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    My Simple Self Care Routine on A Day of Rest

    Today is Home and Hearth day for me. A day of not being beholden to anyone but myself. A day to Just Be! How glorious that sounds! The last fourteen days have been full of work, work and more work 🙂 All work that I enjoy and have such a passion for, but it is time for my body to get some nurturing and my spirit to feel some support. I’m getting ready to head to my comfy chair where I read, meditate and write. I might even do some writing that has been on my mind and heart lately…some dreams that are recurring that need a voice and some…

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    Why Healing My Heart Is Just As Important As Healing My Body

    ho·lis·tic hōˈlistik/ adjective MEDICINE characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease. heal·ing ˈhēliNG/ nounthe process of making or becoming sound or healthy again. “the gift of healing” There is soooooo much information out there today on health and what it means. It feels very overwhelming to me a lot of the time and this is what I do as a career! Every day, it seems, there is a new diet that is going to cure all and be all to everyone. My brain has almost exploded with the amount of training I have…

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    Life Is Good

    Life is good.  I’m realizing that more and more each day that I take the time to see it.   I’m a very busy woman – ask anyone that knows me, I rarely slow down.  For the most part I like it that way.  Between practicing in the clinic, my essential oil business and working on my PhD program (yes I needed a second doctorate lol), my poor husband waves at me as I go.  Well, ok, it isn’t quite that bad – I do make time for him most evenings, although often I have knitting in my hand – I don’t sit still well.   But, with my increased…

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    Slowing Down

      This time of year seems to be so full of activity and craziness. I feel like I’ve been running on hyper-drive for weeks… probably because I have. Adding to the busyness of the season is the stress of life itself: bills, work, family, schedules and I’m left feeling drained and like I’ve been run over by a MAC truck. Last night I realized that I hadn’t taken time to breathe, journal, read, craft or anything that helps me cope. I don’t know about you but I can go into meltdown status pretty quickly. When I get in this crazy mode of not taking time for me, I stop looking…

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    Why I Keep Coming Back to Meditation

    Meditation helps, right? It’s said to calm nerves, reduce stress feelings and focus our brains. I do believe this, I really do. I even preach it. But, OMG, there are mornings that I say to myself why am I doing this? I don’t have time, energy or ______” (any resource that comes to mind at that moment as a good reason not to meditate). Tell me, please, that I’m not the only one. So there I am in the morning, getting into my mind that I’m going to meditate and thenI visualize it, I see it and feel it. But you know how it is… I’m picturing this perfectly Zen…

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    A Season of Celebration

    Every year at this time I feel like I come alive. I feel like it is time for making goals, evaluating where I am and what I have done over the last months. I feel like coming to the end of October is a celebration… a time to dream, not a time to feel like things are over. It was just recently that I found out that this is the time that the ancient Celtics thought of as the new year. It was the end of harvest season and the Earth would rest to get ready for another year of growing. This was a time that the people celebrated the…

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    Why Setting Boundaries Is Crucial To Your Health

    Boundaries No. N-O. This simple word, these two small letters are almost always the hardest for me to say. Someone needs some­thing when I don’t have time. I’ma sked to take on something that is really good but it doesn’t feel right. People need me to help them. Does this sound familiar? What happens to me when I can’t say no or tell what I need is that I get incredibly stressed out. I feel like my throat is tightening. I can see my heart rate racing and my gut churns… literally. I start to get anxious and feel like I’m on a merry go round and can’t get off.…

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    The Power Of The Small Stuff

    Today I heard in my meditation, “Don’t underestimate the power of the small stuff.” This is different than what I usually think. I thought we weren’t supposed to sweat the small stuff –  something I’ve been trying very hard to do. Here I am hearing just the opposite. The more I thought about it, though, I realized how true and powerful this statement really is. I saw pictures of my kids bringing me the dandelions they picked out of the yard. This was a seemingly little thing at the time but it now brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart.  It’s amazing how fast I can go…

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    My 30 Day Start

    I am at a crossroads.  I have been stalled at this place for quite some time.  I have the tools and enough knowledge to move forward, but I’ve been stuck.  Do you know that feeling?  It happens to all of us. I am not a particularly transparent person. I do not like to be vulnerable and put myself out there.  Most of us don’t.  Vulnerability brings out fear and sometimes that fear can be paralyzing. But there is freedom in being open when it spurs you on to look at your life and make changes.  That is where I am at this point.  I am tired of the point in…

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    The Journey Of Hashimoto’s

    Healing. It’s such a journey. I have been thinking about the process a lot lately. I know how scary it can be when first starting out. And it continues to be scary every time you have tolook at a new bump in the road. The thing that has been hitting me lately is that once you are aware of things that don’t fit into healing, you can never want to go back. Sometimes I want to think that ignorance is bliss even though I know that is the furthest thing from the truth. What I have realized, once we know something, it’s impossible to go back to ignorance. And I…