It’s that time of the year again. The time where the rest of the world seems to come to a screeching halt and we make way for the thing we work all year for: FOOTBALL SEASON.
I use the term “we” because as the head coach’s wife, my contribution might not be that as of a coach, but rather as a support system and sounding board. I have to admit, as I go into my eighth season(!) as a coach’s wife, I’ve come into my own in knowing my roll as the backbone of the support system. I’m the rallier of friends, the buyer or beer, the queen of keeping people together. I know I sound ridiculous and full of myself. But this is a tough job. Someone has to do it. Since I married CC, that is my job, and I do take it quite seriously.
Ultimately, it’s a lot of fun. Friday nights are the nights of lost sleep. Nights of too many laughs (occasionally tears). Nights of late night kitchen dance parties and celebratory toasts. Nights of rehashing plays and figuring out what went wrong. Nights spent with people that have become the most amazing family of friends a girl could ever ask for. Or a coach for that matter!
Season opener is this Friday night at home. 5th season at this school. 3rd season in our still sparking brand new stadium. I won’t make any projections or predictions because I too have become very superstitious over the years and I have specific routines I follow and traditions to maintain. Right now I’m simply preparing for a night of fun and making sure that I have everything I need:
Lucky scarf? ✔️
Handwritten love note? ✔️
Gear bag of goodies? ✔️
Bleacher blanket freshly washed? ✔️
Green team Tshirt? ✔️
New air horns? ✔️
Camping chair for personal seating section? Still in CC’s truck, must get out this week! 😁
My group of supportive friends? Geared up and ready to go!
Whew! It’s going to be a great season! Here’s to the next 12-15 weeks! Go Cougars!
As of today I am 20 pounds from reaching the first weight loss goal I have ever set for myself. I have lost 46 pounds since May of 2015. I can hardly believe it. I have walked off all that weight, toned up my muscles and changed my life. My work life is better, my married life is better, and my relationship with food is much better. I’ve learned how to cut myself off, but how not to deprive myself, I’ve learned that one margarita is good, but three is wasted calories. I was never a big soda drinker outside of mix drinks, and other than ginger beer, I don’t miss it. Water is my go to and constant companion. The more I drink, the better I feel. I’ve learned how to gage my day by my water intake and at what point I have to increase if I haven’t met or might miss my daily goal. Everything has changed, and for the better.
The hardest part lately has been buying the right sized clothes. I’ve only been buying basics because especially as of late, I’m losing weight too quickly to keep things in my closet for anything longer than a season.
Honestly though, I didn’t know I was capable of taking this control back and losing weight like this. Prior to spring last year I wasn’t ready, so I don’t have any regrets. This experience has truly changed me and my outlook on many things. I can get all sorts of shit done. It might take weeks, month or even years, but I can do it. Even with 3 months of daily work with no change, I can push though and create that change with hard work and complete dedication. (February thru May of this year was really hard!) Seeing the changes on the scales and finally really being able to see it with my eyes, makes me feel fearless again. It’s like I’m 27 again and I can take on the world. Only now I’m nearly 36 and I have so much more knowledge.
Recently I was asked to help lead a YoungLiving class on massage and essential oils. The focus is to help people create a spa environment in their own homes. I was asked to share my own routine in the treatment room, and since I typed it up, I figured I may as well share it with you too!
Essential oil routine I use in my studio:
At the beginning of day I clean the defuser and chose the day’s oils. Typically I do lavender (relaxation) and cedarwood (grounding). I also like citrus blends (jade lemon, lemongrass, citrus fresh, grapefruit) or florals (geranium, basil) or a combination there of if I am doing waxing or nail services. I have found that I prefer to use individual notes instead of blends in my defuser, blends like Stress Away can make me too relaxed and sometimes sleepy, which isn’t good in the middle of my work day!
I get the massage table ready with clean linens and spritz lavender and purification between the sheets and over the top of the table after I finish. Before my client comes in, I also like to spritz myself with a blend of purification and grounding. I believe this helps to prepare myself and my energy for the client, it also sets the tone that my space is ready to welcome the client.
I use pure coconut oil for my massage medium. I prefer non-fractionated, and it is easy to customize with oils or use alone. Coconut oil moisturizes the skin without leaving it greasy or leaving a residue. It gives an excellent slip and glide for massage, plus very few people are allergic to it and it washes very cleanly from sheets and towels.
Oils I may add to my massage base:
Lavender: for relaxation
Stress Away blend: for clients needing extra help relaxing and those experiencing tension headaches, people who find relaxing difficult
Purification: if the client is getting over a cold, fighting one off, under a lot of stress, experiencing outside emotional issues, exuding or needs to be cleansed of negative energy
R.C blend: allergy sufferers, anyone getting over any sinus issue, to help relieve the stuffy head people get from laying in a massage head cradle
PanAway blend: for my athletes and crossfitters
YoungLiving does make massage oil blends. All should be shaken well before use. I use these in conjunction with my coconut oil massage base. Can be used alone. Here are a few I utilize:
V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex: can be used to create custom massage oil blends or to dilute essential oils for sensitive skin. Ingredients: coconut oil, sesame oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil, sunflower seed oil, olive oil.
