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Watching that baby belly grow and grow is one of the most incredible things you can witness. It's pure magic - having a little soul grow inside of you and watching your body transform before your eyes.

With that comes some 'unwanted' side effects too... mainly the itchy belly as your skin stretches and the possibility (or reality) of stretch marks.

There are countless products ready to be sold to you that claim to soothe and prevent stretch marks... but do they come at a cost? Countless chemicals and toxins are found in the beauty products we use every day and since about 90% of everything we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bloodstream, choosing products that actually benefit our health is more important than ever.

Lucky for you going no-tox and creating your own belly balm is easier than ever! (And this is coming from a total non-DIY savvy gal)

This little recipe is full of fantastic ingredients that help moisturize, protect, and nourish the skin. It’s a great lotion to rub on your belly… or anywhere else.

In fact, you don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy this balm! All of the oils in this recipe are extremely anti-aging, squash inflammation, promote cellular regeneration (see ya later, fine lines, wrinkles, and spots!), banish bacteria and fungus, soothe sensitivity, hydrate, tighten, tone, and so much more. Plus, they’ll add zero toxins to your life! Win-win-win.

Before you go oiling yourself up, just a heads up:  You always want to ensure that you’re using absolutely pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Which means oils that are grown sustainably in their indigenous habitat, and each batch is rigorously tested by multiple 3rd party labs for absolute purity. Quality makes a huge difference and the last thing you want to do is add toxins to your body when you think you’re detoxing... that's the worst kind of health-washing. If you need any guidance in this area, send me a message and I’d be happy to help.

Hello happy, radiant, glowing skin! 

HAPPY BELLY BALM

Ingredients

1/2 cup SHEA BUTTER

1/2 COCONUT OIL

(Melt together on the stovetop - let it cool before adding essential oils since heat can break down the molecules in the oils)

10 drops each of the following oils:

FRANKINCENSE

The King of Oils, Frank is the skin’s bff. It’s regenerative, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, hydrating, tightens and firms, balances pH, fades fine lines, wrinkles, scars, spots and stretch marks, and soothes irritations. If you don't already have this bad boy in your skin care toolkit, what are you waiting for?

Frankincense is also known as the oil of truth and invites us to let go of lower vibrations and create new perspectives - connecting us with our inner light.

MYRRH

Known as The Oil of Mother Earth - this gem has been used since forever as well. It’s regenerative, high in antioxidants, antimicrobial, hydrating, soothes irritations, firming, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. 

On a spiritual level, this oil helps us feel safe in the world so we can trust in the goodness of life. It's a beautiful oil to use when connecting with your baby.

GERANIUM

Used for its skin beautifying properties since the Egyptians, Geranium is a feminine gorgeous-smelling way to nourish your skin and bring out that inner glow. It’s high in antioxidants, astringent (firms and tones), shrinks pores, balances sebum production, fades spots and stretch marks. Geranium is known as the oil of love and trust and offers incredible emotional healing, allowing our hearts to open wider and let more love in (and out). 

LAVENDER

It's not called 'the swiss army knife' of oils for nothing. Lavender is well known for its calming properties (hey there, restorative sleep) but many people don’t realize that it’s incredible for skin health. It’s anti-inflammatory, hydrating, regenerative, antimicrobial, soothes irritations, and is high in antioxidants.

HELICHRYSUM

This beauty contains special properties that make it an antioxidant, an antibacterial, an antifungal and an anti-inflammatory! It can be used in dozens of different ways to boost health and ward off disease - it's also phenomenal for your skin. It’s regenerative (reduces fine lines, wrinkles, spots + discoloration), hydrating, soothes irritations, and protects against sun damage.

The cool thing with all of these oils are that their therapeutic benefits are so vast - which means even though this recipe is primarily to love up on that beautiful belly, your health will be reaping the benefits in so many other ways as well.

Because Mother Nature is cool like that ;) 

Final steps: add your oils and shea butter/ coconut oil mix to a glass jar, stirring every so often until it hardens. And that's it! This feels soooo luxurious when applying it on your skin - prepare to radiate! 

Want more info on essential oils? Head here to learn more.

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Whenever I soften my breath, breathing deep into my belly, and consciously shift my presence from my head to my heart, I can feel it.

There's something shifting in the air for so many of us right now. I hear it in coaching conversations, in deep chats within my circle, and as a whole, we're feeling a pull of energy towards something greater, something different in our lives.

There's a yearning to express ourselves authentically, to live in alignment with what we believe in, and show up from a place that's empowered, confident, and free.

We're shining a light on the parts of ourselves that maybe felt a little too uncomfortable to face before. We're seeing the pieces we've hidden away from the world, but know now, just how much the world actually needs it. There's no more holding back or hiding out. There's only the deep knowing that you're ready to rise up.

When and how... these aren't the questions to ask.

