To learn more about Dottie & Cat, please click here, or on the image above. Please Share the Love and help spread the word! Thank you kindly!!
#SeniorBesties #LibbysHavenForSeniorCanines #OldFriendsMakeTheBestFriends #SaveThemAll #SharetheLove #LoveHeals #PeaceLoveTSD
P.S. A special Thank You to everyone who helped support Frido at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary during the month of November. This #SoulfulSenior is still looking for his forever home... could that be you?
#SoulfulSenior For the month of November, 10% of your purchases will support Frido!
From Best Friend's website:
"No one's happier to have company than Frido. He loves attention and is eager to be with people, especially when they brush his beautiful coat or take him for rides on the golf cart.
Born in 2008, Frido is sweet, gentle, mellow and housetrained. He's a wonderful listener and easy to walk on a leash. He has already lost a lot of weight and is currently working on dropping even more pounds to get down to a healthy weight. He gets insulin and takes medication for diabetes, Cushing's disease and pain in his leg. Despite his medical needs, Frido is a very happy and easy boy. He's perfectly happy to go on short walks, and he'd do great in a quiet, loving home where he can spend hours hanging out with his special person on the couch."
To learn more about Frido, please click here, or on the image above. Please Share the Love and help spread the word! Thank you kindly!!
#SoulfulSenior #BestFriendsAnimalSanctuary #SaveThemAll #SharetheLove #LoveHeals #PeaceLoveTSD
P.S. A special Thank You to everyone who helped support Doc at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary during the month of October. #TheGoodDoctor is still looking for his forever home... could that be you?
#IAMnotBacon For the month of September, 10% of your purchases will support JoJo!
JoJo is a special needs pig who lives in the Frat House with my sponsored pig Jango. They are best buds! I've visited Ironwood Pig Sanctuary a few times over the years as well ~ such an amazing place!
To learn more about Ironwood Pig Sanctuary: http://www.ironwoodpigsanctuary.org
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I received this shirt shortly after I received my acceptance letter to SCNM in July of 2016. My acceptance to naturopathic medical school was contingent on the completion of a handful of pre-requisite courses that the overachiever in me thought I could bang out in a few short months before leaving the East Coast. Then I would wear this shirt. Then it would be official... Not so much. . .
I brought this shirt into my healing space in Newburyport, MA in the summer of 2016 as I contemplated the thought of what it would look like to close up my practice of 12 years.
This shirt traveled with me to Portsmouth, NH as we rented an adorable yet tiny cottage after our house sold and we found ourselves living in limbo.
This shirt traveled with me to my childhood ND's office, Dr. Edward Ellis of Peterborough NH, on my last day of shadowing in his clinic, the place that I had spent my Wednesdays for the year prior, in consideration of finally applying to ND school. "Why aren't you wearing this shirt?", he asked. "Not yet", I said.
This shirt sat in the passenger seat as I took my final drive in my car before selling it in anticipation for my move to the desert.
And when we finally packed up the Uhaul one snowy day after Christmas, this shirt found its way into the safety of one of my boxes, nestled amongst the keepsakes of my life thus far in New England.
Over 2,800 miles, many days and states later, this shirt found its way into my new closet, in Arizona, where it hung patiently, still waiting to be worn...
When my anticipated April 2017 start date passed with my head still buried in my books, I silently sighed. Yet I keep envisioning the day I would finish my last pre-req course, and smiled knowing I would eventually get there one day.
Today is that day. Yay!! 😀
I had the pleasure of meeting Lincoln on a recent volunteer trip to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. I actually remember meeting him the previous year as well. Sigh. Lincoln is such a LOVE!
For the month of August, 10% of all purchases on PeaceLoveTSD.org will be donated to support Lincoln. Yay!
This handsome fellow is gentle, friendly and looking for his forever home. At 10 years young, Lincoln is really looking forward to spending his golden years in the comforts of a laid back home. Lincoln is a sociable pup and enjoys food puzzles to keep his brain sharp, and also helps to slow down his eating. Lincoln prefers no cats or dogs in the household, and so unfortunately Lincoln was not the best fit for our family, however he may be just right for yours!
Due to a generous sponsor, Lincoln's adoption fees are paid for! Yay!!
Click here for Lincoln's full bio on the Best Friends site.
"The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. We do this by helping end the killing in America's animal shelters through building community programs and partnerships all across the nation. We believe that by working together we can Save Them All." Please Adopt, don't shop!
MONDAYS ARE MAGNIFICENT notes may be back... just most likely not will I am in naturopathic med school :-)
Not everyone thinks Mondays are Magnificent.
I get that. I really do.
It is my intention to attempt to shift your perception. Perhaps a tall task, but I'm ready!
My intention is that you may find a little bit of hope that makes you SMILE and creates some positive mojo to your Monday morning routine, to start your week off in a place of gratitude.
