Back From Outer Space

It’s great to be back and visiting with you again.

As you know, I’ve been in outer space recovering from Covid. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I told someone recently that it’s like Covid took hold of me and slung me around.

I’m thrilled to say I feel better now. I’m at about 80% back to my regular self. I won’t say ‘old self.’ LOL

This week’s video is all about what I learned from being in the Ozone the past three weeks:


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
Here are some thoughts for you.

The state of our physical body has so much to do with our minds and emotions.

I know that’s obvious, but when Covid stripped my physical vitality for the first time in a long time, I witnessed myself getting discouraged and impatient. I even had a little meltdown, and I was surprised at myself!

I know I’m not immune to that, of course. I keep telling myself to do all I can; listen to my body, and this too shall pass. It is passing, but my version of Covid is a slow poke.

The time off gave me an unplanned pause for reflection on the choices I’m making in my life.

I thought a lot about what I truly wanted going forward.

My answer – ask myself questions every day about calling up joy in my life.

For example, in individual moments during the day, “How do I bring joy to this moment? What do I see, or how can I see it differently.”

As I made plans, I asked myself, “Does this feel joyful?”

I have come to know (more than ever) that when we follow our joy, we connect to our true spirit.

I decided to be more disciplined in taking care of my health and improving my habits for my well-being.

For example, I started feeling better and turned a corner when I started drinking an 8oz glass of water every hour.

I remember my Mom, years ago, in her later years, ending up in the emergency room, getting hydrated, and then bouncing back home, happy as a clam! Water is life.

Our mind and body function at our best potential when we’re hydrated. Everyone knows this, including me, but I’m a believer now, and I am still socking down the water.

I used the idea of waves of energy expenditure and recovery to help me heal.

I am working on this one!

It’s not my nature to nap or just rest without something filling my mind unless it’s my morning ritual of being still, etc.

I didn’t want to watch TV or read because neither was enjoyable and concentrating was hard. I also knew that I needed to expend some energy in addition to ‘rest.’ So I interchanged conscious times of putting energy out (like walking, doing the laundry, etc.) with taking a physical and mental break.

It has helped.

I have missed not being outside (very renewing for me) because of the exceptionally hot Texas summer this year.

I am more compassionate for those people who are enduring or have endured long-term illnesses.

We have all experienced that, are experiencing that, or have loved ones doing the same.

I know they are facing physical, mental, and emotional challenges and my heart goes out to them more than ever.

So that’s my story about this little adventure I’ve been on. Nic couldn’t come into the house, so I missed him.

Let me know how you’re doing, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thank you, too, for all of the good wishes.

Please leave a comment for me.

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26 Comments on Back From Outer Space

  1. Vanessa Oberg on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 1:17 pm
  2. So glad you are starting to get back to your amazing self! I too had Covid in January and it zapped me for literally months! So I know how you are feeling. Mi really understand your message today as I am healing from a fall off of my boy on June 30th where I broke my arm. I cannot work or ride for 3 months and just yesterday it caught up with me! I hit a wall! No patience, I feel depressed and sad! My life has been turned upside down and I thought I was doing great but itโ€™s just been a long time that I am not feeling like the old , spicy and energetic me! Today I am walking up to a local fair in my town to watch some entertainment and have a beer and laugh! Gotta get some enjoyment back into my life! Love ya Barbโฃ๏ธ

  3. Nancy McFarland on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 1:27 pm
  4. Thanks for sharing your heartfelt insights, Barb. So glad you’re feeling better! Listening to your body and giving yourself permission to take the necessary time/actions to recover is so important.

  5. Nancy Burroughs on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 2:29 pm
  6. I loved the inspiration you shared. Amazing when we take the time to sit quietly and reflect and pray what God reveals. So thankful youโ€™re better.

  7. Pat Smith on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 2:34 pm
  8. My computer is malfunctioning, so I get no audio with your video, but I was happy to see how beautiful and pink you look, in spite of the covid adventure.
    You’re terrific. Thanks for what you do, and keep mending.

  9. Kathryn on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 4:19 pm
  10. Thank you for being so open and not waiting until you are at 100%. It certainly helps those who are struggling to be so close to “well” yet still so far!
    I’m a cancer survivor and it sure does have long term impacts, though nowadays so many of them are positive. It took a while, so hang in there!

  11. robyn kilmister martin on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 4:45 pm
  12. thankyou Barbara, I hadn’t realised you’d been out of action – not like me NOT to check your emails.

    So glad your back!!
    Really appreciated your thoughts,
    I needed to hear them.

    You are a wonderful girl!!!

