Hi, again.

Hi.  It’s been a while.  I know.  I’m sorry.

I’ve been in a blogging depression.  Have you ever felt that way?  I’ve written blog post after blog post after blog post.  I then read them over, I am dissatisfied, and I start deleting it…letter by letter, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph.   Hitting the delete button until the entire thing evaporated before my eyes.  Poof.  Like it never existed.   I would close up my computer and walk away leaving a blog post unfinished and a chance to connect with people left alone.  “It’s just one blog post…one more day…” I would tell myself.

And then another day would go by…then two…then a whole week without anything written that was worth publishing.  I’m kind of particular about my blog posts.  I have so many ideas swimming around in my head and I feel like I have so much to share.  And yet it just didn’t feel real.  It didn’t feel honest.  So I clearly put this blog on the back burner for seven weeks.  SEVEN WEEKS.

So today I’m back.  And I’m not even really sure what I’m writing about other than to say I’m back.  I feel like I have to rip off the band-aid and just throw myself back into blogging.  Even though this so far as been nothing but rambling.  I feel as if I just write – and publish! – this post that it will bring me back into the blogosphere like my hiatus never existed.

And it will.  I have so much to be excited about.  My new website is being created as we speak.  It’s a departure from a traditional blog although there will still be entries updated weekly, if not more often.  I do recognize the irony of this considering it’s been seven weeks since I’ve posted.  But with this new format, I’m excited to share with you my ideas on motherhood, health, nourishment, essential oils, life and most importantly the relevance of taking care of myself first.  And I really hope it connects with you and your life.

I beg your patience.  I will be back long before this website is launched.  I do promise that.  Thanks for checking back in.

be well.

andrea

 

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Quote of the day: You are valuable

I’ve been following The Fabric of our Soul on Instagram for a few months now. Do yourself a favour and check her out on IG, Facebook and of course….her own blog.

The world needs YOU. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Own your greatness. You are awesome! ✨

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Another Baby For Me

Let me first clear one thing up.  I’m not pregnant.  (Promise, Tom!).  But I am in the middle of creating something that I am really loving and really excited to share with the you.  I have had this idea bubbling around in my brain for a few years.  A little spark that has kept me focused when I’m not sure what I want in my future professionally.  I tinkered with it.  Played with it.  Let it sit.  But I always came back to this idea.  Knowing that one day would be the right day for it to take form, to come into fruition.

And that day is inching closer.

My highest value is my family which is why this idea sat for so long.  I knew that I didn’t conceivably have time to put creative energy into an idea – a project – that would take any time away from them.  And there are moments I still think “wow, this isn’t at all the time to be going forward” but I’m feeling more and more secure with it as I go.

My second highest value is connection.  Being connected with friends, patients, blogging, social media and more.  I’v been craving a way to further connect with people and share my love of health and lifestyle to a different level.  And now it’s here.

I’m excited to share with you that I’ll be launching my own health and lifestyle website in the coming weeks.  An exact date has yet to thought out but before my birthday (early June) would be awesome.  It’s there where I look forward to sharing how I (attempt to) live life authentically as a mom and Chiropractor – trying to somewhat balance those – but also share recipes (food, cleaning products, laundry, & self care), essential oil goodness, and the importance of taking care of ourselves.

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I beg your patience while it unfolds.  But I really look forward to being more connected and creative with you in the coming months.

Much appreciation,

andrea

What kind of vibes are you feeling today?

A great article by the amazing Dr. Bruce Lipton. What kind of vibes are you feeling today?

the biology of belief

Have you ever visited someone’s house and thought—“Wow, it’s so beautiful, it feels so peaceful, I love this house.” That’s a house that resonates well with the energy of its occupants and with your energy as well. Or you visited someone else’s house and thought, “What’s up with that flocked wall paper? Oh my god, how could they have put that on the wall?” That house does not match your energy and its occupants no doubt don’t either.

Or if I suggest that you go home and read a book, I bet you’ll go home and curl up in your special chair, the one you feel most comfortable in, even though there may be an identical matching partner parked right next to it. It is the energy field that surrounds your special chair that makes you feel good!

Or a final example. Have you ever driven your partner crazy by…

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Sharing some Essential Oil Love (online workshop details!)

