What Do You Want Out of Life?

I absolutely love this; if you’re ever wondering what I’m thinking about at any given moment, it probably sounds something like this. I think existentially and laugh loudly. Every day I look at my life to make sure I am truly LIVING.
Are you?

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Do you like breathing?

Many of you know that my husband and I started down a new career path about 2 years ago. After becoming extremely sick with migraines when I was pregnant with my 2nd child, I started researching like crazy.ย  I wanted to figure out what was causing this response in my body and what could be done. The migraines would begin anytime I would smell a perfume, deodorant, laundry detergent, etc.

I had assumed my sensitivity would wane after having my son but it did not. I still get awful headaches from people walking by me or the stores with all their smells.

Iย became really passionate about helping others learn natural living when I studied what happens to your body as you wear, breathe and pile up these posions in your body (come on, did you think the supermarket was selling you something good for $1.97?)
Do you like your lungs? Your heart? Your brain cells? How about your blood stream? Do you enjoy breathing?
Just curious.

In April, I am starting a 30 day toxin detox program for those of you who want to see how good you really could feel. You may be quite surprised!

Please, please, please hear my heart. I didn’t stop providing full-time mental health therapy after 3 different college degrees just because I thought it would be fun to play in Shea Butter all day (even though that is fun ๐Ÿ˜Š). I added a natural living career to my life because I want you to experience life to the fullest- to feel and function at your best- to enjoy life because you feel good!

Providing therapy lets me help people clean out the gunk inside so they can function healthily again. Providing natural living training lets me help people clean out the gunk on the outside so they can live their best life.

(*note* I cannot provide both for you- I can be your therapist OR your natural living coach but I cannot legally provide both- and I don’t want to!!! Lol!!! ๐Ÿ’Ÿ)

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Well Bless Her Heart…

After 11 years living down South (12.5 if you count FL ๐Ÿ˜‰), Iย  heard a new saying today and all I could think was “ain’t that the truth!” (Because I think Southern-Style in my head too …Except when I am really mad- suddenly I turn into a New Yorker again- really fast lol. ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Want to hear the saying? It was: “Have you ever listened to some folks for a minute and thought to yourself, ‘their corn bread ain’t done in the middle.'” For some reason after the past few months I’ve had, that struck me as pretty dang funny! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I might just have to get that tattooed on my arm, amiright?! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m thinking like a tattoo sleeve…. Some grits and cornbread – maybe some pinto beans wrapped around it, all fancy-like. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Man if you don’t know me and you’re reading this right now, you have got to be thinking, what is wrong with this girl? Maybe HER cornbread isn’t done in the middle. So let me assure you, it’s done – I think I’m just a little crisp around the edges ๐Ÿ˜‰

Life definitely has a way of causing us to feel a little cynical, sarcastic and sometimes just straight-up bitter, doesn’t it? I know I have my moments when I am just fed up! Get that cornbread away from me!!!

I am always reminded during rough days of the book/movie called Tuesday’s with Maurie. If you want an emotional, meaning of life movie, I defintely recommend it. In the movie, there is a moment where Maurie, a once fully self-sufficient college professor becomes so old and unable that he literally cannot move on his own. He is dying. And this “young buck” that he used to teach at college comes by to visit his favorite professor and he is SO angry about life and how could this be happening?!?! Maurie looks at him in a way that only people who have experienced life and THEN took time to examine their lives can, and he says, (paraphrasing) “Every day when I get up, I give myself 5 minutes to have all the pity I want. I whine, I grovel, I cry as I ask ‘Why me?’ But when those 5 minutes are passed, I say ‘Maurie, that’s self-pity and that’s enough of that. It’s time to move on and start your day.” And you see Maurie living life in a way-while even confined to his bed, a liquid diet, unable to use the bathroom on his own and knowing he is laying there to die-he is still constantly looking at the positive points of life- the good memories, the beautiful tree outside, the little things throughout the day….

Shew, what strength of mind that takes- to pick ourselves up by the bootstraps- everyday- whether we feel like it or not- whether the whole world is against us or not – and to move forward, only seeking out and focusing on the good in your life and not giving up. That skill is not something that just happens- Ooooh no. It is a day in, day out practice of shifting through your thoughts and pulling out the good ones and discarding the self-defeating ones…. That is something I am constantly working on and admire so very much in others… Persistance. Fortitude. Enjoying Life. Working hard. Looking for the good. Positive attitude. Never giving up. Going after their dreams regardless of the odds not being in their favor.

Last night I felt like throwing corn bread and burning those biscuits (another Southern saying) because life can be hard! Today I picked myself up by the bootstraps (or leggings, really) and reminded myself that no one can live my life for me. I can hold myself back or I can move forward. I can get bitter or I can get better. I can have a lifetime pity party about all the unfairness; I can complain about the hand I was dealt until the day I die OR I can move on and look for the next opportunity, the next blessing.

Guess which one I’m choosing?

How about you?

 

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might…

It is OK to take care of yourself! Take the time to invest in YOU- your health- both physically and mentally! So many people tell me, “Bobbie-jo, I really want to go natural because ______________ (fill in the blank) but I just don’t have the time to learn it all.”
Well, let’s address that.
1) When it comes to your wellness, THERE IS NO BETTER TIME THAN NOW. Period. End Sentence. ๐Ÿ™‚
2) You don’t have to be a DIY Diva to empower yourself to a better life!
That’s what I’m here for! I will help you take one step at a time into the life you would rather live!
I am an educated Country/Hollywood type girl, so you know what that means? It means that I will help you peg down natural living in a way that is thoroughly researched, tried and true, easy to understand and a whole lotta fun! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Do you want me to be your personal, down-to-earth and NORMAL wellness coach? Of course you do ๐Ÿ˜‰ Send me a PM on my FB page! I have to divvy up my time so it will be first come first serve!

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Chocolate Isn’t Just For The Hips!

I wonder how chocolate became associated with pretty much every single holiday? Oh to be so popular that we were needed at every major event! LOL ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I don’t have to ponderย  very long why chocolate has made its way into practically every celebration: The stuff is Delicious! Dark, Milk, White, Semi-Sweet, and even straight up, unsweetened Cacao – I like it all! But my favorite, oh Lord help me, is Easter Candy… Cadbury, how could you?! There is nothing “good” for you in a Cadbury chocolate, but there is caramel, marshmallow, gooey Cadbury egg filling (what is that stuff anyway?)… oh my!

So even though I am now craving some thick, rich, chocolatey truffle, this DIY has NOTHING to do with eating chocolate! Nope. Zilch. Nada. Nothin’. So don’t worry- your hips are safe. Your lips, however, well that’s up to you!

If you want softer, smoother, lips for Valentine’s Day (or just because!), here is one for you, my friend!

Oh My Chocolate Lip Scrub!

Ingredients:

1.5 tsp Raw, Organic, Unrefined Coconut Oil, melted

1/4 tsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp organic sugar

1/4 tsp local honey

1/8 tsp non-GMO Vanilla Extract

1,5 tsp grated organic chocolate (optional)

Melt the coconut oil (ideally over a double boiler). Combine all ingredients. Put in container and store in a cool, dark place. This recipe will make about 1 ounce of product. Gently rub over your lips, using a circular motion. Rinse. Repeat process a few times per week. Don’t put scrub on open sores or cuts on lips.

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Life: The View From a (Mostly) Stay At Home Mom

I get up this morning and like most mornings, I start breakfast. The kids want eggs which means there will be a little fussing between the two over who gets to crack and who gets to stir. We pretty much have a routine at this point and the boys love to be little chefs in the kitchen with mom.

The kids sit down at the table to eat with a minor scuffle over who gets what chair. My youngest takes the sponge on the counter and squeezes water all over where his brother is supposed to sit. He has to get a paper towel and clean up his mess (life with kids ๐Ÿ˜Š).

They are now at the table, eating and giggling about what shapes their scrambled eggs look like while I begin to brew my coffee.

My oldest holds up a bit of egg on his fork and says it looks like R2D2 (Star Wars character). My youngest laughs. I say in a silly voice “What? R2D2 is in your eggs?” They erupt in giggles. I laugh with them and think about how at the ages they are at, anything mommy says is funny. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I mostly work from home but it was a progression. I am a counselor and in my field of work; I went from full-time to part-time to an appt.-only basis over the course of the past (almost) 6 years. I wasn’t ready to drop my career “cold turkey” because I loved what I did! (And do!)

I was used to working- I loved it and I was good at it- then I had kids and I loved that and was good at that too!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ So I felt torn. It took many years, 3 degrees and a couple licenses to get where I was and where I am with my career- but at the same time, I had always wanted to be a mommy.

Did anyone else feel that pull between mommyhood and career? It was a tough battle for me! Thankfully I found my equilibriumย but it’s not like you just find it and suddenly life is perfectly balanced. It is a constant sway- like standing in the middle of a teter tauter (hmm- I’ve never tried spelling that so I am guessing it is totally off but stay with me here!) trying to keep each side from leaning too much one way or the other.ย  And then about 2 years ago, I came upon the idea of building my own business- (mostly) from home. It has been everything I never knew I wanted! LOL!! Most of you know me from my natural DIY classes or from TV as the Mason-Dixon DIY Diva. Have you heard the story of how this happened? I never dreamed this would be a part of my life, my story, but here I am!

I am happy to tell you how I became the part-time therapist, the Mason-Dixon DIY Diva & the (mostly!)ย  Stay At Home Mom, but my journal time – I mean blog time- is coming to a close for now we are going outside to play on this beautiful day – BUT I will tell you about this unexpected plot switch in my next post! ๐Ÿ“ช

๐Ÿ’œBobbie-jo, the (mostly!) SAHM