The Everyday Holistic

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Spring-ing In To Action

It is hard to make changes from the winter funk to a happy and energetic Spring without making changes to your environment. There are so many things you can do. Clean out your pantry and fridge. Wipe down cabinets and baseboards. Clean the blinds. Today, I sprayed the tile backsplash in my kitchen with peppermint essential oil in distilled water and wiped it down. It was enough to bring a little shine to my tile, but every time I walk in the kitchen I get that yummy, refreshing smell of peppermint that picks me up. Now I am thinking of what all I can spray down with my peppermint spray. I am thinking the bathrooms are next.

Additionally, I have joined a challenge group. They can be found all over the web and many are free to join. For me, this group is free, but it incorporates the Sinopec Oils from Simply Aroma. Look for Sinopec under packages. The challenge starts tomorrow, so today I am getting my oils and calendar ready to go. I will be accountable to the group and to me accountability for choices is huge.

Finally, do something. Just get off your couch and do SOMETHING! Go for a walk or a bike ride. Deep scrub a room at a time. Organize your closet. Do crunches and squats during commercial breaks. Just do something to get the blood pumping. I am going to put Ignite essential oil in my diffuser and see if it really gives me a boost. If it does, my diffuser necklace is next.

Use of and testing the oils is putting my winter research into action. Just one more way I’m Spring-ing in to Action.


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The Way To Get Started Is…

So it is the middle of March and I am getting up with the dog and laying down on the couch. I have all the things necessary to get moving and exercise, and I am laying on the couch. One morning I did some squats, some crunches, and there was something else but I can’t remember what it was. Another¬†day I was really motivated, but I didn’t have my workout clothes. So maybe I was motivated because I didn’t have my workout clothes. Either way…I’m lazy ūüėĘ

I really have to get off my butt and move. So this evening I got out a set of workout clothes complete with socks and put them on the dresser, ready for grabbing when the dog gets up.

What better way to get started than to get started? I can always find excuses, but it takes real power to take my excuses out of the equation. So now we will see what happens next. I have committed to a Sinopec Detox group challenge that starts on March 28th, so then I have no choice…I made a commitment.

Wanna get a Sinopec Detox set and join the challenge?¬†¬†¬†¬† Select the category ‘packages’ then ‘Sinopec Detox’ There are two options in which to choose, and FREE SHIP straight to you.

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An Active Mind Is A Happy Mind

I have been a bad, bad blogger, but I have been a great SAD survivor!

I have always believed that keeping my mind strong and busy would keep me from falling into the trenches of the depression and reclusive behavior that comes with SAD. So this year, I went as far as making a plan. I have studied holistic and alternative health in a course type situation for quite a few years now. But unfortunately and fortunately, I found my perfect place first try. But once I completed their courses, including the doctorate…yep, go big or go home!, I was at a loss. The other schools I have taken courses at since, including another doctorate program, they have lacked greatly in comparison. Could be the course, or could be that I have had such fantastic exposure to various holistic therapies now.

But it is just that, I have done more extensive research in areas that I selected for my thesis’s and dissertation and only have ‘exposure’ to and historical data on so many other fantastic holistic therapies. So for my 2014-2015 hate for winter topic, I chose aromatherapy.

I started trolling the web for all things aromatherapy, but I trolled with caution due to the recent media attention brought to aromatherapy and the use of essential oils. I clicked and clicked and clicked. Ok, actually I touched and swiped as I use a Surface, but clicking sounds better. I eventually found Simply Aroma, a new essential oil party company with an awesome diffuser and a great deal to get one. This kept popping up in my searches, so a little more investigation and I ordered my kit, still thinking…cool diffuser ūüėä

So, now I have this companies oils, and still have¬†over 100 bottles of oils from other retail companies. I am no expert, but 1. I think their oils are better, they have better smell than the same oil in a different brand, to me anyways. 2. They have blends that are different from the usual blends that other companies have. So many companies have the¬†same oils, but with different names. Their blends are different, and I like that. 3. Ingestion, a hot topic, they take a guarded stance on ingestion. I like that, it made me think, made me experiment, and inevitability…I tried two suggested ingestion methods. The science made sense to me. The experimentation, my own experiments of comparisons and visual proving, made sense to me. Now 2 weeks of use, these oils are amazing.

So I have been busy. In addition to reading and experimenting, I have been product making.  Menthols Sticks, lip balms, lotions, roll-ons, soaps, clay diffusers, and all new oils incorporated.

It may be February, it may be cold, but I am happy and warm with enthusiasm.

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Still Plugging Along In These Cold Winter Months

I didn’t bury myself in a hole, I promise. SAD is an awful thing to battle in these cold winter months, and I just have to keep myself as busy as I can. And I am finding the act of self study to be fabulous. I am so thankful every day for the world of holistic and alternative health.

I have been delving into the company Simply Aroma. An essential oil company only 1 year young and open to combination therapies. Which is fantastic because if you isolate yourself to only one modality… you are missing out on other great ones and when you put them in combination with one another, they can be miraculous.

Not only does self study keep me busy, but it makes me strong. And I believe working with the products, their magical aroma affects me in a positive way, also making me able to battle the panic and fear that overcomes me when I hear the word ‘snow’ or when I look outside into the grey, dismal sky.

It is the second half of January, and with each new day I am one day closer to spring. But until the sunshine returns, I will keep on plugging along.

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Being Your Own Biggest Supporter

Feel like nothing you do is appreciated? Feel worn down when you work so hard to do your best for others? Feel like you try and try, but you are just spinning your wheels? Frustrated and wonder why you keep doing what you are doing?

