Where is Your Focus?

Where is Your Focus?
Hey. You. How are you? Hmmmmmmmm…….
 
Let’s try that again. How ARE you? Like for real? Are you loving life? Are you thriving? Do you get up each day looking forward to what’s next? Do you have goals? Plans that make you happy? Are you thinking of the future? 
 
Or maybe do you have a seat on the struggle bus right now? Are you having a hard time looking forward to much of anything? Do you find yourself just putting one foot in front of the other?


 
I confess that I’m a whole lotta both right now. I have done so much personal development in the past 6ish years that I truly don’t stay in the valleys very long anymore. I’ve developed some coping skills. I’ve learned enough about myself to know when I need to change things up……or realize when I’ve forgotten to stick to the routine that keeps me in the center of the road! 
 
We sold our house in three days. YAY! We had nowhere to go. BOO!
 
We found a house to rent. YAY! It’s only available for two months. BOO!
 
It’s on a beautiful island in a lake. YAY! There is a gator. BOO!
 
It’s quirky and cool and the kids love it. YAY! I drive a minimum of four hours a day now. BOO!
 
We are building a new house. YAY! The site plan isn’t approved. BOO!
 
Life is just full of light and dark, good and bad, mountain tops and valleys. So, what do you do when things seem out of control? I don’t mean hypothetically. I mean for real. What do you actually get off your heiny and DO? Here are a few of the things I do.

 

Clay and I took a walk around a beautiful lake this weekend. After all, it’s called Lakeland for a reason, right? It was lovely and we got to spend time together outside while we moved. Lakeland is our home only for a few weeks and it’s a charming little town. We are going to find a new lake to explore this weekend. And yes, we’ll keep our eyes open for gators, because…..Florida wildlife is big and scary.
 
As I’ve mentioned before, Clay loves breweries. The vibe. The relaxing atmosphere. We have noticed a lack of fear of the virus in these places, too, which is a blessing to us. I’m pretty sure beer kills viruses anyway. (wink wink) Out of all our time in Florida, our favorite brewery is in Lakeland, so we are enjoying spending time there right now. It’ll be a bit of a drive again soon enough.
 
I forgot to do my oily routine a couple of days in a row. Big mistake. HUGE. A quick lesson as to why they work. Everything in the world has frequency…..including you and me. When our frequency drops, we feel crummy. When it drops further, we get sick. When it plummets, we die. No. Really. It’s not a joke. 
 
Oils also have frequency. Pick high-frequency oils and you will support your body in raising your frequency. Certain oils have frequencies that match particular body organs, parts, or entire systems, which is why we have favorite uses for them. 
 
But you don’t have to know all that. You can just pick the ones you like and use them and know that it’s good for you. I oiled up this weekend when I was feeling particularly yucky and within minutes (I’m not making this up) I felt like the sun came out.


 
Typically (but not particularly right now) I would like to take a drive. Something about a change of scenery makes everything feel a little better. Drive alone and crank up Hamilton in your car. It certainly works for me, although this morning I got distracted by my desperate attempt to master rapping Guns and Ships and missed my exit…..detours are good. 
 
Music is an easy way for me to keep my mood in check. Recently I switched back to listening to Contemporary Christian music. The music on the other stations is okay, but the talk between was not edifying in any way. Even just the benign stuff was affecting me. I turned back to Joy FM and found that the same DJ I listened to every day ten years ago is still there. It was like coming home.
 
I’ve also plugged back into a faith community. After weeks (maybe even months) of prayer about whether to go, God whispered something I didn’t expect. For now, I’m back at my old church and attending with Clay, which is such a nice blessing. I love this church for so many reasons, and it’s lovely to be welcomed back.

Lastly, I offer the advice of my father in law. Look around. There are always people who have it worse off than you. Always. Don't stop at just looking, though, you will be blessed if you find a way to help. Recently I was reintroduced to this song by Matthew West. Have a listen!

