Say “Yes” to the Opportunities God Has Planned For You

Saying “yes” to all of the opportunities that God presents is definitely a leap of Faith and one I have not taken lightly. In 2012, I prayed and mastered my inner fear as I left a full time teaching position to Coach Women to exchange stress, overwhelm and chaos for peace, happiness, and confidence. I am a wellness coach and massage therapist. While it certainly has been bumpy at times, God has opened many doors along the way.

I was provided with the opportunity to go to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in June to do vegetation and bird research in areas that have burned. I had done Fire Ecology research in College but had not been able to participate in 15 years. I said “yes” and met some wonderful colleagues who have become friends.

I joined the local Toastmasters club to practice public speaking to become a motivational speaker. Speaking is the number 1 fear of the majority of people. Through this opportunity I was asked to speak at the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association Conference. Another opportunity has come up to speak at the Women Helping Women WINN Conference in May 2015. Since then numerous opportunities have come up to speak on BlogTalkRadio: Reclaim Your Health, telesummits (Empowering Women), and Webinars.

Two weeks ago I was told my sister (who has Alzheimer’s) had to be moved to a new home for 24 hour care in one month. Because of her advanced condition she needed a place that could handle elopement and certain behaviors. I knew that being placed in a lock down memory unit of a nursing home at her age would kill her. I worked with her social worker who informed me that there were not many places that could take her. I have faith that God will guide me on making the right decision.

I had read about a new place in Northeastern Wisconsin just south of Crivitz, Wisconsin that was very successful in taking patients no one else could handle. Now, it was 2 hours away and Portage County would not pay for her care there. I had contacts in Green Bay and Crivitz. As I was working hard that morning, I had no intention of going to look at a place 2 hours away even though I had clients in that area.

However, I had this very strong intuition, this feeling that for whatever reason that I was supposed to go look at this place. I called my friend Katy and said “I am not sure why I am being led to look at this place but I can’t shake the feeling”. Katy said, “Say yes to the opportunities that may come up. Nothing is by accident”.

As I was driving to this Northeastern Town. I began to pray….”Dear God, I don’t know why I am being led here and there are many reasons my logical mind is telling not to go. So please if I am suppose to be up in this area, provide me with the right opportunities”. I also prayed for a friend to run into me that day and approach me so we could have what I call a a mild “clear the field” conversation.

At the Assisted Living Home, I met Zoe who is a wonderful christian woman with a very large heart and lots of enthusiasm. After looking at her beautiful facility, we ended up talking for two hours on setting up support groups for women and speaking opportunities. She offered me the use of her conference room! She and I both agreed that God had put us in touch with one another.

It was 4:15 p.m. and I had not eaten lunch yet. She recommended a pub and grill downtown that served great food. I only had an hour before meeting a friend of mine at the local spa to discuss essential oils for massage.

I had ordered a tonic water and tuna melt. It was delicious! As I was working on my presentation heard someone call my name. I turned around and was shocked to see my friend there. He approached me and we began to talk. We only talked for about 15 minutes and I felt great about clearing the air. I knew we both really valued the friendship and were just really busy with work. I smiled and left my next appointment.

At the Spa, my friend and I met for an hour. Besides massage and essential oils, she told me they were looking for a massage therapist for Fridays and Saturdays for at least the resort season. She told me I could combine it with the support groups and speaking engagements. She needed my help because they had not been able to find anyone and she needed this time off to deal with some personal matters. She asked me to please consider it. She was a good friend and we had graduated from the same massage school in 2001. I told her that if business picked up in this area and especially if my sister was transferred here, I would certainly consider it.

I drove home thanking God for all of the opportunities that showed up that day and for answering my prayers. I agreed not to say “no” or to question those opportunities but to let things unfold in divine timing.

Since then I have been offered several more opportunities by professional women in the community to speak, coach and mentor women. There are many women who are not confident and may not always make the right choice, especially young women. I have also been asked to possibly chair a woman’s networking group in area. So for now, I am being led to spend part of my time in Northeastern Wisconsin.

