Why it’s important to support a small business: Massive Big business layoffs happening in 2023

What do you think of this list of big businesses?

Do you read The Epoch Times?

I gathered information from a recent Epoch Times article and put the information in alphabetical order, abbreviated the percentages/headcount and created this cheat list of companies to limit the amount of money I spend with them.

Amazon.com Inc.

Plans to layoff more than 18,000 of their workforce.

AMC Networks Inc.

Plans to layoff 20 percent of its U.S. workforce. Chief Executive Officer Christina Spade stepped down after only three months in the role.

Arrival SA

Plans to rightsize and layoff approximately 30% of their UK workforce.

Beyond Meat Inc.

Plans to layoff 200 jobs this year to save about $39M.

Blue Apron Holdings Inc.

Plans to layoff  approximately 10 percent of its corporate workforce to reduce costs.

Buzzfeed Inc.

Plans to layoff  approximately 12% of its workforce.

Chime Financial Inc.

Plans to layoff  approximately 12% of its workforce.

Cisco Systems Inc.

Plans to layoff  approximately 5% of its workforce.

Citigroup Inc.

Has already cut dozens from its workforce.

Coinbase Global

Plans to layoff 60 people from its workforce.

CNN

Plans to layoff many from its workforce.

DoorDash Inc.

Plans to layoff approximately 1,250 people from its workforce.

HP Inc.

Plans to layoff approximately 6,000 people from its workforce by the end of their 2025 fiscal year.

Johnson & Johnson

Is considering layoffs to rightsize.

Kraken

Plans to layoff approximately 30% or 1,100 people from its workforce. 

Lyft Inc.

Plans to layoff approximately 13% or 683 people from its workforce.

Meta Platforms Inc.

Plans to layoff 13% or 11,000 people from its workforce. There you go “fact checkers”!

Micron Technology Inc.

Plans to layoff 10% of its workforce.

Morgan Stanley

Plans to make cost reductions by $3 billion in 2023.

Opendoor Technologies Inc.

Plans to layoff approximately 550 employees.

Phillips 66

Plans to layoff 1,100 people from its workforce.

Roku Inc.

Plans to layoff approximately 5% or 200 people from its workforce.

Salesforce Inc.

Plans to layoff 10% of its workforce.

Seagate Technology Holdings Plc.

Plans to layoff 8% or 3,000 people from its workforce. 

Stripe Inc.

Plans to layoff 14% or 7,000 people from its workforce. 

TuSimple Holdings Inc.

Plans to layoff 25% or 350 people from its workforce. 

Twitter Inc.

Laid off half of its workforce. 

Walt Disney Co.

Plans to layoff some of its workforce. 

Wolverine World Wide Inc.

Plans to layoff some of its workforce.

No one should be worked to death so billionaires, bankers, insurance companies, lawyers, shareholders and government can profit. Those institutions are the real pyramid schemes, not the MLMs, Direct sales, network marketing and party plan businesses.

It feels hypocritical of me to promote my books on Amazon after reading this list but I didn’t know this about them or how badly some of their workers are treated until recently. My son and his girlfriend quit working at an Amazon distribution center when she was made to do heavy repetitive tasks that injured her because she couldn’t see well enough to do the tasks she had been originally hired to perform that wouldn’t have involved heavy lifting.

She told me, “Don’t buy anything that weighs over 10 pounds from Amazon. You have no idea the way it impacts the workers.”

I support small businesses. I am the change that needs to occur to shift the balance of power back to the PEOPLE. I support businesses that are co-operatives (co-ops), employee-owned, etc. and quit supporting anything (or giving to charities) where CEOs were outrageously profiting. ❤️🦋🌀〰️🔥🙏☯️

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on me and my books see my author’s page — Click here. However, my holistic health book that details how I naturally reversed asthma, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available with other resellers for only $5.99. Find it here

Be the best version of who you want to be

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2022: Review of a Tumultuous, Spiral Year

2022 Topsy Turvy Year in Review

God bless it! Omniscience bless this year whenever I look back upon it. We have lost family members and dealt with serious health challenges (when my husband suffered a stroke), but we are still here! And grateful.

2022 has been more turbulent than 2021 was for me. But I’m still standing as Elton would say!

At the very start of the year, I challenged myself to work through A Course in Miracles again. I have worked through it for about four years, but this time, I put thoughts down in Facebook, as each days ACIM lesson prompted. I stuck with the postings all year, even while on vacation. That was a big accomplishment for me!

Physically, at least we didn’t have to move this year, though I continue to look for a nice place for us in north Florida (for when our lease ends here Aug. 31, 2023).

The fear porn over an unseen virus still has some of our friends limiting their outings, most still haven’t visited us, but we get it. Everyone must take care of themselves. And after my husband, Richard, suffered an ischemic brain stem stroke Oct. 6, 2022, we know the importance of taking care of our selves even more! Richard completed a song he had begun writing prior to the stroke, Blame it on the Hurricane (it’s the first song in the short list here):

https://sheilamurrey.net/murrey-creations/

Lightening up

After 11 years in our RV and 17 months off grid, we sold our 5th wheel this year, since it had sat empty for most of the year and we knew it really needed to go to new owners who could and would enjoy it. And it did. And I made a new friend in the process, for which I am very grateful.

I have continued to give clothes, coats, dishes, plants, books, and other things away while living in the Bradenton 1/1 condo too, so there will be less to move next year. And I am happy about living a minimalist lifestyle. After all, I am a woman of simple needs, wants, and desires.

