Apple Cider Vinegar – A Peek Inside My Apothecary

This is the first post in a series of posts about the tools I use to keep my family healthy and able! 

Open my pantry on any given day and you’ll find ordinary staples like baking powder, flour, olive oil, and salt, but you’ll also find concoctions, potions, superfoods and healing magic. When we moved recently, it was brought to my attention that I keep odd and mysterious things in my pantry. For me, these are staples, (I’ve been doing this so long, I think everyone is like me) so I thought I ought to share the mystic love and shed some light on my magic health potions and tonics with you! Yes? 

My first go to is perhaps one you also keep in your pantry as it’s as basic as apple cider vinegar. In my own life, there was a day that this was stored away for Easter eggs and canning, perhaps the odd cucumber salad. These days the use of this magic potion has far expanded! 

It won’t be any old apple cider vinegar you’ll find in my pantry, in fact, there is one exclusive brand I’ll use and that is Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. (I’m not affiliated with this company – just plain old love them!) This brand stands out in that it is unpasteurized and has the “mother” intact in the bottle which is part of what makes this a magical potion, my friends. You see, since it is basically alive, when you consume it raw you will receive the benefit of live enzymes that support your gut health, balance your ph, and improve your body’s natural detoxification processes. The benefits of ACV don’t stop there – since it contains acetic acid – it has slight antibiotic properties, has been shown in studies to be beneficial as an anti-glycemic(helps to balance blood sugar), and even may improve the feeling of satisfaction after a meal! 

Apple Cider Vinegar may also be used topically on surface wounds (thanks Hippocrates), as a toner, and on hair to soften it, improve shine, and remove build up. 

Apple Cider can also be used as a natural antibacterial general house cleaner, working great on windows and glass, as well as a wash for your fruits and vegetables. 

How could a natural food be cooler? Seriously, this one thing has so many uses that even Dr. Axe has a list with reasons to use it! In my book, that is what makes a food qualify as a magic potion. 

Ready to get started using ACV in your own kitchen? Here are a few simple recipes to get you going! 

 

ACV Drink

**You can find all sorts of variations of apple cider vinegar drinks – My suggestions are to stick with a good vinegar that is organic and raw, such as Braggs.

The rest is really up to you. The base always remains the same. 

1 TBSP.  Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 to 1 Cup room temperature or slightly warmer water

Then you can add any combination of the following if you wish:

a pinch of cayenne pepper to increase circulation, stimulates digestion

a squeeze of juice from a real lemon, also alkalizing, supports immunity, detoxing

a tsp. of raw local unfiltered honey, full of enzymes and improves flavor

Give it time to do it’s work. Some people drink this daily, some with every meal, I like to suggest that when my clients are trying new things like this – to start slow – perhaps a few times a week, then gradually increase it. 

ACV Hair Rinse 

Mix 4 TBSP ACV with 8 – 10 ounces of water

After shampooing with your regular shampoo, pour or spray the mixture onto your hair, working it through using your fingers or a large tooth comb. Leave on for two to three minutes then rinse well with room temperature or cool water. Complete your hair routine as you normally would. 

ACV Vegetable Spray

This is used to help remove that nasty pesticide residue, but can also help remove bacteria and is food safe! 

Mix 1 TBSP. ACV with 1 Cup Water in a spray bottle.

Spray fruit and vegetables generously, allow to sit with spray on for a minute, rinse and dry. 

ACV Skin Toner

The ratio of this toner can be adjusted easily, make small batches until you find the ratio that works best for you and your skin type. 

In a glass jar mix: 1 TBSP ACV and 2 TBSP spring water. Apply to a freshly washed face using a cotton ball. 

I hope you have fun playing with Apple Cider Vinegar and that you find this is a valuable magic potion in your own pantry! Do you love this sort of information? Let me hear about it! Be sure to comment below! 

xo, Tammi

When was the last time you were on a bike? Pull it out and get back on!

My clients are always looking for creative ways to fit great exercise into their already too busy schedules. Sometimes, you have to just squeeze a little bit of quality time in, but if you don’t enjoy it… well, it’s going to fall off the priority list, isn’t it? I totally understand. 

Today, I have a guest post for you by avid Cyclist David Bender who shares why cycling just might be the fun and rewarding sort of movement you’ve been looking for! After you read this great article, please share your thoughts in the discussion area below! 

