The New Moon: Gemini

Gab Dolceamore is an anal-retentive Bohemian finding peace through a balanced lifestyle that is eco and health conscious. When she is not working in advertising, creating macrame masterpieces, practicing yoga, or cheering on her Vitamix, she can be found blogging about her minimalist millennial lifestyle on New Age Nesting. 

We are told to live by the Sun, and love by the Moon.

We live off of plants and animals that get their energy from the Sun. We mark our days by the passage of the Sun through our sky. However, loving by the Moon requires a deeper level of consciousness. Her changing phases aren’t always so obvious as she moves less predictably through our sky and we are asleep when she is hanging out; but her energy is much deeper than what we receive from the Sun.

Recently I have made a habit of being more aware of the Moon and her cycles as a way to channel her energy and get the most of what is being offered. This processed has unlocked balance in my life, affecting how I love, create, and feel. I developed a journaling exercise to get me ready for each new moon so I can make the most of it’s unique energy and live moon to moon.

My ritual includes reflecting on the previous moon, learning about what the new moon will bring, and setting an intention that I can refer to every morning and in moments of trial. You can follow along with my new moon exercise as a way to get you ready for Gemini, which begins this Thursday May 25.

 

Step 1: Reflect on the closing cycle, Taurus

 Taurus is the slowest moving of all the moon cycles. Hanging low and close to the Earth, it is a time for grounding and tranquility. It is a time to enjoy the things you love, experience pleasure of all the senses, and for getting into a creative or professional zone.

·      What happened for me in the last moon?
Previous to Taurus, the action of Aries brought me to many realizations about my blog, macramé, fitness, and my day job, so Taurus was a time to get in the zone and bring these ideas to life. Sounds overwhelming, but my intention for this moon “Focus on what I can change today” helped me take it easy, day by day.

·      What new ideas did I realize?
I realized how much I was capable of in a single day. Between waking early to train for a 5K, writing blog posts on the train, staying super-focused at the office, and spending my evenings playing the role of wife and macramé artist, I realized have more bandwidth than I give myself credit for.

·      What emotions were brought to the surface?
For the first time in a long time, I felt some clarity. Maybe it was the running, but finally all the ideas trapped in my head were making it out into the world, and I was actually able to enjoy downtime -- I took some epic naps.

·      Did I experience any physical changes?
I was put on a new probiotic to clear up some gut issues, and I felt its affects in Taurus -- my skin cleared and literally calmed after months of breakouts.

 

Step 2: Learn about the new moon, Gemini

 An easy transition from Taurus, Gemini is a playful moon. The twins bring a light and airy mood and we are encouraged to try new things -- dance with possibilities. Gemini also comes with a warning to watch out for nerves as it can be an anxiety-inducing moon (thanks, I need all the warning I can get.)

·      How can I take advantage of the playful nature of Gemini?
Summer is coming which means half-day Fridays that I can spend exploring new museum exhibits and making plans with friends. I also have some trips and house guests planned this month which will give me time to unwind and reconnect.

·      What are some new things I can explore and learn?
Naturally curious, this is a question I am always asking myself, but I have am taking an online course that I can focus on in a more dedicated way in Gemini.

·      How can I curb my anxiety?
I can carry around a hematite stone and some lavender oil, but I also want to set an intention that will remind me to let in joy and keep out the panic.

 

Step 3: Set an intention

The last and most important step in living by the Moon is taking what you experienced in the last moon and what you know about the next to come up with an intention to guide you through the next 28 days. All you need is one word or a short phrase to guide you through Gemini to make the most of its energy.

Ask yourself one important question:

·      How can I make the most of the new moon?
Live in fun, not fear.
This moon, I should take a step away from my phone and the terrifying 24-hour news cycle to let my mind relax. Find new ways to have fun – pick up a new comedy podcast for early morning runs, gamefy my fitness and education goals, and plan weekends with my loved ones that bring out the best in our relationships.

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Ending the GOOD Festival with a toast

What better way to end the GOOD festival than with a toast? We had been sipping on Telula’s all day long and because of that they partnered with Stoli’s Vodka to give us a refreshing cocktail to toast to! With an entire day of coming together and celebrating wellness we loved that these two amazing companies came together to help close the day on a high note. AND to make this even better, Stoli’s Vodka is one made completely gluten free! love it.

If you want to relive the GOOD fest in your own way, or just really have a refreshing and light cocktail, here’s how Telula’s and Stoli made our “Melon Mint Mojito”!

 

Telula’s Melon Mint Mojito
Serves 1

Ingredients:

- 1/2 lime
- 2 Tbsp
- 2 oz Stoli’s Vodka
- 4 oz Telula Melon Mint
- Fresh Mint
- Ice

Directions:

Mash ½ lime and fresh mint leaves in a glass. Add Stoli’s Vodka and Telula melon mint and stir. Serve over ice and garnish over ice.