Live and Learn

I continue to work on myself—now having gained two levels of Reiki certification on my way to the Masters level. Plus, I have been rewriting my Integrated Spiral™ DE-program, completing my fourth book, and take a weekend Western Herbalism 101 course (which I had wanted to do for years)! I also got a call to volunteer to assist a well known author whom I admire–and that’s super exciting! Ah, life is for learning and doing what gives us joy!

I had signed up to complete my Reiki certifications before my husband had the stroke because I had felt I needed paper credentials in order to offer healing services. As well, I obtained ordination so I could work with people to heal plus perform marriages and funerals.

Why do we feel worthless?

I know I have been called to do these works of service. I have felt the call my whole life, but had never felt worthy. Somehow the piece of paper credentials prove me worthy to others, though within myself I know I am only an empty vessel.

Everything is Energy. And whatever healing modalities I offer are ALL Omniscience God working through me. I am not healing anyone through the little ego me. When I talk about such things and people call me arrogant, in actuality they are calling God arrogant (probably because they haven’t stepped up to their responsibilities of acknowledging God IN them)!

Knowing my place helps me stay neutral and grounded in my reality. I am to be in the world not of it, as Jesus said, and this is my mission. I am here to Connect Heaven to Earth.

Thus, I have made time to:

  • Work 8-5 M-F
  • Take care of myself and my husband (caregiver and getting him to/from rehab)
  • Drive everywhere since Richard isn’t very confident driving still
  • Grocery shop, gas up the car, clean the house, wash the dishes (though Richard has been helping some), do our laundry, etc.
  • Managing our money and paying the bills, since Richard used to do all that prior to the stroke
  • Talk or text with my daughter and son and watch their Facebook Live videos and YouTube videos, etc. when I can
  • Video chat with my oldest granddaughter, who graciously includes the twins in the calls sometimes too (and I miss them all sooo much)
  • Talk with and visit a few family members and friends (occasionally)
  • Cook all of our meals (no more dinners out) since Richard is on a strict low sodium, low sugar, no leafy greens/no vitamin K diet (due to the stroke and certain medicine interactions)
  • Reading (multiple books in progress)
  • Promote Richard’s original music—we’ve had several new songs produced in Nashville TN this year (3 were in the works when Richard had the stroke)

I was thrilled to meet author/podcaster, Gloria Grace Rand in person this year and bump into two longtime friends at Dr. Bruce Lipton’s event in West Palm Beach, Florida! My friends looked great after doing WildFit for a year, which prompted me to work the nutritive program this year too!

I have been in Dr. Bruce’s online group for nearly a year and have spoken with him and his nephew, Alex on the live monthly calls, so meeting Dr. Bruce in person was a huge treat and honor! I had hoped to meet Gregg Braden too, but at the last minute he couldn’t attend in person.

A few months later, Gloria invited me to her first retreat also and it was a wonderful event where we could share more and I made two new soulie sister friends! All three heart-centered ladies offered to read my fourth book too, which is due out very soon.

Speaking of my new book, pushed back its release due to Richard’s stroke (and my caregiver duties), and I benched the marketing of my DE-Program, Integrated Spiral™—yet these are exactly the times when I know people need the relief and open awareness it brings! At least I continue to use Integrated Spiral™ daily (which includes a Gratitude F-L-O-W), and its freeing framework to help me integrate other new things into my life—that expands time for me!

Flow state. A spiritual inquiry using the spiral pattern.

Our travel

Thankfully, we finally got to take our road trip to my home state, though unfortunately it wasn’t only to lay my parents’ remains to rest, but also to attend one of my cousins’ memorial service.

Laying my parents to rest: https://youtu.be/gzUoa4LJ2Gc

And: https://youtu.be/mdslfWikPS0

We were very blessed to stay nine days with my bestie (since 4th grade) and her “Miracle Man” husband while visiting my hometown. They were sooo incredibly gracious, cooked us the best meals, and we always said grace! I wish I hadn’t had to work while we were there (and had planned to take some days off, but one of the government contract opportunities that had been on again off again opened back up thus, I had more work)!

Thankfully, my best friend and I did get to see a few of our longtime friends, and go see some of the new things in town with our husbands, such as see this memorial near their home:

Richard and Sheila at war memorial, Vienna WV

Richard and I really had to make a conscious effort to find the silver linings during our trip because it was an emotional week for me—though less triggered these days, going home, especially after what happened with Greg and Josh, was a lot.

I’m glad we went to Josh’s memorial so I could hug two of his sisters and his wife, and spend time with Susan (Greg’s wife and a sister of another one of my high school friends too), as I had not been able to attend Greg’s memorial.

Losing both Greg and Josh only a few months apart was hard on our family, of course especially more difficult for their wives, sisters, and Josh’s children. I still catch myself in moments of disbelief, especially since Josh’s murderer was let out of jail on $8500 bond!!! We were all stupified as to how THAT could happen as it was supposed to have been an open and shut case with video! No one shoots eight times at someone driving away without intending to kill! Ugh. I can’t let my mind go there… it’s still emotionally painful when I dwell on it, so I calm myself with meditation as much as I can. And that’s a continuing practice.

