Product & Development – almonds apothecary

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It’s no secret I am quite fond and currently propagating this wonderful plant ūüćĀ¬†and has been a staple in my medicine and beauty apothecary garden.

I am starting the initial phase of my product and development for Almonds Apothecary! It has truly quite been a few years in the making and I am still in shock that I’ll be rolling this out this presently!

I am curating a beauty and wellness line first launching in my airbnbs on the big island of Hawaii, catering to my local and international guests.

Sustainability has been a top priority when building this project and sourcing out post consumer materials and ethically sourced ingredients has been indeed a joyful journey. Will share more in the next posts!

Here I have invested in Doterra essentials oils, a must have and convenient reach for my most desired and used blends especially when I am traveling and on the go. I have teamed up with a gang of goddesses and have been creating these unique blends via inspiration and intuition. The first few products will be an indulgence for the senses, decadent and drama free intoxicating body washes, end of the day scrubs and take the time to just be and lather up lotions and mists.

Relaxing Mindful Rituals up ahead, AJ

Vital Proteins Partnership

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Yes, you read that right! I have partnered with Vital Proteins  a sustainably-sourced nutrition product company, promoting health, fitness and natural beauty. We do that by providing nourishing collagen and promoting our production of collagen Рan essential nutrient stripped from our diets by modern food-processing.

I stumbled upon my first product from the collagen based brand at my beauty studio in Waikiki, pressed for time and needing an immediate caffeine intake, I was quickly introduced by a colleague to this new brand we started carrying.

The Original Matcha Collagen flavor which is sourced from high-quality Japanese matcha green tea and grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hide to ensure top quality and maximum nutritional benefit.

  • Bioavailable: Collagen is easily digested and absorbed by the body.
  • ¬†Rich in Antioxidants: Matcha contains 137 times the amount of antioxidants as other green teas.
  • ¬†Beneficial: Helps to improve hair, skin, nails and joints, ligaments, tendons.
  • ¬†Easy to Use: No complicated preparation required! Simply dissolve into an 8 oz. glass of cold or hot water.

The coffee alternative, loaded with caffeine and a seal of approval being vegan and clean? I was intrigued and more than a willing participant to the magic. *I also initially thought, with green tea as a featured ingredient, I feel healthier in this journey already.

My first attempt to just try the new elixir, mixed hot water, the taste comes up as a surprising milky and a slight hint of sweetness. I had previously envisioned to be a more bland or bitter combination but was really impressed. I am definitely adding a few more components to it like macadamia milk and dark chocolate powder because this is what the taste preferences command these days.

I invite you along this wealth in wellbeing journey with me. If you follow me on the gram, you know how dedicated I’ve been.

Now to sprinkle a little magic in between, AJ

 

Get ready with me! – pop of color

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Hello! How are we all surviving 4/20 and taurus season week? I have entered this space with such new emotions and building a new mindset that how can we possibly turn things around from trials to triumph?!

After a much needed break, from all realms, I am excited to pick up where I left off.

Zooming with friends, family and now having to implement this new wave of communication, I have been thriving at this off time and it has been allowing me to view my own magic in a different light.

Getting ready these days are the barest of minimum. For this particular corporate call, I went with the theme, POPS OF COLOR to quickly transform from Mommy to Media Mogul ūüíč

I lightly dabbed some Josie Maran Skin dope oil all over my face, the rest, I weaved into my hair. I am fan of anything with multiple uses and this Argan / Hemp oil duo has been the go to during this effortless but with maximum effect look. I am a mother and dreamer so this type of quick fixes are a dream.

I then utilized ONE pigment color for my eyeliner and lip color, used 2 highlights and called it a day, well almost, I went out in the yard, picked a double blooming hibiscus and then was ready for the day ūü§≠

I used an Anastasia of Beverly Hills pro lip palette to create this look and I am sooooo glad I picked this gem up for my freelance kit.

What do you think?

I love that I just brought a wand & a half to execute a type of mood, vibe, a quick artist fire pick and just do the damn thing.

No excuses, Just effort, AJ

Fans Only-coming soon

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A unique opportunity has presented itself to me and I am excited to announce that I will be launching a fans only account that I will be sharing with you all very soon!

What better way to be involved in the mindful evolution of you and I at this time.

I have been constantly asked and had my time and energy consumed that the next step and phase of my work and platform will be elevated to this.

I am tickled and thrilled at the idea of you and I will be sharing a much more intimate and profound connection that will provide the ultimate personal luxury, growth.

Looking forward to sharing this space with you, AJ

 

Be your own coach

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During this quarantine I have devoted some deep thinking and dove right into my habits and have been constantly rewiring my inner being to arrive at a prime level. Since the shut down, I have been developing and fine tuning my focus and getting to know an activator role as a signature strength.

I googled a quick “how to tap in mentally and flip the switch.”

Here are six ways to maximize your strengths:
  1. realize your natural (known) strengths. …
  2. identify your hidden strengths. …
  3. strengthen your strengths. …
  4. manage your weaknesses and limit your learned behaviors. …
  5. daily reflection. …
  6. beware of overdone strengths.

These may seem like just words on a page however I encourage you to seek and get to know your own signature strengths! There are unlimited sources out there in the inter webs and the two websites I decided to partake in are Clifton Strengths  via the recommendation of a wellness conference I attended last year and Via Institute per the recommendation of my Yale professor.

Anyways, I have been actively pursing a more wholesome and active lifestyle. I’ve kept some vices but I have been stricter about my cheat day and choices. Having limited access to what my norm is totally fine. It’s part of the reboot and restarting process.

The lack of what has been consuming my time, maybe not even of the healthiest of ways has been replaced with the awareness that when one knows better, one does better.

