Easy Tips for Looking Better & Feeling More Confident on Video Calls

Easy Tips for Looking Better & Feeling More Confident on Video Calls

by Andrea Pacini May 10, 2020

Now that video meetings have become the new norm and have been used to host everything from birthday parties and board calls to graduations and weddings, I suspect they will be much more commonly used moving forward.

By day, I work as spokesperson for major construction projects and oftentimes have to give on-camera interviews. Even though it’s part of my job, I don’t love being on camera so I totally understand and feel the pain when it comes to this subject. Why does everything look so distorted and unflattering? I’m notorious for keeping my camera off during video calls. But for the instances where you need to have your camera on, here are some practical tips to help combat the anxiety that can come with being on camera. Making just a few simple tweaks will allow you to be more in control of your video chat environment and can make a world of difference in your comfort level.

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Craving physical touch? Try Abhyanga (self-massage) for the Ultimate Self-Care Ritual

Craving physical touch? Try Abhyanga (self-massage) for the Ultimate Self-Care Ritual

by Andrea Pacini May 03, 2020

As we are all discovering during this time of isolation and quarantine - human touch is incredibly important. When our ability to connect with and nurture one another with a warm handshake or huge hug is restricted, it can take a toll on our emotional and mental well-being.

During this time, many of us have been forced to go within and face certain discomforts. A silver lining of this may be that by moving through the unpleasant things we've been avoiding, we discover that we are empowered to comfort and soothe ourselves. 

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Sephora Sale Picks: Spring 2020

Sephora Sale Picks: Spring 2020

by Andrea Pacini April 26, 2020

As a former beauty editor & blogger, I've been into products for as long as I can remember - hair, nails, skin, makeup, fragrance products, I love them all. I believe that - like cooking, baking, crafting or any other form of creation, cosmetics are another extension of personal expression. Shading, contouring and color mixing truly is a study in art for me! 

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Crystals 101: A Guide to Choosing Crystals & Working with Crystal Energy

Crystals 101: A Guide to Choosing Crystals & Working with Crystal Energy

by Andrea Pacini April 21, 2020 1 Comment

Are you curious about crystals but don't know where to start? This can definitely be an overwhelming topic, but if I had to give one piece of advice, it would be to have fun with it! First and foremost, crystals are beautiful - something about the sunshine refracting rainbow streams of light is enough to brighten a mood. Crystals are captivating; some have been embedded in the earth for 3 billion+ years -  I love to let my mind ponder all of the secrets and wisdom they hold.  Because there is so much info, this article will cover the basics, including general properties, colors and shapes as well as a basic guide for use.

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How to Find Your Flow

How to Find Your Flow

by Andrea Pacini April 12, 2020

In Positive Psychology, being in a state of flow means that the person performing an activity is fully immersed, experiencing a balanced blend of engagement, enjoyment and energized focus. Finding ourselves in a flow state when performing certain activities such as painting, writing, designing, cooking - whatever we consistently lose our ourselves in, is usually a good indicator that we are on the right path for our life's purpose. One of the most-asked questions from clients, friends and family is "how do I know what path I'm supposed to be on?" There are no right, same or standard answers for any two people, but the basic foundation seems to be the same for everyone.

The key to finding our path usually lies at the intersection of the things we're naturally drawn to and enjoy. This is a starter kit to help you discover your innate passions and interests.

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20 Ways to Create Peace & Balance During Crisis

20 Ways to Create Peace & Balance During Crisis

by Andrea Pacini April 05, 2020

If the strange set of current affairs has you feeling a bit wobbly and ungrounded  - you are not alone!

Millions of people all over the world are feeling unprecedentedly physically, financially and emotionally vulnerable and threatened. To say this energy is overwhelming would be an understatement. 

After having a mini-breakdown of my own the first two weeks of quarantine, I wanted to share a list of proactive activities that I'm using personally to help bring a sense of grounding, strength, balance and peace into my life.

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It's ok to not be ok (messy things)

It's ok to not be ok (messy things)

by Andrea Pacini March 29, 2020

The state of the world has many of us waaaay outside of our comfort zones right now. This thing has been triggering all of my food issues - food as an addiction, food as numbing, food as protection, scarcity of food etc. and quite honestly, I have not been handling it well. I've let the monster win 13 out of 14 days - bingeing on carbs and sugar and acting like a complete maniac in search of soothing and comfort in the form of warm, doughy pizza, thick milkshakes, cheese and fruit-filled pastries and even leftover cake frosting I managed to find in the back corner of the fridge. It's UGLY. I feel ugly. I feel like a failure. I feel totally out of control and ASHAMED for not being able to conquer this addiction by now. I've let it win since the age of 10. I've let this thing kick my ass for THIRTY ONE YEARS. I feel weak for not being able to implement all of the knowledge I've gained over the years and for not being able to take my own advice.

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Nine Quarantine-Friendly Ways to Welcome Spring

Nine Quarantine-Friendly Ways to Welcome Spring

by Andrea Pacini March 22, 2020

Spring is the time that Earth awakens - blossoms, blooms, comes alive and prepares for new cycles and growth; this is a beautiful thing to celebrate! I feel as though this year especially - mother nature is taking a giant extended exhale, nurturing all of its creatures great and small with healing breath.

Here are a few social-distancing friendly activities that you can do to help welcome Spring!

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4 Ways To Boost Immunity Naturally

4 Ways To Boost Immunity Naturally

by Andrea Pacini March 15, 2020

Sharing four of my longest-standing immunity practices today for Self-Care Sunday and I’m really interested to hear yours!

Do you have a tried and true treatment to help boost immunity or feel better faster?

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Month By Design

Month By Design

by Andrea Pacini March 01, 2020

Financial guru Dave Ramsay famously said "a budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went." I liken life planning to this sentiment; goal setting means we're intentionally setting a course for our life instead of wondering where all of our time has gone.

I like to make a mini vision board for each month to come. This visual aid helps me focus on the experiences I'd like to call in and also provides a tangible "home base" for me to return to when I'm feeling a bit off track. This can be old-school cutouts from magazines pasted into a journal or digital images collected and compiled together in a collage app.

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7 Ways to Fall in Love With Yourself

7 Ways to Fall in Love With Yourself

by Andrea Pacini February 09, 2020

The most important relationship you'll ever have is with yourself so why wait for someone else to fulfill your dreams and desires! The way we treat ourselves informs everything we do and sets the tone for how others treat us.

If you don't make loving yourself and treating yourself with respect a priority, no one else will either. 

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Savoring! 3 Ways to Squeeze More Sweetness out of Life

Savoring! 3 Ways to Squeeze More Sweetness out of Life

by Andrea Pacini February 03, 2020

After re-evaluating our priorities over the past week, I've heard many people say that they'd like to squeeze more sweetness out of each moment. That imagery is so lovely, isn't it? Like life is a big juicy orange and it's up to us to squeeze it 'til the last drop. 

Well it is and we can.

Enter the practice of savoring.

For instance, say you're in the mood for some ice cream and decide to treat yourself to a sundae. You drive to the ice cream shop, order a double scoop of vanilla topped with hot fudge, butterscotch, nuts, rainbow sprinkles, whipped cream and cherries - just the way you like it. It's served in a thick, old-fashioned shallow glass dish.

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