Ideas for a Happy Life

April 16, 2014 — 1 Comment


I have long held the idea that each individual’s happiness lies within his or her own hands. No matter the circumstances you may find yourself, you can choose to count your blessings and be happy.

In other words, happiness is a choice.

My mother was a happy person. Despite the fact that she contracted polio at age 8 and lost the use of both her legs and her beloved father passing away soon after, she always remained positive and happy. She could have chosen to be miserable and unhappy. She could have chosen to bemoan her circumstances and held self-pity parties every day. Instead, she chose to keep a smile on her face. She chose to rise above her circumstances and get an education. She chose to work hard and be kind. As a result, she had many, many friends. So many that when she died in 2001, the large church could barely contain the people in attendance.

My mother is just one example. Here is another. There is a woman who shops at the same health food store I do. I have encountered this woman 3 times in the last year and each time I have seen her, she carries an air of bitterness. Her shoulders are rounded downward, she scowls at everyone and no matter what the people around her try and do to accommodate her, she is angry. I imagine she lives a pretty miserable life.

By contrast, there is another woman (she told her her age is 88) who is always happy. Whenever I find myself in the store at the same time she is, I smile. There mere sight of her makes me happy, mostly because she’s always smiling and happy. She has a smile for everyone. She is tiny, but her body is straight. A smile is always on her face. She always friendly and grateful to everyone she encounters.

I aspire to be a person like my mother and this woman as I age.

I found this video on YouTube for a Ted Talk by Sam Berns. His story is quite inspiring as well and I hope his guidelines for finding happiness will help you.

Have a blessed and happy day!


Daily Vitamin for the Soul


Over the weekend I was taking some trash to the dump and sitting on the ground was a huge cast iron skillet with a little rust on the cooking surface. Oh the memories I have of my grandmother frying chicken in a big cast iron skillet! I remembered seeing a Pin on Pinterest talking about how to recondition old cast iron skillets, so I picked it up and took it home.

I’ve been working on it for several days, usually about 10 minutes a day and it’s almost ready for me to reseason it. Here is the video I used and recommend (and yes, it’s true that all you need is salt, a potato and some vinegar):

As I was reading more about cast iron skillets and cooking with Cast Iron, I found across a great article on Natural News. Here are their top 10 reasons to use Cast Iron.

1. Replacing a non-stick skillet with a cast iron one allows you to avoid the toxic fumes that accompany most non-stick cookware. Cast iron can also replace aluminum cookware, which may also pose health hazards.

2. Besides the stove, you can use a cast iron skillet in the oven, at any temperature. This comes in handy for making corn bread, frittatas, and flat bread.

3. It is nonstick. Surprisingly, a preheated cast iron skillet rivals the qualities of non-stick cookware, as long as it is properly seasoned and cared for. You can quickly move up this short learning curve by talking with employees at your local cookware store or by reading a book or Internet article about cast iron care.

4. Cast iron is easy to clean up. Not only does food easily lift off from cast iron cookware, soap is not needed or recommended, since it erodes the seasoning.

5. There are health benefits. You can actually boost your iron intake from eating food cooked in cast iron cookware. This vital mineral is crucial for maintaining energy levels, and it helps strengthen immune systems.

6. It is inexpensive. Cooks looking to replace non-stick cookware often investigate stainless steel. However, a high-end, 12-inch stainless skillet runs well over $100, while a similar-sized cast iron one costs less than $30.

7. Food cooks beautifully. Using a cast iron skillet you can create restaurant-quality, homemade fish sticks, potato pancakes and French toast, complete with golden brown, crispy exteriors. Contrast this with non-stick cookware, which makes browning nearly impossible.

8. Cast iron is sturdy and wears well. Since it does not scratch, there is no need to use plastic utensils, and there is no fear of using your silverware to stir or scoop. It lasts for so long that many people still use cast iron cookware inherited from their parents and grandparents.

9. In an emergency, cast iron cookware can be used over any heat source. As such, many disaster planning lists include cast iron as the survival cookware of choice.

10. It has been used for thousands of years. Natural News readers already understand how new technologies are often the least healthy, while those used by earlier generations are often more beneficial and more in line with how we are designed. Our cookware choice is no exception.

If you’ve not ever cooked with cast iron, I highly recommend you give it a try. While it is very heavy, just look at it as though you’re getting a good workout while adding some extra iron into your diet!

Have a blessed day!


Daily Vitamin for the Soul


Do you have a dream?

Of course you do! Everyone has a dream!

Most of us lose sight of the dreams we had growing up or while students in high school or college. Sometimes it’s life and it’s disappointments and sometimes it’s because someone told us the dreaded, “You’ll never be able to do that” and we believed them.

