Wellness Wednesday: Body Image Summit from Reform!

I pray your Christmas was absolutely blessed and full of so much peace and joy that you are just beaming from ear to ear, heart to head, and soul to spirit!

I am going to just dive in because I think what I have to share is just WAAAY too amazing to not shout it out right away!

I follow an amazing Holistic Wellness Team that is TRULY about connecting our WHOLE HEALTH with several amazing professionals as part of the group.  It is called REFORMED WELLNESS.

***Let me say right off the bat….I get NOTHING for promoting them or promoting their upcoming event…..I JUST FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT THE MISSION AND THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDE!

Well, they have a SUMMIT coming up in January that is going to be AMAZING!  It is called BODY IMAGE SUMMIT!  And the more amazing thing is they are leaving it up to the participants on how much you feel you can donate to participate!

For this week’s supporting our whole health categories, I am going to highlight each speaker in the appropriate category to give you a teaser and insight as to why you are not going to want to miss out on this!

SUPPORTING OUR WHOLE HEALTH:

Mind:  Fridays (January 14) keynote speaker Dr. Greg Bottaro, clinical psychologist, and founder of CatholicPsych Institute.  I absolutely love his podcast and all he puts out.  Dr. Bob of the JPII Institute will also be speaking on this day.  He started the Healing the Whole Person retreats….absolutely an amazing man!  As well as a brilliant author and speaker who truly understands eating disorders and trauma.

Body:  Thursdays (January 13) keynote speaker talking about our bodies health will be from Reforms very on Doc.  You can learn more about her HERE!  There are 4 other speakers covering this topic: a beauty consultant, a physical therapist, a co-founder of SoulCore, and a military reserves chaplain.

Soul:  Saturdays (January 15) keynote speaker is the founder of Reform:  Jackie Mulligan.  As well as 2 other amazing guest speakers.

Spirit:  Through the 3 days of getting in touch with your mind-body-soul health you are then going to connect to your spirit…your relationship with God and how it affects your WHOLE HEALTH!

***I hope you take the time to read and learn a bit more about each of the speakers and sign yourself up as well!  I look forward to attending it with you!

Have a gloriously blessed last week of 2021.  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!

Smiles & Hugs: Part 2

I was thinking about my blog post from last Monday and trying to figure out WHY has this WANT, this NEED for smiles and hugs been pressing on my heart even more so recently.

It is not like I haven’t wrestled with it in the last 2 years.  It is not like I haven’t figured out how to be at peace with how our world is right now.  No, I don’t like it but it doesn’t mean I can’t find my own joy in the circumstances.

Then it dawned on me….litterally within hours of posting the blog piece….I REALLY MISS MY DAD!

Wednesday will be the year anniversary of having lost him.  A year ago today we were traveling to see him, my mom, and my brother with his family.  It had all been planned out.  We were going to travel on Sunday because we attended our parish mass on Saturday….Christmas had been on Friday…..and we were going to then celebrate New Year’s Eve together as a family….

It was all planned!

I remember as we were driving that something wasn’t quite right.  And think I knew, but didn’t know.

As we were traveling I had discovered my dad was already in the hospital to have some things checked out with his heart.  Nothing super new because he had a history of heart stuff.  By the time we got into NM and to my parent’s house it had been decided that he needed another stint so they would be performing that the next morning and then released that same day after the stint.  Which would take place on my hubby and my wedding anniversary.  We laughed about how we were celebrating our anniversary running around getting goodies for a gift basket for my dad to keep him cheered up being in a hospital room all by himself since he wasn’t allowed any visitors due to the chaos of covid.

I don’t blame the hospital for having to maintain what they were told that needed to happen.  That is totally a different blog post and story for another day.

Back to hugs and smiles.

It had been over a year since the last time I had received a hug from my dad or seen his face (he wasn’t a person who zoomed).  And since I wasn’t allowed to go into the hospital I resorted to singing to him outside of his hospital window with my brother having us on video chat so he could see and hear us and we could see and hear him up closer.

