Today I want to remind you to be completely yourself. Because when you are YOU, you attract the right people ✨
It’s really simple, when you are completely yourself, you attract the right people into your life. When you fully show up as who you are, what your interest and passions are – you allow the people who are on the same path as you to find you. But if you pretend to be someone else, or just to ‘fit in’, you won’t find those friendships / relationships where you have things in common.
Be completely yourself and the right people will find you! We are all different, and that is so beautiful, we all have different interests, passions, life goals etc. and there should be room for everyone.
So this was simply a little reminder to shine your light and let the people who needs to find you see your light 🙌✨
If you have a bad day, or just feel like you want to change your mood, then I will recommend to make a list of things that can change your mood ✨🙌
I’m currently reading Tony Robbins book “Awaken the Giant Within”, and I just the part where he suggests that you make a list of all the things that can change your mood instantly. This was such a lovely idea, so I had to share it.
It’s really all about making a list of things that you can do that can change your mood instantly. If you are having a bad day, and just not feeling good (by all means, we all have those days, and if you’re sad, feel those feels, but sometimes just a little change in the mood can make everything better), you can take out your just and do one or more of the things on the list, and change your mood and come into a much better place.
I made my own list of things that can change my mood, here they are: 1. Meditate 2. Listen to high vibe music 3. Dance around 4. Move my body 5. Go for a walk in nature 6. Kiss my man 7. Smile 8. Create content / write / take photos 9. Give myself a facial massage 10. Read 11. Learn new, inspiring things 12. Having inspiring talks with my close ones 13. Uplift other people 14. Give to others 15. Make my family happy 16. Tidy up my space / decluttering 17. Eat healthy, nourishing food 18. Dream BIG & visualise 19. Drinking warm tea 20. Singing
Project for you: Grab your favourite notebook, make yourself a warm cup of tea and sit with yourself and be very honest about what can change your mood and put you in a better place. Write it down, save the list and take it out whenever you feel the need ✨🙌
Why not turn something you do every day, into a loving practice? Today I want to encourage you to make your skincare routine a self-loving practice ✨
Skincare, cleansing, moisturizing, it can be a loving practice, or it can be ‘something we just need to get done’ in the evening. You choose. When you get home from work or school, why not do it right away, when you have time and aren’t too tired.
Choose to make your skincare routine a self-loving practice you have with yourself. Light a candle, make a cup of tea, put on some nice, relaxing music and spend a few minutes to really take care of yourself and your skin.
Give yourself a little facial massage while you put on oil or creme, take time to smell the lovely smells of your products. Take time to look yourself in the mirror, smile and show yourself all the love in the world. Take time just for you. Think about your skincare routine as another way to connect with yourself, and show yourself some love and kindness ✨
Do you have big dreams and goals, that at times seems so big that you become completely paralysed about what to do? Use action to cure fear! ✨
Not that long ago I read two books that have motivated me even more to start taking more action towards my dreams. One was “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz and the other was “Eat that Frog” by Brian Tracy. Both books have reminded me of the magic of taking action!
We often tend to overthink, worry and build up things in our heads, and even though it might be things we want to do, or we just tell ourselves that they are too difficult, we build them up and end up procrastinating out of fear of doing the thing.
You probably already know the feeling. You have a big dream, but it might be so big that you get completely paralysed as to what to do to even achieve that big dream, that you end up doing nothing at all.
Here comes the lesson: “Action cures fear“, as David Schwartz says in his book. Take action, and the fear will go away. And, as I’ve talked about a thousand times before – taking action towards big dreams can be completely overwhelming, but if you break down your big goal into smaller, more actionable steps, and then just start taking one step, and then the next and then the next – eventually you will get there!
If you’re reading this post, take this as a sign to begin to TAKE ACTION on your dreams and goals! Write down the big dream, and write down all the little things you can start doing that will help you get closer towards that goal ✨
What you affirm grows. What you pay attention to grows. Become aware of this, and start to pay attention to the things you want more of in your life ✨
One of the biggest lessons I have learned in life so far, is that what you affirm grows and what you pay attention to grows. This goes for both good and bad things. If you pay attention to how much love you have in your life, and how kind, generous, inspirational people are – you will get more and see more of this. On the other hand, if you pay attention to how irritating, angry and frustrated people are – you will see more of this.
