Remember when coconut water was hard to find? Now you can find it next to Gatorade at your local 7-11. Last summer it was infused water ... all my friends at work started carrying around mason jars of water filled with colorful slices of lemon, blueberries, and strawberries. This year, everybody's talking about two drinks: watermelon water and kava.
Kira RoarkWhen not writing for Books for Better Living, KIRA ROARK is practicing yoga, meditating, reading, and going on relaxed runs on the creek trail down the street. Or ... watching Real Housewives and lazing by the pool. (Life is all about balance, right?) She lives in "the city house zoo" - a highrise apartment in downtown Denver she shares with her husband, stepdaughter, dog, cat, tortoise + two fish. You can reach her at ClarityBranding.com.
Articles by Kira Roark
HIIT is fun! (I swear I’m not just saying that.) It breaks up the monotony of your usual exercise routine. My favorite variation so far is the simple sprint, and I love to do it outside on the creek path with my dog. We make it a game together, and honestly, I feel like a kid again sprinting as fast as my body will take me (for one minute at a time).
Over the past few years, I've been hearing more about sage smudging from friends who are distinctly not woo-woo. I don’t pretend to understand the ancient rituals that have inspired our mainstream practice of burning sage sticks. But here’s what I do know: there’s a discernable shift in my living space after I smudge. After years of smudging, the smell alone calms me and clears my mood.
Teff is an Ethiopian grain that’s making its way into natural grocery stores across the U.S. It's rich in protein. It’s full of six different amino acids and minerals that we’re often lacking (iron, magnesium, calcium, copper). It has anti-inflammatory properties and can help with menstrual issues. Its high-fiber content can gently speed up the digestive process. Wow, these little seeds are powerful!
I picked up a copy of American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America because I admire Michelle Obama, not because I was interested in gardening (also: it's a gorgeous coffee table book). But I was so inspired while reading it, I created a windowsill garden in our apartment.
You'll need to come up with your own set of measures (beyond how thin is your waistline and how fat is your wallet). How about: how peaceful are your days? How comfortable is your body? How spacious are your thoughts?
To honor those we've lost, we can write down a favorite memory, put it in our stocking, and then read them together during the holidays. Each year, the slips of paper in our stockings will grow, inviting us to celebrate those who have passed. It's a lovely way to bring them with us into this special time of year.
Here's something interesting I learned reading Greg McKeown's Essentialism: the word 'priority' used to be used only in the singular. As in 'this is my one priority' not 'I'm balancing all my priorities.' When you think about it, doesn't having more than one priority negate the whole idea? It undercuts the intrinsic power of choosing what not to do.
DIY natural skin care is all about making your own face masks, scrubs, and cleansers from ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Simple, natural recipes to get that fresh glow. But before I discovered some tried-and-true recipes, I whipped up my own DIY face treatments, with some not-so-great results.
I live with my husband, stepdaughter, dog, cat, tortoise, and fish in a high-rise apartment. It sounds crazy and cramped, but it's not. It's vibrant and full of life ... I can't imagine living in a home not filled with the energy of these amazing creatures. Our "city house zoo" makes us laugh, keeps us centered, and reminds us what's most important in life: love.