What Does The Year Of The Dog Mean For Your Chinese Zodiac Sign? Here’s What To Expect No Matter What Year You Were Born

By Brittany Bennett

On Feb. 16 the world will celebrate the Chinese New Year, welcoming the Year of the Dog in like the good doggo it is — we hope. A new year means new zodiac predictions for the 365 days ahead. So, what does the Year of the Dog mean for your Chinese zodiac sign? Whatever animal represents your Chinese zodiac, there’s one major theme grounding all of the signs — meaning that even if you’re not a Dog sign, you’re going to be affected by the Year of the Dog anyway.

This is the Year of the Dog, but it’s important to note what kind of dog. In short, there are five elements that represent each zodiac. Those are: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. 2018 is the year of the Earth Dog, so imagine this year as a loyal Golden Retriever sprawled across your feet. While the year will affect each sign differently, the element of Earth seems to be universal.

Horoscopes.com writes, “The element of earth will become very important to all signs this year, bringing more groundedness and stability. Where last year may have had you scrambling to keep up with all the opportunities coming your way, this year you get to settle into one or more of them, and start feeling confident and at ease.” Where we all might have felt hectic last year, we’ll have a chance to settle down and enjoy the treats we’ve earned.

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Paste that list of goals on your refrigerator. Rats are driven. Remember the pizza rat? Stairs and a slice three times the creatures size was just a mere obstacle for the rat’s ultimate goal to enjoy the ultimate feast trackside. You’ll get the enjoy the slice — the whole pie, rather — this year. Horoscopes.com suggests, “during the year of the earth Dog, you may find that you’re more determined than ever to make some of your larger goals happen. You’ve put all the smaller steps into place, and now it’s time to reap the rewards of all your hard work.”

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Is your inbox piling up with invites? Say yes, even if you might fear being a bit uncomfortable at first. Horoscope.com writes, “Your desire to build more good fortune in your life grows by leaps and bounds as you get to know the right people, and put the right plans into place.” Being in the right place at the right time around the right people could be the norm this year. Use the support and energy to put your big plans into motion.

Tiger

It’s a totally socially conscious reawakening for the Tiger in the Year of the Dog. Karmaweather.com predicts, “the Tiger is more concerned with his spiritual well-being, and discovers with astonishment the strength and beneficial protection of an altruistic behavior. More concerned about preserving the environment, the Tiger also evolves in his consumption habits. The Tiger, if it wasn’t already the case, now tends to favor the consumption of healthier, seasonal and locally produced food.” Get out your canvas bags and your yoga mat, because you’ll be more committed than ever this year to do some good.

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Thanks to the theme of stability your bank account may benefit. Horoscopes.com writes, “Even your financial situation gets a boost from the Earth element, and you can see your funds grow through careful decision-making. Let a little of your normal reserve go, and have fun this year!” Perhaps you’ll be inspired to figure out a budget, or pad your savings account, so you can enjoy a night out without worrying about depleting the funds for your future!

Dragon

Interestingly enough in terms of compatibility, the sign of the Dragon is opposite to the Dog. This makes 2018 a little bit more of a challenge for the Dragon. However, Karmaweather.com assures, “Earth with a Yang polarity, element of the year 2018, is in harmony with the stable element of the Dragon, which is also Earth. Because of this correspondence, he is able to face more confidently the negative events he may have to confront if he’s not on his guard.” Anything that might pose as a challenge can be handled with ease.

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 2018 is all about refueling. If there are people obstructing your slithering path, you might need to whip out the rattler to warn them out of your way. The focus is on becoming better, so don’t let anyone hold you back. Horoscopes.com writes, “Self-improver though you are, you’re also mastering new skills like resilience, courage and renewed energy. Just make sure you get your beauty sleep each night!” Sssslay!

Horse

The horse may need to concentrate more on the herd this year. Karmaweather.com predicts, “During the Year of the Dog 2018, the Horse is more centered on the needs of his home and family. It’s for the better, because it’s a period during which his plans for long distant journeys are put on hold.” While big leaps may be put on hold for right now, there’s no better time to strengthen your home base.

