Tuesday, May 15, 2018

7 Ways to Use Green to Enhance Your Lifestyle

Use Green to Enhance Your Lifestyle

I visualize the color green, and use its uplifting color energy to elevate my mood and make me feel invigorated. 

I appreciate green plants that burst forth with new buds, leaves, and blooms. Green helps me think of an analogy, one in which I acknowledge my process, recognize signs of growth, and focus on ways I shine my light. 

Greening my thinking is an effective way to draw attention to positive energy, rather than look at things that are at loose ends.

Want tips to help you use green for healing and health? It can be as simple as envisioning your favorite shade of green or appreciating a green scene from nature. 

Let green help reduce stress, refresh your outlook, and give you motivation to participate in life with more vigor and enthusiasm.

If you need to unwind now or want to learn techniques that can come to your aid, when you feel overwhelmed… See

7 Ways to Use Green to Enhance Your 


1. EAT GREENS. Dark, leafy greens including chard, kale, collard greens, and spinach are packed with mood-boosting magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral our bodies need to create a feeling of calm. This mineral plays an important role in the development of serotonin. Mix it up and add kale, chard, collards, or spinach to your daily meal planning for less stress and to prevent depression.

2. AFFIRM AND VISUALIZE Want to quiet a racing mind and attract restorative green vibes? Sit, lie down, or stand in a comfortable position as you affirm:

“I absorb the harmonizing, relaxing elements innate in green plants and vegetation to travel to places in my body craving relaxation and comfort." 

"I breathe in refreshing green colors and breathe out stress. I breathe in seeds for change and breathe out outmoded behavior." 

I breathe in joy and release dis-ease. I breathe in love and release fear.

Then, say aloud... "Green energies are always there for me. I enjoy using green in my daily living. Whenever I envision green, it helps me breathe deeply and I am blessed."

Slowly come fully back into yourself and know that green will help you grow and thrive.

Note: Another way to use green as a stress reduction tool is to picture a liquid or gas form of green flowing up from the earth. Imagine green in a hue you like, traveling up through your feet, legs, and torso. Picture your veins filled with green energy, soothing places in your body that are sore, tight, or need attention. Envision green carrying oxygen to spots in your body that feel shut down, blocked, or stagnant. Thank green energy for helping you and be quiet for a few minutes. When you are ready, slowly come fully back into yourself. Know that you have done your part to let green help you feel and look great.
3. SEE EMERALD. Emeralds are the birthstone of May, and associated with the rich green color of spring. This rare gemstone has a vivid tone, one considered to be a symbol of rebirth and love. Emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia. Once they are cut and polished, emeralds are set into necklaces, earrings, and rings. 

Wear Emerald jewelry, or imagine its vivid green color and beauty. Hold an Emerald crystal in your hand or envision one. Let green energy from emerald crystals boost your sense of well-being.

Emeralds have been worn boldly by Elizabeth Taylor and Julianne Moore. Do you recall other movie stars or celebrities that wear Emeralds?

4. CONNECT TO HEART CHAKRA. Green is the color of the Heart Chakra, and it attracts compassion and love. Learn more by reading What Everyone Needs to Know About the Heart Chakra.

5. LIVE WITH GREEN. See how quickly your mood improves, when you increase the amount of green household items including towels, dishes, or green plants in your abode. Green paint or accent pieces help establish or maintain a pathway for renewal, expansion, and flexibility. The power of green provides motivation to take good self-care.

"Introduce touches of green into your living space to enliven, balance, and increase the sense of abundance in your life.” Nancy Andres

6. ENLIVEN SENSES. Awaken your senses by soaking in the tub, scented with pure essential eucalyptus oil. This tree sourced oil soothes tense muscles and clears your mind. Many spas and healing centers use green in their decorating schemes. Any time you use it, it’s a sensory way to express your improved sense of well-being.

7. SOOTHE EYES. Green is easy on the eyes. It’s a good color to choose as a screen saver, because it relaxes the nervous system, and reduces stress. Place an emerald green object in eye-range while you work, and feel its power to rejuvenate you. 

Darker shades of green represent prestige, wealth, and money. Lighter greens can makes you feel refreshed. A word of caution: too much green represents jealousy, envy, greed, and revenge.

Now that I've shown you 7 ways green can enhance your lifestyle, here's a special request. 

