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A BIT OF GRACE
6 minutes | 2 months ago
The Value Of Women
Today I want to talk about the value of women. It's been a hot topic, really, with all of the Me Too movement and everything recently. I really want to talk about overall the fact that so many women have never realized their true value and accepted all that they bring to the table. Often we've been taught, by previous generations or in our family, how useless and worthless we are. Or that our values and our thoughts and our opinions mean nothing. I mean, I'm a boomer. I grew up in the days where, my mom stayed at home and did a wonderful job feeding everyone. But really, my father ruled and he had final say and all of that, and that was what I witnessed. So the first thing I wanted to do was get away and find independence. So I did at a far too young an age. But the the thing I experienced throughout my growth in my lifetime has been so many times, like from early days, working in offices where there were lots of secretaries that were women but very few bosses and salaries. Oh, my goodness, don't even start me on that one, earning way less than men. Then as we progressed through, we did try to make some changes as women. The next generation as a boomer, with our own children to try and adjust that relationship a little better. But there were things that I didn't know, I didn't have a clue. I didn't even think about, like I should have kept my own last name. My kids I thought of, it was for my kids. Well, if I have kids in the future, they're going to have these double names and it's going to sound stupid. I won't bother. Yet then in finances, the thing was for the guy to be in control. We started that and wow, that was a quick wide open, what do you call it? Eyeopener with my husband. It was like, no, I've been managing my finances for way longer. I was kind of a natural, it was a natural thing for me with numbers. So, yeah, I took over that one pretty quickly. But the things that we learned and the things, we were trying to be better than, every generation is right? Trying to do better than the previous generation. I'm sure my kids will do better than I ever did. We in those early days were trying to find more freedoms and adjust things. We were trying to have more balanced relationships and get the guys more involved with raising our kids. The only weakness I really saw, one of the big ones, I'm sure there's lots of them you could name, was where the dads tended to want to be the kid's buddies. They didn't want to be so much the dad as they want to play with them and have fun with them in good times. But guess what? Mom has to be the enforcer, the bad cop, the one to say no. The one to, really push home, that the kids have to be responsible and have to behave themselves and not have too much expectation that everything's done for them. I mean, those hilarious moments when our kids totally make us aware of our failings are really valuable, because you have to look at that and take responsibility for it. I know there's tons of places where I was wrong, I did it the wrong way. I used to be a huge perfectionist. That's how I was trained, that whatever I did, I had to do it 100 percent or it had no value. I luckily have broken that one down over the years for myself. But what pieces have we thrown at our kids? What pieces were thrown at us? How many of those pieces have we recognized are valuable, and how many of those pieces are not valuable? The ones to toss out, the BS things that we've believed in the past that aren't true. The more we can accept our own value as women and see the the potential and show others gratitude for their parts. Also be glad for what we have provided, for what we can do. I'm telling you, in a crisis, yeah, I would look to a woman first to see, let's just say some leadership and grit. Because we've had to have grit in so many times in our lives. The ability to stand up on our feet again after we're flattened. The ability to think in a crisis and get out of it, because we've had to so often. I know that on both sides there are some obviously useless women and some obviously wonderful men. But our training, our history definitely has been showing the woman more as the anchor of a family. Well, that anchor carries a lot of weight and sometimes it gets bloody overwhelming and unrecognized and unappreciated. I'm here to say, women, you have value! You have much more value than you realize often. Thanks for listening, bye, bye.If you want to know more about me, visit https://JuliaGrace.ca or https://JuliaGraceHealer.com
3 minutes | 5 months ago
Loving Animals and Caring For Others
Many of you know I grew up with animals, I loved them and they were my friends. We always had a cat and dog but around 8 years of age I was thrilled the moment I rode a friend's pony. I asked my father if we could get a pony and he told me if we did, I would be responsible for the care and feeding of the pony. Of course I agreed, having no clue of what was involved and how much horse poop I would shovel.We started with one pony, then 2, then 2 more and their foals, then a horse for Dad, and a horse for Mom. My sister brought home "cute" baby chicks that she cared for for a few weeks, and then I got to care for as adults in the barn. Not sure how I (youngest of 5 children) became a caretaker for so many animals when all I wanted was a pony! Needless to say my Dad and I shoveled a lot of ...!Then one day Dad arrived with four pregnant cows and plans for beef in the freezer.He didn't appreciate the relationships I developed with the cows. I named and tamed two and could even ride dear old Francis the black Angus. It was rather a comedy to see a human being riding a cow, but it was fun! She didn't mind.Animals create an opportunity to share our hearts and enjoy their companyThey don't have minds full of doubts and fears, they just are. Animals allow us to be ourselves and will give love beyond measure when we respect and honour them.I learned so much about having responsibilities and working hard at a young age. The bonus of all my caretaking hours was being able to enjoy time with horses; riding, practicing and competing in horse shows. My personal favourites were summer trail rides in the country with a picnic and swim with the horses after at the lake. Horses are like big kids splashing around when they get into a lake! You have to hold on because they get slippery when wet and those hooves can hurt. Oh, what a sweet and wonderful adventure I was lucky to experience!I am grateful for my early training in nurturing and learning to care for othersIf you need care and assistance, let's get started! Sessions Info & Shop