That was the last time I saw my dad alive.

He was the mushiest person.  His top love language was definitely “touch” with “time” right there behind it.

I remember growing up he would get great pleasure dropping me off for middle school and giving me a great big hug and kiss all the time.  He knew I would be like “ugh dad not in front of all my friends”…..

Now I would give anything to have that warm squishy hug and his big soft lips kiss my cheek or forehead.  (I didn’t get his lips….drats…lol)…

There were times even into my adulthood where his hugginess would make me want to just do a quick hug….mostly because I wasn’t receptive to anyone’s hugs unless it was on my terms because of where I was at in my healing from trauma journey….

But oh how I would give anything to have that hug now….even if I wasn’t “in the mood for it”…..

These last 2 years have had all of us thinking we don’t need to have those hugs and smiles.  That we will adust, we will survive.  Yes, we may survive but will we thrive?

I know for me there feels like a huge whole in my heart some days….but what I am learning to do more and more is when I have those moments when I really need a hug….especially from my dad.. is to be vulnerable enough to ask my hubby to hold me extra long.  Or when I am with my mom I hug her much more often because she was with him for almost 50 years so I envision him standing there with her embracing me.  

We were made for touch and the power of hugs is so vital.  I don’t think I fully realized how important they were until I no longer was able to receive a hug from one of the huggiest people I knew: my dad.

So even if you are not a huggy person (I actually know of a few in my life….daurling daughter is one of them)…..even if you say you don’t need hugs or don’t like hugs….I challenge you to increase your hug quota even by one a day until you have what is considered the thriving quota.  I challenge you to see how it can change your life.

And if you still find yourself resisting them….I gently invite you to evaluate is it truly part of your nature (ie my daughter truly has no traumas to resist hugs)……or is it because of a past wound or nurturing that has you resistant.  If it is the latter…..I again gently invite you to enter into that healing to root it out so you can discover the power behind a hug.

As always may your day be blessed and may your connection to God grow….and may your healing journey remind you just how beautifully wonderfully made you are!

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!

Fitness on Friday

I absolutely LOVE kettlebells but I understand that some may feel intimidated by them! And plus I get asked all the time…what are the best exercises….what should I do if I have never exercised before in my life!

So below I have created a simple sheet to understand what is (in my opinion) the best exercises if push comes to shove and how to keep things simple!

WHY EXERCISE & HOW TO KEEP IT SIMPLE

Which movements have humans been performing for millions of years?

Since the body is comprised of dozens of muscles, ligaments, joints, and bones all performing separate functions as a unified whole, which movements incorporate the most body parts at once?

Which movements are the body designed to perform?

Humans have been squatting, horizontal pressing, vertical pressing, climbing, and using their torsos to resist pushing and pulling forces for millions of years.

We’ve been running really quickly for millions of years. And we’ve been walking long distances at slow paces for millions of years.

The Four Essential Movements:

  • Pushups
  • Pullups
  • Squats
  • Planks

Fine-tuning movements:

  • Step-ups
  • Overhead presses
  • Lunges (forward, backward, side)

Compound Movements:

***Burpee is the ultimate compound movement

Other great compound movements:

  • Overhead press with a squat
  • Push-up or plank with lunges

To maintain shoulder health (and build a strong, stable back from which to exert great shoulder force), you should train with a 2:1 pull: push ratio. 

That means for every 10 reps of presses (dips, pushups, bench, overhead press, etc) you do 20 reps of pulls (rows, pullups, face pulls, etc). If you already have problems with your shoulder or posture, bump that up to a 3:1 ratio.

Additional Exercises that are helpful for Bone Density, Flexibility, Core:

  • Jumping Jacks (BD)
  • Single-Leg Stand (F)
  • Bridge (F & BD)
  • Leg Raises (core)

HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) is the best way to jam-pack your weight training by getting your heart rate up and keeping the workout short to get the most bang for your workout.  These are also really great for bone density.