The Benefits of Cycling written by David Bender

Cycling is a better way to improve your lifestyle, keep you fit, save money and help you stay healthy. Hopping on your bicycle and cycling around either to and from work or just take a bike trip would be a perfect solution. In Europe, especially in countries like Netherlands, biking is a popular transport mode. Cycling promotes significant benefits to an individual’s health. The health benefits of cycling include; improved cardiovascular benefits, muscle toning, better blood circulation and much more.

  1. Cycling Boosts the body’s Immune System

Cycling makes the immune system strong by burning excess calories which sometimes lead to heart-related complications like stroke and hypertension. Biking promotes the immune system cells which promote immunity and health. When you exercise regularly, the body becomes vigilant of viruses and bacteria that cause common colds and other conditions. Choosing to cycle every day is the easiest and efficient way to boost your immunity.

  1. Healthy and Toned Muscles

Frequent cycling is healthy and strengthens your body muscles; this comes as a result of pedaling a lot. The activity involves thorough physical workouts which involve the movement of nearly all body parts. Many muscles are strengthened especially the arms because they balance they cycle. Leg bones are made much stronger because they are used for pedaling. When children cycle their bones and muscles improve a great deal. Their bones and muscles have been noticed to grow strong after regular sessions of cycling. More substantial evidence shows that biking is an aerobic activity which aids in aerobic fitness because of the high increase in muscle flexibility.

  1. Weight Loss

Cycling regularly is an excellent way of burning calories. Persons who feel heavy and need to shed off a few pounds can consider a regular cycling program every morning. Instead of taking a bus, why not consider cycling to work every morning. Cycling is a simple exercise anyone can do, and it helps one acquire a lean body structure. Working out by cycling also helps the young and old solve the common problem of obesity.

  1. Reduces Stress and Fights Depression

Research shows that cycling reduces stress and assists in combating depression. Studies show that people who ride bicycles have small chances of being affected by stress than car users. It originates from the enjoyment which comes from cycling. Cycling keeps the brain occupied thus reducing stress and keeps of depression. The state of mind is crucial to a person’s development. This is why cycling is recommended to keep you busy.

 

  1. Physical Fitness

Riding Bicycles helps in physical fitness. Cycling helps in burning excess fat and boosts the overall well-being of your body. It also strengthens your arms and legs. Riding bikes also improves your mental health and aids blood to circulate efficiently to all parts of the body. This improves overall body physical fitness. Latest studies show that persons who are actively involved in cycling are more physically fit than those who drive all the time.

  1. Healthy Heart

When cycling your heart beats at a faster rate than usual. This is a good exercise; it promotes sufficient blood flow to the heart. Cycling promotes a healthy heart and overall healthy body. People with high blood pressure can benefit more from cycling. This activity aims at promoting good cardiovascular health and reducing fats. Regular cycling also lowers the risk of an individual suffering from coronary diseases because it increases cardiovascular functions.

  1. Increase Stamina

Cycling regularly increases morale and stamina. It boosts and rejuvenates your hormones. Cycling is one of the best work-out exercises you can do in the morning. It benefits many people especially those experiencing low stamina. If you find yourself feeling weak and lazy in the morning, consider cycling. A 30 minutes cycling exercise will make you feel alive.

  1. Lower Cancer Risk

Studies show that people who engaged themselves in moderate to high physical activity in middle and early ages have a reduced risk of cancer as compared to those who did not. Cycling routinely will help keep of cancer. Beat cancer by adopting regular cycling and running.

  1. Cycling Increases Your Life Span

Riding bicycles is known to increase longevity in one’s lifespan because of better health. Cycling promotes the flow of blood to all body parts; it also keeps the heart and lungs healthy. It is a good exercise and is recommended for older adults. Vigorous physical activity like cycling promotes better health and increases longevity. It also increases your immunity system as well thus increasing your lifespan. Consider cycling today for better health.

  1. Cycling In-Bed Aids Faster Recovery for ICU Patients

Research from McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton indicate that patients in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) stand to benefit immensely from early cycling while in bed. It makes patients recover faster. The study showed that early cycling exercise for critical patients and the mechanically ventilated intensive care unit patients is considered to be safe and feasible. It also showed that cycling helps critically ill patients strengthen their leg muscles while still confined to the bed.

