LIFE OUT LOUD
WHY • It started in 2005. I was in my junior year of college, not living my healthiest life by a long shot, but enjoying the moments the best I knew how to at the time. And then I went to the OBGYN for a routine visit and received my 2nd positive pap. It was time for what they call a LEEP procedure (a treatment which prevents cervical cancer and removes abnormal cells from your cervix). All cells came back benign (!) and I went about my early 20s, with the direction from my OBGYN to keep exercising, quit smoking and start using unscented body wash. What? Why did my body wash matter? No clue at the time, so I let it slide.
Every 6 months, I went back to the Dr. Some tests were negative and some were positive, but we kept monitoring without much action. In that time, I kept exercising, stopped smoking, but never changed my body wash. During that time, I also experienced an enlarged lymph node in my neck that needed to be removed. Lymph nodes act as filters to remove germs from the body and they help fight infection. Though the nodes removed were also benign (!), I started getting curious about WHY this stuff kept happening.
Fast forward to 2012 and two more positive pap tests in a row created the need for a 2nd LEEP procedure. How could this happen again?! We had just moved to Denver, so I entrusted in a brand new Dr to perform the procedure. All the cells came back benign (!) but I was now on a trek to put this to an end. I was about to be married to the love of my life, after all! I kept remembering my OBGYN's comment about switching to unscented body wash, so I got back on the train. I began learning about the ingredients I put in and on my body and stood to make a change for myself.
I'm happy to say, two natural, healthy childbirths and ZERO positive tests have come back since making this choice. I'm not sure WHAT exactly changed to stop the trend, but SOMETHING did. And research now shows us the relation to some of those harmful body wash ingredients (ie: FRAGRANCE). And for that, I will continue to advocate for everyone in this world to know what they put into and onto their bodies and to have access to safer options 💗
True or False?
TRUE TRUE TRUE TRUE! And if you don't yet believe this to be true, I'm here to tell you that now is your time to start believing it. And if you're still questioning it, repeat it to yourself every single day until you know it to be true.
We are living in a time that makes it so easy to question our worthiness, our success and our reason for being. We can choose to get stuck down the rabbit hole of limiting beliefs or we can choose to get back in our rhythm.
I have recently been gawking over the SuperSoul Conversations Podcast: Your Own Truth episode. Not only because I think Oprah is an incredible spirit guide, magic maker and woman, but because this episode reminds us each of the things we need to hear. It gives us the permission to be ourselves and the reminder we need that we are here on purpose. Period. Our being here matters.
And with that, we each are designed with a flow and a rhythm that is all our own. It was designed just for us. And when things get stuck, feel out of sorts and against the flow, it's because they are. And it's our job to listen to these reminders and to get back into our flow and our divine rhythm.
So my ask of you, is to listen to this podcast. And then to listen to it again. And then do yourself the favor of reminding yourself every single day, that your being here matters.
CITRUS UP YOUR CUP
So I've been having a love affair with Green Mandarin citrus oil in my water lately, so I wanted to share it with YOU (of course) and also understand WHAT this oil is helpful for.
May help soothe the nervous system when taken internally.*
Incorporate into your oral hygiene routine to promote healthy-looking teeth.
Take one to two drops to help support healthy immune function and response.*
Diffuse with Basil, Sandalwood, Lavender, or Spearmint to experience the positive emotional benefits
All citrus oils, like Wild Orange and Lemon, have similar properties to Green Mandarin, which is a fun new spin on your H2O and super simple!