The greatest gift from this is that you end up Paying It Forward, sometimes without even knowing it... Your smile may just prompt a stranger to have a better day, who may offer up some kindness to a loved one, who may feel so grateful at this simple blessing… and thus the ripple continues to extend out into the Universe...
Making our Earth a more blissful, hopeful, and kind place to live.
All because you chose to believe that Mondays are Magnificent!
Now that's powerful.
Who knows, maybe Mondays will become the new Fridays where everyone just can't wait for the magic of another week to begin!
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Let's Pay It Forward together... You ready? I am. Let's go...
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Why $11.11? 11.11 is a powerful awakening code. This number sequence is a gentle reminder that we are all connected… that the way we live, even behind closed doors, affects mankind collectively. We can choose to seek out the light, give gratitude, speak our truth, and live in joy.
I invite you to join a community of action-takes who intend to make this world a bit brighter… kinder… softer… just by being joy-filled in the present moment. Thank you.
Hello! Happy 2017! It's been awhile since I've posted here. Life has been full!
For those new to this blog, I’m a New England transplant, born and raised just north of Boston. I’ve spent most of my life in Massachusetts, having established a holistic healing practice in the quaint seaside town of Newburyport for over a decade.
My husband and I fell in love with the Verrado Community a few years back and have since visited on some of our many cross-country trips, road-trips, and visits to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT.
Last year, I was accepted into a naturopathic medical program at SCNM in Tempe. This has been a lifelong dream of mine! After much conversation and prayer, we decided to take a leap of faith. We officially became Verrado residents and home owners on December 30, 2016 after a 2,800 mile road-trip (our longest by far!) driving a UHaul packed up with all of our belongings and towing one car. While it was bittersweet to leave behind our families, friends, and my many clients from throughout the years, I am excited for the possibility of the adventures that lay ahead!
decided to begin offering mobile Reflexology sessions to Verrado residents on a part-time basis now as I finish up with some pre-requisites courses for my anticipated April start date at SCNM. While I certainly have more flexibility in my schedule now, I do plan to continue on a part-time basis once school begins, more likely in the evenings and Saturdays.
If you are unfamiliar with Reflexology, it is a nice introduction to receiving healing bodywork as I work mainly on your feet. You can learn more about Reflexology and its benefits on my other website: www.GratefulSpiritHealing.com. Whether you are new to holistic healing and curious about the possibilities of what it’s all about, or are a seasoned wellness enthusiast, you will be met with gratitude and an open, compassionate heart.
I keep my rates affordable because I want more people to give them a try. My intention is that you begin to view Reflexology and other natural therapies as an integrative & necessary part of your Self-Care and preventative medicine/holistic lifestyle — not as a luxury spa service to ‘treat yourself’ every once in a while. Our bodies are always speaking to us. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, oftentimes, we overlook these messages, or say “I’ll just deal with that later.” Our health is truly our greatest wealth.
I invite you to stay connected via my social media links, to follow my blog, and also to join my newsletter for weekly Mondays are Magnificent emails.
TWO WOLVES ~ Cherokee Legend
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego."
He continued, "The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too.
" The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?
" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
I have often been asked, 'How long is too long to grieve for your fur-friend?'
My answer is always the same, 'It takes as long as it takes.' The bond between human and fur-friend can at times be stronger than the human connection.
Toby has been in Spirit over 3 years now and I think I finally have gotten to the 4th day. Although I still choke up when I read this, so please grab a tissue or two... xo
The Fourth Day by Martin Scot Kosins
If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will always remember.
The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your young new friend. You may have spent weeks deciding on a breed. You may have asked numerous opinions of many vets, or done long research in finding a breeder. Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have just chosen that silly looking mutt in a shelter — simply because something in its eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home, and watch it explore, and claim its special place in your hall or front room — and when you feel it brush against you for the first time — it instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the many years to come.
The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later. It will be a day like any other. Routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth. You will see slow deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will see sleep where you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your friend's diet — and you may add a pill or two to her food. And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until the third day finally arrives.
And on this day — if your friend and God have not decided for you, then you will be faced with making a decision of your own — on behalf of your lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest Spirit. But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you — you will feel as alone as a single star in the dark night sky. If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as they must. And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your circle of family or human friends will be able to understand your grief, or comfort you.
But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul — a bit smaller in size than your own — seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely days to come. And at moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary to happen, you may feel something brush against your leg — very, very lightly. And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend used to lie — you will remember those three significant days. The memory will most likely be painful, and leave an ache in your heart — As time passes the ache will come and go as if it has a life of its own. You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you. If you reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you. Either way, it will still be an ache.
But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when — along with the memory of your pet — and piercing through the heaviness in your heart — there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost. This realization takes the form of a Living Love — Like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this Love will remain and grow— and be there for us to remember. It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go. And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live. It is a Love which is ours alone.