4 minutes | 5 months ago
Fall Clean Up and Inner Peace
When you were a child, did you ever get to dive into piles of leaves in Autumn? First of all, the leaves are raked up into a big heaping pile. Then you take a few steps back and run for it. When I was a kid it was a blast, diving through the air, landing in a huge pile of soft, dry leaves. Of course, those leaves got stuck in your hair and clothes, but it was totally worth it! As Adults we don't find it such a blast because we rake leaves to clean up the yard. Sometimes wind slows our efforts, but when we push through and finish, it feels good! Our outdoor mess is cleaned up and our home space looks tidy. Whether outdoors raking leaves or indoors dusting off plant leaves, these are opportunities to clean up our surroundings. How often do we try and avoid that, letting clutter pile up? I am not just talking about physical clutter. What about our emotional clutter and negative thoughts? Collecting piles of doubt, fear and sadness with reluctance to move forward? The most life-changing gift I have received is Life Force energy transmissions. These provide all sorts of benefits while boosting our awareness and Life Force energy. I was able to sift through old emotional traumas, gain more clarity and consciousness. A new perspective gives a chance to sort through and clean out garbage that holds back a cluttered mind. When perception improves, we have more focus and discipline. We take action to get on with the next steps in our life.My pleasure is seeing the endless variety of benefits clients receive through Life Force energy transmissions We all know sorting out clutter at home and getting rid of unwanted stuff feels great! Are you now prepared to deal with your inner clutter, the old stuff that’s stuck in your head? All that garbage information you don't need anymore. Past events that hurt, but only hold you back. If your inner world is cluttered and causing trouble, contact me. Let’s find a solution to get you on track, with calmness, clarity and peace in your life! A Big Bonus Is Better Sleep My goodness, I used to suffer through the night, tossing and turning. Now the depth of my sleep is so divine. No rustling around worried and upset with lack of sleep. It is quiet and peaceful, a much more restorative sleep. Want to feel calm and get a jump-start cleaning up your inner world? Start now! Choose Your Program at JuliaGraceHealer.com or JuliaGrace.ca
5 minutes | 7 months ago
Functional Hands and Green Tomatoes
Have you ever considered how important it is for your hands to function? Or do you just assume they're going to just keep on working exactly as they have? You may be lucky and yours have always worked well, but until recently mine were fine. I learned a lesson a few years back.It started in childhood when I was riding horses English style. In riding school every summer, competing in horse shows and equitation classes and the sort. Where there are strict rules about how your wrists are, where your wrists are. You're holding the reins a certain way between your fingers. Not to mention all of the pulling a horse can do, especially if they get skittish or something like that. There was a lot of pulling over the years with my hands and wrists.The next challenge time? Well, I also did a lot of crafts too, knitting and sewing along the way, and always cooking. The next challenge I know where I really put them through a lot was in college, Crafts and Design. I was doing mainly pottery, which involved at times mixing up one hundred pounds of clay at least. Shoving around big chunks of clay, you had to wedge it to prep it for working with the clay on the on the wheel or wherever.I remember at the end of the day, if I'd been throwing on the wheel. That could be even up to 40 pounds of clay, shoving so hard with my wrists and hands. When I was this slim twenty something woman with hardly any muscles in my arms. I was really forcing my wrists and hands to take the load. This went on for three years. I remember at the end of the day, if I was throwing all day. I'd come home and my hands would be just aching from being in that cold water back and forth, working away.Then let's go forward to more recent years where I suddenly found myself having a really tough time using my hands. It hurt to hold a pen, to hold a mouse, on the computer I was really struggling and cooking. I couldn't even stir or chop or lift a pot. To put my hand, my arm through a sleeve, was painful. Everything was causing this intense sharp pain to go up my arm. Mainly from my wrist and thumb, let's just fill you in on that little detail. Anyway, this was a big problem and it's taken a long time to fully heal.I am so grateful at this point to be regaining that function in my hands and strength in my hands and to be hardly ever in pain, only if I overdo it. It has taught me a lot, that we have to be grateful for what we have.Now in recent times, one of my fun things I wanted to share was that I've been getting back to trying new recipes. Which used to be a favourite thing of mine, to take on that challenge. Sometimes there'd be hits and sometimes there would be misses, trying out new recipes.In the last week we were emptying out the garden of the tomato plants. My husband presented me with this box of little tiny green tomatoes. I thought "Well, I'll see what I can find on the Internet" and I found this recipe for Green Tomato Cake. I'd never heard of it and I thought "All right, let's see what happens with this". I made the cake the other night and it was really good! It turned out to be excellent, really moist, not very sweet. I'll put the link to the recipe in the text below the podcast here for you if you're interested. The only substitutes I did was the nuts. I switched them to sliced almonds and the coconut. I made sure it was unsweetened, because I don't like things too sweet.Anyway, we've been enjoying that and I just wanted to share that a small thing can be very big, like the hands that you take for granted. Don't take them for granted. Be grateful that they work for you. Be grateful for the little things in your life that are going smoothly and operating well. If we can't have gratitude for the little things, how can we expect to see more available to us. How can we be ready to receive more, if we're just assuming and expecting everything to be right there for us? I'm just suggesting you take a look at what's in your life now and be grateful for that.
