Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Jamie's prompt this week on Wishcrafting Wed - "what do you wish for your health & wellness?"

Quite timely, at the beginning of a new year - double, as this week we left Rabbit & entered the Year of the Water Dragon!

My first thoughts are more movement, healthy food, clearer home & serenity!
Yesterday I picked up my first Veggie share from my CSA. I've eaten mostly local OG veggies & fruit, & try to keep the rest of my food as close to home as possible, for most of my adult life - 40 years!

Our little family (daughter, her family & myself) have eaten Gluten Free for 2 1/2 years, & added mostly dairy free last fall. I experience more energy, healthy weight (weigh about 5# more than I did in my 201-40s), clearer sight, .... it's been great! & contrary to some folks experience, I see 'glue-y' items & am just happy they're not on MY plate!!

Movement - as a kid, I HATED PE - mostly ball sports with guys or 'jock' women teachers. Blagh!! Then in my late 20s, we went to see my oldest niece in Nutcracker - wow!! The next week I began taking classes (from a world class, Russian method teacher, whose 26 year old daughter is now the principle teacher) .... Here's my son Josh as 'Mother Ginger,' from the 2011 Nutcracker, with one of the principle dancers peeking out from under the skirt (my 6 year old grandson LOVES Nora!) Miss Emma insisted Josh keep his beard, tho the red hair isn't his :)

A few years later, I began taking (& later teaching) Tai Chi & Qigong, along with becoming a Massage Therapist.
The last few years I've taken occasional classes, along with my more regular ballroom & square dance, & have been going weekly this winter - so I plan to continue that. AND next week, am teaching my own Chi Based movement class - 'Dragon Dance,' at a local workshop centre. Stay tuned :)

I'm still at work clearing & cleaning my home! Was actually challenging on Monday (1st day of the Chinese New Year) NOT to sweep or clean much (just put the dishes in the sink, & swabbed a counter! - here's a sweet link for activites of each day)
I'm making headway, & it gets easier. Yesterday I cleared off the little shelves beside the kitchen sink (the house I grew up in had these, & my mom always kept ivy on one) .... & put up teapots & various blue & white cups & containers.
Now I need to deal with the stuff that was there!

My daughter said she feels this year of the Dragon is the year I'll 'get your little Breitenbush house back!' when I live with less 'stuff' around me, it's much easier to keep it neat! I have 6 or so bags in my car to take to Good Will, & a few bags for garage sales ....

What do YOU wish for health & well being in this year of the Water Dragon?


Cindi said...

I love this post, and the pictures, (and am very glad you explained the pic of Josh! Love the picture of your kitchen window and the stained glass!
As you wish for yourself, so I also wish for you!

April Cole said...

Such an uplifting and progressive post, wonderful wishing!
As you wish for yourself, I wish for you as well.
I wish... for the water dragon to take my pain away, toss it to the sea!! :]
Take care.

KimNixon said...

I enjoyed your post. I too am gluten free.

As you wish for yourself so I too wish for you!

Lindsay Drya Vanhove said...

Gluten free! Oh I'm so glad I have found this blog through Wishcasting because I wish to learn more about this kind of stuff. Besides that...
As you wish for yourself, I wish for you as well. :)

Sherri said...

You are doing wonderful things already! As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also.

Joy said...

What a beautiful reflection...releasing layers in all realms--thank you:) As you wish for your self, so I too wish for you as well:)

Jill said...

As you wish for yourself, I wish for you also.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your post very much.
As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also.

Heather @Gluten-Free Cat said...

Fun to learn more about you through this post! Happy reclaiming and uncluttering. It's such an ordeal, but the payoff is worth it!!