10 Tips to Pray, Eat & Move During the Holidays

We all know how the holidays can disrupt or derail the best efforts to pray often, eat well & move more (aka exercise). Sending cards, decorating, extra cooking or baking, time with family, friends, co-workers, spending time volunteering, shopping, cleaning….You get the picture. It all takes time. For many of us, that means our own self care takes a back burner. All those holiday get-togethers are usually laden with foods that don’t serve our bodies well and those all day family celebrations don’t leave a lot of time to move your body. There can also be a lot of tension,

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Finding Clarity When You Don’t Have a Routine

Most of us just feel better, more centered & grounded, when we have a routine of sorts.  When we just automatically do things without having to think too much about it, or make too many decisions.  Our bodies & minds actually thrive on the clarity it lends itself to.  Routines & schedules keep feelings of overwhelm, overload and anxiety from creeping in because we just automatically do things at a certain time every day or certain days of the week. Like reaching for coffee 1st thing in the morning, brushing your teeth, or going to church on Sunday morning.  It’s

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Top 5 Ways to Practice Self-Care During Menopause

Self-Care is always important, but especially so during perimenopause & menopause. Why? In short-when our hormones change, other things change. In this post, I’ll go over why self care is so important, as well as 5 ways you can easily practice self care that take up little to no time but can make a huge difference in your overall wellbeing. Most women spend all their time taking care of everyone else, except themselves. When they do decide to spend some time journaling, reading or meditating on scripture, taking time to just eat, or move their body, the guilts tend to

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Emotional Eating as a Way to Feel a Sense of Control

Do you ever notice yourself reaching for food when things in life feel out of control? All you want is a moment of peace and eating is a way to fulfill that emotional need. Let’s take a look at why we feel compelled to be in control, the role eating plays in creating a false sense of control in our lives as well as what you can do about it to break free of the emotional eating cycle. Control = Survival Women in mid-life are busier than they have ever been before. Pulled in so many different directions, between aging

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Emotional Eating When You’re Overwhelmed and Bored

There are so many reasons for emotional eating. One of the biggest things we think of is when we’re overwhelmed. There’s too much to do and we just want a little treat, a break a moment of peace. But do you also find yourself searching for something to eat when you’re bored? When you do have a few minutes (or even hours) with nothing pressing to do? Maybe that time after work? After your evening meal? It’s like you don’t feel OK or safe to just relax. Like you have to constantly be doing something productive and search out something

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Menopause: Mid-life Crisis or Opportunity?

Society seems to hold menopause and perimenopause (the time leading up to menopause) in such a negative light.  We hear all about the hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, wight gain, loss of fertility, loss of youth, loss of…… All symptoms that the body is not functioning optimally.   But what if we could look at menopause in a different light?  As a new beginning, a “2nd Spring” as they do in Oriental Medicine.  An opportunity to take a look at what those symptoms really mean as well as what you can do about it. Yes, all those undesirable things

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Forgiveness – Part 2 – Freedom Through God’s Forgiveness

In Part 1 of this Forgiveness series, I shared some benefits of forgiveness as well as one of my personal stories of forgiving another person. This article looks at how God’s forgiveness frees us up from the yick & muck we get trapped in and move forward in his light & love. Waiting With Open Arms How many times have you felt paralyzed or less than/not good enough because of things you did or ‘should’ve done’? Has the guilt, shame, regret – humiliation even – held you back from doing something amazing or from being the person God is calling

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Benefits of Forgiveness – Part 1 – Free Yourself From the Burden

We’ve heard it time and again from every source imaginable, forgive one another. It’s all throughout the Bible and is an essential practice in every religion I’ve ever studied. Jesus calls us to forgive not 7 times, but 77 times. But why? What really happens with forgiveness? How does it benefit us? Can one really find freedom through forgiveness? And how can we make it a routine part of our lives? I’ll not only answer these questions, but I’ll also share some of my own forgiveness stories in this series on one of God’s greatest gifts. So What is the

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How to Use Journaling When You’re Frozen in Fear

Do you ever get overwhelmed or find yourself checking the weather every hour (or more) when a snow storm is heading your way? I know I do. Fears, doubts, uncertainties crop up, hijacking my thoughts & emotions. Wasting several hours, worrying about & checking on the storm prevents me from being as productive as I want to be. I’ll walk you through the process I use to help nip those fears in the bud and help me move past the fears that keep me frozen in place. Tensions Mount They’ve been predicting snow for several days now. A few days

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Letting Christ Light Up Your Life!

Merry Christmas! While I know a lot of people are already packing up their holiday decorations, the Christmas Season technically just started! This year, in particular, may be difficult to feel any holiday joy, with so much darkness that has eclipsed 2020. But, I’m choosing to focus on the light. The Light of Love, Christ –and how he’s lighting up my life. When we focus on the positive, it’s so much easier to make healthier choices. We eat better, move our bodies more and don’t let stress cause dis-ease in us. (For more on this you can read my post

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