2020: Review of a Challenging, Adjusting, and Healing Year

2020 Year in Review: Challenging, Adjusting, and Healing

I was sooo very fortunate to go on a Yoga cruise (facilitated by Cindy Bartz of Tampa, Florida) in January, just after my birthday. Yep. A self-care gift to ME!

Two of my girlfriends went with me and we had a blast! One brought another friend, so the four of us could pal around. It was aWEsOMe! Little did I know then how much I was going to need Yoga, breathwork, and every tip I picked up there during the days, weeks, and months to come.

In Cozumel Mexico Jan 2020

2020 has been an emotionally turbulent year for me. Physically, we moved from Merritt Island, Florida on Feb. 29th, and then, days later, the emotional rollercoaster of the COVID-19 virus began (with all of its associated fear mongering, misinformation, disinformation, judgmental attitudes, lockdowns, etc. And we don’t even watch the news!), but I hear enough from my own circles of influence.

We had all kinds of plans for 2020. But most got canceled or postponed, and we couldn’t even explore our new area either. And that all set me up for depression, weight gain (and thankfully now, weight loss), along with some extremely tense and emotional days (as we fumbled with adjusting to off grid living).

Minding My Energy became like a cosmic joke—played on ME! (This is a t-shirt design I made in 2019, way before I knew I would have to literally manage our energy when we moved “off grid”!

In hindsight, we shouldn’t have tackled moving off the grid this year, but we really had NO IDEA how cRaZy challenging it would be, or that something called COVID would occur.

My son on the roof of our 5th wheel to cut tree branches so “we’d fit” into our RV off grid spot.

On the other hand, we’re now, considered “preppers,” and fairly self-contained (and ready) to handle whatever comes our way! Haha!

Awakening

I did manage to make it to emcee the Awakening Into the Sun outdoor yoga and music festival the first weekend in March (it’s an annual event). But even that weekend presented issues for me.

Crystal Bay hotel in St. Pete (where we usually stay), was booked solid, so I chose a different hotel near the park and I could walk to the event. That turned out to be the wrong choice for me, because between the downtown traffic, and the fact that it got cold that night and the window wouldn’t close in the hotel room bathroom, I was cold and couldn’t sleep. And though I complained to the front desk, no one came to fix the window.

I love doing emcee work, and the festival was aWEsOMe, but only two of my friends showed up, and there seemed a somber tone hanging over the crowd. We were at a new park this year, much larger, so I remember thinking that was all it was, but just 3 days later we would all become acutely aware of what was going on.

Awakening is such a good word to use to describe all of the challenges I was to experience this year as I managed my own Energy (in myriad ways), and dove into my shadow to shake up the things within me that needed clearing, healing, and balancing.

And while I’m getting there (working my own Integrated Spiral program), I am not as fine tuned as I desire—yet. Maybe I never will be, but that is my work and mission for the rest of my life.

Canceled travel plans

This year, what with all the Stay Home orders, and our secluded living arrangement (though we are camping on the same property as my son), the announcement about COVID, the closing of restaurants and shops, and cancellation of our travel plans, took a toll on my psyche.

My son shaved my head about a month into our living here. No way could I deal with wearing a mask (and not have the rubber bands from in tangle in all my naturally curly hair)! Plus, I felt like I wanted to hang in solidarity with two friends who had lost their hair due to chemo treatments to treat cancer. A show of gratitude and support for them.

Shaving my head also gave me one less thing to think about, as my workload doubled through the summer months too, which didn’t help my stress levels.

List of plans that were canceled or postponed:

  • Alania’s Gainesville retreat (prepaid)
  • SoulTreat (prepaid / postponed to Oct 2021)
  • Rock Your Gift (ticket had been included in price of coaching package – cancelled)
  • 40th High School reunion
  • Trip to my home state to lay my parent’s remains to rest (which was to occur the week I went home for my HS reunion).
2020: Challenging, Adjusting, and Healing

Family comes to Florida

We were lucky to get to see my husband’s sister and her husband this year! So many people decided not to travel. And many campgrounds closed for awhile, which made those who thought about traveling wary (and weary)!

They booked their camping trip within a 30-45 minute drive from our place, and finding it wasn’t easy, but we made it there, and enjoyed our visit immensely. They also camped at another campground outside of St. Augustine, and we drove over there too for an early evening and dinner. That was a lovely park (and much easier to find than the first one had been. Dang GPS that only lead to a back entrance, which was gated and locked with no attendant).

As well, my husband’s twin brothers decided to drive down to see us for a few days this summer, so that was nice too! And though we couldn’t find much to do (one of the botanical gardens we visited had most of their trails closed), at least we got to sit and visit, eat a few meals together, and watch Animusic on DVD in our RV.

Visiting friends in Florida

When professional offices reopened, we took a road trip to Merritt Island, so I could have oral surgery on one of my front teeth (which I had put off for more than a year—more about that here).

We were so starved for social interaction (and missed good friends there), that even with my gums bleeding, we gathered with several friends for two nights out at our old favorite hangout.

