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“The moment you say affirmations, you are stepping out of the victim role.You are no longer helpless.You are acknowledging your own power.”Louise Hay
I’ve had some criticism and skepticism from others regarding my path lately and I am writing now for myself as a reminder that I know I am in the right place for me right now in my life. I already know this on many levels, but lately I’ve been dealing with some deep core parts of myself that still need to hear these affirmations. A dear friend of mine introduced me to Daily Kabbalah Tune Ups and I love getting these insights in my inbox everyday.You can read more about Kabbalah on their website.I believe there is a lot of truth in what they are teaching and the daily emails help me to keep perspective as I continually work on changing my limiting beliefs.The email I received this morning was perfect.
“Certainty isn’t positive thought or a personal mantra. It’s not, I know he’s the one or I’m sure everything is going to be fine in the end. Positive thinking is important, but it’s not certainty. Certainty is knowing that this system works, and because it works, I’m in the right place right now, regardless of how it looks. And because I’m in the right place at the right time, every time, I need to be good with where I’m at. No matter what. Today, inject greater certainty that you’re on the right path, that you’re connected to the Light, and that you’re in the right place, at the right time, every time.”
I've been thinking of doing a giveaway ever since I started my blog back in January, but I’ve held off for many numbers of reasons.Today however, I'm feeling really grateful to all those of you who are actually reading what I'm writing and I think now is the time to express my gratitude by doing a little giveaway. To be honest, I didn't think many people would want to read what I have to say and all I really wanted to do was just write my experiences because I’ve felt compelled to do so.Believe me, if I didn’t have thoughts running through my head all day and night with potential “posts” I wouldn’t be doing this blog and I would’ve stopped soon after I started.I feel drawn to write, despite my better judgment sometimes, and when I resist the pull to express myself, I can’t sleep or do anything really until I sit down and get it out of my head!When I write what I’m inspired to share, the words flow right out of me and I’m learning to accept it when it happens.
Yesterday was a record breaking day for me.I had over 150 hits to my blog just yesterday alone! With those numbers, now July has the most hits in a month with over 1500 views and the month isn’t even over.For those of you who have somehow stumbled upon my blog and keep coming back, or if you just found me - thank you.Thank you for reading.I've never thought of myself as a writer, and even know I don't consider myself a writer. All I've done from the beginning is had a desire to share my story in hopes that it will help other women. I really don’t even know who you are but I’m grateful you’ve decided to stay awhile with me.
So, now to the giveaway!To be entered into the drawing simply leave a comment on THIS post and tell me something that you are grateful for.Just click the comment button at the top of this post.From there, you will be directed to a new page where you can leave your name, email address, website, and comment.It’s as simple as that.I’ll keep the giveaway open until Tuesday, August 3rd at midnight MST.Feel free to let others know about the giveaway as well.One entry per person please.
So what does the winner get?Since I love making cards and am selling them in my Etsy shop, the winner gets my new Owl Friendship Boxed Card Set.I’ll draw the winner on Wednesday then announce it on my blog.Make sure you leave your email address when leaving your comment so I can get the address of where to send the card set.In the future I hope to do more giveaways and my next one I plan on giving away my all-purpose healing salve or the body and hand cream I make.Stay tuned, and thanks again for dropping by!
I’ve been craving a cold treat the past couple weeks and I came up with this yummy smoothie one day with the ingredients I had on hand.I bought a bunch of peaches a few weeks ago and wasn't able to use them before they started going bad. I decided to blend them up in the blender and then put them in ice cube trays and put them in the freezer.Once the cubes were frozen solid I put them in a freezer bag to easily add to my smoothies or to feed my kids.Here’s the recipe, feel free to make adaptations to your individual taste.
Orange Peach Smoothie Handful frozen peach cubes ¼ can frozen orange juice concentrate 2-3 cups soy milk 2-3 bananas Blend until smooth and creamy.Enjoy!
Last month I had the opportunity to attend a live Dressing Your Truth event for Type 3 women.I purchased the online course earlier this year and have wanted to attend a live class at the Center For Living Your Truth in Draper, UT.I was so excited to finally walk into the center and be with other women who move through life with the same energy as me!I was even more excited to see a dear friend that I haven’t seen in months.She has also taken the course and discovered that she is a type 1.She was at the store purchasing some type 1 accessories and we ended up talking and sharing our stories about Energy Profiling and Dressing Your Truth.It was so fun to reconnect with her and she ended up staying for the type 3 class with me and it just made my night so much better!