Our natural response is to protect ourselves, so we deny our dreams and put them away. We are afraid to reach out to people, resources, and opportunities that could support it.

Jack Canfield writes a story about author Catherine Lanigan on his blog:

I want to share a quick story about my friend Catherine Lanigan. She had earned a college scholarship on her strengths as a gifted writer. Catherine’s Harvard professor gave her an F on her first short story and convinced her she had no talent. She wrote nothing more for 13 years.

Then one day in her small Texas town Catherine visited a movie set. When she expressed her desire to be a writer, one of the scriptwriters shot back, “B.S.! If you wanted to be a writer, you would have written.”

When Catherine explained how her professor discouraged her, the scriptwriter replied, “An academic guy? What does he know? I write for a living. Tell you what. You go home and write something and send it to me, and I’ll tell you if I think you have any talent in the real world of commercial literature.”

A year later, Catherine finished her novel and sent it to the scriptwriter, who loved it and sent it to his agent in New York. The agent also loved it and asked to represent her work. Catherine’s first novel was followed by numerous others including Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile, which became a major motion picture.

Are you like Catherine? Did you once have a dream that you have forgotten? Or, maybe you never forgot it and it has been festering inside you for many years. If so, you owe it to yourself to dig it out of it’s buried place and share it with the world.

The only time it’s too late to pursue your dreams is when you are six feet under.

You owe it to God, yourself and to those around you to be the best you can possibly be. I believe that if God has put a desire in your heart to pursue something, then you should do it. Someone may need your help. They may need your encouragement.

There is a story I read a few years ago about a woman who was 50 years old and always dreamed of being a doctor. When her adult daughter asked her why didn’t she go back to school and become one, her response was, “Because I’ll be 58 years old by the time I’m finished.”

The daughter responded, “And how old will you be in 8 years if you don’t?” The woman went back to school and is still practicing medicine today. Imagine the people she has helped because she dared to dig up her old dreams.

Three Steps to Getting Started

1. Get in touch with who you are. What is it is that really wants to come through you? What will propel you through any obstacle, no matter how big it might seem?

2. Gather feedback, however, don’t let someone else’s opinion bury your dream as Catherine did for so long.

3. Try things you’ve never tried before to see what works. As Jack points out, when we were kids, we’d try anything, but now? Today a child having a computer problem will hit every button to get it to work. Many adults fear touching the wrong button will break it.

Don’t be afraid to try, fail and try again. Embrace your journey and enjoy the pursuit.

Imagine your life as one great big experiment and have fun! Keep experimenting until you find the life you imagine!

Have a blessed day!


Daily Vitamin for the Soul


This winter, which thankfully seems to be over, my family had their share of the yucks, including strep and walking pneumonia.

As most of you know, I like to find natural alternatives to prescription medications and have found that Young Living essential oils answers that need. I thought I would do a rundown of the protocols I have used to help my family get better using nature’s antibiotics.


We had confirmed strep making the rounds in our house and after much trial and error, what worked best was this:

3 Drops Thieves + 3 Drops Lemon directly on the back of the throat

I started by doing this every 2 hours on the first day, every 3 hours on the second day, every 4 hours on the third day and then morning, afternoon and evening for the rest of a 7 day cycle. This worked very well for my 10 year old who didn’t like the raw honey/Thieves/Lemon mixture in a spoon.


When my husband came down with a diagnosed case of walking pneumonia I started searching for something I could use to help him. Here are two things we used:


Remedy #1 – Young Living Natural Antibiotic Bomb

12 Drops Thieves
6 Drops Oregano
2 Drops Frankincense

You can either put it in a capsule or a spoon and take it. Warning: It is hot! I followed the same frequency as I used for Strep for a week.

Remedy #2 – Natural Garlic Antibiotic

I also made up the following elixir for him to take every 2 hours.

1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
1 Tablespoon Raw Honey
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Mix together and take 1 Tablespoon every 2 hours. This is important –> Keep the mixture in your mouth for one minute and chew the garlic. It’s the chewing that releases the antibiotic properties in garlic. I know this mixture sounds a bit “iffy” taste-wise; however, I found that it tastes a lot like an Asian-inspired spicy sauce. I did not mind the taste at all and neither did my husband.

I hope these natural antibiotic recipes help you the next time you need them. They certainly helped my family get back on the road to recovery and wellness!

Have a blessed day!

* I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on tv. I am someone who looks for alternative medicines to help her family live a healthier life, naturally. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, prevent or cure disease.


Daily Vitamin for the Soul


Daily Vitamin for the Soul

In this video, Tony Robbins gives us “5 Steps to Take Control Of Your Life:”