Under Construction... again...

It's starting to feel like this is the tagline for life..."Under Construction"

Each time it's reset, it gets off track again. 

 

July 2016 is just as good a time as any to make some changes. 

I'm thinking cleanses, physical therapy, massage therapy, and delicious local food? 

 

Check out social media (links in the top right) to follow along. 

Also goodreads! No click-through available yet, but we're there! 

More website updates soon. 

 

Thanks for keeping in touch! 

Jacqi Rose

gethealthy at wildrosenhc dot com 

October Unprocessed 2015

October Unprocessed 2015
It's that time of year again!
Are you ready? 
Have you taken the pledge?
 
Tonight home base is in major preparation mode. Double-checking cabinets, making last minute lists and cooking lunch for tomorrow. I'm taking this all one step further in 2015 and doing Phase 1 of the Gut Balance Revolution plan. It's a little more strict, but I think this is a good way to start. I need support to get through Phase 1, and I'm hoping that the collective energy of other participants will help me stay on track. 
 
Check social media for updates - and get involved! #feelbetter #gethealthy #31days 
 
 

Cornell, Sustainability and the Kingston Yardworks Program

 

Since I bought my house in 2009, I have tried to make my home as sustainable as possible. I added a solar electric system with battery backup. I insulated like crazy. I eliminated almost all disposable paper products from my waste stream. My yard, however, has always been a bit frustrating. I tried to reseed a section in the front, and it ended badly. The crabgrass is aggressive. I have almost killed my favorite rose bush and my peonies only bloom for a few days before they fall apart. Over the past five years I have learned that I have no idea how to care for my plants.

 

At the end of 2014 I was contacted by graduate students from Cornell about a program they are running called Yardworks. In their words:

 

The YardWorks project is a collaboration between the Cornell Landscape Architecture Department, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Cornell Cooperative Extension. We work with neighborhoods in NY state to create design concepts that would improve local habitat and biodiversity. In Kingston, we are also especially interested in environmental design for climate change. The upcoming YardWorks project will take place from late January 2015 to May 2015. The participating neighborhood landowners will be asked to attend 3 or 4 meetings with the 2nd year Landscape Architecture graduate studio. We would come to Kingston, so there would be no travel involved for the landowners. At the first couple of meetings we work with the landowners to come up with a set of neighborhood goals that can be addressed through ecological yard design. After this, each landowner will be assigned to a student who will work with them individually on their property and come up with a site design concept. Whether or not you implement the design in your yard is totally up to you! However, there may be some installation funding involved for those who wish to move forward.

 

I immediately responded “YES!” to free graduate student consulting. We are currently setting goals, and soon my student will be assigned to me. I believe this is a great example of a way to address climate change and sustainability on the city level. I’ve already met a number of like-minded neighbors that I didn’t know before and we’ve started talking about ways to tackle environmental issues in our neighborhood - like what to do next time we get a hurricane. My neighborhood was destroyed by Irene. We’re also talking about how we want to increase pollinators in our community. I might even get a small beehive. My favorite piece of information so far involves downspouts. The students explained to me how the sewer system in Kingston works, and that when there is a heavy rain, the sewers take in too much water and sewage gets into places that it shouldn’t be. Disconnecting downspouts is a way to capture more rainwater through the soil while keeping it from entering the sewer system. They also showed me the rain garden my local library recently put in, and shared the total amount of rain water diverted from the sewer system from the rain garden installation. I don’t have the exact figure on me - but I remember it being hundreds of thousands of gallons per year. I want to say almost half a million.


I really believe that individual communities and cities have the ability to create change more quickly than larger groups like the state and federal government. There is less red tape, and it’s easier to get together and keep everything moving in the right direction. I’m excited to learn what my yard has been hiding from me, and how I can make my city more sustainable.

#thestruggleisreal

The title was different before. Before I wrote an entire post about the craziness of the past few weeks. And then it just… disappeared. I was looking at the screen when it happened. And none of the saves were there either… What sorcery is this?!?

 

Alas, it’s gone and this is all we’ve got.

 

The craziness list:

 

  1. First Kundalini class. I still have trouble putting it into words. I wept through the entire session. Breathing is powerful. And the volume of the chanting! Incredible & exhausting. I have read that you exhale toxins, and that makes certain types of breathing especially cleansing. I also know that I looked different after that class. Even  weighed myself, and I was down 5 lbs. I have NO idea if the Kundalini caused the weight loss, but I guarantee it didn’t hurt.

  2. Major plumbing incident that ended with the foyer ceiling being carted off to the garbage. Thanks, Winter.

  3. Heavy increase in course load for school = stress

  4. New responsibilities at work = more stress

  5. I’m pretty sure there were more than five in the last post but the internet and all technology seems to hate me right now so it was all deleted and now I can’t remember all the things I wrote = frustration.

  6. It’s so cold. So so so so so cold.

 

I woke up one morning and realized that the wagon had left me behind. I don't think I fell off... it's more like I was lifted from the wagon in my sleep and placed on the ground. How did I get here?! I had stopped watching what I was eating. I wasn’t getting up on time. I wasn’t sleeping well, taking vitamins or drinking enough water. None of my goals were being met. I had not put myself first. I had put myself last again.

 

So what am I to do?

 

Get up. Brush myself off. Start again.

 

I picked up a new gym schedule - my gym is offering new classes that are only a half hour and are designed for insanely busy people like me. I’ve been drinking more water and herbal teas. I’m making myself stop working and go to bed at a reasonable time.


This time I promise to be more patient with myself. I will check-in with all of you more often, and take more deep breaths. Here we go!

New Years Resolutions & Opportunities for Improvement

So…?!? How are the ‘ol resolutions holding up? I’m sticking to all of mine (the list is very long) but have yet to have a 100% successful day. All that really means is that I picked good ones. Hard ones. If I was perfect on day 8, then what would be the point? I still haven’t made it to the gym, but I got really close today. I went to the gym and picked up the new class schedule.

 

Great news! The instructor that I love love love and that helped me change my life last time is teaching classes again! So at least I have one thing, once per week, that involves sweating and that I’m actually excited about. I’m also stepping outside my comfort zone and trying Kundalini Yoga on Sunday with a friend. I hear there’s quite a bit of chanting, and chanting really isn't my thing. But this is a year about changing, pushing myself and being the best me that I can be. Who am I to say that Kundalini Yoga isn’t the answer? I’ll never know if I don’t try.

 

If you want to learn more about Kundalini Yoga, click here. I will also report back after class on Sunday.

 

I still need to drink more water. Somehow I keep forgetting to charge my fitness device, so I’m not even tracking steps. Then there’s the Artists Way program that I started - I’ve done many of my morning pages, but the weekdays have been rough. I just don’t want to wake up when it’s cold and dark (hahahah I don’t like to get up at all. I heart my snuggly bed).

 

So much opportunity for improvement! #letsdothis

 

PS - I also realized that both of the phrases I’ve been using (New Year, New Me & Back on Track) are super overplayed. So I’m brainstorming new motivating catch phrases. Ideas? Send ‘em my way: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.