Bliss Diary – June 17, 2015

“Ask yourself, What in my life gives me the greatest sense of pleasure and purpose?” — Alisa Vitti

Nutrition:
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Clean gut shake w/coconut milk/ground chia + flax
16 oz green juice
tiny bowl of raw ice cream (see recipe below)
Big salad (half of the big salad bowl in the picture) w/ground beef + nori sheets + 1/2 coconut wrap + olives

The picture above is what our family dinner looks like most nights. I usually do a bit of a buffet style where I make a bunch of food and everyone eats what they want. I love salads and my husband likes cooked greens. So, I made him some kale and chard with sea salt and ghee. My son usually eats a little bit of all of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I find this is easier and good enough (see below). This way everyone can create their ideal bowl with what I’ve prepared. It took me about 25 minutes to make dinner tonight (which includes having a toddler running around which usually means a few starts and stops during that time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Raw Ice Cream Recipe:
4 raw whole eggs
4 raw egg yolks
1 c. coconut milk
6 TB coconut oil
2 TB MCT oil
5 TB ghee
1 TB sunflower lecithin
2 TB grated cacao butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. vitamin c
sweeten to taste – I use about 30 drops of stevia (also use xylitol or other favorite)
1/2 cup of ice
1/4 cup of water

(You can also add coconut flakes, cacao nibs/powder or any other decadent deliciousness you desire)

Blend in a blender until it’s super creamy and then pour mixture into an ice cream maker. I use this one. It’s super easy. Enjoy!

*This recipe is inspired by Dave Asprey’s “Get Some” Ice Cream recipe. He saysย  the fat and nutrition can kick start your libido. Altho, I can’t say that I’ve experienced that effect yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Movement:
* 20 minute rebounding + 30 burpees (finished watching interview Alisa that I posted yesterday)
* 30 minute walk doing errands pushing E in the stroller
* family adventure/walk to the park after dinner

Affirmation: I am a joyfully divine Goddess

Body Goodness: I am limiting my phone/computer time today. My body (and mind) seem to really enjoy unplugging. I feel renewed and present and sensually alive and connected to the simplicity of being when I do this. I have to be mindful to not live in my head too much. It’s vital I drop down in my body, relax and create spaciousness in my body, thoughts and life. I find I can embody my divine sensuality and spirituality more this way. I believe a woman’s spirituality resides in her body. My desire is to continue to embody and cultivate my divine feminine and rock my Goddess life. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mind/Heart Goodness: I started tracking my 168 hours this week. Excited to get a big picture on how I’m creating my week. Just the act of recording my time has made me more aware of what I am choosing to do. My desire is to create a life where Iย  intentionally choose what I do with my minutes/hours/days.

There are things I love to do…things like writing, creating, reading, exercising and cooking. There are things like cleaning, laundry, making phone calls, that aren’t top on my love list. So…I’m trying to simplify and find ways to do less of those things while creating more time to do activities that bring me joy. And, when I am doing something like cleaning my intention is to bring as much joy, presence and gratitude as possible. The funny thing is once I get in a flow I actually kinda like it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My perfectionist (although she tries to convince me I don’t have one) can tend to get in the way. I can hear the voice tell me: “If I was *really* good at managing my time I would do it all perfectly and everything would get done with ease because I would be soooo organized!!” Maybe? Yes, of course there is room for improvement AND sometimes Good Enough is Good Enough.

I actually have a book called Good Enough is the New Perfect. HA! That was my mantra today. Good Enough. Dishes are good enough. House is good enough. My blog is good enough. My nutrition is good enough. Exercise is good enough. Boom! I am good enough! Can I get Amen? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today I’m reading: I am re-reading my notes from WomanCode by Alisa Vitti + 60% through I Know How She Does It. I am enjoying the book although I can’t relate as much as I thought I would. She profiles a lot of “professional” woman who work 40+ hours a week. That’s not where I am. I’m more of a Mama Goddess who wants to find creative ways to be vibrantly healthy, create/write more, find more flow with home and family and have as much fun as possible…and help others do the same. But, I am still learning things from the book so I’m happy I’m reading it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Gratitude + Appreciation: I am grateful for all the super smart and committed people and all of the amazing work they do in the world. There are some awe inspiring peeps out there. I am grateful for all the people who share their lives + stories. I feel connected and a deep gratitude for their courage. I am grateful for all the lessons I’ve learned on this path so far. Each one has helped me to shed something that wasn’t who I truly was. Blessed to be creating an authentically awesome life. Thank you for it all.

I am feelingcurious, inspired and desiring to go on more adventures. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Honoring Our Cycles

The menstrual cycle is the most basic, earthy cycle we have. Our blood is our connection to the archetypal feminine. The macrocosmic cycles of nature, the waxing and waning, the ebb and flow of the tides and the changes of the seasons, are reflected on a smaller scale in the menstrual cycle of the individual female body. The monthly ripening of an egg and subsequent pregnancy or release of menstrual blood mirror the process of creation as it occurs not only in nature, unconsciously, but in human endeavor. In many cultures, the menstrual cycle has been viewed as sacred. — Christiane Northrup from Wisdom of the Menstrual Cycle

I did an interview with Alisa Vitti (see below). She’s the author of WomanCode:Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source. I really dig her and got a lot out of our chat. These are some of the topics we covered in the interview:

  • What you need to know about hormones
  • How to live in the feminine flow and be productive
  • How to cycle sync and harmonize your life with your menstrual cycle
  • Why self-pleasure is so important for hormone balance & vitality
  • How to see your body as the miraculous vessel she is

I’ve been thinking about this topic for the last few days because I am close to starting the menstruation part of my cycle. I’ve been tracking my cycle in an app called Life for the last year. It’s been fascinating to observe my moods, energy, etc.

I’ve noticed every month about 5+ days before menstruation I becomeย  inwardly focused…my introvert side wants more space for reflection. I feel moreย  sensitive and keenly aware of areas I’d like to transform. I also feel slightly heavier and more tired in my body than I do during other phases.

Negative/limited thoughts can also tend to increase more at this time. It’s been so valuable to know where I am in my cycle and not take these thoughts/feelings too seriously. I also use this time to analyze (as Alisa says in the interview) what’s working and what my heart truly desires. Sometimes this shows up behind frustration and irritation. I am learning to honor this phase and know that once the follicular/ovulation phases begins I will feel a new surge of vibrancy, beauty and energy again. I embrace the cycles of the light and dark to see what they have to teach me.

This might be TMI…but, I actually enjoy getting my period. I feel a burst of power and there’s something that feels womanly and primal that I dig. This fascination grew even stronger after I became a mother. I was awestruck with my body’s ability to create life and give birth and…WOW! Women are powerful and beautiful and AMAZING!

I know that honoring my cycles in this way and reveling in my womanhood helps me feel like a divine Goddess. It makes me feel more connected to myself and my glorious body. It helps me to love myself through my whole cycle knowing that different parts of me will show up in different phases. I am learning how to love all of it.

Happy cycling ๐Ÿ˜‰

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