What is YOUR Lie?

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SO I've got a few of my own lies that I've been looking at, one was that in order to be successful I had to get up super early! Everything I ever read or researched, all the so-called quote-unquote successful people all rise early get there 2-hour workout in, have a green smoothie and voila they were killing it. I mean seriously my teen not too long ago brought up a post from Instagram the Mark Wahlberg shared about getting up at 2 am yes he meditated and worked out and so on. Oh, then there was Gwyenth Paltrow who shared her 2 hour Dance routine with famed Tracy Anderson. The other lie was I had to sacrifice rest, food, and even going to the bathroom in order to run a business that accommodated everyone. That I couldn't say NO was another lie especially when it came to Clients or other professionals because it was part of networking, giving back, or serving others. I also bought into the lie that honest conversations were only for those who were strong, arrogant, entitled. That you NEVER talk religion or politics bad bad bad. That's a lie I really prescribed to once this last elected official came into office.

What are some of yours? You already know about my horse lie. We all have them. We all buy into a belief a story that is holding us back. The world is full of amazing people, stories, experiences, and opinions that need to be heard, seen, experienced. Is there something that you've craved but maybe it's part of a lie you've been telling yourself? How about the lie that WHEN??????? You know when you lose weight, kids are grown, you have more money, time, let's stop the waiting and the when-ing let's create memories and stories that leave us a life well lived and a legacy that we are proud of, one that our 80 yr old self would say, Yes I did that! See ya at the Adventure Club!

http://www.jenellgarcia.com/adventureclub

Are you one of THOSE Women?

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"She taught me to be comfortable in my own skin. We have to honor the women who made us fierce"

Laura Dern on her Grandmother

I LOVE LOVE Laura Dern in her latest role in "Big Little Lies" She is Pissed! Fierce! And Oh I could go on and on! Love her!

Did you watch it? One of the best parts of this series is the way the women rally around one another. I get that it is Hollywood and that it always manages

to portray things with oh so glam! Yet the message is clear. They are sticking together! They have each other's backs! How about you? Do you have a tribe that you know is in your corner? Do you trust the women you surround yourself with? Whether Church group, playgroup or the gals at the office. Are you one of those who has women who support women? Do you rally behind the women who are going after her dreams, breaking barriers, fighting for her cause? Whatever it is? No matter if you agree or not? Do you have her back?

Or are you one to gossip, judge or criticize if she is doing something that maybe makes YOU a bit uncomfortable. A few years back a mentor had mentioned all the signs of jealousy and how we should take a close look at what makes us jealous? There are clearly things that we want or desire. I know you heard me reference this before, and I feel strongly that we need to think and dive deeper into this often when we find a Facebook post or an Instagram feed that stirs up a feeling that we can't quite get a hold of emotionally. Maybe the anger or envy is a deeper desire that you have shoved aside long ago and need to revisit. Mostly I want you to be that woman who is surrounded by support and strong, fierce, and deeply passionate women to inspire you and to lift you and to push you to live a life with glorious, joyful delight. Women need each other, women are one of my greatest joys as Women. I've started the Adventure club back up and im looking for other women to step in and be there for one another? We need ideas, we need participation. we need YOU!

We've got a few things lined up. Some simple activities from a Sunday morning to an Overnighter with some awesome conversations about all things women related. Check out the details below and come out and be a force with other amazing women. Yes, be one of THOSE women!


Oct 17th 4:30-6:30 PM @ Seasons 52 on Arden Way No-host happy hour, come talk about upcoming adventures

Oct 27th 10:30 AM Horsebackriding

Celebrity Hype or Real Results?

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Some devotees visit as many as three times pre-ceremony for treatment including combinations of Microcurrent- radio frequency oxygen LED,

When prompted for a cost most celebrity facialist won't say, cause the Celeb price is different, but a watered-down version is available for $450.

For those of you who know me when I turned 50, I invested in a Microcurrent Machine. Based on my age and the longevity of the science that backed this treatment it was a NO BRAINER when it came to adding it to my biz! It has been a game-changer for aging and its no accident that it has been the GO-TO for centuries. Today the secret is fully exploded SO here is the problem Its NOT A treatment that can have results that are as noticeable as some quick-fix procedures like Botox and other fillers. Yet the long term impact is far greater. It takes a bit of explaining yet the reality is that it is subtle and on some, it's a wow. It is accumulative and its been tried and true treatment for A LONG TIME!

Here’s the thing, NOTHING is a ONE AND DONE! Not even a face-lift. Everything and anything that is gonna make changes in the skin and in your ability to age well, will take a ritual of some sort, and some great options at the salon. I've got both! I love how I'm aging! We know what it will take to stay healthy and vibrant for a long well-lived life. It is different for each of us. The tools and the shortcuts are in full force out there to entice and to deceive you into believing that there is a miracle cream and a miracle treatment IT DOES NOT EXIST! What does exist is good ingredients, just like GOOD food. Applied daily just like giving your body good food. There are treatments and modalities that will extend and help repair the cells and the damage. Just like a frequent visit to the gym, yoga or ensuring that the body and its muscles and mind is getting oxygen and circulation. Just like the salon stuff? Go figure.

