Changing With The Seasons, Letting Go of the Old

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The leaves have begun their transition into a slow, fading form of life. Their yellow has been showing and some deep reds have started to appear. When they fall it’s only with grace that they reach the Earth, and this process of death is actually the beginning of renewal, not simply an ending. It is cyclical, as are the seasons of our own lives. We too, are changing with the seasons and letting go of the old.

 

Moving from one time in the journey of  our life into another chapter which may look vastly different than anything you’ve ever experienced before. To me, the most important part of transitions, new beginnings, or different chapters is about shedding the old, the stagnant and the unnecessary that doesn’t serve us.

 

“The inertia of the mind urges it to slide down the easy slope of imagination, rather than to climb the steep slope of introspection.” – Marcel Proust

 

Fall, naturally serves as a time of introspection as well as contemplation. With the Autumn Equinox, it’s a time to get clear on our changes and intentions. What have we learned in the past year, what do we need to shed? These questions allow us to come out of the rebirth phase with clear, and pure renewal. Otherwise, we simply come back without much changed. We move into a new part of our life, with the same habits for better or for worse. If we’re able to really self-reflect and get clear on what we are letting go of, what we want to come back, what we want to strengthen about ourselves, then we can forge ahead into the rebirth process feeling truly have renewed ourselves as the trees do in Spring.

 

For me, Fall is very much the ending of the year as my birthday comes to a head and I close out my personal year. It’s a very sacred, ritualistic and spiritual time for me. In the past I’ve taken trips (like my soul trip last year), gone to yoga retreats or spent days with my journal in solitude and silence, or into the woods.

 

“Spending time looking for what is missing in your life is futile; if you fail to look within yourself. When we challenge everything we believe we are, we reveal that which we never knew about our own selves.” – Nicolas G Janovsky

 

 

Now is the time to take consideration of things that have come to pass in this season of your life. To look at what needs to be released so that what may lie ahead has the opportunity to strengthen and flourish as you continue to deepen your relationship with yourself.

 

This is a time to reflect. This is a time of stillness. A time to take reverence in our bodies and our spirit, to feel more connected to our Selves than ever before. If we don’t take the time to know ourSelf, we will miss out on the most fulfilling and rewarding exploration of our lives.

 

 

I will leave you with Shakespeare’s sonnet, in which I believe he says precisely what I’ve said, only slightly more elegant ;)

 

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire
Consumed with that which it was nourish’d by.
This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

-Shakespeare

 

 

 

In love and light,

Kari

Moon Cake 🌙 {Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free}

Moon Cake 🌙

I’ve not been asked very often to bake cakes, mostly because I think I am really a terrible baker, which essentially just comes down to me being terrible at following precise measurements. I like to explore, create and bend the rules. Baking doesn’t allow for this. However, there are a few things I have been requested to bake, oatmeal raisin cookies, Christmas cake, and cranberry orange scones. I’ve now recreated two of these to be grain-free, I haven’t yet nailed the third. But these were perfected in traditional flour baking, and I knew them with precision and almost by heart. So when I decide to bake something grain-free it has to be perfect, otherwise, in my opinion it’s just not worth it!

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Create A Life You Dream Of

Creating A Life You Dreamed Of

When I was growing up, I imagined a life for myself. At the age of 6 this life was becoming a veterinarian and living on a giant farm filled with rescue animals. I can’t say this isn’t still a semi- dream of mine, but I quickly realized when I was 9 and fell in love with my very first dog of my own that I didn’t have what it took to be a vet (sensitive empath alert!) so it was around that time I decided I’d become a chef. I cooked meals for my family, made them enter the dining room like a restaurant and handed them menus while I went and got their plates ready. It was then again, when I was 14 that I decided I most definitely would not be a chef,

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Sesame Ginger Meatballs + Carrot Noodles {Whole30}

SESAME GINGER MEATBALLS + CARROT NOODLES

 

 

 

 

Sometimes I often forget how much I miss certain flavors and styles of eating until I have them. That’s where the idea for these sesame ginger meatballs came from.  It’s similar to the concept of “out of sight, out of mind” for me when it comes to certain foods. It’s like the instantly I pick up chopsticks to eat sushi I am reminded how much I love using chopsticks to eat, but outside of that situation I rarely think about using them.

