Friday, June 6, 2014

All Is Well

I love my co-workers. Thus far, besides my family, they have been my biggest supporters. I am always surprised when out of the blue someone will comment about something I was blogging about earlier that week. Even the people I am not that close to at work have become followers and it makes me feel like what we are doing here is a lot more special than we realize.

I have mentioned in the past that I work at a French restaurant called Meritage. It is a cute place located in the historic Hamm building in downtown Saint Paul. It is always a bit tough working in the restaurant industry because it is high stress and fast paced. We don't tend to get a lot of down time-everyday is a new day and there is always something that needs to be completed. I have made some of my best friends here and more often than not the people I work with are my saving grace.

Speaking of co-workers, during our girly gossip sessions in the service station I have recently been mentioning how I feel stress has been the cause of some unwanted symptoms. One in particular- my acne. I have had acne my whole adult life, starting when I was eleven. Now being almost twenty-seven I am a bit tired of it. I am not sure if it is allergy or stress driven but for some reason I tend to get a lot more in the spring months. I have been asking a lot of my friends for advice on some natural remedies. Responding to my call for help a closer friend at work brought in a book for me to read. I thought it was really nice of her to think of something a little outside of the box. I am always worrying about the right cleansers, oils, and moisturizers but I haven't really thought of what my mental state might be doing for my skin.

The book is called "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise L. Hay. It is a very spiritual read focusing on healing your mind, body, and spirit through positive thinking. I know this all sounds a bit goofy and it isn't always a good fix for everyone. In the past I have been a bit of a skeptic myself but recently I have noticed if I decide to fill my day with awful thoughts I end up having a really body stressful day- including my physical well-being.

I am actually pretty excited to explore this book. I haven't had a lot of time to read much yet but even the first page has some really great thought provoking quotes like "Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are the keys to positive changes."

When handing off the book my co-worker told me her favorite part- an index found in the back of the book that was categorized alphabetically by symptom. Each symptom corresponds to a fear response in the brain and she provides a new positive thought pattern that could help distinguish this problem. I will have to venture inside this book and hope to find some good advice as to how to keep the stress levels in my life a bit lower. I find life a bit ironic... The more we stress over things the more stress we inevitably create. It seems to be a never ending cycle. I would love to create a little more zen in my life and there is no better time to start than the present.

Again many thanks to all of you for reading and following! We will be featuring some really fun stuff about raw honey next week, including a great interview with a couple who owns a local honey shop in Minneapolis.



PS. Don't forget to check out some of the great stuff we posted this week including the truth about chicken, our interview with Kimberly and two fabulous recipes for roasted chicken and stock.

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