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No need to crank up the AC this summer: With these heat-busting ingredients, looking cool and classy is a cinch!

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Because the aloe plant is extra succulent – it’s 99.3% water -its gel is intensely cooling and hydrating. Use it to…

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a sustainable energy logoSwap out your regular body lotion for aloe lotion for an aloe gel: Your ordinary moisturizer may be too heavy for a hot humid day, making your skin fell tacky – but aloe gel absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it soft and dry!

a sustainable energy logoThe new aloe-based foundations glide on smooth and cool to perfect your skin tone. And because the pH value in aloe is almost identical to that of your own skin, it feels light and natural. Best of all, it won’t melt in the sun like heavy oil-based foundations.

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When heat and humidity keep you tossing and turning, these cold eye treatments give your brain the “cool down” signal to bring on slumber so you wake up gorgeous. Use them to. . .

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Nearly 100% water, cucumbers cool and hydrate the skinaround your eyes. Place a cucumber eye gel in the fridge to boost its cooling power, then dab it on before bed. It’ll prevent any swelling and plump fine lines while your sleep.

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Forget drippy cold compresses! the new cold therapy masks are filled with soft-gel beads that are cold and dry. Pop one in the freezer and put it over your eyes before bed. You’ll be cool for hours!

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Mint is study-proven to cool skin on contact: Use the herb in your morning shower to. . .

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A mint-infused shampoo stimulates blood flow to the scalp, delivering nutrients that promote hair growth. Plus mint regulates the scalps pH level to make dandruff a thing of the past!

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Drop a mint shower tablet on your shower floor. As it dissolves, it’ll release mint oil that’ll clear your mind.

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Minty body washes help loosen tight muscles.

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Eucalyptus oil releases oxygen molecules as soon as it touches the skin, producing a refreshing chilly sensation. Use it any time of day to . . .

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Feeling hot? Quickly rolling eucalyptus oil right over your pulse points – neck, wrist, chest, ankles, crook of elbow and behind the knee – will instantly spread a refreshing cooling sensation throughout your entire body!

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Overcoming Adversity

In talking with a friend of mine the other day I realized that we are all going through challenges in our lives. We are living in a time that is changing rapidly and some of us are having a hard time keeping up. Add to this the adversities that we have had in our lives and we get stuck, depressed, anxious and worried. We start to feel like we are the only ones on earth who are going through a tough time. Well, I am here to tell you, you are not alone. Everyone, from the wealthiest person, to the bum on the street, has gone, or is going through some kind of adversity. The real test of a person’s character is how do we get through it and come out on the other side with our passion for life still in tact?

Count your blessings! That’s it. By counting our blessings we will see that there are some things in our life worth living for. When we focus on the good things in our life, then, we can overcome adversity against all odds. Each one of us was born for a reason, we each have a purpose for being on this earth. Finding the thing that gives us a passion for life is what our purpose is. Whatever we are doing right now is what we are supposed to be doing. There is something to learn, not for us to keep to our self, but to share with others. That doesn’t have to be a big, grand or over the top idea, it is more about the little things in life. When each person does something small, collectively it adds up to something big. Whether your passion is for people, animals or the earth, that is up to each individual. Just do it, and the results will come.

When our backs are against the wall and there is no light at the end of the tunnel, that’s when we have to shift our mindset. We can use our time of adversity to think out of the box, be practical and simplify our life. Remove the junk that is blocking the way to success. This can be physical or mental. When there is clutter in our life or in our mind we can not move forward. We need to remove the clutter in our life by either cleaning up our environment or our minds, removing the things or the thoughts that are not of use to us anymore. Whether it be an old worn out mindset, or couch, it doesn’t matter, if it doesn’t bring us joy or it doesn’t create an atmosphere for creativity then it is not of use in our lives. Be flexible, open minded and aware when it comes to opportunities. They are all around us if we just take the time to look. Sometimes we put ourselves in a box and think that there is only one way of doing things, but when it comes to overcoming adversity, we need to recognize that we can use our adversity to our advantage. In finding a way out of our struggles, we have found a solution to our problem, this can then be used to help others who may be having the same problem, that creates opportunity.