I know you've heard this all before it just makes sense and it seems so simple, but we do do a great job complicating things. Especially when something lures us in with all the information out there. Keep it simple. Move, take in all good, practice daily rituals that support and heal the living that we have taken for granted. Come see and invest in ME at Jenell's Skin. I've got your back. I'm not the cheapest or the most expensive. I won't have you going down the wrong path to find the fountain of youth, honest conversations with real results.

If you've not tried the Microcurrent please DO, I have everything you need to age gracefully and to AGE YOUR way.

I've got the latest in peel technology and its not what you think. We are not about creating harm or periods of downtime. Who has time for that?

See ya at the Salon!

We've all had them, those weeks!

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No not the ones where everything went wrong, Yes we had those too. I'm talking about the week where it was all those little things, the ones that just kept adding up. Maybe it was a few days of not getting the gym in? Or maybe you had a few meals or food items that just were a bit out of what you normally eat and well you felt yucky, bloated. Or maybe it was the phone calls you kept putting off? Or the conversation you kept wanting to have? YOU KNOW? Not the big things but a week of the little things that just kept building. The little things that by weeks end your thoughts and your mind were starting to talk SMACK! You know the thoughts like "I'm so lazy" "I'm just never gonna get it right" or "I need to do this or that?" What it boils down to is that your thoughts are contributing to you feeling not so stellar! Your thoughts start to build too, things like I was tired I needed to focus on other things, I was just so busy you know the things we need to say to ourselves to justify the little things that are making us feel bad.

Spoiler alert! It's not those little things, it's how you're thinking about those little things! Yes, they add up. Yes they need to get done. Yet did it occur to you that there were many more other things that you did do really well? We tend to lose sight of what went right, versus what went wrong. Well, I had that very week where day 6 hit and no exercise, not such great food for the week and well day 6 I was thinking the funky thoughts. I shifted a bit. Started to do the transitional stuff with my food choices and then STOPPED! You know I did this so I can do that? Or I did this so I CAN'T do that! NO, I don't play that anymore! I had to re-frame some thoughts and go to what was good about this week. It worked. I felt better, I got up day 7 and walked. Felt my breakfast digest better, got some creative juices flowing looked back at day 6 and reminded myself that I didn't finish my Margarita when Hubby and I running errands stopped into Chili’s and had a moment to just enjoy each other with a Margarita and some chips and salsa. FYI I usually get sick eating chips and salsa they're my fav! No, I just enjoyed, left part of my drink came home and opted out of dinner cause I wasn't hungry.

You see it's always those little things that do add up, and yet we forget that we have so many little things that DO go right! It's choosing how to think about what it is that is NOT working verse what's working? A lot is working, so let's re-frame THAT week, start over with a new week (AH A GIFT) and get those thoughts to focus on all the good we do. Then we miraculously have energy and plenty of room for all the stuff that didn't get done. BAM! Just that energy shift is MAGICAL! I have post-it notes everywhere in my Salon, home office it says "What was wonderful about yesterday?" You see it's training my thoughts to focus on the good, it's working!

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Cost of not having a self-care ritual!

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Let's take a look at what its truly costing YOU when you're not making Self Care a priority?


Let's look at the areas in our lives that are affected when we don't fit Pleasure, time to move our bodies or to just sit a savor a meal? This too relates to living a lack of your desires and dreams.

1. Health- Energy - Do you have enough energy to do your BEST work? Do you take breaks? do you say Yes to your downtime?

Sleep - how is this affected right now in your current life? do you have an evening ritual of self-care to aid in your getting a good night sleep?

Food - fuel feeling good to support your best work. what is it costing you to not be eating right Movement- again to support a clear mind for best work - energy, overall health?


2. Relationships- Feel alone, supported, DO you shut down - fearful, lack of communication, or lack of trust -Alignment, heavy load that your taking on or is it shared? What kind of emotional fatigue is not making Self Care a daily habit?


3. Creativity- Without this is there no real joy, right? Do you add playfulness in work or life? By not creating it zaps energy in your life, affects our spirits- not able to problem-solve. Not able to stay competitive (which fuels biz and life)


4. Time- All work makes for a dull, desperate boring life! It takes away from all joy its draining and keeps things stagnate no real movement. all work creates the sense of urgency to do more be more to rush no real quality in anything, meals standing up or skipped, grab crap, verse prepping and planning for time to eat and to let the body digest - blood sugar spikes.


5. Fun and Pleasure- Fun, laughter energy creation, joy, longevity, sexy, silly, movement these are all fuel for a fulfilled, fullness of life.

now look at YOUR life and these areas what sounds familiar? what are some of YOUR cost?


