Health List: The little things add up!

Little things add up to stay healthy

What I’ve been doing since (or before February 2020 to stay healthy (your results may vary):

  • Align spirit and soul
  • Practice self care: mind and body
  • Practice meditation
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Do a GRATITUDE ritual every morning
  • Say a heartfelt “Thank you” to people and things in my environment (telling someone they’re wonderful is aWEsOMe too!)
  • Consume 4 ounces of a certain redox signaling molecules liquid daily (3+ years)
  • Consume Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, B vitamins, Zinc
  • Practice intermittent fasting (IF)
  • Heal my gut issues (thanks to Paleovalley)
  • Hydrate my body by drinking about 64 ounces of pure water each day (I add Primal Life Organics’ Hydrate to it also to help)
  • Continue improving my fascia – thanks to Ashley Black’s fascia blasters:
  • Open public doors (like at the Post Office) with the bottom of my shirt
  • If my face itches, wipe it with my shirt sleeve or neck of my shirt
  • Wipe my fingers on my clothing after touching anything in public, especially after inputting my PIN during checkout process
  • Bag my own groceries
  • Do breathwork, especially after going out in public
  • Breathe out forcefully (through my nose) several times immediately after leaving a store
  • Use hand sanitizer immediately upon getting back into the car
  • Wash my hands thoroughly (when I get home) before doing anything else after going out—thanks to nurse Trina Felber, creator of Primal Life Organics for her informative hand washing video!
  • Shine my Photonic Health 660nm red light up my nose, in ears, and on my head and neck especially after going out
  • Brush my teeth with Primal Life Organics’ Dirty Mouth Toothpowder – Buy here:
  • Use Primal Life Organics’ copper tongue scraper (and drink water out of a copper cup once a day—I believe in the health benefits of copper!
  • Sing (Self tuning Sound Therapy!)
  • Move my body often: Pilates, Qigong, Yoga, walk, dance, Yamuna (thanks to ongoing encouragement of my former teachers via their texts, podcast episodes, Facebook groups, and Live videos!)
  • Log my food and water intake (been doing that for 2+ years)
  • Weigh in each morning (since 9/19/20) thanks to Florida Blue’s Omada weight management program
  • Hug my body in new ways
  • Use self acupressure (nightly routine to beat the nighttime snacking habit and kick it to the curb!)
  • Hug my husband
  • Hug my son, his girlfriend, and our neighbors
  • Strengthen bonds with friends
  • Stay busy, but take time to rest and relax
  • Be “Present” MORE
  • Bring my WHOLE self into my work
  • Learn new things (Living “Off Grid” has been quite challenging!)
  • Take cold showers (thanks to Wim Hof and our new “Off Grid” pioneer-like lifestyle)
  • Released the COVID lockdown weight (thanks to the Omada program and Primal Life Organics weight loss supplements!)


Yes, I had gained 20 pounds in 3 months due to being stressed and depressed—mood can trigger all kinds of hormonal changes… plus, all the self sabotaging-thoughts like, “we’re all gonna die, so I’ll eat what I want” that seem to crop up when all you hear is doom and freaking gloom crap! But, thankfully, when I got my head back on straight, I released all 20 pounds in about 4.5 months.

Now, I feel so accomplished and motivated to lose the rest of the excess weight I’ve carried on my body for over 20 years! —Read more about what I’m doing here:

Little things add up!

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:

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!


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 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).


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:

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!

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:

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.

It can’t hurt

It can’t hurt

“It can’t hurt” has been a guiding principle for me for many years. A philosophy that I have applied in many areas of my life, in particular to new strategies in business and in health matters.

Health strategies that can’t hurt

Eat more nutritious food

One of the easiest and best things each of us can do to live a healthier life, is simply to eat more nutritious food, preferably quality organic, local, fresh foods. It can’t hurt.

Move more

Another easy way to improve our health is to move more. I’m not talking about going from couch potato to marathon runner overnight, but start with 5 minutes and increase your movement (calisthenics, walking, dance, yoga, qigong, or such), everyday until you can build up to 40 minutes of movement. Measure and monitor yourself. If you ease into movement, it can’t hurt.


Yes, the opposite of moving is stillness. Take control over your mind and body to sit quietly for a few minutes each day and focus on your breath. The new science is showing positive results, yes, physical improvements, from simply meditating. Try it. It can’t hurt.


A grand strategy that everyone can do is to detox. Pick your favorite detoxifying method and do it regularly. Once a year, quarterly, or monthly. We all get too many chemicals in us, via breathing, food, water, what we wear, and what we put on our skin. It can’t hurt.

Holistic health & Holism

I was telling my daughter the other day that pharmaceutical drugs always have side effects. That’s one reason I don’t take any—and if I have to, then I always make pharma meds a last resort. My health plan is to always go with the least toxic option first, because it can’t hurt.

Try some new self-care techniques. Speak loving and kind words to your body. The cells of your body are listening! And it can’t hurt.

Connection matters.

My self-care tip: When you go to the bathroom, give yourself a foot massage! Cross one leg over the other and massage your foot including your toes! Switch legs and repeat on the other side. If you work involved standing all day, I bet you’ll thank me for this tip! And if you sit all day, this re-establishes blood flow. It can’t hurt.

