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Monday Mindfulness

Happy Monday!
I hope that last week you were able to take the Monday Mindfulness of Pause. Breathe. Feel. into your life.
As we approach the busy season in its peak, I hope that you will stop for a moment and make sure that you are saying YES to the things that love YOU, as well as others.
What are you saying YES to_

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We are moving towards the end of another year. The questions that I have asked myself at this time of year offer a chance to reflect.

Have I shown up? Did I take a chance? Do I have regrets?

It’s a great time of year to begin the contemplative practice of reviewing your choices this year and to find those moments where you took a chance, or perhaps where you didn’t. Closing up and clearing out the year is a wonderful way to make space for the next chapter.

What about you? Did you show up? Did you take a chance?

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Medicine Cabinet

It seems like another lifetime when I had a classic medicine cabinet full of bottles of pink stuff, a variety of cold medicines, who knows what for pain and ointments for every type of skin issue.

And then I found essential oils.

My medicine cabinet is now full of pure, natural and effective remedies.  I no longer have pink stuff for stomach aches, instead I have fennel and ginger essential oils.  For headaches there is no more caffeine filled tablets because now I have peppermint and cypress essential oils.  The ointment for cuts and burns is replaced by lavender. My list goes on and on.

I use essential oils for sleep, mood, physical ailments and household cleaning.  My toxic load is greatly reduced, and am confident that the ingredients in each remedy that I use is something that I can easily pronounce and I know exactly what it is.

I believe in the power of western medicine and I am grateful that I have access to quality healthcare.  I am also grateful that I have chosen to go back to plants for everyday health issues that arise.

Are you ready to revamp your medicine cabinet?


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Small Business Saturday

Before the craziness of holiday shopping begins consider this. Being a self-employed/owner of a small business has its glory, but it also has incredible sacrifices and hard work beyond the imaginable.

Some might think that being a yoga teacher full-time is “easy”…after all, it is “just yoga” right? Well, my reality is that I teach 18-20 classes per week to incredibly disabled adults and seniors. I have to be “on” every moment; happy, bright, prepared, knowledgeable, aware, compassionate, and ready for anything, including seizures that occur frequently. And then I have to document every class I teach–what I taught, how the participants responded, etc. Then I have to update my invoices daily, prepare for tomorrows class, make sure my music and supplies are ready. Plan to pay my taxes. Spend a lot of my day in traffic driving to facilities. Ignore my own physical challenges. Eat my lunch on the highway.

My day goes on, and then I switch roles and I am daughters CNA at home to make sure that she has what she needs. Although she is really amazing and can do so much, the reality is she is 23 and has a disability.

Three years ago I started using doTERRA Essential oils exclusively in my own health and in my yoga practice. I fell in love with their products and their company. I share the oils with those who are interested, but it is not my full-time home business. It has allowed me to make some money on the side while using natural remedies for my personal and work life.

You see…I AM small business. I work my fanny off teaching yoga and so much more. And I know that I make a difference.

And you can too. Look at the friends in your life that are working hard to make a difference for their families. Buy your essential oils, art, your tote bags, your leggings, your jewelry, your skin care and spa products, your health products, your kitchen trinkets, your kids books, and toys… And everything else you can think of from that friend of yours that you know is working their tail off to make a difference!

I promise you’ll not only get amazing customer service, but you’ll be lifting a person… Lifting their family… And lifting the world.

Support small business Saturday. It really is a way to make a difference.

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Monday Mindfulness

Happy Monday and Happy Thanksgiving week. Before life gets crazy, pause. Feel the abundance in your life. Breathe that in. Life is FULL…..embrace it.

In this breath, I have an abundance of sensations—aroma of essential oils diffusing, sights of the mountain waking up, the sound of my cats bell, the cool morning air against my skin and fantastically strong coffee.