I truly thought that I gained a little weight over the past 2 weeks, but oh my gosh! I actually lost a little! That has me super excited because in another 1.8 pounds, I will be halfway to my 100 pound weight loss goal! I can't believe I'm so close to the 50 pound mark! I'm about 3 months behind my original goal of one year, but I'm not beating myself up over it. It's not totally my fault...I mean, the emotional turmoil over the winter not caused by me (but deeply affecting me) really threw me into a tailspin and a depression. In past times, an upset like that would have been a 10 pound weight gain for me. Now, since I have become much more educated about essential oils for emotions, the big gain didn't happen, and my emotional trauma was helped by some wonderful oil blends
I now have 2 nursing jobs. The first one I started back in January doesn't have as much available work as I need nearby. I'm just not willing to drive more than an hour to a job site. The second job is going to keep me pretty busy starting in July. It looks like I will have more options than nursing home work with the new employer. They have a lot more in home care opportunities.
Road trip week was a week of over indulgence in the food and beverage department! I didn't weigh myself because I didn't want to know! Haha. Tomorrow morning I will "woman up" and step on the scale! I don't think it will be completely horrible, as my work uniforms I recently was able to fit into are still fitting well. One thing I noticed recently is that I need to buy new underwear. Maybe not info that interests you, but I'm excited that the undies I have are too big!
I'm taking a few days to spend with my daughter later this month. It has been way too long since she and I had some focused time together. I can't wait to hang out with her!
I've been very blessed this past 6 months by dear friends and family helping me through some emotionally rough times. All the little jaunts I've been able to take have been such a gift! With work being sporadic, there's no way I would have been able to go all the places I've gone. I'm going to take a little space here to give a shout out to those who made it all possible with their generosity!
Susan, Patti and Ed blessed me with Orlando. Susan gifted me the concert ticket, and I was able to stay at her house part of the time, and Patti and Ed's the rest of the time. They fed me and loved on me well! Fort Myers was a gift from Tracy, Bob, Connie and Gary. They invited me to be the 5th wheel of their group, gave me a bed to sleep in (a friend of Connie's owns the house we stayed in), and showed me a real good time! Tracy paid for my flight and is allowing me to pay her back when work picks up. Love you girl! The road trip recently was brought to me by Deb and Ed. They are so sweet and give me a gorgeous room to stay in when I visit! Many other folks have been kind and made me smile when feeling blue. Life is getting shorter all the time, and I am going to enjoy it as much as possible! To quote a Grateful Dead lyric, "Ain't no time to hate, barely time to wait".
Live with love and joy, people!
This week has been wonderful! Finishing up the journey with a Dead and Company show tonight, and head home tomorrow.
My youngest (Kyle-age 18) and I started our road trip on 5/31. We first went to Jackson, Michigan, where we lived from 2011-2015. I posted on my Facebook page that day, "Part of my heart will always live here." That is so very true. I made some lifelong friends there, and an amazing church family. My church there has grown a lot since I moved back to IL. I saw bunches of new faces! That is a wonderful thing! More people following the teachings of Jesus and living in community with one another; sharing the peace and love that comes with knowing God on a very personal level. I feel that love every single day. I want everyone to know that love!
Kyle had many amazing male role models during our years at Jaxnaz Church (First Church of the Nazarene, Jackson, MI). His two youth pastors during that time especially took a great interest in Kyle. They spent much quality time with him over the years! The time finally came that Kyle made the decision to be baptized, but he wanted his former youth pastors to do it. So, these wonderful men agreed to come to my dear friend's house and baptize Kyle Sunday afternoon. It was such a precious time! I am so thankful that God gave my family this wonderful Michigan family. We will always have a second home there! I'm actually thinking about expanding my travel nursing in a few years...spend some spring or summer months in Jackson!!