Hug yourself. Hug someone everyday. And put your hands together when you pray. It connects the circuits—our circuitry. It can’t hurt.

Sound and light therapies can ease tense muscles, relieve headaches, and improve many ills. Look for some of these to try. It can’t hurt.

Whenever you have a minor health issue, reach for your essential oils, Renew28, ASEA, CBD oil, or other health supplement. Sometimes I find I have the solution to whatever ails me, in my bathroom cabinets! And it doesn’t hurt to apply most of these remedies in new ways—consult your trusted holistic health team for advice if you’re unsure.

Measure & Track your progress

Measure and monitor yourself. Save some money and coach yourself. Yes, I know a personal trainer can show you the proper form and ways to exercise, but once you learn the basics, all they do is motivate you by measuring your weights and time. And you can do that for yourself. Same with personal coaches too.

Write 3 things down on a whiteboard that you want to improve about your life. Assign a number from 1-10 how you feel about each of those things. Give yourself a date by which to accomplish the change you desire. Figure out what steps you need to take to achieve those results. Break the goal into bite-size, measurable chunks, and stay focused on reaching your goal by reminding yourself why you want to change. You got this. And it can’t hurt to try it for yourself before you hire someone else to coach you. You may find that you were more capable than you thought!

Trying to lose weight? Try intermittent fasting. Also a form of detoxing, fasting for 12-16 hours a day or skipping a dinner every other day, has worked for me. And fasting can be especially wonderful for women over 40 (as it resets the metabolism). It can’t hurt to give it a try.

How health impacts business

Stress impacts us before we know it.

You know how business owners and entrepreneurs often get stuck working with clients who drain their energy, demand perfection, or make them feel less than the authority they really are?

Well, what we do is help our brilliant clients naturally attract their dream clients, so they are less stressed and actually are able to love what they do again!

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A bit about us

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:

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 or check out his latest 24 songs here:

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here:

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.

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

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:

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.

Do you read health books?

Do you read health books?

NEWS! I’ve finished writing my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life!

Well, actually, I published the book nearly two years ago. But, somehow I think now is the best time for it to gain massive exposure.

I painstakingly wrote, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, to open a door to the abundance of holistic health options that most either aren’t aware of, or might have one or more mental blocks about trying.

In the book, I talk about cancer, rebuilding the immune system, improving memory and mental clarity, easing pain, and more. I present information about healing asthma and allergies, breathing better, and reversing chronic diseases.

Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life focuses on all the options people have that their doctors may not tell them about (even if they know of them). The book provides 50+ questions you can use as a starting point to have a more thorough conversation with your doctor.
It’s about taking your power back, taking ownership and personal responsibility for your health. It’s about doing what you can naturally, using holistic health and wellness methods to live vibrantly.

I survived pharmaceuticals! My original design for t-shirts, mugs, and such, because it’s true!

Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life offers a thought bridge from the world of Western mainstream medicine to the varied and extensive ease and flow of the balancing Eastern healing arts. It is a gentle introduction to multiple natural paths to wholeness and mind-body wellness. Connecting us with spirit, it raises hope. With ease and grace, it soothes the soul.

If you suffer from chronic dis-ease, you may find this book offers you a path back to wholeness that can be fully embraced (by the mind, body, and spirit) and easily integrated into daily life.

My book cover: Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life!

Target audience

Adults over 18. Anyone struggling with chronic health issues, such as: asthma, allergies, back pain, cancer, immune challenges, joint pain, memory impairment, or simply experiencing low energy and vitality.

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 can 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 of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at:

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.

Fungus no more!

Fungus no more!

Yes, after nearly two years and hundreds of dollars spent on a vast array of topical treatments (some pictured below), as well as multiple changes in diet, I’ve finally resolved the fungal issue I wrote about in my book.

The whole ball of wax:

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Balms lotions and creams supposed to heal

As I wrote in my book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, I have been dealing with a fungal issue for about two years.

I tried one thing after another, including consuming only foods listed on a Candida diet plan, acupuncture, deep breathing, reflexology, acupressure, essential oils, meditation, detoxifying (discussed earlier here and on this post), and a plethora of topical remedies (not all pictured).

Eventually, the fungus had produced such a red, burning itch that I broke down and went to a medical doctor (whom I had not seen in 8 years). My doctor took one look (yet did NOT skin swab or test for anything other than order blood lab work), and said the fungus was entrenched. No kidding! I had been suffering greatly, so I knew it was bad. Hearing her say this though, I was really glad I came to see her before this turned into anything worse. She also explained why the rash would improve a bit, then get worse. I needed to soak all my clothes, towels, etc in a solution of half water and white vinegar to KILL the mold, so I wouldn’t reinfect myself! Huge lesson learned!

The medicine she prescribed me was strong. It’s only supposed to use it for a month or so. If it doesn’t clear the issue, one’s seemingly out of luck. I didn’t like using this cream either, as it comes with another whole set of side effects. Thankfully, I didn’t experience any of those effects and it provided some relief; I experienced about 60-70 percent relief from symptoms after a couple weeks on this):

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Clotrimazole and Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream

I followed my doctor’s directions for the medication exactly. By the end of my third and last tube, I was only using a tiny amount once a week.

I had began brushing my teeth with Dirty Mouth toothpowder, but couldn’t imagine that it would have any connection with what would happen next. (Synchronicity seemed to bring three beneficial products to me all with days of each other!)

I had read about Dermamed Rescue Balm and decided to order a jar. I figured it was worth a try to see what it could do, based on all I had read. At the least, I thought it might promote the healing of my skin.

I had an appointment with Dr. Michele Munnich for Nutrition Response Testing, the day I ordered the DermaMed. I told her my pharma med was almost gone, but I still had the rash. She suggested that I take one or two of the Zymex capsules (which I had been taking orally for several months), and mix the contents with coconut oil or olive oil and apply to the rash at bedtime. I followed her advice and low and behold, the next day I had no more itch! None at all. I was stunned! It’s been over a month now, and no more red, burning itch! I am beyond thrilled!!

When my order of DermaMed arrived, I applied it once a day (after showering), to improve the condition of my skin. And my skin is back to normal! I couldn’t be happier!

I feel the Zymex capsule content applied directly on the rash (in a base of coconut oil) at night, followed by a thin layer of DermaMed in the morning was very helpful.

Zymex Standard Process supplementZymex Standard Process supplement

DermaMed is a wonderful healing balm:

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DermaMed Rescue balm

If you can’t find DermaMed Rescue balm, try drinking 4 to 6 cups of Pau d’Arco tea a day. It has been a soothing and restorative drink for me, whenever the itch began again. Pau d’Arco has been used for centuries as an herbal medicine because the tree doesn’t grow fungus! It has been shown to help urinary tract infections, soothe ulcers, resolve fungal, Candida, or yeast infections. It’s great preventive strategy also, since it has been know to prevent many issues from colds to cancer. (Look it up on pubmed.) Pau d’Arco has been tested by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-tumorous, and anti-viral!

Another option is to use a mix of essential oils such as, tea tree (3 drops), spearmint (3 drops), rosemary (1 drop), and peppermint (1 drop) mixed with equal parts Emu oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. This mixture worked so well, except that mixing the oils was messy, and not everyone likes the smell of these oils. The user will also feel a warming or cooling sensation on the skin, which some are okay with, but not everyone likes.

MSM has also been reported to ease fungal and parasitic conditions and on reoccurrence I tried a lotion made with MSM, which I applied after applying essential oils. It helped ease the warm sensation of the oils, and helped me sleep without scratching.

Inguinal lymph nodes it seems, once infected or impacted by fungus, bacteria, yeast or such can be difficult to clear, and the stagnation in the lymph may cause the maddening groin itch.

If the fungus returns, you can order this amazing homeopathic remedy: EmuaidMax. It’s an absolutely indispensable healing balm that works incredibly fast! (I probably would have put it first on my list, but it’s expensive–and if you’re issue can be resolved with one of the less costly options, that’s aWEsOMe! But, if you’ve tried everything, or the issue reoccurs, this is the one you want. Ah, glorious relief!

I continue to help my intracellular health by taking ASEA Redox too, as it has improved my sleep; I get a much deeper and more restful sleep when I take my 4 ounces of ASEA daily.

We know the restorative effects sleep has on the body, mind, and spirit. ❤️🦋🌀

You can learn more about this patented, groundbreaking ASEA product here: Take It Upon Yourself with ASEA team.

Have a similar issue?

Allopathic Medicine on the whole rarely seeks a root cause. So, you may have no clue as to what is causing a health issue; there are too many variables. Though you may not have had indicators of a serious health issue or event, keep on searching for relief. I’m not a doctor. I have been through many issues (acute and chronic) and have researched a ton and written it all down.

A dermatologist or other trusted medical doctor could probably tell you if the rash/hives is allergic reaction, parasites, mites, fungus, etc. Don’t spend money on their creams or lotions though, unless the itch is unbearable. Steroids and such can just prolong the time it can take to figure out the root cause—and they can mask symptoms or cause other side effects.

Perhaps you’d like to join me on a health talk regarding toxic mold and ways we can  clear it? I’ll be there. Click here:

Our body is intricately connected. I learned the hard way that preventing tooth decay is so worth the time, energy, and focus. I had to eventually practice more self discipline to remineralize my teeth, which thankfully, also balanced my gut bacteria!

Disclaimer: Before starting any new health supplement (such as ASEA products), seek out the services of an integrative or functional medical doctor to get a baseline of your vital statistics, blood work, and so forth.

Many blessings to you all, in ALL ways.

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. I’ll be offering a new holistic health & wellness coaching program soon!

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


For upliftment

Check out this original song, The Connection. My husband wrote this song (inspired by moi) and it was performed and recorded in a Nashville, TN studio. You can download it (it’s Track 14) from this link:

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, the brand new book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

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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.

Oh, snap! Natural Health and Wellness is big business

In 2005, when I began writing a holistic, natural health and wellness book, I set a Google alert for simply, “natural health and wellness.” And I’d get an email from the alert every few days with one or two results.