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In a wonderful world of interspecies friendships, goats and dogs might not be the fairytale friendship we hope it to be. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean the Year of the Dog will be hard for goats. Actually, relationships will get a great boost. Horoscopes.com says, “Relationships soar around mid-year, when you finally can’t hold your feelings in anymore. Thankfully, they’re returned, and the sky’s the limit! Friends, family, and other loyal cohorts pick you up when things are challenging, and get you back on your feet.” Loyalty isn’t a trait reserved only for Golden Retrievers. Even if this year shows obstacles, you’ll have a support system to help you through.

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This year is all about balance. Horoscopes.com says, “Though you get ahead in money and at work through steady application of your skills, you may be forced into uncomfortable situations with people you don’t like.” Take this year a day at a time, and work on being a team player.

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The energy of the year is focused on you! Horoscopes.com suggests to expect, “The year of the earth Dog highlights dependability, building loyalty at work and in relationships, and certainly building material wealth.” This year is like learning how to play fetch. It’s about showing your skill and working on building stronger, beneficial relationships that will ultimately lead to success in the future.

Pig

Take care of yourself, Pig! Karmaweather.com suggests, “The Pig must take great care of his expenses, especially in the middle of the year, and particularly around May 2018, at the risk of being caught up in money problems or realizing too late that he has invested at a loss.” There’s no reason to freak, but it’s good to be cautious about spending habits and their consequences this year to benefit your ultimate comfort. And comfort is something a pig certainly enjoys.

Source: What Does The Year Of The Dog Mean For Your Chinese Zodiac Sign? Here’s What To Expect No Matter What Year You Were Born

How to Make Cannabis Lube for Valentine’s Day · High Times

How to Make Cannabis Lube for Valentine’s Day

Written by Monica Lo & Scott Peabody from Sous Weed
. Photos by Monica Lo.

Every year when Valentine’s Day rolls around, discussions turn to natural aphrodisiacs, whether it be chocolate or oysters. Alas, most of this talk is all hype—the truth is, oysters aren’t nature’s Viagra, they just look vaguely vaginal.

The good news is that when it comes to putting us in the mood for love, cannabis is the genuine article. Aside from stimulating all the right parts of your biggest sexual organ (we’re talking about the brain, calm down), our sensual friend Mary also has a soothing side when used topically.

So how to apply this knowledge?

That being the case, we opted to use some of our favorite fats, coconut and avocado oil, and went tropical with mango massage oil and pineapple lube. But before things get slippery, it occurs to us that some of you might be leery about applying tropical fruits on your most delicate bits, and we’re happy to put your fears to rest.

First off, sugar isn’t fat soluble, so spoilage isn’t an issue. A more pressing concern is that tropical fruits contain enzymes that can be used to tenderize meat (gasp!), but here again, there’s nothing to fret about: these enzymes aren’t heat stable and will be fully denatured (inactivated) by the infusing process. Phew!

The consistency of the finished cannabis-infused lubricant.

It’s also important to note that oil-based lubricants are not for everyone. If you’re using oil-based lubricants with condoms, the latex may weaken and break. Not so fun.

With that out of the way, you just need to get cooking before things get steamy.

For that, we turn to our favorite infusion technique: sous vide. This means placing decarbed cannabis, fat and aromatics in a zip-sealed bag and cooking in a precise temperature water bath, thanks to a gadget called an immersion circulator, which ensures optimal THC extraction with no risk of overcooking.

With the right tools at your disposal, we give you these recipes for romance, to make your V-Day truly magical.

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Avocuddle Lube

Makes: 8 oz

Ingredients:
• 8 oz avocado oil, cold-pressed (or substitute with virgin coconut oil)
• 1/2 oz ground cannabis, decarbed (add more or less depending on your desired potency)
• 2 oz dried pineapple with no additives or sugar, optional*

Directions:

1. First you need to decarb your ground cannabis to activate the THC. Wrap the ground cannabis in foil and place in the oven at 310ºF for 10 to 18 minutes. You know it’s ready when it starts smelling like a Christmas tree.

