Adventure Rocks

COVID 19 has changed a lot of lives in many ways over the past year.  It has also cancelled, delayed and changed many travel adventures and trips that I had planned, one being a hiking trip in the Grand Canyon.

With little to do, other than to explore the great outdoors locally, I find myself getting bored with the same routine and the same scenery.  I dream about safe travel again and exploring new places.

In my community, Point Rocks has made painting and hiding rocks a community adventure that is fun for kids, families and adults.  Now going out can be a fun scavenger hunt searching for treasures that are hidden at the university, nature reserve, and on city streets.  Rocks are painted with inspirational messages, humor, and beautiful designs.  You never know what you are going to find.  Half the fun is finding the rocks and then re-hiding them so others can play too.

Wherever you are, you can either join in the fun or start your own rocking community.  People post the rocks on their local Facebook page to show which rocks they find and then send them out into the community again.  Great fun for all!

We are never too old to play!

 

Tadasana

Yoga isn’t for everyone but for those who have tried it, find it a wonderful way to relax and quiet the mind and body.  It is a gentle form of exercise that strengthens, tones and renews the body, mind and spirit.

Tadasana, or mountain pose is something that most people can do.  It may seem deceptive because this is pose is so simple, yet it has a lot of health benefits and also makes you feel grounded, balanced and strong.  Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved Body Posture: Our body is affected by the way we sit or stand.  Misalignment can affect our mind and ability to think clearly.
  • Helps with Depression: People with rounded back and drooping shoulders are more prone to depression. Their energy flow is misaligned and leaves them feeling sluggish and low.

Tadasana is a simple and easy yoga practice to begin. I would start with 5 minutes a day.  Find a place that makes you feel good such as facing a window or being outside.

Mountain Pose

  • Stand straight, arms alongside your body
  • Spread your toes
  • Balance the crown of your head directly over the center of your pelvis
  • Soften your eyes and focus on being strong like a mountain
  • Focus on slow gentle breaths as you tune into your body and reflect on mountain strength

This short intro to yoga can be a mini session into creating a healthier more balanced you!  Give it try for at least a week and see if it changes your posture or the way you feel.

Sweet Depression

I grew up on sugar.  The best part of our family meals were desserts.  Everyone looked forward to cakes, cookies, and pies.  Then as children we would go to the dentist and get our cavities filled and be rewarded with candy.  Life has changed since then.  It now has become known that sugar is toxic and highly addictive.

Research indicates that sugar is linked to diabetes, heart disease and even Alzheimer.  What appears to be safe and a treat, is actually dangerous to our health if consumed in large quantities.

Office parties, kids birthday’s and holidays are often filled with sugar.  Our lives seems to revolve around the tempting sweet stuff.  Like caffeine our bodies crave the fix, but the fix is temporary and often times makes us feel worse.  In my private practice as a counselor, I have heard personal stories of sugar causing depression, low energy and poor sleep which results in a higher sugar intake to feel energized.  Then the cycle is repeated and can last years or even a lifetime.

Low sugar intake is recommended for any diet and there are lots of natural sugars to use as a replacement including honey, molasses, coconut sugar, maple syrup and stevia.

The next time you reach for a candy bar or piece of cake, pay attention to how you feel physically, emotionally and mentally both before and after you it it.  If your body is intolerant of sugar you will notice low energy, depression and brain fog among other symptoms. If you are struggling with any of these symptoms take steps to reduce or eliminate sugar from your daily intake.  This may be difficult at first, but your body and mind will thank you.  Also ask yourself why you are eating sugar.

Life is meant to be sweet, but not too sweet…

 

 

Heavenly Horchata

Being a cinnamon lover and valuing the nutritional and medicinal properties of the spice, I was delighted recently when I found Horchata in my local grocery store.  I had never had the drink before but love rice milk, cinnamon and vanilla, so knew I had to try it.

The drink tastes great on its own but I added in herbal coffee for a twist.  You can make your own Horchata from scratch, but I cheated and used the box mix (below):

Recipe:

Add 8-16 ounces of Rice Dream Brand Horchata

I cup crushed or chopped ice

Lightly mix or blend in a blender

Pour 1-3 shots of coffee or Herbal coffee over the top

Drink up!

 

 

 

A New Country Every Night!

The pandemic has stopped all of my travel plans, so I have been forced to armchair travel.  It may sound boring, but it gives me a taste of which countries I want to travel to in the future.

So far I have visited the Congo, Afghanistan, Zanskar, Tajikistan, India, Iran, Benin and Bhutan. Through YouTube documentaries I have cooked in remote villages in India with colorful spices and have driven through dangerous steep mountain roads in the the Hindu Kush.

Armchair travel has been fun, and I’m learning a lot about new places as I add them to my bucket list of places to travel.

The pandemic has lasted much longer than expected, and appears to not be going away, so for me, its about how can I continue to do the things that I love in a safe way that inspire and motivates me to get through the hard times.

