It’s that time of year. Of joy & good cheer. It’s simply wonderful! Except for one thing. It stresses you out.
With all the shopping, decorating, and partying, how on earth is a beautiful, smart, fabulous woman (or man) like you to do?
Take a deep breath in and a long exhale out. The following list of tips and ideas will offer you relief and direction during the holiday season. So relax, take notes if you’d like, cozy up with a hot or sparkling beverage, and enjoy!
Look & Feel Great
When you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you guessed it, you look good! Now you know it begins with your mindset. So we’ll begin there.
Start the day with a positive attitude. Whether it’s after you brush your teeth or your hair, look in the mirror and say, “I feel great! Today is going to be a wonderful day.” Take a deep breath in and believe it as you exhale!
Makeup & Clothes
Take a look in your wardrobe and pull out that special outfit you’ve been holding onto for a special occasion. That day is today!
Let yourself sparkle with a glittery brooch and dangling earrings. You can do the same with makeup. A little glimmer is good for glamour. Brighten those lips with shiny gloss, and paint those nails red!
Your body is going to look great with plenty of exercise. Start the day with a few stretches to wake it up. Go for a walk before, during, and after work. Go to the gym. Don’t belong to one yet? Consider joining. Try them all out first and pick the one that suits you. What’s most important is to get moving.
I’m a firm believer in this form of exercise. It not only trains your body, but your mind. There are a variety of styles. As you lengthen, you strengthen.
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Giving the Gift of Bling & knowing their Healing Elements
They are beautiful. They are radiant. They are powerful. We love to wear them! And they serve us quietly behind the scenes in our everyday lives. If you’re wearing a watch right now, it is most likely operating in part by use of a crystal. Surgical instruments are partly composed of crystals; and automobiles have built within them - crystals. They are shining all around us in many forms. And they all come from our earth. They are Mother Earth’s natural rocks of power!
In a recent Wall Street Journal article about De Beers, the diamond mining and retail giant that hallmarked the tradition of engagement rings, I was struck by their apparent lack of knowledge and appreciation of other gems and crystals. I could be wrong. The CFO was in a quandary about attracting Millennials.
Is it possible to influence a generation who values a walk on the beach wearing beaded crystals and leather bracelets to purchase diamonds? I think so. I personally love them all! Diamonds, gems, crystals, cut glass. Anything that sparkles. Here are some tips as you explore your aisles of bling.
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I will never forget my holiday weekend in Fire Island last summer. I was expecting to relax by the water, stroll along in the sand, and listen to meditative music, maybe get a tan. Ha! Was I wrong.
Within 2 hours of our arrival, we discovered that the host of our house where we were staying was diagnosed with breast cancer. In fact, her two doctors, both friends told her right there and then. They had learned the results of her tests earlier that day and knew that they would be on the island that evening.
How did our host handle this news? With a party. For real.
All in. I joined the festivities with cooking and drinking. I was new to this group and was not about to set a different tone. There are pictures of us being quite silly, dancing with who knows what on our heads.
But when the morning came, things looked and felt a bit different. That’s when I approached Vera and offered her an integrative healing treatment. She accepted. Energy therapy was new to her but she was open and willing to try this holistic medicine. She wrote a blog post about her experience.
“During the healing session, Alana helped me find the connection between my psyche and my breast cancer - helped me begin to uncover and identify the unconscious forces that caused the tumor to form. It was an intense spiritual, psychic, and emotional experience.”
As we worked together that morning ...
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I’ll never forget the day when my 10 year old came home and said, “I’m stressed out.” At first I wondered if he actually understood what that meant. Then I watched and listened as he took all of his projects out of his backpack and displayed them on the dining room table. They were all due on the same day, he explained. And that wasn’t all. He then showed me a list of his upcoming tests and quizzes all scheduled within the same week. The same week of the due date of his projects, that is. I started to feel like he worked in my office. Where was play in all of this?
