DIY Yoga Class

I love yoga.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.  I don’t practice it nearly as often as I’d like to, but when I do take the time, I always say to myself, Why don’t I do this more often??  Today is one of those days that feels like it needs a yoga infusion!  I’ve been up every night this week, with a sick husband the first two nights, and a long call shift last night.  I’m itching to get my energy back and my blood pumping!


Problem is, there aren’t a lot of yoga studios near my house… more like a lot of cows and open fields.  The one yoga studio I used to go to switched their schedule around, and now there really aren’t any class that work for my crazy schedule.  So what’s a girl to do?  Enter in one of my favorite websites:  Do Yoga With Me.

This website has tons of free yoga videos.  You can search by time length, instructor, difficulty level, or even just learn the individual poses.  So the next time you find yourself itching for some yoga but don’t have the time to drive to your local studio, head over and check em out.



This post is part of Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.


Honesty and Hope

Well hello again.  It’s been quite some time since I said anything here, almost four months, to be exact.  You might be wondering why the long absence.  If you were here at my house, I’d offer you a cup of tea with a little honey mixed in, and settle in somewhere comfy and familiar.

I’ve been going through a bit of a life crisis lately…not exactly a midlife crisis, I’m still too young for that.  Perhaps it’s because I’m increasingly aware of the fact that I’m so much closer to 30 than I am to 18, and that right now, quite frankly, I feel a bit like a lost hiker, looking around on the path and wondering if it’s going where I thought it was.  The other day, as I was pushing a patient down the hall, he asked how old I was.  I told him I was 28, and he said with a bit of shock in his voice, “You’re pushing 30!”  Yes, thank you sir, I am.  I had to bite my tongue to keep in the sarcastic comment that immediately popped up, reminding myself to be professional.

It’s not that I dread 30, thinking my life will end when I’m not in my twenties anymore.  On the contrary, I’m looking forward to my thirties.  The last decade has been a lot of long hours and hard work, paying off student loans, learning how to live with this man I so adore, and finally finding my place back in the church after a near decade long absence.  Deep down, I believe that my thirties are going to find me living the life that I’ve longed for, a life of simplicity, of increasing self-sufficiency, learning new skills, and, God willing, a baby or even two.  But there are days that it seems SO. FAR. AWAY.  On those days, its hard to stay positive, to keep my mind on the task at hand, and not simply stare out the window and dream of a different life.

So its been hard for me to write something here.  I’ve been floundering a bit for a purpose for this blog.  When I was earning my certificate, I was so excited to share what I was learning in my classes.  Afterwards, it became a lot harder to pick a topic because I’d set the expectation for myself that everything had to be research based, informative, and something that the average reader wouldn’t have already heard.  Let me tell you, that’s hard to keep up with!  I also felt like I couldn’t post anything personal anymore, because this was a forum that I hoped would bring me some health coaching clients, and they probably wouldn’t want to hear about my own personal struggles.  Who wants coaching from a person who struggles to exercise, sometimes blows her diet, and has days where staying positive seems nearly impossible?

I’m done with those expectations now.  I realize they were never realistic anyway.  I enjoy having a place to write and get my thoughts out, and if it encourages you to read them, that’s all the better.

Despite my long absence, I’ve gained a few fans in the last month.  Welcome!  A couple nurses have emailed me about the NIWH program, and if I was glad to have completed it.  I’ll be honest here: I am glad I did it.  I learned a tremendous amount over the last year that’s impacted my own life and health, and those of the people around me.  I had a great time doing health coaching with my internship clients, and they seemed to enjoy it as well.  But I haven’t been able to turn it into a source of income yet.  I hope that day is coming, but for now, it’s still in the future.


Produce from the local market

So what am I doing?  I’m pursuing the things that I want for my life.  I may not have a homestead, with chickens and bees and a vegetable garden to feed my family, but I’m supporting those around me who do.  I’m thrilled about the new Twilight Market in Ybor City every tuesday night.  I found a young couple who’s turned their rental property into a little urban farm, and they make the BEST jam I’ve ever tasted.  I bought a kale plant from them last week, and I’m looking forward to harvesting greens in my backyard this summer.  I also found a new organic buying club in my area, and I’m working on getting together some of my personal care products to sell through them.  This week I ordered some local eggs, pastured pork, and even rabbit meat.  Can’t wait to try it all!  And today I bought a big glass jug of pure apple juice to turn into cider.  No, it may not be from apples that I grew and juiced myself (one day!), but it’s another step down the path of self sufficiency.  Oh, and I also signed up a for a couple of classes with my local herbalist.  I’m looking forward to learning about the plants all around me and how to turn them into more than just a weed in my garden.