Later in the year, in December, we took a short road trip to attend one of my best friends Christmas party. I really needed the emotional reassurance by then. But that was it, as far as travel was concerned for us this year.

Making new friends

I was almost remiss in mentioning that we made new friends this year—our neighbors Aaron and Abby! And as well, my son’s girlfriend—who hung out with us most weekends! Rachael really kept me sane, I think!

And we often hung out by a bonfire on weekend evenings, which helped us let go of the stress from the work week. ❤️😉

🔥 Bonfire 🔥

Sacred Celtic Journey

We are sure glad we went to Ireland, England, and Scotland last year! I doubt we’ll be flying anywhere ever again from all the restrictions that may be put in place. For more about our incredible 2019 trip, read all 3 parts, beginning here.

I am also so thankful when I look back on my winning an ENTRY into the neolithic burial tomb Newgrange chamber for the 2019 Winter Solstice sunrise on Dec 18th!!! Because no one was allowed in the tomb this Winter Solstice! That means, I was one of 60 people (picked from 30,861 applications) to be IN that incredible chamber for the last Winter Solstice (hopefully it will reopen to guests soon).

Here’s to a better 2021!
My Newgrange triple spiral pendant from Ireland, hanging on my mom’s gold chain with my butterfly 🦋 from my bestie since grade school, Doris.

I joked with a friend recently, that if I didn’t know better, I would think I brought COVID back to the USA from Ireland because I had a cRaZy flu days after returning from Ireland last year!

Looking back, I feel the Winter Solstice that didn’t shine sunbeams into the chamber was meant to warn me of the tumultuous year ahead. And that I would be working on my shadow self this year—and I have. ☯️

Seeing my girls

One of the outings I missed the most this year, was my annual trip to see my daughter and granddaughters in New Hampshire. I love them sooo much! And I miss hugging them, taking the oldest to painting sessions, playing games and dolls, and simply smelling their hair (it’s a mommy and grandma thing, I bet)!

Due to COVID, my daughter and I made the mutual decision it would be best for us not to travel and visit. (Mostly due to her wanting to protect me, since I have had a history of asthma—cleared since 2005, and to safeguard my husband, who’s over age 65). But, PROTECT is still a word I meditate on, because I don’t believe one can protect themselves or anyone from everything. Not really. I mean, Life is terminal. If we aren’t living it, what’s it for anyway? ❤️🦋🌀

Thankfully, I get to video chat with my granddaughters often (the eldest one—almost daily), though not getting together with them this year has greatly impacted me emotionally.

Online classes

Because we’ve been staying home, I’ve had more time to participate in online groups and programs. I’ll share a few next:

I participated in a couple short programs offered on Facebook by Alania Starhawk, Janine McJannet, Robin Quinn Keehn, Cheryl Chaffee, Patti Stevens, and Michelle Howe. I’ve linked to their site or programs, so you can get more information as desired. I highly recommend all of these ladies and the work and gifts they share.

I am currently participating in VShred and Activ5 exercise routines. I have been sooo impressed about both of these programs, in particular because of their associated smartphone apps. Read more about that here.

I completed my one year business coaching program that I had bought into last December for my husband and I to figure out how we could work together to showcase his original music, travel, and combine his genius talent, experience, and education with mine. We setup MurreyMakers.com and I include his soft guitar playing within my Integrated Spiral self-coaching, small group transformational program too.

Since I gained weight during the COVID lockdowns, I was offered a really effective diet program through my health insurance. It’s called Omada, and it’s helped me walk more, eat less, improve my mindset and do better with intermittent fasting too! No more counting calories!

Experimenting to find what works

From sitting and gaining weight (going down the rabbit hole, emotional spiral, and my own shadow), I discovered (or uncovered) methods that helped me beat nighttime snacking (hint: essential oils, homemade tinctures and tonics, Activ5, doing my nails and applying Color Street polish, as well as working on creative hobbies); begin and maintain a daily habit of walking outside; and improve my mindset (Everything Resolves to Gratitude).

Winning!

Mid year, I began to think my winning streak was over, but then I won again! It may not sound like much, but I won a $50 gift certificate from author JJ Virgin and stocked up on healthy foods from her website: https://jjvirgin.com

Then, I participated in my Robin’s weeklong Facebook challenge, The CLEPTO Code™ Challenge (her group is called, Overdoers Anonymous), to pick up some new strategies on how to not overcommit.

And get this! The grand prize winner of that challenge, Miles Eddy, gifted me with part of his prize! A $100 gift card! What a complete surprise! We all got so much out of her challenge (aside from the prizes), and I know it’s going to give each of us a boost of confidence to grow and shine in 2021!

You can be a winner too!

Comment on this post to receive a complimentary gift from me to participate in my new transformational self-coaching program!

This small group program helps one find emotional balance and help foster better relationships via improving communication skills. Read more about it here.

