From Black Thumb to Green Thumb…

Let’s take a detour and talk about something other than personal growth.  Let’s talk about planting the seeds…literal seeds this time!

For many years now I’ve attempted to grow a garden.  Not just any garden.  I’m talking about that storybook, scenic, Victorian garden that you’re almost certain fairies live and work their magical wonder in.  You know the one I’m talking about.  That white, picket-fenced garden exploding with lavender, hollyhocks, roses, foxgloves, delphinium and many other flowers rich in fragrance and visual candy hiding behind an ivy covered gate.

It’s a beautiful dream, isn’t it?  But that’s all it has amounted to be.  For I know nothing about growing a healthy, thriving garden and because of that, I consider myself a black thumb.

Okay, so I can’t say that the title is a prophecy of any sort.  I may just continue to remain a plant killer with no knowledge about what plants look good where and who gets along with who.

But as a bit of a challenge I am going to try again this year.  And this year I shall do one thing I didn’t go before – RESEARCH!

So what does this have to do with My Best Me Challenge?  Everything actually.  I come from a long line of green thumbs and I am convinced I’ve just been doing this half-arsed and that even I can be the garden guru eventually.  I think this whole time I haven’t put my best work into it.  Showing respect for nature will probably work better than, “hmmm, I think I will just plant this here and see what happens!”  If this is going to go somewhere, I need to be focused and give my respect to the art of gardening.  With practice, determination and a little help I’m sure I will be able to eventually have my dream backyard oasis.

This garden also consists of a vegetable patch.  I have grown veggies before.  Which is why I believe I can develop that green in my thumbs.  A couple of times I was very successful with the tomatoes and had enough to make at least three meals out of the sauce I created from them.

Anyway, this year instead of going to the local store to purchase their GMO seedlings I have chosen to plant the seeds indoors to say that I really grew my veggies.  My regular flowers will still be purchased as young plants, I don’t have that much room to start ALL of my plants indoors.  Besides, I would imagine it would be more likely I’d kill every single one of them.  With little knowledge of all things plants I’d probably spend too much time on one when I should be focusing on the others.

So for those who are attempting a full-out gardening challenge like myself, here is what I found today on when to start your seeds.  Compliments of Almanac.com

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So there you have it folks!  There is obviously still time to start those seeds indoors!  The timing is perfect.

As for the Victorian garden, I have some ideas but most of all I am asking for help this year.  There is a challenge in itself – me asking for help!  I don’t always feel comfortable in doing so, as I am well aware that everyone has challenges of their own.  But I think as part of My Best Me, I need to learn to surrender to asking for assistance.

So, for those attempting a veggie garden or a backyard oasis like mine, HAPPY GARDENING!

Namaste.

Wish Upon A Star…

.”Come play with me!”

The innocent words of a child pleading with the parent to engage in some crazy imagination game.  We have heard them many times in our lives especially if we are a parent or caregiver.  Magical words that have the ability to wisk you away from everyday life to a completely different dimension…if we only allowed ourselves.

What if that child was not a physical one tugging at your sleeve, but a child in spirit deep within you?

Have you ever heard that call or felt that pull?  The inner child buried in your very being that yearns to make an appearance.  You forgot about that child, didn’t you?

It is the piece of you that believed in fairies, unicorns and/or leprechauns.  The very same piece of you that believed in peace on earth & happy endings.

What do you suppose we could learn from that sentient being?  When was the last time you stopped and dreamed about that peace on earth?

Recently, I had the pleasure of taking my child to see the movie, “The Little Prince”.  The film, based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a visually stunning animation.  The movie follows a young girl who is befriended by her elderly neighbour.  While her mother wants her to be focused on her “life plan”, her new friend teaches her – through his story of his adventures with The Little Prince – to use her imagination and see with her heart, to know that the most important things in life can only be felt.

We can see ourselves in the little girl.  Our lives are mostly rushed and centred around money and survival that we forget about the most important things in life.  I find myself getting caught up in the monotonous of everyday life on a regular basis.  But I’m grateful I have children in my life all around to remind me to stop and remember the child within.  To stop for a moment and play, use my imagination.  To see the magic in the flutter of the butterfly, or hear the symphony in the vast amount of birds singing their individual songs in the morning.

I feel there is a great amount of healing in remembering your inner child.  It is the most innocent part of us that just wants to be heard and respected.  To acknowledge it and nurture it would mean we are taking ourselves seriously.  Not in the way that it means everyday as in “take this seriously man!”  But in a deeper sense, that we are important and deserve to be heard.  Take it a bit further and realize that if we all heal ourselves and take ourselves seriously, maybe the healing can happen in the world.  Afterall, peace on earth starts from within.

Imagine telling a child to stop creating.  It would be harmful to their wellbeing and growth.  We know this scientifically speaking that if we prevent a child from getting their hands dirty by creating with mud, paint, play doh or whatever they may not develop certain problem solving abilities.

So why is it okay for us to silence our own inner child?

I know that after seeing The Little Prince I felt the need to get back in touch with that imaginative part of me.  Something as simple as wishing upon a star, a part of the My Best Me Challenge is reconnecting with my inner child in hopes that it will not only help me achieve my goals but also to be the best mother I can be.

How about you?  What do you feel you’ve neglected in your own inner child?  Do you believe there can be healing in honouring your inner child?

until tomorrow, good night!

PLOT TWIST!

Yesterday I had everything planned out for today.  I was going to get up early, pop on another High Intensity Interval Workout routine, and continue with a regular “Shake Day”, and have a grand ol’ time with my family as Good Friday meant a day off.  Who knows what the day may bring for adventure.

So 9:30am comes around and I realize I’m not starting it off as planned.  Meh…that doesn’t matter.  I still have plenty of time to get my hind quarters out of bed and do what needed to be done, right?

Wrong.

I wake up with a headache.  A lovely, pounding headache that gnaws at my neck, shoulders and temples.  Change of plans!  “No High Intensityanything today if this headache continues” I thought.

I consumed my Ionix Supreme and IsaLean Shake as usual, hoping this was only a “hunger headache” and I would return to my regularly planned day.

As it turns out, I did not.  I spent my day being lazy on the couch watching television nursing the stinking headache, drinking peppermint tea and massaging my occiput with muscle relaxing essential oils (another post on that to come).

Life is like that, isn’t it?   We plan for things to happen and most times things work out. I mean, even me with this blog.  I planned on writing everyday, hoping to spread some hope, love and inspiration around, but today it’s just not happening.

There is a lesson in it though.  Sometimes life works out but sometimes it doesn’t.  And that’s okay, because we can’t control everything.  But what can we do when it doesn’t go the way we want?  Here are some pointers.

  1.  There is no need to beat oneself up over things that can’t be controlled.  All we can do is control our own reaction to it.  So, be gentle with yourself when things don’t go as planned
  2. Sometimes life’s little detours will take you places you’ve never dreamed of.  So, be open to whatever path you’re being led down.
  3. It ties in with the above suggestion, but just trust in the universe, or God, or whatever your spiritual belief may be.  It can be hard if you’re a control freak, but remind yourself as often as you can that the universe will choose rightly for you and that you’ll never be given ANYTHING you can’t handle.
  4. Enjoy the ride.  If life takes you down “the road less travelled” be sure to stop and take in the little things.  Breathe.  “Stop and smell the roses.”  Listen to the laughter of a child.  Whatever it is, find the joy in the moment.  A silver lining can ALWAYS be found.
  5. Find your inner warrior.  A warrior isn’t necessarily someone who physically fights for what they want/desire/etc.  Instead it is someone who perseveres even when fear has taken hold.  Be brave, courageous, and remember that sometimes life will take you down a path you’re meant to BRAVELY go.  You might have your plans, but God has something greater in store for you.  And believe me when I say this, you will come out stronger.

My apologies for being so short tonight.  Instead of fighting this headache & sore throat by staying up, I’m going to listen to my body and head off to bed.  I’m not going to sweat it if this blog isn’t perfect tonight.  Tomorrow is another day.

Good evening!

This Little Light of Mine…

 

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It’s only been one post so far and I have received really awesome emails from my readers!  Keep them coming as they inspire me.  Yes, you inspire me to reach my fullest potential 😘.

It’s so refreshing to have support and partners in sharing.  The world needs more of that, don’t you think?

Our world is filled with negative messages – war, terrorism, prejudice, disease, etc – that it is easy to get caught up in it, allowing it to become a part of us.

We limit ourselves; place our “beings” in boxes and stick labels all over them.  Issues come up and we slap another message of “this means something about me” on the confined space we imprison ourselves in.  Sometimes it’s another person placing us in the box, playing the blame game and placing names on us and it starts to seep into our belief system.

Think of it this way.  We tend to have a filing cabinet in our minds of all the things we have done, or things that have happened to us.  We then take those “issues” and place them into categories with a big bright neon sign on each file folder.  These signs read “proof that I am not good enough”, “proof that I am a failure”, and sometimes, though few and far between, they will read “proof that I am worth it”.   Though, let’s be honest, that file is small because we don’t give ourselves enough credit.

But we are much bigger than that.  We are much bigger than those labels and boxes and files we seem to define ourselves with.  Do you know that they mean nothing?  Seriously, they don’t mean a thing!   You’ve heard it before that your past does not define you.  And it’s true, as long as you only believe it.

How can a piece of God – the epitome of perfection – BE imperfect?  We come into this life with a clean slate.  That slate should be clean throughout our lives.  It doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences to our actions.  But we have the ability to create everyday anew. Wiping the slate clean every morning we wake up.  Just because yesterday you missed a deadline doesn’t mean you’re going to do it today.  Right?

That’s what I mean.  It’s like that with everything. Who are you going to be today?

Imagine you knew someone who had so much love to give and the world didn’t even know it.  The person’s filing cabinet was so full of negative lies about them that they didn’t have the courage to let what was special about them shine. People dimmed the light with words and actions they weren’t aware affected the person.  And now imagine that person gone from this life.  It seems a tragedy, doesn’t it?

