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Farmgirl/Pharmacist/NSHC Certified Health Coach & Wellness Educator/Young Living member & advocate

Joy comes in the Morning

One of my passions in life is pursuing all manners of sustainability. I believe that whatever you are passionate about overflows into all areas of your life.

I was sitting in an airport back in June watching people. Summer is a huge family vacation time. Vacation should be synonymous with Happy, right? And yet…. the vast majority did not appear to be all that happy. Granted, flying isn’t necessarily fun anymore, but still… where was the joy in the journey? During the flight, I had a growing conviction that I needed to do more in life to spread Joy and Happiness to others. I started researching and found that I am not alone in this. Did you know that there are actually college classes now on finding happiness? Seriously. Are we that bankrupt on happiness and joy as a country that college classes are needed to find it? Happiness101

This month, with the help of some friends, we’ve got a Facebook event called Project Joy and Happiness! If you’d like to join us, feel free to do so. Our goal is to spread holiday cheer this December, and hopefully teach others how to spread both where ever they go year round. Let’s make Joy and Happiness contagious emotions! We’ve got science, psychology, posts that bring a smile to your face, and even weekly giveaways.

But wait, aren’t Joy and Happiness the same thing? Uh….no. Happiness is an emotion reserved for moments in time. Joy is the sustainable emotion…. once you choose Joy, it stays with you as long as you continue to choose it. (You’ll learn all about the nuances of Joy vs Happiness in the Facebook event).

Yesterday, I saw the greatest testimony to the difference between Joy and Happiness. It came in the form of a funeral.  Continue reading “Joy comes in the Morning”

Prodigal Squirrel

I was out of town for 5 days last week working to further my education and edging closer to Dolphin MPS certification. It was a whirlwind trip and I got home late in the afternoon on the 21st.

My hubby has been a trooper this last year….. working full time, and managing the farm when I am out of town either educating others or getting educated myself. We are a great team, he and I, and we both see the benefits of what we are working towards.

As I drove up the driveway, I automatically began scanning my the pastures and doing a mental farm-ily checklist. I stopped and checked water troughs.  The last one I checked caught me right in the heart. Despite the fact that there was a piece of wood floating in the trough (for little critters who might fall in and need a lifeboat), there were two dead squirrels. Drowned. Continue reading “Prodigal Squirrel”

thanks(Giving)

My partner in crime, love of my life, bff, and hubby of 25+ years and I love to give. Over the years we’ve found various organizations that have pulled at our hearts. We’ve also been duped on more than one occasion. (It’s amazing how many organizations and individuals are out there who either improperly manage funds and/or who just want your money so they don’t have to work quite so hard.) Sad but true. We have gotten fairly good at vetting what and who we choose to give our money and our time to…. thank goodness! After all, we have extraordinarily busy lives with jobs, a farm, and a passion that combines all of the above. Ain’t got no time for nonsense, right? Continue reading “thanks(Giving)”

Overstock

When we began seriously weeding out chemicals from our lives and our farm, one of the largest looming threats was grasshoppers. Grasshoppers are a serious issue for farms and gardens in this part of Texas. They will literally eat you out of house and home some years…..and their abundant presence makes it virtually impossible to grow anything. Continue reading “Overstock”

(Some of) The Science behind Essential Oils

The inner science nerd comes out in me on a fairly regular basis. While I am most at home on our farm, I have said for decades that I could have been a professional full time student (if finances were no object). I think that is one of the things that initially drew me to pharmacy…. there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t learn something new at work.  It is also one of the things I find so attractive about health and wellness in general. Every pebble you turn over reveals a boulder of information just waiting to be learned and absorbed. If you are a life science junkie (like me), you can lose yourself for hours (if not days) reading studies in Pubmed.gov. Finding this website several years ago was the game changer and light bulb moment for me. It was almost as if I had tumbled down a rabbit hole like Alice,  and discovered a whole world that I had vaguely heard about  but assumed must be inferior to ‘what I knew‘ from pharmacy school. Continue reading “(Some of) The Science behind Essential Oils”

How Safe?

About 6 months ago, we got infested with ugly crickets. I am a farm girl and used to all kinds of crickets and grasshoppers, but these guys are just plain ugly and creepy looking…. and for whatever reason, they began migrating to the inside of our home. Cave crickets have super cricket power… and so in addition to being so ugly only their mother could love them, they can jump like nobody’s business. The night one jumped on me IN THE BED…. well, that was it for me.  Continue reading “How Safe?”

Farm Update

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Just because he’s so pretty! This is probably one of the most beautiful roosters we’ve had. I believe he is a Blue Orpington…..but we got him as a chick at the feed store, so who knows! Looking for a name for him and for some reason, Conrad seems appropriate to me. Continue reading “Farm Update”

FARFA

I hardly know where to begin. I am so far behind on all the wildly magical things going on in our life that this Summer has somehow morphed into Fall. I can hardly recall a year that has gone so quickly in my adult life.

I’ve always said I could be a professional student if only I was independently wealthy. Well, We’re still not independently wealthy, but we have somehow begun building a life that is allowing me to explore my passions and get paid. I pinch myself occasionally. Is this really me, getting to do this? Continue reading “FARFA”

The dung hill.

I have been following this fellow blogger for several months now. Amy Moser is a child of God. Importantly, her story is a tragic reminder of how much damage the antibiotic group, the Quinolones (Cipro, Levaquin etc) are capable of. I personally believe that many people’s walk thru chronic pain may have begun with a course or two of this particular class of drugs.
Antibiotics are not innocuous. They don’t just ‘kill the bad stuff’ and leave everything good alone. The gut is damaged after each round, but the damage can spread beyond the gut as Amy’s story illustrates. Yes, there is a time and a place for antibiotics, but given that ONE in THREE antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary (a CDC factual statistic), choose your battles wisely.
Choose your tools wisely.
Be proactive.
Be preventative.
Don’t be the one ASKING for an antibiotic at the Dr’s office.
Don’t be a statistic.
Use your wellness tools in your tool kit. If you don’t have any tools in that kit, let me know…. we need to talk. It doesn’t have to be that way. ~TWP

Mountains and Mustard Seeds

Dung BeetleHere is a family pic. I’m on the left, that’s my hardworking husband on the right. Okay okay…not really. Sometimes it does feel like this though…

Psalms 113:7 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;

Well…that’s real good news! I am in some dung.

I had an appointment with my surgeon yesterday. He is an excellent guy and I know his concern is genuine and he wants to make the right choices for my health and I do trust him. Judging from my last appointment, I thought I knew what today’s appointment would hold. I was wrong. My spine is unstable again and it’s been getting progressively worse. We tried injections and they helped some, but not enough to think that burning the nerves would grant the relief I need. I thought we would schedule surgery and I could at least…

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