I put this new program together to help others find balance because I’m an empath. But, here’s the thing. I thought, until very recently, that I had to fix or save others in order to ease the pain I felt. Not true. I have to process, clear, and lighten my feelings first! Ha!
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First come, first serve. Normally $181 for 4 weeks of small group work (to include individual messages and group calls on Zoom).

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.

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

Full-time RV life: Energy hogs

RV Life Off Grid: Energy hogs

For me, living a wholly vibrant life, includes being a responsible human, yes, even a conscious consumer.

We’ve been living simply for more than 10 years, in an RV full-time, but we still used a lot of traditional electrical equipment (personal care items, household, and outdoor) until we moved off-grid. Wow, have we learned a LOT about electrical energy hogs since February 29th, 2020!

Energy hog #1 – Vacuum cleaners

My husband and I were having a conversation the other day about the true cost of carpet.

When it comes to buying carpeting, we must consider the power consumption used in keeping it clean. All of that vacuuming, shampoo or steam cleaning too!

Our RV vacuum cleaner is one of our biggest energy hogs! (We live off grid and rely on solar panels, batteries, and a generator for our power). ❤️🦋🌀

Energy hog #2 – Microwave ovens

We have to unplug our dorm size fridge (turning it off) every time we want to use the microwave. And we can’t run the microwave (on full power), for more than 30 seconds at a time.

We could turn the power down to 50 percent or so on the microwave, but one has to do that each time you turn it on. It just adds another step to the process.

Energy hog #3 – Refrigerators

Yes, we unplugged our 12 cubic foot matching wood grain panel door, built in RV refrigerator OFF, as soon as we moved to our family “off grid” property. It’s a very expensive (they cost $4,000 new) PANTRY now. Go figure.

Had we known we were going to live off the grid, we wouldn’t have paid $2,000 to repair it a couple of years ago. Where’s my crystal ball?!? 🥺

Energy hog #4 – Electric Fireplace heaters (& other heating appliances)

Right now, it’s a balmy 62 degrees in here and I’m wearing two long sleeve shirts and wool coverup from Ireland. Yep. And we’re running our little electric fireplace for heat.

It was 58 degrees in here when I woke up this morning. It was 35 degrees outside.

Weather app image from my iPhone

This is winter in north Florida. I’m just glad we’re charging our batteries with our solar on this beautiful day. Nope! You can’t charge your the batteries by solar when you’re running the generator for heat!

Granted, we could run the fireplace off the batteries, and let the solar charge the batteries, but the fireplace heater sucks more power than the solar can replace! Ugh.

Solar shed
Panels don’t get much charge when the sun shines through the trees.

Energy hog #5 – Air Conditioning (AC)

I would have listed this in first place, but we didn’t even use our living room (roof mount) AC for the first several months we lived off grid. I just wore loose and lightweight cotton clothing and told myself, “People pay good money to sit in saunas. Sweating is healthy!” until mid summer. Then, after we bought a generator that could actually run our AC unit (not all will), we learned how much it really cost to stay cool.

How do people live in Florida without AC? We are even parked in the shade!

We bought two new slim and tall fans, used every combination of windows open plus the Fantastic fans in the kitchen and bath, and still… I thought I would lose my mind when it reached 90 degrees in here!

By the way, the frameless windows in our Carriage only open 1-2 inches. Who designed those windows?!? 🧐🤪🤯

NOTE: Our 5th wheel (fiver, as some call these things), came with a ceiling fan too, but we found it’s also an energy hog. 😞

Generators

Unfortunately, we don’t feel solar works well enough for everything we need or want to do. But for now, it’s all we’ve got (along with two generators).

Speaking of which, we only run our generators to charge our batteries on cloudy days, or at night. Or when we need heat or air conditioning.

NOTE: We have two generators because we needed a backup, since the first one and its replacement died within the first two months we were here. It’s nice actually, so we can use one to charge the batteries and one to run the AC (as you can’t do that at the same time).

We’re really thankful gas is cheap, less than half the price it cost 4 years ago. 😉😉

FYI: We live in a forest!

Where are generators are
Generators and fuel tank

Energy hogs drain our batteries

All of this “too much drain” on our batteries, works to wear them out.

Granted, we bought used gel type batteries (because we didn’t know how long we’d be here, and days after we moved in COVID lockdowns began), instead of new batteries. And we were told these might last us a year or two. But we really didn’t consider how much we would have to manage these batteries (keep an eye on the monitor, juggle items running, and so on). All of it can wrack ones nerves, especially for us old farts! LOL

I told my son (who owns this property, set up all our solar system, and maintains our generators), “I think off grid living is a young man’s game.”

Agree? Disagree?

Do you live off grid, or rely on solar power?

What are your experiences? Let me know in the comments. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

A bit about me:

Energy coach with a brand new personal transformation and communication coaching program called, Integrated Spiral. All about transformational daily practices to bring us back to balance and expand our perspectives to be able to diffuse tension (within ourselves) and empower (and improve) our relationships—even the ones we think we’ve lost.
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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 updated health book (that took 13 years to research, test, and write), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

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

Crystal love!

