My skin type is to the dry and sensitive side, so over the years I’ve found many things that help to combat dry skin and moisturise the skin both from outside and from within. I want to share those tips with you, so here you have my 4 tips for dry skin!
One of my first tips would be to try to experiment with facial oils. Facial oils are very moisturising, and can really help combat dry skin. If you have very sensitive skin and break out easily, you can try oils such as jojoba, rosehip oil or evening primrose oil.
2. Healthy fats
It is not just enough to moisturise the skin from outside-in, one of the best things you can do if you have dry skin, is to eat more healthy fats. Eat more nuts, seeds and avocados, these will moisturise your skin from within. Hemp seeds, walnuts, cashew nuts, chia seeds, almonds, sesame seeds etc.
3. Avoid harsh products
I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager, all the youth magazines promoted skincare products which was really harsh and damaging for the skin. At that time, I thought that if you were going to combat pimples and acne, that was what you had to use. Boy, was that wrong. These types of products actually damage your good bacteria on the skin, and dry out the skin. So avoid all types of ‘harsh’ products. Instead try fx some balm cleansers or some very gentle milk cleansers.
4. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
We cannot talk about dry skin, without talking about water. Hydrating your body with water, or watery foods (fx cucumber) is so important. Drink more water, and your skin will thank you!
Sometimes you just need some motivation or some tips and tools for increasing your productivity or for creating new and better habits. Therefore I have 4 books for exactly that, to share with you today!
Books about Productivity
Eat That Frog! – Brian Tracy
‘Eat That Frog!’ is a brilliant little book. It’s a very easy read and very manageable. It’s about how to overcome procrastination. You might recognise the feeling of putting off that one thing that you just keep on postponing? This book gives you the motivation and reasons for why ‘eating that frog’ as the first thing, is the best thing you can do for yourself.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
This book was one of the first ‘self-development’ books I ever read, and it is about the habits that ‘effective / productive’ people have. It covers several different aspects, such as personal management, seeking to understand first rather than to be understood and many other habits that will change your life.
Books about Creating New Habits
Atomic Habits – James Clear
I’ve already made a more in-depth book recommendation about this book, but this book is all about how creating small tiny changes in your life will add up over time and make a big difference for you. It is better to make a little change, and stick to that little habit over time, than it is to set a way too big and unrealistic goal and quit within a week.
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
‘Atomic Habits’ have many of its principle from ‘The Power of Habit’. I think both books are interesting in their own ways, where ‘Atomic Habits’ are more manageable and give good concrete steps to take, ‘The Power of Habit’ give more insights into the psychology behind habits. Why we have them, and why we can have a hard time breaking some habits. So it’s a really fascinating read, especially if you’re into psychology & understanding the human mind.
Your genes do not determine your life, how you live your life does! Today I want to talk about the concept of epigenetic, which is a concept that is getting more and more recognition today.
Earlier on we thought that genes affected our lives and how we were, which diseases we got etc. And they do to a point, because our bodies do carry the genes we’ve got from our mother / grandmother etc. However, more recent science have found that it is our lifestyle and our environment that affects whether the gene actually gets activated.
So if your grandmother had a specific disease, you might have inherited the gene to getting that disease. BUT, if you live differently from your grandmother, meaning that you; don’t eat the same food, live in a different environment, have another mindset, exercise more etc. compared to what your grandmother did, this means that the gene might not get activated.
You have the power over your own life
We have a lot more power over our own lives than we have previously thought. Epigenetic is about how signals from our surroundings modifies and regulates the genes activities. Our genes are constantly getting recreated as a reaction to our experiences in life.
Epigenetic = means ‘next to the genes’
Perhaps diabetes runs in your family, but maybe it is due to the overload of processed food and lack of exercise. So know that you can change that. Your genes do not determine how your life is going to be like, you can change the environment for your genes and make sure they do not get activated. Eat an abundance of vegetables, move your body, spend time doing what you love and you create an entirely different environment for your genes, and your life will unfold in another way!
Having a Growth Mindset can change your life completely. But you have to learn to see things differently, and think differently from what you have been used to, if you want to get this kind of mindset. Invest in yourself, keep learning, exploring and stay open-minded and life will turn into the most interesting adventure you have ever been on!
Fixed Mindset VS. Growth Mindset
A Fixed Mindset sees ourselves as static beings, like we can’t change how things are for us, our character, intelligence or creativity. However, a Growth Mindset thrives on challenge and views failure as new learning opportunities, and new ways of growth. Our entire life is defined by our mindset. Our relationship with success and failure determines our way towards happiness. If you keep seeing a failure as you being a failure and you get sad and miserable over it, this will affect your life. But, if you instead see failure as just another way to have learned something new, and a springboard towards success, your world-view will be entirely different.
