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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Bronzite Stone is a protective and grounding mineral that helps to restore harmony in your life. It strengthens your self-confidence and self-esteem, especially in situations where you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or powerless. Bronzite healing properties help to alleviate any feelings of doubt or indecisiveness. This particular bronzite meaning makes this a very beneficial stone to use when considering plans for the future.

Bronzite stones help you to take responsibility for your actions, while balancing, grounding and stabilizing your energy body in the process. Bronzite healing properties not only repel, but send back the negative energies to the sender. They instill the inner strength and courage to follow through with your actions to pave way for your dreams to come true.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Selenite wand (pictured) is the ideal energy tool for all types of energy cleansing. Everyone needs one in their home. It is one of the the very few minerals that has the ability to quickly unblock stagnant energy and remove negative energy. Place one on each of your windowsills to protect your space and raise its vibration. Selenite crystals also greatly magnify the energy of anything that is placed upon them. Place your tumbled stones on top of them to clear their energy. 💎
Selenite is one of our must-have crystals—it’s one that we both wear each and everyday. It is a mineral that holds a very, very high vibration, working on many different energetic levels to cleanse, purify and clear your body of any negativity or energy blockages. Selenite crystals dispel all negative energy from the body and mind, bringing calming energies, deep peace and mental clarity.
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Unknown to many, Selenite also promotes fertility as well as unlocks any creative blocks. It is excellent for healers, light workers and people in the public to wear, as they act as an energetic shield surrounding your aura. Some even believe that its' natural ability to cleanse, purify and create energy flow throughout the entire energy system will help to restructure and regenerate cells. It is often used in holistic medicine treatments for physical healing, including cancer treatment and tumor reduction. 💎
Wearing a selenite necklace also shields and protects you from lower energy frequencies, especially energy vampires, spirits or ghosts. Selenite is a form of liquid light that infuses your aura and spirit with white light when worn or held.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} An Andalusite stone is very powerful for psychic protection, grounding and motivation. Carry it with you when you are feeling anxious, stressed or fearful to help you feel more secure and protected.

Since ancient times, Andalusite stones have been used for protection. They believed that the Andalusite meaning as a sign from God, as it has a very unique, natural black cross within it. Andalusite stones carry a very highly protective vibration, especially for psychic protection. In ancient times, it was used to ward off the evil eye and any negativity directed at them. An Andalusite Stone is a powerful healing stone for focus and grounding, helping to strengthen all of your chakras so that you feel more balanced. It increases your motivation and willpower, so that you are fully focused on your task or goal. The andalusite metaphysical properties include having a deep connection with the Earth. When you hold these stones in your hands, you will feel a spiritually grounding and comforting energy. It helps you to change any negative energy into positive, fostering harmony and peace. Andalusite stones are also wonderful stones to carry when you are feeling fearful, depressed, anxious or stressed, as it helps to relieve stress and leaves you feeling more secure. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Peacock Ore’s (also called Chalcopyrite) rainbow color surrounds you with light to inspire positivity. It is a stone of creativity, innovation and blessings that helps to increase creative energies and stimulate new ideas. Hold it in your hands and say: Negative energy will not enter my space. I am surrounded by light and peace. This will amplify its properties for peace and protection.

