A year of Intentional Living

When I was going through my 2019 desires I chose Intentional for my word of the year.

Meaning of intentional

I’m embracing the word by trying a year of intentional living. I plan to slow down the flow into my life. So I can enjoy what I have, be present, get clarity within different areas of my life and clear out what isn’t serving me.  It’s inspired by a low spend year – to be conscious and intentional when spending my money, slow living, minimalism, decluttering, konmari of course, conscious consumerism, and sustainable living. As well as Leonie Dawson’s No spend experiment & Jen Storers Depth Year

What if for a whole year you stopped acquiring new things or taking on new pursuits. Instead, you returned to abandoned projects, stalled hobbies, unread books and other neglected intentions and go deeper with them than you ever have before. ~ David Cain

Yes yes yes! This quote has it nailed for me.

My intention for my intentional year is to minimise the inflow into my home especially that which doesn’t serve us.

To use up, finish, enjoy or declutter the things we already have. Also stopping the flow of more & more information, next best course etc that I ‘need’. I love it but I have so much digital content which I’ve already purchased that I a) haven’t started or b) haven’t implemented what I have learnt.  

How does this look?

I’ll go over some of the areas that I will be focusing on.

Book. How I’m living intentionally & buying less books. Reading books I already have

Books

The old way

I have a whole pile of books that I’ve brought but haven’t read. Yet I go to the library with the kids all the time & come away with 10 books that I try and get through before half of them are due back. My kindle app & Ibook apps both have books I’ve brought that I haven’t read/finished.

The new way

Read my books I’ve brought one at a time. Decide if it’s a book I want to keep – usually I just keep the ones that I earmark so much that it’s easier to keep than take notes from. I’ll also read my kindle books when out & about.

Once I’ve read all the books I own I’ll get two at a time from the library – one to start & one back up to start when number 1 is finished. I’ll be saving in library fines too 👍🏽

Clothing. Living intentionally. Capsule wardrobe, buy no new clothes, mend clothing. New day same outfit

Clothes

👩🏻Me – Finding which clothes I love & which are my favourite. Then decluttering what I don’t want. We wear 20% of what we own 80% of the time. I always grab for the same outfits, I choose to wear the ones I love & feel good in over and over. I need to declutter the mediocre which I put on and think “it’ll do”. Who wants to wear “It’ll do”! I want it all to be my fave.

👦🏽👧🏽 Kids – every time I do washing I think god they have a lot of clothes. So they are done for the year.

I am getting a pair of pants made locally for the boy because he only has jeans as long pant at the moment.

I will declutter their small clothes & what they don’t wear too. I try to keep a small selection for Playcentre. Because it’s lots of messy play I don’t want a whole bunch of paint & dye covered clothes. I’d rather just have a small collection of those, as you can’t pass them on when they grow out of them so it seems a waste.

✂️ I also have a pile of clothes that need small repairs which I will get to this year too.

I love a good opshop find so I really need to steer clear of them, because who can pass up that amazing $5 top thats black like the rest of my wardrobe. No self control in an opshop so best not to go there. One caveat to the rule would be going with a set amount of cash for a very specific item. This again could be safer through Trademe or another online secondhand platform.

Intentional living with digital content. Buying no more online courses

Digital Content

I have online courses which I have purchased and haven’t completed, haven’t started or haven’t implemented what I’ve learnt. I’m not signing up for any more courses this year I want to go through what I’ve got and actually use it. I also have a variety of PDFs saved on my iPad. I’m good. Mantra – “I’ve got all the information I need and when I need it the perfect information/inspiration will find its way to me.”

Living intentionally with personal care products, skincare, essential oils.

Personal Care

I make some of my own products from Essential Oils so I’ll still be getting my monthly wellness box from Doterra. But I will only get what I haven’t already got. I get some other products from Miessence I’m quite well stocked up on this at the moment but if I need anything once I’ve used it up I’ll grab some more.

I do have some random lotions, oils, and other products which I haven’t finished off yet so will try to use these up before I get anymore.

Stationary

I love stationary and can’t resist a cute notebook. So needless to say I have enough to get me through the year. No more notebooks, diaries, cards, pens, stickers, pretty paper. I might be inspired to send more snail 🐌 mail 💌 to actually use some of my stationary. I love to make mini vision boards in my diary as I go through them & think I have enough supplies for this too. I could print things out if need be.

