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No Wrong Answers

June 5th, 2013

aiko and meHello out there! It’s been a while since I posted. I kinda had to take a step back for a moment and recalibrate things. But I’m doing a lot better these days. Thanks in a large part to what my friend, Janice, calls pet therapy. These little critters have taught me a lot about balance and where to find it.

crybabyWhen I start going off the rails, they sure let me know! This is Aiko. And she sure has opinions about things. But I swear that her sweet little purrs are healing me. The last time I checked in, I was not in the best place. But things have come a long way since then. My business partner is back from maternity leave. And I’ve kind of got things functioning a little smoother at the shop. But beyond that, I think there’s been a big internal change. An attitude shift…towards something more empowered.

Admittedly, when scary symptoms start coming up, I think a person is naturally inclined to run to the doctor.  To try to find an answer. And that has pretty much been my approach for the last seven years. But truth be told, that approach has been FRUSTRATING ME. I mean, let’s face it. Our healthcare system is DYSFUNCTIONAL. Everybody knows that. And it’s getting more expensive by the hour. Nobody knows how much anything costs. And there’s not a lot of internal incentive to be efficient. So a person with a mysterious chronic health problem that nobody understands can easily rack up some big bills and not have a lot to show for it. And I’m not gonna lie, I’m not independently wealthy. I mean, who is? And if I keep going the way I have the last seven years, I’m gonna end up broke and probably, if I were to be completely honest about my experience, not any healthier. So I’m thinking it’s time to shift gears. Change the way I’m looking at this problem.

gymnastCute little Aiko is quite the gymnast. She can get herself into some pretty odd defying places. And she has been inspiring me to look for solutions in places where they might not be obvious on first glance. Fresh eyes.

bookHere she is with my dad (who btw, is reading my friend, Janice’s book FREEDOM TO THRIVE: RECLAIMING OUR POWER TO HEAL). Don’t get me wrong, my doctor has helped me in a lot of ways. But I think the big shift for me is that the things that are happening in my body are scary. Unsettling at times. And I think when these things happen, a person wants to hear something definitive. They want to understand. They want to know what to expect. They want it to be well, less scary. But here’s the truth. The doctor can’t do that. Make it less scary. The only person who can do that is me. I feel like I’ve been hung up that there’s a right way to deal with a health problem. The ‘accepted way’. But there isn’t really one. We are all different. Different people will react to the same situation in different ways. Depending on all kinds of factors. Personality, will to live, support systems, luck, the position of the sun on the day you were born…whatever!

eco-liciousAs my friend, Joshua, would say…’This is my movie!’ I get to decide how it ends. Hell. I get to decide the whole damn plot. And this movie is not about a sick girl who gets beaten down by the world. Hells no! I mean, let’s be real. I don’t have time for that. I’ve got a business to run. (Cheeses at ECO-LICIOUS in Charlotte).

perelandraAnd in cased you missed the MEMOS, things have been BLOWING UP! I mean, things have gotten SERIOUS! (One of my yoga teachers sent me this pic yesterday from downtown Brooklyn – at PERELANDRA!)

noochIf this kinda situation even happens to a person, it only comes around once in a lifetime. You have to seize the day! (NOOCH in Denver).

harley raeThis is Harley Rae. She’s been teaching me a lot too. Especially about seizing the day. This girl has no fear! (Just like YOKO SHOWED ME).

harley raeI’ve definitely been pushing my body to it’s limits lately. But the thing I have to remember. My new mantra is, ‘I’ve got this!’ This situation was tailor made for me. By me. I just need to hang on to the reins. And not be in such a hurry to give them up when I get overwhelmed by some moment that will pass. I need to just chill out and get things back into balance.

lovey catSo that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to. Getting back into balance. And it seems to be working so far. At least, the HIVES have been getting better. So yeah. Bring it, world! I’ve got this..


Man’s Best Friend

April 1st, 2013

harley rae
Hello out there! If you’ve been following this stream of consciousness (and I have been kinda of shocked by the far flung responses I’ve been getting to it), you will know I’ve been looking for some gentle and natural solutions to life’s big problems. My big problem right now is definitely stress. Starting a business is well, hard. It’s a lot of responsibilities. And it’s pretty easy to get consumed by all the things that need to get done. And also easy to lose site of when to stop. At least for me. With my workaholic tendencies. I got diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer recently. And for me, that was a sign. I need to slow down. But I needed some help. I kind of need someone to remind me that I need to slow down. I’m kind of bad that way. So anyway, I’ve devised a multi-faceted approach to help me with this.

first day
First off. I got a dog. This is her. Harley Rae. She is the best. dog. ever. She really keeps me in line. When I start getting obsessed with work and going overboard, she gently reminds me that it’s time to take a break.

harley rae studio
This dog has a glamorous rock and roll lifestyle. Here she is at the recording studio where my boyfriend works.

We originally planned to stop there. But when we went to the HUMANE SOCIETY, there was this adorable stray kitten. She was so little and so cute that we couldn’t help ourselves.

kittles and me
Her name is Aiko. Which means ‘love child’ in Japanese. She’s definitely a love bug. This is the snuggliest pet I’ve ever met. Now I have two new friends to help keep me in line.

record playerMy next order of business is to get the shop running with or without me. Right now, I’m like the dunkin’ donuts guy. The one from the 80’s commercial that lives, sleeps, and breathes around the donut schedule. It’s a little too stressful for gimpy girl. So I’m on my way to listening to more records (check out our office stereo) and sitting down and doing more paperwork.  Almost there.

I have the power to heal myself!  And that is exactly what I’m going to do…


Movin' On Up

June 24th, 2010

swiss chard
Well, if you haven’t noticed, my posting has been a bit irregular the last couple weeks. That’s because I’m in the middle of moving! Eating well during a move is always a challenge. I haven’t been perfect by any means, but I’ve been trying. Look at this swiss chard I picked from my GARDEN a few days ago!
After I picked it, I kept it in a bowl of water for a couple days while I had a chance to eat it all. It stayed pretty fresh this way. At night before bed, I cut the tips off and changed the water. It lasted like this for about three days.

We’ve been eating lots of summer rolls for our summer move. This is a very exciting move for me, and I’ll tell you why. We are moving into an artist loft space. My new place has lots of amenities that are PERFECT for me. It’s amazing how well things are starting to unfold in a more positive direction.

There is a catering/event space in my building that all residents are allowed to use. You can’t see it in this picture, but there is a really nice fireplace.

This is the kitchen that goes with the event space. Umm…did I mention that I’m starting a catering business?! I almost had to pinch myself. The kitchen in my apartment is amazing too!! But I can’t show you the picture yet because it’s kind of in the state of moving/disaster area.

I can show you the latest addition to my kitchen though…my new commercial dehydrator!!

dehydratorLook! It has fancy blinky lights. 🙂 Also, it has a huge capacity. It takes about twice as long as the EXCALIBUR, but it has about 4 times the capacity. Needless to say, I have lots more good news to come. And a little bad news. Some medical mishaps. But I needed something to balance out the roll I’m on. Otherwise, it might start to get annoying. 🙂