August is time for sanctuary.

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Hello wonderful readers! It’s a brand new month and I don’t know about you but I’m excited for it. Not only is this Birthday Month (The big 3-0 is coming!) but it’s a chance for a new start. Every month feels like that, the changing of the date can change our mindset and that’s really important. So leave the past in the past (unless it has something to teach you then embrace it) and focus on making the best of these next 30 days.

If you’re following along in the 2015 Self Love Planner ( it’s only $5!) the theme for August is all about Sanctuary.

sanc·tu·ar·y: a place of refuge or safety.

You need to feel safe and secure. It’s one of those essential human things – food, water, and shelter. But it’s more than that. You need a place where you can be yourself, where you can feel embraced for who you are and comfortable in your own skin.

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Love Note: Keep Yourself Warm

lovenote“You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.”

I feel like I need this tattooed on my forehead so I can see it every day when I look in the mirror. I fell in love with it the moment I read the words and they sunk into my brain. As an empath this really resonated with me. It has been such a struggle for me not to carry other people’s problems around with me, not to give everything inside of me to save someone else from pain, and sometimes the weight of that has had consequences on my own emotional health.

There was a time in my life where I thought I could make myself lovable by trying to be useful to other people. If someone was having trouble paying a bill I would offer to pay it for them, if they mentioned they wanted something I would surprise them and buy it for them.

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Self Care Toolbox: Rainbow Fluorite

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I’m really into crystal healing and I have been for years. In case you’re new to the concept here’s what it’s all about. Crystals have a kind of energy or vibration. We can use that energy to manifest things in our own lives. You know how we associate colors with different feelings blue = sad or calm and red = angry, that’s picking up on the energy of the color. Crystals are no different.

Now you might think that sounds a little hippy-dippy and maybe it is. But here’s how I look at it. For me, crystals help. You can call it the placebo effect and I’m cool with that. I don’t think crystals can cure cancer or diseases but I do believe that they are great tools in their own right and that they have a purpose. If you hold a crystal in your hand and you believe that it’s helping you, it can.

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It’s Okay To Take Up Space

take up spaceThere is nothing that I hate more than being an inconvenience to other people. I fear that people will be annoyed by me or not like me and it’s been that way for as long as I can remember. I can’t be in your face, I can’t be loud, I can’t be the squeaky wheel. When I’m at a restaurant and they get my order wrong I live with it because the thought of making someone feel bad about messing up their job makes me feel bad. A few months ago I was at McDonald’s and I got a coffee for myself and a large soft drink for my friend. The guy behind the counter gave me the medium cup for the soft drink and I had this moment of panic. Do I disappoint my friend with the medium cup or do I make this guy’s life absolutely miserable by telling him that he gave me the wrong size?

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Choose Your Card for July!

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I wanted to do something a little different as far as pulling an oracle card for you guys this month! So tap into that lovely intuition of yours, choose a card that makes your soul go ‘whoa’ and then look below to see what your message is for the week. P.S. I hope that you are having an amazing summer! If you’d like your own personalized oracle card reading you can get one right here! This month’s reading comes from the Oracle of the Dragonfae by Lucy Cavendish. It’s a lovely deck and I hope you enjoy!

Card One: Hideki’s Door

julyora1You know that thing that you really want? Maybe it’s a relationship or a job or an opportunity that you’ve been dreaming of and you want it so much that it makes you afraid of it? It’s like what you want is just behind that door and you’re afraid to knock, afraid to open it because what if something goes wrong?

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