Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Opportunity knocks

I was massaging a gal today that is about to start her Freshman year at MIT. I could hear both her excitement and trepidation as she breathlessly told me about choosing dorm rooms and how after the first week you move so you can't really unpack anything. I asked her if she knew anyone else attending and she answered "Only the 4 or 5 people she met when she was there for the tour."
I remembered how that all felt. The fierce desire to leave home, explore new things and meet new people and that terror of who will do my laundry and what if I need a hug from my dad? And I thought about how she has the rest of her life poised in front of her. And then I realized...we all do. I might not be moving across country (as I did already once) and I'm not starting a new school (as I did already once) but with every choice we make in life there is both fear and excitement.
A new business, a new investment, a relationship. Everything we do is like that first day of Freshman year, scary and invigorating all at the same time. And now I know that with change comes growth. And though I know the laundry will get done and I still don't get enough hugs from my dad in Pittsburgh that my life is constantly unfolding before me. And thank god I'm not a Freshman in college anymore!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Amazing Experiences

I was thinking today how amazing it is the amount of people I come in contact with. I have the privilege of working on some wonderful people and learning and growing through them. I've massaged mothers, fathers, grandparents, a 102 year old, a dying woman, pregnant women, a priest, an ex-con, gay, lesbian, Scientologists, Mormons, Jehovah's Witness, poor, rich, handicapped, celebrity. The list is never ending. How many people get such exposure to that kind of diversity? I feel so lucky that I get to share healing with so many people, it really is awesome, in the true sense of the word. So, learn what you can from everyone. Every person you come in contact with is a teacher. Take it!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

the reluctant workout

It was one of those morning when the last thing I wanted to do was haul my butt out of bed and workout. But I did. And you know what? It was well worth it.
I have a personal trainer, never thought I'd have one of those, but I do. I almost cancelled. I had the phone in my hand, but thought, ya know, just do it Gruver, don't be a puss. So, I went. I was cranky, I told her so. And 5o minutes later after stretchy bands and push up and jumping back and forth on a box...I didn't feel as tired and I didn't feel as cranky. It sort of perked me up a bit.
And after the workout, her saying, "I know you didn't really want to do this, and you did great. Good job!" was just what I needed to hear. Definately PERSONAL training. Mikki's awesome, check her out.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It never ends

It seems that the work never ends. I massage all day and then come home and answer emails, send receipts, balance the check book and deal with my other businesses. (and squeeze in husband time) I wonder sometimes what it's like to be someone that isn't this driven. I wonder what it must be like to work, eat dinner and then sit on the couch and watch tv or play video games and then get up and do it again. I'm not sure that I'd like it. I'm in the middle of an Anatomy and Physiology final. I should get that done. And then sleep. That'd be nice....

Saturday, July 26, 2008

What happens in Vegas...

Here I am in balmy 106 degree Vegas. I'm here for my third Naturopath conference and this is the first one where I can officially call myself Doctor. But not in CA, a whole 'nother story! It's interesting to me that Vegas; the land of obesity, gambling and beer at 8am would be the site for a natural health conference. I wonder if it's so we have a bunch of case studies at our disposal.

I've been to numerous lectures and about to enjoy a fabulous dinner at Le Cirque at the Bellagio. My husband is at home in Santa Barbara and I really miss having him around. Especially during a nice meal where we would discuss flavors and textures.

Tomorrow I brush up on my CPR and get recertified. Since I haven't studied that since I was in 9th grade I thought I should brush up on those skills. Never know when something like that will come in handy. So, that's been my weekend. Lectures, food and CPR. I did a guest interview on this afternoon. That was very fun and I hope you'll all check it out. Dr. Ben-Joseph, whose show it is has thousands of medical studies referenced on his website. You can check out anything!

I'm glad to be back writing again and will keep you all posted on my profession and what is happening in the world of natural health. Good things on the horizon. Keep checking back!