Monday, December 31, 2018

2019 What Do You Hold???

I’ve mentioned several things via FB live regarding the New Year, but there is something therapeutic about putting pen to paper and writing out a reflection of the old and a hope for the future.   So here we go!

2018 was a fantastic year for us.  It was a quiet year – a year of reflection and growth for me.   A year of quiet moments and rest!  And I so needed the rest.  I needed to sit in the quiet and just be, it was an amazing blessing.  There were also emotions that ran high and low, a bout of depression in the summer that ate into the fall.  There was a fantastic trip to the Grand Tetons/Yellowstone and a few weekend getaways here and there.   Jack was home much of year and I was happy his job didn’t have him traveling more.   Books were read, shows were binge watched and movies consumed.   I did a Covenant Precept Bible Study, one on Prayer, a study into Ruth and then begin diving into Romans.  I had weeks of consistent prayer time followed by times where I barely prayed at all.   Times where I felt close to God and times that I barely thought of him (guess what – He never moved other than to reach his arms out for me)!  We detoxed from sugar and discovered Young Living Essential Oils.   We ate healthier and further refined our diet and wellness goals.  We worked out and were lazy.  We argued and made up.  2018 was incredible, but 2019 is going to be AMAZING.

In 2019 I’ve chosen a word to focus on for the first time.  Many people do this, and I wanted to join the party.  The word I choose is INTENTION!  I want 2019 to be a year of intentional acts, intentional thoughts, intentional prayers.  I want the things in my life to have meaning – I want them to make my life and the lives of those around me better.  I want to be intentional in how I spend my time, intentional in my relationships, intentional in my Bible Study and Prayer Life, intentional in my giving and my volunteer time.  I want it to mean something – not just busyiness – Quality!  Life with intention is my goal.

With that I do have some plans.  I do not want to call them resolutions as they are a process – one we have been working toward and will continue to work towards.  There will be days I fail, but in 2019 it will be my INTENTION to get right back up again!

I want to focus on wellness in 2019.   I want to make sure all 4 legs of my wellness chair are strong – Spiritual, Emotional, Fitness & Nutrition.  

For the spiritual chair leg, I plan to continue digging into God’s word.  I plan to continue going to church and being active with our small group.  I plan to try and deepen the relationships within that group.  I plan to continue serving and look for other areas I can be of service – where the service is quality and not just busy.   I want to interact with those around me and show them the Love of God in everything I do.  I want to be mindful of my words and my attitude – making sure it is always a reflection of God.  And YES I know how lofty of a goal that is and that I will fail, but that is ok.   The point is to keep trying – to be better today than I was yesterday!   I want to know more about God, I want to listen to him more and try to follow the steps he has laid out for me.   I want that leg to be the strongest leg – The entire Backbone of my life! 

The emotional chair leg is trickier.  Emotions are fleeting and fickle and I firmly believe you SHOULD NOT live your life based on them.  God never promised you would be happy, he promised he would be with you.  That being he also didn’t call us to live in a state of fear or depression.  In fact, in John 10:10 Jesus said that “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  Depression and anxiety are not my definition of an abundant life. 

So how do we fix it?  Well first and foremost prayer.  However, God also gave us tools to rectify some emotional issues as often they are caused by chemical imbalances in the body.    I am personally using Young Living Essential Oils to get off the emotional roller coaster and so far I highly recommend. it   Jack and I are both seeing results and couldn’t be happier with what the oils are doing for me.  Proper exercise and nutrition is also key to keeping your emotions healthy and we will be talking about how we are strengthening those legs in a moment.  

Depending, on your level of emotional issue (and we all have them) there are also medicines and medical professionals able and willing to help.  There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with asking for help.   So, if you are depressed or struggling emotionally, reach out!   Don’t sit alone – It won’t get better that way.

For me in 2019 I plan to strengthen my emotional chair leg through Young Living essential oils, proper nutrition, exercise prayer, and through trying to develop deep friendships with individuals that will help lift me up and vice versa. 

The friend part is going to be the trickiest – I struggle to make friends.   Many women my age have small children, or they are so busy that we can never seem to connect.   Don't get me wrong I have no issue with kids, but I find that many times it makes it difficult to really connect because I can’t converse about the most important thing in their life.  I have no frame of reference….  I also get tired of always being the asker.  I know – it’s not about who ask who to dinner/coffee/etc...,but after a while the friendships begin to fill one sided when you are always the one reaching out.   So that will be my personal challenge this year on this leg, because, I do feel that having at least a couple close friends is important.  I would absolutely love to find some couple friends for me and Jack – a couple we could go out with regularly – that would be the gold ring right here.   

