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The Joy Issue

Nourish Your Skin, Feed Your Soul with Norabloom founder

Holly Green

ENJOY THE MOMENT (14) • EXPAND YOUR SPACE (48) • SLOW DOWN (90)


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L ET T ER from our ED I T O R

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s a young mom, I had no idea how to nourish someone else. Life was about surviving—

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human’s wellbeing. Turns out merely surviving isn’t that fun and certainly doesn’t bring about Joy. I longed for a deeper connection to my children, even as I longed

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top of my to-do list. Looking back, I can see that my lack of practice at self-nourishing (i.e. taking care of my own needs) inhibited my ability to provide meaningful nourishment to others. Since prioritizing self-nourishment, I’ve seen ALL my relationships improve.

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My life is proof that self-care can’t be categorized as a luxury or a special treat—taking care of myself is a critical aspect of my daily life. Whether we’re mothers, daughters, sisters, or friends, someone will always need something from us, and we can’t give to others unless our own needs are being met.

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Nourish yourself first. I promise, your relationships will be more joyful.


P H O T O by @ B E V E R B U T T S

One can only share what she has in plenty. – REBECCA CAMPBELL

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IN THIS ISSUE

Create Joy by Celebrating Nourishment M O N T H LY M US I C

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Celebrate Choose to pursue your most meaningful, joyful, and nourishing life, with esthetician and spa owner, Holly Green. WITH PHOTOGR APHER MICHELLE TUREK

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Choose to indulge‌in pleasurable activities, healthy food, and warm layers. Move your body, whether at your desk or on a visit to wine country. Give yourself yummy treats and delicious self-care.

Lifestyle Indulge a Little............................................... 14 Take a Look Inside.......................................... 30 Throw Some Layers On................................... 34

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Books.............................................................. 17 Food............................................................... 18 Cocktail.......................................................... 20 Movement....................................................... 22 Nourishing Products....................................... 24 Self-Care......................................................... 32

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Dwell Curate your home to be nourishing and joyful, by filling your space with your most beloved stuff; making space in which to treat yourself well; and indulging in a spacious mindset.

Design Love Your Stuff................................................. 42 Make Some Space............................................. 44 Uncover More Joy............................................. 48

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Live Crave self-care and give in to the desire to be completely nourished. Find all you need to feel whole and well within the reservoir of your Self.

Mindset Prioritize Self-Care........................................ 80 Connect through Love................................... 84 Give In........................................................... 90

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T H E MA K ERS

Our makers consistently share their time & talents. We'd love to introduce you to the lovely ladies who contributed to this month's issue.

Michelle

Heather

Cover Photography

Dwell Feature Photographer

@michelleturekphotography michelleturekphoto.com

@VanderpoolStudios vanderpoolstudios.com

Michelle has loved photography since she picked

Heather Vanderpool is the owner of Vanderpool

up a camera as a kid. As the owner of Gray Dog Pet

Studios near Rochester, Minnesota. She is a Certified

Photography and Michelle Turek Photography, she has

Professional Photographer, and has been awarded

worked alongside some of the best in both the pet &

the Platinum Photographer of the Year medal

wedding photography industries, leading to features

in 2016 and the Bronze medal in 2017 at PPA's

on Borrowed and Blue, SnapKnot, Lets Bee Together, &

International Print Competition. She specializes

other publications. Michelle splits her time between New

in high school senior portraits as well as travel

York & Virginia and loves to travel for assignments.

photography (she lived in India for 2 years).

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Lee Lee Creative Director & Managing Editor

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Cindy

Art Director

Intern

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Micayla

P.K.

Content Editor

Books Editor

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Kelly

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Maghon

Contributing Artist

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Indulgence with

Marie Levey-Pabst

Notice your simple joys; nourish yourself with indulgence.

“S

elf-care” is quite the buzzword. Advertisers use “self-care” to sell us everything from fitness equipment to peanut butter. There are even online

courses out there to teach you how to “make time for self-care.” I love my peanut butter and online courses as much as the next

BASICS ARE NOT “BONUS.” I’ve asked many women to share examples of “self-care” in their lives, Here are examples of what I hear: • Working out every day (because I know it’s good for me)

person. But I wonder if we’ve all started to make “self-care”

• Brushing my teeth all by myself for 2 minutes

more complicated than it needs to be.

• Sitting down to eat

Essentially, self-care is an act of nourishment, an act of providing substances necessary for our sustainability and growth. And with the term “self” we name this nourishment as an act we do on our own.

I get it. As a woman, a mom, and a teacher, being in a bathroom by myself for 2 minutes is a mini-vacation. These examples highlight the one layer of nourishment: Nourishing ourselves with the basics.

NOURISHMENT HAPPENS ON TWO LEVELS:

Understand: this form of nourishment

1. We nourish ourselves when we make sure our basic needs are

drink, or sleep is a right, not a privilege.

met (in the form of food, shelter, health, connection, etc.).

Notice that even things you think of as

2. We nourish ourselves with simple joys and indulgences that feed our body, mind, and soul.

isn’t a “bonus.” Getting enough to eat, or

“basic” can be nourishing, though. For example, drinking water (with lemon, maybe!) or taking a walk. Sleeping is one

Both levels of nourishment are worth pursuing because both

of my favorites, as is letting myself be

levels allow for the experience of richness and joy in our lives.

pampered every now and then by others.

Self-Care Tips Stay tuned to our blog this month for more self-care tips from Marie!

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I N D U L G E N C E I S N O U R I S H M E N T. What moments in your life bring you joy? Bonus points if these moments are pure indulgence and wildly unproductive! Maybe its . . . • A movie night. • Sitting in the sun with a book you love so much you read it over and over again • Baking • Blow drying your hair • The by now “classic” self-care act of getting a

Reflect + Release

mani/pedi • A walk in the woods or in the city • A latte • A good beer with a good friend

The following prompts will help you name and celebrate indulgence in your life! Take 10 minutes to think about and respond to one or both the following questions (and then nourish yourself accordingly!):

• Chocolate. Good chocolate. • List 10 simple joys you’ve experienced in the last week

Celebrate indulgence by embracing simple joys. Be fully present for that ray of sunshine hitting your face, and that

or two. If you have trouble coming up with 10, list as many as you can. Then, keep your list handy and see what you can add to it each night for a week.

first sip of coffee in the morning. Celebrate indulgence also in its more elaborate forms. Embrace the anticipated plans with a good friend and an afternoon or morning of planned luxury. Celebrating indulgence is a way to nourish ourselves in body and soul. And I mean celebrating. Plan time for indulgences the way you would block out time for a

• Make a list of 5-7 indulgences you wish you had time for. Dream big. Imagine limitless funds and time. Then, choose one that you will make time for, even if it’s only part of the indulgence. For example, if you dream of travel to another country but aren’t sure how to make that happen right now, consider an adventure somewhere brand new, but within driving distance. If you dream of a weekend away by yourself, plan a vacation day from work where you are all on your own.

birthday party or other celebration. Make an appointment. Put it on a calendar. Add an indulgence to your to-do list.

Embrace life’s simple pleasures fully. Go ahead and indulge a bit more than you think you should! Recognize the nourishment in this celebration of you and your worthiness.

Marie Levey-Pabst is the founder of the Create Balance method. She teaches parents to create balance between family, work, and personal fulfillment. Connect with Marie at @ CreateBalanceCommunity on Facebook or at CreateABalancedLife.com. Photos by Walker Studios LLC.

