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Psalm 91

If there was ever a time to stay grounded in God’s word – it’s here and now.

So much is happening around us that it’s difficult to keep pace and even more difficult to find accurate and truthful reporting of local, national and international events.

Our mainstream media is now funded by major pharmaceutical companies – just look at the ads next time you sit down to watch some TV.

You may wonder why that’s of importance – well it is important because the major pharmaceutical companies and corporations are now funding the operation of your TV stations through their advertising, some say up to 80% of funding. They also have influence in what TV shows actually go to air, which explains all the murder, horror, occult, and depressing programs we get offered on free-to-air channels.

Not only that, they are funding governments in many countries (including Australia) via huge political donations to major parties.

In other words, they’ve got the world’s system all stitched up – including military conflicts and involvement across the earth.

So, what do we do?

How do we get through each day, knowing what a corrupt world’s system we are trapped in?

We turn to God’s word and we live in his protection. Here’s the link to Psalm 91.

Wow! What a psalm – directly from the mouth of God.

Let me say that if you’re reading any other version than the King James bible, you’re getting lolly water instead of freshly squeezed orange juice. One is full of chemicals and lacking nutrition, the other is pure, natural and full of goodness. I’ve tried both and trust me when I say that the KJV bible is amazing – there’s a peace and comfort that arises in your spirit as you listen to the word.

You can listen to the KJV bible online too – here’s the link to James, who was Jesus’ half brother. If anyone knew how things worked it would have to be someone who grew up with the Lord don’t you think?!

It’s interesting when you really dig in and research these monopolistic companies – they have fingers in so many industries. It’s an impossible situation for mankind right now as we are trapped on this earth which is being run by a small group of families who, over the last century, have managed to take over the corporate world.

All of this information is freely available on the internet, so check it out for yourself.

As far as I can see, the only true freedom we have is in our spirits and to have a healthy spiritual life you need to be fed with the real word of God, the fresh orange juice.

You also need to be alive in the spirit and that means giving yourself to God. Jesus said he knocks on the door to our hearts and when we open our hearts to him we become new creations in Jesus Christ.

In fact the word says:

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

So, if you have any doubts in your heart as to the state of your spirit, let Jesus in! You will know when you are alive in the spirit of God because an amazing peace begins to fill your heart, a feeling like no other. The absolute love of God begins to flow in you as you learn who you are in Jesus Christ. Jesus describes the peace of God as:

 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Then you feed your spirit on the word of God.

That’s how you grow your faith –

Romans 10:17 says:

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Is it that simple? Yes it is.

Here’s Psalm 91 – get to know it and stand on that protection for you, your family and all those you look after – friends, work, community.

Psalm 91
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High 
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress;
my God in him will I trust. 
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust, his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness: nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.

Here’s our Psalm 91 song

Psalm 91 is actually a conversation – when you look at it like this:

It starts with a statement of faith for protection:

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress;
my God in him will I trust. 

Then a reply:

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust, his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness: nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 

Then:

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

And finally we have God’s promise

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.

And then you can say to yourself, it doesn’t matter what mankind tries to do (it’s foretold by Jesus in Revelation that trial and tribulation will come) because you are safe in the knowledge of who you are in Jesus Christ.

You are dwelling in the secret place of the Most High under the shadow of the Almighty.

Woohoo!

Letter from Tess Tuesday 17 October 2017

Hi There!

Hope your week has been great – it’s been raining here, so a good opportunity to remove the weeds while the ground is soft.

So lovely to see green grass again and the dogs are enjoying the soft grass under their feet, a nice change from the dry, parched ground we had before.

I guess we just take one day at a time these days as it’s averaging 38 degrees celsius one week and 20 degrees celsius the next. Of course I just had our border collies shorn last week, so they’ve been a little cold and spending quite a bit of time in their kennels. Chester, in particular, is not impressed and wouldn’t even come out of his kennel for a photo! Katie obliged but very quickly snuck back into her kennel to resume her snooze!

You woke me up to stand out in the wet grass…for a photo?! 🙂

My week has been rather busy. In amongst trying to work with so many miner bird chicks causing such noise around me, I also got to meet a lovely new neighbour this week and she introduced me to her five children (well, four as the baby was asleep inside).

She has four daughters and one son and she said that her son has mental difficulties. Wow – four daughters, three of whom appeared typical kids and one son.

It got me thinking about some of the research I’ve discovered on my journey back to good health, namely research into vaccinations.

It appears that boys are far more susceptible to injury from vaccines due to the the blood brain barrier being not as strong as girls. Very interesting information and, in some small way (although I said nothing to my new neighbour) the chances of four healthy girls and one mentally challenged boy, does make me think about the effect of vaccines on this woman’s family.

Speaking of vaccines, hold onto your hat…

because once you read the following article regarding polio, you might want to have a rethink of the medical industrial machine.

When it comes to polio, I was not aware that it is a mild virus, usually lasting approx 2 weeks of symptoms, and is similar to zika. Were you? I mean we’ve all been educated that Polio was a disease that we all needed to avoid and the only way to do that was to be vaccinated. Right?