Example workout timing:

5 min – warm-up on treadmill or bike

5 min – stretch exercises (I like Tae Chi moves)

15 min – actual weights (I love kettlebells)

5 min – cooldown ***if you actually have about 15-20 minutes to cool down on the treadmill or walk outside it helps the adrenals come down best.

5-min – floor cool down stretches

Workouts can be based on:

  • time or 
  • reps or 
  • push til you rest then push again

How heavy?

  • First, start with the body.
  • When ready add 5 #s at a time.

Hope these exercise tips help you keep warm through the winter months!

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!

Wellness Wednesday: Are you ready for Christmas!?

Wow, we are only 4 days away from Christmas!  I hope your Advent Season has been super blessed and not too hectic with running around trying to attend every Christmas party, snag all the different deals for gift-giving, and all the other potential “tasks” that can rob us of our peace and joy of this season!

This last week I spent most of it wrapping and sitting into really being present in the moment of the season.  Realizing that I could easily get caught up in the hustle and bustle but then would mean I would also forget to dig into all the things I am grateful for.

It is not too late though!  You can choose right now in these last 4 days to pause and truly be present in the gift of today.

And to help you on that journey of sitting into being present I want to share with you what really inspired me this last week in supporting my whole health (mind, body, soul, spirit)!  Ironically they are all videos so it will give you the opportunity to sit down with a cup of tea or coffee, pause on the day and truly be present to learning something or watching/hearing something new to help you grow in your WHOLE HEALTH!

SUPPORTING OUR WHOLE HEALTH:

Mind:  I was reminding myself through one of my own videos….lol….the importance of sticking with my daily meditation to keep the mental chatter down so that I don’t get caught up in the frenzy of last minutes that everyone seems to think is “normal” and just part of life…..it doesn’t have to be!

Body:  I don’t know about you but when it is cold outside I have a HARD time being motivated to MOVE my body!  Ugh!  And this is the season we need it even more!  IN THIS OLDIE BUT GOODIE VIDEO I created several years back we take a walk through my personal “gym” and some of the gear I use to keep myself motivated!

Soul:  I felt THIS VIDEO spoke to my soul’s health because it is about how to engage in conversations that are not about calling others out but rather about calling others in!  Let’s take a look at when we are calling people out on issues we are ramping up our own anxiety, blood pressure, and even shutting down our mind growth.  But with this calling in concept, we are connecting to our emotional health, our soul’s health, in a way that truly leaves room for using your voice as well as engaging with others to use their voice.

Spirit: Oh my goodness…..THIS VIDEO that walked me through an imagery meditation was powerful in connecting and nurturing my relationship with God….which is what our spirit’s health is all about!  Talk about truly pausing and remembering what we are about to celebrate in just a few short days!

Finally… here are some blog posts you may have missed recently:

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 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 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!

I miss smiles and hugs!

I REALLY MISS SMILES AND HUGS!

Two years ago we were told to cover our smiles and to not touch, not hug, STAY AWAY from each other!

Oh, how I saw so much wrong with this from the very beginning….I had hoped against all hope that the insanity would go away….yet here we are two years into it and we are more divided and our humanity is at even greater risk.

I think I am super passionate about this because these both strike to the core of my own healing journey.

You see when I went to the HEALING THE WHOLE PERSON retreat years ago I was able to finally recognize why I would bristle sometimes at the thought of someone else initiating a hug…..yet I am one of those when I meet you I will ask you if you like hugs because I WANT TO HUG YOU!

What I had discovered during that retreat was because touch had been used against me in my past traumas I had turned off the want and need for touch.  That retreat helped me in this healing process to be receptive fully to touch again.  And to actually even realize that my secondary love language is touch.  My first being words!

Now as for smiles…..

If you have ever watched the short-lived tv series “Lie to Me” you learn loosely about the science of micro-expressions.   What is interesting is there is a woman in the show who is sought out by the lead character to work in his firm because she is a “natural” with reading people.  You later discover it is because of her childhood traumas that she is a “natural” but can still use some work in learning about the science of micro-expressions.