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P H O T O by @ C A T B A L L O U 2 4

N O U RI S H I N G REA D S

The Art of Eating

The Gifts of Imperfection

Foreign Soul

by MFK Fisher, Pub. 1954

by Brené Brown, Pub. 2010

by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Pub. 2014

Joy is only possible through nourishment,

Nourishing our minds, understanding how

If you’re looking for some inspiration for

and one of the fundamental ways we nourish

we’ve been taught to interact with our world,

your own joyful journey, then this is the

ourselves is through food. If you are looking

and learning new ways that serve our joyful

book. A collection of tales as diverse as the

for more joy in your life, take a second to

sides so much better – that’s what The Gifts

countries they’re set in, there is no end to

look at your kitchen through the eyes of Mary

of Imperfection is all about. If we can get to

relatable differences from which to pull. These

Fisher’s book, The Art of Eating. It’s a book

a place where we deeply know that we are

stories weave together beautifully, just as

that will rekindle your love of food, friendship,

enough just as we are, then we will be able to

nourishment, joy, and journeys combine to

and culture, and the joy that happens when all

truly nourish ourselves – and our joy – every

make a beautiful life.

three of these things intersect.

single day.

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Moment with

Crystal Cathcart

Reclaiming a simple food experience is a radical way to increase your daily joy.

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aise your hand if your day looks like this: Pack lunch,

produce at a local farm or farmer’s market before heading to

eat breakfast on the go, rush to the store after work,

your regular grocery store.

whip something together for dinner, do the dishes,

fall in bed.

A basket of just picked apples becomes a household favorite— freshly baked pie. Listen to new music while slicing apples

Daily pressures of caring for ourselves and others can

and preparing the dough. Create an element of celebration

become routinely dissatisfying. What if we practiced

around this dish by inviting friends and family to help.

intention, rather than routine? Mindful practices can transform shopping, cooking, and eating into truly nourishing activities. As the weather cools and harvest season takes over, opportunities to focus on nourishment arise. Turn routine cooking into a rewarding treat, simply by browsing the

If we focus on the joy of the present moment, we’ll feel warmth not just from the oven, but also from the heart.

Look for more yummy reflections from Crystal at @paisleyrosie. Photo by Kelly Peterson, @kfpphotography.

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Hot Toddy with

Crystal Cathcart

Cozy up with a mug in hand to this comforting, incredibly dynamic drink. When the nights become crisp and the leaves turn into a rainbow of colors, the desire for a perfect fall drink to warm up the body, inside and out, arises. Enter the Hot Toddy. Keep it classic using traditional water, honey, and lemon, or switch things up with tea or cider, cloves, cinnamon, or agave nectar. For a kick of warmth, add your preferred amount of whiskey. Have a favorite liquor? The Hot Toddy works well with so many items in a liquor cabinet, whether a robust spicy bourbon, sweet rum, or even white tequila. Or go alcohol-free and make it a “Not Hot Toddy.� However you take it, this autumnal cocktail is as satisfying as it is simple to make.


Look for more yummy reflections from Crystal at @paisleyrosie. Photo by Life Unstill Photography, @lifeunstill.

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Celebrate Movement with

Julia Grimaldi

When building your holiday meal to-do list, remember to add “move my body” right up at the top!

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mbrace movement with as much joy as you embrace your

Enjoy what’s good for you. In the kitchen, in the supermarket,

holiday favorites. Make room in your life to move your

around the table and in your choice of movement. Instead

body just like you make room in your belly for that very

of spending precious moments worrying about how, when,

last bite of your favorite dish. When we make the choice to move our bodies in any way we

or how much movement you’re getting, just move—for the sake of moving.

want because we like it, we feel happier and more content than if we feel like we must do it. With intrinsic movement, we simply enjoy an activity and view it as an opportunity to explore, learn, and actualize our potentials.

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Photo by Kelly Peterson, @kfpphotography.


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Take a moment to slow down and recognize that going against the grain can be tiring. Allow yourself moments of peace and tranquility to bolster your spirit. Buy yourself products of beauty and quality to nourish your body. A hand-knitted scarf for when the weather (finally!) turns chilly; responsibly-made and beautifully-packaged skincare; delicate and delicious candles; books that make you want to live your most healthy life. Top it all off with a lifestyle magazine focused on positivity & mindfulness and you’ve got a self-care date. Splurge a little, slow down a lot. Check in with your body and make time for your

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Day Away with photographer

Mary Elizabeth Godier

Making time for yourself is crucial for everyone, but especially for those of us who wear approximately one million hats each day. You simply cannot give all of yourself to everyone if you don’t put some of your energy back into you.

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inding joy sounds like a simple process, with all the small joys circling around us everyday, but sometimes it can be a challenge. You're stressed, busy with work and family; it can

be easier to just fall into the slump of "work-eat-sleep-repeat." More than anything, finding joy just takes a bit of time, and a commitment taking on the challenge of making that time for yourself, even if it feels hard. Taking time for yourself in the busiest of moments is, in my opinion, the key to self-care (and staying sane). In a time where I find myself stretched in a million directions between work, friends and family, a day trip to Stone Cow Brewery could not have been more welcome. My family and I packed into the car, mentally prepared for the lack of cell service and drove a few towns away for an afternoon of relaxation, rolling hills of foliage, and of course, a couple of locally crafted beers.

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I brought my camera long to capture the memories and it was the perfection. A crisp fall breeze, cows grazing in the fields and time to stop, laugh and not worry about work deadlines or other commitments. A day away was exactly what I needed to allow myself time for finding joy. You don’t have to take a lengthy tropical vacation every season; simple things like a walk outside, a quiet hour with a good book, or a quick day trip with friends can often bring the same feelings. If you can stop, breathe, and find sometime for yourself and the things you love, the joy will find you before you know it.

Addicted to Sharpies and sketchbooks, Mary Elizabeth has always been a creative at heart. She discovered her passion for helping entrepreneurs and local brands find their voice and amplify it; whether through brand photography, social media marketing, blogging or live events. She excels at capturing the essence of a company, and translating that into exciting, and unique brand messaging and experiences, and she can't wait to work with you! Connect with her at @ItsMaryElizabeth or visit Mary Elizabeth Creative on the web.

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Celebrate Whole Health with

Leigh Schwab

Beauty comes from within.

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e’ve all heard the old adage, but have you ever

plump your skin, clear toxins from your body, and keep you

stopped to think about how true it is? Beauty

healthy all around. I start each day with a large glass of water to

really does come from within!

get my system hydrated and moving.

Sure, skin care and makeup help by cleaning and perfecting;

Focusing on what is going IN your body can also help relieve

however, taking care of your skin from the inside-out can have

some of the worry about what is going on your body. Take

just as much of an effect on the way you look and feel.

a break from buying new products and assess your overall

Water is the source of all things good when it comes to the appearance of your skin. Drinking water can erase dark circles,

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lifestyle. Have you eaten your greens? Are you getting sleep? Do you have energy, and—if not—then why?


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We often focus on the external, but beauty—as in truly being your best self—starts on the inside. Below are my favorite products and routines for 360° Wellness.

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Drink your Greens. In this fast-paced “go go go” world, getting enough daily greens can be a challenge. (Sometimes it seems down-right impossible!) I reach for these effervescent tablets that help me complete two tasks at once - getting my greens and drinking water. Oh, and they taste yummy too. Leigh recommends...

