Monday, July 28, 2014


Self Care

I haven’t blogged in quite sometime, like over a year! Rita over at has motivated me to get back in the saddle of blogging as one form of self-expression.  If you haven’t checked out one of Rita’s fitness classes, go for it! She is a great teacher. 

Lately, one focus in my acupuncture practice has been to help patients care for their bodies by the little choices they make. I get an hour to care for a patient, but the real work happens in the day-to-day routines of our lives. For instance, I love asking the question:  what is the first thing you do when you wake up? Some people know the answer and others don’t. Why? I think it’s because we are so busy running from one thing to the next, and this habit starts the moment we wake up. How do we create new routines, new habits, and new momentum for health? It’s in the little things.

Over the past year and a half, I have started a casual study of ayurvedic medicine.  I want to learn more about the body’s daily rhythms and how we can enhance or inhibit the body’s ability to be vital, vibrant, and relaxed. I learned a little bit about this in acupuncture school, but it was very basic. Ayurveda really dives in deep.

A very simple self-care routine is to drink a glass of room temperature water upon waking in the morning. We are dehydrated when we wake from sleeping all night, and we need to replenish ourselves!  Different herbs such as ginger or lemon can be added depending on your constitution (come in for an appointment, wink wink).  It may appear insignificant at first whether it’s water, coffee, or juice that you drink upon waking but it’s not. Try it for a week, and see how you feel. I guarantee a difference.  For tips on drinking the right amount of water throughout the day check out this blog

I encourage you to start noticing the little moments during the day when there is a break from one activity to the next. How do you feel: light, heavy, groggy, awake? What’s going on in your body, mind, and heart? How do you feel after eating breakfast/lunch/dinner?  Are you tired? Do you feel energized? Pay attention and write it down if you have to. Observe yourself, it's really fun and surprising. 

How can we support the body’s detoxification, building, and rejuvenation? The answer starts by listening. Then, we give the body an opportunity to express and balance itself through acupuncture, herbs, diet, and self care.  The biggest part is self-care, how we nurture and listen to our bodies on a daily basis is how we find more freedom and ease in our lives. I realize this post has a lot of questions, but that’s where I’m at. I’m asking a lot of questions, and the joy is hearing the answers when they come!

Have a great week, and give waking up to water a try. Comment on the blog, and let me know what you experience.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Friends On The Journey

I've put out the invitation to a few friends and colleagues to be quest bloggers with me on this journey of health and wellness.  A fellow acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine provider, Kevi Keenom, is going to share with you her journey towards gluten free and sugar free living.  I loved reading her post because it's real and packed full of lots of information, including fun scientific info. related to food sensitivities and leaky guts, woohoo! Kevi and I both share in the joy of having eczema on our faces.  After changing my diet over the years my eczema has improved a ton, but I really feel that a daily meditation practice has made the biggest difference. I truly feel that all healing starts inside.  I hope you enjoy Kevi's post, she is a gem of a human being.  You can also find her contact information below.  Thank you Kevi, may your journey continue to unfold in beauty. 

By Kevi Keenom LAc:

