Monday, August 31, 2009

Radio Interview on Tonight!

Happy Monday!

I am so excited about my interview tonight on Hi-Frequency Living with Eddie and Friends on at 8:00pm PST! My friend Eddie is one of the most amazing people I have ever met and he has helped me develop as a person, an author and a healer since I met him some eight years ago.

In the meantime, so much to do today before then! Mom is feeling better but has no energy and is "unsteady" as she is every day....I have got to get her out doing some kind of volunteer work or social interaction. She doesn't want to do much and is not into meeting new people so it can be a challenge because then she looks to me as her main source of companionship, conversation,'s a challenge to develop a new career when you have those expectations on you every day. But I love her and I do what I can while still making sure she maintains some level of independence. If anyone has any suggestions for her, I would greatly appreciate the input!

So this weekend I finally decided to use EFT on myself to work on my sugar addiction. I have been working with others to help them get over their issues for almost two years with EFT, but not always on myself. I'll be honest, up until now I have had no desire whatsoever to dissolve that addiction. I know, it's terrible coming from a Holistic Consultant who is supposed to be a prime example of great health...which I am...but I love my sugar! Well not any more actually because the treatment really worked well. My usual, daily thoughts about sugar are, "Oh that sounds really good! Yum! I'm really looking forward to that treat" Eating sugar is fun and makes me happy!" Those thoughts are no longer in my consciousness...we'll see if I need to do more tapping when PMS kicks in. But it feels good not to be craving some kind of sugar every day or needing a sweet dessert after every meal!

Being willing to let go of something you want to get rid of is a huge part of actually making the change. A lot of people don't really want to get over an issue or let go of chronic problems. There is usually some underlying emotional satisfaction and often, a payoff from staying stuck in an unhealthy pattern. I know, sounds weird but a lot of people get attention when there is an issue and if there were no issue, they would not be getting what they need. We need to change the underlying belief to a healthier way of getting what we need. It really feels better in the long run! For example -

I was diagnosed with lupus when I was 15. I was so sick and developed very bad arthritis in my entire body which made it difficult to do just about everything. It gradually got a little better over the years and the severity would fluctuate depending on the weather or my stress levels. But every once in a while I would wake up and be so fatigued I just needed to rest. This didn't happen too often but I used to think, "If I didn't have the lupus to blame my fatigue on, I would look like a lazy slob staying in bed and resting all day!" It was a terrible cycle that I often felt very guilty about, even though it was a genuine problem. But I knew, as I studied more and more about alternative health and healing and the power of the mind, that if I was willing to let go of this illness that it would go away. We create everything in our bodies (and in our lives) so in the words of Louise Hay, "When you change your thoughts you change your life." And Dr. Wayne Dyer puts it like this, "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." There was definitely some mental and emotional clearing work to do here, too.

So in addition to the mental work, I continued to try all kinds of different natural remedies over the years just to improve my heath in general. When I was studying for my Holistic Health Practitoner certification, I discovered so many new therapies and I tried everything that sounded interesting and effective. And one day, I felt something shift in me and I thought, "I don't think I have lupus anymore. I don't want it - I'm willing to release the need for it as an excuse for when I need to rest. Everyone needs to rest and it is OK for me to take time for myself whenever I feel I need to do that." So I went to my doctor and asked her to run some tests to verify this and lo and behold, all my levels were normal and I no longer had lupus! I was overjoyed and felt such a sense of relief and accomplishment! And I actually felt healthier and more energetic that I had in years. It was a great psychological and physical shift that was necessary and so worth it. I rarely get fatigued these days but if I do, I rest and I don't feel guilty about it.

If you have something you would like to change - stop smoking, create better eating habits, release old resentments and anger, whatever your issue - make a decision that you want to release it and take whatever action you are lead to in order to make it happen. EFT is a very powerful tool that can assist you in doing this as well. I use this with my clients and you can also learn more about this at Good stuff!

To a happy Monday, a fun interview, a healthy mom and releasing issues!
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

What a week!

Although this week has had it's challenges, I still look back and feel really good about it!

It started off with an Alzheimer's evaluation for my mom on Monday - 4 1/2 hours - with really wonderful, compassionate people. It was very pleasant considering how long it was. Thank goodness we had nuts for mom to munch on (she's diabetic). She held up really well.