Beware of Fake Light Workers

I am still angry at the lack of justice in the courts of Myrtle Beach, SC and continuing to work through this, considering various perspectives, even the darkest parts, I believe helps me clear the pain and allow more light and healing. And just as no one knows how long the grieving process takes, no one knows how long it takes to do one’s shadow work. This is why I include my feelings here, to acknowledge and give space for healing and clearing. I know it also helps others heal.

Links to both of my first cousins tributes:

Greg’s story

Joshua’s story

Before we left town, we got to have dinner with my cousin, Laurie (sister to both Greg and Josh), and Greg’s wife, Susan. And I got to see the small Fenton gift shop too where Susan works, which is only about a mile from where I lived while growing up.

During our time there, I was also so blessed to spend a few hours on a couple of different days with my uncle Jim and aunt Janice, and dear second mom, Liz. It was a jam packed nine days, but time I will hold dear to my heart forever.

And here’s a bit of an update on Josh’s story from my hometown news: https://www.wtap.com/2022/12/16/family-josh-wilson-honor-his-memory-ahead-holiday-season/

Family comes to Florida

We were over the moon thrilled to see my daughter, son-in-law, and three cutie pie granddaughters this summer when they drove to Florida from New Hampshire for a week! I hadn’t seen them in nearly 3 years and it had been even longer since my husband had seen them (he had not met the twins in person until this visit)!

We were happy to get to see my husband’s sister, Rose, and her husband this year again, as they enjoy (yes, IN Joy), driving around the country towing their 5th wheel behind their pickup truck. And I am glad they like traveling like that, (as I can relate—I towed a travel trailer years ago and didn’t like the towing experience).

I was especially grateful Rose and Alan could make another trip down in October to help us when Richard had the stroke because he needed an advocate with him and unfortunately I got ill from spending each day with him in the hospital. I really felt my husband needed someone to be with him and be his advocate (because of all the incidents while he was in there, and lack of communication between the doctors and nurses, which really annoyed me). The last three days of Richard’s nine day stay, I was too sick to go in there. Thank God for family!

Hair Growth

My hair has grown quite a lot in a year. But I am looking forward to getting a pixie cut in the spring of 2023.

I’ve combed through my hair completely (with my head upside down) and cut several inches off it this year and I do believe I’d like to have bangs. So that decision has been made. It’s simply a question of timing and figuring out who will cut it. I had wanted my daughter to cut it when she was here, but we had so little time together.

Dental work

I’m still missing my front tooth. But I have tried several new diets and supplements this year to see if I might be able to regenerate or improve the few real teeth I still have and now, I am at a point where I either get implants or dentures. And I am leaning towards dentures since I don’t feel I can handle anything being implanted into my body. I’m sensitive chemically and emotionally.

I’m also still fighting a tooth infection from the last dentist who put three crowns on molars last year, and I guess now I am going to have at least one of those pulled as the infection is less but hasn’t completely cleared yet and I doubt that’s healthy to keep a bad tooth in my mouth. I got it pulled Dec. 12th, 2022 and I did exceptionally well throughout the process! More on that here: https://sheilamurrey.net/2022/12/17/dental-high-jinks/

It just sucks that I spent all that money on the crown and it has bothered me for more than a year (plus, though numb during that work, it hurt very badly and I told them but they continued working on it). Lesson learned. I should have got up and walked out. Plus, they still owe me $1,150 that’s a credit on my account! (And yes, I have exhausted all of the various means of trying to force them to pay me but nothing has worked yet!)

Honoring the Sacred Past

I feel the Winter Solstice that didn’t shine sunbeams into the Newgrange chamber in Ireland December 2019, was meant to warn me of the tumultuous years ahead. And that I would continue to integrate my shadow self this year as I began this task last year. An ongoing practice.

The huge Banyan tree in our 55+ community. I have a few more months here to enjoy it:

Banyan tree, Bradenton FL

Classes and groups

Because we are limiting our time out of the house, I’ve had more time to participate in online groups and programs. I’ll share a few next:

Bruce Lipton’s online community

Bestselling author, podcaster, and now a soulie sister of mine, Gloria Grace Rand, whom I’d followed on social media for years but hadn’t met in person (until we chose to meet at the Bruce Lipton conference), invited me to a retreat in September she created. And I am sooo glad I went! We ALL had the best time: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/09/12/review-unplug-to-recharge-retreat-i-attended-yesterday-thank-you-gloria-grace-rand/

Plus, I am so fortunate to have met my Reiki Master, Victoria Stitzer and participate with her in weekly in-person Reiki circles as well as, certify in level I and II again and progress in my training and practice next year to the Masters level.

Check out Spiritual Mastermind Reiki Meditation Group SWFL on Meetup https://meetu.ps/c/50XXn/11mRY/a

Link to Victoria’s website: https://transformvegas.com/

And near the end of the year I was finally able to take a weekend herb class I had desired to take for several years! I took Western Herbalism 101 from Traditions School of Herbal Studies, in St. Petersburg, Florida. I learned sooo much! I loved the classes and will probably go again for more medicine making classes in the future.

Think in terms of degrees, doses, and layers and Truths will emerge.

Weight loss

In the early part of the year, I was still making shakes for breakfast and lunch with protein powder from The Green Smoothie Girl. If you like smoothies I highly recommend Robyn’s products as a way to get more protein.

If you’d like to give this plan a try, here’s the link: https://shop.greensmoothiegirl.com/pages/food-supplements?affiliate=895

March 2022, I had a consult with Dan McDonald, the Life Regenerator from YouTube fame, and did only citrus fruit for more than a month. You can read about that here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/03/13/mindset-shift-citrus-diet/

Then I tried the Bone Broth diet with very limited success. I didn’t even last two weeks on it.

