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

Top Recommendations

How I lost 5 pounds in 5 days!

Okay, I promise this is NOT click bait! But I wanted to quickly tell you that as of this morning, I have lost just over 5 pounds in the last 5 days!!! And no, I didn’t work out, though I have incorporated dance breaks into my work days (especially when I feel stressed)! And I have started doing (very slowly) some Asian squats (just to get up off the couch where I sit to work) and get the blood flowing to my rear, legs, and feet. I love the stretch of these too!

So, HOW did I release this weight so quickly?

I went carnivore baby!!!

And while I’m at it, here’s my curated list of personal “diet” blog articles I’ve written. Let’s call it my curated list of blog posts about several of the diets I’ve tried in (the last 7 years).

The first in the list is all about my BIG SWITCH to eating like a carnivore.

Diet posts (from both of my blog sites)

I am still making the smoothie daily, that our friend Alice recommended and I detailed in 2015 (last in the list below), but I don’t add in the flax or nuts and use only water to mix it (no more almond or coconut milk). Essentially, my smoothie is only two handfuls of cut kale, 1 cup frozen organic berries and a frozen banana (if organic, leave the peel ON).

Link: Mindset Shift! Citrus Diet
Link: What do you think about the Bone Broth diet?
Link: Diets and Losing Weight
Link: Your diet: Crushing it!
Link: Eating Citrus for a month!
Link: Sacred Science Herbal Detox
Link: Eating Naturally: Paleo and Keto
Link: Vital healthy delicious nutrition: Ionie’s Healing Center and Raw Food Cafe
Link: Label checking: Sugar!
Link: What do you know about Enzymes?
Link: Healthy smoothie recipe and thriving by making better food choices

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/

No one cares when I cry

No one cares when i cry

Have you ever felt like mo one cares when I cry, or that no one cares when you do any of the following:

  • Finish a blog post (so they sit in my Drafts folder)
  • Wait to add photos to a blog article until after I post it (so why do I feel I must note that the image will be inserted soon?)
  • Feel the need to explain myself
  • Finish reading a book (often it takes me a year to read one; some I read in less than a month though!)
  • Finish a project around the house or on my laptop that I’ve had in progress for months/years
  • Make a list of 29 things to do and tick them off one by one
  • Post a book review (even for a friend?)
  • Invite others to join me on trips or weekend events
  • Make a raw vegan carrot cake (that was a new recipe)
  • Wash dishes by hand (I haven’t used the dishwasher, except once to test it, since we moved to this condo last September!)
  • Wait til the last week to buy tickets to an event (if it sells out, I take that as a sign I wasn’t supposed to go)
  • Make my bed (especially now that we only sleep under a sheet?)
  • Wait to take a shower (all week! Thank God for Zoom meetings! Haha)
  • Go without wearing a bra (Hubby likes it! Haha)
  • Brush my teeth once a day (but my teeth have suffered)
  • Write a poem
  • Create a piece of art

Do you ever feel like no one cares when you cry, or any of these other things in the list above?

I wondered what Google thought about this topic and when I typed in the first few words, this is what I saw:

No one cares when I cry- Google list

Why do you think no one cares when I cry, or when you cry?

Why do you think no one cares when I cry, or when you cry?

Perhaps this is why we feel depressed or lonely? Because we want someone to care or seek Connection or attention. Hmm.

Perhaps this is why we procrastinate on doing any of the things in the list?

Can we figure out a way to feel better?

Does it bother or upset you after you’ve taken some time to analyze this?

Perhaps we make others feel depressed when we cry? Or we trigger their feelings of guilt, as they may think they need to do something to ease our crying or dry our tears?

Have you ever had anyone laugh at you when you’re crying? Maybe if you’re crying during a sad scene in a movie? And why is that annoying? It’s happened to me and I felt quite annoyed.

I don’t think I’m alone in thinking these thoughts or feeling these emotions. What are your thoughts on this topic?