6 minutes | 7 months ago
Commitment In Our Life
What's your level of commitment in life? Do you jump in when you commit to something and are ready to go, ready to see it through? No doubts, no resistance, just let's get it done or let's meet, let's do this. Or are you a reluctant one? Are you more on the side of caution and you hold back and you say "I'll try and be there. I'll try and get this project done. I'll see if I can find the time for it" by putting off the commitment.When we say the word try, it just takes the power out because it's really setting us up for failure. When we can just stand up and say "Yes, I will get this done. Yes, I'm committed, I'm going to see this through" you feel better and so do the people you're dealing with, because it's an honest answer. It's not an in-between default position, trying to keep yourself safe by not committing. So then if you fail, you never said you were going to be there.Doesn't that feel like a merry go round just going around and around in your head about things like that? Wouldn't it be easier to just push yourself forward and make that commitment? When you follow something through or you're there for your friends or your family, the events that you need to be there for, you feel good. It feels good inside because you committed and you followed it through and you were there! You got to enjoy that event or the satisfaction of completing a project.You took action. Maybe that's what we're getting at here. That commitment is connected with taking action and saying you'll try to do something isn't committing to anything. It's not taking an action. It's a sort of, maybe, push it aside, push it down the road, deal with it later, kind of an action. Which one feels healthier for you? Which one feels lighter and more satisfactory. Is it saying you're going to try? Or is it saying you're going to commit?Is it just being committed to something. Really, you don't have to say it. Most people can just commit. You don't have to say "I'm committed". You can just say "Yes, I will be there. Yes, I will get this project done. Yes, I'm here for you. You can count on me". Which feels better to you and which behaviors are yours?I know in the past I've pulled that lame excuse of "I'll try and be there, I'll check and maybe I can make it" instead of fully coming out and saying, you know what "I'd really rather not attend this or I don't think I can do this". Hear me? There's one "I don't think". Why don't we just say "I can't commit to this. Sorry, I won't be able to make it". Maybe not a sorry, there's another one. "I can't make it to this event, maybe something in the future". If you want to meet with them. Don't say it if you don't want to.There's all sorts of choices, right? We have choices in how we deal with people. When you look back at your own history, that's where it can get really interesting of what you experienced. Were you let down a lot? Did people not commit to, whether it's coming to your events or showing up for you or being reliable in any way in your life?It shouldn't be a matter of measuring and equal and all of that. It really should be what feels right for you. If someone has taken from you again and again and again, again and again and always wants more, and there's no sort of reciprocal relationship, that's not fair. That's not good. That's not healthy. That can build frustration, anger and resentment in people. No one wants to be taken advantage of, but we can improve.We can choose to change. We can choose to commit. We can choose to step up and follow through and be there for our friends, for our co-workers, for our family. In getting to certain events, there's just so many ways that commitment to yourself as well as those you are working with, playing with, being with. It can feel so much smoother for you. That lack of commitment and trying attitude leaves you frustrated because then you're in between. It's not a settled feeling. You're always on the edge of oh, the guilt and all that nonsense because you didn't answer honestly. Your own true spirit knows the truth inside of what you desire.Be honest with yourself and be honest with your friends, your family, your co-workers. Commit or don't commit. The choice is yours, but be truthful about it, for yourself and for others and you'll feel better.
