Wellness Wednesday: Are you prepared for Winter?

We are gathering closer to Christmas….yet we are still 3 weeks away.  Thank goodness….lol.  I still have sooo many creative ideas I am wanting to put into place for family and friends as gifts.

I am also totally putting aside time to really honor Advent this year with extra prayer, reflection, fasting…..all the things that are going to help me grow in my mind, body, soul, spirit journey of life, and health.

Our family has also even been talking about what are our goals and dreams for 2022.  I will definitely be sharing more about these at a later date!

For this week I wanted to share with you the things I have recently watched, read, learned from that helped me grow more in my mind, body, soul, spiritual journey and how it might help you connect your whole health to how beautifully wonderfully made you are :)…

SUPPORTING OUR WHOLE HEALTH:

Mind:  Oooo….this webinar was absolutely amazing!  I have shared a bit before about BR Coalition before.  He is about preparedness!  Well, he is putting together an amazing documentary that addresses what has been going on within each of us spiritually, physically, emotionally, and PSYCHOLOGICALLY over the last 18 plus months and what we can do with it.

The webinar link is almost 1.5 hours….but it does include some really great details about this project and all the prominent interviews that will be in the documentary.  At the 45 minute mark, there will be a plug on how to help support the project.  But there are soooo many amazing details in this webinar that please don’t let that stop you from watching and learning from it so you can GROW IN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH resiliency!!

Body:  The current concerns going on out there is about the most recent variant.  I love how this doctor explains who really is at risk and what we should really be concerned about.

***To support your immune system during this time you can also get started with The Curra Collection!  To learn more about all the amazing support this collection has CHECK OUT THIS LINK!  What I am super excited for you to know is with this collection this month only you will also grab Myrrh, Holiday Love, and Frankincense for FREE!!!

Soul:  OH MY GOODNESS!  I was super excited when I came across this new podcast, OUR LADY OF, by my absolute FAVORITE EFT/Tapping Coach and podcaster, Gene Monterastelli.

Spirit: This advent I added a fabulous daily prayer and reflection to prepare my heart for Christmas as well as continually growing in my connection with God.  This week’s VIDEO REFLECTION was so powerful.  I love how she has us become even more vulnerable with Christ….because this is where our true healing takes place.

Have you checked out some of the previous blog posts?

Have a gloriously blessed week.  And as always please don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know how I can best serve and support you!

Hugs and prayers always,

Kelly 😉

PS….

SHE WHO IS – I am super excited to be an Ambassador for such an amazing entity that is truly about lifting women up with God as our foundation! Use my PERSONAL LINK HERE…..and you are not only clothing yourself with some comfy encouraging apparel, you are also supporting an amazing entity such as SHE WHO IS, AND you are supporting my BLOG!

GLOBAL HEALING – I partnered with this amazing company because the founder understands the importance of clean sourcing for our supplements and tinctures. He also understands the mind, body, soul, spirit connection to our health. Get started today with THIS LINK to save yourself on your amazing health options! My two favorite bundles are the IMMUNE BOOST BUNDLE (it has ALL the support your body is needing and the recommended vitamins that doctors are talking about due to the current “environment” of health concerns!). I also use the THYROID HEALTH KIT! Again by using MY LINK you not only will save yourself money on high-quality supplements to support your health but you are also supporting my BLOG! 

OIL LIFE – I have loved getting resources and tools to use with my essential oils for myself personally and for clients from this company for years. I am honored to share about them and to encourage you to use THIS LINK to not only support your essential oil journey but to also support this blog! Thank you ;)….

DoTERRA – And of course, if you are ready to start your own Healing Journey with Essential oils…I would be honored to be your gal….your advocate…your coach!  CLICK HERE to get started today!

LEGS: Not long and lean…instead short and strong!

I use to compare my legs to my husband’s legs.

And If I am truly honest with myself there are times I still do….especially if I’m having a really low, triggering…dysmorphic type of day.

***Dysmorphia has you focusing on a part of your body that you perceive as flawed…for me, it was always my legs.

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I would look at his legs and think:  

  • Why can’t I have the same striations?
  • Why are his legs leaner?
  • Why do I have to have bulky/thick muscles?
  • He’s the man, his should be bigger than mine.

When he used to weight train… and lift really heavy years ago, I would encourage his obsession of getting bigger…..so I could feel better about my own body….how messed up is that?

I was encouraging his own distortions and discontent with his body so I could feel better about mine.

There was a brief moment in our marriage when my body was ravaging itself due to hyperthyroidism and adrenal collapse.  I was literally wasting away and losing muscle mass by the moment on my legs….yet it was only in that brief moment about a year that my legs were “smaller”.