We left Jackson 6/4 and drove to Cincinnati for a Dead and Company concert. This was Kyle's first. He's not as into the music of the Grateful Dead as I am, but he looked like he had a fun time anyway. You just can't have a bad time with this crowd. There is always someone making me smile and laugh! Witty, quippy people, man. Lol. I think the boy looks pretty good in some tie dye...yes?? :-D
I would say that this must be one of the most unique vacations ever. Who else do you know that gets baptized into Christ's church one day, and introduced into the Grateful Dead family the next? Haha! Hippie Christians....it's a real genre!!!
I must talk essential oils for a bit! I brought one of my diffusers, so the hotel room smells of Joy right now. One of my favorite blends! It contains the single oils Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood, Lemon, Mandarin, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose. Love, love, love this blend! If you want to check it out, let me know and I'll send you a few drops! This one is a definite love it or hate it kind of blend. I personally love it, my bestie Tracy hates it. So try it, and see if you love it!
Peace to y'all, and we will see you back in Illinois soon!
I lost a nearly lifelong friend a couple of weeks ago. My buddy Lee has had a rough go of it for about 10 years, and he has real peace now.
I met him when I was 18 years old. Back then he used to love nunchucks. and he was always swinging those things around out at the park a bunch of us youngsters used to hang out at. That's where one of my two nicknames for him came from...Lee Wong Foo. The other one was LeeDog. He named me su lu. I use that spelling and lower case letters because that's how he has texted me in these recent years. "what's up su lu?" I will miss his texts.
I took my very first "adult" vacation in the 80's when he lived in Florida for awhile. Got on a plane all by myself and had a great time! Then in the 90's, my kids started appearing, and LWF and I kept in touch frequently and saw each other every once in awhile. He was in a relationship throughout the 90's and into the 2000's and was busy working and such. He never hesitated, though, coming to help me out if ever I needed anything. In about 2001 or so, he came to my house and replaced a bathroom floor for me. Like I said, anything I ever needed.
His health started acting up somewhere around then. He got a blood clot in a leg and was hospitalized. I'm pretty sure he had to take blood thinners after that. I know he had to wear thigh high compression hose. Or he was supposed to, at least. Not sure how long he stuck with that! Sometime close to when I moved to Michigan, he had to have that leg amputated below the knee. I came home for a visit the year after I moved to MI, and he was doing well. He had a prosthesis and was able to walk on it. He was still driving, and working on a limited basis.
Next stop in time, 2015 when I moved back home. I hadn't talked to LWF too much in awhile, and come to find out, he had to have his other leg amputated above the knee. THEN, not long after that, he was trying to get up on his prosthetics, fell, and broke a hip. That ordeal landed him in a nursing home for awhile (he had told me that before I returned from MI, his girlfriend of decades had kicked him out because "you can't work without legs so you're no good to me").
Post nursing home, he got an accessible apartment and a personal assistant who was paid by the state to care for him 30 hours a week. He was able to get himself in and out of bed from his wheelchair, so didn't need 24 hour care. This chick that got paid to cook, clean, and do some personal care was HIDEOUS. In healthcare, we call it "misappropriation". Basically stealing from a disabled or elderly person. She used his food stamps to feed herself and her kids, she smoked his cigarettes, she "borrowed" money from him frequently (never paid it back), she smoked his weed (being a double amputee, it greatly helped his phantom pain), and she definitely did not clean his apartment. It was filthy. I tried so hard to get him to get rid of her, but he wouldn't do it. She had the poor guy brainwashed. She also showed up when she felt like it. She made him conform to what schedule she wanted to be on. I feel just horrible that the last few years of his life were spent supporting someone who was supposed to be taking good care of him.
His strong will got taken from him somewhere around that second amputation. He just wasn't the same. In the old days, he would have fired a lazy worker lickity split. I was able to go to his apartment many times in the past year and hang out with him. I brought him out to my house last summer for a day and that was great. I just wish I could have done more. And of course, I feel bad that I didn't do more, in retrospect.
He had just turned 56 when he passed away. He apparently had unchecked lung cancer which spread to his brain causing a massive, sudden stroke. He passed 3 days later.
I've not felt much like blogging, but I'll be trying to keep up with it! Thank you all for visiting my site and following along with my journey.
