She’s outside feeding the chickens – Continued

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

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 year?

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?

Trouble falling asleep

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?

6,642 scents for your hand wash while ditching single use plastic.

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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?

Precious Flowers For Mother’s Day

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.

Cheers!

Hippocrates said it

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?

Gone fishing

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.
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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?

I love Gaia.

You’ve heard that gardening, or hiking, or basically any outdoor activity can help alleviate depression, right?

Yesterday proved it. After checking the news yesterday, I was feeling very down and depressed. I wanted to crawl under the covers and hide for a few hours.

Instead, a fairly rare occurrence – the sun was out! – was happening so I went outside to feel it for a minute. I started piddling in the yard. Not intending to actually accomplish any tasks, but just to feel the warmth.

Next thing you know, we had planted all of our seeds. We had moved the house plants outside and got them all arranged and watered. And we got some light cleaning done. It was still early and bright and warm enough that I got some meditation in the sunlight done. Plus a sun salutation.

Talk about a good afternoon. My spirits were off the charts compared to the low vibration from the morning’s news.

How about you? Does Gaia heal you too?

How I am coping with anxiety.

Times are a bit stressful right now, eh? How are you coping? Well? As good as you can? Terrible? Piece of cake?

This is my first experience with “social distancing”. It may be the first in all of our lifetimes. Fingers crossed that it’s the last. Something tells me it won’t be the last time though. I watched a TEDtalk given by someone that studies epidemiology. Her opinion is that the more we encroach on wildlifes habitats, the more we are risking picking up their diseases. Yikes!!

I have to admit, I’m afraid. I’m afraid of the future and the unknown. I’m afraid that people close to me may get this disease and not recover. As an uninsured person, I’m afraid that I will get the corona virus and not have access to medical care. So, I’ve been feeling quite a bit of anxiety, especially the last two days.

I almost lost my cool when my 88 year old neighbor asked me to take her to H & R Block to get her taxes done. She was aware of our current threat and wanted to get it done before things got worse. Her peace of mind is important, so I agreed to take her. But I waited in the car. Same at the post office and the bank. Maybe I was over-reacting but I would rather err on the side of caution than to under-react and Clarita gets the corona virus. Ya know?

Then yesterday, I had a bad toothache. Of all things. I haven’t had a toothache in a couple of years. But yesterday was my day.

To cope with my anxiety, I am making sure to keep my meditation practice alive and well. I played a sound bath in the background for hours yesterday. I’m eating a lot of produce and trying to cut out processed foods. I’m drinking lots of water. Lots and lots of water. And I’m practicing breathing techniques.

Here’s some tips for easing anxiety naturally, drug and toxin free.

Are you familiar with sound baths? Go to YouTube.com/soundbaths. It should be easy to find one that you like. They are very soothing and they raise your vibration.

Eat more produce which naturally crowds out the processed food. Your body needs nourishment in times of stress.

Get outside. Preferably in the sun. Preferably barefoot in the grass. (It’s not just a movie, lol).

Pick a time and one or two sources of news/updates. Leave it alone outside of your chosen time.

Unplug from electronics at least part of the day.

And take some time to indulge in your hobby! I love adult coloring. I will be pulling out my Sharpies as soon as I hit publish on this blog post. What’s your favorite hobby?

Tell me, how are your coping with “social distancing”?