Post from: February 2015

Soul Saturday

“No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.” 

―  Baruch Spinoza, 17th Century Dutch Philosopher

Bookfest Friday

By now, you know this much about me: I'm totally into books that have to do with going after our dreams. The kind of books which support the belief that when you set your mind to a goal and absolutely, 100% believe you will achieve it, you will. That is why we love The Circle Maker.

Batterson goes into a very colorful narrative right in the very first chapter about the story of Honi, the circle maker, who lived in 100BC. He drew a circle in the sand and declared he would not leave the inside of the circle until God answered his prayers for his people that a drought in the land would be removed. Batterson encourages us to live the same way today. Dream big. Believe in God for big things. He will bring them to pass, beyond what you could ever even think to ask or imagine. Somehow, we as humans limit ourselves and our true capabilities. We all have incredible things inside of us. Do we believe enough in ourselves to live it out? To pray for it and believe--absolutely know --it’s coming? That’s what Honi did. And it worked.

Deep Thought Thursday

It's interesting.  I have heard more lately on the power of your thoughts than I have at any other time in my life.  Perhaps I am searching it out more, perhaps as a society we are finding out more about the brain more during this period of existence than ever before.  I think both are true. 

Did you know you literally have the capability to make your hair fall out just by the power of your mind?  Don't believe me?  Read on.  Below is information I have come across in a sundry of reading materials about the power of the mind.  I thought you might be as intrigued as I.   

- We all know the idea behind the placebo effect.  The following is one of the most amazing examples I have heard in regards to it.  A group of patients were included in a study and all were told they would be given a pill for their common ailment.  They were told that one of the side effects of the pill was that they would be losing their hair.  The pill was distributed, half were given a placebo, a sugar pill.  The amazing thing?  Half of the placebo group still lost their hair.  Nothing but sheer power of the mind created the side effect.  Incredible. 

- In another study, the participants were divided in half, one half of the group was given a sedative, the other half a stimulant.  Everyone in both groups was told they were given the opposite of what they were administered.  Participants who were given sedatives were told they would actually feel hyperactive, and the group who was given stimulants was told they would feel extremely fatigued.  The results?  1/2 of each group had the reaction they were told they would have.  It was the exact opposite reaction that the drug in their body should have been physiologically causing them to feel. 


Writer Wednesday

Have you ever woken up on any given day and felt like you were just a little bit off? You definitely don't feel like writing. Maybe your head hurt a bit, or you felt kind of tired, or maybe you just didn’t feel like you have the energy to get you through the day that’s before you. You needed a boost, and coffee wasn’t going to cut it.

I have a little secret for you. This secret can work miracles. And here it is:

Refocus your thoughts.

This may sound overly simplistic, or perhaps esoteric, but it’s not.

When you start a day and ask questions like: “How am I going to make it through?” or “Why do I feel this way?”, or, “Not another day of problems”, you’re actually not helping yourself feel any better, nor does it help your day get any better.

So. Do you want a sure-fire way to AUTOMATICALLY increase your mood, energy, and the way you feel in the mornings? Then, here’s what you need to do:

The minute your feet hit the floor and you’re trudging to the bathroom (or while you’re awake and still lying in bed), ask yourself the following questions. They will help completely reframe your day. 

Question 1: Who do I love?

Question 2: What are five things I have to be grateful for RIGHT now?

Question 3: What is something I have to look forward to?

Question 4: What feels good in my body right now?

It’s amazing how your responses to these questions can completely transform your posture, attitude, and energy for the day. You’ll feel a rush of goodness through your body. Try it out and see what you think. I’m positive you wont be disappointed. Then, get to that computer, notebook, or writing pad, and get busy!! :)

Stay healthy and happy!


Super Mom Monday

Many people are unable to use strong smelling candles, air freshners, gels, or other “good-smelling” stuff due to sensitivities from the chemicals contained within. Whether you do or don’t deal with this problem, I have a wonderful alternative for you to keep your home smelling amazing: essential oils.

Just like things get into your body through your skin, things get into your body through your nose. The great thing about pure essential oils is: 1) They’re completely natural, 2) They can offer you health benefits like: increase resistance to infection, calm you down, increase energy, help you rest better, and a host of other things, depending on the specific oil you use.

