When You Know Better, You Do Better.


I love great quotes.  From the late, great, Maya Angelou, “When you know better, you do better” to the “Be the change you wish to see in the world“ of Gandhi, they both had it right.  Change is inevitable, and you can either ride on top of the wave, or watch it crash into you.   

In my world, change was demanded.  I did what I knew...and spent two years on the autoimmune diagnosis hamster wheel.  I really thought that I would get an answer, make some changes, and move on.  Well, as many of you know, it is nowhere near that simple.  So I made a bunch of healthy changes, and those changes helped for awhile, but you have to roll with the changes and keep changing. 

I even swam an iron distance race (2.4 miles of open water), and ran a marathon (26.2 miles) during that time!  But the goal checklist got ahead of my actual health.  I pushed too hard, trained in bad shape, over stressed, exhausted, and hurt.  And I got sick 2 days after my race and it lasted nearly 4 months to feel better, but then I was way undertrained for a huge relay race only 2 months later.  

And it did not go well. My ankle literally broke, physically.  I had been waiting for the physical problem, and it sucked, but what I wasn’t expecting was for both the mental and emotional pieces that got dragged down while waiting for surgery and then nearly 2 years to heal and an Epstein Barre attack, when I didn’t even know I had Epstein Barre.  

It never even dawned on me that those pieces would take a hit too.  It sounds so naive now, but they took a huge hit.  So from all my struggles over the two years, I learned which pieces fit together and how to put them in order to get myself unstuck.  

The best example I can think of are those awesome Clydesdales lined up to pull that famous wagon (you know, the one with the awesome ads every SuperBowl).  Those horses are pure power, but unless they are harnessed they can wander off everywhere.  But once they get harnessed, they all start to pull in the same direction, and they are incredibly powerful.  Then under the leadership of the person guiding them, they are unstoppable as a team!   

We’re not all that different.  When we focus the power of the physical body to harness the mind (that’s been stuck in an infinite loop), using the right tools we can get unstuck.  Honestly, the power of the human mind is infinite.  If you can get the emotional piece right as the final component, there is nothing we can’t do.  Think of it, in less than 70 years we went from the Wright Brothers to Neil Armstrong in the world of aviation.  Literally, once you get all your horses lined up, you can do anything you set your mind to!  Health changes, career changes, lifestyle changes, whatever you want can truly be yours.   

Now I don’t want to make this sound like it is easy.  There is work to be done, but when you have the sequence right, with a plan and support, you can make whatever change you wish to see, or need to be in this new world.  

So how do you start?  We work with a series of movements, and employ techniques from Neuroscience to break through blockages, add meditation to focus, and the pure magic of essential oils to help with emotions and literally you can be the change you want to see in this world after all. 

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5-4-3-2-1 time

5-4-3-2-1 time
So I talked a little about Mel Robbin’s yesterday in my really long podcast (sorry guess I made up for missing a day, lol!).  But her strategy is actually quite smart and this is why I love her.... and here’s a link to the shortest version of her talk on this matter...https://youtu.be/nI2VQ-ZsNr0

Here’s the podcast that goes with today’s blog: https://anchor.fm/michele-mathiesen/episodes/How-a-plant-had-me-stuck-ec9vi9

In general here is the quickest synopsis I can give you.  If you are debating on something, want to change something, are struggling with something and are getting stuck...stop what you are doing, and start counting down from 5, 4, 3, 2, 1....before you are out of numbers, you must do something.  Move, dial, schedule, write it, whatever!   Neurologically speaking your brain is wired to not really want to do something that may be scary because our brain only recognizes chemicals.  It has no idea you aren’t outrunning a T Rex But that you are having a hard time in your own mind shifting.  Our brain also doesn’t want us to do anything it deems as scary, so it would rather stay right where it is.  You can beat these systems from kicking in, if you react within 5 seconds. 

So in my own world, I planted 2 beautiful crepe myrtles last year but the shock of a mid Summer planting they looked dead.  I left them alone and figured well maybe they’ll bounce back.  I had honestly been avoiding them, not really purposefully but sort of.  If they indeed were dead it is my fault and now they have to be pulled.  If I didn’t go confirm they were dead then kinda like Schroedinger’s cat, my plants could possibly still be alive. 

Earlier today I had to move some of my solar lights around as the sun is hitting my house different with the change of seasons and all my twinkle lights are no longer twinkling.  But I avoided the solar light nearest the 2 crepe myrtles.  I finally pullled the 5-4-3-2-1 and went over to look at them!  Low and behold there are leaves all over both of them! They’re alive!  So immediately I went I got what I needed to prune the dead stuff away from the new growth and now it is done!  

This one dumb hold up, was making me not plant other parts of the yard because if those trees didn’t work I probably would have to find something different but I would be hard pressed to get that color as I had never seen it before which is why I was bummed when I thought they were toast!  So now I can order summer bulbs, I can take advantage of the 2 for $1 sale and I can enjoy a pretty back yard, all because I faced this one stupid task.  

