Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Little Things... or eyebrows on fleek

The little things really are the big things!

My eyebrows that thinned and thinned, and began to truly disappear after my last big chemo treatment - are actually beginning to return!

I looked at myself in the mirror after showering this morning and thought my eyebrow pencil was clogging my eyebrow pores. I thought, "uh oh, that can't be good for my skin" So I scrubbed them clean again, and the dark haze wouldn't budge.

Do my eyes deceive me? are my brows really filling in and growing back?
I promptly burst into tears.  Tears of joy and hope and promise!

From Simply Gluten Free Magazine 
Jan/Feb 2014

Yes, I know in the scheme of recent things - eyebrows are pretty low in the pecking order. Except, it turns out, they're not.

Seeing fresh dark tiny hairs sprouting thickly on my brow line is like the first peek of crocuses through the snow after the longest, coldest winter of your life.

It is promise
It is hope
It is growth
It is re-birth
It. Is. Life.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Produce of the week - Pineapple
Some days putting one foot in front of the other is like climbing a mountain. And if you are able to keep moving forward, even baby steps - it is enough. 
Some days getting up and doing one good thing for your body, is enough.  And, if you can do that every day (just add one thing good for body, mind, spirit) the benefits will add up. 
But for now - just focus on today.
And focus on that gorgeous pineapple you were inspired to buy.
Because it's fresh and organic. 
And gluten free, and detoxing, and loaded with vitamin C, and manganese, and fiber, and antioxidants, and bromelain, and reduces inflammation. 
It's refreshing, juicy and smells (and tastes) incredible.

But first you face the task of cutting it. It takes time and effort, and is easier if you have a plan. And a big sharp knife!

I researched and created this for Simply Gluten Free Magazine, May/June 2013 and it was a tremendous thing to learn. So I am off to cut my pineapple, and I will take my time. 
Then I will eat some, add some to my lunch salad, and tonight will grill a few slices to add to our grilled chicken.

What will you add today to support you body, mind or spirit?

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