Thankful Thursday: Bath Time

The other day was simply dreadful. No, I am not thankful for that.

I have been off kilter for a few weeks due to a weird virus. There was a lot of chaos and change at work. There was a phone call from the veterinarian’s office regarding our departed Samantha (someone there didn’t get the memo). Those three things were then followed by the most dreadful dental experience I have ever had.  While I will not go into the gory details, I will say that I told them to “get out!” then I broke down and sobbed in the chair with the nitrous mask still strapped to my face.

The hubby left work early, drove me home, and doted on me as I was a complete mess.  I completely broke down at the dentist’s office, on the ride home, and once or twice when we finally arrived home.

He made sure I was comfortable but also gave me the space I needed to find myself.  When I was finally feeling stable and he had to go do homework. I opted for a bath while he opted for the office. I decided to try something I hadn’t ever tried before. A healing, calming, yet invigorating bath with Epsom salts and doTERRA® essential oils.  Frankincense for healing. Cedarwood for calming. Wild Orange for invigorating.  This woodsy yet citrusy bath was just what I needed. 

HealingCalmingInvigoratingBath

I relaxed. My heart rate lowered. I finally felt like I could be calm and quiet in my own space and skin. When I submerged myself in the water, I could feel the left side of my head and my face for the first time in weeks (this goes back to the virus I mentioned). I smiled and felt at peace with the crap that is going on in life.

I slept like a log that night. I woke refreshed and better suited to handle the day than other day that week.  Thanks to these oils and some Epsom salts I found solace in a crappy day.

What’s your favorite bath scent / essential oil routine at bedtime?

 

 

My Bath Recipe: I placed ~1 cup of salt in the dry tub. Closed the stopper. Added about 5 drops of each oil to the salt pile.  Waited a few minutes for the oils to be absorbed by the salt crystals. Added warm water to the tub. Soaked for about 30 minutes.

 

Please Note: This is not an advertisement to buy this or any other doTERRA® product.  I am an Independent Product Consultant.  I became a consultant because I fell in love with what the oils did for me and I wanted the buy them cheaper than retail.

If you are looking to purchase, please consider my website for your order: http://www.mydoterra.com/mmcracing/

 

Thankful Thursday: doTERRA® essential oils: Elevation

Elevation is doTERRA®’s Joyful blend.

I ordered some this month since it is 10% off.  I have a good friend, JW, who loves it, and I thought… I should probably own this… just in case.

 

And here is the case. Perfectly timed.

My Elevation Testimony

Early this week, in the morning, I was feeling down due to a lot of weird medical issues going on and was super tired due to lack of sleep. That good friend of mine, JW, said I even looked tired.  Yes, she is THAT good of a friend. Not everyone will tell you what you really look like.

JW said to try some Elevation. It was her first instinct.  She knows I don’t drink coffee, so there was no point in offering that option.  

I didn’t know if it would work. Heck, I didn’t think it would work, but I put a drop on my finger tip and rubbed it at the base of my ear and behind the ear, both sides.  It couldn’t make me feel (or look) worse. Right??

Can you believe it? I “woke up” and felt better in about 30 minutes. I stopped yawning. I was able to focus. I was awake and … dare I say it… Happy!  What??!!

If you know me at all, you know that I love these oils, but I am also still a skeptic when it comes to them helping my body do what it needs to do.  I love Balance and Serenity and several others, but seriously? A Joyful Blend (insert my disbelieving face here).

Yes, it truly gave me the pick me up I needed to carry on through my day. “Happy Go Lucky” was my middle name. WAHOO!!!!

I decided to reapply around 1:30. I think it kept me going and happy and interested in my day until 8 pm. I even had the energy and desire to play in the garden, dumped compost, and even threw down some fertilizer!!

I am truly thankful it helped me on a rough day.  So thankful that I will probably go there first when I am feeling tired, down, or just need a little pick me up!

