I hope you and your families are doing well and staying safe. Though we started the year with a sense of optimism, ready to conquer 2020, our collective focus has shifted. None of us could have imagined an actual, life-changing pandemic to occur this year, or even in our lifetime, but here we are. Let’s do everything we can to strengthen ourselves, support each other, and use this uncommon, unwanted situation as a positively transformative moment. As such, I’d like to share a few suggestion that may be helpful:
I hope something from this list is helpful. May we all, individually and together, rise in this time of national and global need.
Let me know how you are doing. Stay strong and press on my friends.
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Now that Christmas has passed and we’re in the new year, what do we have to look forward to? Winter, that’s what. When winter is nice, its nice, but when its harsh…batten down the hatches, gird the mind, and prepare for battle!
And harsh is exactly what last winter was for most of the country with the dull, gray skies, the extreme cold (aka Polar Vortexes), the unrelenting snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, sleet, and that frozen stuff called graupel. In the month of February, pretty much no school district in our metropolitan area made it a full week without having to cancel classes due to weather.
And then there were the ubiquitous, mega
black holes potholes; all across the metropolitan area, city and suburbs alike, streets look like they’d been blasted by meteorite storms. For many drivers last year, including yours truly, those craterous potholes proved to be downright tire-killers. Yes, that was definitely a winter for the record books. Â Let’s…not do that again…
While this winter hasn’t been all that rough, a lot of us are ready to move on to warmer, snow-less days. Yes, winter may come around just once per year, but it always seems to last the whole year through…
If this winter is already driving you to the edge, hang on, spring will come. Until then, try these twenty-five (plus) things that just might help you make it to spring:
Enjoy a variety of organic hot tea.
In defiance of winter, eat ice cream. Bonus points: eat ice cream outside. Hardcore bonus points: make and eat snow ice cream as the snow falls. Use a fork and a knife, and laugh manically, the whole time.
Pick a weekend to stay in, then crank up the heat and humidifier and wear bathing suits all weekend long.
Start formulating next year’s Winter Escape Plan. Think Florida, or Hawaii, or some nice arid, warm desert. Seriously, let’s just be like the birds and leave winter behind next year.
There you go. If you have other interesting ways to beat winter, please comment below.
I’d like to thank my good friends / co-conspirators Julie and Sherri for contributing to this list! Be sure to visit Julie’s jewelry site and browse her unique and cool creations: julie.designer
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Come on, SPRING, come on!
If you are satisfied with what you see as you look back on 2019, and if you are pleased with your current trajectory, congrats, this post is not for you. Seriously…you’re good, you’re already killin’ it, so…move along…
But, if you look back over this past year and shake your head, frown, and cuss more than you smile and laugh, and if you want better, desire the best out of the new year, quiet your mind, open your heart, stoke your imagination and answer these seven simple questions. There’s no need to rush, so take your time and give it some expansive mental exploration, some deep thought, and answer as truly and as wholeheartedly as you can. If you do, your answers just might surprise you, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll gain the insight and clarity you need to conquer 2020.
1. What do I want?
For most of us, within the core of our heart and soul, we know what we want, whether fully, or on an unspoken intuitive level, but we are for whatever reason reluctant to fully verbalize it. If that’s you, feel the fear and write out everything that you want still. Don’t censor yourself; everything, whether physical stuff, or non-physical things, or experiences, whether inane or poignant, write it all down.
2. Who do I want to be this time next year?
Note, this is not asking what job or title you want to have, or what new role(s) you want to fill next year. No, by December 2020, what do you want your inner landscape, the true-you to be?
Yes, why? As you’ve probably heard before, knowing your why, your reason for choosing a new path, is vital, and it could mean the difference between pressing on or giving up when the road gets tough. Name, know, and understand your why.
4. What do I need to give up?
Think in terms of attitudes, actions, and unhelpful / unhealthful patterns. Just pick the one that will have the greatest impact.
5. What do I need to take on?
Think in terms of attitudes, actions, and helpful / unhealthful patterns that you need to adopt. Again, don’t go crazy and try to take on ten new positive habits; start with one.
6. In what area(s) of my life do I need to stop holding back?
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (2 Corinthians 9:6) When we hold back, the rewards will be few, or none. So, where do you need to go all-in?
7. What am I willing to sacrifice for my greatest good?
Very few things in life that are truly valuable and meaningful are free. Everything has a price. What price are you willing to pay for bringing out the good, the better, the best in you?
When you’ve answered these questions once, answer them again, and keep answering them until you hit bedrock and can go no further. At this point, if not before, you’ll begin to gain an amazing clarity that will light the path ahead and go a long way toward helping you conquer the new year!
Here’s to a year of thriving!
