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Let Nature Nurture You

Let Nature Nurture You

Every year we set new intentions, most of us see the winter months as an ending to things; We allow the celebrations of the new year to help us see the possibilities ahead. This is a good thing. It says to me that we are on the right path because we keep making efforts to be better. With each new year, I do the same. I use the cold winter days to stay in and reflect on the past year(s). I spend more time with family friends during celebrations. And I set new goals for the future. This year, I even made a vision board!

After I set my goals, I rank them in order from ‘most easily attainable’ to ‘may present some challenge.’ Word choice matters 😉 And then I dive right in, no hesitation, no additional thought. I immediately begin work on the easiest one.

My first and most easily attainable goal this year is to spend more time in nature.

Forest Blog Pic

This past weekend, I took my second hiking trip of the year (the first was Mt. Baldy). Joined by the hubs, our kids and a few awesome friends, we hiked about 6 miles along a gorgeous trail in Etiwanda Falls. It was a little chilly in so. cal that day, but perfect for a climb. EF is a popular trail so we weren’t alone, but the hills are massive and the views are wide, so it’s easy to find peace in your surroundings.

 

The goal of this particular hike was to reach the waterfall. Once we did, we sat, we ate and we enjoyed the sounds of the river. You know, even as I type this it sounds so surreal. I promise, I am not making this up! It was a beautiful experience.

I took that time to review all that was going on around us. There were a few other groups up there as well. The sound of the water rushing by created a natural meditative experience and for a brief moment, it felt as though all was right in the world.

There was a vibration coming from the rocks letting me know that Mother Nature knew we were there and that she was looking out for us.

I am certain that each of us gained something different from the hike. Being in nature can lead to so many unexpected revelations. The trick is to relax and let them come… Before heading back down the mountain, we snapped a couple pics for posterity and extended thanks to Mother Earth. What a day!

I learned:

  • We should join others in nature for rich and rewarding experiences.
  • We are a tiny part of the universe, but our power within it is very great.
  • Hiking is great exercise!
  • When we trust the process, things always go exactly as they are supposed to.
  • After hiking up hill for 6 miles, you need to stretch or you will be sore the next day. 🙂

Msk at EF

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Taking Breaks to Ease the Pain

My days are filled with “things to do” and “stuff to get done.” I have to constantly plan ahead and schedule everything in its place. This helps to keep the chaos a little more organized, but could never alleviate it. The reality is, I chose this life and all that it comes with. You might say, I called it to me. Sometimes, our inner desires aren’t even known to us until they manifest. I wanted a small immediate family, a business or 2, great friends (lots of them), and very large extended network of people I could count on for one thing or another. I got all of that and more! So, how do I manage it all without going crazy? … I take breaks. Small breaks, big breaks, weekend breaks, cocktail breaks and most importantly, meditation breaks. Yes folks, I said it. MEDITATION. I do all of these things without guilt. That’s the key.

“There is a virtue in work and there is a virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” ~Alan Cohen

I’m going to keep this message simple, so we will keep religion out of it. Now practice, that’s a different story. We should all practice something that helps us feel balanced on a regular basis. I choose meditation… and frequent cocktail breaks with girlfriends of course. 🙂

What is meditation? 

If we think of it in a literal sense it’s not such a daunting concept. Meditation means, but is not limited to: contemplation, thought, musing, pondering, consideration, reflection, deliberation, rumination, reverie, and/or concentration. (And not necessarily in that order!) It is all of those things in one actually.

I sometimes let meditation be my small break in the day. I have learned how to achieve instant
peace with even 30 seconds of breath counting. I don’t always close my eyes for the practice
because it’s quick. But it’s long enough to reset your body’s rhythm and provide the brain with
enough oxygen to re-clarify any feelings of stress or irritation. You can do it anywhere and at any time. Try it right now. Take 30 seconds to just sit still and count your exhales. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

note to self-breathe

Nice job! How do you feel? I bit more relaxed right? Try it a few times each day and see how it helps you to navigate the chaos. Once you’ve realized the value in your breath, you can increase the time increments and officially adopt it as a practice. Once that is sure to change your life, I promise.