Wherever you are, even if it is sitting on your own couch, you can still travel if your passion is to experience other cultures, other countries, or worlds other than your own.  Travel is a way of enriching your life, your knowledge, and your understanding of what life is like elsewhere.

Below is a link to one of my books about my own travel experiences.  Travel has always renewed my spirit and provided me with a sense of adventure. In Nomadic Tales of a Traveling Counselor, I explore my own fears through solo and group experience to some of the most beautiful remote places on earth.

https://www.tomorrowriverpublishing.com/product/nomadic-tales-of-a-traveling-counselor/

https://www.amazon.com/Nomadic-Traveling-Counselor-Karolee-Krause/dp/1691838829/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=nomadic+tales+of+a+traveling+counselor&qid=1594306536&sr=8-1

Life Warrior – The Everyday Summit

A transformational metaphysical journey to becoming a leader and warrior within.

Embark on one of the most rewarding and challenging adventures that you have ever taken. As a warrior, your journey is a solo one in which you will commit to a new path, one of personal strength and power that will ultimately lead to a new life.

A new path, the warriors path is about to begin if you are ready this moment offers you a new journey, one that will change your life forever.

Available on Tomorrow River Publishing, Amazon and Kindle

https://www.tomorrowriverpublishing.com/product/life-warrior/

https://www.amazon.com/Life-Warrior-Everyday-Karolee-Krause-ebook/dp/B08BKTN4YJ/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=life+warrior+the+everyday+summit&qid=1592925646&sr=8-2

Restless Soul Syndrome

Enter the world of psychotherapy and the search for purpose and meaning.

Through individualized therapy sessions, explore common everyday struggles with career, life changes, relationship conflict, grief and loss.

Some people simply question, while others search for a lifetime.  What are you searching for?

Available on Tomorrow River Publishing, Amazon and Kindle

https://www.tomorrowriverpublishing.com/product/restless-soul-syndrome/

https://www.amazon.com/Restless-Soul-Syndrome-Karolee-Krause/dp/1693415054/ref=sxts_sxwds-bia-wc-p13n1_0?cv_ct_cx=restless+soul+syndrome&dchild=1&keywords=restless+soul+syndrome&pd_rd_i=1693415054&pd_rd_r=b6d945b6-9739-4ba2-9296-5f5252f1d8f7&pd_rd_w=kPNPd&pd_rd_wg=sg3XJ&pf_rd_p=7f71fdcf-aa37-4d97-b40d-864dcfdc13e5&pf_rd_r=S5FMSX006DDPDT2BRZ80&psc=1&qid=1592229904&sr=1-1-beb77b32-1078-477f-b152-b09baa1ee7f7

Helping Kids to Adjust to Life Post Pandemic

Pesky Pinkerton’s Post Pandemic

Through the use of storytelling and humor, Pesky Pinkerton’s Post Pandemic is about a cat that had adjusted to his nutty human parents being home with him every day. But now he has to adjust to his parents going back to work and life resuming as it was before the pandemic. This story is about how Pinkerton the cat copes with anxiety as life changes and moves forward again.

Available at Tomorrow River Publishing, Amazon and Kindle

https://www.tomorrowriverpublishing.com/product/pesky-pinkertons-post-pandemic/

https://www.amazon.com/Pesky-Pinkertons-Pandemic-Karolee-Krause-ebook/dp/B089B5ZW74/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=pesky+pinkerton&qid=1591278216&sr=8-1

 

A Home Filled with Soul

A few years ago I bought a rather large house in the White Mountains of Arizona.  The house was at an elevation of over 7000 feet and had huge natural wooden beams in the vaulted ceiling and on the 27 step staircase to the loft.  The fireplace was built of natural stone.  It was a beautiful house with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.  It was actually to large for myself, but I loved it.

Shortly after I moved into it, I discovered a tiny village near Show Low, Arizona.  I spotted a tiny house for sale and immediately fell in love with it.  It was rustic and had a lot of character.  Although the tiny village was not off grid, it was somewhat off grid, only a few miles from town.  I was disappointed because if I hadn’t purchased my large house, I would have purchased the tiny house and have experienced a new lifestyle.

Now I live in a small 1000 foot home.  The size feels large with the exception of having literally no storage space, something I neglected to notice when I purchased it, but because of its size, I know that I could downsize again and minimize what I have on an even smaller scale.

I think about how when we release what we do not need and minimize our collection of material goods, that we see and experience life in a new and different way.  What was once important, no longer is.  Our time is not spent on yard work, cleaning the house, or making home repairs, but is spent on what truly matters to us.

Large houses cost more money to repair, to heat, and to cool.  The more space we have, the more stuff we naturally accumulate.

It’s inspiring to watch others downsize and live tiny.  At a time when life is so precious and most of us are facing some kind of major life change or challenge, it leads me to reflect on what I have, what’s important, and what needs to go.

Tiny living?  I would love to experience it some day.  I don’t want to get lost in the clutter of life.  One or two frying pans, a few forks and spoons, what else do we need other than  a home filled with soul.