5 minutes | 7 months ago
Build A Strong Relationship
How is your relationship going? Is it easy and smooth or are you having some challenges? I've been hearing about people going through really emotional roller coasters with online dating.All that apprehension beforehand and the challenges of texting or not texting and how often to text and different rules and observations. Then the experiences of having people reject you or you reject them. Boy, I sympathize with you because I'm just an old married lady who had her anniversary last week. It was forty four years for us, but I gotta say, it hasn't all been smooth.It has been a roller coaster at times and there were points where, frankly, I was ready to give up. But I can say that when you do commit and if you're each able to speak freely about your own feelings and your own goals and have independence, you can enjoy a happy relationship.You can allow each other flexibility to grow, and I think it's super important that in a loving relationship, it's feeding you, not draining you. It is bringing you joy and peace, not anxiety and fear and doubting yourself. This is a really important choice. Our choice of partner is an important piece in our puzzle of life. Making that wrong choice or hanging in with that wrong choice when it's just being brutal to us, isn't healthy.If people are not feeling good in a relationship, it's important to talk about it. It's important to give voice to those feelings. Don't stuff it down because it will just grow, and then there's a nice little nest for illness to happen. It's much better to have a conversation to sort things out than to just pile up resentment, swallowing what you want to say and building it up until you blow up like a volcano. Don't do that. Say it now, don't save up all your garbage to dump on someone when you are at your limit. It's much easier to work it through if you each have a chance to talk.Our experience has been up and down and a roller coaster at times. In the end, the best stuff that's happened is the calm conversations and solutions that come from them. That would be my best advice as a person who's hung in there in a relationship for a long time, since I was very young. It is that you try to give it a chance to be looked at from both sides. Don't be too self-centered and stuck on just what you're feeling but look from the other side. Let each other speak of how you feel. Don't shut either of you down. Don't block, don't avoid. Another avoidance people go through in relationships is frankly using other things. Other activities keeping busy, whether it's with a lot of drinking or drugs, or travel or something. Always doing something, so they don't have to deal with their actual feelings and stuff that's been piling up in a relationship. Maybe the COVID times have helped bring some of that to the surface. So people actually talk about what they need to talk about and look at life a little more realistically, because there's so much potential for it to be better. You just have to be open to shifting and listening and changing. Seeing things from a different perspective, you both can grow and you both can enjoy your life together.
7 minutes | 8 months ago
Chompers In The Garden
My adventure today involved wandering outside to check on our tomato plants we've been growing this summer. We've been enjoying having fresh tomatoes again and some cucumbers. I was out having a look and noticed some branches getting a bit black on the edges. I thought “Something's going on” and I went to start trimming off a little bit of a few branches on one plant. I was working away trimming and no big deal, but then I started to notice a few little tomatoes had been chopped in half and eaten, and got a little more suspicious. As I was going along, I was reaching for another branch and touched underneath. It felt weird, it felt different and felt soft and puffy. So I bent down and looked and there was this big giant, creepy hornworm. Well, if you don't know what heartworms are, and you don't like bugs, this might sound a little icky. Anyway, he was this long thing, they chomp away and devour tomato plants really quickly if they go unnoticed. This guy had been chomping away all night, I think, so a few branches were stripped down and bites out of the tomatoes.I ran back in the house and got a little container with some soapy water and some tongs to pull them off with. It's amazing if you've ever dealt with these fat green guys that they really chomp, they really hang on.They just will not let go, like other pests in our lives. I had to pull them off and stick them in the soapy water, and then they were done. I found two of them. I don't know if I'm going to find some more, but hopefully that was it on that plant. But of course, it got me thinking about life in general, and how we can have pests hanging on in our lives. How some of those pests just like to chomp away at us and take little bites, especially the ones that like to just nibble at us and throw in doubts and fears and worries. Chop away at our confidence and just hold us back enough while they devour more and more.It sucks to have a pest chewing on you and hanging on you. Yet even our thoughts can be pests and our thoughts can be learned from those before us. Whether it's our parents or our siblings, our friends. Yuck, so many useless thoughts can hang on and glom on. Doubts about whether we're good enough and doubts about whether we'll have a job and doubts about whether we can work or how long we're going to live or blah, blah, blah. They go on and on and fear, oh my goodness, fear is such a powerful one. Fear is like one big giant green hornworm; I think just chewing us up and spitting us out and moving on to the next branch.A lot of the time, the history behind all of this, can be what was planted when we were kids. Whether it's how we grew up and the roles we played and how our parents treated us, and how they treated