Every spring for the past seven years I fly to Palm Springs and the drive to the edge of the desert down a long desolate road to a little sanctuary called We Care Spa. Truth be told I obsessed on this place for years but couldn’t convince anyone to go with me. I mean paying a significant amount of money for a week of not eating and not drinking, cocktails, that is, is kind of a hard sell. I finally mustered up the courage and booked a week-long stay by myself. I met one of my closest friends that week and have been back every year since. I always get asked the same two questions from friends and family when I tell them I am going again - why and how do you not eat for 8 days?
We Care Spa is not your average spa experience. In addition to rest and relaxation, you’ll also find a variety of holistic approaches to wellness that combine several different modalities and methods. The holistic wellness of We Care Spa focuses on fasting to detoxify, yoga, meditation, emotional healing, well-being, and spiritual connection. With this unique approach, eight days at We Care Spa is about so much more than simply getting a massage and going on your way.
We Care Spa is all about detoxing your body as well as rejuvenating your mind. To get the best results, they recommend you begin healing your body three to four days before your spa retreat. To really prepare in the days before, focus on eating fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of juices and herbal teas. Stay away from grains, meats, fish, dairy, processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol. They also recommend taking two tablespoons of olive oil at bedtime and drinking eight ounces of prune juice in the mornings while on this preparatory cleanse. This pre-fast and will kick-start your cleanse so your body can begin to release waste and toxins in preparation for your spa experience.
After spending a week in the desert cleansing my mind and body I decided I also had to deal with my material clutter back at home. If you're like me than you find decluttering and organizing to be somewhat overwhelming. Organization is definitely a skill set and one that I am not adept at. Luckily I have a sister who happens to be an extremely talented home organizer. She just spent a week going through every inch of my home from the garage to the storage areas to every closet and drawer. By clearing the clutter from your life you are clearing out the stagnant energy which in turn allows fresh new energy to flow in. You can physically feel the difference. I feel lighter and more well balanced. Organizing your home is just another form of self-care that everyone should practice so I asked my sister, Jenny Rybek of Live Simple to give us her top five rules for an organized life.
1. Follow the Two-Minute Rule
The Two-Minute Rule is simple, but if you can make it a real habit, it will bring massive change to your life. The only tenet of the Two-Minute Rule is this: if it takes two minutes or less to do, do it now. Essentially, the Two-Minute Rule helps you cut down on procrastination and encourages you to maintain tidy and organized habits.
For example, it takes less than two minutes to do all of the following: hang/fold your clothes at the end of the day instead of dropping them on the floor; put your dirty dishes in the dishwasher instead of piling them in the sink; file bills and receipts as they arrive rather than letting them pile up on your desk. By following the Two-Minute rule, you’ll be amazed by how much you reduce your daily clutter and you’ll avoid sinking into a trap where mess piles up all around the house – all in two-minutes or less!
2. Maintain a Minimal Mindset
A big part of organizing is decluttering. This also means that a big part of staying organized is maintaining a clutter-free home. In order to do so, you need to train your mindset to think like a minimalist.
Determine if you really need the item. Chances are if you haven't used it in over six months it’s time to ditch it. While it may be easier to adopt this mindset during your initial phase of extreme decluttering, it’s important to remember to maintain this mentality as part of your new lifestyle in order to stay organized long-term. When you consider bringing a new item into your home, whether that be a piece of clothing, a book, or a new piece of furniture, ask yourself if you really just want it or if you really need it.
Another way that some people adopt a minimal mindset is by following the “One-In, One-Out Rule.” This means that every time you buy a new piece of clothing, for example, you have to let go of an old one. This rule can work for everything from beauty products to kid’s toys. This rule helps to ensure that you never become a clutter-bug again.
Decorating is something I have always thoroughly enjoyed about the holiday season and there is nothing I love more than creating an alluring table to set the scene. I enjoy the creative process of planning and composing a well styled table – from choosing the palette, to the trip to the florist, setting the menu, picking the linens and décor, creating place settings and centerpieces. For me, the table setting is just as important as the dishes that will be enjoyed upon it. I strive to create a beautiful space for my loved ones to gather round, bread break, share stories, and simply enjoy being together. Below are a few of my holiday tablescapes to inspire yours this season.
Chic + Moody
I have always been drawn to deep tones and a rich color palette and that was the inspiration for this dark and moody table design. Beautiful luxe gray linens mixed with the black cutlery, black tableware, black candles and candlesticks with the smoky wine glasses create a sophisticated style statement. The gorgeous Black Forest calla lillies in vintage amber glass bottles compliment the peasant feathers, while the striking red pomegranates add to the drama. All the elements work together to create and stunningly elegant table.
Winter is citrus season and what better way to celebrate that then to add bright orange to your holiday table. The gray linens allow the vivid colors of the florals and fruits to to really pop. The pin cushion flowers and beautiful pinkish red tones of the proteas mix withed with eucalyptus create a stunning centerpiece. Oranges, pears, apples, chestnuts and foliage are strewn down the table. Place cards dip dyed a pale orange complete the look.