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Big News & A Personal Note About The Future Of Blog Society

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Let's talk about change shall we?

Firstly, let me say that it's been a long while since I've posted here and today I'm doing so with a bit of a personal update and also a call to action for those that might feel aligned with the updates below.

As you may or may not know things have changed quite drastically over here at Blog Society HQ and as with any big life change, it comes with a renowned sense of clarity and focus. My son, Finn, was born in July and I've since been consumed with cuddles, endless coffee and the inherent desire to ensure my business truly felt aligned to this new chapter in my life.
 
*WARNING* This is a loooong post so stay with me.
 
Earlier this year I felt the strong need to create space in order to truly FEEL what was next for myself and Blog Society. Truth be told I'd felt a bit lost, unattached and probably disheartened with the digital space. A piece was missing. I found myself seeking out new projects to sit alongside my existing course, events and clients that would deepen, evolve and better align my business with what was happening in my heart.
 
Put simply, somewhere along the way in my biz journey I'd lost myself - or perhaps I was just afraid to share the 'real' me, instead held down by what I thought was expected - the 'perfect' Instagram pic, the ‘right’ business model or chasing the next big thing.
 
I felt disillusioned with my newsfeed. In an effort to remain 'professional' I seemed to have lost my sense of self and I was craving to be heard. Craving to share with you more honest, real, raw, vulnerable and passionate posts.

To pull back the curtain on what's happening behind the scenes at Blog Society.
To share more personal updates and celebrate the unpolished. 
To have fun.
To post with my heart and head - and truly speak about what's lighting my fire and sparking those creative flames.

 
I was craving clarity, more time to focus on self-care, soul-care, shift my mindset, focus on my health and well-being and realign myself to the very principles Blog Society was founded on -community, collaboration, connection.
 
And so during my pregnancy and subsequent 4th trimester, I dialled things back. And it felt glorious. 

By shedding expectation, I allowed myself to mentally, physically and emotionally recharge. During this process, my health improved and my creative drive returned tenfold. At the centre of this shift was a product that I fell in love with wholeheartedly: essential oils.

This coupled with a hunger to birth new projects, led me to a new business opportunity and...

Today I'm proud to share that I’m building a global doTERRA team as part of Blog Society.
 
I've teamed up with Alice Nicholls of The Whole DailyTara Bliss and a tribe of other kick ass women to help others not only experience the magic of these oils but also help bring a powerful business opportunity to women ready to rise up.

I’m currently building my doTERRA team and reaching out to my tribe to see if you feel called to join me? You can be anywhere in the world, with a business, without, a blog or no blog. This is open to ALL (yes I'm looking at YOU).

This is an opportunity to work directly with Alice and I so if you're curious about learning how to use essential oils, ordering these beauties for your own use, want to attend a class with me or are interested in receiving a sample, simply reach out and say hello.

As I wrap up this post I'm signing off as a braver, healthier, stronger, happier more courageous version of me. Ready to bring my tribe the creative events and courses you've come to know and love but with the addition of a brilliant new biz opportunity empowering women to fearlessly build a business they love while prioritising their own health and well-being.
 
To rising up together and great things ahead.

x Jaclyn

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5 Loving Soul Care Rituals & DIY Recipes

5 Self-Care Rituals

In honour of our April theme of self-care, we're proud to be bringing you content this month to help soothe the soul and de-stress the mind. Enjoy. xx Jaclyn

By Sharyn Holmes

So many of us are busy taking care of business and taking care of others that we often allow our self-love and soul care be the third wheel in everyday life. There's no deliberation when we are on autopilot to get things done. I've learned that creating nurturing and nourishing self care and soul care rituals are essential to my survival. That sounds rather dramatic I know, but I don't want to just survive, I want to live, thrive and love large!

Today I'd like to share with you a few beautifully easy DIY rituals and recipes you can introduce into your daily or weekly routine. My rituals aim to honour and nurture your whole self with whatever time you have.

1. The number one practice that has brought me inner and outer peace, and literally takes seconds is breathwork. Take 3-5 deep belly breaths filling up your diaphragm, breathing through your nose. Hold for a few seconds, then gently and slowly breathing out through your nose. I do this several times a day - when I start my day, in the shower, on the way to my day job, at my day job in times of stress or tiredness, on my way home from work and as I lie in bed with my hands on my belly feeling the movement of my belly as I inhale and exhale. It is a beautifully simple and relaxing practice to incorporate into your daily routine. If I have more time, I also self-reiki (I'm 1st and 2nd degree attuned).

