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Six Unique & Deep Tarot Decks to Tap Into Your Truth

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As you probably know by now, learning about and divining with Tarot cards has been a potent and powerful way for me to stay connected to my Truth and essence this year.

If you haven’t grabbed up this free Tarot resource I created, I gathered up some spreads I personally use and specific questions (phrasing is so important!) to ask your cards.

Access my FREE tarot spreads + questions instantly:


Onward to my six favorite decks, shall we?

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How to Transition Easefully to Fall by Celebrating the Autumn Equinox

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Sept. 22, 2016 marks the Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun will be shining directly on the equator, creating a unique situation—the same amount of daylight and darkness will be present all around the world!

Honoring the ritual and celebration of this day can help make the seasonal transition more easeful, especially when cooler weather can feel dampening and depressing for some.

Here are six ways to celebrate the Autumn Equinox:

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The Flourishing Feminine’s Morning Routine: ENJOY

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I recently stumbled on Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning technique through my partner, who was on the hunt for a morning routine he could stick to. One of the main takeaways he received from Hal’s book is the concept of SAVERS to start the day.

SAVERS stands for: Silence, Affirmations, Visualizations, Exercise, Reading and Scribing. The idea is that you do each of these six things for 10 minutes every morning, for a total of an hour of activity.

Many people love it (including one of my heroes, Pat Flynn), but when I tried it, I found it to feel too rigid.

“DOMINATE YOUR DAY BEFORE BREAKFAST” is just not my flow, y’all.

Being the creative feminine that I am, I wanted to design a morning routine that felt more… Open. Flowy. Receptive. Yin.

So, allow me to introduce you to ENJOY.

ENJOY is my feminine answer to the morning routine.

It’s a gentle, nourishing practice you can do in 30 minutes to ground you in your body, activate your mind, tune into your heart and feel your soul’s cravings.

It even has two tracks, depending on how you’re feeling and what kind of day you’re having (a work day vs. a play day, perhaps, or an ambitious day vs. a wandering day).

  • E is for Embodiment
  • N is for Nourishing
  • J is for Journaling
  • Y is for Yielding

However, O can be modified.

  • O can stand for Organizing or Orienting

If you’re hungry for more, read on!

E is for Embodiment.

Embodiment gets me so creatively juiced up, and I believe it is truly an important way to access stuck emotions and unblock new, creative information that wants to get through to us.

This might mean simply getting on your yoga mat and doing some stretches or downward-facing dog; if you’re on your menstrual cycle, it can be doing slow, hip-sip movements on the floor or massaging your womb. If you’re feeling really vibrant, you can jump on your goddess pole (what, not everyone has one?), play with hula hoops outside or do a more hardcore workout blitz.

The main intention? Wiggle parts of you around, and see if they have any information for you.

Let your hands flow all over your body if you like. Personally, I usually find I need to liberate my pelvis and lower back in the morning, so doing cat/cows, bridges and just moving my hips in slow circles while kneeling on the floor works really well for me.

Kathlyn Hendricks says that by simply moving, we can free up space for expression and conversation. “Deep, delicious embodiment,” she writes, “is not only pleasurable, it contributes to better health, a longer life, stronger relationships—and even more creativity!”

Ask your body what it needs, and let your movement be the response.

Models for inspiration: Elizabeth DiAlto, Lara Catone, Kathlyn Hendricks

N is for Nourishment.

This step is about nourishing the digestive system to get it working optimally for you.

Step into your day with either a mug of hot lemon water or nourishing tea (I love a combination of nettles, red raspberry leaf and oatstraw, as they all build blood and contain so many nutrients for the body).

In the hot days of summer, I love the practice of squeezing half an orange and half a lemon into a 24 oz. mason jar and filling it with fresh mountain water.

Nourishment can also mean noticing and digesting what came up for you during your movement practice. How do you feel today now that you’re connected to your body?

As you make and sip your morning elixir, notice if you’re feeling lighter about your day, more free in your body… or if you just aren’t feeling your morning practice today and want to rush through it. It’s all okay.

Models for inspiration: The Conscious Cleanse ladies, Marysia Miernowska, Kimberly Snyder

J is for Journaling.

