Why doTERRA essential oils now

I am a natural health freak.  If you know me, you may know my love of natural solution, homemade cleaning products and overall "there has to be a natural alternative" attitude.  After years of resisting I've recently chosen to partner with doTERRA essential oils.  (Heads up, unlike most of my blogs, this is a very information-based piece for people who may be experiencing similar resistance.) 

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I've been using essential oils for about 20 years.  Always aiming to have a toxin-free home, making my own cleaning products and hand soap with essential oils was an easy no-brainer.  When my Dad got diagnosed with cancer 7 years ago (he beat it by the way, so all good!) I upped my holistic health game.  Like uber upped it!  Researching preventative healthcare + natural solutions to every day ailments, I stumbled upon dōTERRA.  Incorporating essential oils more deeply into my routine was easy...diffuse, use in the tub, make soap, body wash + cleaning supplies and use more rigorously should Mike or I get sick.  Pretty basic, yet pretty good.  We were reducing our toxic load, which was the goal.

Around the same time, I also reacquainted myself with the word wealth.  Never really being comfortable with money, I came to realize that for me, wealth is so much more than dollars and sense.  It is having great health, a spiritual practice that I connect to, incredible relationships through community connection.  THAT is true wealth to me.  

Over the years, many people had approached me about joining their oils (and other health-based product) teams.  I never connected to the correct person, so it never felt in alignment. 

Fast forward to beginning breathwork, then taking my breathwork healer training.  Whoa.  Essential oils were an integral piece of our training + used in each individual session to move energy + heal emotional blocks.  NOW you are talking my language.....

Returning home and holding breathwork sessions with clients that, among other spiritual modalities, include the use of essential oils, the impact was apparent immediately.  The energetic pull was present, so I began researching dōTERRA to understand the company, business model + culture.  What I found was unbelievable!

dōTERRA, The Company was founded in 2008 by experts in the Essential Oils business. There are no outside investors with dōTERRA – the owners personally funded the start-up and own 100% of the company. They changed their lifestyles, took second mortgages, and worked without pay to make their own choices early on. dōTERRA is now the largest oil company in the world, debt-free.

dōTERRA is family-focused and pro-woman. One of the owners is a woman; Mothers, babies and families are welcomed, encouraged and supported through dōTERRA, from classes to conferences.

dōTERRA gives back. Healing Hands is dōTERRA’s non-profit, and it’s funded by members, employees and the executives. Our option is to donate each month on our monthly orders, and the company raises funds via events as well. Healing Hands has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and has changed many lives in several countries. In 2016, dōTERRA Wellness Advocates and Wholesale Customers donated over $500K to Operation Underground Railroad through donations to the Healing Hands Foundation. Operation Underground Railroad, also known as OUR, is a non-profit organization with whom dōTERRA has partnered to extricate as many children as possible out of sex trafficking. Our donations have also helped fund the construction of a facility in Thailand, with state-of-the-art technology to intercept trafficking before it happens.

We’re also supporting the victims’ aftercare. Some receive care through Days for Girls, another organization with whom doTERRA is partnered, educating girls and women on women’s health and sustainable feminine hygiene. Having helped over 640K girls and women to date, Days for Girls affords them the dignity and supplies to function in society during their cycle so they aren’t missing chances to learn and grow out of poverty. Without sustainable solutions to manage their monthly cycle, women are abolished from society for the duration of their menstrual time every single month. 1 in 10 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, 113 million adolescent girls in India, and 30% of girls from rural areas of Brazil will miss school this year without the help of Days for Girls.

dōTERRA’s Oils are high quality. Pure, high quality, optimally-sourced Oils are at the heart of dōTERRA’s success. Sourcing the Oils where they flourish, making sure the soil is primed, harvested at the perfect time, distilled for the ideal amount of time at the perfect temperature – this leads to a high quality Essential Oil. dōTERRA also has many exclusives with their growers, so their Oils are exceptional. Visit Source to You for extensive information on the sourcing and quality testing of dōTERRA Oils.