I also tried the Carnivore diet:

https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/06/29/how-i-lost-5-pounds-in-5-days/

A friend invited me to try WildFit and it was a game changer for me! I am continuing to lose weight, which is so amazing and thrilling! I highly recommend checking out WildFit if you have tried everything else and haven’t yet lost the weight you desire to lose.

I am simply stunned that it helped me release over 20 pounds (and keep it off through some highly stressful times that always put weight back on my body before), because I focus on consuming whole foods, breathwork, and stress reduction with standing up and doing qigong and yoga movements throughout my workday, and getting enough sleep. There’s a lot of research to support these practices and how they help with healthy weight loss.

I had been eating very close to the foods WildFit recommends before, but perhaps it was the “seasons” approach and mindset stuff which finally reset my fat burning switch, I’m not sure.

Whatever formula WildFit has come up with is working for me though and that’s a huge win for me after 25 years of struggling to release excess weight and keep it off even through two hurricanes, power out for 8 days, hubby having the stroke, family visits, and holidays! Incredible!

I summarized my WildFit experience here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/08/14/wildfit/

New Music

Hubby and I continue to work on showcasing his original new music—getting it out to more musicians who play Live. Here’s the new page I have setup: https://sheilamurrey.net/murrey-creations/

And here’s the link to our songs on Apple:

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/richard-murrey/1487330877

We write music for new artists too, so please share this post or our links! ❤️🦋🌀🎼

This is Richard’s website where the songs are listed by genre: http://Listen4music.com

Can you dig it?!?

It’s ALL Energy

Let’s let go of 2022 with ease and thanksgiving and celebrate the New Year ahead!

Imagine ALL the things you can’t see, and we’ll see how we grow next year!

https://youtu.be/NmS6h_fkPgk

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Off Grid, Living off the land, and the Tanka

Off Grid Living is tough

After 17 months in the woods of northeast Florida my husband and I called it quits, granted we were older when we attempted to give it a go. Perhaps younger people do better with all the Off Grid living. But it’s tough, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

After moving to a condo with electricity and all the conveniences, I don’t care to go back to Off Grid living. We still have our battery backups and needed them during two hurricanes while our power was off, but I was not a happy camper! Ugh.

It comes down to sustainability. Our mental and physical sustainability.

Living off the land

My grandparents (both sets) raised my parents while “living off the land.” Both sets of grandparents lived on farms, my mom was raised on a smaller city farm and my dad on 200+ acres, but both definitely understood what it meant and how hard it could be to live off the land and only get flour, sugar, and few other items from a small grocer. My mom and dad sure had fortitude from being raised with so little though! Here’s some thoughts I have about how living off the land strengthened them:

  • Each knew a LOT about trees.
  • Each walked a LOT, everyday. Miles and miles of country roads. It kept them grounded. Literally.
  • Each became quite in tune with nature.
  • Each learned how to survive with next to nothing.
  • Each stayed humble throughout their entire lives (though eventually gaining some success and money).
  • They loved stargazing and looking at the moon on clear nights.
  • They enjoyed cooking outside.
  • They enjoyed the sights and sounds of wildlife.
  • Mom adored squirrels, frogs, and deer.
  • Dad hunted. Later in life dad couldn’t kill a deer, after discovering their elegance and beauty.
  • My paternal grandfather swore by the Farmer’s Almanac to plant his garden.
  • Mom and her sister raised ducks. They often ate duck eggs instead of chicken eggs.
  • Mom wouldn’t name any of the farm animals as she never knew when one would become dinner.
  • My maternal grandmother would ring the chicken’s neck to kill it.
  • One of mom and dad’s first dates was at a lake.

1883

My husband and I just found this series on Paramount Plus (link below) and have been bleary-eyed watching every episode. Life as not easy at all for the pioneers! I sit in amazement often as to how my grandparents raised their children (three on mom’s side and six on dad’s side of the family) when they had sooo very little means!

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13991232/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Tanka

Here’s some bit of history for you and how the Native American tribes are working hard to bring back the buffalo.

Tanka video

Learning from the Tanka

As Roger Miller famously sings, “You can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd.” And apparently, we can’t get enough sun on solar panels in the woods.

Yet, I continue to meditate upon what I’ve learned from our Off Grid experience, though I am not ready to go camping anytime soon. Living without immediate access to electric power is for the birds! LOL

Life is good, and God is good—ALL the time.

You can read more here (and see pictures of our off grid living: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2020/12/02/full-time-rv-life-energy-hogs/

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

I’m an open vessel of Spirit (Source | Omniscience | Energy) offering a 4-week, small group, self-coaching transformational program called, Integrated Spiral. Mindful daily practices to apply what we have and bring us back into balance: mind, body, spirit, and soul. Expanding our perspectives to diffuse tension (within ourselves) and empower (and improve) our relationships—even the ones we think we’ve lost.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.

Plus, my holistic health book that details how I naturally reversed asthma, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available now. Buy it here

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Giving a gift found via Unplug to Recharge retreat

Thank you, Sherinata Pollock I’m so happy I met you because I learned a bunch about shungite from you!

