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About HOWMusic4theMindBodySpirit

Musician, Songwriter/Vocalist, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach/Mind Body Spirit Coach/ Lightworker/Intuitive and Empath/INFJ, Celiac and MS advocate. Lives blissfully with the Love of My Life and our three fur babies... Odie, Sherlock, and Cassie and Jack, the outdoor community cat we adopted.

Pictures speak louder than words

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I know it has been awhile since my last post, but so much has gone on since. First off, I had my 40th Birthday this past May. My Fiancé got me a decadent gluten-free Birthday cake from this amazing bakery in Blacksburg, VA, called Bollo’s. It was a vanilla chiffon with layers of luscious raspberry and cream cheese icing. It was absolutely delicious. I think the pictures speak for themselves. 🙂

I am also now a Certified Reiki Master I II and III. I laugh inside because calling myself a master of anything is laughable. I consider myself a life long learner, a student of life and all that is. Honestly, I do not know what I am going to do with this certification right now, as I am learning and discovering the world of energy healing. I am already a certified holistic health coach, going on over three years now.  My new website is being developed right now, and I have a new logo thanks to my loving fiancé. 

This past May 11th, my Birthday, I was divorced a year. It wasn’t much longer that I found and connected with the love of my life, my Fiancé. While it has been such a beautiful journey thus far, my health has had a few set backs. I meditate and do reiki on myself daily, especially right before bed. It is helping so much, because I  have had shoulder pain for over two months, I am now in physical therapy, so I can get MRI’s on both shoulders. It looks like it is from the MS, spasticity and muscle weakness. I am improving slowly, and my Fiancé is helping me get fit again. My last marriage did such a number on me, mentally, physically, and emotionally, and I gained twenty pounds, that I am slowly losing. It is not going fast enough for me, but slow and steady, baby steps I know. I have become my own holistic health coach and energy healer.  That is the whole purpose of it all, so I can help others find their path too.

 

 

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My Achey Reiki Heart…

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Okay, that was a really bad blog title, but it is almost midnight here and my 40th Birthday in about thirty minutes, so I feel a bit silly. It’s good to be silly and laugh at yourself. I am typing this on my new Microsoft Surface 5 that my loving Fiance` bought me last Friday for my Birthday. Microsoft Surface is amazing, and better than any laptop I have used. I can do everything on it, from movies to my music. 

So why did I mention Reiki? Well, for one, I am now getting my certification in Reiki I II and Master with Melissa Crowhurst, and I am just learning how to do attunements. What are attunements? Think of me as a guide to help you fine tune those songs that have always been in you all along, and bring you back to your Life Song, back to Source. 

Now, it is time for some Real Good Pizza Supreme. They are amazing gluten free pizzas that are Keto friendly because the crust is made out of antibiotic free/clean chicken!! We love it! Our movie tonight is This is 40, my favorite movie. I am going to have an amazing Birthday with the love of my life. This is my first Birthday with Mike, and up until now, they have all been really bad, and just plain sucked!

Celebrating today and Saturday…and now it is my Birthday!!! Happy Birthday to me. Here is to my 40th journey around the sun. More later.

 

Not THAT Kind of Hug

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I have woken up several times this week with neck and shoulder pain, but yesterday I woke up to a nasty MS hug or Girdle, whatever you wish to call it. It hurts like a mother!!! I was washing dishes earlier and all of a sudden the pain and tightness wrapped around me like a boa constrictor and I could not breathe. I thought I was going to have to go to the ER. As I write this it is still tight and scary even. I took more supplements and another Mg capsule and it has eased a tiny bit. I won’t lie though, this is scaring me. Yes even holistic healers like myself, get flares.

