Mindful March

I know this comes a few days late but I’ve been taking part in this “Mindful March” practice and I thought I’d share it you.

This calendar comes to you from the lovely people at https://www.actionforhappiness.org

Each month they have a calendar filled with heart felt ideas on how to lead a happier and healthier life.

Each of these mindful actions only take a few minutes each day. Please pass it along to your friends and family. I might even start sending out a daily reminder of these Moments of Mindfulness.

Wishing you all a lovely March.

Peace, Love and Yoga,




Patchouli Essential Oil

One of my “go to” essential oils before I teach yoga is Patchouli. I often diffuse Patchouli essential oil alone or I combine it with Lavender essential oil. I also use it on Charcoal disc as I meditate. The earthy and relaxing aromas create a grounding effect.

I have read that King Tut was buried with 10 gallons of patchouli with him in his tomb. Although that be bit much for us, you can apply it to dry areas to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes. You can also dilute your dōTERRA Patchouli and use it as a natural deodorant. The strong and unique scent makes a great base in floral blends.”

If you would like more information on Patchouli or any other oil, feel free to contact me at: projectrefinedlife@gmail.com


Working with the Moon

Image by Betty Albert, 12 Moon Box Card Set – https://www.sa-cinn.com


Join me this week as we work with the energy of the Full Moon. We will focus on releasing and making space within our practice.


  • 6:30pm – Refined Flow for the residents of San Sonoma Apartment Homes, Tempe, AZ


  • 6:30pm – Meditative Flow for the residents of San Posada Apartment Homes, Mesa, AZ


  • 9:30am – Morning Flow for the residents of Olympus Steelyard, Chandler, AZ

All Yoga classes are provided FREE for all residents, family and friends. PM for more details. Projectrefinedlife@gmail.com

The Lovely artwork above is by Betty Albert and is part of a beautiful boxed set of 12 note cards. Different moon inspired artwork for each month. This is a lovely gift for yourself or for someone in your life who loves and honors the moon. I am not receiving any commission from sharing the link, nor do I have any relation with the artist, I just fall in love with the set and her work. Take a look her her beautiful art here https://www.sa-cinn.com/note-card-box-sets/


Lemon Essential Oil

Do you need a little something to help cleanse your body and your home this holiday season? dōTERRA Lemon essential oil is a powerful cleansing agent that can not only help you cleanse your home but it can also help aid in digestion.*

With its multiple benefits and uses, Lemon is also great for purifying the air and enhancing the flavor of desserts and main dishes. When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood. Diffuse dōTERRA Lemon in your home this holiday to help create an uplifting environment for friends and family.

Here’s a DIY recipe to spruce up the house before and after your holiday festivities. These environmental friendly Reusable Dust Wipes with Lemon Essential Oil add an uplifting smell to the entire house while cutting out the use of harmful toxins in your home. 

Contact me to order or for more information Projectrefinedlife@gmail.com

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


New Moon Meditation – Keep it simple!

Yesterday was the New Moon. I’ve been very busy lately finishing up unfinished project’s and courses that I need to complete prior to the years end. I know how important it is to honor each new phase (New Moon) and set your intentions for the next phase, with this mind, I walked away from my desk to set up my space.

I gathered crystals, candles and essential oils to prepare for my usual New Moon meditation/ritual. As I sat, my mind continued to wander. My mind was spinning with the things I need to accomplish, the time, dinner, etc. etc. It became very clear to me I need to walk away and continue when I was rested and calm.

Last night, my family and I went out to enjoy some holiday lights at the beautiful Riparian Preserve. At this beautiful display of lights, The nature preserve and lakes take center stage.  The trail glows with simple tea lights in paper bags as you stroll upon various holiday decor delicately placed along the trail. It’s simple and balanced, doesn’t overload the senses.  I always take plenty of pictures of the places we go but the picture that stood out the most was of some cactus. The cactus was picking up the light  of some of the other displays, the cactus stands proudly in night sky. Simple and beautiful.