Hearing my friend talk about her struggle to accept herself as a type 1 really made me think about my similar journey of self acceptance this past year.When I first learned about Energy Profiling on Carol Tuttle’s website I knew it was something that I needed to look into. I purchased the Energy Profiling course and knew immediately I was a type 3.Active, reactive, dynamic, edgy, swift, determined, sure, purposeful, fiery, substantial and practical…yup, sounds like me.However, as soon as I finished watching the course, all of my doubts about myself started creeping in.I talked to others to try and validate what I already knew instinctively about myself.I went back and forth trying to decide if I really was this type of woman and had to face all the judgments that I had against myself.I spent several months really struggling with myself and allowing myself the freedom to be me.
When I first watched the Type 3 Dressing Your Truth course nine months later I was excited and eager to implement the qualities of my nature into my clothes, makeup, and accessories.The first big step for me was to get a Type 3 haircut – textured, edgy, and angled.This was actually a really hard thing for me to do since I’ve never had my hair cut or styled that way.I got my first edgy haircut at the Dressing Your Truth Salon and I loved it.I had quite a big of anxiety about it but as soon as I saw the new me I felt more like myself than ever before.
Type 3’s don’t wear black.In the fashion industry we are taught that every woman can wear black, but black is a still color – no movement and it’s very bold as well.Considering my energy is rather high moving, black doesn’t work at all because of it's lack of movement.I got rid of the black in my closet without too much of problem.I do admit though that I still have some black shoes that are still sitting at the bottom of my closet that I need to just get rid of!I have slowly introduced warmer colors into my wardrobe as my budget has allowed.My new favorite place to shop is Saver’s because I always come home with several pieces without spending more than 20 or 30 dollars.The exciting part for me was when I bought a bunch of Type 3 jewelry.Type 3’s have a more substantial energy about them so chunky, big, and substantial pieces are great for us.I love the jewelry in the DYT store and have had a fun time looking around for other pieces that will work for me. I also love how Carol teaches woman to find their own beauty sixth sense and find out what works for them individually.Not all type 3’s are going to wear the same clothes and have the same style.I am learning more what I like and am allowing myself freedom to try new things that before DYT I would’ve been to scared to try.
Makeup has been a big one for me since the past four years I haven’t worn much.I usually stick to mascara and that’s it.However, I did get some at the DYT store awhile ago that I finally started to use it this last month.Right before the live class I attended I thought I should probably try to use it.I actually liked the way it looked on me and got several options of what I can do from Anne at the live class.
If Dressing Your Truth sounds fun, it is!If it sounds like something you’d be interested in, I highly recommend investing in yourself and purchasing the course.I really am grateful for the information that Carol has provided that really does go deeper than hair, clothes, and makeup.Energy profiling has opened my eyes to see me for who I am and to love that dynamic woman inside of me.Since I’ve been on this path to discover my truth it has truly helped me love parts of myself that in the past I judged and tried so desperately to change.It has helped me to see the difference and beauty of other women in my life and to accept them as well.I have a better understanding of why people act the way they do, especially my children, by knowing their energy types!I love being able to talk to others who have gone through the information and have a better understanding of who we are.If you’ve taken the course I’d love to talk about your journey or if you take it in the future, please share your thoughts with me!
Also, I've been wanting to change the look and feel of my blog and banner. If this is something you have knowledge in, I'd love your help in at least creating a new banner with a picture of the type 3 me. I'd love to work out an exchange of services if at all possible. I'd be more than happy to exchange my cards, herbal remedies, or anything that would be worth to you that I can offer! Please email me at email@example.com or leave a comment by clicking on the comment button on the top of this post so I can get in touch with you. Thank you!
I stopped using dryer sheets years ago when I was getting rid of the commercial chemical cleaners in my home.I originally bought those blue spiky, plastic balls and have used them for a couple years.I tried to find more of them awhile back and couldn’t find them in any stores.I think I originally found a set of them at Ross but when I went back on several different occasions I could never find them.
One day while looking on Etsy.com I stumbled upon wool dryer balls and almost purchased a set but after thinking about it I decided that I could save the money by just figuring out how to make them myself.I found a tutorial online on how to make them and then it took me a couple weeks to finally go purchase 100% wool yarn to make them.I’m happy to report that after two days of working on them intermittently through the day (three kids can be somewhat distracting), I finished them.
Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of my how-to process, but you can find the tutorial I used here.I was a little confused on the tutorial because I’ve never used wool yarn before and I didn’t know what felting was.I finally figured out that you make three layers to your dryer balls.The first layer is the core which can be make with any time of yarn.I ended up using some cheap acrylic blend that I’ve had in my craft box for years.After winding the ball for the core, then you use the 100% wool yarn for the second layer and wind a ball that is approx. 7in. in diameter.You then use the nylon method she talks about and run them through the washer and dryer.Once dry, then you can complete the last and final layer of the dryer balls.You want to wind this to the completed size, approx. 9in in diameter.Then run them through the washer and dryer again as explained in the tutorial then you’re done!
