Time to get ready for work. The shower feels nice. Picking out her oil dressing for the day is nice too. She usually picks flowers or one of the trees. She puts some under her tongue cause she’s afraid of cancer. It took her Dad and he lived a lot healthier than she did.
Time to go. She leaves the house with just enough time to get to the time clock on the dot. She can’t for the life of her understand people that get to work early then wait to clock in. She spends every available second at home. That’s where she gets to be real. That’s where she gets to be herself.
But for the next 8 or 9 hours, she’s under fluorescent lights and forced artificial air, making someone else rich. Oh boy. Why was she born into this life? Why now? She’s too late. Two or three hundred years ago, she would have been right at home.
But would she still be dissatisfied?
Anyway, the time clock says she has to put her dreams in her pocket and pretend she loves this store.
She’s outside feeding the chickens, checking the garden, and greeting the wild animals – the birds, squirrels, lizards, and the cats. She goes inside and grabs another cup of coffee and goes back outside, while it’s still cool and the bugs aren’t too bad.
She has about thirty minutes before she has to get ready for work. She sure wishes she had more control over her work, her day, her life. Two – or even three – days off in a row would be nice. Or even the same start time every shift would be nice.
But she doesn’t have that kind of job.
She likes working with the public anyway. Different faces everyday is nice.
She also wishes the pay was better. Worrying about money is unnerving. Living in fear of the future takes all the fun out of life. Not to mention what if she gets sick? Will doctors even be able to help or will she begin the rapid descent into death or disability?
See, there’s a lot to worry about. She’s not a spring chicken anymore.
If she gets “put” into a nursing home, it will be a sad, sad day. She may not be able to forgive her daughter for it.
So many worries. The weight of her world gets heavy.
Where did the fun go?
What would you do with a million dollars – every single year? Not once, but every single year. That’s $83,333. every month. It’s mind boggling.
I am beginning to grasp the idea while working diligently (aka hard) this month on my network marketing business, doTERRA.
I’m in a two month training focused on getting our businesses off the ground. We are “launching” in July.
The training is being led by people making a million dollars a year – or more! In one case, she’s making three times that because she has this down so tight that she has achieved the top rank – and therefore the top pay – three times.
And all three accounts pay her every month.
Still. Over and over and over. Every month. Every year.
I am a working person. My collar is as blue as blue can get. We have been taught that work, work, and hard work is the way to live a righteous life. Good hard work makes you a good person.
Wwwweeelllll, come to find out, there’s good people that make a lot of money without working “hard”. Some work smart. Some work with courage. Some work with passion. Most of them don’t even think of it as work.
They make damn good money. And do you know what good people do with good money?
They do good things.
So I ask you – what good things would you do with a million dollars every single year?
Tell me in the comments. What good things would you do?
Am I the only one that has trouble falling asleep?
Let me tell you about blue light and blue light blocking glasses.
The sun emits blue light. It’s what helps you feel energized and keeps you productive in the daylight hours.
When the sun goes down, so does the blue light. As your brain registers the darkness, it releases melatonin – a hormone that regulates sleep – making it easy to fall asleep and to stay there.
In modern day society, we are constantly reaching for our cell phones, Ipads, or some kind of electronic device which emit blue light.
Do you use an electronic device at night? If so, you are artificially stimulating your brain to believe it’s daylight and you should be alert.
If you are like me, most of your entertainment is on a device – hello farm games, hee hee.
And if you are like me, you play games, catch up with friends, or watch videos at night on a device emitting artificial blue light.
Enter blue light blocking glasses.
These things are amazing at helping you sleep better!
The first night I used them I fell right to sleep. That never happens.
The second night, not only did I fall right to sleep but I had a pleasant dream too.
Wearing these glasses is such an easy fix to help with sleep problems. No medication needed. Safe for all ages.
Will you give them a try?
I ditched my single use plastic hand wash a few months ago with a refillable foaming hand wash dispenser and a premade bottle of soap.
Then I ran out of that soap. So I switched to Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. I went with unscented because I have essential oils at home.
With 57 individual oils and 25 proprietary blends, there are 82 choices. By combining two oils or blends, I now have 6,642 choices of scents.
That seems crazy but it’s not. It’s real!!
We’ve been duped all along yall. We don’t have to accept products that are found on a store shelf or that have a tv commercial. We have way more choices than that.
Another first, I’m typing this blog post on my phone and sharing a Facebook Live. I’m sure I will get better at this.
What’s your favorite scent?
This week has been all about flowers. Specifically the Precious Florals Collection by doTERRA. It was specially curated for two reasons.
One reason is they take Mother’s Day and mothers very seriously. Actually family is front and center of their purpose, with Mothers being the focus. Mothers are the focus because they are more than likely a major caregiver for the family.
The second reason is a very special oil – Blue Lotus. One of the founders and owners, Emily Wright, has been searching for a pure Blue Lotus oil for a couple of decades. She finally found one! However, the volume that is accessible is limited. Hence the ONLY way to get this special oil is in the Precious Florals Collection.
This collection is a one time offer too. Making it even more special. See how they do that?
This beautiful collection has four other oils in it though. They shouldn’t be neglected. They have a rightful place as precious florals.