So, those images of children in iron lungs that I remember seeing as a girl, represented those children struck down with so-called polio, but those poor little kids stuck in ‘iron lungs’ were in fact suffering from the polio vaccine. In fact it’s more likely that the toxins included with the vaccine made the condition even worse.

Yep – another truth being revealed.

So, the natural polio virus is not the cause of the polio outbreak.

I won’t give too much away but it looks like DDT spraying had a lot to do with it.

Anyway, check out the article below and let me know what you think.

This week I’m flat chat completing my course so I can get my 10 beta testers started on my bladder control online course. It will be interesting to get their feedback and hopefully I’m on the right track with what I’ve created. It’s my heart’s desire to help as many menopausal women as I can who are struggling with bladder control issues and the often very rocky road of menopause.

I hope this post on polio will maybe get you on the track to research a little deeper.

Knowledge is key to good health and realising that we can’t just trust what we’re being told, we need to investigate it for ourselves.

The other part of this is, one day we’re all going to realise just how important sharing this information is. One day you may need to make a very serious decision regarding your health, or the health of your family, and having knowledge is key to ensuring you make an informed decision.

Also there are babies and children right now that have no voice, no choice, no rights – even here in Australia, where parents are financially penalised for choosing a natural immune approach for their children. In some very sad cases, children have been medically kidnapped from their parents. You might like to check out Chase’s story – this behaviour is happening in other countries too.

When all is said and done, we’ve been created with a natural, strong immune system, all ready to handle any natural viruses and illnesses that life throws at us. But, and it’s a big but, our immune systems have not been created to handle copious amounts of toxins from the moment we take breath and were never designed to be injected with man-made viruses and chemicals.

We’re seeing, before our eyes, generations set up for a lifetime of ill health – which translates to trillions of dollars of profits for pharmaceutical companies.

It’s tough going to realise that the truth we have known all our lives is in fact twisted. Those we look to for help with our health choices cannot always be trusted.

Investigate before you vaccinate – the information is freely available for any vaccine you may be considering for yourself or your children. Look up the product insert – it’s quite wordy, so may take a while to read through but is so worth taking the time to do that.

Picture this…you may be facing a lifetime of illness, both physical and mental, for your child. It only takes an hour out of your life to investigate before you vaccinate.

Of course, if you’re anything like me, you might become hooked on finding out more! It’s a marvellous time we’re living in with information at our finger tips and all the information you need to make an informed choice is available online.

Right, I’m back to working on my course…all the best to you and your family.

Have an awesome week!

Big hug!

 

Marco…..Polio!!Without question the go to disease to defend vaccines is polio. Coincidently it's also the greatest…

Posted by Vaccination Information Network (VINE) on Sunday, October 15, 2017

Letter from Tess Tuesday 10 October 2017

Hi there!

What a week it’s been, full on getting my online course completed – still more to do, but almost there.

I liken it to the times when we’re getting ready to go out and Bob skips ahead to the garage to get the car out. Of course I’m taking time, going round the house, making sure everything’s locked up and turned off and nothing untoward will happen while we’re away. Putting water and food out for the animals, getting water bottles packed up in the chiller bags, and a snack – just in case! The typical rhetoric follows when I finally get in the car – after closing and locking the garage doors and then closing the property front gate!!! The inevitable question of “How long does it take to lock up?”

Hmmm, best not reply to that! Actually I do usually reply to that, running through all the chores I’ve just done! Anyway, that’s what finishing the course feels like. I just get one part of it sorted and then there’s something else. But, very soon, we will be on our way on this new and exciting, if not a little terrifying, journey into a whole new chapter of our lives.

Current Events

It’s been quite a week in other regards as well – namely the loss of life during the shooting in Vegas.

There’s been a lot of information shared around the web regarding the Vegas attack on concert goers, so you can be forgiven for not wanting to hear any more about it.

However, I do suggest you check out this video from Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, a scientist who has done testing on the acoustics vs bullet path timing to arrive at the conclusion that there were more than one gunmen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=39&v=JxmEFeKy8aI

And another video from a taxi driver who filmed what looks like shots being fired from a second location in the hotel.

https://prepforthat.com/vegas-cab-driver-releases-video-from-mandalay-shooting/

We are living in times when we need to seek further afield than the mainstream media as the honesty and integrity which was once a part of normal journalism has been well and truly bought and paid for, resulting in the best source of accurate information being found in alternative news sites.

Health and wellness

This week, I recommend a really good video from Dr John Bergman focusing on foods that heal and other foods that can be detrimental to our health. The more I keep researching food and how wonderful it is designed to be (especially organic food) the more I’m convinced that we are what we eat. Good food grows good cells. It’s a very interesting video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szIUeYWRFN8

Weather

A little information about the white lines (geoengineering) commonly called chemtrails:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=IqATQtwOY34

Pilots and scientists discussing contrails vs chemtrails:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeTaejpg18g

Weekly update from Dane Wigington, Geoengineering Watch:

https://youtu.be/GVA6OJkiioU?list=PLwfFtDFZDpwulG0PJ9IID0iypsRXDSa1E

Vaccines

Dr Peter Frost, former vice present of Pfizer, talks about how the pharmaceutical industry influences the medical establishment.

