Community Herbalist, Aromatherapist, Spiritual Entrepreneur, Mother& Grandma. ~Celebrating Family, Earth and Spirit.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Dare to be Different~BE WHO YOU ARE

Yes, you.
No need for shame, for blame.

Life happens, and we grow and learn through every experience we go through.

The paradigms are shifting toward being whole and unencumbered to present our gifts to the world, whether large or small.

For women, the reality of financial independence is finally accepted. Which is good news really.

How many women have sacrificed their lives for their partners, to realize when the shit hits the fan, the effort they spent giving over their lives to another, left very little assets, dreams, money or esteem. Left in poverty without a clue as to who she is and what she wants to do.

Men have to succumb to their value and worth being on what they have, how much money he makes, and how the family behaves and is cared for.

These old roles do not serve us very well anymore.

Granted, being a mom is in my core. I love being home with my children, caring for the home, working from home, and devoting my life to the Fam.
However, when all that was taken from me, I wavered like grass in the wind. I did not have a clue to the depths of who I am, what I truly needed and wanted, and what it would take to get to the next level.
All of me had been devoted to others, and I walked away with nothing.

Enter into the real world.....career, investments, wardrobe...ack! So off my radar. I had/have much to learn.

I realized quickly that this world, being so foreign, can still be made into my own, so to speak.

I heard a guest speaker once say a phrase that has stuck with me ever since she said it. I don't remember word for word, but the jist of it is to be serious about WHY we do things we do, or make choices for our lives.

And my core, I don't think will ever change, I find myself still wanting what is best for my children and grandchildren, on so many of my WHY contemplations.

Also, wanting to help shape the world to be a good place, a place we all have peace and harmony. My metron being on my job, making products, writing as I pick up on my own, and others struggles.
There is HOPE. I am certain of that.
And the best way I find to walk in that hope is being true to who we are, in the midst of unusual and differing circumstances.
Finding our core, and walking in that is our TRUTH.
That is where our JOY is. Where our POWER is.
My happiness comes from being true to myself, and it took me such a long time to get to that space of freedom.
I work 2 jobs and work very hard. Educate my self daily on those important facts of life that are new to me (such as finance or career education), I take one day off per week as a sacred day. No obligations or errands if I can avoid them. If I want to curl up and read all day, I do and it feels so refreshing to set one day aside for nothing but resting and preparing for the next week ahead.
I may bust through my house cleaning, making soap, or cooking for the week if I choose, however if I do not, it is all ok. I now look to my own needs for rest and destressing once a week.

How bout you? WHY do I even mention this?
I bring this up since so many people still sacrifice for others, to their own detriment.

Sadly, we often do not realize what a bad place we have dug ourselves into until something major happens. We go through a health struggle,  we are left homeless, our partnership ends, and so on.

Picking up the pieces after a major hardship sucks! And often leaves us with a hole in our soul and very little direction to move forward.

Think of this. If you buy a $4 coffee 5 days per week, this is $20 per week in coffee.
Now say you make $10 an hour on your job (using an easy figure for this).

In truth, you have to work 2 hours to buy those coffees each week.  Are those coffee's worth 2 hours of your week to obtain? Do you sip and enjoy them, or guzzle them down as you rush around to get everything done?
 How about your rent? It takes me 62 hours per month to earn enough to pay my rent.

Seeing our energy and what needs to be done for our lives, makes it very important to be true to ourselves.

I sit on my down time today, courderoy knee skirt, tights, boots, work shirt, and a heart clip in my hair. I feel comfortable, therefore, I am able to treat others around me much better as I am in my element of comfort. I certainly do not look like a career woman in my garb, I am myself, and it helps me perform from my heart when I am closest to my own core self.

So this week, as we unfold into December (where has the year gone, OMG!) it is easy to blow money through the chaos of Christmas.  So before we get lost in the social shopping norm this month, look at your money as yourself and the energy it takes ourselves to make what we are spending. This can help us not to leave ourselves in bad shape through a time that should be joyful.

You are your energy, your money, your emotions. You are part of the good of the planet. Be who YOU and set yourself up for success and good things, whatever that means to you.
Happy rest of the year to us all. May we evolve peacefully into the new. Namaste



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Reduce~Reuse~Recycle Wintertime Craft Project

My beloved mountain community moved into heavy snowfall and sub zero temperatures this week, causing the migrating birds to bust a move rapidly.
There are a few brave feathered friends that can tolerate the intense winters here, and this craft project I want to share with you for winter feeding of the birds.
I am so blessed at the joy I feel within, despite such challenges and intense emotions the past couple years.
To feel part of the world around me, deepens my happiness and delights my heart.
I share this project since it is very easy to do, and offer it to you with the hope it brings pleasure to you and your loved ones.
It is a very easy craft taking only a few minutes to make and clean up is a breeze.