  13. Harolyn Deason on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 5:10 pm
  14. Hallelujah!!! You’re back with even more wisdom!!! Water, water, water…and still I got dehydrated a few weeks ago. Lost my appetite and 10 lbs, which made me VERY weak. Now I’m Electrolytes, water, water, electrolytes!! Looking forward to Cow Smarts. God bless you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Rollins Roberta on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 6:42 pm
  16. So happy to hear you are on the mend from the the horrible Covid virus; please continue the water routine with rest and prayers. Praying for your complete recovery and feeling like getting back in the saddle with Nic๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  17. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 7:03 pm
  18. Hi Barb, It was just great to see you in your usual Sunday video that we’ve come to look forward to each week. So glad that you are back to 80% of your normal self. I appreciated all of your analysis, introspection, wisdom, that you shared. I too think often of those that have physical difficulties they must cope with long term and I want to learn from them. I see the Tunnel to Towers spots on TV and these people are heroes, learning to live an entirely new life that continues to have great meaning and value. So glad you are feeling much better, and I know you will continue to take very good care of yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Debbie on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 7:09 pm
  20. Yay!! Welcome back to earth! ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you are on the mend and feeling better. I so enjoy and look forward to your wisdom and knowledge. Thank you Barb; know that you are loved!

  21. Claire on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 7:50 pm
  22. Ditto to all the above! So good to see your cheery self. A big illness can be quite discombobulating and we were all worried about you!Hugs and blessings on you and your family-two and four legged!

  23. Nancy Gallion on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 8:00 pm
  24. Oh so glad you are on the up side! Such great words of encouragement. I o ow what you mean about taking care of the body and taking a step back and evaluating everything. Love the water idea as well. Thank you for sharing and great to hear from you. Been praying that you would be feeling better soon. Hugs to you ๐Ÿ˜Š. Nancy

  25. Beverly Kardish on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 8:08 pm
  26. Barb you are so inspiring, even during illness and recovery. I’m so glad that you are feeling better. You are teaching all of us how to learn from every situation we go through. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and insight. You are loved and cared about more than you know.
    Be well!

  27. Nancy Gallion on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 8:14 pm
  28. Oh so glad you are on the up side! Such great words of encouragement. I o ow what you mean about taking care of the body and taking a step back and evaluating everything. Love the water idea as well. Thank you for sharing and great to hear from you. Been praying that you would be feeling better soon. Hugs to you ๐Ÿ˜Š.

  29. LindaB on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 10:56 pm
  30. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and expertise on intentional energy management and itโ€™s contributions to growth and healing. โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿฉน
    Welcome back! ๐Ÿ˜„

  31. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 21st Aug 2022 11:50 pm
  32. Hi Barb, it’s Carol again. So I listened to your video a second time because I wanted to be sure I heard you correctly regarding how much water you were drinking daily. You said you even set your alarm to drink one 8 oz glass of water a day. I was thinking that that amount of water really is not very much for an entire day. I’m wondering if you meant you were drinking one 8 oz glass of water every hour? If you have time, maybe you could clarify this for me. Thanks, again, so thankful that you are feeling much better now. Covid really does knock people for a loop, it seems!!!

  33. Kathy McBride on Mon, 22nd Aug 2022 7:08 am
  34. Hey Barb! Love seeing your smile! You look great and I am so glad you are getting better. I loved how you shared your experience and the idea of energy expenditure and recovery while dealing with this. Also the idea of giving yourself pep talks and reminders to be patient and allow your body to heal. I can relate to that. Thank you!

  35. Barbra Schulte on Mon, 22nd Aug 2022 7:40 am
  36. Thank you all for your kind comments! I love hearing from you. And yes, I did misspeak. I meant to say one glass an hour not a day. You’re right, Carol – that would not be good. Love to you all!

  37. Elaine Bohlin on Mon, 22nd Aug 2022 12:22 pm
  38. Hi Barb!

    Thank you for the update as I wondered how you were but didn’t want to disrupt any much needed rest. COVID is a strange beast from mild to deadly. Glad you are taking care of yourself. Water is so important! I try and keep a 16 oz bottle of Ozarka with me at all times. Usually drink 3 to 4 a day and I feel so much better when I do, even if I am well. Earlier this year I had a bad tummy bug and the PA suggested using something called Liquid IV as an electrolyte. Comes in little flavored packets and boosts your hydration. I used it during my recovery and now after time at the barn or gardening in our hot Texas sun. Started a probiotic too to help with my gut but they also help your immune system. So now my horse and I have two things in common: electrolytes and a probiotic! I think his probiotic is the better value though! LOL!

