It’s May Already? Seriously Where Does the Time Go?

I can’t believe it’s May already…time is just flying by. We’re in the midst of spring in the Pacific Northwest and I’m thinking about the warm months to come. Here we are into the 5th month of the year already. Timing is everything. Time changes every time we blink. Blink too often and time is changed for good.

Time passes whether we’re working on our dream or dreaming our days away in a place where we never make a difference and we’re never appreciated. Time is too short. We never have enough time to do the things we want unless we clear away our time to do the things we want. These are the things I’ve heard since I was parted from my job in March.

Some have talked about how a job loss is like a death, and it can be devastating to a family. My husband asked me last week about what May have changed in my health since I am not in a job that caused me immense stress. Here are some changes that occurred within this month. My hair stopped falling out, it got to the point where I was losing clumps of hair in the shower. Yes, stress does that to me. I rarely lose a strand now. I am so much more relaxed now. I’m not stress eating anymore, and I’m able to sleep a full night instead of waking up at 2 with that feeling like I’m really the failure my boss kept telling me I was.

That kind of stress has the potential to not only kill someone’s spirit but also their very cells. Every morning I felt myself dying a little bit more every time I turned on my work computer. I no longer had the motivation to talk to anyone about the products we offered or the benefits we had. I just couldn’t see my way out of this hole….But God had a plan for me and prepared the way out for me that was both liberating and life giving.

One of my talented students took this photo with his iPad. He’s got such a wonderful eye for nature!

What do I do with my time now? I am a specialized tutor for K20 students who need extra help. Students who have Individualized Education Plans who need help in core subjects and life skills. This is my niche and really has always been my niche. I built this mini business without a website, without business cards, without a brand logo. My services speak for themselves, and word-of-mouth is the cheapest form of advertising. My dad always said, “Do a good job in any business and you’ll never be without.”

When is the time to start something new? NOW. It goes along with YES. If you’re asked to do something and say yes to it, do it Now. Don’t wait. Time is always fleeting. Don’t wait till tomorrow, tomorrow will have its own challenges and triumphs waiting to be fulfilled. We’ll never get another chance like today. It’s May 2018. Lets make it the best May of our lives. Let’s make the most of the time we have this month so we won’t be asking “Where did the time go?” when June hits.

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April – A Month of Saying “YES!”

This month I’ve been saying yes to basically all the things that once held me back…all the things that I once feared or thought I feared. April – a month of saying “YES” has changed me to the extent of what I’ve said “YES” to. These changes I dreamed about but couldn’t fathom doing because they were just too big for me to tackle now that they’re done, I realize they were holding me back.

I decided to say “YES” to anything that was in my best interest, that didn’t go against my value system, and that which I deemed wasn’t dangerous. I’ve been able to overcome my fears in this process. My “YES” moments have led me to different challenges and helped me to see my little plot of the world in a different light.

During April, I’ve said “YES” to highway driving, roads with roundabouts, and even rush hour traffic. I’ve said “YES” to fitness challenges (100 squats and 100 crunches a day). I’ve said “YES” to adventure planning with my husband (he always planned where we’d go, but has wanted me to take the lead here). I’ve said “YES” to new health routines, including 4 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in my daily diet. Refraining from eating any grains and sugar. I know I’ve talked about this before but coming from a sugar addict, this is still a constant issue for me. I’ve said yes to completing a book in 3 months. Now I’m working on a chapter every couple of days. I’ve also said “YES” to gaining more students and clients. My red hair is back because I said “YES” to a color option.

During my time of saying “YES”, I’ve been able to experience new ideas and new approaches to life. The one “YES” of planning our Adventure Sunday’s led me to this blog post because I saw a chain that cordoned off a portion of our hike and loved it’s rusted out appearance, yet tough strength that showed it was still useful. It showed me that even though life has kicked me around a bit, and I may have some battle scars, I, too have a lot of use left in me.

Saying “YES” to 100 squats and 100 crunches a day has shown me that I’m stronger than I think I am. It’s like I tell my students. “You are smarter than you think you are!”

In doing the squats and the crunches, I’ve decided to continue with formal workouts and do alternating days of upper and lower body with a day of stretching on Friday. Working out like this has helped me lose some inches and a few pounds. It’s also given me tons more energy.

The ACV (apple cider vinegar) addition to my diet has helped my digestion 100%. I am no longer hooked to taking baking soda and water every night and I kinda like the taste.

My new “YESes” for this last full week of April include

  • no devices after 7 p.m. and before 8 a.m.
  • going for a reflective walk after my morning workout,
  • reinstating my yearlong book reading list.
  • going for after dinner walks with my husband
  • taking 3 photos a day of my life

We each have many ways we can say “YES” to life, “YES” to happiness, and “YES” to overcoming fear. What are some areas you’ve said “YES” which in the past your immediate response was no? I’d love to hear your ideas or questions as I’m going to continue saying “YES” into May and June. And who knows maybe the rest of the year.