Working with natural products can be sketchy, I totally get it, believe me. What I love is that dōTERRA’s testing practices are stringent. For transparent accountability, they’ve created an internal standard called Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® (CPTG), verified by third party labs.  The name is a trademark; the standard is real and concrete. Stringent testing happens throughout the whole process (even monitoring soil quality) on EVERY liter. All of the basics are checked first: sight, smell, taste and touch. Then they test to rule out any presence of fungus, mold, pesticides, extenders and any other contaminants. Learn more about the science of their practices of testing here. Each location has its own specific laws and rules governing agriculture and collecting wild-crafted botanicals. If an oil fails the test, specifically pesticides, there is no secondary process for removing the pesticides or foreign matter. The oils failing the test would simply be rejected. Other than the careful distillation of the oils from the plant material, no other processing takes place. They are aromatic extracts, nothing added, and nothing removed; they either meet that standard or they don’t.

You all know this is my thing.  dōTERRA focuses on education.  I LOVE educating on anything + everything so people can make their own empowered choices. On the dōTERRA site, you’ll find hundreds of hours of free education, guidance, recipes and other support for both oil users and those building businesses. Company-wide resources are supplemented by our team’s resources, from forums to weekly calls, and those who have businesses with dōTERRA are amply supported. Product support of any kind is one email or knowledgable phone call away, detailed PDFs for each oil can be found at doterratools.com.

I've been making my own cleaning supplies for a very long time.  Looking more into the brand + it's offerings, I realized that dōTERRA has products to help detoxify our households. No need for harsh, toxic chemicals to clean your home. No risk of spreading toxins throughout the air – or into your cells. Our home smells and feels incredible with the use of dōTERRA’s On Guard Home Cleaner Concentrate, Hand Soap, and Toothpaste. With Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary CPTG® Essential Oils, the Cleaner concentrate provides natural protection – this powerful blend is combined with plant-based derivatives for a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odors, safe for loved ones as well as the environment. I use it everywhere, for everything.  (In fact prior to writing this I literally just cleaned the entire house with on guard!)

This also made me giddy + emotional - I'm such a nerd! dōTERRA is committed to Co-Impact Sourcing worldwide. dõTERRA searches the globe to find the best locations to grow the plants for each oil; they team up with local farmers whose families have been growing and harvesting that plant for generations. The company then forms cooperatives, teaching the farmers improved growing techniques, harvesting and distilling methods, and elevates their quality of life. Paying them above fair wages, dōTERRA often brings in the Healing Hands foundation to improve the community as a whole as well. Visit dōTERRA.com and click “Our Caring” to explore projects in Bulgaria, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal, Guatemala, Haiti and Somaliland.

As I'm sure you can see, I found my alignment.

In addition to all the awesomeness above, partnering with dōTERRA amazingly supports my personal definition of wealth.  I am healthier in my body, my spiritual practice + mySelf through my connection to the oils. (for those of you commenting on my skin these days...let's talk oils!)  

Some examples of incorporating these beauties into my daily life:

  • Each morning on rising, I have a glass of water with one drop of lemon oil...it detoxes + tonifies my system for the day
  • Prior to meditation I chose an oil, place one drop in my hand, rubs my hands together, then inhale deeply 3 times.
  • I then diffuse my meditation oil throughout the day.  Some times blended with other oils. 
  • Our daily green smoothie includes a drop or two of lemon or lime oil....wild orange if we're feeling crazy!
  • On Guard and/or Lavender goes on the bottoms of our feet each night to boost our immunity + support our sleep respectively.

In addition, I have an amazing community of women to connect with daily + I'm able to contribute fully to the lives of those I love and have yet to meet.

Lastly, as a self-employed woman, I have no Canada Pension Plan.  Sure, I have RRSP savings, and I'm not certain it will be enough when the day comes and I choose to retire.  What I came to recognize is that simply sharing what I love and use everyday and empowering those in my community to do the same provides me with earning potential, whether actual income or earning free products.  

More importantly, it creates the ability for me to combine so many of my passions: working with a team of people I love, developing women into the leaders they are here to be + acquire abundance from that leadership and, most incredibly, inspiring people to reach for a natural remedy instead of a bottle of pills.  

Nature provides all we require, and for me, dōTERRA makes natures healing power accessible.

If you are curious about the healing power of essential oils, want to join one of my classes (both locally or via zoom), are interested in the possibility of creating a business, or simply want to purchase the products at wholesale pricing, please reach out below and I'll send you more information.

*** The option to purchase the products at wholesale cost is absolutely possible - what I love about doTERRA is you don't need to jump into the business side of things to benefit from their generosity.  You can become a wholesale customer and get all the perks - 25% off products, free product and lots of education.  They've created a Costco-type membership: you pay an annual fee of $40 and get membership benefits.  There is absolutely need to be interested in building a business.  Get connected and we'll get these gifts of the Earth in your hands.