 
Do any of those things resonate with you? Leave me a comment and tell me what you do when things feel heavy. Let’s encourage and inspire each other!

Oh, my tummy.....

Oh, my tummy.....
Gut health is not something we tend to spend much time thinking about until we HAVE to spend time thinking about it, but it’s super important to our overall wellbeing. Hippocrates knew four hundred years before the birth of Christ that all stuff started in the gut. Keep your gut healthy and your body will be healthy. Ignore your gut, and, well……not so good. 
 
Gut health hinges on enzymes, but what the heck are enzymes anyway? I mean, you’ve probably heard about them. You probably even know they are good for you. But do you really know why or what they do for your body? Until five-ish years ago, I sure didn’t. As I learned more and more about how to keep my body working in tip-top condition, I couldn’t help but continually bump up against enzymes. Let’s explore a bit.
 
We are born with enzymes of all kinds in our body. They are found within our cells. Enzymes create and speed up chemical reactions in the body to support life. That sounds sort of flowery and nonspecific, right? Basically, enzymes are essential for building muscle, breaking down food during digestion, and destroying toxins in the body. Obviously, these are some pretty important functions for our bodies! 
 
Over time, we use these enzymes up and we need to replace them. When we don’t replace the enzymes, we severely hinder the process of building muscle, digesting our food, and expelling toxins! Basically, we feel like crap and we don’t function at our top capacity!
 
The body produces enzymes, but for most of us (all possibly) we don’t produce even close to what we need for optimum levels. There are some foods that can add enzymes to your body. Of course, finding organic ones would be the best answer, because….adding toxins is just more taxing on the body!
 
Pineapple
Papaya
Mango
Raw Honey
Bananas 
Avocado
Kefir
Sauerkraut
Kimchi
Miso
Kiwi
Ginger
 
I don’t know about you, but most of the foods on that list are not in my typical diet or I can’t find organic versions of them easily. Avocado and bananas are about it. Not that I don’t like lots of the other stuff. But I’m just being honest about what happens in my house. There is also the fact that you need all the different kinds of enzymes because each one has a separate and specific function. 
 
Personally, I supplement. I have found supplements that I trust completely that add to my enzyme levels. I have seen a huge difference in my gut health. About five years ago on Super Bowl Sunday I found myself in the ER. I had gut pain I could no longer sleep through and a fever that was kicking my butt. Turns out I had a nasty infection that had gone into the lining of my bladder and kidney. The nurse couldn’t believe my pain tolerance when she saw the MRI. They cultured my blood and told me to expect to be called back to spend a few days in the hospital with a blood infection. Thankfully that didn’t happen.
 
After clearing that up, my gut was wrecked. Nasty (but necessary) antibiotics and I assume other residual effects from the infection had left me with almost constant gut pain. It wasn’t debilitating or anything, but it was annoying and ever-present. 
 
I started taking supplements. Sulfurzyme came first. I started slow and worked up to 6-9 a day. Sulfurzyme is filled with MSM. It’s amazing for hair, skin, nails, and organs. I noticed a significant change in my bowel movements. I had never had any real issue in this area, but things were just easier and more productive.


 
Next I added Essentialzyme and Essentialzyme 4 to the mix. Essentialzyme I take every day with my other pills and Essentialzyme 4 I try to remember to take with my largest meal of the day or if I’m going to make poor food choices. I know you are always making good ones, so this part won’t apply to you, right? (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)
 
Lastly I’ve added Detoxzyme and Allerzyme. They do pretty much exactly what you would expect from the name.

 
Do I take them all every day? Well, I try to. But, you could certainly mix it up and take a couple different ones each day throughout the week so that you have added enzymes from each throughout the week a couple times. The one I would never miss is Sulfurzyme. My hair is better. My nails are better. My skin is better…..and the gut pain that was present for months and months only returns when I forget to take Sulfurzyme for several days at a time.
 

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