Those oils are Neroli, Jasmine, Rose, and Magnolia.
This collect is five 4 ml roller bottles. They are lovely alone, or layered.
Here’s a quick tidbit about three of them. (You can find out about the fourth one, Magnolia, by visiting my Facebook page.)
Neroli – Steamed distilled from the delicate flowers of the bitter orange tree. If you need to unwind, roll Neroli into your palms and take three deep breaths.
Jasmine – A famous night flower with a strong and pleasing aroma. It’s often associated with fascination and love.
Rose – The Queen of Oils. The blooming floral fragrance brings about feelings of love, care, and comfort.
Essential oils are my passion. I could go on and on and on about them. But I will stop for now.
If you are interested in learning more about doTERRA and/or about essential oils, please visit them here. Or there’s an essential oils tab at the top of this website.
As a wellness guide, my mission is to help you live a life of grace and ease. The Precious Florals Collection by doTERRA is one way to enjoy a life of grace and ease.
We put purple dead nettle and onion grass in our salad.
Did you know that plants in the mint family have square stems? Purple dead nettle is part of the mint family. It makes for easy identifying. Plus there’s no toxic twin, so it’s fairly safe for foraging newbies like us.
We only forage from our backyard. We don’t use chemicals so we know they are safe.
A friend of ours eats all of the nettle except for the root, but we only used the leaves and tips. We only used the blades of the onion grass. This was simply our preference this time. We may use the stems of the nettle and the root bulbs of the grass next time. Whatever parts we don’t use goes in our compost bucket.
We soaked the greens in a tub of water to clean them. They looked clean on the surface so I didn’t feel that a simple rinse would be good enough. There wasn’t a lot of dirt but you just never know. We have a cat that has to pee somewhere, you know what I mean…..
Then a quick chop and in they went into our salad.
You would not believe the flavor of these greens. Wow!! You know how much better home grown food taste than the store bought stuff. We could not believe how fresh and powerful the taste and smell of these plants were. It was wonderful.
I’m looking forward to foraging dandelion and plantain too.
How do you feel about foraging? Is it a yay or a nay for you and your family?
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates
Since we are under COVID19 quarantine, I though it may be a good time to talk about food as prevention. I love the quote by Hippocrates because it’s simple and true. The simple truth. Can’t get much better than the simple truth.
There are three foods in particular that I wanted to talk about – garlic, onions, and mushrooms.
These foods are simple to add to virtually anything that is cooked. Well, except maybe boiled eggs. Although you could certainly put them with the eggs. Any soup, stews, stir frys, tacos, omelettes (speaking of eggs), anything cooked. My secret, especially with the garlic and mushrooms is to mince them. That means to cut them up into very small pieces. If you’ve ever had a bite of pure garlic, you’ll know why very small is key. And if you are like me and don’t particularly dig mushrooms, very small is key here too.
Here’s the health benefits
Garlic – It’s good for your heart. It lowers cholesterol and lowers high blood pressure.
It has cancer fighting characteristics.
It’s a natural antibiotic.
Onions – They are nutrient dense. High in Vitamin C and high in B Vitamins.
They fight inflammation.
They also lower cholesterol and lower high blood pressure.
They are loaded with antioxidants.
Like garlic, onions have cancer fighting compounds.
They help reduce high blood sugar.
They boost bone density.
Mushrooms – Ancient civilizations worldwide have used mushrooms for their healing properties for thousands of years.
They have immune boosting benefits.
They help prevent respiratory infections.
They boost longevity.
There’s as many benefits as there are ways to use these ingredients.
The way I normally use them is to lightly saute them first, then I can add them to the rest of the ingredients, or vice versa.
By mincing them (except onions. I don’t mince onions but I do chop them fairly small) it’s very easy to not even know they are in the dish. And the flavor boost cannot be beaten.
I’ve been cooking with these so long that I’m not sure I would enjoy my cooking without these flavors.
I could probably write a book about garlic, onions, and mushrooms. In fact, there are probably books written about these precious foods. But I will stop for now.
Tell me, do you cook? If so, do you use these ingredients often?
Can I tell you a story? It’s from Timeless Simplicity by John Lane.
The rich industrialist was horrified to find the fisherman lying beside his boat, smoking a pipe.
“Why aren’t you out fishing?” asked the industrialist.
“Because I have caught enough fish for the day.”
“Why don’t you catch some more?”
“What would I do with them?”
“You could earn more money. Then you could have a motor fitted to your boat to go into deeper waters and catch more fish. Then you would have enough money to buy nylon nets. These would bring you more fish and more money. Soon you would have enough money to own two boats…maybe even a fleet of boats. Then you would be a rich man like me.”
“What would I do then?”
“Then you could sit back and enjoy life.”
“What do you think I’m doing right now?”
Garth Brooks did a song about it too. You can watch the YouTube recording. Warning that the sound quality is not good. But you can hear Garth’s version of this very cool story. https://bit.ly/2wMO92W
And here’s a meme to go with it. I found this story on Facebook actually in this exact meme.
At the end of this period of social distancing or sheltering in place (whatever it’s called), and we return to normal, perhaps we should look very closely at “normal.”
What do you think? And how are you doing during this pandemic?