Happiness Challenge

Happiness Challenge

Ready to end this month of improving our satisfaction with life with a bang?  Hopefully by now you’ve created a happiness jar and you are using it daily.  If not, go do it right now, or at LEAST grab your list from earlier this month and get ready to use it. Next week I’ll be hosting a 5 day Happiness Challenge starting Monday March 27th.  I’m so excited for this as it will be a fantastic way for you to practice adding happiness to your days.  I want it to become a habit.  A happy habit 🙂 This is how it will work.  Below is a list of daily ideas.  You can do these OR you can pull from your happiness jar or draw from your list – doesn’t matter to me so much WHAT you do as that you are doing something to increase your satisfaction with life every day. Each day you participate, post on Instagram, Facebook or even below in the comments.  I’d love to see a picture or a description of what you did.  Make sure and tag me so I see it (links to my pages below), and add #happyhabit.  Each time I see a post, picture or comment, you’ll get an entry – and at the end of the week, I’ll randomly draw a name – winner will receive a bottle of Young Living Lemon oil so they can enjoy all the projects and ways we learned to use it this month.  Participate each day, you’ll get five entries!  And you’ll have had a week of fun too, so really EVERYONE wins! Daily ideas: Enjoy...

Sunshine Sugar Scrub

Sandal weather is coming and my heels need some work!  Since Lemon is our Oil of the Month, I thought it fitting to make up a batch of Sunshine Sugar Scrub using my lemon essential oils.  This scrub is a GREAT way to pamper your feet in the shower each morning.  Just massage a little bit into your heels and rinse.  After a few weeks, you’ll notice smoother skin AND you’ll get to enjoy the fresh, invigorating lemon scent each morning. Sunshine Sugar Scrub 1 cup sugar (I used Organic Raw, so it’s a little coarser and yellow) 1/8 cup coconut oil (great moisturizer, or olive oil works too) grated lemon peel (from one lemon) 15 drops lemon oil Step one:  melt your coconut oil Step two:  add lemon peel to sugar, then pour melted coconut oil on top, mix until oil is evenly distributed Step three:  add lemon essential oil and mix into the scrub That’s it!  Took me about 5 minutes, and this recipe made enough to fill one jelly size mason jar – perfect to keep in my shower.  Perfect way to treat myself every morning! Need a quick start on making the most of every day?  A way to jump in and start enjoying life while you are planning out your next year?  Check out Make the Most of Every Day and start creating a life you love right away!!! *this post contains affiliate...
Create a Happiness Jar

Create a Happiness Jar

It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day craziness of life that we don’t take the time to do what makes us happy.  Think about that for a moment.  That is really sad – we don’t have time for happiness?  How in the heck did THAT happen? I don’t want this to be the norm any longer, so today we are going to make a visual cue so you won’t forget to add happiness to your life each and every day.  What better way to improve the satisfaction with your life than to be enjoying it? Got your happiness list from last week?  Get it out because we’ll be using it. Now find yourself an empty jar – doesn’t have to be pretty – in fact a Mason Jar works beautifully. On small slips of paper, write down ALL the things on your list that make you happy.  Fold them up and put it in the jar.  If you are crafty, feel free to make this as pretty or interesting as you’d like, but it’s totally not necessary – function is enough! Put that jar somewhere you will see it daily.  Some suggestions:  near the coffeemaker, your computer, your toothbrush. Each day, pull out a slip of paper.  If it’s something you can do that day, by all means DO IT!  If it’s something you have to plan, put it on your calendar so it’s coming up soon.  If it’s something you can’t easily do in the next few days, give yourself five minutes to think about it, remember it and how much you enjoy it. A...

Increase Satisfaction With YOUR Life

How often do you lay in bed at the end of the day and ask yourself where the day went?  Feel like you are just getting through the week in anticipation of the weekend?  If you find this happening regularly, then you need to increase your satisfaction with your life.  You need to start finding ways to feel like EVERY day is enjoyable and successful. To get started, what makes you happy? Not WHO makes you happy or even what you think should make you satisfied with your life, but what truly makes you happy? Once you sit  yourself down and answer that question, I think you’ll be surprised at how many small, simple things you come up with.  I know I was. As I mentioned in my last Facebook Live video, this is going to be our month to explore the concept of creating a life that you are satisfied with – EVERY DAY.  We’ll talk a lot about happiness and the practice of bringing more of it into our lives which will automatically increase your daily satisfaction and enjoyment of your circumstances. To kick things off, I encourage you to sit down with a piece of paper and a pen (do this old school) and answer the question – “what makes you happy?”  Give yourself ten to fifteen minutes and come up with as many things/ places/ experiences/ etc. that you can. Keep that list handy because we’ll be referring to it often this month as we work to improve your satisfaction and get you enjoying each day – not just “working for the weekend.” Need a quick...
February 2017 Book Reviews

February 2017 Book Reviews

I loved several of the books I read this month – and it was a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction.  You can see everything I’ve read this year HERE and a short review of my favorites can be found below: NON-FICTION   This was a book I got from the library on my Kindle and read it mostly in one evening while the Grammy’s were on the TV.  I appreciated the way the book was laid out – in that we have “buckets” for our life and we need to be sure we are taking care of ALL of them.  I also liked the short action items at the end of each section.  I’m a big fan of a “to-do list”!  I’ll probably end up purchasing this one to read again.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. FICTION I found this third book of the series to be just as entertaining as the first two.  I liked that you were never quite sure how things would work out until the very end.  Fun, fast and easy read.  As always I got a huge kick out of the pictures that were included.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. This was an enjoyable book to read while on a ski weekend.  There were several nights I was curled up by the fire with plenty of snow falling outside and a hot chocolate by my side enjoying this novel.  Nora is invited to a weekend away to celebrate the upcoming wedding of an old friend she hasn’t seen in ten years.  She debates on whether she should go or not and...

