I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE. I just seriously cannot get enough of it. If there is one thing I enjoy doing it is ANYTHING i can to contribute in a positive way in another's life. Helping others triggers a release of oxytocin, which has the effect of boosting your mood and counteracts the effects of cortisol (the disgusting stress hormone). So yeah, helping people is kind of selfish, but I gotta do it.
As fate would have it, I have been able to help *or try to help one person every month in a different way. Last month I started working on an essential oil blend to help with my friend's Bells Palsy. (NOT SAYING ESSENTIAL OILS CURE ANY AILMENTS, because that is up to the FDA to decide and they aren't on board with that.) I always put myself in people's shoes the best I can.
This girl, I have known literally forever, SUPER BEAUTIFUL. I lost connection with her as we often do as we pave our own paths and get busy in the bustle of life. I was at another friends house looking at Christmas cards I think, I looked at her family card and thought, why would she choose this picture? Her eye is squinting. My friend told me, "OMG YOU JERK, didn't you know she has Bell's palsy?" A form of temporary facial paralysis resulting from damage or trauma to the facial nerves. Each facial nerve directs the muscles on one side of the face, including those that control eye blinking and closing, and facial expressions such as smiling and frowning. I wanted to cry. I have only known of one other person who had that and it lasted a week. Hers was lasting what seemed like forever. Few years passed, and the same friend with the Christmas card asked for a special blend of oils. I needed to get a couple more before I could mix it up. I mixed up the first batch but kept doing research. I ordered more oils and keep adding. I'm SO EXCITED to get her the real deal tomorrow. I am hoping for the very best.
Fast forward a month. My husband has a dentist appointment and it's a snow storm. Of course I AM the one who has to call in and cancel for him. Wifey duties. The gal who takes care of coordinating appointments is a friend of mine and is expecting a baby. I proceeded to ask her how the pregnancy is and she is crazy busy. She said she just moved into a new house, she's been busy with work and normal life stuff too. In this specific case I can actually place myself in her shoes. My pregnancy was terrible. I was sick, I worked all the time and I had contractions for months. Immediately I'm thinking, what can I do for you? I'll do anything. She asked if I had any good freezer meals. Freezer meals? I didn't even know what that was. But being the optimist that I am, I said "no, but I'll make you some!" "What kinds of food do you like?" Then the past came rushing back at me. She IS MY LUNCH SPIRIT ANIMAL. I used to work with her and I totally remember wanting to eat her food all the time. So, piece of cake. I got this. As i write this, at MIDNIGHT, I am so damn thankful for the people in my life. I just spent the last 4.5 hours grocery shopping and meal prepping/ cooking for a friend and I am truly the one that is blessed. My family has a week's worth of meals in the freezer too. This freezer meal thing is the way to go. Such an organized way to shop and prep with no waste. I cannot wait for the weeks ahead! I'm going to SLAY my "dinner" and "budget" spots in my planner. Not to mention I won't have to deal with kids climbing on me at dinner time while I'm trying to cook, being stressed out trying to find time to clean AND do fun things with my children after dinner. Precious times, precious lives. One more way to WORK SMART and NOT HARD.
Thanks to my friends.
I was thinking about posting recipes, if anyone is interested let me know!
Cheers and GOODNIGHT