Essential Oils and Work

I wrote this for a work post and thought I’d share it over here.
Sorry I’ve been so absent lately, everyone. I’ve almost gotten over my giant pile of tasks that needed to be finished in order to *just* freelance again. The holidays are intense, y’all.  January and hygge-times are coming! ❤

SELF-CARE CHALLENGE, DAY 5: ESSENTIAL OILS – (Instructions and Ideas!)
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Today is an excellent day to start dabbling in essential oils. They’re a wonderful, holistic way to cultivate the mood you desire at any given moment, whether you’re stressed or in need of a pick me up.
 
My favorite blend is comprised of rosehip oil and lavender oil, which is the perfect answer for stressful moments.
 
My second favorite is peppermint and eucalyptus, with the same rosehip carrier oil. I use it in my morning wake up routine and sometimes when I’m sick. It’s perfect for opening up airways and clearing the fog.
 
You can use any carrier oil that suits you best. Great options are jojoba oil, sunflower oil, evening primrose oil, olive oil… try a few out to check for reactions first. Here’s a huge list of carriers to choose from.
 
To make your own blend:
 
1. Add 15-30 drops of essential oil (or oils) to a 10ml roller bottle or dropper bottle. If you’re more sensitive to smell, please consider going on the low end of the spectrum and working your way up.
2. Fill rest of bottle with your favorite carrier oil.
3. Add top and shake well to mix, label bottle and store in a cool, dry area away from sunlight.
 
Why don’t you want to put essential oils onto your skin without a carrier oil? Essential oils are just that — all of any plant’s oils that make it potent are distilled to their essential properties. When you do that to a more potent plant (think cinnamon, mint or rosemary), the leaves/bark are gone and only the volatile oils remain. You can actually burn yourself by applying some oils directly to the skin! Using a carrier oil diffuses the volatile oils, making it safer to apply. If you’re making blends at home, make sure to test each on a small portion of skin before using it regularly.
 
Use your intuition to find a blend that’s right for you. Check online (Pinterest is great!) for new blend ideas. You can even buy extra rollers and make great gifts for your loved ones for Christmas! The possibilities are endless!
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Fitness Lately: Back on the Wagon

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Starting Weight: 186 lbs.
Last Weigh-in: 160 lbs.
This Weigh-in: 158.5 lbs.

Reality: Remember last March when I said I was restarting? Yeah. I posted that and promptly fell off that wagon. Because that’s what I’m doing in the first half of 2017. I’m not super proud.

To put it into perspective, by August of 2015, I weighed around 148. This August, if I stay on this path, I’m hanging out at 158. It’s just not what I want for myself. Can we go back to 2015 patterns? Can I go on that pneumonia diet again?

What Went Right: Mike and I joined a gym. I kicked and screamed, then went anyway. Since then, I’ve been actually enjoying it. I miss Marshall’s gym a lot, and thankfully, this one is kind of like it. I also signed up for a Virtual Race. That keeps me accountable because I can’t wear a t-shirt for a race I didn’t run and feel good about it. Ha! Because of this, I ran my fastest 5k ever. So that’s pretty darn good.

New Goals: 

  • Hit 150-152 by September 15th. This is one of my more aggressive goals for weight loss. I’ve lost more than that just in two months, but it doesn’t mean that it will be easy. But I’m gonna try.
  • Continue going to the gym. At least 2-3 times a week.
  • Yoga 2-3 times a week to keep from being a bunched up mass.
  • Try the sauna again. Even though it scared the shit out of me. Dark, small, horribly hot room? I’m not a fan, at all. I started having irrational “gonna die in here” thoughts immediately. But I’ll give it another go.

Are you on a weight loss journey? What is your most recent success?

Other posts in this series, in descending order: MarchJuneAprilMarchFebruaryDecemberSeptemberJuneAprilMarchJanuary, NovemberOctober, and February.

Losing It All, Then Seeing What You Really Have

DSC_7817I had a minor freak out at work this morning, but let me preface that I am weepy, hormonal, and overworked. I’m not really handling life well, lately. In fact, writing a blog post is a small step in me taking more time for self care — something I desperately need.

So. My minor freak out.

I’ve re-picked up my project to post all about our trip to the UK (very belated, I know). Today, I had planned to sort through the pictures as a catharsis between copy-editing. Except, when I opened up my old computer, I couldn’t find those pictures anywhere. Same with my old external drive.

Same with my new external drive…

I was scheduled to have lunch with old friends from camp and I spent the drive to lunch crying on the phone to Mom. I seriously couldn’t believe that I lost those. I neglected them and once they were gone or corrupted, there was no getting them back. It felt like I’d lost part of my memories and a really good part of my relationship.

Mom did that thing where she is sorry, but quite calm and rational while I am whimpering on the other side of the phone to her. Mom — I want to be you when I grow up. By literally saying nothing, you have an innate ability to calm me down. Please accept my undying gratitude as a late Mother’s Day gift.

I tried very hard not to go through most of lunch as the designated Party Pooper. For reference, I got cheerful because my friends are awesome and I’d like to think I’m not that much of a jerk.

I had calmed down enough by the time I got back to work for some rational thinking. You obviously know where this leads — I found all of the pictures, mislabeled and dated for April of this year. Thanks, Apple.

What am I saying with this post? Realize what is important and treat it like the priceless thing that it is. That advice doesn’t just apply to pictures.

~ Meg