But yesterday, I realized the email often contains twenty or more results!

In the years I’ve been writing my book (and blog articles because everything changes so fast), the industry has taken off in a big way–and I’m seeing an even larger market for my book–it’s always been needed, but I didn’t think many people would be ready for it.

I am sure one of the reasons that I’ve lagged in finishing my book was due to a kind of lackluster interest. I mean, I’d talk with people about holistic health and they’d look at me like I had three eyes. Okay, I have a third eye–that has opened up in the last five years–but that’s another post for another day.

I’d try to give family or friends advice about the alternative treatments I’d been getting, the healthy organic food and clothing options, or herbal and homeopathic remedies for colds and flu, etc. Yet, most of my attempts to help were often frowned upon, sometimes I’d even be scolded! I learned to only offer suggestions when asked. And that asking wasn’t happening with any regular frequency, so I kinda gave up.

I threw my hands in the air and decided to let them spend their money on outrageously priced health insurance premiums and co-pays. After all, it was their choice.

I sat by while family and friends underwent painful medical procedures.

I read emails and Facebook posts from them. I did the best I could to remain compassionate and loving. But, I knew deep down, I had an understanding that could help, if they’d only listen.

And then today, something happened. I caught a glimmer of hope!

Awareness is E-X-P-A-N-D-I-N-G… for the general populace–about all kinds of things!

With the boomers talking about anti-aging (and how chemically-laden skin care costs a small fortune), solar energy getting easier to acquire and afford, the buzz words of green, eco-friendly, and sustainable being used all the more, the list of chronic ills growing larger by the minute (with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease seeming to lead the way), more people (college age or boomers) living in “tiny houses” or RVs full-time to downsize, live simply ,and save money, the March against Monsanto movement gaining a strong foothold (due to the multitude of bees dying), National Geographic highlighting the massive deforestation that’s been going on for some time–for all these reasons and more–masses of people are waking up!

And many of these awake and aware folks are now looking for natural health and wellness options to ease the rising tidal wave of humongous healthcare costs–better late than never in my humble opinion!

So, among other things on my daily alert, I found such things as articles on collagen peptides as a non-surgical solution to reduce facial wrinkles, how to throw a healthy dinner party, natural health trends, how many companies now make tea tree essential oil, whole body healing products like mats and pillows, and of course the latest in nutricosmetics–yes, I’d heard of nutriceuticals a few years ago and have written blog articles about some, but nutricosmetics made from natural elements was a new term for me!

When Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Jin Shin Jyutsu, and my 660nm red light therapy go mainstream, I’ll really hoot and holler!

I mean, natural health modalities of detoxification, organic food, physical therapy, hypnosis, yoga, meditation, Pilates, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, Kinesiology, colon hydrotherapy, and essential oils are fairly common now, with insurance covering acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy for certain situations.

However, it may still take some time for raw vegan food, Reflexology, the Energy medicine modalities like Theta healing, Healing Touch, Reiki, Pranic healing, past life regression, and Pranayama breathing techniques to be accepted. And other more hands on or physical approaches to wellness of Feldenkrais, Cranio-Sacral, Tai Chi, Qigong, Yamuna, herbal and Bach flower remedies, biofeedback, oxygen, chelation, and stem cell therapies to become commonplace.

Note: March 21st, 2018 The Tomah, Wisconsin VA center is offering a new Tai Chi class to help veterans find relief! Yay!!

There really are (gasp–apparently), lots of people like me out there in the world who care about all this natural stuff! Haha! Yay, finally!

I knew I’d been able to buy a lot more organic food (produce, canned, and frozen items) at our local–non-health food type–grocery store, which has been especially time-saving! But, what I hadn’t realized was just how the whole “get healthy naturally” idea has blossomed!

Someday soon it seems, I may be able to buy some of the cottage industry clothing, skin care, organic recipe ingredients, and so on from our local grocery store. For now, I’ll continue to support (in alphabetical order):

Awakening Wellness Center

Blue Canoe Organic Clothing

Cottonseed Casual Wear

Dan McDonald

Ecoland Organic Clothing

Gerson Institute

Healthy Traditions

Hippocrates Health Institute

Markus Rothkranz

Oh My Gauze Cotton Clothing

Olive Drab Farm

Raw Food World

Suja Juice

Synergy Organic Clothing

Tree of Life Center

Life’s sure amazing! And to think it wasn’t but just a couple of years ago that I was called a “crunchy mom”! (As in granola, not because of my scrunchy, curly hair). I guess I’d better get back to finishing my book.

I’ll leave you for now with this quote, “How blessed it truly is to stumble upon a Soul that wants nothing but smiles and sunshine for you, for the rest of your life.” Author unknown — (Please comment if you know who the name of the original author.)


UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book I have been writing for 13 years was completed 8/6/2018. The artful layout production is now complete. The book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available for online sale and distribution in PDF files that I can email to you.

Buy it here:

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

Be the best version of who you want to be.

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2017: Review of a deeply profound and busy year!

Yes, 2017 was a deeply profound and busy year for this full-time writer, analyst, and health researcher. Let me break it down for ya:

Jan. 8th: I attended a beautiful “Soul Connected Sister” kind of meditation event at Awakening Wellness Center with Kristen Tenpenny and found a deep kinship with several of the participants, opening me to more ways of experiencing my mantra, “We Are All Connected.”
Jan. 14th: I attended a raw vegan cooking class at Ionie’s cafe in Sarasota, FL and picked up a new raw vegan pizza recipe from Ionie Berg and her instructor pal, Kathy, and met more like-minded people when I got to share my healing journey (which my book is about).
Jan. 21st: attended the Native American festival in Brooksville, FL and picked up tiny moccasins for my two new granddaughters (who were to be birthed in February), talked with Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle and got to introduce them to my friends Kim and Marie! What aWEsOMe weather and beautiful afternoon we had learning more about the 500 different Native American tribes who used to live free in America, speaking different languages and even different dialects within the same tribes, and sadly how only 200-300 tribes remain, since many died off due to famine, disease, war, or slavery. We learned that the Semoran tribe (now known as the Seminoles) were not an original tribe, but a collective of tribes that moved to Florida many years ago. We learned a couple of ways to say “hello” also, and that “how” was only an invention by Hollywood.
Feb 5th: Made a quick unplanned trip to NH for the birth of my twin granddaughters. Normally, I wouldn’t go north in the winter, but when my daughter called me that the twins were coming a week earlier than planned, we figured out a way to make it happen. Ever so thankfully, I was able to be there when our beautiful Jaclyn and Jewel were born! I was actually driving from the small airport in Portsmouth to their local hospital (about an hour or so away) as they were being delivered! And yes, I drove straight to the hospital! I was so excited to be able to go right in and see my daughter and babies in their private maternity room! This was such a precious and surreal time. Once in a lifetime!
Then, I got to spend the first night with my five year old granddaughter, Jennifer, at their house, to take care of her and bring her back to the hospital the next morning. Unfortunately, I had breathing issues at their house, so I had to stay at the hospital with my daughter and wonderful newborn granddaughters for the next three nights, so I had the most wonderful privilege of getting to help out with the girls, while my son-in-law cared for Jennifer at home. I still got loads of me time with Jennifer though, when Mike would bring her to the hospital during the day (since she had snow days a couple days that week), and then when it was time for me to fly home on Thursday, my flight was canceled due to a snow storm! While normally it would seem a hassle, not so this time! I just called a fabulous hotel resort across the street from my daughter and son-in-law’s home and I got an incredible room for one night, where I could catch up on my sleep, eat a delicious meal (no more hospital food for me!), and then fly home on Friday (after stopping by my daughter’s house one more time to give grand hugs and kisses and say goodbye–for now!

Feb. 18th: I went with my friend Terri, to a DoTerra Certification Technique Class. I’m so thankful for having experienced this class because not only did I perform this technique in my husband and myself to help our bodies heal, and sleep better, but I was also able to apply these oils to my mom’s feet on the last visit I had with her before she passed away! Thus, this class was very important to me, even more than I could have known at the time.

