Greater Possibilities = Removing Obstacles

My beautiful pictureHow many road blocks have you met while attempting to accomplish your dreams or even during the simplest tasks of the day?

Case in point. I just attempted to write this post without my glasses. Not being able to see properly is an obstacle that makes the enjoyable tedious, not to mention that it creates head aches and much more. But my eyesight obstacle is something I knew right away to fix—to remove. I retrieved my glasses (which by the way I love the look of with their bit of bling at each side, which is odd because I am so not a blingy person) and voila, no more squinting, and the joy of writing immediately returns.

But what obstacles aren’t we seeing? Aren’t we removing to better able us to achieve our end goal?

Currently my husband and I are undergoing a landscaping task of enlarging our pond. Anyone who knows ponding knows that this is no simple task. It requires the dismantling of the existing pond, heavy rocks and all to lift the old liner, excavate further out, and then lay a new underlay and liner.

Obstacle #1: Fifty-year-old bodies not used to such arduous labour (heavy lifting and digging clay) need help! So, as we began lifting the patio stones surrounding our current 500-gallon capacity pond, I was questioning who we could hire to help with rolling back the big rocks from the site and aid us in digging out the extension. We had already ruled out hiring a landscaping firm as the quotes we received last year were astronomical, and let’s face it, doing it yourself has way more benefits. Talk about cultivating an abundant life, this pond enlargement is it! There will be plenty of cultivating happening as we more than quadruple its size, and the accomplishment in designing and putting the labor in to make this pond a living, breathing, healthy environment for our koi and for our souls to meditate and pray near is abundance to my heart.

Okay, back to finding help. Has your neighbour’s boy grown? That’s one person to hire which we plan to pursue. How quickly our kids grow, and so do our neighbours’ children. If that doesn’t pan out then we’ll be asking him if he knows of someone interested in earning money this April. We’ll keep asking around as we drive shovel into clay and remove one clump at a time in achieving our goal, as regardless of when we find help, we will be hands on as well.

May 29 Start of New PondObstacle #2: Design limitations. This is the big one that made me think of obstacles versus possibilities in the bigger picture. So often we limit our possibilities due simply to obstacles. Obstacles that don’t necessarily have to be in the picture.

When I think of the overwhelm I feel on a day-to-day basis, I’ve come to understand that it’s the obstacles of stuff, way too much stuff, that feeds that overwhelming feeling that eats at me and sends my mind and spirit spinning in a downward spiral. The obstacles I must remove are the accumulation of unnecessary things that fill every storage bin and corner of our basement and closets. I’m working on de-cluttering, but that’s for another post.

Well, this indoor clutter extends to our landscape. We have a sixteen-year-old apple tree next to our pond. The birds love it and I love the beautiful pink flowers in the spring when it blooms. So, as we were designing how we could extend our pond, we kept this tree in mind and its massive root system, and we also had to keep our underground electrical and gas lines in mind for boundaries of where we could not dig. That left us with limited space and not enough to reach our goal water capacity for this new pond. For various reasons, the underground piping had to stay. But the tree? The tree that drops apples in bushels each fall only for me to rake up and put in our compost, the tree that we constantly must trim back as it impeaches on our neighbour’s yard and wacks me in the face while doing pond maintenance, the tree that is too high to spray with diatomaceous earth so that we can even eat the apples it produces—that tree in all its beauty and all its overgrownness—could go.

No, it’s not an easy decision. We planted that tree the first year we moved into this house and I really do love it. But if I’m being honest, its outgrown its space. We will plant another tree nearby that will hopefully produce fruit to share with our feathered friends, a smaller version that I can reach to spray with diatomaceous earth so it can produce clean, healthy fruit, and in the mean time, I have filled our gardens with gooseberry plants, grape vines, goji berry vines, junipers, blueberries, current bushes, and tons of nectar rich flowers over the years that will support our winged friends through this transition. And in the end, we will be able to excavate a 3500-gallon capacity pond for our koi and resident frogs, which the birds will also benefit from.

So, what obstacles are holding you back from achieving your dreams? Do they really have to? Does the benefit of removing the obstacle outweigh the loss? Life is full of decisions; may you make one today that opens doors and windows into your tomorrow of an ever-growing abundant life.

Forever becoming me,

Eileen

 

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Pets and Essential Oil Remedies with Free Downloadable

Pet EO's labelledWith two dogs, two cats, one horse, and several koi, you could say Pets R’ Us in this household. We are animal people, have been since birth. And we now have a grand-dog living with us, too. Cooper is our grand-dog’s name. In case you’re interested, Tippy, Tucker, Emma, Noelle, and Donner are our dogs, cats, and horse’s names respectively. Our Koi are named too, but I’ll share their names in a later post (watch for the pond enlargement post coming up late spring, early summer).

Essential oils (EO’s) have been one of my first go-to natural remedies for not only our people ailments, but also for our pets these past several years. I own the Animal Desk Reference: Essential Oils for Animals by Melissa Shelton, DVM and refer to it first for all my pets needs. If you are a pet lover and want to learn all you can to aid in their wellbeing and good health, then I highly recommend this book. It’s expensive, but wish-list worthy ten-fold.