So I ask myself this: 1. Where is the pain? 2. What is it trying to tell me? 3. What is it teaching me? The pain is in back to my stomach, wraps all around, and it is a tightening constricting painful feeling. I hear my intuition telling me that it is my Solar Plexus Chakra, and there is some blocked energy there. I hear it telling me that this has been gradually building. Pain in the Solar Plexus is from anxiety, fear, and worry. God knows I have been worrying a lot in the last few months with health, worried about the flu, family issues, etc. I need to give myself a lot of self care, rest, massages, and relax. I’m having digestive issues, reflux, GERD, IBS, and my gallbladder, all part of this Solar Plexus Chakra. Well, I also started my period for the month too.

My stomach is literally all tied in knots, and thus I think I found the root of my pain…I need to stop worrying and the anxiety and relax more. Perhaps once I clear this chakra the back and the MS Hug pain will stop.

 

 

 

Welcome Spring!

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Can you believe we are just 17 days left till May?? I will be 40 in just 4 weeks!!  Let me tell you, I may not look it, but sometimes I sure do feel it. The last couple of months have found us snowed in and I have been sick quite a bit this winter, but as always, it does not last long and I bounce back somewhat quickly. With MS and EBV, etc. I have my good and bad days with it of course, but the difference is, now I am not alone. I have found a man that does not just “deal” with the flares and sicknesses, a man that will be there through all the good and bad times, my sidekick, my partner, and the one I want for life. We both have our triggers, and there have been some rough moments, but we get through it, together. Neither of us go to bed angry. We won’t go to sleep until we have kissed and said goodnight. We kiss and say good morning before having our morning coffee. It’s those little things, and all the ways we show how much we mean to one another, that count. We are not room-mates, nor do we just tolerate one another. I do not care what we do or where we go as long as we are together.  I have never had this, not even in the last two marriages, was it ever even half of what I am blessed to have now. This is what makes unconditional love work…It is an equal partnership and we both give it 150%.  I am, by no means a feminist either, so I believe in gender roles. We, see eye to eye on this too. This is all for another post, so I will leave it for now.

Spring is a season of new beginnings, and underneath all that winter, flowers and life start to bloom. It is about releasing the old and what no longer serves you, and making space for the new, decluttering the mind body soul and spirit, even our homes get a Spring cleaning. We just got me some new bookshelves for all my books, since the old shelves fell apart after I moved in due to water damage…Energetically, I feel it was all a metaphor of my marriage with my ex, that just like the damaged shelves feel apart, so did those four long painful and stressful years. 

Prince said it best…”Sometimes it snows in April” because we are still seeing a bit of snow here or there in WV, but the last few days have been simply gorgeous and sunny. I hope we are in for warmer weather, and all this cold and winter says goodbye till next year. 

 

 

 

Long Time No Blog…

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Let me first say Happy New Year to my Readers and Followers!
Life has been truly an adventure since the divorce this past May. I ended up finding/meeting the love of my life, and been in blissful union since. In the past I admit even as a CINHC I wasn’t perfect. I made a lot of bad decisions when it came to my own lifestyle. I now have someone in my life that keeps me in line, motivates, inspires, and is the best therapy a woman like myself could ask for. He is my mirror and holds me accountable and reminds me daily to “know thyself”, one of the eight rules that govern our lives together and individually. Right now we are working on our first book together. The Psychiatrist and The Nutritionist/Health Coach….Sounds like music to my ears.
What are our rules you ask?

Mike and Penny’s 8 Keys to Success

1. Know thy self
· Be honest and true to yourself and others
· Do what you need to do for you
· Do not compromise needs or honesty, no matter what
· Be firm but understanding in communicating those needs

2. Don’t mind the naysayers
· Ignore negativity and criticism
· Do not indulge others’ selfish needs or demands of you

3. Don’t be afraid to fail
· Be courageous and bold, even if you fail brilliantly
· No fear!
· Learn from failure

4. Break the rules (not the laws)
· There are no hard and fast social rules that *must* be followed
· Do and accomplish what others believe you can not, in your own ways. Communication that breaks the rules should be driven by communicating needs (see Rule #1)

