Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Things I Learned While Walking the Flushing Trail Today

In an attempt to say "screw you illnesses!" I got out and went for a walk this morning along the Flushing Trail. It was really nice and even though I still feel icky, I feel better. If that makes any sense. Anyway, I learned a few interesting things today that I would like to share...

1. I am super duper out of shape. Whew!

2. I look like Forest Gump when I run. I actually had to stop running cause I was laughing at myself too hard.

3. People are awfully smiley, like don't they know I am doing physical activity aka torture?! This is no time for smiles people!!

4. The squirrels along the trail are super tame but they still won't let you pet them. Bummer.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Natural Healing

So, as you may or may not already know, I am a big believer in the power of plants, herbs, crystals and positive energies to aide in healing in almost every aspect of life. I firmly believe that God the creator placed plants and minerals on the earth for us to use for health and healing. Ezekiel 47:12 says, "On the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing". I would like to extend my passion for this type of holistic health to anyone who stumbles across my little corner of the "world" here on this blog. From time to time I will post remedies, ideas, anything really, that I find helpful. I would love for you to share things you have learned along the way, or things you have tried that worked great or turned out to be an "old wives tale". Looking forward to walking down the path of healing with any that want to come along.

In the meantime, check out my Pinterest board for Holistic Health :-)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

When I Grow Up

One of my biggest struggles in this stage of my life is that I don't have a career. Not that I am like super into working or anything (My ideal career would be an heiress or a wife to a billionaire. I don't want much.) I just wish that I could do one of the things I love for the rest of my life. Throughout my life there have been two careers I've always dreamed of having. But life takes funny twists and turns and you often end up nowhere near your intended destination.

I recently completed dental assisting school, but it is not even close to anything I would ever enjoy doing. The whole medical field has a big red X on it for me. It would be torture...medical is so calculated and precise and stringent. There is no room for improvisation or creativity or happy mistakes. Honestly I only chose dental school because it was a quick fairly simple program and I was a recently divorced single-mom without a penny to my name. I needed something that would pay the bills ASAP. Turns out available dental jobs are hard to find and the few interviews I have been on abruptly ended once I mentioned my education was from Ross (talk about a $15,000 disappointment!).

If I had the time & money I would be in school right now working on one of two degrees; English Major with a Minor in Creative Writing, or Early Elementary Education. Those have both been my passion for most of my life. I love writing and I love children. To be able to give them the tools necessary to become educated individuals, as well as provide a safe and loving atmosphere five days a week would be a dream come true. As would having a published novel!

But everytime I think about those posibilities I tell myself to stop being ridiculous. I have an abundance of excuses, and most are actually legit. For example; I can't afford it, I don't have the time, I need to be working instead of taking a full load of classes, I'm too old, IT'S TOO LATE.

Ugh...I try to not worry myself with regrets, but if I had to chose one that kills me the most it would have to be not being serious about college and sticking it out to completion of a degree when I was young and able.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

You down with OCD?! Yeah you know me!

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Those three words make most people picture of a person engaged in some insane hand-washing ritual or nit-picky cleaning habits, but that is not the whole picture. I personally have OCD and I can tell you it is not as funny or light-hearted as society makes it out to be. I get really annoyed when I hear my friends and family make jokes about being "so OCD" because they have a strict cleaning regimen or because they like things done their way. Those types of things are what you see on the outside of a person with OCD. What is going on inside their head is actually a scary, confusing hot mess!

I can recall so many events from my childhood that scream OCD, but I never let anyone see them. I was nervous and ashamed by my thoughts. Growing up Christian I knew that God was in control of everything, but I still would fear that if I didn't do this or that just right I would get sick or something bad would happen to someone I loved. I was fortunate enough to have an AMAZING childhood. I was an only child, which has it's priviledges! I had every toy you could inmagine (except the Barbie Dream House...yeah I'm still bitter about that one). I was loved and doted upon by most every adult in my life. I never had to wear hand-me-downs or worn out shoes. I got fancy prom dresses, a cruise on my 18th birthday, and most importantly unlimited moral support. Even with all that, every single one of my childhood memories is of me feeling nervous, anxious, scared, shy, you name it!

OCD is so hard to explain and I do intend to either blog or write out my personal struggles with it someday (I think!) but for now, I wanted to share some information that helps clear up some of the misconceptions of OCD...it is SO much more than wanting all of your DVD's organized by year and in alphabetical order. It's more than checking and re-checking that the door is locked. This article does a good job of describing what it FEELS like to have OCD. It's about children with OCD but it totally applies to people of any age. All of the following is taken directly from http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/OCD.html

With OCD, upsetting or scary thoughts or images, called obsessions, pop into a person's mind and are hard to shake.

