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A Day in the Life of a Kingdom Wife

Reaching My Potential

It’s been almost a year since I’ve written anything! Can’t expect a following if there’s nothing to follow…right? Oops. *FacePalm*

Life is ever flowing and my role in it continues to evolve. Dude. I birthed a human being. Yup. Ran for the hills and ditched all that I thought I knew the moment I found out we were expecting. I was terrified that I had nothing to show for my life and that I would be a terrible role model. After all, what do I have to show for my life…?

It’s totally true what they say…all those little gadgets and gear will mean nothing the moment your child enters the world. Don’t get me wrong- it’s AMAZING having all the gear and goodies we have been blessed with…makes caring for a tiny person so much….more comfortable. Ha! If you thought I was going to say ‘easy’ you probably haven’t parented an infant yet. 😉

No, seriously though, this little man has flipped me upside down and changed the rules of the game since the day I saw those 2 little blue lines- or maybe they were pink. I applied for college, got a local job, stopped writing and even researched MLM’s till the cows came home! I really thought I had to have some type of credential, title or paycheck that would somehow qualify or prepare me to be a mother.

Total nonsense! You can read all the books, do all the research and have all the gear- but that isn’t what makes you able to  be a mother. It also is not what determines my value as a mother. Tomorrow marks 6 weeks that my sweet boy has been on this earth and I know I have tons to learn and of course I cannot put a value on being a mother or determine what actual value I bring. I do know that I was made to be his and I don’t need a paycheck, certificate, degree or a book to tell me that I can do this and I do it well; every single day.

I didn’t end up attending school plus, we moved so the job didn’t work out the way I hoped it would and I don’t currently have a room or trunk full of MLM inventory…But along my journey of growing life inside me I found out a few new things about myself. I discovered that I have strength and capabilities that far exceed what I ever imagined and I learned more about my passion to change lives in a way that has given sharper clarity and depth to my vision. Now, I have this super amazing tiny human that I get to care for and guide. I get to watch him learn & grow right alongside me.

I also learned that not every entrepreneurial  work-from-home-or-your-phone business requires you to sell a product that just perpetuates consumerism! WHAT?! Now, don’t go clicking away, huffing and puffing…I enjoy all the goods too…clothes, makeup, gadgets & gear, especially all things crunchy. DUH. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t aim for less consumption or know the importance of valuing self over stuff.

After all, this blog totally exists in order to better the planet by helping teach and guide others to arrive at the discovery of the reality of their own worth & value.  Hoping that by walking with individuals as they learn to release their past they might recognize they exist for great purpose. Believing all the junk that’s happened to them can be turned around for their good. In order that they would desire to reach their potential and help to set many more free from bondage of past & pain. Leading others to receive the truth that their inherent identity holds power & authority.

We don’t have to allow our past, education, experiences or pain to determine our value. This is why throughout my pregnancy journey and finding my passion to move forward as a Holistic Wellness Coach I decided to join a team that holds similar values. So many of us are bound even by our own bodies. Whether that’s a number on a scale or a trauma that we suffered, the state of our bodies and acceptance thereof can greatly affect how we view our value. Our bodies can be the source of our stagnancy.

Before the pregnancy I know my body was a source of pain for me. I was depressed and frazzled by a huge move and tons of really tough changes- some that were not welcomed by my husband and I last year. When I got pregnant I worried that my body couldn’t handle it and that I’d be bedridden. Then I chose to do something about it. I decided to branch out my skills & services and launch a business focused on fitness. Of course that meant I needed to be committed to my own fitness journey! So, I did it. I gained no weight in the first trimester and because of the quality of the fitness program and my dedication I actually toned up, lost fat and gained muscle during my 2nd trimester! But more on that in a later post!

If I know just one thing it is that without growing, learning & stretching oneself outside of comfort zones- we become stagnant, stale & boring. Boredom leads to redundancy & you lose all motivation. Truly, without growth we die. I got to the point that I needed to obliterate my comfort zone.  So, as I now am blessed with the role of Mom- guiding my little man, we get to learn together to reach for our potential.

