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,




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,