Annual Ritual 2016

Sand DreamsEach birthday, many people reflect back on the prior year and assess the achievement of their goals or what has been left undone. Some people do this consciously as an annual ritual, while others try to ward off thoughts of their birthday.

My birthday arrives in a few days, so I’m in the process of my annual ritual. Because this is also a milestone birthday, I’m in a lifetime review ritual as well. And I realized that the last time I blogged about my annual ritual was 5 years ago in 2011. My how time flies!

Here’s what I know: It can be easy to focus on what has been left undone and continue to add the same goals to your list to be achieved by your next birthday. It can be frustrating to keep putting the same goals on your list and not achieve them (I know … I have 2 big ones that still make my annual list).

Maybe you write out your list of intentions and goals and put it in an envelope not to be opened until your next birthday, or you post your intentions like a banner in a place you will see it everyday.

Having your list of intentions written out is a good practice for staying focused everyday so that you take actionable steps to manifest what you desire. Because intentions and desires without action just end up being unfulfilled wishes, right?

So if you feel like you have the same goals year after year and have not achieved what you want, you may simply need to shift your energy to identify what is blocking you, or take a hard look look as to why you are not reaching your goal and reconfigure those goals into something that is more aligned with why you are on this planet.

One good practice for shifting your energy is to focus on what you accomplished during the past year rather than focusing on what you did not achieve. If your energy is focused on lack and what you have still to achieve, then that sends a message to the Universe that you have lack and you will only manifest “the desire to achieve” rather than actually achieving your goal.

Mental health dyayHow do you do this? On your birthday, give yourself the gift of a day off and take the day for yourself. Spend the day focused on gratitude for all that you accomplished in the last year and that will increase your vibration to allow you to reach more of your goals.

So while there are so many goals and milestones left on my list,  when I think back to what I’ve done over my lifetime it is mind blowing. When I look just over the past year, these are just a few things that I am grateful for achieving (all of which were intentional and on my intentions board):

  • My health is thriving (and the same for kitties) to which I credit moving back home to Michigan in 2015 for a more balanced lifestyle and infusing myself and the kitties with Young Living oil-infused products;
  • I have grown my Young Living team because I share how awesome the oils and products are with everyone and anyone who is struggling, and I started working with team members who are interested in doing the same which has given me such joy to help them achieve their wellness and financial goals;
  • I made the courageous decision to walk way from an unsupportive legal work environment and decided to be my own boss which has resulted in delicious freedom and the opportunity to work with two universities on human-animal interaction programs and numerous invitations to teach at conferences;
  • For the first time I was invited to teach at a conference overseas, in Prague, this past May on my Therapy Animals Supporting Kids program which is helping to place volunteer therapy animal teams with abused children going through the court system and I have just confirmed another invitation to teach overseas later in the year;
  • I authored two book chapters:
  • I have made some awesome new friends, reconnected with friends from the past and met some really amazing people this past year;
  • And last but not least, this past year I have found a beautiful balance where I have more fun time and time to reflect.

Be happyLife is an adventure to be cherished. Do your best to live the life you were meant to live, stay focused on what you want to achieve, take action towards those goals, and focus on small and big successes. But above all else, be happy!

P.S. My cat Lucy (pictured below) turned 18 this month and I am so incredibly grateful to have her in my life.

About Allie Phillips:

Me and LucyAllie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), Certified Fairyologist, essential oil teacher, award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She combines methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. And she particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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Why essential oils?

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For the past 3 years, my learning and use of essential oils has increased dramatically. I had used essential oils since the late 1990’s but I never talked about them or shared them. If social media existed back then, I would not have been posting about the oils. Why? Because they didn’t work! Sorry unnamed essential oils, all you did was smell pretty but you did nothing to support my physical, emotional, mental or spiritual health. And you had way too many precautions on how to use them and wouldn’t let me use them on my cats.

So why am I now talking about the oils and sharing them on social media? I found a brand that works! I no longer throw good money away on something that smells good; I invest my money in oils that actually support me from the inside out. And oils that I can use with my cats and other animals that I work with. It’s Young Living Essential Oils.