It's about why.

The why behind what we do. The driving force behind how we show up each and every day.

Living from this space means doing the work, feeling the fear and transforming your relationship with it, aligning with your integrity, living authentically, and hustling with heart because you believe so deeply in your vision.

IN THE THICK OF TRANSFORMATION

Over the past two years, I've felt like I've been in the thick of my own transformation. There have been moments where I've felt overwhelmed by just how much there's been to process, to let go of, to accept. Moments when I wished that time could just stand still for one second so I could catch my breath. 

I had always envisioned myself falling pregnant and sharing so openly about my pregnancy and my experiences, and when I felt the complete opposite, it caught me off guard. Everything was telling me to go within. I pulled back, had less energy to expend out there, and retreated. It was an incredible, life-changing, most miraculous, and also, deeply personal experience of my entire life.

Since falling pregnant, giving birth, and going through the journey of motherhood over the past 15+ months, I've changed.

Sometimes I resisted that change and struggled to grasp what my new identity was.

Some days I hardly recognized myself. Other days, I felt more aligned than I ever have before. There's been so much clarity, and yet - so much that felt foggy and uncertain.

I've asked myself, "Who am I, now that I am no longer who I was before?"

It's felt like my entire identity was stripped away as I went through what felt like rapid transformation squeezed into such a short period of time - a sure sign of my Saturn return, no? 

Like all of us, I'm being called to stretch, expand, and awaken to my true essence. To live my truth and embody the most honest, authentic version of myself.

BECOMING A CONSCIOUS CREATOR

Living consciously means letting my vision - what I want to create, how I want to feel, the ways I want to leave my mark on the world - lead the way. 

It's believing whole-heartedly in my why.

It's showing up, even when it's tough.

It's the deep-seated belief that when we do the work, trust in the process, and let go of expectations and control, that we'll be met with more than we could ever think up for ourselves.

These are the revelations of my why. The thoughts of someone who knows in her heart that we're all destined for greater things, to live a little larger, if we simply show up to the task.

Think about the vision you're creating... where are currently in alignment? What's asking to be let go of? It's time to show up authentically, own your part, and start creating consciously.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments... tell me, how will you start showing up in your life with more presence?  GIVE ME FREE ACCESS NOW!
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Everything is under the microscope lately. The year is coming to a close and I'm preparing to welcome another child into this world and there's this swirling energy around me that's examining everything. My thoughts. My actions. My presence. My dreams and desires. What's holding me back. What stories are making their way around in my mind. All of it.

I'm becoming increasingly aware of how often I allow myself to become locked into stories that, simply put, don't serve me. Stories of struggle, disempowerment, and feeling less-than. Nearly everything we're being told or sold in the media is based off of the simple idea that we aren't enough. We're in a constant rat race of chasing happiness, but how many of us have actually sat down and visualized what that really looks - and feels like?

So I find myself asking all the questions... how do I really feel? What are my beliefs? Is this story mine, or does this belong to somebody else? How can I detach from a belief that feels so deeply ingrained... but is disempowering?

...To the woman who looks at my pregnant belly and the toddler by my side and tells me how full my hands are going to be, I say, not nearly as full as my heart....To the societal story that labour and childbirth is meant to be a terrifying, painful, and scary experience, I say, that's your story, not mine. I choose empowerment. I choose surrender. I choose to trust my body....To the belief that anything worth having in life is a struggle to get ahold of, takes blood, sweat, and tears... I choose grace and ease instead.

Becoming a mother is one of the biggest transformations that I've ever experienced - and I remember the struggle. The feeling of losing my identity, becoming detached from myself, and searching for some semblance of balance and some days, sanity. Being pregnant for the second time has me questioning... does it really have to be that way? Do I really have to prepare myself for the struggle, for how damn hard it's going to be?

What if, instead, I transformed how I show up in the world?

These are just little snippets from my personal experience... but let me turn it back to you:

...If you really examined the thoughts running around in your mind, would you start to realize how many of them are deeply rooted in fear?

...If you reassessed your entire belief system, how many of those beliefs would feel true to you? 

...What if, instead of running through worse-case scenarios or waiting for the shoe to drop, you asked... how much better can life get?

How much more joy can you feel? How can you better look after yourself? How can you show up with your full presence? What can you do to feel fully supported? (And what if you just knew in the depths of your heart, that you already were?) How would life be different if you believed in yourself?

Breathe that in, just for a moment.

Every morning when you wake up, you have a choice. Are you going to be run by fear or are you going to operate from a place of joy? 

That's your compass.

Come back to joy. To unlimited possibility. Rise up in your own infinite power.

If you feel called to, I'd love for you to comment or reach out and let me know how this landed for you xo

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When I think about living life on your terms, and, more specifically, doing business your own way, Elizabeth McKenzie immediately comes to mind. 