Amazing Grass Green Superfood Effervescent Tablet

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Sleep it Off. I’m a night owl at heart but having four-year-old twins keeps

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me from living that way—this cream has done wonders in helping me get to sleep. When my mind is racing or I am nervous about something for the next day, I slather this on my feet and the inside of my wrists and poof I fall asleep within minutes of getting in bed. Leigh recommends...

Cook’s Organics Sweet Dreams Magnesium Cream

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Nourish Your Body. It is absolutely amazing what whole foods can do for your body. Jolene Hart’s book “Eat Pretty” will help you navigate each season and the bountiful foods they bring to the table. She explains how these foods nourish your skin and help you look and feel your best. Leigh recommends...

Jolene Hart’s Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out

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Whole health encompasses the beauty routines we love as well as the food and exercise stuff we often overlook. Go ahead and get that beauty sleep, eat those fruits and veggies, and chug that water because you will see a difference both inside and out.

Leigh Schwab uses her love for skin care to help educate women about the ingredients in their products and the need for proper skin care legislation in our country. Learn more about her passion for a healthy and simple life on Facebook and Instagram @leighschwab. Featured photo by @amandaluisaart.

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Self-Care for the Curious YOU Drink more water. Drinking water works wonders for your body and mind. When

you’re ready to go on a hydration kick, buy a lemon or get a really nice new water bottle. Fill it up and drink up! Nourish your soul. Feeling good on the

outside is of no use when you’re at unrest on the inside. Spend time with yourself and ask some reflective questions: What about your life do you love and want more of? What are you ready to let go?

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CEL EBRAT E S EL F - L O V E

Even though self-care is something that we theorize about often, on a day-to-day basis, we can get so caught up in making sure that everyone else is happy and taken care of that we neglect our own wellbeing. After we have shown love to ourselves, we can more effectively exercise kindness and compassion to others. To assist you in the art of self-love, you can look to Goddess of Mercy—Guanyin; relax under the warm glow of rose quartz; and cleanse your energy by burning juniper over a soothing lavender bath. Taking the time to appreciate oneself is vital; remembering to love ourselves is a way of feeding our souls.

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Relaxes the body and mind, soothes sore muscles and eases tension

Inspires feelings of self-love and facilitates emotional healing

Embodies compassion and kindness; reminds us to care for ourselves so that we co care for others

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Celebrate Warm Layers with

Cait Sherrick

Short on time? Short on motivation? Throw a little self-care into your style choices.

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hen was the last time you took a moment for

yourself first. You can’t give something you don’t have. And the

yourself? When you’re constantly on the go for your

only one who can take care of you the way you need to be taken

kids or your business or your day job, it’s easy to

care of while you’re constantly on the go is YOU.

be so wrapped up in life, you lose sight of your joy. People rely on you, dreams need to be nourished, bills need to be paid. Your needs just aren’t a priority right now. I get it, babe, I really do. Here’s the thing, though. The only way you can provide for your kids or your dreams or your job is if you make sure to provide for

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Tap into some warm layers so you can feel (and share) joy more freely. Layer a puffy vest over your plaid shirt. Throw a cardigan over your favorite t-shirt. Wear a big blanket scarf with just about everything. Better yet, wear two big blanket scarves with just about everything.


Celebrate a Blanket Scarf Versatile yet intimate, a blanket scarf layers over any outfit for an extra dose of warmth and joy.

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Wrapped. Wear your favorite sweater with some skinny jeans and ankle boots. Throw on a hat and a long necklace, and wrap yourself in your scarf like it’s a big blanket. Simple, comfortable, and warm, you can go from backyard fires to indoor gatherings with ease.

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Pictured: blanket scarf, green sweater, blue jeans, bean boots, hat, Leocadia K. Athena Necklace

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Draped. Drape your blanket scarf around your neck and pair it with a baseball tee, your most comfortable jeans, and a leather jacket. Slip on a pair of converse and layer a long necklace under the scarf. A refreshingly stylish combo, this look works for day, night, or all weekend long. Pictured: blanket scarf, baseball tee, blue jeans, converse, leather jacket, Leocadia K. Sloane Necklace

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Tied. Tie your scarf around your neck, layered over a plaid shirt and a puffy vest. Pair it with some torn jeans, some wet weather boots, and a few bracelets. You can go from pumpkin picking to grocery shopping in this look and be stylish yet comfortable the whole time. Pictured: blanket scarf, plaid shirt, black jeans, ankle boots, puffy vest, Leocadia K. Bracelets

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Putting yourself first when making style choices is an easy yet empowering form of self-care. You can make any outfit YOURS simply by choosing things you want to wear because you want to wear them. When you put yourself first in this way, it’s fulfilling and authentic and a heck of a lot more joyful to take care of all the things.

Cait Sherrick is a jewelry designer + stylist for mildly rebellious flow-goers at Leocadia K. She’s deeply inspired by modern art, has a boho heart + loves the warm, unconditional love of a good cup of chai tea. Join her on Instagram @caitsherrick for daily inspiration + visit her shop for more every day outfit ideas. Featured photo by @beyond_your_plate.

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What self-care practices fill your well?

It depends on which country I'm living in! Eating out, hair care, and massages are all very affordable experiences in Taipei. An additional

Catt Marketing Consultant @cattkaizen cattkaizen.com

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self-care practice is my evening strolls. In Los Angeles, my favorite self-care practice is driving to the beach and soaking up the vibes. In Milan, my number one self-care practice was visiting the cathedrals and churches I found randomly on the streets. All these things fill my well with such a beautiful vibration—and all quite differently!


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Amanda Writer + Content Creator Prim and Propah @primandpropah primandpropah.com

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Yoga is truly one of my favorite self-care practices. I am able to physically challenge myself. I am able to mentally challenge myself. I am able to quiet my mind, which is nearly impossible otherwise. After my favorite Sunday morning Power Flow class, I feel like I can conquer the world. It recharges my batteries like nothing else.

I am drawn more and more to seek out time and space for being alone. It is in this alone time that I find connection back to me. It is in this alone time where I meditate, heal and hear my soul. It is in this alone time that my creativity is revealed clearly. It is in this alone time that I rest. It is in this alone time that I love myself beyond all others.

I am a huge fan of baths and all forms of exquisite self-care. I eat foods

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that are healing and nourishing for my body, I move my body in ways that feel best for me, and I spend time with people that love me and support me completely. A daily spiritual practice and ritual helps me to stay grounded, centered, connected to my intuition, and filled with love. Being consistent with these practices means I can give and serve.

Even a few minutes of meditation can level me out. Acupuncture once a month keeps me in balance; I run hot and intense, and acupuncture transports me to another place. And afterwards I can often barely walk — and certainly wait a good while before driving my car. And getting my hair cut regularly—I love the brief shining moment when I look oh-so-soigné.

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The Sustenance of Stuff

Don’t have a fireplace? Don’t worry! You can strew your favorite accessories on the top of a bookshelf or cabinet anywhere in your home.

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The fireplace mantel is one of the great gems of intentional design: a space small enough to redecorate as often as you please, and prominent enough to have a meaningful effect on the ambience of a room. Whether you switch out the dÊcor seasonally, decorate anew every holiday, or update with the natural flow of your aesthetic, the mantel’s mere existence is excuse enough to surround yourself with the things you love to look at. Choose variety and interest over perfection. Integrate myriad textures: wallpaper, prints, maybe a bit of lace. Have items of different heights such as stacked books, candlesticks, and shallow bowls. Or, showcase a collection of like items, all in a row. Use the palette to introduce a new, complementary color, or to highlight an accent color dispersed through the rest of the room. And feel free to let your design trickle all the way up to the ceiling and/or all the way down to the floor. Find sustenance in the freedom to {re}decorate this design showcase however you see fit! Being surrounded by the things you love is a critical component of self-care.

