Why creating a tranquil space is so important.

You know how you have that one little space in your home that you just adore… Or maybe you don’t? For me, my favourite space to be is in our bedroom or the main loungeroom. Both rooms are filled with plants, crystals, my favourite books, and candles. I love surrounding myself with life, nature and gorgeous plants, creating a beautiful detoxed home where it feels peaceful and calm.

Modern life is busy and places a lot of demands on our precious time which is why it’s more important than ever that we have a sanctuary in our homes. So where is your quiet space, your space for reflection and recharging?

I can quite happily just lay in bed and look around the bedroom and feel at ease, I love the colour tones, the selected photos that are placed around the room, the textures of the blankets and pillows, and that everything has a place. If I’m feeling stressed, anxious or upset, I get into bed under the layers of blankets, supported by a bundle of pillows and just lay there, and soon enough I’m feeling good again. In the evening I turn my salt lamps on, light some candles, and diffuse some essential oils, it creates such a warm and inviting space for rest and sleep.

My loungeroom is where ‘family’ time takes place, while the room has a tv and other technology outlets, it still is a place of calmness and serenity. I practice yoga and meditation in this room, and I love the natural sunlight that filters through the main window. There are plants, candles, different textures, photos and pictures, books and insense burners. I love sitting on our big comfy couch with a cuppa in this room, it feels light, safe and peaceful.

Where you live is your sacred space. Your sacred space tells the universe everything about what exactly you want to manifest in your life. Whether all you have is a room, an apartment, a house, whatever it is for you – how you look after it, how you feel in it, how you spend your time in it, how organised or clean it is, say’s everything.

This is the space where you are supposed to ground, re-energize, feel loved, & feel valued. If you don’t love, value, honor or cherish your space, if it doesnt represent the way in which you would like to be received in the world, start to put energy into your space and watch your world begin to change.

Everyone needs a space where they can feel nurtured. This is your space and even if it’s only 5 minutes of everyday that you get to spend in it, it should make you feel relaxed, at peace and revitalized when you leave. It’s important for your health to rest and recuperate, physically and mentally.

My tips for creating a tranquil space in your home.

Colour: For a calming color scheme, return to nature. Earthy neutrals are an excellent choice for a relaxing room. I really love neutral and gold tones.

Add Life: Adding some lush green plants purifies the air and helps transform even the most urban abode into a restful oasis. Plants have a calming effect through their soothing green colors and by providing oxygen. My favourite go-to indoor plants are the fiddle leaf and peace lilly.

Conquer Clutter: Clutter produces physical and unconscious chaos. Have a clean out of the items you no longer need or use in the home. Creating space in the home will create room for more love and joy in your life.

Nurture Nature: By incorporating natural elements into your space you feed the intrinsic yearnings deep within you that foster a sense of inner calm and peace. I love hanging dried flowers in my kitchen and having fresh produce out in view.

Welcome Windows: Open your windows each day and remember to take a deep breath. Fresh air is always a must!

Let in the light: There’s nothing as refreshing as natural light to make a home feel bright and airy – and close to nature. Keep window treatments to a minimum and let the light pour in at every opportunity.

Aroma for the senses: A homemade linen spray, soy or beeswax candles, and essential oils are all natural ways to enhance your room with fresh scents, which can not only be calming when it’s time to sleep, but also invigorating when it’s time to wake. I highly recommend Doterra essential oils.

Toys away: Don’t let your entire home become a playground with the kids toys. Toys and playtime should be in a designated room or area. Parents need their own space away from chaos and clutter, so ensure you have at least one room in the house that is toy free!

Whatever your style, everyone needs a haven in their home or garden. Somewhere to find your zen, your inner calm, and you’ll know when you’ve found it because you will instantly feel at peace.

I personally love the earthy tones and boho feel in my home, and you really don’t have to put yourself out of pocket to create a lovely style. Jute rugs, knitted throws, pillar candles and sea grass baskets are found in Kmart, Target and Big W for budget prices, and I always try foraging for fresh flowers in my garden or out in nature before spending money on them at the market.

Where is your tranquil space? And what do you love most about it?

X Jes

Pregnancy progress and the stuff no one tells you about.