In her own words, business is like dating. No one wants to go on a date with a sweaty-palmed, pizza-faced, voice-hasn’t-broken-yet, nervous wreck. 

We want to date the guy or gal who’ll charm the pants off us.

Elizabeth is an absolute wizard with words whose special brand of magic is creating compelling words that help you stand out from the crowd, while stepping away from what's standard. Trading in boring for a shit ton of fun.

Want to up your game in your business? Keen to get to know and be wildly inspired by someone who is truly owning what they're really freaking amazing at? It goes without saying... but I can't wait for you to dive into Elizabeth's words.

Tell us more about you: who are you and what are you all about? (Your story, your truth)

I’m Elizabeth, the Word Rebel (self-proclaimed of course) and I’m a writer. I make money from my words. By writing my own, teaching others how to write, and writing words for entrepreneurs who hate writing. 

I’m all about your truth, your thoughts, your spark, your desires, your big ass life purpose. But I’m here to take it, and translate that pesky unexplainable feeling you have deep inside and turn it into a message, a movement, a mission, money, and words worth listening to. 

Everyone has a message deep inside, but to articulate the little fucker is hard work. That’s where I come in. 

At the heart of everything I do, I want to make people smile so much they make a weird noise, somewhere between a laugh and a snort, and if they’re drinking when they read my words, to almost spit it out.

I’m here to entertain, and if you learn something too, that’s a bonus. Because you can google every How To Guide on Earth. But to be entertained? That takes skill!

Truthfully, I want to make a guest appearance on The Mindy Project. And for Mindy to become my best friend.

What does living life on your own terms mean to you?

Having the balls to say what you really want. Having the balls to make the first move towards getting what you really want. 

We’re so scared to claim it and own it. We’re so scared to put ourselves out there. 

But that’s when you get everything you want. 

You want that guy? Ask him out. 

You want to get a new client today? Call one. 

You want to run a marathon? Buy new runners.

It’s all pretty simple, the scariest thing? Admitting what you want, because like, what if you don’t get it? 

Trust me, you’ll always get what you want.

Share with us a personal challenge that you’ve had to overcome and what limiting beliefs you had to break down along the way.

I had this limiting belief that I was too fat to be loved by the guy who chose to love me. Aka my man. It was crazy person shit. I mean he loved me. I couldn’t control that at all. He loved me as I was. What I saw was my fat ass self. I’d put on weight and naturally related that to not be loveable. So I’d not believe him when he told me. 

So in between work, I’d sit there and analyse why he loved me when clearly I’m too fat to be loved.

Seriously crazy stuff right? The funny thing was I knew it was crazy. I’d even say to myself: Okay crazy, let’s obsess about this for 5 minutes, and then I don’t have time for you. 

So how’d I cure myself of this (because I have!!)? I got kinesiology. I go every 6-8 weeks. We had a session around this and figured out the not enough voice wasn’t mine. Woo woo AF right? I was picking up on some psychic stuff. We cleared it and I’ve never had an not enough thought again. 

When life gets hectic and overwhelming, what do you do to feel more grounded and balanced?

Move my body. The reason life gets hectic and overwhelming is because I stopped working out because I convinced myself I’m like saaaahhhh busy. But as soon as I get back to seeing my personal trainer, and I move my body in all the ways, I’m balanced, grounded and centred. 

Also, it sucks to say this, but less coffee.

It’s all physiological this stuff. 

When it comes to creating change in your life, what does putting it into action look like for you? (And how do you handle when/ if resistance pops up?)

I’m so gung ho about taking action. I’ll go all in, all day if it’s something I truly want. I’ll get an idea that makes my heart sing and I’ll have written the sales page in 90 minutes, it’s go time!

I get high off the thrill of taking those first few steps and creating something from scratch. It’s healthier than pot, that’s for sure. 

Resistance pops up in the follow through because that’s when the real work starts. That’s when you start to see results, when things start to cement themselves. And I want to bail. I pretty much ask myself: what’s up with X today? And I talk through it like I’m in couples counselling to figure out where the resistance is and what we need to do to move past it.

It’s super weird when you do it alone while walking the dogs, but hey, I’ve had the best conversations with myself and we’ve resolved so much from just chatting it out. 

What are the top two nuggets of wisdom or advice you would give to someone?

One: Grow a pair of balls and start expressing your opinion.

Two: You’re clear enough. You know your message deep down inside. What you need help with is articulating said message. 

What is one quote that really resonates with you, or that you choose to live life by? RAPID FIRE Q's:

I can’t go a day without…coffee.

Following the trail of my curiosities means…talking even if it’ll embarrass me.

When I feel fear… I know I’m onto a good thing. 

I feel joyful when…I’m making out. 

I’m most grateful for…getting paid to write words. 

