Sunday, March 2, 2014

Tuning In: My New Blog

It's OK is a blog about my journey into motherhood, and learning raise my family in a natural, balanced way. . . when balance doesn't seem to come naturally to me. 

I've written about my attempts to develop a daily mindfulness practice, to tap into that universal strength I KNOW is always there. To find the energy to be the mom I want to be, and to be the me I really am. 

Well, I have developed that practice. As I began to practice reiki, I stopped writing so much. It was a personal, private, healing practice. I learned some powerful tools for tuning in to myself, to others, to the earth, and to the universal energy that flows through it all. And I practiced with them. And I became a reiki practitioner, offering energy healing sessions. And I became a reiki master and teacher. And I studied herbalism, incorporating the healing energy of plants & nature into my practice. And I've started a new blog for my wellness business. 

I'll be back here with new posts now and then, of a more personal, family & lifestyle oriented nature. The parenting lessons keep pouring in. 

But I'll be more often over at Tuning In, teaching reiki classes, making herbal products, leading energy-share meditations, offering healing sessions, and writing about living in creative wellness.

This month, I'm writing about vibrational essences (herbal energy medicine in a bottle), and having a giveaway every week! 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Journey To Whole Foods

I am not a stranger to healthy eating. Most people think I am a very healthy eater. Maybe compared to most people, I am. I love salads. I don't pig out on sweets. I don't eat meat every day. My nutritional history goes: Meat & Potatoes to Vegan to Anything I Can Get and Back Again.

Compassionately Energized
I became a vegetarian when I moved out of my parents' house at 18. I spent five years exploring ethical eating, alternative nutrition and herbalism, and became an excellent vegetarian cook. I spent a year as a vegan. Then my life changed alot.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Self-Discovery By Photograph: A Weekly Self-Portrait Challenge

Sometimes I almost forget what I look like. 

I worry that I don't actually look like myself. Like, I don't spend enough time being aware of my physical appearance to be sure that it is representing ME accurately. I suspect it is being sloppy. 

I have trouble finding profile pictures for online things. My facebook profile is a photo my two-year-old took of me, in which his finger cuts out half my face. Charming, yes, but not the way I want to represent myself long-term. I don't have a photographer in my life capturing me in a good light. My husband has an inexplicable knack for taking terrible pictures of me. 

So. I am going to practice taking pictures of myself. 

Could use some work. . . 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Update (Slow Down)

"Sleep? Not without my mom."
The Mindful Parenting Collaboration's next topic is Sleep, and lately my family is not getting much of it. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Getting Your Needs Met. . . Is Nobody's Responsibility But Yours (Mindful Parenting Collaboration #5)

This post was written for the Mindful Parenting Collaboration, Topic #5: Taking Care of YOU. Link up your own post on this topic at the end!

An important lesson for everybody, but especially mothers, who have a tendency to give and give and give. . . .

Initiation Into Motherhood
In my early days as a mom very few of my needs were getting met. I was constantly hungry, thirsty, sleep-deprived (those words don't come close to describing it). I couldn't think. Between feeding and changing and holding my baby, I was a mess of confusion, loneliness, anger, resentment, helplessness, hopelessness.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Finding Christmas Spirit

As my son's second Christmas season unfolds, I'm taking more pleasure than ever in holiday traditions. Always more of a non-traditionalist, I once wrote a fairly abrasive song about cutting through the Christmas crap to get to what really matters. And now I'm examining once again, what does really matter, as I'm figuring out how to explain Christmas to Koan, and choosing which traditions have real meaning we can celebrate. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

We Wish You A Mindful Celebration Festival!

Celebration Festival is the name my husband and I came up with for all-purpose, multi-faith holiday celebration. We wish you well in yours!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

How To Appreciate A Blog

As I see it, bloggers want three things: feedback, traffic, and money. Some don't want money. And no blog with integrity will put money (or traffic) ahead of content. If you like a blog (or a blogger), here are some ways you can offer something back: