Consider Saying Yes to Yourself

Posted by Maria on February 20, 2016 under Humour, Life Coaching, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Self-Care, Spirituality, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness | Read the First Comment

Say yes to yourself workshop.For more information about this workshop, please email Carol @ carol@appliedappreciation.ca or Maria @ homespunspa@shaw.ca. We’d love to answer any questions you may have.

And guess what! We’re having a SALE! Tickets are now $175!

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Master Improvisor Tina Fey said, “Say yes and you’ll figure it out afterwards.” Saying “yes” and “yes and” are mighty pillars of improv.

Starting with “yes and” is energizing and empowering. In improv, “yes ands” get you unstuck and move the scenes foward. Suddenly trust and safety show up, giving creativity a chance to blossom, while things like negativity and resistance leave the room. The same philosophy can be applied to real life, too, and a big “yes” can move you forward toward the life of your dreams.

Saying yes is exhiliarating!

Did you know that the word “yes” is the most powerful word in any language? Have you ever thought how people would respond to you if you most often said “yes” rather than the dreary “no”? Have you ever considered what it would be like to say an enthusiastic “yes” to yourself when opportunity comes knocking? Do you remember a moment when you said “yes” and what experiences unfolded from there? What would saying “yes” make available to you?

Say yes to yourself workshop.

Join us for our Say Yes to Yourself workshop on April 9, 2016 in Victoria, BC.

Saying “yes” can have a huge impact on your life and I’m delighted to announce that I’ve partnered with my friend and mentor, Carol Vickers, leadership coach and faciliator at the Rayner Institute, and we are collaborating to bring an energetic and playful workshop to Victoria called, “Say Yes to Yourself.”

Our “Say YES to Yourself” workshop is on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9am to 4pm at Regus Victoria – The Atrium, #300-800 Yates Street @ Blanshard, in Victoria, BC. To register, please click on our Eventbrite page.

The idea for this workshop started from my own “Yes” — although at the time, I had no idea what my original yes would lead to. Funny how life works and I’m thrilled at how things are turning out. If you’re curious to hear the story of how I first met Carol, please read my blog post, “How I found out about the Rayner Institute” but this story picks up from there.

I was humming and hawing for months about whether or not to sign up for coaching training at the Rayner Institute so Carol and I met for coffee at Habit (auspiciously located at the Atrium, the venue of our workshop) to discuss my options and Carol offered a suggestion. She described her relationship with her grandson and she says “yes” to him every chance she gets. She invited me to say “yes” to myself for the rest of the day to see how that feels. It was quite a foreign concept to me at the time but I really appreciated having a little breathing space from the excuses that were holding me back.

Looking back to that conversation with Carol a year ago, I shudder to think where I’d be now if I had said “no” instead. I’m so glad I said “yes” to the coaching training and to co-presenting this workshop with Carol!

In essence, the workshop is about finding your voice and during the day, we will be looking at your future and imagining it from a safe place where you are ready to say “YES” to all of the opportunities and possibilities in front of you.

“Being safe is the shortest distance between you and yes.” ~ Mark Rayner

When you are able to say “yes” from a place of self-acceptance, self-awareness, and knowing that you are enough, you can move mountains!

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Carol and I are inviting you to spend the day with us so you can ultimately have what you need to fully and loudly sing your song.

Because this is a workshop, we have a few hands-on and interactive activities planned for you including learning easy ways to open your Throat Chakra, (the energy center for creativity and self-expression), creating your own vision board (either collaging the old school way or online via Pinterest), sharing stories over a catered, working lunch, and games such as:

The Improv Game of “Yes and…”

The focus of the game is to learn the basics of “Yes and” because “Yes and” is the foundation for all of improvisation.

The rules are really easy. Players stand in a circle. The first player makes a simple statement. The second player then says, “Yes, and…” and adds a detail of sorts to the first statement. The game continues around the circle with each player adding to the story until it reaches a conclusion.

Our Say Yes to Yourself workshop is for anyone who is tired of feeling numb, silent, and lonely, and who has stifled their own voice and has kept quiet to not make any waves, all the while knowing that there’s got to be something more, that they have something more to offer, that they have something important to say. We have the freedom to express oursleves in this country so let’s embrace it. This workshop is a chance for you to awaken your voice, and share yourself, and make a positive difference, and feel more alive!

Our intention is to create a space and a community where participants can find their authentic voice, feel free to be who they are, feel empowered to share their talents, gifts, creativity, and ideas, and express themselves wholeheartedly in this world. We want to remind you that you really do matter and you are enough already. We also want to see big smiles across your faces and see your eyes light up!

We are excited to hold this event in the beautiful Atrium office building located in the heart of Victoria’s central business district.  No need to stop at Timmy’s along the way because we’ve included coffee and refreshments for the breaks as well as a lovely lunch.

So save the date: Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9am to 4pm for the “Say YES to Yourself” workshop at Regus Victoria – The Atrium, #300-800 Yates Street @ Blanshard, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 0B6 presented by Carol and Maria.

Just say “yes” and come play with us!

For more information about this workshop, please email Carol @ carol@appliedappreciation.ca or Maria @ homespunspa@shaw.ca. We’d love to answer any questions you may have.

And guess what! We’re having a SALE! Tickets are now $175!

To register for our Say Yes to Yourself workshop, please click on our Eventbrite page. Thank you for your interest and we’re looking forward to meeting you in person and hearing the big “YESSES” in your life.

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Is Self-Care Selfish?

Posted by Maria on February 8, 2016 under Life Coaching, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Seasonal, Self-Care, Stress Management and Relaxation, TV Shows & Movies, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | 3 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, wellness coach @ Homespunspa

Is self-care selfish? No, it isn’t. But for some reason, many of us feel uncomfortable about putting ourselves first on our own list and taking the time to take care of ourselves. We’ve got to turn this thinking around because at the end of the day, if we don’t continue to nurture our own body, mind, and spirit, we won’t have anything more to give to anyone else.

There’s a big difference in attitude between selfishness and self-care. Being selfish is about focussing solely on one’s own interests, agenda, gains, and superiority without concern for anyone else’s needs or preferences.

Self-care is about giving yourself attention, kindness, and nourishment so you can be at peace with yourself and be there and be present for the people you love.

Selfish people don’t think about giving to others. It just doesn’t occur to them.

There are also people who want to give and are very generous — they’ll give the shirt off their back, so to speak, — but they don’t have enough for themselves. That approach is misguided also. If you have an extra shirt and you’re not using it, than that’s one thing, but if you only have one shirt and you give yours to someone who already has a shirt, leaving yourself to face the elements without any cover, than there’s a problem. Leaving yourself with some measley crumbs or with nothing at all is not what it’s all about. Sadly, people do this all of the time because they don’t feel like they’re enough.

