Guided meditation tracks – COMING SOON!

Those who know me know I’m graduating soon from an audio engineering program and as part of my final project for my course, I’m working on making some guided meditation tracks for my demo reel and for the website. I felt it would be the perfect way to connect my passion for yoga and meditation, as well as my wellness blog brand with my technical audio skills.

Some of the meditation recordings I’ll be developing will focus around:

  • Reducing anxiety and stress
  • Easing into a deeper sleep
  • Creating a sense of inner calm and strength 
  • Breathing techniques 

If you have any requests on certain meditations you’d like to have, please let me know! I’m excited to begin this process and I can’t wait to see the finished products! 

Namaste.

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#MindfulMonday series – Go Outdoors and be

Spring has sprung! This is the time of year for change. With the exception of autumn being my favourite season, I thoroughly enjoy the spring. Everyone is engaging in spring cleaning, trying new routines and most importantly, going outside.

I’m an adventurer. I love the outdoors and being out in my natural environment. If it isn’t running on a sunny afternoon, it’s geocaching in the woods or going for a walk in the park. Honestly, after the winter season being cooped up indoors, having some fresh air and being outside is truly needed.

If you are looking for a change in your life, wanting to add something to it or replace a habit you aren’t happy with – spring is the season to do so. Try minimizing your possessions, add some routines to your day (e.g., outdoors yoga practice or sunny meditation) and changing your outlook. Spring is where things begin again – so any habits or negative outlooks you are holding on to can be set free and you can nurture new, positive perspectives! Let us leave the cold winter months behind us and venture into the spring with a hop in our step!

This is a short, but sweet inspiring post – let the spring season nurture you!

Namaste.
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Selfcare Sunday + Highs and lows of the week

After spending two days editing a video for a school project, it’s time I dedicate some time to myself. Since being back in school, I have not stopped. With three hour class slots, four and a half hour lab slots and nine hour school days, I’m ready to drop. So… I’m dedicating my Sundays to self-care. With the exception of this evening, my Sunday nights will be for relaxing, doing a yin yoga routine & for taking care of myself (e.g., skin care routine/nails/body/etc.)

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One of my favorite self care routines has always been applying a face mask. I can run a bath, apply a face mask, and just relax while listening to music. It’s probably the one small treat I give myself after a hard work week. I usually opt for using charcoal clay masks as they are great for cleansing your skin and removing excess oil. Try Life Brand’s detoxifying mud face mask or Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. 

Also, another product I use a lot is Saje Natural Wellness Unwind Anti-stress mist. Honestly, I love every single product that Saje produces. This one in particular is amazing to use right before you go to sleep – you just spray it on your bedding or even on your clothes, and inhale deeply. The calming nature of orange, bergamot and lavender just allows you to completely unwind after a stressful week.

And of course, I love to read. Being in school hinders me a lot from having down time with my novels so dedicating some time on Sunday evening to make a cup of tea and read a good book will surely help me enter the week cool, calm and collected. When I don’t have much time to read, I always skim over my Yoga Journal magazines to refresh myself on tips and tricks. They also have some amazing recipes and meditation tips!

It’s important to take care of yourself – and I know this first hand! Stress is unavoidable and you will face it every single day. But if you prepare yourself and take time for you to recoup, you can face any challenges that come your way.

Send in some tips and tricks of your own for your self care routines!

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Saturday feels

Just a little personal moment for you all. With all the commotion of school and work, I’ve put the blog on hold for a couple of weeks to finish up final projects and study for exams. But now that I’m on a break week – I feel the need to open up and talk about my feels during the most stressful part of my semester: the end.

I’m working towards finishing my audio engineering program and the stress of reality has finally sunk in. I’m heading out into the real world and going to soon have my “career”, and that is quite frightening. Having the cozy life of a student only lasts so long, and this is my second time living the student life. So it’s only a matter of time before you have to retire the student discounts and go out into the career world. 

The one thing I am looking forward to approaching my career is having a routine. Being a student, you can’t truly control your lifestyle like you would want. As I’ve mentioned, I had to take a break from blogging to get final projects completed (10 in a week + 2 finals) so blogging, eating well and even yoga gets pushed to the back of the closet, unfortunately. Therefore, I’m approaching my final semester differently this time. I’m going in with a game plan. I’m creating a routine to go along with the changing and sporadic schedule that can occur being in school.

Things to plan for:

  • Meal plans (weekly) for mindful eating
  • Yoga schedule to do at home (daily)
  • Essential oils to help with ailments and situations 
  • Self care routines (weekly) to help destress and rejuvenate 

As my Saturday afternoon mantra states: “you don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for”

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Productivity is KEY!

Emma, creator/blogger of Glitter and Roses, is such an inspiration. Her latest blog post on “How to be productive when you aren’t feeling motivated” really spoke to me.

Lately I’ve been under a tremendous amount of stress due to school and feel so unmotivated to get projects done because of it. This post really spoke to me because you do need to be realistic in your goals and to-do tasks. When you are stressed, everything begins to form into one big ball of chaos and it’s hard to sort through all the necessary tasks to figure out which ones are the most important and need to be accomplished right away. For me – I sort though tasks that have upcoming deadlines (e.g., post production video due Monday vs. recording mix due Wednesday) so by creating a “to-do list” and organizing it by DEADLINE DATE will be the most helpful way for me to keep focused on the tasks I need to complete.

Please check out her full post on her blog webpage. She also provides a free printable “to-do list” which is styled so elegantly! I will be using it.

Girl, keep up the awesomeness!

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How to be productive when you’re not feeling motivated at all? There are days where I’d rather stay in bed and watch Netflix than get up and get shit done. You know what I’m talking about, right? Unfortunately for my “lazy inner-me”, some things have to be done, and they have to be done today.…

via HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE WHEN YOU’RE NOT FEELING MOTIVATED + Free To-Do List — Glitters & Roses

#WellnessWednesday series – When under pressure.

This will be a short, but sweet blog post as I’m currently incredibly busy with school related work. But I want to discuss the importance of taking care of yourself when you are under a great deal of pressure.

The best thing you can do is be organized. Keep an agenda or journal of all the tasks at hand and make sure you check in with it a few times a day.

Also, don’t let the stress cause sleep deprivation or affect your eating habits. I’m one to talk as there have been times I’ve lived off of fast food and ran on a couple hours of sleep. But your sleep and nutrition are too important to put on the back burner. No matter how busy, make them a priority.

And last but not least, don’t forget to pour yourself a couple of tea. A relaxing or calming blend in the evening once you have called it quits for the day is the perfect send off. Speaking of which, I’m going to do that right now.

Inhale. Exhale. You got this.

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#MindfulMonday series – The “A” word.

I’m pretty sure that most of the population today has this, and still it receives such a negative stigma in our society. Anxiety. Yup. Said it. We all have it, deal with it, cope with it and experience it on a regular basis. I am not a stranger to it, nor have I ever been. Since I was a kid, I was dealing with the demon and battling with it all through my adolescence. It wasn’t until my early adult life that I went to see someone about it, and started receiving treatment for it. And quite honestly, it changed my life.

Besides reaching out to someone and receiving CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) for my anxiety, I researched other ways to cope (e.g., changing my diet, exercise, etc.) and that was during the time I found solace in a yoga studio back in my hometown. Yoga was the key to connecting my mind and body in a way that let me control my physiological symptoms of anxiety by reducing the tension in my mind. It was just a wonderful experience and I have always been grateful of adding yoga to my life for that reason.

Another thing that helped me was music. I have always been a singer, and now I’m pursuing a career in audio/film production, and so I’m constantly surrounded by music. When I was feeling my most anxious/stressed, I took to singing to calm me down – and now recently have been learning ukulele, which is another tool in my anxiety reduction toolbox. I can pick up the instrument, play a few songs, sing my little heart out, take some deep breaths and just relax into the music.

If you battle with anxiety too, don’t let it consume you. It has that ability and like anything negative/evil, it feeds off negativity. So the more you give into it, the more it grows and lives. We need to be mindful of ways to deal with anxiety when it overcomes us, and like yoga and music are a few of my methods of coping – there are also other ways to reduce anxiety, like going outdoors for a walk, meditating, or even completely a puzzle. Our mind, like other muscles in our body, needs a cooling down period and we need to take care of it. It’s the strongest one we have, so, think mindfully of ways to help it out of anxious situations.

Take care of  you. You are the most important.

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