Rise Above The Muck and Don't Give a F**K

The bud of the lotus flower symbolizes potential, it is pure, bright and absolutely beautiful.

Whereas the lotus flower represents an awakening, spiritual growth and enlightenment.

I'm sure most of you have seen lotus flowers clustered together in a pond......a dark murky still body of water. Yet the beauty of each flower gives the pond a splash of color.

Lotus flower symbolizes potential.....read more over on blog at www.theonyxfeather.com

How can something so beautiful emerge from the water so perfectly clean? It's hard to grasp that concept, isn't it?

But each flower does just that....emerging from the water clean, the lotus flower represents purity of body, speech and mind.

The lotus flower may be thought of as an awakened mind, one that grows naturally toward the light of truth, love and compassion. 

Although the lotus may appear fragile it is far from that, it is flexible and strong securely anchored under the surface of the water.

The ability to rise out of murky nasty water and open up to the sun in pure beauty and strength is why I chose to add the lotus flower to my designs. 

The lotus represents to me that no matter how ugly life gets we can rise above it all strong, focused, loving, and pure.

Seeing the lotus helps keep me in check with just how far above the muck I have come and how strong I am because of it.

Sometimes it takes a little muck for us to not give a f**k and stand tall for what we want and believe in.

Embrace the muck and as you rise above it open your heart and mind to the beauty around you. Close your eyes and empty your mind from the clutter, breathe in the freshness of the air. When you open your eye look around you and see the beauty that surrounds you. Express gratitude. Set your affirmations.

If you're having trouble seeing the beauty that surrounds you it may be a good time to declutter your life.

  • Declutter your home; become a minimalist.
  • Walk away from toxic relationships; even relatives.
  • Clean up your finances; Credit Karma is a good place to help manage your goals.
  • Detox your body; Cleanse, eat organic, drinks lots of water, do yoga, and meditate. 

This will allow you to FREE your mind, LIGHTEN your heart and OPEN your soul to possibilities. You will feel better and think clearer. You will smile more and worry less. You will be more positive and open to possibilities. Like the song goes "Free your mind and the rest will follow.....".

As I mentioned earlier the lotus helps to remind me that I have rose above my struggles (murky waters) and I'm a stronger person because of it. Wearing my lotus bracelet is a reminder of my strength and of the possibilities awaiting me. Get your lotus bracelet here

xoxo Tisa

 

The Madness Behind My Pursuit To Rid Toxic Junk From My Life

The madness behind my pursuit to rid toxic junk from my life and why you should join me. Read all about over at www.theonyxfeather.com

I’m so excited to share with you my love affair with essential oils. I say affair because, let me tell you, these amazing oils are part of my everyday everything. No kidding!

My Oil Journey

May 2014. At first, I just went with the flow and used the oils primarily for diffusing so that my house would smell so refreshing and boy did it smell good. One weekend I had time to piddle around with the oils so I pull out some bowls and spoons rounded up a spray bottle, dug in the drawer for some roller bottles I previously bought for who knows what and got busy making a bug spray, a roll on for pains, and a roll on for cuts. 

So now I’m armed and not so dangerous with my small teeny collection of oil remedies. The next weekend I packed up my new BF (my diffuser) and grabbed my oils and bikini and headed to the lake to meet up with my for reals BFF.

This IS What Happen When I Got To The Lake

I start unpacking my super cool oil collection and my BF is watching me with the ever so curious eyes as I fill the diffuser and start it up, unpack my bug spray, and lay out my oils. I proceed to start spraying everyone with my super cool and wonderful smelling bug spray and we head out to the deck. The entire time we are out there not one single bug came near us. How cool is that. And no chemicals…..even cooler.

My Love Affair With Oils Started And I'm Not One Bit Mad About It

I couldn’t wait to make other oil recipes. And that’s exactly what I did. I now make my own face wash, face serum, face lotion, body lotion, household cleaner, fabric softener, hand soap, bug spray, lotion for poison ivy, sleepy time lotion and many other remedies. My next recipes I made was a Sea Salt spray for my hair and sunscreen. This new way of living is pretty dang exciting. I now know every single ingredient in my stuff.....all of my stuff. Stuff that I'm applying to my skin, the largest cell surface on our body that absorbs all the things and sends it straight into our system.

Basically, since May 2014 I have not taken a single Ibuprofen or Advil, used OTC deodorant, toothpaste, face products, sunscreen, allergy meds, or household cleaning products. I am so happy that I have been able to reduce the amount of chemicals that I put in/on my body and in the air. How awesome is this. Naturally made by the earth and offers so much more to our beautiful lives than any bottle of pepto bismol will ever offer.

No More Candles In My House

Did I mention I no longer use candles or other types of smell goods for the house…..just my diffuser. I also have not called in to work sick like many of my co-workers. When I feel something going on (like I might be getting sick) I go to my oils and BAM they do their magic. Not even joking. I DO NOT have a primary care physician.