I always come back to this concept. Keeping things simple and uncomplicated works best for me. The more elaborate or drawn out practice is makes my head spin. One of my continued and ongoing intentions for this month is “KEEP IT SIMPLE”.  I’m giving myself space for “simple”. I will take the help where I need it and accept it with a smile. This approach is the difference between doing and not doing.

That picture, that moment resonated with me. This morning, with the simplicity of the picture in mind.  I decided I would sit and just turn on a YouTube video…a quick one! I needed a quick, simple but delicious moment to be thankful for the last 30 days and set my new intentions. I cleared my space with sage and grabbed a simple tea light candle. With no crystals in hand, no oils to inhale. I sat with my trusty cup of coffee nearby. Listening to the short and simple guided but meaningful New Moon Meditation. This is exactly what I needed. Later on, I’ll put some notes in my journal and allow this to be enough.

Think about how and where you can gain simplicity in your life. Where can you hand things over? Where can you relax a little to find more space? Take the time to take a deep breath, these moments help you help to slow you down and find clarity.

Wishing you a simple and peaceful day, filled with gratitude and love,



Magnolia Touch Essential Oil

Feeling the holiday rush coming on? Apply this convenient roll on oil to your wrists or bottoms of your feet to create feelings of calmness and relaxation during the hectic holidays.

dōTERRA Magnolia Touch is nourishing to the skin, add it to your daily routine to help your skin feel moisturized and smooth. Offer this new oil as a gift to a loved one who may feel overwhelmed and needs comfort during a difficult time.

Contact me at Projectrefinedlife@gmail.com to order 


Changes and New Classes!!!

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living” – Gail Sheehy


The fountain at Higley Park


Changes are so good, they bring growth and the ability to expand. I can not express how grateful I am for all the changes and and new classes that have been added to my schedule.

Lorna Jane, Gilbert, AZ

My classes are always designed to be a warm and compassionate space for every “body” – even if you’ve never done yoga before. Grab your yoga mat and some water and meet me for some gentle flowing yoga. I am so excited to practice with you!


  • 6:30pm – Gentle Vinyasa Flow for the residents of San Sonoma Apartment Homes, Tempe, AZ


  • 10:00am – Blended Vinyasa Flow at Lorna Jane, SanTan Village in Gilbert Classes are open to the public and are always just $5.00!

  • 7:00pm – Yin/Restorative Flow for the residents of San Posada Apartment Homes, Mesa, AZ


  • 9:30am – Morning Flow for the residents of Olympus Steelyard, Chandler, AZ


  • 5:30pm – Yoga in the Park for the residents of BB Living/Higley Park at the Higley Park Fountain, Gilbert, AZ ***Update – This class is now Sunset Yoga Flow and held at 5:30pm the Basketball Court in the Higley Park neighborhood. The Basketball court is located on Kent Avenue between Los Gatos Lane and Ponderosa Dr.*** 


I Am Not Invisible!

Red Amethyst – The stone of fiery confidence

I will not “Blackout” or hide for even an hour in order to bring awareness to anything! You can never invoke change if you are not taking part, speaking up and being present.

Be in the moment, be the voice of change…even if they don’t believe you or agree with you. Be confident, be courageous, be strong. I will never be silent in order to make someone less uncomfortable with their wrong doings.

The reason I initially started this blog was to be heard. To say what wasn’t being said. To let it be seen the work that needed to be done in order to rebuild myself and go forward after suffering a loss. I talked about things people didn’t want to hear about or read about. I consistently remind people of being accountable for their actions and how their actions affect others. As a result, people may have unfollowed me or unfriended me…I am okay with that. That would never stop me from doing what is important and real.

Seriously – hasn’t the silence has gone on long enough? Whatever it is that you need to talk about, no one will hear you if don’t talk about it. I understand this “blackout” movement to bring awareness to what the world would look like if you weren’t in it but let me tell you…the world continues to spin – with or without you. If it’s spinning and I am in it, I sure as hell am not going to be quiet – not even for an hour.

I am not invisible! I am here, I am present and will never allow anyone to dim the light that shines from within. Allow your inner fire been seen and felt. Be your own superhero and to never allow anyone to silence you!