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What Everyone Should Know About Energy Healing

June 11, 2017

Over the past few months I’ve received an influx of questions from family, friends, and blog readers regarding my self-care practices, crystal healing, and all things spirituality. For a little over a year now I’ve been seeing a healer named Jodi who has helped me exponentially with coping with anxiety and depression. Like many twenty-somethings, I’ve experienced a deep sense of feeling lost and untethered post graduation. I would go as far as to say that this same feeling applies to so many of us in all stages of life; to anyone who has experienced any sense of loss or major life change. With that being said. I wanted to introduce Jodi to you and have her explain what it is she does. I may be a little biased by saying this, but I think if we all practiced a bit more self-love and found healthy ways to manage our anxiety there would be so much more happiness in this world. -Hannah

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Jodi Puleo

I am a spiritual teacher, counselor, life coach, energy healer and a medium. When I work with others I am guided to help them on their journey to love and truly enjoy their life by helping them to identify and remove external and/or internal barriers that prevent love and life fulfillment.

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Mediumship

It can be hard to see at times, but each and every life has an important purpose and intricate plan that is fully supported by a spiritual support team that comprises of guardian angels, loved ones who have passed on, and other divine spirits that are dedicated to helping you on your life journey. During a healing session, I access this team and provide each client with information and guidance that can help to release old thoughts and beliefs and change patterns that are no longer helpful. Each session is very purposeful and strong by nature to provide clients with as much relief and progress as possible. It is possible to experience profound healing in just one session.

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Reiki Healing

I also provide energy healing using Reiki. A Reiki healing session calls upon the healing energy that surrounds us and resides within us to remove energetic blockages that may be preventing healing. These blockages may look like depression, trauma anxiety, explosive anger, ADHD, cancer, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, or common illnesses such as pink eye, flu, the common cold, etc.

Is Reiki Safe

Reiki is in alignment with divine purpose so an individual will experience exactly what they need during a Reiki healing session to help them to be successful on their life path. Reiki can’t change or interfere with a person’s life path which makes it extremely safe and effective.

Reiki and Other Treatments

Since Reiki is safe and holistic in nature, it works very well when combined with our medical system and other holistic approaches to healing. For example, Reiki energy can help to remove any blockages that interfere with the effectiveness of prescribed medications, help to remove blockages that prevent the body from staying in physical alignment after an adjustment from a chiropractor and improve recovery time after surgery.

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I think one of the most important things to understand about Reiki is that it is a healing system based on unconditional love and acceptance. There are no right and wrongs in Reiki and each and every life decision and path is fully supported and accepted.

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Healing Blockages

Blockages are due to a trauma, emotion, or stressful life experiences that have affected a person’s perception of themselves and the world. During a Reiki session, the energy that is “stuck or trapped” and causing the blockage is plucked out and replaced with positive healing energy which allows your body, mind, and soul to heal.  I have found that a single Reiki session can heal or greatly improve any ailment. In other cases, certain conditions require more Reiki treatments if the blockage(s) have been buried under many layers or if an individual inadvertently blocks healing due to fear or beliefs or unworthiness. Reiki will gently remove each fear, belief, and layer so that healing can occur.

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Self-Care

There are many ways to take care of your mind, body, and soul. For instance, eating organic foods, meditation, mindfulness, exercise, and yoga are all amazing ways to maintain and build health. I believe the best self-care is based on self- love and following your heart and inner guidance. It is easy to dismiss those strong urges and feelings or messages that are instructing you and guiding you; however, these messages are so important. Often, we can become disconnected from love by stress, pressure, obligations or expectations, and/or trauma. Remember that every ailment is connected to a trauma or emotional cause. When you commit to love yourself and move to a place of harmony with your heart, mind, body, and soul you will be able to recognize the trauma and will be guided to know how to heal any ailment.

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Want to learn more about energy healing? Contact Jodi here

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Photography by Centered Images

LOVE,

Blog-Signature-Hannah

A Mother’s Day Story with Jane Iredale: Cruelty-Free Makeup

May 14, 2017

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Happy Mother’s Day! I want to introduce you to someone very special to me. Everyone meet Chaucer, my little bunny son! A little over a year ago I adopted this handsome little fur ball and since then he’s become something of a therapy animal to me. Between his constant snuggles and his tiny, delicate soft kisses, he provides me so much joy. It wasn’t until recently though that I realized I wasn’t maintaining a beauty lifestyle that honored my love for my rabbit and all animals.

It seems obvious: Why would any human willfully harm or torture an animal? The sad reality is that so many big corporations in the beauty industry still test products on animals. Even with the prevalence of the “cruelty-free” stamp on a package, it’s still highly likely animal testing was used on the individual ingredients that make up the final “cruelty-free” product. Companies aren’t even required to label their products to reflect whether they’ve been tested on animals — it’s more of an honor system, very loosely controlled.