 

 

The Violet Flame

A few weeks ago (maybe over a month ago now...) I posted a photo on Instagram of my morning ritual coffee.  It consists of 2 shots of espresso, homemade almond milk, Sun Potion pine pollen, ashwaganda, + reishi as well as Palo D'Arco from Anima Mundi Herbals.  This particular morning, I mentioned it was infused with violet energy.

My dear friend Jacki Carr asked about the violet energy.  (For the record, I ignored her question, slipping back into my story of people thinking I'm weird....seriously, I'm sick of hearing myself talk about it!)

Violet Flame energy is something I've been working with for a number of years.  It is a powerful, high frequency energy that brings energetic balance through transmutation of energies.   It is a spiritual tool to elevate your frequency, raise your consciousness + support your spiritual growth.  It has been my saviour when negative entities + energies are impacting me, as it transmutes any negative energy into positive.  Working the Violet Flame also supports me when I'm lacking clarity + my vision seems blocked or I recognize a pain point that needs healing.  Ascended Master Saint Germain is the keeper of the Violet Flame.  He is one of my strongest spiritual guides and I connect with him often. 

The morning of the coffee photo mentioned above, an infusion from my prized-possession violet flame opal was included in my drink.  I also sipped + savoured the drink from my beautiful violet flower coffee cup. Working with the Violet Flame and its energy in your every day is simple when intentional.

My beloved Violet Flame Opals

My beloved Violet Flame Opals

Perhaps you're interested in exploring the Violet Flame energy?  Pick up this inexpensive, easy to read book by Elizabeth Clare Prophet: Violet Flame to Heal Body, Mind + Soul.  Read about Saint Germain here or feel free to reach out for a 90 minute session where we will call the Violet Flame energy into our time together and you will learn tools to incorporate the Violet Flame into your life: tracekeough@gmail.com

 

Creating in the New Age

Many of us are aware there is a new age upon us.  A new time.  Through this shift are coming  new ways of being, a new way of doing things.  In the Kundalini yoga technology I study, it's known as The Aquarian Age.

This shift is prevalent in all areas of my life, and especially when it comes to building my business.

I've always been an intuitively-driven person.  Always.  Yet when I stepped into entrepreneurship again, the arena had changed.  So much online marketing and content…it is enough to make my head explode!!

I've spent the last two years "working" to create something.  An online course, an e-book, many things in many iterations.

It'd been like pulling teeth.  

I simply could not get it out.  I wasn't exactly paralyzed, simply nothing felt right.  As someone who works intuitively, if the feeling isn't there, it's is not going to happen.

So here I am, two years later, still feeling into it all.  

I trust the timing and know the alignment will come when it's correct.

I know there is a platform for me, a simple, yet effective way to connect with you all that is in alignment with who I am and the experience I hold so dear.

Creating an experience is key for me.  Interaction, energetic connection + alignment allow me to be authentic and share my message with clarity.

Admittedly, the past year has been fits + starts as I see what's possible for my work.

Please share your ideas and be patient with me. Alignment is critical when creating sustainable, life-impacting work.

Love,

Tracy xx

Cleansing + Clarity

This is a stream of consciousness from Sunday.  

Why is it always so tough to hit publish?!

The wind + raining are whipping against the house and windows like it's all about the blow down a la Little Red Riding Hood.  It's a great cosy day.  I've spent the morning finally diving in Rise Sister Rise, the second book by Rebecca Campbell that I am devouring because it's as though she wrote it with my words.

I'm in the tub with my citrine, carnelian + drops of Living Libations Epiphany Elixir, because today is the day.  I can feel it.  This rain and wind is symbolic.

I've been in Newfoundland five weeks.  Here's the thing - I've not really reached out to anyone.  Not a single soul.  I've been going about my days and "settling in", when the truth of the matter is I realize, I've been hiding.

I thought I'd done the work to be ready to move back here.  What I KNOW, and seemingly forgot, is that the work is never complete.  It's not one and done - BOOM, life is rosy and I'll never have to deal with that again.

No.  Leadership, living your authentic Self is a moment to moment, day in, day out process of doing and being in the work.

You see, since coming back, I've been in my old stories of people thinking I'm weird.  Of not having anything to offer because what I'm into, no one really understands….and not only will they not understand, they know me as the 20 year old person who used to live here, so surely God they are not going to believe me or trust me.  Blah blah blah.

