If you’ve been following me, you know I have been dealing with an ankle issue. I tore the tendons away from the bone in 2020 when everything was shut down, and it healed wrong. Besides ice and elevation, I have been lathering it up with Arnica cream/gel. I’m pleased to report that I am about 90 percent and able to run slowly, hike and even play tennis. I’m grateful.
It reminded me that not everyone knows about Arnica. It’s a European flowering plant that has yellow flowers, and it has amazing benefits. In the topical form, it can be used for pain caused by osteoarthritis or surgery, bleeding, bruising, swelling, sprains and strains. When injected (official name is Trammel), it does wonders for inflammation.
If your doctor suggests a cortisone shot, please consider Trammel first! It does not have the toxic load like cortisone, and it won’t destroy your tendons but rather heal them. For sprains and strains, immediately apply, and it will pull all the blood out. Not only will your injury heal faster, but it will look better, too!
Arnica cream/gel can be found at just about any store in the area where pain meds and topical creams are stored, usually near the pharmacy department.
As someone who has moved a lot, I’ve given great thought to what makes one location better than the other, and what advice I would give to someone considering moving. I came up with a formula: Place + People + Purpose + Passion = Productivity + Perpetual Progress + Papa’s Plan = Prosperity/Prayer. Let me unpack that for you:
The place matters for those of us who are high on the aesthetics scale – meaning, our surroundings matter. I did not know how much I needed outside beauty until it was gone. When we moved to Texas, I felt like Heidi who had been taken down off the mountain, and I couldn’t breathe. Where I live must align with my active lifestyle and offer plenty of variety. Then there are the people in our lives. It seems just when I make friends, we would be moving again. I would start all over in a new place not knowing anyone. The older we get, making friends gets more difficult as everyone has full, packed lives. If you are a loner, then the lack of people in your lives might be okay. I’m social, so I seek friendships. Don’t minimize the importance of having friends and family nearby.
Regardless of where we live, if we don’t have purpose and a passion, we will feel lost and will flounder. You could tolerate a place you don’t like if you have purpose and passion. In other words, some of these are more significant than others…and we each put different weight to them. I encourage you to give some thought to all of this. You might find a key to why a place is working or not working for you.
If we have all the first elements, we become productive, but we must be consistent (perpetual progress) in order to keep moving forward. All of this means nothing if we don’t check in with the Father. What are Papa’s plans? Where does He want us? As much as Texas was a struggle for me, God did bring us there. Every place provides opportunities to grow and learn, and we did meet some fine people.
If Papa has given you His blessing, then prosperity comes. We don’t stop there and divide all of that by a whole lot of prayer. Life is constantly changing. Just when you think you arrived at your Paradise, one of the elements will fall apart or disappear. We begin again.
If you have found your ideal place in the world with all the people you need, consider yourself blessed. If you are living out your purpose and passion, be grateful. In all things, continue to be productive and pray.
Thankfully our economy is showing signs of life, and businesses are hiring again. When you get ready to hire, here are some tips to help make it easy, smooth and effective:
- First and foremost, make sure the position’s job description is up to date. I know this is tedious but take the time to outline what the role does and what outcomes you expect. Be specific but not overly wordy.
- Do not, however, use the job description as the job positing.
- If possible, spend time observing the role to truly understand the type of person needed to be successful.
- Identify the strengths and style of a perfect candidate (I can help with assessments!).
- Compare this position with others like it nationwide to gauge salary requirements.
- Conduct ALL internal candidates before you begin your search outside of the company. I can’t emphasis this enough. Don’t lead candidates on when you intend to hire internally.
- Utilize job sights and social media to post the position but also provide incentives for team members who bring in viable candidates. Your employees are your best network!
- Hire a recruiter! I know you how swamped you are with COVID and the aftermath. I can help sift through the resumes, narrow it down, and help you find the perfect fit.
Just because in-person events are canceled doesn’t mean you can’t invest in your greatest asset – your people! In fact, I would go as far to say that it is critical that you offer some online training options to keep employees engaged. I have an excellent online training designed for independent studio (available 24/7) that can be discussed as a group virtually. It includes the training modules broken up into bite-sized pieces, handouts, exercise instructions, and exam.
It is affordable and perfect for green horns to experienced leaders alike. To learn more, visit: