Peace Offering 


How does the saying go? “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle?” A good reminder for everyone, myself included. Life gets messy. Emotions take over. We begin to see through tainted lenses. Egos get bruised. Things get said out of fear, hurt and self defense. Feelings get hurt. We may feel unappreciated. Resentments form. Divides widen… it’s a slippery slope. It can show up everywhere and spread like cancer. Like a chain reaction. Sometimes it can get out of control. Awareness is key. Humility is key. We often project our own hurts and insecurities onto others in this state of mind. I’ve learned in my 43 years that, like a mirror, what we see in someone that we don’t like is usually what we fear and reject in ourselves. Instead of condemning them, if we have self awareness, we can recognize it, and instead thank that person silently for shining the mirror. 🙏🏻When it feels like everyone is pissing in your cornflakes, and you don’t know why, and then you break down and surrender and realize your own shortcomings and take responsibility for them and sob like a baby and ask God how can you fix it and come back from the downward spiral of negative and toxic emotions…. he gives you an answer.👽

**And by my use of “you” and “your”, I’m really referring to myself. It just sounds more relatable to speak in the general “you”. 😊

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Being a human is the hardest thing my soul has ever done. Remember we are all just humans riddled with flaws and here to learn (hopefully) before we move onto the next soul adventure.👽 I believe in my heart that it’s no mistake that this is the first card I drew when I asked God for guidance this morning when my heart was hurting so bad that I didn’t know what to do. I’ll put the meaning below… #godislistening ✨

This card heralds the resolution of an argument or misunderstanding.  Those involved in the situation are ready to forgive and forget.  Be open to seeing the other person’s point of view to soften any hard feelings.  As you allow compassion into the situation, love’s healing power ensures that everyone’s needs are met harmoniously.  Leave the details about how this situation will be resolved to the infinite wisdom of Spirit.
Additional meanings for this card: Be willing to forgive.  Have compassion for everyone involved in this situation, including yourself.  Accept another’s apology.  See the humor in the situation.
White Buffalo Calf Woman is a prophetess who appeared to the Lakota Native Americans.  She presented to the Lakotas with a special pipe to amplify the power of their prayers and to bridge a connection between Earth and Heaven.  As she turned to leave the tribe, she turned into a buffalo of different colors to signify the unity of all races of humanity.  She promised that she would return to help bring unity and peace to Earth.  The sign of her return would be the birth of a white buffalo calf.  Call upon White Buffalo Calf Women to instill harmony into your relationships and for world peace.

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Bugger OFF!

​This stuff is no joke, y’all. 24 hours into camping and no one is complaining of bites. 👍🏻
I used to HATE being outdoors because the bugs LOVE me, and what I hate even more is the toxic layer of film stuck to my body after spraying myself with the awful smelling stuff from the store. That shit’ll kill ya–for real! Then trying to scrub it off in the shower? Forget it! I felt like it took a couple showers to really get that crap OFF (see what I did there?😉) Soooo….. I just stopped participating in outdoor stuff (lame). 🤷🏻‍♀️
This Bugger Off spray is not only refreshing when you spray it on, but it is good for you as it soaks in your skin (yes! Your skin is the largest organ you have; it’s like a sponge), and you don’t feel grimy and nasty at the end of the day. 🙌🏻🤘🏻✌🏻

Moving forward 

What an absolutely gorgeous day today! Perfect weather, peaceful picnic by the water with the warmth of the sun on my face, the soft breeze blowing through my hair, the sound of the trees rustling and the water lapping on the shore, and cute doggies playing in the water. Before I headed into work, again, I intuitively chose four oils to work with today. Four seems to be my magic number these days, so I’m going with it! I’ll have to look up the significance of the number 4. This is what I reached for, and the properties of each one is below!
BLUE CYPRESS is produced from the steam distillation of the wood of the tree, which is indigenous to Australia. It is the only naturally blue oil that comes from a tree.

This oil has a wide variety of traditional uses, which include supporting the body’s natural response to irritation and injury as well as aiding normal breathing.