You may also like my previous post on the subject here.

Off Grid RV: Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons of Off Grid RV Living

Why are we calling it quits after 17 months in the woods?

Read on. It really comes down to sustainability. Our mental and physical sustainability.

Compare and Contrast

Pros

Through sheer will, I’ve been able to turn most of the things that challenged me, into transformative processes! And there have been good times.

  • I walked barefoot in the beach sand of the country road. (This grounded me and eased lonely feelings.)
  • I developed and committed to a daily Gratitude process, that I codified into Integrated Spiral.
  • I loved communing with the grandmother tree on the property and gaining resilience from her.
  • I enjoyed stargazing and looking at the moon on clear nights and dancing outside.
  • We enjoyed hanging out with My son, his girlfriend, and our neighbors.
  • I loved grilling food outside on my son’s Cuisinart propane grill
  • I perfected pan frying frozen salmon and tuna on a gas stove!
  • I loved the sounds of nature.
  • I loved watching the birds, bats, dragonflies, and butterflies.
  • I loved planting herbs and trees. And putting in a garden. My herbs and trees grew well.
  • I enjoyed sitting in a 3 foot deep pool on a hot day with a cold adult beverage in hand.

Cons

  • Generating enough power. I could write a book on generators now. I’m not kidding! And even though we live innthe sunshine state, we didn’t get enough sun on our solar panels to meet our needs.
  • We did use less. We turned off our RV refrigerator and bought a dorm size fridge. Used our microwave for only 30 seconds at a time, eventually quit using it after my son tried using it for 6 minutes (after we had installed a new inverter and new lithium batteries and knocked out our power—it was never quite right after that).
  • We did without our electric fireplace, which we always loved. It used too much power. My son put in a small propane buddy heater to resolve our heating needs in the winter, and that worked well.
  • We couldn’t run our built in RV vacuum. It used too much power.
  • We tried living the first few months without air conditioning. I couldn’t work (with sweat running from my armpits), and do all I was doing without AC. We had to run one dedicated generator (turning it on/off several times a day) to maintain a comfortable temp and humidity. My son had to direct wire it.
  • Speaking of my son, we had to rely on him for any handy work that had to be done. No RV tech, electrician or such would come to the country or come out during COVID.
  • Speaking of humidity, we had to deal with mold inside the RV. We removed all the cabinet doors and ran two or three small fans and two dehumidifiers to establish proper air flow and ventilation.
  • Bugs. The county doesn’t spray for mosquitoes, which is also good (reduces our toxic load), provides food for lizards, bats, etc. But we can’t step out our door without something biting us. And even while taking a shower outside in the bathhouse, we swat a few bugs away—and duck when a mama bird chose to build a nest in there!
  • Speaking of critters, we only saw one snake, but thought we heard sasquatch one night! Though that inspired a song!
  • Falling tree limbs. Yes, falling trees and branches have killed people! Enough said.
  • Our vegetable garden failed. First year it was too hot or we planted too late. Second year it rained too much.
Why are we calling it quits?

Irony

I didn’t want to pay $500 a month for RV park lot rent (that included $100 worth of electricity per month), because the park had raised its monthly rent $50 a month each year we’d lived there, and we had no amenities.

YET, after moving to the country (to my son’s property), we spent $25k+ on solar setup to live rent free Off Grid. AND after 17 months of that (mentally and physically challenging time), we are now (about to be) paying $1000 a month, plus electricity, for a 1 bedroom apartment! Hahahaha!!!

The only difference is that we’ve never lived in a 55+ community before! Hope we’ll like it!

#owned3houses #livedRVlife #livedOffGrid #gettingOLDsucks #IhaveNOanswers #backtoapartmentlife #55pluscommunity

Green Acres

Get back to Nature they said. It will be fun they said! Life showed me what a bitch it could be!