Some examples: One was when I was pregnant I was worried that my energy was going to create some negative effects on my income and so I prepped and planned so as to not have issues at work throughout the pregnancy - prior I would skip meals, go long stretches of time without taking any kind of break and not even use the restroom. Why was it ok during the pregnancy? Why was it not ok for me to care for myself? As women its common to care for everyone else so the burden becomes even greater cause we start to die off emotionally while caring for others needs verses the whole oxygen mask scenario? We know better yet we don't necessarily DO BETTER!


Hopefully, this gives you some insight into your COST? And is it really working? And how great is the COST?

RESULTS OF THIS EXERCISE VARIES!

Scheduling? Yes on the Calendar to Self-Care!!!

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So we talk A LOT about self-care these days, and it looks and feels very different for us all. We as a culture very easily think facials, pedicures, and massages when first asked. Yet it way more than that. Caring for oneself takes some planning before we do this we need to know what it is we truly crave and how those cravings feel for us? What kind of fuel they provide and how often we need these things in our daily, weekly, monthly lives? It has to be SCHEDULED!

Seriously when we look at what is TRULY important to us, we fit it in. For years I walked around following what it was that I thought I was SUPPOSE to do. Take care of the kids, have a clean house, pay the bills and once all was in order then I could squeeze in ME! Science has continued to show us that it doesn't work that way. We continue to allow things in that don't serve us. I gave up a night of fun to ensure my teen was taken to the gym! I KNOW BETTER! Yet it was like I was on autopilot this is the stuff that makes us CRAZY! In the book "THE BIG LEAP" (a must-read) he talks of time" I don't have time to do that right now" you're telling a polite lie to avoid saying," I don't want to do that right now." By placing the blame on time, we avoid confronting the blunt truth of the matter.

My wish is for all women to take exceptional care of themselves, this is what is going to put the best version of yourself out into the World so we can continue to do amazing things. for some its gonna take a bit of investigating. As one of my mentors says self-care isn't just about what we eat and getting enough sleep it's creating the space to do what brings you joy! Have a list handy, look at the area in your life an answer how it is that you care for yourself when say 1. your bored, 2.sad 3. anxious 4. scared 5. stressed 6. negative self-talk, low energy, illness, trouble sleeping, weight gain, you get the picture.

Schedule in all that MATTER to you and stay with it. You already know your worth it so start living it! Have a deluxe pampering kit. What would that include? Here is a sample of how I revisited my self-care rituals. Sept is a great time to take a look.

Daily

clean food, green smoothly to work

afternoon tea-calm and rest my mind

music

beautiful skincare ritual am and pm

Weekly

Sunday week prep

play

Farmers Market

Movement Min baseline 4x

Skin in-home treatment mask, microcurrent, facial massage with tool

Monthly

review finances

Girl time

Facial

review Dental/ Dr appt.

Do this, list and track what Matters -

This month is all about getting out of DO MORE BE MORE. to Awareness and acceptance Aware of what it is YOU need and Accept that just you existing makes you enough and worthy. take exquisite care of yourself! And if you need some help book an appt and ill give you some great reminders and an

AH-MAZING treatment.


Women Crave Comfort

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There are these categories of pleasure- there is intellectual, literary, Luxury, rest, beauty (aesthetic) environmental, music, intimacy; sexual and comfort.

Most women crave comfort! Physical touch, warmth, hugs, cuddling, something soothing, soft textile comfort, an example of comfort is the feel of a luxurious lotion on one's hands and feet. These are just some examples of the types of comfort women gravitate towards. There are some exceptions and that may be due to abuse or a lack of regular touching like maybe ticklish etc but for the most part, when it comes to the different forms of pleasure comfort is high on the list. I recently had a Client opt out of the part of the facial that required extractions cause it was just one of those days where she needed more comfort than the practicality of extractions. Her Skin and Soul needed attention in a different way and I was grateful that she ASKED! You see no one can always know what is truly needed or what one truly is craving? Sometimes we aren't even aware? I know as I hit the ground running I ignore so many signs of what it is my body and soul are craving. It's not intentional, it's just a habit.

Comfort is my top priority when you come in for a service period! Im no mind reader, yet I do want to know what it is that you need and are craving? Im also looking for ways to support you in things outside of the Salon (Btw Belly dancing was a great adventure) what is it that you have craved in your life that well you just don't want to do alone? Or maybe your significant other isn't really interested yet you would LOVE to do with a group of supportive women. There are things we push aside, think are silly, or think NO I could NEVER do that???? Seriously life is moving fast let's dig deep to some of those cravings and put it out there I want to support ya on this. SO give this some thought get out a piece of paper write down the different categories listed at the top of this post and go through the different areas and see where there may be room to venture out. Diversify your pleasure and let Jenell's Skin help!

Let's see what kind of list we can generate and get some ideas rolling. Are ya in? Hope so?

Once you get a few things down send me a quick message with some of your biggies! I'm excited to do this with you!

Summers not over and we have lots of time throughtout the season and beyond to get some adventures in. Let's do this!

Stay cool!

I Totally Burned My Back!