I gave my bestie (my dearest long-time friend from elementary and high school) a shungite pendant and bracelet I bought from Sherinata and my dear friend loves these jewelry items sooo much! In fact, she was so thrilled with the pieces that she posted a Facebook post about them with a picture! We are hoping they will provide her with pain relief, as she has metal rods in her back and has had 6 surgeries in 5 years! Ugh!

Thus, I’ll look into anything that offers to provide less pain for my friend, and I have (and have another post coming soon about another item I’m currently testing that promises pain relieving properties). So far, I’ll take my friends’ word, along with my personal experience that Sherinata is definitely on to something with the shungite. Plus, these pieces are beautiful and easy to wear.

Sherinata owns a company called, Karelia Creations and herself has an amazing story of health recovery from wearing these EMF protective items. Her story sold me even before wearing these bracelets!

Check out Sherinata’s lovely expressive arts and health-affirming creations at: https://kareliacreations.com/?fbclid=IwAR1LWlNGnS3Swo6e6wnS0-vCkOEvc_L6HDI2S5tDbsRlxpcrylSyrkh3zSc

As for me, I have been experiencing profound differences from wearing my unisex shungite bracelet (only take it off to shower)! I’ve worn my unisex bracelet everyday for over two months, even to sleep, and it shows no signs of stretching or wear, so I believe it’s made to last.

Plus, I have the stickers on my laptop computer and phone. I am much more relaxed while working on these devices!! I’m thrilled!

unisex shungite bracelet

I also bought my “love of my life” husband one of these unisex shungite bracelets from Sherinata also, when he had the stroke–yes, I put it on him while he was still in the hospital too! It was one of the first things I ordered after Richard experienced the stroke because that’s what I do, I look to see what I can DO to help! I’d already signed up for Reiki, Richard just became my first and best client (haha!)… lucky/blessed him, huh?

Note: I love it when a plan comes together and I was able to gift my Reiki master teacher, two avocado trees that I’d grown (and done Reiki on too) from the seeds of the Pollack avocados Sherinata had sent to me!!! I also love the hand notes that Sherinata writes on the shipping receipt. She’s a truly sweet genuine human being.

Karelia Creations items on table

I am sooo thankful to Gloria Grace Rand, for the Unplug to Recharge retreat, new recipes, and especially that this is becoming very sustainable for me.

FYI my online store is: Wholly Integrating the Spiral (WITS): https://sheilamurrey.net/store/

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

Fractal of Omniscience. “Spiral Sister”Observer & Perceiver of Energy & Wisdom from Nature. Empath|Author|Connector|Speaker|Singer. ❤️🦋🌀〰️🔥🙏☯️

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, natural health foods store, art fair, music or yoga festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Visit my author’s page here.

Plus, I documented how I naturally reversed 30+ years of chronic asthma in my holistic health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s available on Barnes and Noble: here

Be the best version of who you want to be. As it really does affect us ALL. We Are All Connected.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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Review: WildFit works!

After completing a WildFit 90 day challenge, I lost over sixteen pounds! WOW! And I am continuing to live WildFit. I now believe, if I were living in the jungle somewhere, I wouldn’t starve. And I am continuing to learn about herbs and vegetables I can grow in small containers too (but that’s a different topic). No, WildFit doesn’t mean you have to go out foraging for your food, which is kind of what I thought when I first signed up. LOL

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I am eating consciously. I am thinking about why I am going to the fridge each time BEFORE I head that way. I am also working with clay while I watch movies, documentaries, or series with my husband. It keeps my hands busy and coated with a bit of the clay too, so I am not tempted to eat anything. Ha! Little hack for ya.

I am continuing to do breathwork–it helps for sure (I do a couple of different kinds). And tap on my body whenever I feel stressed. (Yes, I have done EFT on myself for YEARS)!

Here’s the thing. For years, I tried different diets:

  • Carnivore Diet
  • Bone Broth Diet
  • Intermittent fasting
  • The Blood Type Diet
  • Vegetarian
  • Juice fasting
  • Raw Vegan
  • Jenny Craig

But now, I found Dr. Osborne who explains WHY my body never released weight (because my gut wasn’t in good shape) from ingesting pink slime all without my knowledge! Plus, I definitely know (after WildFit) that I had gut issues because I have issues with grains and dairy.

I was able to slowly incorporate mental strategies (over the course of the last three months of WildFit) that I’m thrilled to say have stuck. I consider what type of hunger I’m experiencing BEFORE I go to the kitchen to look for something to eat. I drink more water, and I am finding it easier to drink water (I infuse a pitcher of water with slices of cucumbers or lemons, alternating these every few days so I am not always consuming lemon water). I don’t miss white potatoes, rice, bread, or butter anymore. And I am continuing to release the excess weight (fat) from my body.

Links to previous articles on the diets I’ve done:

Wildfit: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/08/14/wildfit/

Bone Broth Diet. https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/02/05/what-do-you-think-about-the-bone-broth-diet/

Citrus (Second attempt at raw vegan). https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/04/12/eating-citrus-for-a-month/

Intermittent fasting. https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2019/02/17/intermittent-fasting/

Carnivore. https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/06/29/how-i-lost-5-pounds-in-5-days/

https://sheilamurrey.net/2022/06/27/have-you-tried-the-carnivore-diet/

Go through WildFit and you’ll learn why/how we’re psychologically programmed/conditioned to drink, eat “treats,” etc. and more. Of course most of us know how media, TV, movies, commercials have programmed us, but WildFit puts it in a sequence that helps. 

