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Chakra Balancing

Chakra Balancing

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Most people I talk to are stressed, overwhelmed, and unhappy with at least one major aspect of their lives. This can be in their jobs, their finances, or their relationships. They are unbalanced. Chakra balancing can help you find that stability in your life. It can help you learn how to add balance and keep your life from feeling as if you are just teetering from one thing to the next.

Prepping for the good life is about finding the harmony in all areas of our lives. You don’t have to believe in chakras to find the benefit in balance.

Chakra Balancing with the 7 Chakras

What are the 7 Chakras?

Chakras are described as energy systems in the body that relate to different aspects of your life, both here on Earth and with the Universe. Focusing on each of these energy systems, and in return focusing on the different areas of your life, will help you bring them all into balance. Physical and mental ailments can occur when we are unbalanced; Chakra balancing will help you figure out which areas of your life are out of wack and which ones you don’t need as much work on.

Lower Chakras

The lower chakras are a part of your Earthly self. These are your baser instincts, your physical needs, your place in the world, your sexuality, and your relationships with others.

These are the lower chakras:

Root Chakra or Muladhara – The root chakra is all about that base and how strong your roots are. The root chakra surrounds your childhood, upbringing, and parental figures. It can help you feel safe and relaxed in life. It is located at the base of your spine.

Sacral Chakra or Svadhisthana – The sacral chakra is located around the lower abdomen, a few inches below the navel. This chakra is the seat of our creativity (which includes creating life!), and our ability to manifest the life we want. Our relationships, and learning not to hold on to things that no longer serve us, are also a part of this important chakra.

Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura – Located between the navel and the solar plexus, just below the rib cage, this chakra is full of sunshine! Love for yourself is big in this chakra. How can you truly love others if you don’t love yourself fits well here.

Upper Chakras

The upper chakras are our spiritual selves. They are related to our intuition, perception of the world around us, our self-expression, and our wisdom.

These are the upper chakras:

Heart Chakra or Anahata – This chakra isn’t really a lower or an upper chakra, it’s the heart, the bridge between our earthly and spiritual selves. The heart chakra resides in the center of our chests. It is the healing center of our body and it is where our physical and our spiritual world connect.

Throat Chakra or Vishudda – This is the first of the upper chakras, connecting your physical voice to your inner self. If you are not being your authentic self then there is a good chance that your throat chakra needs some chakra balancing.

Third Eye Chakra or Ajna – This chakra is also sometimes called the brow chakra due to it’s location at the brow, above your nose and between your eyes. This is where your intuition sits and gives you a connection to something bigger than yourself.

Crown Chakra or Sahasrara – This is the highest chakra, the connection to our higher selves, to the Universe, to God, to Everything. A balanced crown chakra ill can help us live a mindful life, to live in the now, and live a life of peace and love.

Need more help with chakra balancing? Check out my book 7 Weeks, 7 Chakras for a seven week plan to help you find more balance in your life. Want something even simpler? Check out my simple to follow Chakra worksheets.

 


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Are You Scared of Living Your Dream?

Are You Scared of Living Your Dream?

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We are on the precipice of living our dream. It is so close that I can reach out and touch it. Not that close actually, I’d have to drive an hour and a half to touch our new land and our new home.

For years my husband and I talked about our dreams. Land and our own business. Kids. The time to do the things we enjoy as a family. Moving. We got the kids but all of our other dreams were mostly talk until about a year ago. That’s when we really started getting serious about our dreams. We started looking for land to purchase and began making plans.

Last June we found almost five acres next to the town we wanted to move to and it was a good enough deal that we could buy it for cash. So we did.

At the beginning of September, we started talking with someone about building us a home and garage on the property that we could stay in on the weekends and live in for the first year or two after my husband quit his job and we started our new life. We were making plans and had even set a New Life Date.

Then my husband was fired from his job. Everything has changed in the last few months and we are finally getting that life we wanted.

But I am so scared.

Don’t get me wrong. I am very excited. I can’t wait to get a new house with no mortgage. I can’t wait to have my family back under one roof and for my husband to spend more time at home.

I’m still scared.

We are moving back to a town next to my hometown. I’ll be running into old friends and family I haven’t seen in upwards of 21 years. I gained confidence after leaving home, what if those feelings of insecurity come back?

I don’t weigh the same. I don’t even weigh close to the same. Are they going to talk about me?

We will live much closer to both my husband and mine’s families. Our relationships are fine but what happens if they become strained? There are no guarantees. I will no longer live an hour and a half away and my chances of running into them at the grocery store will be high.

What if we start a business and it fails? All this dreaming and it doesn’t succeed.

Our new town is cute and quaint. We’ve heard great things about the schools and the restaurants are great. If nothing else, it’s known for its wineries. But what if I hate it? What if the kids hate it?

