Are you still needing to purchase gifts this year? Gifting seems to get harder every year. This year, in 2020, has been an interesting one. I have put together the top trends for 2020 and how to give meaningful and still useful gifts.
Here are the top gifts that will be trending this year
1. At Home Fitness
We have no idea when gyms will be running like they used to be. I don’t know about you, but the gym isn’t as much fun anymore – with mask requirements, social distancing and little to no group classes. Even child watch (if your gym offers it) isn’t the same. Gym time is social hour for a lot of people and we are just not getting that, right now. Anything to help someone stay active at home will be useful in 2020. Check out this fully portable home gym
2. At Home Spa Treatments
Same goes for the spa – it just isn’t the same as it once was. To sit with a mask on to get your eye brows done or get your hair highlighted – how do they even do facials – takes the entire experience of going to get pampered to a whole new level. Go for sugar scrub, body butters, facials, and foot scrubs. Grab 30% off here sitewide
3. Education and self paced learning
So many people out of work and now have the time to learn something new, take up a new hobby or learn a new trade. Many are taking advantage of their extra time and energy to do something they have been putting off. Places like skill trade or udemy will be a favorite. Gift a Audible subscription or a new book.
4. Cooking at Home
Eating out seems like a thing of the past, with many restrictions on local restaurants. and so many people are investing in better cookware, better home appliances and learning how to cook healthier at home. Find a virtual cooking class to do together, even.
5. Date Nights at Home
Like everything else, date nights are more fun at home, right now. There are lots of subscription boxes you can purchase or better yet, put together your own date night, with a favorite meal, some hot cocoa and a movie night. Whether you cozy up the the fireplace or maybe you’d rather build a snowman together, stay cozy with free shipping and 30% off of some cozy socks or beanie hats.
6. Work at Home Tools
So many people are working from home (or school) these days, anything that you can do to make life easier or more efficient will be appreciated. You don’t have to stop at technology; think planners, new pens, a calendar or a message board. Of course, a new computer, new airpods or their favorite jammie pants are always nice too.
7. Technology for easier connection and collaboration.
Facetime, zoom and updated technology will be hot item. People are craving connection and their social circles and anything that makes socializing easier will be trending. Microphone for your iphone?
Have you ever had someone do something or say something that caused such negative feelings – like anger, rage, bitterness, resentment or anxiety?
For context of this article, a trigger can refer to the experience of having an emotional reaction to some type of disturbing content someone says or does.
One year ago, I registered for a local fitness bootcamp and I was so excited. After working my body to the bone, I had allowed my own self care and workouts to slip. I was running a business, homeschooling 2 kids and had a 1 year old. I needed to get my body back in shape.
And so, guess what happened? So I felt super connected to the trainer. I loved his energy.
At first, he didn’t even want to let me into his program, for fear of me stealing his program – as my own. He admitted he had had other personal trainers join his bootcamp and go work in other gyms, stealing his program, training clients HIS WAY.
First of all – let’s get this out of the way.
No one can be you. Even if someone steals your ideas, programs, content, they cannot duplicate you energy.
There are no new ideas. His way of working out and and his way of training clients – I assure you he didn’t created it.
After a few weeks of being a paying customer, he blocked me from his Facebook. I was still going to his bootcamp and I had major convictions with this. So one of my shadows is I want to be loved by everyone.
The shadow is the “dark side” of our personality because it consists chiefly of primitive, negative human emotions and impulses like rage, envy, greed, selfishness, desire, and the striving for power.
I am a Leo sun. And if you don’t know about Leo’s, Leo’s love to own the spotlight. They are very creative. They’re very entrepreneurial and they’re very generous, but they also love to get love right back. And so when I was blocked, he blocked me from his personal Facebook page, I thought – “wow, what did I do?” I’m a paying customer. And he has me blocked. So one of the things, one of the shadow parts of Leo is deep down, they want to be loved by everyone and deep, deep down they secretly don’t feel lovable at all. Alternatively, he was also a Leo and Leos have big pride, big egos and have a hard time sharing the spotlight with others.
So the reason why this trainer didn’t let me into his programs was because, previously, I was a weight loss coach. And here I was hiring a trainer. I’m trying to lose weight myself, get my body back in shape. And he had mentioned that he had allowed several other personal trainers into his program and they copied from him. They stole his program and tried to sell it on their own. And he was afraid I was going to do the same.
So here’s the thing: that wasn’t my issue. I have never done that. He had no reason to believe that I was going to do that. However, he put his past experiences with other people onto me, and that was not my issue. That was his issue to deal with. However, anything you’re dealing with, it comes up for a reason and it’s coming up to be healed. So anything that’s triggering you, like I was triggered that this person who I valued, I valued enough to pay him; blocked me from seeing any of his personal posts, because he thought I was going to steal from him.