Use fountains as reminders

Mystical poet Rumi said, "Never give from the depths of your well but from your overflow."To me, being enough is about having enough to share and giving from my abundance.

Mystical poet Rumi said, “Never give from the depths of your well but from your overflow.” I strongly agree.

Giving generously is at it’s best when it comes from your abundance, like from the interest in your bank account. If you have extra of anything, by all means, give it to someone who will appreciate it. For example, everyone has an excess of hugs and smiles to give and I’m sure everyone has at least one talent that they can share with others. Give those freely and with joy. Give from the place of having enough and that you are enough already.

However, if you don’t have it to begin with, things like time, money, interest, or energy, don’t try to scrape the bottom of the barrel and think you’re being helpful. In other words, fountains can’t fount if there’s nothing for them to draw from.

My point is, we’ve got to fill up our own well and keep it overflowing and fill our own needs first before we can give and help others. That’s why I’m a wellness coach and that’s where self-care comes in. Taking care of ourselves keeps our wells topped up. (Notice how the words “wells” and “wellness” are related). :)

Another Bonus From Self-Care

When people see you taking care of yourself and treating yourself with kindness, they will treat you well in return. If you carry yourself in a healthy way and believe you’re worth it, others will mirror that back to you and will be more friendly towards you. Also, others may even start to model your example (people like your kids, friends, co-workers) which will improve your relationships and then the idea of self-care will travel throughout the world, making the world a better place for us all.

How I Practice Self-Care

In November of 2015, I had the idea to make an appointment with my doctor to get a check up. I hadn’t seem him for over a year because of the nature of my mobile spa appointment schedule and I just didn’t want to.

My doctor’s appointment went fairly smoothly and then he sent me to the lab to get some bloodwork and other tests done. As I was going out of my way to do all of those extra tests, I realized I was doing all of this for me. I was showing myself that I care about myself and I matter to me. That was a huge breakthrough.

I haven’t heard from my doctor since then so I’m assuming all is well, thank goodness, and I’m planning to continue to make my health a priority.

As Count Tyron Rugen said in The Princes Bride, “Get your rest. If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.”

After that doctor’s appointment, I made a wholehearted decision to be healthier. I’ve taken an indefinite break from drinking wine and I’ve revamped my diet so that I’m not eating desserts or snacks and since then I’ve lost almost 25 pounds at a rate of 2 pounds or so a week. I feel great and I feel like I’m a better wellness coach as a result. Taking care of myself is having a ripple effect to the people around me and is creating better conditions in my life in general.

I’m so glad I was inspired to take my own wellness to the next level.

Ideas for Self-Care

If you’re looking for ideas of what you can do to practice self-care, have a look at this Calendar of Wellness and Health Awareness Days I’ve compiled.

Also, consider:

  • going to the doctor like I did
  • going to the dentist
  • getting your vision checked
  • getting your hearing checked
  • cooking your own wholesome meals and bringing your lunch to work
  • going on a wellness walk through your neighbourhood
  • writing in a journal
  • going to the spa for the day
  • talking to a wellness coach like me

You can pick a different theme every month. Just do something daily to tell yourself you care because you really do matter. Start by thanking yourself for coming this far already. I promise your days will be brighter if you take the time to practice self-care as often as possible.

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Here’s a Calendar of Wellness & Health Awareness Days in 2016

Posted by Maria on February 1, 2016 under 31 Blog Posts in 31 Days, Aromatherapy, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Bath and Body, Books, Magazines, Music, Creating Wellness ebook, Dating, Dear Homespunspa, Energy Healing, Esthetics School, Face, Facials, Fashion, Feet, Fitness, Gift Ideas, Green Living, Hair, Hands and Nails, Home spa, Homespunspa, Homespunspa Wellness Tour, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Humour, Ingredients, Life Coaching, Manicures, Massages, Meditation, Mobile Spa, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Pedicures, Pets, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Recipes, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sleep, Spa Party, Spa Review, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Supernatural Spa on VoiceAmerica, TV Shows & Movies, Travel, Uncategorized, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Weight Management, Wellness, Yoga | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Here’s a calendar of Wellness and Health Awareness Days, Weeks, and Months for Canadians in 2016. Hopefully, these health promotion days will inspire you to practice self-care throughout the seasons. (For a deeper look at why self-care is so important, please read my blog post “Is Self-Care Selfish?”

On occasion, I’ve also included links to blog posts I’ve written about practicing on-going self-care that tie into these events and to my Homespunspa Mobile Spa and wellness coaching services. I’ve just realized how much writing I’ve been doing over the last few years! :)

As I’m compiling this list, I’m counting my blessings and I’m really grateful for my good health. With these special days and holidays as door openers, there are literally hundreds of ways we can all reach out to the people around us and celebrate life together.

Please visit Health Canada for active links to the websites of the health-related organizations. Also, if any of these organizations resonate strongly with you, consider volunteering, donating money, or participating in their events. As you can see, there are lots of needs to fill in this world, so help where you can (especially if you’re looking for your life’s purpose) to make the world a better place for all of us.

P.S. #1: As you read this list, you might find yourself saying, “There’s a day for that?” more than once. To answer your question, yes, yes, there is. Thank you to all of the creative and caring people out there who have worked so hard to make these dates official on local, national, and international calendars.

P.S. #2: I’d really love it if you’d share these blog posts via social media with your friends, family, co-workers, and clients. Thank you in advance.

P.S. #3: If you know of a special health- and wellness-related day, week, or month that I haven’t mentioned, please leave a comment and let us know about it and I’ll update the list.

P.S. #4: If you have a wellness blog like mine, here’s a editorial calendar with tons of ideas of what you can write about over the course of the year. You’re welcome!

