January 1, 2016
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Happy New Year, my friends! 

For many, New Year’s Day marks a day of anew ~ 

In my world, I enjoy celebrating the new year by cleaning out the old (letting go of anything that is negative or not serving me well) and embracing what’s positive.

The new year represents (in many different ways) a time of transition. In my experience, cultivating positive life changes during transition, begins with self-love. Self-care rituals are one way to get in tune with our core selves, enabling us to focus our attention in a most positive way.  Self-care rituals are self-love, which cultivates peace, happiness, and freedom.

But what exactly is self-care?

I believe self-care is different for everyone, but here are some examples of my self care rituals: getting a lot of rest, facials, yoga, soothing soaks in the tub (with lavender, baking soda, and epsom salts), sipping on light veggie soups for sustenance, and enjoying warming beverages. 

My self-care rituals help me feel content, calm, and open to change.

Having solid self-care rituals help us become centered, even when the journey of life throws us blows. For we can do our best to live positively, but life is often filled with pain and difficult times. I often say, “This is life, not a hayride.” In this way, self-care is not only about making positive changes, it’s about building our self-resilience. 

Simply put, self-care is critical to our overall well-being. 

In this new year, try practicing some self-care rituals. Giving yourself  self-love and attention, will help you on your journey in 2016.

Today and always –

I send you all, peace, light, and love.

~ JD

Here is a most soothing, homemade Indian Spiced Chai recipe ~ so comforting. The recipe is vegan, organic, healthy, and unbelievably delicious. Make a pot and enjoy!

Happy New Year! 

And I’d love to hear from you! 

Please share your 2016 vision – our words are powerful. 

What changes do you want to make?

How do you see your future?

Do you self-care? If so, how do you take care of yourself?

Let’s chat!


Serves 8
A most delicious, vegan, Indian spiced chai ~ nom!
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Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 20 black peppercorns
  2. 12 whole cloves
  3. 3 tablespoons sliced fresh ginger
  4. 3 cinnamon sticks
  5. 6 cardamon pods
  6. 6 cups water
  7. 8 black tea bags
  8. 2 cups almond milk
  9. 1/2 cup brown sugar or raw sugar
  1. Place all spices in a medium pot. Smash the spices with a mallet- just enough so they break open. Add water. Bring to boil and then turn down to medium (slight boil) for 12 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags and steep for 4 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar and almond milk, and bring to a boil. Whisk the sugar until it dissolves (roughly a minute). Strain tea, through a fine mesh strainer (I strain mine into a tea decanter- if you don't have one, strain into another pot). Serve immediately. Enjoy!
  1. Add variety by putting a few fennel seeds in there, or star of anise is wonderful, too!
  2. If you want a less potent tea flavor, use 6 tea bags.
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