Don’t Cast Your Pearls Before Swine

By Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast. ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them. under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Matthew 7:6

How many of us have been in this situation of giving our pearls to swine? Me included. For me it has mostly come in the form of toxic romantic relationships and friendships with toxic people.

What’s so important about Matthew 7:6 is that it shows us that we need to treat ourselves with value. That we hold ourselves in such high regard that we do not allow others to take advantage of us and use us when we generously give of ourselves to other people.

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Give Your Inner Child A Hug Today

By Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

In every adult there lurks a child; an eternal child, someone that is always becoming, and is never completed, and calls for unceasing care, attention, and education. That is the part of the personality which wants to develop and become whole.

Carl G. Jung

The inner child. That beautiful, sweet, innocent, magical, and pure part of ourselves. That little boy or girl who wants to play, who wants to laugh, who wants to sing, who wants to discover, who has an eternal curiosity about the wonders of the world.

Often as adults we forget this part of ourselves. Though we are housed in these awkward grown bodies, busily going through daily life with responsibilities, burdens, and never ending bills to pay, that little kid in us is still there.

Wanting to come out, to feel the sunshine on their face, to play in the dirt and feel the mud squish between their toes. To gleefully jump into a huge pile of leaves, or if you are in Canada where I live this time of year, to gleefully jump into a huge snow bank.

So hug your inner child today. Remind them that they are loved, wanted, protected, needed, and safe. Tell them that is is ok to come out and play, to explore, to experience unbridled joy. The adult part of you will thank you.

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The Saint

By Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Saint Francis of Assisi

The Saint

As soon as beauty is known by the world as beautiful, it becomes ugly

As soon as virtue becomes known as something good, it becomes evil

Therefore being and non-being give birth to each other

Difficult and easy accomplish each other

Long and short form each other

High and low distinguish each other

Sound and tone harmonize each other

Before and after follow each other as a sequence

Realizing this, ‘The Saint’ performs effortlessly according to the natural way without personal desire, and practices the wordless teaching through one’s deeds

‘The Saint’ inspires the vitality of all lives, without holding back

He nurtures all beings with no wish to take possession of them

He devotes all of his energy but has no intention to hold on to the meritt

When success is achieved, he seeks no recognition

Because he does not claim for the credit, hence he shall not lose it

By Jennifer Zmurchyk

Prairie Sky Wellness

Halloween Madness!! Meet My Demon Cat

By Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Miss Grizz…pure evil in a seemingly sweet kitty body!!

Last year on Halloween, my son took this picture of our kitty Miss Grizz. Obviously it is a trick of the camera but wow, the picture creeped us all out with her seemingly demon eyes.

Normally she is very sweet, kind, loving and isn’t a jerk like some cats. Though the odd time she likes to poop on my bed for some reason, and occasionally when we are cuddling her she will bite our noses. However for the most part she is the sweetest thing on the planet.

Miss Grizz…just chillin out on one of her non-demon days
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Using the Incredible Power of ‘NO J.A.D.E.’ When Dealing With Narcissists

By Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Empower yourself with the NO J.A.D.E. rule

Our society is currently facing an epidemic of narcissism. Though there is a vast difference between a person who is a clinical narcissist versus someone who only has narcissistic traits, the devastation and abuse caused to the people around them is the same.

What is narcissistic personality disorder? The DSM 5 defines it as:

A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).

2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.

3. Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high status people (or institutions).

4. Requires excessive admiration.

5. Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations.

6. Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.

7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others

8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.

9. Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

DSM 5 Criteria For Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Though it is hard to feel sympathy for a narcissist, they are actually very damaged people who hide behind the mask of grandiosity because of emotional wounding they themselves have received. This emotional wounding often occurs in childhood at the hands of narcissistic parents and is a cycle that is passed down through generations. An extremely toxic cycle of abuse that is damaging to the narcissist, the people around them, and society in general.

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Free Crochet Pattern; Luscious Lilacs Scarf

By Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

This is one of my most popular crochet patterns this season and is available for free here on my website.

This scarf works up very quickly and only requires 2 skeins of yarn; one self-striping (I used a wool blend here), and one black.

This pattern is also available to purchase as a PDF download on my website here. It is part of my 7 pattern crochet fall/winter scarf collection, and the PDF comes with bonus stitch charts.

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Making the Choice to Be Authentically Me

By Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

I’ve been coloring my hair for over 20 years. Last week when I was at the local drugstore to purchase the monthly ‘box of lies’ to put in my hair something came over me and I decided not buy the hair dye. I didn’t want to do it anymore. Tired of the harsh chemicals, tired of the expense, tired of feeling like I needed to look different than I naturally am.

I’m not against people dying their hair or altering their looks; in fact self expression is a very positive thing and should be encouraged. However I was coloring my hair for the wrong reasons.

