Bliss Diary – July 15, 2015

All problems have only spiritual solutions.
Michael Bernard Beckwith

Intention/Affirmation: Love myself + Practice loving the task in front of me throughout the day

6:45 tea w/ coconut milk, mct, vanilla, cinnamon, cacao butter, stevia
10:45 kelp noodles w/ basil pasta sauce, kale, collards, and ground beef
1:00 16 oz green juice + kevita
3:30 big goddess green salad + coconut wrapshealth-quote-4
5:30 berry chia pudding w/chlorellla tablets

* 35 minute of rebounding
* 30 minute stroll (toddler pace)

Meditation: 15 minutes + 30 minute acupuncture appointment with a mini nap

Cleaning Tip: When I notice resistance with the simple tasks like laundry, putting the dishes away, picking up toys, etc. I count how many seconds it actually takes me to do it. I did this with my lunch dishes. It took me all of 20 seconds to wash them. There are a lot of things I can focus my attention on all the way to completion, makes it easier in the end. Here’s a little inspiration from Byron Katie:

What I call “doing the dishes” is the practice of loving the task in front of you. Your inner voice guides you all day long to do simple things such as brush your teeth, drive to work, call your friend, or do the dishes. Even though it’s just another story, it’s a very short story, and when you follow the direction of the voice, the story ends. We are really alive when we live as simply as that—open, waiting, trusting, and loving to do what appears in front of us now…What we need to do unfolds before us, always—doing the dishes, paying the bills, picking up the children’s socks, brushing our teeth. We never receive more than we can handle, and there is always just one thing to do. Whether you have ten dollars or ten million dollars, life never gets more difficult than that.

Body Goodness: I did some re-evaluating today on the way I am eating. There are so many different theories on how to eat and I have to remind myself to keep coming back to how I feel in my body. Does this FEEL good in my body? Not do I THINK this is the right thing…but, how do I feel? What’s my energy like? Is this food increasing my vitality and radiance?

It’s such an exploratory journey. Today I got clear that I want to see how it feels  to increase my raw + cooked vegetable intake, and eat moderate fat and lower protein. That is what I am going to experiment with this week.

Serendipitous Moment: I went to a local cafe and drank a juice and did some writing/journaling. I was writing about my health + nutrition and what I want to do to prepare for our second child…then, the owner came by and said Hi and then, turned around and said: Are you pregnant? I laughed and said, No. He said: You seem to have that glow. I said: Well, that’s funny you should say that because I’m writing about that right now. He said: Well, maybe you are pregnant and just don’t know it yet. I’m 99.9% sure I’m not pregnant but I thought the connection was pretty sweet and serendipitous. 🙂

Mind/Heart/Spirit Goodness: I just saw my post on the Oasis about the “I Love Myself” Project we did last year. It reminded me to continue to practice self-love as I grow and expand. The compassion, joy, and connection easily flow from my being when I feel genuine love for myself. There are already plenty of thoughts running around in our heads and a lot of them are about our limitations…why not have our mantra be: I love myself.  And, then asking ourselves throughout he day: What would I do if I deeply and truly loved myself?

Here’s a little video I created for the 30 day project:

I’m in! Gonna give this practice a bit more lovin’. 🙂

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for my acupuncture treatment today. I am grateful that I got my thyroid test today and my TSH was 1.7. So, it went from 2.7 to 1.7 in the last 6 months. I am grateful for my computer. I am grateful for my new standing desk. I am grateful for my body. I am grateful for my family. I am grateful that I’m a Momma. I am grateful that I have the money to buy the supplements and testing that I want to do. I am grateful for all the people that help me optimize my body, mind and spirit. I am grateful for all the farmers who are committed to growing organic produce. I am grateful for the pioneers out there paving the way for a healthy country and world. I am grateful for my passion to learn. #thankyou


P.S. I’m on Day 2 of keeping kitchen completely clean at the end of the day.  Thanks to the hubby for his participation and support. ❤

Bliss Diary – July 14, 2015

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. — Helen Keller

Intention/Affirmation: Do the little things. Don’t procrastinate. Do it now, with a smile of gratitude.

7:00 longevity tea w/ coconut milk, mct oil, collagen, peppermint oil, cacao butter, stevia
9:30 3 sweet potato/egg muffins w/turmeric coconut butter
1:00 green goddess salad
3:15 16+ green juice + kevita
5:30 kelp noodles w/ basil pasta sauce, kale, collards, and ground beef

* 40 minute “creative” track workout – meaning I went with E + our dog so it made for a lot of variety
* 15+ minute walk to park
* 15+ minute walk back home from park

Meditation: 15 minutes + 20 minute guided meditation

Cleaning Habit: The habit I am building this week is to keep the kitchen clean throughout the day. So when we sat down for dinner the only thing left to clean will be the dinner dishes. I want to wake up with a clean kitchen every day.

