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A new year, a new intention

A new year, a new intention

Happy 2021! I love the feeling of beginning again. A freshness, a clean slate. A new year. Another chance. Have you set your intention for the year yet? If not, do it! Take a moment to sit in silence right now and allow a word or phrase to arise and go with that. Trust it. Last year my intention was to "create, like an artist" and as I look back on it, that's exactly what I did all year long. I implemented so many of my little soul projects and had so much fun doing it and plan on continuing...


The magic in the shift

The magic in the shift

November was an interesting month. Busy, full of fun. And full of overwhelm, especially at first. I've been doing a lot of juggling, a lot of creating, a lot of teaching. During the first week of teaching Inner Light Sanctuary classes (plus 5 other yoga classes for other studios and gyms), you can bet that I was spending my Thursday afternoon laying on the couch, mentally and physically exhausted.But the magic happened when something shifted in me after that first week.1.)  << REST >> I gave myself a "Mandee Day" to completely rest and it felt like a vacation, maybe even more relaxing...


Working through anger

Working through anger

I've been doing some work around anger recently, inspired by some reading from Real Change by Sharon Salzberg and Love and Rage by Lama Rod Owens.FUN FACT: I get angry! And so do you. Even though many of us don't want to talk about our anger, we all get angry and that makes us human. What I've been learning is that there's so much we can learn from our anger, and when we learn from it, when we own it, when we experience it, we can also create change in ourselves and our world.So much of our anger is wasted energy when we...


Finding balance through Wise Effort

Finding balance through Wise Effort

Libra season is coming upon us towards the end of the month (my birthday month!!), which is good timing to chat about my reflections over the last few months about balance.It's crazy how much balance plays an integral part of our well-being in our lives.If we do too much, we get tired, exhausted, overwhelmed, sick.If we do too little, we get stuck, feel stagnant and lazy and it gets hard to become active, we get sick.If we eat too much, we feel bloated, our bellies hurt us, we gain excess weight, we get sick.If we eat too little, we don't get enough nutrients that...


Feeling our feelings

Feeling our feelings

Feelings.If you follow me on Instagram (@innerlightbotanicals), you'll notice a recurring theme about feeling our feelings.Some of you have reached out to me recently to let me know that you realized that you actually have a hard time feeling your feelings. And guess what? You're not alone. I want to let you know that it's okay to feel things. You have permission to feel whatever it is you are feeling right now. And if it's a bunch of different things at once- that's okay too.We numb ourselves. We bury our feelings. We build a wall around our hearts. We live in our...