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How to Change Directions

How to Change DirectionsDo you ever find yourself wondering “how did I end up here?” You look back at the zigs and zags of your life and wonder should I have stepped left when I stepped right? Should I have skipped a few steps (partners, jobs, ideas) entirely?

Out of necessity we may find ourselves doing things we didn’t plan. Or even losing sight of our hopes and dreams. It’s called reality. If you need a break from reality, join us for a retreat. It will change your perspective and maybe even your life.

Perhaps you’ve spent the last 5, 10 or 20 years raising your children. Or working in a career that didn’t suit you. Or in a relationship (with a friend, partner or even co-worker) that was sucking the life out of you. If I’ve learned anything in my life, “It’s never too late… to turn back, start over, press the reset button.”

And never say never.

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Love Yourself First

Love Yourself First

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” Lucille Ball

All else aside, if you’re not loving yourself, you’ve got work to do. Only by taking care of yourself, are you able to do all those things you want and need to do. Somehow, somewhere, we’ve over complicated our lives with busyness, thinking this somehow makes us a better person. We trick ourselves into believing if we eliminate “me” time we will have more time for other things. That’s simply untrue. Running ourselves ragged leaves us exhausted, with neither the time nor energy to take care of anybody or anything. Plus, you may start to feel resentful.

Through self-care – physical, mental and emotional – your immune system and energy levels stay strong. YOU deserve the gift of self-love and self-acceptance! Begin your journey of self care in a group of supportive and encouraging women at a retreat. Book here.

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The Power of Not Making Resolutions

Be Yourself Quote by Oscar WildeIt’s tempting to jump into self improvement at this time of year.

  • Get Organized
  • Lose Weight
  • Stop a Bad Habit
  • Start a Good Habit
  • Save Money
  • Get a Better Job
  • Find Love

Not only are these all really overwhelming…some are just simply unattainable. Plus, New Year’s Resolutions are known to fail. Don’t set yourself up to fail. A perfect way to change your perspective is at a retreat, we have so many options to choose from, see them all here.

If you are unhealthy I encourage you to get healthier, taking baby steps.

Whatever you do, don’t try this at home: eat only vegetables, stop drinking and run 5 miles a day. I guarantee you will probably eat a lot of junk, drink MORE and you won’t want to walk anywhere, let alone run. Baby steps would be add more veggies to your diet, drink only on certain occasions and walk out the front door and keep going. And if you relapse by staying in bed all day and eating potato chips (close to a vegetable!) and drinking wine (staying in bed can qualify as an occasion, right?), don’t be too hard on yourself.

Start again the next day. Don’t give up on yourself after getting off course one time.

This year, live life. Joyfully. Passionately. Confidently. Just as you are. Because you are wonderful and lovely and perfectly imperfect.

Happy New Year. May this be the year of YOU!

Ayurvedic Crockpot Steel Cut Oatmeal

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My Favorite Way to Enjoy Oatmeal is with Fresh Blueberries

Winter is officially here, but if you’re in Texas you wouldn’t know it. I promise I’m not complaining. The 70 degree days don’t really fit with the holiday festivities, but with February right around the corner I know I won’t be the only Texan missing these blue sky, balmy days of early winter.

According to Ayurvedic principles, Winter is the season that our digestive fire is the strongest. To maintain balance in our bodies during the winter months, Ayurvedic principles encourage eating foods that are warm, cooked, slightly oily, and well spiced. With our bodies being naturally inclined towards heavier foods during this season, oatmeal makes the perfect meal to begin those cold, winter mornings.
If you’re interested in learning more about Ayurvedic principles, read this: Winter Guide. We also share Ayurvedic Cooking & Eating Tips at our Detox Retreats. 

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Easy Essential Oil Holiday Gifts

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My Favorite Holiday Bend!

Here are a few easy DIY essential oil recipes that make great homemade gifts for the holidays!

Some of our retreats offer DIY Aromatherapy Workshops. Find out more here.

Uplifting Holiday Essential Oil Blend

14 drops grapefruit essential oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil
4 drops sage essential oil

Add water to fill a small spray bottle. Use as a blend for any of these fun and easy DIY gift recipes! (You can also find other blends here.)

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Gratitude for Our Gratitude Retreat

Gratitude stoneIt never ceases to thrill me the amazing and wonderful women who visit Retreat in the Pines. Our Three Night Gratitude Retreat was no exception. The group bonded immediately, and we were sharing laughter and tears right away. To experience this magic for yourself, join us at an upcoming retreat.

No two retreats are the same, but there is often a shared feeling or theme that connects everyone who is present for the retreat. In this particular group, our common theme seemed to be transition. Women moving on from ending long term relationships. Women beginning new career directions. Women becoming strong and confident.

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Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins

Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins

Healthy Deliciousness in Every Bite

It’s fall and that means it’s sweet potato season! Sweet potatoes are hands down one of my favorite veggies. Did you know that sweet potatoes are superfoods packed full of health benefits? Make these muffins for your friends and family over the holidays, or make them on a Sunday evening to enjoy for breakfast all week! If you have leftover mashed sweet potatoes, you can do what I did which is replace the sweet potatoes and milk with leftover mashed sweet potatoes.

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Surrender to Your Discomfort

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My Mantra

Six years ago I filed for divorce. Walking into that attorney’s office was very uncomfortable. I wanted– I tried – to make it work with my ex but he didn’t want to take responsibility, let alone apologize, for destroying our family when he had an affair. I could give you details, but that gives the story power, and while the experience is a part of my story, I’m no longer willing to let that experience be what defines me.

As women we have common themes in our lives. The theme of avoiding discomfort is universal. Share your story and find healing when you attend on of our retreats.
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Chicken & Vegetable Curry

If you’re intimidated by making more exotic dishes, fear not! This Curry recipe is simple and delicious, and only requires a few obscure ingredients. Our guest love this curry. It’s on our fall/winter menu. Enjoy it at a Upcoming Retreats.

Oh, and if you like cooking (or even if you think you don’t like cooking), I highly recommend the article  Why I Cook, written by Dr. Andrew Weil.

Love,
Nina

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Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil No-Bake Cookie Bars

Healthy, No-Bake Coconut Oil Chocolate Cookie barsI don’t know about you, but I love having a sweet treat to come home to; something that’s sweet enough to satisfy my craving, without making me feel guilty. These easy, no-bake cookie bars are safe enough to have around the house (because if you’re anything like me, there are days when half of the pan will disappear), and they’re made with coconut oil–which is receiving so much praise for it’s health benefits!

Coconut oil, if you’re not familiar with it, is basically like a miracle in a bottle. You can Google “benefits of coconut oil” and see that even WebMD lists “Uses and Effectiveness” of coconut oil for heart disease, high cholesterol, dry skin, Alzheimer’s, IBS, and more.

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