The Power of Self Love

downloadWe can all use a bit more self love. Make that a LOT more. The messages we tell ourselves matter most. Read the latest ACP Enews to find out why and get a simple way to start giving yourself good vibes right now. I also share a personal grief story and some tips on how to spread the warmth this winter season. Here’s to a warm, loving and clear new year! Take a look now.

Messages of Gratitude

download“Fan mail from some flounder?” A one liner from my youth that never fails to bring a smile to my face. It also serves as a reminder that messages do matter – especially ones of gratitude. Click here to read my latest Enews and its dedicated message about the power of cultivating gratitude in your home and in the world.

FALL In Love

PhotoGrid_1537733451762.jpgI am in love with Autumn. The season that celebrates release, the element of water and the energy of the West. What’s not to love? Here’s a reminder from a favorite post of mine from last year. Happy letting go! 

Fall is officially here and most of us couldn’t be happier. Autumn is, in fact, THE most popular season of our nation. A Gallup poll done a few years ago ranked it number one with Summer coming in 2nd, Spring 3rd and Winter 4th. This is the time of year when I remind everyone (myself included) about the power of letting go. Whether it’s stuff in your space, weight on your heart or things in your head – letting go brings clearer energy and renewed strength. Like leaves that release from their branches, Nature shows us that it is the letting go that allows for new growth to happen. So, use this natural energy to help you remove and restore on all levels. It’s SO worth it!

A Clear Place Winner!

56806657_2261129590795829_1075094970626473984_nWhen a business combines a handcrafted product with a wonderful mission and does it with heart, humor and dedication – THAT is a clear winner. Congratulations to Sarah Bellum’s Bakery & Workshop for being the ACP Winner for 2019. If you live in the PDX area, put this place on your must visit list. If you’re not local, you can still find out about their work and how you can help them raise awareness about brain injuries. Read all about it: https://festiveheart.com/2019/06/14/cupcakes-for-a-cause/.

 

Now For Some Good News

IMG_20190526_153349.jpgWhew! Lots of bad news going around these days. But there’s plenty of good stuff, too. Starting with a recent cover from The New Yorker, I talk about tending the garden that is your heart.  I also share a personal story about my Dad and suggest a way that you can focus your good energy and really make a difference in the world. I even threw in a little green tip on mighty arugula. Take a moment and read the June issue of ACP Enews.

Here’s to making it a good news day everyday!

Illustration by Tom Gauld courtesy of TNY. 

Magic Wands

wp-1551716742158.jpgHere’s a repurpose opportunity that you’ll want to know about. Mother Nature Network shared an article a few days ago about the amazing results being achieved by Wands for Wildlife. Since first putting out the ask in 2017, thousands of folks around the globe have donated used mascara wands so they can be repurposed and used at the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge. How cool is that?! In addition to receiving used wands from individuals, the program has also gotten donations from TV show make-up departments and new, discontinued wands from cosmetic companies. That’s clear, community spirit at work!

Photo Credit:  Baby Opossum gets a cleaning. Appalachian Wildlife Refuge.

A Loss on the Toss

skipthesliplogo_final no backgrndYou may know of the hazards of BPA coated receipts but I’m guessing most of you DON’T know that they cannot be recycled. That’s right. NO tossing them in your recycle bin. If that’s not motivation to nix receipts altogether I don’t know what is. Especially when you get those two foot long ones popular at pharmacies and big box stores. That thermal coating that harms your skin also means it has to go in the garbage. Talk about waste. What can we do? There are some calls to action. Green America has a petition going to get the CVC giant to expand its digital receipt options and start using plain paper for printed ones – more on that below. And this month, CA became the first state to propose a bill that requires all businesses to provide receipts electronically as the default starting in 2022. They got rid of plastic straws so I’m optimistic. On the home front: skip the slip whenever you are given the option. The IRS accepts digital receipts so don’t fear the audits. If a paper receipt is the only option, don’t stockpile them!  That tends to be one of the biggest causes of paper clutter. ONLY keep receipts for big ticket items like furniture and appliances and keep those in a labeled manila envelope. If there is a user’s manual for your purchase, tape the receipt to the inside of the front cover. In addition, take a photo of the receipt and keep in a digital folder. This is especially a good idea for jewelry, laptops and artwork.

TAKE ACTION: Producing CVS’ notoriously long receipts takes over 35,000 trees and enough energy to power 84,800 refrigerators every year. The pharmacy’s receipt production emits 44 million pounds of CO2 and produces the same amount of solid waste generated by half a million people every day. The phenol coating makes them unfit for recycling, adding even more waste. CVS receipts have been tested and found to have BPS in their coating, which poses health risks for workers and customers. CLICK here to sign the petition to Skip The Slip.