2. Set your sous vide water bath to 85ºC (185ºF).

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3. Pour the avocado or coconut oil in zip seal bag and add the warm, decarbed trim. Seal the bag using the water displacement method and place into the water bath to sous vide for 4 hours to fully infuse.

4. After 4 hours, gently remove bag from water bath and let cool.

5. Strain out the cannabis and solids with a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth and discard.

6. Keep the oil in a cool dark place.

*The dried pineapple adds a warm tropical scent to lubricant and tastes quite nice. Sugar does not dissolve in oil so no worries about yeast infections!

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Source: How to Make Cannabis Lube for Valentine’s Day · High Times

hello 2018

It’s been a long time…

We haven’t been slacking off in the past couple of years, quite the opposite in fact. We’ve been navigating the obstacle course called life. Illness, finances, family events, grief, and separation have honed our skills at ducking, dealing and defeating the seemingly olympian trials that 2016 and 17 brought our way.

2018 is looking a lot better!

We’re weird that way. We see opportunities where some would run and hide. You see, we excel at turning less than desired stuff into pure gold.  As it runs out we’ve been diagnosed with a couple of chronic illnesses resulting in chronic pain (among other things). With some hu,our, a few tears and lots of comparing notes, we’ve managed to get a handle on it all – mostly.

Prescriptions and setbacks slowed us down. One of us had to detox from the what were dangerous and harmful side effects of these prescribed toxins. For a while there it wasn’t looking too pretty. Coincidentally, during this recovery and self discovery period, medical cannabis exploded in Canada. (smiles here)  We, meaning the two of us, decided that it was a course of action that we should take a good look at. We are chilled chicks after all albeit older ones. (Think 50+) We both obtained our medical cards and have slowly brought our individual aches and pain under control.. The rest as they say has become recent history. The pain hasn’t disappeared for either one of us, but we’ve found some relief from the constant aches and wicked pain.

That discovery became extremely relevant to us. Part of our healing process involved spending weekends working together on workshop samples and just creating for the hell of it. This was a long way from working out on the beach, but it became our salvation. We would take our places on either side of the table, share a good mea, have tons of laughs with a couple of cannabis breaks and create art. We learned how to quiet the bark and clobber the bite of the chronic pain monster.

We’re artists and teachers which makes us resilient by trade, crazy by nature and tenacious educators. But we had to face the fact that the days of wrangling in a classroom are gone. Long gone. The desire to teach and share however is ever-present and burning desire – it’s a calling. So we’re embarking on a new phase.

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In the future you’ll be seeing articles about how to care for yourself, connections and links to programs that lift the spirit, info on natural health and nutrition.We’re sharing what our experiences are and keeping it real. We’re also creating cannabis friendly creative workshops for med card holders that need to get their asses out of the house when they feel like poop. We promise you’ll feel good when you get here!

And how about an online series for those of us who just can’t make it out to a physical workshop? Have a bit of patience we’ll be rolling it all out slowly, because pacing yourself is one of the keys to feeling good and we’re all healing.

Sending and wishing you the best vibes.

Fearlessly,
Chilled Chicks

 

The Chronic Pain Funk 

When you have chronic pain you make excuses.  It’s inevitable.

The pain creeps up on you and cancels your plans. It may be escorted by depression and fatigue. After a while your friends think your blowing them off and you stop getting those invites. You’re no longer comfortable sitting for hours at a movie or chatting. and you can forget events that require you to stand for the duration. Even with the best of intentions, a flare can knock the wind out of your sails pretty quickly.

What You Want, Really, Really Want….

You want a community of people who understand what you’re going through.

You don’t want to deal with stigma, drama or anything that’s going to piss you off or make you sad.

You want to laugh. You need to laugh!

You want to create something  without being intimidated

You don’t want to drop a lot of cash, cause – life

You want to make something meaningful, beautiful, and soul lifting

You want to not feel pain for a few hours (days if possible)

You want to be creative when the time is good for you

You want what a recipe for making your soul feel good.

 

Some help

Join a group or community that you share an interest with.

Make sure that the people/community you decide to join have no judgements about your illness, or your decided course of wellness whether it’s cannabis or other natural remedies or pharmaceuticals.

