What the fruit!

Fruit, good or bad? Some say don’t eat a lot of it because it has a lot of sugar in it, but I am only human and when that sugar craving hits, I try to resort to fruit most of the time, (don’t get me wrong, I am by far no saint, and I do indulge in the occasional cookie or donut, but fruit is oh-so delicious as well). “But all that fructose and glucose!” I know but fruit has so much more to offer besides sugar, unlike candy, cookies, donuts, and ice-cream. Fruit is also probably not packed with as much sugar as those other desserts and candies that you may think.

LET’S start with blueberries. They have a little snap to their skin when you first bite into one, followed by a medium soft filling of blueberry goodness. When picked at the right time they are subtly sweet, but not too overpowering.

In 100 grams of blueberries there is around (values are based on a 2,000 kcal diet):

24% of your daily value of Vitamin K
17% of your daily value of Manganese
16% of your daily value of Vitamin C
10% of your daily value of Dietary Fiber
10 grams of sugar
84 grams of Water

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, but it also helps to create collagen. Vitamin K can help to improve memory, improve bone density, and lower blood pressure. It does this by improving the functions of the blood vessels, and just one cup of blueberries daily can make all the difference in healthier blood pressure levels. Manganese helps form bones, connective tissue, and blood clotting factors. Not only can a regular consumption of blueberries help you ward off sickness, but they can help to keep the memory sharp, your bones strong and to feel fuller faster.

A 2019 study, by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that eating blueberries can help to reduce the risk of heart disease by 12% to 15%. Another study in 2013 found that consuming blueberries in conjunction with regular exercise, not only created more of the “good” cholesterol, HDL, in the body but it also reduced the amount of triglycerides in the body that are associated with higher risks of heart disease.

NOW onto a beautiful red color fruit, with a denser fruit consistency, and tiny little seeds along the outside of them. Yes, strawberries. That wonderful summer fruit, that when planted in the right spot can grow and multiple like wildfire.

These little gems are also strong in vitamin C, manganese, and water. In 100 grams of strawberries there is around (values are based on a 2,000 kcal diet):

98% of your daily value of Vitamin C
19% of your daily value of Manganese
8% of your daily value of Dietary Fiber
6% of your daily value of Vitamin B-9
5 grams of sugar
91 grams of water

One to two servings a week of strawberries keeps the doctor away and it can definitely help to reduce the loss of mental abilities such as learning, thinking, remembering, problem solving and attention, just to name a few. And if that wasn’t enough of an upgrade to your health, strawberries can also help to fight against cancers and even play a part in preventing them. Daily consumption of those wonderful morsels has shown to dramatically reduce the presence of cancer cells. They can also help to improve eye health, help to prevent glaucoma, boost the immune system, and relieve the effects of arthritis. Yes please! Where do I sign up?

NEXT on my list of favorites, blackberries. These sweet little beauties pack a punch in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. In 100 grams of blackberries there is around (values are based on a 2,000 kcal diet):

35% of your daily value of Vitamin C
32% of your daily value of Manganese
25% of your daily value of Vitamin K
21% of your daily value of Dietary Fiber
8% of your daily value of Vitamin E
8% of your daily value of Copper
7% of your daily value of Vitamin A
6% of your daily value of Vitamin B-9
5% of your daily value of Magnesium
5 grams of sugar
88 grams of Water

I think that list speaks for itself, but blackberries can help to reduce cholesterol, control blood sugar levels, provide healthy gut bacteria that improves digestion, improve brain health, help to fight off genetic mutations, slow cancer cell growth, and they are antibacterial and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Our bodies need healthy doses of nutrition, minerals, vitamins, and water to function properly and at it’s best. If you never put oil or gas into your car, what would happen? Well without gas (unless it’s an electric car) it won’t even start. If your car was without oil, it would run for a little while, but after a short time it starts to smoke and the engine parts will wear quicker than normal. The human body is much the same. It may last a lot longer without the necessary minerals, vitamins, etc. but when the body is unable to find the things it needs to run properly, it starts to malfunction. It may start out with something small, but soon you wake up one day completely miserable. Why you may be asking yourself? Well start by looking at what you are feeding your system. Is it getting the proper amount of oil and gas, are you giving it oil changes and tune-ups. In other words, what food and drinks are you consuming, do they really have all the necessary nutrition, minerals, vitamins and water your body needs to work at it’s best? Only you can answer that question. But if you are feeling miserable regularly take 10 minutes and right down what you regularly eat and drink in a 24 hour period. Then take another 10 minutes and look up the nutritional facts of those things, are they giving your body everything it needs to function at a healthy level? If not, how can you change that?

Keep in mind that fruit is not the only good thing out there. I like fruit to replace sugar cravings but herbs and vegetables are another great source of vitamins and minerals your body needs.

SPEARMINT is an herb I like to add to fruity desserts. It can give them a nice fresh, cooling flavor. I also like to add it to lemonades. Oh so delicious! In 100 grams of spearmint there is around (values are based on a 2,000 kcal diet):

135% of your daily value of Vitamin A
66% of your daily value of Iron
56% of your daily value of Manganese
26% of your daily value of Vitamin B-9

20% of your daily value of Calcium
22% of your daily value of Vitamin C
16% of your daily value of Magnesium
12% of your daily value of Copper
10% of your daily value of Potassium
10% of your daily value of Vitamin B-2
8% of your daily value of Vitamin B-6
7% of your daily value of Zinc
6% of your daily value of Phosphorus
5% of your daily value of Vitamin B-3
5% of your daily value of Vitamin B-1
86 grams of Water
3 grams of protein
O grams of sugar

Holy mac and cheese! That is a lot of good stuff. Spearmint is also naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, which when used in oral health can help to reduce mouth and throat infections. On top of that, it makes your breath smell refreshing.

Spearmint helps with congestion and respiratory issues because it has natural soothing properties, and it can also help to clear the sinuses, help with migraines and headaches. When we work down to the digestive area of the body, spearmint has the ability to reduce muscle contractions which can help to sooth an upset stomach. It can also help with morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, cramping, bloating, IBS (spearmint tea or just chewing on spearmint leaves can be a great way to ease an IBS flare-up), and it can also help to reduce anxiety and depression.