other siblings differently, blah, blah, blah, how they were treated.We are all trained into these stupid patterns of worry and doubt and fear and denial. Then, oh, there are some other juicy ones, too, that can take hold, like expectation. We think, depending on how we were treated, we expect things to continue. "This is the way my life was" and if we've had everything provided for us, having that expectation that it should continue. Or having no expectation and not trusting anyone because you didn't have that support when you were young .Do you see how I mean, all these things are like big giant bugs, aren't they? They just kind of glue on to you and just keep chewing away. So that's why the big green hornworms got me thinking about people in our lives that chomp away at us and the importance to recognize that. I think the sooner we recognize the damage that's being done, it's key for our growth to move on and get out of that pattern. If we can recognize whose voices are in our heads.I hear adult people today saying, long after their parents have passed on "Oh, I hear my father or my mother's voice" in their head. They can't believe in their own thoughts. They've got to hang on to their parents’ thoughts. My goodness, how useless is that?It's time we started to be the adults in the room and take responsibility and recognize "All right, this is a stupid thought, let's move on and get to something more productive". There's a point right there. Instead of letting ourselves be devoured, why not step up and recognize that and say "Enough!" to those people who are harmful to us "Stop it, back off!" Let them go from your life. We don't need everyone in our lives, especially those ones that act like parasites, just chewing away at us. There is no need. It's OK for you to say "Enough!" and establish some boundaries for yourself, so that you can grow and flourish like a healthy plant . I know that tomato plant is going to recover. I got two of these big suckers off of there, and if any more are there, I'm going to get them too!You just have to take the time and allow yourself to reflect and recognize. Where your pests are, who they are and the memories and all of that stuff that hangs on. If you need some help with that, let me know . Otherwise, take a good look at yourself. It's OK to take responsibility for all the garbage, the thoughts that you allow to flourish that don't do any good for you.Then recognize your strengths, your abilities, recognize what you bring to the table and what you can put forth. You don't have to listen to those old voices and those old stupid thoughts. You have great thoughts of your own about how you want to live and what you can do best. Go with that.
4 minutes | 8 months ago
Mixed Beans and A Howling Cat
Have you ever been really excited to get something, then let down when it actually turned out to be something else? Yesterday I started preparing a mixed bean salad with a variety of vegetables. After making the salad dressing, I cut up lots of vegetables. It was quiet in the kitchen, a little Zen time as I sliced and diced the fresh produce. Next job was to open a can of bean medley, a fancy name for mixed beans. You've probably heard the expression "open up a can of worms", well I was about to open up a can of beans!It's amazing how our pets can be out cold, sound asleep and yet hear the tiniest noise that might bring them a treat.😺 Instantly after the can opener punctured that can, our cat was suddenly awake and trotted into the kitchen. She started meowing and with each turn of the handle she got louder, and louder! Clearly, she thought bigger and brighter things were about to happen, like a can of tuna being opened. She knows, when tuna sandwiches are being made, she usually gets a taste. Here I was working away with this crazy cat howling, trying to get her way. I kept saying "No, there's nothing here for you" but she kept howling and carrying on. She sat right beside me in the kitchen and refused to leave. It got to be a comedy scene as I continued prepping, despite her obvious displeasure. I looked down to see this cat, so determined not to give up and let go. At one point she was so ticked that she sat with her back to me. I don't know if she was thinking "This is what I want it to be and there is going to be tuna". Well, there wasn't and after about 15 or 20 minutes she finally gave up and went off silently.It really made me think about something. How we humans can get stuck and hung up on something we want so badly. We live with delusion, thinking if we wish and hope long enough, it's just going to happen. We expect it will show up and we're going to get our way, when in reality, we have to take action. We have to create the situation; we have to grab the opportunities and do something about it. We can't just sit there with our back turned and stubbornly think "I'm going to get what I want" while not doing anything about it. Granted, a cat can't open a can, but we humans can do a lot. We can make an effort to do our best and create an outcome. We can strive to improve rather than sitting on our butts saying, "Nothing's going to change, it's always the same, blah, blah, blah". That whole negative thinking, self-pity talk is a trap we can fall into when things don't go as planned. The time has come to own our stuff and take responsibility for our actions and inactions. Avoiding, denying, doubting, procrastinating and worrying are familiar wastes of time. Wishing and hoping for the best won't help us to achieve anything. Take responsibility and actually do something about it. I suggest you take action, enjoy the action and the accomplishment of whatever it is that you complete! Be happy with that and get that feeling going for you. Enjoy the process. Look forward to the process, the challenge. Jump at the opportunities. You will be surprised at how far you can go when you just start to jump, take action and believe in possibilities!
