i am DEFROSTING …

As some of you know, I had a frozen shoulder back in August last year. And if you are unfamiliar with a frozen shoulder, it means I literally couldn’t move my shoulder and therefore my entire arm – ya know, it was frozen. Without assistance, my arm was glued to the side of my body and I could only move it about 2″ away from my hip. So, yeah, that hurt. I moved it anyway, pushing it through the excruciating pain. Even 1/4″ felt like an accomplishment. And my mom moved it for me in wider ranges of motion. I started seeing a chiropractor a few days after the freeze and that helped immensely to get things moving around. I worked on the emotional part through reiki and through personal awareness and self-love. I started exercising again the second I felt I could, even though it still hurt at first. The area with the most discomfort has significantly improved, as in I barely feel it anymore (and if you don’t recall or know, I’ve had this discomfort for at least 8 years), even with yoga and challenging workouts. I can’t even explain how amazing that feels.

At the beginning of my work with my chiropractor, my back scan showed RED (caution! danger!) in the area around my right shoulder, equating to serious pressure on the nerves going to that area. Last week, being 6 months later (damn, time flies), the scan was GREEN (danger averted!) in that area. I could feel the change, and then to see it made it extra awesome! This is all connected to my life being on the right path right now. I am releasing all the icky stuff and bringing out a whole and healthy body, mind and spirit…fuck yes!

I am no different than any of you, so you can find your path too. If and when you are ready. I did not get here alone though. I discovered the need for outside love and support from friends, classmates, family and the universe. It is all there if you open yourself up to it…

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SWEET kittea …

Curb that sweet craving with this tasty tea recipe (Disclaimer: adorable kitty will not appear if you make this). It’s sweet. It’s spicy. It’s creamy. It’s warming. It’s grounding. It’s delicious. 

  • 1/2 tsp licorice root (I bought mine here. You may be able to find in health food stores as well, in bulk herb/tea sections.)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (The company I linked to above also sells sweet cinnamon chips which could be substituted for ground.)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (Depending on the size of your mug, you may have to fill the rest of the mug with water so the herbs can steep in the liquid.)

Warm up almond milk/water on stovetop or in microwave. Place licorice root and cinnamon into a single cup tea strainer and pour the almond milk over the herbs. Cover and let steep for at least 10 minutes. Most of the cinnamon will sink to the bottom which makes for a very tasty ending, oooorrrr you could stir as you sip. Enjoy!

Additions if you want to mix it up: sprinkle of nutmeg; 1/4 tsp ginger; 1/4 tsp of pure vanilla extract.

relief. breath. BEER. 

So this is what relief looks like to me. A tasty brew after completing my last test. I’m officially graduating on Wednesday as a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Heads up, there will be another post when it’s official ;)

Lots of FABULOUS stuff happening in my life these days. Yesterday, I taught my first essential oils class which was very fun and exciting and only slightly scary. Had an amazing support group of amazing women there with me. Did I mention they were amazing? Look forward to many more classes to share the healing benefits of essential oils (I don’t have any planned yet though, so stay tuned!). Today, I took my last test for school. I did, well, not so great. However, I PASSED!!! And that’s all I needed. Wednesday, graduation commences. It’s an online program, so the only walking will be around my house in a gown of leggings and a hoodie. And then most likely followed by another beer, or 3. Yay! Pretty bad ass week if I say so myself. So much more fabulousness to come. I can feel it. And it feels pretty fucking good.

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been very focused, and a bit stressed, about the oils class and my last test. They are both done, and it’s time to celebrate! Hence the beer in the middle of the afternoon on a Monday. Party animal here.

Feel free to drink one for me too … I’ll feel your celebratory vibes. And I’ll send you mine. Spiritual partying! Yay!

what is your VISION ?

I supported my beautiful coworker Courtney today in a Vision & Goals workshop for the new hires at work. It was such a great and rewarding experience for all involved! I so enjoyed hearing everyone’s amazing 10-year visions for their lives and the personal values that guide their visions. Each so different and magical and full of adventure. And scary. What’s that song lyric … “if your dreams don’t scare you, they ain’t big enough” … not quite the form of “English” I would have chosen, but you get what I’m sayin’. We should be nervous about the bad ass possibilities we can create in our lives. We can choose to be safe and comfortable and “normal,” but where’s the fun and excitement in that?

Create a wild and crazy spectacular vision for yourself in 10 years where money, time and experience don’t exist. Zero constraints. Trust me, you can do this. Close your eyes and visualize, then write it all down, every fabulous morsel. It’s a very exciting exercise that will change your mindset around what you truly truly want in your life!!!

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