Think of OCD as an "overactive alarm system." The rise in anxiety or worry is so strong that a child feels like he or she must perform the task or dwell on the thought, over and over again, to the point where it interferes with everyday life.

Most kids with OCD realize that they really don't have to repeat the behaviors over and over again, but the anxiety can be so great that they feel that repetition is "required" to neutralize the uncomfortable feeling.

In addition to feeling frustrated or guilty for not being able to control their own thoughts or actions, kids with OCD also may suffer from low self-esteem or from shame or embarrassment about what they're thinking or feeling (since they often realize that their fears are unrealistic, or that their rituals are not realistically going to prevent their feared events).

Kids might have difficulties with attention or concentration because of the intrusive thoughts.

Among kids and teens with OCD, the most common obsessions include:
•fear of dirt or germs
•fear of contamination
•a need for symmetry, order, and precision
•religious obsessions
•preoccupation with body wastes
•lucky and unlucky numbers
•sexual or aggressive thoughts
•fear of illness or harm coming to oneself or relatives
•preoccupation with household items
•intrusive sounds or words

When a child with OCD tries to contain these thoughts or behaviors, this creates anxiety.

Doctors consider OCD to be a pattern of obsessive thinking and rituals that does one or more of the following:
•takes up more than an hour each day
•causes distress
•interferes with daily activities

October Bucket List

In no particular order, here are the things I would love to do this month;

~ hayride with Cider & Donuts
~ watch Hocus Pocus & make halloween cupcakes with Ava
~ go to a Halloween Party
~ watch Dark Shadows & the Woman in Black while enjoying halloween themed snacks (thank you pinterest!)
~ Halloweekends at Cedar Point
~ take Ava to Trick or Treat & Ghost Train at Crossroads Village
~ carve pumpkins & bake the seeds
~ drink some of my fave Witches Brew wine
~ host or go to a seance (er...maybe!)
~ spend a long weekend at the cabin
~ introduce Ava to HalloweenTown and Twitches
~ help out at the Trunk Trot & harvest party at Ava's school
~ go to some of the awesome upcoming events at Lotus Healing Arts Center
~ halloween & fall crafts with Ava

That's my list (for now) - not sure I'll have time to fit it all in!! Why does the best month of the year have to go by so quickly??

What are some things you are looking forward to doing this month?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Icky Sickies

For a while now I've been making my own "remedies" (some refer to them as potions...haha). Yesterday I developed a nasty sore throat & cough, so I have been putting much of my tricks to the test. I'll share a few in case you have the icky sickies too...

Sore Throat Sipper
1 cup hot water
1 1/2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Just mix and sip! This is such an amazing throat soother. Use it anytime your throat needs a little TLC (or a lot)

Onion & Garlic Poultice
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 cup apple cider vinegar
Put all three ingredients in an oven safe dish and back at 350 until soft & carmalized-ish; strain liquid; saturate washcloth in strained liquid; place washcloth on upper chest; cover with plastic wrap; apply heat pack; lay down and rest for at least 30 minutes

Chamomile Poultice
Soak washcloth in a cup of freshly brewed chamomile tea; follow same application steps as above

Cold Remedy
1 Tsp honey
1/4 Tsp cinnamon
Mix together and take twice a day at onset of cold
(This tastes great and I use it for Ava as well)

Medicine Teapot
Equal amounts spearmint, wood betony, rosemary, eucalyptus
1 Tsp ginsing
1 Tsp gota kola
2 Tsp black tea (any kind)
Bring to a boil in teapot and let steep for at least 3 minutes

Lapis Lazuli
A stone/crystal that can boosts the immune system. Can be rubbed along sinuses or swollen throat glands. Submerge in a glass of water for 5 minutes, remove, drink water. Place stones in foot soak or bathtub.

Political Rant

One of the best privledges of being an American is the freedom to think for your self....yet so few actually do it. So many rely on the media and other people to tell them what they should think. I personally despise politics with a firey passion. In my opinion it doesn't matter one iota who gets elected president...they all are liars and cheaters and schemers. Romney/Obama...whatever. Democrat/Republican...whatever. I know I will get a lot of static for this, but I don't vote. Sure every vote counts, but why should I have to choose the lesser of two evils? If there were a candidate that I really supported and believed in (hahaha) then of course I would vote, but until that day comes I refuse to choose the lesser of two evils just because. This push to vote vote vote annoys me because uneducated voters then show up and vote for whomever has the best neckties or whatnot. Since I don't follow politics (unless Weekend Update on SNL counts?! No?) that's another reason for me not to vote. Maybe I'm not upholding my civic duty or whatever, but I will forever be faithful to my God than to the American government and our "leaders". I have one leader and in the end He will be the best president the world has ever known!