Spring has arrived here in Athabasca, AB, Canada and the bird song is bursting forth with great exuberance! Below is a timely replay of my seasonal spring allergy blog (and includes a link to a free meditation). The onset of spring coincides with the onset of...
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Two exercises (and a drink) to support your liver
As May draws near, can you feel the energetic shift in the atmosphere? Those of us in the Northern hemisphere point our faces in the direction of the sun as we step outside. We pause. We smile as we feel warmth and light bathe our skin. As we unbutton our coats and...
Gifts of Gratitude: A 31-Day Challenge!
My Seventh Annual Gifts of Gratitude starts Dec.1! Will you be joining me? I know you have experienced many challenges over the past couple of years. I have too, in fact I am recovering from Covid as I write this from my bed. What an interesting time we're in! It's...
A Dip into the Sea of Tranquility–transforming stress and anxiety into peace
Stress and anxiety can be debilitating both physically and emotionally. I know people who feel like they can’t breathe or are having a heart attack when stress or anxiety peaks. For me, stress is more of a daily wave I try to ride without getting caught up in the...
New Year New Beginnings
Happy 2020! I hope your year is going smoothly so far! Here in northern Alberta, Canada, we are shivering through -40°C temperatures without the wind-chill! Five days and counting! So while I'm hibernating and being serenaded by snoring (bored) dogs, I'm doing some...
What does self-care mean to you?
I sat down to write a post on self-care as it has been forefront on my mind lately. In doing my research, I found this post from a few years back, dusted it off, did some updating, and thought it would be good to share it with you. Years ago, when I first heard the...
Christmas past, presence, and future
As the holidays approach, the season of giving and receiving is upon us. This is also a time when our hearts are very open. I love traditions and certain pastimes are ingrained in me, and hopefully, my kids. For example, that they always get to open one present on...
Let’s talk Asparagus!
I am an advocate for eating foods that naturally grow in the current season. I am also an advocate of eating locally grown foods where possible. This can limit one’s diet, though, living in the boreal forest! So. . . while aspen bark and rose hips may be very...
A simple exercise to feel happiness and find gratitude
In a recent post, I talked about how feelings of happiness and joy can lead to health and healing. Some questions I received related to how one can find happiness and feel it more often. When things are not going so great, it can be difficult to find moments of...
What would happen if you played more?
By that I mean, what if you let yourself be led by inspiration? What if you followed a dream? What if you played with the idea of what could be? What would happen? It's so easy to get caught up in living our lives out of obligation. Sure there are things you are...
The Biggest Love I have known, so far
This blog was featured on Huffington Post. Click here if you'd like to see it over there, with all the shiny lights. If you enjoy it, please like and share (it helps me out!). In my part of the world (Alberta, Canada) the days are getting shorter and summer is winding...
Nature, Nurture, and Nourish – A Woman's Retreat Nov. 6-8, 2015
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED! EMAIL ME TO GET NOTIFIED OF MY NEXT RETREAT SPRING 2016! A magical retreat for women who feel called. We will retreat to a cozy lodge in the Rocky Mountain Foothills of Alberta, Canada. Breathe..... Breathe again, deeper..... Ah, that’s...
A retreat with Butternut Squash Soup
I haven’t been writing lately. I am not sure why. My last post in June was about a retreat I attended at Hollyhock. Here I am in November, and I find myself in another retreat. This one is different. As I mentioned in June, according to Wikipedia, a retreat is...
It all comes back to the tribe
I have just come off a soul-healing retreat at Hollyhock, on Cortes Island, BC. This is the first retreat I have attended. During my many years of holistic work, there have been multitudes of courses and workshops, but they all had the commonality of disseminating...
My way is not the only way: breaking down failure
Last month I felt failure. Luke was diagnosed with an ear infection, a sinus infection, and—as if that wasn’t enough—pneumonia. I know now that I didn’t fail. But I felt like I had. We are hard on ourselves at times. It’s normal. My story touched some of you and...
Today I have failed
I have failed. Luke is sick. As he sleeps bedside me in bed I send so much love into his beautiful 12 year old body. As he breathes through his mouth I notice blood on his teeth and braces from his dry cracked lips. His eyes are moving around under is delicate long...
