Day 7 of Bullsh*t Weather in Texas…Here’s the Tea

So last Thursday was our second “snow day” of this year…and by noon the roads were already becoming unsafe. We don’t usually get snow so much as ice – under all this snow is a layer of ice that’s up to 3″ thick.

See my last post re: no driving + water/food/power concerns.

We’re now on our seventh day of bullshit weather and abysmal emergency response.

I’ve been reading and researching, trying to make sense this mess…and here’s the tea I’ve got so far.

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Texas snow sucks because we are unprepared

Everyone likes to make fun of the South for complaining when the weather gets a little cold here. The thing is, we are not prepared for weather like this, and neither is our state’s infrastructure!

It’s never been plainer to me that what I reallyREALLY want is to live self-sustainably, and this hideous weather showcases exactly what we need to change to get there.

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“Why Don’t You Just Distill Your Own?” Essential Oils and Permaculture

Some things you ought to know about us: We’re avid gardeners and DIY enthusiasts. I pride myself on my wardrobe being almost entirely second-hand. My husband is permaculture-certified, and I’m trained as a Texas Master Naturalist. Despite being hopeless foodies, we’re not big on consumer culture!

That said, a question I get asked a lot is,

“Why don’t you just distill your own essential oils? You grow many of the plants already. Why buy essential oils from a flashy MLM company like dōTERRA?”

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A 2020 Gratitude List: Looking back for Clarity

Hey, um…was 2020 actually kind of a banner year for you, in spite of it all?

The past 10+ months have been full of uncertainty, but we are already pretty well-acquainted with surfing the wild waves…

We had lots of big plans in January 2020, and while almost nothing worked out how we expected, plenty of things DID actually crystallize in positive ways for us.

I’m super-grateful for our privilege and our wellbeing.

Since 2013, I’ve done a simple ritual to close out the prior year, as part of my work with Leonie Dawson’s workbooks.

This involves reflecting and re-framing the things that happened to gain clarity + momentum to carry me forward!

The idea is to look back at the past in order to learn from it and release it…instead of getting hung up in that stagnant energy and staying there.

This means I’m celebrating 2020 with a gratitude list.

Psst! you can do this with me in my INVOKING 2021 Circle! 

Now, sure, there was some gnarly stuff in our personal world. Loads of upheaval (more than usual – even for us!), and definitely some tears and tragedy.

That said, I refuse to downplay our personal victories and joys – especially this year. I won’t be making anyone’s life easier or happier by holding back my own joy!

My motto of the year was chosen back in early January, and it’s “Extra is the new minimum”, a quote by Gala Darling, who is my glam-rock, DGAF inspo. I think I did a pretty good job embodying that vibe, even with the year going all kinds of wonky…

So anyway, here’s my 2020 gratitude list:

– #1 best thing: WE MOVED!

Moving in a pandemic was…interesting…but it also was perfectly, divinely timed.

We made the final decision less than a week before covid hit the US, and I remember the reaction of one of my best (and most financially savvy!) friends. She was surprised we still went forward with our plan, despite the pandemic. I think the word she used was ‘ballsy’! 🙂

To me, it didn’t feel ballsy. If anything, it felt like the Universe was calling me in, saying, are you SURE you want this? Are you really ready for it? Um, obviously, yes!

I couldn’t even consider refusing..

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It’s NOT “Normal” to be Sick All the Time

“I’m fine.”
“Nothing’s that wrong with me.”
“It’s normal.”

Look around you, at how many people are chalking odd symptoms up to “just getting older”.

Look at how many kids are on prescriptions (7 out of 10 kids–did you know?).

Look at how many people can’t lift heavy things, can’t walk around the block, can’t cope with the necessary physical effort that’s required to do life. (Myself included with some of these – but I’m working on it!)

We’re not fine–it’s NOT normal to be sick or weak and just resign ourselves to it. We deserve health!

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Unschooling When You’re Not Okay

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on continuing to unschool when you’re not okay – through depression, grief, and other emotional upheaval. I started writing this nearly ten years ago, reflecting on a time 5+ years before that…when I was deeply apathetic and miserable, and not yet aware that I was experiencing psychological abuse from those closest to me. 

I started unschooling when my kids were 4 and 1 – and I was 22.

I didn’t learn about attachment parenting and never even considered unschooling until I had my second child.

I have to wholeheartedly agree with parenting expert and unschooling mom Laurie A Couture, when she says that unschooling is a natural extension of attachment parenting.

Unschooling is more than a parenting style, it’s simply the natural way of relating to human children, from birth onward, into what most people call the “school years”.

However, a good education arguably needs to go beyond just survival. When I was struggling with depression, grief, and other challenges…were my kids thriving back then?

Well, they were fed and safe, and their most basic needs were met, but we weren’t really living a rich, full life together. I wasn’t capable of following their interests much, because I just didn’t have the bandwidth, the finances, the stability…

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15 Ways to Support Your Immune System, with Dr. Marissa Heisel & Krystal Trammell

The original version of this article was published in March 2020 on Dr. Marissa’s excellent site, TransformationalEssentials.com. I have since edited this article several times as new research has been brought to light. 


15 Ways to Support Your Immune System (Naturally!)

The tail-end of Winter often feels like a final sprint of fortitude for our immune systems, and this is especially true given the widespread worry about a major global health concern right now.

From “normal” colds and flu to a novel virus this year, our greatest weapon against illness is our own complex and wonderful immune system.

Our best efforts, therefore, are spent to protect and support your immune system, which is our body’s natural way of keeping ourselves healthy and strong.

It’s also worth noting that Dr. Joe Dispenza’s research clearly shows that being in a state of fear or worry can and does have a measurable adverse effect on our DNA by suppressing our body’s immune response.

So how do we balance reasonable caution, mindful prevention, and the very best hygiene practices that we can?

It’s time to get into ACTION to help yourself more confidently navigate the current state of global health affairs. The main goal is to optimize and support your immune system during this challenging season.

We are actively practicing each of these tips in our homes, with our families:

1  Wash your hands properly

This means for 20 seconds, vigorously, front and back, with soap and water. You can try reciting a poem, chant, or prayer to make sure you’re washing for the recommended amount of time. Singing the ABCs, or even the chorus of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” also fits the 20-second time frame. 🙂

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Rick Astley supports your immune system.

Change your hand towels daily (or use disposables), and avoid hand dryers when in public restrooms. Studies show that hot-air hand dryers are not as sanitary as we may think!

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Advice for New, Worried Homeschoolers from a Longtime Unschooler

I realize that there’s loads of public school parents freaking out right now because of school cancellations – thinking their kids will fall behind if they don’t keep up with worksheets and reading texts and lesson plans until school-as-normal resumes.

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Claire’s Rainbow Bridge Birthday Story

Telling a Rainbow Bridge birthday story is a Waldorf tradition that can be really fun and special as your child grows. It’s sort of like a birth story, but told in fantasy or myth-form. The Rainbow Bridge is the passage to Earth from the ether, spirit world, heaven, or whatever your beliefs may call it. These stories can be written to include any religious tradition, or none at all. 

This is the story I wrote for Claire, my precious middle child, sometime before she turned five years old.


Once upon a time, in a land of time unchanging, there lived a spirit child. She lived with the moon and sun, amidst the stars, with many spirit-beings–and she was peaceful and happy. One day, she happened to notice a beautiful blue orb, far away–yet somehow, not so far.

The orb seemed to call to her, and so she asked the spirits about it.

“That orb is the world, our Mother Earth,” they replied.

“May I go there?” the child asked.

“In time,” the spirits replied. “The world is not yet ready for you.”

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