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Can you believe January is over already? I think a true sign that I am getting old is that even the winter months seem to fly by. January 2016 was definitely a smoother ride than January of 2015, but I am ending the month a little under the weather.
Since I have been confined to the couch for a good part of the month, I haven’t gotten to a lot of projects and things that I wanted to, but I did discover a few new January favorites, so I am going to share them with you today.
One of my salon clients always brings me a cup of coffee when she comes in (God bless her), and sometimes there is even a shot of espresso in it. One morning she brought me a cup of tea from Panera instead. She apologized that it wasn’t coffee, but I assured her I am a big tea drinker, too. I asked her what flavor it was, and when she said orange ginger something I was a little meh, because I’m not generally a huge ginger person. But it was SO good! By the end of the day I was back at Panera getting another cup. I knew this was going to turn into a bad habit quickly, so I did some googling and discovered I could order the same tea bags from Amazon. The package arrived with some samples of a few other blends, as well. If you know me, you know I am a bit of a tea snob and generally prefer loose-leaf tea to bags, so this HAS to be good for me to be obsessed with it!
If you are a tea drinker at all, I command you to try this tea! I’m trying to be sparing with my tea bags, but I have to have this at least once a day. I brew 10 oz of hot water in my Keurig, and then steep 1 tea bag with a slice of lemon for 5 minutes. Before I drink it I use a spoon to give the tea bag and lemon a little smash to release the flavor. I can get up to 3 cups out of the same tea bag if I drink them in succession. Now I need to go make myself a cup. Yum!
Young Living ART Skincare System
I have been eyeballing this set of cleanser, toner, and moisturizer for months, but every time my monthly Young Living order goes in, it has been out of stock. This month the planets aligned, and I was able to get the set. I had ordered a bottle of toner several months ago and LOVED it, so I was excited to try the cleanser and moisturizer.
It did not disappoint. In my 20’s I had pretty nice skin. In my 30’s I was introduced to pores. My skin is also very sensitive, so it’s a balancing act to find something that doesn’t dry it out, but doesn’t make me break out. I haven’t had that “breaking out, getting used to a new product” period with this line, and my skin is SO SOFT.
Time will tell how long these bottles last, but my experience with the toner was that it lasted me about 4 months. If you are already a Young Living member, look for product #5363. If you AREN’T a Young Living member, click here to sign up for an account, and then look for the same product number. Shoot me an email if you have any questions about the sign up process. What I love about using products from Young Living that aren’t necessarily essential oils, is that they have an extremely high standard and I can buy any of their products without worrying about hidden chemicals. Once I had a question about the rice they use in a protein powder, and they answered my question with such detail I was blown away.
I read a lot of personal development books, but not all of them are as easy or enjoyable to read as this one was.
If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.
Does that hit home for you? I think most of us have at least experienced seasons of our lives where we were TOO busy, and this book really tackles why we do this to ourselves, and the other things it affects. Even a cell phone tells you when it needs to be recharged, so don’t ignore the signals in your life when you have taken on too much.
She also talks about discerning what is important in our lives, and *hint*, it isn’t the stuff we own. Our relationship with God, with our spouse, and even real connections with others often get pushed to the side because, well, we’re busy.
God has a specific plan for you, and you may be missing it in all of the busyness. He quipped you with specific gifts and callings, and you need to put aside the things that don’t matter and find it. The latter half of 2015 was a season of extreme busyness for me. I was doing worthy things, but had over scheduled myself to the point that I was neglecting my core values, like family and faith. Learning to say no, and accepting that not being busy does NOT equal being lazy has been life changing for me. This book was a really enjoyable, although convicting read.
So, those are a few of my January Favorites. Do you have some favorite finds from this month?