Wellness Oasis12 Months of Wellness and Health Awareness Days

In January, we have…

  • Alzheimer Awareness Month
  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Carnation, Snowdrop
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Emerald, Garnet, Rose Quartz
  • Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
  • Hot Tea Month (Tea Association of Canada) — Please see my blog post, “Less Caffeine is a Sleeper’s Dream.”
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Month
  • National Bath Safety Month (U.S.)
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Hobby Month (U.S.)
  • National Oatmeal Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Orange, Coconut & Cinnamon Cookie Recipe”
  • National Soup Month (U.S.)
  • National Train Your Dog Month (U.S.)
  • Walk Your Pet Month — Please read my blog post, “Highlights from my dog-sitting retreat to White Rock.”
  • New Year’s Day on January 1st — Please read my blog post, “Happy New Rear!”
  • Polar Bear Swim on January 1st
  • World Hypnotism Day on January 4th — Please read my blog post, “What is a Holistic Practioner?”
  • Clean Off Your Desk Day on January 11th
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th
  • National Rubber Ducky Day (U.S.) on January 13th
  • National Dress Up Your Pet Day (U.S.) on January 14th
  • SHE Day (600 Women talk business and leadership in Winnipeg, MB) on January 15th
  • Colour Days!!! Rainbow Day (let these colours inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on January 17th
  • Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day on January 17th — Please read my blog post, “Remember Your New Year’s Resolutions?”
  • National Non-Smoking Week from January 17th to January 23rd — Please see my blog post, “Is 2016 Your Year to Quit Smoking?”
  • National Popcorn Day (U.S.) on January 19th
  • Weedless Wednesday on January 20th
  • National Hugging Day on January 21st
  • National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day (U.S.) on January 22nd
  • Change a Pet’s Life Day on January 24th
  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day on January 25th
  • Family Literacy Day on January 27th — Please buy my Creating Wellness ebook on Amazon and read my blog post, “Sharing a Tip from my Creating Wellness Ebook on how to Sleep Better.”
  • International Lego Day on January 28th
  • Women’s Right to Vote in Canada 100th Anniversary on January 28th.

In February, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Primrose, Violet
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Onyx — Please read my blog post, “Cheers to the Chi Machine.”
  • Heart Health Month
  • National Cherry Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Top off your day with a cherry.”
  • Psychology Month — Please read my blog post, “How to feel a sense of wholeness within.”
  • Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 1st to February 7th
  • Groundhog Day on February 2nd
  • Winter Walk Day on February 3rd — Please read my blog post, “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”
  • World Cancer Day on February 4th
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6th
  • White Cane Week (for the blind and vision-impaired community) from February 7th to February 13th
  • Chinese New Year Day of the Red Monkey Year on February 8th
  • Family Day in BC on February 8th
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day on February 12th
  • Valentine’s Day on February 14th — Please read my blog post, “Tips for Lips.”
  • International Flirting Week from February 14th to February 20th
  • Family Day in AB, SK, ON on February 15th
  • Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show on February 15th and February 16th — Please read my blog post, “Highlights from my dog-sitting retreat to White Rock.”
  • Colour Days!!! Pink Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on February 17th
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th
  • Love your Pet Day on February 20th
  • Walking the Dog Day on February 22nd
  • Tennis Day on February 23rd
  • Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying movement) on February 24th
  • Oscar Sunday on February 28th — Please see my blog post, “SPARTY! So Glamourous!”
  • Floral Design Day on February 28th
  • National Science Day on February 28th
  • Leap Day on February 29th

In March, we have…

In April, we have…

In May, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Hawthorne, Lily of the Valley
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Agate, Beryl, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Saffier
  • Celiac Awareness Month — Please read my blog post, “How to get rid of rash under breasts.”
  • Cystic Fibrosis Month
  • Food Allergy Awareness Month — Please see my blog post, “Can’t Have your Dairy and Yogurt Too?”
  • Foot Health Awareness Month — Please read my blog post, “It’s Footbath Friday.”
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month
  • MedicAlert Month
  • Multiple Sclerosis Month
  • National Hemochromatosis Awareness Month (Iron Overload)
  • National Pet Month (U.S.)
  • National Physiotherapy Month
  • National Skin Cancer Awareness Month (U.S.) — Please read my blog post, “Mountains or Molehills?”
  • Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
  • Vision Health Month
  • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups from March 1st to July 31st — Please read my blog post, “Clean Up Crew Heads to Gonzales Bay Beach.”
  • Executive Coaching Day on May 1st
  • Lyme Disease Awareness Day on May 1st
  • National Hospice Palliative Care Week from May 1st to May 7th
  • National Pet Week (U.S.) from May 1st to May 7th
  • Olympic Torch Relay for the Rio 2016 Games begins in Brasilia on May 3rd — Please see my blog post, “Olympics Day 1 and Homespunspa Was There!”
  • Walk So Kids Can Talk (event for Kids Help Phone) on May 3rd
  • World Asthma Day on May 3rd
  • World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd — Please read my blog post, “Homespunspa is Featured in Spa Life Magazine.”
  • May the Fourth Be With You Day (National Star Wars Day) on May 4th
  • Melanoma Monday on May 4th — Please read my blog post, “Mountains or Molehills?”
  • National Orange Juice Day on May 4th — Please read my blog post, “Put your feet up — home spa masque recipe for your good ol’ feet.”
  • Cinco de Mayo on May 5th
  • National Day of Prayer (U.S.) on May 5th
  • Save Lives: Clean Your Hands (WHO’s global annual call to action for health workers) on May 5th — Please read my blog post, “Washing Dishes — Good Clean Fun.”
  • World Pulmonary Hypertension Day on May 5th — Please read my blog post, “Do you have Insomnia?”
  • International No Diet Day on May 6th
  • National Tourist Appreciation Day (U.S.) on May 6th
  • Space Day on May 6th
  • HerbDay on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “Sage: A Scent for the Season.”
  • Join Hands Day (dedicated to bringing a union between the older & younger generations) on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “We Love Referrals! :)
  • National Babysitters’ Day (U.S.) on May 7th
  • World Labyrinth Day on May 7th — Please read my blog post, “Find Peace of Mind As You Walk a Labyrinth.”
  • Mental Health Week from May 2nd to May 8th — Please read my blog post, “There’s no crying in baseball.”
  • Mother’s Day on May 8th — Please read my blog post, “Give the Gift of Homespunspa Mobile Spa this Mother’s Day.”
  • White Lotus Day (encouraging meditation) on May 8th
  • World Red Cross Day on May 8th
  • Naturopathic Medicine Week from May 9th to May 15th — Please read my blog post, “I’m going on a Wellness Tour.”
  • National Nursing Week from May 9th to May 16th
  • Sun Awareness Week (U.K.) from May 9th to May 16th — Please read my blog post, “Ask Maria about Aveda.”
  • International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity on May 12th
  • International Nursing Day on May 12th
  • International Hummus Day on May 13th
  • Friday the 13th on May 13th, 2016 — Please see my blog post, “Are you a Superstitious Sleeper?”
  • International Migratory Bird Day on May 14th
  • International Coaching Week (ICW) (International Coaching Federation) from May 16th to May 22nd — Please read my blog post, “How to use the Acceptance Factor to Shift Subconscious Beliefs.”
  • Colour Days!!! Turquoise/Teal Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on May 17th
  • International Day Against Homophobia on May 17th
  • World Hypertension Day on May 17th
  • International Museum Day on May 18th
  • World Autoimmune Arthritis Day on May 20th
  • National Learn to Swim Day on May 21st
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21st
  • Paramedic Services Week from May 22nd to May 28th
  • Victoria Day on May 23rd — Please read my blog post, “Victoria is the Fashion Capital of Canada.”
  • Sunscreen Day on May 27th
  • Amnesty International Day on May 28th
  • International Jazz Day on May 28th
  • National Multiple Births Awareness Day on May 28th
  • World No-Tobacco Day on May 31st
  • Bike to Work Week BC from May 30th to June 5th

