People are often surprised when I talk about the power of spirituality and faith in healing the mind, body and soul. I think this is mainly because I promote a ton of healthy practices and products, yet I don’t typically broadcast my religious beliefs. This is mainly because I know how sensitive the topic of religion, like politics, can be – and I never want to impose my own beliefs on someone else. I do, however, find it important to share my own personal experience of faith’s healing power with my readers because it would be unfair to say that all other practices – including meditation, exercise, good nutrition – improved my life without paying homage and humility to the gratitude I have for God’s blessings.
While I am a Christian, I enjoy learning about all faiths and I support the freedom of everyone to practice their own belief system and engage in their own relationship with God or a higher source. I also believe that each person encounters spirituality at different times and in different ways throughout their life’s journey.
I had a spiritual awakening of sorts a year and a half ago when I was very ill and in bed for several months. I feared for my life and questioned my purpose, and I knew that I had much more life to live and growing to do. I felt a presence wash over me, warming me and calming me, like the light rays shining through my bedroom window. I had a moment of clarity unlike any other – I understood God was there and God was holding me, even in my times of highest discomfort.
We might not all experience the same degree of pain, but I believe as humans we all have moments of fear and hardship that make us question our lives and our life’s work. Eradicating fear became essential to me because I considered it my survival. If I were sick and afraid, I would never improve. If I were sick and strong, things could only get better.
But I did not rid myself of fear alone. I prayed like I never prayed before and pulled from the strength of God to quell my fear and rid me of my pain and illness.
That moment in my bedroom at 25 was so life-changing for me that I feel the need to share it with anyone that feels afraid or is searching for an answer or support to overcome any hardship. You can’t always talk to people but you can always talk to God.
When you’re afraid, you can trust God.
When you’re scared, sing your praise. Even when it’s hard.
Thank God for all the blessings He has given you.
God does not want you to live in fear. He wants you to live in love. Just look at this passage from John 4:18 in the Bible. It remains one of my favorites, and serves as a reminder that no matter what the circumstances may be, I don’t have to live with anxiety, worry or fear because it enables me to understand:
1 John 4:18
New International Version (NIV)
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
When you are afraid, ask God to open your heart to experience His loving grace. Grace cannot be earned, because it is a gift. Grace is defined as God’s unmerited favor towards us. Because God’s favor is unmerited, there is nothing we can do to earn it or earn more of it. We simply have to use the power of our faith to receive God’s grace and experience His healing love and favor.
When you are scared, remember that God is for you. Not against you. He lives within you. He breathed His life into you. He wants you to succeed in all endeavors. He wants you to live an abundant life.
Once you open your heart to receiving God’s love and grace, I guarantee you your circumstance will improve, you will receive answers to questions you’ve long had, and you will realize God’s love, abundance and blessings on a new level in your life.
Bless UP and God Bless you all x
I’m a super last minute packer and I hate to check my bag because I feel like I’ll be that one person that doesn’t get it back. That’d definitely be me.
So, I usually bring a carry-on and it’s a literal nightmare – not for me, but for whoever is watching me – pack. Ultimately, the products I bring have to work well on my skin & hair. Airplanes make my skin dry and my hair is prone to dryness anyway. So I stick to anything moisturizing and mainly natural, usually derived of oil or salt, but not sticky or too dewy.
Here are some of my favorite travel size goodies I packed for my trip to Tulum:
For my hair, I love Ouai’s Wave Spray. My hair naturally curls from the salt water and the wind off the shore so I like to amplify the beachy waves with a quick spritz of this spray.
Since I’m going for the big-hair look, I tend to use volumizing shampoos and conditioners, and I happen to love Rahua products for their earthy smell and silky feel.
If I get a good healthy glow, I’m less concerned with caking on the makeup, especially while I’m soaking up the rays. But if I’m using little to no makeup, that means I need good skincare. That’s why I love Tarte’s Maracuja Oil. The vegan serum gives my skin a nice radiant glow without leaving it greasy.