How I use the Essential Oil Joy

I hope you’ve enjoyed playing around with the Essential Oil Joy this month.  I know I did – it definitely became a habit for me to run a few drops through my hair, and I had several people comment on how nice my hair smelled.  What an easy and natural way to get delicious smelling hair!   I also shared how to make delicious scented note cards. It was a lot of fun making the lotion bars.  For those of you who missed that Facebook Live episode, the recipe is HERE so you’ll have it handy whenever you get the desire to make some of your own. I know this was one of the more expensive oils we will cover this year, but it is composed of so many wonderful oils that it’s truly worth every penny – and the bottle will last you a long time!  Even though the month is over, you can still order some and refer back to this post for ways to use it. Next month we will be diving into Lemon.  You don’t want to miss that as this oil is one of the least expensive while having a HUGE variety of uses.  Make sure and check back throughout the month here and on my Facebook Page to learn all about the essential oil Lemon. Want to play along next month?  Check out the Oil of the Month Club Page for more info. Need a quick start on making the most of every day?  A way to jump in and start enjoying life while you are planning out your next year?  Check out...
Create a Joy Generating Routine

Create a Joy Generating Routine

How often do you wake up feeling TERRIFIC?  I mean  SUPER terrific?  Ready to jump out of bed and start the day just knowing it will be fantastic. It’s an amazing feeling when that happens, but for most people, that isn’t an everyday occurrence.  Even the happiest people don’t always wake up feeling fabulous. There are days you wake up grumpy, tired or just dreading another iteration of the daily grind.  Once you’ve started down this negative path, it can be really hard to turn your day around.  You find yourself without patience, snapping at other people and just not enjoying your life. If you want to start your days with joy, I have a basic recipe for you that I call my “Joy Generating Routine.”  It includes some movement, some gratefulness and some indulgence. Sounds lovely, right? The best part is that if you have a plan like this in place, you can invoke your routine any morning you are feeling down.   Short on time?  Make sure you have a shortened version at the ready too. Although this needs to be tailored for YOU, I’m sure you’d like to see an example.  Here is mine: My Ideal Joy Generating Routine: 20 minutes of yoga (Daily Yoga), a fresh, hot cup of coffee with a splash of my favorite vanilla creamer and 15 minutes of devotions/ writing a line in my daily journal with what I’m grateful for, and running a few drops of Joy through my hair.  If I can add in a ten minute walk outside in the fresh air the routine is perfection! My shortened...
Joyful Lotion Bars

Joyful Lotion Bars

Since the oil for the month is Joy, this felt like the perfect time to try a little project I’ve been wanting to create for a while. Lotion bars I had about half the ingredients on hand from other projects and ordered the rest from Amazon.  I’ve included links in case you are interested in exactly what I used.  This project didn’t use much of each ingredient so I have LOTS left for future use. I have this fun heart shaped silicone tray and that’s what I used for my mold.  I think I picked it up at IKEA years ago for a few dollars.  The entire project was super simple and took about ten minutes – I can’t give you an exact time as I was also making dinner and packing lunches at the same time!!! Joyful Lotion Bars 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (I picked mine up from Aldi, so no link to the actual product) 15 drops Joy essential oil 1/4 t. vitamin E oil (GreatFull Skin 10000 IU Natural Vitamin E Oil for Scars, and Stretch Marks, Unscented, 1 Ounce) 1/4 cup Shea Butter (Raw Unrefined African Organic Pure Grade A, lvory Natural Shea Butter,1 lb– Use In DIY Whipped Body Butter,Lip Balm,Hand Cream,Eye Cream,Face Moisturizer,Kids Cream, Deep Hair Conditioner.) 1/4 cup Beeswax pellets (The Best Organic Yellow Beeswax Pellets 1Ib By White Naturals – Top Quality, 100% Pure, Triple Filtered) Step 1:  put all the ingredients in a glass container (I was lazy and just used the coconut oil jar as it was almost empty) Step 2:  boil a pot of water and then place...
Add Joy to your Relationships

Add Joy to your Relationships

February is the perfect month to think about relationships.  A healthy life includes solid and meaningful relationships, so it’s something we must focus on.  Since the oil of the month is Joy, I’m going to concentrate on adding joy to our relationships.  After all, who doesn’t want more of that? Regardless of what relationship you are working on this month (significant other, children, friends, etc.), there are a few guidelines to follow to help you improve, enjoy and add joy to those relationships. Some Don’ts: Don’t fall into the comparison trap.   This one can kill the joy in our relationships almost instantaneously.  It’s important to remember that when we look at someone else’s relationship, we are only looking at it from the outside.  We don’t know what really goes on behind closed doors, so it does us no good to compare ourselves to what we see as that isn’t the whole picture.  Also, forget about comparing your relationships to those in books or movies.  Those are imaginary.  No relationship can compete with someone or something that isn’t real – don’t even try. Don’t wait for later, enjoy today.  It’s common for us to think that things will get easier later – you know, when the kids are older, the schedule isn’t so busy, you lose ten pounds, whatever you are “waiting for.”  The reality is that your life is happening right now.  You aren’t even guaranteed that future whatever.  So why are you waiting for something that may never come?  Instead, make it a point to enjoy and grow the relationships with the people in your life NOW. Some Do’s: Look at the positive....

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