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Mosquitoes

This season we seem to be having larger numbers than usual of mosquitoes, due no doubt to the wet winter and spring we’ve come through. At my place that means using my doTERRA oils that keep them away from me, or if I do get bitten it takes the itch out and I believe possibly neutralises the toxins they may or may not have. The point is that I take action on what’s best for myself and my body. The power of personal choice cannot be overemphasised.

I heard very disturbing news yesterday. The large regional towns just down the river from us have ‘received funding to spray for mosquitoes’. This to me is horrifying. It often scares me how much power the big chemical companies, such as Monsanto, have. Now our governments are spending money paying said companies to provide widespread formulas to poison entire districts.

I know this happens already in Thailand and Bali – mainly due to the Tourists not coming if there’s too many mosquitoes, although the excuse is because of Denghe Fever, and recently I also found out they’re doing it on our Gold Coast. We’re in pristine country, the Murray River food bowl area. What happens to organic producers in these areas when governments think it’s ok to poison everything?

What about the eco-system? It’s such a fragile thing.  Do scientists really believe they totally understand how it works? I don’t use sprays around my house. I have spiders, I have frogs, I have small birds. I watched a frog eat a mosquito this morning. I have more spiderwebs than usual at the moment because they’re catering to the large numbers of mosquitoes. The little fairy wrens love all insects. I’m sure they’ve cut my mosquito population down.

Our society as whole has to get over this fixation on destruction of anything that annoys us. Build up the immunity of communities to withstand the viruses carried by a very small population of mosquitoes. Use essential oils to help combat those viruses. Look for other answers. Don’t immediately move to bomb the @#$@ out of everything. I don’t want poison on myself or my food, total genocide of any population is not acceptable, it just highlights our ignorance.

 

 

Power – part 2

Taking back our power has been a constant theme running through my head lately, and in my last post I talked about the power of our health, but let me expand on some other ways our power is being drained and the results worldwide…

I watch TV (not much though), read a newspaper, or read a Facebook news post and it seems there is something about violence to women or children.

I talk to somebody about their career or work and I hear ‘but it’s business thinking they don’t care about people’.

I talk to small business owners and they talk about how difficult it is to get staff – reliable, caring staff.

I talk to parents and they worry about the world their children are coming in to.

I obviously like to talk to people.

I’m also an Historian, and I think back on the past human history, and lessons our world should have learnt – but it’s easier to let others take our power and follow their own agenda. Our lives are already full of trying to work 2 full time jobs to pay inflated housing and food prices and hope our children grow up to enjoy it.

There have been amazing civilisations flourishing throughout the Earth from era to era….but catastrophic events, usually created by other humans with no understanding of what they’re doing, have seen the demise of them. Look to the Mayans, the Incas, Egyptians, Romans, even the Bible/Torah/Quran have stories (eg Sodom and Gomorrah), the list goes on.

When these ancient communities were at their peak they looked after the land, they created art, they sang, they danced, they had enough to eat, they had amazing technology and they took care of their people. Gradually greed and power overtook them, either from outside or inside sources, and they were plunged into dark days/decades/centuries.

I believe if women in particular don’t take back their power then we’re going to repeat the history lesson until we do. I’m not a raging feminist but I believe that women should be able to do anything they choose to do, if it doesn’t harm anybody else. I’m not talking about offending anybody because offense is very subjective, but not harming them, mentally, physically or emotionally. Male and female are not equal – nobody in this world is equal, that would be very boring. That doesn’t mean anybody is more important than anybody else or has less rights to live their life. Male and female aspects of this world need to be in balance and this world is out of balance.

The nurturing caring side of humanity has been overruled by people wanting power over others. The ‘white male privilege’ is one aspect of this, but it’s not alone. There are many issues contributing to this decline of humanity: porn addiction (specifically porn that includes children, or violence against women, or the use of animals); the belief that to be successful we must make lots of money; the materialistic gathering of things we don’t need – more clothes, more toys, bigger house, better car; the reliance on putting our children into institutionalised ‘day care’ from an early age; the marketing that says we deserve to have everything we want now on credit, and the obsession with control by bureaucrats are just some.

We all have the power to change our lives, to get off the treadmill, to enjoy ALL aspects of our lives, not just the few days of holidays we grab in between the chaos with which we surround ourselves.