Traditionally used to moisturize dry skin, this oil also has historical use as a component in perfumes and even as an adhesive.

The Australian Aborigines also burned the wood of this tree to repel mosquitos and midges.

SUGGESTED USES:

Apply this oil topically to support the circulatory system.

Apply this oil to the abdomen to assist with normal cramping.

Diffuse this oil to support normal breathing.

Add this oil to your moisturizer to help with dry skin.
NORTHERN LIGHTS BLACK SPRUCE: Dr. Gary Young tells about how the electrical charge that comes from the Northern Lights is picked up by the Black Spruce trees–They have little antenna-like receptors. It is literally freezing (-50 degrees) much of the year where the trees grow. Because of this the Black Spruce roots go deep into the ground to stay strong through the cold weather. This is representative of how the oil may help you. Black Spruce’s job is not to protect you but to EMPOWER you to become STRONG! It’s the power of the Spruce for your core being. It is to take care of your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It gives you the strength to do what you came here to do. It will help you weather the storms of life. It will help you when you are alone. It will ground you, empower you and strengthen you in your path.
TRANSFORMATION essential oil blend empowers you to replace negative beliefs with uplifting thoughts, changing your overall attitude, emotions, and behavior. Reaching into the deepest recesses of memory, this oil strengthens and upholds the changes you want to make in your belief system. Positive, uplifting beliefs are foundational for a positive change in behavior.

SUGGESTED USES:

Diffuse to promote a positive outlook.

Apply topically to encourage affirmative life changes.

Apply to your chakras to integrate body harmonic frequencies.
ABUNDANCE blend combines oils such as Orange and Ginger, which were used by ancient cultures to attract prosperity and magnify joy and peace.

This oil is a manifesting blend which helps attracts wealth and health in our lives. The frequency of the oil is the same as the brain.

Somatides transmit frequencies from the cells to outside of the body. This happens when you smell this essential oil and project thoughts of prosperity into the universe. In simpler terms, this is called the “Universal Law of Attraction”!

SUGGESTED USES:

Put a couple drops of this oil on a ribbon and tie it to your mailbox to attract wealth into your life.

Put a few drops of this oil in your paint when you paint your home or office.

Diffuse this oil and repeat to yourself, “I am abundant!”.

Wear this oil on your heart to have peace.

Intuitive Diffusing 

Tonight I felt preoccupied and couldn’t put my finger on what was bothering me. I just felt… off. You ever feel like that? I do. A lot. So, I felt a nudge to go to my oil wall and intuitively choose oils to work with before I go to bed, and these are what I chose. I had an idea of what each one did, but couldn’t recall all of it off the top of my head. So I looked each oil up, and these are the emotional aspects of each oil I felt drawn to. (Umm… makes total sense–spot on, by the way!😄)Check out how each oil I can will benefit below!

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Idaho Balsam Fir creates a feeling of grounding, anchoring, and empowerment. It can stimulate the mind while allowing the body to relax. It has been described as appeasing, elevating, and opening. It is also very emotionally balancing.
Vetiver has a heavy, smokey, earthy fragrance reminiscent of patchouli with lemonlike undertones. Because of its psychologically grounding, calming, and stabilizing properties, vetiver has also been valuable for relieving stress and helping people recover from emotional traumas and shock. As a natural tranquilizer, it may help induce a restful sleep. It is known to affect the parathyroid gland. According to Susanne Fischer-Rizzi, “Sexual energies become more peaceful and grounded.”
Bergamot may help to relieve anxiety, depression, stress, and tension. It is uplifting and refreshing. It helps to expand and open the heart chakra and to radiate love energy.
Release is a powerful blend for enhancing the release of memory trauma from the cells of the liver, where anger and hate emotions are stored. The frequency of the oils in Release may aid in the letting go of negative emotions so one can progress in a more effective and efficient way. It helps to release frustration.

