Monday, December 28, 2009

I love receiving holiday letters. It seems like families write down all of their big milestones and give updates on each family member. I've always wanted to write one and send one out to friends and family, but feel somewhat weird because I am single and would only be giving updates on myself. Now I can write my holiday letter, all about me, on my, all about me, blog. And yes, its long because I do like to talk about myself.

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you all for being in my life and for your love and support this past year. 2009 has been a big year for me and I would like to share month by month some of my highlights with you.

January: I re-learned to be grateful for my body. I volunteered to massage someone who was recently injured and staying in a quadriplegic rehab center at the U. He is around my age and very active and alive, but had some crazy accident and is now experiencing paralysis from the chest down. Briefly, I learned what this injury encompasses and it really shook my world. A gained a new friend and a whole new perspective.

February: Two things: First, I attended the big premiere of Minor Details. I worked on the film as a make-up artist with Becky. Please check out our work- you won't be disappointed. A big thank you to Melissa for the awesome hook-up. Secondly, I purchased Remembering Wholeness by Carol Tuttle for $1.00 back in January at DI, but finally read it in February. I re-read sections of it all the time- her writings have transformed me. By the way, the best time to shop goodwill is right after the New Year people are getting rid of stuff left and right. (January would also be a good month to dumpster dive- if you are into that :))

March: The coolest memory in March would have to be an awesome road trip to Moab. We hiked through Arches and then through Goblin Valley. Sadly, I had never done either before. It is so beautiful and its so close. It makes me sad to think of the arches colapsing- best not to go there or I'll get all Al Gore ish. I love getting outside and witnessing the Earth's beauty. However, the best part was being there with friends and getting awesome sunglasses.

April: This was a huge month for me because this is my Golden birthday year. I turned 24 on the 24th. WOWzers! Heather made my birthday special. She is so thoughtful that way. I spent the whole day with her and the kiddos. We went to lunch, a bakery, on a walk, and opened gifts which were all wrapped in gold paper. About a week before my b-day, I went on a road trip with Melissa to California- which was so awesome. I stayed at a sweet cabin in Lake Tahoe. (L.T. is an energy vortex). I explored San Francisco and played in the ocean. Mostly, I enjoyed meeting new friends. Overall, it was a perfect month!

May: Big milestone- I quit my day job. I had been working for an outsourcing company since June of 2008. I hated the work and it was stealing my soul away. The last few months were terrible. So one day I said. 'I am threw with this.' I have never looked back. I met some great friends along the way- who I still am friends with and I learned about global networking and outsourcing. I don't regret it for one second, but I am so glad I am threw with it.

June: I attended a doula training conference; thus, fulfilling a huge goal. I have wanted to be a doula for years and finally things aligned. I manifested this, pre-sold some gift certificates to pay for it, and am so glad I did. I really am quite proud of myself. I wasn't sure if I could do it- and I almost backed out, but didn't. I met some amazing ladys who I am still in contact with- the whole weekend was magical.

July: My family took a vacation to Michigan. My dad's family is from Michigan and they all live there. We don't make it out as often as we would like to. It is sort of a trip to visit with family members, who (unfortunately) I barely know, and they share my eyes and sense of humor and I automatically love them. My favorite past time is hanging out on the beach- that is enough for me. I am so happy to have these memories in Michigan and hope for many more.

August: I have the goal to see all of my favorite artists in concert. I went to Bret Dennen in April which was the best time- I sang and danced the night away. In August, Iron & Wine came for free- which was even better! Two artists are crossed off my list in 2009! Anyway, what made Iron & Wine so special was that I went to the concert alone. I couldn't find anyone to go with because as usual it was last minute. I usually back out if I have to do something alone, but I went anyway and had the time of my life. It was an outside summer concert- all I can say is it was a perfect night (except for the girl singing Flightless Bird, American Mouth in my ear).

September: Great month, but I need to preface with some history. First off, I got rid of my massage office in August, due to costs, which was as depressing as hell. Let me back up here, in July I found another office to work out of- to try and save my office. I got the job on the spot because it just so happens they were looking for a new therapist. I didn't know how great my new office was for me because I was still so upset about trying to save my office and was fighting a loosing battle. Alas, I got rid of my office in August, and was super depressed for weeks at the new office because I felt like a huge failure. Fast forward to September, I began flourishing at my new office. I get along well with all of the people I work with. To get to the point, feeling blessed and fulfilled where I am was a massive accomplishment because having my own office meant a lot me and giving it up was an ego crusher. Another career advancement, I attended my last birth (to get me doula certification- yes, I am a pirate). Previous to this, I had two other births and a six week Hypnobabies class.

October: For all those who believe in manifestation listen to this beautiful experience unveil: I had a job interview set-up on the 10th in Las Vegas and no money to stay there. As a solution, I was corresponding with a person on KSL to trade massage for a night in his condo in Vegas. He wasn't being very responsive even though he had confirmed that he would like to trade. It was the night before I was supposed to leave and this guy was being wishy-washy so I called him up and got a little assertive and forthright. The end result was a two night paid stay in the Greek Isle resort. Talk about awesome. To top it off, I met a friend in Vegas and we had a Vegas vacation. It was miraculous. Another perk, I landed the job- it's in Hawaii- working on a cruise ship. I haven't accepted it yet because I am still getting my license transferred. Also, this month I took a road trip with my dad to Durango. My brother and his family were moving to Utah and needed some help with moving their stuff. I loved the drive, the time with my family, and I knew we were helping out. Durango is beautiful and sadly I only visited twice during the 6 or 7 years my brother lived there.

November: At the first of this month I sort of got obsessed with living off the land- and in parent's yard that means apples. I was overtaken by the simple beauty and bounty of an apple tree. (I also picked my neighbor’s apples). Aside from being grateful for the apples and extended warm weather, I've reflected on my life's happiness. I have a lot of happiness amidst the struggles. I have a career, options, a place to live, and I have many friends and family. I feel surrounded by love and know that I can't take that for granted. I enjoyed Thanksgiving and was happy to spend it with friends and family.

December: I am proud to say that I saw my first UFO. Dugway happened and I didn't see it and I was totally bummed. Then on December 12th I was woken up by a flash of bluish green light in my room. I looked out the window and saw the flash across the sky two more times- which resulted in a power outage for more than an hour. I was freaking out and woke up my parents. My mom thought it must have been a car or something. It was not a car! I am not alone in my witnessing, I found another person who saw the same thing. I am a believer now. I saw a UFO! I am also looking forward to the blue moon Dec. 31st. After all, blues moons only happen 'once in a blue moon'.

Thank you if you read this long post. I hope your year was filled with happiness, hope, love, and light.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Cheer

Thanks to Sara and Heather's persistance I put up my Christmas playlist. Sadly, I couldn't get The Killer's new song Happy Birthday Guadalupe. Each year The Killer's release a new Christmas song and all the proceeds go to the charity RED. Take a minute and watch their video, Happy Birthday Guadalupe. You will like it because A.) Luke Perry is in it oo la la B.) It's a Mexican Christmas and C.) It's the Killers!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pioneer Spirit

To get into the Thanksgiving spirit I read a book about a pioneer who became my hero. Her name is Mary Ingles, not the 'Little House on the Prairie' Mary Ingles. This Mary Ingles is the one who watched family members get slaughtered by Shawnee Indians, then was taken hostage by them, through the grace of God escaped enslavement, and walked 1000 miles home.

Mary was 23 at the time, with two young boys, and nine months pregnant- due any day. She and her boys and her sister in law were not slaughtered in the attack and were forced to walk or ride horseback over 500 miles down the Ohio river. Mary had her baby while she was in captivity on the trail. For the next few days, she rode horseback and nearly bled to death, while at the same time feeding her brand new baby girl. During her journey down the Ohio river, she suffered and bled, cared for her now three children, and memorized the terrain. She had no education about her surroundings because she was one of the first white people to explore that territory. While on the journey, one of the the leaders, Wildcat, recognized her strength and began to favor her among the captives.

When they reached the village, by custom all captives are forced to run down a line while the other villagers stand at the sides and beat them with sticks and alike objects. The purpose is to initiate the captives and find their strength. Mary and her children were exempt from this ritual because the person before her who ran down the line died and because Wildcat plead with the Chief to spare her. After the initiation, the captives are sent to work in the village. While working, other villagers are noting their skills so they can be adopted and put into Native families.

Mary was separated from her sister-in-law and put to work sewing shirts for the villagers and a nearby trading post. Wildcat came to Mary for a shirt. While getting measured, he asked her to be his wife and he would adopt her children. This was a promising offer because it was expected that Wildcat would one day be chief. Mary, hoping that her husband was still alive, refused Wildcat's offer and as a consequence was sold into slavery. Wildcat adopted her two son's. She was left with her baby and a full time sewing job at a trading post. Helping her sew and also taking turns nursing her baby was a Squaw. Mary was really sad about this, but also relieved in a way because she had much to do and little time and energy.

The trading company was planning a trip up the river (in the direction of Mary's home land) to salt some meet and prepare and gather food for the winter. Mary went because she had already been to the salt river where meat is preserved. On the journey to the river she met up with Ghtel, a large, fierce Dutch woman. Together they gathered food and prepared meals. Mary determined to escape, convinced she could not spend another night with the crew, planned her escape. She persuaded Ghtel to join her.She had to make a choice, was she going to abandon her baby? She knew she couldn't do the trek in the cold wilderness with no supplies with a baby. She left her baby in the care of the Squaw woman. Mary and Ghtel fled the company each with a blanket, one tomahawk, and a spear. They ventured out alone to gather food and hit the trail.

Mary led them to her home land according to memory. They started in autumn along the Ohio river. They ate berries, acorns, fish, and nuts. However, autumn turned to winter all to quickly and food grew sparse. Together these women traveled days without food. Their limbs were freezing, their shoes fell apart, and extreme stress led to contention. These two survived on Mary's dream to return home to her husband.

After some time with no food, Ghtel started going crazy. She threatened to eat Mary on several occasions. They were each other's survival, enemies, best friends, and warmth. With each fight they lost supplies. Soon they had no tomahawk, one blanket, no clothes or shoes left on their bodies, and no spear. They dug the frozen ground looking for bugs, roots, and worms. Naked, cold, bleeding, and crazy these women trekked until one day Ghtel bit Mary, attempting to eat her. Mary fought Ghtel for her life. Mary crossed the freezing river for safety. That night apart from each was bitter cold and unbearable. Miraculously, they both survived the night lonely and desperate. The following morning they continued trekking with a huge river between them. Usually they were in view of each other which lessened the pains of loneliness. They reached a fork in the river with a mountain to cross and hoped to see each other on the other side. Mary climbed the frost covered cliff only to find one more cliff. As her body ate itself for nourishment and warmth she slept the night and was relieved to find herself alive the next morning. She again climbed another snow speckled cliff. On the other side she saw a house with smoke leaving the chimney. She had never seen a more beautiful site in her life. At this point in her journey she could not longer walk on her bloody frosty feet. Forced to crawl, she made her way to the house. Coming out of the house was her friend and neighbor. He didn't recognize her at first because of her skeletal appearance and her hair turned bright white due to the extreme stress she endured. While re-acquainting herself with her neighbor she passed out. Luckily he nursed he back to health. Mary still had at least another day's travel before reaching her home. After only days of being cared for, she again (with the assistance of her neighbor) began journeying home. She made it home to no husband. All of this time, her husband had been having his own adventures trying to find Mary. Within a very short time, they found him and brought him back to Mary. Their homecoming was indeed emotional and loving, but something had changed in Mary's eyes. Her experiences left her separated from him in certain ways.

She tried persuading her neighbor to go and find Ghtel, but after hearing her survival story, he and the town refused to go and find Ghtel the cannibal. Mary was devastated because no one could really understand the things that they had gone through together and although Ghtel, tried to eat a few times, she was still her loving friend. Finally they agreed to go find Ghtel. They found her alive and brought her to Mary. Their reuniting was difficult and yet happy and completely normal.

Mary and her husband lived a long life together. They had more children. Eventually Mary was reunited with one of her son's that Wildcat adopted. The younger of the two sons died two weeks after separation from Mary, his mother. And she never heard of her baby girl again. She and her husband bought back her sister in law. Mary's husband died at 50 something and she died at 80 something. Her son wrote her adventures down. And she is a living legend and my new hero.

Yes, this is a long post, but think of it this way : I just saved you from reading approx 400 pages of Follow the River by James Alexander Thom, a national best seller.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Yes, I watched the Country Music Awards. I was disappointed that I was missing out on Modern Family and Cougar Town, but I'm a country music fan so I watched.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood weren't very funny to me. I was embarassed for both of them throughout different parts of the award show. I hope they don't host next year. I did appreciate them poking fun at Kanye, but once was enough.

I have to admit that I was pretty discusted that Taylor Swift won so many awards. Most disappointing was The Entertainer of the Year award. As upset as I was, I think my mom and Carrie Underwood were more upset.

Best and Worst performances:

I really liked Martina McBride, "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool," with George Strait. George made it awesome. Keith Urban is the bomb. I loved his song "Til Summer Comes Around." It has a bluesy sound- which I am a sucker for. Mixed reviews about the Kenny Chesney/Dave Mathews's duet, "I'm Alive." I love slow sentimental songs so it worked for me. The performance was a top favorite of mine. Lastly, I have to admit that I liked Taylor Swift's, "Fifteen." She was in her element.

Daughty and Vince Gill did NOT do it for me. The song "Tennesse Line" was a pretty cool song, but where was Vince? I was really bored during Sugarland, "Keep You." I physically had to leave the room during Jamey Johnson & Kid Rock, "Between Jennings and Jones." I wanted Brookes & Dunn to go out singing one of their biggest hits. Overall, their performance was good. I was just let down. I wanted them to go out with a bigger bang.

I miss the Dixie Chicks. Come back!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Song Tag 2

I went a little out of control and created a playlist to go with my song tag. Also, I changed a function of my playlist. It is no long on auto start. You actually have to hit play to listen to la musica.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Stacie's Song Tag

I created a tag. It is short and fun. Feel free to write more than one answer for each question because I know how hard it is to pick favorites with music. It is suppossed to be fun (as mentioned before:)

1. Favorite Disney song: Part of your world- Little Mermaid

2. Favorite sad song: A Falling Through- Ray Lamontagne

3. Favorite love song: Impossible to say, but I have a soft spot for Perhaps Love- John Denver

4. What is your happy song: Blessed is this life- Brett Dennen

5. What is your favorite song in Dirty Dancing (RIP Patrick): Be my baby- The Ronettes

6. Favorite MJ song (RIP): Will you be there

7. Favorite new (to you) artist: Theres a few: Calexico, Missy Higgins, James Morrison, Amos Lee, and Joni Mitchel

8. All time favorite artist/band: The numbers are my ages when they were my all time favorite. Tori Amos 10-18, DMB 13-17, Counting Crows 13-17, Alanis Morissette 13-18, Jack Johnson 18-23, Damien Rice 19-23 , Ray Lamontagne 19-24, Iron & Wine 20-24 *A lot of overlapping and also a lot artists because I am not exclusive with my music tastes. And Martin Sexton, John Denver, Heather Nova, James Taylor, Brett Dennen didn't make the cut :(

9. Favorite Male artist: Ray Lamontagne

10. Favorite female artist:
Tori Amos

11. Favorite break-up song: Cocoon- Jack Johnson (happy song), Accidental babies- Damien Rice (depressed song)

12. Closet favorite artist or song: Enigma

I tag Heather, Becky, Marianne, and anyone else who still blogs :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mother Nature Teaches a Lesson

Autumn is my favorite season. It seems so short, I guess because I only love certain parts: I love the rich warm colors, I love harvest, I love grape juice and fresh salsa, I love Halloween, I love the excitement in the air, I love layering and long sleeves, and I especially love long drives through pretty canyons.

I went on an autumnal drive up Payson canyon on Saturday. I saw the most brilliant red leafed tree. Naturally, I pulled over and perused to find the most beautiful leaf. As I neared the tree, I started to see imperfect leaves. Most of the leaves had been eaten away by bugs or dried out on the corners. This got me thinking (of course), the most beautiful things, people, and places are composed of imperfect pieces.

I get caught up in perfection. I want to be perfect at this and that and everything. This is impossible. Life is so much easier and much more beautiful when you stand back and view the entire tree rather than inspecting each leaf. Ahhh, the lessons mother nature teaches.

p.s. image taken by David C. Schultz

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pregnant and Swine Flu

I am not pregnant nor do I have swine flu, but one of my lady's that I am doula-ing for who is DUE in a week and a half got swine flu. Saturday I went over and gave her a Raindrop Technique treatment. I called her today and she is feeling great- nearly whole again! It is such a relief knowing that she can have the strength and health to have her baby.

If you or any of your family members are sick (even if they are quarentined to the home) there is hope. I can help you. Don't let the sickness get any worse than it has too. I can work on infants, children, adults, elderly- anyone and everyone. I am quite optimistic about staying healthy during the fall and winter months!!

If you have questions or need more info call or email me at anytime.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

I got a forward yesterday of 30 random thoughts. I got a kick out of these ones:

As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear what they said?

I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to the car to bring my groceries in.

You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you’ve made up your mind that you just aren’t doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


This weekend I have spent some time watching Hallmark and WE (women's entertainment). On WE, I watched Under the Tuscan Sun. I wanted to hide in the closet during the scene when Diane Lane's character, Frances is dancing and chanting "I've still got it." Gross. Embarrassing moment aside, I really love the overall message of the movie.

Quick synopsis: Frances's husband divorces her. She didn't expect it. Her friend offers her a trip to the Tuscany with a group called 'gay and away.' She accepts. While there, she purchases an awesome estate/cottage. She has ups and downs and manages to make all of her wants come true.

Here's what I love about it, we all go through those downer times in life. Then an opportunity arises. We reject it. Thankfully we have a moment of clarity and faith. Soon thereafter, if not immediately, we find ourselves accepting and embracing. Our thoughts are 'this is scary and exciting but I am doing it NOW or else I never will.' Don't you love you those moments?

My 'scary and exciting' moments are clear. Here are some to mention: 1. Switching colleges last minute: I said no to Utah State and hit up BYUI even though I had a scholarship at Utah State. 2. Deciding on massage therapy. I was on a Saturday drive, passed by the facility, and said I am doing this. No looking back since then:) 3. Meeting Damien Rice. Sure I tripped and fell on my face while going up to meet him, but I did it, and as an added bonus I hugged him! 4. Going to Colorado for massage gig. I was only gone for 7 weeks, but learned a lifetime of lessons and managed to fall in love with Colorado. 5. Doula training. I had no money. I offered a smoking deal selling massage gift certificates and worked the rest out with my trainer.

I pray for more moments in my life when my heart is racing, I have total faith, and No idea of how the details will pan out. But totally stoked. To me, this is what life is all about. And to think, this post came to life because of a WE movie event.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Pics from trip

All of these pictures were taken by Heather:

Beautiful sunset

Me and Ella getting warm by the fire

Lake Michigan

Duck Lake Channel

Me eating blueberries

Trip to Michigan

Top 10 Highlights:

10. Mr. Scribb's Pizza: Chewy cheese. Tasty. Not as good as I remembered, but still delicious

9. Whippy Dip ice cream: Specifically the black and white cone and turtle.

8. Driving the rental car: I have never driven in Muskegon before and it helped me get to know the area really fast.

7. Docks and channels: We like to watch the big ships go through the channel. Actually so does everyone else. Surprisingly, there are people who sit in their cars and watch the ships for hours.

6. Checking out the real estate: We drove through the town looking for 'for sale' signs. This was a daily activity for us. Our relatives want to lure us into moving to Michigan :) Also, as a whole, our family is curious. Who doesn't want to know what every house in the town looks like on the inside? Prices are incredibly cheap! As Lori would say, "they are giving away houses." Lori found a decent house for $5,000 in the heights (rough neighborhood). Who knows what the interior looks like, but the real estate agent said that she has sold houses for as low as $2,000 in the heights. OUTRAGEOUS!

5. The blue tube: We found a tube on the beach. The last day we were there, I saw the owners deflating it. I wonder what they thought when they saw us using their tube everyday??? It was great though!

4. Blueberry picking: I love blueberries. They were beautiful this year. Some were seriously as big as quarters. The nice thing about picking berries yourself is that you get to eat as many as you want while picking them :) Lucky for me I found wild raspberry bushes too. I ate my fair share of berries for the week.

3. Duck Lake Channel: My favorite spot. Duke lake is usually really warm, calm, and clear. I love to float on my back. It is so fun to spread out on the lake and not get crushed by a wave. Although, don't get me wrong I love that too. The channel flows into Michigan Lake so I can get some waves too.

2. Aunt Elka: Elka lives in Indiana, in a gorgeous beach house on Michigan lake. Its the southern tip of the lake. Translation: significantly warmer water than in Muskegon. She and my Uncle Fuzz designed their beach house. It is really big and spacious because Fuzz was in a wheel chair toward the end. The house also has an elevator which was a hit with the kids. It was my first time there. I could tell that my dad really enjoyed being the house and visiting with Elka. The last time my dad went to Michigan was for Fuzz's funeral. The house has a lot of fun memorabila from their last house. Elka is really fun, relaxed, and social. She is the cool Aunt everybody wishes they had :)

1. Hanging out with my family: bbqs, lunches, drives, boat rides, beach days, bon fires, exploring the town days, visiting, laughing SOOOOO much, remembering, and loving each other.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Who loves quizzes?
This is a tough one:
I answered most of the questions incorrectly. hahaha

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I pledged

Over the span of my life I have read several books that require action. I usually don't participate in the action part of books because I tell myself I will do it after I have read the entire book. I don't remember afterwards to go back through and do the activities and exercises. That's not the point, now is it? Why waste my time reading if the info is going through me? So I have started actually doing some of the things the books encourage.

Right now I am reading Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano (which I purchased at the deseret industries! Talk about a green start!) I am pledging to live a more gorgeous and green life.

The Gorgeously Green Pledge:
1.I commit to cutting my beef consumption down by 25-50%. I will prepare at least three meat-free meals a week. Meat production has a very heavy eco-impact.
2.I commit to buying organic, seasonal, and locally produced food whenever possible. I vote with my dollars and want to support sustainable producers.
3.I commit to cooking at least three meals a week at home so that I can save money, my health and the planet.
4.I commit to reducing my food waste by 50 percent by sticking to my eating plan and my shopping list and by using my leftovers.
5.I commit to growing something edible (even an herb will do!)
6.I commit to recycling my paper, plastic, glass, and cans, and to buying recycled paper products (paper towels, napkins, and toilet paper) to preserve more trees.

After reading through the list, don't you think its possible that everyone including you could follow this pledge? I think so too.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Must See

Some of you may not believe or may not care, but its HUGE and its effecting your DNA, your health, and your future: it's called food. I know how easy it is to buy pre-packaged food or to buy the cheapest things at the grocery store. However, if we start demanding better produce and general products then my guess is we'll get them!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Mutant Message Down Under

I read this book in high school. I really liked it. I found it at the Deseret Industries and couldn't refuse. WOW! I missed so much of the message the first time around. I suppose this is the type of book you can pick up every 5 or so years and re-read. If you haven't read it, read it! It is slightly controversial :)))

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pics from doula training

I just joined Twitter today and found these beautiful pics from my instructor. Thank you technology. By the way, does anyone know how to use Twitter because I don't!

Eating some yummy snacks on day one. Still a bit reserved, but definitely happy.

Day two: I was pregnant here on the birthing ball getting some doula support!

Group picture on the last day. We were all chummy and friendly by then:)

We are the 'V' ladies because at the end of the training vagina was just another word.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Feminist Explosion

Normally I am a feminist, but for the time being, I am a 'super-feminist.' Thank you doula training. Anyway, at my training I learned about a site I read through it quickly. I like what I have read so far. I really love the article, The True You: Are You Living an Authentic Life? It brings up good points like: Do I express the real me? Do I even know who that person is? Self Expression is really important for me because I spend the majority of the time introverted.

My mom has a scripture up by the computer that says "And verily I say unto thee that thou shalt lay aside the things of this world and seek for the things of a better." D&C 25:10

Life is totally a learning a process for all of us! I know that I spend too much time being a product of the world. I am not! We are all God's creation. We are all so different and unique. Let's find our authentic selves and stop trying to "fit in" with the world's expectations of a good wife, good mother, good daughter, good mormon, good student, good woman etc... Finding the true you and learning to express her is among the better things. Own your pink!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

I am a trained doula

I went to a doula training this weekend and loved it. I couldn't have imagined a better experience. I left the training feeling empowered, educated, and interwebbed with women. Our bodies are divine, capable, and strong.

One thing that really amazed me is how many different options are available to us while giving birth. I want everyone else to know their options too.

Also, I need to attend three births to become internationally certified. So get pregnant or if you are already pregnant consider me as your doula.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

10 most embarrassing massage questions

I found these questions and decided to answer them myself:
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1. Do I have to take off my underwear?

YES (just kidding). Your comfort is the most important thing. But honestly it makes it a little easier sometimes with garments.

2. Do I tip the therapist?

YES Leave a tip. Even if your strapped for cash. Utah is known for being terrible tippers. Law of karma- it will come back to you

3. What happens if I sleep and drool or snor?

Its totally okay. Sometimes its nice when people sleep:)

4. Will the massage therapist be in the room when I take off my clothes?

NO you are in the room alone. Once I asked someone if they were ready for me to come into the room and they said 'uh huh', but he/she actually said 'nu uh' and I saw some nakedness. Lesson: be clear or you might have a similar experience

5. What if I get an erection?

It does happen. Believe me it is uncomfortable for both parties. I would like to think it is controllable, but I have been told otherwise. So, basically what really happens is we both ignore the elephant in the room.

6. If the massage is too soft or too hard should I speak up?

YES speak up! I am not a mind reader

7. If I am self conscience about an area can I tell the therapist not to massage there?

YES most people are embarrassed. We are a society that is so afraid and uncomfortable with our bodies: blemishes, fat, hair, scars, etc.. I have seen it all and you don't need to be embarrassed, but speak up if you don't want to be touched somewhere.

8. What if I fart?

Once again, it happens. It is really embarrassing. Side note- I had a client that couldn't hear and I used fart all the time while massaging him/her. So sometimes your therapist does it too.

9. Do I talk to the therapist or stay silent?

It doesn't matter. Usually excessive chatting is a sign of nervousness. My rule is that I will chat back, but I don't encourage chatting because this is your time.

10. How do I know if my therapist is legitimate?

Most therapists have his/her license displayed in the office somewhere. If not, you can request the license number ahead of time- its public info at

Does anyone have any embarrassing questions that weren't covered?

Extreme Sale

I am selling massage gift certificates for the next two weeks. What brought on this EXTREME sale?: I quit my day job, I am moving this month, car registration is due this month, and I want to attend a doula workshop so I can certify. If you like getting massages, giving massages as gifts, or can't say no to a good deal this is your day (well actually two weeks)

one hour: $40
3 one hours: $105

3o mins: $25
3 3o mins: $60

Prices to match any budget!!!

hahaha- thought you'd all like this pic :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

In the Old Testament there was a huge plague killing the population. Moses prayed and here is his answer in EXODUS 30:

22 ¶ Moreover the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels,
24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of aoil olive an hin:
25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.

The Lord gave Moses an essential oil recipe to protect him and his family and they survived.

Another example, the black plague (Bubonic virus) that killed 2/3 of Europe. There were a group of thieves who dug up bodies or found dead bodies and stole all of their valuables. When the King finally captured these rumored 'mystics' he discovered they were spice merchants. They were able to rob the dead bodies without catching the plague because they doused themselves with several spices and herbs. Google 'Vinegar of the four thieves' for the full historical record and recipe.



I realize that modern day epidemics are in fact dangerous. I also know that God knew what plagues were going to be and created herbs and spices to combat them. For me, its a matter of trusting God and his creations. I don't stress and I don't believe there is any disease, plague, or epidemic that God can't cure.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It was my birthday last Friday. A few highlights:

Meliss had streamers, balloons, and flowers set up when I woke up. No picture of that, but here is us at Baker beach from two weeks ago.

Heather and the kiddos came over to go to lunch and a sweet shop:)

Jaxon took this pic:)

Later in the evening Meliss, Ella, Heather, and I went to a Thai restaurant and to 17 Again. Both delicious.

Heather wrapped my gifts in gold- as it was my GOLDEN birthday (24 on the 24th)

Jeremy and his family came to Utah (not for my birthday- but it felt like a b-day gift- I was so happy). Here are some shots of Jadin and Ava.

Thanks to all those who threw me a kickin' surprise party on Saturday!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Old Maid Sprink Break 2009

Meliss and I went to CA last Wednesday and got back yesterday. We went last minute because our house is under construction. Luckily Meliss is from Cali so it all worked out. We called it 'old maid spring break 2009' because technically being a single female in mid twenties in Utah county makes us old maids.

Top 10 Highlights of trip:

1. Karaoke-ing to Cher's "Believe" on the way there. Thank you Orem Public Library.
2. Sleeping at Grandpa's cabin overlooking Lake Tahoe (Melissa's grandpa). There is a HUGE bath tub which took about 45 mins to fill and a sauna. You can only imagine my pure enjoyment.
3. La Panchitas. Nice mexican joint with yummy-HOT salsa
4. San Francisco: Thrift store on 16th and market a must!, smelling Eucalyptus trees on the way to Baker beach, watching the sunset and collecting rocks along the shoreline, Lombard street, and artsy alley ways.
5. Meeting Meliss's grandpa. His house/land is connected to a Native American burial site. He showed us Indian artifacts found on the land. Also, he showed us an old handcrafted oven in his back yard made by an Italian- which had brand new baby birds inside of it- the birds were hairless. We ate lunch, and then got black and white ice cream cones from a dairy. It was nice to be around grandparents again....
6. The Cat in the Hat play. Melissa's little sis was the cat in her high school play. She was the best!!
7. Lounging around the house, eating lemons from trees, watching home videos, laughing, eating food. etc.
8. Rolling hills full of California poppies and purple flowers. Beautiful.
9. Meeting Melissa's family- virtually every family member (extended included). I can't remember the last time all of my siblings were together let alone extended.
10. On the way home I was in and out of sleep. I felt possessed--I had no sleep control. Poor Melissa drove home 3 p.m to 4 a.m. Every now again I would look over and she would be jamming out to John Mayer. hahaha.

It was nice to get away even if only for a few days. Thanks goodness for warm weather, family and friends, flowers, oceans, thrift stores, and road trips!!!

p.s. pics may be coming later

p.p.s many thanks and praises to Heather for a cute blog.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Jaxon and Lori share their b-days on the 5th.

We had a combined pirate party. It was a blast.

One question: Why do I look like Boy George?

Monday, April 6, 2009

One of my very favorite things in the whole wide world is dancing to live music. Going to concerts evokes a child-like joy throughout my body. Saturday night I was lucky enough to go to the Brett Dennen (B.D.) concert. I danced and sang the night away. I wasn't sure if B.D. was a good performer, but he is!! He was dancing all over the stage. Think slow to moderate happy dancing not fast crazy head banging dancing. He is 6 ft 5 in. It seems to me that tall people are uncomfortable or awkward in movement. Not B.D. He was limber and loose and had some sweet moves. It was the last show of his tour- it seemed like all the performers were having so much fun. Among my favorite songs performed: Just Like the Moon, Because You are a Woman, Blessed, and Aint No Reason. His music expresses hope, love, truth, and enjoying life. If you ever need a pick me up or incredibly sweet words listen to Brett Dennen. Blessed is this life and I am going to celebrate being alive -Brett Dennen.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thank you all for participating- I really like the input: Which LOGO?


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Aura Workshop

I went to an aura workshop on Saturday. I am sure many people are not 100% certain what an aura is so here is my short explanation: Your aura is your energy field. Every living thing has an energy field. Think back to European religious art: you've seen paintings of people with white halos around their heads. Same thing. Anyway, in modern society we have cameras that take pictures of your energy field or aura.

The first picture is my aura on 2/21/09 It is predominately red. In the center are seven round circles aka chakras. Your chakras make up your aura. My upper chakras weren't as developed as my bottom chakras (with the exception of my third eye). The lady basically said that I was very grounded, intuitive, and had a lot of sexual energy. (pic taken at The Lotus in the Factory Outlet Mall)

The second picture was taken on 3/28/09. It is a lot prettier. I like this camera better because I think it does a better job of capturing your whole aura. Based on this analysis, I am helping mankind, intuitive, learning something new, a little stressed/worried, and fairly balanced. (pic taken by Coleen Jensen, Bioenergy Consultant)

Your aura changes day to day, hour to hour so it's hard to capture yourself, but it sure fun to get a glimpse of your energetic self.

Disclosure: You gotta love photo booth esp when you don't have a scanner, but taking a pic of a pic isn't very clear..

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I finished the book Wicked yesterday. I have been listening to it on cd (17 discs). The only feedback I had heard previous to reading the book was: 'its so dark.' I am here to say, "Gee wiz, the title of the book is Wicked. Get a grip." Many people get dissuaded from reading a book if they hear a comment like that. I loved the book. It had me questioning good and evil, the purpose of religion, expressions of love, and all other really prominent components of life. Maybe I am more curious than average, but when I hear something is controversial I want to check it out for myself to form an opinion. The writing style is beautiful and imaginative. I highly recommend reading this book esp. if you have seen the musical or are interested in doing so.
By the way, I saw the musical previous to reading the book in Chicago last September. Melissa and I both won a pair of 4th row tickets for $25.00. The book is really detailed and pretty different from the musical, but I loved both.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

'the ugly' with an extra kick

I have a famous look (sort of like blue called 'the ugly.' I don't share it with everyone for the obvious reason that its pretty ugly. However, after seeing 'the ugly' in a new light I have reason to share my famous look with you all...:)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Take Advantage of Me

Hello Everyone,
Mark your calenders for Wednesday March 11th at 6pm. I am teaching a class at Young Living Farms!! The cost of the class is $5.00 and you get a healthy treat at the end:) Yummy! The class is about using essential oils with massage. You wont want to miss out. Directions: Head south on I-15 until the south Santaquin exit 242. Get off that exit, take a Right, continue ahead until you get to South Frontage road (which is your first stop sign), Turn Left ,and go six miles. Look for Young Living on your right. Let me know if you need further instruction. I hope you can make it.
Stacie Nelson

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Herding cows: Sure!! Engagement photos: Not so much!!

Before I begin, let me say I am for warmth, comfort, second hand clothes, name brand clothes, no name clothes, etc. Personally, when it comes to fashion, I aim to look hot with the least amount of money spent. Just my own philosophy. The other day I was at someone's house and on the fridge was a wedding invitation. The couple was cute enough. However the girl was wearing a denim/tan combo coat. Where were Stacy and Clinton- when we needed them?!!!! Sorry for those of you who know this couple and don't tell them about this post ;)))

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


After my last post, I realized that Emotional Release Therapy wasn't clear to everyone so I decided to post about it.

Why do emotional releasing therapies? We all need it. People hold on to emotions be it fear, hate, low self esteem, protection, inability to forgive etc etc. From the time we were in the womb we were experiencing emotions and throughout the span of our lives emotions have been building. Some of these emotions are so strong that they sabotage aspects of life even if we currently aren't feeling that way. For example, the last appointment I had, I discovered that I have feelings associated with lack of charity that have been building and creating low self worth feelings. It is totally true! When I see someone on the side of the road broken down and don't stop- I send myself on a guilt trip or when I laugh at someone when they fall and don't run the rescue...the list goes on and on. Well after twenty plus years of sending myself of guilt trips it can cause some damage and I didn't even realize I was doing it. So how did I release the emotion(s)? Creating a new belief pattern and call to action. I no longer feel guilty when I laugh at someone for falling. I know that is isn't my job to save the world. Instead I just say a silent prayer that they are okay. It is super easy it is just a matter of recognizing how you are telling yourself to feel and responding appropriately. Some emotions are buried so deeply and cause horrible physical problems: depression, eating disorders, infertility, poverty, acne etc.

For those of you still reading this post and want to learn more about the subject I recommend the following books: (the first is my favorite)

Remembering Wholeness by Carol Tuttle
Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol K. Truman
Excuse Me Your Life is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings by Lynn Grabhorn
Everyday Immortality by Deepak Chopra

Also for those in the area, if you want recommendations of Emotional Release Therapists I have a few I go to for different things. If you feel lame or need encouragement just think: there is a reason why Utah sells more anti depressants than any other states. :)))) Take care of your emotional crap before it takes care of you!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Everyone, including myself, has been working harder on their fitness lately. Here's to all of us:

F un
I nvestment
T houghts
N utrition
E motions
S leep
S unshine

Fun- Fitness has to be fun. I am motivated/driven by fun. (I have a lot of yellow in my color code). For me, fun equals fulfillment. Since fitness is a lifelong aspect of our lives it is important to get fulfillment.

Investment- Fitness is an investment of time and money. Healthy eating habits can cost more than crappy eating habits (it depends). Getting massages and other bodywork treatments cost money and take time. Working out takes time for sure and sometimes money (if you go to a gym or have a trainer).

Thoughts- Thoughts are things- literally. Each thought has a vibration. Out of all of your bodies (emotional, mental, spiritual, physical) your physical body is the weakest. Our mental body has way more capacity and power than our physical. So its important to pay attention to your thoughts because they have control over your emotional and physical body...think about it!

Nutrition- To quote the Extreme Body Make-over Trainer, "nutrition is 80% of what I do." Its true. What you eat affects so much: function of body, shape of body, glow of skin, energy level, etc etc. I could go on forever about how important it is to fuel the body, but I won't.

Emotions- If you haven't looked into emotional release therapies- do it now! I am reading Remembering Wholeness and loving every word- check it out. Also, I can testify from a massage therapist point of view that muscles hold emotions. It is so bizarre and cool- I wish everyone gave massages and could feel for themselves muscles holding onto emotions.

Sleep- Overall, I probably get too much sleep. I love sleeping. Every cell and organ re-energizes at night. Look-up circadian rhythms. amen.

Sunshine- Soak up some vitamin D. Breathe some fresh air.

Friday, February 6, 2009

What a lunch!

Sometimes princess shoes are worth it, but not today. I went to lunch with my co-worker and former boss. We decided to walk to Olive Garden. That was an awesome idea until it started raining and we had to walk down a grassy hill. You guessed it, rather than walking down the hill, I slid down the hill. The side of my leg was covered in brown grass and cold wetness.

Continuing on, I cleaned up in the bathroom and joined my party. After sitting, I spotted our waiter immediately. I thought he was good looking, a bit rough, but pleasant. My co-worker and former boss teamed up together and started teasing because our waiter got tongue tied in my presence-which he sort of did. They kept saying things like we had chemistry blah blah blah

We finished up and requested boxes for their extra food. I got the endless soup and salad so I wasn't getting a box. We were saying how funny it would be if we could have the waiter box up some soup for me- and we thought he probably would. BUT we weren't really going to ask him. So, as he is boxing up their lunches, my co-worker says, and "she was wondering if you would box up a bowl of soup for her," he says 'sure' and I embarrassingly try to cover and explain "we were just seeing if that was allowed- really I don't want anymore soup." Then, my former boss insists we get some more soup. The waiter is laughing and probably wondering whether I really want more soup or am lamely flirting with him. He meets my eyes, smiles, and says "don't be shy." I wasn't!

Sliding down the hill, looking like a rainy wet mess, getting teased about the waiter, accepting free soup, walking back in the rain, not falling up the hill (thanks goodness), and back to the office. What a lunch!

Who Wants to Host a Foreign Exchange Student?

I find homes for foreign exchange students as a part time job. It just happens to be that time of year when I am looking for volunteers who want to host.

Its wonderful and simple. Volunteer families provide food and board. Students have insurance and spending money. Everyone benefits and grows. The students stay the whole school year or one semester. During that time, I plan parties and mediate. Yeah. Fun!!

If you, your friends, neighbors, work associates might be interested then call me. Along with referrals, I am accepting ideas on how to find families. My target area= anywhere within a 200 mile radius.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D is one of the only vitamins produced naturally by the body. However, in order for the body to produce vitamin D, it has to be exposed to an adequate amount of sunlight.

Researchers have long known that the "sunshine vitamin" boosts bone strength by encouraging the body to absorb calcium. But a slew of new studies published in 2007 suggests that the vitamin has a lot of other benefits: Diets high in D may ward off diabetes, gum disease and multiple sclerosis and even cancer.

Info found:,30583,1686204_1686252_1690393,00.html

Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy New Year

I am really excited for the New Year this year because it is the year of the ox. The Ox years so far have been 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and now 2009 followed by 2021 (according to the 12 year cycle).

People born in the Chinese New Year of Ox, 2009 will preponderantly have the below mentioned traits in their character: Leadership qualities, dependable, great organizers, loyal, patient as well as strong and responsible. They are also some of the best people one can have as colleagues in the work place as they are believed to posses strong work ethics and display their creative side as well, especially when it comes to decorating their home.

Since the people born in the Ox year are also trusted to be reliable and logical, people generally turn towards them for suggestions and guidance. Their honesty and eye for details also helps them to prove their worth both in the workplace as well as in their personal lives.

However there are a few negative traits associated with the character of the Ox that also is reflected through the people born in the ox years. Attributes like being narrow minded, stubborn, with low public relations skills and also very far from being emotional are generally associated with people born in this year.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Preparations for Chinese New Year.

I went to this gross Chinese buffet, but it turned out to be awesome because my place mat was a Chinese Astrological guide. Ever since then I have been excited for the Chinese New Year (January 26, 2009) because it is my year, the year of the ox. The New Year is on the first new moon of the year.

According to the Chinese, clean your house before the new year, next Monday. They believe that when you 'wash away the dirt on the ninyabaat' you are cleaning out last years bad luck.

I will be periodically updating my blog with Chinese New Year celebration traditions. I think it is good to know and celebrate other cultures specifically the 1,330,044,544 (July 2008 est.)Chinese (not including Chinese people outside of China).

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fun Quiz

I want to know everyone's scores.

1. When do you feel your best...

A) in the morning
B) during the afternoon and early evening
C) late at night

2. You usually walk...

A) fairly fast, with long steps
B) fairly fast, with little steps
C) less fast head up, looking the world in the face
D) less fast, head down
E) very slowly

3. When talking to people you...

A) stand with your arms folded
B) have your hands clasped
C) have one or both your hands on your hips
D) touch or push the person to whom you are talking
E) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your h air

4. When relaxing, you sit with...

A) your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side
B) your legs crossed
C) your legs stretched out or straight
D) one leg curled under you

5. When something really amuses you, you react with...&nbs p;

A) big appreciated laugh
B) a laugh, but not a loud one
C) a quiet chuckle
D) a sheepish smile

6. When you go to a party or social gathering you...

A) make a loud entrance so everyone notices you
B) make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know
C) make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed

7. You're working very hard, concentrating hard, and you're interrupted...

A) welcome the break
B) feel extremely irritated
C) vary between these two extremes

8. Which of the following colors do you like most...

A) Red or orange
B) black
C) yellow or light blue
D) green
E) dark blue or purple
F) white
G) brown or gray

9. When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before going to sleep you are...

A) stretched out on your back
B) stretched out face down on your stomach
C) on your side, slightly curled
D) with your head on one arm
E) with your head under the covers

10. You often dream that you are...

A) falling
B) fighting or struggling
C) searching for something or somebody
D) flying or floating
E) you usually have dreamless sleep
F) your dreams are always pleasant

1. (a) 2 (b) 4 (c) 6
2. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 7 (d) 2 (e) 1
3. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 5 (d) 7 (e) 6
4. (a) 4 (b) 6 (c) 2 (d) 1
5. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 2
6. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 2
7. (a) 6 (b) 2 (c) 4
8. (a) 6 (b) 7 (c) 5 (d) 4 (e) 3 (f) 2 (g) 1
9. (a) 7 (b) 6 (c) 4 (d) 2 (e) 1
10 (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 6 (f) 1

Now add up the total number of points.

OVER 60 POINT: Others see you as someone they should 'handle with care'. You're seen as vain, self-centered, and who is extremely dominant. Others may admire you, wishing they could be more like you, but don't always trust you, hesitating to become too deeply involved with you.

51 TO 60 POINTS: Others see you as an exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive personality, a natural leader, who's quick to make decisions, though not always the right ones. They see you as bold and adventuresome, someone who will try anything once, someone who takes chances and enjoys an adventure. They enjoy being in your company because of the excitement you radiate.

41 TO 50 POINTS: Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting, someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding, someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.

31 TO 40 POINTS: Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest. Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who's extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expect the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you, realize it takes a lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over if that trust is ever broken.

21 TO 30 POINTS: Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy. They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder. It would really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment, expecting you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then, usually decide against it. They think this reaction is caused partly by your careful nature.

UNDER 21 POINTS: People think you are shy, nervous, and indecisive, someone who needs looking after, who always wants someone else to make the decisions and who doesn't want to get involved with anyone or anything! They see you as a worrier who always sees problems that don't exist. Some people think you're boring. Only those who know you well, know that you aren't.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

God Bless

My Uncle sent me this blessing- I thought I would pass it on.

I ask the Divine to help provide the guidance and clarity for President Obama to make the right decisions for these troubled times.

To provide him, his family, and the new administrative team with wisdom, and the health they will need to sustain the long hours, intense environment and pressures of their new duties.

Please note that this blessing is not just about Obama, but about uniting America and the world, all working towards a common goal, a common vision, regardless of background, race, or economic status--to truly come together as a nation and as a global community.

It's about all of us--as we are all ONE.

Let this blessing symbolize our love and dedication for the kind of America, the kind of world, and the kind of future we envision and will work towards.

God Bless!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ricky Gervais

If you have ever watched the British office or The Extras you know how painfully funny Ricky is, if you haven't, here is a little snippet of him on The Office:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Winter Splendor

P.S. I didn't photograph any of these pics or did I?....I didn't.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I saw this movie last night with Heather. We have a secret secluded theater that gives a family night discount for $5.50. We are usually the only ones in the theater so we can do whatever we want....and we are pretty immature. As far as the movie is concerned, I liked it way better than I anticipated.

We are a Poweful Group, Us Women and Mothers

Growing up I was the girl who was breast feeding her stuffed animals and staging out every parenting scenario from conception (not to worry- when kissing meant creating babies) to birth to play time to disciplining my stuffed animals aka babies. With that said, I have had a clear desire to be a mother since I was small. Not all women have that same desire. Part of that desire for me was and is breast feeding. Breast feeding is just another major action of love and sacrifice that women do for their families and children. And all actions of love don't have to be sacrificial. Hopefully, women will use her own instincts when deciding to stop bfing her children and not cultural or social pressures. With that said, God bless all the women who sacrifice their bodies, time, and schedules to breast feed. Whether or not you've bfed, God bless women in general, who: grow and nourish life inside of them, who endure labor, and who raise and parent. We are a powerful group, us women and mothers, and don't forget it.