Gratitude and Blessings During Hard Times

Recently, I shared my unlikely birth story (read about it here) that involved nearly 40 days of hospitalization. While it was shocking, a bit frightening, and challenging, my husband Michael and I never lost sight of the many miracles that were upon us. We are deeply grateful. Michael and I are enormously blessed.  In fact, I was so happy to share things were going better than they could have that people didn’t realize just how many challenges we faced for a while. If you don’t mind, I’d love to share these blessings with you: Baby and I lived! Neither of

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38 days in the hospital with my baby

    If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? ~ Milton Berle I’ve wanted to write you ever since I landed in the hospital. But as being sick goes, things were just too intense to do anything other than take life moment-by-moment. I apologize for taking forever to write you via email to explain. As any new parent can attest, your time is not your own, and you need six arms. This newsletter will update you on what happened over the last 2-1/2 months. I haven’t shared this level of detail anywhere publicly. Several images of

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Pregnancy Announcement + Office Changes

My Nurse and I are expecting our first little Brussels sprout. =) Our due date is October 13th, and we are still leaving the sex as a surprise. I waited for over four months to make this announcement, mainly because I had a pretty rough time with the dreaded illnesses that accompany pregnancy. Of all the pregnant mamas I’ve worked with since 2008, I hadn’t seen any as sick as I felt. You can imagine my surprise and disappointment when I got so sick! It was severe enough to require me to cut back significantly on work. (You may have

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I honestly wanted to retreat to Arizona for the rest of the winter if I had to spend one more week in the soggy, gray weather we endured for months this season. Did you know that Seattle gets less rain than Chicago? We usually get lots of sun breaks and mostly light drizzles. But this year, the winter rain was oppressive, and the gray weather lasted much longer than anyone could stand. Finally, our spring sunshine is letting us dry out it’s not a moment too soon! As we remove the winter moss from our pale skin in the Pacific Northwest, we are celebrating

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Turn Health Challenges Into Life Gifts

If you’re like many people I meet, accepting your body (and any health issue) is rather difficult. The journey in releasing unneeded weight can feel painful and demoralizing when we’re constantly focusing on what’s wrong about ourselves. Let the process of weight loss be a spiritual journey that’s making you whole and complete. Your weight (or health issues) are a gift that are teaching you lessons you might otherwise not learn.  Here’s an example from my own life:  When I discovered that gluten was a serious issue for my health (because of Celiac, which created a wide-array of difficult symptoms for

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7 Reasons To Practice Yoga Every Day

Guest post by Andrew You’ve heard of yoga before. Maybe you’ve even taken a class or two. But do you know the benefits of regularly including yoga in your lifestyle? As it turns out, you don’t have to be an ascetic or a spiritual seeker to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of this ancient discipline. In fact, no matter what your current level of fitness is, there’s a yoga class or routine out there that’s perfect for you. Here are seven reasons you should make yoga part of your everyday life. 7. Yoga can improve your sex life. Yoga

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Boost your brain, heart and liver with choline

If like to learn, value using your brain in your work, or trying to support growing kids who need all the brain boost they can get, this post is for you. Choline is making a buzz around the public health hive for good reason. Your body needs it to support a healthy brain and memory; to promote normal cellular activity; to allow for nutrient transportation; and to maintain a healthy liver. Fewer than 9 percent of Americans are meeting the minimal recommendations for choline.

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9 Reasons Your Body Wants Beets

Beets have been a treasured vegetable throughout history. In Roman times, beet greens were widely enjoyed, and the beetroot itself was reserved for medicinal purposes only. Fast forward to modern times. Beet greens are typically thrown away by consumers who are unaware of their rich nutritional values. Beet root is enjoyed most frequently in the form of sugar beet, which provides sugar to numerous processed foods. Unfortunately, sugar beet is nowhere close to medicinal when it’s consumed in sugary processed foods.

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