“A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest man.” ~Roald Dahl

So let’s talk about those cocktail breaks now. I try to get one of those in at least every 10-12 days. Yes, I calendar those too! It gives me something to look forward to because I know that when I’m with those I love and trust, I can totally be myself. With our drinking buddies, we can be silly and unpolished. We can easily do what I like to call, “let the crazy out.” Feel free to use that term after you do it. You will know when the time is right. 🙂 cheers wine glasses

These “cocktail” breaks don’t have to actually involve cocktails if that’s not your thing. The most important part of these types of breaks are the people you take them with. The cocktail break is a time to let loose, to talk and be listened to. It’s a time to laugh and be carefree, to de-stress and re-focus. It’s during these times, that I really feel grateful for all of my gifts. Gratitude opens the door to the wisdom and creativity of the universe. #truth

“Each person deserves a day in which no problems are confronted, no solutions are searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares that will not withdraw from us.” ~ Maya Angelou

The big breaks are of great value. We will call these breaks, VACATION! Yes, you have to take vacations every now and then. During these breaks I do not work, I don’t even check my email. I may write a journal entry or two, but that is welcome work when on vacation.

beach-relax

Getaways don’t have to be long, they just have to be BIG. That’s the point. Take 1 or 5 or 15 days to just get away. Take as long as you want to and can do; remember, just do it big! Go somewhere that makes you feel relaxed. Go somewhere that makes you feel happy. Plan it ahead so you don’t have to feel guilty when you go. Take the folks with you that help you to find balance. For some vacations, you may be alone. That’s certainly okay too.

Some of my best inspiration comes when I’m alone.

I’ve learned 

  • Taking breaks is a necessary and vital part of maintaining my sanity
  • I can take these breaks without feeling guilty because I am a better person when I do.
  • I must be grateful for the energy, time and patience I’ve been gifted if I want to keep those gifts.
  • Meditation helps to reset my rhythms so I can live to fight another day! #namaste

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.” ~Louisa May Alcott

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We are busy people; that we know. But how we fill our time is completely up to us.

Taking Breaks to Ease the Pain
Use your hindsight to see the future

Use your hindsight to see the future

I journal. Do you? I have been writing my thoughts down on paper for years. I really should purchase stock in Moleskine. Are they a public company? Anyway, if you don’t journal, you should start today. It will make a lasting impact on your life and affect change.

I frequently return to old books to read my past thoughts and assess my growth. This morning, before setting my intentions for the day (we will talk about that soon), I began reading some excerpts from more than 5 years ago. As I flipped through the pages, I found a common theme… I was all over the place emotionally. From day to day, I was happy, sad, angry, depressed, confused. Hell! According to my notes, I experienced many of those emotions in the same day. It’s amazing how much energy flowed from those pages. I was in a tremendous amount of pain and I don’t even think I knew that back then.

mom-stressed-kid-messThis very recognizable pattern of chaos begged me to consider what was happening in my life at the time. Why was I in so much pain? And then it hit me, we had just had our first child. I was in one of those ‘periods of time’ when you experience tremendous, rapid growth. Those periods are often painful. But like the inspiring Iyanla Vanzant says, “There is so much value in the valley.” That entire year was difficult. I had a growing business, a new marriage and a new baby. Oh, AND my mother had just moved in with us, so for the first time in almost 15 years, we lived together again. Imagine that!

So what happened? I made it through, that’s what. And I made it through victoriously. I remember feeling under-stress for that period of time, but I also remember when I started to feel better. I remember making the choice everyday to try again. Eventually, I rose from the “valley” and moved forward with ease. Now, I use hindsight to create knowledge and learn the intended lesson. With this wisdom, I avoid repeating many of the same mistakes.

I learned: 

  • I am just as important as anyone else.
  • I cannot take care of others if I do not put my own needs first.
  • Post pregnancy hormones are no joke!
  • I should ask for help if I need it.
  • I can do many things well, but that doesn’t mean I have to do many things.
  • Buy a house with an In-Law’s Guest House. (I love you Mom!)

