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Time to Stop Over Complicating Health and Life

When I was a senior in high school, we had to choose an author to do a report on. This report was due at the end of the year, so the intention was to spend your entire senior year researching this person, and reading their work. It was almost like a high school thesis.

I really had no idea who I wanted to spend an entire year of my life researching, and didn’t have a lot of time to make my choice. I looked up some quick descriptions, and paired that with some gut instinct to make my choice – Henry David Thoreau.

Henry David Thoreau was most well known for going off grid to live in the woods at Walden Pond, which was also the setting of his very famous book. His reason was to live his life deliberately.

Do you live life deliberately?

I have so much more appreciation for this now, even though I did think it was pretty cool waaaaaay back when I was in high school. Sometimes life can feel very reactive, even when we are making the effort to be proactive.

His famous quote that always stuck with me is “Life is frittered away with detail, simplify, simplify”

While I don’t know about going totally off grid, I do appreciate the healing effects of stepping out into nature. Not only for the stress relief of unplugging, and breathing some fresh air, but also for the simplicity of it all. The “weeds” growing all around you with the amazing power to improve your health. The uneven terrain giving abundant opportunity for functional and green fitness. It’s so simple, yet we’ve made it so complicated.

I’d like to spend some attention on getting back to basics in this overly complicated world, and embrace the simplicity. I want to explore simplifying health and harmony.

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Hey Honey, How you doin’?

The other day I looked out, and thought it was foggy. As I ventured out, I realized the haze that I saw was yellow. It was actually a pollen fog! Pollen is never really shy here in North Carolina, but it seems to be outdoing itself this year. It actually looks like a dusting of snow on everything, except it’s yellow, but not in the “don’t eat the yellow snow” sort of way.

I was suddenly very grateful for the cold I had earlier this winter. I know that sounds weird, but as I was recovering from my cold, every morning I drank lemon/ ginger water with honey and cayenne added. Usually as I feel better, I go back to regular water in the mornings, but for some reason this time I intuitively just kept drinking it day after day. Now I realize, how smart my intuition is.

If you don’t already know, local, raw honey is a great way to reduce allergy symptoms. The thought is that when you eat local honey that hasn’t been processed, you slowly expose yourself to environmental pollen, and create a desensitization, which over time means less symptoms.

Honey gets high accolades for it’s allergy relief, but did you know all of the other amazing benefits of honey?

First of all, honey is considered nature’s antibiotic. It has antibacterial properties that were first known to be taken advantage of by the ancient Egyptians. You can take it by mouth for internal infections, and you can apply it directly to a wound for treatment. You can use it for preventative wound care, for burns, pressure ulcers, and infected wounds.

Honey is unbeatable for a cold. It is soothing and healing to a sore throat. Try adding a little cayenne to it for extra power. It also reduces coughing. If you look at cough relief products in your natural health stores, most of them are honey based, so may as well go directly to the source.

Honey is incredible for the skin. Honey is moisturizing and a gentle exfoliant. Exfolitating your skin with harsh products can actually leave small scars on your skin, but honey hits the right balance of exfoliating enough to reveal your glow, and moisturize while it’s at it. Honey’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a fantastic treatment for acne. You can put it on your face and leave it on for awhile like a mask, or just wash with it. My preference is a honey mask.

It’s a far better alternative to sugar, and actually contains nutrients. That means that it’s not just empty calories. It should be noted that heating honey will kill the beneficial properties, so I don’t cook with it. It’s also the reason that you want unprocessed (or raw) honey.

Honey is always a staple in our house, and lately it’s been a major player, so I thought I’d share my gratitude for honey with you 🙂

The usual disclaimer stuff:
The information given here is not medical advice, and should not replace recommendations you have received from medical professionals.

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Vulnerability, Ego, and Love – Oh My!

Loving your life mate is fulfilling and frustrating! Opening yourself up to be vulnerable is uncomfortable, even scary. That vulnerability can bring you closer to someone than you ever thought possible, but it can also do the opposite if ego jumps in. Watch the video to find out how to get out of gridlock and grow as a pair!


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Marge Simpson is the Master of this Lesson

Unconditional love can be the most rewarding experience, yet also the most difficult. Can you honestly say you are showing unconditional love for ALL of the people mentioned in the video?

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Relationships are a crucial part to your health and well being. Finding balance in them can be healing not only emotionally, but also physically.

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Setting Up Success With Goals That Matter – Part 6

You Are So Smart

It’s easy to find inspiration when it’s all around you. This is a great tool for your kids as well, and something they naturally gravitate towards. Think of your bedroom walls in middle school 🙂

Now we ground our visions in reality by giving ourselves measurable and timelines. Find out more about making your goals SMART, and how to keep them at the top of your mind by using the your calendar. If it’s not in your calendar, it doesn’t happen.

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Setting Up Success With Goals That Matter – Part 5

Time to get creative

What’s your word? Share it with your family, or any one that keeps you accountable. Also, share it with me 🙂

It’s a great way to lift you up when you are having a defeated moment or day. It’s a great way to keep you centered when you are tempted to take on too much, and you can quickly reflect with one word what your real goals are.

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Now, we get creative. Surround yourself with imagery that inspires you.

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Setting Up Success With Goals That Matter – Part 4

Do you feel lighter after getting that load off of your mind in the last video? It is so freeing!

This will give you a fighting chance to be where your feet are (feeling present), and will make a considerable difference in the harmony of your family.There’s a reason for that saying “happy wife, happy life” 🙂

When you feel tense, even only because you are processing the hundreds of things running around in your brain, your family feels it, often without even realizing it. But, when you are present, they relax and experience you!

This next piece is short and sweet, but don’t be fooled, it takes some thought. However, it’s a great way to keep you inspired with the mention of a word!


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Gratitude + Time For You = The Imperfectly Amazing Life You CRAVE

The formula for finding the joy in being a woman, a parent, and a spouse 😍🧘‍♀️🤱💃🕺 #gratitude + #timeforyou = #imperfectlyamazing

Sometimes it’s all about the simplicity. Yet simplicity doesn’t mean easy. Nothing worth having is though, right?

I will be going into more detail on the formula in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

 

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Stop busy and recharge by scheduling time for you

It’s so easy to let all of the “to do’s” in your life take over until you feel like a zombie, or worse, like you will either cry or shred apart the next person that adds one more thing for you to do.

The world is a busy place, and it doesn’t look like it’s planning to let up at all. This means it’s our job to prioritize time to recharge.

Watch the video about my recent win in scheduling some recharge time after a busy month.

With this in mind, there are a few key things you can do to make sure you are prioritizing your “you” time

  • Determine how often you want to schedule recharge time – weekly, monthly, etc. Ideally it should be before you are completely worn out. Become aware of your rhythm. Perhaps you do something small weekly, and have a long weekend monthly.
  • Put it in your calendar! If it’s not in your calendar, it doesn’t happen. Make a plan around it. If you have a plan, it’s tougher to let it slip.
  • Make it non-negotiable! If something came up causing you to reschedule an important meeting, would you cancel and never get back to it? Most likely not. Use that same work ethic when it comes to your time. Make every effort to make it happen, and if there’s an emergency prioritize rescheduling it immediately.

What will you schedule for “you” time this week?

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