Essential Oils.

Essential oils are one of my favourite things to talk about because I am so ridiculously passionate about them.

I jumped on the essential oil bandwagon last year when I was in America. I swear by them. I haven’t been on my essential oil journey for too long but I love what I’ve learnt so far. The idea of using natural products brings my soul rest like you wouldn’t believe. When I was 16 my father passed away. He suffered from Kidney stones from when I was a baby up until he died. Doctors continued to prescribe him western medications to simply mask underlying issues which then caused him to develop end stage liver disease. This instilled a fear in me that I struggle to shake sometimes when it comes to medication.

With that in mind, I am going to clarify something I needed to learn on this journey – Essential oils don’t heal you but rather aid your body in a natural and holistic way.

For me personally,  I have oils from DoTerra but I also have a large collection from my local health food store. Do your research but if an oil is 100% oil, then that’s exactly what you are going to get.

As a Christian I believe God has given us beautiful, natural resources to help us live. Essential oils included. I know for a fact DoTerra’s oils are sourced straight from where that specific plant or flower thrives from around the world.

I am going to give you a few beauty/life hacks in how I use my oils daily.

– Frankincense! Scent, Skin. WOW. This is an oil that is on the pricey side but for a good reason. Firstly this oil is biblical! Frankincense, along with gold and myrrh is what the three wise men gifted Jesus with.

Matthew 2:11 – On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

This is also INCREDIBLE for your skin. When I was in America I suffered with a bad sun blister on my lip. One of my beautiful camp directors suggested I use Frankincense oil on it 3 times a day and within a few days it had healed.

I have also suffered from hormonal acne and skin issues growing up. I get breakouts when It’s my monthly (to be expected) but something I have found that helps keep my skin clear and plump is putting a few drops of Frankincense oil with my face cleanser at night. I also put a few drops of rose hip oil with my moisturiser. The rose hip combats my acne scars. These combined leaves my skin feeling so clean, clear and full.

 – Cedar wood! Scent, skin, hair. I have only recently discovered this oil but I think it’s one of my most favourite ones. It smells AMAZING! I use cedar wood for my skin ocasionally but my favourite little beauty hack for this bad boy is to add a few drops along side a few drops of lavender oil in your shampoo. My hair has become so thick and it’s grown a little bit too since incorporating this into my routine.

– Peppermint/spearmint! Nausia, headaches. I feel like this little hack is something everyone knows about already but these oils are beautiful for settling your stomach. I unfortunately still suffer from travel sickness (I thought you grow out of that but apparently not. Haha) It works. I put a little bit behind my ears and a drop in the palm of my hand and press my thumb into it then on the roof of my mouth. Another way to use these oils is by rubbing a small amount on the temples of your head to gain relief from headaches. Sometimes peppermint is too intense for me so I have found a new love for spearmint!

– Clove oil! Toothaches. My beloved finance is so patient with me always harping on about what oils to use for specific situations. About a month ago he was suffering from the pain of wisdom teeth coming through. He got on the phone to tell me he had purchased some clove oil to help relieve the pain and it worked! This is a natural way to help little ones with teething.

– Tea tree oil! Infections. Known for it’s antibacterial properties is an amazing natural source to help fight infections, acne and even cold & flu. I like to add tea tree into my baths and also into my diffuser mixed with Lavender to leave a fresh scent. The amount of drops can vary depending how strong you want it to smell.

I could go on forever about the benefits of each essential oil. The things I have listed only scratch the surface of what each oil can do. I will definitely be posting more information on different oils and little beauty/life hacks I find along the way with them. Do your research and be aware that not all oils can be ingested. A large number of them are for topical use only for your body. (diffusing aside)

I 110% recommend you try essential oils. Always remember a little goes a long way, they are worth the investment. There is honestly an oil for everything and so many beautiful blends to explore. Please know that I am not an expert, I am learning every day and these are ways I have been using my oils!

Beth xx

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8 ways to make your day happier.

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1. Start your day with Jesus.

