Things we have been late to this week: drop off (every day), pick up (every day), this Instagram post (its still September though, right?) 💁🏻♀️
We’ve done a lot of courses in the last 6 weeks, some admittedly more wanky than others (had to draw the line at buying fairy lights to put in selfies 😬) but now we’ve got a beautiful british countryside theme going on 🌳,a marketing strategy (I know, I know 🙄), brand colours (go with it) and a stock shed, floor to ceiling with British-made things from independents producers that you are going to LOVE 🇬🇧❤️💙
We are also donating a proportion of our profits from our new product line to @rethinkmentalillness as part of raising awareness of the benefits of connecting with the natural environment on our mental health, whoever you are and wherever you live 🌱
THIS 👆🏼is gorgeous, nearly-4 year old Gus in one of our new headdresses 😍 We tried to think of ways to make ‘handmade in Bali’ sound English 🤨 but the nice guy called Lee who is making our website for us is putting them under ‘Feathers’, so we can totally get away with it 👍🏼🤫
Rightyho, have to dash, we can’t wait to start posting again - we’ve missed you! Em and Jules x
Lately my heart, body, and mind have been heavy. Why? Well, I shared this story with my newsletter and i thought to share with you too:
“It’s the 1 year anniversary of my car accident and the 2 year anniversary of my surgery is in October. 💚
I’ve been working on recovery both physically as well as emotionally for a while now. Things are waaaaay better than they were, but I’m still struggling with some pain and healing.
A big part of what I’m working on in life is to cut myself a break. As a recovering perfectionist, I want things NOW and being patient with my recovery has really been hard. It’s taking me longer than I imagined to feel 100% again and instead of beating myself up about it (which causes even more inflammation!), I decided to double up on my self-care.” _
Of course, I’m always following the @wholehealthdesigns clean eating way. But I’ve also started drinking celery juice in the mornings. It’s the first thing I drink now (even before water and lemon)! _
I actually feel like a whole new person. Lighter and in less achy pain that I had from the surgery + accident.
SO, this is why I put together a 5 Day Celery Juice Challenge for you! All you have to do is 1. Sign up @rasajuiceshop (head to bio link there), 2. Drink one celery juice each morning for 5 days!
We also have a bundle juice pack available at @rasajuiceshop too (if you want them pre-made). Thank you all for being here and so happy to be juicing with you again!
BIG NEWS! I did this thing... I've had long hair forever... and I finally got sick of it and wanted a change... took me a good month to finally just go and make the appointment... today was the day I cut it all off, didnt think I'd like it as much as I thought, but... I LOVE IT!!! should of done it along time ago! #choppeditoff#freshstart#weightoffmyshoulders#hellofall
FRIDAY DIFFUSER COMBO // Citrus Fresh + Northern Lights Black Spruce 🍊🌲 get this in your diffuser like, right now. I did 4 drops of each and that was pretty strong so start slow and work your way up to more drops!
Have any fun plans for the weekend?! 🌻
Eye see you fall 😉 For the last 10 years (woah) I have been living in either Florida or California, so on the first day of fall, I was surrounded by palm trees. 🌴 And while it is slowly but surely cooling off in LA, I love what the changing of seasons bring. 🍂 New starts, new change, moving forward. So let’s soak up this last day of summer today and take advantage of the fresh start tomorrow brings! 🌻
Both Me + Nate work in Sales! We support each other in our own endeavors, but we also work together when ever we can in business! I love when we work together❤️Nate has amazing strengths in Online Sales + Marketing and his strengths are 100% my weaknesses😬😜 but when we support each other and have like minded goals it makes the journey so much better! @natekozlowski #2rise#freshstart#livedaily#choosehappy#joyinthejourney
empowered women, empower women ✊🏾// so moved & feeling so blessed by all the women who have reached out to help @thebreakfastclubkids girls. These girls will no longer be without. I am so grateful to each of you.
