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    What’s on my mind today?

    Mental health. It is a topic that I gravitate towards. Likely because my own personal mental health has been top of mind lately. I have walked the line for years teetering on the edge of “I am OK” to “I am most definitely not OK”. I advocate for getting help, a sounding board i.e. your spouse, a sibling or a friend; a tribe that you can relate to, or paying for the services of a mental health professional. I have at any given time, leaned heavily on all of these support systems. Another way I cope is to journal. This space is in fact a public journal. The Rita Records…

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    Peppermint Essential Oil

    This is the third oil I am highlighting that comes in the Premium Starter kit.  Had I been more organized I might have saved my first Wellness Wendesday oil (Dorado Azul) for a later date.  Ah well – c’est la vie. From Young Living: Fresh, nostalgic, and instantly recognizable, Peppermint essential oil’s scent invigorates the mind and senses, while inspiring a sense of peace. Used topically, Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin, making it a favorite for sports massage and an important part of Young Living’s Raindrop Technique®. When your day is dragging—through a workout, class, or day at work—enjoy some Peppermint oil benefits by applying…

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    Catharsis

    Today has been emotional. I can’t be certain as to why. It feels like it came on out of the blue. This Wellness Wednesday post has nothing to do with essential oils and everything to do with mental and emotional health – my second favorite topic to discuss. When was the last time you had a good cry? Prior to today, I can’t recall the last time I had a good ‘ol sob. I have had a few things on my mind over the last couple of days and apparently the sum of it all was affecting me more than I realized. Last week marked three years that my dad…

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    Lemon Essential Oil

    I am back this week with an essential oil that I use a lot around my home. Who doesn’t love the smell of lemons? From Young Living: Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons, giving its aroma all the brightness of the freshly picked fruit. Cheerful, sweet, and nostalgic, Lemon oil can eliminate odors and infuse your whole home with its clean, lemon-drop scent when diffused. Lemon oil benefits skin and hair as much as its aroma benefits your environment. Add a drop to your evening moisturizer to reduce the appearance of blemishes. Add it to your conditioner to smoothe and shine the look of your hair.…

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    Lavender Essential Oil

    Where do I begin with this oil?  It is the single most useful oil in all of creation. That is my opinion at least.  Did you know that this is the most popular product that Young Living carries? Yep, 100% pure Therapeutic-Grade Lavender Essential Oil. From the Young Living website: “Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It’s this dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. As one of our most popular products, Lavender oil is a great beginner oil and a must for every home. Lavender essential oil isn’t just a…

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    It is for you to experience in order to grow.

    This statement just hit me. Over the last several weeks I have been trying really hard to work on my mindset – staying positive, learning to be present and grateful – training my mind to focus on positives. Things were clicking and I was feeling a mental shift. Then I took a blow – I was let down and disappointed by someone and more than that – I’ve been dwelling on it. Plans that I had put into place months ago fell through and I was left needing to find a solution on my own. There was no offer of help or apology for the mix up. It is during…

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    Today was the best day

    I had a chance to play hooky from work today.  Our normal daycare provider needed the day off and we don’t have an alternate place for our Bug to go on days like this so I used a sick day to be with him.   Talk about my true bliss.  I got a chance to live out the dream in my head of being a full time at home mommy for the day.  I am not certain I would actually be a good stay at home mom if the truth be told… I am proud to say that I completed my first Oprah and Deepak free 21 day meditation practice…

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    Birthdays and deep thoughts

    One day very soon I will wake up a 39 year old.  That will be old to some and young to others.  I can’t do anything about it – a fact is a fact and time keeps marching on.  My birthday has never been something that I make a big deal of.  I think I may be changing my mind about that though – each one I get is a blessing – I see that now.  Too many don’t get as many as I’ve already had. What strikes me most and something that has been on my mind since the calendar rolled over to August is that all the years…

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    A Nap with my Little Love

    I’ve been struggling with learning to slow down.  Maybe it is a mindset that I idealize yet can’t actually adopt.  I’m working on it and today, TODAY is one for the record books for me. Our son woke up and started yelling commands out around 6:45 a.m. We managed to stall him until 7:30 with loud exchanges parried across the hall.  These are an absolute normal occurance every weekend and it brings a smile to my face despite the inssesant “Mama, Mommy, Mas” that he fires off in any given five minute span.  So we got up and got moving around the house…cleaning bathrooms and floors, cooking breakfast, playing legos,…

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    Detox

    I start a 21 day mind, body, soul detox tomorrow.  Yoga, mindful eating and asking myself questions that require space and deep thoughts to answer.  I’m excited and nervous.  I know I’m on a precipice and I will be changed after this. I’ve been headed this direction for some time now.  It feels like it’s time, my body is craving some kind of change, my mind needs a challenge and my soul, well my soul is always searching, learning, adapting and growing. My thoughts have been leaning towards a need to feel fulfilled.  I will never risk security (physical or financial) for my family in pursuit of my need for…