A Joyful Grateful Heart

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Photo of Aunt Denise taken by Uncle Jack

It’s taken me awhile to write this. I’ve started multiple times but have since deleted each one. We’ll see if this too will be deleted but if you’re reading it then I have finally put into words what is in my heart. Losing a loved one is hard. I knew she was sick, but it wasn’t obvious and she didn’t make a bid deal about it. She even drove me back to our cabins after my cousin’s wedding in September.

What a woman Aunt Denise was. I have always wondered how she did everything she did. It was quite amazing how she worked full time, made quilts, sewed us dresses when we were little, gardened, and cooked pasta and bread from scratch. It wasn’t until her funeral that it hit me.

Aunt Denise did everything with a joyful, grateful heart. She embraced life and lived it to its fullest. I didn’t see her a lot because she lived states away, but I swear she was rarely angry. Or if she was, it was never with rage.

When I got home from her funeral and was moving blankets off of my girls’ bed to wash the sheets, I came across the quilts that she made for my girls. I see those quilts differently now. Or more so, I feel different when I hold them. I feel her joy as she cut each piece and sewed them together to create something that is now loved by my daughters. I feel her years of practice, years of just doing it and slowly getting better. These quilts are perfection, a perfection built through a journey of mistakes and not quitting.

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My two girls with their quilts made by Aunt Denise

How often do we see a finished product and just say, “I can’t do that”? Or try something once and it doesn’t match the photo so we give up? How often have I done that? Too many times to count. But I look at these quilts now and I don’t just see the finished product anymore. I see the journey it took for my aunt to produce this amazing piece.

I’ve had a perfectionist attitude and if it couldn’t be perfect “then why bother”. It has kept me from doing the things I love. Kept me from being the person I know deep down I can be. It has kept me from enjoying life.

Aunt Denise did not make quilts to make something perfect. She made quilts because it brought her joy to make them and then give them as gifts. I saw the joy on my mom’s face when she received one. I felt joy when I received each of my girls’ quilts. When Izzy’s started to come apart, she told me they were made to be used.

Each person in our life, whether the experience had been positive or negative, has taught us something. Aunt Denise has taught me to do everything with a joyful grateful heart. Rest in peace knowing you have brought so much joy to the people around you.

Returning to Writing

2018 was another challenging year. There was a lot of good and a lot that was har. A couple months after I started this blog I ended up getting sick. I had no idea what was going on. I’m a young healthy woman and all of a sudden I was exhausted constantly. So bad that at times it was hard keeping my eyes open at work. Thank God for Kevin because he would feed me and my kids when I’d come home from work.
Not only was I exhausted, I was in a lot of pain. My skin became very sensitive, my muscles were cramping especially in my hips and down my legs, and my whole body would ache. It started out slow but by August it got to a point where it was every day.
Then there was vertigo. Some days I would get dizzy spells throughout the day. Feeling motion sickness all day sucks. Getting up from a chair, turning my head, any kind of movement would bring on a way of yuck.
Between exhaustion and pain I had a hard time getting through the day let alone finding time to write. I had no idea what was going on with me. I was scared.
How was I supposed to be mom? How was I supposed to continue working? What the hell was I supposed to do?
I’d like to say that essential oils saved my life but I can’t. They did help me through this hard time that’s for sure. Certain oils helped with my exhaustion and muscle/nerve support. What ended up helping me was food.
I realized this when certain foods would cause my stomach to cramp. By bed time I’d be bent over when standing and almost went to the ER a couple times. That’s when the research started. My doctor was offering some ideas and even recommended that I see a Rheumatologist but I couldn’t get an appointment until October. I called them in July!
I came across the Medical Medium and it has turned my life around. What I loved was that all of his recommendations were eating specific fruits and vegetables. Guess what?! It worked!
I started to listen to my body, let it tell me what it needed and what was hurting it. The first time I listened I was craving avocados… badly. I was on a weekend getaway with my parents for Liesl’s 7th birthday and I was starving but I every time I ate, I’d end up feeling sick for hours. I was in the middle of reading the Medical Medium book but had yet to change my diet. I was taking it in.
I returned home on Sunday to three avocados from Kevin. Seriously love when you mention your craving something you come home to it. (Anytime I don’t have to run into the grocery store because Kevin went for me, my hearts swells. Yep, that simple!) For the first time in two weeks, I ate something without feeling sick afterwards. Monday I continued to eat avocados with some other fruits and veggies. By Tuesday, I ate my first full meal in weeks!
Yeah! Everything was great after that… NOPE
I’ve since been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and changing to a vegan diet is not easy. I still struggle. It’s been a wild journey. More to come because I have learned a lot and I know I am not alone. And, even if I am, I’m ok with that. This is my journey and I’m still learning to be me.
I will end by saying, it feels good to be feeling almost fully healthy and it definitely feels to start writing again.

