I feel that writing down a mission plan and describing the values you plan to implement, in order to achieve this mission, are very important steps for an Herbalist, and for the aspiring Herbalists as well.
In the Entrepreneur Herbal Course I’m taking through the Herbal Academy, one of our assignments was to write down a mission plan and describe the values we planned to implement to help us achieve this mission.
Here is mine…
“My mission is to assist people in building the general health and resistance of their body by providing nutrients and herbs that stimulate healing.
To achieve this, I plan to implement the following values:
Generosity: I think generosity is an awesome business value. I plan to help as many people as I can, even if they don’t have the means to pay me. In my opinion, the true definition of generosity is “giving and never expecting anything in return”.
Pursuit of Excellence: I will always try to handcraft the very best products and help people the very best way I can. I will constantly try to do better and put good into the world each and every day.
Community: I want to get my community involved. I will offer classes about herbs: culinary herbs, herbal medicine, teas, making infusions & decoctions, and syrup & tincture making. I also want to offer nature walks, teach people how to wildcraft, and teach them about all the endangered herbs.” –Cheyenne Anderson, Herbalist
I know that my mission will never change, but I may add some values to the list as the years go by. Regardless, this is a good starting point for me and I hope all the Aspiring Herbalists and Herbalists out there decide to sit down and write out their mission plan as well.
Each year, in January, we do a week long lesson on one of my favorite men in American History…Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This post was originally from January 2014…
Before we began our week long lesson, I did a little research on the internet and found many, many wonderful articles and pictures of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family. I printed these resources to use for our week long lesson.
We also used two books that I purchased at the Scholastic Book Fair…one about Rosa Parks and one about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I explained the difference between slavery and indentured servants, so it wasn’t hard to explain why slavery was wrong. My children loved learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Then, at the end of the week long lesson, I had each of my children create a dream board to hang in their room…
I was very proud of each of my children’s dream boards…they worked very hard and had a lot of fun!
They also learned so much that week.
They learned that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that all men are created equal…my kids agreed.
They learned that he believe that love is the answer…my kids agreed.
They learned that we are all people created by God in God’s own image…my kids agreed.
And they learned that we should treat others the way we want to be treated…my kids agreed.
If you get a chance to teach your children about this wonderful, kind, Christian man, then I highly recommend you do. He was one of the greatest men to walk this earth. ❤️
I use this little quote with my small, home based business constantly. I have a dream board that helps me stay focused. I also have my small goals, which are like stepping stones to help me reach my BIG goals, written in a notebook. These helpful tools not only help me stay focused, they also help me when I’m feeling down & out- when I feel like quitting.
I decided to use this quote & these helpful tools with our Homeschooling Journey a few years ago (when I originally wrote this blog post), and they have truly helped! 😊
Here was my “Plan of Attack” back then…
Begin a Homeschooling Journal and write an entry each and EVERY day. I feel that a journal will help me so much! Just being able to write all the frustrations down each day will help me immensely. But, also writing out all the joys and happy times will be something to look back on and smile too!
Print this picture and hang it on our white board.I really do feel that if I see this EVERY day, it will help! I plan to also make a cute sign, featuring my favorite scriptures, to hang in our Homeschool classroom.
Create a dream board for our Homeschooling Year. I cannot wait to get started! I will definitely post a picture and write a post about it as soon as I’m finished. Dream boards, in my opinion, help a person stay focused.
Write down small goals (weekly, monthly, quarterly) in my Homeschool Planner. This will be very, very important for me. For some reason if I write down a task (or a goal) I tend to remember it better, without ever looking at it again. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. So this will help me so much!
Review my Homeschooling Journal and Homeschool Planner each week to see the progress. A good weekly review should help me remember all the goals & dreams I totally forgot about. I can also mark off the goals/dreams that we have completed each week as well.
I hope this little plan not only helps my family, but helps others out there who feel like giving up too. We have all felt that way at some point in time, just always remember why your started in the first place. 😉
Don’t stress out too bad, Homeschool Momma! This happens to ALL of us. You know what I’m talking about don’t you? You don’t? Well then, let me explain…
You have your week all planned out. You’ll be waking up an hour before the kids to cook breakfast, then you’ll wake up the kids to eat their breakfast. Next is lessons, then dinner time (aka lunch), some more lessons, and then you’re finished for the day. Shouldn’t be too hard to do this everyday, as planned.
