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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

CHANGE IS HERE!

Hello hello hello wonderful readers....family....friends!!!

Things are still under construction but I have learned there is no time like the present to just take the plunge sometimes with change...with transitions....

I have learned to not try to have everything "perfectly" in place because perfection is not real...and it's not organic!  Perfection leaves no room for growth...for change...for vulnerability.

Perfection tends to not take risks...to actually never start something because it's not PERFECTLY put into place!

So with that I give you the new location of....

Frick Writes: A Mind Body Soul Journey!

Please follow the link above or below....save the new address....the new location....subscribe....mark it down....share....

https://frickwritesamindbodysouljourney.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/change-is-in-the-air/

Swing on over there now and read today's posting!

Thank you my dear wonderful readers....family....friends for all your amazing encouragement....support....and joining me in this journey of life!  

I look forward to hearing what you have to say about the changes!

Many blessings and hugs,
~Kelly :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday's wrap up...

It's been fun and exciting sharing this last week about all the great opportunities I have to write each day....to share with others each day...whether here on this blog....on Facebook in any of the groups....someone I encounter in the store....or writing in my journal each morning and each night....

I have grown so much this year with learning and disciplining myself to write each day....that was my goal my desire.   I now have some other amazing goals and desires I am working on with developing some courses....preparing for some speaking opportunities....and teaching mind body soul wellness classes with and through essential oils.  I am really excited about all these new adventures....especially with being a wellness advocate.

I love how I am going to be able to share classes or one on one about women's health, biblical history of oils, self care, home care, cooking with oils, brain health, and so many more topics.

I am starting my darling daughters lessons back up in a few weeks which also is an important part of my life and focus.

Thus I hope this helps explain my reasoning for the transition to a once a week posting.  I pondered which day I really wanted to have as my consistent day.....and it came back over and over WEDNESDAY. 

I live and breath sharing with others about wellness in health: mind, body, and soul....AND I am passionate about women feeling and know they are warriors, wonderful.  And my darling daughter loves texting her daddy and asking him on Wednesdays...."Hey what day is it!?"....and then imitating that commercial with the camel...."hump day"....

Who doesn't need a midweek refresher reminding you the week is halfway to the weekend. 
Who doesn't need a bit of advice and support about their healthy WELLNESS choices midweek to stay the course through the weekend.
Who doesn't need a bit of encouragement with their wonderful warrior woman self love, self care, self awareness!

Here is to WEDNESDAY'S being WONDERFULLY filled with...
WELLNESS
WARRIORS
WOMEN
WONDER
WORDS

Ah heck the Wednesday is also good for the core questions of writing about something: who, what, where, when, why!

What is a transition you are currently in!?  Sit for a moment today to pray about it...reflect on it...journal about it....enjoy it!

Many hugs and blessings dear readers....family....friends.....
~Kelly :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Amarillo Mind Body Soul Wellness Directory.....

AMARILLO MIND BODY SOUL WELLNESS DIRECTORY DISCUSSION GROUP was created to generate discussion of WELLNESS professionals in the Amarillo area that take a holistic and functional medicine approach to health!  This discussion group helps with adding names to the actual DIRECTORY.

This topic has always been important to me but it became a huge front burner in my life when I was diagnosed last year with Hoshimoto's/Hypothyroidism.   I needed to know there were doctors who I could turn to that truly understand that I am more than just a "part"....a disease....a diagnosis....

I KNEW there had to be some diamonds in this tumbleweed terrain.  So with the help of some amazing friends...and contacts....we were able to create a list of doctors and professionals who dedicate their life...their careers....to healing people not bandaging.....

Thus I spend probably about 2 or 3 days a month updating the actual DIRECTORY in hopes that it eventually gets large enough for us to create a printed out one to have available in these professionals offices.


Are your gifts or talents needed in an area you are passionate about locally!?  Sit with this...pray about this...write about this....then do something about this!!

Many hugs and blessings dear readers...family....friends....
~Kelly ;)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Whole Body Health...

We have become disconnected in what TRUE HEALTH is all about!  In a way I believe conventional doctors have been duped and brainwashed in thinking they know all the answers....and/or the problem is just one area (physical)....and if it is your knee hurting then it is related to the knee....if your lab work on your thyroid says your "normal" well then you are normal....and it's all in your head.

WE ARE DISCONNECTED in understanding WHOLE BODY HEALTH is how we are connected MIND BODY SOUL!

This is why I am passionate about the Facebook group WHOLE BODY HEALTH!  I probably post to this group about as much as I write here...if not more!  God created us with an amazingly complex system...yet it is also simple.  Simple in if we would JUST stay connected to HIM and in-tuned to what HE is telling us through our body we would always be at ease.

So what link is missing with your health!?  Mind!? Body?! Soul!?  Take a moment today to reflect...pray....journal about it!

Many blessings dear readers....family....friends....
~Kelly :)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Self Love Shine....

THE SELF LOVE SHINE Facebook group is all about empowering women!

I feel strongly in helping women, young ladies, girls.....to SHINE!!!  I desire each and everyone of them to truly SEE how amazingly valuable they are AS THEM!  Exactly where they are in life.....exactly who they are....exactly EVERYTHING about them.

THAT is why I started the SELF LOVE SHINE group.  Women need continual encouragement....support...love!  WE ALL DO!!!

Today sit....breathe...reflect...pray....about how are you showing yourself LOVE!?  And how can you improve on it!

