What Signifies a Beautiful Life?

posted on: September 22, 2014

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What signifies a beautiful life? Most of us will spend our whole lives attempting to create this ‘beautiful’ life we’ve been raised to crave. But, what exactly signifies this so called beauty? Most people have been taught that going to school, getting a grand job title & working until death with little to no time living is like rubbing the magic lamp to wealth, happiness & ultimate beauty. I have to tell you, if this is what they call ‘living the dream’ I’d rather be in a nightmare. The truth is there is no straight line path to happiness & the mysterious beautiful life. Now, most people outside of my generation might disagree with my logic on life. For those in this disagreeing category with a 9 to 5 life please tell me how euphoric is your soul? Do you feel free? Of course you don’t (unless you haven’t any imagination) because you my friend are a modern day slave to society. Now that my rant is over lets talk about the real beauty in life.
So, what signifies a beautiful life? I could sit here reciting all the bullshit you’ve learned throughout your life, but what a waste of time that would be for the both of us. For years I have racked my brain to figure out this crazy question. I spent so much time being unhappy just thinking about how can I achieve the ‘good life’. It finally occurred to me that this dream we all have is just that… a dream. Movies aren’t real & money can never replace true happiness. If you continue to believe you can waste your life in a job merely to make money & find ultimate happiness, then you will only become a hamster on a wheel. You’ll be trapped in a cage (society’s box) for the rest of your life!
What actually truly creates a beautiful life? The dream you never want to wake up from? The journey to create an absolute euphoric soul?
Your ability to create a beautiful life is based on your connection to life itself. A beautiful life isn’t signified by money, power, or objects of any kind. These things will however keep you disconnected from what life truly is all about. Chase after false beauty & you’ll surely find emptiness within your soul.
Now, how does one ‘connect’ with life? That discussion is for another day & another life rant. In the mean time, try to ask yourself how beautiful your life truly is right now.

Paz ser com você!
-AM

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Radiance Mud Mask

posted on: September 15, 2014

Mud Mask

I put together this facial mask a few weeks back and it is strongly becoming my favorite and most effective natural treatment. This muddy mess of awesome will deeply cleanse, brighten, clear, and moisturize when used once a week for thirty minutes. It’s completely easy to make and extremely therapeutic mentally and physically with it’s essential oils. Here’s what you need and why:

Aztec Healing Clay - This clay is a staple in my natural health regimen.  You’ll need about two teaspoons of clay for your mask. It’s a great deep cleanser by pulling toxins and impurities from your skin which is why it also makes a great detox bath like the Detoxing Though Soaking post I previously wrote about.

Lemon Juice - This is what helps with the brightening of your skin. Add about five drops of juice to the clay.

Jojoba Oil – If you don’t already know about the amazing skin and hair benefits of this oil then it’s time to study up sister (or brother). I won’t go into complete depth on this one, but Jojoba is the closest oil to that of which already exists on our skin and hair. This is why it makes the perfect moisturizer and age fighting oil you can use. Put about three to four drops into your mask. This will keep your skin moisturized during the deep cleansing process of your mask.

Tea Tree Oil- If you suffer from occasional acne this will become your favorite essential oil. Placing a few drops into your radiance mask will help fight and cure acne. It’s spicy scent has a deeply energizing effect on me mentally as well. It’s also great just to add a few drops into your moisturizer when you’re suffering from an outbreak.

Lavender Oil – This oil also helps with acne, but more so of what acne leaves behind. Lavender oil helps reduce redness in tone making it the perfect after breakout oil treatment. Put a about three drops into the mask.

Mix all ingredients together and place thickly over face. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and rinse with warm water. Since the mask is so thick, I’ve found that soaking a towel in warm water and gently pressing on your face is the best way to get all the clay off without pulling at your skin. Redness of the skin is likely to occur immediately following this treatment, but will subside within thirty minutes.  Do this once a week and watch how radiant your skin will become!

Paz ser com você!
-AM

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The Problem With Waiting

posted on: September 8, 2014

 

Dali Quote

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We as humans do a lot of waiting. Lines. Traffic. Phones. Some waiting in life is a necessity. The problem with waiting you see is that it’s overflowing into unnecessary aspects of our lives in longing to make things easier. We often say we’re ‘Waiting for the right time’ when in fact we mean ‘I’m waiting in hopes that it will get easier or be handed to me’.

The problem with waiting you see is life doesn’t get easier. You simply get stronger and ‘better’ at living. None of this will happen however if you always wait. You’ll only miss opportunities and have ‘what if’ moments for the rest of your life. The waiting game is a deadly game filled with lies and false hope. You see, the problem with waiting and the game of it all is that you’ll ultimately live your life waiting to live and dying without actually living.

Stop waiting for the right time… the easier time. Jump now. Even if you begin to drown you can always teach yourself to swim along the way. Because, the problem with waiting is a disease. Waiting is a mental block created out of fear and a disease of the mind you’ve become quite accustomed to in life. A disease you’ve brainwashed yourself into believing is actually healthy because it’s a comfortable way to live.

