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CREATING GOOD VIBES in your space

I am a big believer in creating good energy in your home, because truthfully, it helps me stay balanced. My personality is a MASSIVE introverted extrovert, meaning, I love people, I love hanging out and doing things, but they don’t fill me up. I get filled up by being at home, reading books, gardening, or (no surprise here) taking a bath. So when my day is filled with extroverted activities, it is really important for me to come home to a space that is clean, quiet, and filled with good vibes.

Actively working to create a space with good vibes is something that is crucial to my mental health and a little habit that really helps my self care practice. For you, it might mean burning incense or using smudge sticks – both are awesome & if that works for you, don’t change – but for me, it is slightly more involved.

CREATING MOMENTS:

Doesn’t this sound like I am a cheesy mall photographer trying to upsell you on a package? I promise, it’s nothing as creepy as that…

For me, creating moments means having little spots around the house where I can instantly sit back and relax. Most of the time it involves trays. I don’t really know why, maybe it’s because my slightly type-A brain loves the organization and compartmentalizing aspect of trays…either way, trays are the trick to moments.

For example, I always have a tray sitting on my coffee table with a candle, matches, and some reading material. This allows me to sit down on the sofa, light the candle, grab a magazine, and relax without any prep work. My brain is tired from making decisions all day, so this is an easy, decision free way to just take a break from things for a bit.

Naturally, I get all the best trays in my house and candles in my house from Marshalls, because a) they are AMAZING and b) fantastically affordable. This little round guy is perfect for outdoor entertaining and the Peony Petal candle is my absolutle favorite. Every time I go to Marshalls I stock up on as many as they have. I have a whole shelf in my office dedicated to this candle…no joke. My husband thinks I am insane, but I like to think that our house smells like a magic English house in the country, so…worth it.

CREATE YOUR OWN MOMENT

SOOTHING VISUALS

This could also be called “Manage Clutter Well” but soothing visuals made this tip sound more zen and important some how, so let’s roll with it. Okay, so what the F does “soothing visuals” mean? Well, young padawan, let me explain…

Your brain processing a million pieces of information a day and there are about a katrillion things vying for your attention at any given moment, so part of my good vibe practice is to create a space that is soothing, relaxing, and doesn’t need anything from me.

Again, I like color and organization so organizing my bookshelf by color is weirdly cathartic for my mind. Every morning when I spread out the various piles, paperwork, and nonsense I have to get through in a day, it is nice to have this colorful wall to look up at and space out on.

For you, that might mean sparse bookshelves, a gallery wall, a cabinet full of plants, it could be any or all of those things, but try setting it up in a room you are frequently in.

I also love filling my bookshelves with little trinkets from trips, items that make me smile, and all of the plants. Honestly, if I could live in a greenhouse I would be thrilled. Elated actually, but that is besides the point.

On a recent trip to my favorite store (cough cough Marshalls) I found those three blue and white Chinoiserie vases – aren’t they cool? They add some height and drama to the shelves without being loud or trendy. Plus, I can move them to my dining room table to spruce things up, or in various other places in the house when I get the itch to rearrange (which is daily, mind you). That big guy on the right was under $50, can you believe? Run, go get them, right now, GO, we will wait…

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HYGGE

In case you need to brush up on your Danish terms, hygge is the latest word en vogue that means “to comfort” or “to console” and has become synonymous with a coziness. It was a huge word this year & everyone starting ditching the bar scene for a more self care friendly night in. Where we mad about it? No. Has it worked it’s way into our nightly routine? Absolutely.

Basically, I try to make my living room as comfortable as possible. We’ve got books stacked on almost every available surface (in a chic, no cluttered way of course), candles are always within an arms reach, and everything basically begs you to sit down, unplug, and recharge. Also, this is a phone free zone in our house. While our TV is hanging on the opposite wall, we try to leave our phones on the dining room table, so when we are in the living room, we spend time together. That could mean watching a movie, binge watching a show, or snuggling, reading, or just catching up on our days.

It’s amazing and I totally suggest instituting a tech free zone of your house. Try it for a week and watch what happens. You’ll be amazed.

