Podcast #3! The nameless podcast

Recently with some down time after Reiki, I found this journal entry shine through about the intention of having a podcast:

The intention and desire that created and birthed the podcast is to promote well being through positivity, gratitude, and truth.  Illuminate the unfettering eyes of the soul; to be and to see the truth of oneself.  My truth has released and shown me that I find joy and purpose connecting community. A hopeful goofball and promotor that has undergone bouts (and still deals) of a deep rooted depression. A severing in connection with myself and others.

Well being and positivity are expressed with laughter, tears, and loving support which allows those shields to crumble safely into dissolution.

I want to create a safe space that recharges the soul.  Touching lives, shining praise on those who I admire near and afar. I want to web an interconnection of conscious community.  When humanity/ and the human condition are exhausted, we are the refuge to seek and restore faith for oneself and others.

I want to be that solace. I want this podcast, this blog, the internet presence to restore that depletion.
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https://soundcloud.com/buttonwillow/the-unnamed-podcast-3

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Today is Dr. Kimberly Klein. We discuss her journey to Chiropractic land, her travels, and an outdoors adventurer.

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Kim and Derek in Thailand

Where to Stay in Bangkok! Email me for more information and for an itinerary!
http://www.theinnsaladaeng.com/en/home

Adventure.jpgKim and her boyfriend, Derek, on biking adventures

Kimberly Hike
Kim and her hiking badassery!

Kim’s contact information as she is refreshingly not on social media! https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberly-klein-33b2726a/

To reach out to her, send me an email:
melanie.r.graves@gmail.com!

So much love everyone!

Next blog post, Matt’s and my adventure to Thailand.

 

 

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The Health Flow with Kate Williams

Podcast #2 is up!!!

LOVED sharing space with Katelyn Williams to discuss life… Below is an outline of the resources we discussed-

We discussed the IUD removal, you can find Katelyn Williams, on her blog The Health Flow

Find Kate on Instagram

Books we discussed:

Book Club Book: Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer

Let us know if you want to join the bookclub in PDX!!! I will email details to follow up. 

Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

Real Fit Kitchen is a cookbook that Kate’s alternative ice cream / popsicles were featured in 

Resources: 

Jennifer Johnson of a Women’s Code

New Moon in Scorpio:

November New Moon

PODCAST IS UP!!!

It’s up!!! I am so excited to debut this podcast with Kalyn Spahn! You can find her at K_mae_spahn on Instagram.  She is such an amazingly wise soul. I love you, dear soul sister….

Here are some notes to follow up on our conversation:

Lauren Singer Blog Trash is for Tossers

Bea Johnson (Bae-ya phonetic spelling)

Plastic Diaries

Plastic Diaries Candle Making Impact of Eco Friendly Candles

Green Zebra

Yoga Bhoga Class Schedule

Thank you for giving us a listen! It’s the roughest draft there is!

SO MUCH LOVE!!!

 

Transitioning

11 year in the industry- ties severed

Holy FUCK!!! Guess what? I just resigned from my job.  Extenuating circumstances caused me to leap beyond my comfort zone. And I am freaked the fuck out.

I feel as if I have a whirlwind of swifts flying within my sternum. The time has come to move forward into the unknown with a head held high and removing layers of stigma, expectation, and judgement.

How many of us live our lives for others? Where does this intrinsic need for external validation come from? I did not realize how much of my “identity” has been held to the “prestige” of my career and the industry I was working within. I find it ironic that I carried out the mission to a point where I was licensed, trading on the exchange, and managing an office.  And all for what?  To pay down my school loans for an education in a field I am not in.  When did, these hopes go askew? Were they ever fully focused or have I slept walked for 32 ½ years of my life?

Division… it’s an issue that lies deeply within. I’ve lived my whole life divided.  Two families, two different expectations and value systems: I WANT UNITY, I want to love and respect those that do not believe in the same things. I want to love and not be driven by FEAR. As long as I can remember I have identified and made decisions based off of my fear.  I have let it drive me and for once I could not allow myself to be demeaned any longer.  It has been a long-time coming….

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Happenstance

Let’s just say I have fallen into a deep dark sadness in the past 6 weeks. It’s a sadness with such depth it’s truly palpable when I try to pretend I am just “fine”… Truth is, I don’t know what is happening but I feel as if I am in some sort of storm.  The reckoning, if you will.

Last night we decided to soothe the dis-ease with some good ol’ comedy.  We bundled up and ventured out to catch the bus in the 1 inch snow storm that seriously debilitated the city.  This storm descended upon Portland on Wednesday and that 1 inch of snow turned to icy which made Thursday and Friday an ice skating rink essentially… We hopped on bus #14 to Helium Comedy and laughed our asses off listening to some great performers! The headliner was Nikki Glaser and the opening was Tom Brady.  Each of these comedians have appeared on Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson.  I will put their information in the bottom of the post.

