I woke up the other morning with this crazy thought after being sick for a week – I was thankful for getting sick.
Now I know you are thinking totally crazy right? I mean who is thankful for being sick! The thing is getting sick allowed me not just to slow down but it allowed me to STOP! You heard that right I was almost completely off of social media, I didn’t do any work for my art business, I did very minimal work at home (just things like taking care of the dogs and such). It gave me permission to just stop – regroup – restore.
I needed this so badly! I realized that I had been neglecting my needs since my dad got sick and passed almost 2 years ago. Honestly I can’t believe it took me this long to actually get sick but way back then at that time I was in extremely good health. Feeling so awful made me realize I have been feeling not all that great for awhile but it took getting sick to force me to make the changes that I should have long ago.
It actually takes me back to the Gratitude Junk Journal Online Workshop that I taught in last November where I did a lesson in Gratitude for Loss and Sadness. That is still available to take and you receive lifetime access if you are interested in checking it out go here.
You know they always say in an airplane put your oxygen mask on before helping someone else get theirs on – there is good reason for this. If you are not ok, if you are not taking care of yourself you can not help others as effectively. Or you might help others for awhile until you burn out.
Nourishing my body
Since getting sick I have gone back to my better eating habits. Eating at home and eating clean organic homemade foods. It’s crazy that I was eating out so much when I absolutely love to cook. I have actually stopped drinking coffee and that’s a big one for me. I am a total coffee nut but I have actually stopped before. I may go back to it but for now it feels good not to have the caffeine and other things in coffee that might not be so great for me. This in turn has also gotten me off using the Creamor which I use to use in my coffee. I have now switched to using a little coconut milk creamer if I feel I want a cup that has a bit of cream. Here are 3 teas with links to where you can purchase them that I have been crushing on that have become my favorite right now Turmeric Ginger, Chocolate Cinnamon, blueberry green tea . I am fortunate that I am able to purchase these all from my local Wegmans – which is how I found them 🙂
I have been cooking delicious hardy soups with the freshest veggies I can find during the winter, using lots of greens and colorful veggies that just feel so good to work with when cooking and are so yummy to eat. I have been going to bed earlier to get an extra hour of rest at night and I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to wake up rested the morning. It was so silly of me to be staying up later to watch a show that I can watch the next evening on demand.
Using Essential Oils
Because of all the clean eating and drinking my mind feels so fresh and alive. I feel like for the longest time I have been in such fog. Like I’m going through the motions but not really feeling things and not really being aware of what is going on. The clarity that has come is so amazing ! I have also been using my essential oils a lot. I have gone back to wearing frankincense on my wrists, I dab some Joy over my heart and I have been doing steam inhalations with peppermint. To boost my immune system and cut down on the acid in my system and to make my body more alkaline I have been taking a capsule of Thieves Oil blend with lemon in the morning – 3 drops of each.
Now that I’m feeling better I am back to walking Luna about 2-3 miles a day depending on what we have going on.
Nourishing my mind
I have also been nourishing my mind and soul with books such as Healing with the Angles by Doreen Virtue and Warrior Goddess Training by Heatherash Amara.
I have committed myself to learning and using my Tarot Cards and Continue working with my oracle cards – in the online class Pull Pen Paint which I have been really enjoying learning so much here. So many people hear the word Tarot and they get freaked out and I honestly never new exactly what they were all about but since working with them and learning about them have found that they are a wonderful tool. They can give you the guidance just like Oracle Cards in things in life that are a challenge. They help make sense of things that just otherwise have kinda been a mystery in my life. They can jump start your creativity and are just really eye opening! And I have been journaling I mean hand writing journaling like a crazy person because of using these cards and I love it. It’s so releasing and refreshing. I used to journal a lot and add art journaling in with it but then when I started showing a lot of my stuff online I cut out the journaling part and it feels so good to get back into it!
I also came across a couple other books that I wanted to share that are interactive – I am thinking about getting both of them I really like the description and what they are used for. You can choose either the hard copy or an instant download so they are fairly inexpensive if you go with the download. They are both by Jeanne Oliver and one is called Listening and the second one is called Salt and Light
First Full Moon Ritual Practice
This Wednesday January 31st we will have the 2nd full moon of the month also known as a Blue Moon – it is also a super moon or aka blood moon. I plan to do a moon ritual of letting go of things that I want to rid myself of you can check that out here.
Nourishing my creativity
Below is my latest Art Journaling Video – I am using elements from this month’s newsletter download – if you missed it you can purchase the download here
As always friends thanks for sharing your time with me and I’d love to hear how you are providing yourself with Love and self care this winter!