Autumnal Reflection

Hello Autumn.

This post comes a little late in the day (cough pretty late cough). I was going to try and write something super insightful and poetic, but somehow that's not what's going to happen right now. So bear with me.  

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I used to be so good at journalling, drawing in my sketchbook every day, somehow getting creative thoughts and juices going constantly. It's been a slow downhill battle since I got out of college.

And then adulting happened.

It's a struggle to keep the magic alive. I know all of us go through this at some point, whether the magic was the good ol' days of college and high school or your highest point of self-expression and creation. Or just when things seemed to be going your way.

And for whatever reason, every autumn I feel that touch of magic again. Colors change, the air starts to get a little colder (which is not saying much since I live in California but gosh dang it at least I can't cook an egg in my car anymore) Halloween festivities and all the family holidays and starting to converge. I want this time to be magical and fun.

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I

want

to make things special. I want to create. I want to let go of thoughts about work and schedules and planning and just FLOW with whatever my brain and hands want to do.

But you have to adult.

I want bonfires, pumpkin carving, costume making, crunchy leaves under my feet, whiskey and apple cider, all my scarves,  blankets, and hyyge the heck out of my home. (Please show me a raise of hands if I'm not alone)

It's a struggle. At it may sound a little childish, I know. But I can't function unless there's a little something out of the ordinary going on. It's what makes my heart happy.

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So let's vow to ourselves to never let that little magic flame to go. Maybe it's

self-care

to be able to take the time and do the things that make your heart happy. You know, outside the "light some candles, make some tea and go to bed early" kind of thing.

That excitement is what sets our souls alight. Traditions for the season. That burning for the next music festival, for your next art show, or getting new products into your shop. For that thing that you always wanted to do but never could make the time to go. Or heck, finally meeting up with those friends you promised to meet up with.

Cause we all do that thing where we absolutely mean to, but it just doesn't happen.

Let's promise ourselves we'll do it this season. Whatever it is. We'll take the time to reflect, to keep the magic going, and be true to ourselves.

Current Obsession | The Perfect Cozy Outdoor Space

I NEED A COZY OUTDOOR SPACE.

It's not even funny you guys.

With summer starting to come to a close and never have been able to get outside.... I've been DAY DREAMING of the perfect cozy outdoor space to hang out with family and friends. BBQ smoking, cozy soft sofas and twinkly lights under the stars with a fire pit going for Smore's in case the air turns refreshingly chilly...

They are probably just going to dream for a while longer (both because of the California heat and the amount of free time I have to take on this project) but I thought I would share some photos that have been particularly inspiring as of late.

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So here's my master list of things to acquire to make the perfect cozy outdoor space:

  • Firepit. - cause Smore's Seriously.
  • Palette Sofa  - I found this tutorial thanks to Pinterest and I can't WAIT to give it a go. My roommate left some palette boards on the side of the house and I'm itching to sand and paint them.
  • Outdoor Pillows - I've been eyeing these beauts from Cost Plus but making a few cute ones too seems like a more budget friendly plan. You can't have the perfect outdoor space without lots of pillows!
  • Outdoor Rug - I've been scouring the internet for a decent outdoor rug (both for camping purposes and for this dream space I'm imagining ) and yes again, so far Cost Plus has had the cutest options.
  • Twinkly Lights - I found these lovely solar ones at Cost Plus so I wouldn't have to plug in anything and be environmentally friendly!
  • PLANT BABIES .- I can never have enough plant babies and I constantly want to feel like i'm in a jungle. I can skip the humidity, but warmth and plants? Yes.
  • Fabric Garland -  I think these are so fun and festive. They are easy to make, and you can make them for any holiday without being too cheesy! Plus, you can raid the scraps section of your favorite fabric store to really keep it in buget.

What would you guys do to create the perfect outdoor space? Let me know in the comments below or share pictures of your creations!

*Disclaimer

All images found via Pinterest through my

Dream Garden Board

If you happen to know who took the original images, PLEASE let me know in the comments so that I may give them credit for their wonderful work!

