Surround Yourself With a Forest of Wellness Helpers

We were on a road trip to visit family down south (okay, Iowa but hey we’re in Minnesota so it’s the truth). Since it is cold, snow is on the ground and leaves are off the trees so you can see farm houses across the landscape. Now they don’t stand alone but are surrounded by mighty trees for protection from whatever gets thrown at them. In the winter the trees act as snow fences so Read More

Who Are You? A Butcher, A Baker, A Candlestick Maker?

When you think about yourself and your life what do you identify with? To put it in storybook rhyme, are you a Butcher a Baker a Candlestick Maker or a little bit of all? What list would you give if someone asked you to name five things you do every day, week or month that you identify with? Do you rise before the sun, read the paper every day, sip that first cup of coffee Read More

What You Do Today Will Matter Tomorrow

This is the time of year when we put a lot of work into thinking on how to survive the holidays without the extra weight following us into the new year. Mindful choices and planning ahead are key. You need to have an awareness of your holiday schedule so you can plan meals and snacks and how you are going to handle them. Review those invitations, pick and choose the ones you will attend, you Read More

Wellness IS Being Grateful

What are you grateful for today? Do you rise each morning counting your blessings? If not you should, this is a time to pause, thank a higher power and send some supportive thoughts to those in need. I found myself feeling “blue” this week, no good reason ┬ájust feeling blue. So as I indulged my displacement with my world and moped around it wasn’t until I was waiting on a friend’s arrival for coffee that Read More

Minnesota State Fair

It is that time of year, the Minnesota State Fair. Take some time to review the fair information before heading out so you can make mindful choices, don’t leave it up to chance. There are always new “foods” on a stick and sites to see, so before you go check out the new additions, find the locations of your favorite fair foods, talk to a buddy and plan out what you want to try this Read More

What’s Mine is Mine, What’s Yours is Yours

Keep your bag zipped up tight! I heard a very impressive sermon a few months back. It was about taking care of yourself by not letting other people put things in your bag. We all have our struggles and that is overwhelming enough, you have to take care of your emotional self as part of your wellness plan so when others start unloading on you remember it is not yours to fix, concentrate on or Read More

Freedom to Chose Thanks

During this 4th of July holiday season take time to be thankful. Be thankful for your freedom, your life, your family and friends and your health. When you think of good health and wellness do you realize being thankful is a part of wellness? Every day, at least once a day, spend a few quiet minutes with your higher power thanking him/her for the good things in your life. It is best if you find Read More

Wellness Begins with 2 U’s

I was inspired by the Stanley Cup Playoff games. As I watched these young men skate hard, trying to be the best they can be while remembering they are part of a larger picture, a team, and cannot be their best alone it made me think of their journey to get there. None of these athletes were born at this level of skill, they were mindful, practiced and sought out help to continue to grow Read More

Conversational Health

Are you a talker or a listener? Most of us say talker, but if you did say listener is it active listening? Did you come to the conversation prepared with meaningful questions? If you are about to meet someone for the first time do your research, find out a bit about their background and what their interests are, that way you are able to find common ground to talk about. It could be as simple Read More

May Flowers?

After a raining April here in the midwest are you ready for the May flowers? What is growing in your garden? Are the seeds planted for personal well being, have you sown calm into your thinking, have you shored up your rows of activity and are you tending the growth of your knowledge of good nutrition? As we look into our mental areas of growth we find it is an ongoing journey of awareness and Read More