Cleansing Choices

Sorry I’ve been absent for a while. I’m focusing on getting more clients before the end of the month. As some of you know my full-time job is coming to an end February 28th. So far I’ve gained 11 more clients I have 9 more spots open and would like to fill those before the end of the month.

This brings me to one of my topics for today. Spending time working in a field that is clearly bringing you more stress than it’s worth. Yes, I know we all need to pay bills and support our families but when our jobs are costing us our health and wellbeing and we’re not able to enjoy our families then we need to be searching for positions that bring us joy, fulfillment, and stimulate our minds.

My husband started a new job a couple of weeks ago and his words here “I no longer feel the need to munch all day because I’m not bored.” He figured out that when he’s bored he munches on unhealthy carb snacks. Now he only eats one meal a day without the need for snacking. His health is so much better and he’s able to spend more time with me instead of just sleeping. He’s also got more energy to work out.

Have you ever had that exhilarating feeling of being challenged by your job, loving every minute of it, and being so calmed by it as well? Those are facets of knowing that you were meant for this job or career. Think back to a time when you were in a job you clearly knew was not for you. Now think about your health and wellness during that time. Did you have the energy to workout, to play with your kids, to enjoy a weekend without dreading Monday? Probably not.

We spend over half our lives working and if we’re not working in an industry or at a job that is meaningful to us we’re wasting our lives on something that we have all the power to change. So where do we go from here?

I’ll use myself as an example.

I got my college degree late in life (49 years old). It was still one of the best things I did. I proved that I could succeed, and it opened my life up to endless possibilities of what I can accomplish. When I started college, I didn’t know that I wanted a double Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Wellness and Nutrition. My friends told me I was crazy for taking classes like Anatomy Physiology and Chemistry altogether. But I loved it. It’s motivating to hear your instructor tell you that only a handful of students ace his class. I was one of that handful. That moment alone changed my esteem, my confidence, and my outlook on life.

After college I became a certified holistic life coach and an alternative health therapy researcher, helping people through tough areas in their lives by looking at their whole life and decisions made along the way. I started a blog, writing about the challenges we all face in life: weight loss, wellness, health, mindfulness, and joy. I became a tutor for students with learning challenges. I loved being a tutor and still, love it today. But I wanted to contribute more to our family (my husband and I ), so I took a job as an inside sales rep for an educational technology organization. I saw it as a dream job because the pay was great, but I knew at the 4-month mark that the job wasn’t for me. I stuck it out and here I am four years later regretting that I did.

 

You see my whole goal in life has always been to stand in the gap. It’s something my father taught me as a young child. Standing in the gap means different things to different people. To me, it meant that I learned how to help people who not only asked for help but those people who society tosses aside as inconsequential to the whole makeup of society. My job has always been about making the yearly sales quota, but never about meeting people where they are and helping them grow beyond the benchmark had they set for themselves.

 

Because I stayed in a job that was clearly not for me, the stress of it all gave me a serious autoimmune disease. I gained 50 pounds because I was stress eating and depressed all the time. I used to think how much happier I was when I worked for myself even though I wasn’t making as much money. I couldn’t sleep, I had no time to do the things I always loved. But hey, I was making money. I was stressed and sick. I dreaded all five days of the week I had to work. But my weekends were spent being sick. Yes, I had the capability of working from home. That was a perk. But you know what? If sales aren’t your thing, then don’t do it. I set myself up for failure because I saw $$$ instead of working from my whole life goals.

New Growth

How does this translate to you and your life? Are you in a position that is clearly not for you? Do you see no way out? These are questions only you can answer.

The first place you should take a look at in changing your life is to find out what your whole life goal is and work off that. If helping people is something that moves you, try volunteering at hospitals, schools, food banks, or in your place of worship. (My love of tutoring came from when I volunteered at my sons’ school almost 23 years ago.)

If helping animals brings you joy, volunteer at a pet shelter or start a dog walking business.

Start out small. I started my tutoring business while I was in college, I worked and continue to work with one of the many tutoring platforms online. I started with one student, now I have 9 students on a regular basis and even during the summer months because I offer enrichment classes (art, math, cooking, reading/writing) that school districts don’t have the money to offer anymore.

Let’s bring this all together. What does all this have to do with the 50 Day Cleanse and Glimpses of My Life?

