Summer! A time to enjoy the season, relax, and catch up on reading. I have fond memories of going to the library in the summertime – checking out stacks of books and devouring them on hot summer afternoons. Need some book recommendations? Here are 10 ideas for your summer reading list. Continue reading 10 books for your summer reading list→
Are you curious about holistic medicine and wellness? If you are, this is the post for you. I recently finished a book by one of my favorite holistic medicine experts, Tieraona Low Dog. I learned so much about finding wellness through holistic methods while reading this book. Continue reading Holistic Medicine, Health and Wellness→
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are ten quotes to inspire you. I hope these excerpts are a good reminder that living with purpose, compassion, and service can bring communities justice, peace, and equity.
Whether you are beginning a new week or reflecting on the previous one, these quotes will inspire you! Let’s recap the week with five inspirational quotes. How will you inspire yourself to finish (or begin) the week with purpose, creativity, and health? Continue reading Five Inspirational Quotes for the Week→
I talk a lot on this blog about productive mornings. This week, I tried something a little different, and I found that my productivity was great, and that my mind was relaxed, clear and ready for the day: I enjoyed a slower morning! Slowing down my morning (while still waking up early) gave me peace of mind before a busy day. Here’s how to slow down your morning:
So, the house was clean and food was prepped for the week.
When you follow a consistent weekly routine, it gives you more freedom to do what you want in the mornings.
Then, I began my morning at the usual time
…which is between 5:00 and 5:30 AM. I find it incredibly important to stay consistent with my bed time and the time I wake up.
Don’t shortchange your sleep to wake up early. According to the National Institutes of Health, adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you are waking up at 5:00 AM, I recommend going to bed no later than 10 PM for seven hours of sleep. Be realistic with yourself. If you know you need more than seven hours of sleep, make it a priority to go to bed earlier.
In her book The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron recommends writing three pages of your stream of consciousness, right after you wake up, to spark creative thoughts. Unlike a journal, morning pages don’t have structure—they simply exist to get your thoughts on paper. After my morning pages, my mind is clear and I feel prepared for the day.
What activities do you enjoy that slow down your morning?
What makes a great holiday gift? From my experience, it is the gift that has been thoughtfully purchased specifically for that person. Need some ideas? Last year, I talked about 27 gifts that promote community connectedness. I have kept some of those gifts on the list, but also have introduced a number of different options too. Check out these 12 great holiday gifts: