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Turn Your Dreams into Reality in 2017!

"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential."
~ Ellen Goodman

Happy New Year!

During these final days of 2016, we prepare to welcome the New Year by reflecting on how to bridge the gap between the life we now lead and the one we want to manifest. One of the most effective ways I've found to turn our dreams into reality is to create a vision board!

The collections of images, illustrations and words which visually represent the life you’d like to lead help you clarify goals, focus energy, establish new habits, and attract opportunities. As a visual aid, instead of just words, the goals are able to embed in the subconscious. 

According to a recent Harvard Business Study, while only 1% of people write down their goals and regularly review them, those are among the highest achievers in terms of career, finances, and happiness.

STEPS TO CREATING YOUR VISION BOARD

1. Select the size; It can be a piece of paper, poster board, cardboard, canvas, cork or magnetic board, or whatever works for your space.

2. Make a list of 10 things that you'd like to be, do, or have. Phrase these in the positive/affirmative (i.e. instead of "stop eating junk food," write "nourish myself with a healthy, well-balanced diet" or "eat more fruits & veggies").

3. Collect images that represent the things on your list like photos, magazine clippings, newspaper articles, business cards, flyers, drawings, journal pages, quotes, etc.

4. Allow yourself a sacred time and space to assemble. Arrange your images in a collage on your board however you feel called to with tape or glue them down.

5. Place your vision board in an area where you'll see it often. In your office or at your desk, on your refrigerator door, near your bathroom mirror, or in your bedroom so it's the first thing you see in the am and the last thing you see before falling asleep.

6. Go digital; Take a pic of your board and make it the wallpaper on your phone to stay inspired throughout your day.

Questions to reflect on when preparing your vision board:
* Where do you want to live?* Who do you want to live with?
* What is your passion?
* What are your career goals?
* Which of your gifts would you like to share more of?
* What health challenges or goals would you like to improve?
* What do you need guidance with or want to learn more about?
* What's most important to you?
* What do you feel is missing?

For more support in empowering your true self to emerge in 2017, we invite you to join our 21-Day Superstar Cleanse this Winter!

2016 Eco Holiday Gift Guide

Tis the season to be merry and bright! We love this season's emphasis on kindness and giving others what they need to help us all through the dark winter days and prepare for the year ahead.

But in the midst of all the festivities, it's easy to lose sight of our environmental integrity. As we celebrate, decorate, give gifts and travel this holiday season, we also tend to generate a lot of waste and increase our energy use.

A study from the Environmental Protection Agency states that from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, household waste increases more than 25%! The added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all add up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills. Annual trash just from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals to 4 million tons in the US alone. 

However, there are plenty of holiday gift options that create less waste and actually give back to the planet while improving the health and wellness of your loved one's. If you're looking for some inspiration, here are our top picks of eco gifts for every budget!

1) Gift Cards

Give the gift of choice with a gift card to someone's favorite shop (preferably a small/local business) that gives back. It's more personal than cash by showing that you've considered their unique personality. If your special someone is interested in health and natural lifestyles then our RML Gift Card could be the perfect fit!

2) Essential Oils

It may come as no surprise to our community that we're a big advocate for essential oils! They're a great way to give a meaningful gift that empowers family's with natural solutions for their health, beauty and home care needs. The particular certified pure therapeutic-grade brand we use offers fantastic kits with all the basics and plenty of oils that are $20 and under. Email us at info@rainbeaumars.com to discuss how to get top quality oils at the best price or click here to learn more.

3) eBooks

Reducing paper usage does more than saves trees, since pulp and paper mills are also a major source of pollution. So choosing an eBook instead of paperback helps to lower your carbon footprint regardless of the content of the book. But you can take it a step further by choosing an eBook of something that inspires a healthy lifestyle and encourages self-development. For example, our eBook of The 21-Day Superstar Cleanse includes 100+ plant-based recipes, daily wellness advice, sustainable lifestyle practices, yoga poses and fitness tips suitable for health enthusiasts or anyone looking for a fresh start.

4) Digital Gifts + eCards

In addition to eBooks, digital downloads for cards, music, videos, eCourses, apps or memberships are another way to show you care without adding to the landfill. If you're loved one is interested to get started with yoga or deepen their practice, our online catalog of video downloads may be just what you're looking for! For a great deal, check out our ra'yoKa Virtual Fitness System with all series and modules presently 50% off!

5) DIY Gifts

There are many advantages to giving a heartfelt, homemade gift instead of something store-bought. When you do-it-yourself you can choose to use non-toxic, biodegradable, natural ingredients or parts that are a sustainable choice for the environment. You also get to put all your creativity and love into it, making something unique for your loved one. A great choice is to make some homemade beauty and home care products!

In Los Angeles, we're hosting our annual Holiday Gift Making Party to connect in community, libations and celebrations while crafting gifts that nurture health and the planet too.

If you're in the area, email us at rsvp@rainbeaumars.com for details. If you can't attend, click here to check out some of our recipes for a Peppermint Scrub, Hoilday Joy Spritzer and more!

10 Unusual Habits to Boost Creativity

In the age of the cultural creatives there are a lot of unusual habits and practices sprouting up to support the vast range of unique expressions in our world. As an artist, creative thinker and intuitive channel I have some unusual habits that I’ve honed over the years. Through a lot of experimentation and self-discovery I’ve found these 10 habits to be my strongest allies in the pursuit of empowering my creativity.

DIY Holiday Gift Recipes

Tis the Season of generosity, kindness, and showing appreciation for loved ones and all the people who help make your little corner of the universe Shine!

But the pressure, and expense, of getting the perfect gift  for all your special someone's can make the holiday more stress than joy.

At RMLifestyles we recently held a Holiday Gift Making Party to connect with our community and demonstrate how a heartfelt homemade gift can be more meaningful than some store-bought trinket. And what a Bonus if the gift also supports your loved one's well-being by nurturing health, beauty and homecare with natural solutions that are good for the planet too!

In case you missed the event, here are some DIY Holiday Gift Making Recipes for you to make at home. These gifts incorporate the healing power of essential oils, and it's recommended to use a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade brand, like dōTERRA

For more details on how to get involved, email us at info@rainbeaumars.com.

Be Empowered by Your Morning Routine

  Photo Article Credit:  Huffington Post  by   R.L. Adams     Writer, blogger, entrepreneur, software engineer, and best-selling author of dozens of SEO, online marketing & self-development books.     Posted: 10/18/2015 10:52 am EDT Updated: 10/19/2015 10:59 am EDT

Photo Article Credit: Huffington Post by R.L. Adams 

Writer, blogger, entrepreneur, software engineer, and best-selling author of dozens of SEO, online marketing & self-development books.

Posted: 10/18/2015 10:52 am EDT Updated: 10/19/2015 10:59 am EDT

 

Routines are described as sets of behaviors that are regularly repeated, usually in the same time and place. They're steeped in habit, vigorously reiterated throughout the course of our lives. Most of our routines have been part of our daily rituals for years, if not decades.

The quality of our lives is very much derived from the same routines that we repeat daily. But of all the routines that we might posses, it's our morning routines that are quite possibly the most important. What we do in the morning helps to set the pace for the day.

And, while we would all love to have empowering morning routines that might include 30-minutes of exercise, eating a healthy breakfast, and writing out our gratitudes, it clearly doesn't always work out that way.

In fact, most of our routines at the outset of the day can't be described as empowering; they can only be labeled as chaotic. Because usually, it's a frantic rush to get ready for the day, multi-tasking our way out the door.

Sound familiar?

If you have children, then your morning routine is probably even more jam-packed. It likely involves getting the kids ready for school, making them breakfast, and ensuring they have a healthy lunch packed. Usually, this leaves little time for much else.

Yet, the mornings are the single most important part of the day. What we do in the morning helps to shape the trajectory of our lives, defines our priorities, and helps determine our likeliness to achieve our goals. Small wins and a little bit of momentum in the morning can push us a long way.

But if you feel frustrated with your morning routine, and are filled with a general sense of anxiety, fear and stress when you leave the house, then it's time to make a change. These five steps to a better morning routine will help to drastically improve our lives.

Step #1 -- Get Organized

When chaos ensues in the morning, it's usually because we lack organization. When we're organized, we can leave room for personal development. But, when we lack organization, just the opposite happens.

Yet, getting organized is easier said than done. Often, it involves a complete overhaul of our homes and our schedules. However, if you've heard the saying, "clean house, clear mind," then you know just how true this is.

Recent studies have even confirmed that clutter creates chaos. Researchers at thePrinceton University Neuroscience Institute determined that clutter prevents the mind from focusing properly, and usually ends in frustration. When we're frustrated, we often opt for silent resignation, allowing things to control us rather than tackling them offensively.

Specifically, they stated the following: "Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system."

Start by organizing your home one section at a time so you don't feel overwhelmed. Pick a drawer and organize it, or pick a small space such as your cupboard and organize that. Go out and buy a cork board you can pin items to or even a chalk board you can write on. When you can visually see the things that need to get done, it's far easier to follow through.

By organizing small spaces, one at a time, we don't feel overwhelmed and we build momentum, slowing gaining more confidence.

Step #2 -- Manage Your Time

Time management is a skill that some might even call an art form. But if you're juggling multiple responsibilities all at once with little room for "me time," then you need an effective time management system.

The most popular one is the Quadrant System, initially introduced by President Dwight D. Eisenhower but later popularized by Stephen R. Covey in his book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People."

The system categorizes all of our activities based on two factors: urgency and importance. Things are either (1) both urgent and important (short term crises and problems), (2) not urgent but important (long-term goals), (3) urgent but not important (distractions or interruptions), or (4) not urgent and not important (time-wasters).

Take one week to audit your time. Jot down every activity you do in the day and next to it write the quadrant it's associated with and circle it. How much time did you spend on things that could have been avoided (quadrant 3)? How about on your long-term goals (quadrant 2)? And, how much time did you waste with quadrant 4 activities?

This should give you a strong sense on where your time is going, and allow you to better manage the little amount of time that you do have. By better managing your time, you can remove some stress and anxiety, and better prepare for an empowering morning routine at the start of your day.

Step #3 -- Wake Up Early

It goes without saying that in order to develop a better morning routine, you need to wake up early. Simply crawling out of bed at the last minute won't cut it. You need to train your body and your mind to wake up early.

How early? That's entirely up to you. But you should leave yourself with at least one hour of quiet time before things get hectic. Don't know how you'll manage to wake up at least one hour earlier? Try starting with 10 minute increments.

For example, you could set your alarm clock 10 minutes back for the first three days, then another 10 minutes the next three days, and so on. Habits build slowly over time. And if you want to instill the habit of waking up earlier, you might not want to do too much too fast.

If you increment slowly by waking up earlier by 10 minutes each time, you can rewire the neural pathways in your mind over time. Even if you're not a morning person, this process will still work for you.

Think about strengthening the tension on a guitar or piano string. By doing too much too fast, the string can snap. But, if it's slowly tightened little by little, that tensions sets in, making the string slowly adapt. And the mind works very much in a similar way.

Step #4 -- Set Goals

If you've set some goals in your life, then waking up early should become a priority. But you can't just set goals in your mind; they need to be written out before you. The act of actually writing out your goals makes a significant difference in your ability to achieve them.

Set goals that are specific, measurable, and time-based. Come up with some strong enough reasons on why you must achieve those goals. As long as your reasons are profound enough, you'll do what it takes to follow through.

Building your empowering morning routine, then, should involve tackling things that can help to advance those goals forward, also known as quadrant 2 activities when it comes to effective time management.

As long as you can organize your space and manage your time, you'll leave room to work on the things that will matter most to you in life. Strong goals will help inspire you to move forward and slowly build momentum over time.

Step #5 -- Focus on Health Wellness

Your morning routine should also be focused on health and wellness. You need to ensure that you're targeting a sound mind, body, and spirit. There should be an exercise component involved, no matter how small it might be. Even 10 minutes of brisk walking is enough to develop the deeper habit of more strenuous exercise over time.

Another component of your morning routine should involve gratitude. Find everything you can be grateful for in your life, and write it down in the morning. Have nothing to be grateful for? There's always plenty to be thankful for when we truly search.

The act of writing out our gratitudes for even 5 minutes in the morning helps to shift our focus from what we don't have to what we do have. That move from a state of lack to a state of abundance translates into everything that we do because our thoughts are that powerful.

Other things like eating a healthy breakfast, meditating for 15 minutes, and creating a massive action plan for the day should take center stage. But none of this can be done without waking up early, and in part ensuring that you get enough sleep.

Building an empowering morning routine doesn't happen overnight. But, over time, with the insertion of small changes, it does evolve into something wonderful. The biggest hurdle is not to allow bad habits to creep back in and to revert back to our old ways.

Rock your Body!

 Photo by Miiicha/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by Miiicha/iStock / Getty Images

Not just a hippy science for new agers, gemstone crystals have been used for centuries all over the world as powerful talismans. For instance, royalty and priesthoods throughout time have invested fortunes to be adorned in the highest quality precious stones (and not just because they liked the appearance of these pretty colorful rocks). These global leaders recognize the potential of gemstones to activate a spectrum of abilities, from increased vitality and healing to greater concentration or spiritual connection.
 

How Gemstones Work?

Gemstones focus energy towards your intentions to support you in achieving your goals, like an arrow thrust directly at its target. Both gemstones and our human bodies are molded of earthly elements, but whereas our body’s divine design can be compromised by our thoughts, environment and lifestyle habits, gemstones retain their balanced structures in perfect harmony with the Earth. When we invite gemstones into our awareness by sight, mind and touch, we attune to their pure energies.

How to Use Gemstones?

The possibilities are practically endless, but a few popular ways to incorporate gemstones into your life are:

* Wear them as jewelry

* Carry them in a pouch (or mojo bag) to keep in your purse or backpack

* Put them in your pillow case for when you sleep at night

* Place them along your yoga mat while practicing

* Use them for decoration, like on your bedroom nightstand so they’re the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing before you go to bed, or on your desk to support you at work

* Meditate with them, either hold them in your hands or place them on your alter

* Add to your bath water and affirm your intentions as you bathe

* Create gem elixir by soaking them overnight in water or a bottle of essential oils to anoint yourself with

  CAUTION: Some gemstones may leach metals and substances that could be harmful such as lead or copper and should NOT be used for ingestion or anointing. Research more before using, but some examples aregarnet, malachite, moonstone, pyrite, sodalite and tiger’s eye.

Gemstones to Rock your Beach Body!

Though you shouldn’t depend on the gemstones alone, they can be amazing tools to support your health and fitness goals along with proper nutrition and exercise. Here are our top picks for a beach body:

1) Rose Quartz
Pink in hue, rose quartz opens the heart to love (including self-acceptance and loving the skin we’re in) invokes our innate beauty. It also helps to relieve stress (calming those worry lines that age our faces) and promote weight loss.

2) Apatite
Blue-green stone that suppresses hunger, aids metabolism and weight loss, and for letting go what no longer serves you, including an appetite for unhealthy foods

3) Citrine
Yellow stone detoxifies and is connected with the solar plexus, our digestive fire. Boosts confidence and powers of manifestation (like your dream body)

4) Moonstone
Opalescent white or blue, it's renowned for enhancing beauty, removing obstacles, achieving goals (reaching for the moon)

5) Quartz Crystal
Clear,  improves clarity, powerful healer, pain reliever, and magnifier, intensifying the strength of the other gemstones

6) Hematite
Silvery black, it supports a healthy circulatory system, heart and blood, grounding, and draws illness out of the body

7) Amethyst
Varying shades of purple, it's a stone of sobriety and spirituality. Alleviates stress, tensions and headaches. Fosters intuition, focus and clear vision. Amazing healer and unleashes fullness of breath

Why A Pause is Important

Why A Pause is important:

Today’s trends always seem to raise questions. The most important one to start with is “why”. Why is a pig named Pickle getting so many likes on Instagram, WHY did the Kylie Jenner lip challenge become as big as it did? Recently, yet another movement has come to the spotlight. The official title is Project Semicolon, a faith based non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, addiction, suicide, and self injury.  Now, WHY a semicolon? The purpose of a semicolon in writing is when the author could’ve ended their sentence, but made the choice not to. When viewed in the context of the survivors of the previously mentioned illnesses and the author and the writing their life, what a beautiful symbol and powerful message.

We can also see why this framing can be important in everyone’s movement through life as well. Always focusing and striving for peace within a constant storm. Meditation’s medical benefits are endless; decreases stress, improves mood, lowers blood pressure, and the list continues. However, I thought it would be beneficial to relax, breathe, and remember WHY an effective and positive “pause” such as meditation is essential in our daily routine.

1.    I am grateful for…. Releasing gratitude is an essential and pivitol point of meditiation, whether it is in the form of prayer or practice gaining knowledge of what we are grateful for is essential

2.    ATTENTION! ATTENTION!....While focusing on a specific thing and choosing to actively ignore others we allow our brain improve its ability to be more aware of what is happening around you all the while having a stronger present state.

3.    Don’t stress about it… Studies have shown that when you make the practice of concentrating on your breathe, sensations in your body, thought and emotions in which over takes your mind. You move towards freedom and eventually changing the way your mind and body responds to negative thoughts.

4.    A gift for you…Always remember when we aren’t healthy, we stunt the possibility for making others around us healthy and in turn the world.

So always remember, to sit up, relax, take a moment, and breathe.

Find more information on Project Semicolon and how to help at:

http://www.projectsemicolon.com/

Love ALWAYS. 

 RMLifestyles


written by: Sammie Teran

What you would KALE to know

We all know the astounding health benefits of kale. This green is a nutritional powerhouse packed with antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, kaempferol and quercetin. Bottom line, if People Magazine had to name a leaf the “sexiest vegetable alive”, kale would be standing there right next to George Clooney.  However, there are a few people in the world that carry a deep dark secret, they don’t like the taste of kale.  Well before you give up completely here are some tips and trick on how to add kale to your diet without sacrificing your taste buds:

  • Go with the lil guys- Baby kale is known for having a softer and milder taste. 

 

  • Veg out- Try making kale chips. Personally, this is how I got hooked on kale. The homemade ones are the bees knees. We will link some fantastic recipes below so you can trade in your lays for those tasty K’s .

 

  • Freeze em out- Freezing kale before adding to a smoothie will strongly decrease the potency of the leaf. Some of our friends have created some bomb recipes. Check them out below! 

 

  • Mix it up- If you haven’t promised kale to be forever faithful, then why don’t you mix up with some other greens to get some of its amazing benefits?

 

Thanks so much for reading! Fun recipes from our friends below or check out The 21-Day Superstar Cleanse for more ways to get your greens.

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Kale Chip Recipe via AllRecipes.com

Kale Smoothies via The Daily Meal

 

Love ALWAYS. 

 RMLifestyles

 

written by: Sammie Teran