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Three Easy Steps To Improving Your Quality of Life
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I Think My First Mattress Topper Is Making Me Sick!
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Wild and Creamy Mushroom Soup
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Ever Take An Intermission From Your Life?

Three Easy Steps To Improving Your Quality of Life

When you change your thinking and your mindset and bring forth awareness, you set yourself free in ways you didn’t know were possible! When you attach to the negative and allow that to fester, you tear apart your ability to see the good, to feel grateful and to appreciate what is.

I don’t know if you are aware of the power of gratitude, but it’s super seriously good for your health and mindset!

Gratitude allows you to feel full in life, as if you are not missing anything. This doesn’t mean we can’t strive for certain goals, possessions or whatever you’d like, it means, that you hold an attitude of already having enough, so the idea that you need more actually disappears and your goals or wants become more valued and specific.

Try these 3 steps daily and see how your life improves! 

1. Gratitude Journal for 5 minutes daily. Write down what was funny, warmth, clean car, good sex, great friend or conversation or tasty food!  Anything! Feel Full from heart center as you write. Smile.

2.  When you are out and about, feel grateful for nature as you look around. Realize that the trees are oxygenating, the bees are pollenating (that’s why you want to keep your dandelions for bee’s first food after winter), blue sky, gray sky, rain, snow, wind, whatever you have, develop a sense of gratitude that is part of the planet that you live on and it’s a self sustaining eco-system if you let it be.

3. Begin to change your lingo when you are speaking about others or yourself. Begin to take notice of all the good and feel a sense of appreciation for someone elses situation, and then embrace your own situation.  Feel the love and gratitude that you are you and what an amazing experience you get to have in this life. Let the gratitude for experience wash over you.

Well, that’s it for now!
Practice these steps and watch how your interaction in life improves!

Much Love, and In Gratitude,

Julie, XO
Reiki Master/Teacher, Intuitive Body Reader/Empath, Certified Integrative Health & Lifestyle Coach,and Soul Nourishment Strategist.

 

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I Think My First Mattress Topper Is Making Me Sick!

I was at my parents house in October of 2015 and slept in the guest bedroom on a dreamy mattress that allowed me to sleep divinely with virtually no shoulder/neck pain.  I asked my mom about the mattress and she said it was a mattress topper to my surprise.

So, I came home and bought the same one with such happiness that I had finally found a solution to my aching shoulder/neck while sleeping. I tried two different kinds to compare. One had a far stronger chemical smell that never left even after I returned it and the other one had a mild smell, and notable, especially combined with the much stronger odor left behind and now permeating the new one.  Yes, I allowed some gas-off time, but that should of been a warning to my dot connecting brain, but I was inspired by the thought of good sleep.MEMORY_FOAM

I’ve noticed progressively my chest beginning to feel like there was a brick sitting atop and just chalked it up to colder weather, dust in the air behind my house (lots of dusty construction going on), a little shortness of breath and a little cough here and there and signs of asthma symptoms progressing.

Last night around 11 I took a breath in and had the rattle of a lifetime in my chest, center, lungs. This morning the rattle was back and gave me the feeling as if the rattling was blocking my ability to take a full breath. Was it scary enough to get my full attention? Yes!

So like anyone, I began to do some digging this morning. A lot of digging and here is the common theme of what I’ve found.

Per an article from Hannah Wallace, writer for Mother Jones, “The place where you spend one-third of your life is chock-full of synthetic materials, some potentially toxic. Since the mid- to late ’60s, most mattresses have been made of polyurethane foam, a petroleum-based material that emits volatile organic compounds that can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation. Formaldehyde, which is used to make one of the adhesives that hold mattresses together, has been linked to asthma, allergies, and lung, nose, and throat cancers. And then there are cotton pesticides and flame-retardant chemicals, which can cause cancer and nervous-system disorders. In 2005, Walter Bader, owner of the “green mattress” company Lifekind and author of the book Toxic Bedrooms, sent several mattresses to an Atlanta-based lab. A memory-foam model was found to emit 61 chemicals, including the carcinogens benzene and naphthalene.”

This article is from 2008 and is just one of the many I found during my early morning search. Peoples testimonials are ranging far back to current dates regarding their lung health, headaches, allergies, dizziness, nausea, memory loss and a whole host of others complaints, that were stated arrived only after they got their mattress topper or memory foam pillows.  Do the research yourself. I typed into Google the words, chemicals in mattress toppers and lung issues from mattress toppers.  As someone who researches and looks up information left and right for everyone in my life, (clients, family, friends, pets, strangers) it’s amazing I didn’t do my due diligence prior for this investment.  I was lulled in by the possibility of dreamy sleep with a full nights sleep, no pain, and a snuggly bed.

I’ll be sleeping in the guest bed until I can get this smell out of my room, my bedding (that may end up being a small investment too) clearly getting rid of this topper and it’s so toxic I cannot give it to anyone else in good conscience however, I will go back to the manufacturer and see If I can get my money back.

Much Love and Do Your Research!

Julie, xo

Nourish . Release Stress . Live Empowered

 

Source:http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2008/03/should-you-ditch-your-chemical-mattress

 

 

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Wild and Creamy Mushroom Soup

12029825_10206660199456275_815906289348169299_oSo tonight I made this and it was truly delicious!

Here’s how I did it!