Then your sibling stops by for a visit, or your in-laws come in for a mini vacation or (for me) your husband comes home for his two weeks off. You’re plans get all out of whack.
The kids don’t want learn, they want to play with Daddy, or their cousins, or their Grandpa. You now have extra mouths to feed which results in more time needed for meal prep, cooking, and cleaning. Your chores have just increased too, since the amount of people in your home has increased.
It’s chaos, it’s a mess, it’s stressful and you’re about to lose your mind.
Yes, this happens. It happens to the best of us, but we just have to pretend it’s on the lesson plan and roll with it.
I learned this lesson the hard way, of course, like I always do.
I have learned that when Daddy comes home we take a day or two off and just chillax. I have learned that when cousins come over to spend the night, it’s okay to let them be free for a little while and unwind. No lessons. No chores. No routine. Just relaxing, chilling out, and having fun. Because everybody needs down time…time to take a mental and physical break. 😉
I just discovered the easiest way to homeschool! ❤️
Since the beginning of our homeschool journey, I would plan out our weekly lessons, the ones that weren’t part of our Sonlight Core package, in my handy dandy Well Planned Day planner. Every Sunday, like clockwork, I would write out our lessons for the week and each day we would complete the daily lessons. It worked great! 😊
Then, one of my spunky and too-smart-for-her-britches daughters saw me writing out the weekly lessons and sweetly asked me what I was doing. So I explained it all to her the best I could. Then she asked me why I didn’t write them out like that for her. I usually just give each child their daily lessons, I had never thought to give them a list of their lessons for the entire week. So I thought, “What the hay, it couldn’t hurt”, and I gave each of my children their list for the entire week.
Much to my surprise, all of my children completeled their weekly lessons in just three days. Yes, three days! Their lessons could’ve been completed much faster if our week wasn’t so busy with Art Class and other things, but I was still blown away. I do not know why I never thought, in the last three years and this year, to do this! I honestly figured it would overwhelm them seeing so much work on one piece of paper, but they didn’t even blink an eye. They are all so independent and eager to learn! ❤️
So, from here on out, I will be writing out their weekly lessons and passing the lists out bright and early Monday morning. I guess it’s time to toss the Well Planned Day Homeschool Planner and buy the Well Planned Day Student Planners! 😉
I’m sure there are tons of moms out there who are already doing this, but I figured I would share this little idea with y’all! I hope y’all have a great week! ❤️ Disclaimer & Privacy Statement
Tonight I hosted our very first Traditional Cherokee Full Moon Fire Ceremony.
Earlier today, I gathered up some of my herbs and made a bag for each person to toss into the fire as an offering to God. I chose each herb based on it’s meaning and what I felt we needed at this time.
We burned allspice for compassion; sage for wisdom; and pink roses for grace, happiness, and gentleness.
We burned spearmint for warmth of sentiment; peppermint for warmth of feeling; and sweet basil for good wishes, love, and serious intentions.
We burned calendula for sacred affections, joy, and rememberance; rosemary for rememberance and God’s presence reviving us; and lavender for devotion and virtue.
We burned thyme for courage, strength, activity, thriftiness, and energy; hyssop for cleanliness and sacrifice; and fennel for strength.
We burned chamomile for energy in adversity, initiative, and patience; cloves for dignity; and dill for good spirits, and it’s power against evil.
We burned myrrh for gladness and love; parsley for useful knowledge; and horehound for health.
We burned coriander for hidden worth and valerian for readiness.
We also burned cedar for strength, oak leaves for bravery, and oak wood for hospitality.
After the bags of herbs were ready, I got the fire pit ready. I tried to find seven different types of wood to burn, one to honor each tribe. Then I stacked the wood and added kindling.
I cooked a big pot of beans and a big pot of chili after my work outside was finished. I figured we needed foods to nourish our bodies before the fire ceremony.
After we gobbled up the nourishing home cooked meal, we wrote down the intentions we would like to release and the things we would like to call forth from God.
