Last year I immersed myself in motherhood. Absolutely and completely. That’s not to say that I wasn’t already a mother, or that I didn’t give my everything to being a mum. It is just that for the first time I didn’t have anything else that was my own.
Since last year when I committed to living from the heart with more flow and authenticity I have come up against so much resistance. It isn’t easy to unplug from our minds, to disconnect from the constant inner chatter, judgements, comparisons, fear.
Just as what we put on our skin affects what goes on in our bodies, so what we eat has a huge impact on the health of our skin. Every cell of our body is continually renewing itself. It does so from the materials we provide for it, and if we don’t provide enough of the necessary vitamins and nutrients in the food we consume, the body will take it from it's own stores causing imbalances and deficiencies.
Face and body scrubs are some of the easiest skincare products you can make yourself, they are so much fun to create, and save you a lot of money in the long term.
Regular exfoliation removes dead skin cells which build up on the surface of the skin, cleans away oil, dirt and impurities, unblocks pores, detoxifies, stimulates circulation and clears the complexion. It also stimulates circulation, improving the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the skin and aiding detoxification. It will also nourish the skin through the many nutrients and vitamins found in the chosen ingredients.
I used to wear nail polish almost every day in my 20's, until I started learning about what was in it and what it could be doing to my body.
Nail polish used to contain some pretty toxic chemicals such as Formaldehyde which is a preservative and potential carcinogen , Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) which is used to make plastics flexible and is a reproductive and developmental toxin, and Toluene which is petroleum derived and highly toxic.
Since my 20s I have been on a journey of slowing down and simplifying my life, guided by a deep need to go back to basics, reconnect to nature and my inner guidance, and tread more gently on the earth. A couple of different things led me to this, one being my health and the other a complete disenchantment towards my chosen career.
Grounding is the act of connecting with the earth to bring our bodies back in balance. The earth is a huge reservoir of negatively charged ions, and regularly connecting with it balances out the free radicals or positively charged ions which build up in our bodies mostly as a result of modern life.
There have been many claims that antiperspirants cause you to sweat more when you are not wearing them, to compensate for the inability to sweat during the times that you are. Many people, myself included, have found that when you stop using antiperspirants, after an initial detox period, you actually sweat less and any strong odour decreases as well.
Today I saw an online course that is so much along the lines of what I want to create. When I read it I wanted to cry, because it was me on the page. Exactly me! What I am, what I have to offer, what I want to create. And instead of thinking, shit! Someone else has already done it and it is so much better than what I could ever do, which is what I most definitely would have thought in the past, I felt simple joy and excitement.