Wellness: Optimal LIving


Wellness: Roadblocks & Vegetarianism

Continuing Our Wellness Journey, Mama Duck & Roadblocks

mamaDuck_4687 In our continuing journey, Mama Duck has hatched her eggs and her little brood headed for water. She said goodby as she got ready to leave but I missed the departure. As the last egg is laid, the female starts to incubate. She rarely leaves the nest apart from short breaks. About 28 days later the eggs hatch together. This takes about 24 hours. The ducklings stay in the nest for at least 10 hours while they dry and get used to using their legs. Then, usually in the early morning, the female leads them to water. It is probably a good thing I missed it, as you aren’t supposed to scare them during this time and taking pictures might have made them all run in different directions. So the fencing came down and my dogs have checked out their territory and declared it theirs again. We wait for the next wildlife adventure.

Are you continuing your journals? What feelings did your journal reveal?   How is your journey of self-discovery coming along?  Are you hitting roadblocks? I finished my first Ta’i Chi classes, but I fell this weekend and will have to wait until my knee heals. Again life’s little happenings.  I stubbed my toe on the rubber on a speed bump. Although it is aggravating, as I didn’t do this before the accident, I am healing and sending positive thoughts to my bruises. The only thing I can think of that depicts the fall is SPLAT!!! like the comic books. Trying to see the humor in this :). Laughter is the best medicine.  How are your exercises? Have you tried any of the exercises I suggested like chair yoga or water yoga or Ta’i Chi?

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Wellness Journey: Journaling and Recipes

Keeping A Journal While Traveling Through Wellness

Happy Mothers Day!!  My traveling companion, Mama Duck, is still sitting on her eggs. I have added her first picture since she refused to pose this week and I didn’t want to make her move.  Last week I said that we would be delving more deeply into journaling.  In The Way of the Traveler by Joseph Dispenza , it is suggested that we keep a journal  as we move from one place (the old) to another (the new).  mamaDuck_4687This journal should be a record of your feelings. Let it be a record of how you feel about the people and things you encounter along your path.  What feelings will your journal reveal?   Dispenza states, “a journal of your feelings gives you the opportunity to trace the movements of your heart as you make your way…It becomes a journey of self-discovery.” Continue Reading

Continuing Wellness Journey & Mama Duck

Traveling in Wellness

Last week we looked at The Way of the Traveler by Joseph Dispenza and learned that travel transforms us as we move from one place (the old) to another (the new). I am learning the lessons of this new place. I started a course in Mindfulness and took my first Ta’i Chi Class since the accident. There are many new insights I have learned. The biggest one is that I need to have patience with myself in my recovery that is still in progress. It is difficult to go back to being a beginner in practices that I used to be proficient in or teach. I am learning a new “me” and I need to stop comparing what I could do with what I can do. So more lessons learned. Are you recovering from an accident or illness? Be patient and kind to yourself and learn with me. Patience with oneself is priceless!

I am expanding my awareness and undertaking this trip with mindfulness. I also attended a Reiki Share and had a moment with no pain which was the first truly painless moment I have had since September 23, 2014.  I am a Reiki Master and it is wonderful to share Reiki with others. It was rejuvenating.

My traveling companion, Mama Duck, is in the photo looking at me as I take the picture. I don’t want to disturb her and she isn’t happy at all with me taking pictures. I will try again in a few days. Life is truly an adventure and we must live mindfully in each day. Continue Reading

Wellness Conferences & Vacations

My Time at the Arbonne GTC 2016 Conference

IMG_4418Last week, as an Arbonne Independent Consultant, I went to  the Arbonne Conference in Vegas and combined health and wellness as an Arbonne independent consultant with a vacation in Vegas-baby! Everyone needs time off and combining it with an educational/business conference is a great way to get it all.  Arbonne is a health and wellness company. We are becoming increasingly more health conscious and we are looking for products to help us look and feel our best at every age. According to Arbonne, “The idea to provide skincare products unparalleled in quality and effectiveness developed in Switzerland in 1975, when one man, Petter Mørck, together with a group of leading biochemists, biologists and herbalists, fulfilled his vision and founded Arbonne.” Continue Reading

