Archives for March 2018

My Body, Hair, + Dental Care Routine

After many requests, I am so excited to be sharing with you my body care routine.

You could call this a natural body care routine or a minimalist body care routine, if you wish, but this is just what I use on a daily or weekly basis to keep my body feeling, smelling and looking good and healthy.

I have linked all the products I use daily to help your easily transition into a natural body, hair, + dental care routine.

Body Care

1. Dr. Bronner’s
  • When: on a daily basis, especially after the gym.
  • Where: in the shower, on my whole body.
  • Why:

– I prefer Dr. Bronner’s un-scented soap just because I don’t like to smell a specific way. I just want to get the job done!

– This soap is bio-degradable and a small amount goes a long way.

2. Coconut Oil
  • When: when I find my skin feeling on the drier side after my shower.
  • Where: I’ll use this on my whole body or just on places that get dry, which tends to be my elbows, shins and face.
  • Why:

– It smells absolutely amazing (I’m currently using Thrive Market’s brand I’m in love).

– It moisturizes my skin really well (not everyone reacts this well to using coconut oil as a lotion. Test out a small, non-sensitve area of your body before applying all over)

3. Hippy Pits deodorant
  • When: on days that I eat cooked food or onions or garlic, when my body odor tends to be a little stronger. I’m currently using their lavender scent.
  • Where: under my arm pits 🙂
  • Why:

– I really love this product a lot, because its super easy to use. You just put your finger in the paste and apply it to your armpit.

– Its vegan, aluminum free (which is AWESOME), and I like to support small companies. This company is just starting off, and they provide incredible products, so I really encourage giving them your support.

On days that I’m not eating those types of foods, I don’t use any deodorant at all. I’d say 99% of my past year, I haven’t used any deodorant. But when I do, this is my go to product.

Hair Care

1. Arbonne Shampoo + Arbonne Conditioner
  • When: daily
  • Where: in the shower
  • Why: I love using Arbonne’s hair products, because they are

– Vegan + cruelty free

– pH balanced

– safe for all types of hair

– contain no phosphates or sulfates

– and leave my hair feeling wonderful!

Dental Care

1. Bamboo Toothbrush
  • When: daily
  • Why: I choose to use a bamboo toothbrush because

– I prefer this alternative material to more wasteful materials.

– It’s much more eco-friendly than using plastic.

If you’ve never seen the documentary “Plastic Paradise,” I couldn’t recommend it more. It really changed my thoughts on a lot of things, and I’m still trying to align all of my actions with my beliefs. I know having items like this ARE aligned with my beliefs, as opposed to purchasing products that are not reusable and contribute to more waste on the planet. I’m still discovering alternative products as well as ways to make my own products to reduce and eliminate the ways I contribute to waste.

2. doTERRA On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste
  • When: daily
  • Why:

– It smells sooo good! My mom gifted it to me when I first came to Hawaii, and I’ve been using it ever since.

– It’s fluoride-free and provides the protective benefits of therapeutic-grade On Guard essential oils, while also reducing plaque, and whitening teeth with gentle polishing agents.

3. Eco-Dent Gentle Floss
  • When: daily
  • Why:

– It’s extremely gentle on your gums

– It’s cruelty free

Did you know that most floss is coated in processed bees wax? Neither did I until about 6 months ago! If you want to switch to a new floss, give Gentle Floss a try!

4. Tongue Scraper
  • When: daily
  • Why:

– Tongue scraping is a natural hygiene practice that removes bacteria, toxins, and dead cells from your tongue.

– Combined with other dental care, scraping your tongue daily helps your breath stay fresh!

I truly hope this simplifies your daily care routine 🙂

With love,

Alyse

4 Ways To Travel The World On A Budget

For many, travel is considered the deepest and
most expansive education you can give yourself.

Changing your scenery to unfamiliar territories, whether within your own nation or foreign lands,

  • provides ample opportunity to learn from others
  • forms friendships that will last a lifetime
  • Teaches you more about yourself by crossing the line of your comfort zone into something exciting and new.

One of the biggest questions I receive regarding travel is cost. Explore these options to consider a few of the many ways to travel on a budget!

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” –Andre Gide

1. WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms)

WWOOFing is a fantastic route to budget travel, as your expenses can be as minimal as the cost of airfare to your farm destination.

The details:

  • WWOOF links volunteers with organic farmers and growers and can take you all over the world,

– from fruit farms in Hawaii and coffee growers in Nicaragua to vineyards in the French country side and apple orchards in New Zealand… the possibilities are endless!

  • Each farm has its own expectations and needs for their volunteers

– in exchange for accommodation and food.

