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!
I'm all excited! Vacation #1 of the 4 I have planned is upon me! These are not expensive, extended vacations, of course. I can't afford all that, but I am getting away and having some fun with friends!
This first jaunt is on down to Orlando to see Dead and Company. This show was rescheduled from the fall when John Mayer had an emergency appendectomy. Lucky me! (John's fine...he wouldn't mind me joking about his temporary pain) If that hadn't happened, I wouldn't have been able to go to Florida. A kind sister gifted me a ticket to the show, got a cheap flight booked a couple of months back, and good friends(whom I am staying with) are transporting me around once I get there. I'm blessed!
I'll only be gone 3 1/2 days, but it will be wonderful. I will totally be exercising too. Lol. Walking and dancing, baby!
I'm packing light because I'm not paying for a checked bag. I need to decide which oils I'm going to pack! Definitely my current roller bottles.
A "roller bottle" explained: I purchase 10 ml glass bottles that have a metal roller ball and cap. I mix my own blends of essential oils and easy peasy..roll it on! I usually use 15 to 20 drops of essential oil, and fill the rest of the way with a "carrier oil" (I use grapeseed oil for some, and sweet almond oil for others). Currently I'm experimenting with vision support (massaging a blend around the edge of the orbital bone 2-3 times a day-never put oils in your eyes or on eyelids), I use my "boobie blend" daily (breast health), and I'm using a face blend (because, well, I don't like these wrinkles and spots and stuff on my face!)
I will also take my emotional support blends that have helped me lately on that front, and Palo Santo. It is a very woodsy, earthy scent and repels negative energy.
Food intake-wise, I didn't track calories last week. I did however, step up the water intake and make decent choices. One of my besties got me a cool glass water bottle (motivational one!). When using citrus oils in water, glass is a must. Citrus will break down plastic, and you don't want to drink that!
Time to go fill up that bottle! Peace!
First of all, my apologies for dropping the ball on Toxin Tuesday entries! Did the initial one, and have since been caught up in my personal crisis. Time for me to get on with my plan and get out of this funk!
So, Dawn dishwashing liquid. I started using it way back in the day. It was marketed as "Takes grease out of your way". That phrase got me to buy it, and it seemed to me that it was correct. Then they pulled on all of our heart strings, and showed us how Dawn has cleaned up all the ducks and birds that have been victims of oil spills. They still broadcast those commercials! I was disappointed when I researched the products!
My initial search honestly made my mouth drop open in surprise. I found 55 different dishwashing liquids made by Dawn. 55! So many scents and different additives, like Oxi Clean, or Olay. The "grades" given to all of the products are as follows: 9 of the dish liquids got a "C", 4 of them got an "F", and the remainder of the 55 got a "D". I chose to look at the one I always bought; plain old original Dawn, which is now called, "Dawn Simply Clean Dishwashing Liquid, Original". It got a "D".
The health concerns listed as "some concern" are: damage to vision, digestive system effects, and skin irritation. Listed as "moderate concern are: nervous system effects and respiratory effects. Then, the environmental effects listed: of high concern is acute aquatic toxicity, and of moderate concern is chronic aquatic toxicity. So as we wash our dishes with this and flush it down the drain, it is toxifying ground water and our bodies. Sweet!
The main toxic ingredient listed is Methylisothiazolinone. This is the one that causes acute aquatic toxicity and skin irritation. These claims are documented by the Environmental Protection Agency. We see the sweet duckies being washed off with this stuff, but it actually poisons aquatic life.
The Wikipedia entry regarding the M word above is even more frightening! Read it here.
The product I now use for my dishes is Thieves Dish Soap. The product info for it is here. I noticed that the Thieves info mentions that nasty M word also! (As in, our product doesn't contain it!)
When you are ready to try the Thieves Dish Soap, hit me up or order from my personal Young Living site on my home page!