And you know what?

I was still not happy!

Present-day….

I still have moments where I might look and compare but I am able to quickly recognize when it is a dysmorphic moment and assess what is triggering it.

I am able to look at his legs and know he has his own insecurities….but most important I am able to look at him and love him and his legs without coveting what he has.

Ironically his legs are probably the leanest they have ever been yet the strongest because of his BJJ (Brazilian Ju-Jitsu) training.  And mine, are not quite the biggest they have ever been but not the smallest yet they are definitely the strongest they have ever been because of my love for my kettlebell routines.

So now when I see our legs side by side….I don’t say, “Ugh my legs are ‘fat’” or look at his legs and covet them and go into the “I wish…”

I am, instead, so grateful that we each have exercise routines that we both are passionate about that keep us happy, healthy, and strong.  

And that, in my opinion, is truly the best way to love the skin I am in.

May your day be filled with amazing peace and joy.

And please never forget just how beautifully made you are!

Many blessings and hugs always,

Kelly 🙂

PS….

SHE WHO IS – I am super excited to be an Ambassador for such an amazing entity that is truly about lifting women up with God as our foundation! Use my PERSONAL LINK HERE…..and you are not only clothing yourself with some comfy encouraging apparel, you are also supporting an amazing entity such as SHE WHO IS, AND you are supporting my BLOG!

GLOBAL HEALING – I partnered with this amazing company because the founder understands the importance of clean sourcing for our supplements and tinctures. He also understands the mind, body, soul, spirit connection to our health. Get started today with THIS LINK to save yourself on your amazing health options! My two favorite bundles are the IMMUNE BOOST BUNDLE (it has ALL the support your body is needing and the recommended vitamins that doctors are talking about due to the current “environment” of health concerns!). I also use the THYROID HEALTH KIT! Again by using MY LINK you not only will save yourself money on high-quality supplements to support your health but you are also supporting my BLOG! 

OIL LIFE – I have loved getting resources and tools to use with my essential oils for myself personally and for clients from this company for years. I am honored to share about them and to encourage you to use THIS LINK to not only support your essential oil journey but to also support this blog! Thank you ;)….

DoTERRA – And of course, if you are ready to start your own Healing Journey with Essential oils…I would be honored to be your gal….your advocate…your coach!  CLICK HERE to get started today!

A weekly retreat for the soul!

I couldn’t resist sharing just one more time this week 🙌🙌🙌…..

We often forget what fills up our soul or inspires us to be the best versions of ourselves!

Wednesday’s is my absolute favorite day of the week! Well actually a close second to Sunday 🤩😇🥰!

Wednesday’s are definitely the way I fill up my soul and strive to be the best version of myself!

On Wednesdays, darling daughter and I get up to go to daily Mass! I can’t imagine my week without it. There is something special and intimate about daily mass!

Then we work in the church library for a few hours. Surrounding ourselves with amazing books to learn and grow more in our faith. I have found the more I grow and learn about my faith the more I learn about how beautifully wonderfully made I am.

We then lead a Lectio Divina prayer group in the day chapel at noon. Ah what a great way to just pause and meditate on the upcoming Sunday’s gospel in how God wants to talk to me specifically. I absolutely love this special time with God.

Then we usually have a few errands….every other week I have a chiropractor and massage appointment 🙌🙌🙌…talk about an amazing way to continue to clear out any negative energy or emotions that might be stuck in my body!!!

Finally we head back to the church to have a prayer study with some of my besties as we grow together in community with our faith….and lift each other up!

I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend the middle of the week!

Wednesdays are truly about wellness: mind, body, soul, spirit!

I hope my Wednesday inspires you to find how you can show up in the world to be that intentional Disciple God has called you to be. It is the best reminder to love the skin you are in!

Hugs and blessings always,

Kelly 😇

Healthy Generosity

Yesterday was GIVING TUESDAY….

There is sooo much science behind generosity and giving that I could write and share and connect you to the data and sources all of next year and still not run out of evidence…lol…

But instead, I am going to just get right to the point of my top favorite places to give to….whether it is monetarily, goods, or time….

SUPPORTING OUR WHOLE HEALTH THROUGH GIVING:

HOPE:  doTERRA has an oil called HOPE…100% of the proceeds go to supporting O.U.R (Operation Underground Railroad).  Besides that I already loved essential oils, this partnering and supporting O.U.R is in this amazing way is why I got started in educating and supporting others on their oils journey.  CLICK HERE to purchase your own HOPE oil and be part of the change in rescuing women & children from human/sex trafficking.  ***As an added bonus….when you purchase this oil I will add you to my private Facebook group where I support clients on their wellness journey with essential oils.  This is normally a private group ONLY for clients BUT I am sooo passionate about this oil and the cause that I am not even asking you to enroll with a doTERRA membership.  Just use this link to purchase the oil and you’ll be in! ***Once purchased.. email me back so I can make sure I have your info to invite you to the FB group!***

***Already have a membership? Let me know and I will add you to our oils family!!!

***Already part of my oils family? Let me know you purchased the HOPE OIL and I will send you a special something in snail mail ;)!!!

