A Message of Solidarity

How can I even begin to understand what you are going through? My heart aches, the tears spring to my eyes every day, when I think of so many who have had to grow up in an unjust world, who were told at a young age that if a police officer pulled you over, to always be polite, never talk back, and always say “yes sir,” who had to endure years of oppression, of feeling like even if they were successful, and accomplished, and educated, it would never be good enough, never be able to wipe away the prejudice, the assumptions, and the blatant racism that came along with judging someone solely based off of the color of their skin. I will never truly understand what that feels like but my heart breaks for you.

Before I get too far into this post, I want you to know that I am with you, I hear you, and I pray that this country and this world take the steps to change. No one should go through life feeling anything but loved, accepted, and supported. Black Lives Matter, just as they always should have.

God didn’t put us on this earth to look the same, just like He didn’t put us on this earth to think the same, or feel the same. That would be boring. We are all human beings, and we are all special in our own way. Our differences should be celebrated, not condemned. We are all brothers and sisters in this world and we were created equal so let’s get back to that. We were born out of love, and as children we saw people for their hearts. Let’s get back to that too.

I want my future children to grow up in a world where people are treated equally, from a place of love. That people open their hearts to the beautiful differences that make us uniquely human and embrace them. That they may have friends from all walks of life, from different backgrounds, and cultures. And finally, that they themselves are good people, that never lose that acceptance and way of seeing and loving people solely for their hearts and their minds. What a beautiful thing that would be.

I have had a hard month. I’m sure most of us have. I’ve struggled with what to write, to express everything I’ve been feeling inside but I couldn’t seem to get it out, I’m still not sure if I’m getting it out the way I really want; I might never be able to, but at least it’s a start. I have to say this, I knew our country was divided. I knew it was bad. I just didn’t realize how bad. We as a nation are broken. We need to fix it. They say in times of tragedy is when hope rises and people truly come together. We have seen this and it has given me hope.

I am amazed and proud of our people who have come together to fight for what is right, who have risked their lives in the midst of a global pandemic to stand up to injustice, whose passion and whose voices are so loud that they’ve made waves. We can feel the tides shifting. Slowly but surely they are shifting. This is a turning point in the history of our country and we are watching it unfold before our very eyes.

I feel in my heart that love is stronger than hate and if we keep at it, we will have a better world for us and our children, the dreams of peace and equality will be reality, and we can be proud of where we come from once again.

I hope for all of you gods and goddesses, that you stand strong, stand together, love with an open heart, and “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Stay healthy, be passionate, be well,

Charissa

P.S. The above photo was taken by photographer Deb Cram at a candlelight vigil for George Floyd in my town of Dover, NH. Over 1,000 people showed up to show support and solidarity and to address the need for change against the “violence of police brutality against innocent black lives.” This brought tears to my eyes but a smile in my heart. Please keep this unity going. Please don’t stop supporting one another. Please continue to let your voices be heard. ❤️

Self Care Spa Day Saturday!

Hello dear goddess,

With all of the stress, sadness, heartache, and downright upsetting news that has happened this week (or let’s be real… for far too long) I know at times it can be hard to break away. That feeling of wanting to keep up to date about what’s going on in our country and in our world, of wanting to be aware, is something I can relate to. I find myself watching the news, or going through the latest articles on my feed for so long that by the end of it, I have tears streaming down my face, and an ache in my heart from the unfairness and ugliness of it all. That, or I am just so emotionally exhausted at the state of our nation that I can’t shake it off for a large portion of my day. Maybe you can relate and maybe you have even found yourself doing the same thing as I have at one point or another. It’s not a good feeling…so this is my idea for you dear goddess. This may be something you could try today or even tomorrow, but I would like for you at some point during your weekend, to shut off the tv, put away the cellphone, and have some quality time with YOURSELF. I think it’s important to give yourself a little extra love at this time, to give your mind a little break even if it’s just for an hour. I think we all need it. And please don’t feel guilty about it. It’s things like this that will keep us sane, that will bring a little sunshine to a grey sky.

