I was sipping on my cacao this morning and glanced over at my ancestor altar, immediately I felt an overwhelming feeling of gratitude embrace me.

Still in the energy of Samhain & All Saints Day (in the Phillippines this cultural celebration is known as Undas.) I’m feeling especially close to my loved ones on the other side.

Did you honor your ancestors this past weekend?

It’s not too late to do so.

In fact, you don’t need a certain time of year or day to connect with them.

I’ll go over more about this in my upcoming membership, but for now, just know that if you quiet your mind and set the intention to connect, you will.

It is the easiest & best way to connect with your loved ones.

I’ve said this before, and I’m probably sounding like a broken record, but I wholeheartedly believe that in order to really embody and step into your purpose, you have to have some understanding of your lineage and ancestral line.

Of course, I don’t want to tell you what to do.

Nor should you do something just because I’ve said it.

“Don’t should on yourself,” is a friendly reminder from my mentor!

Instead, I offer this as something for you to muse on this Monday.

And I invite you to feel into it, quiet your mind and see if you can hear the wisdom that is being offered to you.

During the month of November, I am reflecting daily on the things I am grateful for.

Today I am grateful for my ancestors.

If you would like a daily fun activity/exercise to reflect on what you are grateful for this month, download my Sunburst Gratitude Sheet.

Fill in the rays and also use it as a crystal grid.

Let’s acknowledge all the awesome things in our lives while also calling in more abundance!

What are you grateful for?

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This is the time of year when many of us spiritual seekers, mystics, empaths, lightworkers, and way-showers really feel the energies from the other side, the spiritual world.

The veil is thin.

I know you’ve heard that saying probably most of the month, but it really is true.

You may be experiencing vivid dreams- which result in restless nights, have had more interesting or “weird” experiences happen to and around you, feel that there is someone around you or watching you, feel a surge in energy, feel a dip in energy (really your energy is pretty much all over the place!), know your clairs are heightened through intense energetic interactions and reactions, etc…

It’s important to realize that not all of these energies are lower vibration.

Truly.

In fact, I would bet that most of those nudges and energetic feelings, senses, thoughts are from your loved ones who are supporting you from the other side.

You have a whole host of people in the spirit world watching over you, guiding you, protecting you, cheering you on.

These are your ancestors.

They want your attention, if only to say hello and to let you know that they love you and are always with you, whether you realize it or not.

And the beautiful thing is that you are able to connect with them all the time, not only when the veil is thin.

With a little bit of practice, intention, acknowledgment, you can tune in to their energy; and if you spend enough of that time listening, receive the guidance they so desperately want to bestow on to you.

Want to give it a go?

Listen to my guided meditation I just created on connecting with your ancestors. You can find that here.

Remember to keep an open heart and an open mind.

Breathe.

Trust.

Happy connecting!

Happy Full Moon, and happy Samhain.

Love you all!

*If you would like to join others spirit seekers who are making transformations with the assistance of spiritual guidance and high vibrational tools, or want to learn more on how to tune in deeper to your intuition, join us here in The Spiritual Alchemists Collective.

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Here is a grounding meditation for you to enjoy.

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As a child, I’ve always been interested in the unknown and had many, many questions. I always felt like something was off and was super inquisitive of things in my upbringing, specifically with things I learned at Sunday school at my Catholic church. I could really go in deep with all of these thoughts that I had as a child, but let’s save all that for another post, shall we?

I do want to share a few things to shed some light on my path, though. At some point in my childhood, I decided I wanted to connect with spirits. I was on a mission. I was on a path of exploration. I found out a friend had a Ouija board and so I played around with that for a few years. I was always drawn to cemeteries and would find myself visiting them and trying to imagine the lives of the people and in some way thought that by reading their tombstone I was honoring them by acknowledging them at that moment. I bought my first deck of Tarot cards in high school, Rider-Waite, and tried reading for friends with a solid feeling I knew what I was doing – even though nothing made sense to me. I even spent many years exploring spells & potions and would hold circles with my best friend and her sisters. All of this while still very active with church, living at home, and very much to my mom’s disapproval.

