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A Link To The Past

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      Ever since I was little, I’ve always been interested in finding out where my family comes from. Find out the countries that they once lived. Find out how they lived their lives.
Genealogy is a hobby of mine and will always be a hobby. And in my research, with friends and family help, I’ve been able to track down the origin of my ancestors. I knew the names of all of my great grandparents and so on, so it made it easier to find them.

    My mom’s side of the family comes from Wales and even here in the states (Native American). My dad’s family comes from Germany, Scotland, Italy and the Middle East. I’m a unique mix and embrace it. With a little help from some friends who are dna analysts and even used some dna testing sites (ancestry and  genograph project), I was able to calculate my ethnicity. Which was hard but worth it. 32.8% Scottish/Welsh, 10.2% German/French, 3.7% Scandinavian, 1.0% Finnish, 5.5% Italian, .7% Iberian, 1.1% Middle Eastern.
I’ve inherited many things from my ancestors. My dark brown copper curls, fair skin (that tans easily), petite body, my big nose, writing abilities and healing abilities come from all of my ancestors.

     I am the type of woman who keeps the link to my ancestors open. I always want to stay connected with my family from the past. They are a part of who I am. And they will be a part of my future, when I have kids one day.
Treasure your family. Treasure your ancestors. Be proud of where you come from.

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Your Healthy Lifestyle

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    I’ve always believed that everyone was built different. I’ve always believed that no two people are the same when it comes to making healthy choices.
Everyone’s body is different. Everyone’s body is going to react differently when eating something, or even working out.

     With that being said, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. You decide what’s a cheat meal.

Everyone’s cheat meal varies. No one has the same one. For example, I indulge in the crispy yet slight greasy fish and chips. But for someone else, it would be different.

2. 80/20 Rule.

The 80/20 rule can be implied to everyone. You eat 80% healthy, and 20% indulge. I’m a pescatarian, a form of vegetarianism, and I love food just as much as the next person. But I know how to do the 80/20 rule. I eat healthy fish tacos, yet indulge in gelato.

3.  Don’t exercise just for your health, do it because you love it.

The French, and other people in Europe love to walk and bike, more than driving a car. They enjoy certain exercises because it’s something they want to do. Because they know what helps them get around. They don’t do it for their health. They do it because they love it. They know that it’s healthy and keeps them active, but they take more pleasure out of it than focusing on getting ripped.

4. Embrace your body type, flaws, and shake what your mama gave you!

No one’s body is perfect. I can guarantee you that almost everyone has stretch marks. Not everyone is skinny. Not everyone is big. Everyone is different. Don’t be afraid to be different.

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Living With An Anxiety Disorder

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      On the outside, I look fairly calm. The serene look on my face is what projects to everyone around me. But only a few people really knows what goes on inside of me.
      On a daily basis, I deal with an anxiety disorder. Dealing with the sudden state of shock that sends my body into overdrive. My left arm and fingers go numb and start to tingle. My head spins, and I feel like I’m going to lose control. My throat feels hard and I’m unable to utter a few sentences without bursting into tears.
     I tend to get this way when I am faced by a death in the family, tests (school or work wise), when being confronted or any confrontation with a authority figure, clowns (terrified of clowns), and sometimes when my allergies are kicked into overdrive then I will have a panic attack.
     Dealing with this on a daily basis, has been rough but overall I am able to cope with it. I’ve learned to deal with my disorder in a healthy way.

1. Meditation
     I have to meditate every day, in order to stay calm.

2.  Taking deep breaths.
    When I am dealing with an attack, I have to start taking deep breaths. It sounds a little like I’m hyperventilating, but it slows down my pulse and I start to feel a little better.

3.  Writing poetry.
      I’ve always been a writer. And when I feel an attack coming on, or even after I’ve had an attack, I grab my poetry journal, a pen, and start writing. It helps calm my mind and my trembles go away.

4. Rubbing my left palm.
    Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always done this. When I’m having an attack, I immediately start rubbing my left palm. It calms me down. It slows down my heart rate. My mind starts to become clear.

   It’s not easy. It’s never going to be easy when you have to live with an anxiety disorder. But you have to learn how to live with it. Learn how to calm yourself when dealing with an attack. And you have to try to not let it run your life.