Here are some different purposes for a few of the more widely-recognized essential oils:


Soul Saturday

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.  -Maya Angelou

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!


Deep Thought Thursday

I know it’s not Christmas time. But let's talk about it anyway.

I am struck every year by the refreshing nature that young children have who fully believe in Santa Clause.  On Christmas Eve, in the eyes of our children, there is a certain shine of excitement that I can't find at any other time of the year.  I think it's  more fun for me to watch the kids' excitement than it is for them to anxiously await Santa's arrival. 

There is no more anticipation than on the long-awaited Christmas morning.  Waking up and truly "feeling" the idea that Santa has recently been in your house, just hours before, leaving presents and filling stockings, is a remarkable sensation.  Santa's presence is almost palpable because of the whole-hearted belief that he really was just there.   

I began to think about what people's lives would look like if they woke up EVERY DAY with the feeling that God was bringing them gifts.  That a surprise was just around the corner--something really good, too.  With that mentality, we would live in an expectation of something GREATER everyday, and that would change our entire view of the world.

We would expect smiles from people we interacted with on a daily basis.  We would expect abundant provisions.  We would expect random acts of kindness from others. 


Teen Tuesday

I really like this saying: If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin.  And do you know why?  Because your skin absorbs everything into your body, just as if you were eating it.  Chemicals, additives, toxins, it can all get in your body through your skin.  Afterall, this is how the nicotine patches work, right?  The chemicals in the patch get absorbed through the skin. What you put on your skin really is going into your body.  It really is! 

Ok, so here's what you need to do to make this knowledge a part of your "Healthy Home Repertoire."  Start reading labels on what you are buying and putting on your body.  This includes lotions, soaps, sunscreens, cosmetics, shampoos, deodorants, detergents, etc.  You will be shocked at the number of items on the label that you cannot even pronounce.  

Don't feel overwhelmed.  How about start by finding just ONE product per month that you can remove from your current selection, and replace it with something natural?  Remember one idea I mentioned in a fall newsletter last year?  Use coconut oil for body lotion, deep-treatment for hair, softer lips, etc.  It's edible!

Here is why you will be glad you switch to more natural products:

-Less skin break-outs, itchy skin, exema, and sensitive skin

-Less skin redness

- Less toxicity in your body which means less "old" looking skin

   and less cellulite

- Less wrinkles over time

- More shine and natural glow to your complexion

- Less overall illness and feelings of malaise 


Bookfest Friday

Your Best Life Now by Pastor Joel Olsteen

Talk about inspirational!  This guy is amazing.  And very genuine.  From what I can tell, in addition to his encouraging message of hope, his authenticity and compassion for people are why 60,000 people tune in to listen to him on Sunday mornings!  

This is a great book on tape for the car (which is how I did it--thanks to my father-in-law for his loan from his personal collection!)

I liked it so much, after I finished it once, I listened to the cd's two or three times!  Get this book!  The word is good.

Writer Wednesday

Hello writers!

Some of you may not know, but I taught yoga and pilates for twelve years before I jumped full-time into writing and speaking.

So, this is a feel good tip from my former years, specifically for you, the writer. It can work anywhere--home, office, while driving to Disneyland, or standing in line at the post office. 

This yoga pose works anywhere, and is especially usefull if you are stressed or have been sitting in the seat of a car or plane for a long time--or at your writing desk. 

So, here goes. 


Here's what you do:

1) Find a spot that you are comfortable and won't be stared at by complete strangers (otherwise you will be too uptight to relax). 

2) Fold over your legs.  Knees can be bent if needed.  Arms can dangle straight down or clasp opposite elbows.

3) Hold for 10 VERY deep breaths in and out, deepening into the posture with each exhale.  Do this posture at least one time every day.

This posture is guaranteed to loosen your back, release your neck, open the backs of your legs, relieve shoulder tension, awaken your brain to make you more alert, and slow your heart rate in times of stress or irritation.  In short, it is WONDERFUL for your body!  Go on, give it a try!

Then, get back to writing!