Last thursday morning I woke up to this loud noise of what sounded like broken sprinklers, but it was actually rain. Rain is very rare here in Northern California especially the kind of rain that last more than 20 minutes. This rain lasted a long time and reminded me of last year at this time when my life was turned upside down and “across the country”.
One year ago we moved to California from our comfortable life and home in Florida. “Do the HARD THINGS” was the message and Motto God downloaded to us both. My message came through a book by that name DO THE HARD THINGS My husband attended a Men’s Retreat led by D Gary Young whose life of “Doing the Hard things” has changed millions of lives around the world. Let’s just say my husband came back a new man.
So here we are one year later with my husband taking on a challenging and exciting job working for ROKU here in Silicon Valley the hub of innovation, engineering, and technology. And here I am taking on the challenge and balancing act of Home school Teacher, Groomer of Success for my children and Home Business Developer.
Even though I got the message “Do the Hard Things” I didn’t get how hard it would be. Those early months were filled with tears, frustration, and anger with myself mostly. Why couldn’t I keep a house clean, home school, and run my business. Oh and be happy at the end of the day when my husband walked in the door. It was hard hard hard and I failed a lot. I compared myself a lot to woman who raised 5-15 kids, home schooled, and ran businesses. This didn’t help me.
It would take about a year to find some sort of groove and balance in life. It involved learning to delegate and accepting myself even though I couldn’t do it all like other women.
Here is my list of things that has helped me find Balance and Happiness:
A cleaning lady,
a part time teacher/sitter,
a weekly date night with my spouse
2 half days of Home school teaching Coops including Classical Conversations and a Music/Gym Coop
a network of supportive homeschooling friends,
a new church family and friends of strong faith
a monthly massage or facial,
implementing the Miracle Morning
and a daily session on my Infrared Biomat
And really some of the most rewarding parts of my year have been the deep connection with my kids. I have got to watch them grow in so many ways I didn’t get to see when I was working 30 plus hours a week. And I fallen even deeper in love with my husband.
So I am grateful for leaving my comfort zone. I am grateful for moving across the country. I am grateful for God’s nudge to Do the Hard things. If we never had done the hard things I never would have gotten so much Joy in my life!
How about you? Are you living in your Comfort Zone or are you doing the HARD things in Life to get to get more of what God wants to bless you with?
We all want fast, easy and cheap ways to cook for our family that are healthy, right?
Well one of the ways we accomplish this in our family is by using eggs. A little over a year ago I lived next to my in laws chicken coup of 20 plus chickens and a few roosters. I didn’t like being woke up so early every morning but I did enjoy the eggs. We have eggs some which way about 4-6 times a week, usually for breakfast and or lunch.
My all time favorite is Egg Muffins lately. You just simply take some veggies in your fridge or freezer. Kale, Spinach, Tomatoes, Zucchini, are a few of the ones I have tried so far. Saute some onion with your veggies. Set aside, then scramble 6 or more eggs (this will make about 7-8 muffins) … And of course add spices. I like a little curry or tumeric and salt and pepper in mine. Grease muffin tins with coconut oil. Cook at 350 F for 15-18 minutes or until firm on top. Add a piece of raw cheddar if you want when you pull out of oven for more flavor. (And calories)
Each muffin will be anywhere from 50-80 calories depending on your stuffing and cheese. These egg muffins have been great for a mid day snack or lunch too.
If you would like more ways to cook your eggs check out all these posts by our Readers when we asked them their favorite way to cook eggs.
Have an EggMazing DAY!
Mary Starr Carter
The Total Wellness Doc and Mom
Life can be heartbreaking at times, when you learn of a loved one who is struck with illness or cancer. It can be devastating when you get the news that one of your best friends who has struggled with failing health for many years was finally called home. Life has those seasons of grief and sadness.
Life also has seasons of lovely bliss, fruitfulness, joy and fulfillment. Think back to your wedding day, or maybe when you welcomed a new baby into the world, when you were working in your career you loved, when you felt so close to your Father in Heaven.
Seasons we need them, right, without them the land is more barren. My husband tried to explain it to me in terms of a capacitor needing the resistance to work correctly but I didn’t understand that enough to explain it to you. Rather I will just share some stories from a couple of years ago to remind us all there is…
Here in Northern California we are still living with opened windows and some days air-conditioning. For those who live in the north, it is almost time to turn on the heat. Here is a helpful blog posts to help busy mommas, who may be considering using WOOD to heat the house this year. This post is by a self-sufficient, work at home single mom from the woods of Canada.
Let me introduce you to Victoria Gazeley from British Columbia, Canada. She is living a life of her dreams in a restored log cabin on 6+ acres in coastal British Columbia with her son. Victoria is an oiler and she said the oils are definitely her go-to for health and wellness, not an after-thought.
To get tips and lessons on heating with wood, please head over to read the guest post by Victoria Gazeley below. Remember to connect with her and find out how to live for 3 weeks without groceries.
If you want to learn more about Woodstove Heating check this out http://www.thetotalwellnessdoc.com/firewood-and-wood-stove-basics-five-lessons-for-heating-with-a-wood-stove
For your total wellness,
Dr. Mary Starr Carter
the Total Wellness Doc and Mom
I want to confess something, at the end of the day when I have a mountain of dishes and 2 more hours of work to do the Witch Momma comes out. You know, the mom who is all calm and cool one minute and the next is screaming at the kids. That’s when I know, Uh oh! I’m the witch momma again
Becoming A Witch Thanks to A Mood Switch
I can feel my blood pressure rise, my heart race and my mood SWITCH. How about you, has she been popping up around you? Maybe you’ve met the mom who is constantly yelling for children and husband to help her do this or do that. Or the mother who has NO PATIENCE, at. all. And the family feels like they are walking on eggshells around her all day.
Do you know this mom? I confess, I do!!
And I am sorry if you do know her personally. Happily, I have learned some simple tips to keep the Witch Momma away.
God can turn your little into a lot if you let him. I was looking back at an article I wrote 3 and 1/2 years ago. In it I share a story of how God talked to me through a children’s book about my future. It sounds silly but it’s true. This story is about how God can turn your little into a lot.
Grow With Little Time
3 and a half years ago I had very little time to grow in my home business but I partnered with the King of Kings and He turned my little into a group of more than 5000 clients. I didn’t realize it but 3 1/12 years later he has grown that little home business again exponentially to more than 15,000 clients.
If you are serious about taking a few hours of time each week and growing a consistent income, freedom for your family and fun in your life then read this article, Why 5000 Is Important To Me and go check out our Work from Home Application page and let’s see if what we have will be a good match for you!
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See you there!
Mary Starr Carter
The Total Wellness Doc and Mom