None of that is who I am today.

I am a spiritually-driven mentor and leader.  Someone who stands for possibility and greatness in others because you can live a life of your choosing and be happy. I know this to be true because I'm living proof!

I didn't move ALL the way across the country to hide and stay quiet.

I'm here to be an anchor of light, to inspire others to find and shine their light through their own unique gifts + talents.  To heal anything that is holding you back, remove the blocks, clear the past so you can live into your legacy and create your contributions to the planet.

So there it is.  

The truth is this :: I'm here because this is what is required right now.   I was guided to move, so here I am.  I am spiritually obedient, so chose the reassignment.  

Yes, I was reassigned - isn't that so cool?!!

I trust all is as it needs to be.  I'll connect with the correct people, find a space to hold workshops, attract my people.

This rain is a much needed cleanse.  It's washing away my fear + doubt, my 20 year old bumbling Self, the dark giving way to the Light.  

Shine my friends.  SHINE! 

Road Trip of a Lifetime

Well, that was a TRIP!

Mike, Willie, snacks and music. We hit the road and drove clear across Canada!!  Seriously from the Pacific to the Atlantic.  We chose this option as soon as we decided to move to NL, knowing it was a unique opportunity.

Update: We've arrived safe + sound in St. John's, NL.  

To bring anyone up to speed who missed it, we have moved from Vancouver to St. John's - a life choice that we are SO happy to have made.

Aug 29th we packed up the Outback, and headed East.  After a pit stop at Willie's vet, who I shed tears saying goodbye to, we drove to Revelstoke for the night.  Our first of many incredible stops after days filled with driving, laughter, picture taking while hanging out the car window, and more Tim Horton's coffee, bagels + timbits than I can count!

I seriously drank more Tim's coffee in 10 days than have in the past 10 years.  And for this coffee snob…it.  was.  painful.

Let me say straight up, this was the trip of a lifetime.  When we told people we were driving across Canada, they thought we were crazy.  Like certifiably nuts… having completed the trip drama-free, I can unabashedly say, it was without a doubt, one of the greatest vacations I've ever taken.

Our country is spectacularly beautiful, with so much culture and so much to see.   I learned a ton about small communities (like EVERY small town has a french fry truck!) mined my own Amethyst in Thunder Bay, stopped to see road-side buffalo in Saskatchewan, and managed to order breakfast in a small, french-speaking town.

Most of all, my time with Mike + Willie were some of the best times I've had all year.  Early morning walks in random towns, lunch pee pit stops and tired dinner decision evenings made for unforgettable memories.  

How we enjoyed (LOVED!) what could have been a hugely stressful time:

  1. Create a vision.  Duh.  Of course.  We declared this trip to be a vacation…we'd take our time, stop whenever we wanted and were clear sleep + fun were a priority.  Vision it, create it.   
  2. Set boundaries with the travel schedule.  Boundaries…always gotta have them, all the time, in all aspects of life.  Even vacation.  I made it super clear I only wanted to be on the road during daylight.  Long hours and wildlife make trans-canada driving too risky.
  3. Maintain a routine.  How I begin my day at home, how I begin my day anywhere.  I know what I need to feel 100% (Power Comes From Wholeness) My days started as they do always: coffee, walk with Willie, wee meditation (maybe combined with the walk somedays) a shower, green juice or smoothie (if possible) and food.  
  4. Enjoyment.  What's the point otherwise?!  We listened to great music + baseball games.  Thank Sirius!  We ate french fries + timbits, because sometimes that's all that was available.  We had salad and fresh fruit when possible, and ate poutine in Quebec.  This added to the cultural experience, and honestly, what we ate some days became a running joke…
  5. Good Coffee.  Life is too short for bad coffee.  Hotel coffee is nasty, so I employed a trick taught to me during yoga teacher training:  add a Starbucks VIA.  It magically gives any dirty-water tasting coffee amazing flavour!
  6. Water:  To counteract all the coffee.  Just kidding!  AC blearing in your car means dry eyes.  Dry eye = tired eyes in my world.  Lots of water for all during the hot temperatures kept us alert and happy.
  7. Making time for the important + fun stuff.   We spent time with Mike's aunt + uncle in Saskatchewan, drove 60 mins off the highway to check out Mike's Grandparents place, took photos with weird, local icons…the Kenora Goose anyone?  Living + learning became the name of the game.
  8. Sleep:  We had grand plans of camping or sleeping in the car, then the reality of 8 - 10 hour days kicked in.  There's something to be said for a warm shower and clean bed when you're on a 10 day road trip.  Plus, this chick is a bear without sleep.
  9. Safety:  If the weather was bad or one of us got tired, we pulled over.  We also took Willie's safety seriously and got him his own Snoozer Lookout seat, plus the SleepyPod Sport so he'd be belted in.
  10. Pack lightly: Lugging bags in and out of the car every night after driving 8-10 hours per day is a total pain in the ass.  After the first evening, everything went into one bag that could be brought in easily at each stop.  A simple change that made life much easier.

