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Do you consider yourself an artist? Whether or not it’s a hobby, past time, or your profession does not change that you get to use your creative power to create your life.  The fact that you are a having a human experience makes you an artist in this regard. Karen Light of Studio Light Illustration, artist, educator, and coach shares insights on what can come out of a “chaotic” experience and what can shift when we apply our creative power. Karen has been part of the PureEsperanza Community since we went online. We all have grown over the past years and we are happy to share her success with you! Read her updated Bio on our Community page here (scroll down).


Coyote energy has been circling me for a few weeks now.  He is appearing in stories, articles, podcasts, and even in the flesh.

For me, when anything is brought to my attention multiple times, I have to go investigate, especially if it is an animal. Read the rest

This month we are featuring guest blog writer Derek Goodman and our first website submission. Derek found us and posted his submission directly through our drop Blog menu online. We are thankful and honored to be sought out by writers, like Derek, wanting to contribute to a holistic experience and journey of well-being. Derek brings us simple tips that anyone, anywhere on their path of well-being, can put into practice today! Enjoy.

One of the keys to growing as a person is recognizing unwanted behaviors and replacing them with good ones that better serve you. While this ability comes naturally to some, others may need time and experience under their belt to develop the confidence for making changes. If you’ve made a commitment toward changing for a “better” you, this article explores four behaviors to look out for and how to overcome them.

Always Being Negative

Consistently having a negative outlook on life can reduce confidence and serve as a barrier to achieving personal and professional goals.… Read the rest

Plants and their medicine have been used since ancient times and of course, are still in use in our modern times. Our western medicine has capitalized on their healing properties through pharmaceuticals.  But, what if we could learn and reconnect with natural plant medicine, and how they may complement our body’s systems and benefit from it? We are learning more about the astonishing and mysterious world of the plant kingdom. Drew McCaughey, one of our guest blog writers and highlighted in our Community this month, shares this article on a leading, controversial topic that will help educate us some more. We appreciate and value Drew’s knowledge and the transformational gifts he imparts to us.

What are the Benefits of Non-Psychedelic Plant-Medicine?

This is one of those rare cases where not understanding the relationship between cannabinoids and your endocannabinoid system could be costing you time, money, and possibly the quality of your life.… Read the rest

Roman Vaynshtok, part of our PureEsperanza Community, returns as one of our guest blog writers this month. In this article Roman, founder of Peace and Balance Reiki Center brings his years of holistic studies and expertise in natural herbs to the forefront of simple everyday healthy living. Many of us have heard of herbal tea benefits and still wonder how to implement it as an everyday beverage. This article gives us an overview and snapshot to help guide us in its practical and supplemental use. Gain a better understanding of how this can become our nature’s medicine cabinet here.

More and more, we start looking for natural remedies to improve our health or prevent diseases. People look into herbs and supplements, and often the benefits of herbal teas are overlooked. For millennia, teas play an important part in the prevention and healing of diseases. It does not take much effort to have a cup of herbal tea every day.… Read the rest

It is our our great pleasure and with much esteem that we share with you this month our featured guest writer, Isabelle Blum. also having been featured on on our Community page. Isabelle provides us with a unique and distinct look into the wonders of ourself and the way in which we relate with our world. From Zurich, Switzerland and podcast host of Plumed Serpent, Isabelle shares practical ways to transform yourself through nature connection. Her gifts include nature art, and writings: blogs, articles and books, environmental consulting for biodiversity in urban and rural areas, and Taoist Yoga Training. We are privileged to bring you a taste of her keen insights here.

Do you apply scrutiny before using your sword?

There are many conflicts within and without. And an awareness regarding a conflict can bring a strong desire to defend, protect, attack, and destroy. However, one must be aware of the hidden layers and be careful against schemes.Read the rest

“Our energy field is a software, and every chemical reaction in our body is a hardware response.” ~ Roman Vaynshtok ~ This month we are honored to share the knowledge and wisdom of Master Reiki healer, Roman Vaynshtok and you can read his Bio on our Community page. We celebrate the connections with many here that are committed to serve in the Consciousness Movement, Holistic Education and Living, Healing & Mindfulness practices, and the changes we are undergoing in the transformation of our human evolution. Roman is one such individual, a shining soul dedicated and lovingly giving everyday as Founder of Peace and Balance Reiki Center

Our biofield consists of the energies flowing inside and outside our body. This flow of energy and information has a direct effect on our health. The term biofield is relatively new; it was first mentioned in 1992 by the National Institutes of Health. The latest research has found that our biofield reacts to our mental and emotional state.Read the rest

Every now and then you stumble upon some random and perhaps, an appointed meeting that deeply impacts and stays with you long after. This happened with a new friend, Lauren Virnoche of Ecotone Herbs. Her “Farm Update” arrived just as we entered this holiday season. What a gift to discover the connections with the land, celebrating the bounty, and one another. Shared here with great gratitude. Read on…

The garlic is planted and tucked in under a blanket of straw, hemp flowers are removed from stalks, the crops are in from the fields, and for the most part I’m focused on processing and storing this year’s harvest.  Some herbs are dried and removed from stem, some frozen, some soaked in alcohol or vinegar, some distilled to capture their essence.  Every herb has a unique story to tell and a different way to express it – a flavor – to translate it into a language our bodies can receive in one way or another.  Read the rest

Jumping right into this month with useful health tips and a homemade project that will nourish your well-being. Esperanza Smith, our Founder & Executive Director, holistic healer and educator, writer and speaker shares the why and how of caring for the largest organ of your body. Know what it is? 

We all have heard of the phrase, “Beauty is only skin deep”. We are putting a spin on it and giving you a holistic perspective that does imply that Beauty IS skin deep, very Deep!

As the weather gets chillier for many and draws us more indoors, you may notice shifts in your body, mind, and soul. You may also have your attention drawn to some homemade projects that you put off over the warmer months and can focus on now. If autumn has set in with winter approaching, as you experience weather changes, temperatures dropping along with the heater, a fireplace, or woodstove you’re now using, you may also notice changes in your skin.… Read the rest

As September rolls around so many families and individuals make ready for and settle into another school year. We share this with you as helpful reminders to fully embrace your educational experience of body, mind, soul within an academic journey. After this journey, having rooted these practices will carry over into other aspects of your life with a positve influence. Jori Hamilton is an experienced writer residing in the Northwestern U.S. She covers a wide range of subjects but takes a particular interest in covering topics related to mindfulness, health and wellness, and productivity. Learn more about Jori on Twitter: @hamiltonjori.

Finding Gratitude in College

There are many periods of life that can be stressful — and college ranks high on that list. It doesn’t matter if you’re a young adult launching out into life on your own for the first time or you’re an older adult that is balancing a family and career while attending classes, the strains and general busyness of life can be overwhelming when you’re pursuing higher education.… Read the rest

David W. Berner, (Bio on our Community page), has been inspiring many readers and aspiring writers as well. With several published books, a strong following with his Writer Shed Stories, now going on Volume 3, is how Esperanza Smith, Founder of PureEsperanza and David first connected through Chicago Writer’s Association. David possesses an uncanny ability to create that “space” of his ideallyic and real writing shed that invites us in and lets us experience the musings of his soul. This month, sit back on a summer day, sip a cool refreshing beverage and enjoy this one.

Not far from my house in the busy downtown area of a nearby village is the new and unlikely home for a family of birds. My wife spotted it the other evening. Tucked inside the letter C in the big 3D sign of the U.S. Post Office building was what appeared to be a mother wren and her recently hatched babies.… Read the rest

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