Surrounding ourselves with people who have the same goals as we do is great, but surrounding ourselves with people who have the skills we lack is the key to our success. We need each other, and not one person has all the skills it takes to be successful. It is just like a good marriage, they say that opposites attract, well, that is because where one person lacks the other picks up the slack. That is how it is in life. We find the people who, not only share in our passion, but also have what it takes to work together, to get us to our next level in life. By working together, we can spread the wealth, and boost the economy. By pulling our resources we can come together and solve, not only our own problems, but also help someone else with theirs.

“Find your purpose”, “be courageous”, “face your fears”, don’t just know these cliches, live them. That is where the fire burns, is in actually living your purpose, actually being courageous, and actually facing your fears. Whatever they may be, whatever is going on, whatever is holding you back, don’t let it! Stand up, take charge and go for it. Quit looking for purpose in life, whatever you are doing is your purpose, and in there somewhere is your passion, that is what you need to find, what is it that drives you each day to get up and move, why do you keep getting up each day, who is important enough to keep you going, when are you going to realize that you are important, where are you going and why are you alive? Important questions that will change your life. Be yourself and remember that in adversity is where we find out more about who we are.

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PASSION IS PURPOSE

What does it mean to live our purpose? What do we need in order to find our passion and accomplish our goals? Where do we find the strength to move forward? When we talk about these things there is a feeling we get inside of us that makes us excited and want to know more. We think, yes, tell me what it is so I can get it and know what to do. But, the problem is, that we have to find it on our own. Nobody can tell us what our purpose is or how to find it. It is up to each person to find their own path to their passion. It’s not as hard as we think, though. Its about connecting, connecting to our inner self that knows what makes us want to fight for what we believe in. Taking the time to quietly sit with ourselves and tap into our core and feel the fire of what is burning inside of us, that needs to get out. That’s what passion is. The only way we will have the strength to fight for what we want, is to live passionately.

I know that when we talk about passion we get excited and then when we’re told we have to find it on our own we get let down, but, here’s the thing, all we need to do is to take action. Not just any action, but, inspired action. Start searching, that’s how we can find out what it is we are passionate about. Just do something and even if we fail, that’s success, because we have found out what is not our purpose and we can move on to the next thing. Don’t give up, these days we have no excuse for not doing what we need to do to find our purpose, with the internet we can find out about anything, we can explore all our options, before we even take one solid action, we can take a step. Once we find our passion, then we can set our goals and tap into our inner strength and every day we can acquire the knowledge we need to achieve those goals. Setting ourselves up for success, is to tap into the true essence of our self and be a person who lives their purpose. We can do this by awakening the warrior within, its not about waring ourselves out driving towards that goal, so focused on it that we lose track of what we’re trying to accomplish, its about connecting to our purpose and tapping into that thing inside of us that we know, that we know, that we know, we are supposed to do. Once we understand where that passion comes from, research it and take action, it will take on a life of its own and lead us to where we need to go. Its not a head thing, its a heart thing.

Can we live our purpose and create the life we want without being a warrior? NO! Being a warrior means standing up for what we believe in. Its what gives us the strength we need to move forward, taking the steps necessary to accomplish any goal we set for ourselves and gives us the excitement and the enthusiasm to carry it out regardless of the obstacles that get in the way. One of the biggest obstacles we face is ourselves. We are the ones who will talk ourselves out of living our passion. We are the ones who tell ourselves we’re not good enough, we don’t drive a nice enough car, we’re not pretty enough, we’re not smart enough or we don’t have enough money. We go on and on telling ourselves how we are NOT going to accomplish our dreams. But, these are the obstacles that we can overcome if we just believe in ourselves and take the steps necessary to move forward, then, things have a way of working themselves out. I have never heard anyone who was successful that said they never had an obstacle to overcome. I am a writer, I love to write and regardless of what others tell me, I will write. In doing research on writing, I have found so many stories of rejection. Everyone who writes has been rejected by publishers, by the press, by other people’s opinions or by their own self talk. Rejection is what we need to push us and let us know if what we are doing is what we are passionate about, because without rejection we would not know what success is. When we are rejected by others or even ourselves and we do it anyway, that’s passion, that’s our purpose!