Key2Free:  If you think I am passionate about the rescue aspect of human trafficking I am just as passionate about the healing process!  When I moved to Georgetown 4 ½ years ago I discovered Key2Free and absolutely fell in love with these ladies who are passionate about aftercare and helping these women heal and learn how to truly live life!  I had the privilege for a period of time to volunteer with helping teach these women coping skills.  Check out this website to learn how you can get involved and/or donate!

We Are Not Broken:  When I met Nick, the founder of We Are Not Broken, I just knew I had to know more about her and her inspiration for this amazing non-profit that is all about reminding women just how absolutely beautiful they are JUST AS THEY ARE!  I am honored to call her a friend.  I have watched her grow this dream in the last 4 plus years and I get so excited for her and all the women she helps with giving them a voice and an experience that truly reminds them how absolutely beautifully wonderfully made they are!  Learn more about WANB here!

I could list soo many more that I am super passionate about but I would have to say these are truly my TOP 3.  It is truly about raising women up…reminding them how beautifully wonderfully made they are…and helping them overcome some of the ugliest traumas….

To learn more about some of the other entities and women I am passionate about supporting and connecting others to…..you can check out my blogs tab PASSIONS WITH A PURPOSE and WARRIOR WOMEN tab.

Have a gloriously blessed week.  And as always please don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know how I can best serve and support you!

Hugs and prayers always,

Kelly 😉

PS….

SHE WHO IS – I am super excited to be an Ambassador for such an amazing entity that is truly about lifting women up with God as our foundation! Use my PERSONAL LINK HERE…..and you are not only clothing yourself with some comfy encouraging apparel, you are also supporting an amazing entity such as SHE WHO IS, AND you are supporting my BLOG!

GLOBAL HEALING – I partnered with this amazing company because the founder understands the importance of clean sourcing for our supplements and tinctures. He also understands the mind, body, soul, spirit connection to our health. Get started today with THIS LINK to save yourself on your amazing health options! My two favorite bundles are the IMMUNE BOOST BUNDLE (it has ALL the support your body is needing and the recommended vitamins that doctors are talking about due to the current “environment” of health concerns!). I also use the THYROID HEALTH KIT! Again by using MY LINK you not only will save yourself money on high-quality supplements to support your health but you are also supporting my BLOG! 

OIL LIFE – I have loved getting resources and tools to use with my essential oils for myself personally and for clients from this company for years. I am honored to share about them and to encourage you to use THIS LINK to not only support your essential oil journey but to also support this blog! Thank you ;)….

DoTERRA – And of course, if you are ready to start your own Healing Journey with Essential oils…I would be honored to be your gal….your advocate…your coach!  CLICK HERE to get started today!

The Thyroid Ups & Downs 

It can be challenging to have a thyroid that is “talking” to you all the time.  Especially when you are healing with and from dysmorphia.

Let me explain…

Dysmorphia is all about not loving…I mean truly not loving….what you see in the mirror…it can be debilitating.  It can lead to other disorders….ie-eating….and truly more….

Then you throw in a dysfunctioning Thyroid… that depending on what is going on will swing the pendulum into low or high…..meaning you are holding and gaining weight NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO….or you are burning up muscle and becoming skeletal and looking like you have either an eating disorder or drug habit.

Now let’s throw in the fun mix that part of your Thyroid issues has to do with Hashimotos and an adrenal gland that was burned out years ago and so if you push too hard about anything you truly will have more health havoc than you have bargained for.

AND….when you see other women (wellness coaches, fitness coaches, weight loss “experts”)…..showing “before & after’s”…..trying to convince you their product is the next best thing….or if you would “only eat this way” or “do this or that” you would lose the weight…..

I get it….they think they are encouraging women to “lose weight”…..because after all we are after that “look”…..the “parts”….not the “whole”….

BUT…..itt all sends the message that YOU ARE NOT ENOUGH…..YOU ARE NOT BEAUTIFUL AS YOU ARE!  And that is horrible.  

We often focus too much on the outward appearance…the parts….that it distorts the relationship with God and with self.

