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30 Day Raise Your Vibration Reflection
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30 Day Raise Your Vibration Reflection

Since doing the Raise Your Vibration Commitment I experienced a complete shift in my reality for the month of June. Raising my vibration and coming back to my center has helped me with mental clarity and creating a new sense of balance in my life by getting back to a place of discipline in the areas that have proved most beneficial to me on my journey so far. With Mindful Mondays, I got back in the habit of journaling my feelings regularly and I also started back writing in my planner. I am more organized. With Thankful Tuesdays and Thankful Thursdays, I started back reading The Magic by Rhonda Byrne. The book is about the power of gratitude and how practicing gratitude creates magic in our lives. With doing Wellness Wednesdays, I got serious about my yoga journey and finally took the time...
Shadow Work and The Healer’s Journey
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Shadow Work and The Healer’s Journey

In the age of social media, healing may appear to be these glorious yoga retreats, picturesque spiritual baths, and pretty crystals alongside song bowls. In reality, healing also requires work. Some of that work being shadow work. Shadow work is the process of confronting your deepest fears, trauma, pain, and anything else that you attempt to hide from. It is literally facing your shadow or the dark parts of your soul. Healing is not a one time fix all solution, it happens in phases and in different stages of your journey. Its an ongoing process to heal and become whole on this journey to freedom. It entails learning, unlearning, and deep introspection in various pursuits. I was involved in a period of deep shadow work back in 2017 when I went back home to stay with my parents in Louisia...
Cosmic Events, Lunar Eclipse, and Healing
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Cosmic Events, Lunar Eclipse, and Healing

We currently have four planets in retrograde right now, Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, and Venus. Retrogrades bring change, collective energy shifts, and opportunities for deep healing. We can see this in action right now as the world has been going through a deep purging since the rapid spreading of Covid 19. Racism is also a pandemic, which is being brought to light at this time in particular causing the planet to shift more in regards to unity consciousness. Its a lot, I know, but there are things being worked out right now for our highest good that we cannot see with the naked eye. What's going on right now is a spiritual war. In the end, the light will shine through, the righteous will ascend, and the hatred and darkness will be cast out. If having four planets in retrograde isn't enough, to...
Raise Your Vibration 30 Day Commitment
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Raise Your Vibration 30 Day Commitment

I've been well aware of the social injustice here in America for quite some time now. It's reflected in my art as well as in the work that I do. I am also knowledgeable of how the trauma that's been passed down to us for generations is still affecting us, especially mentally and emotionally. By us, I specifically mean the black community. We as a people are hurting and we are tired. Seeing that more of the world is now awakening to the prevalence of racism made me dig deep within myself and remember why I am here right now. I was reminded of my life purpose and my desire to shine light in any way that I can. After working through every emotion possible over the weekend while processing the current events of more murders of innocent black people at the hands of police officers, I decided to...
Manifesting With Self-Love Jars
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Manifesting With Self-Love Jars

The new moon in Pisces today February 23rd is bringing intense energy that is stirring us up emotionally in the midst of this mercury retrograde. I welcome the new moons as they give us a chance to manifest and start fresh with setting new intentions for the upcoming moon cycle. This moon cycle and retrograde are both special as they will propel us into the new year that starts at the beginning of spring next month. Back in December I created my first self-love jar to add to my moon ritual. I found healing in doing this and have been seeing the results unfolding exponentially. I’ll be making a new one tonight to go along with my new intentions. I’m considering making one for Freedom as well. In order to make a self-love jar you’ll need a jar first and foremost to place all of the ...
Tips for Surviving Eclipse Season, Mercury Retrograde, and Cosmic Shifts
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Tips for Surviving Eclipse Season, Mercury Retrograde, and Cosmic Shifts

With the solar eclipse and new moon on July 2nd and Mercury Retrograde beginning on July 7th-July 31st, its been a lot to keep up with. The cosmic shifts and new downloads have been intense, yet fulfilling all in the same. The new moon reset the clock for the next 6 months while the solar eclipse shined light on the new portal for ascension designed to shift our planet further into the next dimension. Mercury Retrograde tends to get a bad rep being known as a time for discord in communication and things seeming to go wrong. For sensitive souls, empaths, lightworkers, and healers this can be a season of intense emotions, heightened senses, increased psychic abilities, intuitive dreams, and sleeplessness sprinkled with waves of anxiety. However, this time of enlightenment is not to be fear...
New Moon Ritual
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New Moon Ritual

During the new moon phase you don't exactly see the moon so it appears that there isn't one on these nights. In actuality the light from the moon is being hidden from the earth because the side that's illuminated is facing away from us. This symbolizes a beginning of a new cycle and a chance for a clean slate. The full moon phase (see past blog post) reveals what we need to release and let go. By the time the new moon approaches we tend to have clarity on the new that we want to create and the steps we would like to take to make this happen. I have a ritual to help with setting intentions for this new cycle. Here's what you will need: White candle Poster board Scissors Journal/Notebook paper Pen Marker Tape or push pin/thumb tack Meditation music (YouTube) Optional it...
Managing Perinatal Depression
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Managing Perinatal Depression

With the new light being shined on mental health awareness and the open discussion on postpartum depression (see link to blog post from last year), I want to talk about perinatal depression or depression during pregnancy.  This kind of depression often gets mistaken for the common changes that happen during pregnancy like moodiness and being exhausted all the time. In reality its intense feelings of sadness, fear, worry, guilt, shame, and anguish all bottled up in one that manifests from hormonal and physical changes a woman experiences while creating a new life. This needs treatment and healing just like any other mental disorder and should not be ignored. All of my pregnancy journeys have been different. The one thing that they all have in common is that I too battled with perinatal depr...
Embarking on a Conscious Pregnancy Journey
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Embarking on a Conscious Pregnancy Journey

When I got pregnant with Jarvis Jr. back in 2014 shortly after I graduated college, I was an emotional wreck. I had heard the stories about pregnancy hormones but I didn't know how they would affect me. One minute I was crying, the next minute I was angry, and then the next I was spiraling with anxious thoughts stemming from every irrational fear that you can think of it. It was safe to say that my emotions controlled me. This was discouraging. I went through perinatal depression over the next few months and then postpartum depression after I gave birth which lasted over a year. In 2016 when I went through my version of a "great awakening" I learned about the power in controlling my thoughts and emotions by taking charge of my mental health and utilizing other powerful tools to help with h...
Healing Gestational Diabetes
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Healing Gestational Diabetes

Growing up, I watched my paternal grandmother stick her fingers several times a day to check her "sugar". At a young age I became familiar with the notion that diabetes "ran in my family". Every since I can remember, about age 2, I've had a heart and a desire to heal. I grew up wanting to be a doctor because I associated medical doctors with people that healed. I can remember having the desire to heal my grandmother one day and making sure that no one else in our family ever had to deal with "sugar" again. A part of me has always believed that every disease can be cured some way, we just have to figure out how. I saw my granny sticking her thumb. Her next prescription would come. Diabetes and high cholesterol? Where did our eating habits come from? Probably the slave masters that fed us th...
Full Moon Ritual
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Full Moon Ritual

I believe the Creator's Divine Design for oneness is so beautiful in how we're connected to nature. I'm grateful for the ability to tap into the gifts of Mother Nature and use them for healing. Along my spiritual journey thus far, I have found healing in getting in sync with the moon and it's different phases. I've shared affirmations, poems, and prayers that I have used to accompany my rituals surrounding new moons and full moons. For the first time on the blog I would like to share a complete ritual for this month's full moon. Full moons bring about healing energy to release and for completion of a cycle. Items Needed: Pen Journal/Notebook/Paper A quiet space Optional Items: Candle Lighter Sage or Palo Santo stick Crystals Incense   If using a...
Tips For Managing Depression
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Tips For Managing Depression

One thing I’ve learned through battling depression over the years is acceptance. Instead off resisting what I’m feeling or going through, I’ve become intentional in accepting what is going on in the present and using that awareness to create change. I’ve shared some of my experiences with depression on the blog in past posts, one in particular being Managing Postpartum Depression . Here recently this winter when I slowed down with posting new blogs I went through depression again. Some of it was due to the season changing, balancing my new pregnancy with baby #3, and the challenges that came with the changes in Legend’s health. My mental state is much better now and I’ve compiled a list of some tips that have helped me on this journey. Reading Taking a few minutes to read something posit...
Self-Healing Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shannon’s Story
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Self-Healing Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shannon’s Story

I, Shannon Nand, was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. I attended Graduate school in Buffalo, New York. Currently, I live in Florida where I work as an Occupational Therapist. I have an insatiable thirst for travel, interior design, learning, (especially in the areas of cultural anthropology, world history, marketing, branding, and personal development) and a new found interest in cooking food that is equally tasty and healthy. I hope by sharing my story others will realize the impact lifestyle has on their health and that it may inspire them to be more proactive with their health. When were you diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis? Did you experience any symptoms or receive any alarming signs leading up to your diagnosis?  I w...
What if You’re the Toxic One?
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What if You’re the Toxic One?

