I have a lot of goals. I’ve been doing a lot of planning and dreaming lately, with more emphasis on planning since the dreams are kind of been there a long time. I’m unsure how yet I’m pulling it all together to form a cohesive unit but that’s a work in progress. I’m blessed and filled with gratitude that my husband supports my focus on career shifts and my holistic goals. We are blessed he has a good career to afford me the luxury of pursuit of my dreams. It’s all not as pricey as you may think. I’ve researched a whole lot!
I am presently finishing up a Crystal Healing certification and will have that info up on the blog for you to see, very soon. But I also have other projects and certifications for the near future. I am getting certified in holy fire and archangel light reiki, both level 1. This differs from the usui reiki certification I hold in that usui reiki is a hands on practice, whereas my new certifications are a different style and technique. I decided to do this not only to give clients options but also for me to delve further into reiki studies which will only enrich my practice. All the above certifications will be held before the month is over.
Longer range plans? I would love to add aromatherapy to my practice, as well as adding pranic healing and maybe eft work into my grab bag of healing modalities. More and more doctors and hospitals are utilizing alternative therapies into their treatment plans and this is my area of focus.
I’ve also been looking into receiving some life coaching training. Among my friends I’m considered wise and am usually the one they come to for life advice. A long time ago I had considered teaching and I know all those quizes and tests people take to realize their life’s goals and ambitions have always pointed me in the direction of teaching and healing, and so, here we are.
I’ve also just started dabbling in crystal and tibeten bowls. Sound healing is profoundly good for my psyche and if I can share that gift with others, all the more beautiful.
I’ve always had an itch for photography and my husband keeps pushing me to invest and learn since that’s something that is useful even if just for blogging or my future website. I would love to snap exquisite photos when we travel!
For my Arbonne biz I’m looking into expanding my skill set with doing some classes in makeup and considering heading back to school to become an esthetician. Our skincare line is the absolute best in my opinion and I’d love to mesh the two!
The next few years are going to be so BUSY! Even my hubby’s headed back to school soon!
I’m a Marvel fan and they cancelled most of them, so..in random order this is what’s left that I watch..
- The Amazing Race
- Agents Of Shield
- Star Trek Discovery
- The Great British Bake Off
- The Voice
- A Series Of Unfortunate Events
- Criminal Minds
- Game Of Thrones
- Law & Order SUV
What are your favorite TV shows?
- Tag the creators @bookprincessreviews
- Share one thing you learned about the person who tagged you
- For each prompt, you can use a maximum of three emojis
- Tag at least two other bloggers you want to get to know better
One thing I learned is that Karalee is a gamer 🎮❤
- What country do you live in? 🇺🇸
- What was your dream job growing up? ✒📚
- How many siblings do you have (if any)? 1️⃣
- What are your top three favourite activities? 🐬🧘🏻♀️🥾
- What is something you’re very good at? 👩🏻🍳🗨 🔮
- What is something you’d like to become better at? ✍🏻🧗🏻♀️🏊🏻♀️
- How many languages do you speak? 1️⃣ 🇺🇸
- What is something you could talk about for hours (non-book related if possible) 🐶🐱🔭
- What’s your favourite book genre? 👻
- What is your favourite season of the year? 🍂
- If you had to describe yourself as an animal, what animal would you be? 🦉
I am not going to tag anyone for this challenge, but if you would like to do it, then feel free!
My Results Below
Passion for Envisioning
Imagine, Recognize, Achieve, Attain
You like to use your right rational brain more than the other three quadrants. This means that your passion is to envision your self, your life and everything in it in a new a exciting fashion. For you, seeing the future and where you are heading gets you, and everyone else around you, gets you fired up and excited about possibilities. Curious, inventive and imaginative, all you need to do is get the picture of something you can achieve or create and you are raring to go. With your sights on the future, you get excited when you are ahead of everyone else and you will work hard to make sure you stay in front. It’s easy for you to see who you want to be or what you want to do. Your ambition, combined with a strong work ethic, makes sure that you make your vision come to life.
When you don’t direct your passion, you can appear arrogant to others who don’t “see what you see,” or they may even consider you a bit flaky. It’s not uncommon for people with your passion to take center stage and wow others with your big ideas and latest schemes. To others, your passion can be frightening, as most people prefer to hold on to what they have instead of dreaming the big dreams that come so naturally to you. Because you like to win or be the “best of the best”, you can easily attract the envy of others and will be surprised when people undermine or try to dismiss your passion. You have a tendency to disconnect from your passion or downplay it to avoid unpleasant reactions from others when they devalue, dismiss or ridicule your dreams.