Here are some of the snaps I took along the way.  Enjoy! xo

Revelstoke - came with a bear warning.  

Revelstoke - came with a bear warning.  

Canmore - The Three Sisters in their angelic glory

Canmore - The Three Sisters in their angelic glory

The open road...

The open road...

Mining Amethyst!

Mining Amethyst!

Montreal

Montreal

Beautiful Quebec City

Beautiful Quebec City

LOVED sweet Riviere du Loup!

LOVED sweet Riviere du Loup!

Coffee with these two during our last morning in Halifax.

Coffee with these two during our last morning in Halifax.

The Power of Vision, Goals + Speaking Your Future.

a View from the Cove….

Whoa, talk about creating your future.  

Always one to serve it straight up, important to get to it upfront - Mike and I are moving to Newfoundland.  We are beyond excited for a more simple, slower lifestyle, being closer to family, and creating new possibilities with lasting impact.

Choosing the name for my business was an interesting experience. I went back and forth for months.  and months.  and months.  How am I to know what people will respond to?  My last name is tough to spell, people always screw it up, and a View from the Cove is long.  ugh…

Then it hit me like lightening.

Where I am now and who I've become is because of who I am --- my roots, my heritage, my family and most of all, my parents.  My core values stem from having solid leaders in my life from day one.  

Portugal Cove is the town I (mostly) grew up in.  It's a beautiful place, about 10 minutes outside of St. John's.  It's right on the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast of Canada.  It's motto is: Where the sun meets the sea.  The view is expansive and goes on for what seems like ever.  When you're from there, you call it The Cove.  

The name fit in many ways: who I am + where I come from, the View relating to vision and perspective.  Perfect.  Of course it would lead to something bigger.

January 1st, that bigger arrived.  

On a walk in Pacific Spirit Park, Mike turns to me and says, " Let's move to Newfoundland…"  To say my jaw dropped in an understatement.  Though, truthfully, it came as no surprise.

What I know from igolu:  Everything After “I AM” Creates.  What you say, you are.  You speak your future moment to moment.  I named my business a View from the Cove…. get it?!!  

A view of The Cove.

A view of The Cove.

Even more exciting, I am living into and creating my vision - water, stunning nature, being closer to family, hiking, gardening….the list goes on and on.

We created our future in more ways than we ever thought possible.

This is such an exciting time for us - keep your eye on the blog or sign up for my newsletter for regular updates and to track our travels.  We're driving across Canada!

Happy Monday!

xo Tracy

 

 

Summer Essentials

It's August already - how did that happen?!  

If you know me, you know I'm passionate about functional products that are high quality.  As much as possible, I shop local as I'm a huge stand for small business and supporting your local community.  Many of my friends are up to cool shit and manifesting their dream lives by contributing in a cool way, so I'm adamant about supporting them as well.  

Here's what I'm loving so far this summer:

Ilana Cohen Brookes Jumpsuit from Oliver + Lilly's.

My Kundalini Gowns by the sweet Myrah have been a staple for months now.  The summer line is dreamy!

My skin takes a beating walking the dog in the sun, then being in air conditioning so much.  Pura Botanicals keeps my skin hydrated + protected from the elements.  I adore the Neroli Eye Roll, Overnight Watermelon Mask + the Countess Cleansing Nectar.

A purist at heart - I've been wearing Birkenstocks since 1990 when my brother called me a granola.  Changing it up this year with the three strap in navy.

I'm obsessed with getting the end of the day environmental garbage off my skin.  Tata Harper's Purifying Cleanser  from Kiss + Makeup has just been added to my nightly ritual.  

Since I typically go au natural from a make up stand point, Kjaer Weis Organic Lip Tint + W3ll People's Bio Extreme Mascara are all I need.

