Gifts for Yourself or a Girlfriend

Throughout history or herstory, women have been the big givers. We give our time, our energy to everyone else. This current Women’s Movement or Women’s Empowerment is more about giving ourselves what we need, before giving it all away to others. We can no longer feel guilty for putting ourselves first. You must fill your cup to continue giving to others. As the airlines say, Put on your own oxygen mask first. When giving, we must not forget to give to ourselves.  

It’s only been recent that I’ve embraced this notion of giving myself the same nice gifts I might pick out and give to my best girlfriends. My mom and sister taught me this lesson, and here are some AMAZING women-owned products I want to share with you. If you are feeling generous with yourself or others, I encourage you to check them out. They make great gifts.

Auri La Home & Beauty Cashmere Plum candle.

I haven’t bought candles in a while until my sister told me about these from Auri La Home & Beauty. They are 100% soy, hand poured into these beautiful little containers that make you feel more luxurious as you strike a match and set them aflame. My new nightly ritual is to light my candle from Auri La Home & Beauty while I wind down at the end of the day. I’m currently burning Cashmere Plum, however, all of the scents are amazing. Go see them for yourself at aurilahomebeauty.com or on Instagram @Aurilahomebeauty. Act fast though because they sell out often! 

I have never been a big beauty product gal. Do you know the kind that tries and buys the latest beauty trend? I do believe in taking good care of my skin though, and Dzialo Skincare makes it easy. Based in Portland, Oregon Dzialo Skincare offers European facials and pure products that can make you feel like you’re giving yourself a spa experience at home. Her products are natural and make you feel luxurious without making you feel like you’re breaking the bank. Even better is Sharon’s friendly customer service. She is quick to fill and ship your order if you’re not in Portland. Sharon Dzialo offers a great way to try a Sample Set for a nominal shipping cost only. You can check out all of her products at  Dzialo Skincare. These are a gift you can give yourself for beautiful, radiant skin or gift a body lotion to a friend.

When I shop, I really like to touch and feel the clothes before I buy them. I guess I’m a sensory shopper. This past year while I haven’t needed to shop much, I have cleaned out my closet a few times and tried to invest in timeless pieces that I can wear for work or casually. This next women-owned company is my new go-to when I want to splurge on a new piece of clothing. Frank and Eileen Clothing.  Have you heard of them? Have you tried their clothes? Once you do you will be hooked! They are a certified women-owned B corporation, that is making beautiful clothes while giving back and using sustainable business practices. You have to feel the fabrics to really appreciate how beautiful these clothes are. These are definitely a splurge for this educator’s salary, even on sale-priced items, but they are SO worth it. You are SO worthy of clothes that feel like this.

While these are only a few of the amazing women-owned businesses that I’ve found, I believe there are so many more. Comment on this post if you own or know of a woman-owned business. Giving ourselves these gifts is another form of self-care. I believe that as women we are better together and we can change the world into a kinder, more compassionate place.

Remember that sharing is caring, so if you know someone who would enjoy this content, pass it along!

-Kristen

We all can use a little extra dose of inspiration and positivity to inspire us. Read on to learn about another amazing woman who has created a business around that mission.

Meet Emily Madill

Emily Madill

Do you ever feel like you could use a little mid-week pep talk? Emily Madill’s Weekly Happiness note is exactly that! If you feel like you could use a dose of happiness and positivity once a week, I encourage you to head over to www.emilymadill.com and sign up to receive her FREE Weekly Happiness Note. You are sure to find more little gems of positivity and tips for living the life you want from Emily. She is an author and certified professional coach. She is also a runner, yogi, and mom of 2 busy boys. And she’s an Editor at Large for Thrive Global. I met Emily after I purchased her book, Fall in Love With Your Life, a Seasonal Planner at the onset of 2021.  It is an undated planner that uses a circular model of the hours in your day, rather than a linear model. It’s a different perspective, and allows you to see how you’re spending all of your time in one day in a way that you can visually see where your time is out of balance. I love how you can be creative and fill in the wheel with colors or whatever you want. If you are a busy woman who feels like the traditional, linear model of time isn’t working for you, you NEED this planner! It truly is a gift to help you overcome the feelings of overwhelm when it comes to balancing your time. I didn’t know how I was packing in my planner each week was causing me to be out of balance until I got this planner and started planning my days with the circular model. GAME CHANGER LADIES! 

