Good Morning!

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May you rise to meet the sun, with coffee cup in hand. Good morning. Yes, it is! Step out on the porch, breathe in the crisp fresh air. Thank God you’re alive. It’s a beautiful day, it’s a day full of possibility. Good morning to you, good morning to me, good morning to all.

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Public Speaking

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You’ve heard how public speaking is the number one fear? Even more so than the fear of death? And there’s the humor that a person would rather die than speak in front of others. I know that fear. I have had the “paralyzed” vocal cords and squeaky voice, the inability to eat 24-hours before the talk … plus difficulty thinking on my feet, feeling like I could pass out, and the shaking, cold hands and sweaty armpits scenario.

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

I’m an introvert and quite comfortable in cozy 1:1 sessions with people. That’s what I’ve been doing the past 20+ years. But now I have a message that I hope will reach more people than can be done in 1:1 appointments. So I’m beginning to create workshops for groups.

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

This weekend was one of those workshops. The message I have to share is one that brings integrity and partnership, pain and stress relief for horse people and their horses. The focus this weekend was on saddle fit for the everyday horse owner. It was a small group, a half dozen people, but it meant standing in front of them and teaching.

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

I know how fear works … it shunts blood away from the thinking part of the brain and into the muscles so that I can run or fight an enemy … even when there is no enemy. I know I have to pre-plan and prepare, write things down in order, give myself extra time, and breathe.

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

The day was beautiful, the host barn was fantastic, and the attendees were eager learners. It was a great day and I felt such a sense of accomplishment. But afterward, the nerves came out … I had trouble thinking clearly, I felt my body tremble, and I just needed to move … it was like the thawing out from a stress freeze response.

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

And when I realized that, I didn’t judge it, I looked at the energy release with curiosity. I acknowledged it and allowed my body to shiver. And I put the energy to good use by repacking my car to go home. I did it! By doing my little public speaking event this weekend, I helped bring people into a deeper integrity and partnership with their horse. And because of my gifts of having a scientific brain and being able to analyze tasks, I was able to simplify the saddle fit process for them. It was very satisfying to feel the fear and do it anyway!

February Blahs

It’s been a mild winter on the farm and thus February is not a very pretty month. Or at least it feels “blah.” Everything is still packed away for the cold season. The snow is melting and leaving mud in it’s tracks. Once hidden areas are revealed, showing lanes with washouts to fill and fences that need mending. And I just want to sleep until Spring is in full flower.

But I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else; life with four seasons in the country is my home. Despite the “blahs” and the mixture of mud and melting snow, I decide to take a walk and count my blessings; to reawaken appreciation of the hidden beauty that can be found at every time of the year, if only I take a moment and open my eyes to look for it …

Simple Detox Month Two

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Detoxing is all the rage. Chronic inflammation from toxins are a factor in autoimmune problems, cancer, chronic pain, heart disease, and the increasing number of allergies. It can seem overwhelming. Where do you start? You start by starting. Yes, it’s that simple and small changes add up to big results down the road.

The month of January’s detox recommendation was to switch out your anti-perspirant to a non-toxic deodorant. I recommended two different brands that I found works … doTerra natural deodorant and Schmidt’s natural deodorant. Have you implemented this tip? If so you are decreasing the amount of synthetic fragrance, endocrine disruptors, and toxic aluminum that would have entered your body. Hurray!

How about checking out your shampoo and conditioner this month? These products go on an area directly near your brain and are absorbed through the skin. You want to eliminate artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, sodium laurel sulfate, and xenoestrogens (estrogen mimickers that wreck havoc with your hormonal system).

Synthetic fragrance may be simply listed as ‘fragrance’ on the label. Synthetic fragrances are linked to asthma, allergy, and cancer. This doesn’t mean you have to give up all aromas. Not all fragrance is bad, good fragrances are made from natural plant botanicals, herbs or essential oils  and they will be specifically listed on the label as such – as natural.

Sodium laurel sulfate is a cheap cleansing agent that has links to skin and eye irritation, organ toxicity, endocrine disruption, and developmental toxicity. Check the ingredients list of shampoos and conditioners to eliminate this one from your bath or shower.

Estrogens in the proper amount promote tissue health and development. Too much leads to tumors, weight gain, and endocrine problems. Xenoestrogens mimic estrogens and bind to the same cell receptor sites leading to an overactive estrogen response.

Xenoestrogens are absorbed directly into the skin, bypassing the liver for detoxification. We are exposed to a large variety of xenoestrogens through the food we eat (animal growth hormones), contraceptives, soft plastics (water bottles), insecticides, soy proteins, dryer sheets, and beauty products.

What to watch out for in hair products regarding xenoestrogens – PARABENS. Check labels for Methyl paraben, Propyl paraben, Isobutyl paraben, Ethyl paraben, Butyl paraben, or E216. These xenoestrogen endocrine disruptors are used to provide cheap protection against bacteria and microorganisms but other safer chemicals can be used as preservatives to improve shelf life in place of parabens.

I use doTerra’s natural shampoo and conditioners and the salon owner who works on my hair raves about how healthy my hair is. And I feel good that my hair products are not adding to a toxic load on my body. I also like POSH products and Arbonne (available online). Even Suave has natural options for shampoos and conditioners. Check ingredients online and then make informed choices. Do your best to eliminate hair products with artificial colors, synthetic fragrance (except natural aromas from herbs, plants or essential oils), sulfates, and parabens. Put it on your list to detox your shampoo and conditioner this month!