Embracing Wisdom

Life, food, wellness and love

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Investing in Yourself 

How many times have you thought that something for your health is “too expensive”…..consider looking at areas of your budget that you might be able to replace health with. The fast food for a homemade pot of soup (I guarantee cheaper, packed with flavor and at least two meals), the $5.00 coffee for making your own (using amazing and health benefiting essential oils), the weekend shopping trips for an afternoon of DIY natural skin care products? 

Trust me when I say I not only used to weigh 100 pounds more, but I was a toxic mess who also was in financial debt, tired all the time, ate crappy food, used toxic cleaners, didn’t honor my body AT ALL… I overcame it all with mindfulness—choices on where I was investing and I began investing in myself, rather than what I thought was important. 
You can too! I would love to walk the path of health with you! 


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Monday Mindfulness 

Good Morning and Happy Monday! 

It is my greatest belief that pausing to check in with yourself and become aware is our greatest tool in then knowing what we need or to recognize all that is good.

Pause. Take a breathe. Listen. 

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A Habit of Gratitude 

We are headed into the season where gratitude and thankfulness seems to be on everyone’s radar a bit more. What if instead, we all chose to make gratitude a habit everyday! I often teach that it isn’t about being grateful for the obvious—those are great—but what if you started to look closer for the less obvious things to be grateful for? 

Today, I am grateful for being called on my cranky mood because I got to make a choice to shift. I am grateful for the ability to treat myself to a house cleaner so I can rest my body. I am grateful for understanding. I am grateful for opportunities. I am grateful for consistency. 
What are you grateful for? 

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A simple reminder of peace. A knowing that there must be an acknowledgment of the mud in order to witness the blossom. 

For myself I am realizing again that life is a balance of  evolving and being still with what is. 

When pain strikes, pausing to feel that I am alive. When joy comes, taking it all in as beautiful light. When worry takes over, coming back to the present breath. 

Ponder the idea of blossoming from the mud in your life, and taking part in being present when life show up. 

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About 15 years ago, I began to listen to my intuition and to what my soul was calling me to do. I knew I was here to do great things, as we all are. 

It is my belief that we are all here to serve and make a difference in some capacity. Sometimes we get caught up in the thinking that it has to be something grand or famous, but the truth is even the simplest of lives can be the most impactful.  It isn’t about being seen, but rather meek in your actions to create a world that is more peaceful and more full of compassion and unity. 

When I began to get the nudges to look deep inside, I did so without an intention of a return. So often our culture teaches that you give to get. I was certain I was not going to fall into that. Instead, I listen to my gut and lived in a way that served my highest food with zero attachments to an outcome. 

Eventually, I was able to leave my day job (and a dysfunctional relationship) and now I do what I am called to do, and that is share yoga and wellness with people who are living with a disability. I specialize in brain injuries and seniors but I enjoy all types of people and my client base includes a spectrum of abilities and interests. 

My services include adaptive yoga, wellness coaching, essential oil education and level 1 healing touch.  Each day I head off to work I realize that this isn’t work, it is soul. 

Have you found your calling? If  you are still seeking, stop thinking so much and instead try a few of these ideas: 

  • Ask yourself this–“I am best when I am ________”. Be truthful. 
  • Journal about the things that bring you joy. They may be subtle like children laughing, making sure neighbors are taken care of, cooking, nature, laughter, etc. 
  • What are you passionate about and where do you speak up? Sometimes those “triggers” lead you toward something. 
  • Start to identify your everyday actions and interests that could lead you to a life of meaning. Cooking, sharing success with others, natural living, yoga, teaching others a skill, and more. 
  • Practice gratitude.  Just you being you is a worthy adventure. Celebrate who you are by identifying things about yourself you are grateful for. 
  • Stop comparing yourself. Your life journey is yours and yours alone. Remember that when we fall face down, that is often when we come up even stronger. Wipe off your dust and keep at it. 

