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In Live. on
April 12, 2019

Are You Playing Small?

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There have been an awful lot of changes in my life lately. Some really exciting, some bitter sweet. The biggest personal change is that I’m leaving my job after 7 amazing years at a great company to take on a new adventure with a smaller beauty PR firm.

This is certainly one of the bigger life choices I have made in the past 10 years, on par with moving to a new city or ending/starting a relationship. At first I was intimidated by the thought of getting out of my cushy set up at my current gig, psyching myself out that it was “such a big deal.” After a couple weeks of introspection, I’ve realized that there are several things (some small, some huge) that I have been hesitant to move from as my status quo has become a part of my identity.

With this new job, I have chosen to go whole hog into my hopes + dreams for my life. Here are a couple areas where I am jumping out of a small, timid mindset and embracing a loud change:

My finances: Let’s start with a big one. It is safe to say that since the age of 18 I have been scared of money. I blew my savings in college, signed up for a credit card too young, and have adopted the thought that I am “just not good with cash.” I now refuse to let this be my story. Money, after all, is a form of energy that we have given power to in this world. Have you ever spent money like a rockstar on payday, but then somehow manage to live off $100 for 10 days before a check comes? It’s all about money mentality. There are big things I want to do with my life, including travel with my favorite people, get a puppy, and eventually own a home. Rather than shy away from my bank account, I want to find ways to make it healthy and happy. This blog is a part of that journey!

My closet: I have always been a bit of a clothes horse. My dad used to yell at me in my teen years that high school “was for learning, not a fashion show.” Well, I won Best Dressed my senior year, thank you very much!

Over the past 10 years, I’ve certainly been more conservative with my wardrobe. This is in part trying to find a more mature fashion sense, but also is certainly related to being scared of spending my money frivolously (see above). I’ve started referencing some new fashion blogs and makeup tutorials (Carrie Bradshaw Lied is my new obsession), and I am selling and donating old pieces that no longer suit the “new me” and need a new home. I am learning that I can express myself, be smart with money, and have fun while doing all of it!

My energy tank: I am now no longer sorry to admit when I am too tired, overwhelmed, emotional, etc. I have realized that this is a part of life. I’ve gotten much better at saying “no” and try not to take myself and any personal issues too seriously. If something is eating at me, I make sure I have time to get home early, meditate, and go to bed at a grandma-like hour.

My vision for the future: For years, I imagined myself as a stay-at-home mom cooped up in a big house with kids by 30. When it was clear this wasn’t going to happen, I have to admit I went through a bit of heartbreak. What I’ve learned (through some reflection, reading lots of woo-woo books, and experiencing some amazing moments + relationships) is that the Universe not only has something better planned, but if I let it, my future will go beyond my wildest dreams. The future is my biggest focus to not to play small, because I am confident in my heart that we are all meant for greatness.

Where are you trying to shake up your life, or do you have some things holding you back? Don’t be shy – let it out!

In Light. on
February 26, 2019

5 Books to Start Your Spiritual Journey

I have a small addiction to books – always have. I’ll read a great review or hear about a novel from a friend, and I’m clicking through to Amazon before the end of the conversation. When it comes to my wellness journey, I have been insatiable with books from gifted authors and teachers. There are a couple books in particular that really blew my mind, truly changing my life by the time I finished the last chapter.

Whether you are new-age-curious, a well-worn wellness traveler or completely new to the idea of holistic healing, these are some of my favorite books to add to your self-love library:

The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith – For me, this is the book that started it all. I had read multiple books by Gabby Bernstein, including Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles and May Cause Miracles. When I read The Universe Has Your Back, things just clicked. I started utilizing some of the lessons from the book and right away saw amazing results. I know for a fact that the amazing things in my life that happened over the past year are because of Gabby and this great book.

Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune In to the Real You – If you are interested in crystals and want a beautiful coffee table book to get you started, I can’t recommend Crystal Muse enough. My mother gave me this book for Christmas this year after I had begun getting into crystals and gems, and this book took me to the next level.

Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda – Despite the name, this is a beautifully thoughtful introduction to Ayurveda. I heard Sahara Rose Ketabi on the Almost 30 Podcast and fell in love with her message. I have brought in several Ayurvedic practices into my every day life, like self-massage with almond oil and tongue scraping, and I have experienced nothing but positive results.

Moonology: Working with the Magic of Lunar Cycles – If you’ve seen moon rituals on Instagram and want to learn what all the fuss is about, Moonology is a quick, fun read to learn more about the moon and its impact on our lives. While I definitely do not believe that the zodiac or moon location controls us, I do think there is an impact we cannot ignore (hello ocean tides!). Also – the one full moon ritual I did go to was an incredibly freeing experience and I would encourage trying it out!

The Soul Searcher’s Handbook: A Modern Girl’s Guide to the New Age World – If you’d like a textbook on everything “new age,” including the zodiac, crystals, meditation, reiki, aromatherapy, yoga, tarot and more, Emma Mildon’s book is a must have. This is the very first “spiritual” item I bought for myself. I keep this book by my bed and reference it often. It’s a great “basics” reference to have on hand.

 

PS – as pictured… there are a lot more where this came from! I am going to do more book reviews, as there as a ton more I have left on my list to read including You Are a Badass and The Four Agreements

In Live. on
February 8, 2019

My “It’s Complicated” Relationship with Sugar

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WARNING: While I do share some links and facts in the following post, the below is a reflection of my personal relationship with sugar.

Some may consider me “blessed” because of the physical body I have been given. As a kid, my nickname was “Skinny Minnie” or “peanut” because I was always small and thin despite what I ingested. My stomach was as strong as steal. I could eat anything I wanted – bags of chips, oreos, meat, cheese, ice cream – and not gain a pound or feel (at least to my knowledge) the effects of the contents of my stomach.

In the past several years, my digestion has SEVERELY changed. I had horrible stomach pain to the point of nausea several years ago, which my doctors eventually chalked up to stressful marathon race training and emotional anxiety. Now that I’ve officially entered my thirties, I have several practices that keep the pain and reflux under control but I more acutely feel the difference and effects of what I put into my body.

My biggest issues as of late are my energy levels and (TMI ALERT) candida that come back a couple times a year. While my doctor had continuously told me it was because I was eating “too much of the good stuff,” I chose not to believe him. I ate healthy. Quinoa was in my pantry. Who was I to deny myself a cookie now and then?

A couple more serious health troubles came up this past month which made me take a more serious look at my diet. I listened to a podcast featuring Kelly Leveque (aka Be Well By Kelly), which got me thinking about my sugar intake. Kelly encourages her clients to focus on her “fab four” in the beginning of the day – protein, fiber, fat and greens – and try to avoid the sugar that is in most common breakfast items, like yogurt, orange juice or cereal. After being inspired to look deeper into some of my favorite foods, I shockingly realized exactly how much sugar I was taking in before I even got to the office – more than 37g (the recommended daily amount of sugar for a woman 25g). Add in my daily chocolate intake, my habitual kombucha and an after-dinner dessert, and I’m well over 50g for the day. As in TWICE the recommended amount for the average woman.

Now the kicker. I’ve been aware of this sugar intake for some time, and I still cannot seem to avoid the sugar. I get a craving in the afternoon, and I reach for the office Reese’s. I need a little pick me up, and I inhale the ice cream my sister brought to the apartment. There are studies to suggest that sugar is more addicting than cocaine, and I would be the first to raise my hand and call it an addiction. I’ve always had a sweet tooth, but even as I’m trying to get on the “right path” the sugary snacks call me back for more.  Sad for me, it seems like going cold turkey is not going to be an option.

I’m determined to give the cut-out of sugar a try. I have a good feeling once I get the sugar intake under control I will feel much more energetic, and ready to get into a creative and restorative space – not to mention the health benefits of eating more protein and fat vs. added sugar. If you have any tips or resources, please share them! I will be sure to give updates along the way as well.

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In Love. on
January 26, 2019

What is it about Crystals? How these little rocks stole my heart.

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I am asked frequently how I got into crystals and why I’m the rock head I am today. Usually my answer is pretty lame – I do not know. There is a larger back story than that, though.