We can accomplish anything we want, there are no limits, only the limits we set for ourselves. Its not about having our heads in the clouds, its about waking up everyday and connecting with our inner self. We must make some time for ourselves or we will not know what makes us happy, excited about life, joyfully enthusiastic and enlightened. Wake up earlier than everyone else in the house, sit quietly and hear the still small voice of God speak. What a special moment that is, a moment that everyone experiences differently. Each of us is an individual with unique talents and gifts and no one person is exactly like another. We can chose how we want to live by connecting to our purpose, connecting to our inner power, connecting to our inner peace and connecting to our inner discipline. We are not going to war against anyone or anything, we are engaging in something bigger than ourselves, we are creating and we are standing for something. It’s more about surrendering than warring, we need to surrender to our passion and our purpose, living a life that flows freely. We do not have to struggle against the current, if we are being true to ourselves we will flow with the current of life. To know our purpose, is to be willing to give up everything to follow our passion. That’s when we know we are doing what need to do, that is being true to our self, that’s how we overcome obstacles. When we are willing to give up everything, then we’re concerned about nothing, which frees us and allows us to create whatever we want.

Be brilliant, shine and glow, there is a light inside of us that will only shine when we are lit up from the inside. The fuel for that fire is passion, a passion that comes from being uniquely ourselves. No one thinks the same way, moves the same way or lives the same life, no matter how close we are to others, we are closer to ourselves. We spend more time getting to know other people than we do ourselves, we believe more in others more than we do ourselves, we encourage others more than we encourage ourselves and we engage more with others than we do with ourselves. Again I want to say, lets embrace our individual uniqueness, and then we’ll be able to embrace the uniqueness of others. While we are trying to get people to understand us, let’s start by understanding others. Dare to be different by accepting the difference in others. Instead of competing with each other we can stand in our own space, a space that is unique to who we are, and allow others to do the same. We can work with others, instead of against them. Keep in mind that nothing happens overnight, everything takes time, but, we will never get anywhere if we don’t start somewhere. Taking baby steps each day will bring us closer and closer to our goals. Stay in the Now of each moment and enjoy life right now, don’t continue to look to the future for someday. Someday is here and now, each moment of everyday is the tomorrow we create, so make it as pleasant as possible, then, one day we’ll look back on today and say, “Those were the days”.

WRITTEN BY: SINDY WILLIAMS

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! I Think?

In doing research for this blog I came across some interesting information. My intention was to write about St Valentine and how we came to celebrate St Valentine’s Day. Well, to my surprise, there is no one St. Valentine and there is no connection between St. Valentines day and any of the three Valentines that were martyred at different times and buried on February 14.

There is a legend however, that tells of a St Valentine who was persecuted for being Christian. When being interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II, the Emperor tried to convert St. Valentine to paganism in order to save his life, but Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. For this he was executed, but before he was executed he preformed a miracle by healing the daughter of the jailer, who was blind. In the romantic version that was given to history.com by American Greetings, the night before Valentine was to be executed he wrote a letter to his “beloved”, believed to be the daughter of the jailer, and signed the letter “From your Valentine”. Nice story, but there is no historical proof that this actually happened.