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Shifting your perception

It seems that more often than not the world is in a constant perception of lack and limitation.  The perpetual stories that are told about not enough time, not enough money, not enough flexibility, not enough sleep, not enough knowledge, etc.  This continues despite most of us knowing that our thoughts and words cultivate the perception of our reality.  By thinking and speaking limiting belief statements,  eventually those sharp words actually do result in the feelings of lack and limitation.  Remember, that our natural state of being is one of harmony.  Negativity does not cultivate harmony.

To shift your perception of lack and limitation, try following these subtle, yet powerful guidelines:

1. Start your day on the positive note. When you open your eyes in the morning, pause before leaping out of bed.  Just pause.  Breathe.  Remind yourself that this is a brand new day full of opportunity.  Rather than complain that you didn’t get enough sleep, be grateful for the soft bed and your present surroundings. Pause again.  Breathe in the morning.

2. Notice. When you walk outside for the first time today, before hurrying to get in the car or rushing to catch your mode of transport, look around.  What do you see?  The abundance of fall color?  The vast blue sky?  The flock of geese? The brisk air? The sun rising? The hustle and bustle of life around you?  The sound of children on a playground? Laughter?  The world around us is vibrant and filled with abundance.  Notice.

3. Random acts of goodness. We have all heard about the nice guy at Starbucks that buys coffee for the car behind him.  How about going out of your way to give random acts of goodness that are free; a smile to the person at the stoplight, helping someone open a door, picking up a dropped item, complimenting another person, making eye-contact with the clerk.  Purposeful and intentional interactions of goodness.  When you vibrant goodness it is impossible to feel empty.

4. Catch yourself and then choose. Challenge yourself to change any statement you think or say to be positive.  When you find yourself saying “I don’t….” catch yourself and try changing it immediately to “I choose”.  The belief “I don’t have enough time” can be completely reframed to ” I choose to _______ “.  Remember, we are designed to live in balance.  If you truly are so busy that you have no time for joy, by saying you choose to overwork yourself you may discover just how horrific that sounds that you begin to make changes in your life that will support a harmonious state of being. “I choose to spend my money on_____”, rather than “I don’t have enough” is another example of negating the idea of lack.  By speaking statements that offer empowerment with your choices you will begin to recognize all that you really do have.

5. Finish the day grateful. As you settle in for the night, take five minutes to review your day; who did you see, what did see today, when did you feel joy, what did you do to stoke your fire of empowerment, how did you find balance today.  When you review the goodness, your mind will settle into a space of gratitude and you will find that the lack and limitations you once focused on, are less apparent.

Congratulations, you are beginning to wake up to your life and own your beliefs.




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You are what you think

We have all heard the old adage you are what you think. If you are one of those who does believe this, then your life may be an outward indication of your internal thoughts.  Certainly it could be suggested that the healthier the thoughts, the healthier the life. Where things get dicey for us is within the challenge to take our thoughts and then create an action that is in alignment with those thoughts. Choosing our thoughts and our words carefully is key in developing an external manifestation of our internal thoughts.

The word affirmation comes from the Latin affirmare, originally meaning “to make steady, strengthen.” Affirmations help to clean out our somewhat less than useful thoughts that create internal clutter. In practicing this sort of housekeeping we soon being to realize that anything may indeed be possible. Affirmations strengthen our mindset by helping us to believe in the potential of an action we desire in our life. When we have the thought (seed), and when the thoughts becomes spoken or written down (planting), we instantly become empowered into action (growth).

Consider this practice: for one week repeat a positive affirmation daily or, even better, multiple times a day. Then observe.  Notice your mood, your interactions with others and your general well-being.  You just might notice that things appear better than they had before you started being aware of your inner dialogue.

Need some ideas to begin your new way of thinking? Try these:

  • I am filled positive energy.
  • I am courageous in my choices.
  • I am worth it.
  • I radiate joy.
  • I have plenty of time for tasks and plenty of time for me.
  • I am balanced in my ability to give and to receive.
  • My body is healthy and I am strong.
  • I choose happiness.