easter Getaway!

The end of winter marks a new beginning in the natural world, and a health retreat is the perfect way to embrace that.


Stress and anxiety are exacerbated by unpredictability and difficulty. It's the perfect moment to pay attention to your health. Wellness is a holistic approach to an individual's emotional, bodily, and spiritual well-being. It is "a condition of total physical, mental, and spiritual well-being."


Wellness retreats are places where you may focus on your health and well-being by participating in activities like yoga, meditation, nutrition, detox sessions, spa treatments, and fitness therapies. These retreats allow people to fully unplug, harmonise their bodies and minds, and help them reclaim their natural rhythm. You don't have to go anywhere to obtain these advantages, though. You can set up your own wellness retreat at your home.


It's critical to keep a healthy balance in your physical and mental well-being—it'll help you get through difficult situations with ease.


“Why not Create an At-Home Wellness Retreat Experience With these Steps to Give Yourself a Break…!?”


Create a Calendar - Just as you would for a real retreat, plan a program of activities for your at-home break. Try 30 minutes of yoga in the morning, arrange your meals according to the diet you want to follow, prepare ahead of time, or set aside 20 minutes for meditation, or try your new face mask at the end of the day.


Make Time for Your Retreat - Just because you're arranging a health retreat at home doesn't mean you shouldn't schedule it in. A DIY health retreat doesn't have to take up an entire weekend or even a single day. A 15-minute self-care programme can provide the same advantages as a health retreat. But set aside the time; otherwise, you may take it for granted and put it off. Prepare ahead of time by informing your flatmates or family that you will be unavailable for a specified length of time. That way, you'll have enough of ‘me-time.'


Break the normal activities for newer ones - There shouldn't be just one set of activities at your home retreat. Plan activities that are both energising and calming for you and your family.


A wellness vacation isn't complete without some physical activity. Try a new workout class, a different type of yoga, try meditating in the outdoors or going for a long walk. Look to break up your typical normal routine.


Activities are a great way to unwind - Put on a face and/or hair mask and go about your day at home on your wellness retreat, cook a healthy supper, and take a long soak (with candles, music and your favourite fragrant bath bomb). You may want to go camping in your back garden…..


Healthy Eating- Junk food may be appealing, but it is bad to your overall health. Plan your meals ahead of time to avoid succumbing to temptation. Choose healthful, nutrient-packed foods for your upcoming wellness retreat.


Remember that healthy eating isn't just about what you eat, but also about how you eat it! As a result, strive to consume meals without being distracted, chew your food thoroughly and slowly, and eat the appropriate food at the appropriate time.


Dress for it! - Even if you're not leaving the house, make sure you have everything you'll need for your at-home wellness retreat. It can contain your workout clothes, slippers, yoga mat, diary, favourite novels, and whatever else you think you'll need to relax. Not only will you save time digging through your closet on days when you're trying to unwind, but you'll also get a sense of 'being' or 'going to' somewhere other than your house.


Restrict the Digital - Avoid using your mobile phones and social media as much as possible throughout your detox. You will not be able to relax if you are still connected to technology. Put a ban on it or a curfew at least.


Schedule some Downtime - Don't forget to arrange some time for pure relaxation in between all the fresh air, face masks, good food, and long baths. Allow yourself to be idle for a while, reflect, wash your worries away, and relax your body and mind.


> March 2022 - Tap into your Beauty Self-Care… !

Discover natural techniques to turn back the clock and maintain your youthful glow if you want to appear as young as possible for as long as possible.


It's admirable to age gracefully, but that doesn't mean you can't take pride in your looks. Women who embrace rather than battle their age are more likely to maintain a feeling of confidence, self-worth, and a sense of their own value, meaning we are worth the effort throughout our lives, despite our ageing skin.


The décolletage, neck, hands, greying hair, bad posture and thinning lips are the most typical age indicators. Wouldn't it be great if you could learn how to appear younger naturally? Many have said…laughter, love, and an open mind are the genuine secrets to remaining youthful. Though my thoughts are that there's no harm in getting a little assistance.


With Skin Care, it can be a minefield especially when determining which products are best suited to you skin condition and type. Most of our purchases are trial and error until we finally fall upon that one product range. Once, we do, we tend to make horrible mistakes including the incorrect application steps and the dreaded unforgiveable sin of using the same products for years despite our skin ageing!