Hmm…was my reaction to this coooool fact about spearmint. It can help to increase circulation and boost energy levels. This is due to it’s high iron content, which tells the body to create more red blood cells and hemoglobin. I definitely need to partake in a little bit more spearmint in my everyday life. I have always had circulation issues, and this would be a great way to help with that. I will be right back. I’m running to the store.

Okay, I’m back. One last thing spearmint helps the body with is regulating blood pressure by relieving the stress on the blood vessels and arteries through it’s potassium content. This also helps with the prevention of strokes and heart attacks.

Last but not least on my ingredient list, although not a fruit, herb or vegetable, it is something I like to add occasionally to teas, fruity desserts, or sometimes I just eat a spoonful of it to relieve a sugar craving. Raw honey! Yum!

HONEY is another one that is full of antioxidants, and a high antioxidant diet can help in reducing the risk of chronic disease. It is also antibacterial and antimicrobial, which can help to kill harmful bacteria and fungi in our systems. In 100 grams of honey there is around (values are based on a 2,000 kcal diet):

15% of your daily energy needs
4% of your daily value of Manganese
82 grams of sugar
17 grams of Water

Beside the above benefits, something I have used honey for and have found it works wonders, is using it for coughs. Honey can help to relieve a cough, due to its relaxant properties, and has even been shown to work better than over-the-counter cough medicines.

So, there you have it. I say fruit is good, but research it more and make that decision for yourself. I just barely scratched the surface on how fruits, herbs, and vegetables can have a positive effect on the body. I encourage you to look at your eating habits and maybe look more into what fruits, vegetables, and herbs can do to help you reach a healthier and happier state. Not just physically but also mentally. We have the ability to heal our bodies and our minds just by what we choose to put into our bodies regularly. Inspire positive change within yourself and the possibilities are endless.


The Great Debate

What does it mean to debate? Well in a debate there are usually two opposing viewpoints being expressed to convince a third party to choose one over the other. What if you only have two people with two different viewpoints battling it out to convince each other? How many times have you seen arguments like that? Both sides believing their side is the right side hands down, and they just don’t know how the other can have the beliefs or opinions they do. Next thing you know, name calling is initiated, “Fucking idoit!”, and both are storming away with neither side conceding to the others. So, what was the point in that?

Have you ever been in that situation, battling it out with someone about opposite viewpoints or opinions? Ask yourself, what was the outcome you were hoping for? If the person you were battling it out with, by some miracle, halfway through the argument stopped and said, “Yes, I totally agree with you. You are right”, would that have changed any lives? Would the other person be happier in some way, would their life had changed for the better, would it have caused them to have an epiphany on how to solve world hunger? Would agreeing with you made some kind of dramatic change somewhere in the world or would the outcome be you were right and they were wrong?

Essentially, I would consider that a debate without the third party. When you have two people with deeply passionate viewpoints, chances of those views getting changed in a discussion are probably very slim. People’s views are formed from where they were raised, how they were raised, who they were raised by, from past and current events that have affected them in some very personal way, shape, or form, usually resulting in their present-day strong opinions. It is not easy to change those over-night or at all in most cases. We can not change people by forcing our views on them. People change because they want to change; because they see something in someone else or have a personal experience in their own life that has intrigued them to look further into a different path. A person will pursue change if they really want it.

This topic is one I have and still battle with. I have had extraordinarily strong vocal opinions, and in the past seven years have not only realized it’s a personal trait I truly dislike about myself, and others around me dislike as well, but one I work to change every day. I’m not mad that I have those passions, I’m upset at how I use them. Being passionate about something is fine and it has created great change in the world. Everyone has a right to their opinions and passions, but that’s exactly it. EVERYONE has that right, and who am I to try and change someone to have the same opinion or passions as myself. Especially if the world will not change on its axis because someone agrees with me.

For instance, I am very passionate about making the earth healthier and coexisting with nature. A few years back I was that annoying facebooker who everyday was posting a million reasons why you should do this or that, and all the negative stuff that is resulting from people not treating the earth better. For one, that’s like waking up to a bowl of negativity every day, and kind of saying, you don’t like the way they live. Kind of a daily slap in the face that soon can cause the reaction of, “thanks for thinking of me but fuck you”, and next thing you know, everyone has stopped following your feed.

But then I realized something a couple years back. I started to really reflect on myself and saw that I was doing a lot of bitching without any solutions. It’s easy to bitch about the things you don’t like, but if there isn’t a way to change that for the positive, then what is the point to the bitching? I also realized I have some major faults when it comes to how I treat the earth as well, and instead of bitching about everyone else, why not find way to change my life for the better in that area instead. I started focusing on ways I could be a better person, be a more positive influence and more earth friendly in my own life. My new goal was to find alternative positive solutions to the things I used to bitch about in the past. Hoping, down the road, that something about how I’m living will inspire or peak someone’s interest to change something in their own lives for the better. The debate mentality ceases to exist, and all that debating energy is then being put to better use with a more likely outcome of changing my own life for the better. And who knows, maybe that is what leads to someone legitimately being interested in how I’m living or doing something, and asking about it.

So, what if you see someone is unhappy and you feel as though you have some great advice that might help them? My new motto is, tell someone once and move on. They are informed of another way or path to take, and if they choose not to take your advice, for whatever reason, then it’s not meant to be or maybe it’s not meant to be at that particular time and place. Everyone is on a different path in life. Sometimes those paths are harder or simply different, but maybe there is a reason for that path that you nor I can see. Maybe by going down the harder or different path they meet a person that completely changes their life, or they experience something they would otherwise have never experienced. That person or experience was the key to them doing something completely different or understanding something in a way that resonates with them better. What works for some does not work for all, and the same goes for the paths we all decide to take in life. I may not understand it, but that doesn’t make it wrong, it just makes it different.

None of us can foresee the future (well fortune tellers, but that is only one of many possibilities for the future), and in these days it’s hard to even know what is fact and what isn’t any more, so next time we feel the urge to get into that debate, ask yourself, “what outcome am I hoping for, and is there something in my own life I could be putting that energy towards to make better?” Maybe in doing so, we inspire positive change in someone else without even trying.