Cycling has numerous health benefits. If you have not been paying attention now you know; if you have been driving or taking a bus to work every day and you want to keep fit and be healthy, you should consider buying a bike and start cycling. Cycling is recommended for all people especially the elderly to keep diseases away. It is also a great way of saving money.

 

David is an avid cyclist. He’s traveled to over 10 countries with his bike. He writes a lot on bikes and biking at his blog. When not attending to his blog, he’s biking in the neighborhood.

A Peek Inside My Apothecary

 

I’ve been learning, searching, and experimenting with natural home remedies since 2004 when I began my journey learning about medicinal herbs. It’s been really fulfilling to realize that so much of what we need in order to be healthy and happy is around us in nature. That journey began my vision and work to share the message with busy Moms whom I believe are the change makers in the world! So today, I break open the doors of my personal apothecary to begin to share with you what I use and feel is tried and true based on my own research and experiences.  

Let me first be clear, I am not making medical claims and it’s important that if you are sick – you need to begin with your doctor before taking on any sort of natural approach. More and more physicians are becoming educated in the holistic and integrative realm, so if natural remedies are important to you seek out an N.D., D.O., or an Integrative Medicine Doctor.  Discuss the with her/him the remedy you have in mind and perhaps the two of you can decide an integrative approach to helping you to heal. With all of the conflicting information in the world, it’s important to seek out the counsel of a qualified practitioner before you make big changes in your personal care. 

Now that we’re clear on that….let’s talk about the fun stuff!!

Today, I will give you the full peek of everything I typically keep on hand. In future posts, we’ll talk about each one individually, about how to store and use them and the very best sources I’ve found to get them.

I have a list of “must have”s in my apothecary. Keeping these items on hand ensures I can manage minor pain or support my immune system when it needs it most. 

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
  • Kelp
  • Ghee
  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Ashwagandha
  • Turmeric
  • Essential Oils of Lavender, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Oregano, Tea Tree (Melaleuca), and blends like Wellness for Adults, Wellness for Children, Lavender Ice, and Calm. 
  • Whole food based supplements – Powder Beets, vegetables, freeze-dried greens, Vitamin C & Multivitamin
  • Sweet Oil
  • Microwavable Hot Packs (the only good use for your microwave, by the way)
  • Ice Packs
  • Garlic
  • Cinnamon
  • Homeopathic Remedies 
  • Flower Essences like Bach Flower Remedies
  • Fresh Herbs like Cilantro, Parsley, Lavender, and Sage
  • Himalayan Sea Salt

 

Next post will give you the lowdown on one of these amazing home remedies, and I’ll keep offering them until I’ve gone through the entire list! Do you keep any of these in your apothecary? I’d love to hear about other home remedies you use! 

Food & Thoughts for Fall

 

I love this time of year. The mornings are cool, sweet, fresh and are followed by hot long quiet days. Nature is preparing to slumber. The celebration of harvest in our modern way hangs in the air and seems to sweeten the demeanor of the world.

I am reminded of our land, the chickens, our pack of dogs, the collection of cats, the trees we planted, and our ever immense overflowing (and often overwhelming) garden. When I visit the farmer’s market this time of year I am filled with a sense of peace, abundance, and happiness unlike any other time of year. I miss our home in the country and look forward to recreating a country home again.

The leaves are just starting to change here in Colorado and we are personally also going through a form of transformation and release. In our new little apartment, I am spending a lot of time grateful as I continue to remove the layers of 20 years of stuff. Stuff from my kids, stuff from my crafts, stuff from book collecting, old clothes stuff, fabric stuff, curtains, rugs, towels, tools, animal stuff, …. so much stuff. I’m so happy that we chose an apartment over a camper. We’d have been really struggling. Our apartment is just 1,000 square feet which in comparison to our over 3400 square foot house with a yard and garage has been a bit of a shock, but we do like it here. We rented storage space to hold the stuff while we sort through it, sell what we can, donate what we can and toss the rest. We will be forever changed by this process, in a good way. 

As you step into the season of Fall, I invite you to look around. Notice where you are in your home environment, in your workplace – what physical things do you need to release in order to make way for what you desire in your life? Look within to identify emotional baggage that you are needing to put down and leave behind as you step into this season of change and release. 

The Fall season is followed by a season of rest. Despite our cultural habits, we need to also follow our season of change with rest. Look ahead to the winter months to block out dates for time off. Plan days to sleep in and to give room for reflection and self-care. 