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Like the opening scene of a zombie outbreak movie, it all starts when the dude standing next to you sneezes…
One thought floods your mind: Oh %$@%, whatever he’s got, I’m gonna get! Then you wonder if its a cold, the flu, or some crazy, slimy, mutated space virus. You hold your breath for the next 30 minutes, but it’s already too late, ’cause you’re certain that one of his little germs jumped the gap and landed in your eye. And it’s multiplying fast, this lone bug–weak, you’re already feeling weak and peaked! But then you take a mental step back and realize that maybe you’re overreacting and there’s no need to enter full panic-mode. You go about your day, and you enjoy your evening, but when you wake up, when you roll out of bed the next morning, you start the new day…with a sneeze…
The story doesn’t have to end this way. There are some natural, everyday things you can do to strengthen your immunity and avoid catching the snot-strings of misery of those around you. Want to learn more?
Before I share the top items that I’ve found useful in reducing the strength and shortening the duration of a seasonal illness, remember, I’m not a doctor. I share what works for me, so that by chance this information might be helpful* to you. But as with anything, please do your research and speak with your healthcare provider before trying any of the below.
Also, so as not to disrupt the flow of this post, at the end, I’ll provide a link to a page containing the products I mention.
Now, let’s talk about what in my “Bug Battle Bag”…
My pre-battle plan is simple: remain self-aware. I find that if I react to the cold or even flu at the very earliest signs, I’m much more likely to prevent the worst of it from occurring. Not only that, there have been many instances when I was able to fight it off in a matter of hours, instead of days.
What do I mean by “self-aware”? I mean I listen to my body and feel what I feel:
If I notice two or more of these early symptoms, I sound the red alert and break out the big guns.
At the first signs of the enemy, I reach into my bug battle bag and go right for the big guns. Below are my most powerful nutritional interventions. Each of these natural items provide some level of antiviral or antibiotic support as well as a boost to the immune system*.
Oregano Oil: Oregano oils is a potent antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial agent. I start with a couple drops under my tongue, and increase per suggested dosage.
Colostrum: This is actually part of my daily supplement routine. I wrote about the fantastic benefits of colostrum in a previous post, so check it out for a more detailed look at this superfood: Colostrum
Echinacea: I have taken echinacea as a capsule supplement but prefer it in tea or lozenge form.
Elderberry: There are many great options for taking this powerful, immune-boosting herb. I’ve yet to try the syrup, but have had good results with the tea and throat lozenges.
Alkaline Water: This one is quite controversial, but it seems to work for me. Because overuse could negatively affect stomach acid production, I only drink alkaline water for the few days it take to fight off the cold. Even then, I am careful not to drink it around meal time. A better solution for increasing one’s alkalinity can be found in the simple lemon. Though acidic when taken in, lemon juice (preferably fresh-squeezed from half an organic lemon) actually alkalizes the body when processed by the digestive system.
You are probably familiar with the following conventional, everyday armor, so I’ll keep it brief. While the best way to get these vitamins and minerals is through a proper diet, sometimes a supplemental boost is needed*.
Ionic Magnesium: While magnesium may not directly aid in the battle against winter bugs, it is very important and necessary for good health. In short, magnesium plays a part in hundreds of biological processes, and unfortunately, most of suffer some level of deficiency.
Liposomal Vitamin C: You’ve probably known about the importance of vitamin C since elementary school. You already know it helps fight colds, acts an antioxidant and is vital for general health. But you many not know that this form of vitamin C is gentle on the gut and has been shown to be much more absorbable and bio-available than the standard, non-liposomal forms.
Vitamin D: Without a doubt, over the past 10 years, you’ve heard a lot about the importance of vitamin D as related to immunity and overall health. Be sure to choose a non-GMO supplement containing D3 (cholecalciferol).
Zinc: This often overlooked mineral can boost immunity. There are many forms of zinc to consider, but one of the best absorbed is zinc picolinate.
Probiotics: Whether it’s by consuming probiotic-rich foods like sauerkraut, kefir, or kombucha, or by taking a daily probiotic supplement, be sure to get enough of the good bugs in your diet. Studies have shown that the majority of our immune system is in our gut, so not only will our gut benefit from a healthy biome, but our whole self will too.
Monolaurin: Used in many everyday products and foods, monolaurin is derived from coconut fatty acid and has been known to boost the immune system and stop and treat bacterial, fungal, or viral infections.
Berberine: Balancing the gut biome by hindering or destroying harmful bacteria while sparing helpful bacteria is among the many benefits of berberine.
Common sense tactics that you already know, yes, but these too should be components of your bug battle bag:
Start building your bug battle-bag by researching and purchasing the listed items (see link below). It might be a good idea to get enough for both home and the office, if possible. Next, write out your battle plan. Your plan should be pretty simple, maybe a few lines written on a 3″x5″ card, listing the steps you will take to stay healthy and to restore health when fighting a bug. Or you can go all-out and post diagrams, charts, information sheets, etc on your refrigerator, or bathroom or bedroom wall, or on your computer desktop. However you do it, make a plan now and then follow it as closely as possible if / when you notice that first sneeze.
Once you have your plan in place, keep in mind that you will have to try it and tweak it, try it tweak it, until you find what works best for you; even then, it may not work 100% of the time. Think of this as an ongoing experiment that promises to yield very valuable results, so stick with it if at first you don’t succeed.
Wishing you the good, better, and absolutely best of what’s possible!
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