Calm
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encircle me

all of me

until my thoughts

are in sync 

with yours.

calm,

you bring me high

flooding life into

dry bones.

i lie quietly

in your company.

no distance, no

absent mind.

i am with you, 

you with me.

xo Joni Marie

It’s Alright to Cry

Do you ever have those days where you just want to cry it all out?

All of your exhaustion, frustration, pain, grief.

I experienced one of those days recently, while walking around the city, and cried under a tree in a church courtyard. I didn’t expect to cry while out and about, but all of my emotions from the week hit me with such great force that it all just came pouring out. I had my journal with me, so I sat under the tree and allowed myself the space to just cry. I’m sure anyone who passed by thought I was crazy, but I honestly had so many bottled up emotions, I wasn’t really concerned about what anyone thought.

I took the photo below a couple of hours later, when I had taken enough time, collected my things and grabbed some much needed coffee and food nearby. (Post continues below photo)

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I used to live under a mindset that I had to keep it all together or think positive to make my life better. Living this way made my anxiety and heartache so much worse.

I have found that crying is incredibly good for my soul. It helps me to tap into a deeper part of my soul, to tune in to how my heart feels. It allows me to just feel and not judge myself for it.

I do have moments where I don’t know why I’m crying, but I know my soul and heart know. I trust the process and feel tension leaving my body when I let go of the tears.

For me, crying allows for time to pass, which is usually the self-care I need. Super simple…time.

If I try to do one million things on my task list, reach out to a bunch of friends or even distract myself, I start to feel irritable, grumpy and very anxious.

It’s when I allow myself to turn on a moody playlist, listen to the same songs on repeat, cry, take time, maybe even read, and cry some more that I feel some relief. I may not always feel 100%, usually I want to take a nap after crying and that’s okay.

Crying is exhausting just like all of the difficult emotions it helps to release, but it creates space for vulnerability, for introspection. Crying has helped me to learn more about the things in my life that need some attention, some healing or some kind of change.

I cry and now accept myself as a pretty frequent crier. It has helped me and I’m so so glad it has opened up a space for more self-love and compassion.

Challenge: Next time life feels overwhelming, don’t bury all of the emotions, grab some tissues and a cozy blanket or find a space that you feel safe, and cry until your heart feels just a little more at ease.

xo Joni Marie

Blend

i started 

as a flower 

planted,

watered by

the rain.

i fell into

the ocean

rooted,

i blended

in with spring.

i stayed and 

did not wish 

to rust

blooming,

i blended with  

earth dust.

xo Joni Marie

Caitlin & Cosmedix

This was such a fun and simple session where we got to highlight products from Cosmedix that Caitlin is currently using at her salon.

I’ve had the chance to use this brand as well during my facials at the salon and at home with the Emulsion Intense Hydrator. Combined with facials, it has been such a game changer for my skin. Over the past year, Caitlin has helped clear so many of my acne scars, and using this moisturizer has helped my skin feel light, glowy and contributed to hydrated skin that can continue to heal from past acne marks.

Below are a few favorites from our session showcasing some awesome products, and a photo of me (not a professional photo) to show how glowy and good my skin has felt.

xo Joni Marie