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A Inked Lady

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      Undateable, undesirable, non-lady like, unattractive, ugly. These are just a few choice words that some people have about women who have tattoos.
I’ve even heard this myself from a few guys and girls.
Do these people know that tattoos have been around since the dawn of the time?
Do they know that these tattoos are to express oneself and also to protect oneself from the evils of the spirit world or other evils?

      I would like to say that I’m a lady with tattoos and love them. I’ve designed all of my tattoos and wouldn’t get rid of them for anyone.

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For example, the tattoo in the picture above is a tattoo that I designed a long time ago. It has a deep meaning to me and refuse to get rid of it for anyone. I’m very lady like. Well, I don’t like to wear high heels or wear dresses, but nevertheless, I am a lady. And I see it perfectly fine for any woman to have a tattoo on her.
To me, I see tattoos for healing and expressing oneself.
If a person has a few choice words about me, or any other woman having tattoos, then they can walk away. It will not have any effect on me. In fact, I will just smile and walk away, far awa from those who criticize my appearance and tattoos.

    If you are a lady and have tattoos, then rock those tattoos!

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The Healing Garden

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     There are many reasons why I named my site, The Healing Garden. I wanted to create a safe space for everyone. I wanted to share my knowledge of the holistic world. To heal those who need help in healing themselves. To tear our destructive society apart and heal it once and for all.

     While I have been on this journey, I have been making progress. In the most humble way possible, I have made a bit of a difference in other people’s lives. I feel happy. I feel accomplished. I’m able to heal others in the way that I’ve always wanted to. And to say that I’m following my dreams to do this, would be an understatement. I feel in a way that this was supposed to be my fate. The hidden path that I didn’t see. The hidden path that my journey is supposed to take.

    This path. My fate. It’s been a long and difficult road. And it will continue to get more difficult down the road. After all, I’m only 23 years old, and I still have a long road ahead of me. It goes for everyone out there. No matter what age you are, you will definitely have a long difficult path to follow. Your fate and purpose are designed for you in mind. Remember that.

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Letting Go of the Norms and Being Yourself

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      In today’s society, everyone is pressured to be someone that they are not. People then conform to a certain way of living. Conform to being “normal”.
What is normal? How is one determined to be normal? What’s the point of fitting in? Should we conform?

      Webster’s dictionary defines normal as, “conforming to social standards.” Conform. That word makes me cringe and want to vomit. Who wants to conform? Who wants to be another cookie cutter person? I certainly don’t. And you shouldn’t either. Don’t try to fit in. Don’t conform to some ridiculous lifestyle that isn’t suited for you. Don’t conform to be someone else. If you do conform, then you are going to lose the real you. When you lose yourself, you end up losing your future. And that’s the worst possible thing that could happen, besides dying.

     As I head into my mid-20’s, I’m still the same person but I have evolved into a more mature person. Apparently too mature for my age. But nevertheless, I’m still me. Watching my favorite shows, reading my favorite books or listening to them in the car on long drives, listening to my indie/soul/acoustic/soundtrack/Brit-pop music. I don’t hang out with many people due to my introversion, but I have close friends. Hard worker but very laid back. I dislike 9  to 5 jobs. Traveling and writing are my jobs.
     I do not let my beliefs slip from my mind. And I expect that from everyone else. Sadly, no one stays true to themselves. They just sit idly by while society conforms them to be another circus monkey.

     Leave society behind. Do not conform. Do not be fooled into thinking that you need to act a certain way and live a certain way in order to fit in. Instead, be yourself. Stand out of the crowd.

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An Herbalist Advice: Capsella Bursa Pastoris

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    Capsella Bursa Pastoris, also known as the Shepherd’s Purse. The gypsies have stated that the Shepherd’s Purse is best used for the stomach and the lungs. It clears out the stomach and lungs by detoxing the organs.
Midwives and also other women use the Shepherd’s purse for when they are having heavy periods.

     When it comes to creating the concoction, you must first cut the top part of the plant after the heart shaped purses have the formed. Once you have cut the heart shaped purses off, you will then create a tincture with alcohol.
A dose is one dropper full, which is 1 ml. You can take up to four drops a day.  But do not exceed that.