At the time, I never really knew why I was so interested in this, just that I knew that there was more to life than meets the eye. What I was learning at church didn’t quite resonate. Fast forward to my 20’s when I almost lost my life and then my 30’s when my brother, Adrian, lost his. These two huge events were catalysts for change and for desperation to once again seek that spiritual aspect of my life I’ve longed for most of my life. It was Adrian’s death that was my massive wake-up call and also propelled me on a path that I now know I’ve been on for a while, I had just forgotten. Not so much my awakening, but my remembering.

And while I’m still very much doing the work (I don’t think it ever stops), I now know I’m here to help others. Things I had questions to as a child finally makes sense. With every step of my journey and with every connection I make, it is all just one more piece of the puzzle. With the help of others who walk this path, those who have helped me to remember, all the deep work I’ve been doing and massive shifts that have occurred, I know that it has finally come around full circle.

I have found things that truly connect for me and I want that for others. My desire to also be able to help others realize the light inside them, no matter what hardships they have been through or are currently going through if I am able to walk alongside them and help guide them in their remembering, their awakening, that is why I am here on Earth. Helping others realize their truth and worth is why I am still on this journey. I know how much healing I’ve gone through the past 5-6years and I want that for others.

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It’s that time of year, friends! It seems like most everyone I know has gotten some kind of crud or flu and it’s definitely making its way through the school. I know both my kiddos have gotten it. My parents and nephew were sick for a bit. Even Matt caught a nasty cold on his way back from Chicago. Wear a mask out there, peeps! Orrrr… make some elderberry syrup!

Now if you are new to the benefits of elderberry you are probably wondering, is this just another fad? I can assure you it is not. In fact, people have been using Elderberry (also known as the Sambucas plant!) for hundreds of years for its healing properties. I know it’s helped us stay above the wellness line and supported us in our times of need where we did not have to get antibiotics or prescribed medications. I’m currently taking it so I don’t get sick, and guess who’s the only one in this household to make it this season unscathed by the ickies? This lady, that’s who!

Benefits of Elderberry

There are quite a few reasons to have elderberry on hand. The following are some of the main reasons why this is essential in our wellness toolbox:

  • It boosts the immune system.
  • It helps to fight off colds, the flu, and respiratory infections.
  • Elderberry is loaded with Vitamin A & C.
  • It is full of antioxidants to help combat those free radicals.
  • Aids in digestion.
  • Safe for children.

Now you may have seen bottles of this good, all-natural medicinal liquid gold at the store, but I highly encourage you to try making your own. What?! Make my own?! YES! It’s super easy and it will definitely be more cost effective in the long run. Trust me, I wasn’t a big DIY girl back in the day, but there are so many benefits to taking a little bit more time into products you know will be life changing for your family. Besides, you want to get this goodness into your body before you get sick, and this is a great way to pump your body full of that goodness at a great price.

How to Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup

There are many recipes out there on the interwebs, and honestly, I don’t know where I first got my recipe, but a huge shout out to Annie Hauser for incorporating the Young Living Vitality oils into her recipe, so naturally I add it to mine too! But generally, the measurements are the same – 1 cup of water per 1/4 cup of dried elderberry, 1 cup of honey, and the amount of herbs or oils you wish to incorporate into your syrup.

  • 3/4 cup of dried elderberry. I got mine here. But Mountain Rose Herbs carries them, but usually, they are out.
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of raw local honey
  • Thieves, Clove, Frankincense, Copaiba, Cinnamon Bark, Orange, Nutmeg essential oils. You can use all of these or just some. I start off with a drop and adjust it as I see fit.

