Wellness Classes – Madeleine Fuqua Garden

Free Wellness Classes at Madeleine Fuqua Garden

I am excited today I registered for Spring Classes at the Madeleine Fuqua Garden.  The Wellness classes are free and held on Saturday and Sunday’s, March 18 thru April 30.  You can register by calling Jack Benny Center for Arts 847-360-4740.

Check them out on Facebook at GreenTown Waukegan.

Wellness Classes

 

I found out about this from Anton Mathews on his FaceBook page VoteMathews2017.  Anton has been a great source for information on whats going on in Waukegan, IL.  Thanks Anton.

I am going to take notes and pictures so I will keep everyone posted. 

Wellness Class Schedule

drshelution: I AM Statement

I know who I am, Do you know who you are?

The words are synonymous with God. You are who you say that you are. I encouraged my weight loss group to create their I am statement and repeat it every morning.  Words are so powerful, and so often we use negative words each day to describe ourself.  When the words are not spoken our thoughts become our enemy. 

Repeat after me. I am Great,  I am Valuable, I am Happy,  I am Amazing.  Sheila wrote a post last year “You are amazing”  check it out.

 

I Am

 

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Practice your I am statement each morning in the mirror. Click To Tweet

 

Watch this great video by the late Wayne Dyer:

I used a I am creator and made this I am statement several years back.  I keep it to remind myself who I am and where I was at that point in my life. 

I am Dedicated and Determined

I wonder about life mysteries

I hear the voice of your heart

I see answers to problems

 

I want life to matter

I see the world thru God’s eyes

I am your friend

 

I Pretend I am not afraid

I feel the weight of the world

I touch sensitive areas that need healing

I worry my words may be misunderstood

I cry when I am not heard

I am the voice of reason

 

I understand life is short

I say eat the meat and leave the bone

I dream of endless possibilities

If nothing changes, then nothing changes

 

I am who I am

Because of what I believe…

Roxanne Wilkening 

Food Journal

Check Box – Food Journal

Are you overwhelmed with doing a food journal?  Start out slow and do this simple check box journal.  You will be surprised how this simple technique will give you insight on your eating habits.

Checkbox Food Journal

It is not the traditional write down everything you eat journal, but a check box journal. Example, if you eat breakfast, check the circle, the same for lunch, and the other items on the journal below.   The goal is to end your day with all your circles checked.

Do it for a week, and next week we will look cover your success and/or opportunities with your food journal.

I recommend that either you download this template or get a ring index notecards and copy the info. Click here for the a downloadable food journal.

 

 

3 Reasons to switch to a safety razor

3 Reasons to switch to a safety razor

Now that summer is quickly approaching it’s time to think about showing those legs again.  On my journey to eliminating plastic, a safety razor was top on my list.   I grew up using a safety razor, so I am familiar with them.   Here are 3 reason that makes a safety razor a viable option for me.

Safety Razor

  • Environmentally Safe
  • Saves Money
  • Eliminate Skin Irritation

Environmentally Safe

My primary reasons for switching to a safety razor is to eliminate plastic. Disposable razors may be convenient, but the plastic is bad for the environment.  A safety razor is stainless steel with a stainless steel blade. Environmentally, a safety razor is buy once and last a lifetime. The cost for a replacement blade is minimum, about 9 cents and they are also safe for the environment.

Saves Money

These days you can get disposable razors at the dollar store.  Cost may not be a factor unless you have a house full of women, which was me growing up with two sisters and my mom.

If you use a razor with a replacement blade, it can get expensive. Eliminating this cost is where you will see a real savings.  Depending on your usage, you can expect to save as much as $200 per year.

Like all products,  a safety razor price can range from $10 to $50.  I purchased Van Der Hagen Safety Razor .  Why wait order yours today.  Click the Safety Razor below and have it delivery to your home today.

A  safety razor  is great for sensitive skin.  Safety razors make cleaner cuts and are less likely to cause ingrown hair.  Shaving with a safety razor means only a single blade comes in contact with the skin, compared to 3 or 4 with a disposable.  A single blade decreases the chance of skin irritation.  