  • Accommodations vary

– Lodging can range from rustic camping to bamboo huts to established houses

– Some or all meals may be provided.

This is how I moved to Hawaii in the first place, volunteering on Kaniki Farm. You’ll know all the details of your specific far before committing to that property. WWOOFing is a fantastic way to unplug from everyday modern living, learn extensively about food growing practices, and drop in with the rhythms and flows of nature.

For more information visit http://www.wwoof.net/

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” –Anonymous

2. Volunteer in a residential program at a spiritual center or retreat

Many ashrams, monasteries or spiritual retreat centers offer volunteer opportunities to support the spiritual work of residential and lay practitioners alike.

These can be found worldwide, such as the Karma Yoga program at the Sivananda Ashram and Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas.

The details:

  • Daily asana practices
  • Lectures from international scholars and teachers
  • The serenity and beauty of white sand-beach front property.
  • Three vegetarian meals daily (with ample vegan options),
  • Simple tent camping,
  • Access to all programs and daily activities in exchange for supporting the daily needs of the retreat center.
  • Service projects range from include things like cooking and supporting kitchen staff.

Daily meditation, yoga practice and delighting in the beauty of the Caribbean will leave you feeling relaxed, inspired and aligned with a deeper purpose.

For more information visit: https://www.sivanandabahamas.org/visiting-the-ashram/residential-study_karma_yoga/

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” –Ray Bradbury

3. Volunteer with Workaway

Workaway is a database connecting volunteers with local hosts with a need for your support, much like WWOOF. There is a great need for volunteers throughout the world to aid in solutions of the many challenges faced by various communities.

The details:

  • Workaway does not ask for volunteers to pay fees, which has become more common for other volunteer agencies to do.
  • You can find yourself at surf camps in Costa Rica, kangaroo sanctuaries in Australia or maintaining trails in the Swiss Alps, just to name a few destinations.
  • Workawayers work a few hours a day in exchange for food and accommodation.
  • Visits can last just a few days or many months.
  • You’ll be immersed in the raw culture of the area you’re visiting.
  • “Travel cheaply and stay for free, whilst making a difference to the communities you visit.”

For more information visit: https://www.workaway.info/

“Not all those who wonder are lost.” –J.R.R Tolkien

4. Teach English abroad

With the expanding influence of English as a second language comes the growing demand for native English speakers to teach. You can find teaching opportunities worldwide, though the exchange and prerequisites will vary. Many nonprofits seek native speakers to contribute to their English learning programs for disadvantaged youth.

For example, The Root Institute in Bodh Gaya, India, the sight where the Buddha attained enlightenment under the bodhi tree, seeks English speakers to work with the children in their school in exchange for accommodation, three meals a day and a wealth of satisfaction and merit from benefitting many people.

The opportunities are plentiful, from teaching monks in Nepal to schoolchildren in Ghana; this means to budget traveling carries a promise of deep life-purpose and service. Depending your experience and background, teaching English can easily lead to well paid work, further funding your travel and explorations abroad.

For more information visit: http://www.rootinstitute.ngo/volunteer

So ask yourself…
What destinations paper the walls of your daydreams?

What mountains and natural landscapes call to you in your sleep?

You are the grand architect of your life.

What will you build and create?

There are an infinite number of ways to arrive.

Which will you choose to begin the grand adventure of your life?

Love and blessings from a fellow wanderer,

With love,

Alyse

Law of Attraction

Hello beautiful people!

Today I want to talk to you about the “Law of Attraction.”

For those of you who are not yet acquainted,

The Law of Attraction is a concept or a theory, or even a truth, that your thoughts, words, and emotions create your reality.

This is a Universal Law which utilizes our thoughts and emotions as a magnet to draw and attract our mental formations into material forms in our lives.

Simply put, The Law of Attraction is our ability to attract into our lives whatever it is we are focusing on.

So how does this take place into our lives?

Let’s say, for example, you often think things like, “I can’t make this happen… I’m too scared… I feel too heavy…” or, on the flip side of the spectrum, you are thinking empowered thoughts such as, “I am going to make this happen. I am worthy of this. I am attracting this into my life. I feel motivated to get this done.”

All thoughts turn into things one day. Of the thoughts listed above, which ones can you see providing sweet, abundant fruit?

You attract more of what you put your focus on. As the first principle of Hawaiian Huna (ancient Hawaiian shamanic ideology) says, “Energy flows where attention goes.” Where are you placing your attention? On affirmative thoughts or scarcity thinking?

If you allow your thoughts and emotions to fall victim to a doom and gloom perception, it may not be all too surprising to find your own personal rain cloud trailing behind you. If you harness the power of your thoughts to focus on positive thinking and tangible goals, you will be amazed to witness your dreams transform from thoughts and daydreams to the physical.

This Universal Law proclaims that whatever can be dreamed and held
in the mind’s eye is achievable if you pair it with action, effort, and
steps towards where you want to arrive.

We have the ability to

  • switch our thoughts and words from lacking mentality to affirmative speech
  • “I don’t want to feel bad anymore.” gets replaced with “I feel vibrant and healthy every single day.”
This can feel somewhat inauthentic when you first begin, especially if it’s something you haven’t tried before.

If you have been simply going through the motions of your life allowing negative thoughts or emotions take reign of how you live your day to day, it may even seem shocking to learn that you have the power to shift your thoughts and emotions into a more uplifting, loving, high frequency perspective.

» Learning this practice is a call for celebrationnot fear.

Practice saying…
This: ~ high vibrations
“I am unique and worthy.”
“I am living in abundance.”
“This world is beautiful.”
“I have plenty of time to do all that I need.”
“I am confident and capable of achieving what I set out to do.”
Not this: ~ low vibrations
“I’m so awkward.”
“I’m not good at cooking healthy meals.”
“I don’t have enough time in the day.”
“I don’t have a good enough relationship with my significant other.”
“Life is so hard.” 
Positivity breeds positivity.

Replace low vibration thoughts with more uplifting, positive, mental formations when you catch your mind in the “beat myself up” gutter.

Whatever we put out into the Universe comes back to us with a force. When we understand this, we begin to grasp the immense potential of our thoughts, words, and action.

What am I sending out into the world?
And how does it reflect what I am attracting back to me?
How can I rephrase this thought into one that brings wonderful happenings into my life?

More life changing tips to harness the power of the Law of Attraction is to

  • Talk about your wants as if you already have them.
  • Envision yourself feeling the way you want to feel.
  • Pretend right now that you are feeling as joyful and elated as you will in the future when you obtain your goal.

Our dreams manifest into our realities when we align our thoughts, feelings and beliefs with them. Our dreams are unlikely to occur if we call to them from a place of lack, doubt or jealousy. When our emotions match the frequency of our desires, we have officially initiated the attraction process.

  • Example: You have the dream to move to Hawaii, but you simultaneously harbor a lot of doubt in yourself. Perhaps you are fearful due to your current financial situation or perceived lack of independence.
  • The result: Despite the feelings of enthusiasm and inspiration you feel when you envision your dream move to Hawaii, your are hindered by your immense emotions of lacking the capability to achieve it. In this frequency, you don’t feel abundant and you don’t feel ready to achieve.

In order to move forward and get to this place of cultivation:

you need to feel like you are worthy…

you need to feel like you are capable…

you need to expect that it is going to happen and

believe that it has already happened in the future.

You can change your thoughts at anytime, anywhere.

When we train our awareness and mind in erasing negative thought patterns, we take charge of our life. We start a new cycle of courage, hope, and possibility.

More importantly, practicing these new feelings puts us in a state of acceptance, so when the proper situations arise that can lead to our success, we are already receptive rather than resistant.

What if it was just that simple?
What if all we had to do in order to bring our dreams to life was to envision and feel that we already have.

While this maybe a new way of thinking for you, let me affirm its potency.

I first hand have experienced the magnitude of this truth time and time again.

Probably the biggest or most frequent way that I’ve noticed it happening has been through meeting people. Whether it has been through meaningful friendships, beneficial business partnerships, or manifesting my harmonious and supportive relationship, my application of the Law of Attraction has brought people to my reality that have absolutely shifted my life in monumental ways.

I push away any doubt that comes into mind and I replace them with the feelings that honor my future meetings. I think about…

  • the gratitude for meeting this person
  • the welcoming of this relationship or experience into my life
  • the readiness, the expectation of, and the trust that it’s 100% going to happen in the future.

Whether we are doing so with awareness or not, every action, decision, thought and words of our life are functioning as channels and magnets, communicating our thoughts and emotions to the world and calling in back more of what we have sent out.

The beauty of this law is that it gives you the power to shift and change it, as you navigate the ever unfolding and evolving landscape of your life.

You are in control of what the finished picture could be life.
You are the grand architect of your life. What will you build?
Begin today.

Summary of helpful tips:
  • Write down your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones, no matter how ingenuine it feels at first.
  • Speak as if you already have the thing you desire.
  • Feel as if you already have the thing you desire.
  • Write down your negative feelings with more positive ones such as
    gratitude love readiness appreciation acceptance opennessWith love,
With love,

Alyse