There are a few artists offering free workshops online that are very  empowering. These are a good way of taking your time to create projects you choose, and they allow you to participate at times that are god for your schedule. They also most often include a community of like-minded people. Many are uplifting or soul shifting projects in nature./

If you have mobility and inclination sign up for a workshop outside the home. Mobility, socializing and creative practice are all components to good overall health and wellness for those with chronic illnesses.  Look for our upcoming workshops this spring…

Personal experience, classroom observations and research data show that the act of creating lessens pain, heightens pleasure and stimulates serotonin. I have seen Parkinson patients in my classes have their tremors completely cease when they pick up a paintbrush. One client who suffers from completely body tremors requiring assistance to walk at times comes to mind. He is draw linear lines freehand when he has a paintbrush in hand. Many clients reported a decrease or absence of pain when engaged in a creative project.

The seven realms of a positive life experience for people with chronic pain are:
medication/medical – support community/social interaction – exercise/movement – spiritual practice – nutrition – healthy sleep ethic – creative pursuits
I’ll be discussing the seven realm in detail in upcoming posts.

And finally don’t be so hard on yourself. Worrying can intensify your physical pain.
Accept your limitations, know when to relax.

Ti

 

 

Give Yourself Permission

You never know what kind of sacrifices a person has to make to lead the semblance of a “normal” life.

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Here at Chilled Chicks we have had this conversation too many times to count. One never knows glancing at another in passing, what their inner battles might be. Some people suffer in silence with depression and anxiety. The very thought of pulling it together to show face can be overwhelming and exhausting. There are no words for the sheer energy expelled to lift yourhead off the pillow and put on the false face of normalcy.

Then there are the growing number that we are struggling with; chronic pain, FMS and a host of other physically debilitating, misdiagnosed ailments. Your head and your heart want to get out there, connect, socialize, celebrate, create or just be able to do the day to day mundane things that need to be done.384717049ee69f2691498e721901ca53Here’s the price that you know you might pay though and it’s pretty steep. You have to knowingly choose to live a life knowing that one day of shopping, running around and a dinner will undoubtedly lead to the following day feeling like you need to be in traction and that with every beat of your heart,  the pain marches to a more chaotic beat. It may also leave you sweating, grunting and breathless.

 

Whatever your strug4924dc08a8709ab6d7bc7d02ff39c72dgles, do you stop living or do you push your way through knowing that you’ll feel like you’ve been kicked in the ass the next day? Some things are worth giving yourself permission to live in the moment. Get up and go out, have some fun, let your loved one take you to supper or a show, knowing that thenext day you may be on your on the couch. Honor yourself in as many ways as you can.

Give yourself permission to chill your ass out the next day with no regrets. Inform your tribe that they need to pick up some slack and show some understanding. Share your pain, accept help, take a stand for your own wellbeing and most of all  – Give yourself permission to live well and have fun.

Surrender

 

Can we talk about “surrender” for a moment? I consider myself to be an upward thinking, fairly  free spirited individual. Yet, time and time again the issue of surrender rears its head.  I confess that I’m one of those people who consults my cards when I’m looking for a word of guidance from my guardian angels. Often they remind me to “surrender” and frankly, sometimes I just don’t know what that means.

While just letting things happen may seem like a chill way of life, it’s not one that I’m personally able to incorporate completely. Whether due to a lack of faith or an overabundance of pragmatism, I find it hard to sit on my ass and let the chips fall where they may, or to run with my spirit and just create artwork all day.  Not to mention that our corporate run world doesn’t seem to have gotten that memo. “In order to grow a business I’m required to be present all the time. Blog posts, graphics, production and bills are something that have to be attended to daily. If I let the chips fall where they may I’ll lose any opportunity to create a prosperous life.”


Or is that true? Recently, due to events that are far beyond our control, I felt that I had no choice but to surrender.  Why and what did that mean? When 100 percent of your efforts fail to produce 50% of your needs – it’s time to surrender. To me that meant that I would let go of expectations and things that were out of my control, work on what I could, and make time for things that make my heart sing.

