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Say Yes in the Face of Fear: Live Your Purpose, Pave Your Own Path

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In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, Faith interviews Danielle Blum, CEO of World Nativ. World Nativ is a growing global community of  innovators, creatives, and entrepreneurs collaborating and sharing knowledge. Through their Business training programs, Masterminds, and Workshops they encourage bold ideas, deep connections, and adventure.

You are going to hear Danielle share about the amazing community she has created, as well as really get to know who she is, what lights her up, and the adventure she went on to get to where she is today.  Her story is inspiring!

She offers powerful wisdom on: 

  • following your own intuition and curiosity
  • tuning into the wisdom in your body
  • how to handle fear when it has you by the neck
  • being committed to a dream
  • paving your own unique path by following your feelings
  • why you need community for your health and well-being
  • how entrepreneurship and personal development go hand-in-hand

 Watch the show below –

Connect with Danielle at www.worldnativ.com and https://www.facebook.com/worldnativ/

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The missing piece to healing your body.

Welcome to episode #2 of Own Your Body ~ The Loving Path!

In this episode, I interview Megan Buer, emotion code practitioner, wellness coach and author, on her own journey with her body. Her website is www.harmony-restored.com
Megan shares her wisdom on:
  • why stress is worse than the food.
  • how your story keeps you sick and struggling
  • the difference between empowered self-care and destructive self-care.
  • how all the answers are within you.
  • the thing most people are missing in order to heal.
  • how healing can be really simple.

This is an enlightening and inspiring conversation!!

Let me know what you think!! Email me at faith@faithshevlin.com to continue this conversation =)

Love,

Faith

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3 Ways to Celebrate You

Why do you do the things you do everyday? What motivates the choices you make in your day-to-day life?

Do you do them because you “should”, or because you are on a constant path to “fix and change” yourself.  It is so easy to get stuck in the mindset of, “when I _____, ______, and ______, then I will feel good about myself, then I will have made it.”

This need to fix and change can often be what is fueling our choices around health and well-being.

Can you relate?

Continue reading “3 Ways to Celebrate You”

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Oils that boost your mood

When you are feeling down, unmotivated, or doubtful…

When you are stressed out, overwhelmed, and afraid…

When you are tired and wired, feeling defeated, and can’t turn your brain off…

Oils can help! Essential oils can assist in diffusing stress/anxiety, lifting our moods, and finding more peace. EO’s also serve as a support for emotional work.

 

Invigorating Blend combines the powerful essences of Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine, and Clementine with a hint of Vanilla to form this unique and harmonious blend. Diffused or worn topically, this invigorating blend will uplift and make anyone’s day a little brighter.

Uses:

  • Put 15 drops in a 16-ounce bottle and spray to help cleanse counter tops.
  • Diffuse to help uplift mood.
  • Put 1 drop on your wrist, and rub both wrists together, for a great everyday perfume.
  • Add 2-3 drops to your homemade dryer balls to add a refreshing aroma to your laundry.

Joyful Blend is the perfect blend for those moments when you need to be revitalized. This exciting blend provides an invigorating combination of essential oils that can elevate your mood and increase your energy. Joyful blend combines the uplifting and euphoric floral scents of Lavandin, Lavender, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, and Osmanthus, Tangerine, Elemi, and Lemon Myrtle to create a unique blend that promotes a positive mood and energized mind and body.

Primary Benefits:

  • Elevated mood and increases vitality
  • Energizing and refreshing aroma

Uses:

  • Diffuse to promote feelings of self-worth, while also helping to lessen feelings of sadness and anxiety.
  • Diffuse  in the mornings before waking kids to help start their day with a positive, uplifted mood.
  • Rub  essential oil over your heart, temples, or wrists for an almost immediate mood booster.
  • After a long, stressful day, take a bath with a few drops of Elevation to help relieve anxiety and restore the mind and body.

The warm, woody aroma of Grounding Blend creates a sense of calm and well-being. This blend combines Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile with Fractionated Coconut Oil to offer an enticing fragrance that promotes tranquility and a sense of balance. Spruce, one of the oils in Grounding Blend, was used by Native Americans for medicinal and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body. Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile can soothe sore muscles and joints, promotes circulation, and relax the body, while Frankincense supports cellular health and overall well-being.