Is your skin looking dull and losing its elasticity? Are you getting uncharacteristic break outs and battling a severe bout of blackheads, clogged pores and congested skin? Don't worry, I’m here to help with a few simple ways to boost your beauty regime and reclaim your radiance!


“Here are some easy but effective hacks for getting age-defying skin, by simply following the following easy steps."


Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate - We're sure you've heard it before, but staying hydrated is essential. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times, whether you're working, exercising or doing some other activity. Instead of downing a litre at a once, take little sips of water throughout the day, and if you grow sick with it, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, mint, or cucumber. By refilling your internal hydration and using a moisturiser on a daily basis, you'll be able to avoid dry, flaky skin.


Glow from the inside out - You'll notice the effects on the exterior if you put healthy stuff inside your body. As we become older, our body's natural collagen levels decrease, and we can see the results in the look of our skin. It can cause dry skin and fine lines and wrinkles to develop, making us look older than we are on the inside! So, make sure you're receiving all of the nutrients you need to shine from the inside out. Skin Nutrients include Oily fish, flax seeds, avocados, and walnuts as they are high in omega 3 and 6 in fatty acids, which your skin need. A large dose of this important fatty acid can benefit those with chronic skin problems including eczema, acne, and psoriasis by plumping their skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.


Step-by- Step - It’s no use applying product after product if you’re doing it in the wrong order. After cleansing, apply a pea sized amount of serum while the skin is still damp to help lock in moisture. Follow with a corrective serum such as Day Cream (Vitamin C, B5 or E) /Night Cream (Retinol), and then dab a tiny amount of eye cream to the delicate eye area before applying (AM Only) your SPF.


Exfoliate! To efficiently exfoliate your skin, you do require a high-end monthly facial, such as a Hydrafacial, Skin Peel or a Micro-Dermabrasion treatment. However, home care scrubs are useful and should be used once or twice a week. Gentle scrubs help to exfoliate dull, dead skin cells and help achieve fresh, bright skin that we desire. Great for the health of your skin as it encourages skin cell turmover.


A Wrinkle in Time - As wrinkles naturally deepen with age, any makeup or everyday dirt can collect in them, making them appear more obvious. Use a good cleanser and exfoliator to remove the skin’s debris and invest in a moisturising product to keep your skin hydrated all day and while you sleep. To get the most out of your purchase, look for anti-aging chemicals like Retinol. Retinol, often known as vitamin A, stimulates the formation of collagen, which helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.


Protect your face, neck and décolletage - Age and sun damage produce vertical lines, often known as tramlines, on the breast. Because the skin of the décolletage is so sensitive, it's important to protect it from the sun. Using a gentle exfoliant on the upper chest might help to improve skin texture and wrinkles. Invest in a rich Vitamin E moisturiser and hand cream. Protect at all costs with a 30/50+ SPF.


Eye to Eye - Don’t under-estimate the importance of the massage your skin gets whilst cleansing. Avoid dragging the fine skin around your eyes while you remove eye makeup as it can damage the skin’s elasticity. Tapping the skin around your eyes gently with your fingertips after cleansing has an excellent effect on eye bags. By not only stimulating the blood flow and improving the circulation, massage can also help in draining facial puffiness.


Always use an SPF - Sunscreen is a regular go-to when you’re heading out for the day at the beach, but what when you are nipping to the shops, doing the school run or meeting friends for lunch? Even on overcast days our skin is being bombarded with UV rays. Whether it's sunny or not, wearing sunscreen is essential if you want to have healthy, gorgeous skin and prevent the skin from harm and damage.


Get your 40 winks - I'm sure you've heard of the phrase “beauty sleep”, there's a reason it's called that. You might do worse than getting a good night's sleep if you want to avoid dark circles and puffy skin. Don't forget that our bodies heal and restore themselves when we sleep. Our skin cells, for example, use our sleeping hours to repair damage and produce collagen. 


> February 2022 - The Art of Perfumery!

A smell is more than just a perfume. It's a memory that sticks with us for a long time. With just a whiff of these fragrances, our senses come alive again…recapturing, recollecting and evoking a splendour of amazing memories.


Unlike other human senses, olfactory reactions are linked to our brain's emotional centre and are directly related to our prior experiences. Scents convey messages to our limbic system, the part of the brain that regulates memory and emotion. Positive feelings evoked by particular smells have been shown to lessen stress levels and enhance general mental perspective.


This combination of aroma, memory, and emotion explains why scents have the ability to impact our emotions and psychological well-being with some scents commanding the attention in a room like a moth to a flame. The only trick you need to learn here is to choose the right perfume for the right occasion.