My journey into gluten/wheat-free and (mostly) sugar-free eating began about 14 months ago.  I was on a quest to understand why I had been dealing with obnoxious eczema on my face for the past 4 years.  I had spent most of that time in a master’s program to become a licensed Chinese Medicine practitioner, and had learned a lot about the human body and health, so why hadn’t I resolved this issue yet?  Finally, post-graduation, thanks to an amazing teacher, Satya Ambrose, ND, LAc, I had the opportunity to do a panel of gastro-intestinal lab tests which involved sending off samples of saliva and stool to get analyzed for bacterial, parasitic, fungal and other infectious factors, as well as hormone levels and food intolerance markers. 
When my results came back, I didn’t find out anything too crazy or exciting, but I did learn the following: 1. My levels of Candida Albicans were higher than normal (C. Albicans- an internal fungus/yeast found in all living things); 2. I had high levels of gluten antibodies, meaning specifically, my tests showed an immunological reaction to gliadin, which is a marker for gluten sensitivity. 
In having these results interpreted to me, the primary suggestion was to stop eating wheat for a few weeks to see if I felt better.  Dr. Ambrose explained that fatigue was likely the major side-effect of these findings and if by cutting out wheat I felt better, that this was a good sign.  Also we discussed how an overgrowth of Candida, which can proliferate from excess sugar, can cause many of the same side effects that a gluten intolerance can.  There is even much evidence that Candida is a major factor of Celiac disease, as the proteins for both cross the same intestinal barriers, leading to the symptoms of leaky gut syndrome   So in order to lower my levels of Candida while working on my gluten sensitivity, I decided to cut out sugars as well.  With these two findings working hand in hand, healing from one meant including the other as well.   Interestingly, these two factors are so tied together that combining the yeast and gluten of beer and other gluten containing foods (such as pizza), in a susceptible individual, can create perfect storm for leaky gut situations.  The alcohol can have the effect of enhancing the inflammatory processes of gluten which in turn floods the system with reactive antigens which seep out into the bloodstream.  Basically, the result is a worse than the damage of either one of them alone.  I now see beer and pizza as the nemesis to my healthy skin.  Years before I became a Chinese medicine practitioner, I made a living in the bar and restaurant world, where I developed a fondness for beer, wine and liquor (also commonly known in medical circles as alcoholism).  Old habits die hard, and beer had also been a part my graduate school years: a celebratory ritual to mark passing milestones, such as the end of a difficult week.  Still, occasionally imbibing after years of regularly imbibing was enough to negate all the healthy new habits I had developed in those years of studying medicine.  To expect years worth of gastrointestinal imbalance to heal without truly abstaining from the triggers proved to be ineffective.      
So in order to kick off my new cycle of healthy eating, I had to take stock and make a plan.  It was to eliminate all wheat and gluten from my diet, completely quit eating refined and natural sugars (next to impossible), and most of all, stop drinking beer.  Up to that point I had quit eating wheat and gluten foods off and on and was currently off of it for about two weeks already.  While I admittedly had a sweet tooth, I was pretty moderate about it and looked forward to getting off the roller coaster of cravings that I knew from experience accompanied eating sugar.  In order to support that fully, I decided to cut way down on fruits, taking it down to about 2 pieces of fruit a week.  As for beer, I discovered that the gluten free substitutes were not tempting enough to try more than once or twice, and since I was keeping my sugar levels so low overall, I made allowances for having clear spirits at large social gatherings (in moderation), such as a best friend’s wedding in Hawaii.  In the past 14 months I have had 2 regular (made from regular barley) beers and still consider this a huge triumph over my habits.  I did however, rediscover fancy white wine and cider as welcome alternatives. 
As is obvious looking back, alcohol was also an issue for me leading up to the early onset of my eczema issues.  Beer and I had a long history and beer contains both sugars and gluten.  Further, alcohol of any kind is a toxin.  The skin is sometimes called the body's largest organ, and can be a major pathway for detoxification.  The Chinese Medicine books term alcohol 'damp-heat' in the body.  Eczema can alternate between dry, red and flakey skin to exuding weepiness.  Symptoms all cycle from hot and moist initially to dry as the blood carries the heat from alcohol and then the blood dries from the heat, and as it dries, it fails to nourish the skin.  Other inflammatory processes from other toxic factors work similarly.  Of course since these are patterns, the pathways are usually well worn in patients dealing with chronic issues.  Considering how quick to imbalance the system alcohol is (alcohol = the #1 liver toxin worldwide), it’s easy to understand how constant, even low level abuse of it, is liable to cause major deficiencies of minerals and healthy internal flora in anyone, no matter how it manifests.  In understanding my own battle with eczema, all this Chinese Medicine theory provided valuable insight into the ravages of alcohol on the entire system.  Certainly there were many factors, but this one was paramount.  In some ways, I feel thankful that my body gave me these clues to investigate and to eventually understand the health of my body better.