I am reminded to seek God’s guidance when facing a challenging or major decision. You never know where it may lead you;) And I am shown that he may be trusted fully to guide me. “Seek Ye First” and Trust.

I would love to read about how God has guided you on your journey.  Feel free to comment below.

7 Ways to Live Authentically and Increase Your Spiritual Consciousness

Jeff Brown, author of Soulshaping, stated “We can’t find our path without getting messy. Messy comes with the territory. We came in messy. We learn messy. We love messy. We leave messy. I never found my way to clarity without first befriending confusion, in all its chaotic forms. I never found a path that felt like home before falling into quicksand. I never established a new way of being without trying the wrong way of being on for size. I never found the light without stumbling around in the dark. I never tasted God before getting a little dirt in my mouth. In the heart of the chaos is the clay that shapes us home. Chaotic Magnificence!”

We have come to the ‘Consciousness Age’. Gone are the days of living your life without purpose and happiness. Yes, there are many people in the world still living lives of quiet desperation. I use to live this way until I began to live my life with purpose and passion!

Many people go to a job they don’t like, come home fix dinner, drink a couple of drinks, watch a few hours of TV, go to bed, and get up to do it all over again the next day.

People are now living their lives authentically with purpose and passion. They are balancing their physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual areas of their life.

Here are 7 ways you can live more passionately, authentically and spiritually.

1. Be Mindful and Present

Yesterday is history, Tomorrow a mystery, Today is a gift. Thats why it’s called the Present!” — Alice Morse Earle

Many people waste hours regretting the past and worrying about the future. They are playing the old movies of the past or the new ones of the future that never really happen. You can’t change the past or the future. You can live here and now. Today is a new day so make the most of this opportunity.

All religions teach living in the moment with full awareness especially Zen Buddhism for its emphasis on “nowness.” Do not become attached to the past or future. You will not find peace, contentment or freedom by doing so. When I find myself “wishing I had done things differently” or attaching to future outcomes that don’t exist, I take a deep breath and listen to my soul.

This inner voice reminds me to forgive myself, and to come back to the present, to what is real—to return to love, peace and freedom, and to show up fully for others.

2. Have FUN and Make Passion A Priority

I was once a workaholic and yes, there are times when I can still fall into that trap although I catch myself more quickly now. When I in workaholic mode, I am spiritually disconnected and not living authentically.

While I am passionate about my work, I make time for friends, family and FUN! My heart sings with joy and it is here that I raise my spiritual consciousness. A friend said to me “Enjoy life. It has an expiration”. That statement has stuck with me and comes up when I get too caught up in “serious stuff”. I take a break and do something Fun.

3. Enjoy the Journey as You Cannot Control the Outcome

Yesterday in a small Northwoods Wisconsin town (Crivitz), I met a woman who is spiritual and passionate about life. We bonded immediately as we talked about God, relationships (the most important one is our relationship to ourselves) and life. We both feel their is a need to set up a support group for young woman. For the next two hours we discussed setting up workshops and support groups working with women to raise their spiritual consciousness, self confidence and live life to its fullest.

She spoke about the journey and enjoying the journey as we have no control over the outcome. She is living a full authentic and spiritual life! She is a successful business owner who shares her energy, passion and enthusiasm with everyone she meets.

4. Practice Random Acts of Kindness

Spiritually conscious people recognize that we are all connected. In working with Jeff and Joe this past Fall on healing relationships, we have reminded our clients there are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ people. Too many people blame and shame others when going through a breakup.

We are all one. Jeff Brown states it well in the above quote! One way of practicing acceptance and love of people is by doing random acts of kindness. This simple practice reconnects us to the simple joy of life.

When I go through a drive through coffee place, I will pay for the person behind me. I love seeing their smile as I drive away! I will send a book or small gift to a friend out of the blue. Last week I shoveled the walkway of the elderly lady next door.