Hey Yo! I'm Elizabeth + I’m a writer, messaging mentor + marketing expert.  All things words + communication are my jam. I make a full time living in my business all by using my words. I have a degree in marketing, media + communication and speech pathology. So when I say communication is my jam, I mean it.  I'm allergic to buzzwords, boring stories, wanky words, cooler-than-school copy, shark bait fear mongering marketing, and anything stock standard.

I'm all about DAT ASS... no wait, I'm all about you. Your quirks, your opinions, your thoughts, your stories. Your movement, your message. Your personality. It's time to start saying what you really want to say. Go ahead, stop filtering yourself. 

Write your business out of boring + start rolling in dollar dollar bills, yo!

Let's give Elizabeth some love in the comments.

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I'm always amazed at how generous doTERRA is. From their co-impacting sourcing model, their Healing Hands Foundation, to how much value they provide their customers.

And BOGO week is a perfect example of this! Yep, Buy One, Get One FREE! It's the perfect chance to stock up on your oils, give gifts to your loved ones, or if you've been wanting to get started with oils... get even deeper discounts to maximize your dollar!

Win-win!

Beginning on Monday 20th November - for 5 days only - you will receive 1 free oil when you purchase the oil of the day!


Please note:
> Each free oil offer will last for 24 hours only! For 5 days the promotion will be announced daily on Facebook, doterraeveryday and in your Virtual Office.
> Each day’s promotion will run, WHILE STOCKS LAST! That means you have to get in quick to ensure you don’t miss out.

Here's what you need to know & how to order:

Step 1

The Daily BOGO deal will be shared in The Wellness Collective Facebook Group, along with tips & education on how to use the oils. Join here. You can also follow doTERRA on Facebook directly (US site and CDN site)

Step 2

If you already have your wholesale membership, head to Step 3!

If you're not already a wholesale customer... that's how you purchase doTERRA. It's a little like Costco... you pay a little and receive the deepest discounts. It's super easy, smart and cheap. Here are your two best options!

OPTION 1: Pay a one-off $35USD / $42 CDN Membership fee and get unlimited oils for an entire year at 25% off retail (The second year is a $25 membership fee however you receive a free bottle of peppermint oil so it's like you never have to pay for wholesale pricing again).

Then create your custom order with any oils, blends, products, and BOGO deals you'd like!

OPTION 2: If you really want to kick start your wellness journey, I recommend adding one of the starter kits to your cart, plus the daily BOGO. The starter kits include the wholesale membership but they waive the $42 plus you get a deeper discount this way.

Purchasing a kit is without a doubt the most valuable way to get started and how I started with doTERRA.

For more information on doTERRA's starter kits, head here.

FULL INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PLACE YOUR FIRST ORDER ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.Step 3

If you're already a doTERRA customer with your loyalty rewards program set up, and you buy one oil and get one free (BOGO) for each of the 5 days, you'll get all your shipping back in points (so your shipping is essentially FREE!) That's around 50 points to spend on free product if you order the BOGO's each day! 

Just visit www.mydoterra.com and enter your wholesale customer ID# and your password to place your order! 

Step 4: Add the daily BOGO to your cart and then the free BOGO oil will self-populate.

HEAD HERE: GET STARTED WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

  • Click Join and Save
  • Choose the country and language that's appropriate for you.
  • Click 'Local.'
  • Choose Wholesale Customer (Wellness Advocate (WA) is if you want to earn with doTERRA)
  • Enter your personal information. *Your SIN number is only needed if you're enrolling as a WA and you want to build your own wellness biz.
  • At *Enroller id*, enter my number: 2649453
  • Then click verify (it should then show you my name: Allie Tymoczko)
  • Set yourself up with a password
  • Click over to the next page
  • Select what kit you'd like to order or create a custom order (with your BOGO items!) and simply add the $35/ $42 (depending on your country) Introductory Packet.
  • Enter your Credit Card details and process your order.

You'll also be plugged into The Wellness Collective, where I focus heavily on mentorship and education so you get the most out of your oil experience and wellness journey! A total high-vibe community.

And of course, if you have any questions - holler at me! Either email allietymo(at)gmail.com or DM over on Instagram.

Happy BOGO'ing! 
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The power of intention and law of attraction... these concepts are very "Consciousness 101" but it's so easy to know it intellectually and forget to really embody it.

So, what happens when we do forget? We stop believing in our own power - and that's exactly what happened to me and I didn't even realize it.

I was at my naturopath's office and we were doing some work de-programming negative belief patterns and upgrading more of what really served me. Fear, guilt, shame - it's the kind of stuff that stays with you from generation to generation. It stays locked in your body unless you actively do something about it.

I wanted more love, happiness, bravery.

This process involved a lot of visualization - and I started to question myself.

"How do I know that I'm doing it right?" I asked.

"Believe that you are." she responded.