Living intentionally with crafts - using up craft supplies, finishing projects & buying no new craft supplies

Craft

I’ve got material that I brought with great intentions but it’s still sitting there so I’ll decide what to make with that & use it. I have a few other craft projects that are yet to be completed. And a bunch of rimu & other wood I want to make something with. Will tick them off or get rid of them. Basically just stopping the flow in and using all the things I have, finishing projects & decluttering what I don’t love. Looking forward to spending more time getting creative rather than scrolling. I won’t be buying any new craft supplies. If I’m looking to do creative projects after I’ve finished up or discarded the others I’ll look at what I can use around me – using natural resources, up cycling etc.

Upcycling as a part of intentional living

Notes

Im going to finish projects up & use up products etc. But if Im not enjoying the projects & they have lost their appeal I’ll get rid of them. Same goes for the products if I don’t like them they are out.

Its like a slow very intentional Konmari method – it has to spark joy, if it doesn’t it will be discarded mindfully. Konmari mets Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle, Recycle.

PS I did read and follow Marie Kondo’s method a couple of years ago. But I didn’t discard as ruthlessly because I did have in mind the wastefulness and unethical side of just throwing things away. I did get rid of lots of clothes but not much from the other categories.

This year more thought is on the refusing/reducing what comes in.

Konmari sparks joy. This sparks joy. This doesn’t spark joy.

Main reasons why I’m doing this

🎀 Keep the flow into our home low🎀 Accomplishment of finishing projects, online courses & books. Getting them off my mental & physical to do list.

🎀 Mindful spending / consuming

🎀 Declutter mindfully what I don’t love.

🎀 Getting creative offline

🎀 Slow down my information consumption – information overload.

🎀 Forming better habits around spending, consuming, finishing what I start.

I’m just sharing my musings, getting myself accountability & keeping a reminder/record of what I intend to do. I’ll post along the way.

Much love

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Time travelling back to 2008

To meet me a newly reformed happy, thriving woman.

I had a combination of rituals on point in 2008. Rituals which I have let slide slowly over the last 7 years. But they are ones I want & need to reinstall.

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Rituals I held up in 2008.

1. Eating Mindfully – I would set up at table setting even if I was eating alone. I’d take my time, sit down , say thanks for my food, drink it in visually then really taste & enjoy each mouthful. Chewing it fully. Often glancing out the window but there were no other distractions. I’d make sure I sat for at least five minutes after I’d finished before getting up. These five minutes were like a meditation I guess. Filled with thoughts of gratitude for the beautiful food I’d prepared and eaten. Giving gratitude for all things in my life. Sometimes just letting my mind let go of thoughts and concentrating on a tree or something out the window.

2. Dry brushing – every morning before my shower then if use another scrub in the shower. This really helped my poor circulation. I had no cellulite after a few months – this was also due to ritual number three. While dry brushing I would say positive affirmations in my head about my body, blessing & showing gratitude for it.

3. I was sugar free. No added sugar anywhere. I was cooking all my own meals with real food. I knew exactly what was in my food & was eating wholefoods. Avoiding sugar when I could. This really helped keep my mind & body balanced.

4. Apple cider vinegar in water each morning. I’d add 1-2 tbsps to half a glass of warm water. Skull this back then rinse & spit with plain water. Then drink a glass of warm water. This was to make sure my teeth were well rinsed & the ACV wasn’t stripping my teeth.

5. Dancing dancing dancing. I love to dance, mainly alone just shaking that a**. I had such a good routine of doing stretches, strengtheners and then I’d dance to Beyonces Experience DVD for at least 30 minutes. I felt so good after sweating up a storm. I also took the opportunity to walk where I could.

I loved this year and coincidently eight is my fave number. I maintained many of the rituals for sometime but now as I stop to look today 2015, none truly remain consistently in my routine as they did then. So my goal is to bring them back. To take time & make time for them. A lot has happened in my life since 2008 but it’s time to stop take time & bring back some rituals that honour me, enrich me & make me feel gooood.  image

Is there a ritual that you would love to cultivate? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Or is there a year, time, stage of your life that you felt in fire and was so on point. It could be now.

I’d love to hear what it was about that time that you were just loving. Let me know in the comments below.

Enjoy your day

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Do you know what’s really in synthetic vitamins?

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This will change the way you think about vitamin supplements.

Do you know what’s really in synthetic vitamins?

Dirt, ground up rocks, metals – even nasties like coal, cyanide and acetone!

What! I hear you say and that was my reaction too. You really must listen to this ‘Fridays with Narelle’ webinar recording. Narelle goes over what’s really in specific vitamins and why isolated synthetic vitamins may be doing you more harm than good!