So where do I get my oils? Not at the grocery store. Not at the health food store. Nope. I get my Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils from Young Living. YL oils are pure no synthetic additives added. YL harvests all of their oils and they do this all over the world. Really a fascinating company.

How To Start Your Oil Journey

I started my oil journey out with a essential oil starter kit. The kit includes a diffuser (which I run every single day) and a variety of oils to begin with.

If you have any questions about oils feel free to contact me. I would love to help you get started on a healthier journey.

I could go on for hours if not days about these lovely little oils and all the people I have helped by introducing them to the oils but you probably want to get started on your own oil journey so that you can also share with your loved ones.


If you're ready to join me on the oil journey you can sign up here. I can walk you through sign up or we can meet up if you're in the Tulsa area. Let me know how I can help.

I almost forgot.....this bracelet is an essential oil diffuser bracelet. Add two drops of your favorite oil to palm of hands and roll bracelet in between your hands and now you have an oil diffuser to wear. How awesome is that. 

Seriously though, these oils have changed my life in so many ways. I haven't felt healthier than I do right now. I love that I can simply refer to my essential oil guide book and learn ways to take care of ailments without resorting to using toxic drugs.


Hey babe you can click here to get started.

Checkout the essential oil diffuser collection.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Green Line Jasper and White Quartz stones are known to aid in reducing toxicity and inflammation, to balance the body, and to reduce symptoms of migraine headaches.....which are all symptoms of Lyme Disease. Head over to the blog to learn more www.theonyxfeather.com

Hey all.......

It's winter here in the midwest. Meaning we have some pretty cold ass days then you wake up to days that reach highs in the 70's. Go figure. 

One thing I do love is taking long walks on crisp cool days. And I'm not talking about walking around the block. Who wants to look at house after house after house? Not me! Nope I head to the wilderness because that's where all the badass walks/hikes should take place. Right?

We have a beautiful urban wilderness about 10 miles from where I live. The area runs along the river....well more like the sandy river bed with some pools of water here and there. But anyways, it's still a beautiful spot for a nice hike. Fantastic inclines, huge rocks, streams, trees....lots of trees and a couple of abandoned rail cars. Which are creepy but cool at the same time.

If you're like me you head out with your water bottle and walking shoes and hit the trails with not a care in the world. This is a time to unwind and get some outdoor activity under your feet.

Ticks have never been a concern for me. I'm more freaked out about coming face to face with a snake that ticks are low on my things to be concerned for list.

But.

Seriously.

Ticks should be on our "things to be concerned for list." 

One tick.

Can change.

Your life.

I have a couple of friends who know this all too well. 

One lives on the east coast.

One lives on the west coast.

But both have daughters who suffer the life changing symptoms these nasty little ticks gave them.

I met Nicki and Carrie on Insta. So basically, I met them on the internet or more accurately through social media. Online friendships are the best.

Their bravery and fierce fight against this little nasty tick inspired me to 1) reach out to these badass brave women 2) read up on Lyme Disease 3) want to help them spread awareness.

Any one of us can be affected by this disease. These little ticks are not picky about who they land on and feed off of.

 A rash shaped like a bulls's-eye is considered characteristic of Lyme Disease. However, some may not have a rash or their rash looks different than this one.

A rash shaped like a bulls's-eye is considered characteristic of Lyme Disease. However, some may not have a rash or their rash looks different than this one.

If you've seen some of the places NIcki hikes you'd be so jealous. In fact, I'm so jealous I've sorta invited myself to come hike with her some time....and that's not creepy at all. Right?

What brought the Las Tres Amigas together was a design of mine made with the beautiful white quartz and green line jasper.

Green Line Jasper is said to reduce toxicity and inflammation which is beneficial to those who have Lyme Disease.

Quartz is known to bring the body into balance and has been used to aid in reducing symptoms from migraine headaches which is also beneficial to those who have Lyme Disease.

Carrie's hashtag #ticksaredicks is perfect in describing how one feels about these nasty ticks.

Here's a list of signs and symptoms to look for if you think you may have been affected by one of these nasty ticks.

 lymedisease.org

lymedisease.org

WARNING!!! FYI!!!!..........................now that I have your attention.

Ticks especially deer ticks are active as long as temperatures are above freezing. Also, these nasty guys are not killed by freezing temps. Be aware all year long. Head over to projectlyme.org for prevention tips. Keep taking those walks/hikes. Enjoy nature. 

Stay tuned for more information about Lyme Disease and a project that myself, Nicki, and Carrie are working on to promote Lyme Disease Awareness.

Want to share your Lyme Disease journey. Please send your story to hey@theonyxfeather.com to be included in the #ticksaredicks blog series.

 

xoxo