Ok. So, it’s been awhile since I have written anything for my blog. For some reason nothing was inspiring me and it was a little frustrating. But here I am back at it and it feels good.
I am not a mystical or mythical person or someone that reads the stars (although horoscopes are fun) but several years ago a woman I worked with told me about visualizing for what you want. Her example was with bringing in money!! As a single mom with a mortgage and two sons that were eating me out of house of home, I liked the sound of that. She said several times a day or whenever you can remember visualize money coming down on you and say, “Money comes to me and through me.” Why through me you might ask? Because if it doesn’t go through you then it is going to get stuck, clogged up and you won’t be able to accept anymore. Interesting. So I taped to my bathroom mirror how much money I wanted to bring in that year and of course literally visualized and said to myself, “Money comes to me and through me.” I did this at night before I went to sleep and during the day whenever I remembered. It was crazy. That year I exceeded the number I had on my bathroom mirror. Money came in for a variety of reasons; I received more back in taxes then I expected, I ended up working in a classification one step higher so earned just a slightly higher hourly wage, I think that was the year that we received money from the lawsuit with my neighbor’s insurance company and to be honest I can’t even remember all of the other little things that came my way. What I do remember was how surprised I was that I exceeded my goal.
Then for some reason after that year I stopped visualizing. Not sure why. So now its several years later and it is my goal again to bring in more money. I started visualizing money coming down on my head and again, stating, “Money comes to me and through me,” but for some reason this time the visualization part of it wasn’t sticking. What I mean is, something wasn’t right, I would get so easily distracted and would lose the visualization before I finished the sentence. So I changed up my visual, now I visualize myself laying down and dollar bills sprinkling down on me. Kinda corny but it is what works for me.
And again, it has not failed me. It’s the small things; I received a refund from Amazon I wasn’t expecting, sold things on OfferUp that I wasn’t able to sell before, a retro check from work for the COLA increase, my boss was able to get my employer to reimburse me for the classes I am taking at the community college and I received a somewhat I higher tax refund this year then last year. These are just to name a few. Again, you have to take it where you can get it and accept it as it comes.
Bottom line: Put out there what you want, visualize having it and it will come if you are open to it.
Side Note: I also did this with my significant other. Before we started dating, I saw him at work and referred to him (unbeknownst to him) as, “My boyfriend that doesn’t know he is my boyfriend yet.” And guess what, we are now going on eight years and he is the best!
Second Side Note: As I finished writing this post I just sold another item off of OfferUP.
Have you ever you ever noticed people that apologize for everything? Or have you caught yourself apologizing for things that probably really don’t need an apology? I can say for certain that I definitely notice women doing this more often then men. As I find myself inspired lately to post about women and the issues that effect us I recalled this video I saw several years ago. It’s quite the eye opener. Just sharing.
Did you know April is Sexual Assault Awareness month? As someone that is an advocate for women and the issues that affect our lives, this is my way to bring attention to the offense of sexual assault. Most likely you or someone you know has experienced some form of a sexual offense whether it’s sexual harassment or god forbid sexual assault. Please remember:
Don’t blame her
It doesn’t matter what she was wearing
JUST BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T SAY NO DOESN’T MEAN YES
Spread the word.
The Whole 30 diet. Have you heard of it? It is very similar to the Paleo diet, it is basically eating very “clean” for 30 days. As I have shared in a previous post (FODMAP…….What? ) I have been dealing with digestive issues for the past seven or so years. Up until about five months ago I was following the FODMAP diet and then for some reason it stopped helping my digestive woes (not sure why). Then for a few weeks I was drinking apple cider vinegar several times a day (more on that later) which helped for a couple of weeks and then it stopped working for me also. Ugh. Sooooo, it was time to try something completely different. In preparation for her wedding a few weeks ago my coworker and her fiance did the Whole 30 diet to lose weight, and that they did, but for me it was the continued quest to figure out my digestion troubles.
Instead of listing the foods you can’t eat it with Whole 30 it is much easier to list the foods you can eat, so here they are: eggs, potatoes, poultry, meat (not cured though like bacon or sausage most have sugar in them believe it or not), coffee, nuts but no peanuts, vegetables and limited amount of fruit. It’s pretty limited although for people that are creative in the kitchen there are lots of Whole30 recipes out there. Below is what I usually had:
Typical wakeup beverage: coffee with almond milk. Enjoyed this the least and couldn’t wait to have a good cup of coffee with creamer when I was done with this darn thing.
Typical breakfast: a scoop or two of almond butter with blueberries and some cashews with coconut sprinkled on top. This surprisingly sustained me for quite awhile during the day.
Typical lunch: Poultry or meat (my hot boyfriend would cook a meat/poultry in the crock pot on Sunday’s for me to have for lunch for the week), with avocado or potato wedges.
Typical dinner: Same as lunch and/or a salad.
Results????………………my stomach felt so much better! I didn’t lose weight like a lot people do but my stomach was flatter because I wasn’t bloated or uncomfortable!
Here are my takeaways after completing the diet for 30 days-
- Ranch dressing. On Pinterest I found a Whole30 approved Ranch dressing that I love! I am now going to make it all the time, it tastes good and doesn’t hurt my stomach.
2. I finally came to the conclusion that I have a form of IBS. The C kind to be exact. (Here is a website that explains the different types-https://www.webmd.com/ibs/types-ibs). So while I was in the throes of the Whole30, I started using Heather’s Tummy Fiber. You have to start out on a small dosage and slowly work your way up until you find the dosage that works for you. It’s also been helpful. Very reasonably priced on Amazon.
3. Now that I have done the Whole30 for thirty days I am determined to figure out the true culprits to my digestion issues. So far I think dairy might be one issue. Even though Coffee Mate creamer says it’s gluten free and lactose free, my first day off Whole30 and in my excitement to have a yummy cup of coffee I used creamer and low and behold the gas and bloating kicked in. Ugh.
4. If my digestion issues flare up again, I will definitely do the Whole30 again.
Many people do Whole30 to lose weight, for some a sort of cleanse or a “reset,” whatever your reason might be, it’s worth a try.
I first saw this pic on Amy Schumer’s Instagram of all places. I thought it was very powerful so wanted to share…….