Use Your Passion at Work
Whatever place you start, you have the destination in mind. This means that in order for you to use your passion at work, you need to be able to “see” where you are going. You do well in your own business as an entrepreneur: where you can have a vision for what you want to create and then set about to achieve it. A career where you make plans, predictions or systems is energizing for you. Goal-driven jobs like sales, consulting, or marketing, where you set targets and win, will ignite your passion. Work where you may have the opportunity to make cutting-edge discoveries in your field, or produce innovative products or solutions, also fuels your passion.
Use Your Passion in Leisure
As a Seer, you are always on the lookout for new things to ignite your passion. You can get fired up about a lot of things and you do best to have a number of projects on the go that you can rotate such as reorganizing your home (and having someone else do the work), gardening, a jigsaw puzzle, knitting or beading. You get a picture of what the end product looks like and will get started with zest. Don’t beat yourself up for not finishing things because the passion for you comes with seeing what something will be and trying to make it. If you can’t get there fast enough, you will start something different. Taking courses on psychology, astrology or other subjects that fuel your passion for seeing why people do what they do are also compelling.
Want to find out your Striving Style? Visit WhoAreYouMeantToBe.com to take the Striving Styles Personality Assessment.
No, no they don’t. And they don’t want change. I resisted so many changes for so long. Change means leaving a comfort zone. I retreated back to my comfort zone more than once. But it doesn’t change the facts. Somewhere in my deepest inner being I know that eating animals is wrong, wrong for me, the animals and the environment. Despite nay-sayers I know that eating animals is contributing to global warming. And I KNOW eating all the junk food consumers eat is horrible for our health and longevity. But despite knowing, we have a hard time with change and accepting something is bad or wrong for us. We will make every excuse in the book to continue eating something that’s so wrong but tastes so good. I made every excuse in the book. But the biggest and truest is that I had a hard time when I tried to go full vegan. I haven’t taken enough time to work with beans and legumes to know how to cook a variety of dishes and I don’t want to use soy and need to limit wheat gluten. Plus my husband was a hard core meat eater when we first got together.
For a long time I battled a war inside me bouncing between veganism and being a meat eater. Every time I ate meat I felt it was wrong. But I had no clue how to juggle healthy vs compassionate. And I began disliking myself more every bite I took. I was ashamed to stand and say I was an animal rights activist and yet I still ate meat. I lied often, so I could still stand up against animal cruelty and not receive condemnation from vegans. I think a large reason I have had weight issues has been over guilty eating and dislike for myself because of eating meat. Most of the time when I was trying to be meat free, I ate a lot of junk food. I wasn’t healthy.
And it’s difficult trying to speak with people who go meatless because of animal rights issues when quitting meat was a breeze for them. But nutrition is a complicated jungle and if you have any health issues stacked on top make it even more difficult. And many in the animal rights community (at least who I’ve encountered) meet people with nutritional concerns and questions with disdain and anger. Feeling they are not actual issues when compared to the plight of animals. And although I agree, a life is indeed more important that a pork chop in my belly, my human life and health is also important.
So why did I personally struggle so much going vegan? I only knew how to cook your basic meat and potato meals. I was born and raised on meat, potatoes and sweets. Vegetables were not a big part of my Mom’s cooking, but meat was. Beef and pork were like an every other night swap. With a night for chicken, or a pasta night thrown in. I grew up in a turbulent home and sweets were a refuge and an “I’m sorry” for what I did. Into adulthood I loathed the taste of almost all vegetables. My staple veggies on my adult table were, corn, corn and oh yeah, corn. Eventually I branched out into salad with a cucumber thrown on top with mounds of cheese and croutons to cover the taste of the green stuff.
Fact was, when I first tried to be a non meat eater, my diet may have been kind, but nutritionally it was a major disaster. I ate salad (as in lettuce), processed boxed crap, pastas and, you guessed it, sweets. I lived off coffee cake, muffins, and bread. I was tired allllll the time. And during this time is when I found out how unhealthy all that boxed stuff was that has a list of 30 ingredients with names you can’t pronounce. And was also finding out that many of the vegan brand products (which I already thought tasted like cardboard or too much green vegetation) had the same problem, a lot of unhealthy added ingredients. Plus I was hearing the negative aspects of eating soy and wheat gluten on a daily basis and recently learning that wheat gluten makes me bloat and may have a big part in my stagnant weight loss. And processed sugars are extremely unhealthy period!