Many hugs and blessings dear readers....family....friends...
~Kelly :)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Dynamic Daughters....

The DYNAMIC DAUGHTERS Facebook group is near and dear to me because it is about raising a daughter!

We live in a world...a time...where I pray continually for the spiritual and physical well being of my daughter. 

Don't get me wrong...I don't believe it is all doom and gloom but I am also a realist in that there is some serious disorder out there...some serious perversions of right and wrong....thus sharing and connecting with other parents to learn...empower....encourage each other about raising daughters today is very important.

Today....think....reflect....pray...journal about how you are overcoming any fears about raising a child with so much chaos around us.  Can you see the light?!  Because there is some amazing light out there....maybe you just need to connect with the right group to help with that light!

Many blessings and hugs dear readers....family...friends....
~Kelly ;)

Friday, July 8, 2016

Fishing for Faith...

I was thinking about how yesterday I shared with you all one of the Facebook groups I write, share, and learn from.....and I realized I wanted to feature each group.  One a day....for the next....ah who knows how many groups....lol.....   No but seriously.  I want to share with you other places I write and why. 

When I created the Facebook group Fishing for Faith, it was actually by a different name and it was a group specific to the college students I was working with at the time.  Then as I left campus ministry and started doing even more writing and pursuing networking of people and faith.....it became a place for sharing ways to create ripples in our faith....to cast our nets.....and to evangelize!

Thus FISHING FOR FAITH....is all about how can we live out what Christ asked of Peter....to be FISHERS OF MEN!

Take a moment today to pray....reflect....write about how you are living out your faith!?  How are you being a fisher of men!?  How are you evangelizing and being an intentional disciple for Christ!?

Many hugs and blessings dear readers...family....friends...
~Kelly :)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thriving Thyroid!

There IS SO MUCH information out there about health and nutrition.  Trying to weed out what is right for YOU....your unique being is sometimes daunting....overwhelming.....and you just want to throw up your hands!

But instead of viewing it as an all or nothing sort of deal.....I have found that my nutritional health needs are no different than my spiritual health needs...IT IS A JOURNEY....A PROCESS! 

I have also discovered I am my strongest when I am caring for my needs so I can then help others figure out their needs!

This is why I started started several different Facebook groups.  Each of them cover different topics and needs.  It has been wonderful being able to share with others different ways to grow and develop stronger "muscles" in faith, nutrition, parenting, eating out, thyroid...and more....

Thus today I feature the Facebook group:  THRIVING THYROID!

This is where I share my own journey of thriving with Hoshimoto's/Hypothyroidism. I share things like the AIP diet....different symptoms a person would not think about that are caused by the thyroid.....how to continue to learn and grow....and so much more.   It's a place where everyone who is part of the group can ask questions....give input.....support.....and so much more! 

Soooo....if you struggle with a thyroid condition....know someone who does.....or just want to learn more about the importance of the thyroid.....then check out THRIVING THYROID.

Take a moment today to reflect on an area in your life you would like to THRIVE more in.  Pray about it....write about it.....live it!

Many hugs and blessings dear readers...family....friends...


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Essential Oils 101

Yay!  I'm so excited!  Tomorrow I am finally taking that leap to start teaching the amazing benefits and support we are able to experience with essential oils!

I fell in love with essential oils about 5 years ago!  I have literally tried all brands! 

So why have I decided to finally start pursuing teaching and sharing about essential oils?!

Because I see their value...their purpose...their amazing support in ALL aspects of life: mind body soul!

I see how they enhance all aspects of my furthering my sharing and teaching about self love and mind body soul life coaching.  

I see how if someone wants better cleaning supply choices....oils will help. 

I see how if a person is struggling with their physical health....oils will support what they are doing. 

I see how as I start taking this new chapter of my life of helping others/women/girls through many mind body soul/ self love coaching aspects of life there is a place for oils in all of it!

I feel so blessed to be able to share with others.  

I'm not worried it will take away from family because I look at it as essential oils have actually given our family the gift of truly slowing down and being mindful of choices.  

Take a moment today to reflect....pray...journal about what in your life supports all aspects of your life?  Mind body soul?!

Many hugs and blessings dear readers...family...friends..
~Kelly :-)  



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Freedom...

Isn't amazing how much we take our freedoms for granted!

We get so caught up in all the hustle and bustle of DOING DOING DOING....we forget to reflect and be in a moment.

Yesterday we enjoyed a fabulous evening with some friends.  We tailgated at a store parking lot so we could watch the fireworks across the way at the park....and avoid the crazy crowd over there!

It was refreshing....beautiful....and free!

It felt free to just BE with friends....AND NOT FEEL like I was suppose to be on my phone checking this or that....it felt free to visit and fellowship face to face with a friend and have that human contact!

It felt FREE to remember to continue to prioritize my days based on what is my vocation, calling, gifts, talents....   And making sure I do things that spark JOY.....

We need to remember to LIVE IN THE MOMENT....that's how our freedoms were won.....IN THE MOMENT!  It wasn't put off because social media was more important to check....it wasn't put off because a favorite show was coming on....it wasn't put off because pursuing careers were priority.....FREEDOM WAS WON....because of passion....being present....seeing a need and I dare to say finding JOY in the challenge to make things better for not only their generation but generations to come!

Today....sit....reflect....pray....write....about what does freedom mean to you!

Many hugs and blessings my dear readers.....family....friends....
~Kelly :)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!!!