Breathing Deeply

Breathing, it keeps us alive, but how we breathe can affect our entire body. Our lungs are like an upside-down tree. The fresh oxygen travels down the trunk of that tree – our trachea — into the limbs and leaves — bronchi,  bronchioles and alveoli — and when that oxygen reaches the ends of those leaves or alveoli, there is a gas exchange. The fresh oxygen is passed into our blood stream and in return carbon dioxide is brought into the lungs and exhaled out of the body. (Side note: As the cells in our body do what they need to do to keep us functioning and healthy they make and release carbon dioxide.)

The diaphragm is a major component in helping us with this breathing process, but most of us have gotten into the habit of shallow breathing or “chest breathing”. When we shallow breathe, it limits the range of motion of our diaphragm, which can cause that fresh oxygen to be limited in its travel and not be able to reach the lowest parts of our lungs. So, only part of the leaves on our tree are receiving that fresh oxygen, meaning our body is not receiving all the fresh oxygen it could be getting and it’s also not releasing all the carbon dioxide it could be getting rid of with each breath we take.

So, you might already be starting to see how deep breathing really benefits our health, but here are just a few ways it’s better for us:

  • It lowers our stress and in turn, lowers the effects of that stress on our body.
  • It puts less strain on your immune system by reducing your stress, and in turn, your immune system doesn’t have to work at full capacity all the time.
  • It lowers your heartrate.
  • It lowers your blood pressure.
  • It strengthens your core muscles and improves the range of motion of your diaphragm.
  • It calms the nervous system.
  • It increases your energy levels.
  • It releases muscle tension.
  • It helps with insomnia.
  • It helps in managing PTSD.
  • It can help to reduce the risk of cancer.
  • It helps to maintain a balance PH in our blood.
  • It helps your digestive system to work more efficiently.
  • It increases circulation to the heart, liver, and brain.

“Harvard researcher Herbert Benson used research to show that short periods of meditation, using breathing as a focus, could alter the body’s stress response. He claims his research shows that breathing can even change the expression of genes. He says that by using your breath, you can alter the basic activity of your cells with your mind. ‘It does away with the whole mind-body separation. Here you can use the mind to change the body, and the genes we’re changing were the very genes acting in an opposite fashion when people are under stress.’”


Breathe, but breathe deeply. It will feel unnatural at first, but that is only because you have been shallow breathing for so long. Start with one of the breathing meditations below to help get you in a good routine until deep breathing starts to feel like your new norm.

Deep breathing meditation

Here is a great breathing meditation to instill positive health into your mind and body (read through first and then follow the numbered steps for the meditation):

  1. Find a quiet place to sit (Sit in a chair, couch, mat or floor).
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose and silently count to 4 while you are breathing in.
  4. While doing this focus your attention on your lungs completely filling with air down to your belly, with your belly rising as air flows in.
  5. Hold the breath, counting silently for 7 seconds.
  6. Exhale all the air through your mouth, while silently counting to 8 seconds. Having all the air exhaled by the time you reach 8 seconds.
  7. Continue to repeat this 4-7-8 deep breathing exercise for 4 to 7 more times.
  8. After the seventh time, continue to sit and focus on deep breathing, but without the counting; breathing in through your nose, using your diaphragm and your belly with each breath, and exhale all the air through your mouth.

Start with a 5-minute meditation and work your way up to a 30-minute meditation, incorporating this into your daily routine. Maybe have it start your day when you wake up or end your day with it, or both.

Add-on:  When you take that deep breath in, visualize it as a ball of healing white energy/light, and as you hold that breath for 7 seconds, visualize that white light traveling all over your body healing you from head to toe. When you exhale out, visualize that as black negative energy (all the stress and disease in you) going out of your body and disappearing.

World healing deep breathing meditation

  1. Find a quiet place to sit (Sit in a chair, couch, mat or floor).
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Start taking a few deep breaths in through your nose and exhale out of your mouth. Really focus on the air coming into your lungs and your belly expanding with each breath in, and then as you exhale, try to exhale all the air in your lungs.
  4. Once you feel completely relaxed, place your hands in front of you, like you were holding a ball, but envision that ball to be a ball of healing energy/light.
  5. As you breath in, move your hands out and away from each other, as if that ball of healing energy is growing. Envision that energy coming from the universe. When your hands are wide and far apart, the universe and its healing energy is within it.
  6. Now exhale, and as you exhale, bring your hands closer together and envision that energy being gathered within your hands and as your hands get closer together it’s pushing that healing energy into the earth; reaching every living soul for their highest good.
  7. Continue to deep breath in, expanding your hands and visualizing gathering that healing energy and then breathing out all the air, bringing your hands closer together, focusing that energy into the earth and every living soul.
  8. Breath in the energy and exhale to heal the world.

Start with a 5-minute meditation and work your way up to a 30-minute or even an hour meditation, incorporating this into your daily routine. Maybe have it start your day when you wake up or end your day with it, or both.

We have the ability to heal our mind, body and the world. Maybe it’s not your norm, but maybe it’s time to create a new norm. Inspire positive change one breath at a time. 😊




There are a lot of things we can not control in this world, but one thing we can control are our own thoughts and actions that we do and think on a daily basis. And what better time than now to look inward and see how we can change ourselves and our thoughts for the better.

What am I thinking? And why am I thinking this way? Are these thoughts beneficial to myself and those around me or are they just fueling fears? Can these fears better my life in some way, or are they only negative thoughts feeding mine and others fear-mongering minds?

Don’t get me wrong a little fear to an extent is good for everyone, but letting it consume us does no one, including our own health, any good. According to Carnegie Mellon University, “Researchers have found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. The research shows for the first time that the effects of psychological stress on the body’s ability to regulate inflammation can promote the development and progression of disease.” Sheldon Cohen led a research team at this university, and one of their studies showed the following:

“After completing an intensive stress interview, 276 healthy adults were exposed to a virus that causes the common cold and monitored in quarantine for five days for signs of infection and illness. Here, Cohen found that experiencing a prolonged stressful event was associated with the inability of immune cells to respond to hormonal signals that normally regulate inflammation. In turn, those with the inability to regulate the inflammatory response were more likely to develop colds when exposed to the virus.”