I love crystals!

I can’t believe I haven’t written an article about crystals, until now! I have been collecting articles about crystals for awhile, and have books also, such as:

Crystal Bible

Crystal Bible 2

Crystal Bible 3

Not that these are the only books about crystals that I have, but they are the best for me to have in paperback form, as a full-time RVer (which, means we live in an RV = little space). In fact, I only order ebooks now. I have more than enough paper books—more than I could read in the rest of my life!

From the ground

I’ve had a thought for years that my wealth is “in the ground.”

Ever since my hubby and I watched a show on TV about this place where ine can dif in the dirt for diamonds, rubies, and such, I have wanted to go to Crater of Diamonds state park in Arkansas.

Would you like to go dig in the dirt with me? Please comment and share your crystal digging experiences! 💎

Difference and Ego

I love crystals and what they have to teach us about Ego; each are imbued with different gifts from the earth, yet one is not superior than another. Each type of crystal offers different aspects of beauty, brilliance, and energy.

To quote a beautiful like-minded friend,

At a higher vibration than arrogance (which only masks low self esteem), true Humility opens one up into a compassionate community supporting healthy self esteem, valuing each equally, enjoying ALL as we are all a part of each other, coming from the same creator source in Love.

Beverly McCaw

Healing mind and body

As I wrote previously (here in the comments, and here), I’m integrating crystals (minerals) more and more into my daily life. In particular, I’m using crystals to help ease negative energy out of my body when I feel anxious watching certain emotional movies or shows.

And the last time I went to the dentist (oral surgeon) to have a broken root canal tooth removed), I held a rose quartz pocket crystal to help me through the experience—and it did)!

Pocket rose quartz heart crystal

Energy follows thoughts and intentions. Thus, I allow my excess emotional charge to drain into whatever crystal I am holding. I also partner with rounded and pointed crystals to work on my acupressure points at the same time! Win-win! ❤️🌀💎

Crystal shapes best for acupressure work

Crystal Mantra

I love looking at crystals because like people’s opinions, every crystal is multifaceted.

Whenever I feel rattled, I say to myself, “I am multifaceted. No one can see ALL of my facets at any one given time. Turn, turn, turn.”

My intention is that I hope my words bring you ease, joy, and peace. OM ❤️🦋🌀🙏

As always, I’m 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. Launching a new holistic health & wellness coaching program soon!

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

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 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.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

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

Join us for Golden Alchemy

Golden Alchemy

Golden Alchemy teaches us to navigate through the challenging moments of Life by masterfully elevating our AWARENESS to a higher state of authentic Truth.

What thoughts or insecurities hinder your forward progress?

What thoughts or insecurities hinder your forward progress in life?

Where do you find yourself feeling inauthentic, vulnerable, or scared?

Where do you find yourself feeling powerless?

I invite you to join us, as my dear spiritual mentor, Alania Starhawk, guides us through a loving process of expansion and growth.

Join us for 4 weeks of inner work that starts NOW, this morning! (With replays available.)

https://alaniastarhawk.com/2020/07/21/manifesting-with-golden-alchemy/

Often or sometimes we sense that BALANCE is ALL that is needed to achieve our own HEALING but we don’t know how to ALLOW ourselves to be supported. Yet, all the while the Universe winks at us, lovingly attempting to communicate how much it has our back. ❤️😉

Alania lovingly shares,

Sometimes a true ALCHEMIST needs to GO INTO THE TRUTH that exists at deeper levels. Sometimes she has to go places she’d rather not go because she MUST FACE all that is ready to be gracefully transformed.

AUTHENTICITY (awareness and acceptance of all varying truths) is the same as “living golden”.

GOLDEN ALCHEMY reminds you that you can explore all those truths—even the messy ones—without ever compromising your personal power and potential.

YOU ALWAYS REMAIN IN CONTROL OF YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Spirit shows me, when you wish to clean out your closet, can you do it without bringing some belongings into the light?? Don’t you need to try the old coat on, to sense how much it still resonates with your energy??

With GOLDEN ALCHEMY we feel safe enough to explore our shadows so they can be touched by the light.

Alania Starhawk

As real as it gets! ❤️🦋🌀🙏☀️💦🌱👣

I was scared on Thursday (of this week), during my oral surgery! If you wonder why, check out my previous post: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/16/finding-the-silver-lining-after-traumatic-dental-experience/

I sat in the dental chair and focused on my rose quartz heart (that I held in my hand), and I thought:

Holding a rose quartz crystal
  • I love how the dental chair supports the weight of my body
  • How skilled and compassionate my oral surgeon is
  • How indeed the Universe supports me, etc., etc.
  • And for a brief moment, I felt my bluestone bracelet, and took a mental journey back to Stonehenge (where I had meditated sitting close to the bluestone)

And guess what?!?

I came out braver on the other side of it! Whew!

Rose quartz heart

All was well. ALL is well!