The comedy show is in an open space that has the draft effect similar to an uninsulated upstairs apartment on top of a garage.  We were thankful to have bundled as I stayed fully bundled the entire show.  As we got out of the show, we made our way to the bus stop, Trimet informed us we had a 20 minute wait and I began bitching immediately.  Then I decided to check the live feed of bus arrivals and we find out it’s actually 45 minutes because there is a bus that is stuck.

We sought out some warmth at the lovely Jolly Roger (SE) and asked them for hot water to put in our to go mug, we ponied up to the bar, Matt had a nice yummy dark beer, and we began our mission.  And such a beautiful walk it was.  It was the medicine that soothed the sadness. As we began walking on Hawthorne Bridge, we noticed there were Christmas Ships circling the SW Waterfront.  It was subtle but slowly this realization crept through me, if I let go of an agenda or sense of control, the night will unfold quite impeccably.

It happened again yesterday when we went to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank for a dear friend of ours birthday.  We realized the bus ride was going to be 58 minutes and given the events of the night before, my faith in Trimet’s efficiency was reticent at best.  I text my friend Katie, the beautiful soul that she is, read between the lines of my passive yet distressed text and asked, “if you get somewhere near a max line, I can totally swoop you and we can drive there together”…. I called her immediately and said, “I don’t know why I couldn’t just come out and ask you. But that sounds perfect.” So we made our way to Hollywood Trader Joe’s, did some pre volunteering shopping, and set off.

What an amazing day.  Oregon Food Bank needs more volunteers around May-July or August.  They often have many volunteers in the fall – below is a video of our host explaining to us an attestation of someone who has received food from these efforts:

Oregon Food Bank Presentation

As a cumulative group of 99 people at the Oregon Food bank from 1-3:30, we did the following:

1.) Total bagging 39,799 lbs

2.) 1.4 lbs per person = 19,375 people

3.) each volunteer fed 274 people!

It was a wonderful day of meeting lots of people outside the birthday party too!

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Afterward we celebrated our afternoon success with a visit to  Oregon Public House (first not for profit brew pub).

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I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. I love you! Happy Holidays, keep your smiles bright and your hearts open!

Love,

Melanie

Oregon Food Bank

Doug Loves Movies – Nikki Glaser and Tom Brady

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Nikki Glaser

 

 

An opportunity to give thanks

As we embark upon the week of Thanksgiving, I found myself counting my blessings extra last night. As I was writing my Thanksgiving/Holiday cards, I found myself getting caught in the topical aspect of my holiday cards.  I took a deep breath, set my pen down, and genuinely began thinking about each person or couple I was writing.  Giving each of them my love through written word.  As our life goes on, the people who mean the most to us may not be in our lives day in and day out.  These little cards are a nice addition to let our loved ones know how much they are truly loved.

This has been a rough past month.  I’ve realized when I am at my most angst ridden emotionally, I truly need to release and live in the deeper emotions I have been trying to escape.  

As this year comes to a close, I am fully preparing myself for a 365 social experiment. For one whole year, I am choosing to take space from substances completely. I have been really working towards moderation and have been successful.  However, I want to change my habits by reestablishing my psychological pathways.  I just purchased a Daily Affirmation book that will help me work with my Inner Child.  See below for the book, does anyone want to join me on this?  I am vowing to write a blog entry each and every day for 2017.  I am holding myself accountable.

Rokelle Lerner

Order Book Here

2017: A majestic year for a reemergence of Unconditional Acceptance and Unicorn Love

1.) Each day I vow to awake and write at 6:30 a.m.

2.) I will spend my time creating instead of consuming

3.) Fulfillment will be sought out through volunteering, adventuring, and participating in lots of active events. 

More to come… I would like to use music, writing, yoga, creativity, and reading as my healing tools to find myself again. I need to become clear in who I am so I can begin figuring out what I want from this life. 

So much love to you all out there! #lovetrumpshate! 

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Bone broth to soothe the uneasy soul

Man oh man… I awoke in another frenzy this morning.  And when I say frenzy, I truly mean an agitated state upon opening my eyes.  My tummy was in knots, I was dry mouthed, and my heart was racing… Tis’ another morning that I have awoken in this state.bone-broth

I am frustrated with things right now because I feel uneasy yet am unsure as to what to attribute this feeling to.  I guess it’s just the lesson at hand, be patient… Be patient and watch the uneasiness without attaching judgement or any sort of association to it.  It’s almost as if I need to envision the depth of that feeling as clouds passing over. Do not pull out the umbrella quite yet, you are not going to melt if there is rain.

Anyway, I begrudgingly left my warm cozy spot in bed, hopped in the shower, packed my lunch, and off to work I go…

I sit here sipping my bone broth reading so many different articles and sources with conflicting information on whether the Bone Broth Hype is real… All I know is that it adds something soothing, nutritious, and warm as I start the day.

Dr Axe Endorses Bone Broth

NPR’s Analysis of Bone Broth February 2015

Happy Tuesday all! Anyone have any insight or feedback on bone broth?