What’s worst of all is that the problem with waiting is in fact one of the biggest problems in your life. Waiting is the root of many problems in life. Many of us have only become mentally blind to the quite obvious fact that ceasing to wait can abolish so many problems in life. Break the cycle now. Set yourself free. Get off your ass.

*Side note* The image is Salvador Dali’s ‘Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion’. He’s one  of my favorite artists and was the master of surrealism. Educate yourself on him now if you haven’t already.

Paz ser com você!
-AM

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Dry Brushing to Detoxify Your Body

posted on: September 2, 2014

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Detoxing is ridiculously important for your body. It’s not a fad, it’s a way of life. I’ve talked about this a bit before when I posted Detoxing Your Body Through Soaking  a few months back. We accumulate so many toxins throughout the day due to our environment and diet. The toxins can lead to lack of energy and health problems. I personally do some form of detox every single day. One that has become quite therapeutic for me is dry brushing.

Dry brushing is the use of a natural bristle brush to exfoliate and most importantly it stimulates circulation throughout the body and lymphatic system. You’ll have noticeably smother skin after even the first time, but extended use of dry brushing can be very beneficial to kidney and digestion health as well. Naturopathic doctors use dry brushing as a means to remove excess water and toxins from the body by massaging the lymphatic system. This is great news for anyone trying to combat cellulite, as many have claimed this therapeutic ritual to highly benefit ridding cellulite when used one to two times a day. The process is easy and can last anywhere from 2 – 20 minutes. On days when I’m really stressed I turn the whole ordeal into a ‘spa-like’ therapy by brushing longer and immediately following the session with a soak in backing soda, sea salt minerals and an essential oil.

With a natural brush, start at your feet and with long medium pressured strokes brush up towards your heart. After brushing both legs entirely, brush your stomach and back. It’s very important that all your strokes throughout the whole process are toward your heart because this is the direction in which your lymphatic system flows. Once you’ve brushed your legs, stomach and back, start at the tips of your hands and move toward your chest. After brushing, your skin should be pink but never red or painful. Dry brushing should be done once to twice daily to be most effective. Some advise not to do this treatment before bed because it has an energizing effect. I personally don’t have issues with the therapy interfering with my sleep, however I follow my nightly brushing with an aromatherapy detox soak. After about a week of dry brushing you will definitely be able to tell a difference in your energy level as well as obtaining a radiant glow about you!

Much love!

-Amanda Machell

 

A Bukowski Breakdown on Death

posted on: August 18, 2014

charlesbukowsk cbukowski I came across this quote from the utterly amazing Charles Bukowski today and it really got my brain moving. It’s like I found the words that where already in my heart, yet they where written by another. Have you ever truly taken into consideration you and everyone you meet are eventually going to die? By no means am I trying to be morbid, only attempting to get you to deeply think. Look at the world around you. There’s so much pain, so much hate. What the hell are we doing to each other? Have we really been raised by such a fucked up society that we’ve been brainwashed to believe the most trivial things in life are grounds for hate? Stop and think… that person you treated terrible is a human being just like you. You have no idea what kind of life they live just from the tiny window you’ve peeked inside while coming in contact with them. You may live completely different lives but the slightly morbid and absolutely beautiful common ground you will always share is death. I’ve been considered a pushover throughout the entirety of my life, but that’s just society’s fucked up view on people like me. We prefer the term lovers. You’ve all taken your first breath and eventually you’ll take your last. Be kind to each other, -Amanda Machell Follow on Bloglovin Photos via tumblr

A Smelly Yet Most Effective Facial Toner

posted on: August 15, 2014

 

Toner

As a skincare junkie since the age of 13 I’ve used A LOT of facial toners in my life. Some rather inexpensive, and others I’m even too shameful to admit how much I spent on them. Yet, the best toner facial toner I’ve ever used is one I now make in my bathroom. This little concoction is ridiculously cheap and amazingly effective. Apple cider vinegar has changed my skin in some pretty awesome ways, and for about three dollars I have enough toner to last me over a year. I’m not going to lie; it smells pretty awful… to be honest it smells like dirty feet. All the good benefits definitely outweigh the bad, so here is what you can look forward to besides a face that smells like feet for ten minutes.

  •  Our skin is acidic with a pH of about 4.5 to 6. This helps our skin fight off free radicals and pollutions in the air throughout the day. However, our facial cleansers strip our skin of this protective acid. Apple cider vinegar contains a pH of about 4.5 to 5.5 helping us replace the acid we strip away while cleansing.
  • Apple cider vinegar is a natural antiseptic with antibacterial properties. This is makes it perfect for fighting off pimples or any bacteria that can eventually cause a breakout to occur.

Since using this homemade toner I’ve experienced skin that is brighter and more glowing with a huge reduction in breakouts. It’s super easy to make and takes less than a minute.

  • First make sure you have organic apple cider vinegar. I’m extremely adamant about the organic part! I haven’t ever used anything except organic and worry about what the impurities may do to skin.
  • Fill an empty bottle half way with the vinegar.
  • Dilute the vinegar by filling the rest of the bottle with water making a 1:1 ratio for your toner.
  • Before applying shake well.

