Up in My Business #3

This is my weekly “state of the business” address, where you get to see all the gory details of my accomplishments (yay!) and learning experiences (Grr!). Not always strictly business-related. Yay! Around Day 6 of I started to feel the turning of the detox tide. I had tons of energy and started sleeping better. I have now made it 12 days without alcohol. Except for the social aspect, it wasn’t as hard as I thought. I snuck in a couple soy chai lattes this week but man, they tasted good! I started taking thyroid meds and am relieved to have something to fix the imbalance. Also, not noticing any ickle side-effects so far. My website that went M.I.A. in the course of getting a business email set up is back. I am now feeling recharged and ready to get my ittybiz really launched already. I settled on prices for my services that feel comfortable for me. I got to play with my nephew a lot. He’s learned how to give kisses now and it’s just heaven. I had tea and a good heart-to-heart with my best friend. Grr! Let’s see: in the last two weeks I’ve had my yearly physical, two ultrasounds and a dental cleaning. Turns out I have a slightly low thyroid, which explains the weight gain, thinning hair, night sweats, and fatigue. I have two very small fibroids on my left ovary. Apparently no big deal but something to watch. I was half hoping I had a benign cyst that when removed would result in a 10-pound instant weight-loss. Sigh. I suppose I will just be...

Float Like a Butterfly

I am a lover of quotes. Inspirational, funny, philosophical, anything that just grabs my attention and makes me go hmm. . .I intend to share a quote a week with you here, and whatever my thoughts happen to be at the time. “‘How does one become a butterfly?’ she asked pensively. ‘You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.'” ~Trina Paulus This is exactly where I am. To gain, one must lose. I want so badly to fly but I have been holding on to my caterpillar-ness, trying somehow to keep what feels familiar and safe, even though it is holding me to the ground. I have cocooned enough. I am ready to break out and show my colors to the world. But first, I must honor the caterpillar I was and then let it go. To You, Caterpillar Thank you for teaching me both the comfort and the stagnancy of security. Because of you, I have experienced jobs that kept me fed and clothed and provided a sense of routine. Thank you for making sure that I took a good long look at the “safe” path, for now I know I am ready to leave it. Thank you for teaching me not to rock the boat, because now I am ready to send many ships out to sail and let them ride out whatever storms come their way. Time to Fly Butterfly, here’s what I’m looking forward to with you: I will be colorful and bold. I will gracefully dodge all butterfly-catchers. I will launch myself time and again...

Magic in 2010, Part One: Health & Wellness

I have decided to call my goals for the coming year the “Magical Map for 2010.” I just wanted something fun and whimsical as a guide rather than dry lists and do x by y statements. This map is intended to be a guide rather than a pressure-filled must-do or all is lost type document. Guides allow both room for error and room for adventure. The three main areas I’m focusing on are: health & wellness, finances, and challenges. I also included two appendices: a toolkit for extreme self-care and a dammit-list (courtesy of Havi Brooks and Selma at the Fluent Self). First Up: Health & Wellness The first stop on my health and wellness journey is to do a detox (don’t worry, nothing unhealthy. I’m not just going to be drinking lemonade and maple syrup for  the next thirty days). I want to flush my system of toxins and curb it’s dependence on caffeine, sugar and alcohol. Then, I will replenish with lots of good stuff. The Plan I will be eating tons of veggies, some fruit, nuts, seeds, and gluten free grains like quinoa. I will not be ingesting caffiene, alcohol, sugar, gluten, dairy or meat. I will drink lots and lots of water. I will do a lot of sweating and a lot of gentle yoga. I will do this for four weeks, with a three day break in the middle (well, my best friend is having a birthday weekend and I’m not a slave driver!). Everything in moderation. What I Hope to Gain more energy better sleep fat loss healthier hair stabilized moods lower triglycerides...