Well it’s been quite a few weeks since I posted any progress on my pregnancy, so I thought why not let you in on what’s been going on in my world as of late.

Now I wish I could write about how care free, relaxed and easy this pregnancy has been, but unfortunately I haven’t quite settled into this role as easily as I thought I would. I suppose what I’m trying to say is that you can’t really prepare for how your body will react and how your mind will adapt.

Pregnancy will be different for every woman, some have an easy ride, while others suffer the entire 9 months. While I personally have struggled, I am trying to see the light in the dark and sharing my experiences on my blog helps me to understand that there’s other pregnant sisters out there going through the same thing.

I’m three quarters through the second trimester now, and there’s been some things going on that I didn’t expect, and that’s because no one tells you about it.

Well, here’s a heads up for all you mamas to be…

Beware of the white top! 

Let’s talk nipples! One of the first ‘symptoms’ of pregnancy for me was changes to my nipples. They get big, real big, and a whole lot darker! At about 15 weeks it was clear my boobs had grown and my bras were just not fitting me anymore, so my husband took me shopping to get fitted for some new maternity bra’s. Turns out I had gone up two cup sizes which just blew my mind! Anyway… The next day I put on my new white maternity bra and wore a white fitted singlet over the top. Hubby and I were out and about for the whole day, until I caught my reflection in a window and noticed two dark spots on my top – It was my nipples! My white bra and white singlet couldn’t even hide these bad boys, and yet I had been out all day flashing these big brown babies to everyone. No wonder the old man at the petrol station was so happy to see me that day!

Sneezing may cause leakage freakage. 

Have you ever pee’d yourself in public? I hadn’t, except for when I was in prep and I wet myself on the basketball court because I was too scared of the grade 6’s hanging out in the toilets… but when you’re a 30 year old woman, you don’t expect it to happen to you. The first time (yes it has happened more than once now) hubby and I were down at the park with our pooches having a glorious time, until I got heyfever and began to sneeze. Next minute I had wee running down my leg. I imediatley walked awkwardly up to hubby and said ‘babe, we need to go home, I’ve had an accident’. Now I carry spare undies in my handbag.

Burn baby burn.

I feel there’s so many stages of pregnancy, first I was sick and couldn’t eat, then I got hungry for anything and everything, and now I can’t eat much at all without getting full really quickly. It’s so weird! In the last couple weeks I’ve been getting heart burn after most meals which in my eyes is nearly as bad as morning sickness. The constant feeling of needing to burp, but if you try force a burp you end up vomitting. Or the burning acid taste in the back of your throat. The worst was when I had tomato soup for dinner and then laid down on the couch just after. After about a minute tomato soup was nearly all over the floor. Hello acid reflux! I often have to get my husband to ‘burp’ me like you would a new born after they’ve guzzled milk – funnily enough as kind of weird as it is, it actually works!

Weird dreams.

I can guarantee that every night I will have a bizarre dream. Like I mean my dreams involve some crazy and twisted stuff. Like the time I gave birth to a dashound. Or the time I was a professional rapper, and I was famous! Last night I dreamt of eating curry while riding on a dolphin at sea world! I don’t know where these dreams come from, but damn! I usually wake up just thinking ‘what the?!’

Leg cramps sent from the devil. 

WOW! I have never experienced leg cramps like I have in the recent weeks. Leg cramps so bad you can’t even straighten your foot out to stand up. And they last for a good 20 minutes. There’s nothing quite like being all cozy in bed and you roll over or stretch out and then BAM! and you think ‘This is it, this is how it ends!’

I can also advise, do not, I repeat do not check your weight on the scales. I’ve hit the 10kg mark and I’ve told my husband I don’t want to know anymore! Its hard to see your weight hitting numbers you’ve never been before in your life!

The hormones are definitely raging at the moment, because I will literally cry at anything. Especially when I fluff in front of my hubby! Oh yes, no one tells you that you become a farty mc fart bum when pregnant!

Things seem to be really moving along quite quickly, In just a couple weeks i’l be in the third trimester! We’ve had our hospital admission interview, booked in our birthing classes, and my babyshower is currently being organised. I wish time would slow down, I need more time to prepare myself, I still feel like I’m just getting my head around it all.

