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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Layer on the Goodness

Well, there's no denying it's Winter in the Midwest... 2  or 3 people actually like it, and most just endure and make the most of it.  It helps to have a strategy, and here are some tips you may want to try. 
First of all, give some attention to all 5 senses intentionally.  Wear comfortable clothing that is warm and flattering.  A hoodie from Acanthus Apparel fits the bill it most any situation.  Like a cocoon of cotton and rayon to insulate you from the chill and drear until you can emerge new and improved in the Spring. 

Employ scented soaps and candles that elevate you through the sense of smell.  I enjoy all things lemon, the citrusy brightness never fails to cut through the gloom, and the freshness of the salty sea when properly captured, can offer a quick escape to far off shores.

The new year is a great time to hang some new art in the homestead, something that evokes the tone for journeys ahead, for now is the time to plan and dream.

It's also empowering to expand your musical horizon, it's great to hit the turntable with your favorites - but consider turning the table with some new sounds and start a revolution in your soul.  I recommend the playlist we use at Vitae:  Every month they amaze us with fresh picks and spoil us with a great mix.  We stream need to subscribe or download if you don't want to.

Hmm...the sense of taste.  It's Winter, so give in a little.  Enjoy in the richness of stews and baked goods. Try some new things and balance out indulgences with a side of endorphins - that is, will feel, and you will be amazing.

 It's kind of kooky, but I will share a little mind game I am using to give some measure to the seemingly endless post holiday pre-awesome weather season....think of this time as a long flight to Hawaii - about 8 hours from Iowa.  It's essentially 8 weeks till we turn the corner towards Spring.  More actually, but once February is behind us we're in the clear.   Each week delivers us 1 hour closer to our destination if you play along.   Do something significant each week to mark the time....something that will blossom into awesomeness with a little coaxing.  Set some things in motion...for we are moving toward it, whatever it may be.  Happy New Year!  Welcome 2014, sooo glad to meet you:)

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