After flying, my skin gets super dry, so I love Farmacy’s skin salve because it repairs dry or chapped skin naturally and I <3 anything honey (which is also antimicrobial.)
Take a peek at the products inside my bag:
For more about my weekend escape to Tulum and my dining / playing recommendations, visit my latest article.
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Into The Jungle: A Weekend Exploring Trendy Tulum
I was lucky enough to spend the weekend before last in Tulum, celebrating the upcoming wedding of one my best friends. To say I fell in love with this natural, jungle hideaway is an understatement. Scroll down to find out why.
If you’re unfamiliar with Tulum, it’s a small slice of paradise located 90 minutes south of Cancun on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
If you’re young and full of wanderlust, chances are that you’ve already heard of this oceanic gem, as Tulum has become a trendy hot spot for millennial travelers looking for a fun escape into the jungle.
Why are more tourists than ever before flocking to Tulum?
♥ Tulum is profoundly beautiful.♥
A walled Mayan city in the jungle, Tulum is a well-preserved gem that sits on the edge of the Caribbean sea.
♥ Tulum offers an delicate balance of healthful fun.♥
Contrast Tulum’s yoga studios, zen dens, and vegan bistros with its wild beach parties, artisanal cocktails and bars in the jungle. Not bad right?
♥ Tulum has delicious, clean cuisine.♥
Tulum utilizes the land’s natural resources like fresh seafood and home-grown fruits and vegetables to curate beautiful, authentic Mexican fare.
♥ Tulum has great shopping.♥
Organically designed to pay homage to the city’s natural beauty, Tulum boutiques offer hand-woven clothing, handmade jewelry and other hidden treasures.
♥ Tulum is one big jungle party.♥
We were 20 girls celebrating a bachelorette, so I can say this…literally.
Tulum travelers are loving the town’s:
- pristine beaches / ocean views
- yoga studios / zen zones
- lively bars / nightlife
- healthy restaurants / delicious cuisine
- beautiful boutiques
- natural beauty / historical sites
- outdoor activities
- beach parties > like the one pictured below
Below are some of my recommendations for eating and drinking your way through Tulum.
P.S. – If it weren’t for the amazing Maid of Honor, Erika, I wouldn’t be able to give you any of these great suggestions!
Breakfast at the Resort: Alaya Tulum
We were blessed to stay in the beautiful ocean-front cabanas at Alaya Tulum. Located in the heart of Tulum’s town, this 5-star resort offers incredible food at surprisingly reasonable prices. If you get a chance to travel to Tulum and stay at Alaya or simply enjoy breakfast in its open-air cafe, I highly recommend ordering the hot quinoa or egg burrito, both of which sound simple but tasted so good!
Pick-me-up at Matcha Mama
Caffeine may or may not be a necessity for you, but for me, it’s a must. Although the coffee in Tulum was absolutely delicious, I’m a huge fan of green tea, so I couldn’t help but order an Iced Matcha Latte when I stumbled along this little rustic hut called Matcha Mama, just a few steps from our resort. The matcha was great, but the setting was even better, with swings for seats and a cute, hand-painted surfboard.
Dinner at Hartwood
Hartwood’s menu changes daily based upon the fresh ingredients its purveyors pick up from the local farms and markets. The food here is incredible, and the ambiance is beautiful. In the evening, the smoke from the grill coupled with the orange hue of candlelight intertwine to create a majestic and romantic atmosphere. If you don’t get a chance to travel to Tulum or eat here, Hartwood’s cookbook features some of their locally-inspired, Yucatan dishes.
Drinks at Gitano
Gitano’s drinks aren’t cheap, but it’s atmosphere is priceless. This jungle-enclosed restaurant and cocktail bar draws a big crowd in the evenings, especially for cocktails after dinner. Though Gitano’s busy bar makes it tough to get a drink, its jubilant crowd and disco-ball adorned dance floor makes it well worth the wait.
Stay tuned for more Tulum recommendations, including my favorite DJ dance party at Coco Tulum, pictured below (pre-party.)
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