How could I have so easily forgotten... and more than that, how often in my every day life do I question myself and wondering if I'm doing the right thing or making the right choices. How often do I believe these limiting thoughts that I forget how powerful intention and visualization are? 

Those four simple words were enough to ignite my inner power - and the work I did that day was one of the most powerful experiences in my life.

I imagined myself throwing out (literally) limiting beliefs, but I kept it playful and not too serious. With a light heart, I said a simple "goodbye" to fear, stress, guilt, doubt - and then into the trash can they went. I felt lighter. More free.

With that same level of intention, I welcomed in the words and feelings I wanted more of - I am brave. I am capable. I am centred. I am alive. I am connected.

I felt my entire energy field expand. I wasn't just saying the words, I was embodying them. My shoulders relaxed, my spine straightened, I felt a slight grin come across my face. I was empowered.

It's carried with me, since that day.

Not only did that practice shift something deep inside of me, but it reminded me that we're all powerful, capable, and brave - we just forget that we are. We go through the motions of life, believing the thoughts that enter our mind out of pure habit - I don't have the answers. I don't know what I want. I can't do that. I can't achieve success like that other person. Life is just so hard for me.

What if, instead, you believed that you had the answers?

And in those moments, when you still aren't sure, what if you knew the answers would come - if you just opened your heart to them?

What if you believed that you could accomplish whatever you dreamt of - and that vision came to YOU because you were meant to breathe life into it?

What if you knew that life wasn't meant to be hard, and could actually be full of ease and grace, if you just chose it?


If you're still rolling your eyes, buying into the belief that it couldn't possibly be that easy... what if, just for the next 30 days, you started to lead first with your curiosity, and in that space of curiosity, see what happens.

See what happens if you...

...started to question the stories that automatically pop in your head

...started to throw away the beliefs that don't feel right anymore

...started believing, whole-heartedly, in your strength of your own soul

...knew, really, really, knew, that you are always being guided towards what will further your own growth and expansion


Try it on for size. Just for the 30 days (although, I hope longer than that) Don't just read the words and think to yourself, "That sounds really nice, but it won't work for me."

It's time to take what you know in your mind, and feel it in your body.

That's where your power is.

How does that feel, for you? I'd love for you to leave a comment and tell me one belief or story you're ready to stop giving power to - there's something that shifts even in the process of calling it out and I'd love to hold space for you to do that.

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Have I mentioned how much I absolutely adore the Live Life On Your Terms series? Each week, I'm absolutely floored and inspired by incredible women who are rising up and making waves in their lives.

My gorgeous friends, it's time to introduce you to the incredible Carly Stephan, who is wildly passionate about braiding the earth, soul, spirit and cosmos into her work and creative expression. She recently left her full-time gig to dive into her coaching business full time where she helps women unleash their potent life force energy and live at their highest, light-filled potential in every moment.

Carly believes in claiming all of your light, all of your darkness and alchemising both in to the most divinely inspired creation the universe has come up with yet – you in your wholeness.

A modern-day mystic after my own heart.

Soak up Carly's incredible wisdom - a little soul nourishment at its finest.

Tell us more about you: who are you and what are you all about?

I’m a spiritual practice mentor and coach for women who want to live their highest potential and most exalted and juicy lives here on earth. I’m currently shifting my professional focus from being a full time international development practitioner for over a decade (working directly on community development projects ranging from women’s empowerment to climate change adaptation and local economic development), to launching my own soul business as a spiritual mentor for women - which for the last few years has been done in my spare time around my full time job. 

What does living life on your own terms mean to you?

Tuning into my soul’s white hot truth. Learning how to speak its language and what its trying to lovingly tell me in any given moment - and then going and doing that. This is both a moment-by-moment practice, as well as what guides my medium and longer term goals, dreams and aspirations.

Share with us a personal challenge that you’ve had to overcome and what limiting beliefs you had to break down along the way.

I can use a current one for this! At the moment I’m shifting from my full time job and career in international development, which I’ve worked in and thoroughly enjoyed for over a decade - and I’m now shifting into owning my soul work full time, and launching a body of work which is birthing at the moment! 

The limiting beliefs are: Who are you to do this? Do you have permission? Can you do actually do this? And the resistance is of course super strong around these terms.

But when you commit to the path of your soul and your highest truth, these limiting beliefs act as really useful signposts, pointing you in the direction you're most resisting.

So for me, I can see these signposts very clearly and rather than overcome them, I welcome them as signs I’m currently stepping into my highest potential and honouring my soul’s calling.

When life gets hectic and overwhelming, what do you do to feel more grounded and balanced?

I get centred and embodied. I drop into my heart space.  

One way I do this it to go and earth myself. Mama earth is by far one of the most healing antioxidants on earth - I take myself to the beach, to the river, into the forest or just down to the park and put my bare feet on the earth or climb into the nook of a tree’s root system. Breathing into my belly and feeling nature clearing, activating and grounding me. Releasing what no longer serves me back into the earth. 

