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Easter: Celebrating Life; Recovering From Loss

As we are all aware, today is Easter, a day that signifies rebirth as well as the unofficial beginning of Spring.

Today is also a bit more personal for me, as it is also what would've been my cousin Kate's 35th birthday.


I've written before about her untimely death this past October and her impact on my life. Especially with one of her last Facebook posts about wearing your good jewelry.



Not only am I remembering Kate today, but in less than a week, Kate's family and friends will be gathering to celebrate her life and legacy and laying her to rest in our home state of Kansas, alongside our grandparents.

I feel that it's somewhat ironic and cathartic that her first heavenly birthday falls on such a significant occasion as Easter. 

As the days lengthen and the air warms, flowers are beginning to bloom. Kate's favorites were sunflowers. While it might have something to do with them being the state flower of Kansas, they have always brought me joy and comfort, as well..…
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This 10 Year Old Girl Was Beaten To Death In School

A fifth grade girl in South Carolina passed away this morning as a result of injuries she sustained in a Monday fight at her elementary school.

RaNiya Wright was a student at Forest Hills Elementary School in Colleton County, South Carolina. According to reports, her injuries were so serious that she had to be airlifted to the hospital for treatment.

The news of her passing was confirmed by several people close to the situation, numerous journalists as well as RaNiya's school.



Not only is this a heartbreaking story of a life taken far too soon, but it's also a stark reminder of the bullying epidemic taking place in our schools and the lives of our children...and this isn't a new thing.

Bullying has been in our schools since schools first existed."Kids can be mean" didn't become a saying for no reason, but sometimes just being mean can escalate into even more dangerous behavior.

I was picked on in school, but thankfully, I was never beaten. I never had to go home a…

The Path To Self-Awareness: How A Simple Statement From One Of My Idols Left Me Speechless

As you may have read in my bio, my day job slash other passion is being a radio personality and programmer.

Recently, I've launched a weekly podcast with a "recovering singer/songwriter" (as he likes to refer to himself) friend of mine, Jared "Pete" Gile. The podcast is called "The Troubadour" and focuses on Texas Country and Red Dirt artists.

Currently, I'm editing the episode that's set to drop this Sunday. I love this part of the process because I get to go back to an interview that may have been done months ago and almost be a passive listener while I cut out background noise, long pauses, and anything that might interrupt the flow of the conversation. This allows me to move from the interview chair to the fan stands and just appreciate hearing what these natural story tellers have to share.

Today, however, I came to a part in an interview with a man I could most likely safely call an idol in this genre of "Dancehall Dreamers" that …

Breaking: You've Been Eating Pineapple Wrong

Pineapple is delicious, but a pain to prep.


What if there was an easier way to eat the prickly fruit? According to a new viral video, there sure is and it's a game changer.

Check it out, but consider this a warning if you're sensitive to chewing sounds like me, watch it on mute.

Carly



My side of the desk is "cleaner" and I'll prove it...

The battle is on and it seems like it gets more intense everyday.  Clorox, Lysol, Mrs. Meyers, Seventh Generation, all household names for cleaning that no one bats an eye at. 

Unless you're me or someone living in my home.

Two are longtime staple cleaning names and two are newer, marketed as non-toxic cleaning products. 

All of these products have either been phased out or are almost phased out of my home and my family's life. Why? Because I learned the truth about them that I now am sharing with you.  

Yes, I still regularly clean and take needed supplies to my son's school. I just have replaced all the above with either cleaning products Young Living makes in their Thieves Household Cleaning line, or things I have made using YL Essential Oils. I made this decision for my family after extensive research of my own that was not hard to find.  One phrase like "toxic cleaning products" in the google bar and the information is right in front of you.

I can already hear th…

Got Rage? This New Workout Might Be For You

This ain't your mom's yoga class.


The newest trend in yoga is called "Rage Yoga," and combines yoga, yelling, cursing and BEER! 


According toAshley Duzich who leads Rage Yoga classes at Brash Brewery in Houston, "We are all angry about something and we all have been holding onto an ‘F’-bomb for a little bit too long...So that’s what this does – is – it allows you to have a safe space to let go of your and frustration and rage in a healthy way… and then also wash it all away with some ice cold beer.”

Classes are being taught in Alberta, Canada as well as Houston and it's highly recommended that you don't bring your children.

It may not be for everyone, but if you've been silently seething over the laundry pile that no one else seems to see or your boss that reminds you a little too much of Lumbergh from Office Space, Rage Yoga just may be something to look into.

On the Rage Yoga website, Rage Yoga founder, Lindsay, describes Rage Yoga as "alternative …

Guest Blog: How Intermittent Fasting Gave A Former Leader Of A Popular Diet Program Her Life Back

BWH Note: At Busy Women's Health, we are fueled by the stories and successes of our fellow Busy Women. Today, we are thrilled to have a Guest Blogger share her journey of self-love through Intermittent Fasting. 

Meet Sheri, an Intermittent Faster since 2015, her name may ring a bell or two if you've read any of my IF stories, as she is the person responsible for introducing myself and countless others to this amazing way of life.

Today, Sheri is sharing her unique perspective on Intermittent Fasting as a former member and leader of a popular dieting program.

Carly

Everywhere I look I see people struggling with weight loss and unsure of what program to follow to lose weight.

I see a lot of people convinced that they must count calories/macros/points to lose weight. When I tell them they can let that go and simply count time, they don’t trust me.

People are terrified of letting go of calorie counting or points counting or otherwise trust that fat loss with IF is different than convent…