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Lifestyle Design C A R V I N G O U T S PA C E F O R NOURISHING PRACTICES with

LaToya Burton

Make your home a part of your self-care toolkit by consciously creating a space to explore joy.

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ourishment is a lifestyle choice that guides us in consciously creating space to support uplifting habits in our home-

life. If movement and cultivating peace of mind are core valued activities in your life, then making space for practice is a high priority. Meditation and yoga nourish the mind and body, enhancing our levels of joy, and neither requires much space. A stool, a comfy blanket, and a meditation companion or symbol of your choice can create a comfy corner nook. You can use your bedroom, living room, or a spare room where you will be motivated to hop out of bed and physically transition into a mindful state of being.

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When creating a Yoga space don't hesitate to choose based

bring into your space, especially natural fibres that are smooth

on comfort. If it is in your living room off to the side of your

and soft, can also be calming.

sofa, great! Consider a spot where your mat can remain rolled out – which reinforces an intention to spend time cultivating your practice. When accompanied by a decorative yoga tool like a singing bowl or a small altar, and purchased in a color or pattern you love, the yoga mat becomes a joyful part of your decor. Consider all your senses. Choose colours that set the mood -

Carving out space asks that you release feelings of guilt and fear around doing something for yourself that may seem indulgent. Move slowly and with intention—simple choices can make a big impact. Over time, your mindset will shift, leading you to make choices that increase your joy and wellbeing. Soon, you’ll no longer question the need for these spaces in your home.

pastels can be calming and brighter colours can help increase energy. Diffuse an essential oil or light an incense that is known to ease your mind; for example, sandalwood, lavender, or clary sage. Decide whether music, a chime, or silence would best complement your practice. The textures of the materials you

LaToya is a mama / imaginer / gypsy nomad who explores life through the lens of interiors imagination and inspiration. She lives on a bus with her husband and son exploring the Australian landscape. For more inspiration, follow her @latoyaburton_musing. Photos by @latoyaburton_musing.

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Dwell on This Whether you meditate, do yoga, or recharge your mind and body in another way, your home can be part of your self-care toolkit. Carving out a space to treat yourself well and to do what you love leads to joy—pure and simple.

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Set an Intention. Our desires lead us in the direction of enjoyment, and when we set our intention on expressing those desires, we are on the path to a nourishing life. What experiences are you wishing you had more space for? What do you find pleasure in doing? Pay attention to these desires; explore what lights you up. The joyful possibilities of your life experience will expand.

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Carve Out Space. You can carve out space for anything that nourishes you, whether a dedicated creative shelf or drawer or adding a chair and your basket of tools to a currently unused corner. Maybe a pot for planting herbs in your kitchen, or an art supply stash next to the dining table. Keep your guitar or other instruments out on display in your living room where you can see and use them every day.

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Make it a Habit. Now that you have your space you can carve out time to do the things you really love. You are going to be reminded of your intent every time you see the space you have made. Still, you might need to schedule time into your calendar to remember to make it part of your routine. Creating habits that are rooted in delight can start with just 10 minutes at a time.

Thank You! Thanks to Naturopath and Herbalist, Janelle Twine, for letting us feature her calming space. Check out more of her self-care practices at @seedsofhealth on Instagram

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Thank You! Gratitude + Friendship to Jane Reeves for letting us showcase her special cabin. Connect with her @radiantjane on Instagram.

Doing nothing and nourishing one’s potential aren’t so at odds when you’ve created a safe space for dreaming.

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n beautiful Bluff country (Minnesota), among the forests, streams, orchards, and caves, sits the hermitage cabin that Jane Reeves and Jesse Buggs built together. And though the

rest of us might not have a cabin in which to plan and dream and rest, their choice to create a space where doing nothing is the main agenda is inspiration for us to do the same.

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We are all gifted. That is our inheritance. – ETHEL WATERS

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The 10 x 12 cabin fits right in with the Tiny House trend and, similar to these cute little dwellings, it offers a living space that prioritizes function over form. There’s built-in bunks, a small stove that packs a punch, and unassuming artwork that reinforces the tranquil atmosphere. Unlike a tiny house built to live in, though, Jane’s cabin is meant to offer a break from real life. “I’ve learned that without pause and hush, I’m tapped out creatively,” says Jane. “Here I can let it be simple, follow the bread crumbs and go from there.” Simplicity is the primary aesthetic in this space, which leads to relaxation—the kind of relaxation that allows your creative juices to flow unrestricted. Spartan though it is, the cabin offers plenty of indulgences, from a collection of meditative books to get lost in to comfy, inviting textiles on which to mediate. In addition to being the place where Jane writes, coaches, and dreams, the cabin is also used to slow down and reflect on the more practical aspects of our busy lives. “I'm not referring only to grand gestures of creativity. It's simple things like what kind of soup to make or what I want to plant in my garden this season,” says Jane. Even the path toward the cabin offers a chance for meditative, reflective thought. Jane and Jesse have adopted a ritual of quietening—physically and emotionally—as they walk down this path. A preparation that, again, reinforces the idea that it’s okay to do nothing. Nothingness and productivity can coexist, and even support one another.

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Because it’s a space for dreaming and planning, fear isn’t

First, we can all claim a space that belongs to us. Yes, it may

allowed in the cabin—at least not the kind of fear that

be small and yes, there may be a cat always sitting in your

prohibits or inhibits. “When things become too overloaded

chair—but I believe that this can be, and should be, done. I’ve

or complex, fear steps in to take over,” says Jane. “The more

written about this often in our magazine, from claiming a

simple it is, the more relaxed my heart is.”

chair for yourself (May ’17) to carving out a space all your own

From the time spent building and furnishing the cabin to

(Aug ’15).

their current life, when all they are required to do is to enjoy

Look around your home: where can you create a place for

coffee on the porch together, this space has become an

meditation, stillness, and nourishment of the “leave me alone”

integral part of the couple's relationship. Simplicity, in fact,

type? If you’re a minimalist, perhaps a plain mat in an under-

promotes connectedness—to nature and to each other.

decorated corner will do. If you like to be pampered, maybe a guest bath needs to become a “my” bath. I have several spaces that I’ve claimed, even going so far as to label a chair that I don’t want anyone else sitting in! The

Like me, you may not have a separate sphere which you can

bed is one of my favorites and, now that my kids are old

lose yourself in. Rather than being envious of Jane’s cabin,

enough, they aren’t allowed in unless we’ve invited them.

though, I’m wondering what we can take away from her experience. And I think the takeaways are broad, actually.

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Little steps such as this allow me to control my own nourishment levels. On the other hand, space isn’t just about physicality. Relaxation can happen anywhere when your mindset is ready for it. That’s the larger takeaway from Jane’s story, isn’t it? Simplicity promotes growth; doing nothing can feel nourishing; relaxing can be a form of connecting. Whether you’re living in a rambling bungalow, a studio apartment, or out of a hotel room, the trick is not just creating physical space; it’s nourishing a mindset that feels okay when action isn’t the focus.

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How many of us read a piece in this magazine (or any other!) about someone’s dwelling and our first thought is, “Well, that’s fine for them but I don’t have a home like that.”? Let me encourage you to release that reaction, which actually fits better with a scarcity mindset than it does intentional living. Instead, let’s view the introduction to others’ living spaces—no matter how distinct from our own—as a blessing. We can admire their abilities and dedication, and we can then adopt a mindset that allows us to have those same feelings in our own homes.

