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Remaining Calm & Mindful During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is officially in full swing. I have always loved the magic and excitement of this time of year – it is filled with joy and tradition. That said, most of us will find ourselves running around gift shopping, eating foods we normal would stay away from, skipping the gym, and probably drinking more alcohol than usual. Life is here to be enjoyed. To counteract the lack of routine during the holidays, it pays to make a little bit of extra effort to keep your body and mind in balance. By doing a few simple things we can avoid fatigue and physical and mental burnout. Commit to Three Minutes a Day: We all have three minutes a day...

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Nurture, Empower, and Relax with a Weekly Ritual

"Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel." - Eleanor Brown As women, we are constantly extending ourselves to others. We all wear many hats. By nature, we excel at multi-tasking and often take on more than expected because we can. It is well within our capabilities to rise to any occasion. Taking time for yourself each week is essential to living a balanced life. There is nothing selfish about it. Blocking out an hour of time every week allows us much needed time to breath, stop, and relax.  If you feel you can’t create the time to relax once a week then it’s time to start setting boundaries. There is power in saying “no”. If you can’t...

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Discover the Healing Beauty of Hydrosols & the Kaori Sake Soak

You may have heard of hydrosols, usually referred to as floral waters. Most people know of their use as face mists and many are familiar with rose water and / or lavender water. Both are wonderful but there is so much more to this powerful branch of aromatherapy. Hydrosols are aromatic waters that are a byproduct of the distillation of plant material which is being distilled for its essential oil. There are a variety of ways essential oils are obtained but in this case we are talking about steam distillation in a still such as the one pictured above. The steam carrying the aromatic molecules of plants rises while being distilled and, after cooling, separates into essential oil at the...

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Autumn In New York

The other evening I sat down to write last Thursday’s journal entry, The Beauty of Getting Rid of Things. This was all about creating change by getting rid of things we don’t need. I mentioned that my partner and I would be moving from New York at the end of the year, which is a huge change for me. Well, that wasn’t the end of it. That evening Dave came home and said that there was one thing we should do while we are still in New York: get married. And so, the next morning we walked in the rain a short distance to City Hall and got our marriage license. We waited the required 24 hours and went back...

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The Beauty Of Getting Rid Of Things

I have always considered myself a minimalist. Aside from a few candles, I've never had more then a couple of knickknacks. I have always prided myself on being streamlined and have applied this philosophy to all aspects of my life. Accept one - clothing. I used to have a rule of thumb: never throw away cashmere. I started accumulating cashmere sweaters 20 years ago and took them with me from apartment to apartment throughout Manhattan, to San Francisco, Connecticut, and back to Manhattan again. Oddly enough, I only wore about five of them. They were a burden in New York where closet space is almost always limited. I recently read something to the effect of how there are two reasons...

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