Chalcopyrite is a wonderful meditation stone because it breaks up energy blockages to open up the crown chakra. It is also believed to be one of the strongest healing stones in the mineral kingdom, as it has the ability to align every chakra when placed upon it. Using it in body layouts causes a transformative experience that removes negative energy and replaces it with strong, positive energy. Meditating with them on a regular basis increases your intuition and helps you to become more in tune with the universe. It is also said to help us overcome the idea of “perfection,” encouraging us to embrace who we are and accept ourselves. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Tourmaline is one the ultimate protection crystals. If you are looking to clear, cleanse and unlock any energy blockages in your home, place a piece of Black Tourmaline in each of the 4 corners of the room or at the 4 corners of your property. This creates a protective shield of energy to ensure that no negative and harmful energy permeates your space. The human body is constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. When you come in contact with people everyday, you often pick up some of their energy. To maintain a balanced mind, body and spirit, you want to make sure that your energy is 100% your own, so knowing how to remove negative energy from your energy field is key. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} One of the oldest stones on the planet, Shungite is a must-have for any crystal collection. All gemstones have healing qualities, but in the case of this super stone, the unique purifying and cleansing properties of shungite make it unlike any of the other protection crystals. Found only in Russia, shungite has been a source of healing since long before the discovery of fullerenes within the stone. The natural fullerenes within this carbon dense stone have the ability to reduce the concentration of free radicals. That's why we always recommend setting shungite protection properties on your desk, to shield against the free radicals cast off by your tech devices. It's also great to place shungite in a glass of water to create a healing elixir. The high-carbon content within shungite acts as a filter. Modern water filtration systems use active charcoal carbon for the same reason. In Karelia, Russia, where shungite is found, they've been using shungite in their water for centuries! 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Onyx is one of the best crystals for protection because it facilitates better decision making. In connecting with a black onyx protection crystal, you can work to shield your energy from regressing into negative habits or patterns. It's ideal for releasing tension, and guides you to find grounding within. Use black onyx to find stability during times of turmoil in your relationships. The self-confidence this stone imbues you with comes from that sense of balance within. It will encourage you to pursue your dreams without fear. Wear it as protection crystal jewelry and always have a bodyguard to shield your inner spirit from unwanted intrusions. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Energy is your most precious human resource. Your energy makes you, you. Your physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy and spiritual energy all contribute to how you feel and show up to your life on a day to day basis. 
Your mind, body and spirit are constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. Even when you do your best to maintain a positive mindset, you are still susceptible to the energies of others and your surroundings. When your co-worker or loved one is stressed, you may pick up that energy and take it on as your own. If you walk into a room where an argument just occurred, your energy field picks up the energetic residue left in the space. This is why it’s of utmost importance to prioritize protecting your energy.

When you feel safe, secure and energized on all levels, you just feel good. You are grounded, calm and able to make better decisions. Your performance at work sky rockets. Your relationships become easier. And your home feels like a safe, harmonious haven.

So what can you do to protect your energy? That’s where crystal energy comes into play. Throughout this week on the @ecobeautyeditor feed, you’ll learn what crystals are best for protection of your space and your energy.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK This week’s @ecobeautyeditor feed will be guest edited by Heather and Timmi from (my all-time favourite) crystal house, @energymuse The women are going to be talking about crystals for energy protection — one of the most overlooked health and wellness subjects on the planet IMO. We are actually first and foremost energetic beings, so it makes complete sense that we would need to put certain protocols in place to protect (and nourish) our energy reserves. If you’re a crystal lover like me, stay tuned to find out what ones Heather and Timmi recommend, and why.
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  • #NATURALMASCARAWEEK @w3llpeople claim their Expressionist Mascara is a “boundary-breaking formula that creates big, bold, fluffy lashes instantly”… and they’re absolutely spot on. I know a big frustration when trying natural formulas can be the lack of volume, the crumbling and the like—you don’t have to worry with this one. This botanical blend boasts pure mineral pigments, which deliver jet-black lashes, all the while the injection-moulded rubber brush helps to separate and define. 100 percent cruelty-free, petroleum-free, paraben free, gluten-free, coal tar-free, aluminum-free, fiber-free, and clump-free.

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  • #NATURALMASCARAWEEK Winner of the Green Bible Beauty Award, @lilylolousacanada ’s vegan mascara is formulated with organic botanicals, which work as an anti-bacterial—a super handy fact when it comes to mascara, where bacteria can quickly grow. Expect volumizing and defining, thrown in with a good dose of lengthening. Definitely a natural mascara must-have.

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Janelle Brunton-Rennie, Living Consciously

June 27, 2018
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Janelle Brunton-Rennie is well-known in New Zealand—and not just for her PR agency, Media Jam. She is a publicist on a mission to promote businesses with a social and ethical conscience, all the while inspiring those who are keen to live consciously.

Despite her many highs, with accolades for her publicity prowess and celebrations in her “former life” as a triathlete and bodybuilder, there have also been considerable lows: Janelle has navigated her way through hyperthyroidism, adrenal fatigue and bodybuilding breast implant illness. Another devastating blow came shortly after the birth of her first baby, Sage, in 2017—husband Kurt was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, turning their new parenting celebrations into panic. It was now all about survival.

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With Kurt’s conventional cancer treatment over, and the road to full recovery looking promising, Janelle Brunton-Rennie is settling into life post-flight or fright. With that, she says, has come a rebirth: a new woman who has a mission even greater than before. Beyond sharing her family’s journey as a way of giving hope to others, she recently started sharing her personal journey on Instagram and continues to work with businesses and entrepreneurs who give back.

Janelle Brunton-Rennie and I talked about where she has been and where to from here…

Janelle Brunton-Rennie has been through tough times, only to shine and help others.

