Monday, September 29, 2014

Managing Pain in the Moment- Free Printable!

Pain sucks. Having tools on hand, and a list to remind me of them, helps. 

As I was sketching this post out I mentioned it to a friend. She mentioned how helpful it is to have a list of tools you know so you can just grab it and take action when you can't think straight. I have one! On my phone. Not very helpful. So, I made up the simple printable at the bottom, added some tools I know and taped it inside my kitchen counter. I invite you to do the same. 

Here are just a few tools I use in the moment. I'll share more on preventative tools later.

Using mantras

Essentially, saying the same word or phrase over and over in a rhythm. 

  • I say to myself, "I am not in pain, I am not in pain" over and over.Teresa Spafford, an incredible body worker in many forms of massage and Gyrotonics taught me that one.
  • Sometimes, I say to myself "This is not pain, it's information". I follow that with trying to listen to what my body is trying to tell me. What may have led to this, and what different choices I can make. Changes I might need to make in my treatment, paying attention to what isn't working for me right now, old tools/new tools I can add...This helps me feel in control when the pain can make me feel like I don't have any. 

Find your own word, statement, or sound and give it a try.


This is what people mean when they say "Find your happy place.". Picture yourself where you want to be and how you want to be.

  • I picture a strong, gentle ocean wave washing through my body. I visualize the micro swirls of water within each wave clearing out every tiny space in my joints or the area I'm feeling the strongest. Incredibly powerful for me.

  • You may see yourself simply pain free, walking down the street. Standing on a mountain top you just climbed. Sitting peacefully on a cloud. Running that marathon...find your happy place.

Combined with controlled breathing, slow movement, or just getting up and going outside, with a little practice, this can be a powerful tool to get through the moment.


  • When possible, go outside. Breathe deeply. Focus on the shape of the trees, the buildings, listen to and separate all the sounds around you.
  • Rest when you need to. Move when you can.

  •  Do one thing in the slowest motion you can focusing on movement and breath. Try Yoga Journal's modified sun salutation video here just to get a peek.

  • Stand up and walk backwards. Another trick from Teresa Spafford. You brain has to focus on this odd task, literally interrupting the brains pain messages.
Now, please print this simple printable and put it somewhere handy, like the inside of your kitchen cupboard. As tools come to mind, jot them down. Next time, you'll have a handy list to get you through.

A few links you might find useful:

  • Coffee Enemas. Yep, I just said that. I haven't found a groove with using this tool, but friends swear by it. Often used for detox, they are also used for pain relief. Here's a not too weird (I promise) video with the why and how from The Wellness Warrior, Jess Ainscough

There are as many ways to manage pain as there are people trying. I share a few that are currently working for me. 

I'd love to add more tools to my bucket. What is working for you lately?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Get Rich, Lucky Bitch: Book Review & What I Learned

When I first came across this book in my online meandering readings, I was not drawn in. The opposite for me. Too strong a title and I want peace and abundance, I told myself, not a shiny new car or giant beach house. Then I saw this chat with the author, Denise Duffield-Thomas and Leonie Dawson (love her!). Randomly it seems, but I really don't believe in random. Wow, I like that girl, I thought, and went back to check the book out for real.

Turns out, it's not really a get rich quick book at all. It's totally about creating an abundance mind set, letting go of old tools and blocks, letting yourself be open to all the possibilities. Which are, of course, unlimited.

It's about getting out of your own way.

My goals with money are different than Denise's and at first that distracted me from the bigger point. It doesn't really matter what your goals are. It's about getting out of your own way so you can reach them.

You're totally smart enough. You're totally capable. I know I am, too. Denise helped me see some of the blocks, excuses, and fears I have been stuck in while also sharing a few practical tools to get over it and get on with it. Thank you, please!

This is my big giant take away:

1. De-clutter every area of your life that isn't conducive to your goal. Every. Area.

2. Decide *exactly* what you want.

3. Surround yourself with +positive+ energy, people, and things.

4. Take inspired action.

5. Receive. Fine tune.

6. Keep digging deeper.

Have you read Denise's book? Or maybe another book is currently rockin' your world. Leave a note and tell me all about it!