This always leaves me feeling better, clearer and more balanced.

When it comes to creating change in your life, what does putting it into action look like for you? (And how do you handle when/ if resistance pops up?)

Resistance and fear come up for me ALL the time, and it’s definitely as I move closer to what my soul really wants to birth, as I mentioned above. Steven Pressfield writes about resistance beautifully in his (GREAT) book, The War of Art.

For me, breaking through resistance involves breaking down a task into bite-sized chunks and creating a sacred container within which to earth my creations. It differs for different things, but as an example, a mammoth task such as writing my book, looks like this: I commit to 100 words a day. Sometimes it ends up being more, but sometimes it is just 100. It may not seem like much, but at the end of one month I’ll be between 3000-5000 words ahead on my book, even when I’m in full resistance mode.

I create chunks and chip away at things I feel resistance around. And also make sure I do those tasks in the morning, when my head is clearest!

What are the top two nuggets of wisdom or advice you would give to someone?

Make the journey from your head to your heart. Tune inwards and begin to ‘feel’ into what’s right for you and your life - a balance between your head and heart is fantastic.

YOU are your ultimate guru, no one else. Always run the words, teachings, suggestions or advice you receive through your own prism and see if it shines true for YOU, don’t just take it on because someone tells you to.

What is one quote that really resonates with you, or that you choose to live life by?

"GIVE IT. What you think you don’t have. What you have never had enough of. What you are envious of in others. Give it to yourself. Until you know it. Until it’s in you. Until it is you. Until you can’t think of anything else. Until you don’t think of it anymore.

Give it. Generously. Take it in wholeheartedly. Until it falls out your mouth. Hanging on every word. Give it to yourself. Make it your steady source of nourishment. Until it is the salt in your tears. Until it’s the echo of your laugh. Until it is your future. Until it is your past. Give it to yourself in response to what was always withheld. To what is still withheld. To what seems to refuse you.

Choose you. Let generosity be your best revenge. Don’t stop where their tracks did. Beyond their finish line is your starting point. This is your life. Your race to pace yourself through. Your journey to journey.

No one knows how it will end. No one save your stars. And your heart.

Immerse yourself in what you need. Bury yourself in its scent. Cover yourself in its light. Eat at its table. Sleep with its mistress. Refuse to be ashamed of your needs. You weren’t starving before you got here. You were born full.

Believe it. Until you are satiated again." - Chani Nicholas

RAPID FIRE Q's:

I can’t go a day without… My love. And coffee.

Following the trail of my curiosities means… I am probably on a youtube video watching binge and should probably pull out before it’s midnight and I’m watching some insane “Cat’s do the darndest things” video. 

When I feel fear… I’m generally getting close to birthing something important.

I feel joyful when… I’m laughing with my loved ones.

I’m most grateful for… The rising tide of divine feminine and divine masculine energy in our world. It’s breathtakingly beautiful to behold.

Want to know more? 

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Carly is a divinely-earthed mystic, braiding the earth, soul, spirit and cosmos in to her work and creative expression. She is a mentor and coach for women committed to living in their fully exalted, goddess state here on earth. Carly is passionate about women unleashing their potent life force energy and living their highest light-filled potential in every moment. Carly's unique blend of skills span the spectrum of earth-bound and cosmic: community development project management, writing, speaking, professional mentoring, energy healing, divine feminine embodiment work, and intuitive channelling. She runs one-on-one mentorship programs for awakening your goddess, e-courses and mentorship groups. 

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I can't tell you the amount of times I've sat here, trying to formulate the words that could possibly paint a picture of the spaces I've been in, the lessons I've learnt, and what I've been processing.

As humans, our strength comes from our connections to each other. The stories we share, the space we hold, the resonance you feel when you find your tribe. (That's you.) I can't tell you how many times I've gotten off a coaching call, received an email, or read a comment on one of my posts and thought to myself... "More of that, please. More connection that's deep and genuine. More love, more heart, more sisterhood." 

That desire to share from that deeply personal space has been on my heart for quite some time, but at the same time... sometimes, the words don't reveal themselves.

As the year comes to a close, the energy of reflection and entering the new year with intention is at an all-time high.

I've been making space for that... the processing, reflecting, and the lessons waiting to be unearthed. 

Quite frankly, these past few months have stirred up a lot. If anything, 2016 has not been about subtleties. 

It's in my nature to search for the words, to make sense of it all logically, and bring the lessons to light. It's when there's a (seemingly) lack of answers that I struggle with. Wouldn't it be nice to have everything neat and tidy, tied with a bow? Where it all makes sense and you don't find yourself lost in the unknown or trying desperately to bring forth a sense of clarity to whatever space you find yourself in? 