We don’t often use that power. We have responsibilities, mouths to feed, mortgages to pay, etc and what would we DO if we didn’t work full-time??

Our work defines us in this society. The first question often asked after being introduced to somebody is ‘So, what do you do?’ I like to answer by pretending I don’t understand..’what do I do for what?’ The comeback is invariably ‘for a living’. They don’t ask what do I think of the current economic system, or the high debt levels, or what do I enjoy doing the most? So I answer…’I breathe, what do you do?’

Let’s start 2017 by starting to acknowledge that we are all more powerful within ourselves than we give ourselves credit for. We can’t use our power if we don’t even realise we have it.

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We all need to take back our Power!

Responsibility of any sort should start with being responsible for our own health and wellbeing.

We have created a culture whereby we look for someone else to fix things…we go to the doctor and want him to fix us. How often do you hear people say ‘my doctor’s trying this’. Instead of ‘I’m making changes to my daily life because my body was telling me I needed to’.

Our bodies talk to us all the time, daily, in a million different ways. There was an ad years ago for headache tablets that said ‘pain is nature’s warning’ unfortunately it followed with ‘if pain persists see your doctor’. ‘Your’ doctor. We’ve created a system where we’re so dependent on the ‘health’ system telling us what we need that we’ve got a personal relationship with the local GP ….or in some cases it’s ‘my specialist said…’

There is a time for going to the doctors, but instead of it being for the 10% of times that we need trained help, we’ve let it become 90% of the time we feel anything is not right in our bodies but we want somebody else to fix our lifestyle mistakes.

We need to truly listen to our bodies and make the changes they suggest. Learn the language your body speaks. Use movement to find your body’s way to be the most optimal it can be. There are so many small things we can tweak in our lives with natural systems ourselves. Be aware. Listen. Be empowered and take your power back.

 

Photo by Shauna Eldridge
Photo by Shauna Eldridge

The fast pace of life

I hear so many people say they don’t have enough hours in the day to do the things they want to do. Yet we all have the same 24hrs, it’s just what we do with those hours. I think it myself sometimes, so many things to fit in, to do, to be at, to organise, to sort out….. and yet I’m lucky enough to be a stage in my life that’s not nearly as hectic as it used to be.

I remember a decade or 2 ago I had 3 boys at school, aged 8, 10 & 12; I was working across 3 different jobs, totalling 35hrs/wk; I had a husband with issues that meant he had just been medically retired from work, making my income the main one; we ran a farm and tourism business, for which I did all the bookwork and organising; I was on the school parents committee, education board, and founding member of the local motorcross club….and I decided to go to uni and do a Library & Information Science degree part time by distance education (supposed to take 6 years, I did it in 3.5 because I set a goal to finish it before I was 40 – last exam was the morning of my 40th birthday!). Despite how busy those 4 years were I still think the busiest period of my life  was in the years when I had 3 small boys at home and was supposedly a ‘housewife’ only.

I look back now and think it’s easy to blame our lack of time when we’re not really motivated, passionate, or committed to something. But when we ARE – WOW! Look at what can be accomplished! Our ‘smartphones’ are probably the biggest time waster we have, but if we put them to work for us instead of against us, then we can have our cake and eat it too!

And I do like cake….

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Musings on what seems simple to some

My life has been very full lately, but it’s great to have so many choices in life about how to spend my time! Family, farm, b&b, business, friends…

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Today though it was my passion for the past couple of years of using and promoting doTERRA Essential Oils, when new exciting products were added to the range….and it got me thinking….

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I remember one of my sons as a teenager asking me about the cost of buying a house versus renting one. This was at a time when many of his peers were moving away for apprenticeships or work or study purposes and often would rent a house together and all put in equal money to pay the rent and running costs.

It didn’t take much for him to say ‘so if I buy a house, then get 3 of my friends to share it and pay me rent I’d have enough to pay off my house and not be paying anymore than I would if I was sharing somebody else’s house?’ Yes. Correct.

His answer to that was ‘but then why doesn’t everybody do that?’

It’s a good question. It’s the same question I remember asking the first time I came across Network Marketing 30 years ago. I buy products that I use, I tell friends about them, they join and buy products, I get commissions, and numbers-wise it builds a passive income.