That’s it! Here’s my method, which you can also find in my highlights on my Instagram in my DIY stories:

  • Combine dried elderberry and water in a pot. Mix together and then bring to a boil with lid off. Heads up – uncooked elderberry is unsafe and toxic! Keep away from kids and animals!
  • Once it boils, bring the temperature down to a simmer and simmer this liquid with the lid on for about 45 minutes to an hour. You want this reduce by half.
  • After you reduce turn off the heat and let cool.
  • Once cooled smash the berries in your pot with the back of your ladle, spatula spoon.
  • Drain into another container. You can also smash the berries more while draining. You want every ounce of that goodness!
  • Add honey and herbs or oils. Friends, if you don’t have oils, you are making life a lot harder than it needs to be!
  • Put into a mason jar and store in fridge.

Voila! That’s it. Seriously. More than anything it is just a process, but definitely not hard. So what are you waiting for? Click that link above and get you some dried elderberry and make it this weekend. Let me know if you do!

Happy DIY-ing!

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*THIS COULD BE TRIGGERING FOR SOME AS I TALK ABOUT MY BROTHER’S DEATH*

I abruptly woke up not realizing where I had fallen asleep. For a split second I had forgotten Adrian was fighting for his life. For a good few minutes I prayed and felt that everything would be ok.

Deep breathe. Breathe, Joie.He will be fine. He will make it through.

How terribly wrong I was.

Ten minutes later I look online and see one of his “friends” tagging him in a post and begging everyone to pray for him and his family. Word on the street is he did not help him that day. Instead, left him to suffer and proceeded to steal stuff from my parent’s home. A friend, indeed. I then make a post of my own because…well, because half of our family didn’t know anything was wrong yet and I needed some prayer warriors. I was getting a sinking sensation as the minutes went by.

I woke Matt up saying we needed to make the drive home to FL. I started packing things, loading up the car. During this time I had tried to call my parents and no one answered.

Twenty minutes later I check Facebook and my Uncle, my Tito, had messaged me saying he was sorry for my brother’s passing. What the actual FUCK?! Even typing it now triggers me. Even thinking about it makes me so incredibly angry & sad for so many reasons.

Hysterically I sob to Matt trying to get the words out. Adrian died. I keep moving, I need to get home! I now start thinking that I have to find something black to pack. Everything feels surreal. The kids hear me crying and I don’t even know if they are at this point. I simply don’t have the energy or the emotional capacity to comfort them.

We finally get everything prepared enough to where we can leave. We head out on a 12-hour drive, six hours after my parents left my house after getting the phone call. I remember Matt merging onto the interstate and the sunrise was so bright and beautiful that day. I remember thinking that this wasn’t real. He died. My kids are crying now, at least Gabriel is. I remember my son sobbing in the back seat and my husband trying to console me as I drive. For a moment a stop crying and stare out of the window with tears in my eyes. The sun is higher now, so bright. I remember the sun.

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you prob know that Gabriel was sick M-W of this week. Which was a bummer because he was actually chosen as student of the week this week. So only 2 days in the big cozy chair for him! 🙃

Anyway, as of yesterday his little buddy was still out sick. We are 100% sure that is how G got sick, he caught it from his friend, also because G told us that his friend’s older brother was sick when he was over there hanging out. But guess who was back at school yesterday?! YUP. This guy!🙌🏽

We didn’t have to go to the doctor’s office or have him get put on any type of antibiotic, thank God. Not that I’m against doctor and medicine, I know it has helped so many and there is a time and a place for it. (We used Children’s Tylenol 2 of the days he was sick!) It is my personal belief that I try to do everything else before we have to resort to that. Keeping us ABOVE the wellness line is of the upmost importance around here.

So, so, thankful to have been at home to apply, diffuse, & have him ingest all the oils, give him all the elderberry, make him tea, force him to rest, have him take baths, spray Thieves cleaner everywhere he went so we wouldn’t get sick also, and constantly wash sheets & towels. I truly feel like I nursed him back to health and it made my heart soar. 