Mar. 3rd: My husband , Richard, and I got to do something I had wanted to do for years! We got to see Willie Nelson perform at the amazing Strawberry festival! Willie was fantastic and Richard and I really enjoyed our day and this concert!
Mar. 4th & 5th: I was given the honor of being an emcee for several performers and speakers at our local zen festival “Awakening Into The Sun” the first weekend in March. I ran around both days at the festival, totally in my element, helping where I could, chatting with vendors to ensure their needs were met (or exceeded), and letting speakers know when they would be next! It was an exhilarating and thrilling weekend experience!
Mar. 11th: I assisted SCIONS at the Green Frog Moon festival at Sacred Lands. I was able to learn more about SCIONS and the Pachamama Alliance.
Mar. 18th: This was my second of two Fluid Movement classes with Donna Waks at Ionie’s in Sarasota. I love these classes using the Yamuna balls, and this is something I do at home also, at least once a week when I feel any tightness in my legs, shoulders, back, or neck. I have written an article about the benefits of Yamuna before and will put a link to it here. Donna’s classes are geared more toward people in my age group or older.
Mar. 19th: I went to Visit mom and dad and on this visit, I had found mom’s Bible on the floor near the front door of their double-wide mobile home. I asked dad why it was on the floor and he said that every time he’d try to give it to mom, she’d throw it down. I knew for sure that was not like her, and that she was slipping away. I couldn’t breathe well enough to go in, so I had been visiting from the open front doorway. Quite synchronistically though, I could stretch my arm just far enough in the door to grab the well-used book. Mom’s Bible, since that day, has been my most cherished possession. Her writing in the margins and underlined passages are proof positive of her strong desire to learn and follow the teachings of the Holy Word.
It was also on this particular visit that I distinctly remember a few moments before I left that my beloved mother gently placed her hand on my face and looked me straight in the eye, her eyes still with a sparkle. She couldn’t speak well, but what she could manage let me know with no doubt that she knew I was her daughter. From this day forward I would know that to remember her and her love for me, all I would need to do would be kiss the palm of my hand and feel her blood that runs through my veins. I am never alone. My mom, dad, and ancestors are always with me.
Apr. 2nd: I had the eternal privilege to attend a SCIONS event at First Unity to meet and hear the first US lecture and presentation of Lama Nicholas Packard.
Apr. 9th: I attended a Lars Muhl and family concert in Sarasota. I loved seeing Lars’ wife and sons all perform together. What an aWEsOMe musical family! They put on an enchanting evening of entertainment and I would go again sometime whenever they return to the area.
Apr. 14th: I attended my first Intuitive Development class to learn about how to meet my guides and guardians with Kim Cintio, and later, I sat in on a sound therapy class with Lindy at Awakening Wellness Center. Throughout the year, I attended several more of Kim’s classes and was overjoyed at the information that came through her and others. Meeting like-minded friends at Kim’s classes are so thrilling!
Apr. 15th: I sat in on a sound therapy class with Lindy at Awakening Wellness Center. Amazing information was shared during this class and I was so glad that I’d been able to be there. Making new friends at these kinds of classes are an added bonus!
April 16th: Once again, I drove across the state to visit my mom and dad on Easter Sunday. I went totally prepared though, with hymnal in hand and all of my essential oils.
I had a plan for my visit and I’m so happy to say that it really all did go the way I’d envisioned it would. I will forever be grateful for this visit as I sung hymns to my mother, put essential oils on her feet, and showed her pictures and videos of her great granddaughters, Jennifer, Jaclyn and Jewel. I also took a short video of mom, dad, Matt, and I to send to my daughter in NH, so we could share in the day–at least a little bit. However, though I might have known it subconsciously, I did not know for fact that this was to be my last visit with my beloved mother, but it was very special and beautiful, thus, I am incredibly blessed that we shared this day together.
Apr. 21st: Maria from Awakening Wellness gifted me with 3 tickets to the Listening Room festival at the Palladium theater. My husband and I, and friend Serena, enjoyed a fantastic night of top-rate live music entertainment!
Apr. 22nd: I celebrated Earth day in a big way while enjoying music and education at Williams Park, with friends, Kim and Marie, then went to author and friend, Patricia McGiverns’ second book launch in Dunedin.
Apr. 27th: I attended a special talk by Christa and Ainsley as they recounted their individual near death experiences at Blissful Beginnings Center.

May 1st: Attended a James Van Praagh event at First Unity with Kim, Marie, and several of my Sedona sisters.

I continued attending a series of lectures and Qigong classes by Lama Nicholas Packard throughout the year learning much about Balance and Chi.

