I usually like to post about hero goats who have been valiantly eating underbrush and growth to prevent wildfires. The science is clear that the increase in prevalence and intensity of wildfires in the western United States and in Australia are caused by the climate crisis and general warming of the planet. However, the climate crisis effects different regions in different ways. For example, over the summer the southeastern United States suffered a terrible drought. What does this have to do with goats? Our friend Otis from The Haven Zoo has been dealing with a zinc deficiency due to over-dried, nutrient lacking hay caused by the drought. For Otis, this means that he has lost some of his hair and has to see a veterinarian regularly to care for his skin. Sometimes it’s easy to think that the climate crisis only effects far away corners of the planet, but the same mechanisms that are causing the horrific wildfires are causing problems everywhere. I still believe that with the right collective energy, humanity and its animal friends can mitigate some of the worst effects. Small changes to your lifestyle can make a big impact, as well as supporting policy-makers committed to a greener future.
The week threshold between one year and the next can be quite difficult sometimes. With schedules in flux and lingering between holidays, it is challenging to stave off boredom and anxieties about things to come. You might even find yourself longing for your routine! Fear not, the liminal transition will come to an end soon and an amazing new year will begin.
Even as the days go short make sure to embrace the sunshine when you can – it can make your heart sing and vitamin D is good for your health.
Even if there is a chill in the air the sunshine will do you good.
Sometimes it is ok to indulge and enjoy some cake or a special meal. However, you should always try to eat some vegetables everyday.
Be like Cindy and eat your veggies.
Imagine if all the time we spent worrying about what we looked like or what others thought about us was spent thinking about how to make the world better or to solve some of the challenges we face. So many possibilities. I like to look good as much as anyone but sometimes your energy is better focused on bigger things. Plus most likely all that worry is for nothing and you look lovely already.
You are amazing and wonderful inside and out
You are taller than you think, a kind and wise person once said to me. Not that there is anything wrong with being short of course, but whenever I need a confidence boost I remind myself of those words. Take a deep breath and stand tall – it’s good for your psyche and your spine.
The harder your work for something, the more you need rest. In our physical bodies, the time we spend resting after a difficult task allow our body to heal and our muscles to become stronger. So rest up – you’ll be stronger for the week ahead!
In order to be your best, strongest self, you have to take time to rest.
Never let your life be defined by numbers. You and your life are so much more than any arbitrary measurements we falsely subscribe to success.
You are more than just a number.
Last weekend’s harvest moon has really got me thinking about nourishment. As the seasons change, sometimes so do our priorities. The back to school vibe of September is a great time to check in and figure out what best fills you up – nutritionally, emotionally, even spiritually.
Be full of hope and gratitude this fall
Sometimes you find yourself in a hard spot, and there really isn’t much you can do except for make the best of it. Everyday there is something to keep you going, even if its as simple as the sunrise or a delicious bowl of soup.
Always remember, without rain clouds there would be no rainbows.