5 minutes | 9 months ago
Handling a Handle
I'm going to share a story about how I handled a handle. It started months ago. We were having trouble with the handle on the back of our car. It's for the liftgate on our hatchback, so it’s a pretty important handle for any job where you need to put something into the back of the car. It had partly broken, was half attached and felt very fragile. Every time I had to pull that handle, I wondered if it would snap off in my hand. After dealing with it a few times, we took the car to the garage to find out what could be done to fix the problem. We were told that it could only be replaced, it couldn't be fixed. A young guy in the service department told me that he could order the part, then have it painted and put on the car. What we would have to do is just have some patience while they got the part. I said "Fine, go ahead" and we waited, and we waited. After a while my husband, David, called and asked what was going on. He was told that they couldn't find a part, so he asked "What about ordering or finding a used part?" because our car isn't new. It is seven years old, an older little hybrid car that we're fond of with low mileage. There's no reason to rush for a new car when this is the only problem. The same man said "Well, I'll look around and see what I can find." Then we never heard him, again. Several more months went on. In the meantime, here we were, struggling with this handle, barely hanging on. Every time I would go to put groceries in the car, I was gently lifting it and thinking "How much longer do we have to put up with this?" Finally, my patience was done and I made a phone call to the dealership, where we bought the car, where they were looking for the part. I talked to the same man and asked him "Why is this taking so long? Can't you find us a used part?" His response was "Well, nowadays they don't sell just the part. Nowadays we'd have to buy the whole door and I'm still looking." He said "Let me have another look and I'll get back to you, I'm going to check on it again." I hung up, feeling a little discouraged and thought, OK, we'll see what he finds. Soon after, I started going into worrying thoughts "Oh, geez, if this thing snaps off, we're going to have this hole on the back of our car. It's a nice little car. It's going to look like crap, it's going to be a pain to open the back, water is going to go in there, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah." My mind was running with it. Then I suddenly stopped myself and realized. Wow! Am I part of the problem Are my thoughts part of the problem? All my old garbage - not trusting in people to follow through or trusting there could be a solution, trying to do things on my own... All these years, old garbage thoughts were sitting in my databank and now feeding this problem? I stopped myself and paused, saying "OK, cancel all that out! I am going to choose to see this part coming in quickly and easily. The solution is coming, it's going to be fine." And I let it go. Well, within an hour, that same man in the service department called back. He left a message to call him because I wasn't available at that moment. When I saw the message, my first thought started to be "Oh, he's got bad news, blah, blah, blah" and I stopped myself again, choosing "No, no, no, don't do that. We're going to have a quick and easy solution." I called him back and he was happy to say to me "I found a part for you, and I can have it painted and ready to go on your car in a couple of days." I was thrilled to hear that the solution had been found and how quickly it appeared! I was so grateful and continue having gratitude whenever I reach for that handle. The new one is a perfect colour match and it works every time! The lesson I learned from this long process of solving a growing problem, is to stop getting in my own way. Our thoughts, our negativity, our assuming the worst, our critical thinking, blah, blah, blah... All that garbage needs to be shoveled out and kicked to the curb, if we really want to see the possibilities for something better. So there you have it. This is how I Handled a Handle. If you need help sorting through your old garbage thoughts, contact me and we can start shoveling together!