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So went on vacations and well despite the planning and the Sunscreen used, I got burned. I was so aware, so careful and so intentional about the use and the reapplications and making sure it was with me at all times, I still got burned, and pretty bad for me. you know the kind that hurts that inches and stings and you know will eventually peel. For me being in the business of skin, this is such a NO NO. Well after getting over the obvious I went to the tried and true, my trusty Aloe Vera plant. now mind ya I was hap-hazardous about grabbing a great body lotion at first and well that made things worse. Sealing in the heat with lotion will always stall the healing process and create other problems for those who are a bit more sensitive. My Aloe plant is sitting front and center in my kitchen window and it took me two days to figure out that that is why I have this plant for bug bites, burns and skin irritations.

Once I applied the Aloe the healing became so effortless and easy despite the fact that I needed my hubby help to apply it. You see we have these tools these things in our lives that are right in front of us to make life easier, effortless yet we just are moving at such a fast pace that we so easily forget what is available to us. I'm constantly reminded that the world is full of so many resources and so many amazing things and yet how often do we just try and go it alone? I think all too often we are unconsciously going about our day to day with this "GET U DONE" mentality that we skip over the obvious. THERE IS HELP< TOOLS< RESOURCES to make life so much better.

Sooooo with that said, I want to be ONE of YOURS! No, I don't have ALL the answers but if I know one thing FOR SURE! as a collective group of Women any group of Women, we sure as hell will figure it out. Ok, so here's the thing I want to be your go-to for skin and all questions relating to products, procedures, treatment, and more. That should be easy for you, let me do this cause it's my field of expertise.

Next, I want to live a life that is full of memories and not regrets! I want those I love and cherish most YOU and my Family and Friends to live a life full of all your desires! I'm implementing the Jenell's Skin Adventure Club Once again. I need your input and help! Lets as a group of AMAZING women to utilize the collaborative efforts of each other to help fulfill these thoroughly fun adventures. Put it out there I'll help make it happen. ( NO SKY DIVING FOR ME!) seriously let's get on the YES to life's adventures, YES to more of our deepest desires, YES to YOU and all that is hidden, lost, or buried that needs to have some support to breathe life back into some areas that have laid dormant for FAR TO LONG! Who is in? As one of my mentors suggested that every day I ask myself "What was great about yesterday?" I love this, it puts me in that constant thought of looking for the good. Let's do this together! Send me your deepest desires it can be a little thing like a Dress-up Tea party, to a cooking class in a Tuscan villa. LADIES, WE GOT THIS! Let's make it happen.

Note: struggling to think of something? A good exercise is to go back to all the things you loved as a child and start there. Make a list, need help, CALL ME!

A Woman for All Seasons

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I'm struggling. It's typical this time of year. I'm hot, the days are longer and the kids are up later. The house is noisier so I'm not getting great sleep and I'm staying up later to enjoy the longer days. My body is screaming fatigue. It's just a Summer thing, I love the longer days! I love that I get more time with the kids, I even love that sleeping in is a possibility even for me with my work schedule. I love the Seasons. I love the shift in my body with each season. My skincare ritual changes with each Season. Sometimes it takes my soul a little bit longer to get into the groove with each passing Season. I love it, even more, when I think of the gift it is to be a woman who has her time and her seasons, time for growth, for change. One is never ready for the changes that age brings to one's skin! Reflection, wisdom and for a new way of living and caring for oneself all because it's a new season. Ahh, Summer, the heat, the sun exposure, the different foods, the freshness of veggies, and white crisp wine on the patio; just eating outdoors is a gift. The Farmers Market, although it is year-round, it's just so succulent and fabulous in the Summer.

As I reflect on this season, I always begin with a struggle. I also realize that I fight the start of each new season? These times come so fast as my life passes I long and look forward to each and every season's arrival. Yet Summer I seem to fight. My body tells me to slow down & relax yet my personality tells me "oh longer days - get more done!" I want to stay up late and be a part of the celebration of no bedtime with the family yet my body fights it, and so my skin shows signs of fatigue cause my body still wants to be on some kind of schedule. I do love that the school bell will not be ringing so that a little bit of extra sleep is relished. There is nothing like waking to a quiet house and enjoying coffee on the porch. Its a bit of a ritual knowing the house will remain still for hours, and I mean hours!

So I'm in it now full-on preparing for the annual trip to the beach, loving all the ways to eat watermelon and the planning of another full, fast and fabulous Summer. Soon I'll be complaining that it went to fast and that we didn't do all the things I wanted to fit in. My youngest doesn't even want to vacation this year, that has taken me back. It's just too soon I tell myself yet I do understand adolescence and the need to start pulling away. I'll be damned it's just too soon. This too is another season that has crept in. In the end, I know with each season my rituals will be revisited and revamped, that I will relish this continuing process of this amazing circle of my life. For, after all, we are all Women for all Seasons.

Come celebrate whatever Season of your life you are currently celebrating with us here at Jenell's Skin. We offer Seasonal reboots with each and every aspect of a Woman's life . We Celebrate YOU!

Celebrate every time you look in the Mirror!

