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



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?

Creativity as Therapy

This week I want to think about and talk about having a year of creativity. Our mental health is so important and if nothing came from Covid, it's the fact that we're talking openly about our mental health. I will share that my parents were very wise, and when I was a teen and struggling, they found me a wonderful counselor to talk to.

Letting Go, Moving On

Great to be with you this week. Here we are - week two into our New Year. I think it's still time to kind of reflect and look at what we wish to accomplish this year or look at what we need to maybe fix this year. And so I wanted to talk about release and our emotional cords.

Warm Up to Winter

Happy New Year! Can you believe it 2024? Well, today I want to talk about the winter and staying warm. If we're in tune and in flow with nature, winter is our time of rest, restoration and conservation, conserving our energy. Think of nature. Think of the bears. Think of the animals. They're not running around.

Wishing You Wellness

Great to be with you today. Gosh, we are at the end of the year already and I wanted to talk about the word “wish” because it is the time of the year that we reflect and we wish for things in the new year. And when we wish, we're actually putting intentions out into our universe.

The Healing Hooves

Today I want to talk about living from our heart and our connection with our animals. This is a magical time of year, family and friends, but it's also very stressful. Busy busy busy. And the challenge is to take the time for self-care and to live from our heart. The challenge is to have boundaries and to not over obligate ourselves.

Reclaiming Your Narrative

This week I want to talk about the word recalibrate. It's a great word. It's not any word that I have brought into my vocabulary, because when I was a kid, I would work with my dad on the cars and he would recalibrate whatever it was. I don't even remember what we recalibrated, but we did it when we were working on the car.

The Power of Pause

This week my word is overstimulation. It's easy these days with the news of the world and the end of the year fast approaching. We've got holidays, we've got traditions, we've got commitments. There's too much to do and too little time. And all this external world over stimulates us. Our environment causes this overstimulation. It triggers our senses.

The Art of Now

This week the word that has been rolling around in my mind is anticipation. We are at that time of year where we are anticipating everything – the holidays, the gatherings, the events, the meals, the traditions – the list is long. But here's my question since we always live with anticipation of something, are we living the moments in between?

How Brave Are You?

This week there is one word that's been floating around and it's the word brave. And this one question has been popping up in every aspect of my life. How brave are you? Have you ever thought of going to war? We have a friend who just made all the arrangements and went to Israel to help in any way that he could.

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