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Aegean Salad with Blackened Shrimp {Whole30 + AIP}

Aegean Salad

 

Ever since I can remember I have been resourceful in ways I’ve been able to generate income for myself, and I truly believe that I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. When I was 7 I was begging to cut the grass to earn some extra cash. I remember even asking my sister if she’d pay me to clean her room. I did whatever I could to save money and use it wisely on things that mattered to me (it’s all relative, I mean what matters to a 7 year old when it comes to money!?) None the less, I made it a priority to always find ways that I could feel and express my independence and one of those ways was having a job.

 

So in high school I started working as a life guard during the summers but the rest of the year I needed something else to supplement my income and the little free time I had in between playing volleyball and having an active schedule. I remember deciding I was going to apply for a hostess job at my family’s favorite restaurant near our house. We were regulars at this little family owned Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant. The food was amazing and having grown up in Europe the variety and quality was a welcomed change from the options across the colonnade (Outback).

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RINGLY Smart Bracelet, Rainbow Moonstone Activity Tracker – GIVEAWAY

RINGLY ACTIVITY TRACKER GIVEAWAY

I created this content in partnership with RINGLY. All endorsements, images and words shared are my own and through a personalized review of my experience with the product. In collaboration for this giveaway I did receive product prior to creating this content. I do this because I genuinely only recommend, endorse and giveaway products I love, feel connected to, and personally use myself. I appreciate you, and want to thank you for supporting me through this site by giving you the chance to win something awesome! The giveaway entry instructions are at the end of this post.

Your eyes do not fail you, you are in fact looking at a gorgeous “smart” bracelet that will track your steps and send you personalized notifications from your phone! When I first heard about RINGLY I instantly got excited about the technology but I truly fell in love with the design. I appreciate that their rings and bracelets both have a beautiful aesthetic, but even more so that they also have significance. Each gemstone that they use has different purpose and meaning.  For me, looking to invest in anything especially jewelry it has to be meaningful or significant in some way and in fact this makes me want to wear it more. 

There are tons of activity trackers out there, whether you use your phone, a Fitbit, an Apple Watch, a Polar, etc there are loads of fantastic options. However there is not a tracker that is so inconspicuous and gorgeous as RINGLY. It is functional styled jewelry and I adore that it has purpose. For me, I wouldn’t mind wearing a Fitbit, but personally I wouldn’t love wearing one either. As a wellness coach I feel like it make sense for me to wear a Fitbit, but it’s not my personal style. With my RINGLY bracelet I love wearing it and half of the time I forget that it’s actually working for me. I get compliments on it all the time, and when I tell people it’s wearable technology they are shocked, because you could literally never guess by looking at it.  RINGLY has transformed wearable technology into something of beauty and tremendous design quality.

RINGLY ACTIVITY TRACKER GIVEAWAY

RINGLY ACTIVITY TRACKER GIVEAWAY

A feature I love is being able to get notifications for texts, phone calls, calendar and any personalized apps that I choose. Personally, I only use the phone calls and texts because that’s the most important to me. I’ll admit I was hesitant at first, to even use them because I worried that I’d feel more attached to my phone, which is pretty much the last thing I want. However, having worn this over time I realized it’s made me less attached to my phone. I’ll get notified of a text but wont necessarily worry about answering it right away. Or if I expect to hear from someone it is nice knowing RINGLY will tell me rather than keeping my ringer on and checking my phone over again to see if I’ve heard back. It’s actually been liberating from my phone. I don’t have to worry about carrying it around with me every where and especially when I am in nature and truly want to disconnect completely. This has felt so nice! It’s important to know, you don’t have to set any notifications so if you don’t want them to be on, you can turn them off. I do this when I am doing yoga or meditating and don’t want to be interrupted.