I still didn't buy a battery for the scale. I'm not feeling so great about that. I haven't been doing the things that I know are vital to my weight loss goals. I have been so doggone bummed out about things.
I have moments of tearfulness about the relationship...or lack of. After putting 3 1/2 years into this thing, with physical labor included which brought more monetary value to his properties, I feel I deserve SOME SORT OF REACTION. There has been nothing. No conversation, no explanations, no indication that he ever cared at all. I think that this may be worse that if we were arguing about things. At least there is emotion involved in arguments. My situation is void of any emotion from him.
The job depresses me. I didn't want to return to mainstream nursing, and it has proven to be exactly as I knew it would be for me. I harbor feelings of angst toward him for forcing me to do this job, when for the past 3 1/2 years I planned on a business and life partnership with him, a partnership that I thought was supposed to last until death do us part. But, he didn't even get close to that commitment.
So, yes, I'm so bummed out this week. Thankfully, phone conversations with my besties keep me somewhat sane, and my church family cares for me and prays for me. Plus, in less than 3 weeks, I'm off to Florida. It's a short trip, but will most certainly be jam packed with love and joy.
Today, I am going to work for a friend, which will be good. Tomorrow, I am getting someone signed up as a Young Living member with a Premium Starter Kit. The kit contains 11 essential oil singles and blends, a diffuser, and samples. It is an excellent value, and membership with this company has big time rewards! I am within a few months of getting 25% back with every order I place! (I am currently at 20% which has been awesome in itself).
Going to apply some "Joy" EO blend right now and get this day going!
I tried to weigh yesterday, but the battery is dead in my bathroom scale. No really, it is! I actually was looking forward to getting on it, because I FEEL like I lost a little last week. I'm wearing a scrub top tonight that was slightly tighter a week ago. I feel good about that!
Relationship-wise, no news is good news...haha. Basic avoidance. That works for now while I am getting back in the swing of work. Night shifts mess me up, but the pay is better. I have no idea how long it will take me to save up and find a house, but I'm not going to stress about it. I'm taking my time. I deserve to be allowed to stay put until I'm good and ready!
The new oils I spoke of in my last post seem to be helping the emotions. The "White Angelica" blend is especially heavenly. Of course, any of the blends that contain rose oil smell amazing. One day I will have a bottle of rose oil. It is so valuable! And the price tag is heavy! But I want one...oh yes!
Have a wonderful first day of February! I'm counting down 24 days til the Dead and Company show in Orlando!! (A ticket was "miracled" to me.)
Along my journey with essential oils, I have done a good amount of research. One book that has helped me understand the physical and emotional effects of the oils is the "Essential Oils Pocket Reference" by Life Sciences Publishing. It goes deeply into the molecular makeup of the oils and the absorption into the body on the cellular level. Additionally, it explains how inhaling the oils effects the olfactory bulb in the nasal passage, which then sends impulses to the limbic portion of the brain and the hypothalamus (the limbic system deals with emotions, memories, and stimulation, and the hypothalamus coordinates the autonomic nervous system and the activity of the pituitary gland).
This blog is my weight loss journey, yes, but also has turned out to be about life in general. The weight loss started off strong, but my emotional mess has caused me to yo-yo around for the past couple of months. I've made some posts about "a friend", and some other vague references, but the mess is me. My relationship of 3 1/2 years is ending. My plan to be with this man for the rest of my life (including moving from another state to be with him, working on his properties, working at his business, and giving away all my furniture and appliances to blend lives with him) is no longer the plan. The new plan is work, buy furniture, buy appliances, and figure out where I'm going to live. I'm totally relying on God to give me clear signs. Open the doors I am to walk through, close the doors I am not to walk through. That's my current deal.
I'm having the hardest time with this betrayal. I'm really a mellow person, and I have walked on eggshells so much in the past 3 years, trying to make things better for him. Being the housemaid, always trying to be kind and loving. It all fell on "deaf ears", so to speak. Whoever this other gal is...she must be freaking spectacular...but then again...is she really waiting in line to come be the housemaid?
