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,



“Keep It Simple: Permission to Illuminate Your Life Easily, Effortlessly, & Joyfully” Workbook Exercise 6-2014: Problem Solving



“Keep It Simple: Permission to Illuminate Your Life Easily, Effortlessly, & Joyfully” has something to celebrate!  It’s now available as an eBook!



To celebrate the new format, there will be a special giveaway in the July newsletter.  If you’re not signed up for the newsletter, you can sign up here.

Now I’d like to take the opportunity to help you with solving one of your biggest challenges.  For this exercise,  I recommend choosing only one to work with.  Work with the same challenge until you’re satisfied with the results.  Then move on to another problem.

Choose a time to open your “can of worms” when you can truly devote at least an hour to exploring, journalling, and meditating on it.  Journal all of your thoughts about it.  Ask yourself every question you can think of.  Truly explore every angle you can find to look at.  The purpose of this exercise is to satisfy yourself that you’re not hiding away from something you’re afraid of, or ashamed of.

Take time to breathe through your feelings.  You have 100% of your own attention right now in your mind, your body, and your spirit.  Really let yourself relax and explore.  If you need to forgive yourself, forgive yourself.  If you need to forgive someone else, and you’re ready to, forgive them.  If you need to express a gentle truth, express it.

You will come to a place where your thoughts start to repeat themselves. That’s when you’re ready to look at your problem with the tools from the technique from “In Closing,” in the workbook.  Which one of the three is it?  Is it time to gather more information?  Is it time to allow things to unfold, because you’ve already done all that you can?  Or is it time to take action right away?

If it’s time to take action right away, and you’re not sure which action to take, visit the toolbox in chapter one.  Choose as many of the tools there as appeal to you, and take action.

As always, I’m happy to lend an ear if you have a question.

I’d be honored to hear how problem solving is going for you.  What was in your can of worms?  If you have something private to share, feel free to connect on Facebook or through e-mail.

Much love always,








Keep It Simple: Permission to Illuminate Your Life Easily, Effortlessly & Joyfully Workbook Exercise 4-2014

K.I.S. Exercise 4-2014

Instructions for plugging in the keys if you haven’t done it before, or if you forgot:

Pg. 14 of the workbook has a space for what you know is true about yourself. If your meditation with the words “I know that I am worthy of a good life” energized you, comforted you, or in some way felt like it was the one, this is where you’ll write the phrase in and date it. You know how much fun it is to look back on those entries!

Pg. 16 of the workbook is where you’ll write the words, “I trust that I am worthy of a good life,” if this is the phrase that gives you a good feeling, energizes you, or in some way adds something to you.

Pg. 17 of the workbook is the place to write “I love that I am worthy of a good life,” if this is the phrase that gives you that loving feeling.

Pg. 18 of the workbook is where you can write “I trust that I am worthy of a good life,” if this is the feeling that resonates most for you.

You can have more than one that feels good, so it’s up to you if you want to write it in more than one way. I think of this as one of the deeper introspections to explore, so please, do be gentle with yourself. Write the dates on each entry so you can visit them or work with them in the future.

Please feel free to get in touch with me privately if this exercise brings up anything you’d like help with. I’m here for you.

Happy weekend everyone!

A Must-Read Book


Don’t you just love reading a stellar book? Julia Ross’s research for The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of your Emotions – Today is inspiring. As a Holistic Health Consultant, I’ve learned more from her about amino acid therapy than I did when I earned my degree in applied nutrition. The Mood Cure is filled with recipes, resources, and practical information. Is it a substitute for qualified care? Not in my opinion. Still, learning what this book has to offer will empower readers to seek out someone who can work with them on this level.

Chapter 13 alone should be required reading for anyone working in mental or holistic health, in my opinion. When I think of all of the suffering that could be prevented…

I highlighted pages and pages of notes on the Kindle version of the book to add to my client’s knowledge base. There is one recommendation that Julia Ross makes that I had trouble with. She advocates a lot of animal protein in the diet. I know a lot of emotionally adjusted vegetarians and vegans. I don’t feel that the amount of animal protein she’s suggesting is right for everyone, or that it’s the only way to go. It is a large disagreement, but if you keep it in mind as you use the book, you’ll be exposed to amazing amounts of useful information that can really make a difference.

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.