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/07/07/pfizer-vice-president-blows-the-whistle-tells-the-truth-about-the-pharmaceutical-industry/

God help our teens, a ‘new and improved’ Gardasil vaccine has just been released in Australia.

Parents need to check out the vaccine inserts before allowing their children to risk the severe side effects of Gardasil and other HPV vaccines.

Investigate before you vaccinate!

Scripture of the week

2 Corinthians 10:5

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Boy, have I had to stand on this scripture lately!

If any one you have written a book or put something out in the public domain, you will know how much of a hurdle you have to overcome with your thought life.

Of course, there are the moments of “It’s not good enough, or why would anyone want to hear what I think, or I’m not educated, qualified, knowledgable enough…”

So, when those moments strike I measure up those thoughts against God’s word and I remind myself…is it winsome, loving, kind, good to think like that? If not, I cast down those thoughts and keep on going.

Have an awesome week.

Big hug!

Tess

 

 

 

Letter from Tess Tues 3 October 2017

Hi there!

How are you? I hope this finds you well and enjoying life.

Good to catch up!

I’ve had a busy week, putting together the finishing touches for my Dry Swan bladder control course.

Thank God for Bob and all he has done. He is my technical hero and I’m reminded of the days when we had our regional TV station and Bob would be able to fix anything.

Just imagine – lights, camera, action…and all of a sudden, 10 minutes before going on-air with live local news and the mike is playing up. No worries…Bob to the rescue! He’s like that around the house too and being 6′ 4″ he can change light bulbs without having to get the ladder!

He made me laugh yesterday as he let on he can see over the tops of the cupboards in the kitchen – “So, that means you can see all the dust…” 🙂

So, this week, he has been amazing. Uh-mazing! We’re so close to finishing the course which is really for women going through menopause and needing some encouragement – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

So, not long now and we will be launching the whole marketing process – starting with a free lead magnet, then a five day challenge and then offering the course.

It’s so good to finally be seeing something solid for all those years researching and learning.

As I’m sitting here typing I’m looking out at the back yard and trees. We have new chicks here at the moment – some magpies, some butcher birds, some noisy miners (could do without those!) some rainbow lorikeets and another green looking bird with blue around its eyes, not sure what they are and they just appear every now and again.

Latest news on vaccines

This week has seen another raft of families torn apart by vaccine injury, visiting the Vaxxed bus as it tours around different cities in the US.

It amazes me how much of a web of deceit is shrouding the vaccination program. I remember asking questions of my doctor years ago, holding my precious first-born and being told that vaccines are very safe and necessary to ensure the health and wellbeing of my child. Here’s a video of a mum who believed the same story.

So many babies could be saved if it wasn’t for the medical industry advising to give Tylenol to ease symptoms.

When a baby or child is vaccinated, most parents are encouraged to give Tylenol and this practise of giving Tylenol to children is causing the body’s glutathione (required to boost the immune system) to be severely decreased which means the child’s ability to release toxins from their bodies is compromised. This leaves the toxins circulating and the ingredient glyphosate passes the blood-brain barrier, enabling all the other toxins (mercury, aluminium etc) to enter the brain.

If you’re considering a flu vaccine this winter, then think again.

Here’s a video on the flu vaccine – if you’re considering this, please do your research as so much of what we’re being told in the mainstream media is being scripted by pharmaceutical companies.

These pharmaceutical companies make a fortune selling these vaccines and you can see them popping up all over the place now. There’s probably also a very nice bonus for the retailer who’s pushing these ineffective vaccines as well.

The best way to protect yourself against illness is to eat organic as much as possible, drink filtered water and avoid processed foods. Basically check everything going into and onto your body.

Latest news on weather engineering

Such an amazing time we’re living in – truly amazing!

Here in Queensland we have gone from 39 degrees celsius one day and two days later it barely reached 19 degrees celsius.

The weather has been used for military and war purposes for decades now. Just type that in your search engine (weather for war) and see what information comes up. I know there’s a lot of nobbling of alternative news sites, so it does take a bit of research.

This video explains some of the history of weather manufacturing, manipulation and weaponisation.

It’s fascinating to discover what’s really going on behind the scenes of all these intense weather events. My heart goes out to all those affected with hurricane, flooding, bushfire, and earthquake  events this year, it’s been a doozy that’s for sure.

I wonder how many people realise that these massive weather events are being generated. There’s not much natural weather left, if any.

We just recently had some decent rainfall after months of drought. Great to see but I have to wonder just what’s in the rainwater.

Scripture of the Week

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the word of God and this scripture jumps out at me this week  – John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

It’s such an awesome revelation when that scripture sinks in – and puts to rest the roman catholic church’s nonsense from the latest pope. Namely, that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is dangerous and requires mediation of the church. Talk about twist the truth.

And where is that stated in the Bible?

That’s right – it’s not!

Neither is there any mention of praying to Mary. In fact the Bible specifically in God’s 10 commandments says to have no idols, so all those statues and idols displayed within the church are an abomination to our heavenly Father.

In fact the catholic church re-wrote the Bible!

