Happy 2018 Everyone!!! I love the tradition of creating New Year’s resolutions because it’s another push for us to work on ourselves in order to grow! I know that we can start fresh any day of the year, but there is something about the buzz of everyone’s enthusiasm that I can’t resist.
I just can’t help but reflect and start planning on the first day of January. Most people have the day off to relax, which is perfect for quieting the mind and beginning to visualize the coming year.
Last night (or should I say ‘last year’?), I was filled with anxiety trying to come up with the best New Year’s resolution. I wanted it to be perfect.
The perfect resolution for me is one that is inspiring in a way that gets me excited and motivated to practice on a regular basis. It needs to be something that I feel confident I can achieve; I have to believe that it is possible to reach. I came up with several common goals that I’m sure many other people would like for themselves as well, goals that would point me in the direction of increased health, wellness and overall happiness. I thought about just focusing on eating healthier foods, but I also wanted to increase my physical activity. I knew I needed to drink more water, but that’s something I have been trying to do for months and am clearly uninspired by that goal. I thought about focusing on my mental health by thinking more positively or practicing self-care. These goals are important to all of us, so how could I choose just one?
The anxiety came about when I felt the pressure of coming up with one perfect resolution before midnight when I had so many things I wanted to change in my life. As midnight crept closer, I did something that I think subconsciously began the New Year/ New Me without even realizing it. I decided that it was okay if I didn’t come up with something by midnight, that I’d have lots of time to think about it the next day or coming week. This was a revelation in itself, as I shifted my self-criticism and worry into telling myself that it was totally okay and letting it go.
I am so glad that I allowed myself to peacefully focus on it today (January 1st) because it gave me time to decide on something that really works for me. Ultimately I want to be happier. Some people describe the way they feel as vibration; with feeling good being a higher vibration than feeling down. Many people (along with myself) believe that one’s vibrational frequency attracts things and situations of equal vibration. This means that positive vibrations or thoughts attracts positive experiences while negative vibes attract negative experiences. With this understanding, the answer is simply to increase your vibration!
I became excited when I decided on my New Year’s resolution because it is truly what I want more than anything and it covers pretty much all of the goals I had thought about. I decided that my New Year’s resolution would be to Increase my Vibration. My plan is to do something each day to increase my vibes. This might seem a little broad and unstructured, but I left it open to allow flexibility and the option to practice a little bit of all of my health and wellness goals, because ultimately each goal will bring me increased happiness.
I made a list of all of the things I know will boost my mood and vibration, so that I can refer to it each day and decide what I can do.
I became so excited about my New Year’s resolution that I decided to write a blog post about it every day in the month of January. Since I plan on doing something simple to increase my vibration every day, I thought that by sharing it with all of you, I would be motivated and can be accountable to someone. I hope that by sharing my ideas, I can inspire you to add an uplifting practice to your life.
I’d love to hear your ideas and inspirations. Please let me know how you plan on growing this year. I hope 2018 is your best year yet!
Hey guys! Today I want to tell you how you can make your own natural dry shampoo using ingredients from your kitchen!
I have naturally oily hair. I pretty much can’t go longer than 24 hours without washing my hair or it starts looking greasy and flat. I know that it’s not healthy to wash your hair everyday, but I don’t feel confident when my hair starts to look like that. So, when I first heard about dry shampoo, I was ecstatic!
I used the popular dry shampoo that comes in an aerosol can for years….. And loved it! Until I started becoming more health conscious and began wondering what my body was absorbing through my scalp and what I was breathing in every time I sprayed my hair. (Plus, one small can is quite expensive if you think about how (not very) long it lasts).
So, when I discovered an easy (and inexpensive) way to make my own dry shampoo powder, I was even more ecstatic and still am!
I’m going to teach you how to make dry shampoo powder that matches your hair colour perfectly; whether you have brown, blonde, red (or grey) hair.
Let’s start with the base ingredient. You can either use arrowroot flour or cornstarch. They both do a great job at absorbing oil.
Cornstarch is more commonly found in the kitchen. However, a high percentage of conventional corn is grown using genetically modified seed as well as harmful pesticides. The chemical extraction process to make cornstarch can also be harsh. So, I would suggest that you use organic cornstarch if possible.
I like to use arrowroot flour because the extraction process is less intense and arrowroot flour is typically not genetically engineered.
Now that you have you base ingredient for absorbing the oils, you can start adding colour to your dry shampoo based on your own hair colour. I won’t be giving you specific measurements because everyone has their own beautiful hue of colour. Feel free to play around with the following ingredients until your dry shampoo blends in unnoticeably.
If you’re a brunette, add cocoa powder so that the white base doesn’t show up in your dark hair. The darker your hair, the more cocoa powder.
If you are a blonde like me, you only need a little bit of cocoa powder to add some colour to your base since your hair is lighter and the powder will be less noticeable.
If you are rockin’ the red, try adding any or a combination of the following: cinnamon, nutmeg, beetroot powder, or sweet paprika with a little bit of cocoa powder depending on the reddish tones in your hair.
And if you happen to be a silver fox, all you need is the base ingredientand you’re set!
Store your new concoction in a glass jar with a lid. As long as it stays dry, it can last for several months.
An alternative way to store it is in an old spice shaker. It’s really convenient, especially for travelling or if you are always on the run.
To apply it, get an old makeup brush or kabuki brush.
Start by making a part right beside your ear going from your face to the back of your head. Pick up a small amount of powder onto your brush. Tap the brush so any excess powder falls off. Then, dab the powder along the part you just made.
Now, create another part about one inch away from the first one and apply your powder. Continue this process until you’ve have reached your opposite ear.
I like to add powder to my hair above my forehead as well as to the hair at the back of my neck.
Next, use your fingers to massage the powder into your roots. And finally, use your hair brush to remove any excess powder leaving your hair looking naturally clean.
There you have it, your hair is now soft, clean – looking, and voluminous! Have fun with it and good luck!