This is essential for me. It’s so essential that, when I get into an avoidant, downpressed state, this is the #1 thing that I avoid.

And yet, writing just for myself—not for a blog or magazine—is what allows me to access the deeper discoveries I need to continue living a path that’s most authentic to me in my work and relationships.

Writing helps me drop into a soft, still space inside myself from which to pull gems or ashes or weeds, depending on the day.

I recommend dedicating a specific journal to your morning scribbles, deep-dives or conversations with yourself. Find one that sings to you and make music with it.

If you want to cultivate journaling in a consistent way: Be aware of your Writer Life as an entity. Writing is a practice in the way that worship, yoga or religion can be. You can go to your place of worship or practice—you have the faith, you believe in the deity or guru. But, you also have to perform little rituals to keep the faith: put on your Sunday best, pray, meditate, do half-moon pose. These daily practices help you maintain the faith, connection and fire.

(Want more on this subject? I was interviewed on a podcast with the exquisite Raquel Alexandra where we talk in-depth about the connection between embodiment and writing.)

Models for inspiration: Amber Rae, Julia Cameron, Susannah Conway

O is for Organizing or Orienting.

Now we begin thinking about our day ahead.

If you’re orienting, you might simply ask: What direction would you like today to go? What do you have on your plate that you really want to keep there? And: What do you have on your plate that really doesn’t nourish you, but keeps being served to you anyway?

Keep your journal handy for this one (or your to-do list if you’re organizing). A question I love to ask is:

What are three things that will make today magical and memorable?

If your day is jam-packed and ambitious and you’re really needing some space to drop into it all, organizing your day (notes, to-dos, creating space in your calendar for you, etc.) might feel better to you. 

Models for inspiration: Holistic Day Design (my way of planning)

Y is for Yielding.

If you have time for nothing else, make sure you do this final step.

Yielding is surrendering to the divine. This can look like meditating, sitting in silence, visualization or just sitting in a wonder-space, dreaming up what feels right.

Yielding is what we do when we ask the question that matters, which is: “What do I want to come through me today? What would my highest Self have me do today?”

Here are the various ways I’ve practiced yielding:

  • feeling all the love in my heart expand
  • admiring whatever song is playing
  • visualizing what I’m craving as something I already have
  • breathing and focusing on where I can move breath in my body

Models for inspiration: Marianne Williamson, Julie Dickinson

Music for your 6-minute intervals:

I find that the timing goes much more smoothly for me if I’m not setting five 6-minute alarms on my phone. Just set up a playlist of songs that are close to 6 minutes; then, it’s easy to choose the ones you like that day and move them in the order you desire (or else let it be random!) and hit Play.

6-minute (ish) songs I have on my playlist:

  • Angel by Massive Attack (6:20)
  • Egyptic by Beats Antique (5:50)
  • Secrets by Goddess Alchemy Project (6:11)
  • Between Two Points by Glitch Mob (5:33)
  • Light by Dr. Toast (5:34)
  • Cinder and Smoke by Iron & Wine (5:44)
  • Rondeña by Antonia Gomez (5:45)
  • Timelapse by Ludovico Einaudi (5:32)
  • Saraswati by Desert Dwellers (6:39)
  • Hayling by FC Kahuna (6:48)
  • Up All Night by The Waifs (5:53)
  • Slip by Elliot Moss (5:04)

Combine some of the short-of-6-mins ones with the longer-than-6-mins ones and you’re golden.

This isn’t about being a stick in the mud to the 6-min rule, either. If you’ve got more time, do each for 8 mins for a 40-min practice. Not a lot of time? Do each for 3 mins for a 15-min practice.

Let me know what you think over on the public Facebook post!

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The Very Best, Scrupulously Vetted, Green-Beauty Cosmetics

It all began with the $100 Sephora gift card.

Back in February, I found it lying in a pile of space-hoggers I’d plucked out of my wallet in frustration. It must have been there for a year, and likely from my mother (hi, mom!). I’d never used it because, honestly, I didn’t know much about Sephora except that when I wandered around blankly perusing the products, I started to cough from the perfume and my lungs propelled my legs to the exit.