In June, we have…

In July, we have…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Delphinium, Larkspur, Water Lily
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Carnelian, Ruby
  • National Blueberry Month (U.S.)
  • Personal Health Month — Please see my blog post, “Stay Cool as a Cucumber this Summer.”
  • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups from March 1st to July 31st — Please read my blog post, “Clean Up Crew Heads to Gonzales Bay Beach.”
  • Canada Day on July 1st — Please read my blog post, “My Pick for the #1 Spa Ingredient Native to Canada (2014)”
  • Independence Day (U.S.) on July 4th
  • International Kissing Day on July 6th
  • World Chocolate Day on July 7th
  • World Population Day on July 11th
  • National Nude Day on July 14th
  • Colour Days!!! Blue Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on July 17th
  • Cousins Day on July 24th
  • International Self-Care Day (ISF) on July 24th — Please read my blog post, “Is Self-Care Selfish?”
  • Parents Day on July 24th
  • Aunt and Uncle Day on July 26th
  • World Hepatitis Day on July 28th
  • Color Me Rad 5K Run (Vancouver) on July 30th
  • International Day of Friendship on July 30th — Please see my blog post, “Checklist for a Successful Spa Party.”

In August, we have…

In September, we have…

In October, we have…

In November, we have…

In December, we have…

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Sharing a Tip From My Creating Wellness Ebook on How to Sleep Better

Posted by Maria on January 7, 2016 under Aromatherapy, Books, Magazines, Music, Creating Wellness ebook, Dear Homespunspa, Energy Healing, Esthetics School, Fitness, Gift Ideas, Green Living, Home spa, Homespunspa, Homespunspa Wellness Tour, Life Coaching, Massages, Meditation, Mobile Spa, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, TV Shows & Movies, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Author of Creating Wellness

I’m so excited to announce that my Creating Wellness ebook is now available on Amazon.com and I’d like to share a tip on how to sleep better to give you a taste of what’s inside.

Creating Wellness ebook now on Amazon.com

First a few words on the importance of being healthy.

As Count Tyrone Rugen said in The Princess Bride, “Get your rest. If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.”

Being healthy means having the freedom to do whatever you want with your life.

I believe many illnesses are largely preventable and it all comes down to a person’s ability to relax. I wrote Creating Wellness because I’ve observed that high levels of stress are lurking behind the scenes of many illnesses and managing stress is a big piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle.

Having a chronic disease is not only challenging, but it keeps people from pursuing their dreams and achieving their goals. Poor health is often a huge, all-consuming distraction and results in people spending their time seeking medical attention, standing in line to fill prescriptions, dealing with side effects of medications, worrying about finances and/or the future, and trying to cope with pain, etc., instead of doing their own things that bring them joy.
The good news is, there’s still time to make small lifestyle changes NOW — like quitting smoking, exercising more, fueling your body with more nutritious food, getting regular massages, establishing healthy sleep habits, and speaking your truth — that will save you tremendous expense and suffering later. Maria Koropecky ~ Creating Wellness

Creating Wellness includes practical tips to help people relax and folding them into your life may prevent illnesses from showing up in the first place.

Here’s a tip on how to sleep better:

Also, make sure your bedroom is as dark as can be while you’re sleeping and you don’t have any bluish lights turned on (like the lights from your TV, computer, cell phone and even your alarm clock/radio) in the hours before you hit the pillow.
Blue lights can really interfere with the sleep cycle because historically, blue lights mean daylight in our brain, which means it’s time for us to be busy and productive, not resting. Maria Koropecky ~ Creating Wellness

Turn off blue lights to sleep better at night.

Turn off blue lights to sleep better at night.

Creating Wellness is also available on Amazon Canada.

This short ebook is a quick read, has lots of cheery photos, and contains some practical tips on how to relax and manage stress. If you want to be healthier and are committed to making some lifestyle changes, than reading Creating Wellness is a good start.

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To schedule an interview with Creating Wellness author, Maria Koropecky, please email.

Also, if you get a chance to read Creating Wellness, please leave a review on my Amazon page. I’d really appreciate it! Thanks!

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Is 2016 Your Year To Quit Smoking?

Posted by Maria on December 3, 2015 under Books, Magazines, Music, Creating Wellness ebook, Fitness, Green Living, Life Coaching, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach
Wellness Coach, Maria

Wellness Coach, Maria

Is 2016 your year to quit smoking cigarettes?

While I was at the hair salon getting more pink in my hair, :)   I was flipping through a magazine and I saw an ad for organic cigarettes. First of all, I thought that advertising cigarettes had been outlawed for some time in Canada and second, I was wondering if there is such a person as a health-conscious smoker who would be interested in that product?

The next day, I decided to apply for a Life Coaching job at a wellness resort in Arizona and one of the questions on the application was, “Do you use tobacco products?” (because it is our policy not to hire anyone who does). First, I thought, is it legal to make hiring decisions based on smoking habits?

It probably is legal and if you were to challenge that premise in court as a smoker, you probably wouldn’t win but I think it also depends on the nature of the hiring organization. I don’t think an IT company would care one way or the other if they have smokers on staff but a wellness retreat is an entirely different story.

So I thought about why this wellness resort would be so strict about hiring non-smokers and this is what I came up with:

  • cigarette butts create unsightly garbage on the property that someone else needs to monitor and clean up.
  • cigarette smoke can be seen and smelled from a distance so guests of the property may notice.
  • the smell of stale cigarettes lingers on fingers, hair, and clothes which may interfere with customer service.
  • smoking cigarettes may make the smoker more prone to allergies and colds which may lead to frequent sick days.
  • smoking may mean that a person is stressed which goes against the relaxed philosophy of a wellness retreat.
  • smoking may mean that a person does not practice self-care which reflects poorly on the individual and the company they work for.
  • the wellness retreat is promoting health and wellness and it would be out of integrity to not expect those standards from staff members who are providing the healing services for their paying clientelle.

I’m sure there are many more reasons for installing a non-smoking policy for staff members at a wellness retreat and if you’re a smoker, I hope that gives you something to think about.

