full circle

Honestly I don’t even know how to start this post, I have so much to say, so here it goes.

First of all, I wanted to explain the slightly cheesy and rushed style of the last few posts. I have not been updating this blog regularly since my son was born, which is when I took a break from nutrition consulting. I threw up a few posts quickly last week in case I got an influx of people visiting the blog, because there was a slight chance I would have my info in print in a newspaper. But that did not come about, yet.

My son will be starting full-day school next year, so it’s time for me to refocus, and plan what I will be doing. Starting my nutrition practice was exciting, eventful, and was proving to be popular and successful, and then I got pregnant. I am blessed that I was able to stay at home with my son until now, and I would not change a thing. But I am also nervous, excited and hopeful about stepping back into a separate role from “Mom”.

As a holistic nutritionist, and holistically-minded person, many things influence my well-being and balance. One of the biggest factors for me is music. I have made this a central factor in my son’s development, and the benefits and potential for great things in his life are already showing. Music is definitely a form of nutrition for the soul and mind. Melodies, beats, passion can shift your mood, focus your mind, and give you insane amounts of motivation. For instance, switching the radio on while washing the dishes. It works, right? 🙂 Over the past few days, I have had some sort of musical rebirth. I have become nostalgic, remembered my roots, embraced my gifts and just let loose and let music dominate my days in a way I have not done for a LONG time. It feels so good. It has inspired me and motivated me. I am ecstatic about this turn of events.

I had a feature on this blog called morning lemon, and a few times I posted songs. The first morning lemon post way back on April 30, 2007 included this:

Today my son and I were playing song roulette and I saw this, and had to play it. Lately my friends have become obsessed with lemon water, another thing I wrote about and talked about frequently as a nutritionist. Just the other day I told someone I was not going to use Lemon Holistic as my business name anymore. I try to pay attention to the signs and go with my gut and now I am thinking Lemon Holistic may not be going away just yet.

Thanks for reading, and if you followed me before, I appreciate you returning for another look. If you are a new reader, welcome and I hope you check in once in a while.

Who knows what the future holds…

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be like the squirrel, girl

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – Monday mornings are in dire need of some really good music. One of my favorite bands is The White Stripes, and I have become completely obsessed with their song Little Acorns. It’s one of those things where all the elements are absolutely perfect to me. I love the garage-band sound, and I think it’s totally awesome that they sing about a squirrel. But the icing on the cake is the words of wisdom in the speech at the beginning of the song:

When problems overwhelm us and sadness smothers us,
where do we find the will and the courage to continue?
Well the answer may come in the caring voice of a friend,
a chance encounter with a book, or from a personal faith.

For Janet, help came from her faith, but it also came from a squirrel.

Shortly after her divorce Janet lost her father, then she lost her job.
She had mounting money problems but Janet not only survived,
she worked her way out of dispondency and now she says life is good again.

How could this happen?

She told me that late one autumn day when she was at her lowest,
she watched a squirrel storing up nuts for the winter. One at a time
he would take them to the nest, and she thought if that squirrel
can take care of himself with the harsh winter coming on, so can I.

Once I broke my problems into small pieces I was able to carry them,
just like those acorns, one at a time…

Thank heavens for great music.

(sorry, no video, only sound!)