Many people still see fragrances as frivolous luxury, despite the fact that smells are extremely potent. According to scientific research, the scent you wear has an effect on your attractiveness. As a result; for example, the scent you use at work might not be appropriate for your first date.


Smell has the ability to elicit intense emotions. According to one study, people's perceptions of a perfume differ depending on the occasion to which it is worn. This implies that if you associate a scent with a pleasant event, it will boost your mood and inspire positive ideas every time you wear it.

Having a trademark perfume is, of course, a good practice to have. It offers you a sense of self-awareness. But how about delving into the domain of sensations and feelings? It's the same as changing your clothes.


So, depending on the situation, here are some tips on scents to select from…..


For Daytime - During the day, you may spend most of your time commuting, working, and running errands. On a regular day, you won't need your show-stopping bottle of perfume. So choose softer scents such as flowery, lemony, or earthy. During the summer months, Heat also extends the life of a smell and allows it to go further.


For the Evening - Depending on the occasion, you could choose a different scent. A scent that is unexpected, breath-taking, and spontaneous. The notes of vanilla are brightened by a combination of aromatic harmonies of lemon, mandarin, and bergamot, emphasising sensuality with freshness.


For A Date - You don't go on dates every day, so you want it to be exceptional when you do. Choose a scent that is linked with confidence, such as sweet, woody, spicy, or musky, for date evenings, especially if it is your first date.


For Work - Perfumes aren't popular in every business. If your company permits it, a confident perfume with spicy, woody, and citric elements might help you advance your career. Remember to keep it light and neutral, since it may be off-putting to some co-workers.


For Holiday - Wearing a scent depending on your trip might help you build better memories. Wouldn't coconut or aquatic fragrances be ideal for the beach? Pay attention to the atmosphere of the area before selecting your perfume. Floral, fruity, and citrusy scents are the most popular choices since they go so well with vacation emotions.


Gifting that special person - When you offer a bottle of perfume to a friend, you are giving them a memory as well as a few feelings. As a result, it's a fantastic present!

It's impossible to forecast which scent a person would appreciate unless you know them as well as you know yourself.


> January 2022 Fulfill your objectives in 2022!

The list of things to do in January continues to grow. I've been assured that I'm not alone, that many individuals are ringing in the New Year by battling with their own thoughts and sentiments in order to move their health and happiness forward.


Grand, sweeping life changes, such as reaching your weight goal or finding a new job/career by the end of the year, are common New Year's resolutions.


To overcome a lack of motivation and desire, instead of trying to make drastic changes in your life, set some daily, monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals for yourself. You'll be able to observe more progress in real time if you break down larger resolutions into smaller, more manageable ones, which will help you stay motivated throughout the year.


We have all observed, once the excitement of the new year has worn off, staying motivated to achieve your objectives may be difficult. You will be able to fulfill your objectives in 2022 if you have the necessary tools to stay motivated and productive in the long run.


Try the following steps: You will be able to increase your energy levels by using these easy incentive strategies to overcome any sluggish disposition!


So, how about we get started?


Maintain your vitality! - You may run into periods when you don't have the energy to keep going after you've set your goals. Setting objectives that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-managed is the most frequent method for motivating oneself or others.


Stay positive and have some fun. If you change the way you think, you will have unlimited energy. Some people, for example, create exciting objectives such as reducing weight. Going to the gym on a regular basis may be the key to achieving that aim. If going to the gym does not appeal to you, discover other healthy ways to lose weight as long as they are enjoyable, such as organising a salsa night.


Adjust your mindset. Make yourself feel like you want to. Expand your mental horizons via listening, reading, and relearning or learning new abilities.


Take the time to track your progress and reward yourself for each significant goal you set! There's nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for what you've accomplished.


Make tiny objectives - Make sure they're realistic and manageable so you can make progress and attain them.


Reassess, Review and Evaluate - Take a look at who is around you in your daily life. Are they favourable or unfavourable? Is it beneficial or harmful? Toxic or beneficial? Expel them from your life and surround yourself with good people.


"Just do it!" - You don't have to wait till you're inspired to get started; simply start with the basics. You don't need to consider the broad picture first; instead, look at what you can do right NOW and concentrate on what you can achieve.


Read a Mantra, inspiring quotations or a passage from an author that has experienced a similar path to one that you want to travel.

New Year's resolutions should be implemented gradually and in modest doses. 


Remember to cut yourself some slack.