If January is for making resolutions, springtime is for renewal, and new beginnings. Instead of giving something up or breaking a bad habit, its about looking at all of life’s possibilities. For most women I know, how we spend our days—whether at work, building a business, raising babies—takes up the majority of our time, energy and spirit. Not surprisingly, we all want to do what we love and thrive doing it. But it’s easy to get stuck, or feel in a rut, even when you’re doing everything right. That’s when I call in my village of modern medicine women. Last week we gathered at Spot Spa’s new Northeast location for a little Spring Awakening. In attendance: some dear friends who believe in the power of positive energy (and good company!); my psychic, Christine Schroeder, who also did readings at our New Year, New Year event; and Lisa Smythe, Spot’s resident acupuncturist and a true healer.
I can’t imagine a more uplifting, energizing place to clear out the cobwebs and get centered than this gorgeous space—complete with some seriously covetable indie beauty brands like RGB and Earth Tu Face. While Christine doled out her sage guidance and tough love, Lisa treated us to a magical new concept: community acupuncture. If you’ve never tried acupuncture before or would appreciate a less expensive alternative, this is the way to go. Each Tuesday at Spot. Lisa offers 20-minute sessions for just $25 (normally $60-90). The only difference is that you share the room with a couple other people (after a private consult, of course). Trust me: when you’re laying in a cozy treatment room under a blanket, blissed out in mediation, you won’t give the group thing another thought. Visit spotpas.com to book your session. As for psychic Christine, she is always available for phone, Skype or in-person readings at email@example.com or 612-910-2417. Happy spring!
Yes, I have a psychic and her name is Christine Schroeder. I’ve been meaning to post this for far too long but let’s just say that writing about having a psychic isn’t quite as simple as sharing your current shampoo obsession. Some people look at me funny when I tell them I have spiritual guides. Others take a step closer and beg for their name and number. Usually I find that those people, whether believers or simply hopefuls, are kindred souls. On this particular night back in January. I invited a few friends and co-workers to an evening with Christine. New Year, New You! was the call to action. And there a dozen of us, confident career women ever in-charge of our very full lives and enormous dreams, let go of the reins for just a few hours.
I’ve learned about myself from seeing a psychic for the past five years but the biggie it’s that I can’t control everything—nor do I want to any more. So much of the good that has happened in my life was a surprise, a happy accident. Or was it? I’d like to think that there are other forces as play, sometimes gently and sometimes mightily, steering my life in directions I couldn’t have imagined for myself even if I had tried. Christine, ironically, helps ground me. And when she is right, which she ALWAYS is (just ask my friend who Christine predicted would have twins—before she was even pregnant), it reminds me that I can’t do it all, plan it all, BE it all. Sometimes, you just have to trust yourself, trust in the universe, and go with the flow of life. There is one, you know. A flow. We just fight it don’t we?
If you’re curious or in need of some spiritual guidance—career and relationship transitions are amazing times to see a psychic!—I can’t recommend Christine enough. She sees individual clients at her studio in Minneapolis or will come to you for parties and small groups. To book an appointment or event, contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-910-2417. If you live elsewhere, good news: she Skypes!
Up until this point I haven’t talked much about my fascination with the metaphysical. The older I get the more I believe in the power of that which we can’t see, but just KNOW. Call it what you want—God, spirit, energy, intuition, nature—but it’s everywhere, and I love exploring these inexplicable forces. It’s also incredibly uplifting to know that we are all connected. Whether you’re nodding your head in understanding or rolling your eyes in amusement, don’t turn your nose up at THIS: Smokeless Smudge Spray ($13.50).
I know you’ve seen some TV show on which a celebrity hires a hippie/gypsy/healer to clear negative energy and bless their home with burning sage. It looks ridiculous when the Real Housewives do it, but it’s actually an ancient Native American ritual. It also leaves the room smelling like an illegal substance. Smokeless smudge spray, however, is sage brush in a bottle. It actually contains three sacred essential oils and essences: sweetgrass to purify; sage to transform negative energy into positive energy and increase mental acuity; and cedar (also used in sweat lodges and saunas) to attract good spirits. You just mist away, filling the air with the most energizing yet deeply soothing scent. It’s fresh and herby and smells like positivity. I picked some up at Eye of Horus in Minneapolis after meeting with MY PSYCHIC (see? this deserves it’s own post.), and am going to spritz my new Seattle stu-stu-studio. It’s also going to be awesome to get me in the right mindset to meditate, and to clear my sinuses. Here’s to positivity and fresh starts! And you can even order it online!
Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.