Before 1797 there were a limited number of Valentine’s Day cards being printed called “mechanical valentines”. After 1797, a British publisher issued the Young Man’s Valentine Writer, which contained a mass amount of suggested sentimental verses for those who were unable to compose their own. Because of the reduction in postal rates, it became easier for people to send anonymous Valentines day cards to each other. So, by the 19 century paper Valentines Day cards became so popular in England that they started to be produced in mass, by factories. The United States started mass producing them shortly after 1847 by Esther Howland, whose father owned a large book and stationary store. She was inspired by an English Valentine she received from a business associate of her father’s.

So you see, here we are in 2012 looking forward to Valentine’s Day so we can receive our bouquet of flowers, box of chocolates and a heart shaped pendant, all in the name of love. It’s a day of proposals, first dates, date nights and weddings. All because of a romantic story perpetrated by a card company as a marketing strategy to sell more cards. What are we to make of this? Look, I am all about love and romance and I am all for giving our loved ones romantic gifts and cards, but why are we doing it the name of a saint who doesn’t even exist, because of a story that has no proof? Why do we need a specific day to honor our loved ones? Why can’t we make everyday a day that we cherish our loved ones and make them feel special?

We have become so commercialized nowadays that we don’t know real from fake, truth from false or fact from fiction. Our economy is the way it is today because of people trying to live a fake life, by living above their means. We have become a society obsessed with the need for things, judging ourselves by our looks and comparing ourselves to what others hold in high regard. Now is the time to get real! Lets get real about our finances, our relationships and our lives. Lets get our heads out of the sand and live our lives as authentic, real and truthful human beings, loving each other everyday, flaws and all and not just on one particular day set aside for love.

It Christmas time! Oh how I love this time of year. For me this time of year is about dreaming a bigger dream, pursuing a bigger goal and setting a bigger intention. I do not go to the shopping malls or the the department stores this time of year. Any gift I give is from the heart and is hand made. But, I know that there are some people who make this time of year so hard on themselves. Most people have stressed out lives on a daily bases anyway, then add to it all the holiday stress and people lose their minds. But, that shouldn’t be what this time of year is about. This shouldn’t be the time of year that we dread or get stressed out about, it should be about dreams and visions for a better world. If we put the same energy that we put into buying presents, going to parties, worrying about long lines and sitting outside of stores at all hours of the night trying to get the best deal on this or that, if we put that same energy into birthing our dreams, what a wonderful world this would be. So, if we think of this time of year with the intention of dreams and visions for a better life and a better world, what would that look like? What is the meaning of having a dream?

Our dreams are visions that are given to us. They are what we jump out of bed every day to do with a smile on our faces. This is the time of year that we should actually be slowing down. This time of year is when we should be resetting our priorities and doing the things that bring more meaning to our lives. This is the time of year that we should be putting our families first by spending more time with them. This is the time of year when we deck the halls, string the popcorn, listen to Christmas carols, bake cookies and drink hot chocolate by the fireplace. This is the time of year that we dream bigger dreams for our lives, for our families and for our world. Our problem is that we have ignored the dreamer. We forget to include ourselves in the hustle and bustle of life. This time of year should be magical and bring forth the good inside each one of us. Why have we turned it into a hockey match where we are pushing and shoving each other for the latest gadget or toy? We have allowed the media and the department stores to dictate to us what is important and have lost sight of what is really important. What kind of legacy are we leaving for our children? What kind of example are we setting for them? Instead of going to the store at midnight on black Friday and knocking people over for stuff, why can’t we sit down at the dinner table with our family and write down our vision for the season. Why aren’t we pushing people out of the way to help others? Why are the shelves at the local food bank empty while we’re out buying useless stuff for people we don’t even like?