– Science Daily

So, what does this mean? It means the more stress a person is under, the harder it is for the immune system to do its job, and in turn, the stress will essentially promote the disease. Let the things go that you can not control, and put your focus on things you can control, like being a more positive asset to your family, community or the world. Help others around you by encouraging positive thinking. Instead of adding to someone’s fears, tell them a joke; encourage putting a smile on their face instead of more fear in the minds. Help to reduce their stress in some way instead of adding to it.

Hear are a few ideas to try for yourself and maybe even share with someone you would like to help relax:

  1. Journaling. This is a great way to get those fears out, without spreading that negativity onto others. Write anything that comes to mind, whether it makes sense or not, positive or negative. Just write. Try giving yourself a time frame to reach, like writing anything for five minutes.

Example: apple, I want to be more positive, Milo, I want to be surrounded by positive energy, I have cat hair on my finger, I’m getting a little hungry or actually I think I just need a glass of water, Oooo tomorrow is Thursday, no wait I think tomorrow is Friday, yes it’s Friday, I’m not sure why I’m excited about that, weird, taqulia, gaming, healthy, everyone is healthy and happy, smile, oh Mila looks so cute…

Maybe the journaling gets out those negative energies, maybe it inspires something new in you or maybe it makes you laugh. Whatever it does, it can have some very positive affects on your mind and body.

  1. Meditation. I’ve mentioned meditation in the past, and it can be a wonderful way to calm a worried and stressful mind. There are many different types of meditation; guided meditation, mantra meditation, mindfulness meditation, Qi gong, Tai Chi, Transcendental meditation and Yoga. Research each one, and maybe even try each one and see which one you like the best. I have tried the following:

Guided meditation usually consists of someone talking you through the meditation from start to finish. I like this type for someone just starting out with meditation because I found it easier when I was just starting out meditating to focus on someone’s voice, and my mind was less likely to wander when I was focusing on what someone was saying. This is also a great meditation even if you are not a beginner, if you are just having a hard time getting your mind to focus on its own.

Mantra meditation consists of silently repeating a calming word or phrase. This type of mediation helps to focus your attention on just that mantra, and by choosing something that’s calming helps to calm the mind as well. The word “Om” (pronounced “Aum”), which is my personal favorite, is a very popular mantra to use in meditation, and it represents “soul”, or “self within”.

Mindfulness Meditation is when you focus on the present, such as your breath work; breathe in and focus on your lungs expanding and the air filling them and exhale out, focusing on your lungs and abdomen squeezing out all the air. As thoughts come into your mind, you let them pass through without concentrating on them.

Tai Chi is slow paced, and it focuses on balancing the Yin and the yang, and it’s sometimes referred to as “meditation in motion”. This form of meditation not only can calm the mind, but according to Harvard Medical School it increases muscle strength, your flexibility and balance through its gentle flow of movements.

Yoga is the last type of meditation I have experienced. There are many different types of yoga, but this form of meditation focuses your attention on your breathing and many different poses. So instead of being in your head, you are forced to focus on the present, giving your mind that much needed break. All the while you are creating more muscle strength, learning better breathing techniques and promoting more flexibility throughout your body.

  1. Vision Board. Sometimes, a lot of times, we need help keeping our mind in the positive and hopeful. Especially right now. But a great way to encourage our minds to stay the course of a positive and hopeful mind frame is to put it right in front of us by creating a vision board. What is a vision board exactly? Well, it’s anything positive you want to focus on for your future; anything you want to bring into your life. Maybe you want to be an amazing artist, who travels around the world; or maybe you are someone who wants a more peaceful life, with a job that you love and lots of positive people around you, or maybe you want positive health for you, your family and the rest of the world. No matter the subject matters, the vision board is a way to focus your intentions on those particular goals and to send them out to the universe, God(s), Goddess(es), the Devine, spirit guides or whomever you choose; sending your message out to whatever is out there and letting them know that you are ready to move forward in a positive way.

Vision boards don’t make things happen immediately but after 3 months, 6 months, a year, take a moment and reflect onto your life in respect to your vision board. Maybe one of your intentions was to be that famous artist traveling around the world. You may not be quite there yet, but you could have changed jobs where you are working in the industry that could help you get to where you want to go.

Now that you know what a vision board is, let’s talk about the ways to make one. So, before the booming of technically, one way I would make a vision board is with cardboard and old magazines. It doesn’t matter what size carboard you use; from the piece that comes on the back of a school notebook to the larger ones you can get at a craft store. You could even recycle a box by flattening it out. From there I would cut out any pictures out the magazines that had something to do with my intention. It could be words or images, colors, ideas, etc. Then glue them onto the board. You could also do this same thing by searching for these things on the internet and printing them out and gluing them onto the board. Take it one step further and use some markers and draw words or whatever comes to mind having to do with what you want for your future. Once completed, put it someplace you will see it every day. One more way to do a vision board, is to create one on your computer with different images you find on the internet and use it as a screen saver and your home image on your phone.

  1. Affirmations. Something I love to do, that has helped me with many things through out my life are affirmations. An affirmation is a positive phrase that you say out loud or to yourself throughout the day, or whenever you feel the need to. I personally have a few that I say repeatedly whenever I am driving. I felt weird at first, but then I caught a glimpse of people either talking on their phones or singing and realized that I don’t necessarily know what someone is saying in their car while they are driving, nor do I care, so why do I feel weird saying affirmations? It makes me feel better about myself and my life and that’s all that matters. So, if you ever see me driving down the road by myself, you now know I may be singing, talking on the phone but most likely I’m repeating my affirmations.

Affirmations are a great way to affirm something into fruition into your life. They need to be positive in their entirety, so instead of saying, “I am not sick”, because you are just repeating the word sick, you would rephase that to say, “I am healthy”. Like vision boards, affirmations don’t happen overnight, but once you start doing them, reflect on where you are after a year, and you just might be surprised.