Yep…let’s look after our statue manufacturing business and take that little snippet out…

A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is life-giving and life-changing. Jesus said in John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

So, no matter what nonsense this world throws at us, no matter what storms or fires or floods or earthquakes or acts of terrorism try to shake our faith, we remain strong and at peace. Because Jesus Christ is Lord!

Despite how things appear, you can’t believe what you see on your TV, so try not to be swept into the latest dramatic visions you are seeing on your screen.

Just keep trusting in the Lord and the power of his might!

Good to catch up – any questions, comment below.

Big hug!

Fear the Failure Or Take The Leap Into Dry Swan Bladder Control?

One Step At A Time – Face The Fear!

I don’t know why I’m writing this post today – possibly to be true to me, to put my feelings and fears out there and who knows it may help you or someone else.

All I know is I have to write this post and share my feelings today. I need to take some time to sort out where to from here.

This post is all about fear of failure and I am staring that in the face right now. I’m wondering how everyone copes with that fear of failure.

So my question to you is this:

Why is it so hard to put ourselves out there?

Why is it so very, very hard?

Perhaps it’s not difficult for you, perhaps you’re a person who sails through life and things seem to go smoothly for you.

Or perhaps you’re like me – scared stiff to take the next step.

Perhaps you’re in the middle – sometimes feeling the fear but taking the leap anyway, because you’ve experienced some success in business and life.

For me, you would think that at 62 it would be easy. I mean I’ve lived a fairly exciting and eventful life, probably as you have.

I’ve been through the trials and tribulations, certainly had my fair share of disappointments and failures, as well as successes and joys.

Yet, this is probably – actually it definitely is – the hardest step or leap I have ever taken.

And I find myself second-guessing…everything!

Just like you do sometimes, I’m sure.

So, how do you and I get past the slow ‘walking in the mud’ stage?

How do we push through those ever-present, nagging fears and doubts – not to mention the past failures that sit right beside me at the moment?

How?

I guess we just keep walking.

We just keep on keepin’ on, no matter how we feel.

And right now I could run a mile to anywhere but here.

Because this is pure Tess – this is me, all my fears, all my worries, laid bare.

I remember the feeling of being emotionally exposed at certain times in my life and, oh boy, it’s a very unsettling time.

If anyone had told me that I would be doing what I’m doing with sharing Dry Swan I would have not believed them. Why, in God’s name, am I putting myself through all this?

I tell myself that there’s a reason why we go through trials in our lives and that’s very true. Often times what appears to be an absolute disaster in our lives will eventually turn into something really positive.

But how Lord, do we get through the dark valley to the other side? How do we pull all the loose ends together to make something real?

How?

Let me give you a bit of information as to how I find myself sitting here typing this post – more info about me 

Then, let me share where to from here.

This is truly a massive, huge leap into a place unknown.

As I stand a little back from the edge of this deep chasm of the unknown and peek down I see a swirl of failures before me – the time I got fired after complaining about sexual abuse from a senior partner. The business failure after 18 tough years, although I think a part of both my husband and I willingly let go due to impossible odds. I see the miscarriages and the deepest pain a woman can feel in the loss of children, and thank God for those he blessed me with. I see past relationships that ended in theft and disappointment. I see the swirling mess of past mistakes and hardship. The finger-pointing past that says “You failed then and you will fail now.”

It’s a cruel reminder of our fragility as human beings, and a reminder that our emotions are highly charged and powerful – especially when it comes to taking a risk, taking a leap.

How do we silence those voices from the past? That nagging school teacher who really enjoyed upsetting children. That cruel taunt from siblings or friends that rears its head and joins the chorus of doubt and fear. Those broken relationships and times of betrayal.

We all have them. Make no mistake. As human beings, we all are weighed down with the past.

We all have a pit of swirling mess that now and again we need to look into.

I’ve learnt through my walk with the Lord, to face my fears and not run from them. Just like a bad movie the fears we run from will usually reappear in front of us. Until we deal with them.

So, my friend, today I’m going to look into that pit and stop running from it.

I’m going to face my fears of failure.

And, maybe if I can do it, you can too.

Whew! Deep breath…Here goes…

What if nobody wants to know about Dry Swan and what I’ve learnt?

What if nobody wants what I’m sharing?

What if it doesn’t work for every woman?

What if I make a fool of myself?

What if it all falls flat or someone from a company that sells pads or gadgets tries to sue me?

What if all the money I’ve invested in learning, investigating, researching and time and effort turns out to be a waste?

What if after four years of hard slog I end up with nothing – even worse, what if my awesome family have gone without and it was all for nothing?

What if…?

Please tell me you have those ‘what if’ moments too.

Believe me, they’re a lot stronger when you’re working on your own from home, creating a course from your heart, and not knowing if anyone is really going to benefit from it – although I have researched for years and listened to what women are struggling with and I know what’s helped me take back my bladder control.

But, what if I’ve focused in the wrong areas?

What if I’m creating a course that no-one will want?

How do I justify all that lost revenue that I could have been earning and paying my way?

It’s a murky pit and I don’t like looking at the possible failure but I have to do it, if I’m to keeping walking forward – to eventually step off, trust God to save me from plunging head first into that pit of failure.