I’m still so fearful of the birth, but I’m trying to be open minded about it all. I’m looking forward to attending a calm birth workshop we booked in a few weeks time, I really feel I will benefit a lot from it. Not sure it will ease the thoughts about pooping during delivery though!

Apart from all the ugly stuff, knowing I’m healthy and that bub is growing well and everything is looking very normal and good, makes me feel at ease. My obstetrician is so lovely and all the midwives at the hospital seem incredibly patient, caring and helpful so I know I’m in good hands.

I’m feeling baby move more and more every week as she grows bigger, sometimes it’s a little freaky and uncomfortable, especially when it feels like she’s kicking my cervix, but it’s a nice feeling knowing that there is actually a person growing inside of you. It makes all the icky stuff worth it.

X Jes

God and Yoga. Can both be present in our life?

I was hesitant at first to even write this blog post, because I know it’s not going to sit well with some people, but in the last couple weeks I’ve had questions thrown at me about my faith in God and my love for Yoga and how I can possibly have both?! If you aren’t aware, there are many Christians who have a strong belief that Yoga is a dangerous and demonic practice, and you cannot worship a Christian God if you are also worshipping ‘false Gods’ and using your body in poses that are deemed dark and evil.

Does it really have to be one or the other or can both be present in our life?

Well, I personally believe you can have both. Infact, I believe they come hand in hand with one another. While I may be criticized for writing this, as Jesus was ridiculed for the places he went and people he hung out with. I am free to express my views, and if people feel they need to go out of their way to contact me to tell me I’m going to hell for doing Yoga, (Yes, can you believe people actually think it’s ok to tell another person they are going to hell?) they can atleast read my thoughts and views about it.

I do not believe for a second that practicing Yoga has any likes to ‘dancing with the devil’. Yoga to me is soulful, gentle and spiritual – how can something so soft and peaceful be deemed so dark and evil? And before you get started with the facts – I know them all too – I suppose this all comes down to that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and well, this is mine.

I practice crystal healing, smudging, essential oils, moon cycles, and all the energy that flows from those things too, and while many will argue the fact that this is also a demonic practice from dark forces, and that the “source” of this power isn’t Godly. I believe in the good, positive energy and healing they bring.

Most people believe in something bigger than themselves, whether it may be God, Mother Nature or the Universe, or all the above, whatever you feel in your heart and whatever you are connected to that’s perfectly ok because it’s YOUR religion and it’s YOUR life. While I believe in God, I would never judge the next person if they didn’t have the same faith as me, nor would I ever pressure them to join my faith or tell them they are going to hell just because they don’t agree with my opinion! Your relationship with who or what you worship is a very personal thing, just like my relationship with God is very personal to me. My relationship will be different to someone else’s relationship, and my commitment and devotion may be at a different level to others, and that’s ok! It doesn’t mean I’m loved any less by my God.

(I’m going to give myself a little Amen! for that last line)

My faith is the core of how I live my life, where my values lye and the type of person I strive to be, and I practice this everyday. I believe in leading by example, and If the way I live my life inspires or motivates another to do good, then I know God is using me to do his work, and that is so pleasing to my heart.

I have often found it easier to be faithful to yoga than to my religious traditions. I have often found that yoga opens my heart and mind to God in a gentle, renewing way. Sunday mornings in church often left me restless, or feeling spiritually hungry for more. In contrast, my weekly yoga classes leave me feeling renewed, balanced, and wholesome, with a quiet spirit.

I have experienced the love of God in such a strong, powerful and healing way on the mat, that I cannot go along with the notion that a Christian cannot practice yoga. There are times to go deep and there are times to rest and receive. Just like the beautiful warrior pose, both deepening and softening are necessary for a strong and growing walk with God.

In the last 18 months that I have really delved into my yoga practice, I feel my connection to my faith has deepened. I’ve experienced so much magic, that I can only put it down to God and the life he is speaking into my heart.

One of my favourite parts of my yoga practice is meditation and I believe meditation opens us to the voice of God. I like to think that prayer is when I talk to God, and meditation is when God speaks to me. It’s hard to hear what God is trying to say to us when we rarely get quiet enough to listen attentively to the still small voice. Learning to be still allows us to be still and know.