I remember when I watched that episode in how it resonated with me.  And it had me wondering if my ability to read people was due to nature or nurture (the traumas in life) or a combo….

For me, it really doesn’t matter…..because I view it as a beautiful gift that I can read people very well.  Now….what is interesting is we truly all have the ability to do this….it is just some of us are more sensitive to it than others…..and some practice the art/science, even more, to get better at it.  I just do it.

The body speaks but the face is the most expressive and the best way to read someone.  ESPECIALLY AROUND THE MOUTH!

Then there is the whole thing about being made in the image and likeness of God…..being the face of God…..

I can go on and on….but my point in all this is as I draw nearer to the year anniversary of having lost my dad I yearn for hugs and smiles even more.

I miss being able to give the sign of peace by actually shaking hands with others during Mass.  I dislike not knowing if a person who is wearing a mask is feeling sad or happy so I can in return give a reassuring smile.  Now I know I can do this anyways….but there is something about that connection of seeing a mouth and KNOWING how they are feeling.  

The biggest thing that I have to fight within me is not absorbing the “blah” I feel from all those around me who are wearing masks or who are definitely avoiding others’ touch…..these people put off particular energy, spirit, emotion that is just heavy.  

BUT…..instead of sinking into despair or frustration…..I smile to myself….and I dig in deeper into my prayer life!  My smiling and hugging life has become deeper and richer with my friends and family who know how I MUCH I THRIVE AND WANT THEIR HUGS AND SMILES!

Do you miss smiles and hugs?

How have you been nurturing your healing journey with fewer public hugs and smiles?

I would love to hear your thoughts!

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!

Breast Health & Thermography

Over the course of the years when I was actively coaching women on whole health I would be asked about breast health….particularly about mammograms.  I never really thought much about mammograms one way or another…..other than the fact that I thought they were necessary for us women.  Especially for women who have a family history or women like me who have dense breasts therefore we are always having to “weed out” if a lump we detect is one we have always had or a new one!

About 10 years ago I watched the docuseries “The Truth About Cancer” and in it, there were several different interviews that covered breast cancer specifically.  There was amazing info on prevention, detection, post, etc…..   But the thing that really stuck out to me was the expert/professional being interviewed talked about WHY a mammogram is actually more problematic than helpful.

NOW….before you start yelling at me and saying things like “my mammogram saved my life” or “if it wouldn’t have been for my mammogram I wouldn’t have known”……PLEASE HEAR THE SCIENCE OUT…..

Think of a cancer cell as like a pimple.  It actually is contained.  We actually have many cancer cells floating in our body at all times.  But our bodies are amazing healers that they usually take care of that cell and eliminate it out of our system one way or another.   

Now, what happens when we start squeezing on a pimple?  It gets more inflamed, it might even ooze stuff, and even cause more problems than if we would have just looked at the pimple and started doing things to reduce the pimple and eliminate it from the inside….in essence dry it out so it goes away!

In the interview, the professional talked about how a cancer cell that may not have been triggered “on” can be triggered “on” by being compressed…..just like a pimple…it will burst and ooze its toxins.  YUCK….this had me thinking there had to be better ways to detect and prevent…..which had me learning more about thermography.

Now a combo of healthy living with real food, balancing your nutrition not being too acidic and not too alkaline….that Goldilocks balance…..exercise….sleep…..less stress….balanced hormones…..all the stuff we know is super important.

For the sake of this blog post I am going to share info specific to THERMOGRAPHY and how it can be helpful for your breast health in early detection….even earlier than a mammogram….

I am going to share lots of resources and let the experts do the talking :)…..

When I am doing research I like going to Dr Axe first….mostly because his info is so super easy and digestible to read.  Even a person who is absolutely new to the holistic world of health can get so much from what he shares.  In THIS ARTICLE he actually gives the history and understanding with sourcing on Mammograms and then goes into a short ending about THERMOGRAPHY which then links you to his ARTICLE ABOUT THERMOGRAPHY.

