Last week I celebrated my birthday in a mindset that felt different from any other year. For the first time I wasn’t looking outside of myself for happiness or what others could do for me to make this day special. In turn I released expectations and had one of my best birthdays yet. For what felt like the first time in a really long time I took a look at where I am with crystal clear vision. Celebrating a milestone that for me was so in-tune with the feeling of being comfortable in my own skin, gratitude for where I am (including all of life’s lessons that have brought me here) and proud of what I have accomplished.
Over the past few weeks I have been practicing feeling happy for absolute no reason. As Taylor so eloquently explained to me in one of our sessions: happiness is in the palm of your hand, it just needs your participation. That sentence had a profound impact on me and was a total lightbulb moment. I have continued to think about this concept non-stop. As I dedicate myself more and more to my kundalini practice (with even one minute creating undeniable shifts), I have been feeling this surge of happiness. Bringing that energy into each encounter and situation has been a lesson in the power of mindset. Happiness really is a choice we make.
It was five weeks ago that CAP Beauty (my absolute favorite natural beauty store located in the West Village) hosted a special afternoon with Valérie Grandury, founder and creator of Odacité Skincare. I had read many wonderful things about the brand online and it was on the top of my list of products to try next so I knew that I had to go to learn more. Immediately upon meeting Valérie her warm presence and easy going personality made me feel as if I was learning from a friend I had known for years. We went through my goals for skincare products, which was to find something I could use daily that would hydrate my skin for the transition of Winter into Spring while protecting it from sun exposure and life running around the city.
I have completely immersed myself into the world of essential oils and it has been such a magical experience. Learning about the many benefits of these oils and seeing/feeling them in action has confirmed what I knew all along, plants heal. The more ways we can use their power, the better our lives, health and wellbeing become.
One of my favorite quotes and a beautiful way to start off a new week.