I eat super clean…..I yes partake in alcohol from time to time.  But those who know me know I am a “real food” gal.  I don’t eat gluten and most grains….I will partake in rice or oats from time to time.  I avoid inflammatory foods….ie: sugar, dairy, grains, corn, yucky oils, processed, etc……I eat clean…..

Yet…..this last year between the stress of Covid…business endeavors going in a different direction…..the death of my dad….my thyroid….ie the hub for my hormones have decided to rebel….

This means I am carrying a bit more weight than I would like to….and honestly I wouldn’t care except I know my inflammation is high and I hurt and ache…..

Now this in the past would have triggered the dysmorphia….and I am not saying it isn’t trying to…..what I am saying is that because I have come sooo far with my relationship with God and my body….I KNOW this is just a season…..

I KNOW that God will help me figure it all out and I will be at my “fighting weight” once again when I get to the root cause.  Which by the way if you haven’t figured it out by now….the root cause is ALWAYS a combination of physical and emotional…..then through in mental and spiritual….well you have a cocktail that requires love, patience, mercy, kindness….oh heck all the fruits of the spirit!

What I do know right now is I AM NOT GOING TO HIDE IN SHAME….because I have nothing to be ashamed about!  I have a beautiful body that God made.  And it doesn’t matter what it looks like.  And with that truth, I can overcome whatever else is going on within my body to conquer the health challenges: mind, body, soul, spirit.

So my challenge for you as we enter into the holidays…and then into the New Year….disconnect….walk away….from any media or even friends/family that has you believing you are not enough just as you are.  

Instead….if you are truly wanting to address your health because your weight just doesn’t feel right….GET TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF IT…..take it to the Lord….have Him help and direct you to the professionals and support you need to truly conquer your whole health challenges.

As always remember you are beautifully wonderfully made….you are enough….love the skin you are in!!

Hugs and prayers,

Kelly:)

Thanksgiving is more than just a day!

Hello it is that time of the week for my WHOLE BODY health blog post!

I have been really enjoying sharing with you not only my personal journey and how it can support your healing journey in a blog post….but I have been loving being to share with you these posts that are similar to the emails I send out to my email list!

For me, emails have always been natural and then when I started blogging that was also so natural. To me, they both are like writing a letter or journal entry to a dear friend who I just really want to help and support!

With that being said let’s just dive in ;)…..

OOO….I don’t know about you but I am super excited about Thanksgiving and all it has in store for our family!  WE ARE SPENDING IT ON THE BEACH!!!  Woo-hoo….The beach has truly been my happy place this last 18 months….and I am super excited I will be walking in the sand for 3 days!

There are sooo many health components to the beach that I will save and share on another day….cause man have I got some great things I want to share with you for this week as we continue to journey in how to support your WHOLE HEALTH!

SUPPORTING OUR WHOLE HEALTH:

Mind:  I loved THIS 6 MINUTE VIDEO that helps us better understand what is going on with the VAX and how we can continue to use our critical thinking skills as well as hear from several docs what is really going on in our bodies with or without the VAX.

Body:  I came across THIS ARTICLE I has already been taken down but I saved it as a PDF just for you!  What it explains is HOW TO CONTINUE TO HEAL your body if you have had the “long haul” variation of C-19……  It is a good read regardless.  If for some reason the link doesn’t work for you PLEASE do not hesitate to reach out and let me know….I will send it to you in the body of an email!

Soul:  This SERMON VIDEO gives us a great way to truly reflect on is JESUS TRULY THE KING IN OUR LIFE!  I love how Bishop Barron touches on our physical and nutritional health.  There are some amazing nuggets to take home from!

Spirit: Last week I shared on my blog about how to get RADICALLY HONEST WITH GOD!   And this week I ask the question of WHY DO WE USE A SCALE…..  I think when we understand the answer to this question through the spirit aspect of our health….we are able to understand the mental…to then better enter into the physical goals!

So that is the MIND, BODY, SOUL, SPIRIT picks for the week!

I hope you have a gloriously blessed Thanksgiving week.  And as always please don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know how I can best serve and support you!

Hugs and prayers always,

Kelly 😉

PS….

SHE WHO IS – I am super excited to be an Ambassador for such an amazing entity that is truly about lifting women up with God as our foundation! Use my PERSONAL LINK HERE…..and you are not only clothing yourself with some comfy encouraging apparel, you are also supporting an amazing entity such as SHE WHO IS, AND you are supporting my BLOG!

GLOBAL HEALING – I partnered with this amazing company because the founder understands the importance of clean sourcing for our supplements and tinctures. He also understands the mind, body, soul, spirit connection to our health. Get started today with THIS LINK to save yourself on your amazing health options! My two favorite bundles are the IMMUNE BOOST BUNDLE (it has ALL the support your body is needing and the recommended vitamins that doctors are talking about due to the current “environment” of health concerns!). I also use the THYROID HEALTH KIT! Again by using MY LINK you not only will save yourself money on high-quality supplements to support your health but you are also supporting the mission of my BLOG! 