Also, if you have missed any opportunities like working at a wellness resort or going on a date with someone because of your smoking habit and you’re tired of those consequences showing up in your life, than maybe 2016 will be your year to finally quit the cigarette smoking habit!

If that’s true and you are considering the idea of smoking your last cigarette by choice by the end of 2016, please strike while the iron is hot, so to speak, and call or email me, Maria, to talk. As a wellness coach, I can help. I specialize in helping people manage stress (which is usually part of the smoking habit) and I can also be your accountability partner as well. Also, my coaching may help you get to your imagined future of being a non-smoker within a year from now!

I hope you give quitting smoking some thought.

In the meantime, please buy a copy of my ebook, Creating Wellness, from Amazon and thanks if you do.

I wrote this ebook because I believe high levels of stress are lurking behind the scenes of many, if not all, illnesses, and managing stress is a big piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle.

Creating Wellness includes practical tips to help people manage their stress and therefore prevent chronic illnesses from showing up in the first place.

The good news is, there’s still time to make small lifestyle changes today — like quitting smoking, exercising more, fueling the body with more nutritious food, getting regular massages, establishing healthy sleep habits, and speaking your truth – that will save everyone tremendous expense and suffering later.

Many illnesses are preventable and being healthy means having the freedom to do whatever you want with your life.

Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be hard but it does require a whole-hearted decision. If you’re ready to be a non-smoker, I hope to walk beside you on your journey toward health and wellness.

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How to use the Acceptance Factor to shift conflicting subconscious beliefs

Posted by Maria on November 14, 2015 under Energy Healing, Life Coaching, Pop-Psychology, Self-Care, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Shifting subconscious beliefs is one of the many benefits of life coaching.

A belief, as defined in the Collins English Dictionary, is “a principle, proposition, idea, etc., accepted as true.” We all have thousands of beliefs running behind the scenes through our mind and we’ve been collecting them from other people, personal experiences, and other sources, all our lives.

The belief can be anything from “I’m loveable” or “I’m not loveable” to “I don’t belong here” or “I feel safe here” to “I’m too old/too young/too this/too that to make this work,” etc., etc and these beliefs shape our experiences and perceptions and have a profound influence on the way our life plays out.

Although beliefs carry a lot of weight, they often sit outside of our conscious awareness. They’re really sneaky and slippery and we may not be able to put our finger on them so easily.

But as soon as we identify and become consciously aware of our subconscious beliefs, we can work with them and get them onboard with our new life plans because the good news is, beliefs are not carved in stone. Beliefs don’t necessarily have to be true and it’s entirely possible to challenge, change, tweak, update, clear, delete, and dissolve our beliefs, if we want to.

But what if our beliefs conflict with each other? What if we have one that’s positive and empowering and two more that are negative and defeating, all attached to and surrounding the same goal?

For example, I recently saw an interview with a woman who was at one time on the top of her game and now, twenty years later, is out of work and living in an infested trailor. She has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder which can take a person’s mood from extreme highs (mania) to extreme lows (depression). I found it interesting that such a high achiever would end up falling so hard but it occurred to me that the extreme bipolar conditions in her mind were literally manifesting as extreme situations in her life on both ends of the spectrum, (depending on which side was running the show at the time).

I’ve been working intensely with my own beliefs lately as a means to help me be a better coach for my clients and I’ve realized that I also hold some contradictory beliefs about some things and that would explain why I’ve had mixed results and my own struggles in achieving some of my life goals so far. My conflicting and contradictory beliefs have been working against each other. As a Gemini and as someone with the Life Path #2 in Numerology, I can often see both sides of the same coin and I sometimes get confused about what to do next. Confusion does not create movement.

So I Googled “how do I get rid of contradictory subconscious beliefs” and I found this article The Saboteur Within — Why You Don’t Have What You Really Want by Dr. Robert Anthony. It made a lot of sense to me. The author said that if your subconscious mind says one thing but your conscious mind says another, they’re out of alignment which causes negativity and it’s that negative emotion that keeps people from reaching their goals. It’s the negativity that fuels the engine and negativity won’t lead to the intended destination of our imagined future.

So I got to thinking. Say I simultaneously believe that 1) I’m unloveable (negative) and 2) I’m a good catch (positive) when it comes to my dream of falling in love and getting married.

The math says: The negative belief (-) times the positive belief (+) = a negative (-) result.

If my beliefs are mostly negative, it means I’m sending mixed messages to my self and the Universe and I’m infusing all of my dreams with a negative vibe from the get-go! — No wonder I haven’t yet been able to find a date, let alone get married, even if I do think I’m a good catch!

I’ve realized, I can either uncover one belief at a time and work with it and challenge it and question it — which can work. But for me, even if I do manage to pry one belief out of the system, there are still many that go untouched and I don’t know if I can ever dismantle all of them completely.

There has to be a simpler way and the trick is to neutralize the negative charge out of the beliefs and therefore the equation/formula.

The answer is to take the negative energy out of the picture entirely!

If we eliminate the fear, shame, doubt, negativity, resistance, judgement, drama, etc., etc., from our thinking, then we can have, do, or be whatever we want!

But how do we diffuse the negativity?

When working with subconscious beliefs, we can also throw another variable into the equation and get the job done perhaps even more elagantly than one belief at a time. The answer is “Acceptance.”

Acceptance can take care of a whole cluster of beliefs all at once!

Here’s how to use the Acceptance Factor to shift conflicting subconscious beliefs:

The acceptance factor

The Acceptance Factor

Acceptance is about being OK with our reality, as it is, no matter what’s going on, right here and right now.

Also, acceptance doesn’t allow for hiding or denial because it acknowledges what is and brings things to the light of day.

Acceptance is being able to say, “It just is what it is,” “they are who they are” and “I just am who I am.”

Acceptance is also a key phrase in the Serenity Prayer.

And even if we still somehow didn’t get what we wanted once we have wholeheartedly accepted ourself, someone else, and/or the situation, acceptance makes where we are easier.

If we don’t accept what is, we suffer. If we keep on resisting, we’ll continue to create what we’re resisting over and over again in our future.

Likewise, if we can take out of the negativity and resistance and accept ourself, others, and the situation, (all of it, not just the pretty parts) all of a sudden, the negative charge gets neutralized and everything calms down and becomes lighter.

The new math equation says: [The negative belief (-) times the positive belief (+)] + Acceptance (A) = a neutral (0).

The negative charge loses it’s power and we can create from, at minimum, a place of neutral, which is way better than digging ourselves out of a hole of negativity.

Suddenly, the path will open up and we are now able to jump off a new platform!

So, how do we get to a place of acceptance? Start with being grateful and then move toward feeling safer in this world. The safer we are, the more we can accept what is.

Coaching can help, too. As a coach, I know how to structure a conversation and ask thoughtful questions and I’ll walk with you as you move toward authentic acceptance.

If you’re interested in getting help with your subconscious beliefs and reaching a place of acceptance and feeling safe, hire a coach like me. Talking with a coach will not only help you uncover hidden subconscious beliefs that may be lurking in your mind, coaching conversations will remove them from your path. On top of that, coaching will also help you reach a place of acceptance, OKness and feeling safe which will create a better future in the process.

See what acceptance opens up for you!

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75 Ways to say “Thank You”

Posted by Maria on October 9, 2015 under Energy Healing, Gift Ideas, Life Coaching, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

“Thank you” is a very powerful thing to say in any language.

thank you!As Canadian Thanksgiving approaches, I thought it would be a good time to talk about the power of saying “thank you.” No matter what language(s) you speak, expressing your thanks and gratitude is transformational for everyone.

On top of being spiritual in nature, research shows that saying “thank you” can also lower stress. According to the Institute of HeartMath, expressing genuine thanks also strengthens the heartbeat and improves the heart’s rhythm. It’s an energetic shift! When you are grateful, you veer away from the stress response and you activate the relaxation response (which I wrote about in my ebook, Creating Wellness) which promotes healing.

If your Thanksgiving weekend with your family starts to get stressful and you’d like to create a better connection with them, make a point of telling each person present, “thank you,” or I’m grateful to you for “_________”, or I appreciate this about you: “_________”, and see how that goes. You’ll start to notice the good in people more than what annoys you. Also, it just might cut the tension and boost everyone’s mood and make this the best Thanksgiving yet!

Knowing how to say “thank you” in several languages is a handy communication tool and I bet it’s one of the top five words or expressions you’ll learn when you travel to a foreign country and that’s why I’ve compiled this list of how to say thank you in 75 languages.

How to say Thank You in 75 languages:

1. AFRIKAANS (South Africa) – dankie – dahn-kee

2. ALBANIAN (Albania) – faleminderit

3. AMERICAN SLANG (USA) – cheers, kthx, kthxbye, much grass, pat on the back, shout-out, thx, TY.

4. ARABIC (Middle East, North Africa) – shukran – shoe-krahn

5. ARMENIAN (Armenia)– Շնորհակալություն / chnorakaloutioun – Shnorhakalut’yun

6. AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH (Australia) – ta (informal)

7. BELARUSIAN (Belarus) – dziakuju

8. BENGALI (India, Bangledesh) – Dhannyabad

9. BOSNIAN (Bosnia, Herzegovina) – hvala – HVAH-lah

10. BULGARIAN (Bulgaria) – благодаря – blagodaria

11. CANTONESE (China) – Mh’gōi – m-ghoh-ee

12. CANTONESE (China) – do jeh – daw-dyeh or tou yeh

13. CATALAN (Andorra, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Valencia) – gràcies – GRAH-syuhs

14. CROATIAN (Croatia) – hvala – HVAH-lah

15. CZECH (Czech Republic) – děkuji – deh-ku-yih

16. DANISH (Denmark) – tak – tahg

17. DUTCH (Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname) – dank u

18. ENGLISH (Canada, UK, USA, etc.,) – thank you, thanks (informal)

19. ESPERANTO – Dankon

20. ESTONIAN (Estonia) – tänan – TA-nahn

21. FIJIAN (Fiji) – Vinaka

22. FINNISH (Finland) – kiitos – kee-toas

23. FRENCH (France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg) – merci – mehr-see

24. GERMAN (Germany, Austria. Switzerland) – danke – dahn-kah, danke schoen (literally: nicely thank you)

25. GREEK (Greece) – ευχαριστώ – efharisto – ef-har-rih-stowe

26. HAWAIIAN (Hawaii) – mahalo – ma-HA-lo

27. HEBREW – .תודה / toda – toh-dah

28. HINDI (India) – dhanyavād

29. HINDI, HINDUSTANI (India) – sukria – shoo-kree-a

30. HUNGARIAN (Hungary) – köszönöm – KØ-sø-nøm

31. ICELANDIC (Iceland) – takk – tahk

32. INDONESIAN (Indonesia) – terima kasih – t’ree-ma kas-she

33. IRISH (Ireland) – Go raibh mile maith agat – Go-Rev-Meela-Mah-Agut (literally, may you have a thousand good things)

34. ITALIAN (Italy, Malta, San Marino, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia) – grazie – GRAHT-tsyeh

35. JAPANESE (Japan) – arigato – ahree-gah-tow

36. KINYARWANDA (Rwanda) – murakoze

37. KOREAN (Korea) – 감사합니다 – kamsa hamnida – kahm-sah-ham-nee-da

38. KURDISH (Kurdistan) – supas (thank you); zor supas (thank you very much)

39. KURDISH (Turkey, Iraq, Iran & Syria) – spas – *this one’s my favourite! :)

40. LAO (Laos) – khob chai

41. LATVIAN (Latvia) – paldies – PUHL-dyehs

42. LEBANESE (Labanon) – choukrane

43. LITHUANIAN (Lithuania)– ačiū – AH-choo

44. MACEDONIAN (FYROM, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) – Благодарам / blagodaram – blah-GOH-dah-rahm

45. MALAY (Malaysia) – terima kasih – TREE-muh KAH-seh

46. MANDARIN (China, Hong Kong) – xie-xie – syeh-syeh or shieh shieh

46. MICMAC, ALGONQUIAN (Canada & United States) – welalin

48. MONGOLIAN (Mongolia)– Баярлалаа – bayarlalaa

49. MYANMAR (Burma) – Jae Zu Din Pa De

50. NEPALI (Nepal) dhanyabad – Dhan-ya-vaad

51. NORWEGIAN (Norway)– takk – tahk

52. PERSIAN/FARSI (Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) – Mam’noon or Mo’teshake’ram

53. POLISH (Poland) – dziękuję – dsyen-koo-yeh

54. PORTUGUESE (Portugal) – obrigado [masculine] – oh-bree-GAH-doh and obrigada [feminine] – oh-bree-GAH-dah

55. RUSSIAN (Russia) – спасибо – spasibo – spah-see-boh

56. SIGN LANGUAGE – Flat hand starts with fingertips on chin (palm facing in) then hand moves down and away from the signer.

