Holistic Health Mini Tool Kit

Holistic Health ToolsHappy Monday to you, if you get to read this on Monday.  If not, happy day to you.  😀

I’d like to share some of the ways that music, staying hydrated with healthy water I feel good about drinking, laughter, healthy food I like to eat, and time with friends and family have helped me to become a happy, balanced, healthy, self-confident person.  I’d also love to hear how any, some, or all of these have helped you in your life.  Your experiences could help someone.  Wouldn’t that be nice?


Music has given me beautiful emotional releases, peace, comfort, zing, inspiration, a way to celebrate my joy, and connections with others.  I could go on and on about music, but I think I’ll stop here.

Staying hydrated with healthy water I feel good about drinking is important for me because I know the many uncomfortable symptoms of dehydration, and I’ve learned to enjoy drinking water over the years.  I phrased it as “healthy water you feel good about drinking” because there are a lot of choices when it comes to water.  I think it could be as important to feel good about the water you choose, as it is to actually drink the water.  If you’re drinking water you don’t feel good about, you could be energizing a problem.

Laughter can speak for itself, I suppose, but I have to share that there is no reliable way to count how many times I have walked away from stress and straight to anything I have access to that will make me laugh.  I recommend laughter regularly to my clients and students when they feel challenged, and no one has said that laughter didn’t help them through.

Eating healthy food I like to eat is a major point.  Maybe it should have been first?  Choking down Brussels sprouts when I don’t like them, for example, can turn me away from eating healthy foods I do like.  I make the most of eating healthy foods by experimenting and finding the ones I enjoy, and leaving the rest.  Another point to consider is that if food does not work well with my body, that’s not what I would call healthy.  I also eliminate budget breaking foods.  I want to feel good about my choices all the way through.

Time with friends and family could be as rejuvenating for me as a vacation.  Or comforting, because we know the same stories.  Or funny when I don’t have to explain my jokes because they know me well enough to get the joke the first time.  Exciting, when mutual support is helping everyone to reach new developmental milestones.  Feeling overwhelming love for my friends and family affirms to me how good we are for each other.

This list is far from exhaustive.  I hope it gets a ball rolling for you to enrich your life, or remind you of ways you have enriched your life in the past.

Please do count yourself as one of my friends.  You make me smile.

Oh, and guess what?  My July newsletter comes out tomorrow with a brand new short story from The Dreaming in it.  This short story is one readers voted for.  It’s the story of how Meredith and George Got Together.  If you’re not signed up, you can do it now and squeeze in under the wire.  My editorial calendar with July opportunities is also in this newsletter.  Sign up is easy; simply click on this link.  I’m only asking for your e-mail address, and your information will never be shared with anyone else.

Thank you for reading,



Today’s Gentle Reminder

2013 and the holidays are in the rearview mirror now and some of us are looking for a fresh start. A healing. Others of us are rejuvenated by visits with family and friends. Or anywhere in between. A permission slip for vitamin H* can help build more inner peace no matter which category you fall in to. Today’s permission slip for vitamin H is:

Look upon the past with compassionate, gentle, understanding eyes.
Look upon today with gratitude.
Look upon tomorrow with promise.


*Vitamin H is happiness

Today’s Gentle Reminder


Vitamin H* is for people who would like to feel happier and look younger. It has been called the fountain of youth. The best news is that you already have it. If you count your blessings, you’ll be giving yourself a dose of vitamin H. If you talk and think positively, you’ll be giving yourself a dose. If you stop focusing on what you want to change, you’ll be giving yourself yet another dose. Spend time doing what you really love to do, or with a person you love to be with, or go to a place that you truly love to be. That’s a possibility of three more doses!
There are no side effects for vitamin H and you can’t overdose on it. Go ahead and smile away!

*Vitamin H is happiness.


Gentle Reminder

Please, be the real you. If you know that I am a Holistic Health Consultant, Reiki Teacher, and self-published author, you might be tempted not to talk to me at all. A lot of opening conversations stop right at the “What do you do for a living?” point because no one knows what to say after that. One simple reason for that could be that they are trying to frame a response that they think will make them acceptable to the person they’re talking to. If we do this enough times successfully we run the risk of becoming one of our own characters. We can become someone our own mothers do not recognize. Someone that is a pale imitation of who we really are.

So when you meet a holistic health consultant, don’t pretend that you don’t love chocolate because you think they’ll approve of you more. If there comes a point in the conversation when it’s your turn to insert an opinion that is true for you, and risky if you’re only looking for approval, take it. Why? Why all the emphasis on being yourself?

Because if you are only liked for the responses that met their approval, and you’re holding your true self back, they don’t really like you. They never got the chance to like you. They never got the chance to get to know you because you never presented them with the real you.

So please, be the real you. I really appreciate getting to know what people really think, feel, and do. I admire people who represent themselves truthfully. That way if I invite you over for dinner and you’ve only pretended that you are into healthy food you won’t starve, have to pretend that you just had to eat on the way over, and stop for food on the way home.

Today’s Gentle Reminder


If you find yourself worrying, fretting, and generally having a tough time making choices please consider this gentle reminder;

When you are making decisions, take the time to make your heart and your mind peaceful.  Your choices may look entirely different to you if you take the time to be totally calm.  You’ll also have the added bonus that when you look back on why you made those choices, it wasn’t a reaction.  It was a thoughtful response.