Review: I can eat chocolate candy again! Thank you, Hershey!

If you’ve been told that you’re pre-diabetic or think you may have insulin resistance, you owe it to yourself to check into WildFit, Sugar Busters, or the like and start reading every label for each product you buy in the grocery store–as many (almost all packaged foods) include some form of sugar. 

And guess what? 

The human body doesn’t need all of that sugar! Sugar is NOT a food group!

I’d given up chocolate and any candy during the last three months on WildFit. But recently, before Halloween, I walked by a single package of something called, Hershey ZERO and thought I’d check it out. Normally, I order French chocolates from Universal Yums once a year in the winter, or buy some carob at the health food store whenever I am tempted to eat chocolate. I do love the taste and texture of chocolate melting in my mouth. And yes, I agree that’s from childhood “programming.”

I’ve lost over fifteen pounds in the last three months on WildFit and have about forty more pounds to release, so I’m not saying I’m going to eat these chocolates every day, but I am keeping some on hand for any conscious choice I have to treat myself. I may still order the French chocolate truffles from Universal Yums but Hershey really nailed the chemistry with these chocolates!

Hershey's ZERO chocolates and Reese cup ZERO candies.

Not to worry, these candies are just my temp solution for the holidays. I had to have stumbled upon them for a reason and 1 or 2 is enough for me to “treat myself well” including nostalgia and taste exactly like the real thing… understanding how I was and most people were “programmed” to eat this crap when we were kids. I will soon look at this as the scariest part of Halloween.

And as for these non-functional foods, I think they’re better for me than the Buc-ee’s mini cookies that my sister-in-law brought to my husband that I call “crack” because they’re so freakin’ addictive but I can say, No, to when they’re in the house. Ha!

How is this post categorized as “finding relief,” well, I guess because these little candies help me relieve snack attacks, which actually don’t happen all that often anymore, except that the holidays are coming!

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

Fractal of Omniscience. “Spiral Sister”Observer & Perceiver of Energy & Wisdom from Nature. Empath|Author|Connector|Speaker|Singer. ❤️🦋🌀〰️🔥🙏☯️

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, natural health foods store, art fair, music or yoga festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Visit my author’s page here.

Plus, I documented how I naturally reversed 30+ years of chronic asthma in my holistic health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s available on Barnes and Noble: here

Be the best version of who you want to be. As it really does affect us ALL. We Are All Connected.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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My natural cold remedies cabinet

In previous articles, I listed some of the best natural remedies I rely on for reducing sinus congestion (garlic capsules) and cough or cold. Now, I’d like to introduce you to the additions to my cold remedies cabinet for 2021/2022: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/natural-remedies-for-a-cough-or-cold/

During virus season

I use a Neti pot (use this every morning and night to keep your sinuses clean and clear) and whenever I leave a store or other public place, I blow my nose fairly forcefully to clear my sinuses of anything I many have just picked up. This simple practice has helped keep me well during the 2020-2022 years.

During time visiting in hospital

For a head/throat cold-like bug (upper respiratory infection) I picked up while visiting my husband (who was in the hospital for 9 days), here’s what I took–and I rotated these depending on how I felt and what my symptoms were:

  • Neti pot (used twice a day)
  • Gargle with salt water (twice a day or whenever throat is sore)
  • N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) taken every 4 hours with food as needed
  • Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Zinc
  • Young Living essential oil, Thieves and also in cough drops
  • Mullein (for dry coughs)
  • Garlic (capsules or in food, as needed to clear phlegm)
  • P73 Oreganol (as explained in previous linked article)
  • Good Energy (previously named, Nourish & Recharge Formula)
  • Propolis
  • L-Lysine
  • Slippery Elm
  • Neem
  • Turkey Tail
  • Marshmallow Root
  • Holy Basil
  • Ginger root (though this is warming, so if you have any other issues, such as damp-heat, you’ll want to avoid this or be prepared for the other issue to reoccur)
  • Various tea, though the Clear Lungs tea made a measurable improvement, less coughing
  • Various herbal supplements, and Good Energy made the most difference
  • Various cough drops, some with zinc

When this first started I grabbed my Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc (I’d already been taking Ashwagandha and simply continued taking it all through my 10-day coughing, froggy voice, and sore throat ordeal):

Ashwagandha, Vitamin C, Liquid Vitamin D3 with K2, and Zinc Supreme

Tea

The best tea I’ve found is, Clear Lungs tea made by my friend, Christina Slotin. You can order this tea and the Good Energy and other herbal supplements at:
https://herbal-cottage.com/

Lastly, I don’t get many colds when I remember to stir my tea with a copper spoon!

Other excellent teas to breathe easier
Sinology Vitamin D and Vitamin C add to your cup of tea

Supplements

Young Living essential oil: Thieves, Mullein Leaf, Nourish & Recharge Formula (now, Good Energy), and P73 Oreganol
Young Living essential oil: Thieves cough drops, Seasonal Sinus Support, and Good Energy
Garlic capsules/tablets, and Guggul herbs
Holy Basil and Propolis
Garlic, L-Lysine, Slippery Elm, Neem, Turkey Tail, Holy Basil, NAC, Marshmallow Root

My disclaimer: I offer this information for educational purposes only. You can use it to ask better questions of your licensed health practitioner. I am not a doctor. I am not diagnosing or offering any kind of treatment.

