Advice to Thrive By, from Our Head Gal, Dawn
Message from Dawn:
Take it from this Mermaid ~ Allowing this beautiful mosaic we call life to take you where it must will open your heart and mind. Embrace the energy around you to enlighten your soul and see how the patterns in your life have created just what you need- and vibe with it! No amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of anxiety/worry can change the future. Accepting this truth quiets the mind. XO Dawn
1. Build a Community You Vibe with and Have SoulFUN. Your Tribe is Your Vibe.
All my life I have been surrounded by a community of light workers, sisters, goddesses- they remind me that we are all on the same wonderfully imperfect journey. This core community of friendships is the fabric of my life.
Practice grace, not only for others, but for self. I had spent my life focused on loving, giving to and making life beautiful for others. Now, I practice that on myself, learn to observe, appreciate all of me, and define the pieces of shattered glass that my life had become, not as broken pieces, but re-assemble them into a beautiful mosaic.
I learned to let go of my pride and accept what is. I accept the beauty of my past and who it has brought me to be in the present. I am proud. I am grateful. I cherish the memories and know they are the pieces that reflect who I am today. I let go of ego, and I accept and embrace my life as it is today and what I will create for my future.
4. Embrace Enlightenment
Have you been faced with a hard truth, one that dug so deep it revealed old wounds, awoke memories long forgotten? I had to be intentional in my evolution. This meant rising higher. It meant forgiveness. It meant practicing love. It meant that I had to embrace the more enlightened thought… in that every experience was a teacher. This is where I shifted. I asked, What would my enlightened self do? Then and only then did I get my answer. My path was clear. My heart was still heavy but my spirit was freed. I put the hurt behind me and I embrace my truth. I took each step forward with love and found happiness in being light again.
5. You are what you fill your head with
“We are all STARS wrapped in skin, the light you seek has always been with-in.” I had to learn to fill my head with things that filled my soul. I “collected” beautiful words and healing gems. They were my lifeline.
6. Create a beautiful life toolbox
Sometimes, we would rather run from our problems than to them. I needed to deal with the things that life was serving me. I began to spend more time with my therapist to help me heal. I began to pray and meditate more to help me feel lighter and to be filled with the light that was me. I bought fun jewelry, talisman and amulet’s to ignite my energy, lift me up and be my guides. I bought angel cards, I banded up with other warrior women. I visualized, meditated, did light and energy work. I immersed myself in love for myself. I learned how to put myself first. And, soon I began to believe that I deserved love and light in my life again. I became a Mermaid and embraced the treasures in my tool box of life!
Adjective (of ink of a pen) making marks that cannot be removed.
Synonym: ineradicable, permanent, lasting, ingrained, persisting, enduring, unfading,
unforgettable, haunting, never to be forgotten “indelible memories” “indelible impression”
So begins Dawn, our head Gal's, chapter in this book of strong women whose voices need to be heard. Help them follow their dreams in helping others through their stories. Rebel Rising is the 4th book in the #sisterhoodfolios series, a series whose titles to date have ALL reached #1 International Bestseller status. Stay tuned as we interview our Head Gal and reveal where she finds the strength within herself to keep fighting and keep loving. Get your own copy here!
Homemade Milk & Honey Soaps
1 lb Milk Soap Base like this one
Silicon Molds in the shapes that you desire
Organic Raw Honey
A Glass Microwavable Measuring Cup for pouring
Liquid Soap Colors in the colors that you desire
Design-her Gals Personalized Round Accent Stickers
Portion out 1 lb of soap base and cut into cubes. Put cubes in glass measuring cup and melt in microwave in 15-25 second increments, making sure to stir between microwaving. For one pound of soap base this usually means three 25 second intervals of microwaving total. Once the soap is completely melted and smooth, stir in about 3 ½ tablespoons of honey and a few drops of whatever soap colorant you choose. We made two one pound batches separately and mixed a few drops of red to one and yellow to the second batch to make these two different colored soaps. Make sure you add the color in gradually and mix after each drop to ensure the color is exactly as you want it. Pour the soap mixture into your silicone molds and let sit for at least an hour until completely cool before removing. Package your soaps prettily in either clear wrapping plastic or colored or patterned paper and top off with a Design-her Gals signature Round Accent Sticker for the perfect personalized gift for any occasion, a celebration of spring made by you!
Everybody's got that somebody on their "Nice" list for the holidays this year who's got it all. They tell you not to waste any money on presents for them because, quite honestly, they're usually underwhelmed. These are the folks that have always been there, done that. You know who we're talking about! (*Cough* Mother-in-Laws) That's where Design-her Gals can help tug those heartstrings you just can't reach. Bespoke gifting like a custom order with Design-her Gals hints at the inordinate amount of time, blood, and sweat that was put into a work of heart you can't just buy anywhere--but it only looks that way! Starting a custom order with DHG is actually easier than stuffing a turkey.
You simply create an account if you haven't already and, in our Dressing Room, design the Gals you want to use in the custom order and save them. Then you head over to the Shop and select Custom Designs. Under Custom Design Fees, click on the hyperlinked text to contact us about your idea. Once we've settled on a quote for your dream stationery job, we'll instruct you to head back to the Shop and select Custom Designs once more where you'll enter the determined amount the job will cost in $5 increments on the Custom Design Fee page. Once the payment clears, the design process begins and voilá! Instant Holiday hero!
Side-swept or touseled for that just-from-the-beach look, there's a hairstyle that just works for every Gal--but even the tried and true can do with a change now and then! From Maisy Williams to Kendall Jenner, the half bun is a hot hairstyle every it-girl is trying out this season. Rounding out the repertoire is the classic wispy ponytail seen on everyone from Anne Hathaway to Reese Witherspoon, and the Portia up-do needs no introduction. Three great ways to reinvent yourself through your Gal this fall that doesn't require a trip to the barber!
After giving yourself a hair makeover, it's time to address that outfit from 2016. Fall calls for a transformation and it reflects in the fashion. This year, pair mismatched patterns with monochromatic colors to tame the chaos--this season's lineup is about fun! Proportions become playful with culottes and oversized shoulder baring sweaters walking down the runway. As with any sea of change, there is always a ripple of tradition: the overcoat, ever a fashion staple, gets a heritage spin with patterns and unexpected 80's tailoring. Although the color of the season is red, don't forget to top everything off with a pink ribbon to show your support for breast cancer awareness throughout the month of October.