The first time I was even introduced to the notion of crystals, at least that I can remember, was by the reality show “The Hills” while I was in college. I remember an episode where Spencer Pratt carried around stones to protect his energy, and my friends and I thought he was nuts. The rag mags thought he had gone “woo-woo.” I imagined Spencer praying to some green glowing rock, and I dismissed the notion of crystals all together.

Cut to MANY years later – 2017. I was going through a lot of self discovery. I had quit a dependent relationship, moved into a new place, and was navigating a whole new social scene as a single woman about to turn 30. It became incredibly important to me to take care of my mind, my body and my intuition – something I had ignored for years. One of the first things my good ol’ gut told me was that I needed to meditate to learn about the spark I had stifled within me. I spent several months on my couch listening to YouTube videos, apps and tracks to calm my mind and get within. Soon enough, I found myself in a small sweet-smelling book shop and walked straight into the crystals section.

I got myself just a few crystals to start – rose quartz, selenite and clear quartz. I was ready to get back to dating and wanted a little help in the love department, so rose quartz seemed perfect. I liked that selenite was nick-named “liquid light,” so that went into my basket as well. Clear quartz was supposed to be the amplifier to pull it all together. I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but I knew it felt right.

I got back to my apartment and settled into a cozy cross-legged position. I spent about an hour meditating, holding rose quartz in my left hand, clear quartz in my right, and the selenite balanced on my head. I probably looked like a nut, but there is no “right way” with crystals! I felt like I was “home” within myself, and the crystals were a warm hug welcoming me in.

Over the next few weeks I practiced this love meditation with my rocks a couple times a week, and got on the dating apps. While I had bad experiences with these apps before, I told myself that I was approaching dating differently this time. I also felt like I had a new energy in my corner with my gems. Within a couple dates, I met a wonderful man who I felt I had known for years. We were immediately smitten with one another. The crystals had worked their magic!

From then on, I was hooked. I’ve collected (“adopted” if you want to get really cray!) dozens of crystals and gems. In future posts I’ll go into how I go about choosing crystals, mistakes I’ve made (I’ve been duped you guys!), how I’ve gotten obsessed and what I use them for. There are a lot of resources out there to start your crystals journey, but the first piece of advice I can offer is to truly be curious. Sometimes a crystal just falls into your lap through a gift or happenstance. Other times, you may be in a bookstore and you notice something beautiful you want to add to your coffee table. However your journey starts, listen to what makes you happy and puts a smile on your face. The rest will come to the light soon enough!

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In Live. on
January 21, 2018

My Dream Morning Routine

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Confession: I am intimidated by morning routines and morning rituals. As much as I would love to have a set practice every morning to get my day started on the right foot, it has been really hard for me to find one. Usually my morning goes something like this:

Set alarm for 7:15, snooze until 7:45, use the bathroom (bodily functions, brush teeth, tongue scrape, sometimes dry brush), shower, coconut oil + morning skincare regimen, decide on what to get dressed, realize I’m late and rush through a quick breakfast, out the door by 8:30/8:45am.

It’s stressful, and it sets the tone for a rushed morning. By the time I get to work, I am usually dying for a pick-me-up, in desperate need of alone time and a little cranky.

I am currently working on manifesting my ideal morning routine, and I thought writing it out for the world to see may help. While I would love to say that I’d like to workout every morning, make myself a cup of tea and light incense, I just don’t think it’s going to happen. Instead, I’d like to list what is most important to me, and what would make me really happy to get done before my day begins:

Wake up with the sun at 6:15/6:30am

Make my bed

Use the bathroom

Make hot water with lemon

Light stretches – maybe a quick yoga flow if my body is called to it

Gratitude pages and journaling

Meditation

Shower + begin getting ready for work

I am already working on adjusting my night routine, which I can share later. I am realizing that it is true what they say – everyone has time for meditation if you don’t want to feel like crap. I have been resistant to a daily meditation practice (who has the time, is it really necessary??), but I’ve found I feel so much more balanced mentally and physically if I meditate at least once a day.

I hope that by sharing my dream routine with you I will make it come true! How do you start your mornings right?

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