We Deserve All of This and More

Have you ever believed in something so much you wanted to stand at the North pole with a magic megaphone and share it with the world?!? Okay good! Me too! Following my recent progress, I was asked by my Young Living circle to write a testimony about my experience using the Young Living Essential Oils […]

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Natural Banana Peel Face Masks

Dating as far back as junior high, I had others jokingly comment on my skin care routine. At that time, a friend lovingly joked that I already had wrinkle creams (actually plain moisturizers) and we weren’t even in high school. I’ve been slathering on sunscreen every morning since I was stuck in the uniformed, plaid school […]

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My Journey Back to Work

Medical leave from work is something many people face, yet rarely discuss. Read on as I open up about my journey back to work through physical degeneration.

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Weddings…with Dysautonomia

For those new to our blog, welcome. For those who have been around, thank you for continuing to give this tiny blog a piece of your time. I believe that life is worth reflecting for the purpose of processing and growth. This post is a little heavier (and longer) than the normal positive posts I […]

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Mr. Calculated

My husband is the other half of Ocotillos and Magnolias. He is calm. He is calculated. I feel safe knowing Kyle’s decisions have been pored over with thought and not carelessly rushed. His presence is so firm, and still soothing. Maybe it is for this reason that my mom encourages us to hold hands during discussions – she knows Kyle infuses me with the same calmness, and awareness of His Holy Presence. This helps me to be still in the moments I need it most.

Now that I’ve romanticized this calculated characteristic, let me describe my personal struggle with it

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Spring Training and Epiphanies

I was raised in a Christian family that has a strong love for America’s pastime. The love of baseball runs deep. My mom, once subjected to double black eyes when getting whacked in the nose playing baseball with her brother and his friends, has passed on this love of the sport. I even played baseball […]

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Dodging Catch 22 with Creativity

Strength training, cardio work, and deep stretching have all been heavily encouraged to help manage symptoms and regain some of my independence. This suggestion has been made for years, both before and after receiving the dysautonomia diagnosis. Regaining some of my independence is a huge goal for me and I am eager to do what […]

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