Emotionally Drained? Zip That Bag Shut!

Are you having a “blue day”? I looked up a variety of ways to phrase that and found most google references refer to something deeper than my meaning of just having an “off” day, sad for no apparent reason or just out of sorts. Perhaps I have used the phrase inappropriately? In my world, and those I talk to, we share having a blue day or feeling blue as just a bit of a funk. Read More

Grief

A year ago today my mom passed. What to do with the grief? This is an emotion to be handled differently by all, what is right for one is not necessarily right for someone else. I am sad and fight the tears, I think of her beautiful face and get wistful of the past. Tonight I have plans with friends, the usual monthly book club, I truly thought it would be a nice distraction-how much Read More

Choose Today, One Small Change at a Time

Happy belated Easter treat, at least that is what I thought when I went to open up that special Cadbury Egg I had such great memories of. Yes I had them in the past (way in the past) and yes I saw them on TV commercials prior to the official Easter holiday (several months prior) and yes I had waited until April 15 to let myself have this special treat. You see I had been Read More

Back on Track

This has been a week of recovery. Due to some minor surgery I have not been able to keep up my regular fitness routine and due to the extreme cold weather we are experiencing in Minnesota I have oddly enough decided to act on “bear-like” tendencies taking on extra calories and cuddling up in a fetal position on the couch laying idle as time goes by. Have you been where I am? The sudden realization Read More

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

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

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

You Were Born Pre-Appoved

I came across an article by Sharon Jaynes who writes for Girlfriends in God, she made a great point. The name of the article was “You Have Been Pre-Approved” and it talked about receiving automatic acceptance from credit card companies and her take away was never tiring of: God telling me that I’ve been pre-approved to be His child. We all have a higher power and I respect your choice but this statement is true Read More

Self-Care

SELF-CARE: Why in the world do you not take good care of yourself? Is it too many bad habits or should I say behaviors? Are you too busy, kids need you, housework overwhelming, extra hours at the office, short on sleep, fast food is so convenient, pedi-mani takes an hour you don’t have, don’t have a bike, gym membership, trail out your back door or good walking shoes? You see where I am going? Good Read More