All of these simple acts of kindness raise our spiritual consciousness and increases our faith and love in humans!

5. Spend time alone in nature

Many people spend the majority of their time in concrete jungles, cubicles, offices or their basements ;)!! I jokingly but in seriousness told a friend to come up for air once in a while from his basement. I get the deadlines as I have two coming up.

Too much time spent living this way will deplete your spirit turning you into a walking zombie. This is not the way we were meant to spend most of our life.

I went for a walk yesterday in the Northwoods in the fresh air, feeling the earth beneath my feet. I looked up and saw the sky open in a clear majestic blue with a faint hint of soft white clouds smeared across the heavens. I smelled the freshness of the earth riding on the winds. It fed my soul. I felt the sun’s energy warming my heart. It filled my spirit. It was magical, beautiful, amazing.

Just a few minutes a day in nature whether it is with our feet in the grass, walking in the woods, walking on the beach, or canoeing a northern lake can truly help us to raise our consciousness.

6. Connect Authentically to Others

Many people are using social media, texting and emails as way of connecting to others. While these forms of communication have their place, they should not be the only way used to establish meaningful and authentic connections.

Connecting with another person from my whole self (physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually) rather than only being partially present creates an authentic connection. Doing less ‘thinking’ and genuinely ‘being’ with that person establishes a real connection. Listening fully to the other person, from a deeper, more authentic space will also create a more meaningful connection.

7. Connect to Your Spiritual Foundation

For some people, spirituality means going to church, synagogue, or a mosque. For other people, spirituality means private prayer, yoga, meditation, quiet reflection, or even long walks. Many people are spiritually awakening and looking for more than what’s in our physical world. They are increasing their consciousness.

One way to practice connecting to your higher source is to reduce the noise level in life. Make time for quiet contemplation every day. Surround yourself with people who are on the same spiritual path as you.

One of the most spiritual things you can do in your life is spend time in nature. When I spend time in nature, I feel the awe and beauty of God’s creation. I feel love and contentment. Outside of church, it is where I feel closest to God.

People who are aligned with their higher power and a solid spiritual foundation have better mental health, greater well-being, and higher quality of life.

 

My Spiritual Awakening

When a trauma, loss or crisis happens, you can’t always go on with business as usual.  This is a point where you hit rock bottom, go through the ‘dark night of the soul’ or have a moment of reckoning.  It is a chance to look at our thoughts, emotions and actions.  Awareness is the first step and emotions are the keys to success for monitoring our reactions.

One of the keys for me was finding my faith again and relying on my spiritual foundation.  I spent last weekend with a close friend and attended a beautiful church service.  He sang “Seek Ye First” which touched my heart and I realized I had lost my faith.  It was great to reconnect and have a spiritual awakening.  Enjoy the video below!!

 

Heal your Emotions with Essential Oils

Essential oils are aromatic liquids extracted from trees, roots, seeds, shrubs, and other plants that have an impressive array of therapeutic compounds. These compounds relieve pain, clear out nasal and respiratory passages, calm the mind and senses, and boost energy levels, among other benefits. It is because these oils contain multiple trillions of tiny molecules that readily enter the body and nourish cells

According to an article published in the International Wellness Directory “There are about 40 million trillion molecules in one drop of essential oil. They are absorbed easily into the body via the skin and spread everywhere. Research and clinical trials have shown that essential oils can help improve mood, eliminate stress, relieve pain, increase energy, and boost immunity.

Many essential oils sold in the health food stores are inexpensive because they have been cut or adulterated with cheaper oils or additives. Many people have had reactions to those additives and I have not seen them work nearly as well as the certified, pure, therapeutic grade oils. So even though the pure ones are more expensive, you use very little and with rapid results!