Jesus said he would never leave me nor forsake me, but will he catch me or am I destined to fail in this endeavour and perhaps learn something along the way?

Eek – this is so hard!!!

How do you handle fear of failure?

How do you deal with letting go of the past (which I thought I had absolutely dealt with) when it’s looming ahead of you?

How?

This is how I deal with it.

By asking myself – if everything fell over tomorrow and the past four plus years were a waste of my time, energy, money and resources…

Would I do it again?

Would I do what I’ve done again?

God help me…but the answer is a resounding “Yes!!!”

Why Tess…why?

Because Dry Swan has already helped hundreds of women – that’s why.

Because I know what it’s like to be trapped by poor bladder control.

To not be able to go anywhere just in case of leakage.

Those pads are not built to withstand a large volume at once and urge incontinence delivers a large volume!

We need to talk about this – we need to let women know that they’re not on their own.

So, let’s turn our backs on the fear for a moment…as I’m just about over it trying to stop me in my tracks.

You see, when I started to explore the possibilities of recovering bladder control, following damage from mini strokes, it all appeared hopeless! There was no alternative option – apart from pelvic floor exercises, and if you’ve suffered any paralysis you will know just how tough it is to even try to do one pelvic floor exercise.

It’s ridiculous – you go from one day being and feeling normal to a state of feeling emotional, physically challenged, nauseous, dizzy with the most awful headache on this earth – welcome to hemiplegic migraines folks!

God, if ever there was a curse, then that has to be right up there with it. Those attacks are like nothing on earth because your brain is under attack and that’s our major powerhouse – lose that and “life as we know it Jim” is forever changed.

I don’t know if anyone will read this post but I’m assuming one person will and so I’m talking with you – thank you for being here with me today, it just makes this walk a little less lonely. Especially if you’ve experienced the same ‘step out on the edge’ moments.

Actually, I’m feeling a bit better about it all. I don’t feel so trapped now that I’ve put this in writing, so thank you for being here and sharing with me. A trouble shared is a trouble halved.

I still don’t know how I’m going to do all this. I’m up to my module 3 in the course I’m building which is all about commitments. Part of the reason I suffered illness was directly due to over committing my time and energy in too many places. That’s rather typical of menopause though, we seem to go through a patch of holding onto our youth and doing more than usual, perhaps subconsciously proving to ourselves that our youth is not behind us.

Although, the truth is if you’re in the 50-60 bracket experiencing menopause then our real youth is behind us and we need to gracefully move forward into our next exciting chapter. I mean, we’re still on this earth, that’s exciting!

I do feel a lot better with you here with me, thank you. I don’t feel so alone anymore and I know that Dry Swan will help a lot of women.

Just knowing that and remembering the tough times I went through gives me a little more spring in my step to keep going.

My hard work could help another woman, maybe even you, to take that step to better bladder control.

So many lost hours waiting in specialist’ offices – I remember so vividly sitting waiting for a specialist for hours (he got called away to a hospital patient) feeling so lost and hopeless.

I have deep faith, don’t get me wrong, but there are times when we are physically very alone on this earth.

I remember what the receptionist said loudly when I politely asked her, after the long wait, how much longer the specialist would be…”You’re not his only patient you know…”

Really? I felt like a naughty child as I politely sat back down (I was too ill to be anything else, it was taking all my effort just to sit there).

Shudder! Was that really me?

That lost, lonely, ‘old’ woman sitting in the waiting room?

Wow, I have come a long way!

And helped a lot of women along the way.

Definitely feeling better now…perhaps I can do this after all…?!

If I can help one other woman from going through that humiliation and embarrassment of not only sitting for hours waiting for medical attention, but being able to better control her bladder and avoid those places altogether, then this becomes more about her than about me.

Come to think of it, that’s how I overcame all my failures and disappointments – by helping someone else.

I remember when my sort-of boyfriend/flatmate shot through with my car and savings and I arrived home from work to find the place empty. It was a weird sensation and he had left a tape saying he belonged to some secret organisation or other and they had caught up with him. What a tall tale eh? I remember sitting at the bench and listening to the tale, it was quite a surreal moment actually. My savings were gone, my car was gone and I was left to pay the rent in a rather expensive apartment, which I couldn’t afford on my office job salary. I had the words my brother had spoken as I was leaving for the airport on my big venture to another country – “she’ll be back within the month” ringing in my ears and was determined to stick it out.

So…I did what I could to take my mind off the situation – baked food for some of the elderly residents! I baked food like never before,  cookies, cakes, pies, you name it I baked it! It took my mind off the whole sad incident. Eventually I left the apartment and ended up working in a mining town in Western Australia where I met my beloved husband Bob. I have never been so grateful in all my life to have met the most wonderful person and soul mate. From the moment we met we knew we were meant to be together. Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been all roses and sunshine, but I wouldn’t trade our journey for anything. (And, God does know what he’s doing, Bob has been so helpful in building Dry Swan with me).

That’s what I meant about things going wrong in our lives that can be turned into something positive. My friend who left me in the lurch was 20 years older than me and Bob is just 63. Now we’re both in our 60s and can enjoy growing older together.