Consider ordering the self-care journal, Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss. Colors of Joy is a 12 week guided journal program that can help you or the women you care about explore relationships, nourish secret longings, and use color energy to live more joyfully. Proceeds from book sales cover some of the expenses of running my blog.

This is One Example of How Colors of Joy Uses Green Energy

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How do you use green in daily living? 

What leafy green veggies do you like to eat?  How often do you eat them?

Do you use green decor, clothing, and accessories to enhance your lifestyle? Please explain.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Orange to Your Emotional Rescue

The color orange has appealed to me, since early childhood. I loved to look at orange zinnias, marigolds, and tea roses in our garden. I knew even then that the beauty in nature was food for the spirit.

In kindergarten, at my classroom easel, I discovered how to mix red and yellow paints to make orange. In artistic play, I felt the fiery heat of red and the lively cheerfulness of yellow combine and make orange.

Orange is associated with joy, warmth, energy, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement, change, determination, healing, fun, and enjoyment. 
How do you react to it and how does seeing or thinking of orange make you feel?
Certain deep shades of orange like rust, a red-orange-brown color that resembles iron oxide, helps me feel grounded and protected. The vibrational frequency of orange comforts me, when I’m feeling especially vulnerable.
In the past, my dreams have included bright orange, and gave me an emotional lift. 
I also have noticed I instinctively don a bright orange blouse, if I’m anxious about being in a social situation. Orange energy is available, whenever I feel I need extra fortification to meet and greet new people. It's available to you too; just practice putting it into your self-care routine.
Orange generally attracts those who are fun-loving and sociable or those who wish to be more outgoing. People sometimes wear bright orange to attract attention. A friendly attitude is one reason I gravitate to those wearing orange. Perhaps another is that being with these lively folks helps me feel a part of a popular group.

Meditating on orange helps me take a lighthearted approach with myself, when I'm encouraging my "quiet self" to engage in a social situation.
A little bit of orange goes a long way. Orange paint as an accent color adds an invigorating touch to any room that is dark, by energizing the area. 
Another way colors aid is that often a food craving points out a nutritional or emotional need. 
One example is that when my body craves cantaloupe, I make it a point to eat a serving of this delicious orange melon, a good of Vitamin A and C.

What orange fruits and veggies are favorites for you? Do you enjoy eating oranges, sweet potatoes, carrots, tangerines, and butternut squash? 
Here's a post that suggests you eat orange fruits and veggies each day. Eat the rainbow, and include orange, as it's an important element in a healthy eating plan.
Trust your intuition. Color enjoyment and usage is subjective and culturally influenced. Here in the U.S. orange is often associated with Halloween pumpkins and autumn leaves. In other cultures, using it can suggest spirituality, royalty, mourning, courage, and good health.
Colors bypass reason and affect you at the cellular level. Pick those shades that appeal to you. Consider reflecting about members of the orange family like peach, apricot, bright orange, amber, fire maple, and rust.
Close your eyes and envision pleasing shades of orange as “helpers.” Time spent reflecting may be a simple, sensory way for you connect with your emotions and thoughts. 
Note: Colors that resonate with you one day may not be ones you need or enjoy another day. Be mindful of your choices and use what you like and leave the rest.
Want to learn more ways to use orange color energy to balance emotions? Focus on orange, the color of the Sacral Chakra. Let its Sacral Chakra Energy Balance Emotions, Creativity, and Sensuality. 

Please take a moment to comment below.
What’s your favorite shade of orange? Why?
When or where do you use orange to help you?
If you have an aversion to orange, do you understand why? Explain.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Colors of the Chakras Workshop

Colors of the Chakras Workshop and You're Invited

Restore Balance, Joy, and Vitality with Colors of the Chakras

Where: The Seasoned Woman, the Williams Center, 5460 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson 85711

When: Thurs. April 19, 5-6 PM

Why: Have Fun as Nancy Andres Shows You Ways to Use Colors from the Chakras to Heal and Balance Mind/Body/ Spirit.

Nancy Andres’ Workshop is Complimentary, and Seating is on a First Come First Serve Basis. It’s best to call the Seasoned Woman at 520-745-5942 to confirm.