Know better? Do better? REALLY?!

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So with the skin, I know better! But I went through a time of NOT doing what I knew? I thought, "I know how this works " so I can take a few shortcuts cause I know stuff. I know how to course-correct? right? I'm the expert if it doesn't work out, I know how to fix it. Well I stopped doing my 2 cleanses at night and well I was already fighting some of those aging menopause stuff. Why would I chance it? So after a few bad spells (where the skin looked not so desirable), I got back to the basic of The DOUBLE CLEANSE! Yes, this was taught to me early on like week ONE in my training. 25 years ago! No, it is NOT about you going through more cleanser so you can come back to me sooner and spend more money. Yes, that is a tactic somewhat old school in the marketing handbook but NEVER for me. Its simple ONE for the makeup and the day yes pollutants and such effect and latch onto skin and makeup, TWO is for your actual skin, it needs to be ready for the GOOD STUFF! you know the stuff you pay more for that SERUM you should be using cause it's active and actually can penetrate the upper layer.

Simple, the cleansing process is like the foundation of a house. If you do not prepare the skin prior to putting on all those fabulous ingredients then it's like washing it off the next morning, the stuff has to be able to get past the dirt and the dead skin. (Remember you shed regularly and every 28 days or so you shed a whole layer.) this is a simple version but you get the point. Almost all my symptoms were eliminated just by applying this simple principle. It's not a rule, rules can be broken principals are timeless and they last a lifetime. So can results! Do the Double Cleanse.

The Cutest Sunglasses

Years ago I purchased the cutest sunglasses, My Husband and I were at the local mall and I spotted these darling pink Kate Spade sunglasses did I tell ya they were not only pink but had a slight cat-eye shape? I love Kate Spade anything! I tried them on and asked my Hubby what he thought? I even asked him " DO you think there a lil TOO MUCH?" He looked at me funny said they looked great and as always he encouraged me to treat myself! OK fast forward to today, I've rarely worn these adorable Sunglasses! It seemed like every time I went to put them on I felt Ummm uncomfortable, awkward like Oh there too much, they draw attention, people look at me funny ( crazy making thoughts). SO because I LOVED THEM SO MUCH I just found myself moving them from the glove box to purse to my next car to my closet and back in the car I'm mean WTF! I refused to get rid of them and for those who know me, I'm all about Marie Kondoing stuff that I don't use love or need. Not these I loved them! So why in the hell was I not wearing these glasses?

Well, first I stopped over thinking the why and I got over myself real quick, I'm wearing the glasses and loving them all over again. I was at a Baseball game in Oregon recently and a young girl walked by and said very loudly I LOVE THOSE GLASSES! I smiled and thanked her. Are they TOO MUCH? YES!!! and I love it! What else in my life that I LOVE am I not doing, wearing, or eating because of some weird belief rule or crazy thought?

What about YOU? when was the last time you questioned some crazy thought or belief that you weren't even aware of? It's kinda interesting when we actually stop and actively choose to question or look at what thoughts were thinking? A mentor of mine Brooke Castillo has an exercise where you set a timer for a day, half a day, for every hour when the timer goes off stop what you're doing and pay attention to what it is your thinking? It's funny how we are mostly completely unaware that we are thinking negative thoughts, It starts out little, it's subtle, it creeps in, we don't really see it coming then BAM we get a look at it and WOW! Just a thought? Try it! See where you're at? AWARENESS is sexy! Yet, let's shoot for ACCEPTANCE and be gentle in the process.

My Dry Skin on my legs! Old Lady Style!

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So what it came down to and this is a bit embarrassing to admit I was NOT putting lotion on my legs and arms in my morning routine. It was, to say the least, or looked like what I call OLD LADY LEGS! Now I'm not making fun of old ladies, it's just obvious, it looks crepey, flakey, dry and in my case, the coloring was opaque. Yes, the skin on my legs was, to put it mildly DRY! My upper arm skin was DRY! I put all this effort on my skin yet the neck chest and other parts were looking rather scary! It's like the thought about shaving our legs in the winter! You know " Nobody will see so why bother! I pride myself on telling my clients don't worry about shaved legs, chipped toenail polish, or getting gussy up to come to see me, after all, I'm gonna mess up your hair and your skin will be blotchy. Yet after going on my morning walk and running a few errands  I was standing in line at the post office and got a glimpse of my exposed lower shins and GASPED I saw the old lady legs. That's NOT me! I put my dry oil on every night after I shower I do my facial ritual every evening and morning but I was neglecting my other fabulous parts. I mean just the act of slathering on a luxurious lotion all over is such a wonderful act of self-love! 

      What had happened? I was literally walking around with the OLD LADY LEG thing going on! Well it turns out there were other areas of my own making that were missing out on some tender loving extras, like my LED light that I know will help with my redness and blotchy-ness from menopause symptoms and red wine reactions but that extra 30 min was too time-consuming? REALLY I mean this is stuff that actually works? Why was I too busy to bother? When I do it I feel fabulous, when I take the time its up levels my day! 