Last but not least… don’t breath in when applying. I promise you get used to the smell… eventually.

Much love!

-Amanda Machell

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5 Things that are Ruining Your Wildest Dreams

posted on: August 11, 2014

Wildest dreams   Society We’ve all got dreams for our life, and if you don’t then I truly feel sorry for you. But your dreams are at risk of being completely demolished by some simple things you may not even know you’re doing. Think about your life for a quick second. Are you where you thought you’d be at this point? Are you doing all the things you once dreamed of or at least making steps for them to happen one day? Are you happy? If not, then answer this one last question. Has the world taken away your ability to dream? It’s not weird if you have lost this ability. Quite honestly in this day and age it’s actually normal. Though I’ve always been somewhat of an extreme dreamer, I’ve watched many friends, family members, and even complete strangers lose the ability to dream. My downfall comes in the actual accomplishing aspect of dreams. Through much reflection and spectating the lives of others (not because I’m nosey but a people watcher) I’ve seen many of the same aspects appear as dreams start to disappear. There are many important things in life, but you only get this one chance to live it all out. If you want to be happy, sincerely live, and accomplish your wildest dreams then reflect on these next few things. Ask yourself are you falling under their spell and losing sight of your dreams?

  1. Fear- Have the fears in your life created an internal voice telling you that you can’t accomplish something? A lot of this is actually the fear of change. You know in order to make things happen in your life a huge amount of change must take place and most of us hate change. This uncomfortable feeling of change ultimately turns into fear.
  2. Job- Sometimes jobs we dislike can make us feel trapped and almost hopeless about life. I’ve been there. I got sucked into this kind of thinking for a brief moment in time, and every day I’m so thankful I woke up one morning and said ‘fuck it, I’m done’. I can’t stress enough how important loving your job is for your life as a whole. Think about it, we spend a huge chunk of our time there and if we are miserable at work it will eventually overflow into the rest of your life.
  3. Society- Are you being kept from achieving your dreams because it’s not exactly what society views as the ‘norm’? Newsflash people, society is completely screwed up. Most of the people who are deemed as a success are sincerely miserable. Not everyone, but I’ve seen this in far too many people to even think of following a path of normal social standards.
  4. Bad Energy- Everyone has people in their lives that they know should be purged out. That person who silently oozes envy and manipulates you into believing your dreams are either stupid or unachievable. Get the hell away from these people! I know, it’s much easier said than done. Seriously it’s time to either distance yourself completely, or have a little talk to let them know you’re done with the toxic dream crushing.
  5. Lack of Motivation- I suffer from this and the best thing I can tell you is to get your lazy ass up and start creating the life you want. Yeah, it sucks sometimes but just keep in mind what you’re after and the happiness that will engulf life once it’s finally achieved.

If you notice any of these things in your life, run; run as fast as you can away from their grip and straight towards your dreams. You’ve got one shot at this life. Stop wasting your energy on unnecessary factors that ultimately will not matter one bit once you’ve reached your wildest dreams.
Paz ser com você!
-Amanda Machell
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Learning to Love Yourself

posted on: July 30, 2014

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Love is the only thing that can save this world. It’s also the only thing that can save you. I’m not talking about falling in love with a partner; I’m talking about falling in love with yourself. The only way you’ll ever have true compassion for humanity is to love yourself as a human being first. The only way you’ll ever be able to become so madly in love with someone is to first love the only person you really know, yourself. It all sounds so cliché but I’ve learned it’s all so true. For almost the first time in my life I can truly say I love myself, and I have to tell you it’s the most amazing feeling. A better feeling than you could ever get from another human being. Pure love of your own self, your soul, and your spirit. It’s been a crazy journey filled with tears, long sleepless nights and now pure peaceful joy. It’s not something that can be accomplished in a matter of days or weeks. Loving yourself takes time and dedication. I can’t promise you that you won’t have bad days, but I can guarantee you better days are ahead.

No one can give you the exact answers to loving yourself, but here are a few things that will help you along the way.

  • Start & end your day with loving affirmations to yourself. (You’re intelligent, beautiful, strong, etc.)
  • Meditate daily
  • Write down every positive thing that makes you unique.
  • Get moving! (Yoga & walking are my all time favorite as they serve a great time for reflection)
  • Go one full week without any makeup. (you’ll be amazed at the outcome of this experience)
  • Spend more time naked & alone. (This is liberating & I’ve learned the more time you send looking at your organic body, the more you appreciate you!)
  • Start living a healthier lifestyle. (The better you treat your body, the better it treats you.)
  • Reflect on your life in pure silence. (Past, present, & future) SO IMPORTANT!
  • Rid yourself of all things in life that don’t allow your true happiness. (Job, friends, material possessions, etc.)

Paz ser com você!

-Amanda Machell

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posted on: July 16, 2014

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posted on: July 12, 2014

Tomorrow's Death

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