But I’ve learned a lot and am ready for the next steps towards a kinder, more environmentally friendly, and healthier nutrition plan. What are my nutritional goals based on all I’ve learned? As we move closer to the end of my 30 Day Challenge and headed towards the New Year, here is what I’m aiming for in our kitchen…
My husband and I have been moving towards a gradual shift to become meat free. We’ve both been at different stages, and at different times, for different reasons. My husband’s tastes lean vastly more towards a Mediterranean Diet. And I too have found greater health benefits in the Mediterranean Diet, the more I learn about nutrition, and how my body reacts to foods. But I also know that wheat gluten affects me, so now I know that after this cleanse is over I need to lessen the amount of gluten I have in my diet. I won’t be eliminating it, but I do see the reasons to reduce the amount I eat. It’s a filler for the most part, with minimal nutritional value in comparison. And I’m sick of belly bloat!
You can lessen the amount of gluten you eat with some simple changes. Switch from eating regular pasta to a rice pasta, or you can easily make/buy gluten free breads. Also watch labels.
I’ve spent a lot of time in my life worrying what others think of me and my choices, and I’m tired of playing this game. I worry what vegans will think, I worry what my friends and family will think. No more. My husband and I have taken the time to learn about nutrition and alternate choices when it comes to meat, dairy and sweets. We are making a hard core commitment now in implementing all we’ve learned along the way and all we will learn as we make changes permanent. The chart below shows the breakdown of the nutrition plan that my husband and I can both work with as we progress our way to a Vegetarian/Vegan lifestyle. I modified the Mediterranean Diet to rely less heavily on fish, this would be called an to be Ovo-Vegetarian/Pescatarian diet.
Starting From The Top….
Tier 1 – Sweets, especially those made with processed sugars and animal products will be severely limited. There are enough raw recipes that have no funky ingredients that can be sweet and delicious. It’s just a matter of either taking the time to learn to make them, or finding a good vegan bakery that maybe specializes in raw treats. Here are some examples …. Raw Deserts
Tier 2 – is all about my glass or two of wine I have when we go out to dinner or are at a social event where drinking is available. We don’t buy alcohol for the house unless it’s the holidays usually. In the summer we may get sangria or beer. But it’s an occasional thing.
Tier 3 – Fish and sea food for now will remain in our meal planning. But over time I want to phase it out and either move it up to the top and one day I will finally be completely meat free and it will no longer be in our kitchen.
And tier 4 – Eggs are a pretty regular part of our diet and like fish will be phased out too.
This right here is the future of protein and could very well one day be our main source of protein. I highly recommend this soy free, gmo free product for your Meatless Monday and beyond!
I could survive almost completely off of tier 5 through 8 – I’m a pasta lover but until I discovered and actually used gluten free pastas, it meant I had to live with tummy bloat. Tier 5 through 8 is my rock now and we already have been about 90% dairy free (cheese on pizza mainly), but are now 100% dairy free. The supplements I use from Arbonne keep it all nutritionally sound.
- Added sugar: Soda, candies, ice cream, table sugar and many others.
- Refined grains: White bread, pasta made with refined wheat, etc.
- Trans fats: Found in margarine and various processed foods.
- Refined Oils: Soybean oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil and others.
- Highly processed foods: Everything labelled “low-fat” or “diet” or looks like it was made in a factory. Other than Beyond Meat and a few other similar plant based meatless options.
One day, I will be completely meat free as I play with more and more recipes and become a better cook in my kitchen. I tried and failed so many times doing it the wrong way so that it would become permanent change. Soy can be unhealthy, as well as gluten can be. I feel very lucky to have come across Arbonne. Because in learning how to be gluten free I’ve learned how I can leap to being meat free without being unhealthy. You just need the right fooducation 😉. To be healthy, you need to cook. And to be a more compassionate consumer you need to cook, and cook the right things to be healthy. We are changing our habits, and you can too. For the animals, for the planet and for YOUR health!
In summary: Just like 3/4 of the rest if the world I’m trying to find healthy. And just like all the other animal advocates out there I’m trying to live kinder, but I also want to be healthy. I know I’m not the only other animal rights person who has had issues with becoming vegan. And I know many vegans don’t understand my dilemma. I know many who had trouble with health and veganism hide in the shadows afraid to admit they just don’t have the skills to live life a healthy vegan. I’m trying to find my way back there, but this time in a healthy way. So don’t bash me if you’re a vegan who just doesn’t get it. Help me, share recipes with me and tell me how you found the balance. And in the meantime, I will continue to move forward towards healthy and ethical sustainable living by learning and experimenting with cooking. And as I learn, I will share what I’ve learned so others can lead a kinder more ethical life with food.