When I mention Young Living, a few people have immediately pushed back because (1) it’s a network/relationship marketing company so it’s a pyramid scheme, (2) they’ve read something unflattering about the company, or (3) they think the oils are too expensive.

Pinterest-MindfulnessHere’s what I know:

(1) Young Living is a network/relationship marketing company because they are brilliant about not spending money on TV/print/mass marketing and instead rely on the word of mouth of people who are using the oils. They are not a pyramid scheme. A pyramid scheme is an illegal scam where people invest money, the money flows up the hierarchy, and it does not involve the sale of products. Young Living is a $1+ billion company. Do you think that would have happened if it was a pyramid scheme? You are already sharing things that you love, right? Restaurants, movies, food, books, but you don’t get paid for doing it. Network marketing a brilliant business model to compensate people if they share your product, right? So what’s wrong with that? Absolutely nothing. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of network marketing companies in the world and chances are you’ve purchased from one. If you have anything Tupperware in your house, you bought from a network marketing company. Avon, Mary Kay, Arbonne? Network marketing. So are we good that network/relationship marketing is not a scam?

(2) If you Google anyone or anything, you will find something negative. We all know people who love to complain from behind the safety of their computer. What I’ve learned over the years is that when you are an innovator, when you don’t play by the status quo rules, and you push boundaries to create something that no one else is or can, you will make some enemies along the way. It’s jealousy. Period. Some people love to knock down the movers and shakers. Innovative companies like Apple, Facebook, and so on have negative things about them on the Internet. But that doesn’t stop you from using Facebook or buying an Apple product, right? Do your own research and instead of looking for negative reviews, intentionally go looking for positive reviews and I can guarantee that you will find amazing stories about how Young Living essential oils are changing the lives of millions of people (and animals) across the planet. I don’t know about you, but I want to be associated with a mover-and-shaker like Young Living.

And (3) you can absolutely buy cheap oils at the health food store. But you’ll get cheap results like I did. Instead of wasting $14 on an adulterated synthetic bottle of Lavender oil, why not pay $23 for pure therapeutic grade Lavender oil from Young Living? When you align with a company that has its own farms, partner farms, and a process like Seed to Seal (which no one else has, but they try to replicate), you are guaranteed to have the best seed, best soil, best planting location, best time of harvest, best distillation process, and therefore the best purest oil in the bottle that you buy directly from the company. When I first started, I did not know to look for those factors in an essential oil. Once you know, you’ll never go back.

Think about this:

  • before Palo Santo (a tree) can be distilled, the tree has to lay on the ground for 2 years so that all of the oil’s constituents (those are the parts and pieces that actually do something) are available.
  • It takes 75 lemons to create one 15-ml bottle of pure therapeutic grade Lemon essential oil.
  • Young Living treks by boat into the Amazon to get the bark from a tree that gives us Copaiba oil (the most amazing overall wellness oil that you will find). I saw a video last year that showed the week-long round-trip adventure. That’s not a cheap trip. So when you see a $43 bottle of Copaiba from Young Living, ask yourself would I go into the Amazon on boat to get the bark to distill, or would I rather have someone experienced in that do it for me? The answer is simple, right?

PainReliefCream_Silo_USBut here’s something more that goes deeper than the effectiveness of the essential oils. The vision of Young Living is to bring essential oils to every home on the planet. The mission is to “honor our stewardship to champion nature’s living energy, essential oils, by fostering a community of healing and discovery while inspiring individuals to wellness, purpose, and abundance.”

  • Wellness: when you experience therapeutic-grade essential oils like Young Living, you will notice and feel the wellness benefits. It’s why Young Living has taken the oils and created dietary supplements, natural cleaners, food products, beauty products and more! Young Living has essential oils that are approved for dietary use. And they are the first essential oil company leading the way to having over-the-counter products that are based in essential oils like Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream and Agilease to work with acute inflammatory response in the body.
  • 2015 Earned ER and Free PromosPurpose: when you experience the benefits of the oils, you find a purpose in wanting to share the oils with other people. I tell my team that we should never keep the power of the Young Living oils to ourselves. People (and pets) are struggling and you may never know how sharing will impact a life. Most people want to help others and contribute to society. This is one way … this can give you a purpose.
  • Abundance: and when you share, you can experience abundance in all areas of life: health, relationships, spiritually, and financially. Young Living makes it easy to enjoy abundance through their Essential Rewards member loyalty club where you earn back a percentage of your monthly purchases in points to redeem for free products, to receiving free products each month based on how much you order. I love free stuff!

