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    Where Do We Go From Here?

    This month marks the end of one of the most intense years I can remember. I am planning to take two weeks off over the holidays to reflect and regroup. I also intend to make an epic list of every intense moment I can remember from this year. Maybe I will tuck the list away in a journal or maybe I will burn it. I’m not sure how this all plays out, yet.   This has been a year when I’ve had to let go of control. I’ve had to let things be what they are. I’ve had to watch myself fail and not live up to my own standards.…

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    A Simple Strategy for Change

    An almost-teenager waking with nightmares every night… Allergy symptoms that reappear after many months of reprieve… Sudden and dramatic anger outbursts over small things… A mouth sore that makes eating and talking a little painful… These have all come up in our little family in the past few months. I’m sure you could make a list of your own. Life gives us new challenges fairly frequently. Re-Learning How to Respond It’s easy enough to revert to the solutions that our parents used or that we have become culturally schooled in or that we are just used to. There are over-the-counter medicines for just about everything. For many of us, these…

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    Lotsa News: Cancer, New Rates, and General Updates

    It’s Been Awhile. I have been silent in this space for quite awhile now. I have been busy doing the work I love – supporting women and families in healing naturally. Last summer, I got a sunny third floor office (see pics below) in the church where I work part time managing a farm food distribution. I absolutely love the space. It’s perfect for what I need, and it’s meant that more than half of my current clients are in person (instead of via phone/Skype). Tracking with so many clients has meant less time to write. But, I love writing and hope to be able to write more very soon. ++++++++++++++++ On…

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    My Thoughts on Having a Cell Phone

    About a year ago, I got a cell phone for the first time in my life. I’m not sure how I succeeded at steering clear of them for so many years or even why it felt so important to me, though my list of reasons was long and surely not unfounded. I am a person who feels strongly about certain things and can grip onto a stance and not let go. Mostly, that quality has been a good thing, but sometimes it gets petty and perfectionistic and more harmful than good. I think this particular issue reached the point where I was digging my heals in, squeezing my eyes shut,…

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    Thoughts on My Youngest Starting Kindergarten

    This has been a rough week. It’s hard for me to write anything after a week like this. I simply feel drained. Exhausted to my bones. Sleep seems like a better option, but I’m committed to the discipline of writing, so here I am.   Here’s the thing beneath the surface of a busy and transitional week…   This week I watched the most joyful, hilarious, little ball of life I know fade and flicker. My five year old came home sad every day after kindergarten.

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    A Fresh Start

    The calendar year gives us several good opportunities for fresh starts…New Years Day, birthdays, anniversaries. Like many of you, this fresh start for me comes at the beginning of the school year. During the summer, my house was filled with laughter, forts, projects, and (generally speaking)…messes. Not to mention, that we had a LOT of travel over the summer. Though I miss all the sweet family time, I’m thankful for the peace and brain space that come with the rhythms of the school year.  This week, I have taken some extra space to reflect, pray, and plan. Sometimes it can feel extravagant to take time for things like this when everyone we know…

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    Dairy Free and Grain Free “Cheesy” Rolls

    When I was a kid, I loved cheesy breadsticks. I liked them more than pizza, actually, because I didn’t like tomato sauce until I was in my late twenties. I was very picky back then, and I attribute some of that to mineral deficiencies. As I learned about nutrition and traditional culture in my late twenties, I began to add in foods I hadn’t eaten my whole life. Within months, most of my pickiness was gone (though there are still a few hold-outs – namely, mustard, stewed tomatoes, and hot dogs). – Through those picky years, cheese and bread were definite comfort foods for me – especially, fresh, warm cheesy bread…

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    Heart of the Matter Sessions

    Symptoms of Something Below the Surface The woman in her twenties who has recurrent yeast infections and wants to know about how to do a Candida diet…she is also really struggling in her marriage – doesn’t feel loved or connected to her spouse. The mom with young children who cannot seem to drop the baby weight, is often bloated, and has sugar cravings…she is also working a stressful job, has very little energy, and is haunted by a traumatic event that happened a few years ago. The woman in her forties who is struggling with multiple hormone imbalances resulting in multiple surgeries and medications…deep down she feels disappointment about her…

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    Self Care While Your Kids Are Sick (or during other unexpectedly hard weeks)

    On Sunday evening, we were having a lovely meal and game night with one of our favorite families. They had invited us to come over a couple of times over the past month, but it hadn’t worked out for various reasons. I was so happy that we were finally having this fun evening together, when my 5-year old walked up to me and whispered, “My tummy hurts. I think I might throw up.” Of course, we made it only halfway to the bathroom before his dinner came up all over the shiny hardwood floors (so very happy it wasn’t carpet, though!). That was how my week started. The night that…

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    One Reason I Talk So Much About Self Care

    I see self care as the beginning of becoming your own health advocate and of trusting your own body’s ability to heal. I am a believer in natural health approaches, in integrative treatment, and in the ability of the body to heal itself given holistic support. I have seen real change and healing in myself, in my clients, and in my family through these natural means.   But, there is a real shift that is necessary in order to walk that path. That shift has less to do with which practitioners you see and what information you read (though that is part of the picture), and more to do with…