Manuka and Litsea 

Manuka! Litsea! (If you just said "Bless you" thank you, but I'm not sneezing.) Okay, what the heck is Manuka? Or Litsea? And why do I need them? Manuka is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, cleansing, germ-destroying, naturally cleansing and a relaxant. It can be used to calm an upset tummy, scalp issues, muscle support, respiratory support, skin support, bites, stings, burns...I'm gonna say it's New Zealand's lavender. Litsea is sweeter than lemongrass with the musty note, more citrusy than m...

Becoming who we already are

"Purpose: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists." Can we find our Purpose just by becoming the person we have always been? Stay with me here... My children are 3 1/2 and 6 1/2 and they know who they are. They have known since they first took residence in my belly. Lucas (6 1/2) is a...

More Kindness

The other day, as I was driving, I decided to give a few bucks to the homeless man standing on the corner. I pulled money out of my purse and as I drove up to the light, ready to make a left hand turn, I slowed down and held the money out the window. He jumped up quickly and ran to receive it. In that amount of time (maybe 3 seconds) the person driving behind me laid on his horn. The homeless man yelled "Hey!" and I just thought, "seriously, what on earth is so important that you can't wait 3 seconds while I hand this man a few dollars?" It was annoying and exasperating. And more importantly, a g...

Warriors of Love

This election has kicked my ass, thoroughly. I am reeling. I am hurting. And I am terrified. But do you know what else? I am finding a power and a calling inside of myself that I didn't even know was there. I am engaging with curiosity and love where I used to dismiss with fear and disgust. The world has shifted. ...

Money is my best friend

What is your relationship with money? Is it the "root of all evil"? Does the thought of money stress you out? Is there never enough? Were you taught that "money doesn't grow on trees"? Do you cringe when the subject of money comes up? Recently, I listened to a webinar series by the brilliant, Tiffany...

Love and french fries

I got back from the doTERRA convention a few weeks ago and Holy Moly, it was mind-blowing. I felt both gutted and simultaneously made more whole than I've ever been. I listened raptly to a woman, Immaculée Ilibagiza, tell of the Rwandan genocide of 1994, when millions of people were murdered, including her entire family. S...

Ain't nobody got time for that...

Do you feel depleted, tired, as if you could sleep for a week and never catch up? When your husband asks for sex, is your first response a groan or a sigh (even if it's internally) because you just can't be asked for one more thing? Do you have time for self-care or is "self-care" a phrase that makes you roll your eyes in exasperation, because ain't nobody got time for that shiz? Welcome to Mindful Essentials...A place where you can relax for a few minutes and find some tools to help you catch up that only require a few minutes per day, but if you do them, will help yo...