Our Wedding Day

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I’ve always dreamed of being married outside so this time around I was excited to plan a romantic beach wedding.  I couldn’t wait to say our vows with the sun setting behind the emerald blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The week of our wedding that vision came to a squeaky halt when the rains came in and it didn’t stop!

I went back and forth between disappointment and hope.  I finally accepted that Mother Nature can’t be stopped and that I needed to get a grip on my perception of things.  Instead of fighting against the circumstances I decided to embrace the rain and make the best of it!

It would be fun kissing in the rain!  LOL  We could get a picture like the sexy one from the movie Notebook where Allie and Noah kiss in the pouring rain:)

I was about to get blue rain boots and white umbrellas, but my man stopped me!  That was a bit much whimsy for him;)  In my quest to find the silver lining I discovered the superstition that rain on your wedding day is good luck!

Superstitions of rainy wedding days: 
  • It symbolizes cleansing from sadness in your past.
  • When you “tie the knot” on a rainy day is signifies that your marriage will last.  This is because a knot that becomes wet is very hard to untie.
  • Rain signifies washing away of bad memories or occurrences.  The gift in this is that you get a completely new, fresh chapter in your life.

Don and I have both been through a lot so these beautiful thoughts resonated with me.

The good news is that we had the luck of the rain without getting rained on!  The hour of our ceremony the rains stopped.😀  It was perfect and all about us.

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  When you’re older, you’ve been through things, you’ve made mistakes. So you come into it (a second marriage) still giddy, but wanting it to last.  -Nicole Kidman

Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake, at least it did for me.  I have found that everything that I went through makes me appreciate my husband and our life together even more.

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In our ceremony our wedding officiant, Ken, had us take a moment to talk about our wishes. We then threw our seashells into the giant wishing well.  Afterwards I got hoisted off my feet and the games were on! LOL

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Not exactly the Notebook scene, but we sure did a lot of kissing that day and still do!❤️

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Some things really are better the second time around.

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Nourishing Our Bodies Through Mindfulness and Gratitude

We are on to Thanksgiving, and if you sneeze or blink you could miss this special holiday. Christmas can overshadow the stillness that Thanksgiving calls us to, so let’s allow ourselves to slow down and appreciate this month.

I thought a great way for me to enter into this season of thankfulness would be to attend a series wellness classes offered at the Women’s Center For Healing & Transformation in Abita, Louisiana.  These classes were taught by some of the community’s most gifted healers and teachers.

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One of the classes I attended was on the topic of mindfulness and how it profoundly effects our health.  Mitzie R. Meyers, RN, MSN, CNE, AHN-BC, presented in one of their cozy rooms in the Women’s Center.  The small group of like-minded women combined with a rainy Fall day made the class that much more wonderful.😊

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As a health coach I have experienced through heart felt conversations how many struggle with not having a good relationship with food.  The fundamental reason is that we’ve forgotten how to be present as we eat.

Have you ever looked down at a plate of food and it has vanished?!  You feel a sense of disappointment that you didn’t even taste your food, and then the internal critic shows up and ruins the pleasure of eating.

It’s time for us to show up for ourselves and put an end to this cycle.

The recipe for mindful eating calls for the warming effect of kindness and the spice of curiosity.  Jan Chozen Bays M.D.

What is mindful eating?

It is much more than eating slowly & without distraction, although that is a big part, it involves so much more.  Meyers shared these definitions:

  • Giving focused attention to your meals (put away electronics)
  • Using all your senses with the process of eating
  • Being aware of your hunger and satiety (see hunger scale http://www.whereineedtobe.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Hunger-Scale.jpg)
  • Making choices that support health and well-being
  • Awareness without criticism or judgement.
  • Having intention and attention both internally and externally.  For example, at your Thanksgiving meal think about where the food came from, the process it took to get to your table & allowing that to expand your appreciation😇

Here is a visual to help you practice these ideas:

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Why is mindful eating important?

In her presentation Meyers said,

research shows a slower, more thoughtful way of eating could help with weight problems and reduce the risk for Type II diabetes.  Some other benefits she shared is that it improves digestion, increases the enjoyment of food & reduces over-eating.

After the class I had an opportunity to ask Meyers about how mindfulness can help us enjoy the holidays without gaining 15lbs. in the process-;)  She said, “have an intention for what you want the holiday to mean and make that happen.”