May 4th: I attended the long awaited Snatam Kaur concert with Alania, Serena, Kim, Lynda, Heather, and Carolyn at Palladium in St Pete. I felt like a teenager again, but instead of going to a rock concert, all of us spiritually-inclined gals were out on the cosmic town for an other worldly experience, and Snatam Kaur did not disappoint! Though this style of music was brand new to me, I was entranced with the first song! I can see why my new friends enjoy it so much. This was a much needed night out of pure joy.
May 6th: I had several sessions with Linda and attended an event about Reconnection at Blissful Beginnings this year. Once again, profound and enlightening shifts have been occurring for me since these sessions all year. I love this kind of energy healing work.
May 7th: I met with Alania Starhawk to open my Akashic records and learn about the Pathway Prayer Process.
We also had the pleasure to visit with Richard’s siblings on two separate occasions when each came to Florida. On the last day of our visit with Billy and Mary, Richard sat in the truck with me while I interviewed for my new job. It was a short call and the next day, I was thrilled to get the call that I had the job!
Sometime early in May, my mom and dad left Florida to spend their summer in West Virginia (WV). I can only imagine that my mother enjoyed at least some of the long distance drive, and knew she was on her way “home.”
May 13th: I taught an EFT class at Awakening Wellness Center and then went to Awakening the Dreamer event. I only taught EFT 3 times (I think) this year at the center. As the participation seemed to drop off, I didn’t prioritize this as highly on my calendar. I will see how the Universe guides me in 2018, but I may only offer sessions via Google Hangout from home. This is still yet to be decided. Thank you to those interested in bearing with me.
May 19th: I went with my friend, Marie, to see Jim and Deserie perform at a house party listening room live concert event.
Jun. 3rd: I went to a Jin Shin Jyutsu class in Sarasota and met artist friend, Brenda Robinson. Later on, I met her at a beautiful gallery in Lakewood Ranch where she was exhibiting her art.
And of course, I wrote a blog article about her. You can read it here.
And then Heaven opened for me and blessed me with an aWEsOMe new job on June 5th.
Sadly, on June 8th my dad called me and I learned that my mother had passed away.
My husband and I packed a bag and jumped in our truck and drove to WV to be with my dad. My son also drove up and met us there.
We stayed a couple days in my dad’s hometown and on our way home my uncle called me and asked if we could come to visit them before heading back to Florida. We went to my uncles’ home it was there that my uncle surprised me with having my first cousins come by for a quick visit to see us too. Our hearts were very full that we could share this time together.
My mom had left many things at my uncles’ house in 1980 that he wanted me to have. I felt so much love from my mom that she had put these things back for me, so one day I could share them with my children. One of the most important things she left for me was a long handwritten letter.
After my mother’s transition to the Great Beyond, I spent several weeks writing her eulogy–you can read it here.
Jun 24th: Still kind of out of my own body from my mother’s transition and our long drive to/from WV, I felt the urge to attend the Spirit University Fairy Faire in Sarasota with my friend, Marie. It was an aWEsOMe experience, especially attending all the lectures and having a magical reading with Tere Greenwald. Not only did Tere give me such a reassuring feeling about my mom continuing to be with me, but the live music outside changed from a completely different genre of music to a Celtic band within a few moments of my sitting down with Tere! It really spoke profoundly to me, reiterating that, We Are All Connected.
I met John Springer at the fair, but just listening to him expanded my look into the mystery of trees and all the little “Fairy doors” in trees!
June: I had signed up for the Pachamama Alliance Game Changer Intensive online program, but I dropped out after a few weeks, realizing that I was in overwhelm. Yes, I actually can say “no” when I need to, and when I feel it in my body that I have taken on too much, or am not aligned with someone or something “at this time.” And so it is. I have asked Pachamama if I can retake the Intensive in the New Year, and they’ve gratefully agreed.
July 4th week: I flew back to NH (we’d had it planned) and stayed at a nice resort for several days. Jennifer was able to spend one of the nights with me, which was definitely a highlight! I was thrilled to help her get ready for her first day of summer school the next morning and get to visit her school! We really had a jam packed week, fireworks on the 4th and celebrating my daughter’s birthday on the 6th! I love visiting my family in NH in the summer!
July 16th: I participated in a weekend Reflexology course, which all together cost me about $500. The only good thing that came of this for me was to learn from one of the masters, and learn that I could feel the God bumps, while giving Reflexology to others. I can’t charge for this though, even after getting certified, because in the state of Florida you have to be an LMT or Reverend to place hands on people for a fee. Note: I have treated 10 people thus far with Reflexology. I took 16 hours of foot Reflexology coursework and would need to take another weekend of classes and do 90 more sessions before I could get certified.
Jul 23rd: I attended a Reiki / mediation by Carissa experience with Susheila in Sarasota. Carissa did a very nice job. And it was a good number of ladies at the class, not too many, not too few. Really enjoyed the experience, though I didn’t have anything earth shattering occur. And it seems when I do things on a weeknight I’m always sleepy driving home. I decide to limit my weeknight activities.
July 29th: I went to see the Lars Muhl movie called, The Seer. The film was so riveting, with exotic scenery and beautifully spoken story, that you could hear a pin drop from the audience during the presentation! I had been excited to go with one of my friends, but at the last minute, she was not well enough to attend. I was very pleased when I arrived at the venue though, to find two of my wonderful friends, Alania Starhawk and Patricia McGivern, in attendance also!
Aug 5th – 6th weekend: I flew in WV near my dad’s hometown and dad and his friend picked me up at the airport and we were blessed to stay with this gentleman and his wife near Charleston on Friday night. Then the next day dad and I drove to my uncles house in Parkersburg WV where we had mom’s Memorial service. Mom’s Memorial was so beautiful. I could not imagine a better experience, though no one looks forward to things like that, saying goodbye to a parent, or other loved one. But for me, with my fairly recent knowing of a LIMITLESS God, and that my mother lives on in an unimaginable beautiful bountiful dimension, I was able to enjoy family an friends as they paid their respects and be there to comfort my dad, who was taking it very hard.
I was blessed to reconnect with several cousins, and one of my aunts who could be there since she was in town from CA for a reunion during the same timeframe. I held hands with a couple of my first cousins during the service and will always remember their love. One of my parents good friends sang a special song, and it was the only time I cried. The song Gary sang was about releasing “our tears.” Thus, in that moment it all made sense. I cried into one of the two handkerchiefs mom left me.
Aug 25th: attended Tina Malia concert with friend Pam, and my Sedona sisters Kim and Lynda when Alania had to go out of town quickly and had her ticket for sale. I enjoyed this concert at Unity of Sarasota even more than I had expected. I’m a fan of Tina’s for sure, now!
Early Sept. Florida had a hurricane, so we easily left for 2 weeks and went to Kentucky and very much enjoyed staying with family. I was able to work from there, and in the evening enjoy taking beautiful sunset pictures, and even some of the hummingbirds that hangout in Rose and Alan’s backyard! We enjoyed many delicious meals, lively conversation and games, watched favorite shows, and even did some sight-seeing on the weekends!
Sept. 28th: Lama Nicholas returned for a couple more talks this year. I got to attend the first one at Sacred Lands this night, but had a conflict for the next evening and decided to keep my plan of going to Joran and Billy’s concert. There are just so many wonderful and enlightening people to see and support in our community that sometimes we have to make hard choices.
Sep. 29th: I attended an aWEsOMe intimate concert by Joran Oppelt and Billy Mays III at the Metta center. I sat in quiet contemplation before the concert began. As soon as Joran started to sing, my tears fell. I believe Joran sings from his heart and soul Connected, and that is a beautiful thing to experience. Billy plays ambiant music that takes me into a mystical place. I wish I could have had all my friends and hubby there for this event, but I cherished it as ME time.
Oct. 7th: I began participating in a Bible Study Class at the Metta center. Joran Oppelt guided this group every Saturday morning at 10am. I have many notes from the classes and am drafting another post just about that. The article I wrote, Metaphysical Musings on the Beattitudes, was directly inspired from the study I engaged in during the 10 week journey. Though I became ill and missed the last two weeks, I deeply enjoyed every Saturday morning with our small and often changing group at Metta. I made several new friends there that I hope to see again in 2018.
All of preceding events, still do not cover every single outing or online event that I attended in 2017, as I am continuing to glean knowledge of natural health and wellness for my book, Take It Upon Yourself, set to self publish in 2018.
I definitely slowed down after August, as far as my outings were concerned because unfortunately, I had two different dental situations occur (the first tooth abscessed a week after I got back from my mom’s Memorial service) and then when we got back from Kentucky, the second tooth (on the other side of my mouth) began to abscess.
Dec. 2nd: I was so thankful to get to hang out with Pam and Kim again and see musical friends Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle at another Native American powwow in Wimauma, FL (very near to where we live). This was a very special event for me, especially when Shelley and Fabian performed one of my favorite songs, Everything Is One Thing, off their Full Circle CD.
Finally, by mid December I experienced a bad sinusitis and double ear infection. I was glad to be able to work with Dr. Sharon La Rosa of Awakening Wellness Center to help get my body back into balance using homeopathy, acupuncture, and the Behmer mat.
I can’t say wonderful things about my dental experiences (as of this writing), so I won’t say anything. Nor will I name names. I can say that eventually, my pain was relieved, so that was good, but there was so much pain during the second root canal, that I’m still contemplating what to do next–and I am okay at getting dentures (it’s the path of least resistance) if that’s what I have to do to avoid any other horrid experiences. You just cannot explain root pain to people who have not experienced it. It’s a pain that seems to emanate down to your toes! UPDATE: I wrote about my dental experiences after finding the silver lining–>Click here.
One a financial note, which also corresponds to my stand with the water protectors:
For many years, my husband and I both have been credit union members, but when we began to travel and spend more time away from the credit union service area, we had opened a Wells Fargo checking account. Over a period of a couple of years, I realized that since we didn’t use that account much, we were leaking $10-$12 a month to Wells Fargo fees!
During the Standing Rock protests for clean water (No DAPL), I wanted to close out the Wells Fargo account. So, without really trying, some information came to us easily whereby we could switch our two credit cards over to one LendingClub monthly payment, saving us money in our total monthly payments too! But, most importantly, making this change allowed us to break all ties with Wells Fargo.
Thankfully, our credit union can now accept checks via smart phone scan, so we can bank anywhere we have internet access. And thus, in this regard, we feel much more at ease about our banking.