While studying Chinese Medicine, I learned that a healthy body gives rise to a healthy dermal glow.  In the Chinese perspective of the ‘5 Elements’, the skin is related to the element of metal.  The Lungs and the Large Intestine (which are always capitalized when being discussed from the Traditional Chinese Medicine or ‘TCM’ perspective) are the organs that correspond to the metal element.  Metal is like your armor and the way you create healthy boundaries with the outside world.  The ‘mother’ of metal is earth, and the Spleen and Stomach are the organs that correspond to the earth element.  This means many things.  One is that cultivation of healthy earth energy comes from proper nourishment of and care for the organs associated with food intake and early digestion.  Another is that healthy metal energy (governing skin) is born from the nutrition of earth.  Therefore nutrition and digestive energy are equal to the building blocks of immunity.  This all pertains to skin health as the Lung is an extension of your skin.  Both the lung and the skin are permeable borders that come into contact with the world.  Sometimes the skin is referred to as your ‘third lung’, since both tissues are known to ‘breathe’.  This is where the idea of metal comes in.  The Chinese character for metal is like the character for gold, suggestive of something valuable.  Similarly, your metal element forms borders and boundaries to keep you safe and secure.  In your upper body, you inhale the heavenly breath of life, and then exhale.  In your lower body, your large intestine eliminates the used matter of the earthly element.  The intake of oxygen is an example of a healthy ability to connect with life while the act of elimination exemplifies letting go of what is no longer healthy to hold on to.  The connection between these two yin and yang organs is shown in the act of bearing down with breath to excavate the bowels.  In terms of skin issues, the books will say that the Lung issues tend to cause more of the eczema and psoriasis sort, while acnes and boils belong more to the Large Intestine issues. 
So anyway, back to the story at hand.  It was about one month into cutting out wheat, gluten, beer and most sugar that I noticed my skin was significantly healthier than it had been in a years.  I think I had gotten much of the way there already in the weeks leading up to this change, and also I began a powerful Chinese herbal remedy which acted much like a broad-spectrum antibiotic, (minus the ill side-effects).  I used this particular formula for its strongly bitter herbs which can heal the body from inflammatory processes that have gone on too long.  Currently, my skin hasn’t been this clear in many years.  My energy is also back to what I remember it being in my mid-twenties, which is pretty great!
Since my experiment was so successful, I found going gluten free to be fairly easy, fun and sustainable.  I was just going to try it out for a few months, but after getting my energy and clear skin back, a year and two months later, I feel like I'd rather not tempt my triggers.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not 100% gluten free; I might try the occasional bite of breaded fish, and then there was Christmas break in Georgia.  But not being having Celiac Disease, I am safe to do that.  Just for the record though, going gluten free was really not a huge change for me in my diet.  Likely, cutting out most sugars for a year and beer was a bigger deal.  Also, well before this change I was eating very minimal amounts of processed foods already.  I feel blessed that I have it fairly easy in Portland, Oregon eating gluten free (minus that it's a beer Mecca).  It’s hard to imagine having such great gluten free options in another city, but I feel blessed for access to a wide variety of healthy whole foods all over town.  Also, if I'm craving pizza, there are two local parlors willing to deliver gluten free pizza to my door!  My favorite brand of gluten free bread is even available in both grocery stories I frequent (Happy Camper brand). 
As for the sugar, this has really been the biggest change and lingering challenge of all.  I am realizing as time goes on that even my tendency to enjoy alcohol is a sugar craving in disguise.  Having this experience and a new perspective is empowering.  There is nothing like being able to recommend to my patients that they try to cut back on sugars while having done it.  One of the tools that inspired me the most along this journey was reading the historical novel Sugar Blues by William Dufty.  This man will tell you the story of sugar in a way you never imagined possible, and will reveal why global sugar dependency is as deeply politically entrenched as it is detrimental to your health and well-being.  I feel like if I can do it, it's possible for anyone to make these changes and thrive.  I am not immune to craving high quality chocolate, ice cream and other assorted goodies, but I always plan a good meal first, choose wisely and imbibe in moderation. 
Best of luck to you in your journey towards better health.
Kevi Keenom, LAc
Red Leaf Natural Health Clinic
833 SW 11th Ave. Suite #1018
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 224-2525