There are sooo many ways to assist and support our bodies and immune systems, that I feel whatever we need, we can find, but sometimes it is good if we can remind each other. And sometimes consistency is key to staying healthy.

I believe our bodies have innate healing abilities, as our skin heals on its own if we cut or burn it.

If it doesn’t hurt, why not give it a try?

The words in this post are my personal experiences only.

To our feeling great, better health, and longevity,

Sheila Murrey

Your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. To connect, send an email.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. To connect, send an email.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going! To connect, send an email.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Eating a gift I received at: Unplug to Recharge retreat

At the Unplug to Recharge retreat, I was gifted this Pollock avocado.

Thank you, Sherinata Pollock (yes, it’s wild that the avocado shares her last name) for gifting me with this huge, Haas-like avocado. It’s sooo creamy and good tasting, I can hardly explain! I even put some of it in a couple freezer bags for use throughout this week in my green WildFit smoothies (they call them, Alkagizers). (I’m finishing week 6 of WildFit and down 8 pounds as of this morning, since beginning this program.)

I’m also sooo happy to have met Sherinata–a new “soulie sister”!

Here are pictures of this amazing avocado:

Ripe Pollock avocado
Checking ripeness by playing with the stem nub
Yes, the stem nub is coming off (always a sign of ripeness of an avocado)
Stem is off and I’m ready to cut and scoop out the avocado
The open Pollock avocado
Pollock seed in the cup of water (in the window), using toothpick method to let it sprout

I used the Pollock avocado in my green veggie smoothie, as well as, a topping to some cooked cabbage (I used to slather butter on my boiled cabbage–the only way I ever ate it before). So, yeah, it’s a game changer. Of course, flax seeds are great on the cooked cabbage too! And I’d never done THAT before in my life. I am so loving unleveling my diet, y’all. So lovin’ WildFit!

As an aside, but a very important one: Sherinata owns a company called, Karelia Creations. I’ve signed up to offer some of her products as well. You’ll see some on my Wholly Integrating the Spiral (WITS) store page here: https://sheilamurrey.net/store/
You can check out her lovely and health-affirming creations at: https://kareliacreations.com/?fbclid=IwAR1LWlNGnS3Swo6e6wnS0-vCkOEvc_L6HDI2S5tDbsRlxpcrylSyrkh3zSc

I’m continuing to make cabbage, adding cauliflower and asparagus to it as well, that I’d learned to make at the retreat. Stay tune to the next article about that!

I am sooo thankful to Gloria Grace Rand, for the Unplug to Recharge retreat, new recipes, and especially that this is becoming very sustainable for me. Perhaps, because I am integrating into my life by following the little framework I developed in 2020 called, Integrated Spiral. Haha!

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

Fractal of Omniscience. “Spiral Sister”Observer & Perceiver of Energy & Wisdom from Nature. Empath|Author|Connector|Speaker|Singer. ❤️🦋🌀〰️🔥🙏☯️

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, natural health foods store, art fair, music or yoga festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Visit my author’s page here.

Plus, I documented how I naturally reversed 30+ years of chronic asthma in my holistic health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s available on Barnes and Noble: here

Be the best version of who you want to be. As it really does affect us ALL. We Are All Connected.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeonyourself/

Review: Unplug to Recharge, retreat I attended. Thank you, Gloria Grace Rand!

After a 16 hour adventure of a day that included: almost 2 hours driving over to Davenport, Florida, 12 hours of delightful retreat workshop activities, clean eating, body treatment under crystal lights, chatting with enlightened souls and making new soul bonds, and a bit more than one hour and a half driving back home to Bradenton, Florida… I was pooped but highly Energized! I thoroughly enjoyed my day (blessed IN Joy)!

Here’s my review of Unplug to Recharge retreat.

First, the other kindred spirits at this weekend retreat became new “soulie sisters” of mine! That means, we each felt as if we’d made a soul friend within minutes of meeting. And that’s always very aWEsOMe!

We started the morning by taking turns introducing ourselves to each other while holding a beautiful Talking Stick that Gloria brought. Those familiar with Stephen Covey’s classes, or Native American ceremonies will know what this is. It helped each of us feel heard, while encouraging the listeners to practice Active Listening skills (instead of thinking about what they would say next). We had fun with this routine though, and sometimes when one of us would get excited and want to burst with some statement, another would say, “Touch the stick, touch the stick”! And we would all roar with laughter!

Then, we moved to the massive kitchen table to being making salt scrub (mine’s in the glass jar with black lid in the photo). I was thrilled to do this activity because I’d tried this before (years ago–on my own) and hadn’t been very successful, so this was a treat! And now I know how to make this for myself from here on out. (Wink!) I used lavender essential oil and vanilla. It works well and smells sooo good!

Later in the day, we worked on cards, similar to vision boards, but much more interesting! The cards are part of a process called, Soul Collage–and for me, it served as a sort of automatic writing class! I enjoyed this time immensely, especially the sharing about each of our cards after we completing creating the boards and writing about them.

Here’s one of my cards. I named it, Blue. I guess it’s very fitting I’d do that, since I just finished writing my new book, Blue Eyes (it’s off to the editor as of 9/9/2022).

Sheila’s soul collage, “Blue.”
Sheila’s interpretation (automatic writing) of “Blue.”

I can’t say enough about how this experience allowed each of us to learn more about each other and bond. I’d had an expectation that I may not engage that much with this project because I’d not Connected so strongly with vision board creation years ago–wow, was I wrong!