Ortho Ease Massage Oil: I use this on clients experiencing tension, overworked muscles, when doing deep tissue work. Ingredients: coconut oil, wintergreen, grape seed oil, peppermint, juniper, eucalyptus globulus, eucalyptus radiata, thyme, lemongrass, marjoram, vetiver, wheat germ oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil
Ortho Sport Massage Oil: used on athletes, clients who have physical labor jobs, post work out. Ingredients: coconut oil, grape seed oil, wintergreen, peppermint, oregano, eucalyptus globulus, Elena, wheat germ oil, vetiver, lemongrass, sweet almond oil, thyme, olive oil.
Relaxation massage oil: high stress clients, hard to relax clients, tension, headaches, PMS issues, clients experiencing restlessness. Ingredients: coconut oil, grape seed oil, tangerine, lavender, spearmint, ylang ylang, peppermint, coriander, bergamot, wheat germ oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, geranium.
I like to finish my massages with the feet, and I like to add a couple drops of peppermint oil to the feet. It’s cooling and refreshing after a long day, feels great when it’s so hot outside and during the winter can be very comforting as a holiday scent.
After I clean up my room when I am done with my client, I again spritz the room with my purification/grounding blend. It refreshes the air and gets the energy in the space ready for the next client.
The blends I use contain similar single note essential oils, making it easy for my space to have a signature scent that creates an atmosphere that is relaxing, inviting and safe when people come into my office. Additionally, I’m creating olfactory memories with my clients. They will remember the smells of the oils I use and when they smell them outside of my massage space, hopefully the emotional response will trigger an association with happiness, relaxation, and comfort.
Noted blends are all YoungLiving
Purification: citronella, lemongrass, Rosemary, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), lavandin, myrtle
Stress Away: copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, ocotea, lavender
R.C: myrtle, eucalyptus globulus, marjoram, pine, eucalyptus citriodora, lavender, cypress, eucalyptus radiata, spruce, peppermint
Grounding: white fir, spruce, ylang ylang, pine, cedarwood, Angelica, juniper
PanAway: wintergreen, helichrysum, clove, peppermint
Additionally, I know I didn’t touch on Raindrop Therapy, which is hugely popular and YoungLiving makes a great kit for this modality. I have been trained to do Raindrop, but the combination of oils makes me violently ill. It’s been several years since I have attempted the modality, and I am willing to try it again, but at the time I do not practice it.
Kinda “meh” about this month’s bag. I’ve retaken the quiz to try to stop getting nail polish, but it keeps happening. The eyeshadow is a horrible color and the completion booster I won’t use. Not sure about this mask/moisturizer/primer. I’m afraid to try it on my oily skin in 100 degree California heat. The bag is way to girly for me. The mascara is cool though. I used that yesterday. I feel the impending cancellation though. Maybe it’s time to try Birtchbox again.
I’ve been getting tattooed since I was almost 19. In the last 10 years, on average, I get tattooed about every 4-5 months. I used to look forward to getting tattooed, and would plan out my sessions well in advance and have designs picked out or I would be ready to settle into finishing up a work in progress.
Lately, it hasn’t been that easy. Getting tattooed has never been a walk in the park, but especially the last 3 three years, it’s been nearly intolerable. This is sad because my tattoo journey isn’t over yet. I’m not willing to be done. I love the end result. I love my tattoos. I was going in for only hour long sessions because anything longer was too painful. This pissed me off. In my twenties I could sit for hours, not so much in my thirties.
Enter HUSH Anesthetic. I finally sucked it up and bought a kit: 2oz bottles of the gel, spray and foam soap. I was happy to try this botanically based product that is vegan and cruelty free. I was happy to try anything that took the edge off. Today was the day. I have a piece on my lower left leg that I really would like to finish this year.
I put the gel on thick, without rubbing it in and wrapped it in plastic, just like the directions said. It felt a little tingly, cool and warm at the same time. After an hour, my artist was ready and so was I. My nerves were ready to be in pain and my leg already wanted to cramp to ease the reflex to kick my artist in the face.
Then I realized that I couldn’t feel anything. I heard the tattoo gun and I knew I was being touched, but there was no pain. Occasionally I had a little twinge, but mostly nothing. He took two breaks, spraying my leg down with the numbing spray each time. I read nearly 100 pages in my book. I haven’t read during a tattoo in ages. I was quiet, I was enjoying the time. I was astounded. So was my artist. He said the tattoo was much easier for him to do as well. After about 2 hours, the pain came in full force, and I didn’t want to push it, so we stopped. I have to tell you, it was awesome. To sit and feel mostly no pain. At. All.
I’m actually looking forward to my next tattoo session, and I plan to buy this product again. It was worth every cent.