Part of making a room cozy is having places to rest your cup of tea, a book, or a candle and these stools (again from Marshalls, again in amazing blue and white) are beyond perfect. They are roughly 24″ tall, so the perfect height for a sofa or a chair, blend in nicely with almost any decorating style, and easily under $100. I loved them so much I bought two extra ones to use as our bedside tables – OBSESSED.

MAKE THAT ROOM COZY

Thanks to Marshalls for sponsoring this post.

 

WHAT IS REIKI?

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Friends! Courtney here. Have y’all heard of Reiki? It’s basically a modality that is used to find inner peace, restore balance, and create comfort – something many of us strive for – am I right? We’ve tapped into it here in the studio and got a chance to interview the wonderful and inspirational Tori Washington, a local yoga master and Reiki guru. Since we’re all about exploring new art forms and methods for taking the pressure off, we’re excited to be able to share Tori’s thoughts, feelings, and intimate insight into this organic approach to health and wellness!reiki and holistic health via lauren kelp

WHAT IS REIKI?

Traditionally, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation, and healing. This life energy is administered by light touch of the hands and promotes healing for the whole body so that includes our mind, our emotions, our physical body and our spirit.

ARE YOGA & REIKI SIMILAR?

We are physical bodies, but more than anything, we are energy. Reiki is translated to mean “universal life force energy.”  There are many translations for yoga – one being “yoke,  join, or concentrate” – so yes, Reiki and yoga can work together.  Blended they are powerful. We often start with the physical (a yoga practice) and from there, for many, the journey begins.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOLISTIC HEALTH?

I saw a Holistic Therapist when I was younger and she changed my life.  In many ways, she saved my life.  I battled with anxiety and eating disorders as a teenager into my early 20’s. My relationship with food was really distorted and the way I treated my body stemmed from a lot of deep-rooted pain.  She was the one person who didn’t try to prescribe me any medication.  She was the only person who reminded me that I have the ability to tap inside and heal myself.  I had to connect with the pain in order to transform it and it’s hard work.  Instead of running from it, I had to get to know it. I quickly realized that this is a never-ending journey and it’s an honor that I get to show up every day and do the best that I can.  It’s part of our life’s work.  So holistic health to me, shifts the conversation from “how do I fix this?” to “how can I heal?”  It’s accepting that the answer will change many times throughout your life.

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WHAT ARE SOME MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT REIKI?

So many! I’ve heard people chalk it up to magic, some people think it’s dangerous.  That is from a lack of knowledge and understanding. Reiki has electrical and magnetic qualities that can be measured. There are now logical tests that can account for this type of energetic healing or therapy.

IS REIKI BECOMING MORE POPULAR?

One thing I know for sure is that people are looking for more.  There’s a level of dissatisfaction with our current system of medicine.  On an instinctive level, people know that there is something more to draw from.  At the root of every physical pain is an energetic blockage, a story, something that they are holding onto and need to let go of or transform.  It starts deep within.  So as a whole, I feel a tremendous shift occurring. People are looking in the mirror and realizing that they are not just a physical body. They can feel it. When you notice that, you’re much more open to different forms of healing because now it’s not just about healing the physical. We are much more complex than that.  We are much more powerful than that.  I see the future of Reiki enhancing the way we approach medicine.  It will give birth to a new way of healing – one that is more effective, less expensive, and draws on our own personal power.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY SO FAR?

I will say that right now in my life, for the first time, I feel that I’m on the right path with this. It hasn’t been something that I have always had a handle on. My fiancé always makes fun of me because if ANYTHING comes up on my skin or I have a weird feeling in my stomach, I immediately jump on WebMD and look up all the various ways I could be potentially dying.  It’s ridiculous! And ultimately, it’s a crutch.  So I have made a HUGE commitment to myself to come back to that place of remembrance – I am on a healing journey and it’s going to look different every day.  So I’m simplifying everything. I’m healing my relationship with food which I now view as medicine. I’m trusting the intelligence of my own body and I’m learning so much.  Stay tuned, I’m definitely along for the ride on this one!

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WHY IS REIKI SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR LIFE? 