Given all the Pros detailed above, here’s the thing: Life is unsustainable. All good things must come to an end. Bodies eventually get old and tired. And though this unique (yet old and basic) lifestyle seems like it would be fun, exciting, and glamorous—it takes W-O-R-K. A whole lotta work!

And after living on grid all our lives, we’re lazy and spoiled. And that’s okay!

March 2020, I wrote:
https://sheilamurrey.net/2020/03/31/were-livin-off-grid/

Learning from the trees

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. This experience has bared me to my soul. I can stand strong in my power, determining with wisdom, what I can and cannot change.

Perhaps you noticed I had 11 Pros and 11 Cons to Off Grid RV living in my lists above. Choosing to stay or go really comes down to the deal breakers, and how much we are willing to put up with.

When an available apartment figuratively, fell into our laps, we felt it was the right move to make. After all, Everything in life is temporary, so why not rent?

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.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Naturally healed asthma

Naturally reversed asthma

The medical professionals will say you can’t heal asthma, but I did. And I wrote a book about it.

But I haven’t been very vocal about how I healed my body or put my story out there front and center with gusto.

Why?

Because I thought, “Who am I”?

I’m not a doctor, nurse, biologist, or scientist.

So, why should anyone listen to me?

And worse, what if someone attempted to follow in my footsteps and failed to heal their body?

But, nothing I wrote in my book, can hurt anyone. And I do propose that one puts together a health /medical team to aid and support them in their healing journey.

Naturally healed asthma

I follow the same “rule” as medical professionals. The Hippocratic Oath. First, Do No Harm.

I believe in personal responsibility.

I believe in our sovereign power to choose.

I believe in doing ones due diligence.

I believe in the body’s innate healing ability.

And until our body is in the dirt, I believe in HOPE. (And that there’s no such thing as “false hope.”)

Naturally healing asthma may take time, it took my six months to get off 5 prescription medications and detox, and awhile longer to incorporate deep breathing exercises into my daily life and feel (and mentally accept) that my lungs were healed.

The mental component in all of this cannot be emphasized enough because asthma sufferers have been steeped in the Biology of Belief that asthma cannot be reversed. Yes, read that book too, Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton.

I am living proof that one can heal.

I have been off all allergy and asthma meds since 2005! And I breathe full and deep, clearly! No wheezing!

If any of this resonates with you, and you or a loved one is suffering with asthma, please message me. You can connect with me on Messenger, Instagram, email, or Twitter.

https://allmylinks.com/sheila-murrey

I cannot diagnose, treat, cure, etc. but I can share my experience with you and offer information that may be of benefit.

If I can’t offer someone information, what’s the point of my wellness, writing, and blogging. It’s paying it forward and back. It’s my legacy.

Many blessings to you in ALL ways. 

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 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

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.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Diets and Losing Weight

Dieting and Weight Loss

I’ve been using Primal Life Organics’ Hydrate daily for more than 4 months, and it (along with daily tracking of both my food/drink intake, and weight/steps), has helped me release over 30 pounds of excess weight!

Primal Life Organics Weight Loss. Naturally.

Yes, I track my food and drink intake, weight and steps walked daily, but I have continued to use Hydrate, even when I skip other supplements and believe it has contributed to my positive results!

As my readers know, I have been on the Omada weight management program for more than 6 months. I consistently log my food and water consumption, and the Omada app (connected to my iPhone Health app) tracks my steps. But, I believe the supplements I take, and variety of foods eaten, including rice, have helped me manage this journey and enabled me to stay consistent and release excess weight, naturally.

Hydrate is part of Primal Life Organics 3 part weight loss system that can be ordered separately: https://www.primallifeorganics.com/products/hydrate-naturally-supplement?_pos=1&_sid=4a012a6bb&_ss=r

You can order Primal Life Organics weight loss system here: https://www.primallifeorganics.com/products/weight-loss-naturally-supplement?_pos=1&_sid=d4e0c3155&_ss=r

I’ve carried excess weight on my body for over 20 years, and this is the first time I feel hopeful about my progress!