Primary Benefits:

  • Promotes whole-body relaxation
  • Soothes sore muscles and joints
  • Evokes feelings of tranquility and balance

Uses:

  • Begin your day by putting it on the bottom of  your feet to lessen stress throughout the day.
  • Grounding blend is a great oil blend to use during a  massage.
  • Feeling anxious? Apply grounding blend to your wrists or neck to help with nerves.
  • Diffuse in your car during road trips to create a calming, soothing environment.

Calming Blend essential oil blend calms the mind, relaxes the body, and soothes the soul, providing a safe haven from life’s daily stressors. The essential oils is this must-have blend were meticulously chosen to lessen tension, calm emotions, and leave a peaceful feeling. Calming blend is the perfect blend to diffuse at bedtime for restful night’s sleep, to calm a restless baby or child, or to help reduce the anxiety and stress so many of us feel. Calming blend combines the soothing scents of Lavender, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, and Ylang Ylang with the warming aromas of Hawaiian Sandalwood and Vanilla Bean to create a prized essential oil blend that every home, family, and individual needs.

Primary Benefits:

  • Creates a perfect escape with its calming, renewing fragrance
  • Promotes relaxation and restful sleep
  • Diffuses into a subtle aroma, ideal for aromatic benefits
  • Lessens tension and calms emotions

Uses:

  • Apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime to promote restful sleep.
  • Add 2-3 drops into a warm bath to create a peaceful, renewing aroma.
  • Diffuse to help promote relaxation and decrease stress.

Email me at faith@faithshevlin.com for more info on how to get a wholesale account so you can get oils into your life at a 25% discount.

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Essential Oils and Weight Loss

Oils can be an effective piece of your weight loss and healing journey. Not only do oils support the physical body, they also support the emotional growth aspect of your path. Both are important.

Extra physical weight shows up as a result of stuck emotions, negative beliefs, and stress. Weight is a symptom of a disturbance in our energy system.

To me, the emotional work is the foundation to lasting results. Addressing weight and emotional eating by healing the emotions and beliefs at the root of the struggle, is a doorway to complete transformation in your life.

Addressing the physical is important as well. Eating a whole foods diet. Being active and enjoying movement. Getting quality sleep. Using non-toxic and natural home and body products. These are all absolutely necessary.

Doing the emotional growth work is what lays the foundation for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many people know what to do, yet do not do it. Why? Because there are dysfunctional emotions and beliefs in the way of living the life they truly want and deserve.

My Top Oils for Weight Loss:

  1. Metabolic Blend including grapefruit, ginger, peppermint, lemon, and cinnamon): Used for metabolism, weight loss, digestion, energy, cravings, and managing appetite. To use: Add 8 drops per 16 ounces of water and drink throughout the day. Apply on wrists, bottom of feet, or problem areas.
  2. Calming Blend including lavender, ylang ylang, roman chamomile, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, and vanilla bean extract): Used for addictions, calming, sleep, tension, mood balance, anger, and anxiety. To use: Apply to wrists, neck, forehead. Diffuse. Put in a bath. Wear as a perfume.
  3. Bergamot (a Citrus Oil): Can assist with handling all sources of stress, anxiety, and depression. It is uplifting, refreshing, and can help support self-worth. To use: Apply to the forehead, wrists, feet, or neck. Or Diffuse.
  4. Repellent Blend including lemon eucalyptus, citronella, and lemongrass: Can assist with creating boundaries, increasing confidence, feeling protected, and strong. To use: Diffuse or apply to the bottoms of the feet, chest, and/or wrists.
  5. Grounding Blend including spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, frankincense, and blue chamomile: Can be grounding and assist with anxiety, fear, depression, grief, energy, and metabolism. To use: Apply to the bottom of your feet. Add to a carrier oil and give yourself a massage.

Email me at faith@faithshevlin.com for more info on how to get a wholesale account so you can get oils into your life at a 25% discount.

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Joy requires courage…

“Joy is the most vulnerable emotion we experience”. – Brene Brown

This quote is right on.  It takes serious courage to find and step into your joy.  It means being willing to look within, take a journey of personal growth, live with integrity, take risks, put your needs and wants first, be authentic, step out of your comfort zone….and even more. So many people are playing small, playing it safe, and therefore, unhappy and unfulfilled. Finding and living your joy is a vulnerable path.  It is risky.

What if it doesn’t work out? What if I fail? What if I am hurt? What if I am disappointed? There are many reasons many of us avoid going for what we truly want.  We want the guarantee.  Pushing through those fears and taking the risk requires courage.

