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New Year, Más Chingona Pt. 2

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Wow this month feels like it’s been so long (in a good way) because I’ve accomplished so much.   Let me just say this isn’t a one woman show.  I have a lot of support from my husband and mom (Olive’s abuela) to be able to dedicate so much time to planning and organizing for the blog and new ventures.  I also have a couple of friends that are really helping me with Galentine’s Day planning.

I wanted to detail all the happenings for Olive la Vida, Aceite Mama and Chingona Clinics.  While they are all technically me, they all have different objectives and goals.

Essential Oil Basics Online Class

This will be my first time hosting an online class for oil basics.  I first did a live class online when I released my Essentials for Baby ebook.  I learned a lot and hopefully won’t make the same mistakes this time around.  If you want to learn the basics ie: how to use oils, what are oils, why dōTERRA oils and how to get them— then join my online class!  See details below and click to register.  You will be emailed a link to join the online class after you register.

#winter10x10 Challenge

You guys, I’m a wannabe minimalist.  In the last two years I have purged SO MUCH and yet I still have a long way to go to being a minimalist.  My intention is to live with less and produce less waste.   I saw the #winter10x10 challenge on Alli Cherry’s instagram and she is such an inspiration when it comes to intentional living.   The idea is to select 10 pieces of clothing, shoes included (accessories don’t count) to wear for 10 days.  It makes picking an outfit reaaaaally easy.   If you’ve never done a challenge like this, or a capsule wardrobe, I definitely recommend it.  Having less options to sift through each morning definitely puts into perspective why we (culturally) own so much.

Side Story

I used to work at Crossroads Trading Company… while there I learned all about pricing clothes we would buy for the store.  Fast fashion brands would obviously be priced the least, or not bought at all because they retail for so little.  I also learned so much about fashion, hot brands and dressed like a fashion blogger every day I worked, because well, it was on brand for the store.  I made more intentional purchases and wanted to stop buying “fast fashion”.   I wanted to buy better quality pieces at a better than retail price at Crossroads.

I need to get back to buying clothes intentionally and selling/trading clothes when I can.

Galentine’s Day Party

Wow!  18 Days and counting to the big party.  I can’t wait to dance and create and drink mimosas with you all.   Tickets are selling so fast and every time one sells, my phone dings (I get an email) and I literally do a happy dance.   So get your ticket before they sell out, you seriously won’t want to miss this!

1k Giveaway

I’m so excited to have hit 1,000 instagram followers.   It’s just fun to celebrate because I started the blog in April 2017 and hitting this milestone feels like a new beginning.  If that makes any sense.  Honestly I just love any reason to celebrate!  So I’ve partnered with some chingonas to give one lucky winner some amazing goodies from some chingona makers.  (not sure what chingona means?  Head to New Year, Más Chingona pt. 1).  Head to the photo below on my Instagram feed to enter the giveaway!

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Time for a giveaway!! Photo is from my bachelorette weekend (‘14) but my face is how I’m feeling right now!! I’ve partnered with a few other boss babes into bring you a giveaway to celebrate hitting 1k insta friends & to thank you for following along mi vida loca. This is the year to turn my instagram-fan-girling into real friendships! Wait until you see the winnings 😱 basically all the necessities to be your chingona-boss-babe self! 💖 To enter follow me & all giveaway sponsors AND tag a friend below with your fav emoji. 👇🏽 @iamkarlavianey @crystal_domi @yeseniawittman @chingonaclinics @aceitemama For ADDITIONAL entries tag a different friend in a new comment, each comment = one entry! 💖 Swipe to see all the lovely giveaway items… a custom stamped My Intent bracelet @iamkarlavianey, a digital daily planner kit @crystal_domi, a MexiSocket @yeseniawittman, a ticket to @chingonaclinics Galentine’s day, and Chingona essential oil roller from @aceitemama. Giveaway ends on SUNDAY, Jan 28 at midnight PST! 💖 *Giveaway is not sponsored or administered by Instagram.* Galentine’s day Ticket is non-transferable (event is in Orange County, transportation not included).

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Now I’m off to continue the planning of Galentine’s Day!

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The Road to Chingona Clinics

The last month for me has been particularly inspiring.  To people that know me, the direction I am headed is no surprise.  I love throwing parties and hosting purposeful gatherings.  My last blog was called “Do It Together & Often” because its mission was to plan gatherings to inspire others to do the same.

IMG_5910.pngThe spirit of Do It Together and Often will live on as Chingona Clinics.  My mission for Chingona Clinics is to have regular workshops and classes on various topics as well as social events like the Galentine’s Day party.

I feel indebted to the universe for making my dreams so much clearer these last few months.   My motto for the year is new year, más chingona, and I am taking it seriously.   Eventually the new year thing will get old, so it will evolve into new week, más chingona, new day, más chingona, new hour, más chingona… you get the idea.   My point is it’s never too late to reinvent yourself or to evolve or start that project or just do the damn thing, this mantra is my reminder.  I have so many inspiring woman to thank for my evolution to this point.  Here’s a quick synopsis of how I got here.

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New Year, Más Chingona

What. A. Year.

I started this blog as an outlet to share my unique voice. What makes me unique is I am me. Before starting this blog I had officially retired a blog that I had very poorly maintained since 2011. I imagine where I could be as a blogger, maker and created had I really committed to that blog, but that’s in the past and this post isn’t about that. Here I am now, living Olive la vida (all of the life) and sharing it with you.

The new year is upon us and I for one, love the shift in positive energy. Though, in pretty much every way it’s just another day, our bills are still due, our laundry has to be done, dishes washed etc. — in its own magical way, it’s a fresh start.  It’s like the start of a new semester in school, anything is possible- you’re energized and totally going to do all the reading assigned.

Since my last post where I mentioned that I would be starting a separate, but related business and Instagram, I launched the instagram @aceitemama and hosted a giveaway!

I am launching a new year campaign… new year, más chingona.

Si por pendeja me caigo, por chingona me levanto.  —Jenni Rivera

A lot of words in Spanish don’t have an English word equivalent.  Chingona (chingón- masculine) is what you would call a woman in charge, badass, a grown woman who can do anything she wants, a boss.  I love this definition by SussexMemphis on Urban Dictionary:  “To aspire. A maker of her own camino, this is her path and she is going to follow it, regardless of what culture says.”

My goal for 2018 is not only to share but to empower and educate.  Our health is our wealth and with the use of natural remedios we can support our own health and wellness.

If you want to help me in empowering and educating, apply here to join my campaign.  You will receive a chingona roller for free!  The blend is uplifting and energizing, just what we need to start 2018.  I will be unveiling what is in the blend in a future post.

I want to know your new year traditions.  Do you make resolutions?  Set goals?  Make a vision board?   Share on instagram with #newyearmaschingona.  Do me a huge favor and follow @aceitemama!

Cheers to 2018! Out with the new year, new me. I’m the same me, just better– más chingona.

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Pensamientos & Holiday Photos

DSC_40488.jpgAs a nation, we celebrated being thankful last week.  While all our woke friends posted about Thanksgiving being a trash holiday, (the way most of America celebrates it) Thanksgiving did exist in some form pre-pilgrims in 1620.  I digress, but I want to share what I enjoyed reading for those interested in reading more about Racial Justice Resources for Thanksgiving.

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It sounds cliche to hear and read motivational quotes about living life to the fullest but the last two weeks I’ve been incredibly thankful to be alive and healthy.  My parents were in a 3 car accident on the freeway the week before Thanksgiving, so the last two weeks all of our live’s have been put in thoughtful perspective.  My parents, and everyone involved are ok but as the saying goes, they saw their live’s flash before their eyes.   I have supported their healing with essential oils for bruising, soreness and emotional support and we thank Diosito that they are not more seriously injured.   It’s experiences like this that remind you all of the things you worry about day to day are minuscule in the grand scheme of things.  Existential crisis anyone?

Be in love with your life.  Every minute of it. —Jack Kerouac

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The holidays are a huge hustle and bustle to shop ’til you drop before you can really stop and smell the tamales.   So what I ask is that you stop and smell the tamales now,  and slow down, whatever that looks like for you.   

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Olive decided to be so serious for this shoot!

Last night I got the email I anticipate at the start of every month, from dōTERRA.  They announce the new promotion for the month and other news.   With all of the great promotions going on this month, they also had a blog post with a call to action: 31 days of Giving and Mindfulness.   It speaks to exactly what I want to do this holiday season… slow down, be mindful, give back and reflect.  The best part?  They included a printable bullet journal.  Because it’s dōTERRA one of the components is using essential oils aromatically to enhance your reflection.   I plan to post about my experience throughout the month on Instagram and likely a blog post at the end of it all— I’m so excited for this and this is just one example of why I love this company!

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Short and sweet today, just some thoughts I wanted to share.  I am also in love with the beautiful photos by Mariana Reed.  I love her style and she’s local, you can find her on Facebook and Instagram.   I got our holiday cards and they are ready to mail out!  I’ve sent out holiday cards for years, even before John and I were married, I just love snail mail.  Normally I order cards from Shutterfly… but this year I went more budget and got them via Walgreens.  They aren’t the best quality, but if you’re on a tight budget and still want to mail cards, it’s a great option.  They were ready same day and 60% off!  I got 40 cards for $25… thats a deal!

If you want to do a card swap, contact me!  Either via the contact page or on Instagram’s direct message feature and we can exchange addresses.

Will you join me in 31 Days of Giving and Mindfulness?

Share some love in the comments.

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— Karissa