Psalm 119:45
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. (NIV)

Luke 4:18-19
The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.
(NIV)

John 8:32
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (NIV)

Which scripture resonates for you on this day....a day we are able to celebrate our freedoms!?
Take the moment to reflect....pray...write about it!

Have a very blessed day my dear readers....family...friends...
~Kelly ;)


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Patience with Projects...


House projects can be exhausting.....but sooo rewarding!

They really can be about our mind body soul experience!

I have had to practice not only patience but truly reflect and appreciate how wonderful my hubby is is for taking the time to help us do things for our home to make it healthier with hard wood floor instead of carpet.  Thus allowing all of us to have better immune systems with no hidden allergens captured in the flooring.

But better than that I have been able to actually work through lots of soul and spiritual stuff because of this house project.

Have you ever thought about how a house project can help you grow in your faith!?  Take a moment today to reflect on that ...pray about it...write about it!

Hugs and prayers dear readers....family...friends....
~Kelly :)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Salt, Lemons, Vinegar, and Baking Soda....


I discovered this book years ago!!!
I love it....use it ALL the time.
The other week I saw it at Barnes and Nobles.
Thus if you want a great resource for cleaning and more....check it out!

Have a glorious day my dear readers....family....friends...
~Kelly :)

Friday, July 1, 2016

Peace and Joy for the Soul....


Do something today that creates joy in your life!
Something that speaks to your soul!
Something that gives you peace!

Hugs and blessings my dear readers....family....friends....
~Kelly :)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Microwaves....


My most recent endeavor with the family is convincing them to finally NOT use the microwave for ANYTHING!

They have gone 3 weeks now with realizing we can truly figure out different ways to rewarm things:
~stove top
~toaster oven
~ a pot for liquids (ie: tea, coffee, etc.)
~ or just eat it cold!!!

WHY?! You may ask!?

I read a fabulous post over a year ago by the FOOD BABE....but my family thought it was kind of wonky.

Then.... TTAC (The Truth About Cancer) website and newsletter shared all the science behind it even more...it just convicted me to say ENOUGH....thus I have actually not used a micro myself for about 5 weeks now....AND I HAVE SURVIVED!!!  And I drink A LOT OF TEA!!!

My next garage sale this fall will have this thing in it.....but til then it will have the blue tape across it giving the warning:
Carcinogenic.....will deplete food of nutrients.....

Please take the time to follow the link for the TTAC and read what they have to say!

Are you willing to give up your microwave!?  Sit with it....write about it!  Why....because I believe the best way to understanding and even embracing change needs and must be taken to God.....so pray about it!

Many blessings and hugs dear readers....family....friends....
~Kelly :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Essential Oils....

I have truly tried all brands of EO over the last 5 plus years.

I love them....I believe in them....they have amazing health benefits that are all about the WHOLE health....Mind Body and Soul!

Many of my friends and family know I am not a person who gets on board things very easily....but when something resonates with me and continues to resonate with me....then there is something to it....for me!

Thus I have fallen in love with this brand so much....and truly have experienced a difference in it that I have finally decided to share more about it.....to have classes....one on one....etc.

I am excited to start this new chapter in my life!

Want to learn more about Essential Oils?!

There are some really great resources:  Dr. Axe....Dr. Z.....Wellness Mama.....and more.

Here is the one I have fallen in love with! 

What do you know about Essential Oils!?  Have you tried them?  Do they resonate with you!?  Take a moment today to pray....sit....and write about any MIND BODY SOUL connections you've had with EO?!

Many blessings and hugs dear readers.....family....friends...
~Kelly :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Too Many Emails...

Do you ever feel like you receive WAAAAAY too many emails!?  And you just don't know which ones to keep...which to delete.....thus you find yourself not wanting to subscribe to just one more informational site...blog....etc!?

That's how I feel lots of times! 

I will get in a research frenzy and I'll come across many blogs or sites that I feel I just MUST get their info or I am going to miss out.  AND THEN....I will have over 100 emails in my inbox by the end of the day.  Thus I take the tedious time of unsubscribing to a bunch of things.

I don't want ANYONE to ever feel like that toward my blog!

I started out this year with the goal of writing each day.  It was to be my accountability.  My place that I just shared all my thoughts...big or small.

It HAS been awesome but I realized what if because I post something everyday it stops someone from reading or even subscribing!?  I write for me......but I would be dishonest if I didn't say I would love to see thousands following my blog....because through my writing for me I am writing for the reader.  I don't write for pride or vanity...but knowledge that I am being able to be a light and spread great ripples.

Most bloggers put out something about once or twice a week....that is the average.  But this is the thing.....I am not wanting to conform to the "norm"....but I also don't want others to not catch something just because I give TOO much.....so maybe this is where discernment....discretion....prudence come into play.

So it has had me thinking how I love that DYNAMIC CATHOLIC sends me daily motivational sayings/scripture.  They are short but lovely.  I ALWAYS want to open those first thing in the morning....and I usually want to spread the message thus I instantly share it to Facebook on one of the many groups I manage or on my own timeline.

This had me thinking some more.....
What if I just did that most days of the week.....gave a quick reflection.....scripture.....or information tidbit....or even just a link to check out....!?
Then once maybe twice a week I would write on what's going on....something longer....more in-depth....!?

It's a work in progress.....but I feel it is the right way to go...the direction I should take....especially with all the little projects I am currently working on....because I am getting writing time everyday!  I have been able to hone in on that discipline.  So now I need to be true to what I posted yesterday and realize that maybe it's that time and season again to shift gears with this blog and other things in my life!