I have also found that hair removal creams can be the cause of skin irritation, which I also avoid using.  If it is strong enough to remove hair, can it really be healthy for your skin? Just saying!

Why the switch?

Switching to a safety razor is environmentally safe, saves money and helps eliminate skin irritation.   The safety razor is an inexpensive solution for a greener and healthier world for the next generation, so why not give it a try. Don’t forget to order your razor today.  Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

If you are looking for a simple solutions that will help transform your life, follow us on Facebook and join our group “Embrace Change Today” also on Facebook. We would also like to hear from you if you have discovered a simple solution or embraced a change.

Thanks

Roxanne Wilkening MS Ed.

Transformation Tip 94 – #livelifefully

#livelifefully

No one can truly predict the moment we inhale our first breath or when we will exhale our last breath. The whole concept of life and living fills us with awe and wonder. It is something to be treasured and lived to our fullest potential.

Live Life

In the last few months my family has experienced sudden and unexpected loss of life. It seems our hearts have barely had time to recover between the sorrow that has persistently knocked on our doors. During this time we also have family members that are dealing with terminal and life changing illness. I find myself feeling anxious every time I log onto facebook, receive a text or answer my phone. You see those that have exited our world has not been limited to the very old and sick. Those would have brought intense sorrow but also some degree of understanding. Rather for us it has been our young and vibrant future family and world leaders that left us with no warning and no chance to prepare.

Their departure reminds me of the encouragement my cousin, Ms Vic, said to me as she was preparing to transition from this life; live, nothing else is important, live, don’t worry about credit, money and the cares of life just live life to the fullest. Since her departure I have made a decision to live consciously and on purpose moment by moment. I have set aside any need to judge, condemn or live up to some ideology of what should or should not be. I have determined to make an effort to be present when dealing with those that I love and serve. Yes, I meant to say serve because in my heart and mind I serve each and everyone with whom I connect. Living to me is seeing, being and fully giving of myself selflessly. It is daily encouraging, motivating and igniting faith in others. It’s absorbing, finding and sharing information that enables one to live, love and be better. It is understanding we are all a work in progress. It is knowing that none of us gets to choose when our work is over. It is not knowing what age, what way or when we will take our last breath. It is being comforted that our memories will live on in the life of others. It is knowing that our legacy lies not in what we have done but in whom we have been each and every day in the life of others. Living means we are blessed w

Some lights shine for a fleeting moment, others longer and others brighter; but all leave an impact. So today I want to set aside my sorrow and personal need to grieve. I want to reach into my heart and ponder on the gratitude of having known or been exposed to these wonderful beings. So, although, each of you have made your exit your light and life lives on in me and I will diligently carry the torch of living life fully until time for my exit. Each day I am alive is a day I get a “do over.” I get the chance to #livelifefully! So today I am filled with joy and happiness, and my light just got brighter because of you.

If you have been touched by a recent loss of life please share how you plan to carry on and live life fully at drshelution.com

Much Love and Many Blessings…Namaste!!!

Ms Sheila
Namaste-the God in me salutes the God in you!!!

Options

Options

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Sir Winston Churchill

OptionsOptions. I am blessed to have options in my life. The world I live in is filled with options. Why is this important ? Well, according to a google search definition “an option is a thing that is or may be chosen. It is a choice, an alternative or a recourse.” This idea of “options” gives me a sense of peace and reduces stress. Even on my job we have been encouraged to give people options allowing them the opportunity of choice. This led me to share how options have impacted me personally.

A little more than a year ago I felt so indecisive about my job, what I would do when my daughter graduated, whether I wanted to live in the midwest, etc. It felt as if I had so many questions yet so few answers. It appeared as if I was stuck with very few choices. Doubt and fear were hiding my dreams.