Places to visit:

Denise Duffield Thomas: Money Mindset Mentor website

Follow my Good Books board on Pinterest

Leonie Dawson's Create Your Amazing Year Calendar and Workbook

 This post does contain affiliate links.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello, Lyme Disease

Well, my friends, I have so much to tell you. Just weeks after my last post, now over 6 months ago, I finally got in to see yet another doctor. Not something I think I really ever mentioned here. But this time was different. He had answers. At least a few of them. And it's been a crazy ride since then.

Lyme Disease. A few co-infections, a smattering of other little blips, and another "chronic illness" showed in my extensive  blood work, other lab work, exam, and history.

Bam. Did. Not. Expect. That.

Treatment started and things got pretty gnarly. Then they got better. It's a mixed bag of good days and harder days. 6 months have seemed like a life time. I have wanted to disappear. I have wanted to say hi. What I want now is to come back and keep sharing with you.

I do have lot's of amazingness to share with you, with or without Lyme, and for right now, Lyme is a part of it. How about if I keep doing what I started out doing here? I'll keep sharing books I love, recipes I think you'd love to, and things I'm learning along the way. I can't just push through to get it done anymore. Learning to work smarter, not harder is helping me create a new normal that is abundantly full. I'd like to share what I'm learning with you, killer recipes included.  Deal?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

5+ Super Fave Man Food Recipes

I adore my mister. Butterflies still sore in my tummy with one wink from him. There is so much I do appreciate about him. Nauseas yet? Yeah, he doesn't want to hear it either. Words just don't cut it. Actions speak louder than words.

What the mister wants is smokin' hot chicken pot pie. Freakin' amazing brownies. A plate piled with chocolate chip cookie dough balls and nutbutter milkshakes. Gluten free and dairy free and all the better for it.

Here are 5 (bonus links above!) of our most heavily rotated Man Foods*:

  • Perfect Pot Roast from The Pioneer Woman. I used to think it would take another 20 years to get a moist and tender roast. Nah. Just do what she tells you and I promise- perfect pot roast! 
  • Kale with Bacon. I swear he loves this.  Most kale haters will change their mind when you add bacon.
  • Almost Instant Paleo BBQ Sauce. Really, it's baked BBQ chicken he loves but there are 4 million recipes for that and your Grandma's is probably totally better. This sauce is delish'- and really almost instant!

Enjoy these tasty favourites and I hope you find a new blog or two to follow. These are some powerful food makers!

*I know- ladies love their meat and butter, too! Whether you are makin' these for your own mister or for you- I hope you enjoy.

Monday, January 27, 2014

How to Defuzz Your Sweater

Is your beloved sweater collection looking a little sad? Thrift store finds of once lovely sweaters can be easily passed up when they are covered with pilling and fuzz. Not anymore. Let's perk up those cozy knits, easy peasy.

fuzzy sweater
pumice stone

Yes, they make "special" pumice stones for sweaters but they are really the same thing you get from your hardware store.
I do not recommend using an old razor as it can snag and cut fibers. Special combs and electric defuzzers can work wonders but I like low tech- and I'm cheap.

Good sweater candidates for de-pilling:
100% acrylic and acrylic blend sweaters (Target cardigans are perfect!)
100% wool and wool blend

Not so good sweaters for using pumice:
fine woven fabrics, like silk

Always do a test patch!

Let's get started.

Lay out your sweater on a clean surface.
Hold one end of your sleeve to keep it in place, use the other to make small sweeps with the pumice stone. Brush away the little fur balls as they pile up. Keep going, double checking front, back, sides, and details (like ties and collars).
Shake off your fluff balls and use a lint roller (or tape wrapped around your hand, sticky side out) to get the last bits.
Now, doesn't that look better? I'd love to hear what you are going to spruce up first!
Love this sweater? You can get it in the shop this week!

Friday, January 17, 2014

How To Make Your Screen Font Bigger

Shrimp is almost one year old now and she amazes me every day. With one quick whack at the keyboard she can make the font on my Facebook really, really tiny. *sigh*

Maybe you just want your screen font to be a little bigger (or smaller), or maybe you have a little helper who made yours teeny tiny like mine was. Either way, it's a quick fix.

Control + on a PC or Command + on a Mac will make it bigger. Control - and Command - will make it smaller.

Ahhhh. That's better.

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