The most valuable lesson I have learned is that the most meaningful journey is the inner journey.



Earth School is in Session

This week I was listening to one of my podcasts and it reminded me that this is earth school and it reminded me that the curriculum or the lessons that we are to learn is love. And so, these are just some reminders that we are on earth school and the lesson is love. It is time for us to understand that we are all one species. on this planet. It is time for us to understand that we need each other. It's time for us to understand that we're all connected. It's time for us to understand that judgment and hate are destructive.

Squirrels Teach Saving and Spending

This week, I thought I would read our children's book, The Squirrel Manifesto. Ric and I had a wonderful time working with Dave Zaboski, creating this beautiful book, The Squirrel Manifesto. And it's our hope that children will learn a little bit about money after they read it. So here we go. The Squirrel Manifesto. There is a forest not too far from here, where the warm winds blow for most of the year. It's in this fine place you'll learn something good from critters who live in the walkabout wood.

Soups for Summer Days

This week I want to talk about soup. Soup is another wonderful summertime treat. You can do all kinds of cool soups, cucumber, strawberry, just wonderful, wonderful soups to add to our summer repertoire. And there is nothing like a wonderful cup of soup. Taking the time to chop the fruit or the veggies. Letting them simmer together to create something nourishing and satisfying that is wonderful for our self-care. We're trying to slow down during the summer, soup is a nice answer.

Bringing Joy Back to the Table

Still talking about summer. Want to talk about the family dinner. Summertime less is scheduled. We have more free time with our family. Maybe how about more family dinners together? Growing up, we always sat down for dinner. God bless my mom for cooking every night. It was good and it was simple and it was made with love. I feel like the family dinners changed a bit, running around with kids, soccer practice, football practice, all kinds of commitments. And no one seems to be honoring and cherishing that dinner hour.

Summertime is Funtime

. This week I want to continue our June discussion about summertime and scheduling the fun. Summertime is naturally a time when we want to slow down from our work commitments and begin to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends a whole lot more. But here's the question. Are we scheduling the fun? I think some of us might have it backwards. A recent conversation with someone, they'd gone out for a morning bike ride with some friends and it was the first time and they enjoyed it.

Taking Breaks = Better Health

This week we begin June and I want to talk about taking a break. It's Summer. Summer is our opportunity to take time off, to rest, to reset, to rejuvenate ourselves. The question is, will we take the time to take the break? A key to our health, a key to our balance and wellness is tuning into ourselves and listening and paying attention to the signals we're getting from our body. Maybe if we look at different types of breaks, maybe we'll understand better what our body is asking for.

Finding Beauty in the Imperfect

This week, I want to bring back one of my favorites: Wabi-Sabi. I love sharing this. No, it's not wasabi, the condiment we eat with sushi. Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese philosophy that acknowledges three simple beliefs. Nothing lasts, nothing's finished, and nothing is perfect. This generous lens on life can help us in everything. It can help us have a kinder outlook. It can help us have a more accepting view on the world. It can help us have less judgment of ourselves and others.

Shelf Adjustment = Self Adjustment

This week, I want to share something. My title is, shelves are adjustable. So it's going to be a silly illustration, but it is a good learning. So follow along. Recently, I was struggling with putting something away for storage, when I really looked around the cabinet and realized that the shelves are adjustable. It took some time to shift things around. But in the end, everything worked perfectly. I'm sorry to say it's these little things that are huge light bulbs for me.

What Makes a House a Home?

This week, I want to talk about moving. A lot of folks moved during COVID. They didn't have an office to go to, so they moved out of the country or they moved closer to family. They moved out of state. They moved into the country. People were just moving. On a personal note, when my dad was ill, my baby sister, she put her name on an over 55 community in Florida near my mom. The funny thing is, her name popped up to the top of the list and they just so happened to have moved this past April.

Why We Fuss and Fret

This week, I want to ask the question, why do we fuss at each other? I actually had started my own self-study when a friend brought the subject up. He was curious why people, when they were on vacation in a beautiful setting, why were they fussing at each other? Here are a few reasons that I've come up with, something to think about. Number one is maybe we don't feel well. When we don't feel well, we feel helpless and out of control.

Do We Truly Know Ourselves?

This week, I'm going to ask another question. How are you? When people ask this question, how honest are we? How honest are we with ourselves? How honest are we with others? Here's some important questions to ask and to contemplate. Can we answer them in our quiet moments? Can we contemplate them in our quiet moments, and is it something that we would actually want to verbalize and share with others?

Sounds Enhance Body Balance

This week, I want to talk about sound healing. And this may be something new and maybe something you've never heard of before. But as we talk about our health and our nutrients and taking care of our brain and our body and our self-talk and protecting ourselves, there's some fun healing modalities out there. And I want to share this one with you because for some reason, all of a sudden I'm seeing a lot being written about it and I'm hearing a lot about it.