With self-love, self-care, and protecting your peace being the new trends, I see a lot of posts on social media about cutting people off as soon as you notice toxic traits about them. While there can be some truth in this tidbit of wisdom, there is also some soul searching that can be done when you identify toxic traits in someone. Soul searching? But how and why? I'm glad you asked! You can begin by checking yourself. Ultimately we are all mirrors, we can see our own reflection in others. Basically the way we view others is the way that we view ourselves either consciously or subconsciously. Ouch! That's a thick pill to swallow. The truth is like that sometimes though. Everything that we deem as bad isn't always "bad". That person that keeps showing up in our lives that's angry, bitter, o...
What Happened When I Stopped Eating Dairy
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What Happened When I Stopped Eating Dairy

Every since I can remember, I've always hated milk. Hate is such a strong word that I try not to use often but this is how strongly I felt about the taste of milk. I remember getting teased in kindergarten for not drinking milk like the other kids in class. Thankfully, my parents never forced me to drink it despite the claims and advice that I needed it for strong bones and teeth. Maybe just maybe I was on to something back then but the world around me just didn't respond well to my attitude towards milk. Now it's more common for people to say that they have a dairy allergy. It's even more common for children to refuse milk and it's socially acceptable. There are many milk alternatives readily available in just about every store now. While I could never drink a full cup of milk, I did f...
What Happened When I Stopped Eating Meat
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What Happened When I Stopped Eating Meat

Around the summer of 2016, I started my journey with eliminating meat from my diet. I knew one that I would "go vegan" I just didn't know how soon it would happen for me. First, I eliminated beef by eating more ground turkey. Next, I cut pork and started eating more chicken. By the end of that year I had cut chicken and turkey. I was eating more fish. I was now a full blown pescatarian, if you must give it a name. Pescatarians abstain from eating any meat with the exception of fish. With this new diet, I had been seeing major changes. I was confident that soon I would be done with fish too to see more of a transformation. In February 2017 when I went back to Louisiana, I went backwards with my eating habits. I started back eating the fried chicken that I once loved so much. I noticed that ...
A Breast Cancer Love Story: Meet Survivor and Healer, Kristen “Nikki” Cook
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A Breast Cancer Love Story: Meet Survivor and Healer, Kristen “Nikki” Cook

My name is Kristen Nicolette Cook, my friends and family call me Nikki. From a very young age, I knew exactly what I wanted out of life. I mapped out my life including where I would attend college, the courses I would take, the degree I would obtain, my career after graduation, and even when I expected to meet my husband. I did this while in 6th grade and from that day on, I tried my best to go according to the plan. I’m pretty sure I heard God laugh a time or two. Deviating from this ideal plan, I ended up attending several colleges including Baylor University and Texas State University after graduating high school back in 2010. During my time at Texas State University, I donated a kidney to my aunt and gave birth to my precious, lively little girl, my sweet Olivia. While attending Lamar ...
Ways to Do a Mental Detox
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Ways to Do a Mental Detox

Whenever I would hear someone say anything about detoxing, I would automatically assume that they were referring to a physical detox. They probably were talking about flushing their bodies of toxins by using detox tea, sweating, or whatever their preferred method may have been at the time. While those methods may have produced desired results, physically detoxing isn't the only way to cleanse. Its equally as important to detox our minds as well to ensure that we maintain optimal mental health. Here are some natural ways that have worked for me when it comes to clearing my mind of all of the junk that accumulates over time. Silence Practice sitting in complete silence for at least 10 minutes a day. You can plan this time and set aside a special space or this could mean using your toil...
Benefits of Meditation
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Benefits of Meditation

Somewhere in my childhood I adopted the belief that meditation was something mystical and that I should probably stay away from it. Maybe it was my vivid imagination, growing up in churches with strict rules, things I saw on TV, or a combination of the three. Whatever the reason was, I am so glad that I ditched this belief and decided to start practicing meditation two years ago. It changed my life drastically. I also believe that it helped save my life as well considering that before I started I couldn't see the end of my battle with postpartum depression and I had seriously contemplated suicide more than a few times. I'll admit I was a little intimated and felt overwhelmed about the idea of meditation because I didn't know where to start, if I would do it "right", or if I had the proper ...
Affirmations for Giving Birth
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Affirmations for Giving Birth

The featured image in this post is the journal that I started using the month before Legend was born. It's on top of my painting "rebirth". It was a week before my due date to deliver Legend and no doctor had agreed to deliver him if I didn't agree to have another c-section. Every doctor told me that I wouldn't be able to push and the surgery was my only option. I believed otherwise. I was convinced that I had to deliver Legend vaginally. I believed that I could do it no matter what the circumstances looked like. Jarvis was encouraging me and assuring me that everything would work out. I knew this too but still I was freaking out. We were getting close and I could feel that Legend would be coming soon. Soon Jarvis' words would leave me and I would be left to sit with my own thoughts. I ha...
Managing Postpartum Depression
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Managing Postpartum Depression

