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It’s Okay to be Vulnerable

I think we are all vulnerable – especially to what scares us the most. Whether this be the potential for true love, a career that we would love to have or just to be ourselves, each and every day. It is our vulnerability that keeps us stuck, when our heart truly wants what is right in front of us. Often, we are too scared to reach out and grab it because it just seems too far or too unattainable or more succinct, we don’t believe we deserve it.

I’ve struggled with vulnerability my whole life, like many of you have. I still do on some days. Anyone who tells you otherwise, isn’t being authentic. It’s okay to be vulnerable. It’s what makes us humans. What you do with it makes all the difference in the world.

Be scared all you want. Keep all the fears you have. Be vulnerable. Don’t tell anyone. Stay the course or better yet, do something about it. Tell only one person that understands how you could possibly feel. Get out of that rut and live the life you were meant to live all these years. Invest in your life by taking action.

It’s all too easy to stay the course. Why should we change? Life has been ‘fine’. No great highs and no great lows. Everyday is the same. Why rock the boat?

We rock the boat so we can live our life to the fullest. It’s so much easier to just keep going on the path of least resistance than it is to reach out and say, I want that, or I want him or I want… We think life is easier if we keep the stress out and our vulnerability in but it doesn’t offer us the best life possible. We exist versus living. We survive rather than thrive and we settle versus fighting for what we truly desire in our hearts.

Take your vulnerability on a ride of a lifetime. Invest in yourself and in a coach that can get you from where you are and what you have to where you want to be and what you wish for. Life ends way too quickly for some, and those of us still here, must excel to live a vibrant journey chasing our dreams well others have been denied that extra time. Don’t waste it settling for that rut I call vulnerability.

I’d love to help you set your goals and reach them with ease! I will customize a program specifically for your needs and plan out how we will surpass your wildest dreams!! Schedule a Meet & Chat with me, I can’t wait to talk to you!

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Decluttering for Mental Health

Look around you. How much “stuff” have you accumulated over the years that you do not need for your imminent survival?

Some items may have been purchased because they were on sale or the advertisement promised an amazing benefit that just wasn’t so. Some things used to serve a purpose, but now they just collect dust. Some items are kept for sentimental value, and others you don’t even notice anymore, because they have been there for so long.

But how does all of this clutter make you feel? It adds chaos to your every day life, because it is not visually appealing to look at and this stuff tends to just be in the way.

What about the clutter taking over your office space? This can cause added stress to already crazy days, because there is no space to work or brainstorm or spread out a notebook for fresh ideas. This adds more stress than is necessary and can really affect how you feel by the time you head home (to more clutter!)

“UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) explored the relationship between 32 families and the thousands of objects in their homes and concluded that clutter has a strong effect on mood and self-esteem. Women were particularly stressed out by the presence of clutter. In fact, according to the CEFL study, the amount of stress they experience at home is directly proportional to the amount of stuff they and their family have accumulated. Similar to multitasking, physical clutter overloads your senses, makes you feel stressed, and impairs your ability to think creatively.”1

What is the solution??

It’s time to start giving away some of the items you know that you will never use again, haven’t used in months, or never really liked in the first place.

Here are two questions to ask yourself when beginning the task of decluttering:

Does it bring me joy?
Does it serve a functional purpose?

If you answered no to either of these questions, out it goes!!

The best way to get rid of your items is to donate them to others who might be in need of your things. Then you can feel as though the money that you spent on various items isn’t going into the garbage (and filling up our landfills) but that someone else might benefit from your generosity. For example, find a Goodwill, Value Village, Salvation Army, Women and Children’s shelter, or similar, to donate your gently used items to.

Here is a great way to ease yourself into getting rid of some clutter:

Over the course of a few weeks, you can really pare down your excess belongings by subscribing to this activity:

Day 1: Get rid of one item (it can be just one shirt, or one small appliance, one pair of shoes or a Christmas decoration you haven’t used in years).
Day 2: Get rid of two items!
Day 3: Get rid of three items!

…until you get to Day 30, and you rid yourself of 30 items that are cluttering up your space. Choose items that do not bring you joy and/or no longer serve a functional purpose!

Other ways to declutter:
• you can sell items online
• have a garage sale
• swap items with your friends

Make it fun! Getting rid of clutter doesn’t have to be traumatic, but it can sometimes feel stressful because we worry that we’ll need something again in the future and won’t have it. Start slowly on Day 1, and you will begin to feel a sense of lightness and excitement when you can see a bit more living space coming into view, not to mention your good deeds of donating your goods to someone who may get more joy from them than you do.

With Sources From:

1 – http://bebrainfit.com/declutter-stress-health/

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Jo-Anne Richardson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Energy Medicine Practitioner

Jo-Anne works with Fournier disAbility & Health Management Solutions to provide online education for clients and patients. Her interest in healthy, joyful living is demonstrated in her writing, coaching and teaching. Her goal is to improve the health of her community by empowering you with knowledge, support and new ideas.

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Crumpets and Tea Anyone?

You may want to think twice about your beverage choice!
Your cup of tea could be filled with pesticides. Yes, one more thing to worry about.