Why?

Because I feel I have all the components in place, from tracking apps, mind-body resilience programs (such as Integrated Spiral) that boost my mental stamina when I get bored or begin to move into a downward emotional spiral, etc.

I have gained hunger awareness and a good control over food cravings (yes, I still have some cravings, but I have really found a way to put them in their rightful place, and not in or ON my belly)! Haha!

I am actually having FUN challenging mySelf on this journey and allowing myself some flexibility, so it doesn’t feel so rigid! Denying myself certain foods always ended up getting me completely off track in years past. And I just don’t want to be so restrictive!

If I can be helpful or supportive to you, please reach out. I’ll encourage you, not nag—I promise.

#holistichealth #HolisticHealthInFlorida #naturalremedies #takeyourhealthintoyourhands #empoweryourself #alternativehealth #getyourhealthback

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”, 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/

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.

Integrated Spiral Reviews

Reviews of the Integrated Spiral DE-Program

Background

I got my first real taste of depression in 2020. I fell in a deep dark “hole” (mentally) for a couple of months. I wasn’t mySelf. Thankfully, I climbed out of the mental hole, but it wasn’t easy. And I was very grumpy—for some weeks.

I had put on 20 pounds. Twenty EXTRA pounds I didn’t need or want, as I was 60 pounds overweight prior to the summer of 2020!

  • I felt helpless
  • I felt confused
  • I felt apathetic
  • I felt hopeless

Even though I knew I was loved (by my family), I didn’t feel lovable.

I felt abandoned by friends (though I chatted with some on Facebook).

I didn’t feel good physically.

And I felt very far away from my previous “vibrant life.”

I’d felt frustrated and had been in a state of overwhelm since moving to the “off grid” life, then hit with the COVID lockdown, I definitely hit a wall. Downward spiral. Funk.

But, this downshift in emotions felt different. I felt shutdown. Yet, I knew the answers were all around me.

I needed to find ways to integrate what I already had INTO each day and pull mySelf UP!

Once I found a way up and out, I wrote about it (because that’s what I do). I left mySelf breadcrumbs to pull mySelf up and out again, if I ever let mySelf fall into that mind cavern again. And from my writings, Integrated Spiral was born. ❤️🦋🌀🎼🙏☯️

Integrated Spiral. Because you can’t put woo-woo in a box. ❤️🦋🌀🎼🤣

I took the best “stick to it” and rise UP processes (that I had learned but hadn’t implemented) and put them into a loose, wiggly, flow vs framework, that at the end of 4 weeks, offers anyone paths to figure out and design their own daily ritual… part breathwork, meditation, physical movement, and ALL gratitude!

Yeah, baby!! ((I used this process for 5-6 months to beat depression, nighttime snacking, and lose 30 pounds.)) ❤️😉

Integrated Spiral Beta Testing

I knew my process worked for me. But would it work for others?

Review #1 – after the end of the first week. Sent to me from a long-time friend participating in the program not anticipating what it was about or how she might benefit. Here’s what she experienced:

“It actually really opened something up for me. And since I’ve been nose to grindstone and not open in a long time, this opening arrived pouring a lot in very quickly. Feeling great yesterday and today, excited for (next) Sunday!”

Review # 2 – my first lovely participant wrote:

“If you are sharing results, I’m letting you know that helped me so much and I realized I’m writing on the side that I wear my bracelets on, so I’m figuring that they may be putting out bad energy rather than receiving too much of it and truthfully I don’t receive well…”

Review # 3 – another dear friend participating in Integrated Spiral sent this message after the second week:

“I wasn’t feeling well before our session and I’m still not feeling great. I did too much last week. I have to be more discerning with my energy each day. 😚 p.s. We all enjoy when you speak!!!! Don’t think about “speaking too much”. 😂”

“You are a wealth of knowledge!!!!!!!! I appreciate all you share.”

Interested? Curious?