Goddess Provisions Box | Honest Review

I first joined the Goddess Provisions box subscription back in April ( I JUST missed the mermaid box. Still having regrets.) and so far my experience has been FANTASTIC. 

But here are the basic facts.

  • It's all vegan-friendly. Cruelty-free for the win!
  • You get 4-6 full sized products for 33 bucks a month.
  • The boxes usually have a mix of beauty, aromatherapy, and super food snacks.
  • There's pretty much always a crystal of some sorts in the box.

This month's Goddess Provisions theme was Unicorn.

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Unicorn Brush, CHECK

Unicorn highlighter, CHECK

Fancy schmancy sprinkles for your unicorn lattes, CHECK

Plus some other fun goodies and a sticker for my Nalgene!

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This wonderfully refreshing Unicorn perfume will now be in my purse and I'm super excited to use the Unicorn Dust highlighter for my mermaid look later this month!

Here are a few other products that I now use on the daily from the previous boxes:

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These happy drops have been a life saver these last couple months. I definitely feel a boost in my mood after taking a couple drops and love to use it to sweeten my tea a little. Sometimes I worry myself into anxious little circles and this definitely helps.

I was also looking for a good hair oil to use and then magically this hair oil from Prim Botanicals shows up in the box! 4 little drops of this stuff in the morning and my hair detangles instantly, plus the tips are getting the nourishment they need. It's so great my boyfriend is even starting to steal it from me. It's got a lovely rosemary / herbal smell to it so it's definitely a very gender neutral hair product. I'll definitely be ordering more when I run out!

My boyfriend also has a sensitive stomach and I'm a little prone to bloating, and this gingery digestive bitters from Urban Moonshine does the trick. It definitely tastes medicinal, but it works. 

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Before this box subscription, I've never heard of palo santo before! I received two sticks total in the last couple months as well as some palto santo essential oil. It's now my favorite incense to burn in the house. It's got a very earthy sweet smell and I find it to be incredibly soothing. Also pictured are most of crystals  I've received from the box during the last few months!

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Last, but not least, is this sweet simple copper moon necklace. Fun fact, I wore this while I was at Lightning In A Bottle and someone passing me on one of the bridges high fived me and yelled "GODDESS PROVISIONS RIGHT?" and I was super excited. I love wearing this piece all the time and layering it with my other favorite necklaces.

So in conclusion:

So there you have it! My experience with Goddess Provisions has been fantastic so far. There's a great mix of products that I actually love and use, which wassomething I was always a little worried about before signing up for a subscription box. Try it for yourselves, check out their Instagram account for all their beautiful posts and hints for the next box. You'll love the box too!

*This is not an affiliate post. I just truely love this subscription service and waited for a few months to fully formulate my opinion and decided it was something worth sharing!

6 Tips for Staying Positive

Sometimes it feels like the world is falling apart. I know that sounds melodramatic, but staying positive isn't that easy. Those who are able to keep that attitude all the time have had some serious practice. It takes time to train your brain to think in a different way. But regardless of how positive and upbeat of a human being you are, there are just some days where the all the little things build up and hope seems to be a tiny little light at the end of an impossibly long tunnel.

No matter what is bothering you, whether it's something unfortunately huge or just not a good day, here are some tips that have helped me stay positive through tough times.

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Ask for help.

This is the HARDEST one for me. I have this crazy notion that I can't be a real adult unless Ido things all on my own, but in reality, those you love are more than happy to lift you up if you need a boost.

Make a Very Good Things list

Even if the only thing that day that is bringing you joy is your cup of coffee, put that on the list. Or think about what made you happy during the week. Write down your tiny triumphs. You'll realize very quickly how fast that list fills up.

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Make time for Me Time.

Take a bath, read a book, watch your favorite show. It's ok to withdraw for a little to give yourself some breathing room.

Eat that dessert.

Don't go overboard. But TREAT YO-SELF.

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Make a plan for the day.

Then for the week, maybe even the month. Things don't feel so overwhelming when you made your own step by step process.

Put something on your to do list for the day you can cross off.