  • 1/2 wild rice
  • 4 1/2 cups mushroom broth
  • 1 ounce dried wild northwest mushrooms
  • 2-3 teaspoons butter
  • coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup minced shallots
  • 1 toe garlic
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 large red potato
  • 8 cups sliced white mushrooms, (about 20 ounces)
  • 1 full tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • kosher sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 – 4 ( depends how creamy you want it) tablespoons gluten free all-purpose flour
  • a tiny smidgeon sour cream on top
  • a few left over sage leaves chopped finely to put on top

PREPARATION

  1. Dutch Oven:  Made rice, onion, garlic, shallot confit type situation in 2 teaspoons butter and 1 of coconut oil.  Added a 1/4 cup mushroom broth once liquid began to dry.  Stirring along the way and often.  Slow simmer for about 30-35ish min.
  2. Put NW wild mushrooms in water for reconstituting and then place on paper towels after softened to soak up excess water. Reserve the soaking liquid
  3. Add white mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until they start to brown, 10-15 minutes. Add the Add the wild mushrooms, sage, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften.  Sprinkle flour over mixture and cook, stirring, until the flour is incorporated.  If you’re using Dry Sherry, add it now.  I did not.
  4. Add the wild mushroom reconstituted water and the remaining broth; heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the soup has thickened, 18 to 22 minutes.
  5. Pulse so mushrooms are broken up but not pureed.
  6. Put a small dollop of  sour cream in center or stir in until incorporated. Garnish with sage or chives or homemade croutons!

I use all organic ingredients and highly recommend eating this with a rustic bread and hearty red wine!

Bon Appetito!

xo Julie

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Ever Take An Intermission From Your Life?

My Personal Intermission:   A Melting Pot of Introspect

I like to call where I’m at in life, this deep healing facilitator of sorts and questioning of life, an intermission as I put most of my active engaging life on hold  so I can revert inward and do some clean up on my innerverse.  I do reach out here and there when I need a little human contact so as to not go completely nuts. 

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Every so often, I like to review who I am, specifically happening right now at this juncture in the illusional time constraints allotted.   I like to think of myself as a bird, living in my personal tree, and still being able to see the world around me as is, for what it is, while I tell myself I am safe to watch and observe human nature, the human condition and myself in the equation of all that exists.  

Looking at where I have been, where I am now, where I could be headed, I’ve temporarily docked myself to liking the darker side of my thoughts about the world and have found them comforting and frightening all at the same time, as if I know the outcome already and am just reminding myself of what’s imminent. The other part of me is forever positive and peaceful with my naked feet walking this earth, knowing my spirit guides and ancestors walk with me, behind me and lead the way and moving forward with infinite cheer. There’s been such a duality of self and tearing away of layers and root digging and clutching and letting go and rebirthing and suffocating and release and more rebirthing and discovery and joyful connections and laughing and crying and talking to myself and talking with myself and talking with friends and listening to my little inner guide and talking with mother nature and walking with her supportive fertile ground, while she asks me to move forward with this awareness and extra care and extra love. 

It’s been a busy and productive time with growth spurts of watching life unfold, refold anew and healing.  Sometimes this is observation of the lives around me and other times it’s solely my own existence. What is this healing?  This healing for me is about love.Love of self. Love of others. Love of existence no matter the outerverse conditions.  Loving this soul filled physical experience through whatever i’ve accumulated from the moment I signed up for this journey.  Loving all aspects of myself and letting them just be until I would like them to look differently.  Loving the whole entire road I’ve been on since forever to grow this souls evolution.  To question is this theory of souls evolution bullshit or are all the experiences I’ve had showing me the truth of the why’s?  The truth of the hows? The truth of all the what the fucks that cross my heart and mind.  I’ve allowed myself to be an absolute observer which sometimes brings up feelings of missing out or longing but I just let those feelings  go by and do not feel upset by them.  They are just passing, floating, they are brief and telling and temporary.

I feel like we have times in our lives when we are more participatory than observers and I feel confident that that aspect will reemerge, however, for now, I’m ok in the trenches of hibernation of observation.  I can manage a little darkness, a little depression while weeding out and going through the mud and muck of soul debris and collected other that is no longer useful, a little wondering of the whys and the shedding of self and yet still moving towards self improvement.  In some moments I am very uncomfortable here and in others too comfortable. I won’t live here though.  I most definitely feel it’s a necessary place to sit for a little while.  I’m on my way out, slowly.  I’m not in a rush. I’ve been here for quite sometime, perhaps a year or so. I get to know myself the best in this place and I allow myself to free myself from this space when I am ready.  I like the work.  I like dot connecting.  If souls growth is why we are here, i’d like to get the most meaningful and productive growth I can from this life.   I don’t know what my next moment or life will look like or if there is a next because even with all my spirit-filled experiences, I cannot say they would carry over to the next life or that the next life even exists or the next moment.  I only have this very moment. This literal moment of right now. 

So, this intermission from the outwardly engaged participant, to be the observer for this melting pot of insight and introspect, is all good.  I feel a sense of gratitude to be afforded the awareness and opportunity to reflect with love in my heart, with a little a depression in tow for now, with everything that makes up this amazing school of life and really, what an amazing view.  Maybe you relate, maybe you don’t.  Maybe you’ve already been here and know you’ll be here again or won’t be here again. Perhaps there is no need to be such an observer, for if you want different and introspective behavior outwardly, letting go of what no longer is, and acting how you’d like to be presently really is the best way of just being.  Of course I wouldn’t of arrived here without taking my personal intermission, so for me, it’s a just a part of the ride. 

Be Present. Be Kind. Be love.

xo Julie

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