The info below is from PETA. I am personally not a fan of PETA and the way they themselves treat animals and their views on euthanasia and especially their views on the Pit Bull breeds. There are many other animals rights/welfare organizations that are more compassionate and much less egotistical. But they are a wealth of information on veganism and sources for vegan products. Arbonne is PETA certified for the products being vegan and cruelty free!
Meatless; Soy-Free and Gluten-Free
- Neat “meat” is a new product made from a mix of nuts and garbanzo beans. It comes in four flavors: Mexican, Italian, Breakfast, and Original.
- Great Life by Lucinda has a variety of veggie burger mixes.
- Beyond Meat’s Beyond Beef Crumbles come in both Feisty Crumbles and Beefy Crumbles flavors, and they’re made from pea protein.
- Beyond Meat’s Beast Burger boasts the fact that it contains more iron and protein than its meaty equivalent, and more omegas than salmon.
- Cool Foods’ Vegi Bacon are “bacon bits” derived from pinto beans, and are ready to top your baked potato, salad, or soup.
- Sunshine Burgers are made from a variety of beans, seeds, and brown rice. They come in eight flavors, including Shiitake Mushroom, Loco Chipotle, and Hemp & Sage.
- Amy’s Sonoma Veggie Burger is made from quinoa, garbanzo beans, nuts, and vegetables.
- Hilary’s Eat Well Veggie Bites and several types of veggie burgers are made with grains, beans, seeds, and greens and are certified kosher as well.
Meatless; Gluten-Free (*These are not certified gluten-free, but the ingredient labels do not list gluten or wheat.)
- Gardein offers four gluten-free varieties: Chick’n Scallopini, Chipotle Black Bean Burger, the Ultimate Beefless Ground, and Garden Veggie Burger. These delectable options are made with a soy protein base.
- Textured vegetable protein (TVP) is a dehydrated soy product that looks like little flaky nuggets and is a great stand-in for ground beef. It can be rehydrated in about a minute and works well in spaghetti sauces, chili, tacos, and veggie burgers.
- Butler Soy Curls are perfect for grilling or cooking in soups, salads, stir-fries, and fajitas.
- Simply Balanced Smoky Chipotle Meatless Chicken* packs a lot of protein and is perfect for the summer grilling season.
- Simply Balanced Korean Barbecue Meatless Chicken* is another variety from this brand, which is carried exclusively by Target.
- Simply Balanced Mushroom Miso Meatless Turkey* is the brand’s third faux-meat flavor. Mushroom miso sounds delicious. It’s time to taste-test these cruelty-free meats!
- Tempeh is a fermented soy product that comes in the form of a dense cake, perfect sliced or cubed and then steamed or fried and added to stir-fries, pasta dishes, salads, and sandwiches. It’s especially delicious when smoked for a “BLT.”
- Praeger’s veggie burgers come in both kale and California varieties.
- Amy’s Veggie Loaf is packaged ready to eat! You can also opt for the low-sodium version.
- Beyond Meat has delectable chicken tenders that you should stock your freezer with ASAP.
- Seitan is a delectable meatless option made of wheat gluten. Available from many companies, it’s popular because it soaks up flavors extremely well and the texture is chewy and satisfying. You can also make your own!
- Field Roast vegan meat products are all wheat- and grain-based. They specialize in links, roasts, and meatless loafs—perfect for the holidays or anytime.
- Bahama Rice Burgers are rice-based and come in seven flavors.
- Amy’s California Veggie Burgers come in original and low-sodium varieties.
- Hot Dang Original Grain Burger is so delicious, but remember that only the original flavor is vegan.
*I found a pretty clear explanation here about my issues with soy, and she lays it out much better than I ever could! Wellness Mama – Is Soy Healthy
- The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
- It by Stephen King (love the book way more than any of the movie adaptations)
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Lord Of The Rings by Tolkien
- The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Movies: Horror, But Not Slasher Or Gore/Some Comedy/Very Little Romance/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Mystery/Documentary
- Guardians Of The Galaxy
- Love Actually
- Nightmare Before Christmas
- Harry Potter…
- Lord Of The Rings…
Documentaries: Animal Welfare and Rights/Environmental
- The Cove
- An Inconvenient Truth
- Racing Extinction
- Marvel Franchises
- The Amazing Race/Survivor
- Game Of Thrones
Everything and anything other than country. House music is my go to, but I listen to R&B, pop, rap, classical, rock opera, metal, etc… It’s a flavor, a mood, an emotion. But I am not a fan of country at allllllll. There have been a few pop crossovers that have been ehhh ok. But I’m just not a fan of the song style or lyrics.
Place of Birth?
I think I would have to say my eyes
One on my hand and one on my back
Righty or lefty?