I’ve looked into various companies over the years, that sell via network marketing and they all have drawbacks, the sort that has given the industry a bad name over the last few decades. Not product focused, pressure to sell, expensive memberships, exclusive territories, company ‘American’ hype…but I’ve still liked the theory, because when I like a product I always tell my friends and family about it, and why should all the profits of products go to the advertising industry?

Then along came doTERRA. A company founded in 2008 whose early mission included wanting to change the culture of network marketing to something ethical. A complete product based business – sourced worldwide from over 40 countries, with no need to sell retail, no geographical boundaries, an incredibly generous commission structure, the possibility of fast rank advancement AND that is also an ethical company, with sustainably sourced products THAT WORK!

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So I’m back to the question: ‘Why doesn’t everybody join and use these products?’ I guess it’s the same answer I gave my son years ago,

‘because not everybody can see an opportunity nor have the commitment to do it’.

I didn’t mean for this post to be a promotion for my business, but if you’re looking for any of these things then this is the best business I’ve come across that ticks all the boxes:

  1. A way to supplement your family income by using superior natural products within your normal household budget;
  2. A business to replace full time family income;
  3. A way to get debt-free;
  4. Natural products that produce amazing results very quickly;

If you’ve got leadership, organisational, and people skills, then I’ve got a vacancy for you in my team! You’ll get support and mentoring from me 24/7….and if you just want to use great products and get them at wholesale prices then I’ve also got room in my team for you, and you also get 24/7 support 🙂

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P.S. Did I mention these oils are also amazing for flavouring my homemade raw organic chocolates?

A dull topic on a beautiful day

Life has been extra busy lately and I’ve been missing writing. Today’s spiel is a reaction to some things that happened this week in a friend’s family and so I just thought I’d share my thoughts about that label of ‘Depression’. That insidious dark state of being that we oftentimes keep hidden from those close to us – or alternatively we dump it all over them. I’ve been there, from the inside and from the outside and I’ve found some wonderful tools to help escape it.

So here’s my list for when you’re in that black thickness in your head and you feel like you’re drowning and you can’t see the sense in continuing with this life….or your head feels like it’s bursting at the seams with the pressure of keeping your pain and thoughts inside. I have no medical or otherwise qualifications and my advice is purely my own thoughts, what you do with it is your decision.

  1. Choose to change – you will mess up your family and friends if you decide to quit life for good, even if you think they’re better off without you, or that they don’t care.
  2. Quit sugar – totally
  3. Start a bathroom routine:
    1. Look at yourself in the mirror, directly into your own eyes, and make yourself smile;
    2. Laugh 3 times: hee hee hee, ha ha ha, ho ho ho – or more if you find this ridiculousy silly;
    3. Dance your way through your routine – moving even a little bit out of the ordinary, a jiggle of your bum, or a wave of your arms;
  4. Put on some pure essential oils and take 3 deep breaths of them – I use doTERRA because they’re awesome and effective. Maybe Elevation, Frankincense, or Wild Orange – or all 3!
  5. Tell yourself that today you CHOOSE JOY, you choose to be happy just for today.

If you want help, tell somebody that you trust, maybe they’ll just check in to see if you’ve done your 5 steps today.

If you’d like to try the doTERRA oils contact me – wherever you are in the world I can get them to you.

If you want to learn to dance to heal go to nianow.com and find a Nia class somewhere – no experience or coordination needed!

I also had a wonderful Historical Society trip to one of the older homesteads in the district, my children’s great great grandmother was born there. I love all the stonework, not to mention the gorgeous setting, although it’s a pity the new owners removed all the trees and gardens around the house.

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The Mains c1878
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possible burial site of baby
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Coolroom at The Mains

Definitely (and Defiantly) Loved

Life has been busy here, many guests staying over the past few months, and farm and family and work all ensuring my days are never empty! I’m very lucky and I am grateful for it every day.

Spring is now officially here and new growth and new life is abundant 🙂 There’s much to be done on a farm and in the garden, and additionally we now have poddy calves to rear. These are all choices of how to spend my time, and I love to have been able to make those choices.

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I rise most days at 4.30am and deliver newspapers for a couple of hours. I often get to see the incredibly magnificent night skies of the Milky Way, the Southern Cross, and many other constellations, and then the most spectacular sunrises.  I truly am blessed.