Since then, I’ve probably gone from Sephora Boulder’s favorite to least-favorite customer. Why? Because I purchased probably $400 in products in February/March… and then returned them all, one by one, in March/April.

As my interest in makeup as a beautiful temporary art form peaked, my tendency to examine and research ingredients (something I’ve done with food for the last seven years) caught up to me—and once it grabbed hold, it wouldn’t let go.

During my research, I learned that there are more than 10,000 toxic ingredients allowed in conventional cosmetics, hair products and body/face creams, according to celebrity makeup artist and natural beauty expert Katey Denno.

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DIY: Luxurious Homemade Peppermint Cacao Face Butter

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I absolutely love making my own body butters and face creams in the winter.

My skin, especially in Colorado, needs to drink up more moisture than unrefined organic coconut oil alone can provide, which is what I use most of the year (this one in particular is my favorite).

But in winter, I notice that no matter how much coconut oil I put on, I still get rough patches particularly on my upper arms.

When this happens, I gleefully pull out all my essential oils, carrier oils and butters and fill up my kitchen counter with them.

(You may remember me doing this a bunch during my 30-Day Making Challenge last winter, when I made various delicious body butters and sugar scrubs on Days 6, 7, 10 and 24.)

Here’s my latest facial butter, designed specifically to:
  • moisturize my face more deeply with shea/cacao butters instead of coconut oil
  • heal and nourish my skin with Vitamin E
  • keep my skin acne-free with Tea Tree oil
  • purify and protect my skin with carrot seed oil (which is also anti-carcinogenic)
  • balance skin tone and reduce blemishes with rosemary oil

Peppermint Cacao Balancing Face Butter (w/ Vit. E and Tea Tree oil)

Makes 4 ounces.

  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 2 tbsps jojoba oil
  • 3 drops tea tree
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 1/4 tsp vitamin E
  • 3 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops carrot seed
  • 2 drops vanilla
  • 3 drops peppermint

Melt the shea, cacao and jojoba together in a clean pot on the stove on low-medium heat.

When everything is melted (don’t do a lot of coaxing, let it melt naturally), turn the heat off and remove the pot from the burner. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir lightly with a spoon.

Pour into a 4 oz. jar and refrigerate (you are also welcome to whip it with a mixer as well, though I don’t have one, and the consistency is just fine without doing so).

Then, when the pot is sufficiently cooled down but still warm, dive headfirst into it and rub the warm oil all over your body, or offer to give your partner a warm foot massage with it like I did and win brownie points forever.

Take the container out of the fridge in the morning before your shower, then afterwards… voila! Instant happy.

Year in Review: My 7 Most Popular & Beloved Posts of 2015

I love flowing with the energy of people around me.

I love the static charge of Mondays, the crisp walk into the start of September, using both to nudge me into my work day/s.

In May, I follow the energy of play bubbling up, going on solo road trips to festivals before doing 100-Day workout challenges in the summer.

And this time of year—I’ll admit it—I adore the energy of the end-of-the-year transition into the new year.

Resolution-haters be damned, I love reviewing the past year and making intentions in the clean landscape of a blank slate. So, I took a look at Live All of You’s 2015 stats and decided to share with you what I found.

Google Analytics, thank you for helping me figure out my most popular 7 posts!

Here are Live All of You’s Top 7 of 2015:

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The Best Gifts to Buy Your Conscious Tech-Loving Friends

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Your Apple Watch-loving friends who go to men’s circles after a morning of Kundalini yoga and a day of pitching their start-up to investors can be hard to shop for.

Here’s what to get them that will satisfy their need to go deeper and tweet about it.

Best Conscious-Tech Gifts Under $50 (Seed Round Level)

Ganesha + OM iPhone Cases

Show your commitment to not letting obstacles get in your way with this Ganesha iPhone 6/6S case printed on Bamboo wood.

If you don’t understand that sentence and/or don’t like elephants, you can still show your commitment to spirituality every time you take a selfie with this OM Buddha Quote iPhone 6/6S case.