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Who says eating healthy doesn't taste good?

When my husband, Tyson, and I started dating I told him that I could make a tasty raw pie.  I have to admit that I was trying to impress him.  I put out the bait, and he fell for it.  Raw pies are made from nuts, dates, spices, berries, etc.  They are not cooked in the oven, hence they are raw. 

Well, fast forward 5 1/2 years, and Tyson loves to say how he's never tasted my raw pie.  I haven't felt the desire to make one since leaving Kauai where mangoes were my muse.  About a month ago we were at Whole Foods and they had mangoes on sale.  I was inspired, so we came home and I went to work.  In the end I made a mango, chia seed, and blueberry pie that was dynamite!  After eating the pie, my sister said she wanted a raw pie for her birthday, which was two weeks ago.  Well, I'm a slacker and I didn't quite make it.  However, I did pull it together, and yesterday the masterpiece pictured above was created.  I think it's my best one to date.   The family also gives a unanimous two thumbs up!

The recipe:
Soak 2 cups almonds about 6 hours
In a food processor combine the almonds with the following:
4-6 dates
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of sea salt (the good stuff)
sprinkle of cinnamon
2 tbl raw cacao powder
2 tbl coconut oil
Blend until chunky-smooth.  You need to be able to work it into a pie plate.  If you want, you can lightly grease the pie plate with coconut oil.  Press the mixture you just made into the pie plate and shape it. 
Choose the fruit you LOVE!
The pie above was made with
1 1/2 cups or so of blueberries
4 cups or so of strawberries
Cut up the strawberries into quarters and combine with the blueberries in a bowl, mash it all together until slightly worked.  Add 3 tbl of chia seeds and stir.  Let this set in the bowl for about 15 minutes and then scoop it into the pie plate.  Allow the whole pie to rest for about an hour.   If you live somewhere really warm put it in the fridge.  Eat with pleasure and gratitude.

Have an awesome week and let your light shine, shine, shine.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

When Family Comes to Town

Look at the love!  This photo was taken by my cousin, Cammie Wheeler, a few weeks ago.  She and my aunt Deb traveled to Oregon from California to simply hang out and celebrate life.  This is a quick snap shot of my aunt Deb and my grandfather, King Richard.   This photo tells so many stories about my life.  It's about family, love and connection.   One of the most important factors in living a healthy life is healthy relationships, and it starts with our immediate circles of connection. 

I had so much fun connecting with my visiting family.  We cooked beautiful meals together and talked about the importance of proper nutrition and caring for our bodies.  Aunt Deb took advantage of the tax free shopping in Oregon, and she packed home a new Breville juicer!  We swapped juice recipe ideas and contemplated the bodies ability to heal, detoxify, and rejuvenate.  We spoke about the commitment it takes to live a healthy lifestyle but how wonderful the rewards manifest in body, mind, and spirit.  My aunt Deb has been hitting the gym regularly and working towards eating even more yummy fresh and vital food.  She is amazing!  She is vibrant, and you can truly feel the love emanating from her.  It's pretty easy to be her niece. 

My cousin Cammie is another family rockstar.  Her deep heart and ability to truly speak from a place of meaning and compassion always amazes me.  It's pretty easy to be her cousin.  As many of you know who have been following the blog, I've really been cranking up the yoga practice.  Of course, Cammie in her engagement with me asks about my practice.  The way she genuinely asked the question allowed me in that moment to feel my deep gratitude for my yoga practice.   Her question also allowed me to feel supported by those that I love and feel close with.  In order to make real change take place we need the love and support of our family and friends.  We need people cheering us on!  Who are the people in your life asking the questions about how you feel, what your passion is, how life is inspiring or challenging you?  It all comes back to our relationships.  When I'm with Cammie, she reflects back to me the importance of listening deeply to those we love and truly caring about whats important to them!  It may seem simple, but it's about being PRESENT with each other. 

For me, family is really important.  I feel so BLESSED to live close to family members that I feel connection and depth with.  My grandfather, King Richard, lives about 6 miles away from me with another one of my fabulous aunts, Donna.  He is one of the funniest people I know.  I've started giving him vitamin B12 injections to try and boost his energy, he's 87 and wants to be a young 70.  He's not very open to the idea of vegetables.  He prefers donuts.  However, recently he did slug down some fresh pressed juice of cabbage, celery, carrot, lemon, and apple.  He was one of my biggest supporters as I went through Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture school.  He loves getting acupuncture treatments, and he thinks its the smartest job in the world.  "All you have to do is put needles in people," he asks?  I cherish the moments I'm able to spend with him.  He has taught me about the power of simply reaching out and taking someone's hand, holding it softly and looking into their eyes.  Yes, he has a heart of gold, and there is nothing quite like your grandpa reaching out and taking your hand.  It's easy to be his granddaughter.