From Loss To Peace

She was talking about losing her children. Two of the three held in her arms but all three buried before they reached their first birthday. The tightness in my chest increased. I tried to hold the tears back but a few slipped away here and there. By the time I got home, I couldn’t listen to the podcast episode anymore. All I could see was the child I didn’t get the chance to hold. The child I wanted so badly but left way too soon. I will never truly know but to me that was my little boy.

The last week I’d been feeling off and this did me in. I got home, made sure Izzy was ok and then cried. I cried and cried and cried and until all of the negative energy that I had been working through for weeks was gone. I felt renewed and rejuvenated.

The loss of an unborn child is so hard and never truly leaves you. Most days I can think about it with a slight sadness but nothing more. Some days, it hits me like a ton of bricks and I mourn all over again. A piece of me is gone and will always be gone so this is who I am now. That time in my life was so hard but it also showed me how strong I truly am.

See, I had gotten off of medication to get pregnant. My Dr wasn’t sure that was the best thing but I wanted another child. I was able to process the loss of my child, mourn and know that the time would come when I would try again. Is was during this mourning process that my Dr told me that I didn’t need to see her anymore but her door was always open. That day I knew I was strong and would continue on a journey of self discovery and strength.

Since then I have gone through other hard things but because I now know that I will come out stronger. I am more than a survivor, I will thrive. Though tough days will come and I may sob until there are no tears to be shed, I know joy is right around the corner.

A few months later I found out I was pregnant again and my little crazy-pants Liesl was born. She tests every patients I have but looks at me with such love. I will always wonder what my little guy would have been like but living in the “what if’s” keeps us from living in the now. When the past creeps in and sorrow comes, I sit with those feelings and cry them out one tear at a time so I can focus on today and the joy it can bring.

I did end up listening to the rest of the episode. If you’d like to hear her story check out The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey episode #189.

What are your excuses?

What are your excuses for not doing the things you really want to do? Time, money… As I heard Rachel Hollis say, “I call BS.” (She’s awesome by the way. Look her up and check out her book Girl Wash Your Face.)

I for one do not want to live in a world with “I can’t” leading the way. What type of life would that be? Wait, I know because I lived it for years but NOT ANYMORE! When you remove “I can’t” from your vocabulary and insert “I will find a way”, you start to live in a world of endless possibilities!

Here’s the truth, if you say you can’t do something, guess what… YOU CAN’T. It becomes your truth. But the opposite is also true, if you say you can do something and truly believe you can… YOU CAN. I’m sick of letting the “I can’t’s” dictate my world.

One of my many amazing cousins is getting married in Alabama in September. I want to go but my initial thought was “I can’t afford it.” I’m sick and tired of saying those effing words!!! I’m sick of letting what I think I can’t do keep me from doing the things I really want to do.

I’m working a side business that has an unlimited earning potential. UNLIMITED!!! I just have to KATN it (Kick Ass and Take Names). It is all up to me if I will have the money to go by September. And you know what, I will have the money to go. I’m going to make it happen and better yet I will be helping other families get about the wellness line. So come September, I’ll be posting a photo of me on a farm in Alabama at their wedding. I’m excited!

So what excuses are you making? What is the excuse and how are you going to change your thoughts? The first step is just that, recognize the limitations you’re putting on yourself and then work to reprogram your subconscious. Every time the limitations creep into your thoughts, gently push them away and speak truth. Write those truths on a piece of paper and tape it somewhere you will see regularly to remind yourself what you are capable of. Because, as I’ve said before, you are capable of so many amazing wonderful things. #nikkynicolemebeingme

If you’re curious on how you can help others become healthier and have unlimited earning potential, contact me. I want to help you make your dreams come true! Since I talked about income, I have to share the income disclosure from Young Living.

Respect

Respect. We all want it. How do we get it?

We can’t force it. Forcing anything upon other people pushes them away. No one wants to be MADE to do anything. Makes me think of raising my children. When I try to force my kids to do things, they push back. Especially my strong willed Liesl. She will fight me tooth and nail. Don’t get me wrong, there are times I will throw her over my shoulder. I mean what would my boss say if I told him “I was late today because Liesl said she was sick, but she really wasn’t sick, and I was trying to convince her she had to go to school.” The steel business must still keep running.

So it goes without saying, when I force my kids to do something it usually is met with a push back. However, if I discuss it with them, tell them the rewards and consequences, I’m sometimes met will a more willing child.

So you can’t force someone to respect you. When powerful people demand respect, they may be treated with respect on a superficial level but not with true respect.

How to get respect? One, know that not everyone will give you respect. That’s a fact of life and some people are rude and mean. But it all starts with you. How do you see yourself?

Joyce Meyer in her book Beauty for Ashes says it perfectly. “After saying, ‘You shall love the Lord your God,’ Jesus added, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.’ (Mark 12:30-31). If you cannot get along with or love yourself, you will find it too difficult to get along with or love anyone else.”

So, love yourself, respect yourself, and learn to truly believe in who you are. Then if someone doesn’t show you respect, guess what???

