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I have been running so sweaty my whole life
Urgent for a finish line
And I have been missing the rapture this whole time of being forever incomplete
Ever unfolding
Ever expanding
Ever adventurous
And torturous
And never done
– Alanis Morisette (lyrics from her song, Incomplete)

 

I’ve been kicking it old school lately by busting out some old CD’s.  I came across Alanis Morisette’s 2008 album “Flavors of Entanglement”.  I can remember buying this album just before a past boyfriend and I parted ways and this album helped me gain empowerment and strength during that time.  Alanis’ whole album goes through the journey of moving on from a relationship (I believe the album was written about her break up from Ryan Reynolds).

The songs are raw and real – she sings about plenty of heavy negative stuff as well as finding your feet again and new-found happiness.

The final song on the album is called “Incomplete” and it’s full of insightful and optimistic messages. 

You may be getting over a breakup, frustrated at not getting that job promotion you deserved, or in just some sort of rut, and hopefully this song can remind you to look at the bigger picture of the issue at hand.

I’ve found a beautiful acoustic version of Alanis performing it…

xo Ash

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Whenever you are feeling down about something try and remember these 4 things…

CONFIDENCE… to be who you are and not be afraid to add a little sparkle.

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THE BIG PICTURE… life’s too short to take it too seriously. Try not to sweat the small stuff & just enjoy the ride.

Big Smile!

FOCUS… on what makes you happy and healthy.

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GLASS HALF FULL… there is a positive to everything.  Sometimes the light is hiding in the distance but you just have to keep trekking and searching until you find it.

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This is my best friend Cristina posing on top of Mount Buffalo, Victoria, Australia.  After a long hard journey up the mountain with both of us grumbling a few times, the hard work paid off and the brighter side of the journey shined through.  What a view it was.

 

xo

Ash

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I came across this quote today and thought I’d share it with you all.  True wise words that we should all use to self-evaluate from time to time.

If you are struggling with something from the past, a couple thoughts to add to this are listen to your heart, as it will tell you what the right path is.  Once you take those first steps remember that you can go at your own pace… stroll, walk, jog or run, as long as you are moving forward you will get to where you want to be.

xo

Ash

Babe, Defunkify Yourself

Whenever I feel overwhelmed and stressed in day to day life, I tend to think to myself, wouldn’t it be nice to just escape for a bit by jetting off on a getaway.  Well, in an ideal world this would be a great solution to de-stress and get some R&R but unfortunately its not realistic for most of us folks.

So when I came across this list “101 frugal ways to relax” posted by Popsugar, I thought these tip were fantastic!  I’ve already tried a couple out and they’ve helped me feel more chill & in better spirits:-)

I am going to continue to try more of them and report back to you guys with some feedback!

Hope they help you as well…

source: http://www.savvysugar.com/Ways-Relieve-Stress-31075809

The transition between seasons can always feel like a big change, especially when you’re moving from Summer to Fall. Let this be an opportunity to really let go and make an effort to relax this month. Here are some great ways to relax:

  1. Get a good night’s rest.
  2. Close your eyes and breathe in deeply.
  3. Stretch your body and feel your tense muscles loosen.
  4. Cook a meal and enjoy the fruit of your labor.
  5. Create a list of things you were grateful for today; it’ll help you look at things in a positive light.
  6. Have a heart-to-heart talk with your partner or best friend.
  7. Call your family and tell them you miss them if they are far away.
  8. Write a “thinking of you” card to someone you care about.
  9. Watch a nature documentary and marvel at the sheer natural beauty.
  10. Take a walk in the park and enjoy the greenery around you.
  11. Light some candles and enjoy the glow that emanates.
  12. Drink some chamomile tea.
  13. Enjoy the sun shining on your face.
  14. Go outdoors and take a deep breath of the fresh air.
  15. Listen to classical music.
  16. Go to the gym and work off your stress.
  17. Play a sport you enjoy.
  18. Enjoy a swim in the pool and let the water drown out your worries.
  19. Make a delicious smoothie.
  20. Create and eat a dish from your childhood.

Read on for more relaxation ideas.

  1. Indulge in dark chocolate, which relieves stress and lowers blood pressure.
  2. Look at beautiful photos.
  3. Plan your next trip.
  4. Clean up clutter in your home.
  5. Clean your desk.
  6. Squeeze a stress ball.
  7. Check out a free yoga class in your area.
  8. Find a free meditation class.
  9. Take a hot shower.
  10. Draw a bubble bath.
  11. Talk about your stressors to someone positive.
  12. Spend time with animals.
  13. Enjoy a glass of hot milk.
  14. Take a power nap.
  15. Close your eyes and just rest on your bed for a while.
  16. Pretend you’re a kid again and indulge in activities like watching cartoons and eating popsicles.
  17. Visit a museum.
  18. Visit a zoo.
  19. Stargaze.
  20. Turn up the music and dance in your home.
  21. Jump up and down on your bed.
  22. Wear your favorite outfit and look your best.
  23. Give yourself a manicure.
  24. Press your accupressure stress points.
  25. Pick up a fun hobby.
  26. Reread a favorite book.
  27. Go to the library and browse the shelves.
  28. Start a jigsaw puzzle.
  29. Create a collage out of your favorite photos.
  30. Listen to your favorite song.
  31. Sing your favorite song.
  32. Watch a Disney classic.
  33. Journal.
  34. Practice aromatherapy.
  35. Watch a funny YouTube video and laugh.
  36. Watch a video of cute animals.
  37. Massage your temples.
  38. Do a crossword puzzle.
  39. Read your favorite blogs.
  40. Surf Pinterest for pretty DIY projects and cooking inspiration.
  41. Let go of grudges.
  42. Block out negative thoughts.
  43. Hug your partner.
  44. Prep for the next day the night before, giving you more time in the mornings.
  45. Wake up early so you can get more done in the mornings.
  46. Play a board game.
  47. Complete and cross off one item on your to-do list.
  48. Volunteer for a cause.
  49. Take an online personality quiz for fun.
  50. Smile more.
  51. Talk to strangers.
  52. Take a walk.
  53. Do something nice for others, such as running an errand for your partner.
  54. Put your hammock out in your backyard and lie in it.
  55. Take pleasure in looking at art.
  56. Ask for help when you need it.
  57. Visualize your goal.
  58. Meditate on your own at home.
  59. Go for a scenic drive.
  60. Praise other people.
  61. Draw a picture.
  62. Stop worrying about situations that haven’t happened.
  63. When you notice yourself worrying or stressing, yell out “stop!”
  64. Don’t multitask.
  65. Clean out your emails.
  66. Wear loose clothing, so you don’t feel constrained.
  67. Read a poem.
  68. Whistle or hum to your favorite song.
  69. Get some flowers from the pharmacy or supermarket and arrange them artfully.
  70. Feed birds.
  71. Pick up a language.
  72. Ask your partner or friend to give you a massage.
  73. Open the windows in your home to let fresh air in.
  74. Spray air freshener to make your room smell nice.
  75. Organize your closet.
  76. Camp in your backyard.
  77. Enjoy a glass of wine.
  78. Reminisce with friends.
  79. Stay indoors when it’s raining outside while sipping on hot cocoa.
  80. Light incense.
  81. Sleep over at your best friend’s place.