February 28, 2013
Nietzsche said that, " there are no facts only interpretations "- I take that to mean that it is up to each of us to decide what we see, what we experience. I suppose sometimes we have to lose sight of things to truly see them + what we see depends on what we look for. In all things we need to find the perspective to understand, prioritize + appreciate all that happens in our life + in our world. For today seek the perspective to help recognize the purpose, your purpose.
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We live in a society where we are bombarded with a new product, lotion + miracle potion it seems like every single day. I firmly believe that less is more in every area of your life, including beauty products. I also believe that we have to take care of ourselves from the inside out. There is no way to have radiant skin + shiny hair unless we are tending to our body + equally important our soul. It doesn't matter how many products you use, unless you are addressing what is either stressing you out, making you sick or holding you back from living your best life, there is no way to be as beautiful as you can potentially be. It is so important to give yourself permission to take the best care of yourself- mind, body + soul...you deserve it !
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February 27, 2013
There is strength that is continually available to each of us if we tap into it...in addition to what the universe has to offer, we have within us what we need to make anything happen- we sometimes forget that. It is safe to say that part of what makes a person successful is being able to visualize what you want, that + the knowing that it is ok to ask for it. Although sometimes it seems that you ask + it doesn't show up, know that most things show up right on time + when you need them most...that goes for people, experiences + for wisdom. That does not mean that you should sit back + wait, instead it means that you should have faith in the universe + your own power to manifest what you need, want + deserve in your life.
February 26, 2013
...and because to each person beauty means something different, I suppose love also means something different. I was listening to a song the other day + the lyric said...where you invest your love is where you invest your life- simple yet so profound. The idea that where you focus your energy is the direction your life will go holds so much truth. Go in the direction of love, in the direction of truth, of positivity + passion. Never fear anything + if you don't know what you love, what is true or where your passion lives...get quiet + then go in the direction that your instincts tell you to go.
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February 12, 2013
...because at the end of the day after taking on the world what is most important is that you have a warm place to come home to + real love waiting for you there. People often talk about soul mates + the beautiful realization is that you will have many soul mates in life. I call them soul connections + when you have one, you know it... it's that moment when you know that you + another person are aligned + have been brought together because you were meant to for however long it lasts, walk beside them in life. Some are fleeting + some are forever but, each one of them challenges you, teaches + strengthens you. They also always remind you that you are never alone in life...never forget that.
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February 11, 2013
Oh it's the people who wear their heart on their sleeve, listen to the music too loud, aren't afraid to be outspoken that I want to be around, the ones who make it all worthwhile...those are the ones that make the difference. So turn this up + then get out there, find them + shake it up.
...she tried to explain it like this, you are only going to be as good as the people you surround yourself with. So make sure that the people you keep close make you better, deeper + more real. Make sure the people you spend your time with make you more of who you are + push you to be more of what you could be.
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February 10, 2013
I recently wrote about the benefits of Jasmine tea + while reading about one of my favorite teas, I came across this recipe for Nutty Jasmine Rice which highlights the delicious pine nut. I got curious about their benefits + was surprised to find out how nutrient dense this tiny nut is. Most commonly used in pesto they are so jam packed with benefits, it is worth it to include them in your favorite salads + rice dishes or just by the handful as a snack. Who knew they have a super high content of Vitamin D which helps to build stronger bones. Rich in Vitamin C so they boost immunity + contain Pinoleic Acid which makes you feel fuller faster, so they aid in weight loss. They are a great source of Iron which is great for circulatory + nervous system. And, they are full of protein + magnesium so they are an excellent source of energy. This recipe is super simple, clean + light + quick to make.
...find your strength, know your worth + don't for a minute give up on anything that you want. There will be plenty of people who will tell you that you can't do it, pay them no mind...press on with your head up + your spirits high. Be remarkable...BE YOU.
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February 9, 2013
Although I have not always been good at it, I know that it is important to know when to let go + when to hold on. I suppose this goes for things, for people, for thoughts or anything that is potentially taking the space where something that truly fits could go. Sometimes life takes care of this for us which is why certain things end before we would have planned for them to. And yes, endings are sometimes hard...but nothing ends before its time. Learning to let go of things is essential so that the universe knows you are ready for something better to come into your life. We are here to continue to evolve so, don't stand in the way of all the good things that are waiting to be yours. Simply be open+ let go of all you no longer need.
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February 8, 2013
...go just beyond your limits because that's where life truly happens. Don't be held back by what you mistakenly think might be impossible. Just beyond your limits, everything is possible.
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February 7, 2013
...and maybe because much of life is truly a mystery, it is important to be sure you get to know yourself, truly know yourself. One might say that life is about how you see the world but, life is actually really about how you see yourself. Don't ever underestimate what you are capable of- you are able if you believe you are able. Walk on with confidence + follow the signs.