Happy one month of commitment to me, AJ

Establishing a schedule that works for you.

Almonds Apothecary, Island Life

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Having all this time to myself goes beyond my wildest dreams. Even with a long wishlist of things to do, I am still finding myself adjusting to the massive amounts of time we have been blessed with.

Assessing the thoughts, minding our ways to slow down then wildly stumbling into the pains and pleasures of the mind!

This new world and its new set of rules have thrown off even my happy go lucky, anything goes spirit. I am realizing to smash these goals I’ve been randomly carrying around for years, THIS IS THE BEST TIME to utilize such talents and skills.

I am the type to have my preferred goddess rituals list done before I can even extend myself to others. This means, I start the day with a great solitude space and hours, or power hours. In this time block, I am able to meditate, exercise. channel the thoughts and visions that would be otherwise clouded from the days noise.

Next to that, sticking to my own personal beauty ritual. It varies day by day. Some days less is more, some days more is more. I can certainly adjust to the mood and emotions of the day. I am challenging myself to post more so I am driving myself to that commitment and goal!

After allll of that, I neeeeeeed to have a very inviting and entertaining space even just for one. It constitutes of a morning cup of caffeine and a few bowls of cannanis. Breakfast or Brunch may accompany it but I’m not too demanding of the 3rd details. The first two winning combination tho, MOST DEFINITELY.

NOW, this is the part where I can be flexible. Lessons with the keiki, gardening, exploring, dreaming, visualizing, being, resting….and all of these activities can take hours ¬†give or take.

During this downtime in quarantine, I am finding solace in the simplicity of these activities. Of course my city life is extreme in comparison but this reset has allowed me to view my priorities in a different way.

I NEED this type of routine and stability to create a boundary for myself and others. I have been so passive in being proactive that this complete overhaul and immediate call of adaptability has forced me to rewire and find out what works for the better.

I am very much still a free spirit. I come and go as I please, just this time, with a little more direction and discipline. Would you like to follow my progress? Add me on instagram! @almondjoyce

By having a streamline of enjoyable activities for the day allows me to make room for anything else that comes up. Of course each day seems like a trial and triumph…and a reflection of it will be posted here.

No promises, just actions, AJ

 

I am grateful. I am thankful.

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This is a mantra that I’ve held close to my being and existence for the past year. This silent and often repeated affirmations has kept me through character building times!

This photo was taken today, as I had a moment, coming full circle in the lessons I have endured and learned these last few years.

Even with the world as at a standstill.

I am exactly where I need to be. Right place, here now, AJ

Bud & Brunch

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During this quarantine, I wanted to make sure I concentrated in learning a few skills and routines to reset the mind, body, habits and soul.

Marveling that it was just not too long ago, in the beginning of this year, where the rut of the routine seemed too much to bear, the world has stopped and as a collective, we are able to go through this very trying and almost traumatic experience together.

I hope you are all taking the time to really reflect on the blessings we all possess. Sometimes too much…and in that case, I hope you are a blessing to others.

Present time, having all this time I’ve ever asked for, I marinated steaks in a seasoning I dubbed, “The Carol Baskins husbands disappearance dinner special” which was ode to the breakout hit on Netflix, Tiger King, I just thought it was a funny Segway in keeping my audience in a better light and tone for the day.

So I loaded up the lava grill, I placed dried oregano blooms I gathered from my lava apothecary and grilled the juicy AF steaks over it.

I served it with a sautée of garlic cauliflower, garden kale, pan fried potatoes and sweet peppers and not but least, just smashed butter potatoes.

We are in this together. AJ

Quarantine kine tings

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3/15/2020

That morning started out on high alert. Our staff was prepped and primed with the unfolding of this novel corona virus. We were told that our store would tentatively open until 8/9pm instead of its usual 11pm.

Hours later, a few minutes short of 6pm, management came on the floor with a very concerned look on their faces and ordered everyone to finish their purchases and head out of the building. No one could answer our questions let alone fill us in what’s going on.

That was the last day I was working, in Waikiki.

Later we heard that we had a possible infected staff with covid 19, but its turns out to be pneumonia. Still. It was enough to prompt a proper and swift shut down.

I stayed another week in Oahu until with the urgent persistent for me to get out there and get situated at my isolated cabin, far far far away from the heightened security and lockdown that will soon take over the island.

3/28/2020

Im listening to the rain pour over here in Puna with chorus of coqui frogs in the near and far distance.

The uncertainty of it all, these current times is mind boggling and I am doing my best to cope. I have taken upon myself to indulge in everything I have not made time for. Something as simple as reading a book that was gifted to me, two years ago by a client, putting my health and fitness forefront and at the end of this ordeal, I’m coming out stronger and focused!

As part of this collective, I am choosing to see the brighter side of this pandemic. I believe that its way for us to really look within ourselves and reset the programming which we have blindly been running on.

Stopping to smell the roses and planting a few more, AJ

right here, do the most now.

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I hope you are all taking the time to just be. I know it’ll take some time to adjust to the light and shadows of our current events so the best thing to do is just go with the flow!

WE all have the ideal scenario in our minds but we have to understand that in these present times, its best to be grounded but flexible AF.

These unprecedented times have allowed me to knock a few things off my list of things I’ve always wanted to do if I have ever been given the time.

This time around, as I’ve lived a few quarantine lives, I have am well equipped with the awareness of what my soul and family needs. There are certain levels of activity, both independently and as a unit that needs to be learned and refined.

On this particular morning, I have found the a harmonius delight of slow serving myself to a home made cup of coffee, something I have not done in too long, (years if I am wanting to be transparent here)

So take this time to reset, relax and replace those habits you’ve always wanted to alter or change.

Now is the perfect time to be oh so present, AJ