Recently, I visited a museum of art. This was no ordinary museum. It was the Louvre in Paris, France. This museum is extraordinary. Large pieces of art, sculptures, with figurines as far as the eye can see. Millions of people visit this historic place each year. It truly is incredible! What was striking is that the women in eachRead More
Breaking up with a true love is painful. It can be emotionally and physically taxing. When breakups happen, thoughts about the loss consumes the mind. Often it feels difficult to move forward and the longings can weigh heavily on one’s spirit. Difficulty in sleeping, moodiness, and anger can occur. DivisionsRead More
Enjoying the sunshine, fresh air and warm days outside are wonderful! Morning or evening walks, outside games, and picnics are ways people spend those summer days. Why would anyone spend a moment inside whenRead More
Back in the day when I was a girl, my mother provided three meals a day for our family. She was able to stay at home to provide care for us, and she took her job seriously. Planting a garden and canning foods, clipping coupons and working with a budget. Time seemed slower, but maybe it was becauseRead More
What are essential oils? Many people, including healthcare workers, are unaware of the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. With advancements in pharmaceutical technology, essential oils have beenRead More
The latest and greatest in medical news seems to change weekly. We are told of recent studies that suggest new ways of dieting or exercising. Eat this, not that. Supplement with these, avoid those. Exercise this way, not that. It's certainly confusing asRead More
For decades, we have been told to eat a low-fat diet to avoid high cholesterol, heart disease, and weight loss. It was in the 1970s that Ancel Keys hypothesized that eating a high fat diet would make usRead More
The fires that grow inside us get us moving. The fire of passion, desire, or motivation help us to strive to do our best. But maybe there's a different fire that is putting your health at risk. Recently I attendedRead More
Eat real food...it sounds simple enough, yet many people don't actually do it. What does it mean? Isn’t all food real? What’s “fake”Read More
Have you ever wondered why somedays we feel happy and other days grumpy? Or sad? What is our brain telling us? Could it be that we just had a really great day or maybe the stresses of life are getting us down?Read More
When I was a little girl, I loved playing poker with my dad. It was usually the two of us with my mom's cousin at our family cabin. The cabin was primitive, and at night with no television, it was a time to play cards. We sat at the kitchen table with a kerosene lamp on the side. Because I was the young one with the best eyes, I usually sat in the middle where there was only limited lighting. We would divide the chips and "ante up" to begin the game. The dealer got to decide whether it was black jack or five card draw and what cards, if any, were wild. It was the only place my dad played cards with me. It's one of the best memories I have of him.
In life we are dealt circumstances, many beyond our control. The hand we hold will look different throughout our journey. Sometimes we can hold onto our hand and play, hoping it's enough to get through. Other times, it's necessary to throw a couple back and take a chance for something better or maybe even a wild card. Perhaps that new outlook will change the circumstances for the better.
How do you play the cards in your life? Do you hold onto your hand because you don't want to take a risk? Unless a few cards are exchanged there's no way to know if there's something better in store, but the risk is the next cards drawn could be worse. Sometimes we get stuck in our routines and cycles of life that may not be serving us well. While some people are big risk takers, others tend to be more conservative. Which area do you fall into?
Think about what's not serving you well. Is it your current job? A relationship that's holding you back? A health crisis? Imagine your life in a different way...what does it look like? What can you do today to make a change and find peace, joy, and balance?
I think in order to grow, we must give back some of those cards and explore what else is possible. It's a chance for growth and explorations and adventures! Even if you draw a deuce, it will be okay. Ever heard of the word, bluff? I was pretty good at that part in cards. Sometimes it's necessary to bluff in life too. What I mean by that is the attitude in which the deuce is handled. Being grumpy, mad, or having a poor attitude is not healthy and serves no good purpose. That deuce is a gift. It was drawn for a reason. Treat it so and treasure it as such. There is something to learn from it, so start learning.
Each of us is shaped by the cards we are dealt and the ways we play them. If you've ever had a royal flush, you'll understand the feeling that comes with holding the highest possible poker hand. It feels great to take that chance and win the hand. But it is just one hand in many events of life. It usually doesn't happen that often, the odds are against it. That's doesn't mean though you shouldn't take the chance. Look at the cards in your hand right now. What can you throw back that will allow the possibility of something better?
Health bite: It's not the hand you are dealt, it's how it's played.
Did you ever see yourself as an actor? Many of us play one....just not on television. We smile, greet strangers warmly, or hold the door for someone we will never see again. At church, we dress up in our best outfits and have our spouse and children in tow. We sing, pray, and speak lovingly to those around us. When we go to work, we talk about he fun adventures spent during the weekend. We allow social mediaRead More
Many of us have been destroying this common weed that can benefit our health. Each year countless time and frustrations are spent on weeding our gardens with seemingly little effect. I know for me, at times, the weeds seem to overrun the vegetables I’m trying to grow. Therefore, I would like to suggest another alternative. Let's eat them instead!Read More
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have a bad reputation, but are they all bad? Scientists have been tinkering with nature for centuries and it hasn’t been all bad. Food manufactures, because of the growing trend to avoid GMO projects, have made some hefty changes in what it offersRead More
About 16 years ago, I was diagnosed with hypothyroid disease. It began when I noticed some weight gain I just couldn’t seem to lose. My gynecologist told meRead More
I have the luxury of having weekends off. Not everyone does, but even if your weekend is on a Tuesday, this could be your opportunity to plan for the up coming week. Often times, we get into trouble with the failure toRead More
There is no such thing as having too many friends. Friends are people who come along in life just at the right time. They are there during the good times and bad times. FriendsRead More
We don’t know what we don’t know. It’s easy to assume that folks should do the right thing, but it’s not always so easy. We are a product of our upbringing and follow what we have been taught. For some, that’s as far as it goes. For othersRead More
Why is our brain wired for negativity? I've heard before that negativity is the wrong with the human race. I believe it to be true. We tend to naturally find fault in the most simplest of things like the bread is dry or the water is too warm. Why can't we beRead More
"Just act normal." "Why can't you just be normal?" Normal. It seems like a simple word, but it has great depth. Likely each person strives to be normal just to fit in; and normal looks different for each person depending on the stage of life. One thing that is constant isRead More