The English ceremony of having afternoon tea dates back hundreds of years, to the 1650’s, when ships would carry tea, beautiful porcelain tea pots and cups from China and Japan to Europe. Since tea leaves were extremely expensive, it immediately became popular with the Royal Family and aristocracy. But hundreds of years ago, pesticides were not used to propagate the growth of tea.1

Sadly, now most conventionally grown tea is doused in pesticides while it is growing, to fend off any number of pests – such as insects, mold or weeds. Most tea is not washed before it is distributed into individual tea bags, and as you would suspect, the pesticides are waiting for you right there in that cup.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has been testing various tea brands for the last several years. Their findings are both shocking and scary – 1 in 4 teas had pesticides in them, at levels above what is allowed for human consumption.2

CBC’s Marketplace further investigated, and found that, for example, Uncle Lee’s Legends of China Green Tea had an incredible 22 pesticides in it, with 6 over the allowable limit.3

You can find the full Marketplace Tea Test Results here: http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/blog/full-tea-test-results

The FoodBabe also reports that “A recent third-party analysis by Glaucus Research and discussed here found that 91 percent of Celestial Seasonings tea tested had pesticide residues exceeding the U.S. limits. For example, Sleepytime Kids Goodnight Grape Herbal contained 0.26 ppm of propachlor, which is a known carcinogen under California’s Propsition 65.”4

This is troubling news to those of us who enjoy one or even several cups of tea throughout the day. Since it is such a perfect snack time choice at the office, to just enjoy a few minutes with your favourite tea, and step away from the stress piling up on your desk, there must be a solution.

Here is a list of bagged tea that is safe, put together by David Wolfe:2

•    Red Rose
•    Numi Tea
•    Rishi Tea
•    EDEN Organic
•    Organic Stash
•    Choice Organic Teas
•    Two Leaves
•    Organic Tazo
•    Organic Traditional Medicinals

Additionally, check the package on some of the flavoured or more fancy teas, it’s important to also avoid added flavourings and GMO’s. Always buy organic and non-GMO, and if you can, try white tea. It is actually made from younger leaves, so they have less time to be exposed to pesticides before they are harvested for processing.

If you can buy organic loose leaf tea, and use a glass or stainless steel infuser, you are also avoiding the potential exposure to chemicals in the tea bags. (I know, what next?!)

“According to Dr. Mercola, many “paper tea bags are treated with epichlorohydrin, a compound mainly used in the production of epoxy resins. Considered a potential carcinogen by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health2 (NIOSH), epichlorohydrin is also used as a pesticide. When epichlorohydrin comes in contact with water, it hydrolyzes to 3-MCPD, which has been shown to cause cancer in animals. It has also been implicated in infertility (it has a spermatoxic effect in male rats) and suppressed immune function.”4

Check out this amazing chart from The FoodBabe, to cross reference the safety of your tea.

Definitely continue to have mini-vacations at work with a cup of tea, but be sure to choose your tea from the safe list!

With Sources From:

1 – http://www.teamuse.com/article_001203.html
2 – https://www.davidwolfe.com/tea-contain-harmful-chemicals/
3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCk8eFiaE98
4 – http://foodbabe.com/2013/08/21/do-you-know-whats-really-in-your-tea/

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Jo-Anne Richardson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Energy Medicine Practitioner

Jo-Anne works with Fournier Homeopathic & Integrative Health to provide online education for clients and patients. Her interest in healthy, joyful living is demonstrated in her writing, coaching and teaching. Her goal is to improve the health of her community by empowering you with knowledge, support and new ideas.

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Lose Your Cell Phone

Cell phones make you feel ‘busy’ as there is a whole electronic world happening in your hands that you are part of, while you are also part of real-time life. As life seems to be getting busier and busier, and the answer to “How are you?” has become “Busy”, it is important to take a time-out from our devices to just “be”.

It isn’t normal for a small electronic device to consume so much of our attention.

We are human beings, not human doings. It is not okay that you have packed your schedule so full of activities for yourself and your family that you never get a minute to unwind. This also contributes to the problem that you can’t keep track of everything and rely heavily on your cell phone to tell you where you need to be!

We must take some time each day for relaxation, to recharge our batteries and connect with those we are closest to. Spend time in nature, go for a walk, read a book on the patio, watch the sunset or turn some music on and have an impromptu dance party. Any activity that will keep your focus on the present moment and add some real-time joy into your life is much more important than your phone!

Consider decreasing your dependency from your cell phone with these suggestions:

• Meditate when you wake up! Get caught up on your cell phone messages later.
• Turn it off!! Start with one hour a day with no cell phone usage and increase every week.
• Have a live conversation! Don’t take your cell phone to a meal.
• Bedrooms are for 2 things only – sex and sleep. Cell phones do not belong here.
• Having a job interview or talking with your boss? Shut it off!
• Tune in to your family during quality time, instead of your device.
• When you see or hear a notification, make an active choice to ignore it for a bit. Nothing needs your instant response. Immediacy has turned into dependency.
• Limit screen time for your children, as they too, can become quite dependent on their devices and the manufactured feeling of being connected.
• Sit on the grass and put your feet on Mother Earth and breathe. This is real, natural connection, not a wifi connection!
• Consciously notice how you feel liberated and calm throughout the day, without being quite so tied to your devices, and you will want to continue or increase this liberation.

Have a family meeting and discuss cell phone etiquette. Our children learn by example – make sure it’s a good one. Take a moment everyday to realize how often you reach for your cell phone and how many hours of your daily life is spent using it. What information are you checking? What are you scheduling? How many times do you check email? Facebook? Instagram? Twitter?

But more importantly, what are you missing in real-time?

When you’re spending time with loved ones, are you fully present? Or do you have one eye on your phone ready to check that notification that just came in?

It’s important to actually be present in your life and those of your loved ones. They don’t want to share your time with your cell phone.

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Jo-Anne Richardson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Energy Medicine Practitioner

Jo-Anne works with Fournier Homeopathic & Integrative Health to provide online education for clients and patients. Her interest in healthy, joyful living is demonstrated in her writing, coaching and teaching. Her goal is to improve the health of her community by empowering you with knowledge, support and new ideas.

Looking for more tips and information on holistic health and living? Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FournierHomeopathic and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/FournierHHealth

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