Oh my love of Essential Oils has exploded (in an awesome way) in the last few weeks.  I’ve been using them more and more and I start to learn the depths to which they can help my physical health and my emotional well-being.  I’ve had fun combining different oils in my diffuser, creating home health & beauty products, and using different oils on my skin to maximize the benefits.

I’ve had the honour of talking to many people in our community through a series of workshops on essential oils.  This weekend I’m hosting my first make & take party where people can learn how to actually make some of these amazing products at home (lip balm, moisturizing spray, bath bombs, and foot scrub!).  I love connecting with people face to face and showing them the power of essential oils.

Here’s the challenge though…many of you are not in my hometown!  If you live outside of Barrie, Ontario, it’s hard to attend these classes!

So, I’m excited (and nervous, I won’t lie) to host my first Facebook class this coming Tuesday evening.  You can take this class in the comfort of your own home, IN YOUR PYJAMAS, and no one will be the wiser.  🙂  I would love for you to join me.  This class will be fun, interactive, and the second best way to discover essential oils (short of experiencing them in person).  Plus, at the end of the hour, I’ll be giving away an Essential Oils gift to a luck guest who interacts through until the end!

Date:  Tuesday March 10th

Time:  8:30PM EST

Where:  Join me on Facebook from wherever you and your cell phone, computer, or table may be.

JOIN:  CLICK HERE to join in

Looking forward to connecting with you next week!

Cheers,

andrea

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To the Awesome Ladies In My Life (You Know Who You Are)

I am really really grateful.  So grateful I could burst.  I have managed, through no coincidence I assure you, to surround myself with some incredibly amazing women in my life.  When I think of these women, I remember this meme.

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First and foremost, I have my mom.  She’s been there since day one.  She’s the one who knows me better than anyone else (save for my husband, who might tie her in that category.  But since this post is about women, he doesn’t take top honours).  She can call me on my bull crap when I need to be called on it.  She knows when I’m taxed.  She even knew when I was pregnant with my third child before anyone else (again, save Tom) knew.  She raised me, for a good part of that time as a single parent.  I think of the days when I’m exhausted with three kids running me ragged, coming home late from work, hungry, and all I want to do is escape into my bed with a glass of wine.  I look at Tom and think, “damn…she did this on her own”.  You did good, Mom.  (I know that’s grammatically incorrect…she’s also the one who will call me within twenty minutes of any blog post and tactfully point out to me the grammatical errors I’ve made).  I’m proud of you.   I don’t tell you enough but I want you to know that I love you.

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Then I have these amazing groups of women who I get to hang out with or chat with on a regular basis.

I have my accountability girls every other Wednesday morning.  Karen and Amy and I have been talking weekly or biweekly for over two years now.  We met at a seminar a few weeks after Maggie was born and bonded.  We share our wins, our challenges, our frustrations, our fears, our good days, and more with one another in complete confidence that we will listen – without judgement – and love one another for every strength and weakness we have.  We offer advice, give virtual high fives over Skype, and learn from one another.  We all started in a similar place – practicing chiropractic – and over time we started to embark on different professional adventures which has taken our accountability call in a different direction.  I want to see these women succeed both personally and professionally…but most importantly I want them to be happy in doing so.

I have my long-term friends from grade one.  Yes, grade one.  Maybe two.  I can’t really remember when they all entered into my life but certainly it was early on in grade school.  We don’t talk as often.  But I know my day brightens when my cell phone lights up or an email appears in my inbox from one of them.  We’re in different parts of the country and we can go weeks or months without being in touch but we can pick up from wherever we left off.  There’s no shaming or frustration for lack of communication…it’s just understood that we’ll be there for one another until we’re well into our senior years.  Even if our memories aren’t well enough to remember who is lighting up our cell phones at that time (will we even have cell phones at that time??).

I have my chiropractic girls.  The girls who I went through school with or met after graduation at a seminar or in passing.  Or we may have just gotten to know one another over Facebook.  Either way, they are there to connect with at seminars.  And to refer to when one of my most favourite patients moves away and I need to get them another amazing chiropractor in their new town.  They are there in so many ways that can’t be counted and yet are so appreciated.