But, there had been those moments. Moments of unnecessary tension. Moments of uncertainty. Lost moments, that I could have been IN joy, prayer for others, or gratitude for ALL I have!

❤️🦋🌀

So, this is why I continue to learn. And why I am inviting YOU to join us.

We are here to grow our MANIFESTING with GOLDEN ALCHEMY—and you’re invited.

WILL YOU JOIN US???

We begin at 10am eastern time this morning. Register here:

https://alaniastarhawk.com/2020/07/21/manifesting-with-golden-alchemy/

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For those who have trouble meditating

Do you have trouble meditating?

There is this one little physical thing you can do (that a massage therapist taught me years ago), when you are wanting to meditate, but feel that you can’t because your mind is racing.

I learned this one move, and have taught it to many other since, that helped me in the beginning when I couldn’t seem to meditate because my mind was always ON.

Try the following procedure and let me know if it helps.

Trouble meditating?

The procedure

Start by closing your eyes and rubbing two fingers (of each hand), up the bridge of both sides of your nose, and while maintaining the same pressure, move your fingers over and above your eye brows to make circles around yours eyes.

You can do this several times, and even go in reverse circles, lightening the pressure as you go.

As you notice your thoughts slowing down, you can stop this motion and relax your hands to your sides and then simply focus on your breathing.

The outcome

This one move really can ease the mind racing or mind chatter, especially when one begins learning meditation. Namaste. OM ❤️🦋🌀

Reach out

If you would like some help learning more about simple living, independent thinking, meditation, social media marketing, naturally attracting your best life (and dream clients), comment below.

Check out my previous article about meditation:

https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2015/12/12/why-i-meditate-daily/

And here is a morning meditation audio that may help you:

A bit about us:

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on http://RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

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. Plus, I’ve written a new book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the person your soul beckons you to be and let us promote you!

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

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It’s just hair

It’s just hair

I don’t know why we make such a big deal about hair. So, it frames our face. So what? And why all the countless hours, and money, spent on curling, smoothing, straightening, coloring, styling, cutting, combing, brushing, cussing, fussing, ranting, raving, and crying about it? Ugh! And then, ugh again.

I wonder how many of us would love to shave our head and start fresh and new again as when we were babies?

Well, when my son’s girlfriend recently suggested I explore the freedom of a shaved head, I asked myself that question and more! I considered my dear friends going through cancer treatments who had lost their hair. I remembered my desire to shave my head in support—but that I had chickened out. After all, I had been growing my hair long for about the last 5 years and it was below my bra strap in the back. Could I part with it?

The last time my hair had been really short was July 2015, after I had asked my amazing stylist friend, Yu-Lee, to cut off all the blonde from when a previous stylist had left the bleach on my hair for too long and fried it.

Fried white hair
The big cut to remove all the damage

But, let me back up a bit.

Before a one time stylist in Clermont, Florida fried my hair white, I had grown my hair quite long in the late 2000s to donate 11 inches of hair to Locks of Love. And I loved the cute style my long-time stylist, Lisa, had given me.

Before the white hair misadventure
Loved this style by Lisa

I wore my hair short for awhile and really enjoyed the ease of it. It was so manageable and I didn’t have to struggle with tangles. Easy breezy!

Short hair is cute and looks so professional for the office.
Short hair was easy to care for all the time—especially on vacation.
I could add a feather clip to jazz it up and boom—style!
Or just let it be wind blown at the beach.
Short hair was quick to care for on festival days.
Just add a feather barrette.

At one point, I asked Yu-Lee if she did hair extensions. She explained how extensions worked, but said, “The best way to get long hair, is to stop having it cut.” And that is exactly what I did. Not because I didn’t love seeing her once or twice a year, but because we moved and I couldn’t find an expert curly hair stylist! As well, I was “busy-busy,” seemingly all the time.

At work.

During the time that I worked in an office environment, I would see Yu-Lee for my hairstyle reshaping. Plus, we had become friends BEFORE she started her hair business in St. Pete and I genuinely enjoyed our meaningful conversations and time together.

Then, my world changed. My mom passed away.

On the road. In WV. To comfort dad after mom died. To see family. Connect to what was left of my roots.
There are times our hair is the last thing on our mind.

If you are experiencing hair loss:
You could take 1500mg Saw Palmetto and 500 mg Ashwaganda and drink Green tea every morning (as water revitalizes hair), or try the Jayld hair treatment. But, if you can become unattached to your hair, it is a much more freeing life. ❤️😉

A month after my mom died, I’m with my granddaughters. Re-discovering Love is all that is important.
No time or concern for my hair.
Just BEing. Getting back in touch with what makes me, ME.
BEing present (at my mom’s memorial service with loved ones). Knowing all that matters. Joy in the moment. The ever present moment.
Working from home.
After my work day, making videos. No time for fussing over hair. Too busy.
On a cruise.
With my son and dad. Didn’t give s shit about my hair—thankfully.
Walking the dock. Windblown. And not happy with my hair.
Really enjoying the moment, but directing hubby to catch the wind just right for my hair. Ugh.
With my daughter in New Hampshire. I wasn’t happy with my hair in this picture either. Ugh. The judgment and self criticism!
Richard caught me in an off moment. I had been pulling my hair back (often) in a clip.
It was long, but hard to see here. It sure wasn’t worth the effort I was putting into it, to keep it out of the twins’ mouth, combing it, and dealing with shedding hair all over the house.
Okay, so here you can get some idea of how long my hair was.
And here, while shooting s Facebook Live for our business.
This had been for another Live video. All the detangling and such. So much wasted time.