And that hurt my ego.
So, what can you do if you’re feeling triggered and how can you heal it?
This is your shadow self showing up.
There are certain things we associate from being good parts of our personality and we celebrate it. There are other parts of our personality that we associate with being bad, shameful and don’t want others to see (sometimes we don’t even want to admit it is there).
However, you can use your shadow self for healing. If you notice your triggers by things you’re judging people on, things you feel judged from other people, anything that pulls out anger and deep, dark emotion, shame, guilt, any of these lower vibration emotions. That’s what’s triggering you, and you want to get curious on why. Why is this triggering me? And what can I learn from it?
I love to use my astrological birth chart to help me heal my triggers. So one of the things you can do, is you can look to your opposite side across the zodiac wheel.
So I am a Leo, I’m ruled by the sun. However, the opposite sign of me is Aquarius. Leo and Aquarius are polar opposites and you can look to that sign to help embody different parts of you that you want to heal. So, if I want to heal my issue with not being liked, not being loved by everyone and really feeling unlovable, I can look to Aquarius, because what does Aquarius do? They are the rebel of the zodiac and they do not care who likes them, who doesn’t like them. And they own it. They own how they’re different. They own their uniqueness and they can own it.
So wherever you are, whatever sign you have in your chart, you have a polar opposite.
But you were made perfect as you are. There are light and dark parts of every sign, every person, every characteristic.
There will always be someone that doesn’t get you. There will always be people who don’t understand you or feel triggered by your energy.
This is there triggers and they can deal with those.
Your job is to be you and learn to heal from your own triggers.
So, I think right now in this online space, we’re still waiting on the election results in the US. A lot of people are triggered right now. A lot of people aren’t happy with, you know, maybe what someone is posting, someone is sharing their opinions and their beliefs, and that can leave us triggered, but whatever you’re feeling triggered, you can learn from it.
I put together a list of the zodiac signs and their shadow traits that may show up. Grab it here.
After going through burnout 2 times – in 2 different businesses, I have never felt more strongly about self care.
After the last two years of working against myself, putting work before my own well being – I ended up with migraine headaches, stressed out, gaining weight, unable to lose weight – despite working out and eating right.
And I’ve been diving deep into human psychology and how we best operate. The fact is – we are not the same. And the way we fill our cups should not be the same either.
I put together a list of how to do self care for your sign – and some Black Friday deals for each, too (if you want to treat yo-self).
Aries – Move your body. Aries have lots of energy and are very passionate. They love pushing themselves, trying new things and are very competitive. Try Hemp Relief Balm
Taurus – Give yourself an in home spa day. Taurus is the most sensual sign of the zodiac. They work harder than most and also love when it’s time to chill. Get $10 off my favorite body butters. They also have Black Friday deals, starting at $10 off $30
.Gemini – Pick up a new book. Learning, research and literature are the ways into the Gemini heart. I just started reading Untamed and I just finished the Middle Finger Project
Cancer – Go all out for a Netflix binge and some cozy jammies. Cancer rules over home and family and they love to stay in, cook some comfort food and chill. My favorite lingerie and loungewear – grab your first set for $20.
Leo – Get all dolled up and make sure to grab a selfie. Leo loves to be pampered; they have a love for luxury and love being able to parade their hottest looks – no matter the size of the audience. 60% off makeup and skincare
Aquarius– Give back, volunteer or contribute to a bigger mission. Aquarius loves to help out and give back to social causes. If you can’t volunteer in person, partner with a company that gives back to an issue you feel strongly about. DVTD is a marketplace with a mission that supports multiple causes. Get $10 in rewards for $100 you spend.
If you want to take this deeper, you can grab my Sacred Self Care plan. We use your astrological chart to create a sacred self care plan to fill you on the soul level. There are trainings on how to run your chart, what to look for and what the signs mean and represent.
How do you know if you’re on your life path? How do you know if you’re not on the correct path? How do you know if you’re going in the right direction?
What the heck am I doing? Where should I take this thing?
This was my prayer, a few years ago. I had successfully gotten my own life turned around, dropped 36 pounds and was helping others get their own healthy habits in order. AND I loved it! But something was missing. And I didn’t quite know what it was. But I was open to a higher power directing me to it.
And I truly believe when we ask the right questions and we are open to getting some answers, the answers will be given to us.
In 2016, I took a course on Business by the Moon. I was like a fish out of water. It was a course on the cycles of the moon, manifesting and harnessing the power of moon, for your business. As I started learning about the moon, I also was learning about astrology and how it affects our energy.
