Alternative Medicine, Diet, Essential Oils, Lifestyle

Help me, friends!

These past few months have been hard ones, and it’s been a challenge to get myself to write about it, hence the very long hiatus from the blog. I’ve noticed something about myself that I am nervous to acknowledge publicly, but know that I need to share this so that friends can hold me accountable.

My number one goal when writing this blog was to connect with others who might be struggling with some of the same things I do, and help those people, ideally working through the struggles together.  It has also become a place where I vent some of my problems, share goals and successes, share some recipes, and educate others on one of my passions, essential oils. I do these things in the real world too (versus the online world) and I’ve noticed lately, that I’m having a hard time sharing and educating.

One specific, very recent experience comes to mind, when talking with a close friend about sugar.  I am very passionate about food, as if you didn’t know already ;). I hope to teach others to be mindful of the foods they’re eating, and I always encourage people to eat real foods. When it comes to sugar specifically, I always say, “If you’re going to have sugar, just eat the real thing. It tastes better, and your body can process it.” So in this instance, the conversation turned to artificial sugars, and suddenly, my friend called me out for judging others for their food choices, versus helping them make better choices.  Cue me being completely mortified.  This is probably my greatest fear when it comes to educating and sharing with others.  The last thing I want is for someone to feel that they are being judged.  My goal is to help people, not judge them.

I think the hardest thing for me to realize is that not everyone is as conscious of eating healthy or are as invested in natural wellness as I am. I know that I need to adjust my attitude when I speak to others who aren’t completely open to what I have to say.  This blog post is mostly a call (or plea!) to my friends, please help me to teach from a compassionate place, not judgmental.  Because I am publicly asking, I hope that you will not feel scared to call me out either! Teach me how to be a better teacher and listener!


Exercise, Fitness, Mental Health, Running


Who is surprised – it’s getting warmer out, and yet again, I’m injured.  It’s the same area causing a problem, which to me says I have a chronic issue with tendonitis in my ankle.  The hardest part of this all – I knew something was wrong, but ignored it for almost two weeks before resting.  Long story short friends, if you notice swelling, get it looked at before it gets any worse. Continue reading “Setbacks”

Essential Oils, Lifestyle, Mental Health

Essential Oils Week – Lavender

Next up – lavender. Lavender, like lemon, is a very commonly used oil, and one of the first oils I used when I started. It’s another very versatile oil that everyone should have when they get started.

If you’re jumping in on day 2, don’t forget to read the post on Essential Oils 101 to learn the basics.

My goal with the challenges at the end is to help you get creative! Many times, we get stuck in ruts, and forget that these oils have many uses. Be sure to follow along here this week and on Instagram by using the #lovingessentialoils.

Continue reading “Essential Oils Week – Lavender”

Diet, Food, Lifestyle, Running

But I could never be a vegetarian… or could I?

I started this blog a little over two years ago, with a goal in mind: work through my skin and digestive issues, and share the journey, hoping to reach those those who are looking for solutions and answers. Well, after two and a half years, I don’t know if I have figured out the whole problem yet, but I have found some of the triggers that make things worse.  Something is better than nothing, right? Continue reading “But I could never be a vegetarian… or could I?”

Alternative Medicine, Essential Oils, Lifestyle, Mental Health

Back to Basics – Lemon

After talking about the basics of essential oils, I wanted to go into a little more depth into some of the most commonly used oils – what they’re for, how to use them, and a challenge for you to try!  Keep your eye out here for the Back to Basics posts over the next few weeks!

Also, be sure to read the Essential Oils 101 post to learn the basics about essential oils.

I hope these challenges will help you get creative in using your oils! Plus, I love seeing new ideas for using oils, so I’d love to hear from you and how you use your oils. Be sure to follow along here and on Instagram!

Continue reading “Back to Basics – Lemon”

Exercise, Fitness, Lifestyle, Mental Health

New Year’s Goals

Happy New Year friends!!

First, thank you all for coming along in this journey with me. So many of you have helped me as I travel down this path, and I appreciate it all so much!

Another year down which means a new set of goals! A couple of years ago, I realized that I prefer setting New Year’s goals instead of resolutions, as resolutions tend to be open-ended and usually end up failing within the first month. Continue reading “New Year’s Goals”

Alternative Medicine, Essential Oils, Lifestyle, Mental Health

Essential Oils 101

I talk about them quite a bit here, but I realized I never took the time to actually talk about what essential oils are or how to use them. There’s a saying in the essential oil world, “I didn’t know how to use essential oils, but then I opened the bottle!” While it is that easy to get started, there’s a little more to than that. Continue reading “Essential Oils 101”