Friday, September 26, 2014

Sept Life Update

I'm officially in school and taking my first course, anatomy and physiology. There's a lot of information to learn, but I'm loving it. I'm ignoring arthritis to make flash cards, so that has to mean something haha. I had the first thought last night that I might even want to proceed with my doctorate in the future. But I'm getting way ahead of myself. One course at a time.

I've been eating better because I'm not buying crap anymore. Salads are the new meal of choice for myself and Hubs. The fridge is full of veggies, we're stocked on salad dressing, and dinner is super easy now. It feels great to eat healthy, and it's even better when Hubs tells me he wants salad for dinner. :)

We did have a little headache-causing situation a couple of weeks ago. The next door neighbor was washing dishes when he got distracted by a work call and rushed out the door. He forgot to turn the water off. So Friday night, half our apartment was soaked. Maintenance got a guy in to clean all the water up and replace the carpet padding. I figured it would be much more difficult, but they were fast. I'm glad that we caught it when we did. The only damage for us was a wet box spring, and a night out on the patio dried it out.

My PCOS group is starting a new event called "Creating Goals with Soul" based on the Fire-Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte. We are starting with the free mini-book, Workbook o' Fire. My hope is that together we can set real goals and achieve them together. I want them to see the group as a useful means of support for anything. It's hard to fight PCOS alone. It requires hope in the future, belief in yourself, and a lot of self-care. We all need it, so why not support each other while we do it? We'll be working on this for 3 months, and hopefully we'll have the skills necessary to start really making those New Year's. We'll see how it goes. Now I'm off to study!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Big news!

FIRST OFF: MY SUPPORT GROUP MEMBERSHIP COUNT IS NOW TRIPLE DIGIT! WE HAVE OVER 100 PEOPLE!

Tonight I bought an essential oil blend. I've done some research and read blogger reviews and comparisons and such. I picked a company, then decided which 1 single oil blend I wanted to try first. Originally I had 10 in my cart and almost had a heart attack when I saw the total. Basing my decision off the need in our family, I picked a pain relieving oil for my fibro and Hubs' leg. The one I picked also had a PCOS-related benefit, so the choice was a no-brainer. I plan to use it for a month, or the end of the bottle, whichever comes first. I bought a 15ml bottle to make sure I wouldn't run out soon.

Now I don't know the first thing about using essential oils. When I first started looking at it, and reading about the wholesale/MLM kits from some companies, I was a little overwhelmed. I was looking at a box full of oils, but how would I know what to mix? I wouldn't, not yet at least. (more details on that in a minute!) So a friend that sells oils invited me to an Essential Oils 101 class. I'm planning on going, because free knowledge about this would be very helpful. I know that oils are so much better for me than all the meds I am taking, and I'm working towards being as natural as possible.

I know I haven't given you any brand names. This is because I don't want to recommend anything by any company I haven't yet tried. Those will come later.

And my really exciting news - I'm back in school! Woohoo! The plan is to complete an Associates degree in Natural Health Studies. Maybe even go further than that, but I'm taking it nice and easy. I have a few reasons why I want to do this.

  1. I love school. Really, I do.
  2. I want to learn how to take care of myself without prescription medicine. I want to eat healthy, know how my body works, and what I can do to fix it.
  3. I'm the founder of a PCOS support group, and as an advocate of natural health, I thought it would be sweet to officially say that there is a Natural Health Practitioner on full-time staff! I'm excited. The ladies in the group are excited.

My first class is Anatomy and Physiology. I ordered my books today. I'm looking forward to what I'll be learning. I'll be taking classes in herbology and essential oils, mental health, healing foods, and even health care for animals. I'm going to learn how to better take care of my zoo, too!!!

Isn't it obvious that I'm a little bit excited? I'm going to go study now.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Updating my 30 Before 30 list

My 20s are over in 3.5 years. To me, that seems like tomorrow. Mainly because of how fast 2014 has gone. There are a couple of things on my 30 before 30 list that I know will be happening soon, but some don't seem feasible to me anyone, so I'm modifying my list.
30 before 30:
Go Sky-diving
  1. Go Scuba diving
  2. Get my concealed handgun license.
  3. Buy a cute bikini and wear it with pride.
  4. Successfully complete one week  as a vegetarian.
  5. Empty my storage units
  6. Get a second dog
  7. Take another vacation
  8. Get a nicer car
  9. Complete blueprints for our tiny house and get started
  10. Find my inner peace
  11. Create an exercise routine that becomes second nature
  12. Run a 5K - actually run, not host
  13. Teach Spike to dance
  14. Become a Big Sister volunteer
  15. Get a passport and use it
  16. Take a course in something interesting
  17. Get a new tattoo - Scheduled for Oct 28, 2014
  18. Learn to play another musical instrument
  19. Become fluent in another language
  20. Get something pierced
  21. Dye my hair a crazy color
  22. Learn CPR
  23. Hold a tarantula
  24. Spend a weekend with my sister (no boys allowed!)
  25. Start a vegetable garden and actually take care of it - I'm going to start my garden again in Sept 2014.
  26. Start school again for a Master's or second Bachelor's - Well, I'm going back for another Associate's, but it's still school! I start my first class in mid-Sept 2014. I'm going to become a certified Natural Health Practitioner.
  27. Meet some of my online friends in real life
  28. Eat a meal made only from ingredients I have harvested on my own
  29. Enjoy the rest of my 20s.