By the time we went on our Sacred Celtic Journey (which I had paid for and was planning on going on for nearly a year), my dad had passed away.

In Europe.
At Stonehenge.

Looking at my face here, I see my grief. I felt such a powerful presence at Stonehenge though. I was overwhelmed with emotion and raw, deep, feelings. I could have cared less about my hair, that’s for damn sure.

Something I never did. As a sign of not giving a damn about my hair, I had been hot and sweating on our bus ride through Europe, so I grabbed up all my hair, clipped it, and took a video (this pic is a still image capture from the video). Normally, I would have pulled out bangs or bits of tendrils on the sides. Not anymore. I didn’t care. I only cared about my comfort (cooling down), and enjoying the moment.
Richard took some pictures of me that I could use professionally for profile pics. I recall all the knots I had pulled out of my hair, how much hair was coming out from combing, and if the wind was blowing, instead of enjoying the moment—more.

And now? As of April 18, 2020…

The new life begins:

BEing in nature. A couple weeks after my son shaved my head. Living the off-grid life. Loving the ferns, family, moon, stars, and gardening. Letting go. Living my Wholly Vibrant Life.
❤️🦋🌀🙏☀️🌱🍀🌿🌳🐝🎼🎵🎶🎤😉😘

It’s just hair. It will grow back.

Peace. Out. ❤️😘

P.S. – After a sister bestie wrote me a message about loving this article, I replied to her: I hope to inspire and empower women—though I am not exactly sure why. I guess because my mom always wanted to be more for my dad, and didn’t see her own beauty. I had a low self esteem/image most of my life. And we all know the problems that can cause. 😘

Gloves, masks, sanitizer? Oh, my!

Gloves, masks, or both?

Thankfully, I was schooled by an RN when all this COVID-19 pandemic started—on the ways to wear a mask (if nothing else, a mask discourages one from face touching), and when and how to wear gloves.

HINT: One doesn’t need to wear gloves all the time when you are out and about. Plus, you can sanitize your gloves and reuse them to save money and landfill space. As well, you can double-glove (as doctors do), as an extra precaution during certain circumstances.

Gloves, masks, or both?

I have worn the mask, not the gloves, and use essential oils or Illuminent Results hand sanitizer (when I return to my car after grocery shopping or pumping gas), followed by good hand washing and applying Primal Life Organics Hand Repair when I get home.

Illuminent Results sanitizer and Primal Life Organics Hand Repair

I use the top of the canvas bags I carry into the store and place in that small area of the cart, to cover the cart handle and push the cart. And I use the little veggie baggies while shopping and picking up items to put in and take out of the cart.

When I unload the groceries at home, I wash down the packages, bottles, and cans with dishwashing liquid—the soapy bubbles are enough, before my hubby (who is over 65), touches any of the items.

Here’s a link to my nurse friend’s proper hand washing video: https://youtu.be/ZhbTbtljFmY

More than six weeks into this pandemic, I see people doing all sorts of things at the grocery store, but still about half take their children with them and don’t use any form of protection (and these are families, not single parents). But, I don’t want to judge them or live in fear either.

So, I get it. I can only manage my own Energy.
❤️🦋🌀

Say, “Yes” to more!

Yes to more

Saying yes to more isn’t always about instant gratification or huge manifestations. It is about allowing yourself to open to new ways of thinking and thus, becoming more.

Less choice, less freedom

The less choices we have, less ease, or less space in our lives, the more constrained and constricted we live our daily lives, which equates to less freedom. This is problematic because as life changes, if we are not open to learning—we stop growing. When we stop growing, we grow old and weary before our time.

Mind twist

Without new thoughts and growth, we twist our cognitive mind into knots. If we don’t understand the first time—it is up to us to gain more information and grow our knowledge. Every limiting point of view (POV) we have about a situation, every computation about it, will prevent us from understanding. What we can actively promote is to mindfully destroy and uncreate harmful thoughts and return them to the senders with consciousness attached.

Conclusions limit us. This is why I believe it was written that Jesus the Christ instructed his followers to approach him with the mind of “a little child.”

You can’t say the wrong thing to the right person.

My thought: Every WORD you say is putting vibrations into the unified Field! As a pebble into the ocean. Ripple returns to you and effects all.
How did we get the mental notion of lock down, or being dominated? Was it based on lies? Because I was dominated by a narcissist, this hits home for me.

