Cannot believe it has been over 4 months since I last posted. A lot has been going on! The summer was hot, kids went back to school in August which in and of itself is a full-time job with shopping for uniforms, school supplies, clothing, shoes, dental and ophthalmologist appointments. Whew!! Then I took a course and passed my Series 215 which means I am now licensed to sell Health and Life Insurances. I let go of my Series 7 and Series 63 over 15 years ago so it felt good to go in and get this done. I am a firm believer in continuously learning everything that I can. Hurricane Irma came in a whirlwind (no pun intended) and September was a bit chaotic with lack of electricity, no school, no work, throwing away what had spoiled in the refrigerator and cooking with no electricity. I threw away what I had in the fridge but am still thankful that I have a nice amount of dehydrated foods in my cupboard. I also had to throw away 2 Quart bottles that each had different dehydrated peppers. I used incorrect lids which allowed moisture to set in so the peppers had a soft consistency instead of being able to break off. Lesson Learned! So even though I have been dehydrating for years, I still learned something new. Luckily it was only 2 jars. I always stress self-sustainability and was feeling good that I was able to cook on my eco-zoom (purchase many years ago) on my balcony. It takes any wood, sticks, and charcoal to get a nice little fire going and with my cast iron pan on top Voila! We cooked the chicken before it went bad, rice, and veggies. We have our Big Berkey water filter which we had used to bottle our water before the hurricane so we didn't have to run to the store and all the craziness going on. It's also a teaching moment for my kids to understand that if we are prepared with the right knowledge and tools almost anything can be overcome in a stress-free environment. I'm not saying it was easy because it hit 100* in our apartment and there was no wind. That was tough! But we stayed hydrated and after a few days left to stay with family until the utilities returned.
Community is very important especially during a crisis. Having plans in place to help your neighbors is essential. We all live on this one planet and we need to take care of each other to make it better for future generations. My neighbor gave me charcoal and ice and I loaned them an extra Coleman camp stove since they had the butane. We shared our resources and that always feels good. As the saying goes, no man is an island.
Another place that has a nice community is at the Coconut Grove Farmers Market which I've been at for a few months now and have only wonderful things to say about it. The vendors are fantastic and the people I have met that have bought Kombucha, Jams, or other products from The Monkey's Banana are amazing! I love that the shoppers at this market are so savvy about Organic, Non-Gmo, yet those that don't have that full knowledge are so willing to learn and make positive changes to their lifestyle, The holistic approach is one of mind, body, and spirit. The knowledge continues to grow and the expectation of what will be accomplished is a game changer.
To make change, write down a list of what interests you and number accordingly. Start with one item, learn and practice and once you are comfortable with that one item you move on to the next. This way you don't feel overwhelmed. and before you know it you will have learned so much and your health, skin, and manner of dealing with stress will be better than before.
Blessings to you,
Well hello there,
May was a very busy month and I only just realized I did not post at all. My apologies.
We are in the midst of high winds, hot weather, and lots of rain and while we complain because it discourages from going to the beach or the park, we really do need the rain. We are in a drought and the rain helps put out the wildfires in the Everglades as well as cools the weather down a bit.
I get into my moods of reading and researching anything and everything that comes to mind and recently (past few months) I was looking at the essential oils I have. It then so happened that the trailer for the movie Stink came out. Boy was it an eye opener. It's so funny because I believe we all know it deep in our subconscious that the products we use on a daily basis are no good for us. Also, it reaffirmed everything I believe in as to knowing your source and if you can't define where it's coming from and how its made, then make it yourself. In the movie Stink, it explains how any product with the word Fragrance as one of its ingredients is a cover up of hidden chemicals. Well, this made me start looking at the essential oils I used which have a grade of Organic. As you know by now, I believe in organic, self-sustainable, locally harvested, and if wild harvested then by ethical means. So imagine my surprise when I found out that in the Essential Oils World the grade of organic is beneath, yes, beneath Therapeutic Grade. Shock is not even close.
I started to look into what information I had and there was really not much on the labels. So, I asked a dear friend if she could tell me about the oils she uses. I've seen her testimonials on getting better after using them and how much healthier she feels. She guided me to the company and after looking into it I decided I would purchase from this company so that I could add these essential oils to my plant based medicine.
After placing my first order, which I did as a member in order to take advantage of the price savings, I was invited to a group of Facebook to learn all about essential oils. I was struck at how these members were so passionate about living organically and how they too had found this company. I've been diffusing oils in my home, and on my laptop and adding to certain extracts. I'm thrilled with this company. But do you know what really got me? The fact that they have the seed to seal program. In essence, it means they make sure the soil is fertile, they plant the seeds, and they harvest by hand. Unless you have done this you cannot understand the scope of what I am saying. This is huge! I have said so many times, the soil has to have all its beneficial microbes and to compost with worms for fertilizer. I am so proud to say that I joined Young Living Essential Oils. The educational tools and knowledge they provide is unimaginable. I feel so good when I add these essential oils to the plant based extrats to take it to the next organic, therapeutic level. Young Living also has the Vitality line which means its been made specifically for internal use, unlike most essential oils. Having food grade essential oils means you will reap the benefits internally as well as with the sense of security that you are not ingesting any chemically derived oil since these are steam distilled.
So after all this, all I can say is please inform yourself. Watch the movie Stink, it's definitely an eye opener and know your source. If you want to know more, please leave me a comment or send me an email.
Mother of three, trying to live an organic healthy lifestyle every day.