Blogging, cooking, running, fitness, volunteering, traveling
Guardians Of The Galaxy
Anything by Sia
I follow a bunch of people but lately I’m never on there. Hmm, The Fitness Marshal
Pizza, Italian, obsessed with sweet potatoes
Teas, coffees and sparkling waters
Free People, Urban Outfitters, Anthropology, INKnBURN, I mostly like boutiques more than shops you find at the mall. And I usualllllly only shop sales. Other than INKnBURN. I like to thrift shop too.
Any and all, well…not snakes and spiders and bugs only from afar lol
Black, pink, teal, deep dark water blues
I listen to all different kinds of music like popular, house, R&B….
Believe in love at first sight?
Believe in ghosts?
Believe in Aliens?
Believe in soulmates?
Believe in heaven and hell?
Believe in yourself?
More and more every day
If you won the lottery, what would you buy?
A house, pay off bills, buy my In-Laws a house, give my besties some cash, and donate the rest.
Your favorite/worst subject in high school?
Favorite/Algebra-Math. Worst was social sciences, boring, really boring.
Something you wish you were talented at?
The first thing you notice about people?
On top of your bucket list?
Your biggest accomplishment?
Something you look for in a partner?
I found him, but it was his sense of honor
Something you dislike?
People who are too full of themsleves
Beauty and the Beast
Random Final Questions:
Autumn, because cool crisp air and it’s windy. Plus all the colors!
If you could live anywhere in the world where?
Hawaii, Washington State, Italy, or Sweden
Sweet or savory?
I prefer sweet
Last time you cried?
Not that long ago
If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
Scary movie or happy ending?
I love scary movies, just not slasher gore movies.
Are you competitive?
Describe yourself in a single sentence?
I’m a shy extrovert who loves animals more than people and is environmentally conscious, loves to volunteer and is an advocate for animals and the earth.
If you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be?
Believe in yourself
long before I actually started learning more about my spiritualism I actually held many of the principals of a Buddhist deep within who I was as a person, and had zero clue it was a Buddhist way of living life. I was raised Catholic and for a long time studied different religious paths trying to put the pieces together into something that felt like a right path but which had a simple direct no frills line of reasoning. After many years I am finding my heart home mostly within Buddhism.
I always felt a wanting of a deeper connection to people. I never cared for or felt comfortable with what I perceived as talk about the weather type conversations. I always had a need to “get” people on a more spiritual level. And that doesn’t mean a specific religious doctrine, but on a what makes you tick kind of level. Suffice to say a lot of people aren’t like that and have trouble with someone trying to connect too fast. But the more I learned about my own spiritual path the more I found it’s because of my spiritual self is the reason the why I long to connect with people on a deeper level than just the, “how do you do” pleasantries.
This blog was one way for me to actually try to just talk about myself more openly and randomly about the weather to people lol. To learn to step back and learn to love the process of simple pleasantries in conversation and presentation. Whenever I found myself in situations meeting new people I often just appeared shy and reserved because I didn’t partake in the uncomfortable act of casual conversation. I still tend to stay pretty quiet and just observe people and get to know them better until deeper conversation starts. To a lot of people over the years I guess maybe they thought I just didn’t want to get to know them. When in fact it was the complete opposite. But humans are guarded, even I am. And it takes time to build the trust with some people before they want to open up to you. Once again in many ways I can be like that too. But ask me about deeper subjects and I will sit down over a cup of tea or coffee at some fabulous coffee shop, cafe or tea emporium and chat with for hours over religion, war, peace, alternative healing, etc…
This article I just read I think touches on the type of friendship I offer and can find a connection with. I am always searching for personal growth and good conversation.
Autumn Bucket List
Go apple picking
Make apple sauce
Go to a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin
Go hiking once a week
Continue to downsize my wardrobe
Read the Vampire Academy series
Do a Halloween maze
Sip a glass at a local winery
Shopping a street fair
See family in Ohio
See family in New Jersey
Have a spooky/horror movie marathon weekend
Make a bat box
Work on an autumn themed 1000 piece puzzle while the fireplace is lit
Roast marshmallows in our fireplace
Volunteer at the Food Bank
Learn to knit or crochet
Run at least one Halloween themed race
Autumn Social Media Bucket List
300 Instagram followers (yeah I’m not on there much)
700 Pinterest followers
1500 Twitter followers
1000 WordPress followers
700 WordPress followers
Autumn Business Bucket List
Add 2-4 people to my Arbonne team
Help at least 2 people a week get started on a healthier eating/living path
Get my business cards made
Get all the supplies I need together to start having Sip, Sample & Shop parties