I was just 22 when the theft occurred and to make matters worse when I went to have the remainder of my apartment things (which were all new), sent up to the mining town, one of the elderly ladies I used to bake for had given it all away! Grrr! I must have been wearing an invisible ‘kick me’ sign in those days!

Over the years I’ve learnt that possessions are just that though – possessions, things and stuff and, although nice to have, really don’t make us who we are. I’m not impressed with possessions at all and more than happy to have the basics. I would rather help someone else than buy something more modern for myself.

Gosh, you are getting an insight into Tess today!

So, let’s take another look at that swirling failure pit shall we…?

So what if I failed!

So what if I made mistakes!

Do I really think that God will drop me in the mire of my past mistakes, to make this another failure to add to the mix?

Do I really think that he would have taken me through this valley of ill health to make it all a waste of time and effort?

Do I?

No, I don’t.

Look, I’m still not fussed on the leap, but I heard recently that as an entrepreneur we wear a parachute and although we may hit a few rocks on the way down, our parachute will open.

Then, we will soar!

And what if I do fail?

Does that change who I am?

Does that make me a lesser person?

No!

It just means I have to try again – and so do you.

Do you know something?

I’m seeing those fears fade away!

I’m seeing those past failures fade away!

There’s a new wind blowing into our future and it’s going to pick us up and fill that parachute and enable us to soar!!!

So…are we ready…one more step towards the edge…

One more module (there are five and I’ve completed two so far)

One more step…

It’s so good to share this with you.

Thank you for being here.

This life is never going to be easy, of that I’m convinced, but we can take the next step and the next step after that.

Who knows? Dry Swan Bladder Control and the Dry Swan exercise could be a solution for millions of women.

My app Dry Swan Bladder Trainer is freely available to every woman who can download it.

Please let me know if I helped you at all today. You sure helped me just by listening and I pray God’s blessings into your life.

Big hug!

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Are The Powerhouse of One…

Do you remember what it was like being a kid on the first day of school?

Do you remember that feeling of being totally alone?

Well, I think those days are a practise run for life!

Say what?

Well, what I mean is that, when all is said and done, we’re on our own.

Of course, we’re never truly alone, because God is with us. He made us, he knows us through and through.

But, we’re physically alone many times in our lives and it’s this feeling that I’m referring to.

You see, I believe that it’s not until we’ve experienced true loneliness that we experience true friendship with ourselves, the true perspective of who we are.

It’s those moments of realisation that you’re totally alone – it could be in a decision-making process, it could be when you find yourself sitting on a beach, or in a dentist chair.

Sooner or later, though, the realisation that we are on our own will strike, so you might as well get ready for it. Because all the friends and partners under the sun won’t change that fact.

You and I are on our own.

That’s why it’s so important to get to know the real you – the person you can depend on in a crisis when there’s no-one else around to turn to.

When there’s no-one else around to turn to, to talk to, we get to know what we’re really made of, we get to know who we truly are.

Have you ever noticed how we can hold it together better when we’re on our own than we can when our partner or friend is around us?

Why is that? Is it because we don’t have to be strong around them or is it because we show our insecurities in the knowledge that they love us anyway.

Let me explain what I mean…being now a senior citizen (truly…me, a senior citizen?) I struggle from time to time (who am I kidding – OK, all the time) with technology.

“COME ON!!!” I can be heard saying to my computer on a very regular basis. In fact, it’s my dream that one day I will have someone to do all the technological stuff and just let me write!

So, I struggle with technology but do you know what happens when my lovely husband Bob (who’s very clever at this) is not here – I try to figure it out by myself and between me and Mr Google I don’t do too badly at all.

But…if Bob or my daughter Nicky is around…I’ll find myself huffing and puffing and throwing the odd bit of paper around, signalling that I’m losing it – AGAIN – with this crazy computer!

Of course, then someone will come to my rescue. I don’t think I’m consciously being manipulative. In fact, I didn’t truly realise until now the mechanics of this. Another great reason to write.

Perhaps we’re stronger as one than we are as a couple or as part of a team?

Perhaps the strength of a team comes from people who have experienced the powerhouse of one?

Hmmm, it’s amazing the things we ponder, isn’t it? Like what really goes on inside this computer?

I can’t hear mechanical sounds, apart from the odd fan sound, and if I open it up and just see a board with chips on it (chicken salt or plain?) my brain says but where are the working parts…?!

You see, I grew up in the days of manual typewriters and I could see how they worked – you pushed down on the keyboard and a letter on the end of a piece of metal called the arm would flip up and hit the band of ink ribbon which would then leave an imprint on my piece of paper rolled around the platen.

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So, I could see what was going on – in fact, I could fix typewriters in those days, I kid you not!

We had this wonderful old manual typewriter at home when I was just starting secondary school.

I was doing a ‘Commercial’ course which meant typing was part of the curriculum, as was shorthand (I can still do pretty much the same speeds) and commercial practice. Then the course focused on science (very helpful in an office) as well as English, but no math. I’ve often wondered about why math was not included as part of the curriculum. Must’ve thought the commercial gals were thick! We didn’t mingle with the girls from the other classes – they were the ‘Professional’ and ‘General’ classes and we were considered the lower class – literally.