I’m ready for this. Are you? 

Sending sweet thoughts, 

Tammi

Cool Your Body with Food!

Cool your body!

It’s undeniable that we are a natural part of the amazing world around us. Somehow amongst the chaos of life, we’ve become desensitized to how the moon, the air, the sun, and the weather all affect how our body operates. Yet, with intention and focus, we can learn to slow down and notice. 

Noticing these fluctuations in our own natural patterns and cravings can give us the tools we seek to find balance in our body and in our life. A great way to begin to notice is to keep a journal. In this journal, instead of just writing what you did in a day, consider tracking things like how you are feeling, what you are craving, how you slept, and how your digestion is. Watch for swings and fluctuations, odd cravings, and challenges sleeping in connection with the weather, phases of the moon, and seasons. 
What I love most about this is that what happens for me might be different than what happens for you, depending on our unique body, lifestyles, and locations. This is partly why diets don’t work and why no one way of eating is perfect for everyone all the time. 
I live in a warm and dry climate. This is the high plains desert in Colorado. The natural environment is wide open plains, hot and dry weather, and sandy soil. I have noticed that since I live in a community, the ground is treated, sprayed, watered and mowed and it creates a different sort of environment than what is natural for our location. I also notice that what is available – even at the farmer’s market – is not necessarily from our local community since we do not have corn and tomatoes available naturally in early June. If you are planting and growing with the seasons, these foods would not be available until late summer. 
It’s interesting to consider how eating these foods out of season might influence my body’s natural processes. (I’m always thinking about things like this!)
What’s your natural local climate like? What foods are naturally in season where you are? What would you need to include to bring balance into your body and mind? 
There are other considerations as well such as movement, activities, and rest. 
I’ve created a list of foods that are cooling and hydrating for the hot summer months. Refer to this if this is where you are. 


Wishing you a beautiful and happy July! 

XXOO Tammi

The Process of Selling Our Home

It’s been a bit since I’ve updated you on how things are going, so while I had a few moments, I thought I’d pop on to do that. 

We did receive a full price offer for our home. I know that this most often totally depends on the market you are buying or selling in and usually only happens in a market area that is high demand. Colorado has had an enormous growth spurt -topping over 300,000 new residents in less than three years! This great increase has led to a supply and demand based increase in the cost of the homes available. We were excited about this since it puts us in a place to have some equity in our home. (This equity is what we used to purchase our land prior to selling this home.) 

We have an estimated close date of about 6 weeks from now. 

My hubby has always taken care of these processes before, and because his business is bursting at the seams busy, I’ve been put in charge of all the ends that need to be tied regarding both the sale of this home and the purchase of our land. Having already walked through the process of purchasing our property, I’m a little more calm, feeling like I know what to expect. 

Once you say “yes”, there is a flurry of contracts, inspections, property appraisals, work that needs to be done, and packing. For me, this means planning far enough ahead that you get an early start! Half our house is packed and moved into storage already leaving enough to allow us to be comfortable in case we didn’t sell right away. We are feeling a little leery as the last home we sold took a year to sell, so we are in a bit of disbelief that it went so quickly. Pinching ourselves that we are so close to leaping out into our gypsy lifestyle. 

I’ve joked about buying long flowing skirts, big silver hoop earrings, and bringing out my tarot cards to match our new lifestyle. My hubby laughs, but there is a part of his tone that shows he can’t tell if I’m joking or not. (*wink, wink – I just might and have been known to do all sorts of funky and fun things*) 

So, in the big process overall, a few things I’m wanting to keep in mind. 

  1. Big changes like this take time, and it’s okay – trust in the process of it all. 
  2. When the time is right, it will all come together.
  3. Keep your ducks in a row. I do my business taxes every year and always have all of our personal and business numbers and backup in order. It’s important to me and in cases like this you must have it. Things you’ll need include three months of proof of income, last years tax returns (all of it), proof of employment, and things like that. 
  4. I mentioned this earlier but it warrants a repeat – start packing and organizing, and decluttering way before you think you should. It will save you enormous amounts of stress. 

What I’m most looking forward to is the privacy that comes with living in the wide open space, watching the night sky, bird and butterfly watching, watching the sun rise up every single day, hiking, paddle boarding while we stay at the lakes, and teaching my son about the wild world around him. I’m excited to have a much smaller place to care for, and the opening of time and space this will give me for my life. 

