We’re back. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve felt inspired enough to want to share with you. Or maybe it’s because I wasn’t sure I had anything to say that you’d want to hear.

I’m not one to look back at ruminate about stuff. I’m too old to even remember half the stuff I’m supposedly mad about. However, I did realize that it’s been a ten year stretch since I first began writing publicly. Sharing my voice with others was fun and scary and left me open to criticism, sometimes harsh, that caused me to recede back into the shadows.

The lessons:

Don’t take anything personally.

No offence but you’re not in my life so stop acting like you know how I live and who I am supposed to be. I’m doing this the best I can. I muddle, I mess up and and I fall flat on my face… a LOT, but I get back up and start again.

This is going to be a messy blog so if you don’t like mess stop reading now. For real. I won’t apologize and I won’t back down and I sure as hell hope you won’t either. Let’s make a mess together ok?

Ten years…a lot has happened.

Why the Detox Decade? I realized recently that we left our family home ten years ago. We moved to a place I loved but hubby did not so we moved again, this time with two husky puppies in tow. Those moves led to the departure of several friends but I didn’t know it at the time.

The new move led us to a beautifully crafted home in the quiet of the county. It was super pretty and super lonely and so, we packed up again and found a little home suitable for all of us in an up and coming resort town.

I learned about losing friends, physically and spiritually. I learned the value of a true friend and found out just how hard it is to release those toxic ones. Funny that I hadn’t even realized I was being poisoned but I was. Leaving led room for more positive relationships, closer ties with people who mattered. A cleanse of the soul if you will.

We started really learning about growing organic food, using heritage seeds and applying old school principles like using rain water and planting for butterflies and birds on our front yard. Grass is over rated and needs to be maintained. Give me the birds, bees and butterflies who pollinate my yard any day of the week. A physical detox, ridding our bodies of toxins, began here and continues. It is a life long lesson.

I began a journey with Oprah and her new network, OWN. That led to many amazing adventures spiritually. She, and her team, are soul lifters and life teachers. We’ve been on a journey for years and  I continue to learn.  A spiritual detox began with these lessons. Forgiveness, not for the other but for me, being willing to be vulnerable, being seen and seeing the other with eyes, and heart, wide open. This is the stuff of life.

You’ll hear mention of my business from time to time here. I’m an Arbonne consultant and I believe in teaching women how to level the playing field financially. Did you know women put in more hours at the corporate level and earn less money? Did you know many women, if they live past 80, are expected to live below the poverty level? Does that make you angry? It does me and that’s why I’m an Arbonne consultant. A financial detox may be in order in your life as it was mine.

I hope to continue to learn. I hope to continue to teach. I am grateful you are here on this journey with me.

Namaste,

Jan

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