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Link Love // The Friday Files

Happy Friday folks! Hope you’ve had a wonderful week. We’ve celebrated some big moments these past few days, taking our company to new heights and planning two big events this weekend. I’m running on a bit of caffeine and adrenaline but event weeks are always good for the soul – I love getting to spend my days with such fun people face to face and of course working with cool local brands like these guys here and here.

Can’t wait to be back next Friday with a wrap up report but keep your eyes peeled on Instagram as I’ll no doubt be snapping away. In the meantime here is your weekly dose of link love to sink your teeth into…

  •  This big launch is kicking off Monday and we can wait!
  • Love these tips for getting organised
  • This is on my must try list for our next dinner party
  • Self-employed? You’ll want to read this
  • Good news for women led start ups
  • Freebie alert! Did you grab your free stock images?

Link Love // The Friday Files

The universe can be a funny place can’t it? I’m realizing this more than ever after putting a few wonderful things out into the world this week, only to have been met with such incredible responses and reactions. Wow. Ask and you shall receive, never underestimate the power of manifestation.

I’ve also been getting some pretty strong signs about new directions to explore and paths to follow…I’ve got a feeling the next few months will see some new adventures unfold and I couldn't be more excited. After last week’s family trip to Bryon I returned feeling refreshed, full of wanderlust and if I’m honest, a bit slack in tackling the to do list so this weekend I’m going to dive in and get a few of those big items off my list. But first, I’m going to enjoy a cosy night at home with my better half complete with homemade pizza,  a glass of wine and no computer in sight.

Here’s to asking for what you want (and need) – and kicking big goals this weekend.  Link love to keep you inspired below…

  • Now this is a challenge that I need to try
  • We ask (and answer!) the timely question – can you really build a business?
  • Can’t wait to visit this new hotel for an upcoming weekend escape – looks divine!
  • Have you joined our free 5 Days To Rock Your Social Media series?
  • Hey Melbourne this incredible event is coming your way from The Daily Guru
  • Always, always follow your gut
  • Completely obsessed with this Pinterest feed – considered yourself warned

Link Love // The Friday Files

Friday-Files

Taking my own advice and slowing down this weekend. After a busy week of selling out our first Perth event within 24 hours, hitting the ground running with my two new interns and the fact it’s been raining cats and dogs here in Sydney,  I’m ready to curl up with a good book, a glass of wine and my better half – sans laptop. Anyone else feel the same?

I’m just a tad bit jealous for all you northern hemisphere folks enjoying the first few signs that Spring is about to bloom – but I’ll be soaking up via social media in the meantime.  We’re hitting the road for a little trip to the mountains thanks to another little gem we found on Airbnb and there won’t be any wifi (the horror!) so it’s complete digital detox for me and perfect in keeping with our self-care theme for the month. Before I sign off, I of course had to share some of my fav link love…happy weekend ahead!

  • The secret to balancing social media & email
  • Now this is my type of dinner party
  • Winter has arrived and this has become a weekend staple in our house
  • Throwing a party? You need to know about this new shop that just launched
  • Have you heard about Periscope? We can’t wait to give it a go!
  • Blogging 101: How to buy a domain name

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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Megan Flynn Peterson of Freckled Italian // Behind The Blog Scene

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I'm a sucker for a good food blog. My love probably stems from the fact I have little talent in the kitchen and my food photography leaves much to be desired but I have a huge amount of respect and love for my fellow bloggers that conquer the foodie world with ease.  One of those beautiful souls is Megan Flynn Peterson, a blogger living in Charlotte, North Carolina and the writer behind Freckled Italian (my new fav food read).

I was lucky enough to meet and chat with Megan while at Alt Summit recently and just had to find out more about how she took on full-time blogging in 2013  and how she balances food, friendship, family, and marriage on her blog. Join me in saying hello and just a hint of warning, looking at her blog my instil strong hunger pangs...

Describe your blog in 3 words
Food, love, stories.
What is your blogging manifesto? 
Sharing the ins and outs of life and connecting with people all over the world on a personal level.
Top 3 blogging essentials? 
My planner, my camera, and a good cup of coffee!
My biggest blogging moment/milestone was....
Definitely making the leap from blogging as a hobby to blogging as a career. I quit my day job in August of 2013 and sometimes it still doesn't feel real; that this is my job and I get to do it every day for a living.
Best piece of advice I've been given? 
Don't worry so much about where you're going to end up. Trust the journey and just work hard every day.
I'm dreaming about traveling to.. 
Ireland, Norway, and Argentina
Best piece of advice to a newbie blogger? 
Be yourself. Write about the things you love and take the time to be genuine and authentic. It can be a challenge, but it is so worth it.
If I wasn't blogging I'd be...
Working in publishing or back in school, studying to be a librarian.
Behind the scenes of my blog looks like...
Organized chaos. Working at home is so fun sometimes but I have the worst time staying organized. I can usually see the big picture, but I tend to get a little lost in the details from time to time.
This year I'm most excited about...
Taking a step back and adopting a "less is more," or "quality over quantity" approach to blogging (and my life in general). 

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Photos by Sarah Gatrell of Photo + Love for Freckled Italian.