This project consists of empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls, peanut butter, bird seed, string, raffia, or ribbon, and a hole punch (if you have one)

Take your toilet paper rolls and make a hole on 2 sides toward on end of the roll.
String through your ribbon and tie together, making a sturdy support for hanging.

Spoon peanut butter onto a plate.
Scoop birdseed onto the other half of your plate or onto a separate plate.

Cover your paper roll with peanut butter. I like to roll my tube around in the peanut butter, then into the seed.

Once the tube is completely covered in peanut butter and bird seed, set the tube upright to airdry briefly. A few hours or 1 day seems great.
The purpose is to ensure it binds to the tube well and does not slide off when you hang it for the birds.

Hang when ready.

Within moments of hanging 2 feeders up, a family was in the pines having a feast! 
I had hung my newly made feeders and had not taken down the I made before as seen in the pictures. They still came back to the old one to get every bit of seed they could. 
I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this craft together to help nature this winter. Feel free to share your own bird feeding creation with me too. I would love other ideas to repurpose common things, especially when it brings life before my eyes.
Taking a break in quiet observance is a blessing with a tight workload this season, giving time for deep breaths, reflection, and peace.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Namaste~ Kristena Haslam

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wonderful Book! Sleepwalkers Guide To Dancing

I believe it is this authors first novel. A Sleepwalkers Guide To Dancing contains the craziness of an immigrated family life, emotions galore, and easy reading as well.

One of the things I was fascinated by this book was all the Indian food that this family cooked, piquing my interest so much, I checked out an Indian cooking book at the Teton County Library. where I also checked this book out sitting there, wanting me to check it out.

This was a wonderful reprieve to the 5 Science Fiction books I have poured through the past 2 months.

No real herbal lore here, but the food's may intrigue you as well as the storyline. Please share if you read it and like it.

Also, for my body butter fans, I have a few listed at Dreamseeds @ HC  and Dreamseeds@Etsy
including on with a few essential oils that remind me of Indian culture with my favorite, cardamom and coriander, called Bliss. This is a very happy fragrance indeed.


I want to leave you with an quote from Buddha...Be Ye Lights Unto Yourselves.  Shine bright this week, bust through illusion, self doubt, and move toward your true freedom! Namaste  Kristena

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Gratitude in Aspen

How is your autumn coming along? The season of harvest, to prepare for winter, the moon's thus far, the colors, the amazing colors!

As I embrace the colder and shorter days, healing my wounds, accepting what is, and engaging with my future self, I spend time breathing the fresh mountain air and taking in the colors surrounding me.
This week as I jumped in my vehicle to head to town, I noticed the cherry and lilac tree lost all the leaves overnight.  Sure sign of change!
However the Aspens (same family as Cottonwood, Populus spp.), are still holding on, with such showy display, it is humbling.

Why are the Aspen leaves holding on? The Cottonwoods are bare. Just the way my mind works, I guess.
So beautiful and enticing, as the red leaves surrounding the Aspens have dropped away, to blow in the autumn breezes coming across the valley. The Aspen stands tall and spectacular.

I made a soap to communicate what I see around my cabin. Called Aspen Grove. Listed at Dreamseeds @ HC   and  Dreamseeds @ Etsy. The aroma of bergamot, orange, lemon, geranium, lily, rose, patchoui, vetiver, tonka bean.
I find myself, when struggling with my personal growth, habits, needs, wants, pain, protection, finances, bills, missing my family and hurting for my family that is hurting, that often what can get me back to center is looking at the beauty of WHAT IS-RIGHT NOW.
Beholding the Aspen trees and the Conifers that remain green all year and smell delightful give me a sense of happiness.
The last birds flying through, dipping into the Evergreens on occasion, or the geese taking a practice run to bust a move before the snow starts flying.
Enjoying my son's being themselves. Sitting by the creek with my dear friend, talking life and plants and noticing the energy around us. Simple acts can melt the worry, anxiety, or pain into HOPE and FAITH.

I am currently working toward manifesting 2 airline tickets for my youngest children to come out on their school break. Logically, this is impossible. I can become discouraged when I see the truth of my reality at times financially.
However, I have experienced incredible things in my life, miraculous even.
The mystery of life itself, sparks my heart to live, to beleive in the good things I and my loved ones deserve, and brings courage to my heart to keep on. 
The Aspen's holding onto their leaves while the other trees have released theirs says, HOLD FAST, let love and truth eminate from my luminous field, and my heart to accept ALL WILL BE OK.
It always is, right, somehow.....


The beauty of nature can lead us from discouragement and sadness, into peace and a recommitment to ourselves.



I wish you a fabulous week ahead.  Namaste, Kristena

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Whippin out something tasty with wild berries

This turned out amazing!