Research these things and give one or all a try. Pass these ideas onto someone you think may need something to reduce their stress levels. Being positive doesn’t mean you are ignoring what’s going on around you, it just means you choose to not dwell on the things you can not change, and you are making the conscious decision to keep your mind healthy. A healthy mind leads to a healthier body and in turn a healthier life. Stay positive. Keep your head up and inspire positive change. 😊


Positive Vibes

I, and I’m sure like many others, are feeling fear, worry, excessive stress and panic during these crazy times right now. Getting different information from all over, not knowing what is exactly fact or not, and just plain not knowing what the future has in store for myself and my loved ones. There is a sense of helplessness right now, and that can be very overwhelming. But there is something we can do to help ourselves and those around us.

I just came across a blog today (https://thoughtsnlifeblog.com/2020/03/15/let-us-be-positive/) that was a great reminder that the vibrations or thoughts we put out can be very powerful in what happens around us. Negative breeds more negative and positive breeds more positive. So keep being safe in all that you do, but this would be a great time to incorporate a strong positive affirmation into your daily life, instilling positive health for not only you and your family, but also for the world.

The more people focus their thoughts on positive outcomes, positive health and a healthy positive world the more likely that those positive vibrations will take hold and power over the negative vibrations, and in turn create a healthier world around you. It certainly won’t hurt, and the more people doing affirmations like these, on a daily basis, the better.

Here is a great example of affirmations you can do daily. Write this down or just say it to yourself daily, and even many times a day. If you are feeling anxious, read this or write it down repeatedly until you start to feel calm. Use this affirmation or create your own.

“I am healthy. My family is healthy. Every living soul on this planet is healthy. Every living soul and the earth are surrounded with positive healing energy. Every living soul is sending out positive healing energy and vibrations to the world. Anyone who has covid-19 is healing in record time. A vaccine for covid-19 has been made in record time. I, my family, and the whole world are calm and surrounded with positive energy. Every living soul is happy, healthy and calm. Every living soul allows joy to flow freely into their lives and they love themselves. I love myself.”

Another great way to help calm a worried mind is doing a meditation. There are many guided meditations on youtube that you can choose from. You don’t have to be an expert meditator either. Just listen to the meditation and let your body fall into the words.

If you have crystal grids and crystals, you can also create a crystal grid that promotes positive healing for the world. And if you don’t have a crystal grid or crystals then put together a vision board. Find photos of you and your family and cut out words out of magazines or print out a sheet of positive words like: healthy, happy, calm, love, joy, protected, positive, laughing, healing, healthy planet, etc., and put them all on a board together (This could be a great project to do with kids as well, while they home that can also help to instill positive thoughts instead of worry in the minds). Once done put it somewhere you and your family can see it every day. Not only can it help to instill calmness in you and your family around you, but it will also promote positive thoughts instead of negative worry.

Stay healthy and work on staying calm and positive. I and the world thanks you in advance for your positive vibrations. 😊



Gratitude, what does it mean? In the merriam-webster dictionary it means, “the state of being grateful : THANKFULNESS.” Gratitude…being thankful…I’m sure a lot of us show our gratitude at least once a year, at the least at Thanksgiving right? But is it possible for us to be truly grateful on a regular basis? And if we did, how could that effect our lives? How could that effect our happiness?

According to Vishen Lakhiani, a New York best-selling author and founder of Mindvalley, describes a study where participants were asked to practice being grateful for 30 days in a row, and after the month was done, they found that those participants were 25% happier than the control group. During those 30 days, the participants didn’t get richer, healthier, or better jobs; their rising happiness was solely based on being grateful or doing a gratitude exercise everyday for those 30 days.

There are many things to be grateful for; someone telling you something nice about yourself, your child giving you a hug, the oxygen you are able to breathe, being able to feel the warm sun on your face, hearing the birds chirp, being able to see the trees bloom around you in spring, having a working vehicle that gets you to work, having a job, having money to pay your bills, having a roof over your head, being able to have food and water to keep you alive, having a bed to sleep in, maybe having a day to sleep in, having a friend that is always there to listen to you, having motivation to accomplish something, having the willpower to do or not do something, being able to see a beautiful sunny day, being able to hear the rain tap dance across your roof, or maybe you have great hair, a great smile, or a great ass. There are many things we have to be grateful for; more than each of us realizes. And just stopping for a few minutes each day and taking notice of those things, that we can easily take for granted, and really feeling gratitude for them, can change us and our lives for the better.

Studies have shown that gratitude can create amazing health benefits. The professor of psychology at University of California-Davis, Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., who also wrote The Little Book of Gratitude says, “Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life. It can lower blood pressure and improve immune function… grateful people engage in more exercise, have better dietary behaviors, are less likely to smoke and abuse alcohol, and have higher rates of medication adherence.”

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami conducted another study where all participants wrote down each week how they felt about certain topics. “One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative). After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.”

Other studies have shown that being grateful daily can reduce aches and pains, reduce depression, reduce frequency of headaches, create more energy, create better sleep, reduce resentment towards others around you, boost self-esteem, reduce stress levels, and also help to overcome traumas and PTSD. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we stop and appreciate the little things around us.

So now let’s take five minutes and think about what you are grateful for (it’s only five minutes, and the benefits could not only benefit you but those around you in so many positive ways). Think about the past 24 hours…what has happened in the past 24 hours that you can be grateful for? Think about as many things as you can, and don’t just think about them but feel how those things made you feel. It could be an act of kindness from someone or an act of kindness you gave to someone else; maybe your spouse made you a cup of coffee or tea when you got up this morning. Maybe you made your spouse breakfast and it put them in a good mood to start their day. It could be something you did for yourself; maybe you got to make that favorite smoothie for breakfast that makes you feel so good after you drink it, maybe you set some time aside to read a chapter in a book you’ve been wanting to read, or you took 20 minutes to go for a walk, or you cleaned off your desk finally. It could be being thankful that you have a warm home for you and your family to stay in on a cold rainy day. It could be being thankful for having the necessities like toilet paper, soap, and detergent. Maybe your thankful that you or your spouse were able to go to work today, or that a client showed you appreciation for something you did. Or maybe it’s being grateful for that beautiful full moon in that clear night sky. Visualize those things and visualize how they made you smile inside.