                                     Moral of the story it takes just a few mins to up-level our lives and yes putting lotion on my body is an act of love, taking time to do my evening skincare reaps rewards. This is simple stuff. So what's one thing that will up-level your daily rituals? Start with one, it's that simple. For some it could be water, other daily movements, for me it's not having old lady dry skin legs!

Summer Essentials-This is NOT about SPF!!

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What is it YOU need to create for a  Summer of YOU!? A Summer of saying YES! to YOU! Not to sound like a broken record yet, we plan and take care of everyone's needs and wants for a Summer (let's be honest ) to keep kids busy? Have a great social Media post? Keep up with the Neighbors? Whatever the reason!  I say enough! I remember all those Augusts growing up when my Mother was giddy with excitement that school would be starting. She was exhausted with all the stuff my siblings and I were involved in!

I remember Summer camps, crafts, vacations and mostly swimming in the backyard with Friends. There were a lot of lazy days where we claimed boredom!

That seems to be taboo with today's form of mothering for the Summer. I know I'm generalizing yet what is it YOU need? You know, just like SPF, snacks and a beach towel?  What is it YOU need what are YOUR Summer Essentials!?

 Mine are a good BEACH READ, smut, sex, drama just a good ole fashion silly read. I need refreshing salads at least a few times a week. Like Asian chicken salad, Caprese salads, fresh fruit, and more fruit daily. I need to be outdoors, you all know about my morning cup of coffee out back. Water, all kinds of bodies of water ocean, lake, creek, the kiddie pool out back for my feet.  My essentials are a crisp glass of Sangria nothing too fancy but sangria none the less. I need an escape, whether that be a day trip on the ferry to SF or just a trip to the Mall to look at stationary ( I love me some cards to send out) and to get out of the heat.  Have a relaxing lunch at the Nordstrom’s Cafe (BTW best-kept secret in Sacramento) for food that is. What do YOU need? You know, I recently read a poem about a slow way of dying and it referred to doing the same things day in and day out. No room for adventure. Go back to your best summer memories. What new or old adventure are you secretly harboring?  Fill out a new kind of bucket list one just for Summer. Start with your Essentials then go big. I've included a sheet to get ya started. 

            Here's to you saying BEST SUMMER EVER! 

  ps IF YOU HAVEN’T BOOKED YOUR SUMMER ESSENTIAL FACIAL NOW THE TIME? 

     HOPE TO SHARE AND HEAR ABOUT ALL YOUR SUMMER ADVENTURES! 

Copy and paste the Summer Bucket List so you can fill out on your own:

Summer Bucket List

You deserve your OWN summer of Magic! Your own Summer Goals, Your own Bucket list of all that you desire for the Best Summer EVER!

 

As My Mentor Susan Hyatt says : ENVY is admiration that been highjacked, What gives you a pang of envy? And if we look at it, it can be a breadcrumb towards your right thing! 

List all the things you want to do this Summer?

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What are you craving?   What you crave you can create!

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Permission slip:

Give yourself permission to be decadent! With what you eat, what you DO, where you go, and how you move.  Identify what brings you OVER THE TOP pleasure, joy and say YES to YOU!  This is YOUR Summer of YOU! 

 

 

 

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Power of words!

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    How do you speak to yourself? Years ago when I went to see a holistic practitioner she caught me in a conversation where she pointed out my words! She warned me that my words were generating negative vibrations within my Soul/ Psyche. We had an interesting conversation about this energy and what it might be creating for me that was not-positive.

       Do negative words or feelings sometimes take over? I know by showing ourselves and are bodies gratitude on a daily basis, we help with those negative spirals we can sometime get into. Language and words are so IMPORTANT! Even Oprah is in on this one !  Here are some words of wisdom she shared in her Weight Watchers group. I think they're worth taking in.

Words can tear us down or lift us up. So here's another way we get to choose! We decide how we want to feel by the words we use and the things we say to ourselves and how we talk about ourselves. We would never talk about others in the ways we talk about ourselves.   Brene Brown mentions, treat yourself like you would your BFF. Its easy to sabotage ourselves with our words.

 Start loving on yourself! As women, we give and give and give so start to turn that around; go inward. I'm reading a book on Habits and there power. Part of creating the life we desire is all about cultivating positive habits and the research take us to these habit loops; we need cues and rewards.  Here's where I remind you to come in and treat yourself to my biz! http://www.jennelgarcia.com/  It really is that simple. Just set up an automatic way of loving and caring for yourself with  rewards , however that looks to you.

Pay Attention to all the ways your speak and treat yourself.  By becoming aware of the negative thoughts its easier to stop them in there tracks. Redirect with some GO TO! I love affirmations! I have a few at the ready when I start to get into my "crap". Have a daily hip hip hooray before you even start your day! Tony Robbins has one . 

