The Holiday Eating (and drinking) Season is OFFICIALLY upon us!
I'm still recovering from the election, and from turning 29, just in time for hectic holiday family shenanigans.
It's no secret that this season is prime time for focused self-care. The traveling, the shopping, the planning, the cooking, the socializing...It's all wonderful fun, but if you get too caught up in it, you are at risk for physical and emotional burnout.
Take the time for yourself to get your head on straight, treat your body right, and make sure you feel amazing, all season long.
Are you ready?
Here are some resources to help you get prepared for what's to come.
I've been loving leaf on Youtube.
Watching their videos is both soothing and inspiring for my braincells.
Movin' and Groovin'
Dance it out with The Fitness Marshall
Yoga for Digestion
...don't forget your digestive enzymes!
LOVED this commercial for Lane Bryant
5 Simple Ways to Prep Skin for the Holidays
15 Ways to Thrive During the Holidays
Nothing official here, but I DO challenge you to drink one or two more glasses of water each day this week, than you normally do.
You already know all the benefits to your health, as they're listed in practically every health article on the internet.
You can even make a drinking game out of it:
Every time *that* uncle says something awful at Thanksgiving, or if mom does something really mom-like (like wanting to look in your ears) or when your brother's kid has a melt-down...
Take a sip!
Cheers and I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving.
All my love,
If you've knocked on your ass by the same heatwave that just won't quit, here's some reading material for you while you chill in the air conditioning sipping on some iced tea or rosé.
Love your Sadness - Rituals for Honoring Heartache from The Dabblist
I love her ideas of engaging and healing with water, and allowing yourself to just feel the way you feel.
Also from The Dabblist: What's on YOUR Autumn Bucket List?
I'm hoping for:
Long brisk walks with my puppy Renly
Copious mugs of hot beverages
Hosting a Haunted Murder Mystery party
Witchy Movies and Rituals
Decorating for Halloween
Soups, scarves, and supernatural stuff
Sarah Jenks' Live More Challenge
The Whole Life Challenge
It's embarrassing how many times I've watched THIS.
It's even more embarrassing that I'm fairly sure I've recognized the pictures from the aforementioned video in THIS.
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
All my love,
I don't know about you, but as I walk through my years on in this life, the Winters feel longer, more harsh, and more difficult to get through. Every year, I wish for the crocuses to pop up, the smell of dirt to return, and the salt to be on the rim of my margarita, instead of
on my boots.
I once read an article by the brilliant life coach Martha Beck about "Having a February", which, as I've interpreted, is basically having a month long Monday.
I don't know if it's Seasonal Affective Disorder, the lack of fresh air from staying out of the cold weather, or the post holiday blues combined with the pre-spring apprehension, but what I do know, is that now is the perfect time to create small but powerful shifts in your day-to-day focus.
Shifts that will enhance your quality of life, making this typically challenging time, feel joyful, healthy and serene.
Sylvia Plath once wrote:
“If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. I'll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.”
I feel this is a fitting sentiment, because as eager as I always am to get winter over and done with, I equally love digging my heels in, engaging and indulging in the warm and grounding vibe this season gives us.
I love having a reason to throw on a gigantic sweater, make a comforting beverage, and allow some things lie dormant, even if just for a while.
Cold Hands, Warm Hearth
Winter Lifestyle Nourishment Instagram Challenge
Why Cold Hands Warm Hearth?
The hearth has long been the symbol of the heart of the home, where nourishment of the body and soul come together. When I think if hearth, I think of love, warmth, good cozy food, a toasty fire, hot delicious beverages, the comfort of family, and close friends. The hearth is the spatial host for winter bliss. It is the spirit of The Hearth that I hope to awaken, in order to joyfully close out the remainder of this month feeling integrated and ready to greet the spring feeling rested, taken care of, and nourished in your body and soul.
That's why I've created this challenge, so for 15 days, we can nourish our souls, and nurture the summer that lives inside all of us. Taking the time to engage in these pleasures in the depths of this season, to focus on the sensuousness and grounding we can experience in our bodies and souls.
THERE WILL BE PRIZES
Every time you post a picture of you doing a challenge with #CHWH2016 and tag me on Instagram (@CaitlinWalker11) or on Facebook, you will be entered to win one of THREE incredible prizes:
1. A carefully curated mystery gift box of self-care treats, tailored and chosen just for you.
2. A winter care package of pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements from Usana including:
1 month supply of Usana's famous HealthPak,
1 bottle of Vitamin D
1 bottle of Proflavanol C
3. A scholarship to my Signature 3 Month Health Coaching Program!
Instead of having a February, let’s have our way with it instead.
Are you in?
Click to sign up!