My next group of amazing women is my CrossFit ladies.  This group isn’t a specific group…it changes day to day, week to week.  But often it’s the morning group that have bonded over the last few months and in some cases years.  What I love is that regardless of our physical capabilities, size, marital status, children status, work status, etc. we all support one another at doing better in the gym.  I can be in the middle of a really heavy lift, about to fail, and have one of them look me in the eye and say “You’ve got this” and it gives me the extra bit of strength to lift that weight over my head.  They’ve got my back.  They are there to support me.  And I’ve got their back and I’m there to support them.  One of the coaches calls it a “female wolf pack” and it’s true.  I can walk into the gym and see one of them and instantly I know it’s going to be a more fun workout because they are there.

And finally I have my new Desire Map book club girls.  They are all crossovers from CrossFit, which tends to be a thread that has weaved through many of my relationships.  But these book club girls are tremendous.  I feel like I’m diminishing it by calling it a book club…it’s so much more…we’ve nicknamed ourselves something that can’t be posted here but I assure you it perfectly describes this group of ebullient women.  I can be honest, open, raw, authentic and real with them in person.  They don’t make fun if I cry.  I like that.  Because the first time we got together, I recounted one of the most difficult times in practice for me, and they didn’t even blink when it caused me to tear up.  We only get together in person monthly but we’re there for one another through text and online as need be.

So so grateful.  Each of these women play an important role in my life.  I’d be less without them.  I wouldn’t be where I am without them.  You know who you are, and I appreciate you for who you are.  Thanks for being in my life.

Much love, andrea

Why Being Selfish is Good

I think we’ve likely all been there.  The feeling of suddenly realizing its February 12th when if someone had told you it was only February 5th, you would have believed them.  I feel like the last week has been an absolute blur.  Or maybe it’s that each day feels like the one before lately and so I’m losing sense of what day is what.

My oldest daughter has been home for two weeks from school because of a nasty cough that at one point had escalated into fever, vomiting and ear pain.  For most of these two weeks though, it’s been alternating between a dry hacking cough and a wet congestive cough.  She has great energy.  She is eating well.  She sleeps through the night.  She’s happy.  But she spends half of her day sounding like she’s about to cough up a lung.

So we’ve been laying low.  And by laying low it means that we’ve been cooped up inside the house for basically two weeks.  When the other two are home from daycare and school, life gets a little batty.  The three altogether in the same house become like caged wild animals.   It’s been extremely cold outside so playing out in the snow hasn’t been a priority.  And even kids get tired of board games, books, movies & hide and seek.  Tension levels rise, including mine.

We need to get out.  And I am craving a little freedom.

Here’s what I’ve discovered.  Not just as a mom, but as a human being.  I need to respect and put a priority on my values and feelings.  When my life is feeling a little like it’s overloaded, I need to get back to the basics of what makes me tick.

*my morning power hour is crucial.  Even if that morning power hour is 5 minutes long.

*my workouts at the gym.  I set some pretty substantial goals for myself at the gym at the beginning of the year.  I’m a few more workouts away from being able to do my first pull up.  I’m looking forward to posting that video for you.

*quiet time.  I am an introvert at heart.  I feel much happier if I have been able to carve out just ten minutes of quiet time each day.

*chiropractic adjustments.  I’ve been checked more often in the last two weeks for numerous reasons.  I know that I adapt to stress much better when my nervous system is clear and with zero interference.

*essential oils.  There is something so beautiful about diffusing serenity, balance, onGuard and Breathe at different times throughout the day.  Add in some Elevation, Citrus Bliss, eucalyptus, Wild Orange, and Lavender and I’m pretty much covering all of my bases between supporting my immune system, adapting to stress at a better level, and making my soul happy.

Making my soul happy.  Deliciously happy.

And making my soul deliciously happy is at least a step in the right direction towards freedom.  I may not be hopping a plane to paradise anytime soon (although knowing that our temperature is dipping to -31C with the wind chill this afternoon is making me second guess our choice of a ski trip this weekend instead of sitting on a beach somewhere) but creating inner freedom is good too.

The more intention I choose to place on my happiness and state of peace, I feel like the perceived monotony of life right now is more tolerable.  I make no excuses for being selfish with my personal time.  Caleigh may have had a cough but taking her to the gym with me on Tuesday morning meant that I could still get my own health and well-being taken care of.  Waking up an extra 30 minutes early in the morning, even though I could easily use some more sleep, means that I get to breathe a little deeper and plan my day before it begins.

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Before applying the oxygen mask to the people who depend on you, attach your own oxygen mask first.  Sound advice.  And advice that I choose to follow in times where people are needing me to take care of them more than usual.  I’m choosing to also take care of myself.