Make paying attention a conscious effort - adjust - that's what most successful people I've studied are so good at. They always have  a buffer and they redirect and adjust all the time. Yes, some things require discipline and can be rigid, but most say that being flexible and aware give way for the good stuff. I call that the sweet spot ,  

I believe that slowly over time we get better at catching and notice change.  It takes practice to creates more strength and more thoughtful decision. And yes the yucky stuff will creep in (we're not perfect) 

   Just redirect.   Have fun with your words:-) 

Sometimes I just spoil all the fun...

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So I got an email the other day from my client asking me about a product being sold at Macys? She had a gift card burning a hole in her pocket and wanted to know my thoughts on the product. My first thought was CRAP! How am I gonna honestly answer this question without sounding like a Debbie Downer! I mean really a gift card is like this open invitations to go have some fun. In truth, I did not want to see her spend money (even if it was a gift card) on a PRODUCT from a dept store. What I did want for her was to get excited about something new and to enjoy her purchase/gift.

           You see Skincare products have come along way and yes some lines are now quite sophisticated meaning they are spending billions of dollars on science-based ingredients to put into their lines. So, in the end, you are not necessarily getting a total bogus product. You may be getting better ingredients but at what cost? At what percentage? Now here's where the nerdy girl in me comes in, and keep in mind it's not to spoil the fun! You are paying a price for that beautiful packaging. Yes just like a fine designer piece of clothing and a fancy hotel you will pay for an experience, and packaging is ONE! Believe it or not, we've all been there we've bought something cause it was soo soo pretty or cute or oh look I love this bottle yada yada yada. Now let's take about an ACTIVE ingredient, it's in there yet at what capacity is it being utilized (only a formulator or chemist would know) As an Esthetician I'm  privy to this. (IF I ASK?)

    In the end, I want you to love what your purchasing, as Susy Orman so advises Love what you are spending your money on!  As Marie Kondo says only keep what you love. See the theme. I want you to have the highest of standards at the most affordable price. So have fun with your money, invest in wonderful quality fun things, just know that I'm gonna be honest and at the end of the day, we are here to experience joy and pleasure and that is in the eye and wallet of the beholder. I'm really just here to help!

Spring Cleaning Fun!! (a fun assessment)

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Every 7 weeks I do this and it is a game changer!  Keep it simple, have fun and create some high vibe energy for spring!
 
ENERGIZED OR EXHAUSTED?


  The Universe rewards ACTION!!  It responds to our repetitive thoughts and actions whether they be positive OR negative!  Let's go for an energized, positive life.       

 Start with your Environment to assess what feeds you or depletes. 

 Is your environment filled with message's that energize you or exhaust?  By looking at your surroundings and doing an honest assessment, you can stop energy leaks!

Take a min and check in to assess. Below are some simple questions to get you thinking. Let's look at simple ways to ramp things up for Spring cleaning at its best. Have fun and give this a go.


BOOKS: List the last 3 books you purchased? Did you start them or finish them?

Most importantly How did they make you FEEL?

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MAGAZINES: Rummage up the latest 3.  Did you read the articles or just flip through the pages? Again, how did they make you FEEL? Energized or Exhausted? How did the headlines and stories make you feel?

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WEBSITES: List the 3 Websites you visit regularly! Next to each one list how they influence and affect you?  (Tip) do any of these give you Anxiety? Pressure? How do they affect your mood? Do they inspire and uplift?

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TELEVISION: List your top 3 that are your "GO TO". Do they inspire you to SEIZE the day? Do they disrupt your sleep? Nightmares?

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RELATIONSHIPS: Who are the top 3 People you spend the most time with, or who influence your life in a big way?

( Partner, a person you are dating, closest Friend, Colleague )

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Next, to each name write how their presence in your life affects your energy/mood? Drain you? Inspire? Make you feel empowered? Courageous? BE HONEST WITH THIS ONE!

COMMITMENTS: Look at your upcoming Calendar for the next week. Are there things you're NOT looking forward to doing?

Do they make you feel resentful? Drain you ? are they big distractions ( this is a good one to think about), or are they outright TOXIC? List 3 commitments that you would like to subtract from your life?  These could look like Carpool? Grocery store? Unnecessary emails? Book club? Bake sale? Facebook?
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Ok, Assess and Subtract.  Have fun!  Hopefully, this worksheet will shed some light on your environment and give you some new energy and focus. 

     NOTE: IF you're looking for more ENERGY...  Try CHANGE!!

Knowledge is YOUR Luxury!

I was reading a Vogue magazine the other day and there was a makeup Artist that was speaking of her new line of Makeup. I was intrigued because she was referring to knowing what goes into a product as the "New way of Beauty" I had to laugh cause that is what I've been doing in my biz for the last two decades!   Of course, a few celebrities chimed in and they praised her way of doing their makeup back in the early 90's and I thought to myself, she is clearly an artist with a gift and now she has taken it and created! plain and simple! Good for her! She went on to describe her skin issues that are in turn driving her independent choices and that in itself will aid in her creating a skin care line to follow.