The nutrition leg – this is the easiest to plan for and maybe the hardest to stick with 😊  We plan to do the 21 Day Sugar Detox again starting this week.  We did it in June/July last year and it was just amazing, I want to get back to not needing the sugar in my life.   I didn’t completely add it back last time, but I want more of it GONE!   After that detox we plan to eat a natural diet where we eat real food that is healthy and not processed.  We plan to introduce some natural sugars back (honey and fruit) and watch our portions.   Humans weren’t made to eat the average portion size in America – we were made to eat maybe 1/3 of it!      I also am moving us to organic produce/products and while I’m not quite jumping to grass fed beef, etc.. I am choosing meats with no added hormones when possible.    Jacks goal is to lose a significant amount of weight as well so I will be supporting him in that journey.

The Fitness leg may be the hardest for me… I know it’s the absolute weakest at the moment.   I hate to work out, I really do.  But it’s important for your body to move, we weren’t designed to be stationary.   So, Jack and I are kicking off Beach-body 21 Day Fit again this week. It’s a good program and is only 30 minutes a day – you can do anything for 30 minutes a day right?    In the spring we plan to get outside more, kayaking – biking – walking.   I can’t wait for the spring to get here… I want to be outside this year!  I want to be intentional about my exercise and do things I enjoy.   I also know I need to get my cardio endurance up and I need my upper body strength to increase.   My upper body strength being weak causes me numerous issues, including pain, so we have to work on this.

And those are the 4 legs of the wellness chair that I plan to intentionally work on this year – I want it stronger than it has ever been this time next year.  

2019 will also be a year of faith - of stepping out of my box!  I jumped off the ledge and have become a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils.  When considering going back to a traditional office job my heart just sank.  I couldn’t find any joy in the prospect, no excitement about the next adventure, nothing.  It caused me heart palpitations and stress that was tangible.   Thankfully, I’m blessed, and I don’t have to jump back into the corporate world.   Instead I’m jumping into entrepreneurship.  I just LOVE the oils and well all of Young Livings Products – I love what they do for me and Jack.  I love what they can do for us in the future.  I love the company, the quality of the products, their seed to seal guarantee, their environmental footprint, their charitable giving, their heart, I LOVE THEM!    I fully, 1000% believe essential oils are a gift from GOD and through them lives can be changed for the better!  Chains can be broken!  And I’m excited to be a part of it!   I’m also excited that Jack is on the journey with me – we are building this business together and I LOVE IT! 

So, yea, 2019 is going to be amazing!  It’s going to be a year I look back on and go “oh yea – that was life changing”!   Want to join me on the journey to wellness?  Want to strengthen your chair?    Drop me a comment – I’d love to cheer you on!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Wellness - Where Are You

Wellness in my mind has 4 parts: Spiritual, Emotional, Dietary, Fitness.  This week my body told me I needed to pay closer attention to one or more of the parts.   That is the way it is – you can be really strong in one area, but if you aren’t watching all 4 you will have issues.  Wellness is a chair – all 4 legs need to be touching the ground or you will tip over and I tipped over.  The Dr’s really can’t put a diagnosis on it – which is frustrating – but my body is telling me it’s time to re-evaluate, that is for sure.  

But Lisa? You are always talking about removing chemicals and oils and etc… Why are you sick?  I am, and the oils did not fail me.  They have kept me as well as they could, they have kept me from being in –the bed for WEEKs like I would have been with a sickness a few years ago.  If I worked a typical job, I would have been out of 1 one day vs. 5.   They have been awesome, but I have let the fitness and the dietary legs slack a little and my body is telling me this.

I lost the weight I wanted to lose and after such I’ve kind of been slack on my eating.  We haven’t completely reverted, but with all the Christmas dinners and the like I have been eating more pre-processed carbs (bread, noodles, etc…) and have had more sugar than I normally take in.   I’ve also not been exercising at all. We stopped walking due to being busy and it being cold, I haven’t been doing my Beachbody videos – I just let it slip.

So, what is my plan? 
  1. Pray for healing
  2. Continue to study God’s word!   I’m starting a new Faith study with my aunt this week 😊
  3. Continue using my oils DAILY – allow them to help me replenish my immune system and help me to continue help with my emotional issues.  Plus, I like the smell 😊
  4. Take the medicines as prescribed - though I may not take all of these pain pills, they are highly addictive which I don't want and they make me feel weird :)   Ignore any random 3 AM post - it may not be my fault haha
  5. Get back to natural foods – Lower Carbs – really sticking to those that are not processed, Reduced Sugar, etc…
  6. Start working out again -this is the hardest for me because I simply don’t enjoy working out.  I don’t mind walking with Mama, but it’s cold so I know that won’t happen.  The Beachbody videos are good – it’s just never really been a joy for me…EVER.  I hated gym class.  But our bodies need to move so I’m going to start light this week with a yoga series and then ramp it up next week when my body has recovered some more.

That’s my plan – I pray God blesses it or if it’s not his will I pray he changes it for a better one.   What are you doing to help you get through this season of germs and stress?

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