Here are some of my favorite oils to use for emotional healing

Vetiver has a rich, exotic, complex aroma that is used extensively in perfumes. It has a calming, grounding effect on the emotions, and it promotes circulation. Vetiver is an ideal oil to use in massage therapy. Vetiver helps promote focus and mental clarity. It can also be rubbed on feet before bedtime to promote a restful night’s sleep.

Frankincense addresses abandonment, especially when someone feels forgotten or rejected. It also addresses spiritual disconnection, distant from father and negative influences.

Lavendar is widely known for its calming effect with stress and anxiety. It supports speaking our truth through open, honest communication and provides courage and strength.

Thyme is one of the most powerful healers of trapped emotions. It empties the soul of all negativity so the heart can open to receive love and forgiveness. It transforms anger, hate, rage, bitterness, and resentment.

Helichrysum helps people who have had trauma, addiction, loss or abuse. This oil restores confidence in life and in the self. It addresses intense pain, anguish, turmoil, hopeless, despair, and trauma.

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Happy Valentines Day or Happy Singles Day? 20 Ways to Celebrate You!


This time of year can be a difficult time many women especially if you have gone through a breakup. It doesn’t matter if it is mutual, one sided, peaceful or traumatic, breaking up is always difficult.

 

 

Whether you are single or in a relationship take time to invest in you! By filling up your own reserves of energy, you will be to give more to loved ones around you. Remember how the stewardess always tells you to put on your oxygen mask first? This is the same analogy. Most women tend to take care of everyone else first at that expense of their own needs.

Whether you are in a relationship or not, you deserve some special time for loving self-care.  When you take the time to nurture yourself, you will be more loving with those around you.  It all begins with you.  And, if you are like most women, you have been neglecting yourself way too long.

This is your chance to take some time just for you to feed your soul and lift your spirit. I always work with my clients to find peace and happiness within by nurturing themselves and practicing self-love. Here is a list of things that have helped my clients, friends and I out over the years.

  1. Buy yourself flowers
  2. Buy yourself chocolate
  3. Drink a glass of wine by the fire or moonlight
  4. Spend time with your pets or a friend’s pet
  5. Spend time in the outdoors walking and connecting with nature
  6. Walk on the beach (I saw dolphins two weeks go and what a treat)
  7. Soak in a bubble bath by candlelight
  8. Get a massage, facial, or mani/pedi
  9. Take a yoga class. Heated yoga classes in the winter are awesome!
  10. Spend the day in your sweats or pajamas
  11. Start a Gratitude Journal and write 3 blessings every night
  12. Get lost in a good book at the beach or in front of a fire
  13. Take yourself out and treat yourself to your favorite meal
  14. Lay on your back and watch clouds or stargaze
  15. Do a personal photo shoot with a photographer who can capture your essence
  16. Meditate 15 minutes before bed or when you first wake up. There are plenty of beautiful mediations on youtube.
  17. Set a formal dinner table for yourself, including candlelight, flowers and your favorite music
  18. Enjoy a sunrise or sunset
  19. Create a vision board of your dreams
  20. Treat yourself to coffee at your favorite café

 Remember that you are your own BEST FRIEND AND BEST VALENTINE. So take the time to invest in you. You are worth it.

Please feel free to share in the comments below what you do to nurture and recharge yourself.  For more tips on recovering from a breakup, please register for my webinar http://bit.ly/1zxikmU.

6 Ways to Overcome Negative Feelings When your World is Falling Apart

 

 

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” — J.K. Rowling

 

Be gentle with yourself. As we work through our negative emotions we are typically healing from Challenging or devastating experiences. Realize that not one person ever escapes going through a time when they feel like their world is falling apart. Yet how people respond to it makes all the difference in the world.

It takes time to process and release negative emotions but it doesn’t have to take as long as you might think. It is about being ready to let go of these emotions and not let them control your present situation!

Having said that, life events are never completely predictable. I know I have found myself feeling blind sighted and wondering, “How did this happen? How did I get myself into this?” Or “I hate this!” We aren’t always prepared for what we face and feel is out of our control.

