Household Cleaners

If you walk down the cleaning products aisle of any store, you will find a cleaner for everything! With multiple brands and multiple fragrances and multiple uses. It’s a recipe for cleaning product overwhelm! But there is a simple way to lighten up your cleaning products.

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I want my house to be clean. Make no mistake about that. The funny thing about what our society has done with household cleaning products, is that it’s supposedly helped us “clean” our homes, but in many cases it has us “dirty” up our homes with chemicals and substances that aren’t very good for our bodies.   Continue reading “Household Cleaners”

How I Make January Light

While we don’t get snow here in Northern California, much of my winter looks like this. Cold and dark. It takes a bit of effort, but I’ve got a few ways I make my January light.

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January is just a month, right? A month like all the others? Except that in the northern hemisphere it’s cold. And dark. Both things that I am remarkably sensitive to.

Over the many Januarys of my life, I’ve come up with a few tactics for getting through this cold, dark month. Meaning, I don’t spend all 31 days under both of my down comforters eating nothing but dark chocolate. Which is what I feel like doing. Continue reading “How I Make January Light”

Winter Health

I realize that part of being on planet Earth is interacting with all of the other organisms. But there are some that sure slow you down when you come in contact with them! Here are a few ways to fight back.

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For me, it usually starts with a tickle in my throat. And then the aching body. When I feel these symptoms, it’s time to step up my game and throw all the weapons in my arsenal against that army of viruses that are trying to beat me down. Sound familiar? Continue reading “Winter Health”

Lighter With Gratitude

I know. It’s the topic on everyone’s blog and podcast right now! But there is good reason for that. Gratitude genuinely has a positive impact on our mental and physical well being. 

Sometimes when I hear something over and over again, I stop listening. Or I tell myself, I already know it so I don’t need to listen. But every time I hear about how gratitude can make me happier and healthier, I stop and listen. Continue reading “Lighter With Gratitude”

Eating Light

One thing that helps me the most when I choose what to eat is to remember why I eat in the first place. Food is fuel. And what I choose to eat for fuel makes a big difference in how light my body feels.

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With one sugar-filled holiday down and two more to go before the end of the year, I felt like now was a good time to talk about eating light. There is no question that what we eat either makes us feel physically and mentally light or very, very heavy. Continue reading “Eating Light”

The Light (and Dark) of Smartphones

As I’ve noticed what makes me lighter in my life, I’ve been drawn to notice both the light and the dark that has come from this little device that fits in the palm of my hand.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about my smartphone. I’ll admit, it took me a while to get on the bandwagon and actually get one (back in the day… which was… ten years ago??) I couldn’t see why I needed a phone to do anything more than, you know, just talk. I was barely starting to text. The old kind of text where you had to push the number keys to get to the right letter. And for me, a person who doesn’t always like talking on the phone, I could see how texting was a bonus. Continue reading “The Light (and Dark) of Smartphones”

Be Here

One of the best ways I’ve found to “lighten up” is to be present. But how to actually do that? I’ve found a trick that brings me into the “now” every time.

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It was quite an eyeopener when I realized how many times a day my thoughts were either revisiting the past or imagining the future. Not a bad thing in small doses, but re-hashing a past I cannot change, or worrying over every possible future option is not a healthy place for a mind to be.  Continue reading “Be Here”

Play!

In my quest to make my life “lighter” I’ve begun to identify what kinds of things make me feel “light”. A book I’ve been wanting to read for a while, and I finally got to read, has helped me see that those things that I’m doing that feel “light” is actually the way that I “play.”

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I’ve had Dr. Stuart Brown’s book, Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul on my list of books to read for a while. I finally got a copy from the library and dove in last month. After all, it seemed like a good idea to read a book on why play is important! Continue reading “Play!”

Breathe

I made it through another January! And I’m taking a deep breath…

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I do a lot of breathing. Not surprising, since I am alive and breathing is an involuntary action which is controlled subconsciously by the respiratory center at the base of the brain. And that’s as scientific as I’m gonna get here. Continue reading “Breathe”

Good Night, Sleep Light

I’ll admit, one of my favorite moments of the day is when I get to crawl into bed at night!

At the end of the day, when I curl up under my warm comforter and rest my tired body and turn off my overworked mind, it’s a moment of bliss. Well, it is if I can get my body and mind to be calm. I used to (and occasionally still do) have nights when I would climb into bed and my body was still tight and tense and my brain was still spinning in a million different directions. I realized that I was going to have to do a few things before pulling that comforter over my head if I was actually going to be able to fall asleep… and sleep well. Continue reading “Good Night, Sleep Light”