This is Willard Beach, which provides a good vantage point for my upcoming swim (Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids: CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!!)
The two pictures above were taken during a surf lesson at Corner’s Surf in Old Orchard Beach! I stood up twice! Very fun but I like it when the waves are small(ish); during the lesson some of the waves seemed huge (and scary! haha!)! One of my favorite things is to just float/paddle around on the surf board: very relaxing. We have already amassed quite a bit of gear but an SUP would definitely be really fun around here too. If you are ever in OOB definitely consider a (FREE!!) surf lesson at Corner’s; they are awesome!
Ahhh the sea. Looks like a perfect place for a swim? How about a 2.4 mile swim?
The Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids is one of the oldest open water swims in the US! It begins at Peaks Island and ends at East End Beach in Portland; and I qualified! Yay! So excited to be a part of this cause!
Your donation will help more [southern Maine!] kids to participate in YMCA summer camps, swim lessons, and classes like tumbling, dance, karate, forest exploration, art, and more!
Last year, the YMCA of Southern Maine served nearly 10,000 children and provided more than $1.2 million in financial assistance and program support, ensuring children and teens in our community had the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. The money raised during the Peaks to Portland is a big part of that.
CLICK HERE!!!! to visit my donor page if you are interested in supporting me in this big swim so that more southern Maine kids can have opportunities to get moving and engage with their community + world!!
Passions for MOVEMENT, the ARTS, and the great OUTDOORS are the reasons why I serve others in their path to health as a nurse practitioner. I named my primary care practice Atlantic Family Health because I find the Atlantic ocean to be such a wonderful source of creative inspiration for health!! I am so excited to to support this wonderful cause and help promote the health of southern Maine!!!
Thank you so much for visiting my donor page and for any amount you can give; it is so appreciated!
She is a Maine coon. Maine coons are a more hypoallergenic breed, they are indoor/outdoor great hunters of mice, cuddly, fun and smart: and we are sooooooo excited to have a kitten she is ADORABLE!! It is the first cat I’ve ever had (since I was always prone to allergies) but haven’t had any issues! We did however give Freya back to the bunny farm; she just didn’t seem happy and we thought she missed frolicking with the other bunnies. We see her owner regularly and get updates and pictures; Freya looks really happy to be back at Holland Heart Rabbitry. If we built an outside pen/area (Freya was an indoor bunny!) then we would consider getting bunnies again, but for now we are definitely enjoying this kitty/glad Freya is happy. <3
Summer nights are nearly here! In Maine you can definitely tell it is still spring; still a dozen days until it is officially summer; we are soaking up every minute of the chilly mornings, warm days and cool evenings; it is divine! Happy Monday all and thank you for visiting!
“Grounded” is a great adjective for health. When you love gardening/the dirt/sand/rocks/THE GROUND as much as I do, the concept of being “grounded in health” certainly includes a life lived with deep considerations for/activities involving the LITERAL ground! Understanding where your food comes from and watching it slowly grow deepens your relationship with food and therefore improves your overall health. The beautiful plants we can grow (right in the ground!) can be used as medicine for unbelievable healing and vitality. Spy Garden (this website) was started with my excitement over gardening in, again, THE GROUND!! Now, I am eager to share my work as a nurse practitioner at Atlantic Family Health with you all on this site! The gardening and the healing are definitely, COMPLETELY, totally: related!! Gardening has offered my family, neighbors, friends, and patients innumerable health benefits.
Patient stories of healing (from VERY serious illness/diseases which many doctors said was “impossible” to do) and vibrant health achieved through (chiefly) non-pharmacological based treatments (and certainly treatment involving plant/botanical supplements) has guided my search for knowledge in the quest for highly advanced healing/health. In my experience as an RN, and in my training/education to become an NP, I sought out practitioners to train with whose patients’ were saying these things like:
“I feel better.”
“I am completely healed.”
“I don’t have that problem anymore and I’m off all my prescription medications.”
And I listened VERY INTENTLY to the patients’ stories of HOW they did it.
Even when they had things like diabetes, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, chronic skin conditions, neurological conditions, rare autoimmune diseases, migraines, fertility issues, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, etc., etc., ETC: Healed!
HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS! I was sold on the integrative practice style! And thus, I was eager to start my own practice!!
This coming Sunday, the Grounded in Health event is in this precise spirit of becoming an expert on yourself and working hard on your self-care/health so that you can stop wasting your time and precious life/energy dealing with wretched symptoms! You should be free (of unpleasant symptoms!) so that you can begin work on getting self-actualized/attaining a deeper and deeper (and deeper! Health is a CONSTANT journey!) level of health whilst sharing your unique gifts/talents with your community (and the world)!
That’s my idea of a good time! While the event is subtitled, “An autoimmune event to bring you back to basics” in my clinical experience, focusing on strengthening the immune system, and therefore the body’s own innate ability to heal, certainly brings health to those with autoimmune disorders but ALSO solves tons of other issues not necessarily considered “autoimmune”. So I’d say ANYONE would benefit from this event!
If you are in the area (Portland, Maine) and looking to learn a ton and be inspired in your own path to health, this coming Sunday, come check it out. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!
And now, a bunch of pictures of the ground (and some other things, ha!)
Hope you all had a happy Easter; I feel so blessed to be able to share these sights of spring in Maine with you all! Thank you for visiting Spy Garden!!