How about you!?  Let's all sit today....pray....reflect....and journal about what do we need to "weed" out of our lives to make sure our message is being heard and we are devoting our energy to the areas in life that create great ripples for ourselves and for others!

Many hugs and blessings my dear readers....family....friends...
~Kelly :)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mid-Year Reflections...

Today I look around me and SEE and FEEL all the beauty around me and I find peace in knowing I don't HAVE to do ANYTHING that is NOT TRUE TO MY INNER WISDOM....my INNER SPIRIT...my INNER BEING!

When I truly am in-tuned to my WHOLE HEALTH: MIND, BODY, SOUL....I am then in-tuned with what THE HOLY SPIRIT....is whispering to me.

I can have freedom from my own pressures and personal goals.....I can have freedom in saying to self: hmm I said I was going to do xyz....but it just doesn't feel right any more....my inner being keeps feeling "abc" instead of the excitement and peace that comes even in the middle of  challenges.

Thus today as I look at my wonderful family and all we have accomplished and done this year so far....and all we desire to do and pursue for the rest of the year.....I smile with great joy, excitement, and freedom of knowing I don't have to do ANYTHING that doesn't create joy or ripples of life giving love.

I LOVE MY LIFE!!!

Today.....sit with what brings you TRUE joy.....TRUE peace...TRUE INNER BEING!  Reflect, pray, write about it!

Hugs and blessings my dear readers....family....friends....
~Kelly ;)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Just Getting Old...

Inflammation...
Knees...
Joints...
Brain fog....

Do you have well meaning family/friends who will say things like...."Oh you know what that's called?  It's getting old.  It happens to all of us." (When you have aches and pains, soreness, brain fog...)

These are my thoughts on those comments:

1.  NO!  Aging doesn't have to be....and shouldn't be painful.
2.  They are speaking without thinking.


My question is, if you know a person as a type of arthritis or any disease/condition that cause nerve pain, muscle pain, or any type of pain that is not "normal"  would you say "OH THAT'S JUST NORMAL".  NO you wouldn't.

Basically in the mind and to the ears of the person who is struggling with any health condition that causes inflammation/pain, it is interpreted, or can be interpreted as...."Deal with it"....or...."buck up....be tougher!"

I don't talk about my pain to many people because I don't want it to be a focus or others to "feel sorry".  BUT I should be able to talk to those I love most when I am experiencing more than usual pain.  They should be the ones I can safely "complain" or "whine" to from time to time....or even to just make an off handed remark like:
"....ugh I don't like how my soreness linger more than it use to..."  I should be able to let my hair down with out pacifying comments from those who are my inner circle of safety.

What's my point!?
If you are an inner circle loved one for someone who has a true health concern and/or autoimmune condition. PLEASE be loving and compassionate with your words.  Remember you don't walk in their shoes.

I know for me, I am not a complainer...I don't sit and dwell on my pains.  I don't allow my attitude to become negative or my situation to consume me.  SO if I feel comfortable enough to express a pain I am feeling then what I  am really needing is just an ear...some compassion and love...and NO PACIFYING or minimizing my feelings.

MY FEELINGS ARE MINE!
BUT TRULY....ULTIMATELY...I ALSO WON'T LET OTHERS COMMENTS EFFECT MY RESPONSES...ACTIONS....JOY!!!

Do you have well meaning family and friends who hurt your feelings or create anger within you!?  Take a moment today to reflect on why it bothers you!?  What you can do about it?!  Should you say anything or let it go!?  Now sit with this....pray about it...write in your journal about it!

Many blessings and hugs dear readers....family....friends....
~Kelly :)


Saturday, June 25, 2016

TRUE FOOD FREEDOM....

When I decided to see a friend as my nutrition coach well over a year ago, I had no idea I had so much more to learn about nutrition.

I had the "being perfect" part down about macro/micro nutrients...or so I thought.....but I had forgotten that we are not just a body....we are mind and soul as well.  My thyroid didn't fall apart because of my nutrition but because of my mind.....as well as my spirit.   I needed to heal...to truly love myself and love my food...not create rules...restrictions...punishment.

As a matter of fact as we were uncovering what was going on with my physical health....my nutrition coach actually recommended for me to not eat based on nutrition needs but to eat what felt good.  She explained that most clients she doesn't recommend this but she knew it was something my mind and spirit needed.   How I needed to break free from food bondage...to remember why I love healthy eating....and how wonderful I feel when I eat healthy.  She helped me remember that to be truly in-tuned with my body and its needs is that I must stay connected to my mind and spirit.

Now I feel so free from food...from restrictions...from journaling...from disease.

Let me explain...

Do I still food journal?  From time to time yes, it can be necessary with my health journey but I don't feel enslaved to it.

Do I still need to be conscientious of my food choices because of the Hashimoto's?  YES.....but I feel free now because my heart doesn't view it as a restriction but more as a freedom from pain...freedom from imbalances.  I also don't freak out if I some how get a cross contamination or eat something that is just not helpful for my thyroid.....because in my mind, my heart, there is no "bad" foods.  There are foods that are helpful.....and not so helpful.  Yet the not so helpful foods still provide a purpose.....a purpose to learn from....to even celebrate.   I don't badger myself for making "bad" choices.....because that is the key word: CHOICE.  I know some of my choices aren't always helpful.....or sometimes my choices are not within my control so I must do the best I can with the choices I do have in front of me.