Rudy with Aria diffuserSo if you’ve wondered why I have been so chatty about the oils for the past 3 years, now you know. Because of my work with animals, I needed essential oils that were safe for them. And Young Living is the only essential oil company with a Veterinary Advisory Group and an Animal Essential Oil Conference. Because if I cannot use an essential oil on or around my pets, why would I use them on myself?

If you are using any essential oils, please make sure that they are pure therapeutic-grade and do not contain any synthetics or adulteration (especially if you are using them around pets, even the simple process of diffusing). And if you really want to make sure that the oil is pure from beginning to end, check this out.

And if you want to experience the benefits of Young Living, join my team …. the Purrmaste Oil Team! I have an awesome group of people (most of who have pets), we have our own Facebook page, you will receive all of my training workshops at no cost, and I’ll make sure that you know how to use these oils for your highest benefit. Win win, right?

P.S. And please enjoy my webinar on an Introduction of Young Living Essential Oils!

About Allie Phillips:

Me and LucyAllie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), Certified Fairyologist, essential oil teacher, award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She combines methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. And she particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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What is a sensitive person to do with social media nastiness?

I have been labeled a highly sensitive person every since I was a toddler. Ballet lessons at the age of 4 were unbearable for me because I would sob to the classical music (even though I loved ballet and all forms of dancing); and it was unbearable for everyone else, too. I am still this way: sad music, sad movies, movies where animals are harmed (even cartoons), and people with harsh words send me into my introverted turtle shell to hide.

If you listen to what other people say, watch the news, or interact on social media, you are bound to be overwhelmed by negativity if you are highly sensitive. It’s easy for people to behave badly on social media because they can do so from behind the safety of their computer. Recent public events have brought out the worst judgment in people; not based on the issue at the core of the situation, but based on people going way off topic and attacking people for things that have nothing to do with the issue. Think of it this way, everyone messes up (some more than others). Now think of the last mistake that you made and imagine it going viral on social media and being on national news? Now imagine that people start to comment negatively on your looks, your family, or things that have nothing to do with your mistake? It makes the rhyme about sticks and stones ring in my ears. Get the gist of my angst?

Let goAs a trial attorney, I learned quickly which battles to fight and to often take the high road. When it comes to the (c)rudeness on social media, I most often just move on and don’t say anything because the last thing I want is the negativity directed at me. I sacredly safe guard my energy. But I have reached the ceiling on all of this nastiness to where I am now unfollowing certain friends and taking myself out of group pages that I joined to help me on my business.

One particular post on a group business page (that I paid to be a part of) pushed it too far last night. One person was expressing her frustration about a particular business style. When I saw people jumping on the negativity band wagon and back handing other un-related businesses in the process, that had nothing to do with the original post, I had to comment. One thing that I wrote in my comment was “I’m seeing more and more how social media groups are influencing core beliefs in us that may not be healthy.”

People around youI have found it to be true that we are only as successful, happy, healthy as the people we associate with the most. Whether we acknowledge it or accept it, when we hang out on certain social media pages the information on that page penetrates our subconscious and can become a core belief.

I have no problem speaking up for myself and others (I’m an animal advocate after all). But whenever I speak up against nastiness on social media, I don’t feel better because it’s people that I don’t know personally and if I met them I likely would not friend them in real life. And then I wonder if the lynch mob will turn on me. I just don’t want to see those negative posts because I don’t want that negative energy in my life. Can you relate? Have you felt this way too?

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Malachite and Rhodochrosite (with quartz points)

So what’s a sensitive person to do with social media nastiness? Here are my tricks that are helping me to stay kind but strong and not hide in my blanket fort all day long.

  • Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a quick and effective method for moving out harmful energy that you have experienced. Click here to learn how to tap. I have tapped for years but in the past 2 weeks I have been tapping daily (and sometimes multiple times a day). I find that it’s helpful to immediately tap when something bothers you. No need to imprint that situation in your body. Tap tap tap and get it out!
  • Add essential oils to your fingertips when you’re tapping. I have been using Release oilClick here to watch a video that I recently created on how I tap with oils. You can also diffuse essential oils or place a drop in your hands to inhale (make sure they are safe for that use) … any oil will do because oils help to balance your energy field. But Roman Chamomile, Neroli and Rose are good choices.
  • I love the emotional releasing combination of Malachite with Rhodochrosite. Place them all over your solar plexus and heart chakra for 15-20 minutes.
  • Go for a massage or energy healing session. Get the energy moved out of your body.
  • Journal and write out what is upsetting you. Writing it out helps to get it out.
  • Do something to bring your attention to being present (so that your thoughts stop replaying the situation): dancing, yoga, walking/running/exercise, a walk on the beach, get together or talk with a positive uplifting friend, listen to uplifting music.
  • Forgive yourself for getting upset. Check out my blog on forgiveness and more helpful tips.
  • And hug your pets … they are pure unconditional love and compassion.

You’re not alone if the nastiness on social media is overwhelming. I know that the energies are really challenging all of us and pushing us to the next level, but the next level of energy is all about compassion.

So here’s my wish: Let’s flood social media with positivity!!!! Inspiring posts, posts about having better body/heart/mind/spirit, posts about helping others, and sharing lots and lots of photos/videos of cute animals! And use #positivepost.

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you! She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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Are you going backwards?

Do you sometimes feel like your life is moving backwards? That things that you thought were completed and finished have cropped up again? You may be experiencing Mercury Retrograde!

I am not an astrologer but I have spent over two decades fascinated by the science of astrology. I am also highly affected by Mercury retrograde so I have studied this planetary movement extensively and tread lightly during this time.

Mercury retrograde occurs 3 times a year in 3 week spans. It’s when Mercury appears to be going backwards (it really is not). For the final time in 2013, we entered Mercury retrograde on October 21, 2013 and through November 10, 2013. During this time, you may notice that things are a bit topsy tursy. Mercury is the planet of communication, truth seeking, transportation and intelligence. This time is Mercury’s way of going back over territory to see if anything needs to be changed. It’s a time to review and revise anything that is not serving your best interest.

So what happens when Mercury turns retrograde?

  • You miss appointments
  • Your technology goes haywire (computers crash, files are not saved, connections are lost)
  • Things become lost
  • Things that you purchase don’t work
  • Contracts that you sign have problems and need renegotiating
  • New projects/jobs that you start are not what you thought they would be
  • People say things they will later want to take back
  • Relationships may end

So how do you handle Mercury retrograde without going bonkers? Here’s a few practical tips:

  • Backup your computer files
  • When traveling, give yourself extra time for delays
  • Be very aware of your actions so that you don’t lose anything or get lose
  • Reflect on the past to determine what is and is not working for you
  • Your intuition will be heightened
  • Think before you speak
  • Try not to sign any contracts during this time
  • Go back to work on projects that you have not had time for
  • Don’t start anything new
  • Don’t take things so personally (be flexible and understanding)
  • Have considerable down time to reflect and review

Jacob w ribbon 102113So if you sense that things are coming undone or unraveling, take a look to see whether it is something that you really should have. It could be a message from Mercury giving you a do-over.

If you want to adorn yourself with crystals during this time, here are a few recommendations: Blue Lace Agate (to soothe frayed emotions), Black Tourmaline (for grounding your technology), Moonstone (eases anxiety), Pyrite (removes energy chaos), Rose Quartz (keeps your heart/emotions balanced), Selenite (helps you stay centered).

If you like essential oils, I recommend these (especially diffusing them in the air): Young Living Joy, Clarity, Peace & Calming, and Release.

And remember, if you expect Mercury to create upheaval in your life, the Law of Attraction genie will rock your world. So embrace these three weeks and give yourself a little downtime to look at how your life is going, tap into your heightened intuition, and then be ready to make change and start new things once Mercury is back on track.

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About Allie:

Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you!  She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.

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