My Caregiver Journey 17 February 2019 - Creating Your Life While Dealing with Hospitals

 

 It's been a week and not all good. The question that keeps coming up is What do I want my life to be like, look like, feel like, have in it? Another question is, What am I no longer willing to accept?

The last few days have not been so easy. I did not expect we would end up in the hospital again. I did not expect I would have to make certain choices or set boundaries this trip. Yet, boundaries were set and I was consciously choosing how to take care of myself.

Even while consciously choosing to take care of myself through all this - that did not make it super easy. Being an empath and medium, even when I shield myself or set protection, I still come home from the hospital or serious doctor visits tired, or exhausted. Add stress to this and worry and not enough answers and it can be difficult to get out of bed or make seemingly simple choices.

Choosing to stay in bed and avoid the outside world is a choice. In the end today, I chose to go walk at Naarden-Vesting. I have wanted...

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My Caregiver Journey 11 February 2019 - Seriously? There are Healthy People Outside my House?

 

The last week has not been one I have particularly enjoyed. I am a woman who almost never gets a cold. I haven't had the flu for at least 10 years. I do what I can to stay healthy and drink a tremendous amount of lemon water so I do not get sick. When I am sick, things do not get done and there is always a risk my husband will get sick and that could land him in the hospital.

My body in its infinite wisdom started not feeling quite right a weekend ago. I thought I had an energetic thing going on as there were geomagnetic storms happening. Johan's chemo was bumped by a week so it was to take place last Tuesday. Somehow I knew after we came home, I would probably be sick. I just did not expect the flu.

So the woman who almost never gets sick and feels guilty about taking full days off where she doesn't think about work had no choice but to sleep. I slept most of Wednesday through Saturday with one outing for groceries and another Friday for a short lunch. Hubby was not feeling well...

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My Caregiver Journey 4 February 2019 - What Does Alone Mean to You?

caregiver caregiving Feb 04, 2019
 

Alone.

That word has many different means for different people. For caregivers, it can take on a more negative and low vibrational energy connotation if we are not conscious about shifting this.

Before I met Johan, the man who is now my husband, I was alone as a single mom for several years. All my friends told me when I got divorced that I needed to learn to be alone. It would be good for me. I thought they were nuts.

Turns out though, the year before I met Johan, I really enjoyed being alone when my boys were with their dad. I enjoyed my trip to Europe by myself. I enjoyed the freedom and felt like I was at the beginning of creating a new life for myself.

Then I met Johan and everything changed. No longer would I travel alone or do a lot of things alone, but there would be someone amazing by my side. We were not always together, living on two continents, but when we were, we made the most of our time when his health allowed.

Last year if you have followed my articles, things...

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The Deeper Lessons of Travel

journaling travel wwii Jan 31, 2019

Today I have been preparing marketing pieces for a new webinar I will give, Walking In Their Footsteps, Travel Planning for your World War II Trip to Europe. As I prepare the webinar slides and marketing pieces, I have had the opportunity to look at photos I took while on several Europe trips. You could say I did a little time traveling today.

Looking at photos I have not looked at in a long time, I was reminded of special moments, spiritual experiences, love, loss, and lessons learned. Isn't this something we all do when we go through old photos? Consider the past and how we got from there to here? If you have followed me here or on my WWII Research & Writing Center website for any length of time, you know I am a spiritual person, always seeking to release the past and create more for my future.

Today was no different as I looked at my past through European travel. That travel has taught me many lessons.

  1. I am never alone. Even when I think I'm alone, I'm really not. There...
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My Caregiver Journey 29 January 2019 - How are you this week?

caregiver caregiving Jan 29, 2019
 

A quick check-in from the Netherlands where this week are asking for answers again.

Yesterday was my birthday and it was very low-key. Hubby is not feeling well so we took it easy and went to the golf club for the best burger in the country. Had a long leisurely lunch while the sun played hide and seek with the rain clouds - the usual here in the winter. We enjoyed a quiet evening at home before today's appointments.

I could have sunk into the 'oh the weather is cold, rainy, and grey and it's my birthday and we aren't doing anything big' energy but I did not. Instead I was grateful for being here even with the grey rain than at home in Chicago where it is going to be so cold that records will be set! Grateful for so many small things yesterday and THAT made a huge difference in the energy and made it a beautiful day with my hubby.

I have made it a point not to sink into the negative energy. Lots of factors at play this time but I'm using my caregiver journal, taking time to...

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My Caregiver Journey 21 January 2019 - Acknowledge YOU!

caregiver journal writing Jan 21, 2019
 

This week I invite you to explore through journaling, your story. How did you get to this place in your life? What lessons did you learn?

Where did you choose what was light and where the energy flowed?  Where did you NOT do this?

Through journaling we can look at the lessons we've learned, how far we've come, and acknowledge how amazing and different and special we are. There are no mistakes - everything we have done has helped move us along our path.

I'd love to hear from you if you are journaling or using the Caregiver Journal or the workbook from last week's free workshop. How are the tools helping you shift your life and stay out of the negative energy?

© 2019 Jennifer Holik Finding the Answers Journey

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Acknowleding Gratitude Even in Hard Times

caregiver gratitude Jan 18, 2019
 

As the government shutdown continues, which affects both my ability to give my research clients the answers and closure they seek as well as my income and ability to support my family, I did find gratitude.

Seeking gratitude even in difficult circumstances can help us shift our energy from something icky and negative to something that creates more in our lives. More joy, abundance, choice, possibility, adventure, anything.

What are you grateful for today that was born of a difficult circumstance?

© 2019 Jennifer Holik Finding the Answers Journey

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My Caregiver Journey 14 January 2019

 

The last week has had its ups and downs as I prepare to head back to Europe to be with my husband. I fell back into an energetic pattern of which I have been aware and done nothing to shift. Well last night, my body said END IT! Learn what I'm doing to shift out of this pattern in the video.

What energetic patterns are you aware of that need to shift so you can take better care of yourself and create your life?

© 2019 Jennifer Holik Finding the Answers Journey

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A Healing Educational Project - War Stories

healing Jan 09, 2019

Last year I was approached by a teacher in Vietnam named Ngoc Diệu Nguyễn who was creating a program to share on Microsoft Education called War Stories.   Nguyễn was planning to bring healing to students, veterans of both sides of the Vietnam war, and the world through her program. I was happy to participate because helping the world heal from war is one of my missions.

Program Description from the website:

This collaborative project aims at sparking understanding, empathy, compassion and spreading peace by giving students the chance to talk to veterans, their family members and then share the untold frontline and home front stories with the world.

It is widely accepted that 'History is written by the victors' (Winston Churchill). So how much do we really know about history? This collaboration will open students’ eyes and hearts to the connections historically and emotionally shared between the Vietnamese and Americans or among people directly and indirectly...

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Invitation to Witness my Caregiving Journey

 

It is time to change the energy we, as caregivers, exist in. I am aware something other than the darkness and negativity and fear of uncertainty is possible. Would you like to join me on my journey and witness what takes place?

© 2019 Jennifer Holik Finding the Answers Journey

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