We had to sit away from them at lunch time and not even within earshot of their conversations! I remember one day wanting to wipe that smug, posh look off the faces of one particular group of girls and ended up doing a cartwheel, flashing my bright red winter warmers (a pair of warm pants that you wore over your pants and stockings) for all the world to see!

Those little tarts got me back though and reported me to the head nun so there was a bit of explaining to do when I got home late after detention, ie washing the windows of the classrooms. I blamed the traffic.

Not a bad excuse as I used to bike 5 miles to and from school every day. And, wouldn’t you know it, that blasted wind in my home town would always be a head wind biking to school and then in the afternoon that smart-arse wind would change direction and I would have a head wind home. I can count on one hand the number of times I had a back wind home – it was like winning the lotto as I sailed along on my bike feeling on top of the world.

So the posh professional girls kept pretty much to themselves. I wonder what it would be like today with social media being the real leveller, maybe the days of discrimination between students, based on what they study, is worse.

I got the last laugh though as I left school and got a job straight away and most of the professional and general girls ended up going to Polytech to learn…wait for it…typing!

Life is funny sometimes and the day the agency rang me to say I was successful in my application I stood in front of the mirror and felt my powerhouse of one.

My Mum was responsible for me doing a commercial course as all my older sisters had done other courses at school and ended up working in offices anyway, so she figured I may as well hit the mark from day one. She was right – thanks Mum.

So, being a commercial student I was learning to type and I decided to write a book during my school holidays.

I spent most of my time writing my book all about the Solomon Islands. Day after day, sheet of paper after sheet of paper, typing away. It was great practise for my course.

It was also exciting to be writing a book and incredibly frustrating as the old manual typewriter had several arms that kept getting stuck.

Of course, my brothers thought I was being a goody two shoes for spending my time locked away in our special lounge room (that no-one ever used, apart from piano practise).

But, I think what I was doing was enjoying writing, plus I did all the illustrations – just don’t look too closely!

I remember the teacher at school holding my A5 book in her hands, looking at me with a puzzled expression…”You did this over your holidays?”

Now I come to think of it, I don’t know why I spent all that time writing a book that wasn’t really necessary. Perhaps it was me browsing through the set of encyclopaedias we had or visiting the local library. I have some recollection that maybe I was thinking of teaching as a career and thought that learning all about an island somewhere in the Pacific might come in handy.

Who knows…but I do remember the feeling of satisfaction of completing my book.

That was the powerhouse of one.

So how about you?

Do you see yourself as your own powerhouse of one?

Do you have experiences in your life when you did something that displayed your powerhouse genius?

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Were you sailing high above the earth in your metaphorical hot air balloon – or did you actually fly high above the earth in a real hot air balloon?

Did you accomplish that goal or that aim that the younger you had planned way back when?

Did you do that one thing that you believe you were born to do?

I hope so – if not, it’s not too late to tap into that desire and gift.

My thing was music and now that Bob and I have produced a couple of music albums, I’m quite happy – thank you for asking!

I was never much good at sport or crafts, but sit me in front of the piano or place a guitar in my hands and I truly did become the powerhouse of one.

Of course, when Bob picks up the guitar his own powerhouse of one joins with me and together I think we create some rather special praise and worship music.

Can’t take all the credit – thanks, Holy Spirit.

Anyway, I’ve rambled on enough today – so will leave you with this challenge.

Are you your own powerhouse of one?

Are you content to spend time with just you or do you need others around you to complete you?

You don’t by the way – you are your own powerhouse and maybe you haven’t discovered that yet.

Maybe you depend on others for your security, your self-worth, your need for their approval.

Whatever your current circumstances are, just know this…you have the power to change them.

You are an awesome individual with amazing gifts.

You have a brain that is greater than all the computers in the world put together.

Even with this crazy world and all the toxic aspects of it, you can make a massive difference.

So, my powerhouse of one is going to keep going, even when I don’t feel like it.

I’m going to keep sharing what I’ve discovered through menopause – and that is that I am a powerhouse of one.

And so are you – even if you don’t feel like it.

So, if I can make a difference in this world by sharing what I’ve discovered in restoring my own health, you can make a difference in this world by sharing your discoveries and gifts too.

Is it easy?

No – but I keep hearing that saying that if it was easy then everybody would be doing it.

Yeah, yeah.

Doesn’t make it any easier, though.

Hmm, this powerhouse of one better go and make dinner.

A Trouble Shared Is A Trouble Halved So They Say…

Let me ask you a question? What has crossed legs, jiggles up and down and lets off steam? Me…and every other menopausal woman struggling with urinary incontinence.

Picture this…

You’re half-way through the weekly shop, standing in the freezer aisle and the URGE strikes! You went before you left home…you can’t need to go AGAIN!

OMG…what now?

Time has now stood still, life is carrying on around you but you are caught in this other dimension of panic, fear and impending doom.

OK, if you can just pull your trolley in front and quietly cross your legs, squeeze for all you’re worth…you can gain a bit of time.

