If You Think Your Life is Shit, It Probably Is

There’s a famous inspirational quote that has probably been on the top of my list of favourite quotes since I first saw it. It truly sums up your life. More people need to read it and really take in the message behind it.

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right ~ Henry Ford

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If you think your life is shit, it is

Do you fully understand the meaning behind this? It honestly took me awhile to get it. At first it just looked like a bunch of words, another cliche, nothing of great interest to me. I passed it by. Until I saw it again and then again. I stopped to read it. I mean really read it.

My aha moment

The meaning is so much more than just whether you think you can or can’t. It goes much deeper than that. With anything I see or read, I have to analyze the fuck out of it to see how it applies to my life. All areas of my life. This one hit hard, in so many ways.

I get the gist of I can vs I can’t.

But this message also means this:

What you think is what you bring about in your life.

If you think your life is shit, it is.

If you think your life is awesome, it is.

If you think you are smart and beautiful you are

If you think you are dumb and ugly, you are.

If you think you can’t do anything, you won’t

If you think the world is a horrible place and out to get you, it is

If you think you’re a failure, you are

If you think you are magnificent and amazing, you are

If you think you are successful and abundant, you are

If you think you are a loser, you are

If you think you are a winner, you are

Did you know your thoughts have a shit ton of power?

How often do you stop and take notes on what you are thinking? How often do you take inventory of your thoughts of the day? You know those days when everything seems to go to shit and you keep saying to yourself, all day, “this is fucking bullshit, this day is horrible, my life sucks, nothing is going to go right today…”.

Are you with me here?

It’s so easy to get stuck in a vortex of shit thoughts when your day is off to a crappy start or if something bad happens at some point throughout the day. Your thoughts go to hell and so does the rest of your day. Amirite?

If you are having a good day and you are having happy loving joyful thoughts all day, chances are your day will stay great but if it doesn’t and something bad happens midday, because you are already in a happy thought place you’ll be much more effective at handling whatever shit life just threw at you. Does that kinda make sense?

Our thoughts hold great power and…………..wait for it…………..energy.

Everything is energy

Every single solitary thing on the face of the earth, including your thoughts, is energy. Take that in for one minute. Good, bad, negative, positive, happy, sad, loving,hateful,compassionate, hurtful. You name it, each and every one of your thoughts, is full of energy.

What you put out, you get back. Capiche? What are you putting out (well that came out wrong 😮 ) ? Are you still putting out the story of how your life is shit? Are you putting out how much you love everyone? Are you putting out how much you hate everyone and the world is going to hell? Are you putting out that the world is big and beautiful and good things come to you always?

What’s been the story of your life lately? Your thoughts, your stories are exactly why you are where you are right this very minute….but….you already knew that, right?

Or did you? Did you know that? You are, or should I say your thoughts are, the creator of your life. What kind of life do you want to live? What kind of life are you creating for yourself right now, with your thoughts? (and when is this chick gonna stop asking so many fucking hard questions?!!)

Know what I want right now?

Whether you care or not I’m gonna tell you. First of all, know that I love you and I only want the best for you and your life.

I want you to start keeping track of your thoughts. I want you to start turning all your negative horrible thoughts into good and happy ones. I want you to send out as much fucking mad love as you can muster in a day. I want you to live a life of crazy ridiculous joy but………..

…that won’t happen until you change your thoughts. So. Por favor, please start thinking happy thoughts, positive thoughts, loving thoughts.

And watch what happens to your life.

Peace and Love

xo iva xo

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Full Moon Ritual. Why You Absolutely MUST Do it This Month.

Who doesn’t love staring at a beautiful giant full moon on a clear night, alone or with a loved one? I am all about the moon, new or full, crescent or barely there. The energy I get from it is soothing and invigorating. And what about all the other good stuff that comes with it like the full moon ritual. You are doing your’s, right?

The energy this month is off the charts. I talked a little bit about that here. You really should take a second to read it so you’ll have a better understanding of the chaos and shitshow that may be going on around you right now. Eclipses, retrogrades, full moons….eeep. It’s a crazy sky!

The energies are crazy!

This month the full moon is a blood moon and what that basically means is that there is a lunar eclipse happening. How awesome!! For those who don’t live in North America :/ That’s not the only thing happening this week. Hello Mercury Retrograde.