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I don’t think of myself as a ‘hippie’ a ‘greenie’ a ‘weirdo’ or any other label people tend to put on others, and some probably do apply them to me. For those who don’t know me well though I do try and follow a mixture of a Paleo and Raw Food way of eating; I love Qi Gong and Nia Dance for my exercise; I’m a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA Essential Oils; I clean my house with Ha-Ra products (and no chemicals!); and I love using my Thermomix and food dehydrator to create meals and snacks to not just sustain me but for the pure enjoyment of taste sensations and the creative process.

I also love my oracle and tarot cards and enjoy doing readings for friends and family;  using healing energy to help people; and I like to be aware of the messages the universe may be sending me at any time – particularly via animals and other life forms.

I have also loved having guests stay at my place and have met some truly wonderful people who I would happily count as friends. The last couple of weeks however has thrown up some issues that I’m now addressing.

Firstly my local council has decided to hound me over official registration – which I had been told I didn’t require – but now apparently I do if I serve eggs at all….the same class of registration as a restaurant needs. Now I don’t object so much to the fee – after all it has to pay for the ridiculous top heavy bureaucratic system we have developed. I do object to the amount of paperwork involved and I’m questioning whether I want to spend hours of my precious time on a task that I believe is a ridiculous waste of my time. OK, so stop serving eggs? Maybe….but then I find that only means a slightly different class of permit if I’m still serving cut up fresh fruit….still regular logging of fridge temperature etc…oh, and the fee. I love creating breakfasts for my guests but the only way I can avoid it is to buy it all in already packaged….and not needing refrigeration. I was going to put my prices up for my accommodation, now I’m thinking I’ll leave the cost as it is and maybe just make breakfast a free option. If I’m not charging, but just sharing my food with friends, maybe that’s a loophole? Watch this space for the verdict.

This is the ‘old’ menu:

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The second issue which arose was feedback by one of my recent guests. A lovely couple whose only fault from my perspective was arriving over an hour earlier than check in time while I was still trying to clean and organise the rooms after guests that left earlier that day. The feedback they wrote on airbnb however upset me more than it should and I stewed over it for days because the use of the words ‘unloved’ was completely unfair in my opinion. Her feedback was that first impressions count, and she did say how much they enjoyed their stay in every other way but that the first impression from the outside was that it was ‘unloved, untidy and with cobwebs’.  Untidy and with cobwebs I can live with. I don’t use chemicals and try to keep a natural balance with the natural ecological system. The spiders keep the mosquito population down, the frogs love the spiders, the birds love the spiders and the frogs….etc etc…and I have heaps of bird and insect life in my garden. Another aspect of my life that I love.

I also live on a farm, on a dirt road. I’m pretty sure I have better things to do with my time than spend it all trying to keep ALL the dust away from the outside of my home, although I do brush the old cobwebs off regularly. The ‘untidy’ part is possibly the ‘weeds’ in the garden – feed for the wild bird population, the dog beds, and the lineup of shoes because we try to limit the amount of dirt in the house by taking our shoes off outside. The inside is different, that I do make sure is clean and tidy in the guest and living areas.

This is the front of my home the week that the review was written, you can judge it, or you can just accept it as is, I LOVE it:

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Rant over…decision to do less B&B and more doTERRA oils….and maybe more blogs….I like writing.

A slight delay

I was a bit shocked to notice that I hadn’t written anything here for over 8 months….time and life get away sometimes and you suddenly realise that you haven’t been doing something you enjoy. It’s so easy to get caught in the rut of daily life, paying bills, maintaining a home, keeping up with your ‘responsibilities’….and some of the things  you enjoy doing (which hold no recognised productivity gain in our society) get pushed back until you find it’s been a long time since you read a good book, made a quilt or written a blog.

So time to start it again. Whether anyone reads it or not, I still enjoy writing it 🙂

I’ve been fortunate to have spent most of the Winter season of the previous 4 years in a warmer climate somewhere. This year I went on a trip to Peru but it was earlier and I was home by 6th June, so I’ve been experiencing our very cold winter firsthand this year! The lovely series of valleys that form the Upper Murray area are graced by very little winter wind – so no cold gusts cutting through you as they do further down the road. It does mean, however, that we get frosts, and fog that just sits….and sits….and sits….for days on end….no sunshine or sky showing all day, after day, after day. I may be exaggerating, sometimes it only goes for 3 days and then we get a break for a day or so before it rolls back in. We certainly rejoice when the sun makes an appearance as it instantly warms up quite significantly, but there’s beauty in the silence of the fog, in the mists that swirl and create hazy circles around lights. And when they can create some beautiful sunsets and sunrises….for those of us up early enough to witness them. 🙂

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There’s a Falcon that’s become a local resident on the farm. Often sitting on a fencepost in my driveway, and Wendy was able to get some great photos of it looming out from the fog, to share with me.