Pet Wellness

Benefits of Dog Ownership

There are many acknowledged benefits of owning a pet. A pet fills your heart with love. Pets are a great way to beat the blues as they offer unconditional love and give us a sense of purpose. My furry friends bring me joy, happiness and often laughter in their companionship. Pet ownership gives us an instant icebreaker, whether Brandy Kissing Macthey’re with you or you’re just using them as a topic of conversation. It is believed that we get sick less. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both conducted heart-related studies on people who have pets. The findings showed that pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. For those who have already experienced a heart attack, research indicates that patients with a dog or a cat tend to have better recovery rates as they help reduce their owners’ overall stress levels. Continue Reading

Financial Wellness

Although the original Six Dimensions of Wellness by Bill Hettler doesn’t include financial wellness, it is seen fairly often. And in fact, financial stress does interact with the other dimensions. Stress can cause you to be emotionally and physically ill.  Financial stress has reached such heights that more employers are now adding “financial wellness” programs to their menu of employee benefits. I have been in an area of financial stress, but have learned how to stay healthy.  According to Robert Powell in USA Today, financial wellness is having minimal financial stress and a strong financial foundation with an emergency savings fund and living within your abilities. The plan you follow should also put you on track to meet future financial goals like education or retirement. This plan is similar to Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Are you financially healthy? If you are, what are your tips? If not what questions do you have?

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Emotional Wellness

We have talked about physical,  spiritual, intellectual, social, & occupational wellness so far. This week we will look at emotional wellness. I chose emotional wellness because holidays can be especially emotional at times. Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute (NWI), states that “The emotional dimension recognizes awareness and acceptance of one’s feelings.”  It includes the amount of positive feelings we have about ourselves and our life. In 2015, due to the car accident, I had to work at my emotional wellness. I was positive about still being alive, but had trouble being enthusiastic about each day in my life or my future as it was very unsure.   Continue Reading

Social Wellness: Family Memories & Health

This week I was going to  change the emphasis and talk about Occupational Wellness, but this week became a week full of family & friends  and I just had to share how important our social wellness and friendships can be. As I mentioned before, Social Wellness is the ability to interact with people around us and I think this is extremely important as we age. I started and ended last week with car problems and one of my neighbors helped me at least 5 times including 6:50am on Monday before my service appointment. Another friend took me to a doctor’s appointment and yet another friend picked me up. It was also a week to build family memories.

Our featured picture this week of buckwheat pancakes doesn’t look healthy but the social interaction with family is healthy. And surprise, actually buckwheat pancakes are healthy for you and gluten free. Buckwheat flour is  not actually a grain. Buckwheat also is nutritious and has a low Glycemic Index .  Each March since 1951, Burton has been serving pancakes every spring to over 20,000 guests.  Continue Reading

New Years Resolutions

My opening painting, Winter Ice, was chosen because we missed the big snow again and I just felt like a winter scene.  Most of us make New Year’s Resolutions but do we make a healthy resolution. After not being able to exercise for a year and eating the wrong foods, I started a new healthy lifestyle of eating last summer which continued into October and December of 2015. I ate fresh fruits, salads and green vegetables with some fish. I didn’t eat boxed food and I lost 12 lbs. I looked for a healthy protein shake and found exactly what I wanted with Arbonne. I liked the healthy living products so much I became a consultant. I did either the chocolate or vanilla protein shake daily. Continue Reading

Getting Back to me

It is very cold today in Ohio, but luckily I am south of all the snow. Thinking of the hydrangeas reminds me of the summer and warmth of the day when I painted them on my deck. I can even smell them if I close my eyes and think hard enough. We can talk about wellness with no problem when everything goes right, but what do we do when things don’t go right and problems occur. This week is a really good week for me because I started to paint again. In September of 2014 I was in a car accident and it was life altering. Continue Reading