From doTERRA®’s site:

Elevation
Joyful Blend

Elevation is the perfect blend for those moments when you need to be revitalized. This exciting blend provides an invigorating combination of CPTG® essential oils that can elevate your mood and increase your energy. Elevation is a blend of lavandin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, melissa, ylang ylang, osmanthus and sandalwood blended flawlessly for an immediate and dramatic effect. For aromatic or topical use.

 

Have an Elevation Testimony to share? Please add to the comments.  Have a different essential oil that gives you a similar feeling? I’d love to hear about it!

 

Please Note: This is not an advertisement to buy this or any other doTERRA® product.  I am an Independent Product Consultant.  I became a consultant because I fell in love with what the oils did for me and I wanted the buy them cheaper than retail.

If you are looking to purchase, please consider my website for your order: http://www.mydoterra.com/mmcracing/

Looks Who Is Fundraising!

My great friend, Steve, over at Cyclsts 4A Cause has a new goal.

Please check out his latest post, follow, and donate if you can.

http://cyclists4acause.com/

Thank you!!

Thankful Thursday: A good cry

When was the last time you had a good cry? I had no idea I needed one today…

It’s not that I intended to have a good cry… but my body needed one after all of the chaos that’s been going on in my life since last Monday.

Last week, Monday, I wasn’t feeling great. Stuffy head. Santa Ana winds blowing. Awful. So, I did what any allergy person would do — blow it out in the shower! So I did. After that, my nose started to feel tingly and numb. WHAT?

Monday afternoon it spread to more places of my face.
Tuesday, more.
Wednesday, even more.
Thursday morning, I couldn’t feel my contact go in my eye. This is a serious problem. I kept asking MMCRacing if I had “blown out a nerve” or something insane like that.

I call my Dentist (I have two temp crowns in) to see if this could be related to his work. Nope.

I call the Primary Care doctor. She can’t get me in until sometime on Friday. I asked to speak to a nurse, not just make an appointment. That call was stressful, until the appointment taker FINALLY listened to me and said that I should talk to a nurse. No kidding. Nurse talked to doctor. Doctor said go to Urgent Care. By the sounds of the symptoms, I was going to need a Head CT and / or MRI.

AHHHHH!!!!!!

(enter my Thankful post last week)

Husband and I locate an urgent care. Turns out to be the best there is in our area. =)
CT is ordered.
CT is clear. No head trauma. No tumors. No stroke. Wahoo!!! I’m fine! Well, fine, but my face is numb.

Diagnosis: Numbness. I get Rx’d antivirals and steroids.  I’m not a fan, but I’ll take them.

I follow up with my Primary care on Monday. Same diagnosis. She answered all of my questions and concerns.  I felt better walking out of there, but still, numb face. Ahhh!!!

The doctor had said 6-8 weeks for full recovery. I am not saying I am recovered, but I am saying that I think I am feeling better.

 

Today, I was getting a permanent crown put in, and I have a nervous breakdown, right there in the chair. Ahhh!!!!!  I get them to finally stop working so I can calm down. It takes forever. Was feels like forever at least.  That is a looonger stroy.

 

 

So… here I am… Thankful Thursday again.  I am beginning to feel some more of my face!!  

I am thankful for all of the love, care, and kindness MMC Racing has given me. He loves me, and I know it, but the overwhelming amount of concern and calmness is amazing. Damn I got the best guy on the planet!

I am thankful for Western Medicine that could prove there was no major trauma in my head.

I am thankful for the friends and family that have been talking me through calmness and ideas for meditation and yoga. 

 

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep my Thankful Thursday schedule as I am spending less time online and more time finding my Zen.  Hang with me while I recover. 

Let me know what you’re thankful for. Let me know how you meditate. Let me know how you find your center.  I need some inspiration. =)

 

Thankful Thursday: Urgent Care

Well, yeah…that’s all I got right now. More later.

Thankful Thursday: Healing Snuggles

Some days I just don’t feel great. Today (it’s not really today anymore…) happens to be one of those days. My tummy is upset and I am hot though the air conditioning is running. Just weird stuff.