Lee Lee is an introverted editor who loves being in her own home. Stop by her porch for warm coffee and conversation, if ever you’re in Hamden, CT. Follow her intentional living journey @wordsbyleelee. Photos by Heather Vanderpool.

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Q & A with Jane Reeves + Jesse Buggs What led to the decision to remodel the cabin? When originally built on this otherwise completely virgin property, the 'Shantastic ' (as we first referred to it) was the cabin Jesse stayed in while working on the larger house we live in now. In 2014, we realized no one had used the cabin for several years. The occasional once-ayear overnight guest had all but diminished. The only people that would stay were the people who wanted to go fishing. Then there were the problems with flying ants. At one point, the plywood rough sawn exterior covering was not going to hold up or take another coat of stain. Yet, this cabin was far from deteriorating. We just needed to finish it.

How is the cabin different from your house? The size of this place and the very stripped-down conveniences really make it a perfect second house away from your house. Cabins that are intended for people to stay in or rent for

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vacations are generally more equipped and larger, which also can make them feel less inviting. The Spartan aspect with no running water or electricity invites renunciation and meditation. We can truly experience that practice without having to fully and actually commit some significant period of our life; we get the best of both worlds and unlike going away to a vacation cabin, this is ours.

How did the functional requirements of the cabin affect your design? With its 10 x 12 dimensions, everything about this type of structure has to be intentional. The rough design is commonly known as a hip roof—a difficult to handle frame, but with the help of my grandfather we figured it out. The building is sitting on wooden timbers with the front elevated off the rocky hillside. In this driftless region with very little topsoil at this elevation, this type of foundation structure is about the only kind of thing you could build in that part of our property.

How do you currently use the space? We spend the night here when we have Airbnb guests, from friends who want to Hermitage experience. The cabin is also a quiet place where Jane coaches and writes, and we use it as a “Santa’s cabin” for the grandkids and nieces.

What aspects of the cabin are the most meaningful to you? Some of the meaningful features include the beautiful wood on the ceiling—local trees cut in on the Amber sawmill and installed by Jessee and the local Amish Carpenter. This space is heated comfortably by the small Jotl woodstove, even in 0 degree conditions, and Jesse enjoys chopping wood for that space, which we don't burn anywhere else indoors. We also love the built-in beds, tiles, and shutters. It's not glam at all—It's a place for getting to know oneself and putting the brakes on the crazed pace of life. The cabin is where we light the wood burning stove, sip

tea, get quiet, read books, let dreams emerge, contemplate life, practice yoga, meditation and going off the grid.

How would you describe your cabin? Eclectic, cozy, woodsy, inviting, and relaxing—especially during the cool seasons but also in the summer because it’s concealed in a canopy of woods.

How does being in the cabin affect your mindset? Life is delicate and fragile. These days call for time to re-set and re-frame what we're learning, processing, and knowing. Softly, gently and with kindness reflected inward and outward. We love the meditation of the walk down to the space and use the path like a ritual—entering this place one begins to speak softer, to be quiet. Jane Reeves is a life coach and leader of Sacred Yoga Retreats who believes everyone deserves to be seen. Visit her at RadiantJane.com.


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Garden Visit corresponds to Benjamin Moore CW-530

Fallen Leaves corresponds to Benjamin Moore CSP-295

Wildflower

F ES T I V E + FRI EN D LY

corresponds to Benjamin Moore 2075-20

A seasonal flower arrangement is a natural, fun way to indulge in an autumnal color palette. Whether you order from your local shop, arrange purchased flowers yourself, or select from wildflowers in your garden, a colorful + festive bouquet by the front door calls out to visitors and welcomes

Meditate + Meander corresponds to Benjamin Moore CSP-60

them to stop in. Want this palette forever rather than just for fall? Here are some ideas for its use:

Entertain Elegantly

Sleep Soundly

Saturate a formal dining room with these

A master bedroom can feel fulfilling when

colors and dine in style. To keep it current,

you include saturated colors. Include plenty

infuse modern art. For a cozier look,

of nourishing textiles—from blankets to

incorporate cushioned chairs.

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Shop the Look Nourish your desires with accessories that encourage intention and contemplation: a meditation-ready statue and candle, and a hearty, handmade basket to hold any other accessories a moment with your thoughts might require. Grab a book, sit a spell, and invite Joy to hang out a while.

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with

Holly

What's one practice in your daily life that

What about your physical space

For you, what is the relationship of joy

brings you joy?

promotes nourishment?

& nourishment?

My nightly beauty ritual—those few minutes

A tidy home and office makes for a tidy mind.

at the end of the day where you wash away

I am a full blown creative, I think in pictures.

When I feel nourished and taken care of, I feel

the day and deeply cleanse your skin (and

There are so many thoughts racing through my

thoughts). I love the entire shebang- cleanse,

head at once, so many ideas and desires. I love

exfoliate, mask, tone and refresh, treat and

to be surrounded by beautiful objects, fabrics

hydrate. Our Norabloom Warm Organic

and texture. I love white walls, splashes of color

Lavender Packs gets placed on my belly every

and loads of pillows! This sort of space (nice

single night, it puts my body and mind at ease

and tidy) nourishes me visually which settles

and off to sleep I go.

my mind; when my mind is relaxed, my body

JOY! Nourishment is essential for growth and prosperity. Things that nourish me are: selfcare, yoga, making things pretty, my nightly beauty ritual, naps, meditation, baking pies, a walk in the woods. I feel full, and when I feel full, I can then offer my gifts to the world. My joy gives others joy.

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We’ve all played “Would You Rather…” – the game where you must choose between two equally uncomfortable scenarios. Would you rather have permanent braces or a permanent unibrow? Would you rather have every room in your house painted purple or every room in your house decked out with shag carpeting? (The answer to that last one is obvious; nobody likes vacuuming that much).

Some people love “Would You Rather…” while others are uncomfortable with the demand to make a choice. What if everyone else chooses the opposite thing as me? What if the person I’ve been flirting with thinks my choice is weird? What if I really don’t like either of the options? Do I really have to choose? Here? Now? Out loud?

It may seem like an inane game designed to generate the kind of hilarity enjoyed by high schoolers hanging in their parents’ finished basement, but our ability to make a choice (even a pretend choice) confidently without any outside validation, especially in the absence of a comfortable option, determines our likelihood of finding the joy we seek.

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ast month, I talked with Holly Green, esthetician

Holly’s Organic Rosehip & Carrot Serum and Organic Sweet

and owner of Norabloom Botanicals, a skincare spa

Orange & Clove Body Scrub were nominated for "best in show"

and beauty lounge in Ithaca, NY, all about the (very

for the serum and best body scrub categories!).

real) choices she has made on her own “Would you rather?” journey, and how she is living her most joyful life one nourishing decision at a time.

