25 Nov 2014

ACUPUNCTURE {holistic health}

Finding the ideal healthcare plan can take a long time. I do not think there is a one-size-fits-all healthcare plan. We are all different + we, ourselves, are ever-evolving, so I think our own healthcare will evolve as we age. After years of research + trying out so many things with an open mind + investing a lot of time + money, I have found a pretty solid system for myself. I take the preventative medicine approach; I try to stay out of the [Western] doctors offices by living a holistic lifestyle. This is a daily commitment for me + it is a financial commitment because insurance doesn’t pay for most of these things + it takes a lot of honesty with myself [about my emotional + physical state] on the daily. Currently, my perfect plan consists of a clean diet [mainly vegetarian + gluten free + dairy free] + hot yoga [love the heat!] + supplements + essential oils + acupuncture + chiropractic adjustments + exercise [outside if possible] + massage + colonics + a whole lot of rest + love toward myself. Some of these services I receive feel like therapy sessions with a psychiatrist [like acupuncture + colonics] because the people I work with are so insightful. And I also love supplementing some coaching [with mah gurl, Rebecca] + reiki treatments [with Marilyn + Melissa at Be the Light] when I’m needing that extra support through a situation.
The treatment I experience the most powerful + holistic results with is acupuncture. Like with all of these services I pursue, I think it very much depends on the person working on/with you. A good relationship is imperative, with a clear understanding of the goal(s). Typical things acupuncturists help people with are back pain  + anxiety + digestion + allergies.
Like my naturopath, my acupuncturist believes that our body’s functionality + optimal health depend on both diet + emotional health. Lisa + I have a great relationship, and we are able to read my body very well as a team + work together to move my chi. A few weeks ago she said my yin was low [duh! the year+ of nighttime nursing is gettin’ me good], so she worked on balancing my yin + suggested I add in mulberries + more rest. Lisa helps me with anything that I am working on or dealing with at the time, like my wrist cysts, my shoulder pain from holding Wolfey all day, my mama anxiety, cleansing my colon, a cold… My entire body benefits in ways I don’t even realize by simply making sure chi is moving freely without any blocks. I’ve even noticed my face looking more youthful since I’ve been receiving to acupuncture.
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24 Nov 2014

THE HEAD HUFF {musings}

Every mom does it! It’s free ecstasy for us mamas. My big boi even still gets huffed by mama. His baby smell is now very subtle + mixed in with a lot of rowdy-boy-smells, but I can still find it in there.

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20 Nov 2014

ESSENTIAL OILS {holistic health}

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI’ve been using essential oils on my family for quite some time now + have been so pleasantly surprised by the results I’ve noticed. [I tend to be hesitant to share my holistic ways sometimes, because I have this little voice in my head that says, the second you share your ways, they won’t work anymore + you’ll be in the emergency room with the flu. But I’m putting the superstitious voice aside today + sharing anyway.]
Oils are super powerful when diffused, applied topically, + obviously consumed. I diffuse oils in our home all day long + I rub them on the bottom of our feet, daily. I can’t quite get the boys to consume them, but I’m all about the consumption when needed. I prefer the potency + food grade essential oils, so I order through Young Living. Below are some oils I’ve used to replace typical over the counter drugs [I love that you can order all of these at once with YL’s everyday oils collection.]
ESSENTIAL OILS holistic healthIf you’d like to order some oils, check out YL’s oils + diffusers. You can go on their site, make a regular retail order, and get it shipped to your home. If you use oils often + make a minimum monthly order of $50, you can become a wholesale member + get discounted [wholesale] price, which is what I did since my family uses oils all day long. It’s so easy to sign up with YL, but if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.
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12 Nov 2014

REIKI + HEALING STONES {holistic health}

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI’ve been trying to get reiki treatments regularly. Reiki is a Japanese energetic healing technique. I’ve gotten reiki treatments by quite a few practitioners + in many different parts of the world; with + without stones. I prefer to go to practitioners that use [healing] stones, simply because I believe in the energetic healing vibrations of stones + crystals.
I know this is hippie shit to so many, but energy is something that makes so much sense to me. So I experience powerful healing with this kind of energy work. Continue reading »

6 Nov 2014

COMMUNITY {all we need}

IMG_4239COMMUNITY // on the daily is something I have craved more since having Leo. While I have such an amazing community with a lot of my tribe over the phone/internet, the face to face community is something I’ve wanted more of. I want the daily support for myself + I want the daily support of a diverse group for my boys as they grow + evolve.
Most of my high-vibe-mama-tribe is in Norman, but I’ve continued my search for that feel of community in OKC. With John Rex Charter School falling hugely short of my expectations [with early childhood education], it’s only made sense to go back home where there are other school options + where our family + OG tribe is.
My mom’s best friend owns a montessori in Norman. My little brother went there for two years when we moved back to Oklahoma from Baton Rouge. I was devastated about Lennon [we didn’t have Leo yet] not getting to attend this sweet school when we chose to move up to Oklahoma City. I quickly got over it when we found our amazing early childhood programs in OKC [Erna Krouch at Temple B’nai Israel + The Bilingual Schoolhouse].
We haven’t found a house yet, but I chose to go ahead + put both of the boys in programs in Norman. Lennon is now attending the awesome montessori + it’s a total dream come true! My mom’s sweet friend texts me pictures during the day + Lennon’s getting to run around like a wild maniac should get to do at age 4 + there was a built-in community there [quite a few of our tribe is already there + I already knew all of the teachers].
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5 Nov 2014