In THIS ARTICLE….it shares with you all those FAQ’S a woman will have about THERMOGRAPHY. Questions like:

  • How can it help?
  • How is it different from a mammogram?
  • What else can it detect in your body?
  • And sooo much more

In THIS VIDEO INTERVIEW, Dr Mercola sits down and talks with Gaea Powell about THERMOGRAPHY!

Now you might say, “Yeah but Kelly what about medical journals and documented stuff that isn’t just in the holistic world?”  I always find it interesting that many believe that the holistic world isn’t backed by science.  If anything the holistic world is in even more cooperation with science, nature, and God…..than traditional medicine that sometimes ego and pride start overshadowing the science and they start grinding their feet into the ground and aren’t willing to say….” oh maybe just maybe we do have a new and better way of doing things”…..

So for the skeptics…..here is a list of research and references to help your research heart!

Finding a place that offers thermography in your area is pretty easy just plug in THERMOGRAPHY IN (FILL IN TOWN, STATE)…..for me I plugged in Georgetown, Texas and did my search that way!

What I found helpful was seeing how many chiropractors offer it…..which is helpful because even if the chiropractor you go to doesn’t offer it he/she may know of someone or a facility they trust.  

Which brings you to the question does insurance cover it?  Some do and some don’t.   

BUUT…if your insurance covers your chiropractor and your chiropractor orders it there may be a work-around.  It may be worth exploring.  But this is the thing I have seen it cost as little as $100 for just the breast scan.  Isn’t $100 out of pocket worth the peace of mind that you are CATCHING it even earlier than a mammogram and not putting yourself at unnecessary risks?

Here is the thing….with anything in health….donot just trust and rely on western medicine, traditional medicine, all the “alphabet” organizations, that state they have your best interest in mind….donot just take their word for it!  

Be willing to go outside of the box….outside what you maybe have always known….do your own research always!  But don’t just go to US studies, research, and the medical world.  Check what the medical journals in other countries are researching, what do other cultures teach, which countries have the least cases of anything you might be researching and learn what it is about their society, health practices, that might be helpful to learn from.  

Empower yourself to be in charge of YOUR health and not just DO what THEY tell you you “should” do because of old, outdated research…..

It is YOUR HEALTH, YOUR BODY, YOUR LIFE…..and God has equipped you with all you need to learn how to best care for yourself.

Many blessings always.  And if you think this info would be helpful to a loved one please pass it on.  Be an advocate of love and knowledge to those around us!

Hugs and prayers,

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!

Spanish Flu, New Friday Blog Posts, & Soul-filling podcast!

This week I have been really thinking about not only how we are entering into Christmas in just 10 days but how can we continue on our health journey through the winter, to be better prepared for anything that winter may have in store for us.  After all last winter here in Texas, we had the ice storms that left people without electricity, stranded, cold, and so much more.

This had me realizing I wanted you to always, have not only these modified emails that I turn into a blog post, that I send to my email list with the MIND, BODY, SOUL, SPIRIT tips and resources for our health ……but also some easy to access ACTIONABLE ideas and resources for you.

So starting this week here on this blog….FRIDAYS will be dedicated to exactly that!

Therefore Mondays on the blog will still be focused on healing journeys that come from my own personal journey always in hopes of providing encouragement and support to you by sharing my own personal journey through traumas, health crisis, dysmorphia, and more.

Wednesdays on the blog are usually a recap or a variation of the email newsletter so that the MIND BODY SOUL SPIRIT thoughts and links are easily accessible for all here on the blog!

And now FRIDAYS will have practical actionable plans and resources.

Things like:

  • Recipes
  • wholefood/real food made easy
  • Protocols for “if” or “when” with ANY health situation
  • Preventative protoclas
  • Winter prep for your house
  • DIY’s for cleaning, body care, and more

Basically everything and anything that I think St.  Hildegard would want you to know and learn from to live a holistic health and life.