Do I still have HASHIMOTO'S?  Yes, but it's not my focus.  I'm not obsessed with perfecting my "thriving" state because when I pursue perfection I'm not thriving....I'm not keeping my whole health connected: MIND, BODY, AND SOUL!

Do you need to find true food freedom!?  Sit with that thought....pray about it.....reflect....journal!

And have a FABULOUS FOOD FREEDOM sort of day!

Many hugs and blessings always my dear readers...family....friends....
~Kelly :)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Addictions...

Food...
Shopping...
Alcohol...
Technology....
Our Thoughts...

What does ALL additions have in common!?

A LACK OF SELF LOVE!!!

I recently posted some self love stuff on a Facebook Group: The Self Love Shine!

A wonderful woman who also strives to spread love to other women posted about a book.  It fascinated and interested me. I thought if anything I would read it to see what I can share with others about it.  The author talks about SELF LOVE through food addictions, how to learn to truly love self and to expect/ask God for a miracle to heal from self-destructive mind/heart thoughts.  To help you learn how to truly approach your health with a MIND, BODY, SOUL approach.

I love her message.  I think she compliments the message that MADDY MOON shares about with her journey of self love.  How to truly walk away from food obsessions. How to have food freedom!

This book is about more than food addictions and over-eating.....it is about TRULY LOVING YOURSELF ENOUGH TO HAVE A FABULOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD!!!

Tomorrow I'll share more about how a person can have food freedom even and especially if you have an autoimmune disease or food allergies.

But today.....I challenge you to really pause and reflect on your relationship with food.  Is it misplaced in anyway shape or form!?  If so how can you change it!?  Reflect on this.....journal about it....pray about it!!!

Have a fabulous day dear readers.....family....friends...
~Kelly :)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mothers and Daughters: Compassion or Competition

As I entered into my teens years there was this tug-of-war with my mom.  I feel it was a competition of some sort.

A competition for:
YOUTH
VITALITY
WHAT IF

This may sound strange but I have reflected and watched other moms and daughters. Whether real life, television shows, movies, etc....and they all seem to portray this sort of "competition" in some way or another.  The mom trying to wear clothes her daughter would wear....to be "cool", to "fit in".....instead of just being herself.

but I believe the biggest competition I have witnessed is the physical.  I think a mom starts to see her mortality and her "flaws" as her daughter is coming into herself, her womanhood.  An older woman sees the legs of her daughter and wishes hers were firm and lean. She sees the perkiness of her daughters chest and compares the sagging, stretch marked breasts as flawed.  She sees her daughters face with no lines and becomes envious.

Thus the wedge is placed between them.

DEAR MOMS DON'T DO THAT!!!

I am so grateful God purposed in my heart from the moment my daughter was in my womb to not only nurture the seed of self love but to nurture within myself to ALWAYS be myself with my darling daughter.

NO COMPETITION....NO STRIFE....

ONLY FRIENDSHIP...ONLY TRUE GODLY MENTORING TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP.

Therefore as I watch my beautiful daughter turn 13 this month and visually see the stunning beauty she has become physically, I truly see how beautiful her heart is as well.  I feel honor to be her mom.  I don't sit and compare  And with a dysmorphic brain it could become an easy thing to obsess about.  But I don't!  I truly smile and value, honor, the differences.  I see the unique beauty we each have and cherish how we compliment each other.  I cherish our moments together.  I cherish how she teaches me things as much as I teach her things.

I know the difference between our legs is years of strength training on my part.  I respect that when I have a day where my legs are retaining fluid, exhausted, feeling "heavy" because of the Hoshimoto's-Hypothyroidism, I am still proud of all my legs have been able to accomplish for me during that day!

Rather than looking at my daughters legs with resentment I look at them with hope and desire that she doesn't take them for granted.

I know the difference in my face and her face is years of laughter, sorrows, experiences, strength, and hopefully wisdom!

When I look at her face....I pray she too one day will have a face that expresses all
the love and laughter of life that I have experienced.

So....moms....honor your daughters budding body instead of comparing and creating a wedge.  There is enough hormonal gunk to try to wade through that we don't need to add our own mental clutter to the mess.  This time should be a marvelous time to grow and learn together.  These are the days to create bonds that will last for a lifetime.

We have a choice for our daughters future relationship with us.  One where they look forward to coming home whenever they can as an adult.....OR.....one where they feel obligation to come out of politeness but no desire.

WHICH DO YOU DESIRE!?

Take a moment today to reflect on your relationship with your daughter.....with your mother....write about it....pray about it....see where the SPIRIT takes you with it!

Many blessings and hugs this amazing day dear readers....family....friends.....
~Kelly

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Love Your Legs...

Growing up I heard....

"...my German Chubby knees..."

To this day I have no idea what my mom said before or after that statement BUT what DID imprint in my mind and heart has her dislike...discomfort...of her knees, her legs.  Because of it, for years, I was never satisfied with my legs.  It didn't even matter when I had lost so much muscle tone with my thyroid burning me up, my legs were truly twigs with no tone, but I sure did have thigh gap.

Yet....

 I WAS STILL NOT FULLY CONTENT, SATISFIED WITH MY LEGS.

I couldn't figure out why?

Then it dawned on me:
My NATURE is confident and KNOWS to LOVE myself.
I KNOW I am more than this physical body.
Instead, I realized, my NATURE was dueling with my NURTURING.