OIL LIFE – I have loved getting resources and tools to use with my essential oils for myself personally and for clients from this company for years. I am honored to share about them and to encourage you to use THIS LINK to not only support your essential oil journey but to also support the continued work on my blog! Thank you ;)….

To journey more on this WHOLE BODY HEALTH JOURNEY WITH ESSENTIAL OILS…..Open your own doTerra account with me and you will receive continued support, education, and a private group community!

What does the scale really tell us?

We are entering into Holiday season….Thanksgiving…..Christmas Parties….Christmas Eve….Christmas Day…..New Year’s Eve….New Years Day…..

And we are inevitably going to enter into a cycle of excess and punishment….excess and punishment….excess and punishment…I know I have been there….

And it was all measured by what the scale told me the next day…..even if I hadn’t participated in excess the night before….if the scale didn’t give me the number I wanted….I desired…..I coveted……I HATED MYSELF…..I loathed myself…..and I PUNISHED MYSELF.

But what does that number REALLY TELL ME?

Nothing.  No….I am serious it doesn’t tell us anything….think about it?

Does that number tell you how much of it is muscle?

Does that number tell you how much of it is bone?

Does that number tell you how much of it is body fat?

Does that number tell you how much water you are retaining?

How your liver is doing?

Where your hormones are?

What about does that number tell you how you are doing emotionally?

No….the answer is no to all of the above.

What that number does tell you is: how to be mean to yourself…..it tells you whether you are going to feel beautiful and worthy of being loved that day!

What a horrible cycle!

What I have learned is IF I REALLY WANT DATA to measure my health to help me set goals, to honor my body….I have tests actually done and I evaluate how I have been treating my body….as well as HOW DO I FEEL IN MY CLOTHING!?

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Freedom from body distortions doesn’t come easy.  It takes constant work.  And for me, one of those is NOT using the scale to give me data.  Some may say but the scale doesn’t trigger them… it is just data.  But I will ask any of you to re-read the questions above is it giving you any of that data.  NO.

So I encourage you to seek out the means, professionals,  and ways to collect that data to help you obtain your HEALTH GOALS….not scale goals.

I remember when I was first on the journey of truly wanting to heal from the distortions and lies I believed about my body and trying always to get just 5 more pounds lighter…..cause that would make me loveable….right?….anyhoo….as I was healing I heard about a blogger that had the most profound story that shifted my thinking into the right direction of my true healing.

This blogger had released a bunch of weight….

I am going to digress for just a moment…think about what I said….I didn’t say lost or lose weight.  I said released weight.  When we lose our keys we try to find them.  We lose our favorite sock we fight tooth and nail to see if it is behind the washer or dryer.  We come out of the store and feel lost in where we parked we may panic thinking we are losing our mind…..and NO ONE WANTS THAT!

So releasing weight is truly what we are striving for because after all, we want to release all those toxins….release those emotions….release the inflammation….release the baggage that is holding us down….and WE DONT WANT IT BACK!

So back to this blogger…..she had released a bunch of weight.  She was feeling great.  Her health numbers were rocking it.  Her health was amazing.  She was an avid weight lifter.  She started to share on social media how she was setting a goal to drop two pants sizes but NOT lose or release weight BUT to actually GAIN WEIGHT!

Her followers were up in a tizzy for this.  She actually had people stop following her.  That’s how crazy and attached we as a society are to what that scale has to say.  

You know what?  She accomplished her goal.  She went down 2 pants sizes and GAINED 20 POUNDS OF MUSCLE!  Now that is data.  That is true data.  So by all means use the scale if it doesn’t mucky with the brain….but remember it truly only gives you the smallest piece of the puzzle…therefore is it even worth using it?!

So as I enter into the holiday season instead of saying “oh I can’t eat that” and fear that it is going to put numbers on that scale….I instead think…..is this gathering/get together worth partaking in xyz or is it going to derail me from my health goals?  Or is it worth the slight side step because I haven’t seen these friends and celebrated with them for a really long time? 

Now I am not saying that food and drink are the only way to celebrate with friends you haven’t seen in a really long time.  But even Christ himself says there is a time for fasting and a time for feasting.  Think about the ultimate celebration….the last supper….there was bread, wine, amazing food I imagine.  And it wasn’t a time to say “oh no I’m not going to have that right now cause I am fasting”…

I’m not saying that we should indulge and give ourselves permission to just have a free for all for the next 40 days.  And I am also not saying that if we have real health allergies/sensitivities or concerns to stay away from particular foods or drinks then we need to be mindful of how we take care of this temple God has entrusted us to.  What I am saying is we have Jesus as a beautiful example of balance.  Of true balance!

