PFD’s + Why They Are So Important

PFD’s + Why They Are So Important

No, not personal floatation devices! Although those are important too 🙂 Phone free dates! For some of us it’s hard to imagine, but yes I’m suggesting it! Schedule a date with your love that is completely phone free. Put your phones away in a different room, or leave them at home if you go out.

Cell phones are wonderful for communication and connection. However, many of us have grown so accustomed to using them that it’s second nature to just be mindlessly scrolling through social media or web browsing.

When we remove the “screen” from our reality we can re-connect at the meaningful level we are supposed to as humans. Gaze into each other’s eyes, have conversation and enjoy each other’s presence.

All we truly have in this life is the current moment. Phones and electronics can place us in an autopilot mode, or state of constant distraction. Connecting in the now with your partner is key to creating a lasting future with them. Show each other how much you matter to one another by dedicating your undivided attention at least one date night per week.

It will be an excellent reminder of why you are together in the first place. One of the best ways to create happiness for yourself is create happiness for another person. We all crave attention, and want to feel loved and important. Give your partner the love and attention they deserve by going phone free for just one night together!

My husband and I adopted this ritual when we first started dating in 2011. We were on a date and every single table surrounding us was occupied with couples sitting together, not saying a word, on their phones. We both looked at each other and made a promise that we would never end up like that.

Cell phones are great tools for communication, but can become problematic if overused. As with most things, moderation is key. Use them when you need to, but don’t fub your best friend! No text, meme, or article is worth ruining a relationship!

Much love,

Aly

Supplements That Cured My Acne

Supplements That Cured My Acne

Hello loves!  I thought I would share my top three supplements that have helped to cure my adult acne once and for all.  I actually didn’t start getting severe acne until my third year of college.  It was weird, I thought since I didn’t have any in high school that I was off the hook!  Joke was on me! I developed severe and painful cystic acne around my chin and jawline, and lots of small whiteheads on my forehead.

Alarmed and confused I consulted a dermatologist and began several ineffective courses of creams, and hormone disrupting medications.  Over the course of a year I saw some improvement, but definitely could not use my skin and “clear” in the same sentence. 

I began exploring more natural options such as diet and supplementation.  I knew that diet had an effect on skin and was already a relatively healthy eater.  As I began researching more deeply I concluded that my hormones were unbalanced, and I was still leaving out important foods that promoted healing of my skin.

The main things I integrated into my diet that helped tremendously were:

Good Fats (Avacado, Walnuts, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Salmon, Butter)

Distilled Water

Fiber 

There was a noticeable difference in my skins appearance and texture after around 30 days.

I still wanted to achieve that flawless glow, so I continued to study supplements and their potential benefits on skin.

To this day, I swear by these:

Alpha Lipoic Acid’s anti-inflammatory effects help reduce visible redness and discolored areas, resulting in a more even skin tone. ALA can help shrink the appearance of pores and impart a healthy, radiant-looking glow to the skin by locking in your body’s natural moisture content.

Zinc Picolinate is a natural detoxifying agent, helping rid the skin of impurities that cause acne and oily skin.  It also helps boots the immune system which can fight infections or prevent them from happening in the first place.

Dim-Plus is a substance that naturally occurs in coniferous vegetables. In supplement form it is extracted and acts as a mega dose of the good stuff from broccoli, without all of the gas and bloating. (Just sayin’) It’s mechanism of action works by detoxing your body of excess estrogen. Estrogen dominance can occur in anyone because of the high levels of estrogen we come into contact with through everyday pollutants. Symptoms of estrogen dominance include: heavy periods, weight gain, magnified PMS, cystic breasts, irregular periods, acne around jawline.

Fermented Cod Liver Oil + Butter Oil: Each of these by themselves are great, but when used in combination they are a miracle worker.  They naturally hydrate the skin and joints of our body.  These healthy fats also send a signal our oil secreting glands that we have enough, allowing our body to even out production. (Excess oil production is what causes clogged pores and acne) Having hydrated, happy skin equals no acne as well as great wrinkle prevention!

These are my holy grail for the internal portion of my clear skin regimen. Give them a try, I guarantee you will not be disappointed! I do suggest allowing at least 30 days of use to start seeing real results.  Feel free to message me if you have any questions!

Love & Light

Aly

Romanticizing Winter

Romanticizing Winter

Seasons of the year mirror the season of our life.  Each one is perfect, beautiful, unique and has a purpose. No matter which season you  may be experiencing on your journey, it is important to remember that even if it seems like darkness, it is preparing you for the next one.  Nothing is forever, this too shall pass. 
As ‘Abdu’l-Baha says, to be “thankful in adversity” and see the good in resting. Winter is a time to reflect and meditate on your life. Rest easy and recover, so that we may come to life again in the spring.

