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Motivation

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where do you find motivation? i have been wanting to start an at home (because i cannot find a class i like) yoga routine. i ❤️ yoga but i just cannot get myself to do it at home. how do you stay on track with things like this?

owning your own BS

you have to own your own BS. stop pointing fingers in every other direction and every other person. what part have you played in your own life situation? what responsibility are you taking for the events in your life? life just doesn’t happen to you, you are a participant, an active one! once you take responsibility you are able to make changes. once own your BS you can work with it to remove it. nobody can do it for you, nobody has done this to you.
when you find yourself placing blame or pointing a finger, it is time to take a step back and see what part you have, what responsibility is yours and work for there, a place of self improvement.

resposibilty for your life

meal plan, the beginning

Josh and i recently took over a food buying club that orders every 4 weeks. I have been wanting to be more of a monthly shopper (i hate grocery shopping)  and I think this is a great time to start that monthly meal plan (hopefully by July’s food club order deadline I can have this done). I have been saving our meal lists for the last couple months to see which meals we eat most often, actually it’s the easy meals that all my kids will eat! The meal list i came up with has about 20 meals which isn’t too bad since our buying cycle is every 4 weeks, leaving 4 meals to be repeated, 4 days open for new meals, left overs and the occasional going out to eat. The next step is gathering the recipes for these meals and making the master food list. I am fortunate enough that the popular meals in my house are also ones that I can cook in bulk and have a couple dinners for the freezer (think taco meat, sloppy joes, garlic chicken pasta). BONUS!

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Lunches are pretty simple around here but i have also made a list of the things the boys like to eat AND can make themselves. This is also the time I can stock up on things for around the house like toilet paper and toothpaste.

So this is the first step in my goal of monthly meal planning, next time……the recipes and the master grocery list.

I am scouring the internet for more tips and tricks that will help make this work for us.

Do you monthly meal plan? what are your favorite tips, tricks, recipes?

Beauty and the Moon

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Fruit trees, pests, and soul work

This morning I am out tending to out fruit trees. We just planted them last year. It didn’t take long for the bugs to find them…..not long at all. As I am out spraying them with a DIY spray I didn’t see the bugs, only the damage they are causing. This got me to thinking about life, how we are and the baggage we carry. A lot of times there are thoughts, beliefs and baggage we carry they we don’t even ‘see’, realize that we have but the damage that it causes is the most noticeable action. It is only through continual care of ourselves, the internal sort of care, the looking at the damaged spots and digging deep into finding the cause, that we can see what is causing the damage and deal with it. In caring this second summer of my fruit trees that I have realized that until you can completely find, dig into, and deal with the problem can you actual get through it. Last year I tried a different type of spray to keep these pests off my trees. Unfortunately, this year they came back and I am digging a little deeper and trying something different. It is the same way when you dig deep into your own issues. You will keep cycling back to fully deal with what you are carrying. You may have to try more ways than one, you may have to dig a little deeper into the damage to see where it came from. BUT just as if I’d stop caring for the trees the pests would do far more damage so too would happen to me if I stopped doing my self-care and digging deep. It is so important to stop and sit and be with yourself to dive into your damage to find how you can begin to make repairs, to take pro-action in your own survival.

Just a side note, I realize that I will probably being deal with pests on my fruit trees for…..well, forever. It is a big issue in the area (Michigan has a lot of fruit trees!) and trying to find an organic way to deal with it is going to take time and probably be just a matter of controlling them. I think I can do is maintain healthy trees. Ones that are feed right and water properly, so that when the pests start to do their damage the trees are healthy and strong and able to handle the small amounts of damage. I sure am going to keep spraying them.To help me cycle through my own damage I need to be healthy and strong too. I need to have a system in place to help, a spray of sorts, to minimize the damage as I continue to grow.

 

My DIY spray for bugs

1 cup of veggie oil (it has been suggested to use canola which isn’t an oil i use so i substituted olive)

1 tbl soap, real soap! i use Dr Bonner’s unscented

1/2 oz of Neem oil

1 gallon of water

mix them all together and put them into your spraying apparatus

i do not spray my trees (or veggies) everyday, but i am out there looking at them, talking to them and picking off any pests that i see.