Think dry thoughts…

BUT, then it strikes – that chill that you feel you’re very core is freezing.

You wrap your cardigan tightly around you as you begin to experience that oh so familiar feeling…first the nausea, that awful stomach flipping sensation that instantly makes you want to throw up.

You further brace yourself for that all too familiar swoon – that feeling that everything is wrong with the world, not quite dizzy but close to it and you want to reach out and grasp anything solid to stop from falling off the earth, physically and emotionally.

As if that’s not enough, here comes the heat and the prickling sensation rising up from your boots and spreading all over your body…that feeling you know too well.

And of course your heart doesn’t want to be left out of the party so starts thumping for all its worth, joining in this crazy, unhinged chorus of a menopausal flush or flash.

As the pounding in your head subsides, you breathe deeply and hold on even tighter to that trolley, still unable to move forward as any minute now you could experience leakage.

Now you have to let go one hand to quickly fumble for some tissues in your handbag and catch the trickles running down your face.

You want to cry, run, and get as far away from here – and the menopausal you – as possible.

You want to be the person you always were – strong, confident, excellent memory, fit, slim and in control.

Dear, dear, dear, menopausal sister – I love you!

I love the fact that you keep on keeping on, despite trudging through this minefield of emotions that has almost overnight appeared for you and me.

All those memories that have started to make you cry at the drop of a hat.

All those physical changes that have just appeared – where did the fat fingers come from?

And what the heck is it with those stray hairs that have suddenly grown overnight?

Where’s a time-lapse camera when you need one?

Mind you, you could have sat and watched them grow in the mirror because you spent half the night awake anyway!

Tossing and turning…covers on, covers off…covers on, covers off.

The musical blankets continued throughout the night even with the fan turned up high.

This is a tough gig!

This is probably the toughest patch in your life and it can feel like you’ve suddenly stepped into the twilight zone of your health.

My dear Mum ended up being treated with electric shock therapy – how insane is that? One darling woman going through menopause and they label her crazy.

All because she couldn’t stop crying! She had lived a tough life and it was no wonder that the dam of hurt suddenly and hugely burst as she entered menopause.

My Mum was a strong woman and she also discovered the Lord during her journey, telling me that one night she left home, determined to end her life. She stood on a bridge in the town we were living and wanted to throw herself into the river but she remembered her two youngest children she still had at home, and selflessly walked back home – with none of us knowing what she had contemplated.

She told me in later years that as she stood on that bridge, she felt God surround her, for the first time in her life. She felt the weight of the world was lifted from her.

Of course we didn’t know any of this had happened, but I do remember Mum throwing out bottle after bottle of pills one morning and saying out loud to everyone “That’s it, I’m no taking those anymore.” It was amazing she could even function with the concoction of medications she’d been on.

Someone, somewhere had been praying for my Mum that night and the turnaround in her was amazing.

She lost weight, first and foremost – losing that bloated look.

She started walking for exercise and cut out a lot of her past diet.

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Perhaps it was the treatment my Mum received that stirred me to write my books and try to help you and perhaps others from going down that lonely path of struggle.

Perhaps it was my own patch of hell that I struggled through.

Somehow…somewhere along the line, I too made the decision my Mum had made and opted out of the medication – turning to natural solutions to manage the stress of menopause.

But let’s talk about you – how are you managing your menopause journey?

If you’re struggling right now, I want you to know there is a way through this.

Honestly…there is a way.

I want you to know that you’re not going crazy – step one, go on…say that out loud right now…”I am NOT going crazy.”

Great, now that we’ve got that understood…I want you to say “I can get through this.”

Why say that?

Because you can and I will help you in any way I can.

I remember all too well those feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, body changing, hormonal shifts causing migraine.

The list just goes on and on and on (and on…)

So, if I was to tell you there is a natural way to get through your menopause and a natural way to beat your urge and stress incontinence…you would probably want to click off – right? But don’t!

Because I’m going to share with you how to take back your bladder control and, in doing that, decrease your menopausal stress.

Because there’s nothing worse than fighting urge incontinence and suffering a flush/flash at the same time.

Honestly, it feels like the little baby out of ‘The Incredibles’ and it amazes me that in those awful moments, we don’t just combust!

It really is quite surreal as life is continuing around you but you’re living in this hell hole – and if you’re a business woman in an office situation, then the stress is doubled.

Even with sympathetic people around, it’s still a tough ride.

So, I made it my mission in life to help you.

That’s if you want me to.

If you’ve been looking for a natural solution to menopause and urinary incontinence, then you’ve found it.

I can’t make any promises but I can help you to learn what I’ve learnt and what has given me back my bladder control and my quality of life.

It has also made menopause workable as you will learn how to remove the toxins out of your life.

To start with – go get yourself my app – ‘Dry Swan Bladder Trainer’ and get to know the Dry Swan exercise. You will find it on Google Play and iTunes.

This exercise is unique and different from anything you will have tried before. It stops the brain signal to the bladder and gives you precious time to get where you need to go.

You can email me anytime on tess.dryswan@aapt.net.au

Just know you’re not alone in this anymore.

Please realise that.

You have a friend right here…true!  🙂

And I’m sending you a great big hug.