Falling for you

What the stars have in store: Be patient.
Create a safe space for yourself at the beginning of the week as tempers may be wearing thin. Do your best to avoid conflict and stressful situations until everything cools down Friday.

The Autumn Equinox is Saturday as we officially say farewell to summer! It’s the day when the amount of daylight hours and nighttime hours are exactly the same before our nights start getting longer. The Autumn Equinox symbolizes a time of release and letting go. Take stock of your relationships and possessions, and release anything that doesn’t bring you joy to make room for new light.


Need help with that purging?
Try these tips for paring down the stuff in your life. First and foremost, more stuff does not mean more happiness (in fact, too many choices actually make us less happy!). Commit to 30 days of cleaning something every day; it could be something as small as a desk drawer, but 30 days will help you build a habit. Dig deep to see if your clutter is telling you there’s something more serious going on, and resolve any nagging issues in your life. If there’s something you’ve thought about getting rid of but have been playing the “I might need this someday!” game, put it in a box, tape it shut, and put it somewhere you won’t see it. If you haven’t opened the box a year later, toss it!

Upgrade your cleaning supplies so you’re more excited to put them to use, and look at cleaning as an activity that helps you live and thrive instead of a chore. Always finish by giving yourself a pat on the back for what you’ve accomplished.
 

It’s getting hot in here
Climate change is not a hoax, it’s a p-r-o-b-l-e-m. Temps are rising, and we’re already starting to feel the effects. Tens of thousands of people are dying in heat waves, there’s mass flooding, and coral reefs and other habitats are dying. If collective action isn’t taken, scientists caution that climate change will become so severe that it could destabilize governments, produce waves of refugees, cause the sixth mass extinction of plants and animals in the Earth’s history, and melt the polar ice caps, flooding most of the world’s coastal cities.

The good news is it’s not too late to save our planet, but we will need to reduce emissions to zero through large-scale initiatives, and sadly, seventy-six environmental regulations are currently being reversed in America. According to the New York Times, the most important thing we can do is exercise our rights by speaking up and demanding change. Reduce your carbon footprint by plugging leaks in your home insulation to save power, install a smart thermostat, switch to more efficient light bulbs, turn off unused lights, drive fewer miles by consolidating trips or taking public transit, waste less food, consider an electric or hybrid car, put solar panels on your roof, buy green power for your home, eat less meat, and support companies that use clean energy. Spread the word with friends and family so we can make progress together.

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While we’re getting green
Let’s talk about plastic. More than half of the sea turtles around the world have eaten plastic debris (one was found with 329 pieces in its stomach while just 1 can be deadly), and six of the seven species are now considered threatened. If you’ve been waiting for a reason to avoid single-use plastics, there you have it!

In case you missed it, you can find our article on plastic pollution here!

Not on the tin man’s radar
Brain health. And with Alzheimer’s on the rise, it’s of the utmost importance. Here are some things you can do to keep yours healthy. Follow a plant-based ketogenic diet, consider taking MCT oil (but always check with a physician first), try intermittent fasting, take probiotics and eat foods like kimchi, miso, kombucha, sauerkraut, jicama, asparagus, onion, garlic, and Jerusalem artichoke.

No time to exercise?
You’re gonna need a new excuse! A new study proved that one set of exercise can gain just as much strength as three or even five sets, meaning you can build strength in 13 minutes if you work hard enough! Lunchtime lifting just got easier.

Pleased to meet you

If you ever feel awkward in social situations, try smiling! Even fake smiling alleviates stress.

Mind the gap
Contrary to Ivanka’s promise, the gender pay gap hasn’t budged yet. On average, women made 80 percent of men’s earnings in 2017, and Americans’ individual earnings actually fell by 1.1 percent.

But despite it all….
You can still start saving with these easy tips. When it comes to money, change your mindset from one of avoidance to a mindset of ownership and excitement. When you're excited about your financial health, you can do something about it. If you don't look at it, you're not going to get very far. And instead of getting annoyed by having to put money in your savings, reframe it as a payment to yourself.


So hot right now
Vegetarians. Raising livestock takes up about 30 percent of the earth's land and accounts for at least 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. If you’re not ready to give up cheeseburgers that easy, try Meatless Monday instead!

Plant subscription boxes. Apologies to your wallet ahead of time.  We give these two [green] thumbs up.

Vampire Facials, where plasma is extracted from a sample of your blood and then injected back into your face with needles……… NOPE!

Tangling. A meditative and therapeutic form of doodling that involves drawing patterns and filling them in with more patterns.

Shower wine. Who would do such a thing?

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“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
Vincent Van Gogh

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