The following is a brief summary of what I learned, or was brought to remember this year:

  • I learned from my wise sister-in-law, Rose, the following thought: Never let anything or anyone steal my joy!
  • Everything resolves to Gratitude.
  • Faith is Belief. Really. And Faith IS a substance.
  • There’s a spark of God, a fractal, inside of everyone.
  • No one ever dies. We are never alone. We are always loved. And love is always unconditional. so, if your love for someone is conditional, you like them, you do not love them.
  • From Pachamama I learned to do a quick visualization exercise before beginning any presumed difficult task, “Breathe in while visualizing our feet pulling up energy from the center of the Earth; breathe out and visualize the energy leaving from the top of our head and connect to the Heavens.”
  • I learned from my dear friend, Kim, to say, “Open heart” before encountering any potentially challenging situation.
  • I learned from my friend, Darlene, you can always “Choose Happy” (even during painful situations).

Meditate or affirm in prayer: Any negative issues that are brought to my attention are raised, so that I can bring them to the light to be cleared, and move with positive vibrations (both forward and back in time on the frequency band) to help ALL heal.

As the year ended, it found me in need of implementing many of the mind-body and spirit-filled tools, that I’ve been blessed to understand. I’m continuing to work on getting my body back into balance. The dental issues, and then the sinusitis and double ear infection gave me a renewed awareness to put an emphasis on boosting my diet with more raw and living, high Qi foods and recipes.

I have also entered into deep prayers for many friends dealing with cancer this year. I believe they will be given profound insights as they walk through their health trials, to find a reason, yes, even for cancer, in their lives, and God willing, they will be stronger after they recover–in a renewed, vibrant body. I know it’s almost difficult to comprehend, but I believe they can grow stronger in their mind, body, and spirit, through this process.

I began monitoring my steps taken, and time spent walking, as well as performing squats throughout my work day (now that I’m working from home), with a belief that this will also help me to improve my overall health. I’m just walking more steps and doing more squats each day than I did the day before. That’s my simple plan.

I continue daily to practice meditation and Qigong, with the occasional singing / chanting to reach a higher and deeper sense of self and spiritual connectivity with our LIMITLESS, Ever-Living, Filling-All-Space, Creator Source Energy God. Oh, what a deeply profound and intrinsically beautiful year it has been!

I send you all many blessings, in ALL ways for a brilliant and uplifting 2018! Happy New Year!


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.

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.

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

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