There are also videos available that share some cool tips on how to use therapeutic grade EO’s on your pets, Facebook is a good place to search, as well as YouTube.

Recently, I viewed a video created by a veterinary technician, Krista Randall, which I found reiterated some of what I had already learned, but also added new recourses to try. I often think of natural remedies like I do of psychiatric remedies in terms of “finding the right one to work”. There’s not a one-size fits all with natural remedies, just as one pharmaceutical drug does not serve all patients exhibiting the same symptoms. So there is trial and error involved, but well worth the effort.

Please remember that any remedy, natural or pharmaceutical, CAN be harmful if used incorrectly. Ie. Certain EO’s are not healthy for certain animals (such as, lemon oil should never be used with cats). Do your research, make sure to use only pure therapeutic grade EO’s such as what Young Living, doTerra, and Jade Bloom produce. Watch for the therapeutic grading, that’s very important!

Pet EO's Wellness Tip SheetSo, onto some EO remedies for dogs:

  • For Arthritis, Muscle, Hip dysplasia, Cruciate repairs:
    • Combine equal drops of Lemongrass, Marjoram, and Frankincense EO’s. Blend well. If new to using EO’s on your pet, dilute this blend half and half with fractionated coconut oil (this is the liquid version of coconut oil, not generally what you have readily available in your kitchen). Dispense one drop of blend on spine at base of neck, another on spine in middle of back, and another on spine at hips. Gently massage into skin below coat. You can also add a drop to specific trauma areas and gently massage into the skin there as well.

 

  • For Allergens, Insect Bites, and Stings:
    • In a diffuser or nebulizer, diffuse Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint.
    • You can also dilute a mixture of the above three oils in fractionated coconut oil and apply a drop or two under their chin for allergy symptoms, or topically on the irritated area.

 

  • For Ear Infections and Irritations:
    • Using a 4 oz dark glass bottle, fill with witch hazel, leaving just a bit of room for EO’s. Add 20 drops each of Lavender and Frankincense. If heavy ear discharge exists you can add 20 drops of Basil as well.
    • Mix well and spray onto cotton swab. Lightly apply under ear flap. Use new, clean cotton swab for each ear so as not to transfer infection or bacteria from one ear to the other.

 

  • Dental Care for Dogs:
    • If you do not have cats, you can put a drop of Lemon EO in your dog’s water dish with each refill. NOTE: Lemon is toxic to cats so do not use this method if any cat has access to your dog’s water dish.
    • Make a toothpaste by combining 2 tbsp coconut oil (this is the solid kind of coconut oil, not fractionated coconut oil which is liquid), 1 tsp baking soda, and 5 drops of doTerra’s On Guard Blend (If you don’t have On Guard, you can use a blend of all or some of the following therapeutic grade EO’s: Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary)
    • Apply toothpaste by wrapping a small gauze pad around your finger, dip it into the ready-made toothpaste and gently massage your dog’s teeth in circular motion.

That’s it for today on the Pets and EO’s sharing. I hope you find these helpful in alleviating pain, discomfort, and tartar buildup in your dogs. For a free downloadable of these tips just click on the tips picture above. Hope it comes in handy for you!

Please let me know how these natural remedies work for you and if you made any modifications that proved successful. Till next time . . .

Forever becoming me,

Eileen

Pistachio Crusted Fish

Labelled Pistachio Crusted FishLike so many other women I struggle with controlling my weight. For the past year or so I’ve been diligently working on losing my remaining extra 15 pounds of stubborn torso fat. And I say torso because this fat sits front and centre on my stomach, and side to side a little higher up, too. Not sure how the higher up happens at my age, but apparently it does. 😦

So, as I continue on my path to eating healthy, working out smarter, and cultivating abundance in every area of my life, it seems only fitting to share recipes that are not only delish, but rank in the “healthier” choices out there for us all to benefit from. You’ll never find recipes on this blog that are “toxic” or laden with mass sugar and unhealthy fats, or include major processed ingredients. The recipes you’ll find in this blog get my “Abundant” award, while thrilling the taste buds.

Usually it’s the herbs and spices that turn a blah dish into a savory delight, but for this one, I do believe it’s the lemon. Don’t cheat and use the bottled stuff. Buy a fresh real lemon and take out whatever frustration you’re bridling today on it. Squeeze every last drop of goodness out of it. Then let that goodness work its wonders in cleansing you from the inside out. Use the remaining half lemon to bring zest to a cold glass of water –more goodness. Can’t beat that!

This recipe is really quick to put together so even if you’re rushed for time, this is a recipe to keep.

Let me know what you think of it and if you add your own twists to suite your family’s likes I’d love to hear about them too. Happy cooking, everyone!

 Pistachio Crusted Fish Pistachio Crusted Fish

4 fish fillets of your choice (I like to use organic or wild salmon or trout)

¼ cup raw, unsalted, shelled pistachios, chopped well

½ lemon (organic is best), juiced

1 Tbsp course Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp liquid honey or maple syrup

1 Tbsp avocado oil or high-heat tolerant oil of choice 

·         Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

·         In a bowl whisk together chopped pistachios, lemon juice, mustard, sweetener and oil.

