Showing posts with label Mindfulness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mindfulness. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Thoughts and Lessons From 2018

Let's start with the photo above. "Je voyais le soleil après la pluie." I have seen the sun after the rain. That sort of says it all doesn't it? Oh. You thought that I was going to share the "Breakout Products of 2018?" Not today. However, I will share a few beauty secrets that I’ve learned in 2018.

  1. Try Pantone Color Institute's 2019 Color of the Year -- Living Coral – it is such a beautiful hue and it will lift your spirits.
  2. When your pallor is looking a funky shade of paste or your feel like a funky shade of paste, toss on your favorite shade of lipstick. I promise that you will feel better.
  3. If you're experiencing the winter blues, grab Golden Door Yuzu Body Moisturizer, lather it on yourself and drink in the scent. This is my “summer in a bottle” and my go to for a little pick me up.

Okay, on to my “profound” discoveries of 2018. There may something profound in this for you or it may just be me. But here goes it. Last night, as I was ascending my staircase, I felt strong. I could feel the strength in my legs carrying me up each step. I began to think about last year and how utterly exhausting it was to walk up those stairs, truth be told how utterly exhausting it was to get out of bed most days. I know that this may seem like nothing to you dear reader, but I hope that I can get my point across because I think that it’s important to share.

I have a chronic illness and last winter was absolutely brutal on my body. I wasn’t able to do too much physically, not only because of my illness but also because I’d been living a fairly sedentary lifestyle for the previous few years. December 2017, as I lay in bed for the 9th day in a row I knew that one key back to some semblance of a normal life was to simply get moving. I had force myself to simply move. I began with doing steps. You know, the thing that the doctor keeps telling you that you need to do 10,000 of daily. I could manage to do 500. Yep, you read that correctly. Some days, not all days, some days I could manage to do 500 steps. No, I wasn’t exceptionally overweight, just incredibly ill and incredibly out of shape. Twelve months later, I’m still chronically ill and that’s never going to change, but I can easily do 12,000 steps a day. The point of this? One, get moving -- it’s going to improve your quality of life. Two, all things take time -- you didn’t become overweight or out of shape overnight. Therefore, you aren’t going to lose weight or gain stamina overnight -- but it absolutely will happen so keep at it. Each day, every day -- even when you feel like complete poop -- just get moving, just a little bit.

Here’s one from Captain Obvious -- Being Present Is Vital. Doesn’t make much sense does it? Well if you take time to think about, you’ll quickly realize how much of life’s tasks that you perform completely on auto pilot and the people that you probably take for granted. This realization holds a bit of irony, as I used to tell my eldest brother to stop existing in life and start living it. Funny how I had become that person. Being so ill has given me a lot of time to think... because I’m not always capable of doing much else and sometimes not even thinking. :) I digress. For whatever reason, I’d gone on autopilot several years ago and lost touch with a few people who’d been key in my life. I had really become a rather boring zombie. I’m talking like boring to myself. Slowly, I started to become aware again and be present in my own life, as well as the lives of those whom I love. Despite physically feeling like some nasty little gnome is constantly stealing my energy all of the time, life has never been better.

One more “profound” thought. I have learned to stop judging so much. It sounds like a really simple concept and it is really easy to do if you put your mind to it. I had become so judgmental of anyone who didn’t share my beliefs  about the environment, animal rights, politics etc.. I’ll tell you secret. Judging others is exhausting. If you spend all of your time being twisted about people living their lives differently than you live yours, you are wasting your time and your energy. It doesn’t matter how “righteous” you are, you still aren’t any better than the next person. Life, for me, can’t be about Democrat versus Republican; liberal versus conservative; vegan versus meat-eater. If you take a moment to embrace the fact that we’re all here struggling on this planet in our on way, you are going to feel a hell of a lot better about life. I promise it will cost you nothing to just live and let live a little.

Oh, I could go on and on. I won’t for fear of putting you all to sleep. I thank you for indulging me and hope that you take away something peaceful and fulfilling from these moments spent reading my words. May 2019 be absolutely amazing for  you and remember to try to just keep it moving forward one step at a time. xo y.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Mindfulness: The Evolution of You And Me

We hope that everyone has recovered from the holiday weekend and that each of you is facing this Monday morning with a bright and renewed presence of mind. Trust us, we understand that it's difficult times. After this past long weekend, we've renewed our commitment to doing a series about mindfulness... well not exactly the terminology of mindfulness that some of you may be familiar with, but mindfulness as it pertains to taking care of one’s self. The problem is that life seems to get in the way of our commitment to posting about self-care -- and even worse tending to our own self-care -- but here's one more try at what we know is a good thing for all! 

Stop yourself from thinking that TME has gone “new-agy”. We have not. So, what the heck are we talking about here? Well, to us, beauty is a lifestyle -- being beautiful is a lifestyle. It is the intrinsic value of a calm mind and the beauty that comes from within. It is the mindfulness of kindness and it is a fact that when you feel beautiful on the inside it shows on the outside. Our Mindfulness posts will be a journey of creating calming spaces through aromatherapy, at-home spa treatments and other avenues that lead to a sense of peace, calm, relaxation and a general positive state of well-being.

Oh... that might sound a little “new-agy”. But, trust us on this one because we have lived the proof. Proof? “What proof,” you may ask? Rewind the clock to the beginning of 2014 when our fearless leader, Yvonne, hit the proverbial brick wall. Burned out, exhausted and anxiety-ridden... she was beyond ready for a change. Change she did… by walking (running) away from writing SIX national daily columns and an ongoing freelance gig with Yahoo to a lifestyle blog -- with the occasional rant about the state of the world -- and a commitment to herself to become the change that she wanted to see. In retrospect the change began long before 2014, but that’s another story.

Are you still with us? Good! We realize that achieving a sense of well-being is not “one size fits all”. For our EIC, it is meditation, weekly at-home spa days, steering clear of negative situations (DRAMA) and we’ve taken a page from her handbook on life. But, what works for her doesn’t necessarily work for someone else and that is the basis for our posts... to introduce you to the products and actions that may help you.

Today, we aren’t reviewing a specific product. Today, we’re starting with one action of relaxation.

  1. Find a quiet place
  2. Listen to Washed Out - "Feel it all around" (Yep, it’s the theme from Portlandia)
  3. As you listen, breath in through your nose to your diaphragm on a 3 count and exhale on a 6 count

Feel better? Happiness!  Now, go tackle the rest of your day... it’s Monday!

*Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included in this article is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider.