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Storyteller: Maggie May aka Flux Capacitor

1. I’ve been blogging since 2009. I had a dream that blogging would be my way into the world of writers and publishing that I perceived myself having been denied through college. After I began blogging I quickly saw that regardless of where my writing went, the experience, the world of blogging would be reason enough. I started telling the story of my family and reading many many blogs and quickly I was hooked. I don’t think I’ve not looked at blogs longer than a few weeks since then. 2. I tell stories on my blog for a few reasons-…

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Orange! Bang!

I cleaned my camera lens and then I took a photo of pretty flowers. Nothing not to like about today so far.

Elan’s Blend: Black Pepper, Juniper Berry & Basil

What do you get when you mix Black Pepper, Juniper Berry and Basil together? Awesomesauce. Or, Elan‘s Blend. Same diff. To make your own roller, you’ll need doTERRA’s essential oils and an empty roller bottle. Super simple. Add 20 drops of each oil in the roller bottle. Then use FCO to fill the bottle to near the top. Add the roller top and a label. Rollers are my new favorite thing. The roller makes it easy to carry around, tuck in a pocket or purse, and simple to apply on your wrist and/or back of neck. You could roll this…

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Say One True Thing

How many days did I sit in silence and say nothing about my sadness until it turned to desperation? How many nights did I lay awake, worrying and running through emergency evacuation plans that I’d never need before I spoke out loud to someone, anyone, that I thought there might be something wrong? I couldn’t tell you, the number is too high. When your thoughts are lying to you about who you are and how the people around you feel about you, find one true thing. When you don’t know who you are anymore and it feels like it’s been…

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Want To Try Essential Oils? Do It Right Now With A Free Sample.

For the next two weeks (until May 31st) I’ll send you a free sample of doTERRA’s Grapefruit or Balance essential oil. (You pay $5 to help cover shipping in the US, $7 international.) I use both oils every day. The Balance blend has been instrumental in helping my moods. I apply it on my wrists, on the back of my neck and on the bottoms of my feet every morning and night. I drink the grapefruit oil everyday in water which can help with food cravings. (Slim & Sassy is also excellent at that and I drink it every morning.)…

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Storyteller: Kizz Robinson aka 117 Hudson

1. Blogging since July 2004. I started out reading Dawson’s Recap by Sara Bunting and Tara Ariano. That led me to some blogging awards (before blog was a word!) which introduced me to blogs and finally in 2004 I couldn’t keep my voice quiet any longer. Also, people had come out with easy-to-use platforms that didn’t require use of html which I still don’t know. I still love it, 10 years on! 2. I tell stories on my blog for a lot of reasons. I love to write and I find writing therapeutic. I’ve been very busy recently training for…

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Life Textures

It would be easy to say as things get older they automatically go towards entropy like moths to a flame in the witching hour. But the truth is, the easy answer isn’t always the true answer and where entropy is falling a little closer towards chaos and disorder every moment, we actually keep following along the perfect arc towards the inevitable, sure, but it isn’t chaos. It’s exactly what’s supposed to happen next. If I had to narrow down and categorize all the things I’ve done in the past three years that have made a huge difference in my life…

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Tam’s Blend

This blend smells amazing. You guys. I mean. I can’t. Even. I’ve been using doTERRA’s Wild Orange and White Fir together in the diffuser for months. It’s got a really warm, earthy, forest-y scent. When I met with my friend, Tam, she suggested adding Cedarwood and putting it all in a roller with some Fractionated Coconut Oil. Man, oh man. The scent went from awesome to oh-my-heckalicious. Here’s how you do it. You’ll need an empty roller bottle, doTERRA’s Wild Orange, White Fir and Cedarwood essential oils along with some FCO to top off the roller bottle. Super simple. Add…

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Marci and Delaney

I had the good fortune to spend the afternoon with Marci and her two lovely daughters plus a group of the nicest women you’ve ever met a few weeks back. (Fun fact – I actually realized I knew some of them from years ago and it was so nice to see them again!) Marci’s friends threw her a Girl Shower, all about how great it is to be a girl. Everything was pink and floral and the weather was perfect. It was such a lovely day. This is my favorite shot from all 600+ shots I took. (I know! So…

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Storyteller: Charity Cole aka Giggles & Grimaces

I have been blogging since February 2010. I started my blog as a way to force me to capture life with, at the time, 2 little girls, and to give me an outlet to share who I was. It became a way to share about my third pregnancy, subsequent postpartum depression and now bipolar 2 depression. Then we added in homeschooling to make life even more interesting. I love telling about things my girls do, or we do as a family and in homeschooling, but the biggest message for me is letting others know the real ins and outs of…

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Storytellers

You guys. I’m just going to go ahead and apologize ahead of time because I’m going to be using phrases like, “I remember when,” and “Back in the old days,” and I’m very aware of how tedious and eye-rolly that can be. BUT. Back in the old days (See? I wasn’t kidding.) when I first started online journaling in the late 90s, it was a brand new world where I could share a story on my computer with my family who lived miles and miles away. I’d post pictures and write what was essentially a monthly update about the kids…

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When the Water Calls

When my kids were young, when we first came back from Germany, when my marriage to the other guy was being held together with tape and googly eyes, when I couldn’t breathe, when I couldn’t think, when I wasn’t on meds and needed them badly, when I was dissociating, I took the kids to the beach. My feet, which had walked way too far and way too long to get there, were suddenly surrounded by rushing water and the Space of Nothing I needed. The water was cold and fast and then pulled at my soul before it receded, taking…

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Grain-Free Cooking: Brussels Chips Exclamation Point

If you like Brussels Sprouts, and even if you don’t care for them so much because you’ve only had them water-soggy or over-cooked, this recipe is for you. For you! When I stopped eating grains, vegetables became a bigger part of my intake and Brussels Sprouts is a weekly contender. I ate them before I even knew how to cook them correctly. And NOW. Well. Here’s the thing – soggy Brussels sprouts are the pits. But if you roast them with some olive oil? Hoo-boy. And when you peel of a bunch of outer layers so they get crispy while…

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This Thursday’s Meetup Class – Managing Mental Health

This week’s class is super close to my heart. With all the “getting-well” I’ve been doing these past three years, managing how my brain is responding to the changes I’m making has been sometimes challenging but mostly exciting. I’m really looking forward to this week’s group and going in more depth about the process I’ve used and what might work for others. Getting your head on straight goes hand-in-hand with healing the other parts of your body, especially your gut. See you there? PS. The photo above reminds me of what it feels like when I’m trying to find the…

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