One Simple Switch

Have you heard of the word “toxic load?” A toxic load in the human body is the combination of multiple different substances adding up to decreased immune functioning.

Breathing in synthetic cancer causing fragrance, drinking out of plastic water bottles, using body care products and cosmetics that contain heavy metals and endocrine disruptors … if you only have brief exposures to one or two of these things every so often, no big deal, you’re immune system deals with it. BUT if you overwhelm your body daily for example with plug in air fresheners, a car freshener, bathroom spray, scented candles, fragrant shampoos, etc. etc. etc. … you can see the sheer overwhelm on your body … and that’s just with synthetic scent (associated with asthma, allergy and cancer) … there’s so many other problems with petroleum’s and phthalates and pesticides and pollution.

I’ve been working hard on trying to simply a detox lifestyle and found it’s easiest to make lasting health changes if I only do one thing at a time. So in January, I’ll focus on the first simple switch to try … deodorant.

Regular antiperspirants may contain triclosan (thyroid problems), formaldehyde (cancer), and aluminum (toxicity includes memory problems, confusion, headaches, muscular conditions, GI gas, etc.).

Plus, perspiration plays a healthy role in ridding the body of toxins. You don’t want an antiperspirant. You do want stress management techniques to prevent sweaty armpits (planning ahead, time management, breath control, assertiveness) and you do want a natural deodorant to prevent any embarrassing odor.

One Simple Switch – ditch your regular antiperspirant and try a natural deodorant. You’ll give your body a chance to detox from the endocrine disruptors and toxic metals. If you buy a natural deodorant with essential oils, double the prize … you’re not only decreasing side effects, you’re also proactively boosting your health benefits with whatever essential oil is in the deodorant (lavender for calming, bergamot for relaxation, orange for energy, melaleuca for immune boosting, peppermint for pain, etc.).

The crystal type of deodorants just do not work, so I recommend skipping them. But I’ve personally tested Schmidt’s and doTerra natural deodorants, which can be purchased online. Here’s a link to a Good Housekeeping article on the Best Natural Deodorants.

This Christmas I was wearing Schmidt’s Deodorant in the Ylang Ylang and Calendula scent and my sister-in-law pulled me aside and asked what perfume I was wearing. I don’t wear perfume and told her so, but she insisted that I smelled great and wanted to know what it was … she even smelled my hair. I chuckled and said it was probably my deodorant and she actually smelled my arm and said, “yep, that’s it, write it down so I can get some!”

Commit to trying some simple switches this year to lower your toxic load. You’ll be surprised what happens when you decrease chronic inflammation in your body … more energy, less pain, a boost in emotions, and a decrease in colds and flues. You’re worth it! It’s a simple switch, try it and take charge of your own health. Build your resilience in 2017 by making one simple switch each month.

Christmas Letter


I have a diary of sorts that’s made up of the letters I wrote and placed in cards from each christmas past. It’s interesting to look at what made the “news” of the year … a new car, travel, a job change, surgeries, and pets.

This is the first year I haven’t sent out christmas cards and thus didn’t write the traditional christmas letter. I didn’t send out cards because it just felt joyless and overwhelming … and I’m working hard to find a flow that allows joy filled moments. Plus most of my family and friends are on Facebook and we touch base often with the goings on in our lives.

So I thought I’d keep the christmas letter tradition in a different way … I’ll share it here with you …

Merry Christmas 2016! This years theme was “declutter” and I allotted a different area every month for cleaning … the basement one month, the garage another, the shed a third, bedrooms, etc. I’ve filled a large dumpster with trash and gave away 12 carloads of “stuff” to Goodwill. Boy does that feel good, so good that I think I’ll do it again this coming year.

We still live in the country on the farm and enjoy our dogs and horses. Hershey (Joe’s bird dog) was so intent on chasing a squirrel that she was dumbfounded when a tree got in the way … she ended up with a broken leg that was in a cast for a few weeks but has healed well.

I finished my hippotherapy book series this summer (Brown Pony Series): Three years of work, eight books, and a huge sense of satisfaction! I’ve sold a thousand copies of the books and have sales worldwide … England, Ireland, Europe, Japan, South Africa and of course America. I’m happy to share 20 years of experience in the horse therapy arena with others wanting to learn more.

Moving on in new directions brings more educational trainings … I’m in the middle of being certified as an aromatherapist. My current work focus is women, particularly horse women, healing stress and pain. This requires a mind and body approach … I already have horse sense, emotion tools, and bodywork therapy skills but sometimes you need a little extra … instead of turning to traditional pain relief medications, I’m training to apply natures plant medicine through the research based application and use of essential oils.

Joe has over 2000 miles riding his bike this year and is still selling firewood as a side hobby. He always needs to be in action and I’m worried he’ll wear out his knee replacement but it’s been 8 hard years and his knee seems to be doing just fine.

I’m spending two days with my parents each week. They are working on simplifying their home so they can “age in place” and I’m doing what I can do to help support that. Since it’s a 2 hour drive to their house, I’m going through several Great Courses topics (music, history, health) and many audio books. If you have any to pass along, let me know and we’ll trade! I’ve been giving mine away when I finish them.

That’s about it, a quick recap of 2016. I’d love to hear from you. What’s happening in your life and what christmas news are you sharing?


Big Snow

A magical transformation happened overnight. Crystal freshness blankets the farm. The animals have barns and kennels to retreat to but they choose to be outside rather than under a roof. The darkest days of the year are made bright again by sheets of white, our first big snow.


I received a newsletter from a well respected self-help business guru (Marie Forleo) and she suggested a “year in review” exercise. I liked it and I thought you might also.

Ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What’s one thing you did this year that you’re proud of?
  2. What’s one mistake you made and the lesson you learned from it?
  3. Think of one story you’re willing to let go of before 2017.

Here’s mine … I’m proud I finished the Brown Pony Series Books this year.

My mistake is hiding my work and then wondering why people aren’t buying my program. Why? Because of a fear of being judged and criticized. I learned that criticism can simply be information for improvement and two weeks ago I gifted my Saddle Fit program to 2 well respected saddle makers and invited their critique. They were intrigued by my program and agreed that more horse owners need increased awareness about saddle fit.

And my “story” is that there are “must do’s” for Christmas. One of those “must do’s” is Christmas cards. However I felt dread instead of joy when thinking about writing out the cards, so this year I’m letting it go and not sending out cards. I’ll have to see if the Christmas walls come tumbling down on my head … lol.

Now it’s your turn! What are the answers to those three questions for you?