I still made the effort to complete my projects and maintain the essentials, but I let go of the outcome. It dawned on me that once I had done the best I could do with the finest of intentions, I was no longer responsible for the outcome. I couldn’t control the health of one partner nor the disinterest of another. I couldn’t control the economy, the teachers dwindling budgets nor maintain hold of something that was becoming more and more obvious that it wasn’t meant to be (at least in it’s current form).

Letting GO

Surrender also means listening to your body and giving it what it needs to be healthy this also includes feeding your mind and your heart. While things don’t always turn out the way you’d like, if you engage in the practice of surrender, they may turn out better and you may find more happiness.  It can be hard as hell to do though. All our lives we’re taught to strive more and you will mountains. Success, prosperity and abundance are one and the same. Illnesses, finances, life circumstances may beg to differ. You still have to work, but often not as hard as you think to achieve the peace you want.

Ironically, surrendering may require using great discipline! You have to diligently monitor your train of thought and actions. When the thought pops into your heads that you need to or can control everything that is happening to you or around you, that’s when you have to allow ( force) yourself to let that shit go!

Ask yourself realistically:
1.  What were my intentions? Did I do the best that I could with the information and skills I had at the time? Did I act honorably and with integrity?
2. Could I truly have prevented this from happening? Are/were these events beyond my control?
3. What have I learned from the experience? How will I use what I learned in future situations?
4. What can I incorporate in my life to give myself moments of “surrender”? eg. Nature walks, meditation, deep breathing exercise, reading, exploring new hobbies, being creative – journaling, art, music, socializing, etc
5.What can I eliminate to make room for more moments of Surrender?
eg. any business calls  or emails after 7pm, social media immersion after you get home, ditch the cell for a walk or me time activities, turn the tv off, fast food meals (take time to digest your meal), etc.

Let’s be real, the world isn’t suddenly going to do an about face, and if we want to get more out of our lives we have to identify what gives meaning to it and focus on those things however, whenever and where ever we can.

I love my business partners very much but we had to surrender to the fact that for different reasons we weren’t able to donate our time to grow our business. Kim is still working hard at establishing a new life and focusing on getting her health back after a couple of years of extremely trying experiences and Brandi has decided that she no longer wants to pursue this dream of ours for now.

I’ve been creating and using art to illuminate the deeper recesses of my Spirit, maintaining the basic social media functions of Chilled Chicks, working on getting my physical body healthy and my emotional system balanced.  A few commissions have been coming my way for jewelry pieces, a new website has been birthed, another is being re-designed, and long needed renos are being completed. In surrendering, I’m finding myself in a healthier place of self-love and things are still getting done.

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Plans are on hold for this year until we know what’s happening and we see where Spirit leads us. One thing that I’ve learned is that it is much more pleasant and a lot easier if you voluntarily make the decision to surrender. Spirit has a way of making you surrender. Better to do it while you’re standing, before you find yourself doing it on your knees.

We’re back! New Look and New Pace

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In the past nine months, to say that we’ve been through changes would be a gross understatement. It has been a trying time for the tribe.- recession based financial losses, health and family issues have deeply affected all os us in 2015. We’ve cried a lot between us, lost one of our sisters and still managed to have a few laughs along the way. We realized that we were falling into a trap of doing the exact opposite of our mission. We were not taking the time for self-care, we were worrying about circumstances that we couldn’t change and we were running far ahead of our capacity.

So we we’re taking a leisurely step back and focusing on getting healthy, developing an epic emporium of goods and working on spirit altering events and workshops. Along the way we’ll be sharing pics  and blogging about our experiences – good and otherwise.  A lot of groups encourage personal development and spiritual growth through complete and absolute positive focus. The reality is that our life journey are made up of  both positive and negative experiences and everything in bwtween. It is through sharing our stories that we lend strength to others by letting them know that we understand.

While we can share our experiences and talents with our tribe, it is in the exchange of energies that we learn and evolve. So, Cheers! Let’s have a toast to the next leg of our journeys and take this opportunity to support each other by keeping it real through the good, the bad, the heartbreaking and the wonderfully outlandish things that life throws at us.