SICK DAY + ADVENTWINDOWS

Yesterday, for 12.12.12 I cleaned my house from head to toe.  Cleaned things I don't normally clean, like the microwave (yuck)... A good deep clean.  It always feels so good.  I felt like I needed my home front to have a fresh start along with all of the energy going around us during this high vibrational time.  I set some intentions in my mind for myself, some new beginnings Id like to create for myself.  Some deep healing and transforming for my year ahead.  Things Ive been reaching for, grasping for, but having no energy to dive into.  I finally found myself feeling excited and ready for the internal changes ahead.  Prepared to face them with less fear on the forefront, which I have only been using as a wall, a shield.  Im ready to break those walls down and create a new freedom inside myself. 

This morning, on this new moon, I started my period and woke up sick with the beginnings of a soar throat.  Im absolutely grateful for it.  Didn't think I'd ever hear myself say that.  But I am.  Being sick, for me at least, is usually a catalyst to treat myself with alot of self love, and prioritize what I put in my body, when I would normally not care as much.  I like to try to heal myself as naturally as possible and avoid going to the doctor at all cost if I can.  So far so good for the past several times Ive gotten sick, or felt like I was getting sick.  Ive been able to smash it all together, or dramatically reduce it so it doesn't come on full blown.  I think it was very fitting that I woke up sick this morning.  A little push forward to detox and release a bit. 

My typical combinations when Im feeling like Im going to get sick are this: tons of water.  apple cider vinegar with grapeseed extract and terra shield ei (although i couldn't find it anywhere today!).  emergen-c. vitamins. green tea with lemon, ginger & raw honey (lots of it).  garlic.  juiced fresh fruits and veggies.  I also just started using good earth living's echinacea and rosemary tinctures.  that's about it.  well, and taking it easy, not over doing it, or just resting all together.  

Today we had errands to run, and it felt so good to be able to leave the house on the first day of my period.  I have always had really bad ones, and for the past 5 months, they have not given me any problems.  Im not sure what changed, besides introducing certain essential oils during the week leading up to it.  Im not sure if that could do it, but it's literally the only thing that has really changed.  I didn't even get a migraine this month, and that is a first!  I'm really hoping my body is regulating itself out.  Taking care of myself naturally through these things has been a long learning process.  I had alot of help a few years ago from my boss, but since leaving, Ive had to figure things out on my own, which has been a really great thing to have to do. 

This week I started along with Messy Canvas's adventwindows project, Come Thou Long Expected.  It was originally for the month of december, but I came late to the party, like I usually do, so I just jumped on, and quickly realized this could be done at any ol' time.  I saw my friend Rain doing it and it looked intruiging, and Im loving it so far.  You should totally check it out.  These are my first 4 days of words I pulled.  The first 3 days I journaled along with the word (only two shown).  Yesterday's word, breathe, I just did.  It's been fun to dive into a solitare word each day. 

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Exciting stuff happening all around >>>

 Lots of excitement has been going on over here in my little world.  Two days ago we had a family reunion at my Nanna's, so I got to see lots of family I havent seen in a while.  It was a very nice time.  Then last night we got a call to come up to the hospital b/c James brother's baby was born in an emergency c-section.  It was delivered before we got there, but Im so glad we at least got the chance to see him through the window in the nurses station.  He looks just like his mommy.  And we are so proud and happy for Mark, James brother.  Such an exciting time for them!  So now James and I are aunt and uncle to another little precious baby boy.  Maybe its about time we make a little girl for this family :)


And in other news, my friend Shauna of Poor Pitiful Pearl was featured in today's Quit Your Day Job series on etsy.  Im so excited for her!  She totally deserves this honor, and her interview is quite amazing and inspiring, worth reading...


I have been listing new items all morning in my Roots and Feathers shop, and will continue throughout the day.  I have over 60 new items to list!  I woke up this morning with a sore throat, total bummer.  Ive been drinking lots of hot tea, taking vitamins, eating soup and even took a nap already.  Its really bad timing for me to get sick, so Ive got to take good care of myself. 

I have lots of fun things coming throughout the week, including more giveaways and awesome diys!  Have you entered the That Vintage giveaway yet???

PEACE,
Laura