As I get back into the swing of things running the blog you will see some changes being made. I won’t be deleting the past entries as I find joy in seeing my transition but you will see a shift in my writing and hopefully more consistency! 😉 I will be adding a page of Services offered so be on the lookout! And if you think your body might be a current roadblock in your life, please reach out! Head over to my FB group @Wellness Goal Diggers and request to join. Then make sure you send me a PM so we can start your journey toward holistic wellness!

 

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Busting The Organic Myth

Let Me Pop That Lie Bubble

I want to burst one of the biggest myths about switching to Organic NON-GMO Local REAL foods! I hear this all the time and I even believed it myself for the longest. “It’s just too expensive!” This is the biggest lie! One of the first steps to truly bringing this lie into the light and uncovering the truth about your food bill- you have to actually track your food expenses. I can’t tell you what’s cheaper for you- because I don’t pay your bills or buy all your food. I can tell you that if you are anything like I was- you are busy and the odds are more often than you’d like to admit, you spend money on food at fast food joints, convenience stores and ready-made meals. Those 3 points of purchase are the biggest culprit for high food costs and outrageous expenses every month. STOP eating OUT!

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STOP eating Out!

When we first began to switch to only organic foods we started to panic a little bit because of food costs. But reality stood that we had nothing to compare it to except the sticker prices on the shelves. If I pick up a gallon of milk and sticker price shows $3.89 and the organic milk shows $7.49 the financially responsible choice seems clear. It appears as though the organic milk is nearly twice the price. That may be true, but that doesn’t mean that your grocery bill is going to be twice the price at the end of the month. This is why  you need to start with one thing! Whether you can handle just one meal time or just carbs, or switching your veggies. Make it transitional and really be intentional about your choices and your strategy. I can and would love to help you individually if you would like support and ideas- do not hesitate to reach out! I have been there!

So after my first trip home from the grocery store I wanted to cry because it was SO hard to find organic or at least NON-GMO from my usual grocery store. I tried to just jump right, didn’t do any research and tried to do everything cold-turkey. Plus, if I recall correctly I spent almost 3 times the amount I budgeted for that pay period! We had to change our strategy. We had to create a strategy! I tracked all our purchases from the month prior- including eating out, coffee trips, and household consumables like toilet paper and personal care products.

What I realized was our natural spending habits in this category were outrageous! Our first budget attempt was a totally unrealistic expectation. The first thing we had to commit to was reducing spending and specifically budgeting for eating out. Then we started small. Breakfast first. Toast with breakfast? Switch to only organic. Eggs every day? Bring home organic next trip. Oh, you have kids? Need to have those quick eats. Milk and cereal- organic only. Need variety? Organic oatmeal. You get the idea. Once we got breakfast squared up. I felt sad that breakfast didn’t get veggies. Quick fix, instead of fried potatoes- we added fried zucchini! Takes only a few minutes and super tasty. Over just a couple months you will begin to see your cupboards and crisper fuller and healthier than ever.

Not Convinced Yet?

Still not sure how you can keep costs down? I will stick with the breakfast theme and we will use those double yellow arches for comparison. I hope that most of you by now are fully aware that McDonald’s is likely the worst of the worst but if you aren’t convinced maybe this will encourage you.

This is the “Hubby Classic Breakfast”-

3 Eggs (over easy) = .87

2 pieces of toast = .40

1 cup of fried zucchini (about 1 ZUC) = (about) 1.30 (this is higher than normal but is true at Trader Joe’s)

I also use about ½ TBS of butter or olive oil for the zuc’s = .15

½  TBS of Coconut oil for the eggs = .05

2 TBS of Butter for the toast and sometimes jelly. = .55

Total cost per meal = $2.02

Time to make meal= about 8 mins or less

VERSUS

McDonalds Breakfast = average price about $4- if you don’t add a fancy sugary beverage…