  39. Gayle Kiser on Mon, 22nd Aug 2022 2:48 pm
  40. So happy to see you up, around, and inspiring others during your difficult time of healing from a real bugger, covid. Your personal revelations of experience can’t help but offer others a way to “walk the path to their own healing (or acceptance)”. I experienced a big surgery scare and here’s what I learned: Turn.It.Around. That is, instead of focusing on and fearing the big hole that would be opened in my body, a therapist friend suggested I focus on and think about what was in there that had to come out. Instead of “pain and death”, HEALING would begin immediately, because my body would step up to its biological task. And it did. I was told I would need care for 3 months and called on my mother to be with me. Instead, 7 days from surgery I was home fixing dinner for my family. I thank the therapist friend who helped me turn it around after my concerned doctor said I’d done all I could for my (control freak) self, preparing wills, to-do lists, etc., and admonished that I WOULD have to let the surgeon do the procedure. LOL, wake up call, note to self! I learned the hard way. You inspire others to learn through your grace and thoughtful approach. Thank you for sharing. Great video. Take heart in the healing. And, a suggestion…try adding Propel powder to your water. Electrolytes are amazing. xo

  41. Linda Snyder on Mon, 22nd Aug 2022 3:44 pm
  42. So glad to see you Barb, and that you are feeling much better! You look great!! It is a choice to help yourself when you are sick and try to be positive. Covid got me in Sicily on my vacation a month ago and I spent lots of time sleeping in my hotel room instead of enjoying time with my Sicilian relatives. Also took me a couple weeks when I got home to start to feel like myself! Donโ€™t overdue it but stay positive! See you in Moab! Linda

  43. Norma J Rolff on Mon, 22nd Aug 2022 4:23 pm
  44. Hi Barb, So glad you’re doing better and thank you for your sharing about Covid as I’ve not had it or do I know of anyone close that’s had it. I have not felt like myself for a few weeks and so I started a new diet. I cut out all starches and sugar for 21 days and have been eating more veggies and fruit with my protein. I’ve lost some weight but the most important part was that after 21 days you form a new habit of eating and planning what is good for you and what’s not. I feel full of energy and am amazed at how much better I feel and my nails are better too. My mind seems sharper and I’ve been reading more. It’s been an all around better habit of taking care of myself. And I too am drinking more water..LOL. Glad you’re back. P.S. Instead of drinking Gatoraide eat honeydew melon. Gatoraide is a synthetic electrolytes. Cucumbers are great for electrolytes too. Cukes are like a multivitamin. They have almost every vitamin in them. They’re a great snack w/o making you feel guilty and low in calories. Check out Dr. Livingood.

  45. Norma J Rolff on Mon, 22nd Aug 2022 4:25 pm
  46. Hi Barb, So glad you’re doing better and thank you for your sharing about Covid as I’ve not had it or do I know of anyone close that’s had it. I have not felt like myself for a few weeks and so I started a new diet. I cut out all starches and sugar for 21 days and have been eating more veggies and fruit with my protein. I’ve lost some weight but the most important part was that after 21 days you form a new habit of eating and planning what is good for you and what’s not. I feel full of energy and am amazed at how much better I feel and my nails are better too. My mind seems sharper and I’ve been reading more. It’s been an all around better habit of taking care of myself. And I too am drinking more water..LOL. Glad you’re back. P.S. Instead of drinking Gatorade eat honeydew melon. Gatorade is a synthetic electrolytes. Cucumbers/honeydews are great for electrolytes too. Cukes are like a multivitamin. They have almost every vitamin in them. They’re a great snack w/o making you feel guilty and low in calories. Check out Dr. Livingood.

  47. Gretchen on Mon, 22nd Aug 2022 5:16 pm
  48. A health scare or challenge makes you more aware of the simple things we take for granted every day.
    Makes you grateful for those simple things too.
    I’ve been there recently.
    I won’t forget.

  49. Susan J Kumer on Tue, 23rd Aug 2022 7:16 am
  50. So happy to hear your back on your feet (almost). I can definitely relate to this journey. I was bucked off and had five ribs plated out of the 8 or 9 busted and as well as plated clavicle and busted scaupula, and torn hamstring. It took months of healing with slow going, but the worst was the emotional and psychological trauma that ensued wondering if I could or should get back on a horse.

  51. Romana Davis on Tue, 23rd Aug 2022 10:54 pm
  52. Thank you for sharing your recovery of COVID. I can relate to your awarenesses of recovery times ,and energy waves. I experience times of chronic fatigue. This current course has been so wonderful for me and my horse. Breathing,grounding,energy waves and importantly the decompress time. I Have noticed I am not so fatigued and happier.
    I have included this in my daily life also.
    Cheers, Romana

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