THE CHARM OF A MEANINGFUL LIFE While growing her living-room business giving facials to the town locals, Holly developed 26 products for her own

As part of building her business, she renovated a dingy space into a bright, soothing, welcoming studio—and has plans to do the same to an old school house she recently acquired. The beauty Holly has built extends to her online presence, too. She’s designed a beautiful business website, along with an eye-candy-licious brand lookbook, and has attracted a dedicated following on her beauty-centric Instagram account.

skincare line, earning attention from major publications and recognition at the 2017 Indie Beauty Expo. (Out of 250 brands,

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THE CRAFT OF SELF-CARE Holly’s ability to craft a life in which she was best positioned to be her shiniest, glowiest, mostradiant self comes from nourishing herself in the ways that make her whole. “From a young age, I’ve always needed “Holly Time,” says Holly, “a time actively creating things.” Knowing this about herself, Holly carves out time in her day to do the things she needs, the things that fill her up and make her happy. Holly would rather create than analyze, would rather teach and learn from peers within her industry than directly manage any of them, and would rather have long-term recurring clientele with whom she can build relationships than single-instance customers. She spends half the week concocting holistic balms and the other half caring for clients who have shared much of themselves with her. Holly’s also adept at choosing which types of self-care are nourishing to her, versus ones that would bring her more stress. She’d rather spend 20 minutes on a night-time facial routine to wash off the day than escape into a chapter of a terrific book. She would rather do her creative work in a All the while, she stayed true to her purpose of cultivating community

tidy and peaceful space than in an energetic and

in a town that wasn’t originally her own. Oh—and she raised a beautiful

cluttered workspace.

daughter, who currently works with Holly. This truncated list of Holly’s accomplishments took place in less than 20 years, and Holly has energy for more. “I don’t ‘feel my age’ like other people say in their 40s. I’ve had a fantastic 42 years. The wisdom that comes with age is the best part!”

Holly would rather spend an hour in her sacred yoga mat space than she would take a walk in the wee morning hours. And she’d rather bake a pie, stud it with pecan halves standing on end so it

For Holly, the secret to success – a life in which you are “super

looks like the center of a sunflower, gift wrap it

connected, super happy and super full” – is setting up your life. Not the

and deliver it to a friend than she would buy them

life of Bill Gates, not the life of Ellen DeGeneres or the lady who lives

the most delicious pie from a commercial bakery

next door, not even the life of the friend you admire the most – your life.

or big box store. In other words, she’d rather stay

“I know exactly what I need,” Holly says.

true to herself.

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THE CALL OF INTUITION Holly’s been finding her own way before she even knew what that meant. Raised in the foothills in North Carolina, Holly was a 4-hour drive from the beach and a 2-hour drive from the mountains. Her family were decidedly seashore people, yet Holly never felt comfortable there. The sand felt scratchy, the sun felt harsh on her skin, and the threat of a sunburn made her want to stay inside out of nature. On the other hand, the mountains made Holly feel alive. She loved the way the mountain air felt on her skin, the way the windy roads invited her around every turn, the way her shoulders were lower than they were in more bustling places. And she loved the Christmas tree farms. Holly didn’t know why these feelings were important; she simply knew that they were. That intuition was enough for her to honor what she was feeling. When she had the

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opportunity to move, she chose a small town in upstate NY. “I’m a Southern girl at heart,” she says, “but one of the reasons why I’m happy here is because it feels like a mountain town.” Complete with winding roads, a relaxed dress code, and a Christmas tree farm, her chosen home is a place that gives Holly the space and peace she needs to breathe, the nourishment she needs to thrive, the freedom she needs to grow into her fullest and brightest potential. Living intuitively,

Would You Rather? Self-care comes in many options, so how do we know which is the one we prefer? Do we go with what’s popular? With what makes us feel pampered? Or do we connect with our soul in some intuitive act?

says Holly, “fuels the feeling of invincibility” that allows

While there’s no one way to make yourself

a woman to find her true joy. Thus, intuition and joy are

feel nourished, we thought it would be fun

inextricably linked.

to engineer a “self-care quiz” for women to explore and discover more about their self-care preferences. To take the quiz, grab a cup of

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coffee and head to bit.ly/TPYquiz.

Do your preferences mirror Holly’s? Or do you love having

Once you’ve got your answers, join us in the

sand in your toes and salt in your hair? Holly is in a continual process of setting up her life, re-evaluating it, and setting it up some more, following the things that bring her joy like hikers

TPY Society all month long for quiz results & follow-up questions, as well as encouraging discussions about establishing self-care practices that lead to joy.

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foundation of joy, for it is only when you are full that you can truly overflow. Or, as Holly puts it: “If you’re happy, full, smiley and you’re feeling joy, you can do anything!”

THE CHOICE TO PURSUE JOY To start down the road to joy, first answer the question, What makes me happy? Your answer will have many parts to it. Your answer will be conditional on day of the week, amount of sleep had, season of the year, and season of life. Finding your answer is a continual process of figuring yourself out, checking in with no major agenda, maintaining a curious “I’d like to get to know you” mindset. Remember to be gentle and patient as you journey through the “Would You Rather” moments of life. As Holly points out, a life of nourishment doesn’t mean a life of 100% perfection. “Life ebbs and flows,” she says, “It’s awesome until it’s not. When its joyful, celebrate the heck out of it! When it’s not, go inward.” In fact, simply pausing to reflect on how you’re feeling is self-care, and keeps you on the path toward joy. Instead of scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed, do a 15-minute meditation or take a peaceful walk around the neighborhood. Instead of ruminating on follow blazes on a trail. And it’s pretty darn inspiring. I mean, I want to

your overwhelming list of to-dos, do something kind

be like Holly! Who doesn’t?

and spontaneous. When it comes to nourishment, a little goes a long way.

Still, I’m on my own trail, and so are you! The blazes you follow are entirely up to you. Don’t follow someone else’s path; find your own.

“Women are so magical,” says Holly. We’re “blessed

Holly encourages all women to slow down, go inward, and define what

with intuition and innate wisdom,” says Holly. Our

connects you to yourself: your higher power, the spirit within and

needs and desires are as diverse as are the roads

through and around. “When I get too busy and don’t have the quiet

we’re traveling on. Through the practice of self-care—

time, I second guess myself,” says Holly.

discovering the routines that keep us full and fueled— we can remain our “dynamic, fiery” joy-filled selves.

If we don’t nourish ourselves with the things that make our eyes sparkle and the corner of our lips turn up, we deplete ourselves, our stores of passion and inspiration, our joy. Undernourished, we move slowly, step cautiously, fear the risk of dreaming that much more because we are guarding the tiny reserve of joy that has been carrying us through life since that last vacation. Daily Nourishment – weekly, daily, hourly – is the practice of discovering and realizing your innermost desires. This establishes a

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Liz is a petite lass who likes crafting better than cooking, walking better than running, and Malcom in the Middle better than anything. She sings loudly and often, and is in her element when building connections. After studied Science, Technology, and Society at Vassar, she became a data mining darling. Her superpower is remembering the name and face of everyone she meets. Photos by Michelle Turek.


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Calendula Self-care liberates our individuality, replenishes our thoughts and ambitions, and nourishes our souls so that we may reminisce on who we were and ponder on who we want to be. A powerful antioxidant used for its healing powers, the Calendula reminds us of the importance of pausing for a few moments to find the joy in healing our souls.

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Nourishing myself is a joyful experience and I am worth the time spent on my healing. – REBEKKA REINHARD

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Meghan Kacmarcik

When you think of nourishment, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Eating well…? Perhaps good nutrition? Indulging in a special treat?

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s a registered dietitian, I am aware of all the ways in

and co-workers relying on us, self-care can be forgotten. As

which nourishment is important to our health and

cliché as it sounds, the metaphor of putting your own oxygen

our bodies, but what often gets forgotten is how

mask on before helping others is true. If we don’t nourish

important it is not just to nourish our bodies, but our minds,

ourselves in the ways that we need, then eventually we’ll

spirits, and souls. Learning to nurture our whole selves is a

become bitter and resentful.

crucial step on the path to true body love.