As a pro-active mom, I made an appointment to meet with his teacher and asked her what to make of it. I could see that she was stressed out herself. The load of work she had to manage was unsurmountable. She had deadlines to meet along with state regulations and national school status to maintain. To be clear. I loved this school and truly admired this teacher.
What I discovered was, that even though it was only fifth grade, there were multiple teachers teaching the same group of children. This was a fairly new concept at the time, and their communication wasn’t quite in alignment. For instance, she hadn’t realized that the science project was due on the same day that the English project was due and that there would be a Math test that very morning. Oh bother!
Who is at fault? I don’t like to play the blame game. So maybe another question to ask is, how do we manage this? For our children?
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When did it become fashionable?
A couple of years ago I was in Santa Monica, CA. I packed my suitcase with what I thought was appropriate attire. Jeans, shorts, dresses. And one set of yoga clothes. I quickly discovered that the only thing I needed to bring with me was that one set of yoga clothes. No one in the LA area wore jeans. An occasional dress here and there. But everyone wore their yoga attire, day and night. To cafes, to the beach, and yes, to the yoga studio. In fact there were so many yoga studios and gyms that it wasn’t any wonder that they may have never changed into anything other than … their yoga clothes!
So today I decided to give it a try here in Rochester, NY. I wore my yoga outfit to Wegmans. Not a single person turned their head. At least none that I could see. I went from aisle to aisle, occasionally noticing some one else dressed in their work-out gear. Nothing. I was incognito. It was almost as if I was in LA.
What does this mean? Is yoga attire acceptable, trendy, fashionable? All over the US? What about the rest of the world? Here’s what I found.
Let’s start with who makes them. Athleta, Lulumon, and Prana are some of the leading brands. But Jockey, Calvin Klein & Nike offer a plentiful selection, as well. Yoga has become so popular that just about every brand is stitching up their own line.
This fashion trend is called Athleisure. And it’s not all bad. For instance, we’re not walking around in baggy sweats picking up sticky treats from fast food chains. In fact, Women’s Health says that “people who wear gym gear - like yoga pants - to places where one would normally not wear that kind of ensemble are seen as having a higher status since they ignore typical social norms.” (http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/stereotypes-about-women-who-wear-yoga-pants)
A higher status? Now this is intriguing. I’m laying out all my yoga clothes for each day of the week. I’ll keep you posted!
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It's a hot sunny day. You're thirsty. For anything. A diet coke. An orange juice. Bottled water. Anything liquid. Bring it on!
But why? Why are you so darned thirsty when it's hot out? Perspiration.
When we sweat, we lose our body’s natural water. If we aren’t properly hydrated, we become de-hydrated. And that can be dangerous. Here’s what you can do.
First. Don’t get to the point of being thirsty. What???? That means, drink water periodically throughout the day. If you plan to be in the sun, drink even more.
Second. Pack a water bottle. This is the ‘how’ of drinking more water. Have it with you!
Third. Pay attention to your body. Some of the symptoms of dehydration are:
•dark yellow urine
If you experience several of these symptoms after a day in the sun, contact your health care specialist.
Four. Love & nurture your self! When we take care of ourselves, we notice when something’s not right and look into it.
Five. Stay covered. Use an umbrella, a wide brimmed hat, and sunscreen to prevent overheat, dehydration, and/or sunburn.
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What a Woman Needs to Know
Do men devote as much time to their mind-body-spirit connection as women do? Which area are they more focused on? And how do they handle the stressors of today’s demands? Here are a couple of guys around town who answer these questions from a man’s point of view.
Body Building By Leon
Personal training is one of the thing’s Leon McDaniel does best. Lifting weights is another. Fortunately the two compliment each other! He’s just beginning his practice and is filled with enthusiasm.
Physical strength and health are his inspiration. To get bigger and stronger. To look good and feel good. “Most people want that but they don’t know where to begin. They may not be willing to put in the time or they may not think they can do it.”
Leon admits that it takes commitment to body build. But “when you take charge of your body, you get totally charged”. He says anyone can become fit and healthy. Body building is like any sport. It takes practice.