Here’s the second topic for today. A 50 day cleanse can’t change the amount of stress we deal with but it can help you in dealing with that stress. And sometimes this cleanse will add some stress to your life. Especially if you’re making two different menus, one for you and one for your family. Which is why I am changing several points about this cleanse even the name to help fit our busy lives and make it easier to follow through with. (I must confess, I got to the 21-day mark and I just could not take it anymore, it’s too restrictive for my lifestyle.)

This new and improved cleanse has nothing to do with a certain number of days. It’s about having choices. We see these cleanses and challenges with a number in them as “I only have to make it X amount of days then I can go back to how I was before.” Cleansing Choices, on the other hand, gives you the opportunity to set your own number of days, make the choices you want to add to your lifestyle and puts the power to change your life back in your hands. If you don’t want to be vegan, you don’t have to. If you’d rather not be raw, you can skip it. If you only want to water fast for one to three days, that’s fine. There are no set guidelines for Cleansing Choices. I’ve made the plan easier to follow by giving you cleansing options. Because life is all about the choices we make not about following someone else’s choices. You’ll have the opportunity to pick from a list of cleansing options that fit your lifestyle. Whether you want to pick one or multiple, it’s your choice because it’s your life and you know what you can handle.

Let’s turn the page and make Cleansing Choices that resonate with each and every one of us.

It’s our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

~J.K. Rowling

 

 

Being Ready For What Comes Next

So it’s January and I’m again following the 50 Day Cleanse. I’m on day 16 of it. I’ve lost another 6 pounds. I’ve eliminated the calluses and dry skin from my feet and hands. I can smell and taste so much better. I’m no longer tied to taking digestive enzymes and probiotics to aid my digestion. My craving for sugar and even sweet fruits are all gone. Now I eat for the sake of nourishment instead of feeding a craving. I’m still making yummy foods and smoothies (Working on a raw food smoothie book right now). I also am finding out that my countenance or rather my control grows stronger by the day. If you’re following my progress on our Facebook group, then you know what I’m talking about. The plan gets easier when we work the plan. I am not so much concerned with making sure everyday I eat in a set window of time. I eat during a four or five-hour window, but it all depends on when I’m hungry enough for that window to begin. And I never eat after 6 pm. But what does it mean to be ready for what’s next?

Being ready for what comes next means different things to different people. To me it’s making peace to whatever may come my way. I have a favorite quote up on my office wall. It’s from a Swedish diplomat, economist, and author, Dag Hammarskjold.

For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be yes.

I love this quote because it resonates with what I’ve been thinking and praying about. Living in gratitude is more that just being thankful for all we’ve got and experiences we’ve had. It means being thankful for what comes next. Being ready for the next surprise, being open to the next adventure, accepting the next challenge, saying “YES” to something that would normally get a “NO!” These are ways of accepting what comes next. It could mean a job loss, it could mean learning through a new trial in life. To me this quote also means you’re not going to sit and let life pass you by. You’re going to get uncomfortable for a while. It’s in our uncomfortableness where we grow the most.

This 50 Day Cleanse has much to do with expanding our thinking, moving into a new mindset, and a new healthy lifestyle. Yes, it takes courage, control, change, overcoming, and vision. But through all this you will gain a better, healthier version of yourself.

Are you ready for what comes next?

5 Tip Friday

Five years ago, when I started blogging for a class project in college, I had an agenda for every day of the week. Yes, I wrote a blog post every day. But I only had school and blogging, no job in site then. Fast forward to now, I have a full time job, I have several entrepreneurial adventures, and I am writing a book about The 50 Day Cleanse. So writing a blog post every day keeps me awake in the wee hours of the morning. Even though this is the case today, I still think having a theme for my days will help me as the blogger and you as the reader. Today is 5 Tip Friday

My 5 Tips for making the cleanse easier

1. Before you start the 5-day water fast, clean out your kitchen. Throw out all the opened processed foods in your fridge and pantry. If some items are unopened, give them to a food bank. Remember that you will be transitioning to a raw, alkaline, high fat vegan eating plan. You’ll be replenishing your kitchen with high alkaline veggies, fats, raw unsalted nuts and seeds, and low sugar fruit such as berries, lemons, and limes. 

2. Buy some Himalayan salt rocks, a glass jar with glass lid, plastic or wooden measuring teaspoon, and Fiji water. Make the solution for the Himalayan Sole Water. This water will help you get through the 5 days and beyond. It contains all 84 minerals our bodies need in the precise amounts our bodies need. You’ll only be taking a teaspoon of the solution in more spring water. It’s pretty cheap to make, too. I bought a 5 pound bag of the Himalayan salt rocks three years for $25 and I am still using the same solution and rocks, just adding more rocks one at a time and filling with water, when needed. 

3. You’ll also need either a juicer or extractor. I like my NutriBullet Pro. But there are many on the market to choose from. Find one that works for you. 