Do you do this? Do you put off your dream because of all the questions and worries and fears that come up when you really think about doing it?

My dream is right in front of me and I’m still scared to reach out and grab it! I AM going to grab it though, I’m going to take it and make it my life. I may be scared but I won’t let the fear take over. Can you say the same?

Take each fear or worry and really look at it. Is it even rational? Worrying that people will talk about my weight gain is nothing but 16-year-old me worried about what other people think. It’s my own insecurities coming up and whether I live my dream or not those insecurities are still going to be there.

Fear of family issues is something that could really happen. No matter how good your family relationships are you just never know, but is the percentage high? No, our relationships are good, they’ve been good, and chances are that they will stay good. While anything could happen, this isn’t really a rational fear based on past experiences.

Our new town is cute but what if I really don’t like it? Or the kids don’t? Tyson is already living down there and he likes it so I don’t have to worry about him which saves up my worry for the rest of us. I’m good at categorizing my worry like that. Chances are I will like the town and I won’t think too much about it at the same time. My family is who I spend most of my time with and I don’t spend much time with friends because we are so busy doing things as a family. Now we will be closer to our families and will be doing things with them as well. Our kids make friends pretty easy and, though I think it may be difficult at first, they will adjust well. So could I hate our new town? Yep. But probably not. And we can move to one of the neighboring towns if it’s that bad.

Now. To the business. This is a dream tied to my heart, tied to my pride. What if it fails? Chances are, it will. Most new businesses fail and ours isn’t any more special than anyone else’s. So, what have we done to minimize that failure? We prepped! Our new land in the county is across the street from the town. We have all the benefits of town with none of the rules. We will build a garage with a storefront with the proceeds from the sale of our house. Right up front, we won’t have rent or a loan payment to pay from the profits of our business. Plus, we would be building the garage whether we wanted a business or not. We have created a life where I don’t have to work outside the home so I will be able to work the business without worrying about paying someone else to run it while it is being built up. My parents have run their own business for 40 years so we have support and mentorship when we need it. Tyson will be working while we are building up our business so we won’t have to rely on the income from the business to feed our family.

And you know what? It could still fail. But I know that trying and failing is much better than what we’ve been doing the last two decades – staring at our dreams and not acting on them, living in fear, not living the life we want. I would rather fail and teach our children to go after what they want.

What fears are keeping you back from going after your dreams?

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Are You Scared Of Living Your Dream – Prepped for the Good Life
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Where to Find Moving Boxes – Packing Up to Move

Where to Find Moving Boxes – Packing Up to Move

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When we were young, moving involved whatever boxes we could get from behind a grocery store and whatever would fit into some trash bags. We were more concerned our liquor bottles would break on the way to our next rental than protecting our stuff. In our last move we were flush with cash and I bought moving boxes. I was even able to spring for nice plastic bins to move a great deal of our things that later were used for organizing and storing other items. This time is a little different. We need to save as much money as possible and I don’t want to take a bunch of stuff I have to organize or store. So I’m left with the age old moving question, where do I find moving boxes?

Where to Find Moving Boxes

 

Grocery stores – Grocery stores are no longer the option they once were when looking to find moving boxes, at least here. All of the boxes get bundled together instead of thrown out back like they used to do. This isn’t true in every town so make sure you check if you can grab some at your local grocery.

Gas stations/liquor store – You can find awesome boxes at liquor stores. A lot of their boxes have partitions to keep bottles from breaking and they are made of thick cardboard. This boxes are great for packing up your kitchen or other breakable items.

Recycling bins – We have giant bins set up in a parking lot of our town where you can just go throw your recycling in the appropriate bin. If you hit the right days, you can find a great deal of boxes. I like to go on Sunday night or Monday morning after everyone has spent the weekend going through their Amazon shipping boxes and taking them to the recycling. Going the day before your city picks up the recycling can yield a lot of great boxes.

Shipping and Packaging Stores/Storage Unit Stores – Buying boxes is definitely easier if you can afford it.

Facebook – send a shout out to your friends and on any local groups you are a part of asking if anyone is getting rid of moving boxes.

Craigslist – search on craigslist for people getting rid of or selling boxes or post asking if anyone has any.

Keep the boxes you get – If you know you are going to be moving soon, start keeping every box you get from the Amazon boxes to the box your new hair dryer came in. You may be surprised at how many boxes come into your house each week! And, if you have Prime like we do, there are always boxes!

Keep your old moving boxes – if you move a lot, it may be worth it to keep your old moving boxes. I just found our moving boxes from five years ago in one of our sheds. I’m not saying keep them for five years (more like if you move every year or so) but it was a nice little find!

Amazon – really don’t want to put any effort into finding moving boxes? Order them from Amazon and you’ll have them in two days if you are a Prime Member.

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Are You Prepped for Good Health?

Are You Prepped for Good Health?