There is freedom in that mindfulness.  There is freedom in knowing that the scale doesn’t truly tell me how I want to feel and what my health really looks like.  So therefore it shouldn’t dictate how I approach my nutritional needs and my celebration moments.

What is a better measuring stick for me is sitting still with God each morning….and throughout the day continually having conversations with Him about …..what are my health goals….and why?  How can I reach them without it adding mucky to my mind, heart, and soul….so that I don’t slip back into a distorted relationship with food and my body.  Because that is a space I don’t want to go back to.  And I hope you don’t either.  There isn’t freedom in that… only bondage.

Here is to an amazing week full of walking goals, yummy celebration goals on Thanksgiving, and family game time!

What are your holiday goals!?

Remember you are beautifully wonderfully made…..so love the skin you are in!

Many hugs, prayers, and blessings always,

Kelly 😉

Getting Radically Honest with God

I trust God.  I am not someone who has ever struggled with trusting God’s love and will for me.  Or at least so I thought.  

Then many years back when I attended a “Healing the Whole Person” retreat I discovered all the little ways we can maybe not be trusting God in our lives.  

How often do we fear? Worry? Those are moments we are not trusting God.  What about when we ruminate on something?  Not trusting God.  How about when we don’t speak up for ourselves…afraid of offending another person…even though we KNOW God is asking us to speak up?  Not trusting God.

Anyhoo….back to that retreat years ago…

I started becoming even more honest with God in my daily prayers….my daily journaling to Him.   I would share things with Him like why I was afraid to be angry with Him about certain situations of the past.  I would share with Him how I know I keep falling into certain sins and I would like to understand why….

What is amazing is when we start actually putting into words what GOD ALREADY KNOWS…..it brings us closer to Him.

What I didn’t know was this type of radical honesty and prayer was part of the foundation of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

A few weekends ago I attended an Ignatius Retreat.  I figured it would have learning components as well as reflective moments.  I honestly didn’t know what I was adventuring into.  I just knew my soul needed it.  My soul yearned for it.  

There has been more than one occasion during this last year that I have begged God for a silent retreat opportunity.  I knew of a retreat place that was nearby that I could actually book a silent retreat.  My entire being NEEDED IT.   But the timing just never seemed right.  I dug in even more into my trust in God…..knowing He would know when I would need it most.

Oh the beauty of trusting God.   I couldn’t have planned it out the way He did.  If I would have “forced” it…   “made it happen” on my terms….I wouldn’t have experienced EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED TO EXPERIENCE THAT WEEKEND…..AND THAT IS HOW GOD WORKS…..when we get out of the way and LIVE IN HIS WILL!

During the retreat, I was able to learn more about St. Ignatius….I was also reminded about some things I already knew.  He was a knight….a warrior….he was wounded in battle….he was bored during recovery and started reading about saints because that was the only reading material available.

He started to examine himself through the eyes of God.  He started to become RADICALLY HONEST with God.

“There are very few people who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves entirely to his hands and let themselves be formed by His Grace.”  -St. Ignatius of Loyola

He developed and counseled on The Spiritual Exercises.  

These exercises…The Examen….grows a person in humility.  And let me tell you what WE ALL CAN USE continual refining in humility. 

It is interesting because pride and ego truly are not something I struggle with greatly.  BUT…..I do know that since pride is the predominant sin…that NO ONE is immune to it.  Just some struggle with it more than others.  So when it pops up in my life, it definitely shows up in a way that I hadn’t anticipated or armored myself to it.  But I get to learn from it and lean into humility even more.

Over the course of the years, I have also learned that humility is truly a superpower.  Humility is NOT about weakness.  TRUE HUMILITY is strong, bold, peaceful…and downright attractive.  But I am getting off track….lol….

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”― CS Lewis

Again back to the retreat…

After we learned some about Ignatius and how to practice spiritual exercises we actually went into SILENCE FOR 45 MINUTES…..and this was on the first night.

We were given several different prayers, scriptures, tools to help us on our silent reflection of going into the deep with God.

Oh, the floodgates let go!!!

Radical honestly allows us to be open to grow in that relationship with God…..it reminds us that God created us in love….to love…..wants us to have the fullness of life.

Ignatius also teaches us to see God in everything….. which creates a more intimate relationship with God.  

During the 2nd silent meditation session, my journaling/conversations with God were so raw and open that the hurt and pain were also so freeing.  I was brutally honest with Him about my miscarriage that took place 10 years ago….heck the whole reason this blog even came into existence….it gave birth from that miscarriage.