I just want to honor the family I come from and give thanks for our collective heart of love and support.  I couldn't do it without you.  As I dive deeper and deeper into my own journey towards a life of balance, health, and vitality I give a deep bow of gratitude to those who walk with me on the journey.  May we all support each other to live more peaceful, mindful, and purposeful lives.  Thanks aunt Deb and Cammie for such an inspiring visit.  I always LOVE hanging out with you. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Spring is here!  The daffodils are in full bloom and the robins are singing their song, and it feels good.  In the deep of winter Beverly and I made an agreement to get fit and implement health goals.  It’s been three months, and now as Spring rises to meet us, it is a good time to reevaluate and redefine what’s real and what needs to change.  Instead of getting “fit”, it’s really about staying healthy and feeling good.  This process has been about sustainability.  How do we create lasting change in our lives that promotes wellness?  Baby steps…….

I’ve decided I don’t want to have my body fat analyzed again.  I started at a healthy point, and honestly I don’t want to spend the money.  It was a great place to start because it let me know that I was right where I wanted to be.  My metabolism is spot on, and my cardiac fitness is above average.  I’m happy with that.  I’d rather put the funds towards more yoga classes!  In the end it’s how I feel about myself.   I’m feeling stronger all the time, and I’m starting to hold and get into new yoga poses I was unable to before.  Woohoo!  It feels so awesome.  Working with Tsipora at Silver Falls Yoga has been a great help, I highly recommend her classes.  

Reflecting back over the past three months I see the moments when I was down and the moments when I was up.  That’s the beauty of waking up to life, it’s full of expansion and contraction, birth and death, light and dark.  The sun is returning after the long winter, and now it’s a time to plant seeds and nourish them.  I’m contemplating what seeds I want to sprout.  I will continue deepening my yoga practice, and lately this is including the study of mantra.  In April, I start a 9 month yoga intensive with Sianna Sherman at Yoga Union in Portland, OR.  I’m looking forward to the opportunity to deepen my study and continuing to open my heart to living life fully in each moment.  What seeds are you planting in your life?  What do you want to see grow and flourish?  This is a great time to reflect on intentions set at the beginning of the New Year and reevaluate what’s true for you.  Is there something you need to recommit to?  Enhance?  Let go of?  What would create the best soil to plant the seeds for abundance and vitality in your life? 

I have some Qi Gong seeds I'm working on right now as well, but I will save that for another post.  

I just got a book in the mail about other people on the GAPS diet and their stories.  I'm looking forward to reading it, and I will share any inspirations I find.  I fell off the GAPS wagon around my birthday, but I'm finding my way back.  At least I fell off with a chocolate cake a friend made, and some nice red wine!  It was heavenly cacao cake, gluten free and beets for the sugar, WOW!!  We have to indulge every now and again, especially on food that is not only delicious but "mostly" healthy.  I've been gluten free for some time now due to celiac disease, and the more I heal my body the more vibrant I am.  Feeling the difference in my body when I make positive food choices is worth every moment spent in the kitchen making lunches, dinners, snacks, and breakfasts.  I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but it's worth it to know what's in my food.  Thankfully, my husband also loves to cook. 

Beverly will also be posting a blog this week about her struggles and strengths.  I’m looking forward to reading it.  I have invited a few people to be guest bloggers, so hopefully they will join in the fun as well. 

This picture is from my birthday celebration in February on the Oregon coast.  My husband, Tyson, and our dog, Trillium, had a magical few days watching waves roll in and crash against the land.  It was quite a gift to spend my birthday with the ocean and my sweet family.  Happy Spring everyone, may your light continue to shine shine shine into this wonderful world.  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Meet my friend Anger

The birds are chirping a little more eagerly these days, and it feels so good to see the beginnings of spring breaking through the soil.  I have been feeling the drag of winter, and the last week was a hard one for me.  I felt a lot of frustration and anger with no apparent reason.  I did A LOT of yoga in order to break through it.  Yesterday "the funk" lifted, and I felt more myself again.  Thank goodness!

Stress is similar to a magician or a ninja.  I don't always recognize whats going on until I see the final "pow!"  I realize now that my mood of frustration was coming from the build up of lots of little stressors that I wasn't acknowledging and working to remedy.  A little awareness goes a long way.  I knew I was frustrated, but I couldn't figure out the root?  Of course, in the end it wasn't one thing.  What I did realize, is that I have some unresolved anger.  Who knew (just kidding, I did know)!