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The days are short but they encourage creative pursuits – ones that can be done in a warm home before or after work. Sewing, reading, dancing, studying, catching up on Game of Thrones 🙂

And suddenly the shortest day has been and gone and the mornings are starting to be brighter, the days infinitesimally longer, and buds starting to appear on flowers. A stirring happens within our bodies, a slow awakening of energy that produces more motivation to get things done. One day there is a need to look at the garden, to prune,  to think about getting garden beds ready for planting. On another day thoughts of spring cleaning or brightening the decor or painting furniture begin to seep into the conscious mind.

I love all the seasons, although not a fan of being very hot or very cold, I find it’s very simple to find somewhere warm or cool when needed. There’s something magical about a bonfire on a cold night and so this is certainly a good time of the year for them! We’re very blessed that way living here.

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Inspiring food

After gardening the other day I suddenly felt like eating Anzac biscuits….but as many of you know I generally follow a Paleo way of eating, and Anzacs have oats, sugar, and butter….so I adapted the recipe and was really pleasantly surprised at how great they tasted! It made 2 trays of biscuits and by the time I’d put the first tray in the oven the chia had started to thicken the mixture even more which allowed me to roll it into balls and squash it down lightly with the palm of my hand, which made for a more shop-bought biscuit look.

Then I  thought I should try it again before sharing the recipe….just to make sure it worked! I decided I’d make some for my mum who can’t have much honey so I substituted the honey (which was already a substitute for sugar!) back to coconut sugar. Of course this made it a much drier mixture and so I had to add another cup of water. They still tasted great, but not as much as the ones with honey!

So, here’s the recipe with honey if anybody would like to try it, and if you want to substitute anything else go for it!:

Mix 1 cup of almond meal, 1/2 cup each of ground chia, ground sunflower seeds, coconut flour, and coconut. (I ground all these separately in my Thermomix before adding them to a mixing bowl).

Mix 1/2 cup each of macadamia oil and honey, plus 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and warm slightly. Add 1 teaspoon of bi-carb of soda that has been dissolved in 2 tablespoons of boiling water.

Mix the wet mixture in with the dry ingredients and stir for a few minutes until it thickens enough to roll lightly into small balls which you flatten a bit once they’re placed on the oven tray (you can use a fork but I find the palm of my hand works just as well).

Cook at 160 degrees C until they’re browned – I think it was about 20 minutes. Cool on tray. Enjoy 🙂

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Spring is here

Spring has definitely hit us now – days of gorgeous sunshine, blue skies, blossom and bees. It’s so restful just sitting on the verandah with a cup of tea for a few minutes in the morning and listening to the birds busily flitting around and feeding babies. Only a few minutes unfortunately because this is a time of busy-ness for humans as well! The lawn grows so fast it needs cutting every week and the weeds are just as excited as the rising bulbs are to emerge and reach for the sun. It’s a great grounding experience, sitting and weeding, running my hands through the dirt to get as many of the bits of kikuyu out of the garden bed before planting petunias. I feel truly blessed that I’m able to do that and enjoy getting dirty 🙂

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If there wasn’t such an urgency in the back of my mind I could just do a little bit now and then when I can fit it in….but not only does the Spring weather insist on it being done now, so too does the looming date of my son’s wedding. Now less than a mere 3 weeks from taking place in my garden! I’m so excited and thrilled that they’re getting married here….but my plans of a few months back are starting to get cut back to reality. I’ve decided I like weeds in my lawn, they make it more interesting and more attractive for birds, and mulch can cover anything! My mantra for the past week has been ‘I can do ANYTHING, but I can’t do EVERYTHING’. It will be gorgeous and special regardless and I’m determined to be stress-free about it all and enjoy the whole process. So, as much as I love having visitors to my B&B and cottage, I have blocked out the next few weeks so I can concentrate on other matters!

I’m also excited to now be a Wellness Consultant with doTERRA . This is a wonderful range of Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential oils that amaze me with their potency and effects. If you’d like me to share more information on them then just ask! Or click here.

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