Synchronicity is a funny thing. A couple of weeks ago, I launched a biblically-based health coaching group for teenagers at our church Co-op. At the same time, I decided to jump on board with Eleven22’s Daniel Fast. I found myself digging into bible, searching for God’s principles for living well, starting with food. What I’ve found to be fascinating is how simple eating for wellness actually is, despite how complicated it seems when you rely on Google. Read More
At IIN, we teach the importance of joy in living a healthy and balanced life. Health isn’t just about eating kale and getting proper exercise; it’s equally important to relax, play, and laugh. We’ve all heard that “laughter is the best medicine,” and it’s true! Read More
Recently I blogged about my golden path. The golden path I shared is one that I created as I began facing a difficult trial. A season of grief, sorrow. The heat of summer. It was the daily actions I needed for "hunkering down". It was one of protection. Breathing, praying, yoga, quiet, contemplation. Our golden path changes with every season. It does not stay static. Being in touch with what we need in each season is vital to our well-being. So I reflect as I enter a new season. Read More
Your health is very likely affected by stress, even if you don't think it is. Take my story as an example. When I was diagnosed with melanoma in 2012, a comment I consistently heard from friends and family was: "how can you have cancer? You are so healthy!?" At first, I thought "I know, right?" But during that cancer journey, I embarked on some alternative therapies, one in which the practitioner used technology to measure my stress (through a measurement of my nervous system). What she said next really surprised me. Read More
You wake up at 3am with your heart racing. You have a pit in your stomach. You feel restless, light-headed, and hot. Your mind starts to race, and before you know it, you’re worrying about the list of things that need to be done tomorrow. Though mind and body reactions may vary, these symptoms are often an indication of anxiety. Read More
Things have been trying lately. So what actions does an integrative health coach take to preserve her health during trying times? When wading through stressful circumstances that require additional time and energy, it is immensely helpful to identify the daily actions that are key to your health and your sanity. My health coach and I recently sat down and mapped out what I refer to as my personal Golden Path, a path that will change over time but feels right to me in this season. Read More
There is heartbreak in our household. There is no easy way to say it. Divorce. I choke on the word even as I take pen to paper.
For those who are close to me, I apologize for the unconventional method of sharing this news (in writing instead of person-to-person), but I ask you to indulge me. Down deep, I am a writer. It is therapeutic for me. And, when I look down the list of people I should call and share with personally, it is daunting. And with every share, there is an element of reliving the pain. And so, I choose this vehicle.
For those who are not quite as close to me, I share with you too, in hopes that my choices are inspiring to you in some way, in some area of your life, now or in the future.
For those who do not know me as well, I share with you too, in hopes that my choices are inspiring to you in some way, in some area of your life, now or in the future. Read More
It’s an age-old question: How many times a week should I be exercising?
Unfortunately, there’s no magic number or simple formula to find the answer. Just like with food, the concept of bio-individuality applies to exercise, and what works for one person may not work for another. Read More
“When we look at a grain of rice, one second of mindfulness and concentration allows us to see that this grain contains the whole world - the rain, the cloud, the Earth, time, space, farmers, everything.” - Thich Nhat Hahn
My life is a chaotic whirlwind most days. I play Mom, Wife, Homemaker, Coach, Friend, Leader, Author, and Herbalist continuously all day long. My mind reflects this. Years of jumping from task to task, trying to accomplish it all has trained my brain to do the same, often leaving me feeling scattered and forgetful. If it weren’t for conscious practices of mindfulness, I am sure I’d go bonkers. Read More