If you keep telling yourself that you are not good enough, you are ugly, you don’t deserve certain things – you will keep getting more of the things that affirms that this is true for you. However, if you start shifting your perception and tell yourself that you ARE good enough, that you are beautiful and that you deserve all the best in the world – your belief in yourself will grow, and you will start to recognise more and more things that will affirm you in your beliefs.
“What you pay attention to grows. If your attention is attracted to negative situations and emotions, then they will grow in your awareness” – Deepak Chopra
This means that YOU have the power over your life. You, and only you, can decide what you give your attention to. So what do you want in your life? Start to pay more attention to the things you want more of, and you will start to see how these show up more and more ✨
You might have seen this quote on Instagram before; “The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit“. This is so true, and such an important reminder to keep in mind. This applies to all things in life. Things do take time, and a continuous effort.
You might want to grow a business. This doesn’t happen over night. It takes time and effort. You can start to plant the seed for it, by starting a website or a blog – but that is not enough for you to have a business. You need to continuously water and nurture it, in order to make it grow.
The same goes for many other things in life. If you want a good relationship, you need to continuously water & nurture it. Put in the effort, plan dates, communicate also when things gets hard, do loving things for each other.
Whatever you want to see grow in your life – you need to give attention to, and water and nurture it, otherwise the seed will die out. But if you keep watering it and giving it love and attention, I promise you, one day the seed will have grown big and beautiful and you will be able to reap all the rewards from all the love, attention and dedication you put into it ✨
But remember, in order to grow anything, you also first need to plant the seed. If you want anything in life, you need to plant the intention of it, start it and then you can start to water it.
Self-care is not just pampering yourself with a bath and a face-mask, self-care is about way more than that. There is self-care on multiple levels. It’s all about nurturing & refuelling yourself ✨
When we hear the word ‘self-care’ we often tend to think about baths, saunas, wearing a facial mask etc. All the physical stuffs we can do to take care of ourselves. While I still think that that is important, there are self-care on multiple levels, and they are all really important to pay attention to.
Taking care of yourself is not just about pampering yourself on the outside. But doing this is good, because it can also make you feel good on the inside as well. But self-care is about waaaay more than just that. Self-care is taking care of your emotional and mental state, your spiritual beliefs, your relationship to others, your work.
A definition of self-care that I just learned through my school is this; Self-care is any activity that nurtures & refuels you on a deep level.
So tune into yourself and consider these areas of your life, do you feel good in these, or is there anything you can do to take better care of yourself in a specific area?
Physical Body – how do you feel about your body? Do you feel good? Energised? Calm? – think about what you can do to take better care of your body; go for a walk, stretch it, drink some more water, eat some veggies – take a bath, nourish your skin with a good oil and give yourself a face massage
Emotional & Mental State – your emotional & mental state is SO important. How are you? Have you allowed yourself to feel the emotions coming up? – feel free to cry if you need to – journal about your feelings, just write whatever is on your mind – talk to a good friend
Relationship to others – how is your relationships? To your partner (if you have one)? To your family? To your friends? – is there anything you want to work on? is there a relationship that no longer feels right for you? Tune into yourself, and feel. Relationships are one of the things that can really either give us SO much, or drain us
Work – how is your work/school situation? Are you happy doing what you do? Do you feel engaged & enthusiastic about it? Or does the thought of going there drag you down? Write down your thoughts and feelings about this. You don’t have to take any action towards changing things right now if you are not happy with it, just be honest with yourself and get your thoughts out
Question for you: Which area of your life needs some self-care? Share it, or write it down in a for yourself in a journal. Then think about how you can take better care of yourself within that area of your life
Ivy Lee is an acupuncturist, herbalist and energy healer. I found Ivy through Instagram where I have been following her for a while. She just continues to inspire me with her wisdom and all that she shares. You can learn more about her in this interview. Please welcome, Ivy.
Dear Ivy, will you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who you are and what you do? I’m an acupuncturist, herbalist, and energy healer. I draw upon an expertise in Chinese Medicine from my ancestral roots and infuse other therapeutic modalities to create a multi-sensory healing experience. My specialty is in women’s health and I love to help women feel empowered in their body and in life.