#TheNewHomeCompany launched this gorgeous new #MasterPlannedCommunity in #SouthCorona last night and they made quite a splash! #TheCollinsGroupOC toured 9 model homes, sipped on yummy cocktails and got to see some syncronized swimmers! The homes are pretty fabulous - 3 neighborhoods ranging from the high $300,000's to the low $700,000's, 3-5 bedrooms, bonus lofts, and super cute outdoor spaces. Swing by this weekend for their #GrandOpening (more info at www.LiveBedford.com) or DM me for details and floor plans and pricing for each neighborhood. The winner was the New Home Company's neighborhood Whitney - Residence 1 and the social epicenter Hudson House!! #livebedford#southcorona#eagleglen
Tartan chairs at brunch today, a chance to rep our part Scottish routes, a cute photo opp while Bae’s colour coordinating & a trigger for me to start thinking interior design as I have finally found a property that we will be moving into next month Wahey!
Ive only been searching for approx 6 months ever since ratgate #ifyouknowyouknow & been getting increasingly disheartened by the Private rental market and estate agents/land lords who talk out their arses. I’ve also been increasingly desperate to find somewhere with a 2nd bedroom big enough for a proper cot as madame is close to high jumping over the side of her next to me crib and room for more wardrobe space now I’m starting to see my figure again & glam nights out are getting slightly more appealing.
So I’m buzzing to be moving closer to my sister + fam and besties, further into the beautiful Countryside, to have Ariélle her first bedroom to decorate and make lovely
and a move that will signify new beginnings and a real fresh start for me.
Although I’m not yet buying & this isn’t going to be our forever house, I’m excited to make it home & proud that I worked my little booty off, saved hard and have been a tight arse enough to ensure I could provide this next step for us. Cue Destiny’s Child “the shoes on my feet....” you know the rest 💅🏼
If anyone’s into interior design/babies nursery’s/know great accounts worth a follow for inspiration hook a girl up 😘
Hey everyone!! I haven’t posted in about 3 months and I’m so sorry about that. I’m not going make an excuse the only real reason is I lost motivation which I really shouldn’t of since I want to help everyone be more positive. I will not promise I’m going to post everyday but I will post. 🎉💖❤️#positivevibes#freshstart
Today, I turn 3️⃣0️⃣ and I never thought I would feel so fabulous. I am in such an amazing time in my life right now and I could not feel more positive going forward. Looking back on my 20’s, I truly did a substantial amount of growing up. I finally have a fulfilling and rewarding career that I cant wait to keep building on, I bought my very first home and I’ve done a lot of work on myself and can truly say I’m the happiest with myself I’ve ever been, which I am extremely grateful to feel going into this next decade of my life. I have the most amazing and genuine friendships and a loving family that I am beyond blessed to have. I honestly believe my 30’s will be a chance for me to start fresh, to truly shine, experience crazy adventure, travel a hell of a lot more and to continue to focus on what makes my soul happy. I can’t wait for what this next chapter holds for me. Cheers to this milestone! 🥂
If you grasp a sprout, you’ll starve it of light and prevent it from growing. Release, so life may flourish and expand happily.
For the past few months I’ve been reflecting a lot on the concept of non-attachment, “Aparigraha” in Sanskrit, which literally translates to non-grasping or non-greed. We all say a lot of goodbyes in our lives, goodbye to homes, friends, ideas, dreams, and things. Some goodbyes are victorious and are a weight off one’s shoulders, while others are painful, perhaps even traumatic. Some goodbyes are necessary in order to make space for what’s new, some are temporary for a period of life only for that “thing” to return at more appropriate timing. It’s like when you hear about a couple who met, loved each other, then left each other and led separate lives, only to find each other once again much later in life and reconnect.