Now, I have foresight. I can prepare for future valleys. I can recognize them sooner and if I am self-actualized in the process, I can breeze through those periods with grace.

Start journaling today! Tell us what you’re learning.

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P.S. This is not an ad for Moleskine. I just freaking love those things.

Why Club Kindness?

I thought I’d start this morning off with a little throwback to how this whole thing started. I wanna tell you why we created Club Kindness and what cannabis means in our lives, particularly mine… Mskindness.

A little over three and a half years ago, I had an accident. A bad one. I slipped and fell on a puddle in a grocery store. At the time, I was 26 weeks pregnant with our second bundle of joy so you can imagine the horror and fear that encompassed our family in that moment. It wasn’t an immediately debilitating fall, but the way in which my legs split, later became a major factor in my injuries. Within days I was in triage, hooked to a fetal monitor, in horrible pain. My pelvic joints were on fire and my left hip became a constant source of traumatic pain. Baby was okay though, and that’s all that mattered.

So what happens when you’re 26 weeks pregnant and you fall down, thereby causing a pelvic condition and severe pain? Well, I’ll tell you. The Medical Doctors tell you to take pain pills! They must have prescribed me every “safe during pregnancy” pain pill and muscle relaxer imaginable. None of which I liked to take, all coming with horrible side effects and implications for the baby.

Luckily, I’m a very assertive person. Doh! Because I took no issue with requesting alternative care. I received physical therapy, massage and acupuncture to manage the pain during the remainder of my pregnancy. And while it didn’t alleviate the pain completely, it made it bearable without meds.

So let’s fast forward a bit… Pain continues, I’m put on bed rest, baby comes 6 weeks early! Not good. After I have our daughter (who is beautiful and healthy btw) I begin to experience more hip pain and numbness and tingling in my extremities. DAMN! Docs had hoped that after delivery, my pelvis would go back to normal and everything would be like a bad memory. NOT!

By now, you’ve probably figured out where Club Kindness fits into this. Yes! I found the remedy for my pain with Cannabis!

Official CK Logo

I had been a “recreational” smoker since early adulthood, but I had minimized it to being a tool for relaxation and having a good time. I’m a pretty cerebral person all the time, so I enjoyed the relaxation of the mind that smoking cannabis provided. And although I believed cannabis was a cure for many of society’s ailments, I had never used it with the intention of healing myself. I began to do research. I found out that eating cannabis, particularly those strains with a higher CBD (Cannabidiol, we can talk about that another day) content, can help to relieve or even alleviate pain. It wasn’t long before I started developing different “canna-foods” and using them exclusively for my pain management. It is truly a miracle plant!

Time went on and I perfected my craft, until finally settling on my favorite products: Cannabis Tinctures (these are the best ladies!), Cannahoney (on a cold morning in an English Breakfast Tea. ‪#‎yummy‬), and “Bud”der (spread on toast with jam. Yup! I did that).

What can I say? I’m an elixir kind of gal.

Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I’m an entrepreneur from the core, so of course it was a natural step for me to take this public. I love what I do, I love how it has helped me and I have to share that with others. Club Kindness was born! A CA based not-for-profit collective. First intended to be a boutique MMJ delivery service, now developing a full elixir line to share with other dispensaries throughout California. I am passionate about the medicine delivery through organic foods and ingredients. I believe in what cannabis can do for the world and I support a community in which it can be used freely.

I’m still managing my pain, and the docs are trying to find the stupid nerve causing my numbness, but I’m blessed! I have found the medicine from God to help me on a daily basis and this medicinal herb is working inside my body to heal ailments I don’t even know are there. I get to share my creations with others and spread my message of Kindness throughout. What a gift!

If you haven’t already done so, please check us out online at: www.ckcollective.com

Feel free to comment on my story or share a story about how cannabis has changed your life. Let the people know!

Club Kindness… A Modern Collective of Unique Cannabis Remedies.

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