The weather has been so crazy! It stayed cold here waaaay too long. Spring was supposed to be here in Illinois when I got back from Florida, but it didn't happen truly until a few days ago. Now I am feeling rushed to get seeds, flowers, and vegetables in the ground.
Wellness-wise, I'm feeling good. The scale is going in the right direction and I'm excited to be wearing some clothes that haven't fit in awhile. I frequently find myself staring in the fridge or cabinet and then choosing to drink a Slique Shake (Young Living's essential oil infused meal replacement shake). I also don't keep snacky stuff around much...if there were chips here, I would be eating them.
Nurse life has been crazy. I've had some trying shifts lately. My feet were killing me last night, as I didn't get to get off of them until I got in the car to go home. BUT...we have to pay bills now, don't we!
I have a big weekend coming up. I get to see some of my loves from Florida who are arriving for a wedding (which I am also attending). I've been thinking about my intake goals, and I think that Saturday and Sunday are going to have to be "free days" lol. I will be out and about, seeing them Saturday afternoon, going to see some live music Saturday night, then the wedding on Sunday.
Although my food and drink intake may be higher this weekend, THERE WILL BE DANCING!!
Dance like no one is watching, people. Peace and love.
Hello, all! I just spent a week in Ft. Myers, Florida with my Young Living sponsor/enroller (a.k.a. bestie), her husband, and another couple. It was ok being the 5th wheel. I tried to give the couples time without me since they were kind enough to invite me along!
Unfortunately, I'm a beach dummy. I thought I would be fine without sunscreen as I stayed under the umbrella all afternoon on our first day there. I didn't even think about those UV's reflecting off the sand onto my umbrella shaded skin. The result of that was a mild case of sun poisoning, which caused me some dehydration, vomiting, hives, and a nasty bumpy rash on my lower neck/upper chest. Way to go newbie! Right??!
Once again for air travel, I had my quart sized ziplock bag full of oils....thankfully! I rubbed Digize over my stomach to ease the nausea. I made a roller ball with Lavender and Panaway for the hives, rash and burn. My oils "saved my life"!!
Other than that faux pas, the week was wonderful. Since entering the decade of my 50's, I have thought about the "bucket list" for my life. I have made mental notes of things I want on that list. One of the items is parasailing, and I checked that one off this week! The experience was absolutely amazing! I want to do it again!
Weight loss-wise, I managed to still lose a little while indulging in good vacation eats and drinks. Yay! I'm not on track to be rid of the 100# on the schedule I originally planned, but I will get there. I'm sure of it. I'm thrilled that over 31 pounds are gone from me. Young Living products have changed the way I do so many things, without toxins!
I must now get back to some nursing for a bit. Need to pay those bills and prepare for Vacation #3, coming up in June. It will be another economical trip (that's the only kind I take...haha). I am going to Michigan to see my loved ones there (not all family is blood related!), and then hitting a couple of Dead and Company shows on my way back. While in Michigan, my friend I am staying with is taking me to an event called "Hippie Fest". I'm sure I will love it! Unlike all the little beach shops in Florida, I bet I will find all kinds of clothes I want to buy! Ha!
Peace to you, friends!
This week I am at the same weight as I was on 12/20/17. I've been juggling a few pounds back and forth since then. I have my excuse as to WHY it has been that way...that whole grief thing...but I have no excuses to continue the emotional hand to mouth activity.
I actually started tracking my intake on my phone app again. I need the accountability, even if it's just my app telling me what to do!
I have been drinking more water, which is so hard for me. Adding some essential oils helps immensely!
Spring is officially here, even though it is still cold, but I am going to get out and do some focused walks. I'm downloading some good tunes to keep in step to!
I have accepted that my original goal of 100# in a year has been stunted by my emotional winter mess, but I'm still here, and I'm going to get there!
Thanks for walking with me on my journey!