This is something you can do everyday first thing in the morning or just before you go to bed. You can write it in a journal or just think it to yourself. Do your own study on yourself. Try doing gratitude exercises for 30 days straight and see how you feel after one month. Maybe you will have an even greater reason to be thankful….you may be thankful for being happier and healthier than you were 30 days prior. Change your thoughts, change your perception, take notice of the little things and give them appreciation. It seems small and insignificant until you notice how those little bits of gratitude have built up a happier, healthier you and in turn a happier, healthier life and future.

Sources:  https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gratitude





What if we could change our future just by visualizing it? You could see it into fruition; you’re healthier, you’re happier, you’re doing the career you’ve always dreamed of, you’re traveling around the world, creating the business you’ve always wanted, living in the home of your dreams, surrounded by people who love and care about you, and you have all the money you need and want. Like a lot of stuff I talk about, it seems pretty far-fetched, I know, but although it can’t be proven to be fact it also can’t be proven not to be.

According to Marisa Peer, a world-renowned speaker, Rapid Transformational Therapy trainer and best-selling author, we form most of our beliefs before the age of five. Wow, before the age of five. I’m pretty sure I, along with many, didn’t even understand how the world works by that age, and yet I have already created certain beliefs based on how I was treated, whether from my parents, friends, or other children and adults. As we get older if those beliefs aren’t proven otherwise, they stick as if to be fact. Such beliefs could be: what we consider beautiful or pretty; what the role of a mother, father, or relatives play in a family; what foods are normal to eat; what is considered healthy; how motivated or not motivated you should be in life; work ethic; dreams; religion; what love is; if you can have an abundant life or not. There are many, many, too many beliefs for me to type out, that each of us have taken as our own. But are they our own?

Ask yourself, “Why do I believe these?” Was it because it was taught to you by someone when you were growing up? Now ask yourself, “Who was the person who taught me that belief and how old was I?” What was that person going though in their own life at that time, that could have influenced them to teach you that belief? Where did they get that belief from and how do they know if that belief is true?

Those beliefs are their beliefs, and you have the choice now to decide if you need or want to continue to keep those same beliefs. Everyone has grown up differently, including parents, relatives, friends and sometimes even siblings. What our parent’s beliefs are, may have been passed down from their parents, and grandparents, but that doesn’t make the belief fact nor fiction. That is up to you to really think about and decide for yourself.

Sometimes those beliefs we have grown up with and taken on without question, can be limiting. Beliefs that are not fact are just thoughts and opinions that are only in our mind, and just because you were brought up to think a certain way does not make it true. If you believe you can never have the house of your dreams because your parents never did, or that you can never be in a loving relationship because you never saw one growing up, or that you can never have money because you were always poor growing up, well those are limiting beliefs you took on, but they are not true. They are not fact. There are many people who have grown up poor, with divorced or no parents, with abuse, or illnesses that made a wonderful life for themselves when they got older. How? By not limiting their beliefs to thinking that is all they can ever have. By not only having big dreams but believing they can and believing they will achieve them.

You have the ability to achieve and have great things, you just have to make the decision to change your mindset. Tell yourself, “I have an abundant life.” If you could have anything, if you could do anything, no matter your health or what your bank statement says, what would it be? Think big. No I mean BIG. Now tell yourself you not only deserve to have those dreams, but that you will.

Go one step further and create a vision board. “Oh no, now she’s lost her marbles completely. Okay what’s a vision board?” I thought you’d never ask. All those things or dreams you’ve always wanted, find pictures of them on the internet or in magazines and create a collage with them. You can incorporate positive words too, like I’m healthy, fit, creative, motivated, etc. You can take a piece of cardboard and glue the pictures onto the board, and then take some markers and right the words you want to go along with it. Or you can do like I do and find the images on google and pinterest and put them together in a program of your liking (some free programs online you can use are spark.adobe.com or https://www.befunky.com/features/collage-maker/) and make it your screen saver. When you are finished making it, you could also take a picture of it with your phone. Now put it somewhere you will see it everyday. “But what if someone sees it and thinks it weird?” Well just tell them they won’t think it’s weird when all those things come into fruition. Plus, it’s a board or screen with a bunch of positive and inspiring pictures on it. What’s the worst that could come out of that? Maybe it’s not a norm, but cell phones weren’t a norm 50 years ago. Putting your food in a fridge was not a norm a 100 years ago. If this is something you would like to try, because well what the hell, then make it your norm.

This is your life, your beliefs, and your future. What you choose to believe today will affect your future tomorrow. You don’t have to follow anyone else’s beliefs, if they do not suit you. Be honest with yourself. Do you believe you can’t have something or do something or be a certain person because you really can’t, or because that is a belief that was passed onto you? You have the power to change your life just by changing your mindset. Do yourself and your future a solid and try it out. 😊

Ms. Interpretation

I recently watched an interview with a man named Morty Lefkoe about our self-imposed limitations due to the meanings we give the events in our lives. I was pretty intrigued by what he had to say and continued to also watch him on Tedx. He is the president and founder of the Lefkoe Institute and he has written many articles along with the book, Re-create Your Life: Transforming Yourself and Your World.

What kind of self-imposed limitations do we put on ourselves, you might be wondering? I was wondering that as well. Morty explains that there are multiple meanings or interpretations to an event. For instance, your spouse doesn’t pick up something you wanted at the store. You interpret that as he doesn’t care or care about you. But what other meanings could go with that event? If there were 10 other people watching this event happen, would they all interpret the situation the same? Some might interpret the event as, your spouse cares about you but they just honestly forgot; maybe that particular store didn’t have what you had asked for and they planned on going to a different store tomorrow to get it; or maybe there were multiple options and they didn’t want to get the wrong one and when they went to text you they realized their phone was dead.

