Sharing a curated collection of inspiration lights me up. With July knocking on our doors, it is time to share my list of people, books, and stories that are filling me with grace and beauty.
Introducing Juile Piatt
Funny how people come into our lives right when we need them. Before I discovered Juile Piatt, I had discovered her husband, ultra marathoner Rich Roll and his pod cast, 'The Rich Roll Podcast'. Once day he had his wife on the podcast and I thought to myself, 'WHO is this woman?!'.
Juile is a mother of four, a musician, cook book author, artist, yogini and true wise woman. She now has her own podcast called Divine Through Line, where she shares her life stories, in a raw authentic way. She also includes healing meditations in her podcasts and ends most podcasts with one of her original songs she has recorded with her 2 young sons.
Juile and Rich have been married for 17 years and live in Malibu Canon in an amazing home they built. Their vegan cook book, The Plant Power Way is awesome. Rich has written a book called Finding Ultra, where he shares his story of addiction, sobriety and becoming one of the world top 25 fittest men. Life wasn't always so good for Juile and Rich. They openly share about a 7 year period they went through, which Julie calls a 'dismantle', They were essentially broke, their cars were seized and their house was in foreclosure. Julie's strong faith and spirituality kept her true to her values which are centred around following your heart and doing what you love. She now sees 'the dismantle' as a spiritual journey that helped them both know their true selves.
If you need a life pick up, I recommend checking them both out and their cook book.
Listen to the talk on surviving a life dismantle.
One of the reasons I admire Julie Piatt so much is because of her courage to tell the truth. I have always been a truth seeker. When I wanted to use a natural skincare line for my own skincare studioI I was a blessed to be guided to Dr Hauschka skincare. Another truth speaker I have been following is Kim Anami. I have't spoken about my discovery of Kim Anami until now. Kim describes herself as a holistic sex and relationship coach and a vaginal weight lifter. Yes you read that right.
'A woman disconnected from her sexuality and her vagina, is operating at a massive disadvantage'
Meet Kim Anami.
I discovered Kim in January of this year. She was being interviewed by Daniel Vitalis and she didn't hold back from speaking passionately about the state of most women's sex lives in our western culture. She disagrees with the prevailing view point doled out by doctors and sex therapist, that most women are not capable of a vaginal orgasm, g-spot orgasm, or multiple orgasms. Kim believes that with education any woman can have these types of experiences.
Truthfully listening to Kim in that interview with Daniel, I was riveted and scared. Could my sex life be better? Could I learn how to have multiple orgasms? Could sex transform me?
For some time I had been feeling that there must be more to sex, then what I was experiencing. My truth seeker hadn't found an answer to my niggling doubts about sex being over rated.
What about vaginal weight lifting? Kim claims most women vagina's are numb, which is why we aren't having mind blowing sex. Vaginal weight lifting using a jade egg is an ancient Taoist practice to tone, strengthen and reawaken the vagina. Kim obviously is taking it to a whole new level in her own personal practice.
Feeling fear and not really sure what this woman was all about, but also feeling like life was presenting me with the next step in my evolution, I signed up for Kim's 8 week 'Vaginal Kung Foo' online course.
Ladies, all women need to have access to the information Kim is teaching. I think it is life changing. It goes beyond, having more or better sex. Sex is a potent energy, and we can use it and harness it to fuel our lives. Most of us do sex in a way that depletes our energy.
My husband and I are now in going through Kim's 'Coming Together Course'. More about that another time.
Why do I love clay. Let me count the ways, 5 ways to be exact.
As a holistic esthetician I take a rather radical stand on exfoliating the skin. No peels or acids. That means no AHA's, retinols or glycolic acid. No microdermabrasion and while I am at it no dermaplaning. Can you imagine eliminating all those from your arsenal of tools? Is there really something effective and safe to replace them with? I believe so and for 15 years I have been using it on myself and my happy clients. It's called clay and I am excited to share why I love it.
Clay is not just for oily skin, mature skin loves clay too.
We know oily skin can benefit from clay, but most of us are under the understanding that mature skin types need to stay away from clay. Not so! Because clay is natures safe and gentle exfoliator that makes it perfect for mature skin. One of the functions of the skin that weakens as we age is our skin's ability to remove metabolic waste products. Dull, sallow, lifeless skin awakens when we use clay. Dead skin cells that are having a hard time sloughing off due to the aging process are also helped along by clay, again in a safe non invasive way. I encourage all my mature skin beauties to use clay regularly. I recommend once a week or at a minimum once a month.
Clay is a must for oily and congested skin.
Clay is known for its ability to draw from the skin. Here is a super example from my own life,
I once stubbed my big toe. In the middle of the night I was awakened by a intense throbbing in my stubbed big toe. It was so painful there was no way I was going to be able to get back to sleep. I tried soaking my foot. I put different creams on it. Nothing was working. Then I remembered clay! I took some clay and applied it to my toe, pulled a soak over my foot and was able to drift off back to sleep. In the morning my toe had returned to normal and was pain free.
You are also probably familiar with bee and wasp stings being soothed by mud (clay being a form of mud).. An excellent sting remedy.
All this points to clay's awesome ability to draw impurities from the skin. If you suffer from acne, clay is your best friend. Ditto for blackheads. It's also excellent for enlarged pores.
Clay is an amazing smoother and refiner for the skin.
My last reason you should be using clay is for its remarkable ability to smooth the skin. Does your skin ever feel like it could be softer, less bumpy and lumpy? Clay really improves the texture of the skin, making it soft and supple. Soft and supple skin is the goal for our skin, as our skin truly glows when it is in this condition. Our beautiful natural skincare products can penetrate the skin with ease when the skin is soft and supple.
Not sure how to go about using clay on yourself or your clients? I got you covered. I made a short video to demonstrate how I play with my favourite skin enhancing wonder ingredient.
I have been reading this great book that was mentioned in Marshal Rosenberg's classic, 'Non Violent Communication' book. Published in the early 70's by John Powell it is called, 'The Secret to Staying in Love'. Powell is a psychologist and theologian, the best combo in my opinion, blending mind and spirit. The book got me thinking about the healing power of rose. You see Powell asserts that to experience love on must love oneself and for the vast majority of us, deeply loving and accepting ourselves is something we resist. I won't get into all the reasons we do this, get the book he explains it way better then I could. What I will say, is that on reflection I see places (many places) where I want to and need to go deeper into loving and accepting myself. Can I truly say I am happy to be me and I wouldn't choose any other life over the one I have? If that is my measuring stick to self acceptance some fine tuning is needed.
With that realization running through my head, rose was the next thought that came to me. Ah some divine guidance! Called the queen of flowers, rose has a harmonizing effect on the body and is perfect to use during times of stress and emotional exhaustion when you need more nurturing support. Rose is the flower that we give to say we love someone. Rose is the mother flower, bringing a mothers love, care, and tenderness. Rose envelops us in her nurturing ways.
I have a array of healing oils I use and rotate through. My last one was lemon oil for the cellulite I noticed on my almost 50 year old thighs. I am ready to move on, accepting the lumpy bumpy, knowing I have more important things to focus on, and that ultimatly I will be okay with 'older thighs'. Now I will bring rose into my life. After each morning shower I will apply a light layer of rose oil to my still damp skin. I know as I do this I will realize that once again I am feeling this urge to rush, with my never ending list of things I must 'DO'. And I can make a choice to slow down, right in this moment and tune into the soothing, caring, loving qualities rose has to give. To support my own self love, this month I will be using rose.