Non-toxic deodorant made easy


Ok… y’all are gonna think I’m crazy, but I’m gonna get a little personal for a minute. Me crazy? Me personal? Nah, never! 😜 So like, by now you know I’m a breast cancer survivor, right? And of course everyone knows about how the regular deodorants most typically buy at the drug store jam packs your lymph nodes with harmful stuff that shouldn’t be in there, right? 😉And that 99% of breast cancer tissue contains things found in deodorants and lotions (aka Parabens, Antimony, Arsenite, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Selenite, Tin), right?😉Coincidence? I think not. So I have been off the store bought stuff for a couple years. Know what I use now? Toothpaste. Yep. But this toothpaste specifically is #theshit . I’m here to tell you I applied a pea-sized amount to my palm and rubbed it in at 9 am, and it held up against: a long car ride down to obx, SKYDIVING (talk about making you sweat from being under pressure!), a trek up Jockey’s Ridge in blaring sun and 95 degree heat, a long car ride back home, checking out RVs and campers in said 95 degree heat (do you realize how hot those things are inside when the ac isn’t on?), a dinner with friends. At about 11pm I took a whiff, expecting to be highly offended, but… nope! If I’m being honest, they actually smelled surprisingly good! So good I made Erik smell, too! 🤣 He said, “smells like oils.” #boom 💥 #nomoretoxinsinthesepits💥

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#toxinfreeskincare #toxinfreeliving #toxinfree #naturaldeodorant #youngliving #toothpastedeodorant #thievesdentaromeplustoothpaste #dentaromeplus #stinkfreepits 

Jump!

So, I did a thing. 😊 My husband took me skydiving for my birthday and also to celebrate my 10 year #cancerversary ! What better way to celebrate surviving #cancer than jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, right? 😉 This is something I have always wanted to do. I can’t wait to do it again. @skydiveobx did a great job and were a lot of fun! Great view, perfect weather, smooth landing. Thanks for surprising me, babe and making one of my dreams come true! Best birthday ever! 😍😘❤️✨#bucketlist #skydiving #freefall #skydiveobx

Depression 

It’s a slippery slope. When I think of how it feels, I always imagine being stuck in rough seas… 
The waves start coming, and I do my best to jump over them, and I’m doing ok for a while, have a rhythm going, and I’m getting by. Then a rogue set starts coming in out of nowhere and before I even know what’s happening, I get out of rhythm, I’m not jumping high enough to get over the waves, and the waves start washing over me. I gasp for air and trash around trying to regain control. Then panic and anxiety set in, and it’s usually a mess after that until the waves calm down again. 
Once I get back under control and feeling good, it’s so hard to imagine how I could have felt so low. The rush from NOT feeling lower than low is almost intoxicating, and I do whatever I can to stay there. I get into a rhythm, and sometimes I even get so bold and brazen as to forget how it felt to feel that low and tell myself I’ll “never” let myself get that low again. 😏 
It’s usually about that time that a rouge set comes in out of nowhere and smacks me in the face….. it all starts again. I usually never see it coming either. Then as I feel myself losing control again, I struggle and fight…. and it’s a vicious cycle and I am reminded how quickly things can get messy again. It’s extremely humbling. And to be completely honest, I’m in one of those struggling phases at this very moment… Where I’ve just had to accept the fact that I’m backsliding and starting to trash around trying to find something to keep me afloat. 
I’m trying to remain calm this time around though. I’m trying so hard to remember to use new tools I’ve found that I know have helped me in the past. It’s crazy how easy it is to forget those things, too… like I said, it’s a very slippery slope staying aware and ahead of your patterns and keeping things in check at the same time you’re literally trying not to lose your mind once again. When I start feeling this way it becomes very hard to *want* to take care of myself because the very nature of this beast is *not* thinking of myself in a loving way and therefore not taking the time to do good things for myself (or others for that matter). It sucks. It’s a constant struggle. It’s even harder to understand. For right now I just try and remember to run towards the light. Sometimes I remember…

http://www.today.com/health/teen-s-viral-post-facebook-shows-what-depression-t111459?cid=sm_npd_td_fb_ma

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