How to Gain a Growth Mindset
Keep learning and exploring new things and ways of thinking. Read books, watch documentaries, talk to new people, listen to podcasts, go to new places
See failure not as a failure, but as an opportunity for growth and learning
Focus on the good things in life & the small joys
See life as Yin & Yang, everything is about balance. You need both in your life
Stop telling yourself limiting beliefs, instead go encourage yourself and talk yourself up
Another’s success does not mean that you cannot succeed. Learn to be happy about other people’s successes, and know that there is more than enough to go around for everyone
Do you like to improve yourself and creating new and better habits, which can change your life into a better life? Then this is a book for you! The book Atomic Habits by James Clear.
This book is all about how creating small tiny changes in your life will add up over time and make a big difference for you. It is better to make a little change, and stick to that little habit over time, than it is to set a way too big and unrealistic goal and quit within a week.
In this book, James Clear comes with several small brilliant examples of how these small habits over time will have a significant impact on your life – for the better. Do you want to live healthier? Instead of saying to yourself to quit all sugar right now, eat tons of veggies and exercise 5 days a week – start small. Try to eat 1 more vegetable each day, or add 1 smoothie to your diet each day. Over time you can begin to increase the amount, but start small and continue the practice.
I can highly recommend this book, especially if you are into growth and self-development. James Clear offers some very practical guidelines on how to change your habits, and lots of inspiration!
Find the book here: Atomic Habits – James Clear * (*Affiliate link. If you buy through this link, this means that I get a small percentage of the sale)
Quotes from the book
“Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years”
“Too often we convince ourselves that massive success requires massive action”
“A slight change in your daily habits can guide your life to a very different destination”
“All big things come from small beginnings”
Have you read any interesting books lately? As always, I would love to hear about it!
In recent years scientists have started to learn much more about the gut and how important the state of the gut is for our overall health. Today I want to share what you can do to get a healthier gut, as well as an overall healthier body.
“All disease begins in the gut” – Hippocrates
In the gut we have our ‘micro biome’. Microbiome refers to our collection of microbes and their genes. Your micro biome consists of an environment of bacteria. Bacteria are not just bad, more than 95% of the world’s bacteria are harmless to humans, many are actually extremely beneficial. But in order to have a healthy micro biome, we need an overweight of the ‘good bacteria’, otherwise you can get bacteria overgrowth (‘bad bacteria’) which can affect your micro biome, gut, digestive system and your entire body – including your skin. 2/3 of the immune system is located in the gut, and 99% of bacteria are found in the gut.
Change your micro biome by changing the food you eat
The good news is, that you can change your micro biome by changing the food you eat. With everything you put into your body, you have a change of feeding either the good or the bad bacteria. The good bacteria needs greens, vegetables, fibers to survive, whereas the bad bacteria needs processed foods and sugar.
But, food is not the only thing affecting our gut health. Also things such as getting enough sleep, exercising, relaxing is beneficial for our good bacteria. Whereas stress, lack of sleep and exercise, too harsh cleaning products and pesticides kills the good bacteria.
“Almost nothing influences our gut bacteria as much as the food we eat” – Gut – Giulia Enders
How to get a healthier micro biome?
Eat a diet high in fiber, this is good for your digestion (fruits, vegetables, especially green ones like kale, cabbage, broccoli, quinoa, oats)
Avoid a too sterile environment, too harsh cleaning products
Relax. Stress allows for more bad bacteria to survive in the gut
Go for organic food, avoid pesticides
Eat probiotic foods regularly (sauerkraut, kombucha, miso soup, kimchi), you can also take a probiotic supplement to get more good bacteria to your gut
Eat prebiotics even more often (artichoke, asparagus, bananas, garlic, onion, parsnips, wholegrain, rye, oats, leeks)
Eat healthy fats; avocados, nuts, seeds
Get a good amount of sleep each night
*ExtraTips for mothers
If possible, giving a vaginal birth is the best. This way the child gets a protective layer of bacteria which gives it a healthy gut from the beginning of life
Another good idea for moms is to breastfeed for a long time, this gives lots of good bacteria to your newborn
– Brain Maker – David Perlmutter – The Beauty of Dirty Skin – Whitney Bowe – Gut – Giulia Enders
Nicole Hemmer is a teacher, inspirational speaker and a writer with passion for spirituality and soul work. I met Nicole through Instagram, and she was just such a ray of positive light and inspiration right from the beginning, and such a kind and inspirering soul. Nicole has been travelling around the world, doing soul work, and has worked with many people from all over the world mentoring them and guiding them. Nicole also just released her very first book, Soul on Fire, which you can read much more about in this interview. Please welcome, Nicole.