We talked a little bit about how the holidays can lead to depression for some people, but she says, “you can feel empowered to make the holiday what you want it to mean to you.  This openness in the heart will allow gratitude to come in.”  When we are grateful it removes us from walking under a dark cloud, and we realize the abundance that is present in our lives.  “It all starts with intention.”

What will your intention be for Thanksgiving and this time of the year?  What is the reality you want to create?  How will you show up for yourself and your family?

 

Pumpkin Pancakes and Pumpkin Protein Bread

    You probably know the signs when you are out of balance in your life.  There is a feeling of being off and not in the flow.  I’ve noticed that I am the most out of sync when I haven’t taken time to nurture my faith practices.  Synchronicities, or what I like to call, God winks, start to happen when we reconnect with our faith.
With the appearance of the Harvest Moon this week and the beginning of Fall, my spiritual curiosity has increased and my cravings for all things pumpkin has returned-:) Here are a couple of my favorite recipes that will satisfy that pumpkin craving while keeping it healthy.  
PROTEIN PUMPKIN PANCAKES
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(inspired by Little b’s healthy habits clean recipes)
Ingredients
1 cup oat flour
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp Stevia
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
2 egg whites
1/4 cup raw pumpkin (heaping) {Not mix, just pumpkin}
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp greek yogurt
*I made double the batch to have leftovers for then next morning.
PROTEIN PUMPKIN BREAD
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Ingredients
1 cup oat flour
1/3 cup oats
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup Stevia
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ripe banana
3/4 cup pumpkin (no sugar added)
1 whole egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place all ingredients in mixer and mix well.
3. Place batter in prepared loaf pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.

*I freeze these and keep some in the frig for a snack when I have craving for something sweet*

Tip To Help Your Child Have Good Dreams

FullSizeRender (13)There is a story I heard years ago that continues to haunt me in a way that stirs my curiosity and wonder.

It’s a story about a three-year-old girl who was the only child in her family.  Her mom became pregnant again, and this three-year-old girl was very excited about being a big sister. The day came when the mother delivered a baby boy. The little girl was delighted and so excited when they brought him home.  

After a couple of hours of the baby being home, the little girl told her parents that she wanted to be with the baby in the his room, alone, with the door shut. She was absolutely insistent about the door being shut. It kind of gave her folks the willies.  They knew she was a good little girl, but they had heard about sibling rivalry, so they were a bit hesitant.  

But, they were able to put their worries aside when they remembered they had installed an intercom system in preparation for the arrival of the new baby.  They reasoned that it would be okay because if they heard the slightest weird thing happening, they could be there in a flash.

So they let their little girl go into the room. They closed the door behind her. Then they raced to the listening post. They heard her footsteps move across the room. They could tell she was standing over the baby’s crib, and then they hear her say to her two-day-old baby brother, “Tell me about God. I’ve almost forgotten.”

This story captures the sense that as we grow up, as we become more influenced by the world, we engage in a process of forgetting.  There is something about the process of growing up that wounds us all.  In spite of this we can still  renew our purity and connection to God.  Allowing ourselves to be fully in the moment with children and engaging in their world can be a help.

Children have a purity of heart that allows them to believe and love with ease.  It’s heartbreaking when the negative messages from our society seep into their hearts and cause them to fear and doubt themselves.  These influences can be revealed when our children have nightmares.

I want to do everything I can to protect the spirits of the children in my life, so when my fiance’s granddaughter continued to cry out at night because of bad dreams, I wanted to do something. Native American spirituality has always fascinated me, and I remembered their use of dream catchers for preventing nightmares.

I thought it would be a healing and fun craft project for us to make our own dream catchers.  She was all about it!  It was not only fun for her, but it was a relaxing way for her to talk about her dreams and fears.

You can make this with items you more than likely already have in your home.

Here is everything you will need:

*Yarn

*Plastic or paper plates

*Sticky gems & stickers

*Beads

*Feathers

*Tape

*Hole puncher

*Scissors

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  1. Your little one can help you punch holes in a paper plate.
  2. Cut different colors of yarn and tape it to the back of the plate.  Let your little one thread the yarn through the loops.  (here is where you can thread in the beads onto some of the strings)
  3. He or she can choose the feather colors and you can tie it on the string.
  4. Put stickers or gems on the plate

 

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“Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. The positive dreams would slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher, and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web, and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them.”  http://www.dream-catchers.org/

When we asked her the next morning if she had any bad dreams she said, “no.” 😇