In my life I’ve lived many homes: VT, St. Augustine, Florida, Eugene, Oregon, Alexandria, Virginia, Grand Junction and Gunnison, Colorado. Each time I left I felt my heart grasping to hold on to those “homes” which will forever be a part of me. I’ve pursued several careers and worked countless “jobs,” only to stay true to learning and growth throughout. I’ve planned and dreamed, and planned some more only to have life lead the way. Plans be damned. As I look down and see an unfamiliar body with cluttered memories, and jumbled dreams, I feel all the more fervently the need to simplify and let things go in order to gain clarity on and off the mat. I want to see, hear, taste, and feel what is present without be bogged down by the past or irrationally concerned for the future. I want my heart sing a song that falls in harmony with my path rather than in dissonance with my actions. I want to look up and back with gratitude and faith. I want to practice and continue to cultivate this lifetime of learning as long as I am lucky to have it. #vermontlife#vermontyoga#yogaoutside#yogaoutdoors#reflection#rambling#movingmeditation#settingintentions#justbreathe#letitgo#aparigraha#willowrockyoga#forestbathing#freshstart
Well yesterday was my last day of work down here, I will miss all my friends and family and everyone that I grew to know and become cool with throughout my company but my new journey begins today as we move to San Antonio 😁🙏🏼💯 #NewBeginnings#FreshStart#Blessed
If we’re honest, we are all one stupid comment away from being drug on #Twitter . And I don’t say that to invoke fear. I say that to remind you today to be gentle not only with others, but yourself. There are clothes I used to confidently wear that I wouldn’t be caught dead in now. There are songs I used to sing that I can no longer even hum. There are shows I used to cackle at that I no longer find funny. There are beliefs that I stood on that have been completely deconstructed and morphed into something else entirely. There are things that I tolerated yesterday that I no longer tolerate today. It’s hard to imagine but there are things I do and say and live right now that in five years I’ll look back on the picture and say “Wow who is that girl?” And it is not because I am fake. It is not because I am following a trend. It is because I have grown and transformed. And I will until I die.
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I guess what I am trying to say is: You did not wake up like this. You did not always walk that walk and talk that talk. Neither did I. We all started out the same: helpless, trying to figure things out. And here we are: more grown than yesterday, but not complete. So let’s not pretend we are. Let’s not pretend others should be. Let’s be honest and admit we have all done and believed things that would make us want to block ourselves today. This is humanity: the metamorphosis of our growth. It’s looking back and saying “my my my, I’m not the same.” I am changing, friends. I’m changing, right before your eyes. And when the new self breaks out of this cocoon, know that although I am no longer who I was, you can not expect me to stay here forever. I am not complete. Neither are you. Clinging to the ways you have always known and done things does not make you more real or exceptional or grounded or faithful. It could just mean you are stunted. So I will not just clap for the one who has seemingly always had it right, I will clap for the ones who recently learned just how blind they were but now they see. Today’s snapshot of life will be a picture you stare at one day amazed as you whisper “Look how I’ve changed!” And hopefully, “Look how I’ve grown.” 💫
Happy Friday!! I came across some old pictures of myself. The picture to the left was when I went back to Vietnam in 1998. I don’t remember how much I weighed. The picture to the right was this month at a wine tasting with my cousin/friend @irishchocolat / @fitmommymd .
This is to show that YOU can do anything YOU put your mind to. I imagined being thin, I never knew how it was going to happen!! I had gastric bypass in 2003, and have kept the weight off !!! My heaviest since weight loss surgery was 160lbs. I had to learn health and nutrition at 26years old, most of us are taught this as a child. Surgery gave me a fresh start. I don’t deprive myself, I eat what I want. I try to avoid carbs and sweets but if I want to eat it then I do. Sometimes I pay the price. My only rule that I have stuck to is that I have never bought a size bigger!!! That rule has worked for 15 years for me. What I have learned is believe you can and not stop until you reach your goal. You will have obstacles, don’t let anyone or anything stop you from what you truly want!!! ❤️❣️🌟
by Mary Oliver ********
Under the orange
sticks of the sun
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again
and fasten themselves to the high branches—
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands
of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails
for hours, your imagination
And if your spirit
carries within it
that is heavier than lead—
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging—
there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted—
each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.