Then, you have to account for the sugar high you will get from the sweetened meat, sweetened bread, and synthetic ingredients which will not be absorbed by your body. This will activate the addiction process and spike not only your insulin- which makes your stomach think it’s going to get nutrition and when it doesn’t your body will store all its fat because it didn’t receive what it needed. Also your endorphins spike. When your body finally realizes that it isn’t going to get any real food, you will crash. This is when your down comes. You begin to feel extremely tired and almost as though you have no energy. Better go grab another coffee or energy drink. Or down the one you still have in your hand. Time for another crash, wow you think! It isn’t close to lunch time yet and you feel starved! Now the Hangry sets in. This vicious cycle is killing you. It is time to stop. My point is that switching to organic REAL food is NOT more expensive. Especially if you factor in future doctor’s bills and the value of your health.

So, track your expenses and take a brutal look at how much you are ACTUALLY spending on food. Then decide what that budget should look like! Let’s use an example of $600 for the month. For one person, 3 meals a day for 30 days means you have 90 meals. That means that if you budget $600 a month, you need to stay under $6.67 per meal. That’s quite a bit, and might even condone for you to eat out some. Chances are you feed more than 1 person in your household, and if you don’t you likely have a smaller food budget than that. At the end of the first month of tracking, and trying to stick to your expected budget, I guarantee that if you can stay within that budget you can easily switch to REAL organic & local food over 1-2 more months and stay well under or at least within your ideal range.

Next Steps

Do some research! Spend 20-30 minutes on the computer and check out what services are available in your area. Try those grocery stores you’ve been afraid of because you believed the “too expensive” jargon. Yes, some of them are outrageously priced so you gotta check them out! I have taken a day with a coffee in hand and just window shopped those scary grocery stores. Use your smart phone! Take pictures of items you would normally purchase and compare to organic options. There are so many tips and tricks to navigating going fully organic and non-toxic. I have been there and in many areas still in that transition! I would love to help you with your journey. Be sure to connect and send an email if you are interested in having support with this!

One of the most important aspects to Do It Yourself- Real Food, you need to value your life. Be okay with investing in your health. Your money goes where your treasure is hidden. The more you consciously and intentionally choose to invest and nurture your body and health you will find that the rocky transition smooths right out. This is not a diet plan or counting points. I am not knocking any plans or programs, I believe there are a lot of great options out there that can really help people step in the right direction and make lasting changes with intense dedication. This is about taking control of your future, health, wallets, and nutrition.

DIY Real Food is a lifestyle. We vote with our dollars and the more we can support local farmers and companies that hold healthful & non-toxic options the better off the future will be for us and generations to come. We are being bombarded with toxic ingredients and chemicals all around us. Our food and water is being poisoned. So much of it is unnoticed by the majority and it is time to awaken and fight back. You are valuable and worth fighting for. Will you join the fight?

Finding Unity Despite Dysfunction

Sit down, buckle up and expand your perspective. We are SO going there people. Continue reading “Finding Unity Despite Dysfunction”

Part One: The Mound

In July I had a dream that helped me fully digest the identity I once carried. It’s a good place to start laying foundation for you to understand who I was and how I have arrived at reclaiming my throne as a bride of royalty. I have said it before and I will say it again; it is imperative you comprehend; I am not a queen born into a palace, no… Continue reading “Part One: The Mound”

Let My Heartbeat Breakthrough

via Daily Prompt: Breakthrough

Let your ears receive my heart’s cry

Let my heartbeat breakthrough your veil Continue reading “Let My Heartbeat Breakthrough”

My Story 

This is a small collection of thoughts that surface when I try to write about my own journey Continue reading “My Story “

Do It Yourself

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BLah-G-ing

Maybe I just suck at this whole thing…I’ve been mostly at it for just about a year now…No consistency, no theme or niche to my content (or is there?) and definitely no incoming moolah. Yet, I love it! I love being able to hop on my keys and share with you when my life allows. Sure, I want to be likened to Continue reading “BLah-G-ing”

Travels, Trailers & DIY

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