Category Archives: Stress-reduction

A Little Book Brag

I wanted to brag just a little– Ok, maybe a lot. My dear friend and fellow Health Coach Karen Thomas has written and published her first book. It’s called, Overwhelmed & Undernourished: Use Food as Medicine and Turn Your Life Around. It’s available at Amazon.

But for me, it’s actually kind of a double brag– on one hand, it’s a brag on my friend Karen, yes. But on the other hand, it’s also my brag because I was the Chief Editor. Not only did I do all the substantive, developmental edits, and help her whip it into shape for publishing, but I also formatted it for submission and co-wrote the introduction.

It was a labor of love. Her book started out as a first draft in rough shape. She told me she was a “crappy writer” and she had no idea how to write something like this. I told her I was pretty sure I could help her.

She got started writing her book in the Launch Your Dream Book® course through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®, where we both graduated in 2015. There were a few hundred students in this book writing course. They all had the option to enter their books into a Top 10 Author Contest (by a deadline). It became a prime motivation for all the students to shine their best work possible.

Although I never knew the exact number of submissions, it’s estimated there were over a hundred submissions into the contest. The prize was reimbursed tuition, a book blurb from the esteemed school founder, and a special listing of their winning book on the Institute’s website.

After I’d begun helping Karen work on her book, she told fellow students how happy she was with my work. Karen recommended (more…)

Life Happens!

Sometimes, life has a habit of tossing curveballs our way or raining on our parade. And when it does, we’re usually best off Lightning in Tucumcari, NMjust rolling with it. That’s not always easy, but ya do the best you can. Don’t let the stress get to you. Breathe. When storms roll in, enjoy the lightning and look for the rainbow.

Today, just a quick note to check in and let you know I’m still alive. LOL
When I started rebuilding this website in December 2015, I thought I was going to be back at it full-time. But things came up. Life clouded me up with some stuff to deal with, and too many things to get done– all at once, or so it seems. It has taken more time than I’d anticipated. Funny how that happens. Then, there is always the thing with overwhelm. See? You’re not the only one who finds themselves stuck in overwhelm.

“Oh My God, It’s Full of Stars!”
No, not really, I just always liked that quote from the movie, 2001.
Have you ever had one of those rooms– a guest room, a study, or some other “extra room,” in your home, where stuff just accumulates. It becomes so full of– stuff, that it’s hard to navigate in there. Perhaps you have “plans” for it, and you want to clean it up, clear it out, or some other form of organizing it. Then, you can finally use it for your greater purpose.

But every time you open the door– you’re hit with a fright, your breath gets caught in your throat, you swallow a little scream, squeeze your eyes shut, and quickly close the door. Only then can you seem to breathe again. “Whew! That was scary! I can’t possibly go in there. It’s just too much.”

Yeah, I have one of those rooms I’m working to turn into my Home Office (& Radio Room). It’s the one project hanging me up this year. But the other one– and I keep allowing it to create a sense of overwhelm– is the rebuilding of this website. It seems when I have one of these “scary-big” projects, the ones I somehow keep avoiding, they almost always end up not being nearly as bad as the dread was making it seem. Once I figure out how to “chunk it” out, it becomes easier. So let’s breathe together, and get to it.

Pace Yourself
I eventually realized, maybe I’d put too much on my proverbial plate. This took some of the stress off of me. It’s hard to work on the website when I really have no space in which to work! I decided, “One thing at a time!” The clearing of my office needs to come first. Once I get about halfway through it, I’ll have a space to work undisturbed (mostly). I can then continue to chunk away at it, while I periodically work on rebuilding the site. Then I can also finish creating the programs I want to be able to offer you.

Another way I’m working to de-escalate the stress– I’m putting systems in place. Some work better than others. For now, I simply have to be kind to myself and realize I am one person. I can only do so much in a day. I will get these tasks (more…)