During this time my mother went through a critical health crisis and survived. Needless to say this was a definite reality check. All of a sudden I had to reevaluate what was truly important. Then I was given the opportunity and made the choice to change jobs. This new job was a great fit for me it aligned more closely to my values, ideas about servicing people and allowed my gifts to be brought to the surface and shared. That decision alone has opened my eyes to this idea of options. It may be that you are in a season where you need to work to help meet the needs of your family or for your personal benefit but where you work and what you do is a choice. There may be options available if you open your mind and heart to them. I believe when we align ourselves with the flow of all that is good then good will come our way.

The midwestern winters also made me contemplate where I wanted to live and if a move was imminent when my daughter graduates. Should I create a retirement home on my parents property in Indiana allowing me the opportunity to be with them and travel, should I return to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to my son and give my daughter a chance to return to her birth state or should I stay in Illinois. I found myself struggling to make decisions and I felt as if I needed immediate direction and answers. Then I came to myself; through the help of my “truth teller” Roxanne and my dad. The reality was I have options; I do not have to live in a sea of indecision, I can pursue my options day by day knowing that the right path will unfold itself in time.

Today, I am very happy for where I am in my life. I am embracing my mid fifties authentically and in the present moment. I have made the choice to embrace this mantra shared with me by my mom; I will “cheat on my doubts, break-up with my fears and marry my dreams” day by day one step at a time. As such I feel very sure and confident the options available to me in this next chapter of my life will allow me the opportunity to live my life for my highest good or better.

Carpe Diem, seize the day and recognize the options in your life. More encouragement at drshelution.com.

Much love, Many Blessings…Namaste!!! Sheila

Benefits of a Truth Teller in your life.

Truth Tellers; someone that tells you the truth.

Truth TellerI can remember reading The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen. There are many variations of this story told throughout many cultures. It serves as a reminder that we all need people in our lives that are willing and able to tell us the truth. The majority of those around us will tell us what we want to hear. They will refuse to voice truth and echo what is thought to be the acceptable belief. Their fear will open the door for misguided information. If you are the recipient of their fear to speak truth you may find yourself symbolically naked, vulnerable and exposed in a very public way. The same ones who heralded you will proclaim loudly your faults and failure.

Pastor Kevin Gerald in Seattle, WA preached a message about respecting the roles people play and the gifts they bring to your life. We are often guilty of trying to make someone something that they are not; or making the relationship something it was never meant to be. That message helped me to appreciate every person in my life and to identify what their role was to me and my role to them. I must say it saves a lot of heartache when you can answer these questions.

  • What role is this person playing in my life?
  • Am I ready to receive the gifts that they bring?
  • Can I respect that this person and their gift may only be there for a season?
  • Is it possible for people to play different roles at different times?

This brings me back to the person I will name Truth Teller. They will speak truth; lovingly, firmly with conviction and without manipulation.

  • Truth has to be spoken boldly and without fear of retribution.
  • Truth is not personal or emotional .
  • Truth stands on its own it does not need an accomplice.
  • Truth is pure and innocent.
  • Truth will cause you to stand tall and walk sure.
  • Truth will heal, deliver and set you free.

Having a “Truth Teller” in your life is rare and priceless. I have been blessed to have had multiple “Truth Tellers” at different times throughout my life. One such “Truth Teller” has been my sister Roxanne. She has played various roles in my life and has always held a high standard for truth. Yet her confidence and ability to speak truth to me has been developed and nurtured over time. There have been others too numerous to name yet their voices guide me to this day. I also have “Truth Tellers” that have crossed over to the other side; however, their words ring as true today as when they were spoken during their lifetime. This is another reminder that truth is not taken to the grave; it lives on, in the hearts and minds of those it touches.

Recognize the “Truth Tellers” in your life. Embrace them in your family, in your friends and on your job. Do not allow your ego to swell with agreement or false praise. Embrace truth this will help you on your road to transformation.

They say that “what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger” well, I have learned the value of truth, how to be truth for others and receive truth for myself. Life is a balancing act:although; we may want to look at it through rose colored glasses, sometimes we have to accept that the glasses are dirty and need to be cleaned or that rose is not necessarily the best tint of the day.