Learning how to take care of ourselves allows us to take

I consider myself a natural nurturer. I love taking care

better care of the people in our lives and allows us to live

of people—cooking them meals, giving them pep talks

better, more rewarding lives. We’re not worth taking care

and making sure they’re comfortable both physically and

of just so we can care for others; we’re worth taking care of

emotionally. I’ve been taking care of people since I was four

because we are humans and we are worthy.

years old and carrying around my dolls, making sure they were tucked in and well fed.

Learning how to take care of myself felt like learning how to walk again. During a long period of time where I was

When it came to nurturing myself, though, I was completely

overloaded with work, undereating and over-exercising, I

lost. I rolled into adulthood having no idea how to take care of

found myself at my limit. I rarely made time to do things I

myself in the ways that really mattered. It’s as if all the ways

enjoyed; when I did, I felt immense guilt for not being more

I learned to nurture others didn’t apply to myself. I didn’t

“productive.” Maxed out but in denial, I ran for months on

know what it meant to be nourished physically, emotionally,

empty, feeling like I was about to break.

spiritually, or mentally. As women, putting our own needs first does not always come naturally. With partners, children, friends, parents, siblings,

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A few years ago, after realizing that I couldn’t sustain the way I was living, I decided I needed to make a change. And that meant re-learning how to nourish myself and in some ways, learning to take care of myself for the first time. It meant… • learning to practice what I preach as a dietitian and eat what I was craving, when I was craving it; • learning to sit on the couch and watch an hour of my favorite show without feeling guilt; • going to yoga and instead of focusing on how much my body could do and the level of intensity I could achieve, focusing on breathing into anything uncomfortable and accepting when my body didn’t want to do something; and, • giving the pep talks that I would give other people to myself when I was down, even if I didn’t believe them at first.

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For a period of time, self-care felt like my full-time job

audition for that play, spend more time with your friends or

because, after years of not incorporating any into my life at all,

kids; just start doing the things that you’ve been putting on

it felt totally inorganic.

your perpetual to-do list.

Here’s the thing: learning to take care of yourself is fun.

We cannot afford to forget how to take care of ourselves when

I was filled with joy remembering all the things I had once

we’re busy with school, work, families and other obligations.

enjoyed and realizing all the new things I wanted to learn and

By focusing on self-care, we will be more present and more

experience. Remembering what I enjoyed eating as a kid and

fulfilled, both for the people around us and for ourselves.

allowing it back into my life. Eating and moving with pleasure,

We will find monumental relief in our bodies, all the while

rather than out of fear or as a punishment.

restoring mind and spirit.

When you start nurturing yourself, you might feel odd or

At the end of the day, after all the wondering and stumbling,

stumble. If you don’t know where to start, think about what

there’s joy to be found in learning and re-learning how to take

you did when you were younger. What did you enjoy eating,

care of ourselves.

doing, watching or making? Oftentimes, going back to how we used to nourish ourselves when we were young can give us a starting point in our adult lives. Sometimes the most helpful thing is to just start doing whatever it is you’ve always said you would do. Whether you want to write more, go to that yoga class, make that recipe,

Meghan is a blogger, body positivity advocate, eating disorder survivor and Registered Dietitian. You can follow along on her adventures on Instagram @sundaesforthesoul or read her blog at sundaesforthesoul.com. Photo by Kelly Peterson, @kfpphotography.

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Replenishing Connection H O W S E L F - C A R E S U P P O R T S M E A N I N G F U L R E L AT I O N S H I P S with

Sarah Bachelder

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Self-care is more than a buzz word; an essential aspect of our holistic wellbeing, it allows us to tend to ourselves and others with compassion. S E L F - C A R E TA K E S C O U R A G E . About three years ago, my oldest son was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 2 ½. I also had a newborn. Around that same time, my husband started an online course while he worked full-time as well. To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. Even though my husband did what he could to help, it felt like everything was on my exhausted shoulders. I was convinced that I had no time to do anything that felt like real self-care and I began to feel very resentful and drained. I felt so disconnected from myself that I held on tightly to what fragments were left. This manifested as me withholding affection and connection, in particular from my husband. I was scared of losing myself completely and I didn’t feel I had capacity to give anymore.

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S E L F - C A R E R E Q U I R E S C O M PA S S I O N . Self-care is much deeper than getting a mani/pedi or going for a run. These are simply actions and they can look like almost anything, depending on our wants and needs. In fact, there is no “should” in self-care. I’m not going to give you a list of things to do. Being a mother to three little boys keeps me occupied. I

SELF-CARE LEADS TO CONNECTION.

don’t have the time or resources at this season of my life to physically leave the house on a regular basis, so I have to

When we aren’t taking care of ourselves, our perception

get creative in how I take care of myself. I drink out of my

of our relationships can become skewed. For example, my

favourite mug, listen to music I enjoy, exercise, write. I am

husband did a lot when Liam was first diagnosed, but because

working on giving myself grace and compassion.

I wasn't practicing self-care I got so wrapped up in my own experience I didn't always appreciate it. And I don't think we

In essence, self-care is self-acceptance, and I firmly believe

were supporting each other as well as we could.

that self-care is most effective when we practice it in alignment with our core values, honouring our faith or

Here’s the truth: Practicing meaningful self care improves

spirituality, and nurturing the best in ourselves. My greatest

our relationships with other people. And I mean every

act of self-care was to stop expecting perfection from myself

relationship; whether it’s with your romantic partner,

and to have the courage to take up space in this world with

children, siblings, friends, co workers, whoever. We cannot

vulnerability and authenticity.

connect with others if we are disconnected from ourselves. If all we do is give to everyone else without replenishing ourselves, we will have nothing left to give. Once I began taking care of myself in intentional ways, I experienced a shift and was able to start repairing the damage that had been done. Specifically, we’re working on communicating and expressing gratitude (a work in constant progress). We also found ways to compromise to meet both of our needs and nurture our relationship.

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SELF-CARE RELIES UPON CHOICES. Brené Brown says that “vulnerability is the glue that holds relationships together.” Unless we are willing to be vulnerable, we will find it hard to show up in our relationships and be truly seen. We will struggle to speak up with honesty and engage in the difficult, but necessary conversations that take us deeper into each other and allow healing.


Self-Care Top 10 1. Know your core values 2. Be true to yourself and accept that who you are will change 3. Have an outward mindset 4. Embrace vulnerability but establish boundaries 5. Value the little actions 6. Be creative 7. Let go of the hustle 8. Own your worthiness 9. Develop resilience, empathy, and compassion 10. Give yourself grace

People, especially those we love, need to know who we really

My boys are young enough that their well being depends on

are. I want my husband and children to see me pursue my

my well being. If I’m not taking care of myself, they suffer.

interests and goals. I want them to see me take care of myself

When I practice intentional self-care, I’m reminding myself

and stand up for myself. To see me value myself means they

and my family that vulnerability leads to greater connection.

will value me as well, and learn to value themselves.

When we practice intentional, meaningful self-care, it can

Healthy relationships need healthy and respectful boundaries.

give us the courage to embrace vulnerability as we discover

Meaningful self-care empowers us to establish and

ourselves and grow into our truest potential. I know, from

defend appropriate boundaries even though we may risk

personal experience, that being open sparks a desire to

disappointing people we care about. Boundaries can build

connect, to contribute, and to love. In fact, putting effort

respect and trust, while minimizing resentment. This, in turn,

into developing our relationships is an act of self-care in and

opens us up to deeper connections.

of itself.