As a Christian I have been trying to make it part of my daily routine to start my day with Jesus. That can take the form of reading the word, reading a devo, writing or praying. There is no right or wrong way to spend time with Jesus. He adores you and longs for relationship with you. I promise you will notice a difference in your whole attitude and mindset throughout the day if you start your day with him.

2. Write or speak out 3 things you are thankful for, daily! 

As humans I feel like it can be so easy for us to get caught up and focus on the negatives rather than the positives. I’m guilty of this. We are truly blessed, its time to start being thankful for it. I was convicted when I was doing my daily devo last week and one of the questions read : “Thank God for at least 10 things that you have that would be considered a luxury to many people”. Straight away I listed off 10 things within 10 seconds. We get so caught up in wanting more that we miss whats right in front of us. Shift your perspective and fill your day with thankfulness.

3. Minimise Technology.

We live in a generation that is unbelievably blessed with such advanced technology. I have recently started a book called Be Anxious For Nothing by Max Lucado (Incredible book if you do/have suffered from anxiety) it explains how technogoly is actually a cause of anxiety. Take the news for example. How often do you ever hear of anything positive? It’s pretty rare. Now on the other hand, How often do you hear of a terrorist attack, a natural distaer, a murder, a suicide, a beating, a robery. This list goes on. Being an anxious person, for me hearing these things constanly fills my mind with “what if’s”. I hate to admit it, but it puts a spirit of fear deep in my soul. If you are someone that thrives off the news, by all means, be my guest but if you aren’t, open up your bible and read God’s truths.

Social media

As a woman, I will be honest. I can get caught up in the world of aimlessly scrolling which then turns into the world of comparison. I’m not saying social media is bad, I flipping love instagram. But always remember to be aware of who you follow and how much time you spend looking at your screen. Don’t allow it to dictate or determine your life. Give yourself social media fasts and embrace the beauty of the world.

4. Have a Bath.

I love this. Anyone that knows me well, knows that I am a sucker for a long, hot bath. There is something about it that just brings clarity to your mind and soul. Add essential oils + epsom salts, watch a bath bomb fizz or fill it with too many bubbles. Give yourself time to r e l a x.

5. Pray, ALWAYS.

Life can be overwhelming at the best of times. Always remeber there is someone who is eagerly waiting to hear from you. Whether it’s a thankful heart, a repentant heart, a sad heart or an excited heart – He is ready.

6. Eat well. 

You know your body and it’s dietary requirments but nothing beats eating clean, whole foods. Your body is precious, nourish it and feed it well. You will notice a difference in your mental and physical self.

7. Move.

I have grown such a love for exercise. I used to do it for all the wrong reasons, i’d force myself to do something I didn’t want to in order to be “skinny”. My healthy exercise routine started when Gideon went back home to the states, I honestly went back to the gym as a distraction from being away from him but in the process actually grew a passion for it. I exercise to feel good and to aid my body in strength. I don’t have a particular exercise routine as such. I do what I feel like on the day. Somedays it’s cardio, somedays it’s weights, somedays it’s stretching. My goal is to just move.

8. Encourage others.

This is easily one of my favourite things to do. I’ve learnt that it is much more fulfilling to give than to recieve. A simple, genuine expression of encouragement can go such a long way. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing someones face light up from pure joy when you recognise their strengths and use your words for good. Making others feel good will make you feel good. Try it!

Stay happy, always lovely’s!

Beth xx

Vegetarian Curry with Cauliflower rice.

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Yum, yum, YUM!!! This recipe came about because I was really craving curry one day at work but I wasn’t craving the sick feeling you get after it if you buy it take away. I went home, made a quick trip to the shops, gathered up healthy & natural ingredients, threw it all together and created something magical! If you want to add more spices, herbs, veggies or meat, feel free. This is a really good base for curry.

Ingredients.

  • Broccoli (This is my favourite vegetable so I added more than an average amount)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • 250g of cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 – 3/4 of a can of coconut milk

Seasonings.

