Sunday, September 28, 2014

Deep Thoughts On a Rainy Sunday Morning

Do you have the exact same relationship with everyone in your life?

Of course not.

You wouldn't greet your mailman with a kiss and a, "Hi, honey! Dinner's on the table." (Or maybe you would. I don't know. But I don't greet mine that way. I'd probably scare the poor fellow to death.)

You know you have different relationships with your friends. There's that one friend you call when you want to go see the latest movie. The other friend you call when you need a shoulder to cry on. Sometimes they're one and the same, but you've experienced it - sometimes there's a certain person you want to talk to because you know they'll "get" you when no one else will. No offense to your other friends, but they aren't on that same wavelength. 

You'll relate with each of your children differently because they're different people. I obviously interact with my eighteen-year-old daughter differently than I do my three sons because she's older and she's the only girl. I don't take my boys bra shopping. We don't have long talks about "girl stuff." And of course I do things with the boys that I don't do with her. I love them all equally, but my relationships with them are not all the same. They're separate, unique, and individual.

Today I've been thinking about the relationships we develop with our Savior. We have a tendency to compare ourselves to those around us. We wonder why our relationship with Christ isn't the same as the relationship our next-door neighbor has with Him, and we feel as though we're somehow lacking because it's different.

And yet, just as we don't have the exact same relationship with everyone in our lives, the Savior doesn't have the exact same relationship with each of us. He sees us as individuals. He thinks about each and every one of us as a separate, unique person, and so He relates to us as separate, unique people.

Our task, then, is not to seek out a relationship with the Savior that's just like our neighbor's or our sister's or our friend's, but to strengthen the relationship that we, as an individual, have with Him. To learn more about Him and how to interact with Him on a one-on-one basis, to make that relationship more and more important to us every day. And then our next task is not to compare. Your interaction with the Savior, your very personal, custom-made for you relationship, is a precious gift, one you can build on and refine, and you shouldn't feel as though Betty Jo's is somehow better. It's not better because it's not yours.

I am deeply grateful to know that our Savior doesn't view us all in a lump. Instead, He looks at us one at a time as separate beings and takes the time to think about our needs and our goals and dreams and aspirations. I'm so grateful to know that I can study and pray and attend the temple and come to know Him more and more each day, and that someday, I can come to know Him just as well as He knows me. And I'm also grateful to know that it's my journey. It's not a race. I'm not trying to reach that level faster than my friend or my neighbor.

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, does live, and He does love us. His Atonement makes possible everything we do. And I'm so honored and blessed and proud to call Him my brother and my friend.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Flax Seed Formula

This is it ... the blog people have been asking me to write for years and that I just now got around to posting!

This blog post isn't intended to diagnose a condition or tell y'all what to do. I'm just sharing my experiences, and maybe they'll be helpful to you. If nothing else, maybe they'll be mildly entertaining.

When I was seventeen, I developed carpal tunnel. I didn't have a job or a driver's license yet, so I spent a lot of time at home crocheting, typing, and doing other things that are essentially really bad for your hands (repetitive movement). I'd go to bed at night with braces on my wrists and Mineral Ice slathered up to nearly my elbows, and some nights I couldn't sleep at all because the pain was so bad.

A co-worker of my dad's had just gotten surgery for her carpal tunnel, and he took me over to meet her. She explained the procedure, and I decided I'd have to go that route as well. It was to the point where I couldn't use my hands much at all anymore, and sometimes the pain was enough to make me cry.

Well, around in this same period of time, I met up with a homeopathic doctor (I forget why I was going to him in the first place. Oh! Chronic ear infections. That's why. Carry on.) and I mentioned to him that I was going to have surgery for carpal tunnel. He asked me to hold off for just a bit and told me to take vitamin B complex. He said that would nourish my wrists and allow them to rebuild. I wasn't totally excited about having the surgery anyway, so I was more than happy to put it off (I hadn't seen a surgeon yet, so it wasn't a big deal to delay).

The B complex vitamins took enough of an edge off the pain after a few weeks that I decided not to have surgery after all. I got a job and was able to do my tasks without difficulty, but I still had to watch how much typing I did, etc. I carried on this way for about a year.

Then an awesome thing happened.

I met Matt Pinkston.

Isn't he cute?

But I digress.

We started dating, and I mentioned one day that I take B complex for my carpal tunnel. He said something that literally changed my life. He told me to add flax seed oil to what I was already taking.

(Cue angelic bursts of song.)

