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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Friday Wellness Tip: Joy Radiates With In With Purpose infusing mind, body and soul with positive endorphins to enhance your overall Emotional Wellness.

Falls cooler evenings call for the ritual of candle lighting to return. Such a simple act is full of powerful symbolism. The spiritual gift of joy is like a candle burning eternally within my heart. Just as each sunrise illuminates the earth with warm hues, joy lights me up from the inside out.

This weekend seek the sights and sounds to spark your personal awareness of joy. Hearing the beat of a favorite song, seeing the beauty of fall foliage, smelling the aroma of spiced apple cider in the air, feeling the touch of a loved one’s embrace—all of these things ignite a spark within me.Friday-Wellness-Tip:-Joy-Radiates-With-In-With-Purpose.jpegPINIMAGE

Friday Wellness Tip: Joy Radiates With In With Purpose is an intention to remind us the wonderful power we have within to change our personal world for the better. With a little practice you can set a joyful mood. Whenever Spanista feels clouds of darkness in my life, I take a few moments for a time out doors to take a Reflections Walk to shift my thinking to focus on the joy in my life. You can feel the mood shift just by seeing the sites of nature – especially wonderful this time of year as you can see from these photos of a road I walked this week. As I reflect, the joy within my heart grows. I feel its heat, like the sun, warming my entire body. It sends tingles to my arms and legs. I cannot help but smile as joy radiates within me. Spirit is present and Spanista grateful.

Have a marvelous weekend. Go Royals!
To Your Self Care Journey To Joy,



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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Baseball Playoffs Rock Kansas City Royals Over Houston Astros makes Autumn even more exciting. I LOVE baseball and it has been some time since one of my favorite teams have been rock stars – New York dominated the sport for so long. Last night the Royal won the critical last game with Houston – 7 to 2. And showed their strength as a team.

Here is this week’s Spa Enthusiast Story – I was flying into Kansas City yesterday via Delta with loads of Kansas City Royals media and fans on the plane. It was non but the excitement was electric. The beautiful color of Royal Blue fashion was sprinkled throughout the airplane. There are Royals fans all over the country as they grow up in this city but eventually venture out east and west, north and south to follow their career paths. Funny I have learned that many find their way back because they never give up their allegiance to the sports teams they grew up with. Some eventually return to raise families here. It is a great quality of life.


Baseball Playoffs Rock Kansas City Royals Over Houston Astros is worthy of following as they proceed to the next level.For example – Speaking of splashing the colors of royalty – Take a look at the City of Fountain’s as Kansas City is known. Every fountain (and there are many in the city) is spewing blue waters of the Royals. They do is during playoff season to show the unity and support. Playoff T Shirts are being sold on every street corner. It’s really fun to be here at this time of year.

As the Royals advance Spanista wishes them the 2015 Baseball Pennant!

Spanista Loves Royal Blue Fountains. So Festive! Go Royals!

To Your Self Care Journey To Joy,


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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Lather Lures Travelers Into Spa Centered Escape is as attractive as candy for a baby. While flying through the Atlanta airport last week I discovered a new Self Care boutique you should know about. Given Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport is now the largest and busiest airport in the world there is more than a strong chance you will find yourself there on a flight layover. I am flying Delta lately so the wonderful little refuge offers a fantastic escape from the hustle and bustle of typical airport chaos. I was immediately drawn in – lucky for me my gate was just a few steps away from paradise found.

Have you come upon LATHER yet? You may recall my previous post on September 14th, ‘Good News Monday: Spa Lovers Trend Delivers Air Travel Options’ talking about an article I read in the NYTimes about the trend of personal services now emerging in International Terminals and now spreading to local American airports too. Visit Lather.comLather-Lures-Travelers-Into-Spa-Centered-Escape-1.jpegPINIMAGELather-Lures-Travelers-Into-Spa-Centered-Escape-4.jpegPINIMAGE

There are several spa products that caught my eye. Some ideas are clever and would fun gifts for special people after all it is the time of year when we start paying attention to creating the Holiday Gift List. But I am especially prone to look for skin refreshes as my skin really does look and feel dehydrated after an exhaustive day in airplanes. Here are some examples:

  1. The EMT Kit: Extra Moisturizing Treatment is full of body care goodies
  2. Olive Oil Infused Soaps with a kick like lathering cloves
  3. Lavender Market Collection to clean and soothe skin

Lather Lures Travelers Into Spa Centered Escape offers a fabulous variety of rich creams for a range of Self Care needs- far too many to sample in a short airport stay. One not pictures here is the Bamboo Lemongrass Body Scrub which is highly rated. I did not purchase it but plan too. So check it out here body scrub.

Lather’s Mission is to inspire a healthier more radiant life. A more holistic approach is  welcome as Spanista loves the products embedded with more virtues. Don’t you? Love this especially for weary travelers like you and me, who find access when traveling only to the typical fast food, drinks and retail shop that could bore anyone.  Thank you to the enlightened airport leaders.

I love Lather’s Olive Oils Soap  with cloves – a very autumnal aroma.

To Your Self Care Journey To Joy,


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Dear Wellness Seeker,

Good News Monday: Professor Shares Joyful Wisdom begins this week off in a philosophically mindset. Spanista heard this fabulous story from an inspiring spiritual leader recently. It is so compelling I have not been able to stop thinking about it, so I am sharing it with you because it speaks so well to the Spansita philosophy of joyful living.

Imagine this – A professor is demonstrating an experiment to his class of bright students. He started with a large jar that was empty. First he filled it to the top with sizable, flat lava stones so they would stack well. He then asked his students, “Is the jar full? “After exchanging views they all agreed, “Yes, it is!”

Then the professor revealed a container of pebbles and began pouring them into the jar and lo and behold they flowed through the gaps of the lava stones filling the jar to the top. The professor asked the students, “Is the jar full?” They all smiled and agreed, “Yes, it is!”

Once again the professor reached for a container he had hidden away. This one was full of sand. He began pouring the sand into the jar where in it seeped easily in between the remaining openings of the stones and pebbles once again filling its way to the top.

The professor asked the students, “Is the jar full?” They students laughed and once again agreed, “Yes, it is!”

“Right!’, he said to all.

The professor went on to explain the symbolism of this exercise as an invaluable life lesson through these three points:

  1. The large lavage stones represent the major aspects of your life – your dimensions as a human being – your values, your spirituality, your wellbeing, your gifts, your family, your health, your career and circle of support like friends.
  2. The pebbles represent the secondary aspects of your life – your home, car, your valued possessions and your hobbies and leisure activities.
  3. Lastly the sand represents the little stuff – the daily tasks and details that many times fill up our days – the business of doing stuff.

The Life Lesson is to Honor Yourself by Treasuring Your Time –

The Opportunity revealed is:

Real Joy Comes from Taking Care of the Important Things First and The Rest Will Fall Into Place With Out Resistance.

What joyful wisdom for life! To the Chemistry Professor the key to joyful living is focus and prioritizing what flows into your life – the pebbles and sand of life are not the source of joy. They may buy a moments of happiness but they do not last and sometimes they event have the opposite effect – they add stresses that are insurmountable, financially and emotionally as after effects. I am sure if you are objective you can identify examples in your lives like this – I know I can.

Good News Monday: Professor Shares Joyful Wisdom is a precious gift to start the week. Prioritizing what is important is not a once a year New Year’s Eve task list that never realizes lasting results. It is a daily opportunity to refocus and refresh to make certain your life is on track with what is most important and framed well for you to enjoy all it has to offer.

You must trust this is true. Try it and let go of the little stuff and the stress that comes with it.

What do you think of the Professor’s story? Let me know what your experience.

To Your Self Care Journey To Joy,


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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Friday Wellness Tip: Lighthearted Affectations offer the power to attract greatness into your life. As the weekend is almost upon us, Spanista encourages us to set the right tone by rising above any challenging issues of the week to set your mind right. Do not allow them to drag you down. Life is really too short and the lighthearted attitude you leverage beginning this day will have many positive affect on your wellbeing through out the weekend and into next next week.
The time is now to begin to LIVE LIFE TO ITS FULLEST.

Every party, meeting, or event provides an opportunity to express divine love. Let us prepareFriday-Wellness-Tip:-Lighthearted-Affectations-1.jpegPINIMAGE by acknowledging the presence of Spirit in those we will meet. So for example, when I arrive, love shines in and through me as I honor the divinity in all. I am patient, kind, respectful, and lighthearted.

The activity of Spirit in me—love—pulses through me. This constant circulation of energy acts as a magnet and draws love to me. I participate in life with an open heart and see the best in family, friends, and coworkers. As a result I also attract new acquaintances to me for my best interest. If I have a receptive heart, I may say silently or aloud: Namaste. The love in me greets the love in you.  See the true meaning of Namaste here.

As I write this post from Spanista’s favorite cafe, I wish you Namaste!

Friday Wellness Tip: Lighthearted Affectations  is a wonderful way to shift the aura around you. Your must believe it is in YOUR CONTROL to do so.  Spanista’s enjoyment of giving and receiving love leads me to participate in living life to its fullest. I revel in the power of divine love. How about giving Lighthearted Affectations a try today? You will not regret it. I promise you will love the way you feel.

To Your Self Care Journey To Joy,



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