Here is another example. You are planning on meeting a friend or family member for lunch and they don’t show. You try to call them and they don’t answer. Your interpretation or meaning you give to the event is that the person is rude and inconsiderate of your time. The other interpretations to this event could be, they got stuck in traffic; they got in a car accident; they got stuck in traffic and they forgot their phone; they think it’s Tuesday and it’s Wednesday; or maybe they just honestly forgot they were meeting you that day.

Now according to Morty an event does not have feelings, we place feelings on the event solely based on what interpretation we gave to the event. If you believe that the meaning you gave the event is real and fact, it will cause feelings, but those feelings are based on your interpretation of the event. If we interpret an event differently then it will invoke different feelings or maybe no feelings at all.

Morty explained another scenario. You wake up and it starts raining. How does that make you feel? Maybe nothing. Now let’s say you are supposed to get married that day and it’s an outside wedding. How does that rain make you feel? Probably upset, nervous or sad. Let’s tweak this scenario once more and say that your family believes that if it rains on your wedding day it means that you are going to have a wonderful marriage. How does that rain make you feel now? Probably pretty happy. So what Morty is saying is that the event is the rain, the meaning is how we interpret that rain which then causes the feelings. As you can see though, depending on how you chose to interpret that event determines your feelings.

With all that being said, we all have had different experiences throughout our lives that have created certain beliefs. These beliefs can affect the meanings we give to events in the future. Maybe as a child your parent had to work a lot to keep a roof over your head, which caused them to be tired all the time. Whenever you had something exciting happen to you in school and you tried to tell your parent they didn’t seem interested, and after so many times of that happening you created the belief that they did not care about you or that you were not important to them. Now let’s move forward into adulthood, where you are trying to tell your significant other something you are really excited about, but they seem disinterested. The meaning you might give to that event might be that your significant other doesn’t care or you are not important to them. What other interpretations could be given to this scenario? Maybe they just got fired from their job and they are trying to figure out what to do; maybe they are excited for you but just honestly exhausted; maybe they just found out they have to work this upcoming weekend; or maybe they just had a bad day at work and are anxiously awaiting sitting down, watching their favorite show, not thinking about anything and just relaxing. Does that mean they don’t care about you? Again, there are many ways this situation can be interpreted but the belief you created when you were a child, that when someone is not paying attention to what you have to say means they don’t care or you are not important to them, has created your interpretation of your future events.

So what does all of this mean? According to Morty the meaning we give to an event is not part of the event, but instead, is only in our mind. How we choose to interpret an event determines our feelings or reaction to that event, but if we stop and ask ourselves, “What other meanings could be drawn from this event that just happened? Are there other ways to interpret this situation? Would everyone interpret this situation the same way as me and if not what other interpretations could be made?” By doing this the next time an event makes you sad, mad, anxious, etc. you may be able to change how you see things, and that negative feeling you had may just disappear. You also may change an old belief as well. Looking back on your past, could a belief you created as child be interpreted differently and if so, could that change what meaning you put on events that happen in your future?

The next time you are met with a negative feeling, ask yourself what event just took place to make me feel this way? Now ask yourself could this event be interpreted differently and could a past belief be the reason I’m interpreting this situation with negative feelings? How can I change that?

Sources:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMdVM-t5kFs, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RokIGdM-XIs&t=702s, https://www.mortylefkoe.com/about/

The Experiment

I have been wanting to try this experiment for many years now, and I thought what a better time than to start the year off with it. This is an exciting time right now with the last solar eclipse of the year and decade, an annular solar eclipse, that took place this past December 26 is expected to bring positive changes for all around the world for the next six months. This is a very positive time for growth and prosperity.

Let’s start with where I came across the idea for the experiment. A little over 10 years ago, I was taught about a man named Dr. Masaru Emoto, doctor of alternative medicine. He was an original thinker who researched how negative and positive words impact water. He has wrote many books about his findings including The Hidden Messages in Water, The True Power of Water, and The Secret Life of Water.

Dr. Emoto studied water from all over the world for over twenty years. He was a Japanese researcher who experimented with water to prove that thoughts and feelings have different vibrations and frequencies that affect the physical body. His experiments consisted of placing negative or positive words under bottles filled with water, such as “Thank you”, “Hope”, “You fool”, etc. He would then freeze the water and photograph the crystals the water formed when frozen. He found that when positive words were used, the frozen water crystals would form complex, colorful and beautiful crystals; and negative words would form incomplete, contorted and asymmetrical crystals. It didn’t matter what language he used for the words, the results were the same.

When thinking about the human body, it is made up of over 70% water, so the theory is if negative and positive thinking and words can affect the molecular structure of water, what is water doing in our bodies when we bombard it on a regular daily basis with negative or positive words and thoughts. Not only can we be a major contributing factor to our health but of the health of those around us, including plants and animals.

The experiment he did, that I will be attempting to recreate with a couple tweaks, is his rice experiment. In that experiment he used two containers filled with cooked rice, and on one container he wrote “Thank you” and on the other container he wrote “you fool”. He instructed school children to say the labels on each container each time they passed by them when they came to school each day for 30 days. After 30 days the container with the “Thank you” label barely changed and the container with the “You fool” label became rotten and moldy.

For my experiment, I will be using three identical glass jars. One will say “I love you”, one will say “I hate you”, and the third one will say nothing to represent being ignored.

These are the steps I took to create this experiment:

  • I am using three identical glass jars with lids.
  • They are washed with the same soap and water and dried with the same towel.
  • They all have the same label in size and color, with one of them having the wording “I Love You”, one with the wording “I Hate You” and the third label will be blank.
  • All three jars have the same brand of rice, from the same bag, made in the same pan, with the same water. All the rice was cooled in the fridge in order to get rid of any hot pockets within the rice.
  • Two cups of rice were scooped into the “I Love You” jar, two cups into the “I Hate You” jar, and then two cups into the blank jar, for an equal amount of rice in each.
  • Just before the lids were put on each jar, I said that jars particular message directly into the jar.
  • The jars were placed in the same room, where they will get equal amounts of light and shade, and the temperature will be the same for all three.