Sitting down and closing my eyes for the sole purpose of healing by tuning into someone’s energy is the most infinitely loving thing I can do as a human on this earth.  It is the link between my heart and someone else’s – it’s love and recognizing we are all made up of it.  It’s acknowledging that we are all connected and in this together. It’s rebuilding your personal power to heal not only yourself, but the relationships in your life because of it. Practicing energy healing…  I don’t really know how else to describe it… there are no words for how important it is to me. But it’s the link.  It’s the link to everything that I am.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE HOW OTHERS FEEL AFTER EXPERIENCING REIKI AFTER ONE SESSION?

 AWAKENED.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM PRACTICING? 

Ah, so many takeaways – my heart bursts just thinking about it. I almost never refer to it as Reiki and always use the words ‘energy healing’ because as my practice has evolved, I definitely incorporate some of the traditional practices, but I’ve also blended in my own unique rituals.  So energy healing is how I describe it.

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Tori will be hosting several “Yoga Outdoors” events through her studio Yoga Six – Lincoln Park this summer. (She always offers energy healing in her classes!) She’s also co-hosting a yoga retreat with Angie Starz right outside Cuba’s colorful capital, Havana, in April 2017!  


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WHAT IS A LIFESTYLE COACH?

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 8.18.35 AMHowdy! Have you heard people talking about Lifestyle Coaching? It’s kind of like a Life Coach (but different) and also kind of like a Business Coach (but also different). Luckily, we happen to have a Lifestyle Coach on the LK team & she allowed us to ask all the questions you’ve been wondering. So, meet your new best friend, Natalie Canizares! 

Dying to know what the eff a Lifestyle Coach is & why you really might love one? Read on!


WHAT IS A LIFESTYLE COACH?

A Lifestyle Coach is someone who partners with you to help you achieve your goals by dismantling limiting beliefs and unhelpful patterns while also holding you accountable and cheering you on. It’s almost like having your own personal cheerleader in the arena of your well being, who isn’t afraid to tell you how it is.

I personally focus a lot on balance as a coach because I feel it’s so key to maintaining long-term success. Balance to me looks like being able to indulge without feeling like you’ve completely ruined your life! It’s not about being perfect, it’s about knowing how to come back to your center whenever you feel off.

 

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WORK WITH A LIFESTYLE COACH?

People work with me because they want to:

  • Lose weight
  • Increase their energy
  • Manage stress
  • Ditch dieting
  • Stop counting calories
  • Feel better in their skin
  • Gain confidence
  • Feel mentally clear
  • Start a yoga practice
  • Sleep better
  • Improve complexion
  • Improve digestion
  • And the list continues…

Essentially coaching is meant to help you get from where you are to where you want to be as quickly and efficiently as possible.

 

WHO WORKS WITH A LIFESTYLE COACH?

Coaching is great for someone who is ready to commit to change but isn’t sure how to really make that happen for themselves.

HOW DOES LIFESTYLE COACHING WORK?

Logistically speaking I work with clients virtually and via telephone so I’m able to help women all around the world from the comfort of their own homes.

The way I work with clients is 50% mindset 50% practical tools. This is a big reason why people see results, pretty much right away, because we don’t just talk about what’s going on for you and what you can improve, we create actionable steps you can take immediately. So after every session you walk away with clear things to work on. Each week builds upon the last week and brings you closer and closer to your goal. With the ultimate goal being that these new healthy habits become integrated into your life so much so that they become second nature.

One aspect of my coaching that can be really helpful is learning how to eat for your body specifically. There is so much contradicting nutrition information out there and it can be extremely confusing to try to understand what you should and shouldn’t eat. I help people cut through the fluff and learn how to eat in a way that really works for them. No two bodies are completely identical and sometimes the smallest tweak in your diet can make a huge difference in the way you look and more importantly in the way you feel.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIFESTYLE COACH & A NUTRITIONIST? 

From my understanding nutritionists and dietitians mostly focus on food and meal planning. While I absolutely help people improve their diets that’s only one piece of the puzzle. Aside from diet I also teach breath work (to alleviate stress and balance the body), meditation, personalized yoga classes, and other self-care practices.