After receiving a prescription for Alzheimer's medication, we made the long trek to another building (it's long when Mom walks very slowly) to the pharmacy, waited in line to put in the prescription, waited a half hour until her name was called, waited again in the line to pick up the prescriptions, only to be told when we got to the window that the medication was not available and had to be ordered - we would have to come back tomorrow to pick it up. OK no big onward...

Back to the other building where the physical therapy department is to pick up the cane they have prescribed for Mom since her gait is not so steady and she gave the new cane she already had to a friend who is having hip problems...sometimes Mom is generous to a fault and to the detriment of her own well-being. So it's late in the day and we are walk-ins - they announce that someone needs assistance with a cane. No one comes up. Another 10 minutes, the nice lady behind the desk announces once again we are there needing help, then she has to leave for the day. We wait another 10 minutes just in case anyone decides to come out and help us but our hunger and weariness from a long day get the better of us and we make the long trek (again...slow walking) back to the car and head over to Marie Callendar's for a meal at 6:30pm. Of course, we both deserve a piece of pie as a reward for the very long day we have just had - thank goodness MC has sugar-free pies for Mom!

Whew - that was only Monday!

Tuesday I had lunch with my best friend and world traveler, Marlene. She just returned from seven weeks touring Italy and Spain, then took off on a ten day road trip to Portland. So we finally have time to catch up and have some girl talk. She came with me to keep me company on my trip back to the pharmacy to get Mom's new medication, which I had Mom take immediately when we got home - I want to see the effects of this new drug ASAP - hopefully she will have some memory improvement. However, one of the side effects can be nausea if not taken with food, so I gave her a snack and it seemed to be fine. Until...

Wednesday at 3:30am...Mom is calling to me because she is terribly ill - cold sweats, dizzy, vomiting, other stuff I won't mention...I am up with her until about 5:30 when she finally goes to sleep. She had eaten a 3 day old chicken sandwich for dinner the night before so along with the new medication, it was not good. She was so sick all day - couldn't keep anything down, feeling like she was going to die (which is scary for an 81-year-old, and her daughter...) I had clients in the afternoon but I rushed home to take care of her and skipped my mid-weekly church service last night. And thank God, she is finally feeling better today - very weak and 3 pounds lighter to her delight, but much better - whew!

I'm still watching over her today while I do laundry and run to the market to get some food to soothe her tender tummy but so relieved that she is finally on the road to recovery.

Can't wait until tomorrow - I love Fridays! As long as Mom is feeling good enough to be on her own then I'll have a weekend of quality time with my husband. Life is good!

Wishing you all health, wealth and a happy weekend!
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ch Ch Ch Changes.....

Today we gave our 100 year old piano that has been in our family for over 50 years to a good friend who wanted a piano for his young kids.

It's been dear, sweet mother is a depression-era packrat who does not like to throw anything away...I mean anything. I recently cleaned out her kitchen and back porch while she was out of town for a few days with friends. Batteries that expired in 1992...cake mixes from the 70's...drink mixes from the 60's...Tylenol that expired in get the idea. Nothing that we needed or that would ever be used.

Clutter is so detrimental to any environment - it literally clutters your thinking and since my mother has some significant memory loss, I need her space to be as uncluttered as it can possibly be, which doesn't allow me to eliminate very much, considering she is very attached to her clutter. I just try to make it as functional and comfortable for her as possible, while still keeping some sense of order with the stuff that is still here.

I have been talking to our piano every night since I knew it would be going to a new home. I know, it sounds crazy, but I tend to see many of my inanimate objects as having a spirit, a life of their own. This piano has been in this house my entire life. It is a beautifully carved upright. My grandmother used to play it once in a while for us. She actually used to play piano in the theaters for silent movies! (She would have been 111 years old this year) It is totally out of tune but you can still play it just for the enjoyment of it. I haven't played it in years but I did play quite a bit when I was younger. These days it has become a home for all of our family photos and any other random photos, Christmas cards, postcards and random papers that my mom decides she wants to keep but has no where to store them. So I told the piano how much I love it and I will always love it, and that it is going to a new home and starting over with a new, young family who will love it just as much as we have. Sure enough, my friend called when the piano was delivered to his house and he and his wife love it and his kids have been playing it all afternoon. That makes me so happy.

