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Sunday, October 12, 2014

#OneMonthToSexy

Hello Friends,

For tonight's post I'm sharing about the Instagram "series" I began nearly a week ago...

I'm keeping my tribe updated with posts on all the little things I'm putting special intention into as I prepare for my teeny beach wedding in just-shy-of a month.

The theme is holistic health tips, and in my mind as I was posting the first photo, I was searching for a clever hashtag to umbrella what I was doing. I imagined workout ideas, recipes, and the like and #onemonthtosexy was one of the first phrases that popped up. Simple and clear, albeit silly. So that's where you can find the series on instagram. And you can find me... @mollyolivetree.

G'night ;)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumnal Equinox has Arrived - Fall Cleanse

Happy Fall time ...



The days are growing shorter. I've been saying my goodbyes to smoothies as cooler weather invites me to drink more tea and sip hot soup. I'm starting to plan out my seasonal cleanse. The news of late for me is that I'm in a time of change. My recent card readings agree. I'm enduring deep transformation on the inside, in my career, and in my relationships. One in particular is indeed transforming on a very exciting level, which has me all giddy and wide-eyed: I'm getting married. Fall will forever have an even deeper, sweeter meaning to me from here on out.

So with all of that in mind, I'm thinking to begin a mental cleanse. As someone who gets easily overwhelmed, I think it would be a kind-to-me idea to re-establish a bit of a meditation practice.

Meditation can be used to calm the mind and body, and to tap into the still peacefulness of our Inner Knowing. To allow feelings and thoughts to come forth, to pass through. It's not something I consider myself particularly practiced at. But the effort will be in giving myself the time to reset and relax for a few moments every day. To simply sit and be with myself.

There are Kriyas, grounding and guided meditations that are often helpful too. If you try anything out for yourself, will you share your experiences with me? How does meditating make you feel? Do you meditate regularly? What kind of meditation do you practice? Is it challenging for you? Easy?

Bliss*ings on your journey,
Molly

Monday, September 8, 2014

For the Ladies...

Hiya!

Today I have a video for you. I'm still working on getting comfortable while recording so thank you for bearing with me. :P Enjoy:


Have fun dancing your troubles away!
~Molly

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Moon; New Intentions

Greetings, from Sasebo (Japan)!

I'm here in my brother Mick's apartment, thinking about new intentions to be set for the New Moon...
What came up for me yesterday, while my sister and I were walking through a beautiful cemetery in the trees on a very green hillside, was Reverence. I was looking around us, in awe. I had decided that the day would be devoted to finding my new intention, and Reverence kept coming up.

It's easy for me to feel gratitude and appreciation, deep respect and love when I'm out in Nature like we were yesterday in the cemetery. Nature is my 'church.' But I started recalling feelings of reverence while thinking of our travels here. The plane ride, airports, shuttles, buses, food, luggage, different languages. The complexity of it all. The people here... the flight attendants, the train station workers, the shop owners and employees, cooks, servers. The way they smile and bow to one another, and to us. Respect. Kindness. In the way the graveyard memorials are maintained. Brooms, flowers, gifts. I feel it for the trees and the rain, the park we're going back to today to enjoy a picnic lunch. I can see it in everything.

And something else came up for me this morning. I was on the apartment balcony, looking out toward the cemetery we visited (behind Mick's home). A small, white cat slinking through the maze of stone aisles and stairways. There are lots of cats here, wandering around. Meg and I often wonder whether they're street cats or have families to go home to. So when I saw this kitty, initially a smile crept up on my face (I love kitties). And then a bit of sadness. Why? I imagined this little cat sad, alone, traipsing along, with only the resting souls to keep her company. But then, inspired by a movie playing in the other room (The Labyrinth. Jennifer Connelly plays a dramatic young lady who dreams up fairytails of goblins and princesses in her spare time), I imagined a new scenario. An adventurer of a free young kitty, whose favorite place is the mysterious cemetery near her home. Chasing butterflies, napping in the shade, leisurely conversing with the cicadas and the wise spirits of the old place. This version felt better. And that's when it came to me. I clarified my intention. I choose to see Reverence paired with Magic, in everything. Better for my Soul. Better for this world...