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February 6, 2013
...and it will be the tiny details that you will remember the most. I try to remind myself throughout the day to stop + take note of all the small moments as they are happening. It will never be all the large gestures that someone has done that will make the difference, it will be all the subtle details you will remember, that's where the impact is made. Speak softly, act with kindness + pay close attention to the tiniest of details, it's where the meaning is found.
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Today I overheard someone say sometimes you have to take one step back to take two steps forward. In response the other person said but I can't take a step back. I felt like I wanted to interrupt their conversation, I decided not to but if I had, I would have said...it is not a step back if in the end you end up farther than you would have gone if you didn't take the step back. We sometimes have a strange way of looking at ourselves- we tend to measure our progress in comparison to everyone else...your path is yours + only yours. The steps you take forward, back + sideways are all part of your journey. Have the faith to believe that you will go where you are meant to go + end up where you are meant to be.
February 5, 2013
Someone once told her that the best way is to live is be fully attentive to everything as-it-is, not by filtering everything but by looking at things, people + situations as they are. It is easy to get caught in the habit of judging, attempting to alter things or change people but, don't fall into that trap. Honesty is sometimes hard to have because it means that perhaps we have misjudged, misread or maybe even misunderstood something. But there are no no mistakes, there are only opportunities to grow deeper, stronger and better. If you can first take the risk to be honest enough with yourself about yourself + accept yourself as you are at this exact moment, you can open yourself up to living a truly honest life. Know that everything is as-it-is supposed to be + when it is meant to be different it will change, you will change.
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It's no secret if you hang around Accidental Brilliance that I am constantly on the hunt for new superfoods to be as healthy as possible, amp up the metabolism + get glowing skin. I have written about the benefits of juicing before and there are plenty but, juicing removes the fiber + think about how much of the precious fruit + vegetable you waste. Smoothies made from all natural fresh ingredients are no doubt the way to go instead. And by smoothies I am not talking about drinks laden with added sugars- smoothies made from wholesome organic when possible ingredients are where it's at. When you use a super high powered blender that truly breaks down the fruits + vegetables you are taking ordinary ingredients + instantly turning them into superfoods. Once broken down into a delicious smoothie they are also at their most nutritious + easiest to absorb into the body. On the whole most of us don't chew our food well enough to release all the nutrients however, a well blended smoothie takes care of that for us. It is also the easiest way to quickly increase the amount of servings of fruits + vegetables you are getting each day. I have been pretty religious about the kale smoothie I have been drinking in the morning- the recipe below is simple + if you run out of fruit you can always add in a pre-made fruit smoothie (make sure it doesn't have any added sugars) to a few handfuls of your favorite greens like kale + spinach. To give your smoothie a superboost add in chia seeds to balance blood sugar + curb the appetite. Add in goji berries to reduce inflammation + add protein. Add in maca powder to increase vitality + increase energy. You know my motto...you only get this one body + everyday you get the chance to take the best care of it you can.
Don't forget that any old blender won't do the trick check out the Nutri Bullet or the Vitamix + here's to happy blending.
February 3, 2013
...and because it will be with precision + with patience that many incredible things will happen in our lives. Silently life urges us to go forth without fear each day. The braver we are, the more life unfolds. There is the theory that if you ask, you will receive + if you risk, there will be a reward. You know you will never have this moment back + if life is a tightrope, all it takes is one deep breath . Have the courage to put one foot in front of the other + keep moving in the direction of your dreams.
...black or white, seldom things are truly that extreme- instead there is a middle ground where most things exist. Think of the best experiences you have had, the truest love you have known, the most creative you have ever been, it has all been when you were somewhere in the gray area, where the beauty in the variations + the complexity of life provided the meaning. There is brilliance in the gray area- where much develops + transpires. With black ink on white paper he wrote I love you, only you...but it was in the gray area where the depth of their love lived. Don't get caught in the extremes of anything. Float in the in between, the gray area...where the balance is found.
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February 2, 2013
...it doesn't seem to matter what it is we are doing or where it is we are going. We all have our own way of doing things, our own way of getting to where it is we need to go. There is however one constant + that is, peace is the way to get there...the only way to get there. We need to constantly seek peace, speak peace + be at peace with all things in our life. At certain times it will seem more difficult to find complete peace, keep moving towards it...once you have made peace with the things that have happened + are happening in your life, there comes a sense of calm that allows you the confidence to conquer anything that is put in your path. Continue to seek it...your own inner peace.
February 1, 2013
Simply put, get over it...don't let your fear of anything get in the way of what you want, what you deserve + what you will have. Get out there and stake a claim to what you want. Set it free, the hesitation or apprehension. If you believe it can be yours...it will be yours.
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