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Archive for March, 2013

The Secret to Inner Peace

In the past month I’ve had a number of people comment on my “togetherness.” Their compliments were rather eye-opening; pointing out aspects of my being that I took for granted.

“Rachel, you’re the most put together person I know.”

“You always look so presentable.”

“Thank you for being calm during that chaotic time. I’m not sure how you do it but you always have a calming presence in tense situations. So levelheaded.”

“Out of everyone here you’re the one that’s got her shit together the most.”

Funny thing is I don’t always FEEL like I have my “shit together”. I am human. I am broken. I am healing. I am focused on my path. I’ve learned that a sense of clarity only comes from within. You must learn to develop inner peace despite circumstances. Freaking out accomplishes nothing. Getting pissed tends to make matters worse.

Dwelling destroys while fluidity flourishes.
Experience emotions.
Face your fears.
Claim clarity.

The choice is yours. Are you willing to work for a balanced life?The most common excuse I get when posing this questions sounds a lil something like this – “Maybe if I only had to worry about myself then I could get myself together.”

Hog wash. If you’re constantly waiting for an until then moment you’ve got the wrong idea about inner peace. There’s no waiting only being. Either you will or you won’t. Regardless of everything else. Don’t let your love for others stifle your love for self. Only by taking time to love yourself will you be fully capable of loving others. Tragically simple. So easy to miss. Get “selfish”. Give yourself permission to take care of business. YOU matter. YOU are capable. YOU are powerful. YOU come first.

That’s the secret of living abundantly. If you want to be happy then be happy. Stop making excuses. Take charge of your life.

It. Really. Is. That. Simple. 

 

Rachel ❤

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“No freedom till we’re equal. Damn right I support it.”

What’s your position? Those opposing marriage equality – What is your justification for denying equal rights based on sexual orientation? How does this differ from the civil rights movement? Open forum.

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Take Time For Silliness.

Take Time For Silliness.

Three in the afternoon but it feels like morning. Woke up to three loverly ladies luring me out of bed with the promise of pancakes. Breakfast for lunch. Last night was spent celebrating life, parading around like unicorns, coloring, baking cake, then eating said cake, snuggling, laughing, sharing stories, popping balloons, 3 am Taco Bell run, confetti, party hats, and singing. Take time for silliness. Be a “kid”. Enjoy life without reservation.

Daily Detox

Been feeling a lack of self groundedness lately. With Jenna and I’s lease ending in roughly two months the pressures of formulating a sense of direction have thrown me off balance. Well meaning folks asking questions and offering options. An overwhelming tide of possibilities. A demanding desire to “know” who, what, where, when and why. I haven’t felt this pressure since graduating highschool; when it seemed like all that mattered to people was what college I was attending in the Fall. This time around I am not buying into the distraction.

Today I live in a beautiful apartment with a wonderful room mate. Two months from now I don’t know where I will be. One thing I know for sure – I’ll be happy 🙂 No matter what.

Today I release myself from attachment to the future. Living fully, wholeheartedly in the moment I currently reside. My plans are flexible. I am grateful for my support system offering assistance without expectation or demand. Through your love I have found my footing again. Detoxing my spirit of negativity. Making room for positive energies flowing in abundance all around me.

For my readers who are:

Feeling a lack of direction…

Sensing clingy demands…

Pressured by society…

Worn out…

Spent…

Exhausted…

Take time to detox.

Stop what you are doing right now.

Sllllloooooowww down.

 Take a detox bath.

Meditate.

Breathe

Center yourself

The rest of the world will still be here when you’re done 😉 

Rachel ❤

Detox through a relaxing detox bath.

Detox through a relaxing detox bath.

 

Sunshine Muffins (Adapted Recipe)

Makes 12

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/4 cup pistachios  

1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F. Line muffin cups with paper liners.

2. In a large bowl, whisk first four ingredients. In another bowl, grate 1tsp lime zest and squeeze 1/4 cup juice. Whisk in sugar, oil, yogurt, water. Stir into flour mixture. Fold in veggies.

3. Divide batter equally. Top with pistachios.

4. Bake for 22-25 minutes.

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Enjoy with a hot cup of tea!

Honey & Lemon Facial

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One lemon freshly squeezed. Two tablespoons honey.

Mix well.

Apply to face. Let set twenty minutes. Rinse.

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Enjoy naturally fresh skin!

Avocado Fudge

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  • 3 Large Avocados
  • 6oz baking chocolate
  • 3 T butter
  • 2/3 cup sweetener
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
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Melt chocolate and butter together.

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Blend Avocado until smooth.

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Add all other ingredients. Mix well.

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Spread in parchment lined pan. Pull out firm and slice. Store in refrigerator.

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Share leftovers with a friend 😉

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