"We are what we think. All that we are arises from our thoughts. With our thoughts, we create the world" 

Magic and Reverence for you, in everything you See, Dear Friends...
Love, Molly

Monday, August 11, 2014

Make your Own Rules

I remember hearing this somewhere along my journey...

That in this life, there is no need for us to attach ourselves to a belief system, philosophy or religion (etc.), unless that is your desire. A better way would be to pick out your favorite little bits of information and inspiration from everyone you meet and everything you learn. Choose what you like best and allow all of those little bits and pieces to build your own philosophy.

I've found this to be particularly helpful when I come into a new practice like yoga, or way of eating. I've decided that I have a better chance at "success" (input your own definition of success here) when I tailor a system to fit my unique situation, rather than thrust myself into a practice that was designed by and for someone else (or rather for a generalized type of person).

Something else that I find to be beneficial when I find a program that I'd like to start incorporating into my life, is to simply get excited about it and enjoy the practice. Sometimes when we try a 21 day juice detox cleanse, or decide we should 'go to the gym every day this week', we are setting ourselves up to not enjoy the experience. How? By "forcing" ourselves to commit to an activity or belief system rather than allowing our excitement to guide us. And why? Why do something we do not enjoy ... when we can enjoy it?

I've had a few eureka moments lately, when I embrace the "no-no's" (things or behaviors I'm moving away from) and simply allow myself to be motivated by my enthusiasm for my new found love. Yoga, clean whole foods, simple living, surfing, gardening, writing (etc, etc.), all hold special places in my heart. In the past, if I missed a day of _____, I was hard on myself for it. Why? Because I thought it was a discipline thing. I'm now learning that it's more empowering to focus my energy on having fun with my goals and passions. This way I naturally continue on my path rather than fall into the "yo-yo" curse (you all know what I mean right? ..."yo-yo" dieting [eating a strict diet for x amount of time and then bingeing, then dieting, then bingeing again]... no good. I'd rather embrace longevity and sustainability with my new practice). And this way, we are treating ourselves better. And that is the whole point of new challenges and goals, isn't it?

Try it on for size. Maybe you already do. It feels wonderful.

One of the things I love most about Integrative Nutrition (where I'm currently studying holistic health) is that we are taught that every one of us is a beautifully unique individual. We are encouraged to tailor programs to fit each of our clients and their personal journey.

Meet Robby. He makes his own rules. He is a type 1 diabetic fruitarian. Follow him on Instagram at MindfulDiabeticRobby. Great guy, blowing peoples' minds with his lifestyle.

So let's remember to not be hard on ourselves when a diet plan, or workout regimen doesn't work out for us. Let us remember to create our own program, to make our own rules, and to be empowered rather than limited by them. If you need help designing your own program, maybe you need a health coach ;) Wink Wink. Your first health history consultation is free! 

Blissings,
Molly

PS... My new website is in the works! Stay tuned ...


Monday, July 28, 2014

What I Love About the Summer

My daily life is guided by the seasons. From what kind of food I'm eating to what type of activities are lined up for my day. Some might argue that we experience less seasonal influence here in Southern California, but I beg to differ (and wrote a blog post about just that last fall).

There are times when the heat is unbearable and I just want the tourists to not be at the beach for once so I can enjoy it in peace ... but most days I think to myself, summertime is the best!

Why I Love the Summer

Warm nights, Walking the dogs at twilight

The Fair, its lights, the weirdos (including yours truly) that come far and wide to eat odd things and play games for big purposeless stuffed toys. I could people watch for hours.

Small amounts of clothing.

Frequent showers and how pleasant water feels and tastes.

Camping, Beaches, Hikes, Bonfires, BBQs, Vacations, Family time.

Summer storms, if we're lucky.

Memories from childhood, of playtime and feeling free.

Melons, Peaches, Nectarines, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Corn, Grapes,

and

Coconuts

...



Happy Summer Friends, Xo

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Cleanse

Hey Friends, how are you?

Happy summer! I'm enjoying the warm nights & the fair is in town - I love this time of year. I feel ready to start my seasonal "cleanse."

This season the focus is on what I feed my body from the outside: my beauty routine.

Check out the video:



So the cleansing for this season will be in releasing some extra, unused posessions, opening up more space for flow, and in getting back to simple, quality products and practices.

Do you guys have any tips to share about your beauty/hygiene regimen? Please share!

Xo,
Molly