Self Love 101

Perhaps you have practiced Self Love for years, regularly reminding yourself to take some time out just for you or maybe you are a complete beginner to self love..
Either way what ever part of your ‘Self Love Journey’ you are on I welcome you with a warm heart and encourage you to start or continue on such a wonderful, soulful practice!

Here is a little Blog for the ‘Self Love Beginners’, added with a little recipe for the more experienced self lovers who may want to try something homemade and new.

My beloved Beginners to self love, I am so excited for you to start this new and exciting journey of self care, self awareness and self love, you are going to love it.

Self Love is all about stepping out of that busy moment or routine and giving yourself permission to really be ‘still’, to be fully aware of your surroundings, of your inner thoughts and emotions, of your breath, your heart beat and really just let go.

This dose not mean you need to go sit on a mountain peak overseas and do yoga followed by meditation and a health shake (unless that’s what moves you naturally) it’s about finding way’s in your day to day lives to re-connect and re-charge with yourself.

Some ways may be as simple and reading a book (you know the one you brought a few years ago that you have been meaning to ‘read’ when you one day get time) yes that book – pick it up, make yourself a tea, find your best lounge chair and turn that page damn it.

It may be as simple as taking a little longer in a nice warm shower, just to relax, to feel the how the water pelt’s against your skin soothing the muscle and stimulating the blood flow.
It can be as simple as giving yourself a facial, slowly cooking yourself your favourite meal, listening to soothing music and turning the t.v and the news off for a night.

The list is endless and the best way to do it is the best thing that appeals to your body, mind and soul. Find what feels good and indulge, give yourself permission to ‘stop’ and to listen to your thoughts, focus on your breath and to re-fuel your mind, body, soul.

Tonight – Go home, find the moment that feels right for you and try at least ONE of the following, remember you need to give yourself total permission otherwise your mind will not shut off!
– A nice long hot bubble bath by candle light.
– Turn off all your television(s), social media, turn down the lights or (turn off the lights and light candles where you can) turn down low your favourite music and slowly cook your most loved dish (even if it is naughty)
– Pour a glass of wine and pick up that beloved book
– Have a little longer in the shower, close your eyes and ease your mind focusing on your breath and the power and energy of the water.
– Lay in bed flat on your back and listen to your breath, then spend 15 minutes thinking about all the things you are grateful for in your life at this moment.

Then tomorrow I want you to repeat it, pick something relaxing with in your means and try and give yourself a minimum of 30 minutes, remember be a little creative when you can.

Here is a little recipe for the long serving self love members and to daring creative beginners…

Homemade ‘anything’ is best in my books, there is nothing more special, magical or meaningful than something homemade, so why not make yourself (or loved ones) a little treat.

Here is a beautiful bath fizzer recipe form the Martha Stewart site (here is the link if you need a visual) http://www.marthastewart.com/271871/bath-fizzies
Not only do they look amazing when completed they smell incredible also – Enjoys Chiefs x

– 1/2 cup citric acid
– 1 cup baking soda
– 3/4 cup corn-starch
1/4 cup organic cane sugar
About 6 drops food colouring
10 to 15 drops essential oil(s)

* Special equipment: 2-ounce travel-size spray bottle, plastic pipette, silicone ice-cube tray, storage jars (you can pick jars up from your discount store OR recycle sauce jars)

– Method –
1) Stir together citric acid, Baking soda and Corn-starch in a glass measuring cup.
2) Pass mixture through a fine sieve or a flour sifter into a mixing bowl, stir in sugar.
3) Fill spray bottle with water, and add food colouring. Spritz mixture lightly (it should become damp but not fizzy) until you can pack mixture with your hands.
4) Using pipette, add oil, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking. Using a metal spoon or your hands, mix ingredients until colour is even throughout (mixture will begin to dry out; when this happens, spritz until packable again).
5) Spoon into ice-cube tray, pressing firmly. Let dry at room temperature overnight. Pop out of tray gently. Transfer to jars, tie ribbon round then and add a tag for looks.

Enjoy!

LOVE X

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