Earth Day: Conscious "Earth Friendly" Printing

An excerpt from Knepper Press: “We have reduced the use of harsh chemicals and replaced them with environmentally friendly green products, such as vegetable-based inks, press wash, fountain solutions, a state of the art recycling program and more.”

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From the start in 2017, it was very important to me to:

1) Choose a printer that was local.

2) Choose a printer that upheld environmental standards.

For me, that was Knepper Press right outside of Pittsburgh. This wasn’t necessarily the cheapest ideal to have, but I was committed from the beginning to NOT back down on what I envisioned for this paper-based product.

And our packaging? Our cute, travel-friendly pouches are also made in the USA, and you won't find any extra fluff in our packaging; meaning you won't find any extra tissue paper in your shipping envelope just for the sake of looking pretty. We ship what's necessary AND what makes for a quality experience. That's it! Nothing more, nothing less. 

Could we do even better in the future? Probably, but I’m proud of how we started with integrity, and I plan to continue forward with the same practices in the evolution of JD. 🌳 

Our Ostara "Easter" Self Care Suggestions

Did you know the Christian holiday Easter is thought to be named for the Germanic spring goddess, Ostara? Ever wonder why we paint eggs, see bunnies and baby chicks? Well, think about it. These are all metaphors for fertility and rebirth. This is the essence of SPRING.

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Here’s our hot tips on how you can make your Easter holiday full of self care (after you’ve eaten your easter basket chocolate of course):

  • Plant seeds and whisper your dreams into them.

  • Go for a walk in the forest.

  • Take a Journal Deck card with you and write outside.

  • Work with flowers.

  • Paint eggs.

When Spirituality Feels at Odds With Your Humanness

Have you ever had a thought like this?

“If I were really a spiritual person then I would….” OR “If I had deeper faith then I wouldn’t…”

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You can have deep spiritual faith AND be deeply angry, sad or hurt. Your spirituality doesn’t have to be at odds with your humanness.

When my 3.5 year old golden doodle, Luna, lost her battle to kidney disease on March 6, 2019, I felt levels of sadness that I had never experienced before. I also felt anger and guilt. I felt cheated. I felt she was cheated. “She’s too young. This wasn’t fair.”

To some, she was just a dog, but for me, she was my first real responsibility as a caretaker since my husband and I got her when she was 8 weeks old. She was there through the very worst of times when my husband and I broke off our engagement and I moved out, all the way to the very happiest of times when we got married in July 2018. She was at the center of our relationship and she brought us endless amounts of pure joy. She was the life of the party and the best off-leash hiking buddy.

So seeing such a light literally die out, was deeply traumatizing. Taking care of her sickness day-in-and-day-out was deeply traumatizing. Witnessing her lose 20 pounds was traumatizing. Having moments of hope break your heart was deeply traumatizing.

There will be times when you are in a negative head space, but that doesn’t inherently mean you’re not spiritual or lack faith because you can’t bring a smile to your face.

This is a lesson I am investigating within myself and unpacking all the shoulding, sadness and guilt surrounding my human emotions and feelings which at times feel at odds with how I think a spiritual person would/should act. 

Shouldn’t I be more accepting? Non-attachment, right?

Shouldn’t I know that I’ll see her again someday? 

Shouldn’t I know she’s still with me in spirit and let that be enough? 

Or maybe for you it’s…

If I had more faith then I wouldn’t be so disappointed that I didn’t get that job.

If I were really a spiritual person then I wouldn’t be jealous.

If I were more spiritual then I wouldn’t be so angry about this diagnosis.

The short answer. Your feelings are just as valid as your faith. Notice them.

As I’m sitting here writing this at a coffee shop, a gentlemen lovingly takes care of his paraplegic son, and I can’t help but assume that at times he has had these kinds of thoughts. But the fact of the matter is, we ARE spiritual beings having a human experience.

As spiritual beings, we have the power to give ourselves grace in moments of humanness. This is essential to liberating ourselves.

Moksha. Moksha. Moksha. {freedom, liberation}

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Self Care Spotlight

Podcast Episode #79

Have Faith in Your Fears

Have Faith in Your Fears

Whoever said that you should be fearless is a liar. 

Fear is innate to humans when we are in survival mode, and it is essential when we are about to do something bigger than we have ever done before. When you're about to grow and expand into who you were truly meant to be. 

Fear is brick and mortar.

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The idea of fear being a bad thing is when you enact faithless fear, and the opposite is when you unleash and honor faith-based fear.

Fear that is faithless is daunting and scary and down right terrifying.

It renders you stagnant. 

It's giving up when you're just about to have a breakthrough.

It's settling for doing what you're good at, instead of what you love. 

It's staying in a relationship that is safe because you don't think it can get any better. It's lack of superpowers enacted; it's lack of Trust.

Fear that is faith-based, however, is life changing. 

This fear moves us ahead in life, it faces forward, it brings us closer to our Truth. 

You are afraid of the unknown.

But you are secure in knowing that everything is going to work out.

It's standing at the edge of a cliff and someones told you that your dreams lay at the bottom, all dressed up and waiting for you to join the party. 

All you have to do is leap. 

Easy, right? No. 

But easier because you know the Universe is supporting you and nudging you along. Because you have Faith. 

Fearless? No. Human? Yes. Afraid? Yes. Strong? Yes. Trusting? Yes. 

Respect your fears and infuse them with faith.

*Piece originally written for The Daily Guru 2015

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Courage and Fear are two sides of the same coin, so to enact our Courage, we must choose Faith over Fear.

JD Journal Prompt: When it comes to my Faith, I know this to be true...

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Organizing Your 2019 Monthly Oracle Card Spread {+ free worksheet}

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Want some guidance and inspiration for the New Year ahead? Duh.

As we move into 2019 with this awkward space between this year and the next, it’s actually a wonderful time to bust out your favorite oracle/tarot cards and do your 2019 card reading spread. Not sure exactly how? No worries.

That’s why I’ve created a beautiful, printable how-to worksheet for you to organize your 2019 card pull spread that weaves journaling into the mix. And bonus? You’ve got two worksheet options! See below.

So why do a 2019 monthly reading? To be honest, it’s one of my favorite card readings to do, aside from daily pulls, because I truly feel that it helps provide some clarity as to where the year is going.

It’s like you’re sitting down with your team of angels and spirit guides for an intuitive coaching session.

My 2018 pulls were pretty on point, and I loved looking back every month to see what my pull was and then take it to my journal for some reflective journaling on how the card’s theme showed up for me that month or if I didn’t really feel it. And I think that’s an important point to make because as Rebecca Campbell states, “You are the oracle.” So much of what you pull and how you interpret it is up to you. You know you better than anyone.

And what if you pull a card and that month it just doesn’t align with what’s going on in your life? No worries, that happens. Why? I believe it’s because you have free will. Just because you pull something in late December/early January doesn’t mean that you can’t make a decision that will totally change your course in June. That’s called free will, and I’m a firm believer in walking the line between choice and meant to be. Call it a paradox, I call it life.

Here’s to a guided 2019.

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