All life evolves and LIFE is waiting for us to evolve. Were we implanted here (on the Earth), with a fear of freedom?
Do our limiting thoughts go all the way back to our soul, oaths, vows, family roots, past lives? Were we programmed with fear (when we were born), and obtained this particular “spacesuit” body?

Veiling over our true self

When we feel we are not connected, we live in fear, and tend to live in a down mindset. When we think we are separate from source, it is a challenge to rise above it. Are we neophytes? We are part of Omniscience God. All of creation is a part of Omniscience.

Evidenciary contrivance

So again it comes down to finding a reason to change. I have also been through all of those struggles – and chose joy.
It is possible to grow one’s understanding of others situations and life choices if you have lived and learned from the eastern Asian masters, and acknowledge our own creative capacity. Ask yourself,
“What would it take for you to…”
Is there something in your life that you don’t like and want to change? It is there because you keep choosing it!

What would you like to change?

What would you like to change about yourself? It is possible! What level of of understanding do you need? What is showing up for you in your daily experience? Everything comes down to choice!!
What stupidity am I using for the not knowing (or blank desire) I am choosing? Why must it make me or others bad or wrong? It is really just something to destroy and uncreate the stupidity that surrounds us.

About your blogger (me):

Focused on holistic health and wellness since 2005, I continue to practice all the methods and use all the protocols that made a difference to improve my health and life. The bottom line is that when we help our cells repair and rejuvenate, the rest elegantly falls into place. Would you eat toxic, synthetic food? Not knowingly I bet. That’s why I promote non-toxic products, both for internal and external use.

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. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

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

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. Concept Wordsmith | Entertaining Speaker & Educator : Profoundly raising consciousness to ease us into living a Wholly Vibrant Life!

My award-winning artist husband and I help small business owners, movement makers, and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a branding boost, or a design reboot, to attract your dream clients and you back in charge of YOUR well-being.

You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

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. Plus, I’ve written a new book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

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

Career writer speaks! Discover your most valuable words: WordPLAY

A career writer speaks: WordPLAY by Sheila Murrey, Embodiment Wordsmith 

Workshop: Release the WORDS that no longer serve you; Exchange those words for uplifting, inspiring. and empowering ones that raise your consciousness and benefit ALL. 

A writer speaks: Words Workshop has been evacuated and rebranded as WordPLAY and sessions are being scheduled.

Audience: Wellness business owners, small business owners, teachers, speakers, managers, and parents.

In the WordPLAY Playshop

We will:

Identify the words we USE and when we speak them with an intention and tone that carries the frequency of a “to destroy” curse, such as the words typically spoken when we’re angry, upset, or in pain;
Use an intentional and elegant process to release the WORDS that no longer serve us, such as, low frequency, negative ones.
Playfully explore how we can replace lower vibration words with higher, more purposeful words to uplift, inspire, and empower ourselves and others to raise your consciousness and benefit ALL by expanding and elevating our collective consciousness.
And we’ll mine for words that resonate higher (and reach farther into the ether) to become aware of the empowering CHOICES we have when it comes to improving our health and wealth with our powerful words. Yes, voice matters (in multitudinous ways)!
As well, we will let go of words we overuse, that are unnecessary, or those we say because we think we need to fill empty space.

About the Process

During the WordPLAY playshop, you’ll be encouraged to play with thoughts and words in this interactive workshop (where the facilitator will be using a whiteboard and 3×5 index cards).
This will be an empowering exercise in Awareness, by a writer with over 33 years of career experience and two degrees, both in science (aviation business) and the arts (visual communications).

Bonus

We will uncover brilliant SEO keywords to expand our reach in the Mind, Body, Spirit, Soul Internet space! 

Send an email (Subject line: WordPLAY class) for class dates, times, and fees. Package discounts are available. Group sessions in person and online are available.

Both subtle results (new awareness) and tangible will be achieved.

My credentials

A bit about us

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

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. Plus, I’ve written a new book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

I am currently setting appointments to speak at bookstores, libraries, crystal shops, acupuncture and chiropractic offices, and other holistic, natural healthy lifestyle businesses.

Embodiment Wordsmith | Entertaining Speaker & Educator : Profoundly raising consciousness to ease us into living a Wholly Vibrant Life!

Specifically, I connect with small business owners and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

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

2019: Review of a deeply heartfelt, well traveled, and winning year

2019 Year in Review: Heartfelt, Well traveled, and Winning

2019 was a deeply heartfelt year that created a lot of unexpected opportunities to travel, through loss and gain.

My husband and I drove across the state of Florida for me to emcee the Awakening Into the Sun outdoor yoga and music festival the first weekend in March (it’s an annual event). And this year we were so delighted to have my husband‘s sister and her husband join us! We all stayed at the Crystal Bay hotel in St. Pete and enjoyed a fun time at Caddy’s on the beach with friends too!

Heartfelt travel

Then deep sadness hit me only a few days later. My dad passed away in his sleep on March 8th. I wrote a long and meaningful eulogy for my papa here.

Can’t fly without you
Can’t fly without you.