“People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart.”                 -Proverbs 21:2

One of my teachers refers to yoga as “the process of noticing.” At its most basic, yoga is a physical discipline involving stretching, strength training and breathing exercises. By practicing the physical aspects of the discipline, we develop an acute awareness of the natural state of our bodies, increased focus and heightened self-control. If we are more aware of the natural state of our bodies, how much more can we be aware of when the Holy Spirit is moving within us?

Why do we pray? Why do we read Scripture? To be more fully connected to God, of course. If the Holy Spirit is dwelling within us, an inward practice is not selfish or demonic—it’s necessary.

Namaste.

X Jes

Goodbye Twenties, Hello Thirties!

Last year, when I turned 29, I had a feeling of panic come over me when I realized that I only had one more year left in my twenties.

Now I’m only days away from hitting the big 30, and looking back on the last 12 months of my twenties all I can think is that one year can bring SO many changes!!

This time last year I had just got home from travelling London and Paris with my best friend, which was one of the best times of my life, and something I will always treasure!

12 months ago I also came to the realization that life was too hectic and I wasn’t soulfully satisfied. I began to change the way I looked at life, and took the path of slow, and intentional living. I feel that the last 12 months have been preparing me for this next decade of life, My thirties!

I have no qualms about leaving my 20’s behind. I enjoyed them – I did some things right, I screwed up plenty of others, and I had a lot of fun in the process, but I won’t miss them. My 20’s, much like everyone else’s, were about growth and self-discovery. Some discoveries made me proud, others, not so much. But it is with this knowledge that I know I can go confidently into my 30’s knowing my true self, and knowing I can pretty much handle any obstical that comes my way!

Thinking about everything I achieved, and didn’t achieve in my 20’s is actually really confronting. By all means my 20’s were not perfect, infact for a while there it was quite messy! I didn’t really know who I was, life was fast trying to keep up with the next thing and trend, & no real sense of direction. I knew what I wanted but I couldn’t quite grab it. There was relationship issues, poor money management, and wrong choices. But with all the mistakes, I have learnt so much, and that is part of life and it has shaped me into the person I am right now.

Goodbye Twenties! 

  • Aaron and I moved in together.
  • We got Jasper and Mya (Our two Siberian Huskies)
  • I met my now best friend Stephanie and watched her become a mother and wife.
  • I changed careers. (Hairdresser to retail assistant, to account manager)
  • Aaron and I went through 3 new cars between us.
  • I had my first car accident.
  • I became an aunty to two neices and a nephew.
  • I won two National Pageants!
  • I travelled Europe and the USA, twice!
  • I got Married and fell pregnant at 29!

Hello Thirties! 

  • Hello to a new decade of life, I look to the future with anticipation.
  • God willing, Aaron and I will buy our first home.
  • We will welcome a baby into the world that we made, and we will be given the responsibility and the privilege of raising her.
  • That’s all that I know about what’s coming, but I know that there is promise of great challenge and incredible joy in that alone.

I can look to my 30’s and be a boss at budgeting and managing finances, know how to nurture my body, mind and soul, know how to love myself and stand up for myself. Know when to be silent, only buy things with intention, invest in people who only invest in me, understand what love really is, and know that very little is needed to enjoy a happy life. And that sounds pretty darn good to me!

Bring on 30! I’m ready!

X Jes

The Universe will always give you what you need.

I can not preach this any more than I do already. The Universe works in mysterious ways, and whether or not you are spiritually awakened to see her magic before your very own eyes, trust me when I say the Universe always has your back!

I have so many stories that I could share about the many different ways the Universe has worked her magic into my life, but there’s one story I really want to share with you today and that’s my pregnancy. Yes, you read it right, I’m pregnant!

In April 2017, I had just returned from an overseas adventure and went to see a clairvoyant to help clarify a few things going on in my life. Everything that came up in my reading has now come true. During my reading she picked up on my secret elopement marriage that was taking place in October, and also told me of two spirits hovering above me. The two spirits are my unborn children she advised. She told me all about their personalities, and what kind of people they will be. She mentioned that once my husband and I were ready to start a family that it would happen very quickly and easily because the spirits of my children are ready and waiting.

