Monthly Archives: December 2015


A few years ago, I was about to take a few critical steps in the path to a career change.  Along the way, through a trusted friend, I met a bright young woman with an entrepreneurial spirit and zest for life.  She had been working with one of those at home party-merchandise sales type of organizations for several years and had moved up the ranks while doing quite well for herself and her family.  She is one of the best goal setters I have ever met.

Part of my transition was a temporary shift from full- to part-time employment in order to work in the industry I was shifting to.  This had entailed nearly 2 years of cutting back on expenses beforehand, then, changes in my living scenario to help keep the financial puzzle put together (more or less).

…and so, it didn’t take long for this chipper entrepreneur to ask me if I wanted to take a stab at working part-time with her company.  I had never considered this type of arrangement, nor did I ever think I would have.  However, with a change of pace and location, it became appealing.  Not only did it have potential to help bridge some gaps from a financial perspective, it provided a social component.  Living in a new area had made me feel a little bit imbalanced in the latter area.

Flash forward a few years, I can reflect and say without hesitation that I really wasn’t born to be a sales person.  However, through this opportunity, I carved out a niche.  I started contributing a portion of my income from this model to various charitable causes.  If a hostess had one in mind, I would honor that for her.  It became a way to bring a little altruism into my social connectivity and, although I never really made a lot of money from the endeavor, I gained value in other areas of life.

One of the years I was on board, we had a small holiday party with regional members of the organization getting together.  We held a small gift exchange, each person brought one gift for an on the spot swap/share.  One of the items in my gift bag was a pair of red, fuzzy, slipper-like socks with the holiday themed word “Joy” appliqued to the front.  At the time, I could not have realized how I would come to appreciate this novelty gift item.

Not only do I now live in the Upper Midwest with colder, longer winters, I also have secondary Raynaud’s syndrome in which my fingers, toes, hands, and feet can experience temporary numbness and failed circulation.  The syndrome varies how and when it affects people, but for me, changes in the weather or cold, wet time periods are the most challenging and it is thought to be a secondary effect from other existing autoimmune conditions.  However, these fuzzy, slipper-like socks really help with my feet during the Raynaud’s episodes.

Now days, when I wear them, I find myself looking down at them while really, truly feeling “Joy” and appreciation for the small token given to me in life.  They provide a subtle, yet important, reminder of the delicate balancing act we play as we dance through life.  Furthermore, they illustrate the importance of gratitude as we take each step.

Recipe share by Sarah Britton – Winter Rainbow Panzanella | My New Roots

One of my favorite food blogs is My New Roots by Sarah Britton, Holistic Nutritionist & CNP.  Fairly recently, she also published a book and last week I discovered it in Whole Foods.

Her work is near to perfect synergy between flavor, nutrition, and food artistry.  She pays special attention to varied food availability or dietary protocols and often provides alternative suggestions.  I relate well to this approach.

Earlier this year, I saved the recipe below to Pinterest.  As we dive into winter, I am reminded of it.  So far my winter CSA has been most regularly dividing up orange and purple carrots, turnips, radishes, a hearty variety of spinach, and a few beets.  #tomatomountain  I can’t help but see making a version of this dish in my near future!

Ashley L Arnold, MBA, MPH is a lifestyle health educator and coach who supports clients to channel authority over their health, well-being, and overall vitality.  Offering health education approaches and 1-on-1 coaching modules, she gets them out of excess weeds of information and inconsistent practices that don’t get desired results.  Through helping people focus on the right applications paired with appropriate consideration for bio-individual facets, they become stronger, more confident self-advocates for their health.  Bottom line, they will surpass challenges, embrace healthful living with ease, and, best of all, feel a greater sense of empowerment and more energy!

The 5 Best Ways to Build Resiliency · Experience Life (published article, not my own)

I snagged this off a Facebook post which I often approach cautiously as a source. However, this area is so critical and one that I have had on my blog ideas list. It’s a slightly longer read, but worth while.

Admittedly (and with vulnerability to reveal), I scored a 27. I feel it is somewhat accurate because I would be the first to acknowledge certain areas in which I need to work on. However, a few of the questions I felt mediocre with my quantitative reply. I plan to revisit this article over time as part of my own self-wellness journey.