Are you a “Truth Teller”? Can you embrace a “Truth Teller”? Create an environment where truth can be freely spoken and received. When sharing truth be genuine and unpretentious. When presented with truth respond with grace and humility. In either case walk with dignity and honor embracing its light.

Much Love, Many Blessings…Namaste!!!
Ms. Sheila

Keystone Habits

Keystone Habits: One Thing…FOCUS…on “one thing.”

“Keystone habits start a process that, over time, transforms everything. Keystone habits say that success doesn’t depend on getting every single thing right, but instead relies on identifying a few key priorities and fashioning them into powerful levers. If you focus on changing or cultivating keystone habits, you can cause widespread shifts. However, identifying keystone habits is tricky. To find them, you have to know where to look. Detecting keystone habits means searching out certain characteristics. Keystone habits offer what is known within academic literature as “small wins.” They help other habits to flourish by creating new structures, and they establish cultures where change becomes contagious.” The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Keystone Habit

OMG!!! I don’t know about each of you but sometimes I feel pulled in a million different directions. I am constantly thinking about every facet of my life. This includes my personal and spiritual health and wellness, my immediate and extended family members and friends, my job and co-workers, my business interests and hobbies, my home, my plans for my next chapter in life and the list goes on and on.

This reminds me of putting together puzzles; a hobby that requires focusing on “one thing” namely one of 500 or more pieces, that work together to create a whole. Each winter Roxanne and I go find the perfect puzzles that we work on during cold, snowy winter days. We often trade them and share our struggles and triumphs about the process. My life can often be like those puzzles. I have a completed picture in my mind of how I want or think things should go. Yet, sometimes, it is too many pieces and only so much time and energy available. This sense of being overwhelmed makes it difficult to break down the big picture into more manageable pieces.

This is when I take a breath and focus on this mantra, One Thing…FOCUS…on “one thing.” When I start a puzzle I sort out the pieces. I group my edges together and sort by color; then I group colors and pieces that pertain to other elements in the picture together. I then begin to work on the border, adding different elements until I get a finished product. This same systematic approach can apply to other areas of life.

One thing…FOCUS…on “one thing.” It may not be the most obvious thing. It might not be what someone else would do. It most definitely may not be the what appears to be the most urgent. Do not be afraid to separate, sort and group the pieces of your life and then choose “one thing” to focus on that will ultimately have an impact on everything else. Whittle away at it. Life may feel and be crazy; however, find those edges, sort out the various elements, divide into groups then choose One Thing…FOCUS…on “one thing.” Let that focus direct your habit until it becomes so natural that it is done without thought or hesitation. In this process you will realize that time has moved on and goals will have been achieved. The picture will become clear and the details will fall into place. This has helped me and I hope it helps you.

Let us know how you handle life’s challenges at drshelution.com.

Much Love, Many Blessings…Namaste!!! Sheila

A Hero Lies In You

A Hero Lies in You – Lyrics by Mariah Carey.  Look inside you and be strong.  And you’ll finally see the truth.  That a hero lies in you.  

A Hero Lies In You

A Hero Lies In You

My family and I love to watch science fiction and or fantasy type pictures.  We love to root for our superheroes and yet are intrigued by the villains that oppose them.  Often these stories reinforce our wanting to believe that good will prevail.  Yet they subtlety remind us that there is an element of light and dark or good and evil in each of us.  Sometimes the writer shows us that the birth of a hero or villain or something in between is created by the happenstance of life.  In many ways these creative, imaginative stories parallel our lives in an exaggerated form even though they are written purely for our entertainment.

We love to be entertained and it is reflected around the nation as we are in the midst of the Mardi Gras season and the beginning of the Lenten holiday.  That means, especially in New Orleans, a lot of parades and masquerade parties.  During these celebrations we can hide behind masks and costumes finding joy pretending to be someone or something else.  Then many will take the 40 day period leading up to Easter to make personal sacrifices, change, habits or give money or time to a special cause.