I cried a bit when the piano movers loaded it into their truck and I told it goodbye one last time. Now we have a big empty wall in the living room but I feel like I can finally breathe with the extra space. We're going to get a nice, simple bookshelf for the space and we'll hang our family photos on the wall that hasn't seen the light of day since the 1950's. It's is more open to cleaning things out and getting rid of some of the useless clutter. Because there is a difference, you know, between the useless and the "we might need that someday!" clutter.

Sometimes things feel strange after a change but I always know that it means better things are on the way. Right now a more organized home for my mom is the goal. More changes to come, I'm sure!

Good night Piano...I'll miss you.
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Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy Friday!

As I just Twittered...I love Fridays! There is an excitement about the day...the feeling of completion at the end of a week of working hard, the anticipation of what the weekend will bring, a chance to relax your mind and body from all the weekday it!

It's been a great week with all kinds of new marketing and promotional things coming up for my book Living Peacefully in a Big City. I am so proud of this book and I actually really like it myself - hope that doesn't sound arrogant - but sometimes when I am having one of my issues during the day and I am working on my book for whatever reason, I will find advice that I had forgotten about and it helps. I guess that is the ultimate in "self-help"!

I want to take a moment to say "thank you" to my first comment ever from Anna! Anna, you made my day - you never know if anyone sees your blog or if it makes a difference in someones day and you answered that question for me - thank you!

Now I must go take the hot rollers out of my hair and meditate before I get going with my day. Looking forward with positive anticipation to another wonderful weekend of quality time with my wonderful husband!

Everyone have a great weekend (especially you, Anna)!
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Monday, August 10, 2009

"Shoulding" all over myself...

Happy Monday!

OK I really don't want to be on the computer body is getting that stressed out feeling it does when I've been sitting in front of this screen for too long. But so much to! And then I realized I hadn't written in here in a I felt I should be blogging, even though I don't have any deep thoughts or issues to discuss today, other than the fact I want to be outside in this beautiful weather, not indoors on a computer.

But I should be productive and doing promotional, career-oriented things...on the computer...
I should be blogging and Twittering...

Then I realized, NO - I want to be outside enjoying the summer that will turn into fall way too soon! I want to soak up the sun and get my Vitamin D for the day! I want to lie in my hammock and read my most recent novel-just-for-fun, Something Blue. And I want to spend some quality time with good friends - which I will be doing this evening.

I feel much better now...going to get off the computer and go outside because that's what I want to do and it will make me happy! And there is nothing more important than that.

Have a great day!
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Technological Blips!

OK I don't know what was going on yesterday with electronic gadgets...I thought it was just me but apparently others were having technological difficulties too.

My internet connection wasn't working, my printer was jamming, the earphone on my cell phone suddenly wasn't working....I thought maybe Mercury was in retrograde, but that wasn't the case. Are there other planets out of whack right now? Is there a surge in too much information at the moment so the Universe is shutting things down so we have no choice but to turn within and spend some time in reality?

I stopped to think, "what does this mean?" It's all about connections, being connected...and I realized, "I need to take some quiet time to get reconnected with Source Energy right now" - my most important connection. Which I kept putting off because of various things that kept me busy during the day which made me more and more fatigued...but I finally sat down to meditate late in the afternoon and then, everything worked fine again. Crazy!

It's amazing the insights we will get when we stop what we are doing, quiet our minds and become open and receptive. Today I did my meditation first thing after getting up before I did anything else, and I will do another later today, just to make sure I keep the balance.

I'm off to run errands with my mom - get her hair done and then on to beautiful Forest Lawn in Glendale to visit her parents and sister (My Aunt Tanna, whom I was named after). I know it seems weird to look forward to visiting a cemetary, but if you've never explored Forest Lawn, please check them out one day - beautiful, serene, impeccably manicured grounds, incredible sculptures, museums, art...the Hall of the Crucifixion at Glendale houses an ENORMOUS painting of the Crucifixion. Regardless of your religious or spiritual beliefs, it is a magnificent piece of art that must be seen. If you've driven by on the freeway and seen the white rectangular building with a cross on top, that is the place. Really amazing.

Here's to a day off of the computer and the internet!
Have a great day!
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