A few years ago, I left for a solo-retreat in the mountains for some deep healing work. We were using the art of breath to connect with the deepest parts of our psyche, and as I connected to parts of myself that I had long ignored, I found myself trying to make sense of it. Trying to find the words, trying to fit everything together like perfect puzzle pieces. 

In that moment, it hit me. Sometimes we go through experiences and we can't make sense of them, they just are. Our brain clings desperately to the idea that everything needs to be a certain way... but there are times when it's best just to feel it.

To be wherever you are. Without trying to change it. Without trying to shift it. Without the push-pull struggle of needing it to make sense or mean something. To let your body be enveloped by the feelings and sensations that are asking to be moved through you, without steering them in a specific direction.

That's where I am.

Giving myself permission to surrender to the feelings that need to be felt.


Some of which I've pushed away because they've felt a little too uncomfortable for my liking. Some I've tried to gloss over with a coat of positive paint. All of them deserve to be honoured in a way that's different from what comes naturally to me.

But, that's growth, isn't it? Stretching outside of the box of what's comfortable? Trying new ways of being on for size, out of curiosity?

This is what it feels like to be in transition, to be in the midst of transformation.

Honour the ways this is showing up for you, because it's different for everybody.

It's okay if you can't find the words.

It's okay if you feel unsteady and uncertain. 

It's okay if the tears are aching to fall.

It's okay if you feel like your emotions are going to swallow you up whole. It's okay if nothing makes sense. It's okay if the big-ness of what's on your heart absolutely terrifies you. 

It's okay if you don't have the answers.

Be wherever you are. Be here. Right now, right here.

Know that the words will come, eventually. The clarity will make its way to the light. What needs to be known will be unearthed. Everything will unfold in a way that will totally and completely astound you. Trust that you are being guided towards something greater than you could ever dream up.

Know that I'm right here, in the thick of it, walking alongside you.

Here's to entering the new year in a way that's aligned with you. To unsubscribing to feeling like it "should" look a certain way. To throwing out rituals that don't resonate. To writing a new script. To letting your life tell the story of what's really on your heart.

If this resonates with you, leave a comment and share something that's on your heart. I'd love to hear about the things that matter most to you. xx

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I've been thinking a lot lately about the barriers I've placed around myself and what that means.

When did that happen and how did they start appearing so easily? When did I allow myself to be so easily tricked by Fear? 

In my teen years, I convinced myself that I was destined for a mediocre life. The natural talent that I saw pop up all around me in my peers wasn't something I possessed, I was just... me. Nothing special. No big 'thing' to bring to the world.

A few years later, I allowed an ex of mine to ingrain the belief in me that nobody would ever love me. Unlovable and alone. 

Those examples are more extreme, yes. More blatant, definitely. It breaks my heart to reflect on those dark moments, but there are so many subtle ways in which we keep ourselves locked up too.

Many ways that I've unconsciously created limitations that prevent me from chasing after and achieving what I actually want to create. Fear is tricky like that, you know? Fear wants us to stay riiight where we are, because it's safe. It's comfortable. It's certain. 

Uncertainty? Way too terrifying.

Stay in the bubble and don't you dare pop it, Fear says.

I've told myself that I'm too introverted to share more of my life and who I am. I've told myself that I'm way too shy to run live workshops. Not profound enough to share my perspective.

I've told myself that because I'm so time-strapped as a Mom, I can't possibly see the kind of success I want in my business. Or if I want one thing really badly, then that means everything else has to suffer.

That achieving lofty goals means I have to sweat and suffer to get there.

Don't you see? All these reasons to keep me where I am or keep me locked in a state of suffering because of... things I've told myself. Things that are not tangible. Things that I haven't actually seen any proof of because this low-level thinking has kept me silent and still?

It's time to unleash ourselves from the limitations and labels that hold us back.

Because every time you create conditions around going after what you want, you've placed one more obstacle preventing you from actually getting there.

Remove that obstacle and you'll see that it didn't really serve a purpose after all. It was a boulder made out of foam... you had the strength to remove it all along.

What do you say? Are you ready to move with me?

xo,

Allie

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As a fellow introvert (and INFJ!), I have completely and totally fallen in love with this gorgeous woman who I'm about to introduce you to.

Katherine Mackenzie-Smith was an introvert who always thought there was something wrong with her instinctive nature. Always doubting, comparing, getting in her own way, scared of shining brightly but also afraid of never being seen. 

Since then she's launched a successful, full-time coaching practice, been named ‘self help guru’ in Elle Magazine and a ‘champion of introverted leaders’, launched a podcast called The League of Extraordinary Introverts, and spends her days paving the way and helping introverts to shine in their own way. (Among many other incredible achievements too long to list here!)

