I’m Going For It!

August 31, 2015 — Leave a comment

going for it

What is “it?”

A Doctor of Naturopathy degree, that’s what!

I have spoken about my interest in holistic health and longevity many times. Those interests led me toward wanting to help others via my blog to learn more about living a great life.

Holistic health encompasses more than just exercise and what you eat. It’s about your social circles, your religion, your attitude, your job, finances and more.

Some of you may be saying, “Finances? Really?” Yes, because if you’re concerned and worried about paying your bills next month, it will have an effect on your health.

I may have told you this before, and if so, bear with me. My husband is heavily involved in conservative politics. He thrives on it.

For me, though, the negativity of politics goes against everything I am as a person. I do not enjoy the constant attacks and accusatory rhetoric coming from either side of our political aisle.

However, I do care about my husband and when he started a business which held conservative politics at it’s center, I did what I could to help him. He held a huge event about a year into his business and because I was a stay-at-home mom and he had a “regular” job, most of the work fell on my shoulders.

By the end of that event, I had 4 cysts on my right eye and 3 on the left as well as a strange rash crawling across my chest. I was in bed sick as a dog for 3 days. Finally, I went to the doctor.

Want to know what she said? She motioned with her hands and said, “All of THIS is from stress. Whatever you are doing, it is not in line with who you are as a person and whatever it is, you need to stop.”

I told my husband that afternoon I could no longer help him with his political site. A week later, all of those symptoms disappeared and never came back.

So you see, your emotions and what you are doing directly affect your health.

The other day Kathy Freston posted on her Facebook wall the following:

I smoked until I didn’t. I ate massive amounts of sugar until I didn’t. I ate animal stuff until I didn’t. I was dysfunctional in relationships until I wasn’t. I was lazy until I wasn’t. I was insecure until I wasn’t. I was careless until I wasn’t. For me, change always came gradually… until it settled in. Things may have looked like they happened in an instant, and there is always that one magical moment of shift (the instant!), but the change settled in over time. Enough about me! You?
‪#‎LeanIn‬ ‪#‎change‬ ‪#‎inspiration‬ ‪#‎quotes‬

It reminds me of something Maya Angelou would say, “When you know better, you do better.”

Life is a progression and as you learn more things, you grow and change and become the person you were always meant to be.

Life is a journey. Experience it, learn from it and enjoy it!

Have a fantastic day! Make it great!





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Have a fantastic day!



Scary stuff was going on at my house yesterday.

My daughter started college, which was nerve-wracking enough, but she doesn’t have her own car yet, which means she took mine. It’s an automatic, which is all either of us ever drives.

This left me with my husband’s “toy.” The old Jeep Wrangler. The one with the stick shift.

A couple of years ago, my husband tried to teach me how to drive the Jeep’s stick shift “just in case.” That was in an old school parking lot that was so small I never needed or could get anything over 1st gear.

I had one lesson and never tried it again. It was very intimidating and I had my big old Suburban at the time, so I figured I really didn’t need to learn how to drive that old Jeep.

We are a busy family and I think I knew somewhere in the back of my mind that my daughter would be taking my car to and from college (she’s commuting) on the days she has classes. It wasn’t until the last week I realized that day was upon us and I had no idea how to drive the Wrangler.

Uh oh.

I had 2 days of driving lessons. TWO. And they were short. Very, very short.

I think my husband really didn’t want me to drive his “toy.” I think he likes to keep it for his own enjoyment. Too bad, because our sons don’t like to ride the bus, which means I had to pick them up from school yesterday.

I prayed a lot yesterday. I pray every day, but yesterday, I prayed all day. I prayed for my daughter’s safety and that she would enjoy college. I prayed she would get the boys to school okay since she was taking them to school on her way. I prayed she would get home safely. And I prayed God would help me drive that Jeep!

Before heading out the door, I put some Young Living Frankincense on my chest (it reminds me of church and helps me). I put Peace & Calming and Stress Away on my neck, shoulders and wrists and Valor on my spine. I said another prayer and got behind the wheel.

I managed to get to the school fine, but then it happened. A mom who was several cars in front of me pulled away, which means the rest of us had to start our engines and pull up another 10 feet. Now, when you’re driving an automatic you just turn on your engine, creep up a few feet, put it in park and you’re done.

The Jeep was a whole different matter. I stuttered. I stalled. I lurched. But after 3 tries, I finally moved forward 10 feet. Another mom a few cars behind me got out and said, “What’s going on?”

I told her it was only my 3rd time driving a stick and I was learning. She laughed and offered encouragement and I found out she just recently moved to the area. We exchanged cards and I now have a new friend!

The boys got out of school and we made it home just fine. I will be taking the Jeep to pick them up again tomorrow, this time, with a little more confidence.

And that’s the thing about facing something you’re afraid of. The more you do it, the less power it holds over you.

Keep this in mind whether your fear is talking to someone new, trying to learn something new or just going through life. New things can be scary, but the more you make yourself do them, the less frightening those things become.

Make it a great day!



It’s true. And while it may seem odd that I can be both sad and happy, once I explain why, you’ll all understand.

My beautiful daughter is starting college today. It has been a long journey to get here, but we are here.

Eighteen years ago on June 11, I gave birth to my first child. I always tell people that as an only child, I always knew my parents loved me, but it was not until I had my daughter that I truly understood unconditional love and just how much my parents loved me.

It was and continues to be, a miraculous experience becoming a mother. There was a line from a television show I used to watch where a character described motherhood as taking out your heart and watching it walk around in front of you. I think that’s a pretty accurate description.

By God’s grace, my heart was multiplied three times.

We have had a long road getting here. There were the normal hills and valleys of life that we all endure, but there were other, scarier roads to travel for both of us.

Bullying in middle school, financial troubles, relocating away from friends and more serious concerns.

However, God is good, He saw us through it all and this morning she drove her brothers to school as she headed off to her first day of college.


I am happy she is growing into the woman God intends for her to be. She wants to be an animator and work for one of the studios. As her mother, I want all of her dreams to come true.

Looking back, I remember her love of drawing, her love of science and her fascination with all things DOG! There was a time in her life that everything had to do with dogs. My husband and I were even referred to as “Daddy Dog” and “Mama Dog” and my parents were “Papa Dog” and “Nanny Dog.” Later, we evolved to actual dog names (for dogs she knew about). My husband became “Mail Carrier Dog” (don’t ask) and I was “Honey Bear” (a golden retriever who lived in our neighborhood). Taylor wanted to be called “Lizzie” (a neighbor’s black lab who was Honey Bear’s daughter) and my parents were “The Bulldog” and “The Weimaraner.”

I remember when I realized she was left-handed like my mother and my husband. I was watching a friend’s two children and they were all coloring together. Taylor was about 2 1/2 and as she colored, she intently watched my friend’s older children as they filled in their coloring sheets. She decided to switch hands to start coloring with her right hand. That lasted all but 10 seconds and that crayon was back in her left hand again. This time it stayed there.

I want all good things for her, just as I do for all of my children. Those wishes are heartfelt, as are the pains of separation I feel as she drove away this morning. With her independence comes my realization that I need to let go and trust that God will take care of her as He has up until now.

Still, I cannot help but see my small little angel girl every time I look at her.


She has grown into a beautiful young woman and I know she will do great things in her life.

I am proud and grateful that I can call her my daughter. I look forward to seeing all of the wonderful things she will do.