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There came a moment one afternoon that I was reading articles on the Internet with Chaucer asleep on my chest that I stumbled across one that made me weep. It discussed the horrifying details of makeup companies testing on animals and it broke my heart. I pictured my baby bunny being forced to not only have his body used as a canvas for chemicals but also to have to live an existence without love or affection. If I wouldn’t want this fate for my own rabbit, how could I condone it happening to any animal? It was at that exact moment that I went into my bathroom and looked at the makeup in my drawers and realized my consumer choices were impacting the fate of living beings everywhere. I was horrified.

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Upon throwing away just over half of the makeup I owned, I began to research makeup companies that I could stand behind 100%. The one at the top of this list was Jane Iredale and here’s why:

  • jane Iredale is a certified cruelty-free cosmetics brand, recognized by both Leaping Bunny and PETA for their voluntary commitment to no animal testing at every stage of product development and manufacturing.
  • Jane Iredale, the founder, was inspired to develop a makeup that was good for the skin by her career in the entertainment industry where she saw actresses and models struggling with the ill-effects of the many kinds of makeup they wore. jane iredale was the first line of makeup in the industry to have skin care benefits.
  • The brand is committed to empowering women of all ages and nationalities through the belief that true makeup artistry comes not from trying to make a face conform to the latest fashion trends, but from enhancing the wearer’s natural beauty and, as a result, allowing her personality to shine.
  • They pledge to use sustainable and healthy ingredients in their products and are aware of their overall impact on the environment.

Today, Chaucer and I are going to introduce you to jane iredale’s new 2017 Spring collection.

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In Touch® Cream Blush: Glide on this moist, cream-to-powder blush stick for soft, dewy and completely natural looking radiance.

Benefits:

-Wear alone, under powder blush for a natural look or over top for more drama

-Can also be used on eyes and lips

-Easy to use stick for touch-ups on the go

-Provides a radiant, lit-from-within glow

-Key Ingredients: Macadamia Esters hydrate and soothe, Beeswax gives antimicrobial protection

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PureMoist® Lipsticks: Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and fruit extracts for petal-soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing.

Benefits:

-Proven soothing properties of Moringa Butter saturate the lips with vitamins A and C, while Coffee Seed Extract infuses with even more antioxidant protection

-Orange Peel Wax, plus ultra-moisturizing Avocado and Sunflower Seed Oils, protect the delicate lip area and give a luxurious, conditioned and quenched feeling to the lips

-The organic Pomegranate and Blackberry Extracts are unique luscious flavors that stimulate the senses

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PurePressed® Eye Shadow Triples: From elegant to edgy, these silky, richly-pigmented, long-lasting and easily blended eye shadows can create any look.

Benefits:

-Crease-resistant and long-lasting

-Gentle and safe for sensitive eyes

-Can be used wet or dry and as a brow filler, blush or lip stain

-Key Ingredients: Boron Nitride helps shadow adhere and glide while diffusing light, Pine Bark Extract protects skin and calms inflammation

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A great introduction to jane iredale products is their Pure & Simple Mineral Makeup Kit. I’m wearing medium light in these photos.

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I regret knowing that it took owning my own rabbit to really understand the importance of cruelty-free makeup. No matter what though I’m glad my eyes were opened to the truth, and I hope too that you can also benefit from mine and Chaucer’s story.

Do your research and not only look on the packaging of your makeup but also search the Internet. Without our voices, this will not stop. Use social media to spread the message. The recognition that animal testing is unnecessary will only become more mainstream if consumers pressure legislators to enact laws to protect animals. Collectively, we can achieve this.

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What makes it so we humans think we can claim ownership over another creature’s life and wellbeing? Together we are all God’s creations and make up a beautiful whole. So much more can be done to show we care for one another- humans and animals alike. How powerful it is to be able to support a makeup company that actually builds up women and empowers everyone to feel beautiful just as they are. This Mother’s day I hope you can think about more deep and substantial ways to support the women in your life, especially through the lens of beauty & empowerment.

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Special thanks to Jane Iredale for collaborating on this post


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Blog-Signature-Hannah

Shop Local: Rustic Arrow

May 7, 2017

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Tucked away off of Main Street in Freeport, Rustic Arrow is one of our new favorite Maine-based stores. Their sleek, yet whimsical aesthetic pulled us in, and their adorable clothing and gifts kept us shopping for hours.  At The Fashion Cookbook, we value and strive to support local artisans. Rustic Arrow embodies everything we could ever want in a shopping experience. Also, both owners are inspirational #girlbosses that we look up to and we couldn’t help but share their incredible story with you… Enjoy!

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Tell us a little about yourself? Rustic Arrow is a free-spirited, contemporary boutique bringing you fashionable apparel, accessories, and home products.   We are located at 25 Bow Street in the heart of the Freeport Maine shopping village.  Rustic Arrow is locally owned and operated by co-owners Natalya and Sarah. We offer a full-size range of apparel from junior to plus.  Our mission is to always create a fun and inviting atmosphere where customers are inspired to look and feel amazing.  Our goal is to bring affordable, fun fashion to everyone while supporting local, emerging designers in Maine and throughout the USA.