Anger can be a difficult emotion to work with and acknowledge.  It's not a comfortable place for me to go.  I don't like being angry.   I actually avoid it with lots of other more "pleasant" emotions.  I feel like the more deeply I go into living in the moment, the more anger I have to deal with.  I've pushed it down for a lot of years in order to be polite, nice, and do what I thought was pleasing others.  The more I work with anger, the more I realize its usually linked to a deeper emotion of sadness, loss of power, self judgement, or resentment.  When I close my eyes and feel anger in my body, it's tucked up behind my heart.  It rests there restricting my breathing.  It's ok though.  I welcome it like an old friend, getting to know it, recognizing how it shows up in my life, and noticing what kind of reactions I give it.  At times it can be a little overwhelming, that's when I may have to talk with someone else about it (or give someone the bird while driving.....just kidding, again).  Bev got to hear a lot about my anger this past week as I analyzed myself aloud, she is a great sister.  I truly feel we cannot live life alone, isolated, we have to feel the support of community.  We become real through our interactions with others, so thanks Bev.

In the end, I believe that this new level of anger has risen up through the process of changing my diet, exercise, and cultivating a mindful lifestyle.  It's changing the way I inhabit my body/mind/heart.  I'm purging up all the old crap in order to find more freedom in the present.  Old patterns need to change, and it takes awareness to make those changes.  Growing isn't always easily, but I would rather reach upward than stay in the same place.

Yoga and walking in the woods has been so wonderful these past few weeks.  I cannot even begin to describe the peace and relief I feel during and afterwards.  There are definitely times when I do not want to get on the mat, but I do, and I always feel better afterwards.  No one can do my yoga for me.

I have to give myself little rewards, and I thought I would share my tasty beverage recipe I've been drinking at the end of the day.  Bev and I call it "the milky drink."

In a sauce pan combine the following:

Mug full of Milk, type of your choice (anything except store bought pasteurized milk) options could be coconut milk, almond milk, rice, raw cow/goat etc.
1/2 tsp cardamom
sprinkle or more of cinnamon
1 tsp raw local honey
1 heaping tsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp Ashwaganda
Warm it up on the stove and enjoy

You can get ashwaganda and chia seeds  through Mountain Rose Herbs.  I warn you, this drink is power packed and YUMMY!

Keep going strong with an heart open!  I'm feeling the love today.  Blessings to all, Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, January 28, 2013


“Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose non-judgmentally in the present moment as if your life depended on it.”  -Jon Kabat-Zinn

My life definitely depends on living mindfully.  I have a wonderful monkey mind that swings back and forth trying to distract me, however bringing my awareness back to the moment and breathing deeply liberates me from the chaos.  I can always tell when life is getting away from me; my body aches more, headaches creep in, my shoulders move up towards my ears, and I feel rushed.  Noticing these cues I bring myself back into the breath and back into balance.   Having a mindfulness practice that helps you centered and coming back to yourself keeps the stress of life rolling off your shoulders rather than hanging on.   Do you have a mindfulness practice that is part of your daily routine?  Is it watching the sunrise or sunset, journaling, prayer, meditation?  Whatever it is, may your relationship continue to deepen.

I was able to reignite my yoga practice this weekend at Yoga Union in Portland with teachers Sianna Sherman and Sally Kempton.  We spent the weekend diving deeply into the physical practice of yoga as well as the philosophy of opening the heart and welcoming the energies of the divine feminine into our lives.  I love yoga because it simultaneously tones and purifies the body while igniting love and compassion in the heart. 

It feels so good to be starting off this year, 2013, focusing on my health and vitality in such a gracious way.  When I first started this project I thought I would be hitting the gym at 5 am and taking spinning classes.  Instead, I now have a puppy that requires wonderfully exquisite morning walks, and I started committing more to yoga and qi gong.  We all have to find our path to health.  For some, the gym keeps them engaged, motivated, and part of community.  For others, its videos at home and group exercise outdoors that inspires vitality.   What keeps you inspired?  Is it dance, hula hooping, running, kayaking or some other dynamic activity that gets the body moving?

After this weekend of intense study and pushing myself to the limit physically, mentally, and spiritually I find myself asking, “what do I really want?”  It’s a simple question, but when I ask it there is silence.  Perhaps silence is the perfect answer, for it brings me deeper into contemplation.   Have you asked yourself that question lately?

At the close of a beautiful weekend, I cannot help but feel gratitude for the abundance of love and blessings in my life.  I give thanks for all the wonderful clients, family, friends, and strangers that have brought grace into my life.  May your week be full of gratitude and love………………

Ps.  Drink ginger tea to stay warm on these chilly Oregon nights, add some raw honey for a little treat.