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Over the last two weeks my family has begun our journey to transforming our lives. That sounds so huge, doesn’t it?

Actually, we are making some changes to our diet and adding regular exercise, fresh air and a few other things that will improve our health and well-being.

I went to a workshop in early January and was surprised that Dave, my husband, had already been researching the nutrition portion of the changes I suggested. He had watched some interesting documentaries that he shared with me and when we suggested it to Luke, our eleven year old, we were off “like a herd of turtles.”

Well, the progress has been slow, like turtles, and I have cheated on the nutrition element more than I am comfortable admitting in print, but we’re doing it.

The transformation follows the “Seven Laws of Wellness” the Michele Menzel, ND, D.PSc, wrote about in her book, “The Transformation.” It’s about changing your daily routine to “create energy for balanced living.”

1. Nutrition – which has meant cutting white flour and sugar from our family’s diet. I gave up soda.

2. Hydration – “a good rule of thumb is to drink half your weight in ounces of water daily.” I now drink kombucha as a treat for finishing more water than I ever imagine drinking in one day.

3. Detoxification – I don’t know you well enough to share those details.

4. Rest – Did you know we need six to nine hours of sleep a night?

5. Faith in God – “Studies show a remarkable difference in people with a strong spiritual belief.” I’ve decided to use my blog to journal more about my daily reading and learning.

6. Exercise and Oxygen – “A minimum of 30 minutes a day, every day, for the rest of your life!” I’m working on it.

7. Sunshine and Outdoors – “Get at least 20 minutes of sunshine a day.” I now have a purpose for my cows and doing chores.

I know, this sounds like a bit much, but in all fairness, our family needed to make a major change to improve our mental and physical health. It’s a little like Nebraska, “it’s not for everyone," but I can tell you that I feel better already.

I could not have done it without the support, however, of my family and a mentor. Deb Weichel has been coaching me through this daily. She provides encouragement and practical tips without judgement when I cheat. That is what mentor’s do.

Just today she posted “All it takes is one person in any generation to heal a family’s limiting beliefs."

Being or having a mentor is showing up, over and over again, in my life. The book that I just finished, “100 Days to Brave” by Annie F. Downs, discusses the importance of having a spiritual mentor, but “also a mentor for different areas of your life where you need some direction.”

She points out that is just as important to be a mentor. “The Bible challenges men and women to lead by example and also to teach and pour into those younger, a few steps behind.”

That is what my Teammates mentors do and I cherish every one of them. They are helping the students in our community who need an extra caring adult. It’s not magical or rocket science, but it is giving of their time. It is serving. It is creating a life changing experience. You are qualified.

January is National Mentoring Month. I would encourage you to find a mentor and be a mentor. Contact me at for more information.

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