2. Meditation with crystals. I intuitively select crystals from my extensive collection, place them on and around my body as I lie in bed while listening to my favourite meditation tracks. As little as 10 minutes can bring about a complete change in feeling and perspective for your highest good.

3. Diffuse essential oils. I do this all day, every day when I am at home. I alternate my oil selection for peace and calm to energised and invigorated. My favourites are Wild Orange, Lavender, Frankincense or the Easy Air/Breathe blend from doTERRA.

4. Sage smudge your entire house and yourself. I light small bundles of sage over an abalone shell and waft the smoke around the house from outside the front door, through each room and finishing at the end of the house. This cleanses the space and is a short and sweet ritual to ground yourself in your surroundings.

5. Bathe. Immerse yourself in a lovely bath of essential oils and crystals. Create a sacred space by safely lighting beeswax or soy wax candles and placing them around your bathroom. Add some crystals to your bath tub (my picks are lithium quartz, clear quartz, amethyst, citrine and green aventurine). Follow the bath soak recipes below and treat yourself! To really nourish yourself, follow all of the above 4 steps and incorporate into your bathing ritual. 

If you don't have a bath, you can still create a sacred shower space. Add some essential oils to your shower gel, body scrub or loofah, place a few crystals around the outer edges of your shower (so you don't step on them), and place 6-8 drops of your favourite essential oils onto the shower floor as the steam rises. My tip is to place the drops on the tops of your feet, then rub the bottom of your other foot on top. This is an effective way of inhaling the essential oils instead of it just washing down the drain.

Recipes

Breathe Citrus-Mint Tea
Hot water
1-2 drops doTERRA essential oils – peppermint and/or lemon
Pour warm-hot but not boiling water into your favourite cup. Add a drop or two of the oils. Stir. Hold your cup to your face, close your eyes and breathe gently – the peppermint is very invigorating!

Beautiful Bath Soak
1-2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup bicarb soda
1 handful Himalayan pink salt
5-10 drops doTERRA essential oils (Lavender and Frankincense are my favourites) – scent to your liking

You can make this in advance and store in a glass jar, but I prefer to make it fresh every time. This recipe is for one bath soak. I like to disperse the oil into the salts first before putting into the running bath water. You can also just put the salts in while the water is running, then when the bath is filled to your liking, add the drops then and swirl the water with your hand. The oils will sit on top of the water, take a few relaxing breaths as the benefits of the oils go straight to your skin. Immerse yourself for 20-30 mins. Make sure you have a glass of water or herbal tea by your side as you may feel a little warm! Enjoy!

Optional: While soaking I also like to apply a face mask. You can use any kind you like. I always add a drop of Frankincense or Lavender to mine and mix in the palm of my hand before applying. You could also use Tea Tree for problem skin. 

Soothing Facial Oil Ritual
Rosewater Spray
2 pumps Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
1 drop doTERRA Frankincense

After bathing or showering while skin is still damp, spritz face and neck with rosewater. Place 2 pumps of rosehip oil and one drop Frankincense to the palm of your hand. Rub hands together and apply to face and throat. Breathe in deeply.

Oil Properties

  • Invigorating/Energising – doTERRA Eucalyptus, Citrus Bliss, Elevation, Easy Air/Breathe essential oil
  • Relaxing/Calming/Sleep - doTERRA Lavender or Balance, Serenity blends essential oil
  • Soothing / Mood-lightening -  doTERRA Frankincense, Clary Sage, Geranium or Ylang Ylang

I hope you enjoy these soul nurturing rituals and recipes. If you have just 5 minutes to take a moment for yourself each day, I encourage you to breathe deeply and fully with the intention in your heart to honour your whole self whenever you can.

Sharyn Holmes is the multi-passionate and wholehearted creatrix of Gutsy Girl, Gutsy Gatherings and Creative Fire. Her writing has been featured on Wild Sister, Rebelle Society, Upbeat Downstream and The Phoenix Soul, in addition to being a monthly contributor to Kind Over Matter. You can find more essential oils, Gutsy Gatherings and creative ideas on her blog, Facebook and Instagram.

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