Emily also offers a few free e-courses, however I highly recommend her paid course, Fall in Love with your Life Weekly Planning Sessions.  I joined the winter course and it has been a weekly time of inspiration with seven other women. During the weekly planning sessions you will reflect on your week, set your intention for the week ahead, and celebrate big and small wins with each other.  It’s an investment in yourself and women’s empowerment at its best! 

I am currently working with Emily through her coaching as well. (I’m sure there will be a post about that later.)

I encourage you to check out some of the amazing and inspiring work of Emily at www.emilymadill.com or you can find her on Instagram @emilymadill.

Come back next week to learn about some other wonderful women owned businesses and the products they offer.

~Kristen

Women Empowering Women

Meet two women who taught me about yoga, self-care, and empowered me to live my best life.

As women, we’ve come a long way. My hope is that we continue to make progress and lift one another up as we move forward. We are better together and when we share our stories, our dreams, and celebrate our success together, the sky is the limit.

When I recently published my first article on Thrive Global about creating a self care practice, I had a list of women I wanted to call and share my big news with, partly because I knew they’d celebrate with me, but also because they helped me reach this goal. These women I’m highlighting and celebrating this month have been my coaches, my cheerleaders, my friends, and all-around Wonder Women who are empowering other women in the work they do every day.  This week I introduce you to two of my yoga teachers. These women have helped me create and sustain a consistent yoga practice along with many other teachings about self-care. If you are looking to incorporate more body/mind/spirit wellness into your life, I encourage you to check them out!

Meet Renee Gauthier

Renee and I have been friends since the 4th grade. Technically. There were some years after high school and college that our paths went in different directions, but we’ve always been able to pick up where we left off. About 5 years ago we started to connect more regularly. She is one of the bright lights in my life. Renee is one of the most beautiful humans I’ve ever known. She has an infectious smile and a sense of playfulness and fun that reminds you to “lighten up”. 

Renee is a wellness educator, yoga teacher, and girl mom. She offers online classes and workshops for implementing a wellness lifestyle with essential oils. When the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, Renee quickly shifted her yoga classes from studios all over the San Diego area to offering virtual yoga classes via Zoom throughout the week. Her yoga classes include aromatherapy and guided meditations. Don’t just take my word for it, try one of her yoga classes, reach out to her for your essential oil needs, or book her for a private yoga session, virtually. You can learn more about how Renee can help you reach your wellness goals at www.reneegauthier.com, or on Instagram @renee_gauthier.

 Meet Ashli Winter

Ashli Winter

Ashli and I met a few years ago when I began my self-care journey. I stumbled upon yoga classes at her yoga studio, Pure Bliss in Lake Wylie.  Ashli is warm and welcoming immediately upon walking into the studio. She created Pure Bliss, a boutique yoga studio, that welcomes everyone. Whether you are a beginning yogi like I was at the time or an experienced yogi, she offers classes for all levels. It’s evident that Ashli and her small staff of instructors care about people as they go out of their way to connect with yogis before and after class.  At Pure Bliss, instructors honor your time on the mat by placing emphasis on “it’s your practice”. In her yoga classes, meditation, and vision board workshops, Ashli wants to empower women to be their best selves. She creates an encouraging environment while teaching her students about the importance and necessity of creating a self-care practice. If you’re in the Lake Wylie area and ready to get back into a live yoga studio, check out the class schedule and workshop offerings at Pure Bliss or find them on Instagram @pureblisslkw.

Come back next week to meet another amazing woman.

-Kristen

A Love Like No Other

If it wasn’t for my AMAZINGLY talented and dedicated mom, I wouldn’t be on this journey. Losing my mom in September left a hole in my heart bigger than the moon, but she continues to guide me, especially on this writing journey. This poem is for her.

A Love Like No Other

A mother’s love is like no other. When I most need a push, a gentle nudge, your love shows up.

When I need a hug, your arms envelope me in warmth.

When I need to cry, you gently wipe my tears, whispering to breathe deeply to let them out.

When I’m scared, you tell me I’m brave.

When I hurt, you tell me I’m strong.

When I succeed, you celebrate with me and tell me how proud you are.

When I’m confused, you tell me to write it down and let things come to me.

You love me on my best and worst days. You’re my mom and your love is like no other.

In honor of Women’s History Month I’ll be sharing a short series of posts about some amazing, talented women who have made a difference in my life and that I’m honored to be connected to. I hope you will check out their amazing businesses and resources if they resonate with you.

Thank you for reading.

-Kristen