Retreat

Slowing Down!

When I hit puberty in 8th grade, I cried most nights for a period in the spring. Since that time, I've had a trend of an annual crash every spring that I'd make up for by my summers off. Working in schools I could push myself to the end of the year and then crash hard to rest and recoup for the new year. 

Free Retreat Planner inside: Slowing Down! Why rest can actually improve productivity.

Since I started my business though, there is no significant "time off." Now I did not push myself too much over the summer, but I still kept up my regular appearances with my podcast and blog posts, which distracted me from the things I had in the back of my head that I wanted to get done.

I have also been undergoing some major shifts in my own work prompted both by bringing it more into alignment for myself and supporting our bed and breakfast, which took a major hit with the political climate this year. 

The last few weeks, I kept thinking I was getting sick - and I realized almost hoping I was getting sick because that would give me an excuse to just crash.

What I forget sometimes is that 5 years ago I just crashed every day. I've come a long way from that point, but I sometimes need to remind myself that juggling multiple jobs/businesses is a lot for anyone to take on, let alone someone with adrenal fatigue and fibromyalgia. My fatigue is much better than it was, but it's not gone. I'm just extremely used to working in a state of fog and eshaustion.

Adding to that, ever since I completed my Reiki Master's certification last spring, I've been flooded with ideas that I'd like to implement, but have not had the chance to step back and systematize my approach because I've been so busy keeping up with the free stuff I've been so consistent with like the podcast, blog and social media presence. I enjoy all of those things, but I need to step back so that I can support them in a sustainable way.

Always "doing" does not always mean being productive, and I've come to realize that when I push myself too much, I don't get the benefits of rest OR productivity.

I've decided to take the month of December off from all of those things so I can reset and regroup. My plan is to come back in the new year inspired and reinvigorated with better systems in place to sustain it! 

With the holiday season upon us, it is so easy to get caught up with busyness. I highly encourage you to take a step back and allow yourself to rest in there as well! Remember that we are all more effective when we take care of ourselves first. 

To help you on your journey to slow down and take care of yourself, I created this free retreat planner!  It includes information on: How to prepare for your retreat in the way that’s best for you; Simple, accessible, and straightforward practices to deepen your experience; A template planner;  A guide to using essential oils to enhance and deepen your healing experience; A recommended reading list; and more!

Essential Oils for Emotional Regulation

A couple of weeks ago, I got to attend a workshop on Emotions & Essential Oils from Amanda Porter, co-author of said book. As I listened to her story, I couldn’t help but think her story fit right in with the stories on my Embracing Intensity Podcast! She spent many years suppressing her emotions and now she helps others use essential oils to help fully process and bring them into balance.

I highly recommend the book and accompanying emotions wheel to help explore the emotional benefits of oils, but I’d like to share a few highlights of doTerra’s top 10 oils from that book and The Essential Life, which gives a ton of information including blending tips.

Essential Oils for Emotional Regulation - Free Retreat Planner Inside

Lavender - There’s a reason that lavender is such a popular oil! It’s super gentle and soothing and I’ve used it to soothe a lot of skin irritations, but it also has amazing calming qualities. It also enhances communication and self-awareness. It can aid with anxiety, focus and sleep issues and balance emotions by moving from feeling unheard to expressed.

Peppermint - I feel like every person who you hear got into essential oils, we think “slap some lavender or peppermint on that.” Peppermint is an energizing oil to complement the calm of lavender. It brings a feeling of optimism and strength to face challenges. It can balance emotions by helping you go from feeling hindered to invigorated!

Frankincense enhances the properties of other oils, and is also used for focus and meditation. It is known as the oil of truth and helps with spiritual connection.  It balances emotions by helping move from a feeling of separation to a feeling of unification.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) is known as the oil of energetic boundaries. It helps us to build healthy and respectful connections and feel empowered, resilient and safe. It also aids in responding to shock when used under the nose or along the spine. It can balance emotions by moving us from unsure to collected.

Oregano helps us bring humility, flexibility and non attachment. It can help bring us from feeling obstinate, or stuck in our ways, to unattached.

Lemon helps us bring focus and mental clarity. It also brings a feeling of energy, alertness and joy. It can be used aromatically to reduce stress. It can bring us from a place of mindlessness to feeling energized.

On Guard (blend) - This is known as the protective blend. It aids in setting healthy boundaries and helps us to feel capable, independent, strengthened and reinforced.