I will use the spirit of Mardi Gras and the infamous masquerade parties to symbolically replace my mask or need to hide with the face of my inner hero.  The 40 day Lenten journey will be used to address my inner villainous nature and make choices to operate as a real life hero.  This will also be a time to assess the tools I have gained through my connection with the heroes and villains I have been exposed to in my life.

Can you believe you are a hero in the making?  Do you realize this is a journey to acquire the necessary skills and to allow your inner hero to develop?  Do you recognize the superheroes in your life past and present?  Do you acknowledge the life lessons you have learned from those you deem as villains?  Do you recall the times in your life that you have served in the role of hero and/or in the role of villain?  In remembering your role as villain, did you learn the necessary lessons to operate more fully in the role of a hero?  Why the challenge you might ask?  Well I believe the world is full of heroes and it is waiting for us to emerge!!! It is time for champions of good to take their place.  Hero arise and impact your family, your friends, your work, your community and your world!!!

Do you have a hero in you life you would like to share with us? Or, do you have your own inner hero story waiting to be heard?  Share with us at drshelution.com or email us at roxanne@drshelution.com


Much Love, Many Blessings…Namaste!!!  Sheila

Are you a Jerry?

Transformation Tip 80 – Are you Jerry?

Have you found your purpose? You never know who is watching you.  Does the love for what you do shine through? If your job does not bring out the best in you, ask yourself, am I in the right job?  I love sharing stories from members in our Dr. SheLution community, here’s one from LaToya that she posted on Facebook, that had me thinking about my purpose. Just reading this story one could feel that LaToya loves her job (customer service) and she loves finding people and developing people in customer service. As you read her story ask yourself am I a “Jerry” or what simple steps could I take to become a “Jerry.”

Are you Jerry?

Are you Jerry?

 

This week I was excited to get started and find the best of the best on the North Shore. I’m looking for a genuine smile, a pleasant demeanor, and a positive atmosphere created by the staff. Why? Simple. That’s what I want in my store. I’m determined to seek out the best and snatch them up to build a great team. After two days of heavily recruiting, I was tapped out. Store after store (0ver 75), I shopped around and experienced the exact opposite of what I was looking for. I decided to take a break and go through my emails. I plopped down on the first bench that I could find.  As I was sitting in the middle of the mall, I looked up. There was a gentleman smiling, moving quickly, and pushing a vacuum. He looked at me, smiled, and said, “Hello ma’am, how are you? I replied and he told me to have a great day. I continued to watch him walk through the mall and engage with others.

As he started to turn the corner, it hit me! JERRY, Jerry is my guy! I want a Jerry on my team. I jumped up and started running through the mall (sight to see). I see Jerry, and he’s going to turn another corner into a private hallway. What do I do? I start yelling. “Sir, Sir, excuse me!” He turns around with a smile, “yes ma’am, how can I help you?” After running through the mall, I am pretty sure I looked like I had an emergency, or slightly crazy. What I found out was no surprise. Jerry loves his job as a custodian and he enjoys helping people. I explained to him why I was running through the mall and gave him my card. Jerry’s smile got even bigger, he was flattered. He explained to me that this was his mall to keep clean, and he enjoyed it. It was a very nice of way of telling me thank you, but no thank you. I immediately realized that the purpose of me hunting Jerry down was not to offer him a job, but to remind me of numerous things…

Think on it. Jerry loves his job. Jerry has found purpose in his job. Jerry is the face I will see every time I think of a custodian. Are you that same person in your job? Do others seek you out? Are you complaining or encouraging? Are you smiling? When you see a crazy lady running after you, do you smile and wait on her? Or do you run?

The interaction with Jerry truly made my day! I am a “Jerry” as well. I just needed a reminder!

God Bless You (In Joel Osteen’s voice), Have an awesome week! Be a Jerry!

 

Dr. Shelution can help you transform and find your purpose.  Contact us today for more information.  roxanne@drshelution.com  or www.drshelution.com Thanks LaToya for letting us share your story.  If you have a story, let us know, we want to share it.