It’s really quite eye opening and rather worrying that companies don’t have our best interests at heart.

Since listening I haven’t been able to look at my vitamin c sodium ascorbate the same and needless to say I haven’t used it. So it’s about real food people real food! Luckily that’s all the Miessence Superfoods are real food that’s truly pure and potent.

Have a listen here and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Have a lovely day

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Little Changes make a big impact

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He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
— Thomas Carlyle

There should be no greater motivation to take control over your health and fitness than the words of the 19th century Scottish philosopher above.

But why should our health be connected to our hope?

The answer to that is that when we are fit and healthy, the world is full of possibilities – nothing is beyond our reach. Trek through the Andes? No problem. Helping a friend move house? When do we start?

If you are in an older age bracket, or know people who are, there can be often a form of mourning as realisation hits that there are things that one used to be able to do that are now out of reach.

Even professional sports people who have spent most of their lives in peak physical condition are susceptible to this unless there is an effective transition process in place to manage the physical and psychological adjustment.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
— Proverbs

So given what we know about the link of good food habits and optimism, shouldn’t we be giving ourselves every opportunity to maximise our health potential for as long as possible?

The great news is that is not too late to start on making those changes that will make a difference to your health, fitness and well-being – all of which will give you the promise of ‘everything’ mentioned in the second half of Thomas Carlyle’s quote.

Recent research has identified that regular exercise from childhood can stave off dementia in old age and increase brain power.

In fact any regular exercise at any age can protect the brain. Even as little as five minutes a day can make all the difference.

In addition to exercise, we should be focusing our attention to effective nutrition to create the ‘healthy hope’ we all want.

According to Dr. Deepak Chopra, the author of Quantum Healing, we replace 98% of all our cells inside of ONE YEAR. And the super-great news is if we improve the quality of our nutrients we can literally rebuild ourselves within a year. The Miessence Vitality Pack contains three outstanding superfoods for optimal vitality:

BerryRadical Antioxidant Superfood – anti-ageing from the inside! The antioxidant equivalent of over 8 servings of fruits and veggies in a delicious chocolatey beverage.
DeepGreen Alkalising Superfood – remineralise and balance your body pH with a super-concentrated source of alkalising, mineral-rich, green algae, grass juices and leafy greens.
InLiven Probiotic Superfood– 26 naturally fermented organic whole foods to help recolonise the gut with beneficial bacteria. 80% of our immunity is in our gut. Fermented foods are one of the keys to longevity.
All three products together hold the key to unlocking vibrant health.

I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do – the day after…
— Oscar Wilde

People are marvellous procrastinators, but if you’re ready to make the decision to improve your health and well being, adjusting your choices day by day is recommended.

And if you’re looking for a place to start, we recommend the Vitality Challenge with Miessence Superfoods – a 10 day program that includes a daily serving of our certified organic, wholefood blends that have been especially formulated to help your body maximise its full potential from the inside.

Don’t put it off.

Imagine what would your world look like if you could enjoy optimal health and well-being every day.

Via Miessence Blog

14 ways to make 2014 your best year

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Happy New Year everyone!
My first post for 2014 and it’s already the end of February. I have been rather busy with a newborn though, born early January.

1. Keep your self talk positive – would you say that to your best friend? Be kind to yourself.

2. Add a green juice or smoothie to your day. It’s a great way to start.

3. Create a vision board for the year ahead. Add in places you wish to visit, things to achieve. Set some goals and begin to break them down so you can work toward them.

4. Practice gratitude – Be thankful for all that you have. You have an abundant life. To really up your gratitude practices write down 10 things you are grateful for each day.

5. Read everyday – expand your knowledge pick something you wish to learn about or get lost in a novel feeding your imagination.

6. Simplify your life. Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication ~ Leonardo da Vinci

7. Do more of what makes you happy

8. Quit sugar in 5 days find out how here

9. Laugh more its good for you

10. Eat more food mainly plants as Micheal Pollan would say. Try to keep at least half of your plate made up of colourful veggies and fruit.

11. Add more superfoods to your diet. The more good you add in the more it will crowd out the ‘crap food’. Superfoods are nutrient dense so you are getting more nutrition from a smaller quantity of foods.

12. Aim to be kind, forgiving, calm and patient. One study showed that people with high stress levels is similar to smoking 5 cigarettes a day as far as health is concerned.

13. Ditch the soda – so much sugar for no nutritional value. Switch it for water, coconut water, herbal iced teas (homemade with natural sugar alternatives or no sugar at all)

14. Spend more time with those you love – your friends and family. Have fun and enjoy each others company, support each other and create memories together.