What a U-turn or fork in the road I had found! I thought I was learning about manifesting and suddenly I went down the rabbit hole of finding my natal chart, learning more about myself, my energy and how I best work. I was so intrigued! I have been a personality test junkie for a few years, but this took things to the next level.
If you are new to the world of astrology or not really understanding it, it can help you learn more about yourself, your personality, what you really are here to share with the world. And I have been exploring within my own astrological birth chart. It’s been so impactful for me that now I want to share it with others.
As I learned about my own natal birth chart, I couldn’t unlearn the things I had discovered. Finally, I felt understood, heard and seen for who I am. From a personal development standpoint, your natal birth chart holds so many answers on your biggest challenges and how to overcome them.
From a career perspective, you were born with gifts that not everyone else has. And it is your job to share those gifts with the world. There are certain things that you can do better than anyone else can do them. And you were given those gifts for a reason. But there was a time I didn’t fully understand my own abilities. Skills are things you can learn but talent and natural gifts are things you are just born with.
More specifically, the past couple years I made some business decisions that were not in full alignment with my own life path and those decisions did not end well. Because – they were out of alignment of my own truth and out of alignment with my life. Read more about getting a full reading.
Some signs and symptoms if you are or are not on your life path
Depression or Anxiety
Depression is actually living in the past. So if you are living in the past, you’re always drudging up, what I could have done differently, what should had happened differently.Replaying old stories of what could have been is doing nothing but bringing you down, wallowing in guilt and shame – one of the lowest frequencies and the furthest from love, peace and joy.
Anxiety is living in the future. If you are always pressed upon what is going to happen tomorrow, what is going to happen next month? And you’re not present in the here and now, and that is not good either. Learning to be present in the moment – not wallowing in the past and not feeling the pressure of the future – can help you identify and be self aware of the things you need to focus on. You will get downloads, your intuition will be more activated. If you are in depression or you’re in anxiety, you can’t hear those messages that are trying to come through. Instead of being worried about the future or depressed about the past – what is one way you can move forward to where you want to go?
Physical, Mental, Emotional Energy
Do you wake up with energy? Are you excited to go to work? Are you excited to live out your daily life? If you are dreading, who you’re associating with, going to work every day, who you’re spending your time around. This is a signal that something has to change. And this is, those messages, those body nudges, like that gut feeling, the butterflies in your stomach, or the knots in your stomach. Those are all signals that you need to pay attention to. When are you getting those and why? And when you can start to ask those deeper questions, you’ll start to recognize, what in your life needs to change. You can read about how misalignment showed up in my life here.
Any Health Complications
Health problems are manifested in the physical body, but it starts elsewhere. Whenever we are not living our life in alignment for our soul purpose, our true path, our divine mission, the body knows our truth. The body knows when we are not living to our highest potential. It often sends signals (small gut nudges) but if we don’t listen to the messages, then it can manifest into health problems, whether that be burnout, adrenal fatigue, cancer, or autoimmune diseases. If you are living your life, according to your life path, and according to what your heart wants you can more easily find joy, peace and love in your daily life. Not to say that life will be all rainbows and butterflies but you can still find contentment – even in hard times. The heart, it knows your divine mission. It knows where you’re supposed to go. But if you’re not listening and you’re not taking that direction that it’s trying to give you it can manifest in the physical body. So if you have any physical illnesses, that’s something to look into, definitely take care of those illnesses. But also what is the root problem that that is coming from?
How do you know if you are on your life path?
You have energy in the morning. You’ll be excited about what you’re doing. You’ll be excited about who you’re associating with and where you’re going. You will have vibrant health. You will actually want to eat healthy. You actually want to go work out. You feel good on the inside and you want to continue feeling good on inside. But a lot of times when we’re emotionally eating, when we’re stress eating, when we’re binge drinking, that is a deeper issue we need to look at. Oftentimes, it’s something that we’re trying to avoid or pain we are wishing would go away. And so we’re using food or alcohol or drugs or other vices to fill that void. But if we can take those away and really ask ourselves, what is it that I truly want? If we are willing to sit with the pain, look at the hard places in our life and explore the root problem, there can be so many blessings in that.
Are you wanting to explore some of these deeper questions in your own life? Are you interested to see if you are on your own life path and how you can better align to your own truth? These are questions we explore in my life path astrology sessions. We pull up your natal birth chart, which is like a snapshot of how the stars and the planets were aligned the moment you were born. And they can have some impact on your personality, your motivation, things that get you excited, your passions. We can bring some insight looking at your astrological birth chart. Learn how to run your own astrological birth chart here.
I can help decipher that for you. As part of my certification, I am doing donation only readings, for a limited time. I only have a few spots left on my calendar. And if this is something that is speaking to you, I would love to help you pinpoint where you are not feeling motivated, where your life is not in alignment or some things that you need to take a deeper look at.