YOU WON’T CARE!

I know, it’s easier said then done but it can be done. With time and hard work, you too will realize your worth and find true happiness.

I am Capable

I asked a friend for help in growing my business and man did she help me realize some things that are holding me back. The subconscious is a crazy animal and I have some (a lot) of work to do to train it. Yes, your subconscious thoughts can be modified. I’ve been modifying mine for over a year now but there seems to be other avenues that I need to go down, remove the trash and fill in the potholes.

I’ve spent years being told subtle lies under the disguise of a joke. If you tell a child the sky is purple, in time the sky will be purple. Just like if you hear a “joke” many times, that “joke” becomes your reality especially when compliments are few and far between. There are also subtle lies told by those who want to protect you. Want to keep you from getting hurt or failing.

I’m going to tell you now, it is ok to fail. The key is to learn from your failure. This is how we grow. I ok with my children having struggles in school because school is a safe place to overcome hardships and become comfortable with making mistakes and learning from them.

Most importantly, I need to remind myself over and over again that I am capable. Capable to reach my goals! Capable to reach for the stars and succeed! I am capable of building the life I want!!!

I know what I want. I want to help people take control of their emotional, physical, and financial wellbeing. I want to show my daughters that they can build the life they want and not the life society says they have to have. I am not going to settle for average!

So, I’m going to take control of the lies and throw them in the trash where they belong. Starting with self reflection and retraining my subconscious. Some reflections will be harder than others but getting through them is so worth it. I’ve been on my journey for awhile now but I’m no where close to being done and that is ok. Because if there was nothing new to learn, life would be pretty damn boring.

At the beginning I brought up my business so let me end by telling you a little bit about it. There are toxic chemicals all around us and in so many of the products we use for ourselves and our children! These toxins can cause emotional and physical problems. A year ago I started using therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living and it has changed my life! Not only the oils but the community of amazing people I have been introduced to. And since I’m one of those people who shares when I love something, that’s what I’ve been called to do. If you’re curious about essential oils or have dabbled a bit but want to learn more, I have a huge event going on in April on Facebook. Click on the event April Showers Oily Powers and choose going. Make sure to set your notifications so you don’t miss a thing!

Now this is #mebeingme. Go out into the world and #youbeyou!

Keeper of Your Happiness

You are the keeper of your own happiness.

Are you one of those that blames others for the situations you are in and why you are feeling the way you are? This is where you have a choice, to continue to allow others to determine how you feel or take control of your feelings and decide you will be happy.

It’s not an easy journey and there may be tears along the way but this is your choice. You are the keeper of your own happiness. You decide how your day, week, month, year will look like. Yes, there will be some sad days and obstacles along the way but how you handle it will decide if these obstacles are the end of the world or for a little bump along the road.

I cry still. When things are hard, I cry and mourn, I process my feelings and then move forward. A fight with my daughters in the morning doesn’t make my whole day horrible. Fights with kids are going to happen all the time and I would be miserable always if I let them determine how my day or week will be.

So, will the fight with your spouse over the weekend cause your week to be miserable or will you be able to move forward and know that disagreements will happen. Yes some fights are worse than others and there special circumstances. But even with the special circumstances, you can still have a life based on joy.

Once you learn how to live a life of joy, small disagreements won’t turn into large arguments. Because you realize that getting upset over small things, diminishes the joy within.

Now, just as you are the keeper of your own happiness, you are NOT the keeper of others. In a future post, I’ll talk more about this but for now, focus on you. We can not control other people but we can change ourselves. If I can make these changes, so can you.

This Is Me

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This is me. This is the journey I’ve been on, the journey I’m going through, and the journey I will go on. I’ve been to the dark places in my head and I’ve worked my way out to find joy in discovering the best me. This is #mebeingme…
This blog will not be a place where I complain about people in my past or present. It will be a place where I talk about how I’ve learned to take control of my own happiness so maybe my journey can help you on your journey. We are all different and so beautifully created that what works for me may not fully work for you but everyone can find happiness.
The things that I have gone through have been hard. I could easily say that many have gone through hard things so I should just suck it up and get on with my life but that would diminish my pain. My pain is real, as is yours and it must be accepted and processed so you can move on. It is when we push our pain to the side that it builds and ends up taking control of us.
I have been to the point that a broken tea pot has made me fall to the ground in complete tears and despair. Calling my mom because the pain is too much for me to handle. Seriously, A TEA POT! We all know the saying “Don’t cry over spilt milk,” well that’s what we’re working towards. Because when we don’t process our pain and work through the hard stuff, spilt milk or a broken tea pot can feel like the end of the world.
During that broken tea pot phase, I was in the process of working through my pain. It is so true that it will get worse before it gets better. But when you finally face the demons within, life is so much brighter and beautiful.
I’m not a psychologist, therapist, or doctor (if you need one, find one that listens for longer than 30 min). This is my journey and the things I have learned along the way. I know I will be learning more, because bringing out the best me will always be a work in progress.