Dear Nicole, will you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who you are and what you do?
I am originally from Canada, lived in Europe the past 3 years and am currently based in Bali, Indonesia. I also traveled to 50 countries by the time I was 25 years old, and have had a strong fire in my heart for freedom and global transformation from a young age.
I am a teacher, inspirational speaker, writer, women’s empowerment mentor, and author. I’ve led international workshops, classes, sacred circle’s and retreats with hundreds of women around the world and did my Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology (the study of psychology, spirituality and consciousness). My passion and expertise is in inspiring women to step into their power, unleashing their soul’s voice in the world, soul embodiment and Divine Feminine Soul Leadership.
How did you first become interested in spirituality?
I first became interested in spirituality when I was 14 years old. I felt a strong hunger in my heart for spirituality and knew that my reason for being on this Earth was connected to this, and was a core component of my purpose. I also started to do yoga and meditation at this age, and was reading books on healing, the chakra’s, intuition, psychic abilities, eastern philosophy and consciousness. My mother was also open to spirituality and introduced me to crystals, colour baths, hands on healing, and personal development.
Which events in your life has completely changed your life?
Moving to Berlin when I was 25 years old changed my life, and was the catalyst for me to start doing the work with women that I was initiated and called to do. Living in Japan when I was 22 years old also changed my life, and brought me back to my soul’s essence and taught me what it means to be a woman in her feminine essence.
A paramount moment for me on my path was when my parents separated when I was 19 years old, and I entered a dark night of the soul period. During this time, I made the commitment to myself and vow that I would never allow any situation or circumstance to close my heart. I promised myself I would stay open no matter what throughout this lifetime, and always keep my heart open. To allow challenging and painful experiences to crack my heart open even wider, and allow pain and suffering to be the gateway to going deeper within myself….
Which books have changed your life?
Initiation by Elizabeth Haich
The Seven Wisdoms of Life by Shai Tubali
What do you feel the world needs more of?
I strongly feel that the world needs more love, presence and consciousness now more than ever. I feel that heart and soul aligned leadership in women is paramount in a time when the feminine has been denigrated and severely suppressed on the earth. Women need to step into their power and reclaim their voice. The earth is screaming for our help and support, and I feel it is my mission to be a beacon of expression for the Divine Feminine consciousness—to activate, ignite and initiate women into their soul and burning truth.
“I strongly feel that the world needs more love, presence and consciousness now more than ever”
What is your best advice for people dealing with self-doubt?
Self doubt is derived from the small self—and is not our true nature. When we connect to our Higher Self, that is rooted in Divine Confidence, Divine Knowing and Divine Trust—we live in unshakable confidence true to our soul. When we embody and connect to our soul, it is rooted in love and truth. Our small self is controlled by fear, lack and self doubt.
Do you have some daily rituals that you do every single day?
Everyday I place my hands on my heart when I wake up and when I go to sleep. I pray for people that come into my awareness everyday. I stay in an open state where I feel my inspiration and then take inspired action based on what I feel called to do. I love to spend time in nature. I love being in silence—for in silence I can feel and attune myself deeper to the wisdom and knowing of my heart.
What are your favourite practices to raise your vibration?
Some of my favourite practices to strengthen my energetic field is time in nature, time in water, and meditation. I also love aromatherapy oils and rose water spray. Living here in Bali, I love to go to sacred water temples for purification and cleansing..
Which 3 people have inspired you most in your life?
Mary Magdalene, Elizabeth Haich, and Powerful Women Leaders of Light on this Earth that are fierce and true.
You have just released your first book, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Over the last year, I’ve been creating and birthing my first book entitled Soul On Fire: Divine Reminders on the Path of Awakening.This book is a sacred jewel of inspiration for any woman looking to deepen into her humanity—and her divinity. This project reflects my sacred work in the world and I am thrilled to be stepping forward with sharing it with the world…
The book contains transmissions and evolutionary adventures from my own journey, plus self-portraits captured during my travels around the world. My vision is by reading this book, you’ll receive an activation into your deepest truth and soul’s knowing. Whether you receive the words and images in this book as a meditation, or simply as sparkling soul musings, Soul On Fire will awaken, ignite and strengthen your remembrance and connection with the Divine in your own life.