The Power of Giggles

This week I want to talk about laughing. Hopefully we've been taking baby steps and eating a little better and in a better mood and feeding our brain and our guts feeling a little bit better and we're protecting ourselves and we have a little bit better self-talk. So now hopefully laughing is coming more naturally. Laughing is so good for our mood, our mind, our body. Laughing on a regular basis gives us a reservoir of energy. It helps mitigate our stress.

Giving Your Compassion a Boundary

I've been talking about our moods and our food and our self-talk, and we can control a lot of that. But sometimes we encounter people and situations in our life where there's negativity, where there's people that just want to dump their stuff. And we are usually kind individuals and we don't want to upset them. But life is about our journey and taking care of ourselves. And this means protection from environmental negativity or people that are negative.

The Power of Inner Kindness

I want to talk more and dive a little deeper into our self-talk. It's super hard when others are critical and judgmental of us and they don't understand the pain of their words and how it affects us. But you know who the worst critic is? Us. We can walk away from others. But how do we calm that inner critic? There's some interesting research coming out of Middle Tennessee State University, and they are studying self-talk and they've actually given us a couple categories of what we are doing when we have our self-talk.

Embracing Grounded Wellness

This week I want to continue talking about our healthy habits. The journey for good, long, healthy, joyful, happy life is to create habits that carry us through this life. I think the habits when we were younger, probably different from the habits that we now need to create as we get a little older. The goal is to change and to be aware how we are feeling. The goal is to listen to our body and make the small changes to bring us back into balance. Eventually, if we don't change our habits, they'll catch up with us.

Our Food and Our Mood

I want to continue the conversation about our mood, but I want to enter in a discussion about our food. NIH is reporting that we all experience a mood disorder at some point in our lives. We'll feel depressed or anxious. And I just talked a little bit about signals that our body sends us and paying attention and observing, but our mood could also be a message that we're not getting enough nutrients in our meals. Did you know that our brain cells are the most metabolically active cells?

Signals of Stress

For decades I've been a student of the healing arts: Reiki, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, plant based and macrobiotic cooking. Join me on this journey and hear my word of the week. This week I want to talk more about our mental health and signs that we need to pay attention to. Our body is wonderful at giving us signals. Think about when a cold or the flu is coming on. Our body is letting us know with those aches and those pains. But the same goes for our mental health.

The Art of Self-Discovery

For decades, I've been a student of the healing arts, Reiki, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, plant based and macrobiotic cooking. Join me on this journey and hear my word of the week. Great to be with you this week. This week, this is an interesting thought that popped into my head as I was cooking. Life did not come with instructions. As I was standing over the stove the other day, this topic just popped into my head. I was thinking life did not come with instructions.

Mindful Eating, Powerful Living

This week I want to talk about portion control. It's still February and it's still heart month. And we've talked about our immune system and we've talked about good health habits. But I think portion control can be a part of this conversation. It's still early enough in the year. Folks are trying to get rid of the holiday weight gain from last year and still trying to start healthier habits. I'm a visual person and I found this article from the Mayo Clinic super helpful.

Transforming Stress into Serenity

This week I want to bring back one of my favorites, Wabi-sabi. I love sharing this. No, it's not wasabi, the condiment we eat with sushi. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophy that acknowledges three simple beliefs nothing lasts, nothing's finished, and nothing is perfect. This generous lens on life can help us in everything. It can help us have a kinder outlook. It can help us have a more accepting view on the world.

Winter Wellness

This week I would like to talk about our immune system. I know February is heart month, but I think folks are still getting a little flu and a little sick and a little this and a little that and sniffles and stuff. And so I just want to talk a little bit about how our immune system works. Our immune system is our security guard against illness. Our immune cells, they work to clear away any germs and viruses before problems arise. Did you know that we have an innate immune system?

From Hurt to Healing

February is known as Heart Month. It has been labeled Heart Month for as long as I can remember. I think it's to give us awareness of our heart health. There have been so many studies to help us live longer. Personally, I follow the Blue Zones and it speaks of areas in the world where folks live to over 100 years old and it shares about diet, lifestyle, daily movement, having good community, being huge factors in longevity and good heart health.

Embracing the New You

This week I want to talk about giving ourselves permission to regroup, reset, refresh and restart our lives. Knowing life is for us, it's hard to understand. When we have health events, we get so pulled into the event it's hard to see the bigger picture. But trust me, there is a bigger picture. No matter how tragic or hard the health event is, there's always higher learning that we are being asked to understand.

From Grief to Growth

This week I want to talk about our routines. We are bound to our rituals and our routines. We start our day in a certain way, and we end our day in a certain way. We have tasks and commitments that fill our day, our week, and our month. But what happens when we have a major life change, and our rituals and routines are disturbed?

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