You'll have an opportunity to see COLORS OF JOY: A WOMAN’S GUIDE FOR SELF-DISCOVERY, BALANCE, AND BLISS. It's a 12 week interactive self-care journal program that helps women use color-coded exercises to explore relationships, nourish secret longings, and find ways to attract more joy into daily living.

Buy an autographed copy for yourself and give another as a colorful birthday, graduation, or thinking of you gift. See more about Nancy Andres’ work at www.nancyandreswriter.com

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Do you have tips that help you restore balance, joy, and vitality each day? Please share them in the comments section below.

Does color energy play a role in your self-discovery and bliss?

Want information to help you understand and use the COLORS of the CHAKRAS more effectively? Willing to learn something new? Sure would love to meet and greet you at this workshop. Please join us. Come on down!

Here's some pictures from the workshop(updated 4/25/18)

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Tips to Help You Keep a Success Journal and Soar in Business and Life!

In the past, I let fear, shyness, low self-esteem, and procrastination stop me from doing things I wanted or needed to do. Can any of you relate?

As a solution to being stuck, I’ve kept a success journal to get more in touch with how I feel and think about going for the gold.

It’s made an astonishing change in how I face down the fear of doing what is right for me, and enables me to make progress in accomplishing my goals.

Wonder what a success journal is and how it can help you feel more self-confident and willing to risk change?

Set up a success journal by grabbing any blank or lined notebook or journal you have on hand. Make it a dedicated place to record the smallest daily forward motion, small victory, accomplishment, or steps you’ve taken to fulfill your heart’s longing. Record even the tiniest way you’ve been accountable for improving yourself and your lifestyle.

Use colored pencils, crayons, markers or colored pens to write. Cut and paste magazine clippings, scraps of colored paper, or any collage material you like. Make it as beautiful as you can. Paste in thank you notes that touched your heart, a certificate, letter of recognition, or awards.

After writing every day for just a few weeks, this is what I discovered…

Tips to Help You Keep a Success Journal and Soar in Business and Life!

Set a Standard for Success: EXAMPLE (EX.) For me, success doesn’t mean mega bucks in my bank account or special title on my office door. I've figured out what success looks like by reviewing my values, ethics, and personal preferences. 

If you compare your accomplishments to things others do, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Strive for improvement in yourself and happiness will be a part of your process rather than judgments and shame.

Focus Attention: (EX.) Write a to-do list with only one or two goals per day. Make each task your first priority, and small enough that it can be completed in a day. Don't allow anything to sidetrack you including your phone, social media, or text messages. 

Roll up your sleeves and get busy. When you actually complete an assignment, take a moment to record how this success made you feel. I wrote and published my woman's self-care journal by using this method. I vowed to write at least one page a day. I found on most days, I wrote many more than one page. On those days that I didn't feel creative, writing or revising one page was good enough for me.

Pace Yourself: (EX) If you have the stamina, start to work on the next goal. If not, take a 15 min. break to walk in nature, read a book, have a cup of peppermint tea, or do a few yoga poses. Then move on to the next to-do item.

To function at your peak, balance work activities with play. Set aside time to participate in a sport, work out at the gym, gather with friends and family, walk with a walking buddy, or take part in any relaxing activity you enjoy.

Learn from past mistakes: (EX) Use a success journal to describe how a setback in the past eventually had a positive outcome. I wrote about my victory to let go of expectations that a business associate would prepare a document exactly the same way as I do. When I was able to recognize and acknowledge we each have our own style of doing things, I found peace and equanimity.

Put a positive spin on self-talk: (EX) Write about yourself and actions by using the expression I “get to” do this rather than “have to” or "should" do this. I tell myself “I’m working on that project and haven’t completed it yet,” instead of I can’t do that.” An optimistic slant and proactive approach helps me feel good about things I need or want to do and helps me persevere.

Be gentle with yourself: (EX) Give yourself permission to be a beginner at new things. Treat yourself as you would, if you were a child learning something new. Some people are quick learners and some take more time. Honor your process and remember...

“Kindness encourages progress and compassion infuses positive karma into each action.” Nancy Andres
Recognize you always have choices: (EX) Instead of getting anxious and bent out of shape about interpersonal relationships, I’ve learned to take as much time as I need to test the waters. I was burned in the past, and as a result my m-o is to be cautious and go slow. This doesn't mean it always has to be this way. After all, I do have choices.  