And it isn’t just about the body. It’s a lifestyle that “prepares you for anything that requires long term determination and every day dedication.”
What does a typical day look like for a body builder?
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I was inspired. Let me tell you. I had no idea what I was in for when I signed up for Wisdom Rising back in January. It was my birthday, and I needed a tune up. That means a trip to Kripalu Yoga Retreat Center. It’s a magical place where I can let go of all my worries and be free. So that’s what I was planning to do … 4 months later … in April. Boy was I ready.
I packed my yoga attire and my hippie clothes. (Yes. I do have others - a few suits, Ann Klein, Tahari, etc. but no need for them here.) I was on my way on a sunny morning from Rochester, NY to the Berkshires, a mere 4 1/2 hour drive.
I love this place. Did I mention that? It sits on over 200 acres of sacred land. The building was a former monastery. It’s enormous with 4 levels sprawling in either direction. There are classes and programs from 6 am to 9 pm. The kitchen is pretty phenomenal, too. Especially if you’re vegetarian. Even if you’re not.
Sounds cool, doesn’t it?
“Calling all women for this life-changing meditation retreat and celebration of the Divine Feminine!”
Yes! Count me in.
“Learn to transform core emotional patterns affecting women today - anxiety, anger, inadequacy, depression, grasping, and compulsive doing - into living wisdom.”
This may not only help me, but the women I work with, too. Oooo! Maybe I can incorporate some of the tools into the Goddess Within Retreat.
To read more, click on this link and go to page 212
Every January the gym is crowded. There are no spots in the parking lot. All of the classes are full. And you have to wait to use the equipment. But by April, that’s not true any more. The thrill of New Year’s resolutions is over. You never really liked to exercise anyway. And summer’s still a season away. Why bother? Here’s why.
When you are active, you feel more alive. It may sound counter-intuitive but the more you move, the more energy you have. That’s why I don’t advise working out at night. It may keep you up. With that logic, wouldn’t it make sense to start your day off with a brisk walk, 15 minutes of exercise or a yoga practice? Yes!
You don’t need a new year’s resolution to inspire you. Just look in the mirror, and tell me what you see. More importantly, don’t look in the mirror and tell me how you feel. Often, one effects the other.
I think your body is beautiful. Do you?
Now I’m not about diets. Trust me. I’ve been on them all. From macrobiotic (that’s only eating raw vegetables and fruits) to gluten free, dairy free, count your calories… the list goes on. Here’s what I found. Nothing worked. No matter how much I watched my diet, sacrificed my favs. No matter how much weight I lost, it all came right back.
While exercise is really really important, (do not underestimate the importance of movement) it is of equal value to pay attention to your relationship with food. What? Yes. You have a relationship with food. After all, you spend enough time with it!
How do you manage this relationship? First by understanding it. That requires bringing awareness into your daily eating habits, otherwise known as ‘Mindful Eating’.
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This month recognizes women in history who have made an impact on our world. Here are three women who led significant change with their influence in the arts.
Marian Anderson was the first African-American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955. She began singing in the church choir as a young girl and at the age of 89, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Isadora Duncan founded Modern Dance, and inspired many visual artists including Auguste Rodin with her creative style. You may remember the famous automobile scene in “Isadora” circa 1968 when her silk scarf became caught in the wheel of the tire, strangling her.
And last but not least, Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter whose physical limitations caused her to spend most of her life indoors painting, often self-portraits depicting emotional pain. She was the first Mexican artist to be featured at the Louvre.
All 3 made history not only for their creativity but for beating the odds. Each had courage, talent & a desire to express themselves fully. Let them inspire you to be your authentic self! Read more on page 226 https://issuu.com/kellybreuer/docs/rwo_march18
This comes with creative inspiration ~
Alana writes her monthly column 'Body Mind Spirt' for RochesterWomanOnline focusing on the balance of all 3 in a creative manner, filled with inspiration
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