Now while you may not be in a place to want to change something about you, that is completely up to you,  But staying stagnant isn’t healthy either.   But here‘s the thing, you may not know what all that one thing you’re stuck on is holding you back from, until you get after it! 

Here are the links for Mel’s 5 second Hardcover: https://amzn.to/2X202MV
and Journal again: https://amzn.to/2wW7vCF

Have a great day! 

How to handle the tough days...

How to handle the tough days...
So I don’t forget here is a video to April’s Young Living promotions: https://youtu.be/fvEyBONRdN8

And here’s a podcast link to this topic in case you’d prefer to have me chat at ya! 

So yesterday was a tough day for me.  Again a job I was up for went to someone else.  I was literally perfect for this job, apparently they didn’t think that so that started out my day on a dismal note.  So here’s what I did instead:

I first started out with my “Miracle Morning Savers”.  There is a book called The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (Link: https://amzn.to/2UWqRQd ), and he has created a way to improve your day both mentally and physically by using the acronym “SAVERS”

S= Silence, now this can be whatever you want, so prayer or meditation, mindfulness practices, or just something as simple as listening to the birds chirp, the waves roll in, etc.  In general, it is stopping long enough to be quiet. If I can’t get into meditating (it happens) or its too cold to sit outside, this is where I create a mental gratitude list.  

A = Affirmations.  These might sound corny but there’s actually proof in neuroscience that it affects the way your brain responds the rest of the day.  I pull a card for these, inevitably after I have meditated, it ends up being the perfect card.  Here’s the one I have used for 3 years now: https://amzn.to/3422iFr , I also kinda want her new ones: https://amzn.to/39yUVX9, but there are no less than 7 pages of cards on Amazon or Amazon smile (please use smile so part of your order goes to your choice of charity!).  They also have moon cards, animal cards and rebel cards lol so there is something for everyone, including kids.

V = Visualizations.  Imagine your self having the perfect golf swing, or the perfect swim, or whatever.  This is the Sports Psychology that I majored in and have always loved.  Harnessing the power of the mind is nothing short of pure magic.  So make it first your life, the perfect pretzel from scratch, the perfect garden, the perfect living room set up (when I get bored I move furniture).  Imagine every aspect involving every sense...sight, smell, taste, textures and it becomes more real. 

E - Exercise.  Here’s where I have been falling down on the job this week. When it was nice out I was working in the yard, and gardening so those were work outs!  But enter a cold, rainy day and not only does my mood drop, but all I want it a nap.  And yes I did take one yesterday, and the world was better for me after!  But the day before I was scrolling FB or IG and was noticing all the singers offering up free mini concerts, and all the actors, dancers and whomever offering up workouts so I played around with a few of them and ended up with an hour of getting my heart rate up and glistening!  I was in a great mood all day with that.  So I know for me this is a key.  Now if you wanted to meditate after say yoga, its ok if you take these out of order, I just don’t remember them as well if I go out of sync.  But in general a good dance workout and then yoga for a cool down is my jam.

R = Reading.  Some folks do scripture here and that’s great, but not my jam.  I’d rather read something that gets my creative juices flowing in the morning, so I always have a mystery available.  But I also love biographies of people I admire.  I am also always curious so I will just google something that pops up and then read about it, the history or how it came to be, etc.  I’m just a curious nerd at heart! 

S= Scribe (ok they cheated on the letter, writing would also be a way to go here).  So here is where journaling or free writing comes in.  If I am stuck I prefer free writing, as it is just stream of consciousness writing.  Sometimes the things that pop out there are why I am feeling stuck or pissed or whatever it is,  Other days I journal which could be to a prompt for the day, or just about something I have read or heard, or the dogs...whatever.  Other days it is a gratitude journal.  I really like my gratitude list best in my planner, and I love Mel Robbins.  Here’s the link for my planner: https://amzn.to/2wWKNdF, but these are also some beautiful gratitude journals out there as well. 

So here’s how my morning really shakes out on a good day.
Dogs, Water plants and garden, start diffusers, then Journal / planner (I gotta know where my day is going to get everything done, its even more important now that days run together and its easy to get nothing done), then affirmations and gratitudes, journaling, visualize my day or topic and then exercise and silence.  But explore what works for you.  

And don’t get me wrong there are plenty of oils in there.  I’ll be doing a oils and emotions class and a hormone class this month while I have time so watch for those.  But here’s my short list of oils:  Punification in all the diffusers to clean the air, Valor up the back of my neck and each wrist (it’s said to help balance your energy if you have a drop of both then touch the insides of your wrists together for a minute), Joy on the heart, Believe on top of my head and Abundance on the bottoms of my feet. Harmony on my liver, and white Angelica on my wings.  It’s sort of an expanded Good Day Protocol.  And folks that is just my morning, lol! 

Take care of you today and maybe each day this week, add one of the savers to your routine and see if you can have a Miracle Morning! 
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