S E L F - C A R E B R I N G S C L A R I T Y. Practicing care for ourselves also has the effect of giving us clarity. When we recognize and honor our worthiness, we are less tolerant of relationships that may be harmful. We can

A self-proclaimed dysfunctional perfectionist, Sarah Bachelder is learning to accept and embrace all aspects of motherhood. Connect with her at SarahBachelder.com. Photos by Jacqui DePas (p.85) & Jillian DeLoach (p.86).

then make an empowered decision to move on, if that is what feels right.

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My body isn’t fighting me. My body is trying to support and help me. Slow down. Get quiet. Listen. All is well.

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or most of us, when we hear the word “nourish” it immediately brings to mind the food that graces our plate and the drink that fills our cup.

What if we expanded the definition to include the way we move and carry our body throughout the day? Or the activities we do that stimulate our minds and feed our souls? “These were questions I stumbled upon the answers to 3 years ago as I stood in a room with 30 other

We opened the workshop by picking an Oracle Card. Mine was the "art of

women waiting for an embodied movement workshop

receiving." The card was perfect because I had been gifted the workshop.

to begin. I was terrified. Every inch of my body was in

How often do we give our time, energy, and attention to others, but deny

physical pain. I was exhausted and constantly running

the gift of the same when someone offers it to us? We think we’re too

on empty. Also, part of my soul always felt hungry,

busy. We think we’re unworthy. And we don’t trust that the world will

continually searching for the perfect thing to satisfy

hold itself together if we choose to take a break.

its craving. Had I made a mistake thinking I could do this?

For all of those reasons, I was here. For over 5 years I'd suffered with an undiagnosed injury to my sacrum and despite looking like the perfect

I’d been introduced to a taste of Qoya (a practice that

5'3", 113 lb. picture of health as a yoga instructor, I was in constant pain,

combines elements of dance and yoga) a few months

was completely out of physical alignment, and couldn’t remember what

earlier and was shocked to discover how much I

it was like to feel "comfortable" in my own skin. I needed to remember

mistrusted my own body and even more shocked to

how to nurture and nourish myself.

feel how satisfying and fulfilling it felt to move my body slowly and gently. While the taste had whetted my appetite, I wasn’t sure I was ready to handle the whole buffet.

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Everything Is OK Even if you’re not in a space for movement, you can use calming as a coping mechanism To stimulate your Vegus Nerve, bring the first finger and thumb to touch on each hand (like you’re making an OK sign) and rest the hands in your lap. Make an “O” shape with the mouth and slowly sip air in through the mouth (like breathing in through a straw), hold the breath at the top for as long as is comfortable and slowly exhale out through the “O” shaped mouth.

We danced a slow warm up circling through each part of our

We were instructed to dance the feeling of not trusting

body. I felt joints crack and shift in ways that scared me and

ourselves. Slowly swaying, I immediately covered my eyes with

tensed every cell. Despite my unrealistic desire to want to bust

my hands because my first emotion was shame—a feeling I

out some "So You Think You Can Dance" amazing moves with my

wanted to go away. As I continued dancing I wrapped my arms

body, I took the advice of the instructor, Rochelle, and did less.

around myself as a form of protection. Soon my dancing became

This concept went against all of my conditioning. I come from a long line of perfectionists. I double-majored in college because

more aggressive as anger arose: I hated the fact that I didn't trust myself because deep down, I know I’m pretty amazing.

doing only one felt like slacking. I have always loved the fast-

My movements became bigger as I danced, shedding off the

paced, driven intensity of NYC because it makes me feel alive.

shame, the need to protect and the anger. Towards the end

Doing more always felt like the path to reach my potential, so

Rochelle called out to "dance as though you trust yourself like

doing less felt like giving up.

never before." I immediately opened my arms wide and began

I created smaller and slower movements and took my ego out of it until I started feeling less afraid and could relax. I realized that my body hadn’t actually relaxed in years. What I thought was “relaxed” was a nervous form of numbness from constantly

jumping and twirling in circles, a LOT of circles. I could feel my skirt twirl with me and my hair fly around my head in a moment of rarely experienced freedom that started in my mind and was able to be expressed in my body.

being “on”—from the moment I woke up to the moment I yielded

As the song ended, I opened my eyes and savored a sense of

to sleep. Just a taste of relaxation felt spacious and like being

balance in my hips and an absence of pain... and dare I say it, a

given food after years of starvation. I wanted more.

sense of ease in my body. Trusting myself felt empowering. Like knowing that everything was okay and that even if the world around me wasn’t ok, I knew how to find peace in myself.

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During another portion of class, we created individual

Move on Through

labyrinths and took our time moving into the center in

Rather than waiting for that perfect opportunity (or

whatever way felt natural. Once there, we put our heads

someone else’s permission), incorporate movement

down to listen to what our bodies needed us to know. The

in your day, start to finish. Here are some of my

only thing my body wanted me to do? Breathe.

favorite activities that move my body naturally and without expectation.

Just like food is vital for the functioning of our physical body, breath is vital for the functioning of our souls. It not only moves blood through our system and supports the functioning of our organs, it can kick our nervous system into high gear to protect us or elicit our relaxation response by calming and soothing, giving us a sense of security as we fall asleep at night.

1. Awakening in a way that resonates with my desired feelings (journal, dance, meditate). 2. Replacing “What do I need to do today?” with “How do I want to feel?” and be guided by that during the day. 3. Allowing flexibility. Rigid thoughts, schedules, and

On an energetic level, breathing helps us process and clear out emotions and stress. With each intake of oxygen, we also draw in inspiration and with each exhale we let go of carbon dioxide, tension, and whatever else is no longer needed. Breathing is our body’s constant detoxification process that

expectations lessen our connection to the body’s needs in the moment. 4. Redefining necessities as those things that nourish your soul. 5. Having fun every single day.

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(thankfully) happens without us even thinking about it. Like

that’s how I functioned every day. As I stood there swaying

anything, though, the benefits are magnified when we bring out

I was reminded of Rochelle’s instructions during one of our

attention to it.

very first dances that blew my mind: let your movement be as

We finished with one final free dance. I tried closing my eyes

restorative as rest.

to be with myself and feel what I needed and how my body

Sometimes we need rest. Sometimes we need movement.

wanted to move. My eyes kept flying open and drifting towards

Sometimes we need a salad. Sometimes we need pancakes. And

one woman who was standing completely still amongst a sea of

sometimes we have to stay up late to meet a deadline when

flowing, gyrating, and twirling bodies. I asked myself why I was

what we really need is a good night’s sleep. Instead of thinking

so drawn towards her and soon heard the answer: I was jealous.

about what you should do, think about how you want to feel and

I was jealous that she had the courage to stand still because

what to do to get that feeling.

that’s what I was desperately wanting. In my mind we were

How can you let everything you do be as restorative and

“supposed to be” dancing, even though my body was exhausted

nourishing as rest?

and all it craved was rest. I slowed my movements a little bit. Then a little bit more. And then a little more still until I was only gently, slightly, swaying. After spending years feeling like most movements caused me pain, I had unconsciously started believing that movement was something I needed to brace myself for and push though and

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Allison Richard is a Stress Management, Self-Care and Sensual Living Coach who resides in NYC. She loves empowering women from around the world who desire to live beautifully, love magically and dream passionately. Learn more about her adventures at allisonrichard.com or on Instagram @allisonlrichard. Photos by Walker Studios LLC.


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