Ways to Honor Your Body, Mind, and Soul in the Winter Months

For many of us, it’s hard to slow down when it gets cold. But going against nature and what our body needs causes us unnecessary stress (and sometimes even depression.) Use any of these quick tips to honor hibernation season and preserve your strength to kick ass for the long run, instead of burning out entirely.

  • Know what your body is asking for: Listen, I totally understand that you’ve made a pact with yourself to get up at 5am and work out, but what do you do when you know you’re getting sick? Do you push through it anyways, only to find that you’re sicker for longer after that CrossFit class? Sometimes staying in bed isn’t worth feeling guilty over, and will preserve your health for longer lasting results.
  • Obligations don’t exist: Holiday parties are fun, sure, but they can fill your social calendar to the point of literal anxiety. You’re allowed to say no, and to stay home in your pjs while you warm by the fire. I’m not saying to completely be the Hermit, but also know when to say “no.”
  • If you have to, schedule downtime: Now this might be the type A in me talking, but if it isn’t in my planner, I simply won’t do it. If your schedule is jam packed to that point, I suggest scheduling in a movie at home so you KNOW you have to sit down and relax. Write in “bubble bath” at 8pm and don’t bring your phone. Anything to honor the resting period.
  • Remember gratitude: If you’re so busy with Christmas shopping, holiday parties, work events, etc. that it makes you want to scream, remember to be grateful that you have things going on. You could be one of the humans out there on the street in the snow, and even though it may seem like they’re not doing much, they certainly aren’t relaxing. Be grateful for your busy schedule, and make time for yourself because you have the freedom to do it.

All in all, just remember you’re shooting for longevity, and pushing against your body will not serve you. Mind the seasons, honor rest, and stay witchy ( *)

WitchCrafts ( *)

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Welcome to the December installment of WitchCrafts! Because I am abroad, this tutorial is super easy, but that is also good news for you!

On my birthday in October, I made a bunch of drinks for my guests, including a super sparkly witches brew featuring the liqueur Viniq.


I wasn’t too impressed with the sweetness of the liqueur, so I went online to try to figure out how to make my own sparkly version for Christmas and New Years.

Well, it turns out you can buy pearl luster dust on Amazon and just use it in anything you want.


It’s literally so easy and you feel like a fairy princess.

So since a Christmas tradition of ours is to drink mimosas while we open presents, we got up somewhat early to go and find Prosecco and orange juice. Well, not realizing that this is Rome and Christmas is an incredibly important holiday, we came to find that every shop was closed. Seriously. Every single one.

Walking back to our Air BnB feeling a little disappointed, my sister had us turn down a small street that took us the easiest route back.

Well lo and behold, the only shop in miles that was open was on this block, and we were able to get Frizzante and a grapefruit to make makeshift- almost-mimosas to drink while we opened our presents! Then we dumped some luster dust in these bad bitches and let the festive feeling commence.


The most important part of this morning was being together and keeping a tradition alive. And we got a little Christmas miracle to help make this happen.

Happy Holidays witchies!  ( *)

 

Merry Christmas Eve!

The Ten of Pentacles is a card of family, tradition, togetherness and affluence, which is perfectly appropriate for the Christmas season! As an admittedly commercial holiday, as opposed to the more spiritual solstice holiday of Yule, it still has many positive messages we can practice.

We go through life alone, for the most part, and in that solitary journey we can find ourselves becoming self involved. Fixating on our own problems and dwelling on past injustices. But when a holiday calls as a reminder to step outside and see your place in the lives of your friends and family, even for a brief moment, you can recognize where your problems lie in the grand scheme of things. 

In other words, don’t sweat the small stuff. Family and friendship, health and happiness, those are the big ticket items. Be reminded of that this holiday season, be merry, and stay witchy ( *)