2016: done and dusted.
Where did it go?
- Did it add meaning and value to my life? (sometimes)
- Did I waste time? (definitely)
- Did I learn something? (yes)
- Would I do it again? (yes and no)
As one year ends and another commences I think it’s a fairly common to question what the previous year brought us. Within any year we all will have many emotions and experiences. Some good and others, not so good. All however are valid and worthwhile as well as being a necessary part of life.
It’s the duality of life:
- Without the dark we would not appreciate the light.
- Without sadness we would not know joy.
- Without the negatives we would not have the positives.
- And as Dolly Parton says:
“If you want a rainbow, you’ve got to put up with the rain.”
2016 was definitely a rainbow year for me with many varied emotions and experiences. I survived them all, growing and learning to be more than I had been in 2015. I’m truly glad for all the experiences I had no matter which side of the emotional coin they were on.
In amongst all the things I did in 2016 a number stand out in my mind as life enhancing if not life changing. So here’s my Top 10 for 2015:
1: Made an appointment to see a naturopath
I was having hot flushes on an increasing basis, so not wanting to have them nor wanting to use drugs to manage them, I asked my naturopath if this was something she could help me with. With a resounding ‘Yes’ a herbal tonic was formulated for me and the result in a very short space of time was no hot flushes and remains that way today.
2: Read the book Big Magic
I’m a big fan of author Elizabeth Gilbert having read her books Eat, Pray, Love and Committed (very interesting read about the history and institution of marriage) and loved them. Big Magic is about having the courage to do the activities that make you feel alive. Elizabeth calls pursuing life affirming pursuits ‘creative living’.
“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life.”
Big Magic will inspire you to be courageous and brave.
3: Watched the video series The Truth About Cancer
These videos by Ty Bollinger were available on line for free for a short period of time early in 2016 to share information about how we can protect ourselves from and treat ourselves for cancer. It was refreshing to have health care specialists from all over the world sharing their knowledge and experiences about the many other options for treating cancer that are available other than the traditional chemotherapy, radiation and surgery options. The series is available to purchase and there is also a book available.
4: Read the book Medical Medium
Have you ever read a book and thought this could be me that they were talking about. In Anthony William’s case studies on auto-immunity, I was able to identify with the symptoms he was describing. Having been treated for inflammation in my hands, knees and feet by an integrative doctor in 2015, I was already aware of how a plant based diet and natural therapies and supplements can heal (they did). Anthony William has the ability to see people’s health conditions and advise appropriate treatment when traditional medical practioners have not been able to. In his book, Anthony identifies the root cause of many health conditions and gives simple and practical advice on how to manage and ultimately heal the condition. It’s an eye opening read that will challenge traditional diagnoses and treatment.
5: Drank Celery Juice
Drinking freshly squeezed celery juice on an empty stomach every day is one of the key health suggestions that Anthony William advocates in his book Medical Medium. Drinking celery juice will strengthen your digestive system: a key to your overall health. The first time I drank the juice I wasn’t looking forward to the taste however it’s actually nicer than you would expect. Juice the stalks only and not the leaves if you want a less bitter taste. I now drink celery juice every day, enjoy the flavour, and look forward to drinking it.
6: Changed the last of my cosmetics to natural formulations
Over the last few years I have been replacing the body and cosmetic products I having been using with healthy, chemical free products. The last things to change were my mascara and lipstick. Whilst chemical free body products (shampoo & conditioner, hand & body lotions etc) are relatively easy to find these days, I found there wasn’t a lot of choice for cosmetics in stores. Thanks to Irene Falcone and her website Nourished Life, I have been able to select from a great range of cosmetics, can feel comfortable with the integrity of the product, and am loving how the products feel and perform.
When purchasing beauty products, be aware that just because a product is labelled natural it may still contain chemicals, so get in the habit of reading the chemical ingredients list carefully. Have a read of my blog post What are you feeding your skin? so that you are aware of the chemicals in beauty and body products that you need to be on the lookout for.
7: Moved to a regional area
In 2015 I moved to Victoria to create change in my life and in 2016 I took it a step further and moved to Ballarat, a regional area northwest of Melbourne. Living in the country gives me the fresh air, space and a delicious sense of freedom that I was craving. I’m a country girl at heart who embraces change so whilst it was the natural thing for me to do I accept that it’s not for everyone. If you’re a committed city dweller give yourself the occasional outing into the country to discover a different pace to life.
8: Grew organic veggies
Planting individual vegetable seeds in soil, nurturing them to seedlings, planting them in the garden, watching them grow then harvesting them to eat and enjoy has been a truly profound experience. It’s part of the cycle of life that Mother Nature has being doing for eons and she knows how to do it in a wonderful way. It blows me away that in every single seed there is all the information that the plant will need to grow and reproduce and that within each vegetable are nutrients that will nourish and heal us. I have developed a new respect for organic farmers whose job is far more time consuming because they do not use chemicals and pesticides. Organic farmers are passionate about their veggies and grow them with love for you and me to enjoy.
9: Daily Meditation
Meditating is a regular part of my life. I aim for a daily practice however circumstances don’t always allow that to occur. Since moving out of the city my daily train commute has given me a wonderful opportunity to meditate with no excuse for “I don’t have time”. Despite having the time, I would on some days feel I wasn’t really getting into the practice with lots of internal chatter continually distracting me. That changed for me when I came across a meditation system called Zen 12 that uses sound pulses to influence your brainwave patterns into a deep meditative state. I have the meditations loaded on my mobile phone so they are easily accessible. I have found the meditation program is easy to use (I just have to sit and listen), quick (each session only takes 12 minutes), and I have noticed a distinct inner calm within that helps me to manage my day.
Like meditation, yoga is a regular practice in my life. My son recommended the Gaiam Yoga Studio app to me and it’s great! Having used a number of yoga DVDs over the years for practising at home I’m loving the simplicity and flexibility of this app. It travels with you, has a variety of classes to suit your mood, experience and ability, and can even schedule a reminder on your phone so that you do the practice.
Well there’s my Top 10 of positive things done in 2016. No doubt you have done some life enhancing things too so I would love to hear about the things have made a positive difference in your life.
Until next time, wishing you a delicious day filled with love, laughter, happiness AND positive experiences.