The Barrett Blog

Revolution From Within

It’s been a little over a year since I dyed my hair. Having a two-toned head has been awkward, but I would not change a thing about my grey hair journey. It taught me something really significant.  The first part of the lesson learned was that I was covering up my true self with hair dye, and I was doing it because “everyone else was doing it” – just following the herd. I was also doing...

Grateful For Gratitude

Ellen Barrett Blog

In the darkness of last night’s new moon, my family and I  experienced a powerful storm. We heard the rain beating hard against our windows and felt the wind shake our house. It was exactly 5:55am when I stepped outside, the dawn light just barely peaking through the trees, and surveyed the scene. Grateful to report, nothing was damaged, things were just moved around. (I had to go looking for our patio furniture, and found...

Faith Over Fear

I am not in denial. 2020 has been the strangest – and most trying – year of my life, but I’m still smiling because I choose faith over fear. How is that possible when fear is practically oozing out of our laptops?!? I’ve narrowed it down to two simple steps.  Step One is to take it day by day. I sit with my daily planner (it’s paper, not digital) in the morning and come up...

Got Peace?

Are you someone who wakes up behind the eight ball, rushing around in the morning? Do you take your coffee or breakfast on the go and speed off to work feeling frazzled from the get-go? Even though I am an early bird, I used to be this “rushing around” person. But I’ve changed. A few years ago, I had a realization that rushing is rarely circumstance, it’s a mindset. It’s feeling like you are in a race against time. It’s...

Big Medicine

Ellen Barrett Big Medicine

All of a sudden, the term lifestyle medicine is everywhere. I even heard it on the radio this morning while taking my son to school. I like the term – it’s a hipper way of saying healthy living, and it’s so true – the ways in which you live your life are ultimately good for you or bad for you. Lifestyle medicine is about choosing the good for you variation more often than not!  Now, there’s big lifestyle medicine and then...

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