Harvard researchers found that a daily piece of chocolate lowers the risk of heart disease by as much as 57% (which means it’s better to eat it daily than not!), while dozens of other studies returned favorable results for everything from brain function to smooth, soft skin to pregnancy complications.
This generation has raised Frida to the verge of idolatry, simultaneously putting ideas of her as a person above her work and blurring what she actually stood for as a woman and feminist by whitewashing and airbrushing her.
We really need to make self-care a part of our daily life, not something special or added in when there's time. It's a line item on the budget, it's doesn't fit into the extra category. Self-care is foundational to health and wellness. It's our bodies strong root system that nourishes the rest of our being.
I don’t use the word deserve lightly. It’ too often attached to a sense of entitlement. But, what I do know to be true is this: you deserve holy wellness, and in the very least, you deserve to be moving towards it all the time. While you can have faith in others to support you, your own root system is what gives you the strongest foundation.
Besides staying home and fully recovering, there are a few things we can reach for that will help support our bodies as we move back toward wellness should we come down with a nasty cold or flu. Here's our 6 most important self-care tools for this gnarly cold/flu season.
Maybe our best tool for activating agency truly is self-care. Not in the expensive commercial products kind of way, but in the actual dedication of time to ourselves--checking in, loving ourselves in the way we want to be treated. If not you, then who? It's up to you, sister, just you, to save yourself.
Before you begin, a trigger warning. This is written with the white birth worker in mind, for those who are earnest, yet perhaps green in their allyship and activism; this is for those who need to muster up the courage and action to utilize their position of privilege. Lastly, as terrible as it feels to acknowledge our complicity in a system of oppression, we, white women, who seek peace on earth by working in the birth world need to step up.
I've always been a women gatherer. I think it's because I'm an only child and with no siblings, I've always felt I needed to fill that void. As I've gotten older and built this business I find that the women with whom I surround myself model courage. They're inspiring and vulnerable and thoughtful. They want to leave things better than they found it. And, they do their best to magnify other women, too. That's my heart's desire--magnify and multiply our deeds. It's not about our badass products. It's about Better Woman + Better Earth.
Come for the gifts, stay for the love. I hope you find the same magic in these organic provisions as I do - that they refill your cup the way the refill mine, full to the brim so we can keep pouring all season long.
The magic that Nova created, that I have the privilege of helping carry out, is a reminder that love is a continuous flow within us and throughout us as a village. With love of self comes the ease to love others, to be loved, and to thrive in the higher vibration of our space. Better woman, better earth. Amen.