I picked up some flax seed oil and started taking it, and that combination absolutely cleared up my carpal tunnel. As in, I don't have it anymore.

And I was so grateful, I decided to marry the man.

He and I have done some research to figure out why this works. Here's what we discovered.

Like my doctor told me, B complex nourishes the wrists. The flax seed oil goes in and lubricates them and strips out the uric acid, which builds up with repetitive motion. So basically, it's a one-two-three punch. You strip out the build-up, lubricate the joint, and then nourish it. I've found that it works for my other joints as well.

Over the years, I've shared this secret with everyone who tells me they're suffering from carpal tunnel. Some look at me like I'm crazy. Others want to know if I've invested in the flax seed oil industry and have something to gain by making this recommendation (I haven't invested, but I really should). Many aren't interested in trying a natural remedy. But those who have tried it and given it a sincere go have found relief of their symptoms. For some, it hasn't been complete relief, but it's been enough to take the edge off their pain and make life more manageable for them.

Now again, I'm not trying to tell you what to do. I'm just telling you what worked for me and for many of my friends, and you can decide for yourself if you'd like to give it a go. At the worst, you've cleaned out some cholesterol and reduced your stress levels (other benefits of flax seed oil and B complex). At the best, you've helped yourself with a debilitating condition. You've really got very little to lose here.

If you'd like to give it a try, head on down to Walmart or other place that sells stuff and pick up a bottle of flax seed capsules and another of B complex vitamins. Then take, for the first week:

Six flax seed capsules and three B complex per day, spread out throughout the day

For the second week, take:

Four flax seed capsules and two B complex per day, spread out throughout the day

And then after that, every day take:

Two flax seed capsules and one B complex per day

You will know after a few weeks if it's going to help you out, and your expenditure will be about twenty bucks to give it a try. That's it.

 Today, I can type for hours and hours without a single twinge. At a recent writers' retreat, I wrote nearly 25,000 words in two and a half days, and my hands/wrists didn't bother me at all. My sitter-downer gives out long before my wrists do. And I'm to the point where I don't even need the two flax every day - now I take it about once a week.

This is just my story about how I was on the brink of surgery and was able to avoid it and also improve my overall quality of life. It's not for everyone, and I understand that. But it might help for some. If you have any questions, please let me know. And have a great weekend.  :)

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Watchers by Deirdra Eden

The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light

 In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, demons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.

“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.

Watch the amazing Knight of Light book trailer on youtube.

About the Author

"My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures."
-Deirdra Eden

Find Deirdra Eden and The Watchers Series online at AmazonDeirdra's website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad, and Pinterest.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Double Cover Reveal!

So, you might have noticed by now that I own a publishing company. We're kicking off a brand-new line of romance novels starting this week with a book by me, writing as Paige Timothy, and one by my good friend Karen E. Hoover, writing as Raine Gillespie. Help us celebrate with this cover reveal!

Hearts in Harmony by Raine Gillespie
And Something Blue by Paige Timothy
Official Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal Date: Monday, August 25th
Release Date: August 26th
Both of these books are part of the Sweet and Clean Romance Collection
Genre: Sweet Romance
Publisher: Trifecta Books ~
Host: Silverbow Promotions ~

Hearts in Harmony Book Blurb:
Elahna Nezario gave up her musical dreams to help run The Queen of Hearts, her mother’s chocolate shop, after her sister’s sudden death. After an unfortunate run in with Elahna’s childhood crush, owner of The Dolce Theater, not only do her dreams surge back to life, but so does her heart.

Author Bio: Raine Gillespie may be new to romance, but she is by no means new to writing. Needing an alias to separate her genres, Raine Gillespie is the pen name for Karen E. Hoover, author of The Wolfchild Saga, The Newtimber series, and The Misadventures of a Teenage Wizard. If you like Raine's writing style, take a look at Karen's fantasy and explore a bit of the impossible made real.

Author Links:
Website ~

And Something Blue Book Blurb:
Bridal consultant Laurie Fletcher spends her days helping others prepare for the most special day of their lives. Will true love ever come her way, or is she doomed to watch others get their happily ever after?

Author Bio: Paige Timothy is new to the romance scene, but she's certainly not new to the industry. Under her other pen names, she has published thirty books in a wide variety of genres. With her new series, the Main Street Merchants, Paige is embarking on a new journey that promises to be filled with adventure.

Author Links

You’re invited to the release party! Games, Giveaways, and More!

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