So for example she talks a lot about FENNEL, and let me tell you what she is a huge fan of fennel.   So there may be a FRIDAY that is just all about FENNEL… everything you can do with it….why you would want to use it….how to use it fresh, cooked, in essential oil, in a tincture….etc.  Or I might talk about Headaches and all the different holistic approaches you can take.  Or one final example would be say a holistic pantry check-off list.  

I look forward to bringing this to you through my blog.

So if you are not subscribed to this blog yet don’t hesitate by CLICKING HERE because 2022 is going to be so much fun here with SOOO many nuggets of support that I really don’t want you to miss out on it!

Now I know I just shared a whole lot with you…lol…..so thank you for still sticking around cause now I am going to dive into what has been resonating with me over this last week to share with you as we grow in our MIND BODY SOUL SPIRIT health journey!

SUPPORTING OUR WHOLE HEALTH:

Mind:  I am not sure if this article I read fits best here or in the body part…lol…..but I am sticking it here in our mental health because I really want us to think about it from a critical thinking point of view.  This article is about the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic!  This article is predominantly about the mask.  I do not want this to be a trigger for anyone…what I do desire is for us to continue to learn….grow…and follow science.  If you like this article you can always find more at Dr. M3rc0la’s website.  (Why did I type his name weirdly?  Because he has been censored in such a horrible way over the last 2 years that I don’t want even my typing his name for you to be censored…lol….)

Body:  I have been following a holistic health team for a while now that I just MUST shout out about again!  REFORM WELLNESS approaches your health with all the same elements I share with you about: mind, body, soul, spirit…..true holistic health with testings, etc.  When a dear friend of mine shared it with me I thought, I will get on their email list and at least glean and learn from them.  Oh my goodness totally love this team and how they truly want to help people figure out what is going on with their physical health and have actionable plans PLUS really addressing the spiritual and soul health!  WOW!…..at the very least get signed up for their emails because they have amazing nuggets of wisdom each month!

***Often I think we get the soul and spirit part of our health confused so real quick before I go into the soul and spirit tip and thought for the week let’s do a quick refresher on what they each are:

  • Our soul’s health is how our emotions help us relate to humanity.  
  • Our spirit is our connection to God.  Trusting God, loving God.

With that being said….

Soul:  Okay so now that I have that defined….ironically this share was hard for me to pick between soul and spirit…..but I chose SOUL because for me it was how can I continue to relate and be present for others around me as I try not to feel overwhelmed in soul health of our world!

PLUS….these 3 lovely ladies talked about ST. HILDEGARD in this podcast… a huge bonus on my part!  Powerful healing prayer is done at the end…..which when we are healing our own soul we are able to better relate with others and then it also strengthens our spirit and our connection to God!

Spirit: Finally….as I continue to grow in my connection and love for and with God…..I appreciate my daily practice of Lectio Divina even more…..I think I took it for granted before….I went through the motions of it but never FULLY abandoned myself to be TRULY RAW AND RECEPTIVE to trust God….oh how He helps us grow and learn….which then had me remembering that I had a Lectio Divina Journal before….years ago….that I had purchased through Sonja Corbitt (The Bible Study Evangelista)…..I think I am going to be ordering this journal again now that I understand the format of the journal even more now!

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!

“Just” a wife and mother…

Some women discredit themselves either they say they are “just” a stay-at-home mom or “just a wife…

They don’t realize the amazing value and importance in these roles….these callings…

Being a mom is truly one of the hardest jobs a woman will ever have.  We wear many hats.  And truly many un-recognized moments…..yet the MOST REWARDING “JOB” EVER!

I have always known I was to be a wife and mother.

I never doubted my vocation and calling to marriage and motherhood.

I especially have never doubted when God has asked me to walk away from several career paths in the past and even business ventures.  I knew I was to be a full-time wife and mom and homeschooler.

I have fallen in love with my vocation and calling more than I could ever describe.  Yet there have been times over the course of the years when a woman comes into my life and the encounter would have me questioning what God had/has planted so firmly in my heart and soul.  