My hair is typically crazy in the summer - maybe even all year round.  I've been taming + conditioning it with Nucifera THE BALM and am in LOVE!

Still on my wish list for summer:

This Heidi Merrick swim suit + top.  Who am I kidding, I'll take one of everything on her site!

New Raen polarized sunglasses

This Clyde sun hat from Oliver + Lilly's

Enjoy these gorgeous evenings + the sunshine on your face!

xo Tracy

 

 

 

Creating Partnership

This post was originally written in March 2016.  

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Thanks for the outpouring of comments, questions and love from my Feb 14th post.  I wrote this piece shortly after, and hitting publish simply didn't feel right until now.

Watch for a free document to come on how to design + create your relationship (for real, not just weird talk!)

Some background - prior to meeting Mike, I really didn't date for YEARS.  Like I'm talking 8 or 9 years.  My massage therapy career was busy - I travelled every 3 weeks, for 3 weeks, and during my time at home, I ran a very successful private practice.  I'd meet guys, and if I knew right away, on an instinctual level that they weren't who I was looking for, there would be no second date.

Seriously, why waste my time, or his?

I hadn't been in a relationship for so long, that it became a conversation every time I visited my family.  I swear my poor grandmother thought I was going to be a single spinster forever.

Mike and my partnership became clear very early on in our relationship.  I worked a lot of evenings and would get home late (10pm some nights)  He'd be up waiting for me, ready to watch Law + Order SVU.  He'd always fall asleep before the end, and that didn't matter to me at all.  The reality was,  the effort was there.

I don't know how long we'd been dating (a year or more for sure) and we moved in together. 

Later on that year,  we bought a condo in downtown Toronto, and I realized it was time to leave my job for an opportunity at lululemon.

At the time lululemon was a growing company and I had goals to be there long term.  Everyone began their time at the company working on the retail floor.  I'd be leaving my well paying corporate job for $10/hour.

I remember talking to Mike about it and he said: " Do it.  It's a long term thing and as long as you can pay your own bills (car + visa) I'll take care of the rest….What comes around goes around and you might have to do it for me someday."

Fast forward 3 years, and city or province unseen, Mike + I were on a plane to looking to buy a home in Vancouver.  A new opportunity was coming my way with lululemon, and as divine timing works, Mike was being transferred within his company.  

He'd never been to BC or Vancouver before, and he trusted me when I told him he'd love it.  He moved out 2 months before me, and quickly adapted to the healthy, outdoorsy, laid-back lifestyle.

The home we purchased on that trip would become another critical piece of our partnership.  

When it seemed circumstances with his job were changing, Mike's next goal was to open a Spinning studio.  The spinning-only focus would be the first of it's kind in Vancouver.  So, of course I said Go for it!

We sold our condo and rented so his goal of opening the studio would come to fruition.  Partnership.

In all of these examples, we are choosing.  Talking through (connecting) what it will look like, then aligning.  Holding hands, and moving forward, come what may.

We're aligned.  That means no opportunity to turn around and say "I told you so" if something doesn't work.  

My job change, the move out West, opening the studio.  It's all choice + part of the life we are creating.  More importantly, it's the relationship we are creating.  The good + the bad, the ease + the stress.  

Mid April

Jesus, how did we get to April 16th?

I was on such a roll at the start of the year - writing consistently, putting myself out there, speaking my truth.  

Then February hit and life got so darn busy. I understood what it means to be in overwhelm, and couldn't see a way out of it. I was sick for a couple of weeks, and the catch up damn near took me out!  Of course my writing and self expression suffered. 

Writing that, I'm realizing it literally suffered - I lost my voice for 5 days, then again for another couple once it came back.  

I missed writing. It was a part of my week I looked forward to. I've always loved writing and more specifically, sharing.

I'm a natural story teller.  I come by it honestly. My Dad tells stories like a champ...he remembers dates and days, and won't move on until he's sure he's stated it correctly. "Now that was on a Thursday, or was it a Wednesday?......No, no, it was Thursday..."

I love sharing things I love - be it a physical item that everyone needs to know about, a story that will give a laugh, and experience I've had that relates to something you're going through so may support you in some manner. I'm a sharer. 

Now that I've got my head above water, my commitment is to sharing regularly again. Writing little pieces that may support you in some way.  Or may not.

We all get what we need when we need it.  

Here's to connecting more + staying above. 

 

Promise to keep sharing! 

Promise to keep sharing!