Please check out my dedicated program website:

http://www.integratedspiral.com

And consider joining a group of four that starts on Sunday, March 21st at 1pm, EST. You can register here:

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A bit about me:

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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/

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More Off Grid RV: Living in Nature with Mold

As you may suspect, I am on a quest to be able to live in BALANCE with mold. I am not one to run from a fight, though after thoroughly studying fungus and mold toxins, both experientially in my body, and reading through tons of articles and comments of others experiences—most would RUN and throw all moldy items away!

There’s even a Low Mold Diet for those who are battling toxic mold exposure. And to be sure, if you are one of these unfortunate souls, it is no joke—mold toxicity is serious business!

Living in nature: Mold

Yet, after removing all our RV cabinet doors today, here we sit, feeling much freer of mind. In fact, though I know this is only the beginning, I am feeling a sense of victory!

Off Grid means more than living without a power pole

You see, when we moved our 5th wheel, (or fiver), to the northeastern part of Florida to live Off Grid, nearly a year ago, we knew we’d face challenges.

We didn’t think about the dampness here though. Even though ferns and moss grow here. Even though Spanish moss hangs from the trees. And the ground itself is squishy in spots, where vines and roots grow abundantly in the dark of the earth.

No, I must say that I bought it when people said, “Move to the country, it’ll be fun!” and “Get back to Nature.” Oh, yes, I said those things too. And then Life showed me what a bitch it could be!

How the hell did people live in Florida a hundred years ago?

Insert evil gregarious laugh here.

Some still live in Florida without climate control. Shocker, right?

I drive by many places, especially in the rural areas of Florida and Georgia, where I doubt folks have air conditioning. And many people think Florida is tropical and balmy with a near constant breeze. Not where we live.

We live inland, about an hour’s drive to the Atlantic ocean. And while we don’t get sunshine daily, we also don’t always get the rain that surrounding areas get. It’s been a bit strange.

Solar with trees all around

Speaking of low sunshine, we live in the Sunshine state, but we also live on wooded property. Probably not the best place to live Off Grid, but that wasn’t my idea. And now, all I can do is apply the Serenity Prayer.

Learning from the trees

As I meditate, I come away with lessons from this experience, and from walking among these trees. I can stand strong in my power, changing the things I can!

  • I don’t use chemicals for bug repellent
  • I enjoy watching bats and dragonflies eat mosquitoes
  • I wear natural fiber clothing (against my skin), that can be thoroughly cleaned, and I know the difference now, as only natural fibers mold
  • I wear jackets and coats (heavier things that are more costly), made of recycled synthetic materials
  • I don’t color my hair or wear makeup
  • I don’t need to shower daily
  • I enjoy what’s in my immediate surroundings: stars, moon, birds, and neighbors
  • I work to be more present for those I love
  • We truly are All Connected
  • Swaying brings Balance
  • Life always finds a way

Applying Qigong principles

Instead of chemicals, I look to Nature and lean into it for answers to the issues we face.

I learned a thing or two from growing up in The Chemical Valley of West Virginia (and if you want to know more about that place, watch the excellent movie by Mark Ruffalo called, Dark Waters).

I learned,

  • You can’t beat Mother Nature or Multi-national corporations like, DuPont.
  • The body is fabulously resilient with a bit of help
  • When your heart says, “Move”—Listen. And move. Thank God I moved from WV to FL when I was 22
  • Let nothing (No Thing) stop you

I learned Life is good, and God is good, ALL the time.

You can read more here (and see pictures of where we live): https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2020/12/02/full-time-rv-life-energy-hogs/

A bit about me:

Personal Energy teacher with a brand new, 4-week, small group, self-coaching transformational program called, Integrated Spiral. All about transformative daily practices that apply what we have and bring us back into balance: mind, body, spirit, and soul. We expand our perspectives to diffuse tension (within ourselves) and empower (and improve) our relationships—even the ones we think we’ve lost.

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/