It’s not hard to think up great ways to treat yourself. We’d all love a spa day topped off with a meal prepared and served by someone else. Maybe get a sitter for the night, so the little angels are asleep when we get home. Or making yourself a cashmere, velvet candy cane, with velvet slippies, cashmere socks, velvet pants, and a cashmere sweater.   But for every article about self care, it’s easy to think “Who can afford that?”  Yes, it would be great to have an afternoon by yourself and a bucket of fried chicken and a cookie dough chaser. But that’s notRead More →

    “There is a bridge between time and eternity; this bridge is the individual soul, the Jiva.” Chandogya Upanishad     What is a chakra? Chakras are part of Hindu practices, but have also have played a huge role in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Buddhism, Reiki, Healing Touch, and so many other energy works.    Chakra means “wheel” or “vortex” in Sanskrit. With your chakras, you have these energy vortices that act as a bridge between the spiritual and the physical. They are not physical–you can’t pick one up and sell it. It’s an essence of the individual. It’s an aspect of consciousness, much likeRead More →

The Chinese New Year this year begins on February 5, 2019 and goes until January 23, 2020. The Chinese zodiacs go off of years, but because the Chinese New Year is a little different than the Gregorian Calendar we use today, you have to make sure which year you fall under if you were born in January or the first part of February.   What is the Chinese Zodiac, and why is it different? Like most great folklore and legends, there are stories that explain why we think or believe or do something certain ways. The origins of the story of how we have these 12Read More →

Our Podcast is full of ways to help you Survive the Holidays. Be sure to check out our other episodes.   Listen to our latest episode: Here’s the transcript: Tip: Don’t Overfill Your Schedule This, and many of these other tips, are really just reminders to myself. I am notorious for overfilling my schedule and being optimistic that I can accomplish more than someone actually could in one day. Which is why I haven’t done a podcast in a couple of days! I plan my day, I add approximate times it takes to do everything, and oftentimes, before noon, I’m behind and I want toRead More →

For our Podcast with Surviving the Holidays, we had 2 episodes that focused on fighting loneliness.   Listen to both episodes here: Part 1: Part 2: Here are the transcripts: Part 1: If you’re one of those people who has a big family and doesn’t know the meaning of being alone on a holiday, then that’s awesome! Not everyone is so lucky. The holidays can be extremely stressful because of all of the social obligations, but it can be equally lonely for so many others. Some people are only children who’s parents have passed. Some people have either been ostracized from their family, or they haveRead More →

This is part of our Survive the Holidays series on our Podcast.   Listen here:     Here’s the transcript: Today, we are continuing to talk about our tips on how to enjoy the holidays instead of dreading them. Today’s tip is: Limit Alcohol Intake Alcohol is one of those things that is totally recession proof. When you’re down on your luck, you need a drink. When you want to celebrate, you need a drink. And it’s totally fine to celebrate and enjoy the holidays with an adult beverage in your hand. It’s also fine to take the edge off of uncomfortable situations with aRead More →

Tips on Surviving the Holidays are part of our new Podcast. Be sure to check out our other episodes.   Listen here:     Here’s the transcript: Today’s tip: Accept Last Minute Changes   You do not have to do everything! Not even all of the things you agreed to do. And sometimes, things don’t go your way! And that’s okay.   If you’re trying to have a Pinterest Perfect Holiday and you Nailed It, in the worst ways possible, just accept it and move on. Perfection is dull and boring, so if you succeeded in your Pinterest Perfect Holiday, it would just be thatRead More →

This is a continuation of our Podcast series about Surviving the Holidays with less stress.   Listen to the full episode:     Here’s the transcript: Today, we are continuing our tips on how to actually enjoy the holidays instead of dreading them. Today’s tip is to be careful of “shoulds.” Just think about how much stress comes from that word: Should. You should do this and you should do that. That word really obligates you to the speaker of the word. Who is that speaker that you are trying to appease? Who is shoulding on you? The speaker can be society saying you shouldRead More →

Our Podcast has various episodes on how to Survive the Holidays.   Listen here:     Here’s the Transcript: Today, we are continuing to talk about a few tips that you can do to help you enjoy the holidays instead of dreading them. The tip for today is: Stay Active! I’m not telling you to pick up an extreme exercise regiment, especially if you haven’t been working out regularly. But staying active and making sure you move every day has tremendous benefits. When it gets colder out, it’s easy to want to bundle up and stay cozy, which is a great way to spend time when it’s snowingRead More →

Our Podcast has various episodes on how to Survive the Holidays.   Listen here:     Here’s the transcript: Today’s tip is to set daily goals.   Imagine your life if you only had to accomplish one task per day! How great would that be?   Why not just do it! Live your life that way!   With everything that we have to get done, breaking down each task and assigning a different thing per day will ensure that you can get done everything that you need to get done, which will also make them more enjoyable.   Sometimes a goal can be taking aRead More →