If you’re still sitting here reading, thanks for sticking with me.  I hope you’ve found something here that resonated with you or touched a spot in your own life.  As for me, I’m going to continue laying down those unrealistic expectations, pursuing my passions, and happily anticipating the day when the life I hope and pray for becomes reality.

An Update, Health Coaching, and Lots of Ireland Pictures

Cashel, Ireland

So, it’s been a long time since my last post.  A LONG time.  Since blogging isn’t my full time job, (or even a job at all, actually), sometimes it falls by the wayside.  Here’s an update of what I’ve been up to the last couple months, with lots of pictures of my recent trip thrown in for good measure.  (And because I’m missing it like crazy and like to pretend I’m still there.) Continue reading

My Recent Experience with Juicing

Ok, I have a confession to make: the last couple weeks I’ve been eating a less than stellar diet.  Between birthday celebrations, dinners with the family, and going out of town, I’ve consumed more gluten and sugar than I like to.  In an effort to give my body a bit of a break, I did some juicing last week. Continue reading

My blogging hiatus

Nothing relaxes me quite like the beauty of the great outdoors.

As some of you may have noticed, I took a hiatus from blogging last week.  It wasn’t really planned, it just kindof happened.  My nephews were in town for the week, life had been very busy for a while, and I was feeling overwhelmed with everything on my plate.  Blogging just didn’t make the cut for the week, but now I’m feeling more rejuvenated and ready to give you an update on what I’ve been up to. Continue reading

Live the Life You Want

Occasionally, in the middle of blogging, working, seeing clients for my externship, and sleeping, I have time to read an article or two from someone else’s blog.  One blog that I sometimes frequent is “Well”, a health and wellness blog that’s part of the New York Times.  It’s a good way to keep up with some of the health topics that mainstream media is talking about, and I enjoy the variety of subjects they cover.  The other day I saw the post “Overcoming a Heart Condition to Win Olympic Gold”, and my intereste was immediately piqued. Continue reading

Homemade Laundry Detergent

My new homemade laundry detergent.

As you may have figured out by now, I’m a pretty frugal person.  If I can make a product at home and save money while not including any strange chemicals, I’m all about it.  I make my own lotion, lip balm, shampoo, hand soap, and body scrub, but one thing that had so far evaded me was laundry detergent.   Continue reading

Recipe: Fish “en Papillote”

For months I tried to get my husband to like fish.  He’s an incredibly a bit of a picky eater, but I was determined to find a way to incorporate fish into our weekly menu in order to get some of the great health benefits of eating seafood.  I ttied lots of different recipes, from teriyaki salmon to tuna steaks and even homemade fish sticks.  He’d dutifully eat as much as he could, but he never really enjoyed any of the recipes. Continue reading

Insulin Resistance

Nature’s abundance is breathtaking, why did we ever switch to processed, incomplete foods?

I’ve been wanting to write a post about insulin resistance for some time now.  It seems to be popping up everywhere you look, whether its contributing to heart disease, hypertension, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or the precursor to diabetes, insulin resistance is involved in a lot of disease processes that are rapidly increasing in America. Continue reading

First Ever Wellness Wisdom Carnival!

Welcome to the first ever Wellness Wisdom Carnival! You’ve heard from me, now I want to hear from you! Feel free to share with us your posts about health and wellness, whether its recipes, fitness tips, your personal experience, or anything else related to striving for health.  If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave a comment so we can all learn from each other. I don’t know if there will be much traffic here the first few times, but we’ll give it a shot! Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out how to include the carnival right on the page rather than redirecting you to another, but I’m not very tech savvy so it might take me some time. There’s just a couple of ground rules to make sure we’re all on the same page:

1. Please do not post advertisements for specific products or supplements. If you tried something and genuinely benefitted from it, you can tell us all about it, but don’t use this as a forum to sell or promote a product!
2. Please include only real food recipes! That means no boxed mixes, industrial seed oils, white flour, soy products, etc. Anybody can make up a box of hamburger helper, but I would like this to be a forum for sharing great nutritious recipes from scratch.
3. Please link back to this post so we can all can benefit from seeing everyone’s submissions.

4.  Links that do not follow these guidelines may be deleted.

Thanks for sharing your tips and ideas. Happy Friday!

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