Wishing you all a fantastic 2014 x

Toxic Brews May Cause Pregnant Pause

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by Wendy Dumaresq via the Miessence blog

I grew up on a lovely farm in a fairly remote area of Victoria many, many moons ago. How I loved the natural environment – the animals, birds, beautiful trees and the healing energy coming from the land. As a result of such a natural upbringing, I have always had a love passion for preserving and appreciating the gifts of nature.

What I was not aware of at the time was the potential for harm when it came to farm and family life – not just harm from accidents and injuries (and we were extremely fortunate in that respect) but harm from the growing use of potentially toxic synthetic chemicals on farms, in our homes, gardens and in industry.

At the time, in the 60s and 70s the new era of farming was well entrenched with formulations of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other products becoming increasingly available to help with crop management and other areas of farm and industry production, in gardening and home management.

We were fortunate to have careful parents and I don’t remember once being deliberately exposed to chemicals. However kids will be kids and play in places they shouldn’t at times.

I vividly remember falling in sheep dip more than once (a particularly nasty and toxic brew!) even though we were told not to go near it, and being sprayed by the aerial sprayer as well, thinking it was all a great joke, little realising the chemical cocktail which was being absorbed through my skin. At that time there were not the research findings that there are now about the longer term effects on our health and environment. Ignorance is bliss and hindsight is a wonderful thing and at least we can learn from the past.

By the time I was in my mid to late 20s I was very ill – jaundiced, enlarged and aching liver, exhausted, feeling like death not even warmed up – not just from what happened in the past but also from living in a big city, exposed to a huge amount of pollution both in the home and in the external city environment.

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I could not obtain any answers from the conventional medical system but was so grateful to one GP who told me it was clear I was very ill but had I thought of seeing a Naturopath? (never had I heard that word before). That is what started my research into natural methods of healing and living, as my liver was not a ‘happy chappy’ to say the least and it looked like my days were numbered if I didn’t do something constructive very quickly.

……..and I grew up thinking that homes, gardens and farms were ‘healthy’ places. Hmmmm, nothing like a bit of life experience is there?

As a Medical Herbalist and Natural Fertility Management Counsellor at the South Coast NSW (previously central highlands, Victoria and Melbourne) with years of consulting with women and men with hormonal problems, fertility challenges and in pre-conception care, one of the first priorities I have with each person it is obtain some idea of their degree of exposure to potentially toxic chemicals in the home, garden and extended environment, including the workplace. When this is ascertained, and if it is necessary safer options are suggested, even products as simple as vinegar and soda bicarbonate which tends to cover a lot of cleaning issues, are suggested for the home.

This was before Miessence certified organic products was born. When Miessence started, for some years, I had some of these available in the clinic or referred patients to Miessence and now have these available through my website. If I had my way, all homes and work places would totally ditch the potentially toxic cleaners and adopt more natural approaches.

Each couple I work with for improved fertility outcomes and pre-conception care as well as others with a variety of health concerns will undergo appropriate investigations to try and ascertain their toxic load well before they try and conceive or as a part of their treatment protocol. This may be done with blood/urine tests, hair mineral tissue analysis and a thorough case history, other methods where appropriate.

When necessary each individual will have a tailored program to help them achieve optimal health and well-being, including the use of diet, herbs and nutrients to help remove toxic elements from their system. High quality free radical scavengers which practitioners have access to and others which are easy to obtain, such as the potent and delicious antioxidant Berry Radical powder are very important to help improve the health of this generation and those to come.

What about you? Have you ever taken an audit of the potential toxic chemical exposure in your home, garden and workplace?

If you are told ‘don’t worry, these are totally safe’ and they are synthetic chemicals, be very careful. Choose certified organic or at least products which have proven the test of time as being safe. I have a little saying ‘When in doubt, chuck it out’.

If you were watching ABC TV Four Corners on Monday 22nd July, you would have seen the moving and very disturbing story entitled ‘Chemical Time Bomb’. Here is the link: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2013/07/22/3806111.htm

Many of the highly toxic chemicals used over the last several decades have been found to be potentially carinogenic, including herbicides containing dioxins such as 245T (banned since 1980s-1990s). Now, as this ABC documentary reveals, 24D is under the microscope and its safety being questioned. This is a common chemical herbicide used in garden and field management.

Take great care, go ‘au natural, certified organic’ and go with love for humanity and our earth.

Visit http://www.organicgoody.miessence.com for a full range of organic products.