  • 1 heaped teaspoon of curry mix
  • 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic paste
  • salt + pepper (season how you like)
  • Coriander (Don’t hold back on this herb because it’s flipping amazing. If you are American use cillantro)
  • Generous squeeze of lime

Method.

A clean, organised cooking space is a happy space (because it doesn’t stay that way for long, haha!)

I start by draining and rinsing my beans under cold water.

I then add them into a pan on a low heat. I give the beans time to warm up and cook until they start to become soft. I add my garlic paste and mix together.

While the beans are infusing in garlic, I cut my vegetables and steam them. Once prepared, I add them to the beans and garlic. bump up the heat and Mix well.

The next step is adding in the herbs, spices and coconut milk. Mix well and simmer.

(sometimes I will add water to this stage if the coconut milk isn’t enough)

While your curry is simmering, in another pan on a low setting, heat up your cauliflower rice. I always add a little bit of coconut oil into mine for moisture + flavour.

You are ready to plate up. I like to have my cauliflower rice as a base but you can mix it into the curry if you prefer. I then top the dish with more coriander, a squeeze of lime, salt & pepper.

Enjoy, lovely’s! xx

 

Health + Wellness

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1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.

I love when God places exciting new dreams on my heart to share with others. I am so happy to announce that I am going to be starting a section on my blog completely dedicated specifically on health and wellness.

I have really grown a passion and understanding in what it looks like to care for my body in a healthy and mostly natural way.

In order to flourish we need to take time to nourish. For me, health goes beyond just eating good foods and exercising. I have been on a long journey with practicing self-love and doing the right thing by my body; mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. I have had many turns along the way but those turns have led me to more extensive knowledge on all things health. A huge factor I missed on my health journey is knowing and being in tune with my body. I think once you nail that, it allows you to unlock a whole new side to your health and what your body is able to do and achieve. What I share with you are things that I practice and use daily to support MY health. I just want to create a space where I can give tips and advice in areas I have struggled but also grown in. Our God has given us endless natural resources on this earth to use to support our bodies and I believe that we should be utilising them as much as possible. If that encourages other women to try something new and live their life, known and loved by their Saviour then my goal has been achieved.

There are so many different factors that contribute to your health and your wellbeing. I am going to take you through a range of recipes, benefits of essential oils, skin care, super foods, beauty + health hacks as well as routines you can be incorporating into your day to support caring for yourself in the best way possible.

Get ready to flourish, lovely!

Beth xx

 

I will wait and in my waiting I will be glad. 

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Hosea 12:6 – Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually.

What is your heart attitude when God tells you to wait? I’m going to be real, mine isn’t pleasant. Patience isn’t a gift of mine, its something I have been really challenged to work on.

I feel like my life has been one big season of waiting, especially in these past few months. As many of you know Gideon and I have submitted all the paper work for our finance visa. God has called me back to live in Nebraska and settle down with the love of my life. An absolute blessing that I struggle to wrap my head around at times. This process can take up to 9 months, we are believing for a shorter time frame. But for now we wait.

Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

The closer I get to God and the more time I spend with him I understand now that there is preparation that needs to be done before I embark on the GREATEST adventure ever. I’m not going to lie, long distance sucks, ALOT. But God is taking us on a journey of trusting him in a way we both haven’t before.

I’ve recently had a radical heart realisation that in my waiting God is choosing me, pursuing me and loving me. In my waiting he wants to know me. I can’t tell you how much he is calling me to surrender, trust and give my all to him in this season. I feel like my heart is becoming so aligned with his plan and his will in the unknowns that it’s making it okay and bearable to conquer each day. My waiting isn’t wasted, my waiting is a blessing.

About a month ago I started a study by the daily grace co. called ‘walking the path of wisdom’. It’s a study on proverbs. I am learning to be a God-fearing woman of Christ and I flipping LOVE it.

The other night I opened up to the chapter of marriage. As the words danced across the page, shedding light into my heart I began to weep. In that moment, I felt honoured, so ridiculously honoured that God called me for such a time as this to be a wife to my sweet Gideon. I am learning what it looks like to be a proverbs 31 woman as well as the importance of the role of a wife and through that I am confronted and challenged in the most beautiful way possible.

