Spring Is Officially Here

If you are resident of California, Spring has brought about some April showers in May but thanks to those rain falls in the past weeks, it brings host to a surge of wildflowers blooming in the hills of Lake Elsinore in Riverside County.  This Super bloom is the first sign that Spring is here and is also the arrival of the March equinox on March 20th, both the length of day and night are the same (www.almanac.com). Along with these two events, many Americans are preparing for Easter with fasting and prayers. Homes are getting a thorough spring cleaning and tidying up.  Our hearts and spirit are also getting a thorough purification and cleansing. It the time to get rid of the clutter and negative things that are holding us back and reflect on the natural beauty and wonders that occurs in our lives.  Take a look outside and see, smell and notice all the flowers in bloom, the warm sunlight that lights up the sky and the onset of life in everything that is living. During this season, let yourself be engulfed in thankfulness, knowing that there is Hope after every rain storm.

(RMFstock / Alamy Stock Photo)-Smithsonian.com

If you are planning a trip out to see the Super bloom, it is a great idea to pack a light lunch and set out to have a picnic while you are out there. Gather with friends and families and enjoy the beautiful scenery while it lasts.  For those who are not able to make it out this way west to California, head out to your nearest botanical garden and see all the blooms that are taking place locally.

Tips & Ideas
– picnic outdoors



Are you singing the blues lately?

The Winter Blues may be hitting many of us these last few months.  You may be feeling under the weather, lethargic, tired and maybe downright lazy at times and not very social.  What is behind this Winter Blues that most of us experience right after the holidays and in the beginning of the year and how to combat it head on.  When the season changes, it is colder outside and there is less sunlight exposure throughout the day, we may experience some form of loss of motivation and have noticed we are not quite ourselves.  Much of the causes remains unknown, but factors such as less sunlight can reduce Serotonin levels in our brain- “Mayo Clinic” (“known as the happy hormone) which may make us more prone to a lower level of energy and motivation level.  The first thing to do is to get some regular exercise or body movement going. Next is to fill your body with natural sources of Serotonin such as eggs, cheese, nuts and seeds -”Healthline”. A big factor that will help restore your body and mind to a an optimal level is by doing a little inner “Reflection” and outward “Gratitude” giving.  Find a quiet spot or time in your day where you can shut out all the noise and just reflect on the goodness of your life and how you have been blessed so far with friends, family, work or just the gift of life. Take a few minutes to really reflect on these aspects of your life and a smile will surely surface. Once you feel the joy, it is a great time to put these joyous feeling into action by “Gratitude” giving.  Pass on the baton of that joyous feeling by lending your time or giving help to someone who may just need a little pick me up. By passing on the baton of “Gratitude” giving you will ignite your very own Serotonin levels naturally, without medicating yourself with over the counter drugs or trendy diets or health supplements. Do this inner “Reflection” and “Gratitude” giving for 40 days and your sense of well-being will be renewed.  No more singing the Winter Blues.

Here’s something that will ignite joy and gratitude to your day.

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Black Executive Snap Closure Journal & Office Pen
Keeping a journal for daily “Reflection” lets you have quiet time to introspect and reflect on your blessings each day.

Be Fit and Well Naturally

Going natural is always a good start to getting well and fit.  How can you make life sweeter and feel great at the same time? Who would of guess that an insect such as the bee can be  the key to making the flowers bloom brightly, producing honey to add sweetness to our food and giving us healing properties to nourish our bodies.  All this goodness is packed inside a small little creature that we sometimes shoo away and run from if we encounter one. Knowing their great potential and contribution to our daily lives we now have a greater appreciation for their existence.

It has long been known in history that honey has many benefits but in recent years there has been an increase surge of awareness of the “manuka honey” that is produced by bees pollinating from the manuka bush which is native to New Zealand.  This Manuka honey sets itself apart from other honey because of its’ antibacterial property and has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. (healthline.net) Some of the top 10 benefits of Manuka honey sited by Dr. Axe are:

  1. Helps with SIBO, Low Stomach Acid, Acid Reflux
  2. May Help Treat Acne and Eczema
  3. Combats Staph Infections (MRSA)
  4. Treats Burns, Wounds and Ulcers
  5. Prevents Tooth Decay and Gingivitis
  6. Aids IBS and IBD Treatment
  7. Improves Sore Throats and Immunity
  8. Helps Allergies
  9. Beauty Treatment and Health Booster
  10. Improves Sleep

With so many positive benefits from Manuka honey, no wonder it is selling out and popping up in health food grocery stores and with many online merchants.  It is definitely one food staple to always keep in your pantry and is a Superfood that makes clean eating less intimidating. Try mixing in some in your morning bowl of oats, or blending it into your smoothie for a healthy morning breakfast or just taking it straight up one teaspoon in the morning before your meal to balance and improve digestion throughout the day.

Thinking of giving this little jar of wonders to friends and family?  Here are some tips how to jazz it up a bit.

Benefits of Manuka Honey

Have you reached your Peak?

There is something very attractive and alluring about being at the peak, or at the top of something.  The air on top is limited, it is pure, fresh, and the view is spectacular. It is a view that is rarely seen by others. It’s a once in a lifetime experience we all would like to have.  Some may fear being at the top, worried that the air is too thin and they will not survive, or fear of being the only one on top and no one to share it with when they get there.

If your goal for 2019 is to reach high and make your way to the top, whether it be in your career, relationships, or personal development, the one aspect that you must always remember is to stay grounded.  It is important to stay grounded and focused. Without keeping this in mind, on your way to the top temptations will slowly sneak its way into your path without you knowing. It will misguide you to use other methods to reach the top such as deception and cleverness disguised as strengths that will cause you to be superficial and turn away from your real reason for reaching the top.

If you let yourself submit to being superficial, once you reach the top, fear will set in.  You are no longer able to enjoy the view on top but are only consumed by the fear of losing it all.  When you have the fear of losing it all, you no longer can see the view as pure, fresh and spectacular and will not want to share it with others.  This fear can be avoided if you stay connected to the truth and nothing else.

On your way to the top the only thing you can have is Faith… It keeps you grounded and keeps your eye on your goal.  It abandons all fears knowing that you can trust the process.

Get a little dose of Faith “here”.