4 minutes | 9 months ago
Memories and Mulberries
Have you ever had the opportunity to go berry picking? I don't mean the kind that you'd pick up at the store. I used to do a lot of berry picking when I was young, and it was a favorite activity. It usually also involved a chance to go out for a picnic with my mom and grandfather, Cappy Guy. My mom would prepare the meal and pack it up for the three of us. We would take off in Cappy's little car, which he never did seem to get, to handle how to shift properly. So I remember bouncing around while riding in the back seat, but I loved every second of the trip. After dinner, they would sit and have coffee together and Cappy would light up his pipe. I still like the smell of pipe tobacco when I get a whiff. It always reminds me of Cappy Guy and picnics. Then we would start berry picking. Mom taught me to dress in clothing that would keep me covered up to prevent vicious scratches from the berry bushes. I did get a few scratches each time. It was unavoidable, I was young and those prickly BlackBerry bushes were nasty to reach into. I remember the delight of getting down into the woodsy area where the berries grew. The three of us would quietly be picking berries. Of course, we would be eating a few berries along the way. A lot went in my mouth first. Then when I was full of berries, they started piling up in my little container. No one was talking. We were all quiet, enjoying picking the berries. When a container was full, I would hear them talking to each other. I was rarely the first one with a full bucket since many berries went into my stomach. It was such a calm and peaceful place. Being in nature, safely tucked away in the forest with my mom nearby. Everything was green and lush, and it was a beautiful time of the year. There were birds and breezes I would pause and listen to. It was a joy to be in nature. Do you feel that way when you get out in nature, whether it's in a park or provincial park or in the woods somewhere? It brings us to a calm place, it settles us down, a more grounded, peaceful space. Unfortunately, we don't get to that space often enough. To this day, I am grateful for every opportunity I get to pick fresh berries. My husband laughsat me when I full stop to pick a few wild berries, when I spot them. These days he's getting a chuckle seeing me at the front of our house. We moved here about a year ago and discovered that a special tree is at the front of our house. Just beyond my office window there is a beautiful little mulberry tree. This year it is a very happy tree loaded with nutritious, yummy mulberries. I have been out there daily picking some of our prolific crop of sweet little purple mulberries. I certainly eat more than I keep, that is half the fun of this tree. It is a pleasure having my own mulberry tree for berry picking. Every time I go for more berries I think of my mom, knowing she would be right beside me if she were here today.It is important to remember and enjoy and be grateful for our fond memories as theyarrive. Enjoy those little pleasures in life, even if there isn't a fond memory attached. I suggest that you enjoy your little pleasures. Take a moment to pick those berries. Take a moment to breathe in fresh air. Notice your surroundings and be grateful. We must recognize the lovely little treats in our life that come along. Be grateful for them and for those who taught us how to recognize a good opportunity. I will always be grateful to my mom for teaching me the pleasure of picking berries and tending to a vegetable garden, for watching things grow in nature and being grateful for its gifts.
3 minutes | 9 months ago
Having Awareness And Perception
Being sensitive is not a weakness!Awareness and perception are our early warning system and a good thing to strengthen more and more. It’s not a weakness to be sensitive to the energy around us and notice what we feel.At first it can be unsettling to notice you are not feeling comfortable in a situation. It can happen anywhere, at a public event, a family gathering, at work or at home. Have you ever felt tired at the end a telephone call?We can be affected by the people in our surroundings, we may get stressed out and stirred up in any locationI have always been very sensitive to the people and energy around me so being crammed in a crowd is not my favourite place. The good news is after suffering with low energy, low consciousness people sucking the life out of me most of my life, my leaks are finally sealed!Crowded places used to overwhelm me, one time I remember wanting to leave a show of famous artwork on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The entire event was crowded with people lined up before and all the way though the entire exhibit to the exit. At one point I could sense 3 people draining my energy, it kind of feels like someone has stuck a straw in you and is taking a big long drink of your essence and life force. It’s a creepy feeling I’ve experienced again and again, especially in public places.It is important to note these can be smiley faced people who seem “so nice” just as easily as nasty, negative, selfish people who care only for themselves. They aren’t aware of the negative impact of their taking. It even happens at live “Healing” workshops and seminars, these definitely attract a few “Energy Vampires”, there for a Big Gulp of energy from whoever is leaking.Life Force energy transmissions are exceptional at filling energy leaks and plugging holesThese energy leaks allow toxic people to access and feed off our life force energy, leaving us drained and exhausted. Allow this to happen enough times (I have) and the body can become a great nest where illness can settle.Life Force energy knows exactly what we need. Clients comment on how their awareness has changed and they perceive life events differently. Situations that used to upset and agitate them are now moved through with ease and calmness.Life Force energy transmissions have been the secret to my success in this area. I did not realize how much of my own energy was constantly being drained until it began to stop. Now I am able to walk into any area and simply notice how people feel. Are they content and happy in their life or afraid and anxious about the future? Are they independent or are they sucking up the energy from people around them?Patience is required on the journey to sealing energy leaks and gaining strength, it’s not an instant process. But oh, my goodness the reward can be great to go where you please without being energetically tackled by others.