Then we gathered around the fire pit and started the fire. It was time to begin our fire ceremony.
We began our fire ceremony with prayer, then we burned our offerings to God. We burned the bags of herbs, tobacco (one of the traditional offerings of the Cherokee people), cedar wood + leaves, and oak wood + leaves.
After we burned our offerings, we walked around the fire (counter-clockwise) and we each took a turn releasing our intentions and our prayers into the fire. It was healing, spiritual, and brought us all closer together. I hope you can find the time to have a Fire Ceremony sometime soon. 🔥
I have been fascinated with Native Americans since I was a little girl. Maybe it’s because I have Cherokee blood running through my veins, or maybe it’s my ancestors calling me. Who knows? All I know is that I love learning about my ancestry and I love finding traditions that I can pass down to my children.
One of the traditions I recently discovered was the fire ceremony, so I decided that we would begin practicing this tradition tonight, the night of the super full moon.
I found the following information on my favorite Cherokee woman, Dr. Stanley’s, blog.
HOW IS A FIRE CEREMONY PERFORMED?
Each of us bring something to burn that we would like to rid the emotions associated with our past (on the Full Moon) or a prayer request of something new (during the New Moon), that will burn, turn to smoke and release into the ethers. This allows the past energy to move along to its highest spiritual progression path and the new prayer request to move along to its highest spiritual progression path. We may bring pictures, drawings, or intentions written on a piece of paper for the past or the newness. For the past, after we have burned and released the emotions associated with it, then we have something prepared that is written down on a clean sheet of paper. This would be something new that we would like to call forth from God. For the newness, the prayer request is then burned and released into the ethers thereby replacing the past emotions with new ones.
We form a circle around the fire and one by one we call in support from Divine Sources that give us peace. E.g. – God, Jesus, Creator, the Blessed Virgin Mother, Spirit, the Universe, the Archangels, the Saints that we may feel closest to, Guardian Angels, etc. We start with a prayer, and end with a prayer that is coupled with thanksgiving that our prayers and intentions have already been answered.
Keep in mind, no one is obligated to speak during a Fire Ceremony. Anyone can participate without stating what they are releasing or calling forth.
After we have called in our Divine Source we place into the fire our pictures, drawings and intended release of the emotions associated with the past. Once these things have burned to smoke and ash, we then place into the fire what we have written on clean sheet of paper. This would be what we desire to replace those old energies with and call in new.
The things we address from our past or call into our future can be shared with the group or kept to ourselves as we go through the Fire Ceremony.
YOU WILL NEED ANY OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING
A fire pit or fire place where you can safely burn a fire. A barbecue pit or fireproof pot works well too. If you live in an apartment, it is best to find a place outdoors where you can safely burn a fire.
A bucket filled with water or a water hose to put the fire out after the ceremony.
Items such as a drawing, picture or written intentions that you would like to release from your past.
Anything else that you feel would serve you that need to be released.
In strict Native American custom – the burning of sage, sweetgrass or tobacco is burned along with the past, which is given as an offering. When the smoke rises up into the ethers and is carried away to God there should be a quiet or meditative break in order to embrace a new awareness of transformation in your life. It is also symbolic that you can offer up a bit of food you wanted and only ate half of so that you could offer the other half in thanks.
THE VALUE OF IMAGERY
Do not minimize the value of imagery in Native American ceremony. The Spirit of God is real. This is a way of demonstrating our gratefulness and thanksgiving to God. When we pray to our Source and Supply who is God; He can, will and does affect our lives. So honoring Him and showing Him respect is part of this ceremony.
After your fire gets going, each person may contribute to the prayer and then the items are offered to the fire. Tell God and all the Divine Spirits that you have called forth that you offer these things in thanksgiving. Meditate and feel the presence of God all around you. Singing praise, playing peaceful music either through tapes or instruments may also be used.
A TIME FOR CELEBRATION
You can sing, dance and enjoy yourself. Experience a feeling of thanksgiving that your prayers are already answered. This is a time of celebration.
Every Divine Source you called in is present, so give thanks and believe you have already received.
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24
Thanks for stopping by to read about the traditional Cherokee fire ceremony, I’ll post a blog about our fire ceremony soon…so keep your eyes peeled! 😊