I shared with God my pain about it in ways that I had not expressed before.  I also shared with Him some of the darkest thoughts and moments I had during and after the pregnancy.  Again not like He didn’t already know…..but I needed to own my thoughts…..I needed to truly lay down to Him and examen my heart and conscience of the whole experience.  

I left that retreat not only feeling renewed and restored but also knowing how I am going to take my faith deeper this next year.  

This same couple who led the retreat is going to be directing others in S.E.E.L for 6 months starting in January.  It requires a commitment and a true burning desire to continue to narrow that path to God…to Heaven.  The willingness to continue to grow in Humility….the willingness to continue to examen my conscience and acknowledge in where I know I am not being Christ-like not only to others but even to myself.  

I have great faith that this will actually help me root out even more of the dysmorphia….and strengthen the belief and knowledge that I am beautifully wonderfully made…..and believing anything else is believing the lies of the enemy.

I also left the retreat feeling confirmed and edified that I AM EXACTLY WHERE GOD WANTS ME IN MY LIFE.  I realized I AM A CONTEMPLATIVE IN ACTION….which is the motto of the Jesuits.  St. Ignatius founded the Jesuits.  Now I can’t be a Jesuit…lol….but it doesn’t mean I don’t have the spirit and heart of a Jesuit…..  The point is after this weekend I once again found another area in my life that I feel I belong.  Another facet of me that I better understand.  And that is the most peaceful and humbling feeling.

May your journey of learning to LOVE THE SKIN YOU ARE IN be filled with continual ah-ha moments as well.  Keep seeking. Keep praying.  And keep striving to be RADICALLY HONEST….I promise it will change your life….and possibly even save your life.

Remember you ARE BEAUTIFULLY WONDERFULLY MADE!

As always many hugs and blessings dear readers…

You are always in my prayers…

Kelly 🙂

Through Sorrow, I appreciate TRUE JOY!

Feeling sorrow is painful.  Truly feeling sorrow can be suffocating.  There have been moments this last year, since my dad’s death, that I feel like I can relate to the saying “they died of a broken heart.”

Just as anything in life we can theorize how we will handle things.  How we will be in situations.  But truly living it is another story.

As we are drawing closer to ALL THE HOLIDAYS I find myself wanting to just “get through it” or just “smile and be happy”…..and I AM full of JOY….but I am not happy….and I know that is okay.

It is funny, but not funny…..I know all the “things” I need to be doing, and I do them.  I use my oils, I tap (EFT),  I go for walks, I take it to the Lord.   Yet the sorrow is still there.  Some days it just hurts in ways that I can’t describe.  

Over the course of the last 3 months, I have been able to realize WHY (at least one of the WHY’S) it hurts.  I lost one of my biggest “cheerleaders” and compassionate ears.

I have an amazing husband who I can go to for everything but we don’t always see eye to eye…lol and that is okay.  That is what makes him and I so amazing together.  Actually, correction… what makes us so amazing is the fact that God is our #1 priority in our marriage…that is what makes us amazing together.  

Back to my dad.  I have gone through and experienced a tremendous amount of change the last 6 months and I haven’t had my dad there to bounce all of it off of.  I haven’t had my dad encouraging me and saying how proud he is of me for making tough decisions.  I haven’t had him reminding me I am making the right decisions.

Instead, I have to wonder what would he say?  How would he have encouraged me?  And I have to dig deep and remember all the blessings that have come from his death.

His death had me reflect on the calling and mission God was bringing me to in my life currently.  His death gave me the courage to walk away from business and partnerships for many reasons and enter back into ministry and writing full time.

His death reminded me how much I LOVE BEING A WIFE AND MOTHER….and how that first calling within my life TRULY IS ENOUGH.  That I have always known I was called to the vocation of marriage and to be that support and rock for my family as Joseph was to Mary and Jesus.  That I DONT need recognition and “riches”….I HAVE JESUS…..I HAVE GOD….I HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT…….THAT IS ALL I NEED!  And I find absolute and utter JOY AND HAPPINESS within being a wife and mother….I have honestly never felt the need for more!

And finally, the sorrow of his death has drawn me closer to my mom.  Our relationship over the years has always had its moments.  I wouldn’t say it was totally a Lorelai and Emily Gilmore kind of relationship….but pretty darn close….lol.

Instead….her and I have been leaning on each other and confiding in each other in ways that I honestly never thought possible.  When I think of my mom these days I think only with love and compassion.  I think “How can I best serve and support her today.”  How can I let her know she is loved and cherished.  And how can I be the daughter of Christ to her?