So anyway, with all this going on, I need some help. I've done way to much sitting around being depressed and feeling "not good enough". I have to combat those feelings because I know darn well I'm good enough. Shame on him for not relishing that fact. Shame on him for causing me hurt and tears. Shame on him for letting me believe I would always live in the house I turned into a home.
Enter some new oil blends into my life! On my Essential Rewards order this month, I got "White Angelica" and "Into The Future". White Angelica increases and strengthens the aura around the body to bring a renewed sense of strength and protection, creating a feeling of wholeness in the realm of one's own spirituality. It's frequency neutralizes negative energy and gives a feeling of security. Into The Future helps one leave the past behind in order to progress with vision and excitement. So many times we find ourselves settling for mediocrity and sacrificing our own potential and success because of the fear of the unknown and the future. This blend inspires determination and a pioneering spirit and creates a strong emotional feeling of being able to reach one's potential. (Descriptions quoted from the "Essential Oils Pocket Reference")
These oils are going to be on me daily for awhile. This transition time is going to last a bit....I have so many things I have to purchase for my next home, and it is going to take time. If you're a praying person, I could use some! If you're not a praying person, send those good vibes my way! Much love to you all!
A friend told me they tried to comment on a blog post but it didn't go through. I noticed that on mobile devices, the comment section fields are not identified. Until I can get an answer from the company, here's what I know from trying it out myself. The top box is for your name, 2nd box is your email address, I didn't use the 3rd box, and the 4th box is for your comment. I sent a comment to myself this way...haha.
I apologize for the confusion on that, and I would love to hear from you!
I got on the dreaded scale this morning. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. So yay....I really don't need more things to be emotional about right now!
I am heading out soon for my second day of nursing shift work as a travel nurse. The facility I worked at Monday was nice. I will definitely go back there. Today I travel to a different town. Hoping for a non exciting shift there as well. When a day as a nurse in a nursing home has no excitement, it's a good thing! The residents are fine and the work is done on time!
My work day oil regimen will forever include the blend En-R-Gee. It contains the single oils: Rosemary, Juniper, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Balsam Fir, Clove, and Black Pepper. I love the smell of this blend, and it "may help improve one's energy " and "may also help with mental alertness" (from my phone app "Reference Guide For Essential Oils"). All I know is it works for me! I put it on my wrists, behind my ears, and the back of my neck.
Have a blessed day, everyone!
Today I return to mainstream nursing work. I didn't plan to, but my small business plan got booted out the window for the time being. I would love to share the details of that with you, but this is not the appropriate time! The events and details have caused me some pretty serious emotional distress. Therefore, I have not been focused on the task at hand, and the entire reason for this blog. I have not been eating right, I've been drinking soda and wine at times (soooo many calories!), and I've been sitting around in my own little prison, so to speak, doing zero exercise. Today, I begin again.
I haven't gotten on the scale for a bit. I don't want to know. But I shall do so on Wednesday. It is what it is. I have to get back on track. I cannot allow the negativity of an outside source continue to bring me down. I have light within me, and I need to shine!
I am starting my day with some defensive moves, since I am going to work in a healthcare facility. I'm putting Thieves oil on the bottoms of both feet and I finally opened that bottle of Inner Defense capsules that have been in the cabinet for awhile. I got the capsules for free from Young Living; they have excellent monthly promos and give me free stuff every month for being a member enrolled in their Essential Rewards program. This product retails for just over $33, and I got it for free! I love that! It contains a blend of essential oils that provide immune support and an inner environment that yeast and fungus dislike. Take some time when you can and click on my Young Living link on the home page of this site. Investigate the products! They have been life changing for me. The other link on my home page, Distillery 9, has a ton of info about essential oils and their uses, and great info about the Young Living company itself.
Blessings to you today and every day. I'm off to love on some patients for the evening!