I’m 100% that his quick turn around was because of all my “weird” ways. Because I am an oiler. Because I am able to work at home because of these oils.

Maybe you are still skeptical about oils. Maybe you think I’m trying to pull one over on you? I can assure you that is not the case. But just know, if you ever wanna chat more about how these oils can support you… you know where to find me.

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Where my Work at Home Moms at? High five to you, sisters! We are doing this thing, am I right?! Well, that’s how I feel a few days out of the week. Today, eh… I’m struggling.

I’m going to be honest. Sometimes working from home can be a little too cozy for me. Like, I just want to stay in bed. Sleep in a little. Tell myself that this is a perk to actually being able to work from home. But I know this isn’t true. My guides tell me so. They give me the nudges to do more, and those days where it is hard for me to get motivated there are 5 things I need to do to get me focused and in the zone. Hopefully, they work for you!


5 Things I Do to Get Work Done at Home

Make Your Bed I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel as if I can really start my day if my bed is not made. I wasn’t always like this. In fact, before I met my husband I very rarely made my bed. I just never saw the need. After all, when I would return home from work/school I would eventually hop back in there. Why waste time making the bed in the first place? My husband and winters in Chicago changed all that. Those nicely tucked in sheets and smoothed out comforter makes for a super inviting, cozy environment after you’ve been battling negative degree weather all day. And now, since I work from home, going into my room and seeing an unmade bed just makes me feel unaccomplished. Like, if I make my bed for the day, then at least I’ve done something productive. And truly, it really ignites something to get other things done and checked off my to-do list!

Shower I have to rinse off daily. Soap my body. Feel the water wash over me and clear off any bad lingering energy. It’s so rejuvenating and refreshing. I hope we never, as stewards of this Earth, have to worry about a lack of water. Do not take this luxury for granted, friends. This is just another item on my list to really take on my day and keep me focused. I don’t go all out every day, washing my hair or taking a long bath. A nice clean off with soap, ending the shower on the coldest setting? YES. I can climb mountains after an icy cold ending to my shower!

Meditate I squeeze this in most days. In part, because it is part of the job. If I can’t connect to my own energy and ground it, how am I supposed to connect for you and deliver messages from the Divine? It won’t happen. In order to do the work, you have to DO THE WORK. Also, it helps me get super focused and I receive nice little messages to help keep me in my creative flow. It’s a super win-win for all.

Get Off Social Media Seriously, who else can relate? There are days I get online to work on some things and I glance at the clock to see that two hours went by. WHAT?! I spent two hours of my time doing nothing?! Friends, let’s not waste our time doing this. We’ve got things to accomplish. No amount of resharing spiritual quotes, researching food recipes, or watching funny videos is going to help us achieve all the things. It’s not. This also goes hand in hand with…

Block Time Yes. You need to block off your time. Seriously. Do you have a planner? Maybe you are into making lists? If either one of these things are your jam then you are two steps ahead! Create time to be on social media. Make space to check your email at certain times and don’t be allured by the constant dinging of your phone. If you have to, turn off all notifications. That’s how I manage. Sometimes I get off track, but I really am so much more productive when I go into my calendar and see what I’ve planned for myself.

What are five things you need in order to make your day more productive?

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Ah, a new month. There’s something in the air. Something besides the smell of the breakfast I recently made. Is it love? A fresh start? There’s definitely an uplifting electric energy about. I am diffusing nutmeg right now, maybe it’s the high vibes from that? Did you know that nutmeg can give you a little pep in your step? It’s true, but let’s save all that for another day.

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I’m definitely feeling some high vibes. I’m super excited for this month. I’ve got a lot going on! I don’t feel overwhelmed about it at all. I feel PUMPED! I’ve got two mentorship groups that I’ve committed to that started this month and I’m also making a commitment to myself to practice meditation every day this month and to practice gratitude.

Who else is excited for the month? What are you most excited for?

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