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    Now due to her Celebrity connections as well as a famous Hubby she will sell and do well. I checked her product out and of course, only Barneys is selling her line as of now, until the next phase of science presents the next BEST THING! HUMMM!!! I'm just wondering how many of us are even aware of how we are making buying decisions and what is driving those choices. My hope is that knowledge is still POWER over luxury and that yes cost is a factor for MOST. and I'm glad for me that I too look for quality and compare cost and make a choice based on those (not just a celebrity) yet it is fun to watch them and get caught up in some of their hoopla I've admitted on more that one occasion my voyeurism of the all things Kardashian.

                Yes luxury is changing for us all essentialism and the need to simplify are on trend and I like it ? not fully embracing it myself I still fell the pull and I still believe knowledge is power. I too stop and look at Gwyneth Paltrow and think WOW she really has the marketing down with her Social Media campaign and her line of products both health and beauty related, but I still can't help shrug the belief that due to her Celebrity status we are drawn in, yet not using the luxury of knowledge to REALLY know what we're buying? we are still buying names and labels, along with packaging,  that I know for sure. 

Get out your dry brushes!!

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 Just like it sounds, take a dry brush with slightly stiff bristles (not too stiff) and brush the skin while skin is dry!
Now there is a particular method of how to do the strokes with the brush in order to get some lymphatic benefits. 
Why dry brush?   There are numerous benefits not to mention that it feels wonderful. Oh, by the way, we dry brush the skin (not the face) with every Signature Facial at Jenell's skin!  Warning not as enjoyable when performing on oneself, yet the benefits remain consistent.

                       Here are some of the many reasons one should include Dry brushing in your beauty Ritual.

                                 1. Let 's start with the fact that Dry Brushing aids in eliminating cellulite! Who

doesn’t like the sound of that!??

                                 2. Helps with Lymph

                                 3. Removes Dead skin cells

                                 4. Stimulates Hormone and oil-producing glands

                                 5. Tighten skin

                                 6. Stimulates Circulation

                                 7. Enhances the performance of the nervous system

                                 8. Aids in digestion when done on the tummy area

                                 9. Muscle quality is improved

                                10. It is just a simple way to rejuvenate the skin


Dry Brushing has been around forever and is such a great way to tend to the details of your health and beauty.

 So whether you try this at home or come in and let us treat ya? Be sure and put it on your to-do, or try list!


The power of lipstick!

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So Valentines is over, does that mean you put the pretty lingerie away along with the red lipstick? Dare to say NO! There is so much power behind a favorite or should I say a signature lipstick, more specifically, YOUR signature lip color. I believe we all need to have a good go at finding that perfect go-to color for day and a fabulous red for those other more daring days. I challenged myself on my day off a few weeks back to wear my daring red all day! Guess what happened? I got noticed! Wow! That was not my intention! But who could argue that getting noticed feels rather good? I also have been intentionally wearing my GO TO Red for months now and I love the effects, my skin shows up more clearly. I feel more powerful, purposeful it just feels GOOD! 

                I recently heard a beautiful story of a women dying of cancer and everyday she spent in the hospital until she passed, she put on her signature lip color. Even her son chastised her about the task, and she said she was not dead yet! Now that is style! Not to mention what a way to end ones life, looking and feeling as fabulous as we possibly can. Don't save ANYTHING for special occasions! Remind yourself daily that YOU are a Special occasion every single day! 

       Now go ahead and wear the red lipstick and the pretty lingerie, Just for you, Now! Not Someday!


From my Mentor to YOU!

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From my mentor, Susan Hyatt and the Author of BARE here are ten let's STOP for the year!  after all, we are becoming so much more! 


 1. How about we stop obsessing over food and instead Savor! There is SOOOO much research on how just the mere enjoyment in slowing down and truly savoring allows for digestion to kick in like no tomorrow. 

 2. How about STOP punishing ourselves for what we ate. Instead, move our bodies because it's amazing what our GOD-POD can do!

 3. How about we stop postponing experiences for a crazy reason like NO TIME! Have to get thinner! My husband won't like it!

     Instead, charge after big goals and make exciting dates and experiences RIGHT NOW!

4. Stop shaming ourselves and other women for being sexy. Instead, show off that sexy YOU, and expressing yourself the way you want!

 5. STOP waiting for someone else to make the first move! Instead, write your own permission slip for what it is you want and crave!

6. Stop making excuses and make art, make a difference, making your time count!

7. Stop tearing down other women and celebrating other women successes and be their cheerleader.

8. Stop teaching our Daughters to be GOOD, thin, and pretty, to fit in! Instead be brave, aim for the sky, make a scene and to go big!

9. Let's stop filling life with tedious unnecessary obligations, criticizing ourselves and others, nitpicking at things that don't really matter. Instead fill life up with fun, beauty, and pleasure that up levels our lives.

10. Stop hiding out, opting out! Sitting in the back, instead, show up, front row it, be all in! Starting Now! 


 I'm Honored to be certified in the BARE work and for those who want to take their personal lives a little deeper in the New year please inquire about joining me and some other fabulous Women for our Bare Workshop Starting in March.