 

WHY DID YOU BECOME A COACH?

After years of struggling with body image issues and imbalanced health I became passionate about nutrition and lifestyle and how I could improve these things for myself. My path led me to working with a Life Coach, which is when I realized I too could help other women find balance in their bodies and lives. As soon as I realized this I enrolled in school and started my business, and that was almost three years ago!

 

So, what do you think? To help empower you to feel like the beautiful, amazing, bad asses that they are, Natalie is offering free 30 minute strategy sessions! Click here & get ready to kick that goals ass!


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3 SIMPLE TIPS TO GET NATURALLY GLOWING SKIN

BREANN0013Hello, hello! Who doesn’t want naturally glowing skin? I know I do, especially in these colder months. We’ve talked about how to mimic the look with makeup, but Health & Wellness Contributor Natalie Canizares is showing us three simple steps to getting glowing skin naturally! See what you think! – xoxo, LK


Natalie here! We all want glowing skin, and luckily there are tons of products on the market that can help us achieve that look. But chances are if you want to glow with your makeup on, you probably still want to be glowing after you take it off. This is something I struggled with personally for years. I wanted to so badly to have skin that looked healthy and dewy all of the time but it just wasn’t the case for me. When I discovered the power of diet and lifestyle I started to see a huge change in my skin without even (consciously) trying! Although my skin isn’t 100% perfect all of the time, it looks a whole lot better now that I take care of myself from the inside out. As overwhelming as it may sound to add more self-care into your routine, it’s actually pretty simple. The big game changers for me were actually small tweaks that took very little effort for me to make. When people ask me how to get glowing skin I always give them these three simple tips:

TIP ONE: DRINK WATER

How many times have you read an article that tells you to stay hydrated? I’m willing to bet it’s been more than a handful of times and that’s because it’s so darn important! Really! Your body is made up of 70% water. Most of us don’t drink nearly enough water to allow our bodies to thrive. The general rule of thumb is 8, 8 oz. glasses every day- if you’re drinking that, you’re safe, but a little more certainly won’t hurt. My best advice to getting more water into your daily routine is to always carry a bottle of water with you whenever you leave the house. It’s a lot easier to remember to drink water when you have it with you. Being hydrated is key for your overall health and it effects your skin immensely. After a few days of drinking plenty of water you’ll start to see a change in your complexion, so get drinking!

Want some fun ways to drink more water? We’ve got a delicious recipe that will keep you filling up all day!

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Eliminate or avoid highly processed foods- Eating a diet high in processed foods is often the culprit of lackluster skin. There was a time when I was always on the go and constantly reaching for the low calorie “healthy” option. Therefore my skin was less than bright. You don’t need to completely cut out processed foods to notice a difference in your skin, just cut back at least 50%. Highly processed foods tend to be super acidic and can often lead to inflammation and skin irritation. You should start to see (and feel) a difference within a week of doing this, so give it a few days before you call it quits. 

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TIP THREE: TAKE YOUR VITAMINS

Get your daily dose of probiotics- I absolutely love probiotics. They are my number one (not so secret) weapon for so many things! The why behind probiotics making your skin glow isn’t as important as the fact that they do, but if you’re curious it’s actually pretty simple. Probiotics feed the “good” bacteria in your gut, making it easier for your body to actually digest and absorb the nutrients you are eating. Since your skin is the last organ to get nutrients, it’s really important to be able to absorb them properly. A lot of times just from living an averagely healthy lifestyle in today’s world our gut bacteria gets weakened or damaged because of chemicals in our foods and excessive amounts of sugars and wheat, so probiotics are really a life-saver. I give this tip a lot because I have experienced such positive results from incorporating probiotics into my own diet… especially when it comes to my skin. Sauerkraut, Kombucha, and high quality yogurt are all great ways to get that good bacteria into your diet. If you’re more into supplements than you are into adding new foods into your diet just make sure you buy probiotics that are refrigerated, they are way more powerful than the ones you buy at room temp. 

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Implement these tips and you will start seeing the glow come back to your skin within no time. Even just doing one of these things consistently will result in a positive change; add all three together and you’ll light up the room! 


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