Breathe (blend) - This blend is good when we are sad, grieving or feeling unloved or constricted. It helps us to gain a feeling of openness and feel loved, supported and embracing of life. It can help bring us solace and healing. It can also aid us in sleep issues.

Deep Blue (blend) - This blend can help us when we are resisting pain or avoiding emotional issues. It helps us to feel strengthened, accepting, soothed, serene and healing.

Digest Zen (blend) - This blend can help us when we feel overstimulated, overwhelmed, apathetic or unenthusiastic. It aids us when we are having difficulty assimilating new information or experience a loss of appetite. It helps us to assimilate and adjust to experiences and to feel nourished and enthusiastic.

Both the doTerra Family Essentials Kit and the Home Essentials Kit have these top 10 oils and blends, but the Home Essentials Kit has three times the quantity.

The great thing about any of the kits is that you then get wholesale prices on doTerra oils with no obligation to purchase anything else.

If you decide to take advantage of an enrollment kit now, I will also include an extra 1:1 Energy Audit Coaching Call to look at where you might have energy leaks and how you can make subtle changes to increase your energy.

This is ON TOP OF what you get whenever you buy a kit from me:

  • Wholesale membership (25% off additional oils and product for one year, $35 Value)
  • A private 1:1 session with me to go over your oil needs
  • Ongoing support and check in’s
  • Access to me via e-mail or Facebook

Here’s how to order:

  1. Go to https://www.mydoterra.com/auroraremember/
  2. Click “Join and Save” at the top”
  3. Click “Join doTerra”
  4. Choose your Language and Country and click CONTINUE
  5. Choose Wholesale Customer and click CONTINUE
  6. Type your personal information (my doTERRA ID should already be in the Sponsor ID field but if not it’s 3157373)
  7. Find your enrollment kit (Home Essentials Kit) and click ADD TO CART
  8. Choose your shipping method and click VIEW TOTALS
  9. Enter your billing address or click the box if your billing address is the same as your shipping address and click PROCESS ORDER NOW AND CONTINUE
  10. Enter your payment information
  11. Email me (aurora@auroraremember.com) to let me know you got your oils!

To help you on your self-care journey, I created this free retreat planner!  It includes information on: How to prepare for your retreat in the way that’s best for you; Simple, accessible, and straightforward practices to deepen your experience; A template planner;  A guide to using essential oils to enhance and deepen your healing experience; A recommended reading list; and more!

Quick Tarot Guide

Quick Tarot Guide with printable pdf. - Free retreat planner inside

This week I am so excited to have my friend Sarah McCarthy-Sitthiket in town from Thailand and doing a Tarot Workshop with me at Quinn Mountain Retreat!

As a part of our collaborative effort, I will be leading the group in an activity to make your own Tarot and/or Oracle cards with collage and I put together this quick at-a-glance Tarot Guide to help get the themes of each card. 

I'll be sharing more about making your own deck down the road and I am adding this as an activity for my upcoming DIY retreat options at Quinn Mountain that I plan to launch in early 2018. Keep your eyes out for that, especially if you live on the West Coast and are looking for an affordable personal retreat!

I'm also adding in other activities such as DIY essential oil blends and bath products, vision boards etc., as well as working in my Reiki and doTerra Aroma Touch technique to provide opportunities for balancing your stress and energy in a world that is often overwhelming. 

You can find a PDF version of the Quick Tarot Guide here

Quick Tarot Guide

A basic Tarot deck is made up of 78 cards – 56 Minor Arcana and 22 Major Arcana cards.

Major Arcana

The Major Arcana represent the phases of a great hero’s journey starting with the Fool and ending with the World. Journey aspects of each card can be found in italics.

The Major Arcana can also be seen as archetypes, which in Jungian psychology is a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image etc., universally present in individual psyches. 

Major Arcana Keywords and Themes

Minor Arcana

The Minor Arcana cards are split between 4 suits, which can be related to the elements of fire, water, air and earth. In a standard deck of playing cards, we see the minor arcana minus the Page.

The “pips” are the numbered cards ace through ten. These represent common life experiences.

The court cards include Page, Knight, Queen and King, and represent a bridge between the common experience of the pips and the epic life-changing journey of the Major Arcana. 

Minor Arcana - Key Words and Themes

To help you on your journey to explore your intuition, I created this free retreat planner!  It includes information on: How to prepare for your retreat in the way that’s best for you; Simple, accessible, and straightforward practices to deepen your experience; A template planner;  A guide to using essential oils to enhance and deepen your healing experience; A recommended reading list; and more!