4. Stock up spring water, reverse osmosis water, distilled water, or if you have a kangen water system that’s fine, too. You’re going to be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day throughout this cleanse! 

5. Since you won’t be spending so much time in the kitchen, you might want to start a new hobby, or creative outlet to get your mind off of thinking about food. Reading books help. 

Bonus Tip: Try to rearrange your schedule so you are fasting on your days off from work for at least the second and third day. Why? Because these are the days that can have a big healing crisis on them (headaches, nausea, body aches, flu like symptoms, dizziness, and the like).

I made this smoothie this week and it’s now become one of my favorites!


Ruby Slipper Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup chopped red Beet
  • 1/2 cup tart red cherries, raspberries, or strawberries 
  • 1 red carrot, chopped 
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 scoop Warrior Blend protein powder
  • 5 drops liquid Vitamin D3
  • 1 T Essential Seven Seed Mix 
  • Water to fill line

Blend and Enjoy!

Salad Accessories

I always think of the toppings we put on salads as accessories like adorning our bodies with jewelry, shoes, scarves, hats, makeup, and tattoos. Salad toppings make the salad no matter what you choose, you are accessorizing your plate based on your palate and your choices.

A Bejeweled Salad would have ruby red beets and golden nugget coins would be yellow carrots. It might also have a cherry on top. But the adornment I want to talk about today is more than just a topping, it accentuates the salad and brings out the flavors of the ingredients it’s covering. It’s like the adorning touches of a nice shade of nail polish or lipstick to complete an outfit.

 A dressing can be that perfect shade we put on right before leaving the house. Sometimes it doesn’t really matter if our hair’s a mess, when we have that perfect lip shade on, we don’t notice we’re in sweats! Dressings and vinaigrettes dress up the lowliest of lettuces without anything else on the plate. Like Blue Cheese dressing on a wedge of iceberg lettuce. Iceberg lettuce is one of the lowliest in the lettuces but we overlook that fact with the dressing over the top. 

Italian Goddess Dressing

  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 large English cucumber
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 T oregano
  • 1/2 t Himalayan salt
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup virgin olive oil
  • 2 T filtered water

Whirl it together in a high powered blender or Nutri-bullet.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

It’s great on multiple salad mixes.

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Vibrant Chopped Salad

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 half jicama, diced
  • 1/2 small head purple cabbage
  • 1/2 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, small diced
  • Italian Goddess Dressing 

Mix together and divide into two medium bowls. Add the dressing and toss.

Enjoy.

Makes 3 servings

More Accessories:

  • Black or green olives (bottled in olive oil, not vinegar)
  • Pepperocinis (Husband’s usual adornment)
  • Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds
  • Raw organic chopped nuts
  • Fresh Berries of choice

Let’s do a retake of our word associations and look at how we adorn out plates, our palates, and our lives. 

How do you accessorize your salads

That Moment of Truth

Over the weekend, I was asked, “What’s in your fridge?” Many people have asked me what we eat when we’re not fasting. Like we eat exotic foods or we have sparse meals. We don’t eat exotic, outlandish, or even costly meals. Salads don’t cost much and because we’ve been doing the intermittent fasting cycle on a regular basis, we’re not as hungry as we used to be. This is my moment of truth

First Meal 

It’s always a raw, alkaline veggie smoothie because it starts our bodies off in an alkaline state. 

Turmeric Carrot Pain Relieving Smoothie

  •  1 kale leaf chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 little nub of turmeric or 1/2 teaspoon ground
  • 1 cup strawberries 
  • 1 Tablespoon Essential Seven Seed Mix
  • 1 Tablespoon Brain Octane or coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon organic raw virgin unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 scoop Warrior Blend protein powder from Sunwarrior 

Whirl it together and enjoy


Purple Dream Smoothie 

  • 1 stalk kale or a 1/2 cup wheatgrass
  • 1 purple carrot 
  • 1/2 cup chopped purple cabbage 
  • 1 cup blackberries 
  • 1/2 cup blueberries 
  • 1 Tablespoon Essential Seven Seed Mix
  • 1 Tablespoon Brain Octane or coconut oil 
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 scoop Warrior Blend Pea and Hemp protein 

Whirl and enjoy!

Then an hour later I have a cup of vegan high fat coffee or tea. I depends on what I’m in the mood for. High fat coffee? What’s that? 
I add 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil and two tablespoons of real coconut cream (only ingredient is coconut). 

My last meal of the day is usually a salad, but sometimes I will make some raw sunflower sweet potato taco meat and make wraps with lettuce leaves. I really like my White Gaspacho, too. 
That moment of truth

What’s in my fridge?





















Your challenge Please post what’s in your fridge. We all need that moment of truth