Hair Analysis: Why and How

If you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you know that I have been trying for years to figure out what is causing this horrible adrenal fatigue and other symptoms that have been plaguing me for over a decade. Turns out, it’s toxic levels of copper! Crazy, right?? After all these years of trying everything to feel better, I’ve finally found the root cause and am now tailoring my diet and supplements (no synthetic vitamins, though!) to fixing it. I’m sharing my story with you today in the hopes of helping others find the sources of their chronic health problems.

Back in June (almost 4 months ago) I had a hair mineral analysis done. An acquaintance had mentioned it and I thought it might be a good idea. I knew that I had been exposed to flaking lead paint in one apartment and who knows what else. The results […]

Surviving to Flourishing- Part 4: Making Plans

This is the day to make some solid, possibly drastic, plans to get out of survival mode! I’ve already done this and I can assure you that it’s worth it. I’m so excited for each of you! I really encourage you to get out a pen and paper and write down your answers for each step.

So far, we’ve looked at where we’ve been stuck, we’ve given ourselves a reality check and a vision, we’ve done the necessary prep work and now we’re going to make the plans that can get us where we want to be!

If you haven’t done those steps, you can find them here:

Part 1: Background/My Story Part 2: Where to Start Part 3: Prep for Change

Your instinct is probably going to be that you feel like you have to keep doing every single thing you have been doing. Don’t do it. Rather […]

Surviving to Flourishing- Part 3: Prep for Change

Part One: My Story Part Two: Where to Start Part Three: Prep for Change (this post)

I know that many of you are so sick of just surviving that you want to jump in with both feet and change everything! 🙂 Good for you!! Before you hit the ground running, it’s worth it to take just a little time, thought and prayer to make sure you don’t fizzle out after a week or two.

In my journey from surviving to flourishing (and I’m not completely there quite yet!) I found that every time I got frustrated with how things were and made a snap decision to change, I failed. I hadn’t thought it all through, made my plans and really committed to it. My heart was in it at the moment, but there was no staying power to my changes.

How did I finally start making changes that lasted? […]

Surviving to Flourishing- Part 2: Where to Start

I shared last time about what the last 9 years of living in survival mode has looked like for me. Obviously, I didn’t share every little thing, just the highlights and nothing too personal or private. You get the idea, though. I understand the hanging-on-by-my-fingernails feeling. It’s not just you!

If you’ve realized that you’re living your life in survival mode, where do you start to make real changes? If you’re so used to just pushing through your days, it can be hard to even imagine anything different.

Step One: Give Yourself a Reality Check

In survival mode, everything can seem to be absolutely necessary. It can seem like we ought to be able to just get it all done. Often, though, the amount of things we’re trying to cram into our days isn’t anywhere close to reasonable- especially in survival mode!

Take a few minutes to do this […]

Surviving to Flourishing- Part 1: My Story

I haven’t “arrived” in the land of flourishing, but I have come so far this last year. If you feel like you’re just surviving your way through your life, I’d love to encourage you by sharing what I’ve learned, changed and planned to get out of survival mode and into a more meaningful, intentional and peaceful way of living.

My Background

Although it may seem like it at times, I haven’t always lived in survival mode. My life used to be very well balanced between active and restful, social time and alone time, work and fun… it just didn’t seem that hard to say to myself, “Hey, I’ve been out and about a lot this week. I need to get more sleep and spend some time alone to recharge.” That was back before I had my wonderful girls, my successful business, our farmhouse fixer-upper and several health […]

For the Mama Who Doesn’t Have Enough Hours in Her Day

I’ve recently seen a quote floating around about how we all have the same number of hours in our day and so saying, “I don’t have time,” is not an acceptable reason not to do something. I get it. I really do. The problem with it though is that although we all have the same number of hours, we also all have different responsibilities, priorities and demands on that time.

Often I “don’t have time” for something and it’s actually a matter of it not being at the top of my priority list. Other times, though, I really do want to do something, it’s on my priority list (not at the tippy-top, but it is on there!) and I truly can’t do it. For the longest time I was frustrated with myself for not being able to get all my priorities done. I cut all the extras out of […]

Doctors “Know Best”… Or Do They?

(Note: This is the first of quite a few posts that I’ve been wanting to write for awhile. These topics are controversial, which is why I’ve hesitated to share what I’m learning. I don’t like arguing and debating, so this is really just me sharing my heart with you. These are things I wish I had known years ago and I hope they will bless, encourage and challenge many of you!) 🙂

“Follow the doctor’s orders.”

“Just do what the doc says and you’ll be fine.”

“Doctors know what they’re doing so we’ll just have to trust them.”

You’ve heard these things before, right? We’re taught that doctors are in a league of their own. They are practically worshiped in our culture and questioning the knowledge or wisdom of somebody in the medical community is looked upon as blasphemy. Even most Christians act like the word of a doctor […]

Natural Remedies for an Upset Stomach: Part One

I recently had the pleasure of a case of food poisoning. I must say, I was actually very thankful that it was food poisoning, rather than a stomach virus that my kiddos could catch. Whether it’s food poisoning or a tummy virus, an upset stomach is never fun. Rather than reaching for a bottle of the pink stuff, I turned to my all-natural medicine cabinet for some help.

There are two things I like to start with when one of us has an upset tummy.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is so fantastic for either food poisoning or stomach viruses. It has a negative ionic charge that draws the bacteria or viruses and binds them to it. Then, the whole bunch… ahem, makes it’s way through the digestive tract. 😉 As a bonus, it also elevates PH in the body (a good thing!), binds to and removes heavy metals and […]

The Healthy Weight Myths Series: “The Scale Doesn’t Lie”

Are you caught in the trap of checking the numbers on the scale? Do you worry (obsess?) over an unexplained increase in your weight? It makes sense, right? If how much we weight determines how healthy we are, then gaining weight means we’re not as healthy and something is wrong, right?? After all, the scale is all about numbers and numbers don’t lie.

Actually, when they are on the scale, they do! Before we bust this myth, check out the first two posts:

Intro to The Healthy Weight Myths Series Then read about why healthy does not necessarily mean “skinny.” What The Scale REALLY Tells Us

We are taught to believe the scale. We are taught to believe in losing those last 10 (30? 50?) pounds, because we aren’t at the right weight. If we can just get the numbers to go down a little bit more, then we’ll […]

The Gift of Rest

Busyness has been glamorized by our culture. Being on-the-go, 24/7 is sought after as though it is the way we are meant to function. Some of us aim for it, others fall into it. Either way, it’s not healthy.

People tend to go to extremes. Either we work way too much (“workaholics”) or we don’t work at all. I’m not saying that we all need to laze about all day doing nothing. By all means, let’s get our work done- but then let’s rest! We all need to give ourselves a little grace.

It’s rare to hear sermons about rest, but the Bible is full of commands and encouragement to rest. I love how God built rest into our lives. As with so many commandments, when God commands us to rest it’s not a constraint to keep us from something good, it’s a GIFT! Rest is a blessing.

God […]