Start with awareness of these emotions whether it is hurt feelings, your feelings of inadequacy, resentments, deep disappointment, anger, or fear. FEEL them and acknowledge them. You chose how you want to feel and react and that’s okay. If you turn to temporary band-aid fixes such as self-medicating, numbing out or going into denial, you will find yourself in the name-blame-shame game. You might be blaming or judging others, which places you in a victim role where you feel powerless. Don’t let these emotions control you! Be present and mindful of your feelings. Your emotions are a part of you and acceptance is key.

Here are six tips to help you deal with your thoughts and the feelings of your heart to overcome these challenging situations.

1.  Change Your Perspective on the Negative Experience

Remember it is our thoughts that cause our feelings. Our minds are very powerful and especially our subconscious mind. Ever gone to work or school and some people are smiling having a great time while others look like they just lost their best friend?   It is our attitude and perspective on the given situation that determines our feelings.

In order to move on and experience more positive feelings, you have to search for the silver lining in the situation. Finding those silver linings may take some inner reflection. I know when I was going through what felt like ‘the dark night of the soul’ I could still find a glimmer of light as I discovered the silver linings in my situation.

I learned a greater sense of self-love and compassion for myself through my breakup. I also became far more helpful with my clients who were experiencing a bad breakup.

Maybe you will learn to take better care of yourself, or you could become more compassionate for people who lash out because you realize how much pain they are in. Remember that wisdom comes from our experiences!

2. Understand that Change is inevitable

Change is the one thing we can count on in life. It occurs in all areas of our lives such as relationships, health, finances, career, and interests. Life is like a river that ebbs and flows with occasional rapids. The best thing we can do is to expect and accept that change will happen. One way to get through it is to be gentle on yourself and always look for the good in those challenging times. Remember that life is a duality. We know the light because of the dark. We know joy because of experiencing sadness. Find the good in those bad situations and you will be able to move forward faster!

3. Spend Time with Friends who are Positive and Supportive

One of my silver linings was the number of friends who contacted me and were there for me to open up to and talk! I love my kindred Spirits (both men and women)! Can you relate? I hope so because this is priceless!

When going through loss and grief, It can be difficult to reach out to people. You feel vulnerable due to intensity of the emotional roller coaster ride.

By surrounding myself with positive and supportive friends, this devastating journey was doable. I borrowed their faith and belief in me when I was at my darkest point. It does work! Everyone goes through these dark times, so don’t think you have to go it alone! You’ll be grateful and surprised at how supportive friends and colleagues will be during these times. Do not let your fear of being seen as weak stop your of the chance to experience support from people. You might just make new friends through it!! I certainly did.

4.  Schedule Play Time

It is easy to pull the covers over your head and stay in bed all day. Don’t become a hermit. Get outside in nature! Any movement will improve your outlook especially in sunshine. Go for walks, meet with friends, go to a concert, or plan a vacation. The best thing I did was to walk and run everyday consistently. Constantly dwelling on the negative is unhealthy, so focus on healthy, fun activities. This will give you a fresh perspective and help you move forward faster. Trust me.

5. Use this Experience to Expand and Grow

I contacted a colleague of my who was a therapist in relationships to due some real introspection on my own patterns and stories. This provided me with the opportunity to look at my triggers and change my story around abandonment and rejection. For me, there was no closure, which triggered my fears. I was able to explore where this came from and then release my old story. Sound familiar?

Our negative experiences provide us with the opportunity to grow so that we can release our baggage, change our stories and live life in a more positive way. Too often, people will stuff these feelings or blame other people as they fall into the victim role. Some people never open their hearts again and live in what I call the black cloud. They let their fears control them. So, if need be find a good therapist or life coach to help you expand and grow! It is totally worth it!

6. Positive Affirmations are Awesome

Using positive affirmations help to reprogram our brain and create positive thoughts. Try monitoring your thoughts for a day! You will be surprised how programmed we are to negative thinking. When we use things like positive affirmations, it becomes easier to stay positive.