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As my husband and I go about prepping for the Good Life we want, we can’t help but look at our health. In my vision of a Good Life I am a healthy weight, full of energy, clear skin, toned, and emotionally and mentally stable. In my current life I am overweight, my skin is dry, I’m not sure where my muscles are hiding out, and I’m stressed to the max. Is this your life? Do you look at yourself and realize that your current physical and mental state aren’t things you want to take into your Good Life? Start prepping for good health now to take into your Good Life later.

Lately I’ve been making small changes to benefit my health. I know myself and if I throw a bunch of changes at my body, it or my mind will balk. To keep the balking at a minimum I’m making slow changes.

The first change I’ve made is to take care of my back. I have been having sciatic problems all summer and my chiropractor has been clear that walking and stretching will take care of it. I hadn’t done those things and my sciatic wasn’t getting better. Imagine that. When the kids went back to school I started walking each morning. I did thirty minutes at first and just this week started doing forty minutes. My back has been much better. Don’t tell my chiropractor he was right.

Food has been an issue for me for years. I had severe autoimmune issues for years and a diagnosis of Celiac disease. To heal I had to pull a great deal of foods out of my diet. It worked and eventually, I was able to add a lot more foods back in, including dairy, that I hadn’t had for years. The problem? I’m not very good at moderation and I’ve spent the last year and 15 pounds eating everything I couldn’t eat for years. My second change is what I put in my body. I am not making drastic changes at this time but I am reducing my dairy intake, drastically reducing my tomato sauce intake, upping my fruit and veggie intake, and eating more meatless meals.

I have battled depression and anxiety my entire life. I have worked on my mental health for several years now. I did therapy for over a year which was life changing and I have worked through my emotions in journaling workbooks, like The Artist’s Way. I take better care of myself than I did just a few months ago. I am more likely to rest when I need to now and more likely to ask my husband for help if things get overwhelming. A big push towards getting to our Good Life has been for the mental and emotional benefits of that life, benefits that we are not able to get in our current life.

Good health has always been important for me but for years I let other things be more important. I will go into our new life with a much healthier me.

What could you do to prep for a healthier you? How do you see yourself in your Good Life?

Write down one thing you could change to better your physical or mental health this month and stick to it. Don’t make it too difficult and don’t try to change too much. Successfully completing small goals will help you complete big ones down the road.

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Where to Build Your House On Your Land

Where to Build Your House On Your Land

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We staked out the footprint of our new house on our property over the weekend. It was fun to dream about living there and the view we will have when we get it built. Before we placed our home we had to think about what many home builders have to think about, where to build your house on your land.

Our property is fronted by railroad tracks and has a Catholic cemetery on one side (I know, it sounds crazy but it’s actually pretty quiet in the back of the property and the cemetery is well-manicured and the neighbors are quiet). It also has an old home that has to be torn down at some point and we will be placing a garage and store front eventually as well. All of these things were big factors in deciding where we would put our house and you will have unique situations that will help you decide where to build your house on your land but there are common factors that everyone needs to look out for

Where to Build Your House on Your Land

 

Decide on a driveway entrance – A driveway that comes straight off the road and runs right in front of your house is boring, it’s also cheap. A driveway that curves to your home will be more pleasant to look at but the upfront cost may not be feasible. Your land may only have one actual entrance and you will have to factor in the cost of a driveway if you decide to build on the other side of your land.

Walk your entire property – Don’t just pull up into it the first fifty feet and plop a house down. Walk the property, preferably during different times of the day, to see what area speaks to you the most. You don’t want to miss an awesome view because you didn’t want to walk in the mud one day.

Call the utility companies – This one is affecting us too. Running electric is not cheap and coming off the back of your property and running line to the front might be a bit of sticker shock if you don’t know beforehand. Think about your future needs as well. You may not have one now but will you put in a separate workshop or guest home down the line?

Have a professional look at your ground and property – They may be able to show you where building on one part of your property will be more cost effective, or less damaging to your home, than another area. The flatness or slope of your property can also help you make a decision in where to place your home.

Think of future buyers – You may not think you will ever move but you never know. Many home owners will want to see the front of the home as they drive up, they won’t want to drive up seeing the back of it.

Look at the sun – Do you want to watch the sun come up as you drink coffee on the front porch or watch it set as you eat dinner on the back porch? Looking at the sunlight that comes onto your property can help you adjust the direction your home faces.

Smell the sewer – Not really, but you should think about not smelling it. Placing a sewer system of any kind down slope from the home will help your sewer system run better.

 

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Things to look for before deciding where to build on your own land. Follow us as we figure it out ourselves. www.preppedforthegoodlife.com
Where to Build on Your Own Land - Prepped for the Good Life
Things to look for before deciding where to build on your own land. Follow us as we figure it out ourselves. www.preppedforthegoodlife.com

 

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