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Self-Care Interview Series: Beth Kirby

Beth Kirby is a photographer, cookbook writer, entrepreneur, and the creator of Local Milk, her food, travel, and lifestyle blog. We are endlessly amazed by Beth’s ability to present her work with both authenticity and style, and we were completely blown away by each one of her thoughtful and inspiring answers in this interview. It’s a true gem.

In this dialogue, Beth tells us about self-care as the foundation for happiness, having a schedule as a way to avoid stress, why she doesn’t believe in the idea of work-life balance, and how her routine has changed since becoming a mother, as well as her newfound love for weight training, the adaptogens and herbs she incorporates into her everyday potions, beauty, motivation, sustenance, and much more. There’s some amazing business advice here, too!


Routine


— Is routine important to you or do you like things to be more open and free?

Routine is so very important to me. Routines ensure that time is carved out for the important things in my days & life. I’m super flexible with my routines so there’s no such thing as “failing”, but the closer I adhere to the routine, the more impact I tend to make in my day.


— What do your mornings look like? If they differ from day to day, describe your ideal morning.

I actually just wrote a little guide to a slow morning routine that details mine! I usually wake up when my baby wakes up, between 6:30-7:30 AM. The first thing I do every morning is make the bed because I feel this sets the tone for the rest of my day. My husband takes the baby to give me 10 minutes to meditate (I love the Headspace app) and do a few sun salutations to wake my body + mind connection up. After that I brew my morning elixir, a simple lemon, ginger, and turmeric tea, and then I do some journaling while I drink it. After that comes breakfast & a matcha potion, a shower & getting dressed for the day, a quick tidy of my space if I need it, and then I’m down to work! I don’t always do every single thing, but the more of them I hit, the better my morning!


— Do you have any bedtime rituals that help you sleep well?

I’m so exhausted at the end of the day, I don’t usually need much help sleeping! I love making moon mylks with sleep promoting herbs as a little night time luxury. We keep the bedroom a “sleep only” zone with no television or computers, so it’s quite easy to pass out once I’m in my own bed (or whatever bed I happen to be in!)


— How has your routine changed since you had your daughter?

It’s gotten a lot more flexible! If she’s having a bad morning, things like preparing breakfast can take a lot longer or maybe I skip the shower (truth time!), but in a lot of ways, it’s made me more routine because if I don’t have a plan and stick to it, the day can slip away a lot more easily when you have kids. I kinda floated through my days doing whatever I wanted whenever I wanted before she was born because I had all the time in the world. Now it’s make hay while the sun shines or forget having any hay! Haha.

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New Year, New You? How About A REVIVAL Instead?

That time of year is almost here. In a few short weeks, the world will be joining a gym, starting a diet, and setting mind-boggling self-improvement goals.

“This year I’m gonna lose 30 pounds and get in shape.” Or maybe something like, “This is the year I’m going to fit into those old jeans.”

Pretty soon we’ll be bombarded with advertisements to join everything from Gold’s Gym to Jenny Craig. And all those New Year’s Resolutions? The same old, same old plans to make this year THE year that you finally get the body you’ve always wanted?

Kind of exhausting, isn’t it?

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4 Ways to Make the Holidays Blessed Instead of Stressed

The Holidays are a time to gather with friends and family and give thanks for the many blessings in your life. However, this can also be a stressful time. Family knows exactly how to push your buttons, which doesn’t always bring out your best self. There are a million and one ways that this time of year can be challenging; however, there are just as many ways that it can be a magical time, filled with fun and laughter.

 

Here are my top four tips for getting the most out of this season. These simple exercises will help you remain cheery and upbeat, no matter what chaos there is around you.

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Savor Your Food, Savor Your Life

Eat Slowly, Connect to Your Soul Purpose

It may seem surprising, but you really can eat your way to a deliciously enlightened life! When we think of a spiritual path, we often envision meditation, yoga, fasting, chanting, or prayer. We don’t usually consider our everyday meals as a potential gateway to mystical transformation. Yet, the food you eat and your approach to it can be one of the most powerful pathways to spiritual renewal.

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Each step counts

From time to time we need to address the concept of stress management within us. It is an ongoing process you need to keep track of. It is important that you should have an overall plan for managing your stress and not allow your stress levels to rise high before you start handling them. I feel the need to talk about the available resources for handling most of the stressful situations. 
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Self-Care Interview Series: Amy Chaplin

Amy Chaplin is an author and chef, whose approach to whole foods and cooking is endlessly inspiring. Her cookbook is nothing short of a kitchen bible to us. We had the pleasure of meeting up with Amy in NYC a few years ago and had the best time chatting about our favorite subjects like sprouted flours, cookbook publishing, and acupuncture. Needless to say, we were excited to get a peak at her self-care routine.


In this interview, Amy tells us about the valuable self-care tips she learned from her mother, her favorite meals made with pantry staples, the skincare brand she’s been using since she was a teenager, her approach to exercise, stress, and so much more.

