Tea Tree Oil Spray and Tinea Versicolor

Teatree

Even though Tinea Versicolor (a fungal skin problem) is related to what is going on inside of your body, sometimes you just need a quick fix.  I have had Tinea my entire adult life and have tried everything.  The first doctor I went to told me that I should get a tan to reduce its appearance (I am not joking…she clearly doesn’t understand Tinea)  and then she laughed at me when I asked her if soap would make it worse which made me feel stupid, then she prescribed something for jock itch.  The next doctor prescribed Selson Blue which is a pain in the ass to keep up with.  Ughhh.

After trying these treatments I decided that I didn’t want to expose myself to all these chemicals, so while at New Seasons Market I asked a woman in the wellness department if she had any suggestions for my fungal skin problem and she showed me a tea tree oil spray made by Desert Essence.  It has a strong frangrance but it works so well!  In a week of using it once per day the Tinea disappears!  It comes back after I quit using it, but until I figure out how to balance out whatever forces are going on inside of me, it’s nice to have a quick solution, especially during bathing suit season.

Save Squash Seeds and Roast Them!

I was in the process of scraping the seeds out of my delicata squash to throw away when I paused and realized that if pumpkin seeds are good, other squash seeds are probably good too!  It amazes me how many ridiculous things I do simply out of habit.  I am learning how to be more mindful and every now and then I wake up to whatever task I am doing.  I try to be in that moment completely and ask all sorts of questions like, “Why am I doing this?”, “What part of my task could be unnecessary?”, “What if I tried something different?”, “How can I make this task easier?”.  I believe habits are a wonderful thing and often important to happiness, but every now and then, pause and wake up to what you are doing and ask questions….something like roasted squash seeds could happen:)

Remember to soak them in order to get all of the nutrition you can out of them before you roast them.  Soaking makes them easier to digest as well.  Check out this blog “The Radiant Life”  for more information and a guide for how to soak all kinds of nuts and seeds:That’s Nuts! A Complete Guide to Soaking Nuts and Seeds

Labor of Love

All that I own fits into a 26 foot 1989 Mallard Sprinter.  That’s only 75 square feet, but 75 square feet means freedom to me!  I love that each time I make a payment, the money is going towards paying off my RV, not to a landlord.  I do pay a tiny amount of “rent” for a parking space with full hookups, but that is nothing compared to the $850 plus utilities I was paying with my ex husband for 350 square feet in Portland.  So…all in all, I pay $450 for water, sewer, garbage, electricity, insurance and my credit card payment!  I save $100 a month because I get a discount, but still!!!  I am free to decorate, I am free to renovate, I’m free to unplug and drive my home around, I am free from roommates, and I am free to save money!  My boyfriend Matt and I want to be able to have a patch of dirt to call our own someday and living in an RV is one choice I can make to achieve that goal.

Above all though, living in an RV means that my ecological footprint is lower.  I use less water and electricity, and I can’t buy stuff I don’t need because I simply don’t have room for it!

If my story inspires you, hold up for a second…You probably won’t listen to this advice (I didn’t), but here it is anyway:

Adjust your expectations.  Expect to pay three times as much and spend four times as long as you think it will take to make it livable.  You are going to think to yourself that your situation is different but it won’t be.  The reality is that an old RV is an old RV.  Water will find it’s way in.  RV’s decorated within 10 years of the 90’s are hideous and you will want to make updates and this will cost money.  Engines need constant maintenance and old things break.  Simply accept and expect that having an RV will be a labor of love and you’ll be so much happier:)

Crystal Pavement

I was a cranky mess the other morning.   It was 6:45, 20 degrees, and I had a soar throat.  My boyfriend called out to me as I rode away and asked me to think of what I am grateful for.  My mood is always transformed in such a beautiful way when I allow myself to feel gratitude.

When I got onto the road, the pavement under me glistened with ice crystals, Mt. Baldy was entranced by fog, and the sun was rising making the sky a faint color of orange.  I am grateful for my bike and that I get to ride to work so early in the morning and experience such beauty.  I get to experience nature in a way I didn’t get to when I commuted by car.  Getting to work now is a form of play, and it feels like an obstacle course full of crunchy ice to ride over, leaves to dodge, and pigeons to set into flight.