Thanksgiving is always an opportunity to take stock of what we're grateful for in our lives. But every year as we go around the feast filled table, I can't help but wish this practice was more regular. It's so easy to take things for granted like your health... until you're sick, your friends... until they leave you, your home...until it's damaged. This year with the terror attacks in Europe, I am especially thankful for the safety of my family in Brussels, and the recent death of my friend's 45 year old brother in a car accident has me hugging my siblings just a little bit tighter. But it shouldn't take the reversal of something positive to shed light on it's value. And in fact, recognizing your blessings will surround you with positive, protective energy.
It's amazing how insignificant your daily gripes become when you take the time to recognize the GOOD stuff. This quick practice (taught to me by my favorite friend & yogi, Rebecca Hajek) is a great way to welcome that calming insight, not just during the holiday season, but anytime you've got 30 seconds to say thanks.
*A NATTY NOTE: The more specific you get with this practice, the better. If you're practicing regularly, it's great to even call out minute details from your day or week like "I am grateful for... the fresh batch of groceries in my fridge... that I got to catch up with my best friend over thai food... that I finished that book I was reading" etc. Calling attention to positive elements of your life will begin to crowd out any negative thoughts, leaving you more contented overall.
Thinking about a warm weather holiday? I recently took a walk on the wild side of Saint Lucia for a trip that was equal parts eco-friendly and super lux. Check out my video highlights, and a guide to a sustainably decadent way to spend a week this winter...
Magic can appear in many forms. Last summer, in a magical pocket of Big Sur called Esalen, I happened to meet the artist and cofounder of In Pursuit of Magic, Betty Kay Kendrick. What started as a passion project has since become a worldwide phenom, sprinkling good vibes and connecting communities across the globe. Here, Betty Kay spills on the magic that led her down this artist's path, and what it means to follow the signs of the universe.
Visions of Rome in your future? Don't waste your time or calories on crappy gelato. Check out my highlights from the Italian capital, from the healthy to the traditional - and you'll be eating like a local on your next visit.
Watch this behind the scenes look at my 5 issue collab with Bon Appetit magazine, and see where I shop and find inspiration in and around New York City!
If you've been following Natty Style for a while, you know how much this girl loves to travel. As I continue my quest for a life well lived through mindful practices and conscious consumption - expect to see more of my global (and local!) inspiration through video.
Who says you need booze to get a buzz? This easy to make, alcohol-free tonic is packed with superfoods like ginger, holy basil and turmeric - plus a secret ingredient that gives it an extra special kick ... All natural euphoria? Yes please.
Who needs caffeine? Check out this quick trick, doable from your couch or desk, at home or at work, anytime you need a natural pick-me up!
Starting your day with intention sounds great. But what does that MEAN? How long does it take and how does it help?
As the year rounds down to a close, things can get as overwhelming as they are fun. This year, Christmas was on a full moon, making emotions run even higher. If you find yourself anxious now, or anytime of year, this simple practice is a great way to get grounded.
There are so many reasons to be grateful at this time of year and always. Watch and learn how bringing awareness to your blessings can bring positivity to your life.