Keeping in mind, we live in a humble cabin with a very small interior, and having relocated a year ago, I do what I can to get by. I have been blessed with that gift and I am so grateful to have it.

Wanting to make my sons something delicious, I sauteed some apples and ginger and got to thinking about where to go from there.

Grabbing my only cake pan (square) I unrolled a pie crust I had, added the sauteed apples, a peach that needed to be eaten, huckleberries from wild gathering this summer, and mahonia berries I had just harvested on a walk with a friend.

Mahonia berries (oregon grape root berries) are an interesting flavor. I absolutely love them and ate handfuls on our walk. This was the first time I had ever cooked with the sour berries.
                                             (Mahonia Berries, Uva Ursi, and Rosehips)

To the family delight, we were blessed with something healthy, wild, and delicious.

I poured a small amount of brown rice syrup over the fruit, added pats of butter also, placed a top layer of crust over all of it, pinching the sides together, placed more pats of butter on top of the crust, and cut a few holes to allow the steam to escape.

I continued about my chores, so not sure how long it took to finish cooking. I would assume the same as a pie. I did cover with foil half way through cooking to ensure the crust did not burn. The last few minutes of cooking I sprinkled a wee bit of sugar and coconut on top.


We devoured this within a day.

Sharing with you so that you too can get creative with your wild fruits. Feel free to share what you love to make with them.



Sunday, September 21, 2014

The lie of NOT ENOUGH

This has been the theme through my life and brought to reality the past couple weeks.

Your not enough.
Your not good enough
You dont have enough
You did not pay enough
You dont live close enough
You...blah blah blah

Despite my own personal knowing inside of many things, trying to explain it to the outside world where help may be obtained, or assistance, YOU ARE NOT ENOUGH came slamming me in my face and heart....again.

Many of us have been through Shame. Pain. Deception. Betrayal. All those negative experiences you have had yourself.
And the message that always comes back from those experiences is that we are in some way flawed, bad or not worth much.

It sucks, no?

I am on a personal social media break and in between orders and my work, I am also doing this finance course to enlighten women that have walked my path. It is rather depressing to be honest, but none the less I am doing it:) It too says not enough, yet it offers strategies in the midst of financial issues.

I take the time in between my busy times, to assess the messages coming at me.

Who is determining that?  What is the logical reason? Is this conferred by personal belief and religious standards, or truth? Things like that.

What I have been uncovering is that I am enough.

My worth is more than anyone can measure. I know what I have experienced. I know where my heart is. My spiritual life too is not for anyone to judge, although they will, but it is mine.

I think, especially women, minorities, homosexuals, and even children have to really get to the core of who we are, and despite the judgements of society, understand ourselves.
It used to be cool for men to hate gay men, so much, hurting them was totally considered appropriate.
This is also the unsaid feeling in many religious communities, though laws are keeping the vocality of it quiet, yet it is still there.
Not all that long ago, blacks were completely separate as if they were not people at all.
Persistance, and brave people continued on, and like him or not, The US has been under the leadership of a black president due to perseverance of the not enoughs.

The truth is I AM ENOUGH. In this moment, I AM.

One of the 4 Agreements is Always Do Your Best.

I love that and when I look at my life, no matter what has happened, even in my worst mistakes, in my ignorance or in knowledge I have done the best I could in the situation or condition I was in.

My heart confirms this.

Right now, brother or sister in this species we call Human, if you are struggling with your own value or self worth, or if you find blocks in your path due to not "enough", don't attach to whatever negative message is coming at you.
Look within, work on your own personal growth, yes, without denial, and also remember, if you do your very best in whatever situation you are in, you are enough, and those negative messages are lies.

YOU ARE ENOUGH!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Flower Water




For most of us we have known of Flower Essences  with reputed qualities to subtly assist emotional energy.

Flower Essences are typically solar or lunar infused perfect flowers that are kept preserved in brandy and taken in 3-7 drops average a few times a day to assist an emotional challenge or block to be worked through and clear.

What I am sharing today can work in the same manner if one's intention was to do so.

I love this for the life energy and delicious essence it brings to my body. Lovely floral notes dance on the palate and create a wonderful experience in the simple act of drinking water.

To make a Flower Water, start with fresh water in a clean vessel. I use clean jars.

Go out into your yard, garden, forest, or a field and gather the flowers that speak to you.

ALWAYS BE CERTAIN WHAT YOU HARVEST IS NON TOXIC. Proper identification is essential-consult a field guide or research online.

Of course that had to be said.

Allow your flowers to free float on top of the water and steep. This can be done in the sun, moon, or in the fridge. After a few hours strain and drink.




With the Full Harvest Moon being a Supermoon,  tomorrow night may be a creative night to make Flower Water, or 3 or 4:)