My Biggest Struggle with Rheumatoid Arthritis and How I Overcame It

My Biggest Struggle with Rheumatoid Arthritis and How I Overcame It
I remember that day so well. I sat on the couch and I was so tired of being sick, tired, and in pain.  

Sick of watching everyone do what they wanted to when they wanted to.
Tired of telling my husband or friends that I didn't feel well enough to go out.
Pain wracked what seemed like every muscle and joint in my body.

Then it happened, I found something that helped me do more of what I wanted, say yes to more, and live with less pain.  What was this magical, miracle cure?

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Do you make time for play? It makes a HUGE difference in reducing my RA flares

Do you make time for play? It makes a HUGE difference in reducing my RA flares
Does playing seem like a waste of time to you? 

Do you feel like there are better things you can do with your time?

Let me tell you, whether you're an entrepreneur, empty nester, or someone with rheumatoid arthritis, unstructured, spontaneous play can be a game changer for you. How? Let's take a look.

One of the first benefits of play, according to this article at HelpGuide.org, is reducing stress. As we know, stress can be a major factor in triggering flare activity for any autoimmune condition.  If you don't have an autoimmune condition, reducing stress in your life allows you to think more creatively and helps you take your body out of "fight, flight, or flee".

If you're not familiar with the term "fight, flight, or flee", it essentially means a heightened sense of alarm your entire body goes through when it senses danger. Its role is to protect and prepare your body to defend itself if necessary. This is fine in small doses, but increasingly it is becoming a long term issue for many.

Another reason it's important is that it helps you think more creatively and problem solve. This is the same clarity you get when you're in the shower.  This can help you think through your problems in a rational, logical manner and take action when needed.

It helps your connections in relationships when you practice play with friends or family. The more good things you can combine, the more endorphins, or even oxytocin, the bonding hormone, is produced. This can also help you feel better and reduce flare activity.

The last thing it can help, if it's active play, is getting your lymphatic system moving. This is vital if you spend a lot of time at a desk, computer, on your couch or bed. Moving lymphatic fluid through your body helps reduce limb swelling, inflammation, and fluid retention (aka cankles). 

There are many more benefits - these are just a few. Can you see how important play can be and how its benefits help reduce the things that produce a flare? This world could use a few more people willing to play, don't you think? 

What is Oola and how you can be a part of a movement that is shaking things up

What is Oola and how you can be a part of a movement that is shaking things up
What is Oola? Oola is a life that is balanced and growing in 7 key areas of life: faith, family, field (career/purpose), finance, fitness, friends, and fun.  Based on a framework created by the OolaGuys, Troy Amdahl, and Dave Braun, it is the only framework that combines eLearning with in person support that also encourages authentic community and accountability. It is designed for people who want actual results in pursuit of balance, growth, and purpose during these unbalanced times.

Here’s a short video that explains this more in depth.

I’ve known Dave and Troy for nearly a decade, so when the opportunity to partner with them to help others apply the Oola principles to their own lives became available, I jumped at the chance to be a part of the movement they’re creating. They want to positively impact the lives of 1 Billion (with a b!) people over the next 7 years. How cool is that?!? These guys are passionate, they’re focused, and they have the experience and knowledge to make it happen.

Who’s this for? There are several reasons to be part of this movement. Here are just a few:
  1. Those who appreciate the opportunity in being first
  2. People passionate about helping others
  3. Aspiring and proven pros looking for something different
  4. Those who see value in personal development
  5. People looking to work from anywhere
  6. Individuals who want to create multiple streams of income
That last one is so important – especially in today’s uncertain world. Having a side hustle or a part time income is great but having one that doesn’t require that you physically show up somewhere is better.

Who’s this NOT for? This list is a bit shorter because I believe that most anyone benefits from the Oola framework. Here is that list:
  1. People looking for a “get rich quick” scheme
  2. Anyone unwilling to learn and grow – personally and professionally
  3. People who don’t take responsibility for their own results
  4. People who judge, compare and see themselves as superior to others
I love that last one because I want to be in a truly positive and supportive environment with people who understand that when one of us wins, we all win.

I am extremely excited to see what the next seven years hold. While the product itself won’t be launched until 7/7/2021, as an Ambassador of Oola, I can get you in early if you like. Feel free to comment below if you’re interested if you want to attend a Zoom call,  or send me an email. I’d love to chat with you to see if it’s a good fit!

My Intro to Intuitive Eating - and it's not what you think!

My Intro to Intuitive Eating - and it's not what you think!
Have you ever lost weight following a particular way of eating only to gain it back soon after? If so, you're not alone.

Based on a recent poll of my Instagram followers, no one who loses weight on a diet (or some would call it a lifestyle) keeps the weight off. Unless they go back on the same (or sometimes an even more restrictive) diet. 
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Logging Off for Lent - Day 40

Logging Off for Lent - Day 40
Today's bible reading was very emotional. I read Mark 15:17-72, and there's so much that happens that I had to do some additional reading to fill in the blanks. I appreciate the brevity of the book of Mark but wanted to dig deeper.

Here's what's covered in today's passage: Jesus announces His betrayal, the first Lord's Supper, Jesus predicts Peter's denial, Jesus' prayer in the garden, Judas' betrayal of Jesus, Jesus faces the Sanhedrin and Peter's denial. Whew!
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