I learned about someone like that recently.  And maybe that’s a contributing factor to this “My Best Me Challenge”.  It opened my eyes as to how my own fear and experiences in recent months of being ridiculed, hurt, manipulated, etc was dimming my own light.  I don’t want to be that person who wasted time on “what if’s” and holding back my own potential.

It will be a challenge to be as authentic as I can.  Many things have occurred in my life and my own labels will need to be ripped off like a band aids.  But I won’t be that person who’s light was being dimmed by the limitations.  I only have one life, and I will use it as we are all meant to – full out!

it reminds me of the song “This Little Light of Mine”:

I won’t let anyone blow it out

I’m gonna let it shine.

Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!

We are spiritual beings, a part of the bigger picture.  We are love and light, meant to spread our specialness throughout this world.  So spread that love & positive energy!  You are an amazing potential.  You are special!

Love & Light!

My question for you:

What do you feel holds you back from reaching your fullest potential?  And what labels have you placed on yourself?  What can you do to rewire your thought process into KNOWING you are a child of the Universal Life Force?

P.S. Today was my first Cleanse Day on the 30 day cleanse.  I have weighed in from yesterday and I’ve lost 4 lbs for those who are tracking the health aspect of my blog.  Get yours here.

From a small seed…

So here it is.

My first blog post about the “My Best Me Challenge”.

I’m not exactly the most experienced of bloggers.  I’ve had a professional blog before and even though I enjoyed researching and analyzing data that I posted,  I can honestly say that I was not the best at keeping it up to date.

So here is part of my challenge to keep me on track with my…well…challenge…by blogging!  I’m being accountable to not only myself, but to you, the reader.

I’m going to take you on my journey from fit to flab in this post, and then over the next 30 days I will post on my progress physically and spiritually.  Because, let’s face it, I’m always up for being my best spiritually!  I know my own faults, admit to them and even though I curse them sometimes I can still take a breath and try and better myself through seeing the light….Or at least TRYING 😉

Here we go…

I’ve been an Isagenix associate for over 6 years now.  As many associates of this business, I started out gung-ho with the healthy lifestyle.  I enjoyed challenging myself to being the healthiest me that I could be, and on top of that I was making a good living off of the business aspect of it.  What’s not to love about a company that provides an easy to follow healthy lifestyle – whether you incorporate it into your life in a large or small amount – and make money while being your best and brightest!

So there you have it.  I was on a journey to health and wealth and nothing was going to stop me!  Mind you, I had a wedding to prepare for.  My dress was purchased on Ebay for a reasonable price and – here comes the challenge – was two sizes smaller than what I started out as.

I know what you’re thinking, “Who buys their wedding dress on Ebay?  And knowing it’s 2 sizes too small!!”  Well, this girl does.  If it screams “BARGAIN” than I am totally game!!   The size issue wasn’t a concern.  I knew I would fit into the little beauty by my wedding day.  I am stubborn like that.  And thanks to the Isagenix lifestyle, running and being a stubborn Taurus, I did it.  I looked great and I felt amazing!

About a year after my wedding, life happened, and I lost focus.  Not for lack of ambition though.  Life changing events occurred in which I chose to focus solely on my young family.  My business suffered drastically and over time I gave up on trying to get back into the groove.

Don’t get me wrong.  It was never a mistake to make that choice.  I learned from it deeply and my family became my focus.  There’s never a mistake in focusing on what’s most important in your life.  I do admit it was completely possible to juggle both, but I allowed the events to consume me to the point I didn’t care about “being my best”.

So, here we are, 4 years after “life happened” and about 2 years after I gave up on trying to stay fit and healthy.

In recent months I have noticed a change in my body and health. Eating leaves me feeling nauseated,  I’ve gained more weight than I should, and I’m just plain ol’ tired.

Some may say, “you’re getting up there!”  “change of life is near” etc.  But I’m facing it.  I have gotten lazy, unhealthy and have given in to way too many cravings.  My body is screaming at me to shape up or ship out!

Yesterday I took a leap.  I jumped back into the Isagenix plan. After having watched a good friend take her journey on the 30 day Isagenix cleanse,  I’m starting out on my own Isagenix cleanse!  The progress I have witnessed and the feedback she’s given me has been inspiration enough to jump right back on the horse.  I’ve done it before, and I know I can do it again.

So now, you can’t expect me to write a blog and not share in my challenge.  I promise it won’t be about Isagenix every day of the blog, although I love the product, even I’d get sick of plugging it!  As most bloggers of Isagenix and any other home based business do, I am sharing with you the information on the 30 Day system.  I’d love it if you joined me in the “My Best Me Challenge”.  You can create your own blog too and we can share our stories.   The time has come for you to  join me in the “My Best Me Challenge”

Until tomorrow….Namaste, friends!

PS.  What’s this “My Best Me Challenge”?  It’s not an official thing where you join a group of folks.  It’s really just my thing, though, like I said, I’d love it if you could join me!  There’s strength in numbers 😉

P.P.S.  Today’s workout:  HIIT – beginner.  If interested, send me an email and I’ll tell you where to get the workouts.