Feeling like you are getting some things done can help relieve some of those anxious feelings, especially if the reason why you are upset is about feeling stuck.

Day dream.

About positive things only. Whatever makes you happy. For me, it's what fantasy costume I'm going to make next or imagining new dance moves I want to try.

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Cook yourself something yummy. No microwaves.

If you can't have mom or SO cooking for you, take the moment to cook yourself a super yummy rewarding dinner. You'll think better with some protein in your system anyways.

It's easy to let your anxiety and worries keep your brain spiraling.  Staying positive in an active choice you have to make. It's not easy to make that choice

Staying positive isn't always easy, but hopefully some of these tips will help you like they did me. It takes some focus and time. Babies need patterns for a reason, and finding out what tools and patterns work best for you will definitely help! You can read about

another idea that helps me stay positive here.

Let me know in the comments below what helps you! What are you tips and tricks for staying positive?

Manifesting Abundance : What I've Learned So Far

Is Manifesting Abundance A Real Thing?

This theme about manifesting abundance has  been popping up everywhere in my life lately and I'm starting to think that it's no coincidence. From books my friends have suggested to read, to podcasts I've been listening to, to conversations I have with strangers in the bar, somehow the subject has been forcing itself in front of me and I've been starting to pay attention. I went to a hippy-dippy type school that attracted parents of all sorts of alternative varieties, (which was great in the fact that the teachers and parents opened me up to so many new ideas) but the idea that one could wish or pray a particular outcome into existence didn't seem practical to me. I was that type A personality in school, where only hard work and sweat would be able to get you anywhere in your life.

It took a while to notice, but my strive for perfectionism ended up making me doubt myself. I stopped myself from going after my dreams and ideas because I either wasn't ready, or wasn't good enough, or maybe if I practiced a little more before going for it everything will work out ok. Well, I've finally grown up a bit and see that getting something right on your first try is just as crazy of an idea as assuming all good things will be coming your way if you simply think about it. After reading and listening more to what manifesting abundance actually means, I've taken a good hard look at myself and learned to reevaluate some things. This is what I've learned about manifesting abundance so far:

Just Dream It.

Not having any idea where you want to go is definitely not going to help you get there. It's kind of like saying you want to go on a crazy awesome trip, but don't know what country or state you want to visit. How can you plan accordingly if you don't have a destination?

Voice It.

Write it down somewhere, tell your friends, let your family know or just say it out loud to yourself. Make it seem real somehow. You don't know if someone in your life somehow has a connection for you to look into or maybe they are just excited to join you on the adventure!

Be Authentic.

Trying to make someone else's dreams come true never worked for me, or made me happy for that matter. Dreams coming true is all about being happy right? Sometimes figuring out your own voice and wants is really difficult. But that's ok! Part of the fun is getting to explore what makes you  YOU. You're the one going to be stuck with you for the longest after all.

Spread The Love.

I think this one goes without saying. Throwing love and kindness around like confetti is going to attract a lot more positive people in your own life, and those are the team mates that you want to have. As overused as this phrase is it still rings true. Your vibe creates your tribe.

Accept Love.

This is the one I have to work on the most. Somehow it is way easier to be gentler on others than yourself. Letting people do something nice for you is ok. They wouldn't offer unless you already deserved it.

Be Flexible.

Now that you have your intentions and are totally to ready to manifest whatever your hearts desire is, it may not go exactly to plan. That doesn't mean things are going to go wrong, but maybe things may happen differently than expected. Trust factor is important.

 

A wonderful dance teacher of mine said once, " Balance isn't about being perfect and keeping the pose. It's about being able to adjust continuously and consciously." Manifesting abundance is about being open to good things happening, but giving yourself the space to accept and welcome it into your life too. If you have the utmost confidence and trust in yourself, you'll be able to accomplish anything you want. Those who notice, will want you to accomplish those things too.

At least that's my take on it anyways.

This book was an AMAZING first intro to manifesting abundance and left a huge impression on me. It will definitely be reread whenever I need a refresher.

If you guys have any questions, comment below!

Love, Lindsay