So with all this ridiculous activity going on, you better hold on to your hat or better yet, do your full moon ritual. Never heard of it? Think it’s voodoo witchy stuff? Let me explain, and it’s not black magic, I promise you that.

The energies in the sky will have you second guessing everything, feeling frantic, possibly lashing out and feeling like nothing is working. You will definitely need to do something to calm all this chaos down.

The full moon ritual

Rest assured we aren’t sacrificing goats or children. Not this time anyway 😉 The full and new moon are times to take a step back and go deep within yourself. This time, however, with this full blood moon/lunar eclipse/Merc retro you are going to have to summon up a shit ton of patience. Trust me on this one.

The night of the full moon (and new moon) is the time to take some quiet time just for you with absolutely no distractions. I am going to explain my full moon ritual to you, take what you want, leave the rest, add your own personal flair to it. Your ritual is yours and should be unique to you but it should also feel good to you. If you don’t get it right this time, try again next month. But keep at it. It’s so important to not only your mental well being but also to your goals, dreams and your inner self.

My ritual

  • The first thing I do is shut everything down and just keep really soft zen music playing. There are a ton of beautiful audios to listen to on YouTube.
  • I light candles. Mine are unscented but if you have lovely scented ones, you can certainly use those. Essential oils are also fantastic to simmer during this quiet time.
  • I like to have my favourite crystals close by and one in my hand. This month I’ll be holding my rose quartz.
  • I meditate for at least 10 minutes. The guided meditations I choose really depend on my mood and how I feel. Sometimes, I’ll do a Chakra Clearing Meditation, especially if I’ve been feeling anxious..
  • After my meditation I sit quietly for a few minutes and then I get my journal and write out things that have been troubling me the last few weeks and release them, and their negative energy to the moon. This meditation time is also perfect for calming yourself and your mind and practicing patience and inner peace (remember, you’re gonna need lots of it over the next few weeks).
  • I also write out the things that I’d like to work on or know that I need to work on and send them out to this energy with love and faith.
  • I release limiting beliefs and toxic people who no longer serve me. I send them out with love too!
  • After I’m done, I reread what I wrote, fold it up and put it somewhere safe for the month ahead.
  • When I’m done my full moon ritual, and this is something new I’ve just started, I will make full moon water. You can learn more about that here. I tried it last month for the first time and the results amazed me!

I really can’t stress enough how important it is to do this full moon ritual this month. You can thank me later!

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Lunar Eclipse 2018, Full Blood Moon and Retrogrades. Look Out!!

Oh….My…God. Hang on to your hats for the next few weeks. The energies are gonna be off the rails. Not only do we have the longest lunar eclipse 2018 and a full blood moon, but the day before the moon, Mercury goes retrograde. It will be joining 4 other planets during this retrograde season. If ever there was a time to practice how to chill the fuck out, now is it.

Lunar Eclipse 2018

So let’s talk about this fantastic lunar eclipse on the 27th first. This will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century lasting almost 2 hours however it won’t be seen everywhere in the world. Unfortunately, if you happen to live in North America you won’t see it at all unless you watch a live-stream from another country.

The one major concern with the lunar eclipse 2018 is the energy. Get ready for mass confusion, extreme energy shifts, possible hot tempers and complete breakdowns. Read statement above, learn how to chill out. Our first reaction often is to lash out when someone or something upsets us. Don’t do that this time. Take deep breaths and walk away. Quickly.

Full blood moon

The full moon of July happens on the 27th and gets its name blood moon from the lunar eclipse. If you are fortunate enough to watch the eclipse, you will see the reddish brownish blood colours. Now we all know that full moons are a time of releasing things that don’t serve us anymore, whether that be people, places, things or though patterns. Because there is so much ridiculous activity in the sky over the next few weeks, make sure you find lots of zen time just for you.

You will need lots of private quiet time to think things through, take stock of what or who is in your life that needs to go and it’s also a very good time to reflect on these things before making rash decisions.

Mercury Retrograde

Because there isn’t enough happening right now! The day before the lunar eclipse 2018 and the full moon, on the 26th good ole Merc goes retrograde and you know what that means. Miscommunications, delays, frustrations. upsets, things breaking down and if anything can go wrong, it probably will.

