Counting Moments

I have been reading Ann Voskamp's Blog A Holy Experience for sometime now. I love her blog, it has become a constant source of ideas and encouragement. I highly recommend checking it out. When I heard she was writing a book, I couldn't wait to read it. The book is One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.

This particular post isn't a review of her book (perhaps later); this is a means to tell you I do want to begin counting my moments...I want to begin focusing on and being thankful for the blessings that are right in front of me...and I want to encourage you to do the same thing.

Watch this:

- Blessings!


Essential Oils I Can't Live Without - Purification

This morning I woke up with four little bug bites on my arm!  Definitely, not a pleasant way to start the morning.  SO, after throwing all my linens in the wash to try to get rid of my new little "friend" who decided to spend the night...I headed to my essential oils to get rid of the itch.  

Purification is the PERFECT oil for this.  It can be used directly on the skin to cleanse and sooth insect bites, cuts, and scrapes.  I dabbed a little on each of the little bites, and my arm didn't itch all day.  It was wonderful!!  We are heading into "mosquito bite season."  I know I will be stocked up to sooth the bites from that summer nuisance.

What else is Purification good for?

You can diffuse it to get rid of unwanted odors and purify the air.
It is an uplifting and rejuvenating aroma 
Can be used to remove hard water stains.

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Mission Statement

I stumbled upon someone’s personal mission statement today, and I loved it. I have heard recommendations from different leaders to have a personal mission statement for your life. I have always loved the idea, but never really sat down to write my own or tried to figure out what I want to strive for in life.

Seeing the mission statement today inspired me, and I finally have come up for one of my own. Are you ready?

I intend to live with passion, believe in myself, continually demonstrate Love, and help others in my highest capacity.

That’s it. What do you think? Do you have a personal mission statement?


Essential Oils I Can't Live Without - Lavender

I love spring time...allergies - not so much. Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming, trees are budding, cotton is flying. Oh, yes, there are plenty of allergens for everyone.

Spring allergies threaten to ruin my favorite time of year, especially since I avoid taken medications as much as possible. My go-to natural treatment for allergies is Lavender.

You can:
* put a drop or two in your hand, then use a finger to spread some down your nose and cheek bones
* cup your hand to your face and breathe in the aroma
* drop a couple drops on your pillow at night (will help you relax, too!)

Other benefits of Lavender:
* it is great to treat sunburns
* eases sore muscles
* de-stress, promotes relaxation
And more!

Lavender is one of the most versatile Essential Oils there is...and one I do not let us run out of.

- Blessings!


Late Night Musings

I love family. The unspeakable bonds that join people is more than blood. These are the people who get you, these are the people who make you want to be a better person. These are the people who...even if you only see them every couple years...feel like home.

This week I have the pleasure of spending time with some family in Florida. I am SO happy to be here. It is days like today you want to hold on to forever. As the day ends,and people go to is almost sad to bid the day goodbye.

I am so, incredibly, blessed.I am surrounded by people who fill my heart with such joy and peace. For a little while this endless ache for something better passes away, and I am filled with contentment. I really should make more time to be in this place.

As everyone was going to bed tonight Yngvild asked me if I would stay up and watch a movie with her. We decided to watch Eat Pray Love. This is one book I have read more than once, and I have loved the movie just as much. Tonight I finally get it. I get why I have been drawn to Elizabeth Gilbert who was on this quest to feel something. To feel life, love, devotion to something greater than yourself. I have been on a quest of my own this past year. A quest to find me, to find purpose. Weeks like this, surrounded by loved ones...they help.

Blessings and good night.