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Here it is!  Friday again!

It looks like Friday mornings, when the house is quiet (it’s 6am and I am already up and showered…wow.) is MY time.  Time for me to share with you all the things that I have been wanting to share all week!

I am going to break it down today… five things for Friday.

Not at all related, except for the fact that they have been on my mind all week… here goes!

1.  When you take a step back to see the whole picture and make yourself a priority, you can make great decisions.

The summer hadn’t even begun, and I was already feeling so anxious about how I was going to have the kids home, take three classes on three weekends (one while Brent was traveling…), and take intensive online anatomy and physiology class.

I had originally opted to just power through it and “survive” it so that I could just be done by September.

As I sat with it, my heart palpitating, my anxiety flowing (more than usual) I decided that my already taxed adrenal system would not be able to keep me upright if I didn’t give it the necessary joy and rest that it needs.

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Here is what I did.

  • I changed my classes to the online format, which allows me to be in class 2 hours per week (from home) for the entire summer instead of 16 hours in one weekend three times.  Great option.
  • Decided that I would wait until spring for the A&P class and take the time in between to study for the board exam so that I can take it right when the class is completed.  I realized I would most likely spend a few months studying anyway, so I might as well just not make myself crazy… right?  Or too late for that maybe?

I already feel a load of relief…. wow.  Sometimes we have to make things so hard before we can come to the “easy” conclusion huh?

2.  July Program at Santosha !   ( click the link to see the flyer and info!)

I will be conducting a 5 part discussion series at Santosha Yoga!  There is a great book ” Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life” by Tiffany Cruikshank L.A.c   and we will be following her 30-day program and talking about relevant nutrition topics each week.

I am thrilled for this opportunity to share what I have learned and what I love.

If you are local, I would love for you to join me!

3. I have been reading some WONDERFUL blogs!

I wanted to share these two blogs with you that I have been reading and think they both just have fantastic information.

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Authority Nutrition.   This blog advocates for a low-carb lifestyle and while I do not subscribe to this way of eating exclusively, the topics presented are relevant to everyone and completely based on scientific research.  In each post, when Kris Gunners makes a statement, he cites the research that it came from.  I love that.  He is a medical student and personal trainer that is very well read.  Great stuff.

Thank Your Body. Robin is also a very successful professional in the world of nutrition and movement and writes about nutrition, but also ways to detox the home environment, diy natural personal products, and has a little bit of a more holistic approach.  Love it!  Back off though, I already entered the contest for the Vitamix… and I really WANT it!

4. Kissed by the Sun.

You might think this one is about the sun actually shining this week in Portland.  It kind of is, but not really.

I used sunless tanning lotion (from Whole Foods, as natural as I could find) for the first time in my life this week.

I have always said that “pale is the new tan” and felt really comfortable with my white, almost purple, legs.   But this week,  when I put on my skirt with yellow accents, I knew I had to do something.

I bought MyChelle Del Sol Sunless Tanner and I think I will never go back!  Wow.  Who knew being “tan” would be so fun?


Slight difference, but WOW!

4. Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered, ” Man.  Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. An then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived. ” 

So important to keep in perspective.

Have a great weekend my friends!  Live fully, live joyfully, and be healthy.

How will you take care of yourself this summer?