So for today, let’s have a DIY spa day! Or spa hour. Whatever suits you best. But let’s try to make this day one that uplifts your spirit and takes care of you in the most comforting way only you know how, just like you would do for a friend who was down and out.

First things first, if you’re going to have a spa day you need to make some essential things. Yes, you will have to put in a little effort here, but I promise, the reward will be worth it! I’m thinking a face mask (not the corona kind), a foot soak, and of course your favorite beverage. This could be your favorite tea or coffee (or even a glass of wine or champagne, because you’re a fabulous being and deserve it!)

So get ready to raid your fridge!

DIY FACE MASK

There are many beneficial ingredients you could use for a face mask that you can probably find right in your home, and I could put down so many different recipes for you to try, but today I won’t overwhelm you. I personally really like ones with honey in them as honey soothes, heals, rebalances the skin, helps the skin retain moisture, and is great for anti aging. It sounds pretty good right? So I present to you, two different honey face masks to choose from. You will want to leave your mask on for about 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off.

Honey Banana Mask

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 banana mashed

**Bananas smoothe rough skin, hydrate, cut down on oil production, brighten, and protect against free-radicals!

Or…

Honey Blueberry Mask

1 tablespoon of honey

1/4 cup fresh blueberries mashed

Optional: 1 tablespoon ground oatmeal/oat flour

** Blueberries are powerful antioxidants, fight against free radicals, are filled with vitamin c to brighten, and their phytonutrients help prevent skin cancer!

** Oats are anti inflammatory, hydrate, and cleanse the skin!

TIP: If you don’t have blueberries try another type of berry 🙂

And if all else fails and you don’t have honey at your house for some reason, or if you are just sweating to death because your house is 100 degrees, feel free to give the old aloe and mashed cucumber mask a try. It’s super soothing, hydrating, and never lets you down! Plus, it’s cold!

Okay, so now you have your mask all made. Time to get your foot soak ready.

Relaxing Foot Soak:

Basin filled with warm water (enough to cover your feet)

1/2 cup Epsom salt

6 chamomile or lavender teabags (or other totally relaxing type of tea like Sleepy Time)

Optional: 6-10 drops of essential oil. ( Personally, I like lavender or rose oil for this.)

**If it’s too warm out and you just want to cool down, fill a basin with cool water, add 1 cup of coconut milk, and some relaxing essential oils.

Alright, your foot soak is made. Now break out your favorite mug (or glass) and fill it on up!

Now find a nice quiet spot in your house where you won’t be disturbed, light your favorite candle or incense, throw on a little spa music (Enya anyone?), place your feet in your soak, and swipe that fresh mask all over your face. And don’t forget to BREATHE DEEPLY!

Remember, this is your time to let your cares drift away. Just enjoy the moment. There’s really nothing quite like a good self pampering!

Stay healthy, be positive, be well,

Charissa

P.S. I urge you to continue your relaxation and you time by reading a book, taking a bubble bath, meditating, or even napping. The possibilities are endless but I promise you, you will feel a lot better! ❤

New Moon New You

Good evening goddess!

Today marks the New Moon in Gemini. This is an exciting time cosmically as new moons are symbolic of new beginnings. This is your chance to really dig deep, to do some self reflecting, and maybe even decide that it’s time for a reset!

A new moon in Gemini is exciting because it is like a breath of fresh air. Since we have been living in strange times lately, it will be good to have this airy energy surrounding us. This energy will make people more open minded and ready to head down new pathways. You might find yourself itching for human contact, ready to finally reconnect with friends, or may find yourself even just opening up the lines of communication even more in your romantic or personal relationships. The biggest thing, dear Goddess, will be the urge to focus on where you want your future to go from here. You may find yourself ready to make some really big changes in your life, picking up old hobbies, or practicing self care to put yourself on a more positive trajectory as you move forward into the summer season.