4 minutes | 9 months ago
Life Lessons In A Vegetable Garden
My Mother was an amazing cook who managed to feed a family of seven very well despite her limited budget. Her large vegetable garden provided heaps of vegetables in summer and delicious pickles all year. As a child I helped prepare, plant and harvest vegetables from that garden every summer.I felt respect for Nature when my hands were in the soft prepared earth, gently placing seeds in the soil. It requires patience to carefully plant at the right depth and space, sometimes one seed at a time. Next the miracle would happen as the sun’s life force energy would awaken these tiny seeds to germinate and grow into plants. I enjoyed the view as our vegetable garden transformed from mounds of brown dirt to delicate green plants sprouting in rows and patches.There are valuable life lessons in growing a vegetable gardenIt takes planning and preparation, first choosing correct varieties of vegetables, important when you live in Canada’s limited growing season. Second is preparing the soil and mixing in fertilizer, in those days my father hauled old cow manure to the garden and mixed it in with a rototiller. The soil wasn’t flawless, like dirt from bags, but it was rich in nutrients and ready to grow an abundance of nourishing food for our family.After planting seeds, we made sure the garden was consistently watered to maintain healthy growth for all the plants. We all benefit from continuous growth throughout life, or we get stagnant and stuck.Next the weeds must be pulled to make room for vegetable plants to receive the most sunlight and nutrition.How many weedy people are present in your life, stealing nutrition and blocking sunlight?As many vegetables grow, they become tightly crammed together and must be thinned out to allow the strongest to thrive. As plants mature they need to be harvested and evenly thinned again for the benefit of any remaining plants. Sometimes we must let certain people go to improve our quality of life.Throughout summer I would run up to the garden and pick vegetables Mom needed, fresh ingredients for our next meal or her latest batch of pickles. My fondness for pickles comes from childhood experiences enjoying many tasty homemade varieties. Her generation learned to “get by” and “make do” with whatever ingredients were available. People loved her spicy sweet “Slab pickles” made from enormous overgrown cucumbers, we’d throw aside today. As a child it was fun carrying armfuls of these fat, faded, giant cucumbers to the kitchen!My Mom was a caring woman who gave so much to her family, friends and endless relatives. My life was rather different as a mother working full-time running our business. She was able to give more of her time to family, home and community. When my children were young I did my best to create similar experiences for them. We had a vegetable garden each summer, so they could experience preparing, planting and harvesting. I felt this was a valuable life lesson for young children to learn about putting in effort and receiving a bounty of harvest along the way.My son loved to pick and eat fresh green beans and tender peas while standing in the garden. It always made me smile, fondly remembering doing the same thing as a child. Freshly picked vegetables contain life force energy, it makes sense that we are drawn to enjoy their colour and fresh taste.
4 minutes | 10 months ago
Hi, my name is Julia Grace McCammon. Have you been going through some challenges in all these changing times in recent months? Me too. It's interesting to see what shows up for for myself and for other folks and how we observe things, and whether we get the clues or messages of how we can move forward. It certainly is a time of flexibility that's really required to get through all the different rules and regulations and steps we must take. Whether it's to go out to buy food or go to a restaurant or to go to work or not go to work to see family, friends, etc.But I do think it's a really big opportunity for each of us to go within, actually, and look at what those feelings are that are bubbling up. Whether it's if you're feeling upset or angry with frustration about various situations or if you're sad and feeling lonely. These are all opportunities, these feelings all need to be expressed and not stuffed down. Or they need to be looked at at least, to go within, within ourselves. It's such an opportunity to look inside and see why. Where is this coming from? What's triggering this feeling in me? Because you can learn so much from your own self rather than busily judging and criticizing others for the way they're behaving. Take a look at yourself. See what you feel, how you feel in any situation, whether it's the lack of of seeing people physically. Well, we're still connected, we're all connected energetically. We don't have to have that physical hug necessarily. I was missing it very much because I'm a touchy feely person. But you know what? These months have taught me that, oh, energetically I can love my kids and clients. You know those feelings are there, but energetically they are there as well. We don't have to hang on to the person to have that feeling, and we don't have to have everything be exactly the way it was months ago. Maybe some of these changes are going to stay with us and we need to accept that.But it's really how you look at it. Do you look at it as? All right, so this is an opportunity to do this differently. How can I move forward with this? Rather than digging our feet in like little spoiled children, having temper tantrums going "NO I want it to stay the same way!". Nah, that's not going to happen, so move on. Really, move on, and stop blaming the situations in the world and blah, blah, blah, and being in a state of fear.Just calm down. Calm down. Live your life. Move forward. You know, we all can be wise. We don't have to be dumb about realities in the world. If we look at it with fresh eyes and see the truth. That's where we're going to feel so much better and find that calmness. That's what I help clients with over the years. What I've seen, so many things in so many situations, I decided to start sharing some of these little bits of grace that show up. So if you'd like to hear more from me, just stay tuned. There'll be more posted. That's about it for now, and I will share my little siftings of truth and realizations on my journey. Thanks bye bye. If you need help clearing your inner clutter, find me at JuliaGrace.ca or JuliaGraceHealer.com
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