Once October rolled around and my now husband and I got married, I began to focus my thoughts and intentions on starting a family. I would pray, I started preparing my body with the right nutrition and vitamins and even began to create ‘space’ in my life by decluttering and removing things that no longer served me.

November arrived, and one evening I found myself sitting in a Yin Yoga class. During the last pose called Savasana, which is where you lay flat on your back with your eyes closed. This pose is basically like a form of meditation, where you tap into your unconcious thoughts in a semi-meditative state. The pose is held for around five minutes, so not enough time to fall asleep, but enough time to surrender and let your body sink into the ground. During savasana that evening, I had the most vivid dream. A dream that felt so real that tears fell from eyes. This dream just came to me, I didn’t think about it or plan on going there… It just happened!

In my dream, as I was laying on the floor, thick green leafy vines began to wrap themselves around my legs and arms, rooting me to the ground where I felt safe and held. From my stomach a stem started to form, and grew tall reaching for the sky. A huge, magnificent flower bloomed from the stem, and sitting inside the flower was the most beautiful, happy baby I had ever seen in my life. I had never felt so much love or emotion, it was so intense. Looking at this child brang tears to my closed eyes, I was inlove. The petals of the flower began to slowly close over and wrapped up the baby so delicately and safely. The stem then decended straight down into my stomach and the vines began to unravel themselves. In that moment, Savasana was over and it was end of class.

I knew it was a message for me, because I could feel it deep in my soul.

The days following my yoga class I had numerology signs showing up everywhere. 1111, 222 and 444, all indicating my prayers have been heard and everything is in place, that I’m on the right path, and the angels are by my side.

Two weeks later I found out I was pregnant.

I know there would be people who would read this and think I’m delusional or just don’t believe in anything spiritual. But for me, this has been the most magical and incredible thing I’ve ever experienced and my faith has only grown stronger. Being spiritually awakened means you are more intune with your life, soul, spirit and the universe which allows you to see and understand the wonderful plan that’s in place for you.

The universe has a plan for everyone, it’s just up to you whether you choose to tap into that energy, let go of control, surrender and just be guided. Nothing will change if you’re gripping on so tight and want to be in control of every situation, it’s not how it works.

All in all, My husband and I are very excited to meet our daughter in August this year.

I’d love to hear your story or experience of the universe delivering abundance in your life. Leave your comments below.

XX Jes

How yoga saved my life.

Since my late teens I have always been a bit of a yoga enthusiast. I used to dabble in a class here and there, but always struggled to surrender to the poses and switch my brain off for the hour class. I liked yoga, but I never really ‘got it’ and I always felt like I was missing something compared to the other students in the class.

I often struggled with being alone, sitting with feelings and sensations and found it challenging to face myself and the rawness of what I was doing and who I was in that moment.

When my life redirected it’s course 12 months ago, (You can read about this in my first blog post) I shifted into a dark place of feeling lost, anxious, alone and basically just flat line neutral. My doctor advised me to focus on Yoga as she felt it would help me, so I did. It wasn’t until I found myself sitting in a Yin Yoga class a week later that I began to see my yoga practice from a new perspective. All of a sudden I ‘got it’, I felt connected and like I finally understood what was happening. I knew from that moment I had to make Yoga a priority in my life if I wanted to heal myself.

For me there is no question that yoga saved my life. That yoga found me when I couldn’t pretend to save myself any longer. Yoga lets you know it’s not your fault; yoga lets you know that even when you feel alone you are feeling, and that is a start.

Yoga brings you into a deep sense of relaxation physically and that creates more space for you mentally and spiritually. It helped me to realise my body isn’t just what people can see but how I can use it.

My frequent Yin Yoga classes helped me see that the only life over which I have direct control is my own. The person I spend the most time with is myself. I should be kind to myself and love myself in order to be able to love other people to the best of my ability.

Yin Yoga is one of my favourite styles of yoga. Yin Yoga postures are more passive postures, mainly on the floor. It is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, and soften the muscle. While yang-like yoga practices are more superficial, Yin offers a much deeper access to the body. Postures are usually held for three to five minutes, even 20 minutes at a time. The time spent in these postures is much like time spent in meditation.

The slow and delicate poses help create more space, it releases tension in a particular area of the body, and it makes you feel as if you are letting go. In life, sometimes we are unable to love or give to our fullest because we hold on to something that no longer serves us or brings us happiness. When you feel confident in how you spend your time and how you treat yourself, your relationships with other people will fall into place, too.