Goal-Setting: but really, let’s call it planning
Happy 2014! It’s January. If you know me, you know what that means: reflecting and goal-setting! Many folks are against goal-setting. I have to admit, goal-setting gets me worked up too, but I do it anyway. Critics say that goals are too binding, too blinding (you...
Let love be your guide
Winter is the season of love, nesting, sleep, indoor projects, crafting, connecting, love, introspection, spirituality, fires in fireplaces, snow, skis, inner quests, magic, giving, receiving, sparkly lights, and loving. We are naturally drawn to these things...
Pumpkin pie for reals!
Pumpkin Pies Warning! This is not some holistic nutritionist’s attempt at making pumpkin pie healthy by substituting the fat for apple sauce and the sugar for stevia; this is the real deal! This is a rare treat in my house, but oh-so-savoured! Enjoy! This recipe is...
Learning Success, Part Two
I have had a wonderful summer away from the keyboard living my newfound success. I am back and wanted to share with you how things are working. I have learned recently that my measure of success is not about how much money I make in a week, month, or year: it’s about...
Learning Success, Part One
If you have been following my blog life lately, you know that I am on a journey. . . as we all are. I have felt drawn to share my journey with you in hopes that it can help both of us. So. . . What’s the destination? Where am I going? How will I know if I am...
Can I love myself?
Meditation has brought many changes to my life. But the changes cannot be directly pinpointed: they aren’t strikingly obvious. The changes that meditation has brought into my life have happened slowly, with subtleness, but have culminated into grand outcomes over...
Guided Meditation for Grounding
After months of asking around, testing out my limited hardware devices, and basically procrastinating due to fear, I have finally created a meditation video.....and as you will see, I have more to learn! I tend to use perfection as a roadblock to completing large...
Have you been dreaming? (part two of two on goal-setting)
Did you do your homework? Now it's time for some goal-setting! If we don’t have a plan, we are aimless, like wandering without a map to guide us. In my private practice, I often discuss goal-setting with my clients. Last month, after the year-in-review I did it with...
Reflecting and Beginning (part one of two on goal-setting)
January holds so much promise. Here I am, in the wintery woods of the sunny boreal forest, in Alberta, Canada, smack-dab in the middle of our deep winter: this is January. The days are short (but get longer, longer, longer still), the snow is deep, and the air is...
I am still dealing with my bumper pumpkin crop. I have given dozens away, driving around with them rolling around in the back of my car, encouraging others to roast, cook, carve, and decorate! It's funny how such a crop can seem like a burden....I refuse to waste...
The Sticky on Gluten and a Diabetic Rant
Gluten-free is a mighty popular term these days. I’m sure you’ve seen it on menus and at the grocery. Gluten is a protein composite found in foods made from wheat and other grains such as rye and barley. Gluten, meaning “glue,” gives elasticity to dough, giving the...
Is it really weight loss that you want?
After many years of working with clients on various health issues, an underlying common theme is obvious: most women want to lose weight. But really, is this what they want? If we dig a little deeper, isn’t it true that we all just want to be happy? Recently, I...
Twelve Weeks Health's Bells! Let's Rock it Out!
This program goes the distance to help you meet your goals, implement solid lifestyle changes, and has the amazing benefit of developing a mindfulness practice. The result? You will be aware of your patterns and habits, you will get closer to your life goals and...
No-Potato Potato Salad and Sisterly Ocean Awesomeness
Potatoes. They are a high-glycemic and inflammation-producing nightshade. So, what are you to eat in the summer when the new potatoes are ready? And right beside them, the dill and the sugar-snap peas? This is right about the time of year when the world seems poised...
Tomorrow I am starting a Qigong Practice Group in my small town in rural northern Alberta, where many voices are not like mine. What will I do if no one comes? Also, I am nervous about teaching something to others that resonates so deeply with me, but may not for...
Mindful Awareness Program – creating a life with meaning and purpose
Mindfulness is being aware of yourself, others, and your surroundings in the moment. When you consciously focus your awareness on life as it unfolds minute by minute, you are better able to savour each experience. By being mindful, you can experience life as it...
Picture a world with more love. . . I want to live in a world with more love, light, hope, and happiness. I am Sue Crites, holistic healer, intuitive guide, and nutritionist. I believe that we all deserve to feel good. We deserve to feel connected to ourselves,...