I heard a song with the lyrics, “You can ignore the dreamer, but you can’t deny the dream”. But, I think that is exactly what we are doing in our world today, we are ignoring the dreamers and denying our dreams. We have become brainwashed into thinking that we need things that we don’t, or if we don’t give the biggest and the best gift we are not worthy of love. What kind of world have we become that people have to be tasered to bring order to a department store on black Friday? Is this the kind of dreams we have for our society? We should be thinking of our dreams as living legacies. Something we feel good about everyday, not something we have to get. There should be more to our dreams than a wish list of the things we want. Our dreams should be about what we can do to make a better family, a better community, a better nation, a better world. This may seem like big dream, especially when we see the horror of what this season brings, but if we start with each one of us, one step at a time, it can be achieved.

What does it take to hold onto the vision of our dream? The first step is to take care of the dreamer inside of ourselves. Remembering that we are human “beings”, and that just being is good enough,we don’t have to do anything. Being our authentic self is enough. As our authentic selves we will take the actions necessary to birth our dream. Its only when we are in our egos that we get stagnant and do nothing or think that we have to do it all, today. Its our egos that tell us that we have to have the best or be the best or give the best. Our egos put up the barriers and road blocks that keep us from moving forward. The ego tells us that we are not good enough or big enough and brings up the fears inside us.

Underneath the chaos of the season we are fabulous people, living fabulous lives. Its when we stop thinking about ourselves and others, that we get stuck in stinkin’ thinkin’. Lets remember our power, because we tend to forget that we have what it takes inside of us to get us to where we believe we can be. To fill the gap between the dreamer and the dream we need to take inspired action and don’t forget to love the dreamer so we can support our dream.

My dream for this season and for seasons to come is that people will stop and think. Think about what is happening and take responsibility for our own actions. My dream is that people would remember that this season started as a season of love, peace on earth good will toward men. Not a knock down drag out fight to get the best deal on the latest thing. STOP THE MADNESS! We have to realize that the dream knows more than we do and that we are the servers of our dreams and we are the only ones who can bring it to reality. No matter how bad it looks on the outside, we can not give up, no matter how bleak the future may look now, if we believe in our dream for a better world, we will persevere.

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Why We Reject Ourselves

Are we rejecting ourselves when it comes to our passion, our vision, our dreams, our abundance, sense of receiving, or our self worth? And if we are, is it because we would rather reject ourselves, rather than have someone else reject us?

 

Sometimes self-rejection comes from feeling like we are never enough, we’re not good enough, we don’t do enough, we don’t learn enough, just a feeling that we are not good enough for whatever situation we are in.  We are always wanting to be more, in our families, with our friends, in our appearance or even in our money situation. We are not open to recieving the good things in life. We don’t think we deserve whatever good comes to us. And if anything good does come into our lives we look at it as if its a fluke. Sometimes, we even think that if something good happens to us, then something bad is bound to happen right away.

 

Sometimes self-rejection comes in the form of dimming our light. A lot of times we dim our light because we don’t want to be responsible for the expectations that are put upon us, or we are afraid of the lack of approval from others. We know that if we dim our light we can stay in the background where nobody will notice us, then, if we make a mistake, we won’t  be horrialby embarassed. Because it seems that the need for other people’s approval of us is more important than the need to approve of ourselves.

 

Often times when we get rejected, we spend so much time worrying about being rejected, that we don’t realize that there is something better waiting for us around the next corner. The important thing about rejection is that we learn from it and become a better person. Other people’s opinion of us should not define us. We need to give ourselves permission to be who we are reguardless of what other’s think or say about us. This is not an easy task, because we are so used to being who everyone else thinks we are, it is hard to show who we really are.

 

What we need to remember is that self-rejection is something we do to ourselves, whether conciously or unconciously. We need to stop taking things personally, because everyone comes from their own perspective, and that is their perspective, it has nothing to do with us. If we can develop our rejection muscle, and notice when we are in rejection mode, then we will understand and recognize, that is not our story. Once we start to recognize when we are being hard on ourselves, we can then, stop, and nurture ourselves, doing at least one kind thing for ourselves during the day. This will give us some balance, and help us learn how to give ourselves permission to be ourselves.

 

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