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Windmills of My Mind

-From a single act you draw the entire universe-

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Choose the sunshine

I choose sunshine

Aria-Bella Rises


Sunshine and roses, storms and sad faces… if you have the sunshine inside of you – none of this will matter as it will be easy to find the sunshine and roses in any state.
We need everything, the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, in our life. It’s how we can tell the difference between those states.
You simply cannot have one without the other.
What you can have though, is an unlimited amount of sunshine and roses in your life – so that when the storms and sadness come to visit, we can get out of that state much quicker.
It’s important we feel everything.
Don’t push aside the not so pleasant, just because you don’t want to deal, it will only end up worse for you in the long run.
But that’s not to say you have…

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Interlude in Puerto Vallarta

This blog is too good not to share. I love Charlie’s sense of humor!! I have to say I’ve always been thankful my kids were allergic to horses because I can’t imagine myself on a horse. After reading Charlie’s blog I’m missing out on the adventure. I’ve said it before, if you’re not following Charlie, you should. He’s awesome!!

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Five hundred feet below me the rocks of the Sierra Madre mountains appeared unforgiving, the guide called out, ‘It’s okay the horse knows where it’s going.’ I decided to leave my fate in the hands of a Mexican pony and sat back in the saddle. Eventually we came to a clearing by a stream and there was a picnic.  Many hours later, with buttocks safely back in the bar, I finally realised why cowboys walk the way they do .

Later that evening we found a seat in the bar and I made yet another discovery; cowboys stand at the bar in saloons. This bar had a TV I’m not a fan of TV’s in bars, it was stage right so we sat stage left.  I say sat;  I tried perching on my hip, but this made me look like male model with hemorrhoids; at least here I could see the…

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This may be a hard pill to swallow

This is awesome

Aria-Bella Rises


This may be a hard pill to swallow…
but everything you are or aren’t is up to you! You have the capacity to be any way you choose, change what you want to change, live how you want to live… Question is… what are you going to do with this knowledge?
Yikes! Today the happily ignorant film comes off your eyes and you can finally see.
See the truth that along, it has been you.
You that has the power.
You that can choose how you want to live.
Now I know, you may be shaking your head going no way. I didn’t choose half the stuff that has happened to me.
It’s not about choosing what’s happened to you – it’s about choosing how you are going to let it affect you. How you are going to allow that to change you.

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Menopause 3-13-19

Surviving Menopause 
As you enter your menopause years (usually beginning in the late 40’s or early 50’s), you may not realize at first why the room is getting warm, why you are so short-tempered with your family, or why you wake in the night sweating and can’t get back to sleep. While this can be unnerving at times, you will survive this rite of passage and live to tell the tale. Almost all women experience at least some temporary symptoms while some struggle with problems that can be disruptive to their lives. Often, menopausal symptoms are exacerbated by stress. Here are a few suggestions for helping you cope:
  • Discuss your symptoms with your health care provider, including the option of taking a short course of a low dose of estrogen if necessary.
  • Consider incorporating foods high in phytoestrogens such as flaxseed or flaxseed oil.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply as soon as you feel a hot flash coming on.
  • Try meditating for 15 minutes daily and exercising at least three times a week.
  • Keep the thermostat under 70 degrees during the day and under 65 degrees at night.
  • Avoid hot places, such as saunas and steam rooms, and dress in layers.
  • Drink lots of water and try to avoid alcohol, sugar, and caffeine.
  • Call a friend or see a counselor if the going gets too tough to handle alone.
Menopause is not an illness. It is a natural part of life. Read, do research and have an ongoing dialogue with your health care provider if any of the menopausal symptoms begin to disrupt your life. Making a plan to get through the worst will help preserve your health and relationships. Keep your perspective and sense of humor as you tackle the challenges and know that it will eventually pass.

Barb Silver, WHRC Founder, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Menopause Clinician – San Francisco