57. SAMOAN (Samoa) – Fa’afetai – fah-ah-feh-ta-e

58. SCOTTISH GAELIC (Scotland) – Tapadh Leat – tah-puh let (Informal)

59. SINHAK (Sri Lanka) – istutiy – isst-too-tee

60. SLOVAK (Slovakia) – Ďakujem – JAH-koo-yehm

61. SPANISH (Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America) – gracias – gra-see-us

62. SWAHILI (Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) – asante – ah-sahn-the

63. SWEDISH (Sweden) – tack – tahkk

64. TAGALOG (Philippines) – salamat – sah-lah-maht

65. TAHITIAN (Tahiti) – Maururu

66. TAJIK (Tajikistan & Uzbekistan); TATAR (Russia, Central Asia, Ukraine, Poland, China, Finland & Turkey); UYGHUR (Xinjiang Uyghur, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan); UZBEK (Uzbekistan) – rahmat

67. TAMIL (India , Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia) – nandri – nun-dry

68. THAI (Thailand) – kop khun

69. TURKISH (Turkey) – teşekkür ederim – teh shek uer eh der eem

70. UKRAINIAN (*my mother tongue) (Ukraine) – Дякую – DYAH-koo-yoo

71. VIETNAMESE (Vietnam) – Kam ouen

72. WELSH (Wales/Cymru) – diolch – DEE-ol’ch

73. WEST INDIAN CREOLE (Carribean) – mèsi

74. YIDDISH (Israel, Germany, Eastern Europe) – a dank

75. ZULU (South Africa) – ngiyabonga

I hope you have a chance to practice many of these thank-you’s around your family’s Thanksgiving table this year! Thank you for your interest.

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How I found out about the Rayner Institute

Posted by Maria on September 19, 2015 under Esthetics School, Life Coaching, Manicures, Mobile Spa, Photo gallery, Travel, Uncategorized | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Secretly, I’ve wanted to be a life coach for at least a decade but it didn’t seem like it was possible for me. I would not have known where to go to get coaching training even if I had given the thought any serious consideration.

I hired a business coach back in 2005 and I loved our conversations about the spiritual laws of the universe but this particular coach made things more about her than they were about me and after a few months, she pushed me away and that was that. We’ve not spoken since and that experience left a bad taste in my mouth about coaches in general.

Meanwhile, a lot has changed in the coaching profession especially in the past few years and coaches are being recognized for doing some wonderful work for the people of this planet.

I wish I had had the sense to become a coach sooner but the timing wasn’t right for me. I still had a lot of living to do first before I could embark on this career. Like for example, I had to go to esthetics school five years ago so I could awaken my healing and nurturing side and learn how to work with people hands on.

Had I just jumped ahead and gone to coaching school at that time instead, (which would have worked for other people), I personally would have been missing some key ingredients for my recipe and my coaching practice would not have flourished. I also would not have opened my mobile spa.

Anyway, fast forward to the summer of 2014. It was a challenging summer for me personally. My finances were not in good shape and on top of that, my Uncle who was also my Godfather died and then my friend from high school had committed suicide. In the bigger picture, you may also recall that in August of that year, Robin Williams committed suicide and Joan Rivers died as well. The world had taken on a serious tone.

Meanwhile, I got a call from a woman who was looking to hire someone to come and give her 90-year-old mother a manicure. So, I went to the seniors’ care home and that was the day I met Carol and her husband, Peter, and June, Carol’s mother. I had no idea how pivotal that day, where I was just going about my business, was for me.

The manicure appointment went well enough that they called me again for another appointment and I started visiting June every five weeks or so.

In November, Carol mentioned something to her mother about going away for a week to upgrade her coaching training and my ear’s perked up.

“Did you say coaching?”

As it turned out, Carol is a coach and a facilitator at the Rayner Institute and she said there was a course starting in February, if I was interested. So I took her card and thought about it long and hard.

Eventually, in April of 2015, I took the plunge and enrolled in the Self-Actualized Coaching and Mentoring Program at the Rayner Institute and I have since passed my exams and graduated.

Currently, I’m going through the program again but this time as a Ride-Along where I get to hold a healing space for the new students and support them on their journey as they enter the coaching profession and become certified coaches themselves.

And last night during class, I had my own personal insight that made a big difference in how I see my life. Mark Rayner, the founder of the Rayner Institute, was coaching Carol to show the students the beauty of a transformational and transcendent coaching conversation.

(Normally, I wouldn’t share what goes on in a confidential coaching class but I will have asked for permission from Carol and Mark before publishing this post).

Carol spoke about her mother. She wanted to enjoy the time she spends with her even if it’s just flipping through a catalogue together. She said that 18 months ago, her mother became very ill and she was in hospital in Calgary for a month, and they didn’t give her much time to live. Somehow during that difficult time, they sold her mother’s house and moved her to Victoria.

As I listened to Carol describe the process of moving her mother to the Island where she would be closer to the whole family including her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, I marvelled at how those events and decisions also affected me, someone they didn’t even know existed yet. It struck me that an act as personal as caring for an elderly parent could also have so much influence over other people’s lives, known and unknown, as well.

To me, if June hadn’t moved to Victoria and if Carol hadn’t gone looking for a manicurist for her mother and if Carol hadn’t mentioned coaching, then I would not have found the Rayner Institute and I would have probably postponed my dream of becoming a life coach indefinitely.

Suddenly, the timing was right. A lot of things had to happen behind the scenes in order for me to get to this place in my life and my point is, you can’t write this stuff, you can’t script it, and you can’t force it. You just have to follow your heart wherever it wants to go.

Also, and this was my insight last night, you have no idea whose lives you touch even if you never, ever meet them directly.

That’s the beauty of coaching. You get to touch the lives of people and help them get to where they want to go just by being you and doing what you do. And in turn, the people who are getting coached are also spreading love and kindness and healing energy to the people in their lives and day by day, the world becomes a better place for all of us.

I’m truly grateful for June and Carol for leading me here and for my extraordinary coaching training at the Rayner Institute and now I can pay it forward as a coach and as myself to my friends and clients.

If you’re thinking about becoming a coach, I’d be happy to talk to you about the Rayner Institute. Also, if you’re thinking about hiring a coach, then, feel free to call me to make an appointment.

We’re all connected and don’t think that what you’re doing isn’t affecting someone else’s life. The ripples in a pond are endless.

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Dry Shampoo Recipe for Camping

Posted by Maria on June 3, 2015 under Aromatherapy, Dear Homespunspa, Green Living, Hair, Home spa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Ingredients, Photo gallery, Pop-Psychology, Recipes, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Travel, Uncategorized, Wellness | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

Canadians love to go camping in the summertime, (although some of us would prefer “glamping” but that’s a post for another time. :) )

To kick off the camping season, I thought I’d share a dry shampoo recipe that you can take with you on your camping trips anywhere across this beautiful country of ours.