5. Eat healthfully
· Eat clean and whole foods
· Limit processed foods, fast food, heavily refined products, caffeine, alcohol, avoid GMO products, too big of meals or inappropriately-sized portions, excess nitrates, fatty foods, carbohydrates, carbonated and sugary beverages, M.S.G. and high sodium products, high fructose and corn syrup, and unnatural sugar substitutes

6. Manage stress level
· Channel positivity
· Ignore negativity
· Clear energy, reset chakras, employ guided meditation

7. Work hard

8. Always give back

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Calling 911!!!!

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As soon as June 1st came, my life has been one huge whirlwind, and it is not about to stop just yet I know. Since the divorce it has constantly been one thing after the other, and I am not talking negative here, it has been chaotic to say the least. I have some speaking engagements now lined up, and that is great! I have an exam I have to take, and pass before I am able to start this new job. I am a little nervous because it is a very challenging exam, and one you can not really study for. So, prayers and positive vibes for me please on June 17th. I appreciate it. Now, this is the upside of the whirlwind, in addition to me moving out and having my own place once again. I am so excited for that!! I plan to fix it up and make it awesome!

The downside to this whirlwind happened in the middle of the day this past Friday. I was picking up groceries for myself and for my ex. husband, since he can not drive right now, and I thought I got everything on his list. I turn the sheet over and he has a whole page of items!! So after arguing and fighting with him as usual, I went back to the store, but as I was a few feet away, I suddenly hit the ground hard on my hands and knees, if I had not, I would have hit my head AGAIN! Krogers has a ramp that needs to finish being repaired, and that is how it happened. Two lovely souls rush over to me and ask if I am okay and they had to help me up since I was in pain and shook up. I am still recovering from the concussion I had in May, not even a month.

So I go into the store with my grace and swallowing my pride, but in sheer pain. I look down and see my palms are scratched and my left big toe is black from stubbing it on that damn ramp. Everyone saw and it was a bit unnerving, but I just kept smiling and being my happy confident usual self, and managed to get all the groceries at three stores and running errands, and not just for myself. The day before I was out having lunch with my mother, getting my hair cut, and having lots of coffee! I sat down to have my lovely healthy dinner, courtesy of #TastefullyPlated, when all of a sudden I became very sleepy, nauseous, and my head was pounding so bad I could not even think. I called my mother and couldn’t get her, and panic came over me, and so I called and talked to the pharmacist where she works, and they told me call 911 now.

I call 911 and the access me and see that I need to be taken to the ER ASAP since I just had a concussion in May. I have never rode in an ambulance and between that and all the motion and bumping around, I was nervous and hurting. I was admitted into the ER and had some neurological tests and they kept me under observation for a few hours. Thank God for miracles, because I had the same awesome doctor that diagnosed me with the concussion. He came talked to me and spent a little time with my mother and I, and I have to say he is a cutie too!!! Okay, back to the diagnosis…It appears with the concussion and now the fall, it has triggered the MS, and he looked over my CT scans, and said I need to have that MRI and see my neurologist soon, and to try to get them to move it up. I also had a really bad migraine and had to have an Imitrex injection. Having the PA, the Dr, and the most incredible nurses and staff I have ever seen at PCH, was a blessing. It was like I was in a whole different place. Apparently no one likes my ex sadly, and it was causing others to be pushed away and really causing pure hell during the last 4 years with everything.

Now this post is not for any other reason, but to let you all know what has been going on, why I haven’t been writing, and maybe I can help another woman to realize the dangers and the heartache of being married to a narcissist, and finally getting out. My ex. is a good man, and he was nice to me, at first. You can bet that I will be more cautious and even more selective, and not in any hurry to marry anyone. I am going to enjoy some me time, meeting people, dating, doing my music and coaching. I knew this was all coming, and my heart and mind already planned for it years ago.

More to come…