Yoga has taught me to live in the most in-touch, real way possible. Yoga has taught me how to breathe again, feel again, and somehow it has helped me loosen the grips on life and trust the universe a little more. This conscious lifestyle awakened me to what’s really important and what my purpose in this life is.

I go to Yoga classes twice a week, and I practice at home almost every other day. It’s easy to get caught up in day to day life commitments, but by making the effort to go to my classes or roll my yoga mat out when I get home from work, I feel proud and grateful to myself for giving my mind and body the gift of slowing down, rebalancing and grounding itself.

Sometimes I even dedicate my practice to others who may be needing it, like if a friend or someone I know is in a difficult place or unwell, I will dedicate my thoughts, my breath and healing to them.

Yoga for me is kind of on the same page as prayer, I use this time to focus on what’s going on in my life in that particular time, really let go of my grip and surrender. I experience gratitude when I do yoga, and feel overwhelmingly connected to myself and the universe.

It still blows my mind how powerful our mind is during a semi-meditative state.

If you’ve never gone to a yoga class but are interested to start, I would definitely recommend starting with a Yin Yoga class. You don’t need to have experience, you don’t need to be flexible, or to be or look a certain way. There is no judgement, and you just go at your own pace, doing what feels right for your body.

The divine in me bows to the divine in you – Namaste.

I’d love to know if you’ve tried Yin Yoga, or how yoga has helped you!

Xx Jes

Cleaning out my closet – In more ways than one.

With the New Moon in Scorpio starting last week, I think I have succumbed to its influence. I’m feeling strong at the moment, saying what’s on my mind, standing up for myself, and just brutally emptying the contents of my life that no longer serve me.

“Scorpio is intimate with the natural cycles of death, rebirth and transformation. Scorpio is our ally to destroy, eliminate, & let go in order to heal the past, recreate, begin anew with passion. Scorpio’s cycle is here to develop our resilience. Completions and endings are all around us right now. Some will be painful & disturbing. What Scorpio illuminates is our power to respond”.

Whatever this influence is having on me, I think I like it! Here’s what’s been going on;

Last week, I was off work & in bed with a terrible migraine and I was looking over at my wardrobe and thought to myself ‘how much ‘stuff’ is squished in there?’. It wasn’t messy, but just alot of stuff! Shelves filled to the brim with handbags, scarves, hats and the floor taken up by 40+ pairs of shoes. Now for me to be thinking like this is weird, because for anyone who really knows me, will know how much of a shopaholic I am (or was). Once upon a time I would go shopping for a new outfit, bag, or accessory every week… why? Because I could! Plus I had parties & events on every weekend with my pageantry, so of course I had to have something new to wear! I had never thought of my wardrobe in this way before, it was like I was seeing things from a new perspective!

Anyway… the next day I put things into motion. I was on a cleaning frenzy. Unlike anything I’d done before, I ripped almost every item of clothing hanging in the wardrobe off its hanger and took it to my local op shop! I filled 7 large garbage bags full! And another couple bags for the bin! I’m talking clothing with tags still attached, expensive dresses, bags and show stopping heels I had worn once or twice. It didn’t even cross my mind to sell them, no second thoughts if I’d wear it ‘someday’, I just wanted it all gone!

Things got even more savage when I cleared out the dresser too and then proceeded to move the entire dresser to the garage to take to the tip! Yep, I was on a mission to clear things out! I’m not entirely sure if hubby was impressed or concerned by my actions that day…

After I completed my clean out rampage, I sat on the bed with a cuppa looking at what I had done. The lightness I felt was indescribable! I felt accomplished! There was so much space and the room just looked brighter and fresher! My mind felt clear! The items left hanging in my closet were all soft, feminine, floral pieces of similar style which I could see with ease, just a few pairs of sandles and boots in a perfect row, and dainty accessories stored in rattan baskets on the shelf. Everything was so neat. It was beautiful! No more slinky night club dresses, no more tacky sequin numbers… no more business attire.