I would wonder maybe I’m not enough as “just” wife and mother?  Maybe I am supposed to be doing more?  Am I hiding from my gifts and talents?  Am I ignoring something God might be calling me to?

But then when I would get silent from the mental chatter and truly communicate with God and listen for His voice, He would remind me what He is calling me to…..what makes me uniquely me….and to QUIT COMPARING, COVETING, JUDGING myself as well as other women….to BE ME…

Now over the years, God has called me into many different roles: military, fiscal management, personal trainer, fertility specialist, college campus ministry, a non-profit assistant, a non-profit manager, at-risk youth program coordinator, CPS investigator, writing, wellness coaching, EFT coaching, mindset coaching, Oils Educator, content writer, leadership facilitator, event organizer, speaker….you name it I have probably done it…lol.

But one thing that I’ve been able to discover ever more clearly in the last 6 months, if not this whole last year with my dad passing away…..is just how much I truly appreciate and value being “just” wife and mom!

There is such a reward and treasure in knowing you are able to be that vessel for God to another human being in a very intimate way, day in and day out.

That I am in cooperation with God in forming and molding the next generation through my daughter.  It is humbling to know I can empower and encourage my husband to go out into the world to lead his team, to do what he needs to do and he knows he doesn’t have to worry about anything on the homefront because I’ve got his back….or we like to say in our house, “I’ve got his six!”…lol…

And in this season of my life, God is calling me to pursue my writing and to help build our parishes library ministry.  BUT….to hold to these loosely as I have held to every other endeavor loosely because my FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT vocation and calling is WIFE AND MOTHER!

I honestly don’t know if I would have truly come to the fullness of this appreciation if I hadn’t lost my dad this last year.  

The last 2 years I was allowing myself to become consumed with a business endeavor… that yes God called me into but I started to basically tell Him how it was supposed to look and not listen to how He wanted it to go….because I wasn’t taking as much time to sit silently with  Him.  I wasn’t practicing Lectio Divina.

When some pivotal moments took place this summer….the scales were removed from my eyes and I was able to clearly see when and how I veered from what He was asking of me.  And as I have been able to have more and more distance from that experience I am able to settle more and more into remembering how much I LOVE BEING “JUST” WIFE AND MOTHER!

I may not ever make millions of dollars being “just” a mom and wife….but oh how I truly feel like the richest woman on the planet….I AM ABUNDANTLY BLESSED.

In the business world, the term “abundance” is so often associated with money.  And there is always this in a way “beating yourself up” as having a “lack of abundance” mindset if you aren’t trying to pursue millions of dollars.  But I think we miss the mark in realizing that abundance is a descriptor word.  I can be abundant in shoes, abundant in my pantry….and I can be abundant in my family life….and that is what I am!!

I am abundantly blessed to have a husband….who may from time to time in our 26 plus years of marriage….does not always understand why I don’t desire to pursue crazy business deals….or careers…..he may not always understand it but I know he appreciates me….and he loves that I make sure his meals are packed for his day….that he has a hot dinner to sit down to at the table….that we go for daily walks either in the morning or the evening…and that I tend to our relationship with the same vigor as some tend to their jobs.

I think he also appreciates that I took the time years ago to understand his top love languages, which are time and service, therefore my serving him well in our household and taking the time to tend to our marriage and relationship means more to him than even he realizes.

I know that he appreciates that we aren’t running around in different directions, as we have before in the past, that I am truly present for him when he gets home at the end of a busy day.

Even though service and time are not my love languages it truly does fill up my cup when I know I am loving him well…..to know that I am living out my gifts and talents of coaching, mentoring, writing, speaking, leading my family so they can best live out their gifts and talents to the world.  

I know I was beautifully wonderfully made for this….and I am able to fully embrace this and not feel ashamed or embarrassed about loving being “just” a wife and mother.

What are you so passionate about that you are ready to embrace God’s will for your life and love who you are in that calling….to truly 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 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!

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!

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