Monthly Archives: September 2012

Changing with the season

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Fall is full of change. From the colors of the trees to the weather, many people’s lives are changing too. Perhaps you have children starting school, or are starting something new yourself. If not, the simple change of the season is enough to make some feel like a fresh start. The fall is almost like another start at the year. It’s a great time to revisit those New Year’s Resolutions and see your progress or find inspiration to start in on them again.

This fall, I am excited for the changes. I love soup, and wearing sweaters! This will be my first year knowing about some Traditional Chinese soups and how some of them help heal. I had never eaten anything other than the normal American Chicken Noodle or squash soups before. While I don’t wish to be sick any time soon, I feel equipped to know what I might need from Hen Sen Herbs and how to take care of my family. With two young kids in school, I expect to battle colds and the flu.

With all these changes often comes longer working days. I know we’ll be busier than we have this summer with school schedules, extra classes and work. It is so easy to become over scheduled. That’s one thing from the summer that is helpful to not forget: take time to relax and just be quiet. While the long sunny days are coming to a close, how can you take some time to be in nature or relax?

One thing Juli recommended once was to sit and drink tea alone early in the morning before the family woke up. At first, I thought she was crazy, because I didn’t want to get up any earlier than I needed. Then, I tried it, and got up just 15 minutes earlier than anyone else. Those 15 minutes flew by quickly! But, I felt better prepared for the day, because I had some time to sit and think before jumping into a busy schedule. And, when I’m not up too late the night before, I savor my alone time in the morning. If you’re not a morning person, then perhaps a few minutes alone before going to bed could give you the same sense of calm. I know others who take a walk during their lunch break from work. These quiet times are perfect for reflecting on your goals, the progress you’ve made or the changes you still need to make.

Some athletes practice a form of quiet reflection called “visualization” where they sit and imagine themselves wining. Others practice meditation to center the mind, and there even manifesting your future, which is like a combination of both methods (where you visualize achieving your goals). Whatever you want to call it, the first step to achieving any task or goal is to think about it and take one step toward it. Find something that works for you and your lifestyle. Remember to take care of yourself and enjoy the new season.


Holli Margell

Fall is here: take time to have fun!

Fall is a great time to explore nature - photo by

September 5 is the official beginning of Autumn. Kids are back at school, the weather is colder, color changes in the leaves, another season has gone ended.

Take a moment to appreciate the changes, and how fast the kids grow Look back to those goals that we set in the beginning of the year. If by chance we haven’t quite started or have completed those goals, restart them.

Have you had any fun lately? My goal for you is to take at least 10 minutes or 30 minutes a day to just have fun. I have a saying: Other than work I have life and other than life I have work.

You either let life eat you up, or you take that time to experience something new. Since my husband is writing about our trip to the Private Island, which was amazing, I am only allowed to tell you a little of the story. So before the trip, I told every body, I mean everybody, about going to an Pirate Island. You see, I can’t pronounce Private, so all my kids thought we will going to an Pirate Island. Everyone was excited for me. We didn’t find golden treasure, but did find Sand Dollars. Since we returned from the overnight trip, I got so excited to tell everyone about my adventure! I was full of happy memories. Try something new, make an adventure and make it a goal to have fun.