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2. Would you like to have more children? How many or why not?
I definitely would like to have more children. My husband and I always said we wanted three. Currently, that's still the goal.
11. What is the best thing about being a mom?
12. What is the most challenging part about being a mom?
Maintaining a sense of balance. Now, I devote most of my time to someone who does not understand that I do get tired or that the house needs to be cleaned. I want to give my all and my best to my child, my husband and myself, but doing this is not easy, rarely goes as planned, and requires tons of flexibility and creativity. I've learned the hard way that if I don't fight to maintain a sense of balance life goes haywire and it brings out the worst in me. I get sick, angry, and sad, and not very much fun to be around. So even though it's hard work, I try hard to take care of myself in order to be the best for my family.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
- What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what. (This is my creed.)
- You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.
- Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power.
- When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. (A lesson from Maya Angelou.)
- Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you.
- What you believe has more power than what you dream, wish, or hope for. You become what you believe.
- If the only prayer you ever say is “thank you,” that will be enough. (From the German theologian and humanist Mesiter Eckhart.)
- The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.
- Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction.
- If you make a choice that goes against what everyone else thinks, the world will not fall apart.
- You are what you think and speak. Eventually you’ll speak what you think about yourself. Those thought and words have life and will become your life.
- Change is inevitable so face it with grace and optimism. Complaining about it is a waste of time and energy. Expect great things to from every situation.
- What I do and don’t do impacts the world and everyone in it. My decisions effect history.
- I was wonderfully created and I’m full of purpose. (So are you!)
- I have the capacity to love and forgive unconditionally. I chose whether or not I’ll operate at maximum capacity.
- The mind, body, spirit connection matters. If one is off balance, it will eventually cause the others to be off balance as well.
- We are all different on purpose. We meant to need, perfect, and complement one another.
- Everyone wants and deserves to be loves. (Even if you never admit it.)
- No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt
- If I worry about what everyone else is doing or thinking, I’ll never have time to figure out and carry out my own purpose, vision, and plan.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
My husband recently adopted a vegetarian lifestyle- cold turkey! I'm so proud of him. Here's my attempt to support his efforts. (I rarely cook by the book. Whatever I feel like doing or eating, I go with it.)
Thursday, April 21, 2011
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One of the dominant features of holistic living is to learn and understand what works for you. As I live my holistic life, I set goals that I desire to achieve and recognize what can be done immediately and what will take quite a bit more time. For example, I hope to become a vegan one day and regularly focus on integrative nutritional practices. This is not something that I can do overnight, but I continue to collect recipes, learn about other’s experiences and support those who have already adopted this lifestyle. I appreciate the obvious health benefits and believe that we can thrive with a vegan diet, but for me, this is a long-term goal that I must ease into.
Easier, short-term goals that I actively practice each day include prayer and deep breathing, as well as yoga, aromatherapy, and any other complementary therapy I can squeeze into my schedule!
Your goal may be a little different. Maybe you had a medicated birth with your first child but want to try a holistic experience the next go round. Maybe you hate traditional exercise and would prefer the physical activity of gardening. Or maybe you’re under lots of pressure and simply desire ways to relax and unwind. Whatever your needs are, taking a mind, body, spirit approach to wellness will help you to live balanced and feel whole.
This Holistic Life is ever-evolving and requires attentiveness to your changing needs and desires. Mindfulness and awareness of your health and wellness needs are vital to living a balanced life, seeking the appropriate resources and building life-sustaining relationships to support you on your journey.I thoroughly enjoy and am so thankful for This Holistic Life!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
What is Holistic Living?
Holistic living is a mindful approach to life that incorporates all aspects of an individual, including the mind, body & spirit. Holistic living focuses on conscious and informed mind, body, spirit decision making. There are varying degrees of holistic living; what matters is focusing on what works for you and your circumstances.
I belong to a great nursing organization called the American Holistic Nurses Association. The following is my interpretation of the AHNA’s description of what holistic nursing is:
They describe holistic nursing as “all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal” (American Holistic Nurses’ Association, 1998, Description of Holistic Nursing). This nursing specialty guides nurses in becoming therapeutic partners with people in their care by drawing on nursing knowledge, theories, expertise and intuition.
As a holistic nurse, I am an instrument of healing and facilitate the healing process, honoring each individual's subjective experience about health, health beliefs, and values.
Holistic nurses may integrate complementary therapies into clinical practice to complement, broaden, enhance and enrich the scope of nursing practice and to help individuals access their greatest healing potential.
Holistic nursing practice requires nurses to integrate self-care, self-responsibility, spirituality, and reflection in their own lives, which ultimately leads to greater awareness of the interconnectedness with self, others, nature, and spirit.
Holistic nursing is not necessarily something that you do: it is an attitude, a philosophy, a way of being, and a way of life.
This blog is my way of sharing the mission and vision of the nursing specialty that is most important to me; inspiring healing and wholeness with all those who read along.
The Benefits of a Holistic Lifestyle
For the nurse:
As a nurse, I am responsible for my own health and wellness. It is terribly difficult to care for others when you are not well. So, I spend tons of time learning what I enjoy, what helps me relax and rejuvenate, and how I can better serve others with the gifts and abilities that I’ve been blessed with.
Holistic nursing encourages me to care for myself with as much compassion and attentiveness as I would my patients. Therefore, I enjoy the benefits of complementary therapies and sharing them with others. Being a holistic nurse and living life holistically allows me to reflect on life and what works for me. It helps me to appreciate the little things, marvel at the wonders of this world, and love others greater each and every day. This is who I was created to be!
For those with whom I serve & share:
Becoming a mother is a major life event that affects your whole life, including your values, beliefs, identity, and relationships. It makes sense to care for your mind, body, & spirit during this transition and reap the benefits of a holistic lifestyle.
I’ve listed the 7 most common benefits of taking a holistic approach to wellness:
- Relieves discomfort
- Maximizes your physical health
- Promotes spiritual growth
- Enhances your relationships and support system
- Prepares you to be an informed participant in your healthcare
- Brings awareness of what works for your body and health; helping you to avoid unnecessary technology and intervention
- Reduces stress and enables you to cope with it in a healthy manner
If you’ve never contemplated living holistically, take things slowly. Follow this blog to learn how you can simply and practically live a well-balanced, holistic life.