Courage is …

  • a willingness to step forward with confidence and faith, even though you are shaking in your boots.
  • to be 100% “in” with your authentic self; to fully commit to something that you love so much, that you believe in so much, to something that’s truth you feel deep within your bones…that the thought of it not working out feels like it would destroy you. And doing it anyway.
  • It’s going for it, knowing there is no guarantee, yet being willing to risk everything for the joy it would bring you.

It takes courage to shed and release the old beliefs, patterns, and stories that are no longer serving you. The first step is to own and accept where you are, and take ownership of being the creator of your life. It requires a willingness to dig deep within yourself. From there, the journey is about removing the blocks that are in the way of you creating the life of your dreams. It may also be about changing the filters in which you see life through. By reprogramming and renewing your whole being, your natural state of joy can shine through and you can show up in your fullest expression.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – ee cummings

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Vitamin L

Vitamin L: Self Love, the most important nutrient of all

Health isn’t just about diet and exercise.  It is not limited to fat, protein and calories, or even the number of miles you run each week, or how hard you hit the gym.   While all of these things are important and huge pieces to the optimal health puzzle, there is another element that is truly the foundation of well-being: self-Love, with a capital L.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  So health encompasses all aspects of life, not only diet and activity. Stress management, rest and relaxation, hobbies and interests, relationships and spiritual/ religious connection are of equal value in determining someone’s overall health.

Self Love is the driving force beneath honoring and pulling these aspects together. Because ultimately, a commitment to health and wellness is an expression of self Love.  That is right, how well you support your own health and wellness is a reflection of how much you love yourself.

Optimal health is reached when you make “you” the priority in your life. Contrary to popular belief, putting yourself first is NOT selfish. Our society has been fooled into thinking we must bend over backwards, and twist and turn, to satisfy the needs of others. By molding ourselves into who we think we “should” be and what we think we “should” do, we completely compromise our needs, our well-being and our truth.

It is time to break the association society has created between vanity, conceit and self love, because it just plain isn’t true.

You can only give of yourself to others, as much as you give to yourself. Think about it, you cannot give something away that you don’t have for yourself. The truth is, when you fill yourself up with love, the overflow can be spread to others. The more you love yourself, the more you have to give, so it is a win-win. Loving yourself also gives others permission to love themselves. This creates a beautiful exchange and flow of love, the most divine principle in creation. You deserve to feel good, look good, enjoy life, be successful and live in full expression of who you are. So put yourself back (or maybe for the first time) at the top of your priority list.

My guess is that this concept is foreign to you, and may even make you feel really uncomfortable. It was to me as well! That is ok. You may be thinking, “How on earth do I love myself more?” Use this list as a guide to identify self loving behaviors and then, daringly, chose to adopt them (one at a time if needed) into your life.

You are practicing self Love when…

  • You accept yourself with compassion, exactly as you are right now.
  • You choose whole, nutrient dense foods you know nourish your body.
  • You eat based on your physical hunger and eat only until satisfied (not stuffed).
  • You sit down, slow down and eat without distraction, enjoying every bite.
  • You pamper yourself regularly by getting a massage, a facial, your nails done or any type of body work.
  • You surround yourself with positive, supportive people that lift your spirit.
  • You make your own choices and say “no” when it is for your best good; forget all the “shoulding” and embrace choosing.
  • You ask for help from friends, family and co-workers when you need it.
  • You choose exercise that you enjoy and follow your body’s cues on when and how much to do.
  • You listen and respond to calls for attention your body is giving (meaning those seemingly “normal” health complaints that we so often ignore)
  • You allow yourself to splurge in moderation, whether it is shopping, a vacation or a double fudge ice cream sundae….and you do so guilt-FREE.
  • You communicate openly about how you feel.
  • You take time to rest, relax and just be.
  • You honor your desires and passions, and pursue your dreams with enthusiasm and faith.

I encourage you to sit with this and actually spend some time writing down what role self-Love plays in your current health and well-being. Are you making it a priority? Are you making YOU a priority? In what areas of your life do you need to make changes so that you are expressing the love you have for yourself? Do you love yourself enough to make those changes?

The only person that can take control of your health and well-being is you. Honoring each aspect of life so that you maintain mental, physical and emotional balance is true expression of self Love, and you deserve it.

And with that, I give YOU permission to love yourself fully. I give YOU permission to put your needs before anyone and anything else. And just remember, in loving yourself more, you love others more as well.