Some of the chapters included in the book are: Authenticity, A New Earth and Feeling the Future, Living the Extraordinary, Beyond Fear, Pain, Warrior of Light, Natural Wild Beauty, Sisterhood, Divine Feminine, Divine Masculine, Money and Abundance, Clarity, Mystical Knowing, The Higher Self, Inspiration…etc.
If people want to learn more about you, or support you in any kind of way, where can they do this?
They can connect with me on Facebook, or check out my website and subscribe to my – Soul Inspiration – newsletter that I send to sisters and women of light around the world. Or follow me on Instagram which is actually how Camilla and I connected! 😉
The book “Think & Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill is a bestselling book, and I completely understand why – it is magical!
The book “Think & Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill has quickly made it to the top of my favourite books. I highlighted so much of the book while reading it, because there was just so much gold in it. The book is primarily about money and how to accumulate riches, but it is also about so much more than just that. It’s about how to get anything in life.
This book is one of the front-goers for the whole ‘manifestation’, ‘law of attraction’ phenomenon, and it is so inspirering and motivating to read. It’s about how you can achieve anything, if you believe you can.
As usual, I don’t want to say too much about the book, because I think you should have the experience of reading it. But I will say that it is life-changing, and that it can really shift your perspective on life.
Below I’ve shared some of my favourite quotes from the book.
Quotes from the book
“Everything which man creates, begins in the form of a thought impulse. Man can create nothing which he does not first conceive in thought”
“You can not get, if you do not give”
“Riches begin in the form of thought. The amount is limited only by the person in whose mind the thought is put into motion”
“One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat”
“Our brains become magnetised with the dominating thoughts which we hold in our minds, and, by means which no man is familiar, these “magnets” attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life, which harmonise with the nature of our dominating thoughts”
To be able to receive anything in life, you must be willing to give the same thing. It’s all connected. This concept, is also known as the concept of ‘Karma’ and has been around for thousand of years.
The concept of giving and receiving has been around for thousand of years. It is also known as the concept ‘Karma‘ in some Eastern religions. Karma is the cycle of cause and effect – each action a person takes will affect him or her at some time in the future. This also applies to a person’s thoughts and words, and the actions other people take under that individual’s instructions.
For me, it makes perfect sense. If you are kind to others, it is far more likely that others want to be kind to you as well. If you, on the other hand, treat others badly, odds are that this will come back to you at some point.
Give what you want to receive.
By giving what you want to receive, you send out the vibration of whatever that is and then you become on the same vibrational level and will be ready to receive that.
If you want more love in your life, then it does not help to be angry/sad about the lack of love you have, that will only give you more of that – lack of love. But by choosing to send out more love, you will also be receiving more love.
So find out what it is you want more of in life – Love? Fun? Kindness? Generosity? And then think about how you can give those things to others. It is the flow of life – the circle of life – what you give, you will receive. If you want to dive deeper into this concept, I can recommend reading “Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra, it is a beautiful little book, which explains this concept very well.
Sometimes we can become very overwhelmed and feeling stressed by having too many things going on. At these points in time, it can be very helpful to have some practices to help you relax & tune into yourself, which can help calm your mind and nervous system. So today I want to share 3 of these practices with you, which I personally use to help to tune into myself, relax and calm my mind.
Yoga is an amazing way to help you to tune into yourself. Sometimes we spend too much time in our head, worrying, stressing, overthinking etc. And then it can be so helpful to come from our heads and into our bodies instead. Yoga is a form of practice which can definitely help you to connect your mind and body, and to help you calm down and help you to tune more into yourself.
If you want to calm down I can recommend some more restorative yoga, or Yin Yoga, which are very calming practices. However, sometimes moving your body some more can be exactly what you need, and when that is the case, you can look into trying some Hatha or Vinyasa yoga.
One of the easiest ways to tune into yourself is to meditate. You can literally meditate wherever you are. All you need to do is to close your eyes and breathe and just let your thoughts come and go. Just focus on your breath, tune into yourself and relax. You can also practice mindfulness, which is being present wherever you are – whether that be doing the dishes, cleaning the house, driving in train or anything else. Just be present, breathe and be where you are.
Be in Nature
Sometimes, one of the best ways to relax and tune into yourself, is to go for a walk, or just be, in nature. Just feeling the sun on your skin, feeling the fresh air in your hair, listening to the birds sing, feeling the ground beneath you. Just getting grounded and being present in the now.
Do you have any practices that always help you to relax & tune into yourself? Feel free to share them in the comments, and let us all inspire each other.