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What inspired you to start the store? Our partnership was born out of the mutual desire to express ourselves in a new, creative and meaningful way.  We have different backgrounds – Natalya in NYC fashion and Sarah in business and finance.  We have structured our business model to play off of each other’s experience and strengths.  We both understand that owning a business is hard, especially in the early years.  We share a strong sense of commitment to our families and to our business and we know that we can rely on each other to keep both working well!  The sense of fulfillment in building something from the ground up – that can hopefully someday be passed down to our children is one of the many things that keep us going!

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Where do you see yourself in five years? In the next five years, we would like to move into a larger space which would allow us to expand our offerings and further develop the custom shopping experience.  We would like to bring in more emerging, independent designers as well as mix in some awesome vintage pieces!  We will continue to concentrate on building a brand that customers can rely on to help express their identity… not just through fashion but also through home decor and beauty and wellness.

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What advice do you have for budding female entrepreneurs? Our advice to any entrepreneur is to believe in yourself and never give up. If you give energy to your dreams, amazing things can happen.  Stay focused and patient and learn how to tap into local resources.  We started this business with a tiny budget and huge intentions and we were able to grow immensely throughout our first year!

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, here are five great gift ideas:

Airplant in Box

Geode Natural Stone Necklace

Plantable Seed Paper Greeting Card

Rose Citron Bath Salt

Maine State Necklace

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After I was done shopping I attended a terrarium-making workshop put on by Natalya and Sarah. I’ve always wanted to own a terrarium and it was so exciting to make my own from scratch! For just $35 they provide the terrarium, soil, stones, moss, and a selection of plants. Oh, and did I mention they also provide wine and snacks? Honestly, it makes for such a fun Friday night. To sign up for the next one be sure to follow them on Instagram.

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Photography by Centered Images

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How to Learn to Love Yourself & Stop Seeking Validation from Others

April 19, 2017

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I want to let you in on a little secret… I worry a lot about whether or not people value or like me.

It’s something we all struggle with, but only more recently have I identified this exhausting cycle of looking to others to validate my worth. For so long I craved to get good grades so that my teachers and parents would be proud of me and therefore I would be a “good little girl.” Then it became career successes and acquiring as many internships + jobs as possible within my field so as to impress future employers. The end result? A not so minor set of panic attacks when life didn’t go as planned, as well as a crushing blow to my self-confidence and sense of self.

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Where does one go from here you may ask. Well, there’s only one way to end the cycle: Learn to validate yourself. Learn to give yourself the attention, approval, love, and acceptance you seek from others.

I have to tell you it’s not easy. Validating yourself is not just a matter of looking in the mirror and telling yourself that you are a wonderful, beautiful child of God. It’s not just a matter of telling yourself throughout the day that you are enough. It takes great practice and also more than anything else, a changed mindset.

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To begin with, the first step to self-validation is learning to access the truth of who you are from your higher minded, spiritual self. The term spiritual may make some uneasy, but by this, I mean feeling connected to an energy far greater than yourself and working with the Universe to understand it’s meaning.

It’s only when the truth of who you are comes through you that you’ll begin to believe it. Hearing the truth from your higher self isn’t as hard as you may think. When your sincere intention is to learn the truth, you will begin to feel it. Ask the Universe to reveal to you your soul’s essence and so long as you are open to the possibility of a miracle, the Universe will present you with one.

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The second step to self-validation is in the way you treat yourself. For it is your thoughts that become your reality, and negative thoughts can make for a negative reality. It doesn’t matter how many lovely things your higher self tells you about who you are. You have to stop judging yourself and abandoning yourself in numerous other ways to internalize that truth. Ignoring your feelings, numbing your feelings with addictions, and making others responsible for your worth will trap you in feelings of unworthiness.

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I know for me one of my greatest struggles has been my addiction to being busy/productive. For me, I often look to career success and financial security to feel worthy. I have felt like I’m nothing without my career. For instance, these past couple months not having a solid 9 to 5 with a lofty title (and pay) made me really anxious. I kept thinking about how after getting my graduate degree I was failing by not being a marketing coordinator at some fashion company. I kept seeing myself as being derailed from my dreams, rather than see that a detour happened to show me many unforeseen life lessons.

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Together we need to practice treating ourselves as cherished beings worthy of all the love the Universe has to offer. The more we learn to love, see, and validate ourselves, the more validation we’ll ultimately find in others. When you treat yourself in unloving ways, you invite others to do the same. When you learn to love and validate yourself, the energy you project tells others you are worthy of being loved and validated.

Life will only change for the better when you learn to love and validate yourself. Why not choose to begin the journey of finding love from within starting right now? Close your eyes. Ask the Universe, God, or whatever you want to call it to help you. Remember that true happiness can never be found in another person, or what it is you do for work, or how many friends you have, but rather your connection to it all. Whatever you do, choose love.

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Photography by Lauren Hebert

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