DIAMOND FORK HOT SPRINGS {holistic health}

My religion is to be. -Jay Z
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GREER INEZ-5324-2Between two of my shoots, I jotted over to the Diamond Fork Hot Springs with mah girl, Lindsay. Our hike was a long moving meditation. I was in awe of the beautiful Utah fall the entire time. I would look down at my feet + feel this unbelievable amount of safety + support from the Earth with each step. These vivid memories of  me connecting with myself through nature came to me throughout the hike; I’d remember experiences as a 4-year-old, 8-year-old, 16-year-old… nature has been my home my whole life, the place I feel the safest, the place where I come into my authentic self.
IMG_3379Immediately, upon arrival at the hot springs, clothes started coming off. I’ve been trying to reconnect with my flesh in my mama body + I knew these healing springs would facilitate the perfect portal for that connection. We hunted until we located the hottest spots of the springs + laid our bodies on these funnels of burning water until our skin felt numb. It was a transcendental experience that will forever be etched in my bones.
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31 Oct 2014

CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS {natural medicine}

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWith the nervous system running down the spine, I have felt like it’d be a good idea to make sure our spines are strong + aligned . So, I have recently added weekly chiropractic adjustments to our natural medicine cabinet. There are so many health benefits that come with having an aligned spine. Lennon loves the adjustments. Leo doesn’t.
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24 Oct 2014

SIR LENNON {love letters}

imageSIR LENNON // our connection runs deep. I feel like I’ve known you my whole life. I think back on my own childhood + I feel you in those memories. It’s like you were always there.

23 Oct 2014

OKLAHOMA RED DIRT {sacred soil}

imageOKLAHOMA RED DIRT // While I’ve always struggled with accepting the conservative Christian influence [the judgement + sin-talk + weird obsession with talking about others + closed-minded bigotry] that is rampant here in Oklahoma, there will forever be something so comforting about Oklahoma’s sacred red soil.

22 Oct 2014

MAMA CONSCIOUSNESS {the mother love}

10ChoateHouseI definitely reached a sweet spot [in my consciousness] in my late twenties. I mean, of course I did- I had no kids, I was in graduate school studying Buddhism in the middle of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, doing yoga for hours a day for my yoga certifications… It was the perfect recipe to bring me into the loveliest state of peace + perspective on life + a very calm place emotionally + a pretty consistent connection to my consciousness.
Since becoming a mama, I’ve been scrambling for that connection again. I’ve worked really hard, turning to all the things that used to raise my vibration; a clean diet + yoga + feeding my brain with knowledge + no alcohol + meditation + quality time with my tribe… I’ve come face to face with it, but haven’t really felt that sweet spot since becoming a mom. In July, I began meeting with Rebecca weekly + started reading The Conscious Parent. It has felt like a domino effect since July, a lot of hard work + the perfect series of events have brought me to a new place.
What I’ve realized is I’m a different person since I’ve had babies. The mama in me has new dreams + new fears + new pain + a new body I live in + new needs… that I had to make time to learn more about. That’s why I wasn’t connecting to my consciousness again, there was this giant piece of me I didn’t know + I wasn’t connecting with. I can’t say this process has been easy! I’ve had to go back + heal wounds from my childhood + make a huge effort to get to know myself as this new person, a mama. Thanks to Rebecca for holding me accountable, I’ve been taking much better care of myself; living a slower life, spending lots + lots of time outside, communicating my needs more openly + honestly with my man, staying on top of my holistic health [like acupuncture + adjustments at the chiropractor + clean diet + essential oils + existing in the present moment], making sure I eat more often, yoga daily, going on long walks, spending so much more time with my mama-tribe…
I’ve realized I need community more than ever. [This is a HUGE part of us moving back to our hometown.] I’ve been relentlessly indulging in my mama-tribe + have tapped into something new; a mama-consciousness. Something bigger than anything I’ve ever experienced. It feels powerful, yet still so raw + vulnerable. Of course this is major, I have the most badass + inspiring women cheering me on + supporting me [+ my babies] all hours of the day. They’ve played such a huge part in me learning to love myself as a mama. I’ve been pretty hard on myself since having babies. But being critical of myself did nothing but hinder me from being my authentic self. Which was painful. In this new acceptance, I have become such a better mama. So many of those things I did when I was judging myself harshly have simply dissipated in this new place. While I love how this feels [for myself], it’s been so amazing how it’s paved the way for me to be the mother I’ve always wanted to be for my boys. My heart has grown even more for them + my patience feels bottomless most of the time.
I wish for every mama to find her tribe, her village! It would be a revolution for future generations.
I love these words by Hannah at The Hushful, “There is a sisterhood within motherhood + that has become my village… This beautiful stage of life is where many women meet themselves, truly. A child is as new as his mother + both need nourishment, support, + a face or two who understand this new world in a way no other soul does. Motherhood cannot be done alone + was never done in such solitude as it is today. Women had a tribe of sisters to navigate raising children with. Our species was not as isolated as sometimes feel. We were not always so tired- or maybe we were, but our spirits were inspired, livened, + lit by one another. The Village needs a return. Mothers need it, fathers need it, our babies need it, + the Earth needs it.”
3ChoateHouse*beautiful photos by Choatehouse.