A Healthier 2015


In July of 2014, I grew very ill. I became riddled with terrible stomach cramps, vomiting and (sorry if this is TMI) diarrhoea. In a span of only one week, I was in the emergency room five times. At first the doctors only believed it to be a case of the flu but after arriving there my fifth time, they knew that it was definitely something more than that. I was admitted for two days.

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Health, Nutrition, Wellness, Knowledge, Inspire, Positivity

Happy New Year


Wishing all our beautiful YZL-ers a happy, safe, love-filled and prosperous new year. We thank you for all of your support in 2014 and look forward to all that 2015 brings, including some big changes for Your Zen Life which we are so excited to share with you!! We love our little YZL community!! Begin your first day of 2015 with positivity, self love and laughter, to continue throughout the year. Have a wonderful New Years, wherever you are in the world. Sending love, light and happiness for 2015 xx

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Yourzenlife, YZL, New Year, Love

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Inspire, Positivity, Reflection, Self Awareness, Heart, Self Love, Philosophy

Growth From Loss


I vividly recall the Wednesday evening after giving group to my clients’ and having one of the most wonderful and blessed conversation with Karen. Karen was the director of the facility I currently work for, and she wasn't just a colleague, but a friend and in many ways, a mother figure to me. That Wednesday night, which was our weekly ritual to chat about life outside of work, would be our last because she passed away the next morning.

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Overcoming Depression, Inspire, Positivity, Psychology, Philosophy, Spirituality

Having a “Help Diary”


Many people will tell you of all the benefits of writing in a diary. These benefits are undoubtedly true! Writing down your thoughts and recording your feelings is a great outlet in a busy life and mind. I have tried and failed countless times to create a routine where I have a blank journal or sketchbook in which I write in. I even tried waking up ten minutes early before my routine to write my first thought in the morning. After many sad, mostly blank books where set on a bookshelf, I found an alternative.

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Positivity, Wellness, Meditation, Philosophy, Personal Triumph, Psychology

Identify Your Unhelpful Thought Patterns


You hear a lot in wellness and self-help articles about ways to combat negative thought patterns. I myself write often about strategies to combat limiting beliefs that may be getting in the way of your optimal functioning. However, this sort of approach often leaves out the question of how specifically to identify unhelpful styles of thinking. Often we only notice the negative thoughts that are the loudest, ignoring other thought patterns that may be more subtle, but are still contributing to unhappiness just as much. Take some time to review the ten most common styles of negative thinking. As you read the list, consider the fact that our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all connected. How are the thought challenges you experience impacting your feelings and behavior?

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Overcoming Depression, Health, Positivity, Philosophy, Psychology

True Beauty. What is it…. Really?


Ever wondered what it is that makes French women so alluring? Many things, as I’ve been learning during my study of the language. They have so many interesting ways of being, but one expression that I love is Jolie Laide, which directly translates into ‘ugly-pretty. The French are known for being beautiful in an unconventional way; a woman’s beauty lying in the appeal of her imperfections and how they fail to comply to the societal norm.

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Philosophy, Psychology, Positivity, Beauty

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