Papa’s passing prompted my adult son and I to take a fast trip to West Virginia–with me doing all of the driving! I cannot even go into what a rushed and tiring trip this was. And grieving a lot of the way. But, I was glad to see the last property dad had bought, sit high on the ridge in peace and serenity, and have that entire road trip time with my son.

Later in the year, in September, I would find myself on another long road trip. This time, my husband and I took turns driving though. We drove from Florida to Tennessee for our sister-in-law, Mary Murrey’s funeral.

Sacred Celtic Journey

The trip I had booked in 2018 that was supposed to be taken in September 2019, was changed to July. And due to my father’s passing, my husband decided to join me and the group that was going.

It was a little last minute to pay for his ticket, but thankfully we knew before I had bought my airline ticket. And also thankfully, Patricia told us about Aer Lingus flights out of Orlando, and when I checked, they had non-stop flights for decent prices from Orlando to Dublin, Ireland (which was where our tour began). For more about that incredible trip, read all 3 parts, beginning here.

Seeing my girls

Went to NH to see my girls the week of Aug 5th. Only got to spend a week, but the best thing was that I got to sleep in my granddaughter’s room with her (that I couldn’t before without having breathing issues)! We had the best time!

Online classes

I participated in an 8 week class produced by the IONS group.
I thoroughly enjoyed engaging with our small group of 4 ladies in the Conscious Aging with facilitator, Beth Knight. This heartfelt group was sooo supportive and open to share meaningful life experiences!
I highly recommend taking this class if you’re over 50, or if you have any issues for yourself, parents, or other loved ones when it comes to embracing the aging process.
I also watched and bought the Keto Edge Summit package from Dr Jockers.
Near the end of the year, I hired a personal trainer for 12 sessions and astounded myself by how much I learned and what my body could do! I went from lifting 80 pounds to 200 pounds over the course of 3 months (due to illness, I had to skip some weeks), which really impressed me–read about that here.
About this same time, I hired a business coach and began working a one year plan, so my husband and I can work together to showcase his original music and art, travel, live off grid, and really combine his genius talent, experience, and education with mine. Read more about the direction we’re taking here.

Visiting friends in Florida

Finally, after saying we were going to see Tammy and Rodney for the last 10 years or so, we did it!! We took a weekend and went to Jupiter FL and the best bonus was that my elementary and high school friends, Nancy and husband, Jay, (who have lived in Stuart FL for years) got to join us!

We all had such a grand time that we want to go again!

Winning

I won a ticket to attend SoulTreat in Sedona AZ the weekend of Nov 2-3, 2019!!! I had two days on the red rocks and hike the same vortex behind the hotel where my Sedona siStars group had stayed when Alania and Patricia took us in 2016. I had an aWEsOMe experience and you can read more about that here.

But, before I could go to Sedona, I actually went to Las Vegas for an exciting health product convention! This was also a gift of a surprise when I had been told that my full-time job would end Nov. 30th (It didn’t and I may still be working through January 2020) and I reached out to my product sponsor that I needed to get busy sharing this product, (which my husband and I had been taking for a year). Read about that here.

Big News!

When we all thought my winning streak was over, I won again!

To me, all of this winning seemed to tell me that my papa wanted me to fly for him and enjoy all of the many opportunities in alignment for me. One of my intuitive friends told me it wasn’t only my dad lining these events up for me, but my grandfather! And for me, all I can do is say, “Thank You.” Thank you to all of my loving relatives here and in the Grand Beyond for these incredible and healing experiences!

Yes, I won a rare and highly prized ENTRY into the neolithic burial tomb Newgrange chamber for the 2019 Winter Solstice sunrise on Dec 18th!!! I was one of 60 people picked from 30,861 applications!!!

You can’t make this stuff up!

And the winning continued

At SoulTreat 2019 I bought $20 worth of raffle tickets and envisioned Shari Alyse calling out my name and saying that she was ecstatic that I, one of her SoulTreat winners, WON the Wellness pack worth over $1,000!!!

Well, Shari wasn’t the one who announced my name, but when Anna Pereira read my ticket number (which contained the number 18 that was synchronistic to me because of my dad), at first it took me a moment to realize it was me! Yep! I won this fantastic prize and it included a ticket to SoulTreat 2020!!!

After my flight home to Florida, I stuck to my commitment to present as a vendor at my local Women, Wine, and Wellness event in Cocoa (even though tired from a full day of travel and driving an hour from the airport). And won another gift there of a CBD pack, which I will be writing a product article about here. Stay tuned.

I invite you to stay tuned on the new coaching program I am currently putting together. If you have an interest in health, vitality, energy, consciousness, feeling better, and living a wholly vibrant life, I think you will love what I have in mind!

A bit about us

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

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. Plus, I’ve written a new book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

We help small business owners, movement makers, and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a branding boost, or a design reboot, to attract your dream clients and you back in charge of YOUR well-being.

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. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

I’m “The Caring Techie” (changing that tagline in the New Year) and 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.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

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