But all is not lost. There is good to be had with a retrograde as well. Remember, it’s a time to go within, take a step back, breathe deep and chill out. If you do these things, when shit goes wrong you’ll be more well equipped to handle it. Retrogrades aren’t all bad. Sometimes some things break down or break away to make room for something better to come into your life.

The biggest takeaway here is….

Understand that whatever is happening within or around you is happening for a reason. It is forcing you to take a look at some things in your life, what do you need to keep, what do you need to let go of, learn more about yourself and the people and things around you.

The energies are calling you to slow down and find time for some self love. It is when we do this that we are more able to see and recognize things and people for what/who they truly are. Some might be good, some not so good. Be prepared.

This is a crazy emotional time for us all. Patience, compassion and love will see us through.

Peace and Love


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New Moon Rituals-Do These Every Month and Watch What Happens

I am so deeply in love with the full moon and the new moon. Honestly, I’m like a kid at Christmas time waiting for Santa’s arrival.These moons are a time of so much growth, hope, possibilities and surprise opportunities. They are also a time for reflection, my favourite part, to see what’s working and what’s not. What your next move should be and where you need to focus more. Also, the biggest one, what to let go of. This is where new moon rituals come in to play.

Do you feel the energy?

I’m really sensitive to energies, all energies, and while not many are, some of you may discover that during the new moon and full moon time, you feel slightly different. You may be super emotional or super pissed off. You may feel pensive or you may feel fully charged and ready to dominate the world.

Whatever the case may be, there are energies during this time and if you don’t pay attention to them, you may not handle them correctly. If your energy is angry and resilient, it is definitely a time for you to practice more patience, not lash out. (honestly, you can only blame so much on pms!)

It’s always helpful to do a little reading up on things like this so that you learn how to work with the energies, instead of against them. I try to spend at least a couple of hours a week chilling with Kindle, reading, learning and growing.

New moon rituals

So it should come as no surprise that I’m a new moon rituals kinda gal. I don’t even set my clock or an alarm. I know exactly what day the new moon falls on weeks before it gets here and wait in anticipation for it. This goes for the full moon too! (I’ll be blogging about my full moon rituals as well)

Now before we get into this ritual thing there is one thing you absolutely positively need to know. I can’t tell you how many times someone has referred to it as woo woo or witchcraft. Don’t be ridiculous. Do you think your vision board or mind map is woo woo or witchcraft? Of course you don’t. But it’s still a manifestation technique. A ritual you perform to bring about goodness in your life, yes?

There are a few definitions of ritual and while many do make reference to religion, this definition says it best:


Nowhere in there does it say witchcraft, woo woo or religion. See? We’re good to go! Let’s get started on our new moon rituals.

Let’s begin.

The night of the new moon, find a relaxing quiet place, away from distractions. Turn off your phone, noisy notifications on other devices, etc. You only need about half an hour to an hour (or really however long you are comfortable to meditate, write and zen out)

  1. Turn on some soft light meditative music (I find lots of great tracks on YouTube) get your favourite journalling book or a nice clean notepad and your favourite pen. You could always do this on your iPad/Phone or computer but I find it’s better without electronics and to do it the old fashioned way.
  2. Light some candles, scented or not, and/or some of your essential oils in a warmer.
  3. Sit quietly and meditate for about 10-15 minutes, calming yourself and getting into manifestation mode.
  4. When you’re done, write out 5-10 wishes you would like to manifest in the next month. Make it realistic and believable. Manifesting $1,000,000 in a month, though could happen, is highly unlikely. If you’re looking for a new job or perhaps a promotion is quite possible. Wishes like that.
  5. Feel each wish you write out. Feel the feelings you would feel when the wish comes true.
  6. Carefully tear the page out and fold it up nicely. Hold it in your hands for awhile while really feeling each wish you wrote out. Sit in this for awhile. I usually sit here for about 10 minutes with this. I go through each wish and visualize them. The feeling is really quite beautiful.
  7. Now take this page and place it under your mattress by your pillow. Leave it here until the next new moon.

(on a side note-I like to have my favourite crystals close by too-amethyst, rose quartz, moonstone)

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In a month

The day of the next new moon, take this page out and have a look at it. What manifested, what didn’t, what did you come really close to? Analyze it and see if maybe something just isn’t for you and you should manifest something better or different with the new moon for the following month.

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