·         Placing fish skin side down on baking tray, spread a quarter of the whisked mixture over each fillet.

·         Bake for half hour or until fish is cooked through.

·         Enjoy with roasted mixed vegetables, salad, and/or wild rice mix.

Forever becoming me,

Eileen

 

 

Privilege versus Abundance

Dare I say that if you’re able to read this post in the comfort of your own home, or on your mobile phone in an aromatic coffee shop, then you, like me, are blessed with a privileged life. Praise be to God for us being given so much in a world where people still struggle to find clean water within reasonable distance of their “home”.

But privilege does not abundance make.

Abundance, to me, is the existence of peace, fulfillment, purpose, kindness, respect, drive, motivation, spiritual wellness, and a deep appreciation of rest. I want to work through my days with an end goal in the works, and with many mini goals being ticked off sporadically throughout the day. So that when my husband pulls his car into our garage each evening, after a day of working his brilliant brain to the max, I too can feel as though I’ve earned these hours of rest. Rest for recovery with a quiet excitement uninhibitedly lingering deep within, knowing round X tomorrow is going to be equally as fulfilling.

Abundance does not require privilege. But sometimes privilege impedes a life of abundance.

So how do we get there from here? How do I cultivate an abundant life? In many areas I am naïve, very seriously naïve. But I’m not naïve enough to think that I can just change my habits and turn my current existence with all its mundane chores (that by the way will still need to be done) into a life full of purpose with excitement and determination that drives my day forward. Habits will be modified. But perhaps most importantly, I’ll need to find new perspectives as well.

IMG-20150623-00819Instead of dropping my shoulders as I scour and scrub the daily pots and pans, I’ll straighten my posture, scrub away WHILE contemplating a dream and if I want to make it into a goal, or I’ll prep my next day’s task list in my head, or I’ll pray for a dear friend, or I’ll put the phone on speaker and touch base with my aging parents, … or I’ll look out my kitchen window and lift praises for the birds that come to our feeders, for the flowers that bloom, for the koi that nibble on the water hyacinths sending ripples across our small pond’s surface. Sounding a lot like multitasking? Yes, but perhaps acknowledging that as one key, along with a positive perspective will turn the mundane into the mini goal of existence that we can proudly tick off of our list knowing we did good works today.

Cultivating an Abundant Life is a process, but if you’re like me and need to be motivated by progress, pull out a notebook, pad of paper, or a daily planner if you like, and grab a pen, now jot down at least five things you want to accomplish today. Me, I’m writing down, clean dishes in sink and clear kitchen counter top, dismantle guest room bed to be moved downstairs, put a load of laundry on, pick up blood draw requisition from Naturopath, educate myself on WordPress so I can post aesthetically appealing and purposeful posts that will hopefully serve not only me well, but also those who read them. Cross each item off your list at completion. If you finish early, add some more. If one task took longer than expected and now you’re left with an item or more still to do and no energy or time, HURRAY, you’ve got the start to tomorrow’s list already at your fingertips. Rest for rejuvenation knowing you’re cultivating an abundant life one task at a time with purpose.    

Forever becoming me,

Eileen

Still becoming me

My life as I know it will change drastically in just six short months. I’m fearful. I need help!

And so my goal for this blog is that it would be interactive, and help not only me in preparing for the change ahead, but hopefully you too will gain insight in how to achieve abundant life in whatever is in store for you.

You see, I’m a fifty-something-year-old with a husband of twenty-six-plus years and together we have three daughters, all of whom will be converging back into our home full-time in September.

Need I say more?

Our girls have all experienced various levels of post-secondary education away from the homestead and hubby and I have subsequently become accustomed to a quasi empty-nest experience for nearly six years running. For the most part we’ve enjoyed this hiatus from 24/7 parenting of three. Definitely enjoyed the lack of sibling confrontations erupting here, there, and everywhere in our home.

Whatever happened to the good old days when you went off to college or university and kept moving onward and outward, never to re-inhabit your childhood bedroom fulltime again? I know this reality is not easy for the young adults of today. But dare I be selfish and contemplate how this new way of life also affects the parents of these dear souls who find themselves settling for less than their dreams of full independence? How do we as parents support the emotional turmoil our adult children encounter at this stage in their life while dealing with our own struggle to find some semblance of normalcy, comfort even, while mourning the “what ifs” that are once more put on hold for family. Or do they even have to be put on hold?

Tell me, how does one even handle all the “property” that returns home with your dear loved ones, knowing/praying/believing that one day they will need their “property” once more? A household only needs one kettle, one set of pots, one bedroom set per room. Just thinking of storing all the duplicates alone sends the cortisol levels soaring in me to which my midsection is living proof needs no fodder.

There’s so much rattling around in my head these days as I try to be proactive and cultivate an abundant life in the midst of suspected chaos. Anyone else in my reality? Come, let us discover with courage and determination the way to living abundantly in all situations–no matter what life brings our way.

 

Forever becoming me,

Eileen