At the end of the day, we’re all about balance. What’s more balancing then making your favorite cocktail out of your favorite juice? CHEERS!

How to Have a Conscious Kitchen

When I began establishing a home with my husband (and by home I actually mean tiny apartment), I decided ours would be a conscious home – one where we set intentions that guide us to living more balanced lives. As a couple, we set intentions that would result in decisions that were healthy for our bodies and decisions that didn’t result in excess garbage -- to be healthful and zero waste.

Setting these intentions together would get us both on board for a somewhat non-conventional lifestyle that often requires some sacrifices. They would help us challenge each other to be stronger people by holding us accountable to one another.

We first started making changes in our kitchen where we were able to feel the biggest impact from both of our intentions. First of all, the food in our kitchen is making its way into our bodies so we needed to take a close look at what we are bringing into our cupboards and fridge. Also, there is a lot of stuff coming in and out of a kitchen, so it was naturally the first place to consider reducing our waste. 

Here are some ways we are working to maintain a conscious home through our kitchen:

Waste-free storage made of sustainable materials.
My intolerance for plastic food containers can be compared to Joan Crawford’s aversion to wire hangers. Actually, make that plastic anything! Not only is the possibility of those chemicals soaking into my food enough to give me nightmares, so much carbon is produced to make those containers. They aren’t even made to last, but will still take a gross amount of time to break down in a landfill.

This is why my kitchen is full of glass storage containers for saving fresh greens and leftovers. They are microwave and even oven safe so I don’t have to worry about transporting them into another container for reheating. Needless to say they are also dishwasher safe and you never have to worry about discoloration. They do tend to be on the heavier side, so packed lunches are a little less convenient (and I jingle on my way to work), but having a collection of these makes it so easy to meal plan and sort out leftovers.

For snacks, we have reusable cotton sandwich bags that can be run through the washing machine or wiped down with dish soap. We even have reusable cups for trips to the coffee shop that are made with bamboo, which is great at keeping in the heat and 100% sustainable.

Saving Food Scraps.
Unfortunately for me, and a lot of other apartment-dwelling Millenials, composting isn’t an option. As much as I would love to be growing my own soil, I have yet to find a method that fits my lifestyle. Some municipalities offer compost pick up or drop off but that’s not the norm across the country. Luckily, I have found easy ways to reuse parts of vegetables that reduces this waste ever so slightly. 

First, I save vegetable scraps and cuts to make my own vegetable stock. While cooking, I pull out parts of onions, garlic, celery, carrots, mushrooms, and bell peppers that I would normally toss and put them in a bag in my freezer. Yes, it’s a plastic freezer bag that I have been reusing for about three years, way back in my plastic days, but a metal bowl is a great sustainable option. Once the bag is full, I place the scraps in a pot with about 6 cups of water and some salt and soak in medium heat, the strain into a mason jar (click here for the full recipe) <LINK https://www.newagenesting.com/blog/2017/4/4/how-to-make-homemade-vegetable-stock> . It is the best tasting veg stock I have ever had, and this process means one less container I have to get from a store and throw away.

I have also started saving vegetable scraps to make natural dyes. Confession: I’m a total crafter and hand-dying fabric with my own dyes is my idea of a wild weekend. Scraps like avocado pits and skins, onion skins, beets, and spinach make beautiful, natural hues. Even if you aren’t a crafter, avocado pits turn fabric into the prettiest light pink; a great idea for stained sheets or old t-shirts. These scraps are also saved in the freezer so they don’t go bad or get stinky.

Buying Local.
This isn’t news. We are already buying local because the produce is so much fresher and full of nutrients. 

Buying local means eating what’s in season in your area... with the exception of our favorite tropical fruits, like avocados and bananas. It means skipping the blueberries shipped from Chile in the dead of winter because they will be better when they’re grown in your back yard in a couple months. 

Local also means your food is spending less time on a truck, or barge, that is burning fuel. 

Shopping at the farmer’s market and co-op.
Take a look around the next time you are in the supermarket (I’m looking at you too, Trader Joes) to observe how much packaging is suffocating your beautiful vegetables. A good portion of that plastic can’t be recycled, and most municipalities don’t have the resources to recycle the “recyclable” Styrofoam (good, in theory). Even the stickers on your apples have to be thrown away and sent to a landfill. That doesn’t happen at a farmer’s market where the goods are fresh-picked. Bonus points if you BYO cotton bag for greens and other wet produce.

For pantry items like pasta, grains, beans, and seeds I head to the co-op (WholeFoods if you’re fancy) where these items are available in bulk. You can bring those cotton bags so you don’t have to use their plastic ones, or be like me and bring glass jars. If you bring jars, just be ready to tare them with someone at checkout first – they’ll weigh the empty jar so that weight can be reduced when it’s full, just keep a marker on hand. 

How do you maintain a health or eco-conscious kitchen? We’d love to know!

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