In my above picture I had actually used two of the balls in a load of laundry and they picked up some lint, so they look slightly different.I’m not sure if this is normal or not, I’m assuming it is.Please let me know if you have any questions, especially if I confused you in my explanation!As always, click on the comment button on the top of this post or send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have internal dialogues going on constantly throughout the day.When was the last time you really listened to how you talk to yourself?Are you positive, uplifting, motivating, and affirming?Or are you negative, degrading, accusatory, and self deprecating?More than likely you speak negatively – it’s ingrained in us from childhood – it was ingrained in our parents from their childhood – its a pattern that exists in our society.Negative patterns of thinking, and believing about yourself and others – habits that are so a part of us that most often than not we don’t even know how negative we are with ourselves!
I for one didn’t ever give much thought to this topic until a few years ago when I really started to work on myself and my inner world.When I get really honest with myself though I know that many of my day to day problems stem from negative beliefs I have of myself.Since gaining this awareness, I vacillate back and forth between positive thinking and the negative self talk from the past.Sometimes I do a really good job and go weeks and even months practicing positive affirmations and thinking.Yet, other times, I fall into the trap of my old beliefs and I struggle desperately day to day.
After reading this article on CraziBeautiful last month I decided it was time to make my own laundry detergent. I’ve wanted to make this transition for sometime and since my store-bought bucket was almost gone I decided I was finally ready. I already had Borax and Super Washing Soda from my dishwasher detergent and my all-purpose disinfecting spray so making this recipe was rather simple!
I took Rachel’s suggestion and tripled the recipe so I ended up using the whole Zote bar. Here is the recipe is case you didn’t see the original post.
Homemade Laundry Detergent 1 cup baking soda 1 cup borax 1 cup washing soda 1/3 bar of Zote soap Grate the Zote with a cheese grater into a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Pour into a food processor to grind the Zote soap and mix it all together. Use one Tablespoon per load of wash.
After I made my laundry detergent I dumped it into the empty store-bought container I already had in my laundry room. I love this simple recipe and will never buy store bought detergent again!
Now that I’ve made laundry detergent, the next item on my mental agenda is to make homemade dryer balls. Check back soon at www.discoveringmytruth.com for a great green, eco-friendly way to soften your clothes in the dryer!
Have you made any of the above mentioned recipes? If so, leave me a comment and share your experience!
Miriam is almost 15 months old now and I can’t believe how big she is getting.We have been nursing since she was born and she is not showing any signs of wanting to stop anytime soon.I am happy to continue nursing her because I know how amazing breast milk is, all the emotional benefits, and we just plain love our bonding time.Since Miriam has Down syndrome it sometimes takes her a bit longer to learn a new skill but once she does, she quickly becomes a pro.Eating solids foods has been a challenge because of her tongue protrusion which she usually just pushes the food right out of her mouth.I’ve always been a fan of making homemade baby food and so around her first birthday I was still trying to give her watered down fruits and vegetables but she really had little interest.I found it hard to have motivation to feed her solid food every day because she has little interest and didn’t even seem to care about the food in her mouth.We have a family advocate with KOTM that comes out every month to work on goals with Miriam.I talked to her about my concerns and we decided to seek help from an occupational therapist.
I’ve gotten some great ideas from the occupational therapist, the first being to ditch the spoon when feeding her.When I started giving Miriam food off of my finger she actually began to respond to it!I want to keep her on as close to a whole foods diet as possible and so the therapist and I were thinking of some other foods besides fruits to feed her.I was told that kids with Down syndrome typically enjoy strong flavored foods and that bland foods (like most baby food from the store) just doesn’t suffice their taste buds.I started giving Miriam guacamole and hummus and feel as though I hit the jackpot!This girl loves flavor!
We’ve been having so much fun feeding her lately because she is much more interested in food and excited to try new things. She still doesn’t have any teeth so we are limited on certain foods.In addition to her staples of hummus and guac, she also eats my cashew cheezy sauce, fresh produce, mashed beans, overcooked quinoa, soft and moist breads, and a few store-bought baby items as shown below.I am reminded daily that just because her timetable is a slower than other babies, once she learns a skill she quickly masters it.She is such a joy in our home!
This month I made a Patriotic Coaster box for CraziBeautiful. You can check out the details of the post here. While you are at it, check out all the other great content on CraziBeautiful written by so many local talented women.
Hi! I'm Christa, a dynamic woman and mother on my personal path of self discovery. I’m passionate about natural childbirth, green living, herbal remedies, vegan/raw food, crafts, woodworking, Down syndrome, spiritual healing, essential oils, owning my power and beauty as a woman and empowering other woman to live their truth.