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How did your natural beauty and wellness journey begin?

I ended up working and training (marathon, triathlon, bodybuilding) far too hard for far too long and as a result I burnt out. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and adrenal fatigue and all of a sudden I had to learn to make friends with my body, rather than beat it up and push it so hard.

I learnt how to meditate and practice mindfulness and I also started reading a huge number of books on wellness and as a result I quickly learnt how important what we put into and onto our body is. I’m embarrassed to say that when I was body building I lived on a low calorie diet of Coke Zero (*shudder*), black coffee, chicken breast, egg whites and low carb vegetables—six times a day! I prioritised being ‘lean’ over being healthy and it really took it’s toll.

Now I’m a passionate whole-foods, plant based vegan and haven’t touched a Coke product in five years or more! I changed out all the chemicals in our household… embraced brands like Eco Store and Earthwise and food wise brands like Ceres Organics and Chantals Organics among others, and I also made the switch to non toxic, natural, organic and of course cruelty free beauty brands.

I learnt that our skin absorbs whatever we put on to it (think about how a nicotine patch works). It’s our largest organ and we have to ensure we’re keeping all those nasty chemicals off it, and thus out of our system. Going down the toxin and chemical-free path is a bit like going down the rabbit hole, you can never come back up the same person once you start to educate yourself and learn about dangers of the constant toxic load we are exposing our selves and our families to every day!

Why is it so important to you?

If we don’t have our health, what do we have? In my own journey back to health I became SUPER passionate about eco-conscious, toxin free living, and this has only been amplified since I became a mum late last year, and since my husband was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer early this year.

What has become clear to me is that modern lifestyles are making people sick, very sick, and we have to change the way we are living, and reduce the toxic load on our systems. This starts with the way we eat, the chemicals we use in our household and on our skin/nails and hair and even our WIFI and our cellphones!

How tough is it to share what you’ve been through and what you’re going through?

Janelle Brunton-Rennie and her daughter, Sage.

Janelle Brunton-Rennie and her daughter, Sage.

It was tough, super tough. When you share something like this with the world, you want to make sure you honour it in the right way. The reality is that I’m not the first new mum to be faced with the challenges we have had this year when my husband was diagnosed with cancer, and unfortunately I won’t be the last.

The last five months have been the most challenging of our lives. I genuinely almost lost my seemingly strong, healthy, fit and indestructible husband to cancer—and it was terrifying. He was the strong pillar propping me up whist I was trying to run a business with a newborn baby! I wanted to share our journey in a very real and honest way, but also in a positive way. There are so many ups and downs—some huge lows—and if I wasn’t honest about those, it wouldn’t be fair to anyone else who had walked this path before us, or will walk it after us.

I have had to balance running a company, with being a mum to a small baby (Sage was just four months old when Kurt was diagnosed) and with helping Kurt and being there for him as much as possible—and it’s been one almighty juggle. It’s seen my adrenal fatique threaten a small come back too, and I’m just so grateful that I had already learnt how to look after myself and my own health as the last five months would have taken an even greater toll had I not had the tools already.

Beauty is on the inside, it radiates out of somebody and has a certain glow to it that no beauty product can replicate.

We chose to share our journey so that we might be able to help anyone else who has to go through the same thing that we did. We are very, very lucky in that Kurt’s cancer turned out to be treatable and with a good prognosis and he’s making a good recovery. We are also now very grateful for the challenges that we have navigated this year together – it’s changed the very fabric of who we are at what feels like a cellular level.

What is the Janelle Brunton-Rennie take on authentic wellness and beauty?

Beauty is on the inside, it radiates out of somebody and has a certain glow to it that no beauty product can replicate. To me beauty is an an energy, a frequency even, it’s kindness, it’s love, it’s authenticity and a genuine want to help and inspire people from a very special place deep within your soul.

Authentic beauty and wellness is understanding that what you feed your body and your mind matters. It’s not a miracle ‘anti-ageing’ cream—it’s empowering women to step into their true selves, and follow their true calling, from a place of true connectivity, inspiration and love.

How has your view of beauty changed over the years?

Janelle Brunton-Rennie in her weightlifting days.

Janelle Brunton-Rennie, once a professional bodybuilder.

My view of beauty used to be the perfect body, and the perfect hair, most probably influenced by toys like Barbie, and TV shows like Baywatch when I was growing up. We’re so used to being told how we should look, and what society considers beautiful and it places huge pressure on women, and increasingly on men too to look a certain way. But I think this is changing, I think women are standing up and saying no. They’re pushing back against brands who tell us that ageing is a bad thing (it’s an honour and a privilege to grow older), and we’re supporting and embracing brands who make us feel good about ourselves, rather than not thin/tall/blonde/booby/pretty/taught enough.