Embrace the season you are in, because it is a beautiful part of your journey. Balance your contentment in the “now,” with your excitement for what lies ahead.


Love & Light

Aly

Law of Attraction & Your Body

Law of Attraction & Your Body

The Law of Attraction is one of the universal laws that we can utilize to our advantage in all aspects of our lives. We are the deliberate creators of our reality.  We each have our own set of struggles in this life.  For many, healthy body image and self love is one of them.

If you made it to this post, I have great news! Your are at a pivotal point in your self-growth and physical transformation.  There are no coincidences.  If you are brand new to this concept, welcome!  If you have studied this subject in the past, let this be a gentle reminder of what you already know.

The 3 key points I want to emphasize are: Request, Surrender, and Give Thanks.

Request:  Ask the universe for guidance in supporting your goals.  Be specific. Give details, don’t be timid.  Whatever you want.  Just ask!  The important part here is to focus on what you do want, not what you don’t.  The universe responds to the level of energies you have surrounding a subject, it doesn’t discriminate between positive and negative. Feel passion and excitement for where you are about to be.  The answer to your request will be granted in as little or as much time as you believe it will take to happen.  Have faith that it is going to happen.  You can even have the timeline be a part of your request. As long as you are clear, and focused when asking, your request will be granted.

Surrender:  The next step may feel unnatural at first, but it is completely necessary for your request to be granted.  As much as you may have focused on what you do not like about your body in the past, from this moment forward: LET GO.  You have made your request, now trust the universe to do it’s part.  If you continue to focus on the subject, you will slow the attraction, and push what you want further away.  Feeling the best you can feel at any given moment will accelerate the answer to your request.  The universe responds to your energy.  If you have ever heard “fake it ‘til you make it,” that applies here.  Act as though you have it, eventually it will become your reality. This leads to the third and final part of the equation, which is gratitude.

Give Thanks:  If you were granted your request right now, what would you do? This isn’t a trick question.  Maybe you would buy new clothes, walk a little more proud, or book a bikini photo shoot, but before any of that you would have extreme gratitude that your request has been answered.  This goes hand in hand with acting as though you already have it.  Thank the universe as often a you can for granting your request.  When you are filled with gratitude for what you do have, there is no room for thinking about what you lack.  This is the most powerful piece of the equation.  The more you are grateful, the more you will have to be grateful for.  Give thanks for other things in your life that are not related to your request. You have so many gifts, and you are perfect in this moment.  You are alive, you are working on being the best version of yourself that you can be. You are giving thanks for the many resources that are available to you for gaining new knowledge.  I believe in you, you should believe in you too!

This leads me to a final note:  Working on your “self” seems “selfish” at face value, but when we look at the bigger picture it is actually “selfless.”  When we feel our best and are filled with gratitude, we are more available to those around us.  We can serve others in the best way we know how because we are not letting our insecurities leak out and unknowingly affect others.

Think about one of the best days of your life, how did you feel? How were your interactions with others?  Things that come to mind for me are: smiling, exuding joy, willingness to help, feeling my light shining upon others.  On the flip side, during a bad day, I was not my best self. I complained to others, had cold interactions, was ignorant to the gifts given to me daily.  When we feel our best, we do our best.  Don’t be hard on yourself if you have a bad day, it is probably residual energy from past experiences. The main objective is to break the cycle by focusing on what you do want, surrendering to the universe, and giving thanks! Be the best version of yourself that you can be, so you can extend that version to others.  This high vibrational energy is contagious and will act as a catalyst for positive change in others as well.

Vibrational Frequency

Vibrational Frequency

After studying the universal laws for quite some time, I came across this excellent chart by David R. Hawkins.  It is clear, colorful, and very easy to understand. We can all heal our energy in this moment if we focus on moving up the vibrational scale one level from how we feel currently.  By focusing on where we want to be, rather than where we are it will give us the momentum we need to get where we are going.   On the flip side, never feel bad about where you are, that will not help your situation.  The Law of Polarity lets us know that it is perfectly normal to experience all emotions on this scale, because we wouldn’t know how great love and enlightenment feels if we didn’t know how its other end of guilt and shame.  Getting to the best vibrational frequency you can at any given time is the key to living a more zen life. 9CFD5F05-1D17-4C7D-932B-795922B346A5