Dry shampoos are good to use in the great outdoors because:

  • dry shampoo recipe from Homespunspa.the powder is lightweight and easy to pack;
  • the natural ingredients will not harm the environment;
  • homemade dry shampoo recipes don’t contain industrial chemicals like commercially-made shampoos;
  • homemade dry shampoo recipes aren’t over-packaged;
  • the powder does not generate extra garbage;
  • the recipes work for men, women and kids;
  • will cleanse greasy or oily hair without stripping the hair;
  • there’s no water required.

Dry shampoos are not just good for camping and of course, you can always use your dry shampoo at home anytime of year. I keep some on hand in case I need to go out and look presentable but don’t have time to take a shower and wash and dry my hair. And sometimes, if I’m planning to workout later in the day and don’t want to take two showers in a day, I’ll apply some dry shampoo in the morning to refresh my hair. Dry shampoo is a great alternative to wearing hats or pony tails.

Dry Shampoo Recipe by Maria Koropecky

Ingredients:

  • 1 TB Bentonite Clay — a natural clay that absorbs oils and is good for skin and hair.
  • 1 tsp cornstarch — this absorbant powder lends a silky feel to home spa recipes.
  • 1 tsp baking soda — soothes itchy skin and clears blemishes.
  • 1 tsp orrisroot powder — has a slight violet aroma and is used to fix other scents in the recipe.
  • 1/4 tsp myrrh gum powder — is good for dry skin and the exotic aroma warms the senses.

optional ingredients:

  • You can substitute myrrh essential oil for the myrrh gum powder or not use either.
  • If you have dark hair, you can add 1 TB unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • If you have auburn hair, you can add 1 tsp of cinnamon.
  • If you have grey or white hair, you can use white China clay instead of Bentonite clay.

Method:

Measure and combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and store in a sterilized jar like a salt shaker. You can also put the recipe in a plastic, ziplock, baggy while camping. The shelf life is indefinite as most, if not all of these ingredients, contain some natural preservative properties.

Manner:

This can get a little messy so it’s best to do this outside. I don’t recommend applying this clay powder over a sink because eventually it will clog your drains.

If you’re keeping your dry shampoo in a salt shaker, bend at the waist and simply shake some powder on your head near the roots. Let it sit for a minute and then brush it out.

If you’re keeping your dry shampoo in another container, scoop some out with a spoon, bend at the waist, sprinkle over your head, wait a minute or two, and then brush everything out.

Apply more dry shampoo as needed and brush your hair thoroughly. Once you notice a difference and feel your hair is clean, remove any excess powder that may have landed on your neck and shoulders during application.

Voila! Your hair is clean and you’re good to go. I hope you enjoy the myrrh and orrisroot fragrance.

Let me know what you think of this dry shampoo recipe and I’d love to hear about your camping trip, too!

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NEW! Spa Party Theme Packages at Homespunspa

Posted by Maria on April 6, 2015 under Homespunspa, How to throw a home spa pajama party the Homespunspa way book, Mobile Spa, Photo gallery, Seasonal, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa Party, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | 2 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Homespunspa's Saturna Island Spa Party.

Homespunspa's Saturna Island Spa Party theme package. Please share this infographic with attribution to www.homespunspa.com.

At Homespunspa Mobile Spa, we specialize in spa parties. Spa parties are great for staggettes, bachelorette parties, milestone birthdays, girls’ night in, holidays, bridal showers, baby showers, staycations etc., etc., etc., and we absolutely love providing revitalizing spa treatments to help people celebrate joyous occasions all over Victoria, BC and beyond.

Since 2011, Homespunspa has been offering a wide range of mobile spa services including mini massages, mini mani’s, mini pedi’s, and mini facials which have all been especially designed for groups. Our mini spa menu makes it easy for everyone to enjoy some spa time and still be part of the festivities.

People have really been enjoying our spa parties and now we’re ready to take things up to the next level of spa glamour.

We’re super excited to introduce Spa Party Theme Packages to our mobile spa menu. Over the next several months, we’ll be rolling out different, pre-bundled spa party packages for you to try. Having a pre-set menu will make party-planning for the hosts even easier and we’re hoping people will enjoy our ideas.

So, our first spa party theme is called “Saturna Island” and it’s awesome! We’ve teamed up with Spray Tan Artist, Anna, and Palm Reader, Susan, to bring you an over-the-top spa day that will leave everyone feeling relaxed, energized, and beautiful.

NEW! Saturna Island Spa Party Theme!

Our Saturna Island Spa Party is great for bridal parties, staggettes, milstone birthdays, and grads. By the end of the spa party, everyone will feel more beautiful and more confident, and you’ll create some fun-filled memories along the way.

This theme package is includes 3, 20-minute services for a total of 1 hour of spa services for each guest and each guest can choose whichever options they’d like, depending on their needs.

Appointment 1 of 3. Exfoliation Treatment OR Facial Cleanse OR Mini Chair Massage (*depending on guests)

  • Option A: Exfoliation Treatment — Improve your skin’s texture and appearance and prepare your skin for the spray tan to follow. Choose this option if you have not yet exfoliated your skin.
  • Option B: Facial Cleanse — Have your make-up removed and face cleansed to prepare your skin for the spray tan to follow. Choose this option if you are just getting a spray tan on your face.
  • Option C: Chair Massage — Relax as you receive a massage on your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands while sitting in a specially-designed chair. Choose this option if you have already exfoliated your skin the day before.

Appointment 2 of 3. Palm Reading with Susan OR Numerology Reading with Maria (*depending on date of spa party and availability of our palm reader).

  • Option A: Palm Reading —  Look into your future through the lines on your hands. If our Palm Reader is not available, we’ll offer Numerology Readings instead.
  • Option B: Numerology Reading — Learn your Core numbers from your name and birthday and how they are influencing your life.

Appointment 3 of 3. Spray Tan with Anna OR Mini Chair Massage (*depending on guests)

  • Option A: Spray Tan — Get the appearance of a suntan without stepping outside into the sun! Please read the blog post, “My interview with Spray Tan Artist, Anna” for more information on the beauty of spray tans.
  • Option B: Chair Massage — Relax as you receive a massage on your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands while sitting in a specially-designed chair. Choose this option if you will not be receiving a spray tan during the spa party.
  • 9 spa party guests…$99 per person
  • 3 to 8 spa party guests…$119 per person

* Note: We need at least 2 weeks’ notice to plan the Saturna Island Spa Party.

* Note: The Spray Tan, Palm Reading, Exfoliation Treatment, and Facial Cleanse are exclusive to the Saturna Island Spa Party theme package and are not available on our a-la-carte mobile spa menu.

We’re heading into another busy season so email Maria today to reserve your preferred date and book your Saturna Island spa party today.

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