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I had just created more space in my life to welcome new things. Not new things like more clothes and material objects, but new things such as life, love, creativity, and thinking space! All those ‘things’ that were just taking up room, making clutter, using up good energy. They were items of my past, and now they are gone and I feel free! It’s like I can finally see what kind of person I am now just by looking in my wardrobe.

Creating space is not necessarily about throwing things away or cleaning out your wardrobe. I’m talking about the internal space, the mental, emotional and spiritual space in our lives.

I’ve also been slowly going through the laundry cuboard, kitchen draws, throwing away things we don’t need, use or want. And my diet has also had a switch up, cutting out alcohol and most sugars. It’s like a full life detox!

Another example of my clean out this week is a recent incident with some friends. Word of mouth got around to me that a couple of my friends had been saying some not so nice stuff about me, and when I found out I instantly felt a rock in my throat… Hello anxiety! This feeling lingered with me for days… It wasn’t pleasant. I didn’t know what to do, except more yoga to try shift this yucky feeling. Do I confront them about it?, or do I just let it go and just keep my distance? Then I thought, if they were true friends, there would be no need for them to speak about me in the way that they did, real friends don’t do that. So brutel Jes decided it’s time to cut cords. My next move after that was Facebook… Yep I went there! Scrolling through my newsfeed, I began to cull ‘friends’. People that don’t align with my values, or my lifestyle, people who don’t really know me, I just got rid of, and boy it was liberating! I didn’t even feel guilty. This feeling of just not caring and wanting to eliminate took over, and I thank Scorpio for helping me do it. This process got me thinking about the friendships I have in my life, and I’ve decided to narrow my focus on the most important people. The friends I consider family, the ones that understand it takes two to make a friendship work – I’m focusing my attention on those friendships, rather than spreading myself so thinly to try and please everyone.

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While this moon cycle has been wonderful in helping me declutter the ‘stuff’ in my home, it has also been a blessing in helping me declutter my mind, body and soul. Clutter is not just stuff on the floor or in your wardrobe. It’s anything that gets between you and the life you want to be living.

Clutter isn’t necessarily ‘things’, clutter can be in your emotions and thoughts too. Our brains are working so hard trying to keep up with our busy lifestyles, friends and family, work life and multitask 1000 thoughts, that our body & soul gets exhausted, which then starts to affect our overall health and wellbeing. This is when things like anxiety & stress set in, and nobody wants that.

What I know for sure is that when you declutter, whether it’s your home, your head or your heart, it is amazing what will flow into that space. It will enrich you & your life.

I honestly feel like I’ve just walked up another step this last week, moving up to where I want to be. I feel I have accomplished alot, mentally and physically and I feel super proud of myself knowing I’m finally doing things for me!

This journey to my mediocre, minimal, simple and slow life style has been an incredible experience so far. While I have only been learning and practicing this intentional living for about 6 months, I know that this is the right path for me. I can’t tell you how to live your life, there will be many people who can’t and won’t give up the materialistic things, the ‘likes’ and comments that feed their ego on social media or the desire for bigger and better. – Sacrifice sleep for productivity. Strive for excellence. Go big or go home mindset. While I don’t judge that kind of lifestyle, because I have lived and breathed it, I just know how much better life feels for me since I’ve changed my habits. To change your lifestyle to a slower and simpler one you must consciously make that decision, you have to want to do it, and for the reasons behind it. It’s a personal choice, and no one should judge you for wanting a quieter life.

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Feeling overwhelmed? Stressed? Feel like nothing is going right for you? Maybe it’s time to have a clean out… Home, mind, body & soul. After all it is a perfect time to do so under the service of the new moon. This phase will last until the next New Moon on December 18th, so surrender and let the universe guide you.

“This Scorpio New Moon comes with a commanding, uncompromising air of forcefulness, urging us to tap into our innate raw, alchemical power, asking us to take the lead that weighs us down and turn it into shimmering, glorious gold.

“The patterns, cycles, relationships and duties which have run their course are now ripe for reinvention, ready to be broken down into simple matter and recycled back into our physical, energetic, emotional environment; we owe it to ourselves to turn all of it into something that is honestly, genuinely aligned with our vibration and our direction.”

I’d love to know if you have felt influenced by this moon cycle, and what has come to you during this time. Please leave a comment, I read them all.

Xx Jes