I also proceeded slowly to approach public speaking many years ago. Over the years, I’ve gotten more comfortable talking to groups. Nonetheless, even today I feel slight nervousness. I think that's good, because my anxiety is what motivates me to prepare fully and think of many ways to make any workshop or seminar I present concise, entertaining, interactive, and informative.

Discover new ways to be more flexible: (EX) When I recorded those tasks I didn’t enjoy, but completed anyway, I realized I could release certain tasks (relegating responsibility to others or eliminating the project entirely). When the same task needs to be done in the future, I’ve decided to surrender it to someone else and remove it from my to-do list. This leaves more time and energy to do something I love.

You don’t need to have all the answers: (EX) I accept that when I lack knowledge or skill about a subject, I have options. I can reach out for help from an available person, take a course, or get expert advice. Sometimes the only way to learn something new or creative comes from trial and error. Be willing to make mistakes and learn from them.

List at least 1 positive thing you did today: EX: Today I woke early so I could meditate. I walked outdoors. I straightened out details of a book I’m reprinting, I called about a product I bought to get info on how to use it more efficiently, and postponed instant gratification of eating chips and had a nourishing bowl of soup instead. Even if the only thing you did today was to lift your head off the pillow and got out of bed, that's a start. Write it down.

Compare worst case and best case scenario: (EX) I coaxed myself to write down what one fear was, and named what I thought would be the worst and best thing to come from it.

This exercise reminded me I could line up a person to bookend. That’s someone I speak to before and after taking an action that I perceive as a "scary deed." Turns out what I thought could happen, never did.

Flex your skill muscles: (EX) Rachel Simmons, author of Enough as She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives inspires me and helps me keep on going. “Skills are like muscles: they must be flexed repeatedly to stay strong and agile. Risk taking is just such a muscle.” Perhaps Simmons words will inspire you too.

Aim High: (EX) Identify things, people, and places you want in your life. After you’ve discovered this, take baby steps to actively pursue those avenues of satisfaction. Momentum encourages more momentum. Just see.

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” — Oprah Winfrey

Act as if: (EX) If you want some area of your life to improve, act as if it already has. The law of attraction will help it manifest in your life. Include written signs of praise, photos, memos, and objects that validate your efforts. When you're having a challenging day and don't feel like a winner, look at these items and take the word of others.

Don’t Let Your Past Define You: (EX) I suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from childhood trauma, and was ashamed and afraid to admit it. I also thought if I show the world my vulnerabilities, it would mean further abuse.

After many years of extensive work on myself, I now know for sure I'm lovable and good enough just the way I am.

That's why I keep on keeping on. I love what I do and show the world my authentic self as I write and publish two blogs: Colors 4 Health and Oblogger Newbie. I also am setting up the second printing of my woman's interactive journal, and present seminars and workshops

Noting my progress in a blog post is positive reinforcement. Stating some of my accomplishments is a healthy action and good for self-esteem. I suggest you do that too!

Here's Are Additional Ideas to

Use Success Journal Pages to Share...

What talents, gifts, skills, knowledge, and know-how you possess that can be of service to others? How did you share your gifts today?

What are your secret longings? Do you dream about making changes in your career, family life, social life, community life, spiritual life, and personal life? What would your day look like if the things you dream about were in your life picture? 

Record those moments, events, or situations today when you made progress in handling a situation in a more positive, effective way?

Celebrate small wins and learn not to minimize forward motion. Draw a picture about how it felt as you crossed the finish line. 

Allow yourself a few moments to celebrate your achievement by sharing it with a mentor, coach, friend, family member, or colleague.

For in-depth help in creating abundance in your life, order a copy of Colors of Joy: A Woman’s Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss. It's designed to dispel negative energy and make you feel vitally alive. 

Colors of Joy guides you through its color-coded journal activities, stimulates your intuition, converts
 confusion to clarity, heightens your senses, and transforms drabness to living color.

Enjoy Colors of Joy at your own pace, and observe how guided journal activities, colors, affirmations, and reflective exercises heal you, support you, and enhance daily living. 

Please buy Colors of Joy now! Proceeds from book sales enable me to provide my blogs commercial free.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

How to Use Flowers and Plants to Increase Wellness

When you feel down in the dumps, shed the blues by getting outdoors to garden or see what's blooming in your yard, neighborhood, or local plant nursery or garden shop. Studies show that walking in nature reduces stress, and is good for mental and physical health.

