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5 Superfood Swaps That Will Save You Serious Cash

Healthy foods, especially superfoods, have a notorious reputation for being expensive, and a lot of people use that as an excuse to grab fast food and sacrifice their health. Fortunately, there are plenty of nutrient-packed foods proven to protect against cancer, prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, and more – that won’t break the bank. Read More

Heather Aydelott

Living a Life of Magic

I love this blog title because this is what I want to do and, indeed, believe this is important for each one of us.  I feel that in these modern times we have lost the magic. It is wonderful that we have so many scientific explanations for things, but can we also retain the magic? 

Can we not see the magic in our everyday lives anymore? Because, believe me, it’s there and I love the idea of slowing down, tuning in, and recognizing it.

Where do I find magic? Everywhere!!!!  I see it in my children’s faces (it helps that both girls look like little fairies), in the yellow bellied little birds eating the seeds from my sunflowers outside my window, in the colors of the trees as we transition into Autumn, in the smell of delicious bread baking from a sourdough starter, in my friends eyes, in gatherings, in lovemaking. You name it.

Don’t we owe it to ourselves to live lives of magic? This is what I do. If you are interested in reclaiming the Divine Feminine and living a life of joyous magic, please contact me and we can unearth your path back.

Love,
Heather

 

Heather Aydelott

Love, revisited.

Hooray, it is my fifth blog and I am really getting into this. How fun.

This week I have been thinking a lot about the idea of self-love. I know this is a theme I have addressed before, but I think it is so important. I have now come to realize that my ideas about self-love have been flawed. I though eating healthy, exercising, etc was the way I was showing myself love. But actually, I was being unkind to myself with my rigidness.

I now know that these motivators were done not out of love and compassion for myself, but rather from a place of fear. If I eat healthy and exercise maybe I will not get sick or fat, or whatever you want to plug in here. This is a very unhealthy motivator!

I was being so strict with myself that I found I was not really enjoying my existence. Now I have relaxed a whole lot on this school of thought. I thought back to when I was the happiest in my life; it was about 10 years ago when my girls were really little. We would bake cookies together almost every day, go to the park, play, and have fun. And guess what? I was about 10 pounds heavier than I am now, but I was happy.

See? Here is where our thinking becomes flawed. A lot of us think that if we are thin we will be happy, but I know for a fact this is not true. It is inside us. For me, now, I am much happier when I bake and eat the damn cookies and then lick the bowl. I realize that I do not want to work out crazy hard, so I don’t. Will I put on some weight? Probably. But I know weight does not equal my self worth, because in the eyes of Creation we are all perfect and beautiful just as we are. So please, do what makes you happy; life is too short to live otherwise.

I want to know what you all think. Does any of this resonate with you?

Love,
Heather

 

 

Heather Aydelott

Anxiety post

Okay, so this week I went to my dark place. I suffer from anxiety. Does this ring true with anybody else? I am sure it does; I know I am not alone.

I have had moderate to severe anxiety since I was in high school.  This can be mild, generalized anxiety to progressing into full-blown panic attacks. I have even been out for a run when at the corner of a street I want to curl up in a little ball or hold on to a street sign for fear that I might just lift off the surface of the Earth. Weird, huh?

It is something I have been dealing with for over twenty years and frankly, I’m sick of it. Therefore, I am making a public declaration that I am going to heal this. It is my most important goal. Constant anxiety really takes away from the magic and beauty of life. If I’m anxious I’m not being fully present for myself, my husband, or my children. I want to be present and not miss one more minute of my life. 

How am I going to heal you ask? Well, I have a wonderful therapist, who I am going to start seeing again after a six month hiatus (because ha-ha I got better), and this time the different thing is that I am going to use herbal supplements as well. I have already begun taking daily skullcap and will begin to include kava, wild yam root, lobelia, cramp bark, and licorice.

Another weird thing that helped this week too is I ate more carbohydrates. Carbs help release serotonin, which is calming to the brain. This really seemed to make a difference  and consequently I am no longer freaking out.

I will keep you all posted on the progress; does anyone else have a healed anxiety story? I would be thrilled to hear about what has worked for you.

Love,

Heather