This is a great time for a refresh and to reassess how you’ve been viewing or going about life day in and day out. Are there any areas you feel you need to work on? Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t? Maybe there is a goal that you keep trying to set for yourself but it just hasn’t been able to stick yet. This might be the perfect time to give it another try!

As my birthday is in less than a week, I am feeling this new moon even more. It seems only fitting that on my wellness journey, this moon would set some things into motion. I’ve really been thinking about the future, and I have already decided that despite the obstacles that have come about due to this pandemic, I am determined to make my 34th year a very special one.

I want to become more connected with my body through meditation and exercise helping me to be the healthiest I have ever been both physically and mentally. I want to take time to feed my creativity by engaging in outlets that let it flow out of me like water. I want to be calmer, be less quick to anger or get annoyed by things. I want to carve out ample amounts of time for loved ones, to make sure that our relationships only grow stronger. I want to have even more compassion for people and try to better understand those that I may not agree with. I want to be better at listening, better at communicating. I want to love deeper. Putting all of this out into the universe, and up to that new moon, I am confident that I can achieve these goals.

So dear Goddess, do you have any goals as we come into this next phase? I urge you to write them down and then when you’re ready, send your intentions out into the universe. The road ahead will be a positive one if you believe it to be. Gemini moon will help.

Stay healthy, be positive, be well,

Charissa

Review: Codex Beauty

Good evening dear goddess!

Yesterday I posted some information about making good choices when it comes to buying products to add to your skincare routine. Today I would love to share with you a few that I feel fit the mold for exactly the type of products people should be buying for their skin.

I received these two select products complementary through a reviewing site called Influenster. My job was to test them out, and then create a few posts and reviews about them so consumers can get a better idea of what they would be purchasing. I am not getting paid for these reviews, I just feel that they were such beautiful products in terms of their ingredients and sustainability that I felt that it would be nice to share them on here with you!

As I had never heard of Codex Beauty before, as soon as I received an email that I was going to be receiving a box with some of their products to review, the esthetician in me immediately hopped onto the website to learn a bit more about the line and what types of ingredients I would be getting within the products themselves.

Their site states that “Codex Beauty is a collective of global skin care brands built on science, natural ingredients, plant-based preservatives, pharmaceutical-grade processes, safety and efficacy trials, sustainability, and consumer transparency.” (Sounds like my kind of line!)

I found out the company was founded by Barbara Paldus, a highly accomplished scientist, and that the Bia line specifically was created by a woman named Tracy Ryan, who is a trained herbalist and horticulturist from Ireland. I have come to realize when science and nature combine, many times it is a winning combination for skincare and I feel these fierce goddesses really hit it out of the park with this line!

So without further adieu, below are my video reviews on the two products I have received. I hope that if you like what you hear and are searching for some new products to introduce into your skincare routine that you would consider Codex Beauty.

Click here to see my review of The Bia Exfoliating Wash by Codex Beauty
Click here to see my review of The Bia Skin Superfood Moisturizer

Establishing good skincare habits in your daily life is just one more way to practice self care, which is so important in our wellness journey. For your Seed For Growth exercise tonight I would like you to write about your favorite self care ritual that you do. What about it brings you so much joy and how do you feel after completing it?

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it gave you a bit of insight into this amazing line. Have a happy Sunday night!

Stay healthy, be positive, be well,

Charissa

Metamorphosis

Tarot courtesy of Alana Fairchild’s Love Your Inner Goddess Deck.

Good evening Goddess,

This morning I decided to pull a card from one of my decks while meditating on you, dear goddess. As we are all here to gain ideas and inspiration on our wellness journey, I wanted to ask the universe for some guidance for us as we move forward toward achieving our goals. I found it very fitting that I pulled the Bright Destiny card.

This card is symbolic of letting go of preconceived notions of who you thought you needed to be in order to make way for the stronger, more vibrant true self that is just waiting to break free and spread her wings. Although there might be some confusion, a little fear, and maybe even some speed bumps along the way, you need to trust in the journey and realize that this is the process for true growth. Just know that when you come out the other side, your light will be shining brighter than ever, and just like that butterfly, your most beautiful self will be revealed!