The point is: sometimes we get caught up in the labels we place on ourselves and use them as reasons why we can't do whatever it is that truly lights us up. We play the story in our minds of "that's reserved for somebody else, not me. I'm too shy and quiet or I'm not bold, outgoing, or daring enough for that."

Without further ado, meet Katherine, who is smashing that myth outta the park, with grace:

Tell us more about you: who are you and what are you all about?

Oh gosh, this is a hard one to answer, because there are so many facets that make up who I am! I'm a self-confessed introvert (an INFJ, to be specific), a coach, a writer, a trainer for life coaches, a coffee lover, a advocate for the quiet and meek, and I was named a 'self help guru' by Elle magazine, and a 'champion of introverted leaders' by the wonderful Tanya Geisler - a title I cherish and will happily spend my life living up to! I help introverted women to understand their personalities, create businesses that play to their strengths, and craft messages that quietly impact the world, so they can shine in their own way. I believe that everyone can find success and their zone of genius, but only when they get real with who they are and how they work.

What does living life on your own terms mean to you?

It means finding your 'thing' (I'm still yet to come up with a descriptive word to better define this). The thing that keeps you up late at night, that gets you up in the morning, that makes you do things you've always been scared to do, but you can't not do it. That passion and purpose that might have been lying dormant your whole life, but once you find it, your whole life changes. When you find that and listen to it, you can shut out the noise of the world and find your own way to shine.

Share with us a personal challenge that you’ve had to overcome and what limiting beliefs you had to break down along the way.

Just one?! One of the biggest challenges I've had in my life is believing that I was insignificant. That I could work hard but that I wasn't as outgoing or as easily visible and - as a result - felt constantly overlooked in my life. When I learned that my introverted nature had strengths beyond my wildest dreams - and I found a way to play to those - I was able to step into my own light. One that maybe isn't as bright as my extraverted friends, but one that impacts people in a way that I love.

When life gets hectic and overwhelming, what do you do to feel more grounded and balanced?

Usually life gets hectic and overwhelming when I'm stuck in my head and my thoughts are going around in circles. In this moment, I have to find a way to stop that loop. This means disrupting it anyway I can, by grabbing a notebook and pen and getting all those thoughts out onto paper, by putting on some upbeat music and dancing it out, going for a walk and getting some sun (and some coffee). My recent favourite is that I've been learning to draw mandalas and I find this kind of 'active meditation' a great way to short circuit the overthinking in a way that normal meditation sometimes can't.

When it comes to creating change in your life, what does putting it into action look like for you? (And how do you handle when/ if resistance pops up?)

Change is something that I used to always think I was good at but, my introverted tendencies actually don't like change that much. I don't really like uncertainty because I like to be prepared and have time to think things through before I take action. So in order to do that, I like to create plenty of space for this and create a plan for myself that involves lots of baby steps, as opposed to trying to do too much at once. It's a 'slow and steady wins the race' mentality and it really works for me.

What are the top two nuggets of wisdom or advice you would give to someone?

It would depend on the situation but, generally, it's to always listen to your intuition. We get so caught up in what's going on externally, but when you slow down, shut out the noise, and tune in to you, that's where you'll find the answers. One of my favourite questions I tell my clients to ask themselves is, 'What do I need, right now, in this moment?'

Second is to work out the things that are most important to you - your core values (i.e the things that guide the decisions you make and actions you take in your life), people, goals, and your natural strengths and focus your energy on creating a life that is aligned with those things. You might noticed when you're particularly stressed or overwhelmed that it's because part of your life is out of alignment with who you are and what you believe in.

What is one quote that really resonates with you, or that you choose to live life by?

I love quotes so there are always plenty but my favourite at the moment is from Brene Brown

"Let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are."

RAPID FIRE Q's:

I can’t go a day without… Coffee and quiet time

Following the trail of my curiosities means… I always have a thousand tabs open and pages and pages of scribbles in notebooks

When I feel fear… I trust that something wonderful is about to happen

I feel joyful when… I see someone step up into their own light and do something they never believed they could do.

I’m most grateful for… The incredible people who constantly come into my life

Want to know more?

I have lots of wonderful things coming very soon but - for now - if you're an introvert and would like to know more about how to understand your unique energy, how to live in the noisy world, and find success on your terms, check out my eBook, Shhh... An Introverts Guide to Creating Inner Calm, Outer Quiet, and an Exceptionally Beautiful Life.

Katherine Mackenzie-Smith is a business coach for introverts, a life coach assistant trainer, writer, and speaker. As a self-confessed quiet achiever and passion-fuelled dream chaser, she’s on a mission to empower extraordinary women to step into their quiet power, discover their energetic secret sauce, cut through the noise and find their own way to shine. Connect with Katherine at katherinemackenziesmith.com and get free instant access to the League of Extraordinary Introverts group.

I'd love for you to share your favourite takeaway in the comments and give Katherine some major love!

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