I’m feeling blessed. 

The next step is completing a few inspection objection items like replacing the hot water heater, then we will resume packing and crossing our fingers for an on- time closing. In the mean time, we also need to complete getting bids on our house drawing and identifying if we can build the house we drew for a price we can afford. Once we identify that, then we will get official plans done for permits and such. Onward and upward! 

Hoping your summer is phenomenal! xxoo Tammi

Honey Facial Mask – Divine Self-Care

On taking on extreme self-care.

Nature always brings us what we need, and more often than not, we will find what we need in nature… if we just look! Feeling DIVINE and taking EXTREME care of yourself is no exception. 

I turned 45 on the Solstice. 

My birthday always brings me to reflection and considering my next steps. This year, instead of taking on another layer of the world, I’ve decided it’s my year to pull back from pushing outward and upward. I’ve realized that this must be my year for me.

The past many years, I’ve challenged myself to expand in so many ways. I’ve written and published books, grown my business, been asked to and presented with a wide variety of media outlets, created and launched a retail product (Was not on my to do list, really), been certified in all sorts of goodness, and continued to work with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. It’s all become a part of me, a part of my daily work and I love it. I have suffered the consequences of caring for so many while juggling my life and I am not where I want to be in my own body. So that said, I am pulling back my energy and placing much more energy into taking extreme care of me this year. 

If you’ve been following my blog, you know then that my family and I are about to embark on a life changing journey as well, as we sell the home we are in and enter tiny house living (castle camper is what I’m calling it) while my husband builds his business as a custom home builder. This also happens to be at the same time I’ve decided I need to step up my personal care regimen. (I’m all about great timing…) So, this will be interesting!

I want to invite you to join me. I’ve created a free group on my Author Facebook page where you can come join in my Daily Divine Self-care tips and tidbits to help you to take on extreme selfcare. You can find this group HERE. Please invite your loved ones, friends, and family. My goal with this group is to spread the health and you can help me do that! 

Today, I am leaning in with a lovely recipe for you to take a few minutes out to care for your skin with my Honey Facial Mask. The mask I’ve blended today contains nature’s ingredients for healthy, supple, glowing skin.

Raw honey is loaded with enzymes, is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It will reduce the appearance of scars and support tissue regeneration.

Plain Yogurt contains lactic acid and will help to dissolve dead skin cells, tighten pores, and offers an anti-aging effect.

Roman Chamomile is great support for acne, allergies, boils, burns, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation, insect bites, rashes, sensitive skin, and small wounds. This herb is anti-inflammatory and often used in skin care blends. Chamomile is also known for it’s calming properties. 

Ingredients Needed: 

1 Tablespoon Raw Manuka or Raw Local Honey. 

2 Tablespoons Plain Yogurt

2 -4 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil (Optional, click link to purchase)

Mix all ingredients together with a spoon and apply liberally to fresh, clean skin. Massage mask onto your face and neck. Leave on for five to ten minutes and remove with a warm wash cloth. 

If you try my facial, I’d love to hear how it was for you! 

xxoo, Tammi

Magical Medicinal Mushrooms – Alphay Product Review

Ever hear of Lingzhi Mushrooms? I hadn’t either until a friend and fellow Certified Health Coach, Marie Rubbinaccio, sent samples of coffee and tea with this lovely mushroom blended into it. If you know Marie, then you know this product. Marie is not shy about boasting the benefits so I was open to reviewing it when she asked me to. 

It turns out that this wonderful mushroom is known as an anti-aging superfood with benefits that include anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, and antidepressive, to name a few. 

Now, I am a true coffee connoisseur and regularly enjoy herbal tea so I was really excited about giving it a try. Knowing it’s difficult to expect any sort of health miracle in a few short days, I focused most of my efforts on the probability of benefit, palatability, and ease of use. 

Let’s first talk about Alphay. This company is a Direct Network Marketing Company, which means, really that it’s both a product and public business opportunity. This company is Chinese-owned and operated, located in the Jiangsu province of China. Alphay offers a wide variety of products that include a variety of nutritional supplements as well as lifestyle products, tea, and coffee. The company has done its work to achieve USDA Organic certification as well as GMP, Kosher, and meets Californias Prop 65 for heavy metals. 

