Hello lovely ones and happy Wednesday!
Now, I am embracing a different season of life and way of sharing alchemy so I have a new monthly blog which will will come out just before the New Moon each month, in which I will be sharing five of my highlights from the previous lunar month.
I hope that by sharing new things I am doing, or new products I have discovered, I am living out some of my alchemy journey with you in real time and it may inspire you on your journey.
So here are my HIGH FIVES of the last month!
1) Healing, receiving, and letting that shit go - literally
As many of you will know I am a Reiki master and energy healer but I formally stopped these sessions Fall. I have been embracing a new chapter of life since getting married a year ago and have felt as though my energy needed to be directed more inwards to myself, or to my immediate loved ones, than externally.
This month I also realized that it was time for me to receive some healing too. So I went for it! In this space of three days I had a reiki session with the powerful reiki master and special soul Ali Werner, a mayan abdominal massage and v-steam with the incredible Marcia Lopez of Women's True Healing, and a 'closed' colon hydrotheraphy session with the amazing Nina (who did 15 minutes of reiki and crystal healing on me before the actual colonic) of Iyasu Colonics.
I literally feel like a different person. It's kind of insane! I have realized how much I also need to heal, receive and be energetically, physically and spiritually cleansed regularly. I cannot recommend the above ladies more highly. I am promoting them out of pure love, respect and gratitude - they are amazing and if you need to let some shit go (literally), some reproductive wellness and healing, or just to be energetically cleansed, aligned and filled back up - these are your ladies in LA! And if you don't live in LA maybe reach out to these ladies to ask for their recommendations where you live and/or let this inspire you to seek out your own healing and aligning journey.
2) Summertime reading
I guess a kind of polar opposite to the healing and cleansing is that I have recently felt quite turned off by self-help books. This is VERY unusual for me. Since my spiritual journey started 10 years ago, I have barely read anything but self-help, spiritual, religious, mystical, metaphysical books. But in the last month or so I have just not been feeling it. So in line with Cancer season I have been following my feels and the truth is that I have been craving some light fluffy entertainment which is also well written. Enter Kevin Kwan. I devoured this book of his - the first of a trilogy - which is a light but oh so fun and captivating read. The second part of the trilogy is on its way to me and I already can't wait to read it and then the final installment. My goal is to read them all before the movie of the first book comes out in August!
3) The heart wants what it wants
And my heart has been craving all things rose....so I have been honoring that and these are the products which have been helping me.
I am obsessed with this healing rose balm which works amazingly well anywhere on your body - lips, cuticles, dry patches - and is small enough to fit in your purse.
These rose incense sticks give me life. I used to use them in healing sessions all the time. I would light them before a client arrived to infuse the aroma of rose into my space and to set the tone for a heart centered healing session. Now I am using them for myself, when I wake up and write my morning pages.
I found these rose sandalwood incense cubes which also contain frankincense, Siam balsam, sandalwood, myrrh, iris roots, as well as rose oil. They smell heavenly and are a lovely alternative to traditional incense sticks.
These edible organic, non GMO rose petals and buds are going in everything from my smoothies, to my baths, I am making rose water and buckets of rose tea. I am basically soon to be a rose!
Finally, in this insane LA heatwave this cooling rosewater and aloe face spray is helping me stay fresh and calm. As soon as I smell the rose aroma I feel instantly calmer about my lack of air conditioning (yes really, we have no air con!) and it's a great toner. I am keeping it in the fridge so it is nice and refreshing when I spray it.
4) Bloom Yellow
I don't know if many of you know about the Yellow Conference but I discovered it in 2014 - after my annus horribilis of 2013 - and attended their inaugural conference in August of that year which was exactly what the doctor ordered. Think three days of inspiration from creative, conscious entrepreneurs - meeting the kindest souls, the best goodie bag and walking away feeling enthused and inspired about the solopreneur life and creative projects (many of which were ideas of mine back in 2014 but have taken until now to come to fruition!). I attended again in 2015 but skipped 2016 and 2017 - because - life. But the two times I attended I have felt like I have bloomed afterwards. I like the Yellow Co's tagline/hashtag which is #bloomyellow as it is on point.
This year I felt called to go but then talked myself out of it and then was still umming and ahhing but somewhat torn. I have no idea why, I think it's a bit like the receiving healing where I feel a bit indulgent and almost a bit guilty. My husband basically told me I was crazy and I should go. Not that I needed his approval, but his encouragement helped me stop faffing and get my ticket. So I will be going (it's in August) and I am so excited! Three days of empowerment, education and inspiration - for and by creative, entrepreneurial women to become agents of good. Yes please! It's so nice to have something to look forward to and I am so excited as to what inspiration I will receive not only for further creative projects but also for how I can give back even more (a huge theme of the Yellow Co).
5) Capturing moments forever
When we went to our friends wedding last Fall they had a mini polaroid camera and lots of film, the idea being guests could take pictures as momentos and stick some in a guest book with a little note for the happy couple. It was such a fun and sweet idea and we got loads of lovely pics of us from the day which we have put in the teeniest little frames and are dotted around our apartment. We borrowed their camera for our wedding and and it was SO fun for us and our guests. So we decided to get our own because as much as snapping photos on our phones are great there is something so fun about having a physical print as an immediate (and permanent) record of a beautiful memory. I realized how much I get out of looking at these little pictures of us and our family and friends and how much happiness it brings to me, it's just different than staring at images on a phone. There is something timeless and exquisite about a film picture, plus polaroids are just uber flattering without being filtered or edited. And who doesn't want that?! This is the camera we bought along with the cutest vintage style case. I am looking forward to capturing many sweet moments this summer and beyond. I will no doubt share many of them and have a feeling both my Instagram and future blogs will be peppered with polaroids going forwards :)
I hope you enjoyed reading about my high fives from this last lunar cycle and that perhaps it inspires you in some way to create some high fives in your life.
Maybe it's healing, maybe it's booking a course or workshop or trip, maybe it's reading something new or consuming a different product which your body needs, maybe it's working out how to document your life journey more permanently...
Maybe it's something completely different!
The most important thing is that you embrace the new lunar cycle and the opportunity to create some alchemy in your life over the next lunation.
From the deep and meaningful to the simple - it's all alchemy!
I look forward to hearing your high fives :)
Wishing you all an early happy New Moon - may your solar eclipse experience be sizzling in the best possible way!