As I gaze out our front floor to ceiling window for inspiration, I see a gorgeous tall tree that’s turning from green to glorious yellow. It’s hugging the side of a stylish brick building where the sun is casting its leafy shadows. The sky is bright blue and it feels like a day full of promise.
I’ve got some medicinal teas percolating on the stove and the house to myself. What riches.
Now that you’ve got a good idea of my whereabouts, I’ve also got 3 things to tell you.
Tomorrow (September 15) is the end of the Earlybird Special for the book study that’s starting soon. It’s the most influential, game-changing book I’ve ever read, which is why I’m so keen to share it and you’re invited! All the details are at this link.
One of the most important tenets of self-care is learning how to listen to your intuition and then trust it enough to act on it, even (and especially) when it’s uncomfortable. I’m going to model that for you now. *clears throat nervously
For the past many months, I’ve been doing a Self-Care Masterclass and I have one scheduled in the calendar for this Friday. I have the topic chosen and everything, and yet, my intuition is saying to hold off. I don’t know why (perhaps it’s that there’s already a heck-ton of things happening this week) and that’s the thing about intuition. You don’t have to know why. You just have to trust.
So, I’m postponing it until October, which feels like a relief and that’s a great sign for following your intuition. If it feels like a tall glass of cool lemon water on a hot, hot day, then you can trust that you’re doing the right thing.
For those of you who are in the Lifeboat Solution, or were planning to attend, now you have the gift of some free time. Hooray! And you’ll get to attend next month, so you won’t miss out on anything.
Of course, when you follow your intuition, you run the risk of disappointing others, which is there, niggling a little for me, but here’s the phrase I love that makes all the difference when making decisions that feel uncomfortable: When you do what’s best for you, it’s best for everyone. Write that one down and post it somewhere you’ll see it often. It’s one of my go-to paradigms. If you’re not willing to prioritize your own well-being, then no one else is going to do it for you. You just have to make yourself a priority, so that’s what I’m doing here, with you as my witness. Thanks Witness!
Another good thing to know about intuition is that it comes in the form of ideas that show up again and again. They’re like little taps on the shoulder that whisper (perhaps with the voice of John Malkovich), “Hey… remember me? I’m still here, so if you want to take action, now would be a great time.”
I have an idea that keeps coming back, so today I’m taking action on it. Ready?
Although I tend to focus on internal self-care with my clients and in my blog, I also care deeply about the myriad of products and services that make my life better. I’m very picky because how I spend my money is an indication of my beliefs, and I want to make a statement that’s aligned with my values every time I purchase something to use in my home or on myself.
I thought you might be curious about the self-care products that my family and I invite into our home, and so, I’m going to share them with you from time to time, starting today.
This one has made a tremendous difference in my menstrual cycle. (I’m going into details here, so if you don’t want to know any more about that, then skip to the end :)
I’ve had a history of irregularity, and debilitating cramps, and for many years, I ignored all that as much as I could, hoping it would go away. It didn’t work, and so I suffered immensely for a long time.
Eventually, I found some solutions that were natural and made a significant difference, and so I want to tell you about one of them now.
I follow an Ayurvedic practitioner named Dr John Douillard, who you can find online if you want to do your own research. From him, I learned that if you take a couple of tablespoons of Aloe Vera Juice before breakfast and another dose before dinner, it will really help your cycle in a variety of ways.
I tried it out and have been consistently amazed. My cycle has lengthened, which is great, because it was usually about 22 days, which was super annoying. AND there are more non-bleeding days, which feels fantastic.
Also, the bleeding days went from 5 to 4, so another big HOORAY for that! And, the cramps are close to non-existent when I’m diligent with taking the aloe juice regularly. My daughter has also noticed a difference. So much so that one month when I didn’t buy any aloe juice, she asked me to get it again the next month. For a 16 year old to notice the difference and then to ask for me to get it again is an indication of something considerable happening.
The kind of Aloe Juice I use is called George’s Always Active Aloe and I like it because it has the bitter part removed, so it just tastes like really fresh water.
By the way, I don’t have any affiliations with George; I just like his product and wanted to share it with you because it’s made a big difference in my life.
I get it at my local health food store (Community Natural Foods if you’re also in or around Calgary) and I’m sure you can get it online too.
So there you go! I hope that’s helpful for you. It feels really good on this end to honour my intuition, especially since it’s been nudging me for quite a long time. Here’s to taking inspired action.
With innate love and spirited courage,
Creator of Courageous Self-Care
Connoisseur of high quality things that work
Happy sharer of high quality things that work
PS - Just in case you only read this part of the message, the earlybird special for my upcoming book study ends on September 15, and you can get it and all the details at this link. If you feel like you don’t get results in life that match the effort you put in, this book study will make all the difference.