This Tuesday’s investigative report is brought to you because this product used to be one of my favorites. It was what mom always bought for bathroom cleaning, and that was one of my chores, so naturally, I continued to use it into my adult years. It was always a “nose burner”...going back into the bathroom after I had sprayed it down and let it sit for a few minutes. It works. It melts away the dirt and soap scum. But let’s see what’s in it that makes that stuff melt, shall we?
As before, I am repeating information here that I found on ewg.org (Environmental Working Group)
As I discovered that Dawn has numerous variations of their product, Scrubbing Bubbles does also; 30 of them. I chose the one that I used; the original aerosol spray can. It’s overall grade is an “F”.
There is moderate concern for asthma/respiratory issues (I refer back to my “nose burner” comment). There is some concern for: skin allergies and irritation, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer, and environment.
The worst of the chemical in this product (with an “F” grade) is ALKYL DIMETHYL BENZYL AMMONIUM CHLORIDES . The Environmental Protection Agency says that “ this substance poses a high risk for human health”.
The second toxic chemical listed is BUTOXYDIGLYCOL . It’s grade can be from “C” to “F” depending on the concentration used in a product. The EPA indicates that it’s an “F”...they say there is moderate concern for pulmonary function.
There are other chemicals listed in Scrubbing Bubbles; Some with grades of “D”, and some with “C”.
Back in the day, I sure didn’t think about what was contained in that aerosol cleaner that I loved so much. Today, I will never buy that stuff again.
Of course, I’m going to tell you about the Young Living product I use to clean my bathroom. Thieves Household Cleaner. I love this product! Takes off the soap scum as well as the toxins did. It is way more cost effective than any toxic cleaners out there. I bought a large bottle over a year ago, and still have some left. Young Living has a full line of Thieves products. I would be glad to share a sample of anything I have with you to try! There is also a Thieves Kit you can purchase to get several of the products at a discounted price! Contact me any time to answer questions!
Although I felt so recharged last week, this one has been rather "blah". Winter temps have prevailed, and I find it hard some days to be motivated.
I did not do a 5 day nutritive cleanse as I had thought I would. I was even unmotivated on that plan!
I am definitely looking forward to enjoying more Florida warmth and beach sitting in April. Some dear friends invited me to be the 5th wheel on their vacation...I am going with 2 couples. I will definitely not mind being their 5th wheel. They are fun! Plus, if I want to take off and do something alone, they still have each other! Ha!
I am just super ready for spring. I want to get out and take walks without freezing. I want to garden. I want my perennials to return. Soon. This has been an emotionally rough winter in which I did not reach the goals I set for myself in the fall. Have to keep on keepin' on!
Have a great rest of your week!
Good day, my friends! While I was in Florida, I decided that 3 1/2 days was definitely not enough, so I extended that beautiful trip to 7 days. The weather was absolutely perfect all week. The ocean, sand and sea air soothed my soul. My dear friends, who love me and always make me feel special, soothed my heart. Thinking about God's love for me soothed my spirit.
I enjoyed Cocoa Beach on 2 different days. One to swim and soak up the sun and breeze, and the other to relax on an upper deck and watch the rocket launch that happened at the space center down the shoreline.
The Dead and Company concert in Orlando was amazing (of course!), and I have some great stories from that day's adventure! I also got to see a local St. Cloud area band, "Slickwood", on another day. Very talented dudes! Check out their page here www.facebook.com/Slickwoodmusic , and if you are in Florida, go see them!
I enjoyed an afternoon outside on a deck at a marina on the lake, another afternoon on my friends' awesome front deck watching their granddaughters play, and another afternoon at another friend's mom's property on a lush golf course (and that friend's lovely townhouse). I did a lot of laughing last week!
My oils went with me, of course. I simply followed the procedure for liquids on the plane. The bottles are all small enough, and I fit a lot of them in the required quart bag. I put it in the tub that goes through the security scanner separately with my shoes, purse, etc, so they could see it, and no problem. I'm sure they are used to us oily people now! There are a lot of us!
I'm recharged and renewed. I have to get busy so I can go on my next vacation! I'm about to do another 5 day nutritive cleanse to renew and reset my dietary intake! More on that when I get it going!