I succeeded today. I also experienced more flow and ease cooking dinner with a clean kitchen. Brian told me that it’s been scientific proven that clean spaces increases willpower. More of that please. 🙂

Book Love: I finished The Danish Way of Parenting: A Guide To Raising The Happiest Kids in the World. It’s written by an American writer and cultural trainer and a Licensed Narrative Therapist. I loved it, it felt very RIE. It goes through the acronym P.A.R.E.N.T. which stands for play, authenticity, reframing, empathy, no ultimatums, togetherness. We all want to do the best for our children/family and this book has a lot of really awesome and important information for parents.

Denmark has been voted as having the happiest people in the world by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) for almost every single year consecutive year since 1973…

America, on the other hand, the country with “the pursuit of happiness” built into its very own Declaration of Independence isn’t even in the top 10. It’s barely in the top 20, closer to number 17 after Mexico. Despite having an entire field of psychology devoted to happiness and an endless sea of self-help books instructing us on how to acquire this elusive emotion, we aren’t really that happy. Why is that? And, moreover, why are the Danes so content?

The Danes are happier because they do things differently than a lot of the traditional parenting advice out there. Conscious parenting can be challenging because we are creating new neural pathways by choosing to do something other than the way we were raised.  “Most people just repeat their own patterns. You are doing something much bigger and harder by making a change.” It takes intention, wisdom, commitment and love to raise happy, healthy and resilient children.

Sometimes we forget that parenting, like love, is a verb. It takes effort and work to yield positive returns. There is an incredible amount of self-awareness involved in being a good parent. It requires us to look at what we do when we are tired and stressed and stretched to our limits. These actions are called our default settings. Our default settings are the actions and reactions we have when we are too tired to choose a better way.

Choosing a better way is an investment. How we show up daily impacts our experience with our children. It isn’t going to be all sunshine and rainbows, but there can be soooo much more ease, grace and joy when we focus on play, authenticity, reframing, empathy, no ultimatums, togetherness. So, instead of the terrible two’s it’s the terrific twos and the so-called “three is more terrible than twos” turns into the “three is more amazing than twos.”:)

Body Goodness: Today starts the completion phase of my menstrual cycle which is perfectly timed with my intentions to clean, organize and declutter. I’m having fun syncing my life with my cycle. I’m not sure how this works when you’re pregnant but for now I’m diggin’ it.

I am noticing a difference in my energy. I’ve been working with my adrenals and sub-clinical hypothyroidism with my TSH being at 2.7 (6 months ago). I just did another test 2 weeks ago so I’m looking forward to seeing what my numbers are now. My hunch is my thyroid hasn’t been optimal for awhile and after pregnancy, birth and extended breastfeeding it can get even more out of balance.

I’ve been working with Alan Christianson on this, he’s a Naturopath. He likes the TSH to be around .9 – 2.0, which is pretty standard for functional medicine. Conventional medicine doesn’t do much unless your over 10. I just started taking bio-identical hormones to decrease my TSH number. I am taking these temporarily and will taper off them once my numbers get back into balance. I don’t think I would’ve been open to this if I didn’t read in The Better Baby Book that Lana Asprey took bio-identical hormones after the birth of their first child. I respect Dave Asprey’s research, knowledge and passion. And, from what I’ve researched thyroid health is vital for having another healthy and awesome pregnancy in the future.

Proud Parent Moments: As I’ve said in my other post, I am doing more of “let him learn on his own time” potty learning. E has been really into wearing his “underwear,” he can put them on all by himself (yes, it’s the little things). He said he needed to go poop and asked B to go with him to the toilet. He did and then called me so I could see it. He did this 2 more times today. You know you’re a parent when you genuinely get excited about your child going to the bathroom (haha). So awesome!!

Mind/Heart/Spirit Goodness: I’ve felt such gratitude for my little companion. It gets easier and easier and more and more fun. He is learning so much and becoming so autonomous. I was thinking about our plan for schooling, which is…we don’t plan to put him in school. I researched about school years before I was even pregnant. I knew that I wanted to do a more natural homeschooling/unschooling learning style for our children. We like to call it optimal learning. 🙂

Since becoming a mother my naive bubble around time has been busted. I’ve wondered how the heck I am going to do it, especially adding another child to our family. I attended public school so this is something totally new to and I am learning as I go. But, today I saw it and felt glimpses of how we can make it work and have it be fun.

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for the two walks. I am grateful for the local track. I really enjoy going there. I am grateful my son went in the potty 3 times today. Woohooo! I am grateful my husband helped keep the kitchen clean today. Go Team Johnson! I am grateful for books! 🙂 #thankyou