Hormones in Harmony

Living abundant joy through bio-psycho-spiritual balancing

Location: Ojai, California, United States

Welcome to Hormones in Harmony where I shall share pearls of wisdom gathered over two decades of consulting with the hormonally challenged. As a holistic nurse practitioner specializing in neuro-immune-endocrinology, I have merged my western education with eastern philosophies, but the key to being a successful healer is to embody physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. At 54, married for 32 years with two grown children, I strive to keep my Hormones in Harmony with a positive attitude, a loving environment, and faithful consumption of Genesis Gold.

Monday, December 21, 2009

2009… What a year!

Not a recession, but a transformation. We began by choosing our annual mantra—rejuvenation. Commencing with our house…deconstructing and then reconstructing our kitchen. My husband, Steve, and I love to cook, so updating our 1950’s kitchen was a gift to ourselves, a rejuvenation of our passion. Yet the heart of our home in utter chaos for five months was difficult to bear. With the removal of our stove, my muse left. I expected to finish book two of the LoveDance series this year, but… Life happens.

During the chaos of remodeling, Steve protected Santa Barbara at night, and spent his days coaching high school track. With our children away at college, time with the local kids brings Steve a blessed break from police work.

Mid summer found us spending precious time with our children. Jarys, now 25, lives in San Francisco, supervising an after school program and working on his teaching credentials. Twenty-one year old Kyra is applying for nursing school, finishing up her prereqs at San Diego State University. Both very, very busy and at the opposite ends of the state! We are so very proud of them, yet miss them so very much.

The highlight of our summer was a romantic anniversary trip to Cancun. Even after 26 years of marriage, Steve and I are passionate about each other. We wish our children the joy of finding their soul mates too.

After losing our beloved Sara last December, we searched the Border Collie rescues for another. Finally in September, on Sara’s birthday, we got Charlie. Imagine Santa’s Little Helper from the Simpsons in black and white. Well, that’s our Charlie. Hope, our Great Dane is ecstatic. Pippin, the cat, is tolerant. Puppy training precluded writing and then… life happens again.

After returning from speaking at the national nurse practitioner conference in October, I got a call from Steve’s 90 year old grandmother. Her caretaker—Steve’s mom was deathly ill. We rescued them both, took Gran home and his mom to the ER. Thankfully Mom Maragopoulos survived her odyssey with modern medicine to rehab in our beautiful healing home. Keeping my finger on the pulse reminded me why I no longer practice conventional medicine. Intuitive Integrative Medicine has served my patients, my family, and my soul purpose very well, thank the Divine. All during the kitchen chaos, the summer lull, the fall fiasco, business was busier than ever. Patients presented themselves to receive the lessons of gratitude, self-nurturing, and patience I was learning from life.

Like caterpillars in a chrysalis, we transformed in seeming stillness. No great accomplishments, yet here we are facing 2010 ready to emerge from our cocoon as butterflies. I pray you and yours are rejuvenated this New Year, transformed by love as we have been.

Blessings of health, happiness, and love,


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