So when I have my days of deep sorrow I pause….I feel it…..and then I turn it into JOY…..joy that I have the privilege to feel the emotions and appreciate what happiness and joy do feel like. 

 And gratitude that GOD used the sorrow of losing my dad to OPEN my eyes to where HE was calling me into life in this season and not fear the change.

Many blessings and hugs always dear readers….

May your day be filled with joy and love…..

And may you always remember YOU ARE BEAUTIFULLY WONDERFULLY MADE!

Kelly 😉

PS….

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Hello Woman…

This week I have a hodgepodge of things I want to share with you that has been pressing on my heart!  The only way we can TRULY be healthy is to continually CONNECT with how WHOLE health IS about our mind, body, soul, and spirit.  

And as we enter into the holiday season EVERY PART of our health is even more important to nourish and nurture!

With that being said here are my tops picks this week for…..

SUPPORTING OUR WHOLE HEALTH:

Mind:  It seems like the ability to have true debate, healthy conversations, using critical thinking, has been diminishing over the last 10 years (for me anyway)…..BUT even more so these last 2 years!  It has truly SHOCKED me how we are losing our humanity of a true healthy critical thinking debate.  Mark Mallett, one of my absolute favorite bloggers, is starting a “Wait a Minute” with critical thinking in mind.  Check out THIS POST to learn more about why he felt called to do this.  And how his investigative journalist background is coming back into the forefront of his ministry.  

Speaking of critical thinking…this article at THE DEFENDER: CHILDREN’S HEALTH DEFENSE NEWS & VIEWS….is super compelling in how this scientist is willing to lose his job by speaking the truth about what IS science and what IS NOT science.

Body:  Oh. My. Goodness!!!  I have been absolutely GEEKING out on this BATTLE READY website that a friend introduced to me!  He has an EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COURSE that looks absolutely amazing!  I am blessed to have a hubby that covers almost all the topics within the course, and then I fill in the gaps….lol….but I absolutely love how this gentleman is truly helping others prepare mind, body, soul in light of what has been going on in the world!

***On a lighter note ;)…..I love THIS SITE with TEXAS made food choices!  Yum and fun!!!

Let’s get into the holiday cheer with Wassail!  It is a yummy warming holiday drink!

Soul:  I ALWAYS have anywhere from 10-20 books going at once!  It is crazy, I know, but I just can’t help it!  BOOKS TRULY FILL UP MY SOUL!  One of the newest books that I added to my reading list this last week was “You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth” 

Spirit: How is your Christmas spirit?  I know we haven’t had Thanksgiving yet…BUT if you’re anything like me you would kinda like to start getting your CHRISTMAS WISH LIST going!  START SHOPPING WITH ME HERE!

Finally, a quick reminder:   I co-created a “Stay Healthy Action Plan” tri-fold with a dear friend.  This tri-fold has action steps of what to do “if”…..as well as preventative tips that have been shared by many of the leading renowned docs who are leading this fight of helping us remember our own immune system is our best defense.   Some of the info that is in the “if” section pertains to action steps to do if living in/around the Georgetown Texas area…..but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be adapted to the area you live in.

If you would like a copy of this tri-fold I would love to mail it to you for FREE..please just message me!!!

Along with the tri-fold I will send you a prayer card and a handwritten note.

***I wanted to share that I am going to start posting 2 times a week! One of the postings will be just like this…giving a mind, body, soul, spirit perspective on our health journey. And the other posting will be what my personal journey is currently looking like! How I continue to heal and LOVE THE SKIN THAT I AM IN!

Have a gloriously blessed week. 

As always remember YOU ARE BEAUTIFULLY WONDERFULLY MADE…..THEREFORE….LOVE THE SKIN YOU ARE IN!

Hugs and prayers always,

Kelly 😉

PS….

SHE WHO IS – I am super excited to be an Ambassador for such an amazing entity that is truly about lifting women up with God as our foundation! Use my PERSONAL LINK HERE…..and you are not only clothing yourself with some comfy encouraging apparel, you are also supporting an amazing entity such as SHE WHO IS, AND you are supporting this BLOG!

GLOBAL HEALING – I partnered with this amazing company because the founder understands the importance of clean sourcing for our supplements and tinctures. He also understands the mind, body, soul, spirit connection to our health. Get started today with THIS LINK to save yourself on your amazing health options! My two favorite bundles are the IMMUNE BOOST BUNDLE (it has ALL the support your body is needing and the recommended vitamins that doctors are talking about due to the current “environment” of health concerns!). I also use the THYROID HEALTH KIT! Again by using MY LINK you not only will save yourself money on high-quality supplements to support your health but you are also supporting this BLOG!

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