After suffering in silence with postpartum depression for nearly a year after giving birth to my firstborn, I was determined to have a much more positive postpartum experience this time around. This Saturday will make three months since birthing Legend and so far I've had just that, a more positive postpartum experience. I know a lot of women go through some degree of postpartum depression whether they are aware of it or not. If you're reading this post, you've been led here for one reason or another. Of course I recommend seeing a therapist or professional for all mental health concerns but here are some more ways to be proactive in managing postpartum depression. Limit Meat from your Diet I could be biased about this one because I don't eat meat at all anymore. September will make ...
Affirmations for Postpartum Depression
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Affirmations for Postpartum Depression

After giving birth, a woman's hormones change altering her emotional state aside from the physical aspects of delivering a life into this world. With my oldest son, I experienced postpartum depression in what seemed like the worst way. It took me almost a year to feel "normal" again. When I got into spiritual healing, I was able to identify some of the root causes of my postpartum depression experience in conjunction with the physical, emotional, and hormonal changes. Some of those were: Fear of embracing change Feeling unworthy Lack of self-care and self love Living in the past Guilt and shame Setting unrealistic expectations This time after giving birth, my mental and emotional health has been just as important if not more important than my physical health. I’m still working...
Affirmations for Self Love
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Affirmations for Self Love

Why is it easier to be more kind to others than we are to ourselves? Something to ponder and do some soul searching with if you may. The most important human relationship is the one that we have with self. We owe it to ourselves to shower self with love. We can't give anyone else that responsibility especially if we aren't giving it to ourselves. Here are some affirmations for self love. I see the beauty in my flaws. They help me with self healing and taking steps towards wholeness. I accept myself as is. I am committed to improving in the areas that I see fit with grace and patience. At every given moment I am doing my best and that is always enough. I am worthy. It's okay for me to simply be. I am extending compassion towards myself. I treat myself with kindness, love, and underst...
15 Affirmations for Depression
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15 Affirmations for Depression

In the spiritual sense, depression can have many deeply rooted causes. Some of those causes are: not being able to move on from the past resisting change believing that things should be happening differently and not accepting what is harboring resentment, regret, guilt, and shame deep in the subconscious not processing pain but instead attempting to mask it trying to mask who one truly is not answering to one's higher calling by avoiding it feeling and believing that one is not living up to their full potential I have felt and experienced all of the above at different times. Whatever the cause, depression lowers our vibrational state and we operate in lower energy fields bringing on sickness, attracting negative situations, and having poor mental, physical, and...
15 Affirmations for Anxiety
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15 Affirmations for Anxiety

In one of my latest posts, I provided some methods that I have found helpful in managing anxiety. In the spiritual sense, anxiety can result from a lack of trust. This lack of trust shows up as a lack of trust in God, in self, in others, and in the process of life. Here are some affirmations that help me bring my mind into alignment with my spirit and reconnect with the Creator and all that is. I acknowledge that I am fearful regarding the future. I am choosing faith in the midst of my fears and moving forward with confidence, courage, and wisdom. I am choosing to return to the present moment and I am making the best of it. I am focusing on the here and now. I believe that life is unfolding exactly as it should. All things are working together for my highest good. I release m...
10 Natural Ways to Manage Anxiety
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10 Natural Ways to Manage Anxiety

I grew up believing that mental illness and mental disorders only looked like straight jackets, prescription pills, and psychiatric hospitals, or the "crazy house" as those around me would say. This was partially due to images depicted on television. Another reason being the environment that I grew up in and seeing my family members suffer with mental health issues. It wasn't until a few years ago that I realized that mental health issues can appear in many forms. One of those forms being anxiety. Anxiety can look like the super woman of a mother that secretly obsesses over her small children eating the healthiest food and stresses about not having a college fund already in place even though they haven't started preschool yet. It can wear the face of the ambitious college student losing he...
Checking In…Let’s Talk Mental Health
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Checking In…Let’s Talk Mental Health

I started this blog in hopes to share my art, poetry, and inspirational messages holding the belief, love heals all. I had a vision to open up and share a part of my heart and encourage you to heal. Almost two months in and in turn blogging has helped me heal, get inspired, and speak my truth. I would like to thank you for allowing me to share this space as well as for your feedback and support. I celebrated my 26th birthday two days ago. While I have been opening up and sharing parts of my journey with you, I have a new desire to be more transparent and vulnerable as I embrace this new chapter of my life. Besides May being my birthday month, it is also Mental Health Awareness Month. For the remainder of the month of May, I'll be sharing insight from my personal battles and triumphs reg...