I loved exploring more about this way of automatic writing (I’d wanted to do automatic writing but had not previously taken the time). So it was really revealing and I enjoyed that.

Here’s a picture of me creating my boards (note the blue glass in the window):

Gloria snapped this picture of me while I was making my soul collage.

And this is my two second board, along with the page out of my journal (a gift from Gloria to each participant):

Sheila’s soul collage, “Sunlight.”
Sheila’s interpretation (automatic writing) of “Sunlight.”

Gloria cooked lunch and dinner for us, and totally exceeded my expectations of food that was gluten-free (and grain free). Plus, the food was so good, I asked for the recipes! (That almost never happens.)

Dinner – chicken cabbage squash and radishes

We also said a meditation prayer of thanks (and held hands) before each meal (that had lovingly been placed on the kitchen table by the host). This blessed our food and perhaps, added to all the lively flavors!

Meditation for Blessing our Food

Here’s the cabbage I made yesterday, after returning home from the retreat:

We had the opportunity to take in several holistic health treatments too, and I chose to lay under the healing crystal lights.

The crystal lights were on a stand beside a bed and had an array of colored lights that would turn and off in rhythm. And light music played for the 30 minutes I was under the healing lights.

Fully clothed, I had a sheet on me and pad over my eyes so I could relax and meditate. I probably would have fallen asleep but I could hear my soulie sisters talking in the next room, just a bit–enough to keep me more present. I enjoyed laying on the under those crystal lights.

After dinner, we surprised Gloria with a luscious Chantilly Lace birthday cake from Whole Foods, a card from ALL, and gifts. We enjoyed dinner very much and the cake was divine. (I chose to have a small slice because I’m now on week 6 of WildFit.)

Gloria’s birthday cake – Chantilly Lace from Whole Foods

We had plenty of time to talk about meaningful topics with one another, do a little shopping too (from one of the gals’ crystal offerings), and try vocalizing in Light Language.

Crystal bowls Gloria played a bit for us

Gloria Grace Rand sings and speaks Light Language and gave us a collective session. I had heard it a few times before but was hesitant to try it. With much encouragement though, I did give it a whirl and sang or hummed something that sounded Asian to me. I had never heard myself sing anything like what came out of my mouth this evening before. It was stunning and energizing! I think I will continue this practice at home. (Wink!)

If you’d like to hear Gloria’s podcast where she shares her Light Language, check it out here: https://gloriarand.com/receiving-gods-grace/#more-19380

Gloria snapped this picture of the light reflecting in multiple colors on the tile floor
Crystal bowls and card decks
All the blue

Toward evening time, we wrote on a piece of paper any of the things we wanted to “let go” or release. And then, we went into the backyard (which I noted had two twin Live Oak trees, and I felt that was uncanny since the next day was the 21st anniversary of the day the twin towers fell in New York City). We had a short full moon and fire ceremony and lit our papers on fire. I sang a bit and gave thanks for a day well spent.

Fire ceremony – burning our limiting beliefs
Another angle of the fire with blue flame

The retreat was located at a house called, Contemplation Castle, in Davenport, Florida.

When I see more photos on Facebook of the event, I’ll update this and add them, as I didn’t take any pictures during the event because I totally unplugged (and didn’t even take my phone out of my bag all day, except for one time to check messages from my husband). And that was the whole point of the day, for me. (My hubby always says I have my phone attached to my hip!) LOL

Additional pictures

Blue light showing up as we looked in from the outside
All of us
Love how the journal Gloria gave us matches my MacBook (noticed this when I got home)

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

Fractal of Omniscience. “Spiral Sister”Observer & Perceiver of Energy & Wisdom from Nature. Empath|Author|Connector|Speaker|Singer. ❤️🦋🌀〰️🔥🙏☯️

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, natural health foods store, art fair, music or yoga festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Visit my author’s page here.

Plus, I documented how I naturally reversed 30+ years of chronic asthma in my holistic health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s available on Barnes and Noble: here

Be the best version of who you want to be. As it really does affect us ALL. We Are All Connected.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeonyourself/

Review: I can eat ketchup again! Thank you, Primal Kitchen!

If you’ve been told that you’re pre-diabetic or think you may have insulin resistance, you really owe it to yourself to check into WildFit, or Sugar Busters, and start reading every label for each product you buy in the grocery store–as many (almost all packaged foods) include some form of sugar. 

And guess what? 

The human body doesn’t need all of that sugar! Sugar is NOT a food group!

I’d given up ketchup years ago due to the amount of sugar in that condiment. I even made my own mustard for a few years!

Labor Day weekend sale!

I found Primal Kitchen when I was looking for a tasty barbecue / BBQ sauce… you can read about that here: https://sheilamurrey.net/2022/08/20/lets-go-primal/

So, here’s a way you can save some money when you order–tap or click this link: https://prz.io/qkYrYONHE

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

Fractal of Omniscience. “Spiral Sister”Observer & Perceiver of Energy & Wisdom from Nature. Empath|Author|Connector|Speaker|Singer. ❤️🦋🌀〰️🔥🙏☯️

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, natural health foods store, art fair, music or yoga festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Visit my author’s page here.

Plus, I documented how I naturally reversed 30+ years of chronic asthma in my holistic health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s available on Barnes and Noble: here

Be the best version of who you want to be. As it really does affect us ALL. We Are All Connected.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeonyo