A bear hug and my latest love!

I am not one to jump on the New Years bandwagon.
I want QUIET and some SOLITUDE after all the crazy dashing around, driving amidst "stark raven mad" shoppers of the November/December Holidays.

Seriously, I just want to BREATHE and ACTUALLY HEAR IT!

AND .... resolutions - not my bag. I honestly find them stressful and too left brain/linear for myself. But - Huzzah if they work for you. I will totally support that!

That being said, I will now speak from my heart and share 3 simple things I learned, and loved, this past year. Hopefully, one will resonate with you and you can add it to your toolbox to take out when needed.

1. Stop pushing. Stop the rush.  (Lessons from Nature here)

2. Put 5-15 minutes everyday into your calendar to hold space for yourself.
Some ME-TIME - Not self care. I believe self care is a habit you acquire for health and mind maintenance.
Me-time is soul maintenance.

-Set the timer on your phone, silence it and sit with yourself. Genuine time just for you.
-Stare at the wall like a cat, look out the window at the sky, or tree, or dust particles swirling around and give yourself a big hug. You are awesome and worth it!
-DO NOTHING.

Doing Nothing IS Doing Something for Your Soul.
(pin that! Post that! share that!!)

3. My latest LOVE!!! - my favorite app of this year - Happy Cow - veggie app for those who don't eat meat and for those (like me) who do not eat meat outside of the farmers market.
I have found some really great restaurants in Chicago as well - excellent choice I must say.

happy cow app

 

Now - As my Italian grandmother would say, "You have a scarf. wear your scarf, it's cold outside!"


With love always and wishing you the best in life and living with joy in your body,
Lisa Kai
 

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


 

Herbal Body and Face scrub

Winter can really take a toll on your skin. Not much is more distracting than than having my skin feel dry. I like to be outdoors - yes, even in the winter - so my skin can feel dry and dehydrated from the elements.

Lately, I have taken to making a simple face and body scrub with some items from the pantry. Right now, my favorite is made with granulated sugar.

Sugar is an amazing natural loofah that doesn't harm the environment the way those little plastic cleansing beads that come in most scrubs do. (These beads go into the water where fish and other creatures eat them, causing illness and even death. Plus, they're made out of plastic which never decomposes. Boo....)

Here's my simple recipe, it's super easy and takes no time at all to make. Really, I wouldn't lie to you!

Ingredients:
1tsp. granulated sugar
1tsp. filtered water (or olive oil, or another base oil such as almond, jojoba, I actually like Kukui nut
                                                                                                                                                           oil)
1 or 2 drops of essential oil (body scrub only! Some essential oils are too harsh for your face)

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Directions:
1. mix it up
2. apply gently to your face, rubbing lightly in small circles to cleanse the pores (If you rub too hard, it will scratch your face and it will probably feel tender. Please be gentle with your skin.)
3. rinse with cool water
4. pat dry and add a hydrating lotion
5. That's it!

After mixing with the water or oil, it should look like this. A bit on the dryer side.

After mixing with the water or oil, it should look like this. A bit on the dryer side.

If your skin still feels super dry, try rubbing coconut oil on your face, letting it soak in for 10 minutes or so, then wipe off any excess with a soft cloth or damp paper towel. This usually does the trick!

If you are making a scrub for your body, use 1/4c. sugar and just enough filtered water or base oil of your choice to get it wet.

Wishing you and your skin good health and well-being for the season.
Aloha, Lisa Kai

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tiki freak, digs jazz, double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.