MomPositive Tip: If you are on medication, it’s important to clear teas and coffees like this with your doc for potential contraindications as these foods are nature’s medicine and may alter how your medication or body works. 

Now, let’s talk about the products I tried.

The first product I tried was the Rich Black Coffee

Ingredients: Arabica coffee, dried mushroom extracts, (Lingzhi (Ganoderma Lucidium), Maitake (Grifiola Frondosa), Shiitake (Lentinus edodes), cordycepes) natural coffee extracts. 

What I loved:

  • It came in a handy little sachet that would be perfect for anyone who is always on the go.
  • All you needed to do was mix it into 4 – 6 ounces of hot water. Also, easy. 
  • It didn’t taste like medicine, which for some reason, I was expecting. 
  • I love that it’s not loaded with a bunch of weird additives, preservatives, and artificial flavors. It’s a whole food based product. this means that it will work synergistically with your body naturally. 

What I didn’t love:

The first and only thing I can say I wasn’t fond of is that the coffee tasted just like instant ground coffee. You know – like instant Maxwell House. It’s bitter and highly acidic. I do hope the company works to improve the coffee quality. It’s not a taste I love. 

The second product I tried was the Royal Blend Tea.

Ingredients: Organic Agaricus Blazei Mushroom, King Oyster Mushroom, Organic Lingzhi Mushroom, Organic Maitake Mushroom, Organic Shiitake Mushroom, Black Tea Leaves

What I loved:

  • Provided in individually sealed sachets
  • Smooth, subtle flavor
  • Whole food based product
  • Included organic mushrooms

There wasn’t a downside to the tea that I could identify. 

Overall, my experience with this product was good. Marie is a great cheerleader for it too and is highly educated in all matters Alphay. If you are curious and want to learn more about these mushroom based products, please contact her directly at: www.getalphay.com/marierubbinaccio

MomPositive Tip: Natural healing with food and herbs of all kinds takes time. When you take supplements created from whole foods, it may take up to 30 days to notice any sort of benefit. Be patient and allow your body the time to heal. 

Want to submit your product for an honest review? I am happy to review all products geared toward the wellness industry. My goal is to highlight products that are natural, organic, eco-friendly, and great for my awesome Mom tribe. For all reviews you are required to submit a sample. To request a review for your product, email me at tammihoerner@gmail.com. 

To request a review for your product, email me at tammihoerner@gmail.com. 

Snuggling up to Change

It’s a beautiful day outside as the storm clouds that have hovered over us these past few days finally break and let the sun shine through. I’m tired and feeling a bit of overwhelm and sadness as we get closer to our goal. 

Our adventure continues and while we have our eyes and hearts focused on our goal, the weariness is already setting in. We succeeded in the purchase of the land we were hoping for and our next step is to list our house. In the process of preparing for listing, we are finishing many projects that we started when we moved in and decluttering mass amounts of stuff that we didn’t have time to manage on our last move. I’ve made my way through boxes and boxes of books, memorabilia, and packed up all of my art supplies. I’ve begun to donate mass amounts of clothes that I’ve had since I worked in corporate that I really haven’t a single intention of ever wearing again. I’ve started to identify the differences between “want to keep in storage for two years” and “time to toss” items. Some of this process feels good while some of it brings up a lot of memories and it’s difficult. I do realize that this is okay, that it’s somehow healing and freeing to get rid of things I no longer need or use. 

While I make my way through these activities, I am dwelling. I’m thinking about our intentions, our hopes, our fears, our plans, and our often jumbled ways of taking action. I am thinking about how we deal with change as a family and as individuals. I’m watching as we walk through this, one step at a time. Up to this point, I’ve been incredibly mindful of the energy I am giving this. I am focusing on our vision, smiling and laughing as we walk through all that needs to be done. I’m greeting my family with love and being intentional about setting aside time to live. It’s still not perfect and today, for some reason, it feels heavy. 

It’s difficult to juggle the additional duties, and even more difficult to stay on top of those I do every day. 

Today, I decided I need to reign it in and managed to catch up on some of the house chores, which makes it feel better in here. I’ve opened the blinds, opened to doors and windows, and I might even burn some sage. 

We are snuggling up to our choice for change. Getting comfortable with all of this that is so uncomfortable. We all know it will be difficult, as we’ve done this many times before.

We also know that we’ll be okay.