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How many of you dear readers practice self care? It’s a topic I’m passionate about but have a hard time implementing in my life. Are you like that??

This week I’ve striven to take that time, put down that list of responsibilities, and just BE. It’s hard though! My to-do list seems to go on forever and I feel like if I stop, I’ll stumble. #butGod

Today, as I put in another load of laundry, I tried to change my thinking.
Instead of “Why does my son put jeans in the wash that aren’t even dirty?”
I tried, “I’m so glad he picks up after himself.”
Instead of, “I’m so freaking tired.”
I tried, “Just sit down for a minute and rest. It’s all good.”

Little baby steps right? Try it! What can do you do to make your life a little happier?

Why?

I’m always curious why bad things happen to good people? What is God trying to do? Obviously, there is a plan bigger than I can see, but in the midst of it, IT HURTS.

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I know God’s plans are not MY plans and letting go of control is very difficult. This week especially has been very difficult so far and I’ve cried almost every day, which of course is cleansing and good but still doesn’t solve my issues.

Lord, please grant me patience and grace. Because right now I just want to pack up and move to Alaska.

I still might…but my kids are too cute, so I probably won’t. ;-) And I know my life is good compared to the struggles others have! So why do I feel so trapped and exhausted? Who knows? God does.

So for now, I’m going to take one minute at a time, put some Acceptance essential oil on, and trust that God is helping me grow even though I can’t see it right now.

Peace everyone! Have a blessed week!

Wellness and Carbs

I’m pre-diabetic. Therefore, I will become a diabetic unless I make some life changes. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my kids. I had to take insulin during that time. It wasn’t fun.

So I decided to make some changes (finally). Low carb, high (healthy) fats. Exercising more. Veggies and protein.

And in one week I’ve lost 6 pounds. Woah.

I’m so grateful to have healthy helpers as I start this journey. Things like my Zyto scan, enzymes, essential oils, and my willpower! The latter comes and goes but I’m in it for the long haul!

Love Yourself
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This morning I went to mass with my family like we always do. Several things were weighing on my mind but things tipped to the boiling point when my family didn’t like where I chose to sit. Such a small thing right? But in my mind it was :
”No one wants to make a decision but then they complain when I do.”

So after sitting through the first reading, tears threatening, I left church. I left a check for the offering and walked out of the building.

I made my way to our vehicle and sat there for 45 minutes. I contemplated driving around or driving away (WAY AWAY!) but I couldn’t do it. So me and the vehicle sat together on the side of the street and watched life happen. There were a few tears, a few angry outbursts, and sadness. There was the awesome Catholic guilt I felt for not partaking in the Eucharist but I just couldn’t go back in. There were just too many emotions.

Someone in my life recently told me that the core issue of my problems was lack of self care. I bristled (and still am bristled). Seriously, all my problems are because I don’t take a bubble bath once in a while? Yeah, right.

I’m still dealing with that but she may have a point. How important is self care? How often do you do it? HOW do you do it? What activities do you carry out for “instant self love”?

Maybe that was my 45 minutes in the car. I certainly didn’t feel like I wanted to punch my family when they came out. There was exhaustion and sadness but less anger. Did I just do self care? By missing church!? That’s sacrilegious in my book (see: Catholic guilt). But I did feel better. The silence. The reflection. The uninterrupted tears.

Maybe that’s what God knew I needed this beautiful morning.

Northern Lights

I grew up in northern Minnesota, kind of close to Canada. Away from all the big city lights, the evenings were peaceful and the sky was almost always clear. I was lucky enough to see the Northern Lights on a regular basis and stopped to watch them when the conditions were right. They are majestic, otherworldly, and mesmerizing. You can’t really explain them - you just need to see them, especially if you’re an intuitive or empathic personality. They touch a part of your soul.

So imagine my excitement a couple years ago, when Young Living came out with an essential oil that was called Northern Lights Black Spruce! These spruce trees are raised on the YL Farm in British Columbia, Canada and are said to harness the energy and spirit of the Northern Lights. So when the trees are distilled, a bit of that beautiful energy is now in bottled form.

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Now, I have a few favorite oils: Valor, White Angelica, Grounding, Envision. Just look at the names - you don’t have to know much else about them but how positive their names are. And what is the common thread of these oils?

Northern Lights Black Spruce.

So the next time you need some love and light, positive energy, or some way to raise your spirits, grab this amazing oil and take a deep breath.

Here is a beautiful picture taken by a schoolmate who now has her own photography business!

You can order your own bottle of Northern Lights Black Spruce here

Or get your own membership for better pricing here AND the Black Spruce here

I wish you ALL will be able to experience this natural phenomenon sometime in your life!