Today Carolin reveals the changes she has implemented in her eating habits and home. She’s been working with two incredible specialty coaches, Sharon Otness Foot and Audrey VanderStek, to lose 30 lbs and harmonize her home. Let’s see how she’s doing!
Major Changes on The Horizon For Carolin!
I was drawn to becoming an acupuncturist years ago mostly because I was in a stagnant place… Stagnant career, stagnant relationship, stagnant health. Little did I know that acupuncture really gets stagnation moving! I used to relay the power of acupuncture to my patients through the analogy of a traffic jam on the 405 at the 10 freeway. The body, not unlike that intersection, can get traffic build-up and that leads to a myriad of symptoms in the body- usually pain. Add some acupuncture needles to that intersection, and its like sending in the traffic directors. Quickly, sometimes magically, the stagnation begins to inch forward, until soon, traffic has resumed its swift pace.
I was reminded of this analogy this week in a couple of ways. First my food. Sharon Otness Foot has begun to work with me – to remind me – that food is the base of all we do in life. When there is stagnation- when we eat things that don’t add a healthful flow of energy- we live our lives from a place of stagnation. I have taken some good steps toward really changing my diet, and I notice that not only does my body feel more fluid, so does my mind. And let me tell you, this is an amazing thing! When I have fluidity of mind and thought it is easier, more intuitive, in fact, to make good decisions in the rest of my life. Dare I say I feel more insightful when I am eating in a way that supports flow? (Yes, I do dare to say, actually.)
My second occasion to break up some stagnation came this week in working with Audrey VanderStek to Feng Shui our home. Now I don’t know if you realize just how magical a transformation this can be in one’s living space… but I have to say, this is not simply rearranging your candles and adding some woo-woo crystals to a corner of your house! Surely I hoped working with Audrey would add a little sparkle to our diggs (maybe even a little woo-woo magic), but I severely underestimated the power of this work can have. Audrey spent over four hours with me (!) getting a gauge on how we live, what we need from our space, and then taking all the stuff we already own and reorganizing it (functionally and energetically) to make our home a delicious place to relax and live. The effect of her work has made us all breathe a sigh of relief. Derek and I are WAY more relaxed in our space- our living room is more inviting and we are talking more than watching TV (she said that might happen!) My oldest daughter keeps telling me how “lovely our NEW home is”. And my cats (who are old as god) are running around the place with some pep. I don’t exactly know how it all works, but I can liken it to our home having one serious acupuncture treatment. Stagnation Be Gone!
So as I trudge through more of my stuff (to put it nicely) this week, I breathe a little sigh of relief that the foundation of my world- my home and food- have seen some beautiful transformation. And I give an Enormous thanks to these ladies for having given me their time and talents to help me push my life forward a step or two… a step or two toward holistic living – real whole living.