 

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Food Restriction

I just got off the phone with one of our Bright Lifers, Carolyn Stallberg. She was once 285 pounds…and after she lost that weight, she got down to 104 pounds. She was planning to continue losing weight well below 100 pounds. But she and I had a fateful conversation this past June that changed all that. Watch this week’s vlog to hear the story.

Chakra Healing: 9 Amazing Ways To Clean And Heal Your Chakras

Even though there are 100s of Chakras there are seven main ones that are typically dealt with when it comes to healing. The Chakras begin at the bottom area of your spinal cord at the point of the coccyx bone and then travel along up the spinal cord to the very top part of your head.


These are the Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, and Crown Chakra. 


The goal behind all spiritual practices is to reach a place of balance between spirit, body, earth and health, universality and grounding. Below are a few fantastic techniques used to clean and heal the Chakras.

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Why Our Inner ‘Demons’ are Not Moving Out Just Yet

By this stage of the game, you may have spent years either learning healing modalities or hiring practitioners to help lift the pain body masses of energy lying  under the surface. You did this in hopes of avoiding the burning sensation and the hours and maybe even days of deep emotional pain and sorrow.

 

When it is feeding time, they come up and project a web of lies onto your current reality and warp your perception in an attempt to inflict pain. When you buy into the deception, you feed them and they continue to thrive.

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You Probably Drink Chlorine in Your Water Every Day — But Is It Harmful?

Every day, millions of people drink chlorinated tap water.

Chlorine is used to keep our water clean by disinfecting it and killing germs. And it does a marvelous job at eliminating most pathogens from the water we drink.


But the use of this powerful chemical has a downside. According to a report from the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality, the cancer risk for people who drink chlorinated water is 93% higher than those whose water does not contain chlorine.

 

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Are you a Night Owl or a Lark? – How & Why I Changed from One to the Other

Do you know someone that simply hates mornings… prefers late late evenings? I know, hate is a strong word… one I don’t usually use. In this case though, I know several people that truly do hate mornings. Maybe you too despise those mornings when the alarm goes off, or the dogs get you up early or the kids wake up way before you have to get up. Maybe you hit the snooze 5 times wishing for just 10 more minutes of sleep.

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Is Inflammation the Key to Aging?

Ten years ago researchers began to focus on inflammation as a link to disease. They stood out in that they did not emphasize the acute redness and swelling that accompanies the site of a wound or burn as it heals, which is known as acute inflammation. Rather, they discovered clues were leading to something more subtle – a low-grade, chronic inflammation that has few if any overt symptoms. This kind of everyday inflammation has now been linked to an overwhelming majority of serious lifestyle disorders, including hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and most cancers. What was an intriguing trend ten years ago is now being recognized as major global epidemic, all the more dangerous because it is invisible.

 
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Waking Up to an Invisible Epidemic 

Until very recently, it was fairly unthinkable that our own bodies pose a greater threat to health than any outside disease. Most people have never heard of one of the greatest plagues of the 21st century, because it is caused by one of the most subtle, complex reactions in the body. This plague is inflammation, which in medical terms is the ultimate two-edged sword. 

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A Must-Watch Video For Anyone Facing Cancer or Any Other Health Concern

How to become the CEO of your own health and live a crazy, sexy life.

“Healing is all about self-reliance.” — Kris Carr

Do you want to truly live a vibrant, healthy, and big life every single day?

Have you or someone you care about ever faced cancer? Or maybe you fear cancer for yourself or your friends and family? Or maybe you or someone you love was recently diagnosed with a different disease or health concern?

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THE POWER OF NAMING AND CLAIMING OUR SECRET DISTRACTIONS


It’s 7:00pm.  You’ve had a long, arduous day at work. You come home to an empty apartment and a stack of bills.  Like Hank Williams, you’re so lonesome you could cry.  But instead of shedding your tears and embracing your fears, you binge, watch a complete season of Dexter and shamefully eat six grocery store cupcakes for dinner. The next day the cycle begins all over again.

Everyone has their own way of handling stress, fear, sorrow and anger and we come to rely on those distractions to always be there for us when we need them. We get defensive and angry when these vices are threatened – not realizing the comfort we seek in food, drugs, alcohol, shopping, the internet, sex, or video games is actually keeping us from our true happiness. Only when we vibrationally call out our distractions – the social media, the video games, work, working out, The Real Housewives of New Jersey - and own them - can we consciously choose to retire them to the bad habit graveyard.

THE OBJECT OF MY DISTRACTION

No matter what demons we dance with, we seem to feel that out of 7.2 billion people WE are the ONLY ones who go through a bottle of vodka or spend hours upon hours on Pinterest when we’re having a bad workweek – that we are all alone in our personal pain management practices. We keep our vices a shameful secret because we believe no one else would understand them.  Hidden behind the veil of clandestine energy, the distractions grow, sometimes to dangerous proportions.It’s time to name names - to call out our distractions and to own them.“I eat bags of Dorito’s to stifle my disappointments.”“I buy shoes online to kill my feelings of self-doubt.”“I take Percocet to kill my emotions.”

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