I use neon colored index cards to right my affirmations on. I also record them in my voice to play back to myself especially before going to bed. I do this for 30 minutes a day and I am always amazed at how positive I feel just after a few days (I recommend at least 30 days). Remember to write them in the present such as “I now have plenty of time to meet my goals” or “I am now surrounded by people who love and support me”.

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” ~ Unknown

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Beware: Staying Stuck in Your Story will Cause Stress!

2014 certainly ended with a number of challenges and experiences that lets just say, well made me stronger!  It started with a breakup of someone I cared deeply about and there was no closure. I felt blind sighted.  Why did this happen?

It sent me into my story of what did I do wrong?  I started the name, blame, shame game!  How could HE do this to me when we promised each other best friends for life and open honest communication?  What did I do to deserve this???? I can’t find a man who wants an authentic real relationship with open, honest, face to face communication.  Sound familiar? 

Then a friend reminded me not to take it personal especially when I had no communication and did not know why it ended so abruptly.  He also reminded me that I am only 100% responsible for my 50%! 

I then realized we are all human with wounds that have not been healed.  He was wounded from a divorce and was lucky to have come out of it intact at all.  I found compassion, forgiveness and I pray for his healing.  As my sister once said during her divorce, “the black cloud will eventually lift”.

So, um, yeah – don’t take anything personal and I am only responsible for my 50% of the relationship. I know this, but when the heart is involved and we really care about someone it is all too easy to get triggered and caught up in our stories! 

Yes, it caused me much pain, stress and anxiety. 

Then I lost some friends and family members this Fall to cancer and illnesses.  I discovered that my foster father had died and no one contacted me.  I was angry, hurt and again went to my story of why didn’t “they” love me enough to let me know so I could attend the funeral? 

Afterall, this was the man who fought to take custody of me when I was 15 so I could live in a normal home with a caring family.  My family was very dysfunctional at the time.

Anyway, it caused me lots of stress, hurt and anxiety.  I worked through it with my close friends (some are therapists :)!!  I was again reminded not to take anything personal because we don’t know what other people are going through at the time and they most likely are stuck in their own stories.

Eight weeks later I was reunited with my foster sister whom I adore and have not been in contact with for 20 years!  We were at dinner two nights ago and I expressed my condolence for the death of her father.  She told me that she was in the middle of a nasty divorce (married for 15+ years) and hiding from the ex.  Then she was dealing with the loss of her father. 

She apologized for not contacting me the last ten+ years, but it was all she could do to survive and start over.  I realized she was in survival mode all that time.

IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ME!   She thanked me for finding her and said she was so grateful that I have always searched for her.  I smiled through tears as I realized that once again I had been caught up in my story.  Many times it is not about us and we make it about us and our story.

Here are some tips for getting out of your story and reduce the stress!

1.  Talk with your closest friends or someone you trust.  Your friends will side with you and comfort you.  Hopefully, you have a trusted friend who can be honest and challenge you gently on your stuff.  I have several who will do that for me to help me see that I am in my story.

2.  Walk or Exercise to release immediate emotions.

I like to walk or go for a run to release anger, stress, or tears.  Once I release the buildup of these emotions, I can then take more of an observer role and began questioning my thoughts.  I will reach for my journal to release emotions and began the process of looking at why I am triggered.

3.  Use Katie Byron’s 4 Questions to change your thoughts!

  • Step 1    Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to 3.)
  • Step 2   Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (Yes or no.)
  • Step 3   How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
  • Step 4   Who would you be without the thought?

By journaling and answering these questions, I have been able to come out of my story.  I look for examples of how each “turnaround” thought is true for me.  For example, is it true that my sister does not love me enough to contact me regarding our foster father’s death?  No, the only true thing was she did not contact me.  I did not know why.

With most situations such as breakups or miscommunications we go into our stories. This causes stress and anxiety as we continue our journey down the rabbit hole.  By using a few simple techniques and be willing to explore our feelings we can then step out of our stories.  We will be a lot less stressed and happier for it!