Today I concentrated on my own journey of growth by doing a sport yoga workout. This type of yoga workout is a bit more intense using weights during many of the poses as well as incorporating some targeted strength training exercises throughout.

Although I made it a point to do my daily workout, I’m not going to lie to you, today was a hard day for me to get motivated. It took me awhile to get up the energy to do my workout when all I really wanted to do was lay on the couch and cuddle with my two cats. I felt bloated and tired and lethargic most of the day but I will admit, once I made the effort to get up off the couch and move my body, I felt much better.

Why I’m telling you this is simple, the journey isn’t always easy and it’s okay to have those days where you feel unmotivated and maybe you decide not to do anything. When this happens, don’t beat yourself up about it but just look at it as a challenge to do that much better the next day. You will find that as you get more and more involved in making the changes needed to better yourself both mentally and physically you will see it begin to get easier and your motivation will grow and grow.

I encourage you to pick up a journal to write down your thoughts and feelings during this transitional period, as I will be posting Seed For Growth Exercises at the end of each post moving forward. These exercises are made to encourage you and make you think of all the wonderful reasons you have decided to create change in your life.

Tonight I would like you to list 3 things you did today to help yourself on your wellness journey. What did you learn? How did you feel after completing them? If you don’t feel like journaling feel free to leave a comment below, great ideas are always appreciated!

Stay healthy, be positive, be well,

Charissa

What Does Wellness Mean To You?

Good morning, Goddess. Quarantine hasn’t always been easy. At times it’s been pretty hard as I’m sure you well know. As the world as a collective whole goes through this major transitionary period, I too have felt a shift in my own life. I feel as days go by and I settle into a routine, I’ve begun to try to look for the positives in this surreal situation we are all in. I have wanted to do better, to take the time to focus inward on myself and to make the changes I need to for positive physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. Wellness has always meant a great deal to me but I was only just scraping the surface.

I feel that as we navigate through this new terrain it is important to put our energy into creating more positive moments for ourselves and others. Yes, it is important to be informed and to acknowledge the reality of the situation we are in, and to grieve, because these are all healthy things to do too, but make sure that you are balancing that out with self care, exercise, and finding the beauty in life’s little moments. It will not only bring you much more happiness and joy, but can also help to calm the nerves, and bring peace to your mind.

I have created this blog to do just that. It’s a place where you can come for solace, for a little brightness to start your day, or to help you on your journey to wellness. I am on my own journey right now, and it feels really good! I decided to name this blog in memory of my Nana. She was one of the most amazing women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and I know I was a very lucky soul to get to have her as my grandmother. Being one of the kindest people I have ever met (second to my own mother), she was always one to teach beautiful lessons about kindness, acceptance, and love. Her favorite was, “Always let that beauty shine from within.” Hence – Light Shine Wellness. If you have love in your heart, it will radiate outwards and you will be the most beautiful version of yourself. This is what I hope for, for you, for all of us. It may be hard some days, and maybe some days you feel like your light is dim, but when you begin to have love for yourself, for others, positive things will happen.

So, dear Goddess, I ask you, what does wellness mean to you? Does it mean getting up every morning at 6 am for that early morning run, when the air is crisp, and the pavement glistens with morning dew; when all you have is the long road ahead and your thoughts? Does it mean spending time with your loved ones, making new memories, and being thankful that they are in your life? It could even be when you’re holding your babies close, reveling in each new milestone, the sounds of their laughter and their joy. Does it mean finding a new hobby, or picking up an old one, and really enjoying each and every moment that you stitch that new blanket, or pluck that guitar string? Or maybe it’s simply learning to love yourself more, to giving yourself a little grace. Whatever it may be, hold onto it, and grow from it. Let it expand in your heart and add to it, and maybe your light will shine even brighter than it did yesterday.

I look forward to creating something to help you, others, and myself as well, and I hope we can grow in wellness together.

Stay healthy, be positive, be well,

Charissa