How amazing that God is taking this precious time before I leave for America to prepare me to be the best version of myself in him for Gideon.

Proverbs 31:10 -11 Who can find a wife of noble character? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will not lack anything good.

I don’t know if you are facing a season of waiting but if you are, I challenge you to change your perspective and find the lesson God is trying to teach you. Ultimately, he knows best. He’s planned out your whole life and he has the power to turn your situation around, he is a way maker and a God of abounding grace. Let him invade your heart and rest in this beautiful promise Isaiah 60:22 – …At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen.

Beth xx

Here is a link to the daily grace co.

https://thedailygraceco.com

Beautifully Blessed.

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Have you ever had those really dry seasons in your life? When nothing seems to be happening and your just at a stand still hoping and praying that God’s plan would just hurry up and unfold… Then all of a sudden out of the blue your life erupts with bursts of wonder and not-so-wonder everywhere like a party popper. Streams of all different colours flying at you and around you – overlapping, intertwining and painting your life like an abstract piece of art.

I FEEL YOU! 

I want to give you a little insight into my little party popper painted world now.

The month of February was a flipping whirlwind to say the least. A beautiful, hard and unexpected whirlwind. God really spoke, taught and instilled in me that my plan is not his plan.

  • I vowed last year that I would never go back to pre-school teaching. I was done, I lost my passion, my drive and my motivation. Yet here I am, working 5 days a week in the most beautiful pre-school, with incredible little loves. I am being so blessed every single day, I am honoured that I get to sow into, invest and love on these precious children for this season of my life. God has given me a purpose and is supporting me financially. God is good, He is in control.

Matthew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

  • I have had extreme pain in my tail bone for months. It was time I faced my fear and got an X-ray to find out what was going on. I got a call back from the doctor saying they found a lump on my pelvis and requested a CT scan for further investigation. If you know me well you know that after my dad passed away I HATE taking medication and sickness is my biggest fear. I had an unknown ahead of me and if I am being honest my worst nightmare was beginning to unfold. My results came back and it is a calcified lyphnode from when I had previous surgery. Benign in appearance. God is good, he is in control.

Nehemiah 8:10 … for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

  • I have found a healthy relationship with exercise. It has been a beautiful outlet and time of reflection for me. I do it because I enjoy it, not because I am forcing myself to loose weight. I am finally content with my body, even if I am a little bigger than I used to be. God is good, he is in control.

1 Corinthians 6:19 – Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.

  • I am trying my best to find some sort of balance without Gideon. Long distance sucks. It really does. Our time is so limited yet so special and so beautiful. God is good, he is in control.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 –  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

  • I am learning who and what is important in my life. I have been really challenged by the Lord about friendships, family and myself. God is good, he is in control.

Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

  • I continue to look at the visa process. I often feel defeated because we still aren’t through with the paper work and every time we go to submit our application we find something else that needs to be filled out. I am forever looking into timelines and dates but tonight I had the most peaceful thought. Our visa isn’t in the hands of the government, it’s in the hands of God and in his perfect timing Gideon and I will be able to get married. He is good, he is in control.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in its time.

I share this little chunk of my life with you because I have been on such a journey this past month and I have grown in such a deep and intimate relationship with my Saviour. What I am experiencing with him is unexplainable. I longed so desperately to feel him the way I did when I was in America. I didn’t think it was possible to feel that bond or connection again but it is and it’s better. It’s all because I am surrendering my way and simply trusting his. He has given me no other option but to trust him and I love that. Have you ever thought that maybe your hurt and heart ache is just God wanting to draw closer to you? Is that not the most beautiful, precious and wonderful thought ever! The God who created the world and everything in it wants you. He wants you. He longs for you to come into his arms as you are and rest in his perfect, pure love. Through everything he is in control. He knows. He cares. He has a plan. He is fighting for you on your behalf.