Texture Magazine App

textureWith the Texture app for iPad®, iPhone®, Android™ and Windows® 8 PCs and tablets, you can switch from Entrepreneur to Yoga Journal to INC Magazine to Real Simple in the blink of an eye.

Next Issue Media, the start-up behind Texture, is a joint venture formed by six leading publishers—Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp., Rogers Communications and Time Inc.

It bills itself as the “only digital reading experience that gives you an all-access pass to the world’s best magazines.” Topical, curated collections allow you to dive deeper into your interests (like meditation and venture capital).

Texture’s unlimited-access plans offer their entire catalog of magazines—including back issues—at $9.99 per month.

Magazines are also downloadable—perfect for your flight to your winter Costa Rica retreat.

Original Buddha Board

Way better than writing down your ideas in notebooks you’ll never open again, watch your content disappear on purpose with Buddha Board.

Don’t really want to start a new business but want to give your Monkey Mind the satisfaction of writing it down? Do it on here and you’ll never have to see it again!

Best Conscious-Tech Gifts Under $200 (Series A Level)

Spire Breathing Tracker

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If a business mentor or online-business celebrity has convinced you that you should be improving everything about yourself at all times, you will love Spire.

Spire is a “wearable” that tracks your breathing to figure out when you’re calm, focused or tense, so you don’t have to.

Backed by seven years of research, the team behind Spire works with leading experts on the respiratory system, digital health and medical/wellness devices.

In a world of “go harder, move faster, walk more steps” fitness trackers and coaches, Spire is a welcome reminder of what your yoga teacher is always telling you—stay with the breath.

JayBird Bluetooth Workout Headphones

The JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones are one of the most highly rated pair of headphones we’ve seen on less snarky gift guides.

Great for getting your triathlon training run in before recording your podcast (or, do them both at once)!

Best Conscious-Tech Gifts Under $500 (Series B Level)

Siesta4: Heat & Light Blocking Tent

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People. This is my favorite thing on this list. When I saw this on Kickstarter (it’s already funded, calm down), I nearly spontaneously birthed a product to pay for it.

The Siesta four-person tent reflects infrared, visible and ultraviolet light—which means, you better have your Burning Man tickets ready, because you’ll wish you did. It’s also sparkly—like, Betabrand sparkly. You know what I’m talking about.

It is so cool, it is cooler than cool, and way cooler than your friends will be during your summer festival benders.

It can also come with fans if you’d like to spend more money.

Amethyst Crystal Biomat

Be the envy of everyone in your coworking space’s nap room.

This amethyst crystal mat (or “Biomat,” as those in the know might call it) is said to lower inflammation, heighten immunity and help with a multitude of chronic conditions using far infrared rays. The rays raise the body’s temperature 1 to 2°, inducing a false fever and creating a healing effect.

Perfect for a subset of the Conscious-Tech friend group—the Healer-Tech friend.

Best Conscious-Tech Gifts Under $2,000 (IPO Level)

Rainbow

If you are still reading this article, you’re probably also highly in favor of cleansing and detoxing. If so, the Rainbow is your answer to a home worthy of your most evolved Self.

Rainbow is the most high-tech vacuum you could dream of. It traps dirt, dust and particles in the water as you vacuum, whereas with regular vacuum’s particles can escape through the porous bags.

It’s an investment, but you’ll gain serious cleanse points in your friend group with this one.

Alkaline Ionized Water Machine

If you were intrigued by the Spire making your breathing better, you’ll love making your water better, too.

While there are a lot of ionized water machines out there, this one by Bawell is one of the few to have strong 5-star reviews on Amazon (and that matters, right?) while still being under $2k.

You can use the alkalizing functions for drinking, and the acidifying functions for cleaning and washing. You can also become an affiliate for them once you buy one—boom, another new business for you to start!

The 12 Nonfiction Books That Have Changed How I Live In the World

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As I was purchasing the Kindle version of Big Magic today (note: everything Elizabeth Gilbert writes/says/does should be on an artist’s priority list of conscious consumption), I realized I hadn’t written about my own list of books that have changed my life.

So with no further adieu, here they are!

These books have completely helped me upgrade my communication, relationships, business and health in the last few years, and I’m super grateful for them.

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