I was still healing from too many sorrowful losses in too short of time....my spirit....my soul....couldn't handle it.  but it was an awesome opportunity to heal because it helped me realized  even though I thought I was okay in my own skin I still had healing to do.  This healing opportunity has allowed me to sit here today looking at my legs...and TRULY LOVE THEM!!!!

I am able to look at them and not think:
I wish you were leaner.
I wish you were longer.
I wish you were lighter.

I am able to feel their strength....their power in just being MY LEGS!!!

I am able to see legs....not size....I am able to see beauty....not flaws....I am able to see past the physical and tap into all the amazing spiritual things they carry me to....I am able to see all the amazing mind opportunities they carry me through.....and....

I AM ABLE TO TRULY LOVE THEM THROUGH ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

What physical part of your body do you need to fall IN LOVE with so you can move past the PHYSICAL...and be connected to the MIND AND SPIRIT.....of that PHYSICAL PART!?

Take a moment to reflect....pray....and journal about it today!

Many hugs and blessings always my dear readers....family.....friends....
~Kelly :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cooking Classes!!!

Posting about recipes had me thinking how I want my darling daughter to enjoy cooking as much as I do!  I want her to learn that cooking doesn't have to be complicated.  It can be fun....it can be with real food and not from a box!  She actually does enjoy cooking from time to time....but I know she sees her mom cook and doesn't have the opportunity very often to learn from others that have the same nutritional goals as I do in mind!

THEN.....I realized a fabulous idea!!!!  I have a friend who offers HEALTHY COOKING CLASSES on a regular basis!  So why not sign her and I up for not only a wonderful cooking class for us both to continue to learn different recipe ideas but to have a wonderful daughter bonding opportunity!

If you're interested in taking this COOKING CLASS yourself....you really should check it out (here)!   Laura is fabulous.....I love learning so much from her!

Okay onto more fun stuff for the day!
But stay tuned....my weekend away for Father's Day had me journal and write some amazing thoughts that I am looking forward to sharing with you all this week!

Have a gloriously blessed day full of MIND, BODY, SOUL connections in all you do with your FAITH, FOOD, FITNESS, FAMILY, FINANCES, FUN....AND SO MUCH MORE!!

Hugs and blessings always dear readers....family....friends...
~Kelly  :)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Carrot Cake

Ok so maybe it's not really a carrot cake that you sink your teeth into.  And it doesn't have nuts.  And it doesn't have raisins. :-)

But it is super healthy and it sure did taste like I was enjoying a carrot cake on an autoimmune protocol diet!

Many of my friends have seen me use carrot peels for many different things over the last few years.  I just hate the thought of wasting a perfectly good part of the veggie.  I actually have tried to just scrub my carrots  and chop them that way but...I don't know...they just don't taste the same not being peeled.  And I didn't want all these great peels to just go to compost.  Especially since sweet hubby and I go back and forth on composting.  That is a conversation for another day for sure!!! Lol...

So back to carrot peels...

I have created fun fried carrot peels..roasted...etc...with lots of different seasoning ideas.  I have used them in soups...chopped them up finer and used them for slaws.   I have cooked them up and pureed them for muffins....or created an apple like sauces. 

But my most recent realization came about due to laziness! I didn't feel like cooking them up and getting anything dirty.  I was contemplating what I wanted to do with them as I was about to make a green shake and that's when I thought..."hmmm...a carrot cake shake!"

Oh it was absolutely wonderful!  I blended together:
 about a handful of peels (if not more)
 hand full of spinach (but you can leave the green out if so be)....
tbsp of cinnamon (I really like cinnamon).....
1 tsp ginger.....
1 tsp vanilla....
1/3 cup of full fat coconut milk.....
1/2 cup water.....
I think about 5-8 drops of stevia, it really just depends on how sweet you want it....
a scoop of collagen protein....
ice.....
blend and YUM!!!

What a refreshing satisfying treat on a hot summer afternoon!

Have a fabulously delightful day!

Many hugs and blessings dear readers...family....friends...
~Kelly :)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Coconut Flour Pancakes

1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tbs arrow root
1 tbs tapioca flour
2 tbs coconut oil or ghee butter
1 tbs vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
4 eggs 
***1/4-1/2 cup of almond milk 

Whisk all together in a bowl.  Add as little or as much of the almond milk depending on thickness of batter.

I use a cast iron skillet and make about 3 silver dollar size pancakes per pan.  I use coconut oil for the pan as well.

***So I came across this recipe too!!!  Man I am in the mood to just see what I have put off to the side and forgotten about....lol....  But anyways....here is a recipe for those of you who don't want all the banana and nuts from yesterdays recipe.  Now I have tried just about EVERY paleo recipe for my two picky bread loving dears (aka: hubby and daughter).....and this is by far their favorite.  It is fluffy and light.....and meets all their needs as if it were regular gluten/refined kind of pancakes.

So you fathers out there....maybe this is more up your alley today!

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!

Many hugs and blessings dear readers....family....friends....
~Kelly

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Banana Waffles...

Ingredients: 
3 banana
8 eggs
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour
2 tsp vanilla
1 tbs maple syrup 
1 cup chopped pecans
pinch of salt

makes 8 waffles

I brushed the waffle iron with coconut oil quite liberally everytime!