Consumers are also putting huge pressure on companies to go cruelty free, and to even take more responsible for the effect their product and packaging has on our environment (the ban the microbead campaign is a great example of this).

Why did you decide to focus on conscious-minded businesses in your own PR business?

Once I had learnt how to manage my own health and become well again I decided I could never work with brands who were contributing to poor health in others. I made a conscious decision to only work with brands and people who are doing good in the world, and are trying to help people and our planet and ultimately be a force for good and for much needed change. Brands who empower women to feel their best, rather than make them feel inadequate for not looking a certain way, and certainly not brands who test on animals.

I’m also a passionate supporter of NZ made and ethically produced, sustainable fashion brands – you can’t empower women in one country by dis-empowering them in another (fast fashion is not okay).

What is your daily routine and what do you incorporate into it to try and stay in balance when you’ve got so much going on?

When I was pregnant I went SUPER basic with my skincare and regime and pretty much just used facial oils, coconut oil and a natural solid deodorant bar. Earlier this year, with the huge increase in stress, worry, anxiety, sleepless nights and a small baby I looked in the mirror and decided I needed to ‘up the anti’ so to speak and give my skin a little more to help it cope as the stress and broken sleep was really starting to take it’s toll.

At the moment I use Ultraceuticals Hydrating Milk Cleanser, B2 Hydrating Serum and Rich Moisturiser Cream in the morning, and I add in their Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum in the evening too. It’s a paraben-free and cruelty free cosmeceutical brand and I’ve honestly seen a big change in my skin since I stepped up my regime earlier this year.

janelle brunton-rennieMakeup-wise my skin is looking great and I try and go make up free now whenever possible. That being said I love Osmosis Pressed Base, Bare Minerals Bronzer, Tailor Skincare’s Glow Pot, and although I’m also a huge Inika Organic fan, I am LOVING my new Iris and Indigo Levitate Mascara and I also pop on Karen Murrell Blushing Rose Lipstick when ever I’m headed out the door.

I wash my hair once a week and use Ethique Heali Kiwi Shampoo and their Wonderbar Solid Conditioner Bar which are amazing—so great for a sensitive, dry scalp like mine. I also LOVE Ethiques Solid Deodorant Bar.

Weekly I use Plantae Organic Skincare’s Brightening Camelia Face Polish. I also have about 20 Hurraw Lip Balms floating around the house, car and various hand bags so there is one within arms reach at all times.

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I will change my beauty and skincare regime depending on how my skin is looking and feeling, and how much stress I’ve got going on. Sometimes there will be periods where a good facial oil will feel like that’s enough, and other times, like now I feel like I need a little more help – and that’s okay, it’s important to honour your own changing needs as they arise.

What are your all-time favourite beauty products and beauty foods?

Water, water water. We don’t drink or cook with tap water—no one needs all that added chlorine and fluoride. Instead we have water delivered. I understand this is a luxury, but it’s something we have prioritised since Kurt’s diagnosis.

Avocados and coconut oil are a staple in our house. Our baby Sage LOVES avocado!

Oils. I love body oils, and I love mindfully applying a body oil each day. I believe it’s really important to take the time to consciously appreciate our glorious body for truly how remarkable it really is! I spent years berating my body, and now I spend time everyday honouring her, and telling her how much I love and appreciate her. She grew us our beautiful baby girl after all.

People who inspire you?

janelle brunton rennieSunniva Holt. I thoroughly respect and admire Sunniva’s authentic stance on making a difference in the world and helping to encourage women step into their true selves.

I’ve also developed a massive lady crush on the gorgeous Jessie Gurunathan, her ethos and integrity is nothing short of inspirational and she truly glows from in the inside out!

And Makaia Carr – that women is nothing short of inspiration personified! 

What else inspires Janelle Brunton-Rennie?

I’m genuinely so excited by the conscious beauty and wellbeing shift that is going on around us. I love seeing the rise of sites like www.ohnatural.co.nz and their amazing product offering. I’m so encouraged by women rising up and demanding more transparent practices, ethically produced products and being so much more aware of whats in their beauty products and what they’re putting on to their skin. Something really special is going on, and I’m truly honoured to be a a part of it.

Find out more about Janelle Brunton-Rennie at mediajam.co.nz and on Instagram at @janellebruntonrennie