Each day, for 30 days (Starting from January 1, 2020), I or a friend, will be saying “I Love you” to the “I love you” jar; “I hate you” to the “I hate you” jar, and the third jar will be ignored. The lids will not be removed at all during the 30 days, nor will the jars be moved.

This will hopefully be an interesting experiment, and I will share my findings with after the 30 days are up. 😊

Sources:  https://www.masaru-emoto.net/https://whatthebleep.com/water-crystals/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUVKFWomNHs, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvShgttIq7I&t=52s

The Idea

The Idea

I’m going to give you two scenarios to think about. In the first scenario you work 24/7. No really, I literally mean 24/7. You don’t have a home; your work is your home. You can’t go anywhere unless it is part of your job. So yes, that means no breaks, no lunches, no vacations, no visiting family or friends. You work very hard to keep the business you work at functioning efficiently and properly. Then there is your boss who tells you every day, sometimes more, how stupid you are, how incompetent you are, how you can never do anything right…well I think you get my drift…your boss can be quite negative. Your boss isn’t purposefully trying to be a not so nice person, but they are under a lot of stress trying to keep up with the businesses around them and just everyday life. To add to that, the owners of the businesses around you are constantly telling your boss and you how stupid and incompetent you are. So, your boss is getting the same treatment as you, but you are getting the double dose.

That’s not a very fun scenario. How do you think you would feel if that was you, the worker? And I’m not asking what you would do, but how you feel? You can’t leave, find a different job, or tell your boss or the other bosses off. Oh ya, you also can’t talk. The only way you can express yourself is through how you do your job. When you are pissed or unhappy, you are less motivated to work well or efficiently. Maybe it even causes you to screw up more or misunderstand things. You have to endure the same place 24/7 with the same people hearing the same things for as long as you decide to live. So again, I ask you, how would you feel. Angry? Sad? Depressed? Crying all the time? Personally, after a few years, I think I would no longer want to live. I mean five years of everyone around you telling you horrible things, and never having anything nice to say, I don’t know about you, but I would definitely lose the will to want to work or be anything for that matter.

Second scenario. You still work in the same place, where you can’t move or go anywhere, unless it’s part of your job. No Lunches, breaks, vacations, and you are not able to talk. The only way you can express yourself is through your work. So what’s different? In this scenario, your boss is happy, caring and understanding. You are still learning and growing, so you still make mistakes, but this time when you make a mistake your boss takes the time to explain how to do things correctly, and motivates you by telling you that you are very capable and you have the ability to do your job better. This helps you to not make the same mistakes twice. On top of that, after you learn something, or do something correctly, your boss is right there telling you how thankful they are for you and how pleased they are at your motivation, determination, and strength of character. Now this sounds like a much better workplace. The icing on the cake here is the businesses around you are also supportive of you. They’re there to help you grow and learn.

How does a workplace like this make you feel? Do you feel happy, energized, ready to take on the day, knowing that you have the ability to do your job well, and if there is something you are not understanding, someone will take the time to help you without judgement. I think that would be a very pleasant and motivating place to work, but that’s just me.

Now, remembering how you felt in scenario one and two, imagine the workplace is your body. You, the worker, are the cells in your body, and the business owner is your thoughts. The other business owners are the people around you and their thoughts or actions; your family, friends, coworkers, enemies, etc.

“So what you’re trying to say is that the cells in my body have feelings, I mean really. What’s next, I can hurt my cells feelings by how I think?” Well, that is just a theory, but essentially yes. Now, I’m not saying your cells are having a cry fest, wishing they could get on Dr. Phil and talk it out (well remember they can’t talk anyways). What I am proposing is that certain vibrations and frequencies are released into our bodies with certain words we speak or think. After say 5, 10, 30, 50 years of negative vibrations and frequencies being continuously sent to your cells, your cells may start to change, not work the way they use to, or even die off. Have you ever been around someone who is always negative and in a bad mood? It affects you in some way. Maybe it makes you sad or upset, or maybe it makes you not want to be around them. Now put yourself as the negative person and the cells in your body is you. What message are you sending the cells that make up your body and could that message be making your cells react badly?

Let’s go over a quick rundown of how the nervous system works. It controls everything in our bodies from how our organs work, physiological and psychological reactions, to the endocrine system (regulates metabolism, growth, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and mood). The two main parts of our nervous system consists of the central nervous system, which is our brain and spinal cord; and our peripheral nervous system, which consists of all the nerves that branch off from the brain and spine. The nervous system is made up of many different types of cells that do many different things to keep your body functioning and protected, from interpreting stimuli and transmitting signals, to helping with immune defense. Neurons or nerve cells, which are one type of cell that makes up the nervous system, listen for messages and news from other cells and transfer that information to the body of the nerve cell. It then moves down the stem of the cell causing neurotransmitters to jump into action to move the message to the next neuron either causing it to be excited or inhibited.

So where am I going with this, you might be asking at this point. Well, what if the negative and positive frequencies coming from the thoughts we and others think and say, effect how the neuron interprets the message and how the neurotransmitters transmit that message, which cause the messages they send out to be incorrect, causing the body to be confused and possibly create disease in the body. Am I saying that yours and others thoughts are the only thing causing disease, definitely not, but if this theory was true, how could that effect your health and the health of those around you? I, you, everyone may have the ability to control the health of our bodies and be an influence into the health of those around us. I know crazy right, but not impossible.

Yes, this is just a theory, and you have all rights to disregard, but just keep in mind that letting yourself think about it in it’s entirety, does not mean you have to believe it one way or the other. The world will not cease to exist if you contemplate a new idea or not. You don’t have to go out and change everything, or anything for that matter, if you do decide to give this thought some exploring. You are given the ability to think about new ideas without consequence, but if you decide this subject matter is a bunch of hooey or just not what you want to think about at this time, that is all good, and I appreciate your time in listening to me up until this point.

For those that are intrigued, I will be moving on to an experiment that correlates to this subject in a way, and it is something, if interested, anybody can try. Stay tuned for “The Rice Experiment” and try to think good thoughts…just in case. 😊

Sources:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPix_X-9t7Ehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZG8M_ldA1Mhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4N-7AlzK7shttps://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326649.php