It’s time to be your own cheerleader. I’m not saying to stop doing your best in other areas of your life. I’m saying it’s time to pat yourself on the back and stop waiting for others to do it for you or beat yourself up when they don’t.

This weekend this concept has become especially evident for me. I am all those feelings I mentioned and then some. But I got tired of feeling miserable and unappreciated. Firstly, I started this blog as a way to put my thoughts into words. To have an accessible diary of things I do. And to put it into the world for all to see, and then see what comes back. I still get excited when I get a notification of a new follower. I love it when someone likes one of my posts. But I was a little saddened that no one had commented. But I kept going…until today. I finally saw where the spam blocker was hoarding all my comments. 19 of them. I managed to restore 7 of them and I was so intrigued. I read the comments, I re-read the posts they where attached to. And I felt a connection along with a feeling of happiness and appreciation. My ‘pat on the back.’ ūüėä

But wait…there’s more! I had ideas with what I wanted to do with my products and holistic health, but there was something missing. I looked into a couple of options I thought would help complete my concept, but I could not balance my mindset with their business practices; therefore, even with a good product, I could not see me there.

Then, just as internet searching brought me somehow to holistic and alternative health and the perfect school for me back in 2007, I found something. Something that started as a want for a specific product, nothing special, just an awesome looking diffuser at a great price. Well, it came with product, which of course brought out the nerd in me. I started researching and reading, and more reading, and more reading. Yesterday I spend product making, and next up is trialing. Today,  I am an admin of a new group started by leaders on my idea for combining oil use with other holistic therapies. This company is open to forward thought, just like me. I am inspired, I am excited. It is the middle of January, it is cold and dreary, and I feel alive! Maybe the jolt of life came from the giant pat on the back I feel like I have received.

The big life lesson comes in that none of this would have happened without self-motivation and self-appreciation. Continuing to work to be better, smarter, and happy. If I had waited for my pat on the back, it may have never come as I would not be where I am today, which is what is giving me my kudos.     Use this link to order the oils of my inspiration, USA only.¬†¬†¬†¬† Use this link to get a free ($20 shipping) starter kit or $100 off one of two deluxe kits. I started with the middle kit. Lot’s of oils and the awesome diffuser. No obligation or fees after if you don’t want to remain active, USA only.

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Keeping My Mind Focused on Learning vs. the Figid Cold Temperatures

Last night, the Artic Blast of cold air arrived. Temps are in the 20’s and wind chills in the single digits. Anyone who experiences SAD on any level knows this does not make for a good day, but the world keeps moving and so must I. I just really want to stay in my jammies and snuggle up in the couch with my doggie and sip warm herbal tea with honey. That actually sounds REALLY good.

Instead, I got up and had a couple of cups of coffee, got showered and dressed, fixed my hair and put on make-up, and a thick pair of socks. I have my aromatherapy diffuser at my desk and I’m going to start my morning diffusing Ignite by Simply Aroma. Yep, becoming a part of this company definitely has it’s perks. The diffuser is much better than any other I have used. I will also put a couple of drops of relaxation in my diffuser necklace, then top my protocol off with some Rescue Remedy in my water. A few sips of water and some deep cleansing breaths and I will make it a great day.

So if you wake up this morning and don’t want to be a part of the cold, cold world…consider what I do and find a topic of study that makes you happy. A mind that is calm and focused, doesn’t have the time to think about the weather ūüėä

Don’t have the aroma tools…

Don’t have rescue…go to your local Vitamin Shoppe or Flower Essence Services online for their Five Flower Blend, or maybe even Amazon.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor, nor do I claim to be. This is not meant to replace any advice or medications given to you by a licensed physician.  What works for me, may not work for you or may not be an option for you due to your medical conditions. Please do your own research as I have done mine.

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Happy New Year, A How To… Post

It’s January 1, 2015…Happy New Year!

I can tell you to have a Happy New Year. I can wish you a Happy New Year. I can even tell you it’s going to be¬† a Happy New Year. But will you have a Happy New Year? That’s completely up to you.

We all have bad memories from 2014. Things we wish we could change. Some we could have made different, other things are beyond our control.

Me, I’ve decided I like the odd years better than the even. 2010, took my mom. 2012 took my dad. 2014 took my great nephew. All unexpected, all way too soon. So I am happy to see 2015. And I am not going to make any resolutions. I’m making plans to live.

My plans are going to start basic and I am going to build on them. I am going to use my calendar to set dates with myself to actually do things for myself. If you do this, it can be anything. For me…I plan to build myself. I have spent a lot of my days putting myself on the back burner to help make others happy. But this is an odd year, hopefully a great year, and I want to be great.

Here are my day 1 plans: 1. Have a goal for each month, not made ahead of time so I don’t set myself up for failure and I don’t stop because I am ahead or quit because I am behind. If I am on a roll, I wanna go with it. 2. Make mini goals on some days of the month to set assignments to complete on certain days to make my goals happen. I may be adding to these each day or sporadically as I discover new things. 3. Make sure my goals build on me while doing for my environment, not the trees but my surrounding of family, home, work, and friends. 4. Not let it stop here. Build and build, learn, do, and grow.

Yep, this is my how to have a great new year. To work on me while being a productive member of society. To use me building to shut the door on drama. To use me building to build me while helping others. if there is one thing I learned in 2014 is that you can’t do it for others and you can’t make them want it.To build me by looking and going outside my box, out of my comfort zone. To build me by taking a chance on me. And building me by loving me.

So here I tell you to have a Happy New Year, now…go and build (not a new, but an improved) you.