Try this. Display flowers in your room, office, or home. It's a simple way to draw positive energy into daily living. 

Make it a point to observe flowers in a mindful way, pedal by pedal, leaf by leaf, and hue by hue. Mindfulness helps calm down overactive thinking and connects you with the bloom in the present moment. 

Another fun way to improve your outlook and sense of well-being is to visualize your favorite flower, plant, or outdoor scene. Imagine yourself romping around in a lovely place, breathing in the fresh air, inhaling delightful aromas, listening to the birds, and observing the sights including the lush green vegetation, sturdy, grounding trees, and colored flowers you love. 

A change of pace and flowery diversion often improves your outlook. In fact, research from Rutgers University suggests that flowers may be potent mood elevators. Those in the study who were given flowers, felt immediate satisfaction, and three days later, still experienced happiness.

That's been my experience too. Richly colored flowers make me smile, and picking a bouquet of wildflowers or admiring the first spring crocus or daffodil, reminds me that a power greater than myself is in my life.

Indoor plants and flowers spruce up a room and also serve to humidify the air, recycle carbon dioxide, and convert it into fresh oxygen. This sure is a boon to wellness.

Cacti is tops for reducing radiation, bacteria, and pollution. Cacti helps absorb carbon dioxide at night to release oxygen. Place cacti in your office to help you work more effectively and add color to your living space. Put it in blue pottery for the bedroom. The color blue and cacti help you sleep better at night.

Give fresh flowers to a loved one to convey you are thinking of them. As you do this, experience the joy of giving. Give yourself fresh flowers too. After all, you're a special someone, and don't need an excuse to be good to yourself. 

Brighten your mood; brighten your day.  Use flowers and plants to increase wellness. You'll be so glad you did.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Low Cost Colorful Ways to Create an Exercise Habit

Low Cost Colorful Ways to Create and Exercise Habit

If you’re anything like I am, luxuries are the first thing to go when your fiscal belt needs tightening. But health experts agree that exercise isn’t a luxury.

Exercise keeps us physically and mentally healthy and saves on medical bills, lowers stress, and makes us more productive at work. 

That’s why this blog may turn out to be one of the best things you read today. 

25 Low Cost Colorful Ways to Create an Exercise Habit

  • Don colorful, comfortable clothing to stir up interest in exercise
  • Select green, blue, and turquoise exercise clothes to calm and refresh you
  • Dress in red exercise gear to speed up metabolism and as a call to action
  • Tap into the color energy of yellow to make you feel happy
  • Soak up green color energy when you walk in nature
  • Exercise outdoors to get a dose of natural Vitamin D from the sun
  • Find balance and feel grounded by gazing at earth tones as you hike, jog, or run
  • Walk your dog to reap the benefits of exercise and companionship
  • Connect with friends or family to play softball, pickleball, or baseball, and be with loved ones as well as get fit
  • Window shop in a mall; catch up on exercise and errands
  • Say no to pricey gym membership; choose a pay as you go plan
  • Exercise by the TV; work-out as you watch
  • Lift cans, do housework, and garden, instead of buying expensive workout equipment
  • Walk miles in a museum on free admission days
  • Line up an exercise buddy and be accountable to each other
  • Stretch at home or in an office, on your bed, floor, or chair
  • Participate in an exercise research study at a college or medical center to get free health monitoring
  • Swim at a local pool, lake, or the ocean 
  • Ice or roller skate outdoors; get fresh air and playful energy
  • Join a team or class at the Y to be with others who want to keep active and have fun with others 
  • Ride your bicycle to market
  • Climb a hill or stairs and go back down again to pump up metabolism
  • Dance to the music for joy, fun, and exercise
  • Check out your computer, tablet, phone, or library to find exercise apps, Cd’s, or videos
  • Take a healthy lifestyle adult-ed course to increase motivation to improve health
My parting suggestion is that you make color an important aspect of your workout. Consider adding splashes of the right colors to motivate, support, and encourage you.

Further reading:

Do-Anywhere Workout Plan

Use Energy from Green to Refresh You

Use Red to Improve Well-being

Lively Colors to Nurture Your Spirit

Aerobic Exercise and Optimum Health

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