I created these waffles quite a while back and I was coming across some of my notes and saved drafts and realized....ugh I had not shared this recipe yet!  It's interesting because I wasn't sure if darling daughter would like them....but SHE LOVED THEM!!!  It's a texture thing.  She can be picky about what she likes to have a smooth taste and what she likes to have 'bumps"....lol.  She has never really liked her pancakes or waffles to be anything but plain....but these she really enjoyed! 

So maybe this can be a wonderful FATHER'S DAY breakfast treat! :)  I know my hubby would slather on a ton of almond butter and probably crumble up some bacon on top.  And more than likely eat about 6 of the 8....then complain about how full he is!  But what the heck FATHER'S DAY only comes around once a year right :).....?!

What special treat are you going to do for your FATHER on father's day!?  Don't think too long....it's one nights away! :)

Many blessings and hugs my dear readers....family....friends....
~Kelly :)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Generations of....

Responsibility....
Laziness...
Integrity...
Lack of morals....

We can create labels for generations of past and present.....but is it fair!?

At a gathering this week it came up in conversation different things about the current generation not doing or being xyz.....and I realized I was probably one of the ones guilty of making a general statement about this generation.   I DON'T THINK this generation is all bad....or bad period.

I realized that my statement was probably interpreted wrong and/or I didn't think my wording out very well.  I am usually very mindful when I speak and make a statement but I fear my words were taken wrong.  (Remember my love language is words.....so I spin conversations over and over in my head too much sometimes!)

BUT....it did give me a moment to pause and realize.....regardless if my words were interpreted wrong or if I am just over analyzing the conversations (which is highly possible!).....WE (MY GENERATION).....as well as all generations need to take responsibility in how our actions impact the generations before and after us. 

We EACH need to take responsibility to create change in whatever it is we want to see better!

So if we don't want to see our youth consumed by technology then we need to be an example of not being consumed by technology.

If we want to see faith practices in our youth then we must be willing to learn them and understand them ourselves to again be that example.

We all know our actions speak louder than words!

Thus instead of saying "ugh this generation is xyz"....we need to say, "our human race is xyz" and then be that change!!!  

Don't complain about it.....live it...be it....model it....learn from it....grow from it....share it.....AND acknowledge any responsibility we may have in our judgment thoughts, statements.....FINALLY....ask for forgiveness from self and others if necessary for not being as compassionate and merciful toward a specific generation!

Have you intentionally or unintentionally made a judgement statement toward a generation!?  If so what can you do to correct it....learn from it....grow from it!?  Pray about it....write in your journal....then take action!

Many blessings and hugs dear readers....family....friends,
~Kelly
 



Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mind Body Soul of Fasting...

I had the privilege and experience a couple nights ago to share with a group of amazing individuals about fasting.  The history, types, gifts, and my personal journey relating to fasting.

It was exciting and invigorating.....AND therapeutic.  It allowed me the opportunity to reflect later in the quiet of my home over the next day and during my journal time how MUCH FASTING HAS IMPACTED MY LIFE.

I shared with this group how when we are fasting (whether an absolute, normal, partial....liquids only....Daniel....etc) there is ALWAYS going to be a mind, body, soul connection.  When we do things for our spiritual health....our physical and mental health will reap benefits.....and when we do things for physical or mental health.....it will impact our spiritual health....the question is will it be helpful to our spirit...to our mind....or will our physical pursuits create more havoc!?

Thus this pondering....this reflective post discussion....allowed me to see all the amazing moments of mind, body, soul connection with my fasting over the course of the last 6-7 years.  It has allowed me to realize how much fasting has helped me heal through sooooo many things....but especially my dysmorphia....how I TRULY LOVE MYSELF EXACTLY HOW I AM!

Here is how I see it....

My first fast was a Daniel fast for over 40 days.  I entered that fast with a very serious spiritual purpose.  In the course of that fast not only did God open and close doors for my husband and for me....but HE revealed some things about my health that were important.  I ended up losing over 30 pounds.  I maintained that weight for quite a bit of time....it was healthy.  So imagine me where I am at today carrying 30 more pounds....it wasn't healthy for my frame.  But what I didn't know at the time was I was probably already dealing with thyroid issues and didn't know it. Because I had put on that 30 pounds over the course of a year and it wasn't easily explained because I hadn't done anything different in my eating, exercise, life routine.

Over the course of the next 2 years my fasting for others also helped me heal from a miscarriage and from having to choose to have a hysterectomy for serious health reasons....as well as losing my grandmother.   Fasting sustained my faith in some of the darkest days of my life.

After my hysterectomy my weight dropped even more....20 more pounds. Family and friends started to associate my weight loss with my fasting. God then asked me to actually fast from fasting.  Thus for 1 year I took a break from fasting.  It broke my heart that God asked me to stop.  But I knew He had purpose and I trusted Him. 

What it revealed during that year was that my weight stayed the same.  It wasn't my fasting.  And it revealed other things about my health that weren't explainable.  I kept trusting.  Then over a course of 2 months I put on over 10 unexplained pounds.  That's when the health storm hit.  I started seeing my functional doc and discovered all I did and have about my thyroid. 

The amazing beautiful thing was during the first appointment he talked about the amazing health benefits to fasting and if I would be open to fasting.  I started to laugh because I knew it was God saying ok it's time to fast again.  My husband was a witness and was able to truly understand the amazing mind body soul connection to fasting.

Hindsight that period of time when I had dropped down below 100 pounds was my thyroid going into overdrive (hyperthyroid)....it was not my fasting....and it was not something sustainable. 

