Essential Oils + Yoga

Nicole BrannickExercise, Self-Care, Wellness

Yoga

I love yoga.  I love how it slows down my mind and how it makes my body feel.  Those who practice yoga regularly can understand how an hour of breathwork, focusing, setting an intention, and turning inward can truly change your mindset. I leave yoga feeling leaner, stronger, empowered, and kinder toward myself and those around me. Over the past … Read More

Stubbornness and Gratitude

Nicole BrannickMembership, Wellness

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In 2014 I fasted and prayed for more direction in my life. I didn’t realize it at the time, but God answered my prayer later that year. But like most of us hard-headed (stiff-necked, even) humans, it took longer than it should have. My sweet friend Janel had gently (and repeatedly) introduced me to Young Living’s essential oils, but I … Read More

Tis the Season for Self-Care

Nicole BrannickSelf-Care, Wellness

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It’s December. Advent Season.  A time to worship and reflect. But for many of us, it also means  shopping, wrapping, cleaning, baking, parties, and otherwise full schedules that can leave us feeling stressed out and even depleted at times. I’m there with you! I’m sure you’ve noticed whenever you fly on commercial aircraft that the flight attendant always instructs us, in … Read More

I’m a Modern Hippie

Nicole BrannickHousehold

Modern Hippie

When I was growing up, hippie was a very derogatory term. Those were the people who rejected the established norms. Why couldn’t they just be like everyone else? Do things the way society says they should be done? Well, as I’m getting older, I’m discovering that I’m becoming a modern hippie. While I don’t smoke marijuana, you might just find … Read More

Know better. Do better.

Nicole BrannickUncategorized

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My favorite quote changes with the season I’m in—not the actual season, but the proverbial one. For a few years now, I’ve loved this one: “Know better. Do better.” We don’t know what we don’t know. But once we know, we can’t unknow it, ya know? And once I know, I believe I’m responsible to make sure others know too. … Read More

Dreams

Nicole BrannickUncategorized

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I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, engaged, powerful people, are busy doing. — Shonda Rhimes Do you still have a dream? What are you doing to accomplish that dream? Every day, take action. Every step, no matter how small, is still a … Read More

My Birthday Wish

Nicole BrannickMembership

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My birthday is this week. And with each year that ticks by, I think harder about wanting to live longer, to live better. Wellness has never been as important to me as it is now. I have an eight-year old, and I want to see her get married and have kids of her own someday in the far-off future. I … Read More

Progress and Perfection

Nicole BrannickHousehold

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I use drug store shampoo. And conditioner. It’s not organic or all-natural. In fact, it is full of nasty ingredients. When I told my hair stylist that I use these particular products, she looked at me like I had three heads. You see, I have really curly hair that I straighten most days. Add in the Tennessee summer humidity, and … Read More

It’s All About Ambience

Nicole BrannickRecipes, Romance

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A clean house.  A glass of wine.  Candles lit.  It’s just about the best kind of evening for me. I love the way a dimly lit room coupled with a soft fragrance makes me feel.  Add in some music, and I’m a happy, happy girl.  But now we know that those paraffin candles are emitting chemicals (soot, anyone?) and other synthetic fragrances that many … Read More