I would love to read your comments about what you do to get out of your story!

Beyond New Year’s Resolutions: Set New Intentions with the New Moon

This will be your best year ever right!?  Did you make those New Year’s Resolutions with good intentions?

We are 3 weeks into 2015! Did you fall into this category of one week after New Year’s, 25% of people have already abandoned their New Year’s resolutions – crazy right?   Don’t beat yourself up if you have done this!!

And get this…

The average person makes the same New Year’s resolution TEN separate times without success.

In three months, another 64+% will give up on their resolutions as well. In fact,

For those of you with weight loss resolutions, 95% of you who lose weight on a diet regain it – and a significant percentage gain back more than they originally lost!

Of course, we tend to beat up on ourselves and stress out because we did not reach our goals. We did not follow through…again. (Anyone else guilty of this?:p)

The New Moon is a time of releasing, letting go and setting intentions for that which we desire to manifest in the next Moon Cycle. Intentions are great but you do need to follow them with action. 

Tonight if you need to release anything (relationships, past hurts, challenges) write it down on a sheet of paper. Some rituals call for yellow paper and red pen! I use whatever is available. Then tonight burn it in a campfire, fireplace or outside. If you live in snow country, you don’t have to worry about catching anything on fire!

 Please be careful and don’t burn anything in your house unless you have a fireplace!!

This is a fabulous time to set intentions and affirmations to manifest healthy relationships, healthy lifestyle (clean eating, more sleep, hydrating), more money, accepting love and support, or a new career.

So what are you waiting for? Release and burn the old stuff. Create the new intentions and affirmations for your extraordinary life today!

Why Cleanse

Written by Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN & Amy Coates, RHN, BSc.

We detoxify and cleanse for health, vitality, and rejuvenation. We cleanse our body to clear symptoms, treat disease, and prevent future problems. A cleansing program is an ideal way to help you re-evaluate your life, make changes, or clear abuses and addictions. Withdrawal happens fairly quickly, and as cravings are reduced you can begin a new life without old addictive habits or drugs. Detoxification is also helpful for weight loss, although this is not the primary purpose. The body stores toxins in fat cells. When you cleanse your body these toxins are more easily released from their fat stores. Since you then become less toxic, your toxin stores (the fat) are not as necessary and, thus, your body can rid itself of excess, unnecessary fat. Weight loss also occurs on a cleanse simply because there are fewer calories being consumed. Since weight loss boils down to creating a caloric deficit, eating less overtime is a simple way of losing weight. We also detoxify and cleanse to rest and heal our overloaded digestive organs. This is often an overlooked, yet very important, area considering optimal health truly begins with the health of our digestive system. Aside from the internal health benefits, detoxification can also be a great catalyst for external change. For instance, it can provide a great opportunity to reflect and re-evaluate what's most important to you. It can serve to help you cleanse your house, your work, your relationships. After a cleanse, you will even feel more organized, more creative, more motivated, more productive, more relaxed, and more mentally focused and clear. So, if you want more energy, greater vitality, more youthful and radiant skin, and greater health for life, then cleansing should be a regular (annual or semi-annual) part of your life. Yuri Elkaim is a renowned fitness, nutrition, and weight loss expert. He is a registered holistic nutritionist and the co-creator of the Total Wellness Cleanse - a 30-day food-based cleansing program that has helped thousands of people lose weight, cleanse their bodies of toxic overload, and restore incredible health. For information on the Total Wellness Cleanse visit http://bit.ly/1IeZSBN.

Randy Pausch Last Lecture

This video by Randy Pausch is one of the most inspirational videos I have ever watched and it is worth watching the entire video!  It had profound effect on my life several years ago.  Randy Pausch delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop, sit up and really pay attention.

It is a must for anyone who has dreams, fears and lives one day at a time!

I would love to read your comments below!

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

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