I am forever learning the art of seasons. Sometimes you bloom where you are planted, other times you might feel bare and barren or crisp and fresh, filled with clarity. Maybe the wind is taking you somewhere new. Maybe you are transitioning and you can’t see the end of the old and the beginning of the new. Wherever you are at I want to challenge you to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. The bible talks about the importance of our thoughts, holding them close and keeping them captive. Where your thoughts are, your actions follow. Choose to see the blessing. Choose to see the good, the good that God is doing in your life, the thing you thought was impossible. When you change your thoughts you change your world. Embrace your current season with open arms and trust that God knows what he is doing. He has nothing but greatness for you, he has the most spectacular plan, watch it unravel before you. Give him glory and honour and you will reap every blessing predestined for you. Choose to let him invade your heart, I promise he will take you on the most beautiful, challenging and captivating journey of your life.

Always find your blessing, you are surrounded by constant wonder in this vast, wide, enthralling world.

Beth xx

 

 

You are altogether beautiful, my love.

1 Corinthians 15:10 – “By the grace of God, I am what I am.” (NIV)

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It has been so long since I have actually sat down at my computer with my worship music playing, spilling my heart out and sharing the goodness of my God. Let me tell you, I’m one sentence in and I’m already feeling free.

This time last year I went through something that changed me. I haven’t had the courage to share about that experience in-depth, until now!

Peak experiences – It’s a time in your life when you aren’t transitioning, you aren’t waiting, you are just right where you are meant to be. 

At the end of 2016 I was living, embracing and walking out my peak experience like there was no tomorrow. I was content in my friendships, my job, my family, in myself… So I thought.

I began to focus on my health a little more than normal. I have always struggled with body image. I started out with a healthy routine, going to the gym a few times a week & cleaning up my diet but before I knew it, all of a sudden I was stuck in this vicious cycle of over exercising and restricting the foods I was consuming. It just happened and I couldn’t seem to gain control over the matter. All I was focussed on was loosing wight. I was fixated on a stupid, pointless number. I thought it would make me a better person, I thought it would make me feel beautiful, I thought it would make me feel worthy. I Believed the lies that every woman believes – “If you look a certain way you’ll be happy” “If you weigh this much, people will like you more”. I used to get angry, literally angry at myself if I didn’t workout or if I ate carbs. I lost my period, the very thing that makes you a women. My body was failing. I felt like I was failing. The enemy tainted my vision and I saw exactly what he wanted me to see, I was right where he wanted me.

During this time, I had my faith but I chose to listen to the world over my God. It breaks my heart to write that but I did. This season of my life was real, it turned horrible but it taught me ALOT.  I got a head of myself and I took God’s blessings for granted and as a result of that the bad got the better of me.

It wasn’t until I ran back into my Saviours arms – broken, lost, insecure and ready to be made whole in his presence again that my world began to turn around. It felt like my heart was rooted in the ground but it was covered in weeds and as soon as I fell at his feet, flowers started to bloom again.

Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. (NIV)

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Last year in Hawaii, for the first time ever I saw myself the way God see’s me. I don’t know if you’ve ever had a moment like that but it was the most beautiful, liberating and empowering moment of my life. It’s not something I can put into words because it was such a sacred moment between My incredible Jesus and myself. I still have days when I am insecure but because I am clinging to God and resting in his promises I have better control over those feelings.

Beautiful one, You are not defined by a number on a scale, you are not defined by how many friends you have or what you look like. You are made new and whole in a God that adores you, longs for you and see’s you as nothing less than perfect. You are made fearfully and wonderfully. You are more precious than rubies. Never feel like you are too broken to come to him, he wants you as you are. He is a God that can pick up the shattered pieces of your Story and make a masterpiece out of them. He is ready to shape you and mould you into the beautiful being he has predestined you to be. There is so much more to his plan than your outward appearance, let him free you of the negative thoughts that run wild in your head, allow his grace to fill your heart and soul so you can rest knowing how much he loves you.

Beth xx

 

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