RINGLY ACTIVITY TRACKER GIVEAWAY

HOW DOES IT WORK?

RINGLY connects to your phone via Bluetooth and tracks your steps, miles and your estimated total calorie expenditures. It’s really awesome to be able to see at the end of the day (or any time during) what my activity is looking like, and depending on my schedule that varies day to day.  My routine mostly involves doing yoga most every day and some weight training a few days a week and working with clients while at my standing desk. For me, tracking my steps is insightful to make sure I’m not super sedentary during my work day, but I’m not using it as a means to make sure I get in a certain amount of exercise. I think of it as supplemental movement to my normal exercise routine. And it’s a fantastic way to encourage varied movement during the day! 

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WHY I LOVE IT

I love being able to wear it during yoga and feel connected to the rainbow moonstone which encourages the feminine energy, harmony and a deeper connection to the self. The healing elements of this stone are significant because it can allow you to deepen your spirituality and embrace your own personal power as a woman. It’s incredible what a piece of technology can do, but I believe strongly that connectedness to the heart of yourself is some of the most important work you can do. 

For me, every time I look at the rainbow moonstone I feel that connection, I am reminded of the diving feminine energy within.  I am delighted that piece of jewelry can have that significance for me, and it’s bonus is that it’s capable of all this other incredible technology! Not to mention, it is stunning! I have really enjoyed the reminder it gives me and the peace that flows in with that gentle encouragement to myself.

The details –

Gemstone
Emerald-cut Rainbow Moonstone
Base
14k gold plated stainless steel
Track Activity: Tracks your steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned.
Set Goals: Create goals and view progress on the Ringly app.
Smart Alerts: Receive customized phone alerts on your bracelet with subtle vibration and colorful light notifications. For me this took away the need to constantly check my phone to make sure I wasn’t missing messages.
Sync Your Apps: Select notifications from your favorite apps – over 100 popular productivity, wellness, and messaging apps are compatible.
Water Resistant: Don’t worry about getting your jewelry wet (but don’t get in the shower with it.)

RINGLY ACTIVITY TRACKER GIVEAWAY

I’m thrilled to be able to offer an extremely generous giveaway in partnership RINGLY!! One entrant will win the Photobooth Rainbow Moonstone Bracelet, which comes with instructions and charging station. Enter to win below! 

 

 

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In health & vitality,

Kari

The Gift of Presence

The Gifts Of Presence

 

I walked into my room and paused, completely still. My bed is half unmade, half covered in pillows and Acme’s asleep in his usual spot, near the window, by the salt lamp set on the low setting. “I love my bedroom,” I whispered to myself. I love the simplicity, the ease it brings me every time I walk in and the instant I lay my head down I feel at rest. I thought, how rare it is that we stop to appreciate what we have. Truly, when we are taken aback just by our own contentedness and joy with the simplest of moments. Think, when was the last time you felt utter presence in an every day moment? This gift of presence allows you to solidify you in a place and time, to truly stamp your memory with every sensory sensation.

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Savory “Grits” & Soft Boiled Egg – The Perfect Paleo Spring Brunch

 

 

In the springtime I crave fresh, simple and beautiful food. It’s all about colors, textures and the experience of eating the food, just as much as it is about the food’s flavor. This perfect Paleo spring brunch is ideal for the coming months of fresh simple produce and warmer sunny days. I love these savory “grits” because they are so light comparatively to their corn inspiration.  I grew up eating grits coming from a southern family and to me they are the epitome of comfort. They take brunch to level that really allows it to be breakfast and lunch, in my opinion. But we all know the “not so secret”, that these aren’t made with corn, but instead cauliflower.

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