Why did you start to work with acupuncture / Chinese medicine? I grew up with Chinese Medicine from my family in Taiwan. Since I was young, I was very interested in learning about a variety of traditional healing practices. But being from an immigrant family, I felt the pressure of financial security and I went to work in corporate for many years. Then after a series of experiences I realized that I had a lot of knowledge and a unique gift for healing, and I felt a responsibility to share it with the world. That’s when I quit my corporate job and shifted to my path to doing acupuncture and healing work.
Can you tell what acupuncture is, and how it works? Chinese Medicine is based on a framework which sees that the body is intelligent and has an ability to heal itself. Symptoms and conditions are caused by imbalances in the body, so when the body is brought back into balance, the symptoms and conditions resolve. Acupuncture is one of the modalities within Chinese Medicine and it has been practiced for over 2,000 years. The insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body influences the physiological functioning of the body and promotes balanced flow of energy.
Which experiences in your life have had a big impact on your own self-development? I had lived and traveled to over 30 countries by the age of 30. This had a significant impact on my self-development because it opened my mind. It offered me different perspectives in viewing the world and in viewing myself. It gave me an understanding of the many ways of being and the commonalities in human experience. It empowered me with the belief that I can create myself and create my life.
Which books have changed your life? I read a lot of books on Buddhism when I was young and that has influenced the way I navigate life. “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron. “The Practice of Lojong” by Traleg Kyabgon. “Loving Kindness” by Sharon Salzberg. “The Sacred Path of the Warrior” by Chögyam Trungpa. And so many more.
What do you feel the world needs more of? Forgiveness. This is needed to break the cycle of anger, hurt, and suffering.
Do you have some daily rituals that you do every single day? Sitting with tea, quieting the mind and coming to stillness.
Which people have inspired you most in your life? My mother inspires me in many ways, she embodies so much resilience and strength. She raised me with the values of integrity and honesty, to be true to others and most importantly to yourself.
If people want to learn more about you, or support you in any kind of way, where can they do this? I am the founder of Luminae Wellness in Oakland, California. I offer acupuncture treatments in-person at my healing space and I also offer virtual healing sessions. Reach out to me through my website www.luminaewellness.com or Instagram @luminaewellness
Thank you so much for answering my questions, and for being such a beautiful soul and sharing all your wisdom and for bringing a higher vibration to this world!
In this post I want to remind you of a simple fact, and that is how doing less can give you more ✨
This saying might sound counterintuitive. But it really is true. When you give your attention and full focus to one thing, you will not only accomplish it easier, but you will also do it better, which will give you better results in the long run.
If you work on a project, while you at the same time are replying to emails, cooking food etc. then you do not give that project your full attention & energy.
Your work deserves your full attention. So do yourself the honour of giving yourself time to dive into and focus on one thing at a time.
You will come to see how you get better results, and how the work that you do, will be able to touch even more people, because of the energy you have put into it.
As kids we learn things by our parents and those closest to us, this can be both good and bad. If you have limiting self-beliefs, then reprogramming your mind is a way to turn your confidence around and start believing more in yourself ✨
The majority of our lives we run on autopilot – we do the things we have learned to do over and over again. However these things might not always be in your best interest.
Our subconscious mind runs on autopilot, and the things we have learned to do subconsciously we learned in our early childhood days. By watching and observing our parents and those closest to us. This can be both good and bad. You have learned to walk and talk this way, which is wonderful things!
But you might also have learned self-doubt, negative self-talk, how you handle conflicts etc. this way. If you want to change how you live your life and your habits, you need to dig real deep and find out what beliefs you learned in your early childhood and then start to actively work on changing those daily.
This can fx be if you grew up with a parent who talked negatively about themselves, you might feel like that yourself and have convinced yourself over years and years of this way of talking to yourself that you are not good enough. If you want to change this, start to work with affirmations. See this post for examples on positive affirmations. Start to write things down that you feel good about yourself, tell it to yourself – and do it consistently! These subconscious beliefs take time to change, so you have to keep working on them, otherwise it’s easy to fall right back into old destructive patterns 💫
Questions for you: Which beliefs did you carry with you from childhood? What behaviours are you actively trying to change? Or would like to change? ✨