Who comes up to me and lays across my belly on the couch? Miss Annie!! My little grrl always seems to know when I need some healing puppy snuggles.

Therapy Dog

My snugglebutt really knows when I need a little puppy love. She is what I think is the epitome of therapy dog.

Thanks, Little Miss Annie for snuggling me and making me feel better.

Send good thoughts

My friends and followers,

A dear friend over at Cyclists 4A Cause is having a rough time right now.  We all go through rough waters. You stuck with me while I was struggling, now stick with him. =)  He helped me to navigate mine, and I hope we can help him navigate his.

Will you please send your well wishes, good vibes, love, and peace to him?  Please post comments on this post or on the page linked above.

Thank you, everyone,
M

Thankful Thursday: Short Work Weeks

Oh my friends… you have no idea how much I love 36 hour weeks.

I have one of those weeks this week.  I need the short week.

Sorry for the short thankful post. You can see by the length of my post I am super busy and barely have time to even be outwardly thankful. 

I’ll do my best to make more time for you and being thankful, soon!

Thankful Thursday: Days with Friends

I had the most amazing day.

It started with Toastmasters. I was the Toastmaster, I was a little goofier than I should have been. We were short on participants, but it didn’t stop us from having a grand time today and filling all the functionary rolls.

Next on the agenda was a Landscape walk for our community. It is the one thing I can still participate in (occasionally), within the community, now that I work full time outside the home.  It was a crap shoot as a majority didn’t show for the meeting, but I had a wonderful time catching up with my friend E. We caught up on life, significant others, pets, etc. Was a wonderful time to reconnect with him and also talk about a few problem areas.

This was immediately followed by lunch with an old fart of a friend, T.  T and I haven’t seen each other in what feels like forever. It’s probably been a couple months.  I am so glad I could make time to meet him for lunch at our favorite place. The Studio Diner.  If you haven’t had the Crabcake Benny — you must try it! Mmmm!!!  He’s fond of the Cajun Salmon Caesar Salad.  We bullshitted and learned what each other had been working on since our last meal.  All went well, though it did have to come to and end. There was a line of people waiting and we couldn’t order more food because we were stuffed from the initial order. So we went our separate ways.

On to checking in with my stylist at HS Salon where I get my hairs did.  I told her what was working for me and what I needed the next time I came in for my hair cut. I wiggled my hair fountain at B and she laughed. “Only you.”

This is what happens when someone challenges me to try the fountain look.

This is what happens when someone challenges me to try the fountain look.

I take that as a fine compliment!  I also did my due diligence by dropping off a few doTERRA catalogs and business cards while I was there. Might as well try to make a buck, right?

Then the text I had been waiting for came in!  JW was ready to go SHOPPING!  Wahoo!!  This is a special treat as JW and I don’t get to actually spend time together a lot even though we see each other every work day.  The new DSW just opened in town and we made ourselves a date to go!  I had all my coupons and freebies printed and ready to go. And go we did!  I came out with three pairs of work shoes. She came out with one work and one play. We both got a free bag / tote and we both earned points and saved money! Wahoo! Yep. We came. We saw. We conquered!  Who wants to do it again next weekend?

The evening will be spent with my bestest friends of all. MMC Racing and our little snugglebutt.  We’ll enjoy a meal together, catch up on the day, snuggle and watch a little TV.

Perfect Day With Friends.

Thankful Thursday: Donators

The husband and I do one charitable event a year. We walk in the San Diego Heart Walk for the American Heart Association.  We walk for our health and to help the AHA spread the word on how to have a healthier heart.  

I have heart disease on my side. He has stroke on his. We have to take care of these amazing muscles so we don’t fall pray to the same issues our fathers’ had.

Together we walk!

At the time of this writing I have earned $425 in donations. How amazing is that?!??  Together we have raised $725! WOW!!! This is HUGE for us. Last year it was “only” $500.  

I am so thankful for my friends and family who have been able to donate. Thank you, my Donators, for your gracious donations and your healthy hearts!!  Much Love

 

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