It comes back to the beginning statement of how my fasting has truly healed me with my dysmorphia and sooo much more.

Since my body....my physical body.....has changed radically over the course of over 7 years.....I have been able to reflect, pray and fast on the importance of mind body soul health.  I have been able to strengthen my love of self.  I have been able to heal from past wounds and hurts that created the dysmorphic mind in me at a young age.  I have been able to heal and see GOD'S HAND in ALL walks of my life.

I am able to FINALLY see the beautiful body I have been trusted to care for is more than just a body......that I AM NOT DEFINED BY THIS BODY...my SOUL is extremely important....and my mind must continually remember that I CANNOT SEPARATE THE SOUL AND THE BODY......God created us BODY AND SOUL.....BUT the TWO MUST be at peace and harmony with each other....only then will we truly thrive in our TOTAL HEALTH....and only then are we TRULY in COMMUNION with GOD!!

Do you have a disconnect in your mind, body, soul health!?  What aspect do you need to really work on to make sure you are in communion with God!?  Take a moment today to reflect....pray....write about it!

Many blessings and hugs dear readers.....family....friends....
~Kelly :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dear Pastors...



 Yesterday I shared about a letter I helped put together for a group of amazing people who want to help see change in our health...mind, body, soul.

Below is the letter I talked about.  Again I say.....read over the letter.....see what about it you can apply to your own letter to share with your own church....your own pastor....your own organization...business...life.....lets all work together in making our HEALTH A PRIORITY.....our WHOLE HEALTH: mind body soul!!!!

Dear Pastors,
Have you ever contemplated what your role is in leading your congregation with their health journey?  You might wonder what business is it of yours to get involved in your parishioners physical life, where it involves how they eat or exercise, but let me share some thoughts on why it is your business.

You guide them each week, each day with spiritual matters.  With how to develop a great relationship with Christ.  You guide them with the mind and soul aspects of their health, how to study God’s word so they can disciple to others, to evangelize.  You have probably guided them on financial matters, how to be stewards with their money.  You advise them on marital matters.   Why then wouldn’t and shouldn’t you help them understand the importance to care for their physical body in order for them to do all the above.  After all if we aren’t taking care of our physical health how can we possibly do and be all Christ has called us to be.

The healthier each of your parishioners are the more they can do for your parish and beyond!

The healthier they are for you the less you will have to worry about visiting them in the hospital or have other parishioners tend to their physical health needs, thus leaving more room for you to tend to even greater needs of their souls and other life matters.

You might be wondering how you can do this and what it may look like!?  Or you may even think “I don’t know enough about nutrition to guide my congregation in this matter!”  That is where the work is already done for you. 

There is a fabulous program on DVD with workbooks called THE DANIEL PLAN.  It was started by a well-known pastor I am sure you are familiar with: Rick Warren.  He put together this plan with some amazing functional doctors, nutritionists, and exercise experts, all with the dedicated purpose to get his congregation into shape: mind, body, and soul!  He realized the importance of taking care of his temple as well as leading his congregation into better health.

Now, I am sure your congregation has at least 1 if not more holistic health professionals who are current on the most pressing issues of health and nutrition.  Some may be nutrition coaches, wellness advocates, functional doctors, or just dedicated nutritional enthusiasts.  

What if you enlisted their assistance to facilitate this amazing 6 week study!?   This program is already put together and amazing.  All it needs is someone to facilitate/lead it for you!  Or what if you asked them to share information or put together their own sessions?!

These individuals are dedicated to help you to bring your congregation, all people, to a healthier way of living and eating.  They desire for others to understand and respect the abundance of plants and animals that God has provided for us in a healthy whole food way of eating and living.

Whether you use the DVD plan or one of these individuals’ plans I strongly encourage you to contact one of these professionals or enlist dedicated volunteers to help your congregation to truly understand how we can make a difference by making small changes, one at a time.  Changes that will hopefully one day replace the donut fellowship time with fruits, veggies, nuts and yogurt.

These individuals can help you understand that it doesn’t have to impact the budget but more important can help you lead your congregation to an abundant life: mind, body, and soul.  All for the GLORY OF GOD!  Life giving health gives us all the opportunity to be better Disciples of Christ, to evangelize more fully to the world!

By now you might be wondering who is this woman and what does she get out of this?  I am no one to the world but everything to my Lord! I gain nothing monetarily, yet I gain knowing I did what God asked me to do which is to help lead others to WHOLE HEALTH.  He has purposed me to be passionate about how we can ALL live the fullest, healthiest lives possible to do HIS WORK!  I am passionate to help connect individuals to others….to experience WHOLE HEALTH, the way GOD DESIGNED US!  

I leave you with this thought: the greatest commandment teaches us to love our GOD above all else.  We are a reflection of God.  Thus, if we are not loving ourselves enough to care for ourselves physically are we truly honoring the greatest commandment?

Thank you for your time.  I pray you are always blessed in your vocation of ministering to others. 

You have my greatest respect and continual prayers because I know your task of leading others to Christ is no easy feat.

I KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS!  YOU CAN LEAD YOUR CONGREGATION INTO A LIFE FULL OF GREAT HEALTH!  But if you want to just get some direction or thoughts please feel free to contact me.  Or contact any of the names I have included that are just as committed if not more so.  I know they, just like I, are ready to help you bring your congregation to the next level of health: MIND, BODY, AND SOUL!

Many blessings and prayers always,
~Kelly Frick