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DIY All Purpose Household Cleaner That Works!

By Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

This DIY all purpose cleaner recipe is great for cleaning most household surfaces – even mirrors.

It works very effectively on things such as soap scum, toilets, greasy countertops, floors, stoves, and taps. A huge bonus is that it is safe for the home with no harsh chemicals, and it is extremely cost effective at only a few cents to make. In addition to water, it requires only four ingredients that are likely already in your home.

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5 Ways to Practice Radical Self Love

by Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Who is the most important person in the world?



I had a recent health scare which further drove this point home for me. Of course my children are a top priority, but if their mother doesn’t take care of herself and love herself, then what good am I to them?

Ultimately we walk this world alone living in our own individual and unique universe’s. Yes we have important people around us that we love, but our lives are our own. Our life is gifted to us for the precious and small amount of time we spend on this earth. What would be the point of living that life choosing to be unhappy?

Self love is the most important thing we can do to improve our own lives, which in turn ripples outward affecting many people.

Radical self love

Here are 5 things any of us can do in everyday life to begin having a beautiful love affair with ourselves:

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A New Beginning 10/10/2019

by Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Rising from the ashes

On September 21/2019, I had a brain hemorrhage out of the blue in the middle of the night. That experience was likely the most frightening, yet incredible experience of my life.

Why would this be one of the most incredible experiences of my life and not one of the worst?

Having to go through something harrowing like that where I thought I might die has completely changed my outlook on life. I was already a very happy person and my life seemed to be going pretty good. I have done a lot of work on self growth and improvement over the last three years or so, and as a result of that I was feeling great in all aspects of my life.

However, there were still few small things that I didn’t even realize I needed to take care of in life until I had my brain hemorrhage.

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A Story of a Girl Born in Sweden 1897-1994; Part 1

by Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

As my grandmother was going through some old family things she happened upon an amazing treasure; my great grandmother Hilda (Helda) Johnson’s diary. It contains lot of very incredible and often humorous stories from a time long gone. My great grandma Johnson was born in Tollarp, Kristianstad, Skåne County, Sweden in 1897, and I’ve decided to share this beautiful gift that she left for us. The following are the exact and unaltered words straight from her.

Mom Johnson’s Life Story (In Her Own Words)

A Story of a Girl Born in Sweden, by Hilda Johnson

My name is Hilda Johnson (Malmberg). My Dad’s father was Carl Nilson. That was my Dad’s name too. When Dad became a soldier and went into the army, he had to change his name from Nilson to Frisk. That was his first soldier name. My Dad did not like that name, so he asked for a new name.

The officer said ‘No, you keep that name’.

My Dad took the officer by the neck of his shirt and seat of his pants and threw the officer on his bunk bed.

Dad said ‘Now will you give me my new name?’

The officer said ‘Yes, yes, yes’

That is how my Dad got his new name Malmberg. My Dad could have gotten into jail for doing that. Dad was not a common soldier for he was an officer. This all happened before Dad was married.

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Free Crochet Pattern – Hot Pink Passion Infinity Scarf

By Jen Zmurchyk- Prairie Sky Wellness

In addition to being a busy mom, student, and blogger, I also design crochet patterns under the name SassaFrass Crochet. My Hot Pink Passion infinity scarf is the most popular one so far this season.

If you are looking for something quick, easy, and pretty to make, this infinity scarf is a good bet. I’m a slow crocheter, and even I am able to get this one completed in only 3 or 4 hours. Plus it uses only one skein of yarn.

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A Skunk Brought Me The Message Today Of Setting Gentle Boundaries

By Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

A baby skunk – what a cute little stinker!!!

I often go for nature walks and when I do, I usually ask for spirit to bring me messages. Sometimes it will come in the form of an odd animal sighting or seeing something out of place in the natural world. Today was no exception.

As I was walking around the lake this morning, three skunks came waddling out of the trees and walked right in front of me on the path. Fortunately the little stinkers never saw me, so I was saved from possibly getting sprayed.

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How to Manifest a Relationship?

By Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

The reason I have put the question mark at the end of the title of this post is that I have no clue how to manifest a relationship. I am not an expert at relationships in any way; in fact I have one failed marriage and a failed long term relationship after my marriage ended. I do not wish to throw shade on either of my two ex-partners, we just were not meant to be. So because of this, I am adding a disclaimer that I am not a professional at giving relationship advice to anyone.

However, I have been single now for almost 6 years, I am in my mid 40’s, and I am feeling that I would like to try again.


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A Rude Awakening – My Experience Having a Brain Hemorrhage

By Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

On September 21/2019 at 2:30 am, I woke up in incredible pain; I felt like someone had cracked me in the back of the skull with a baseball bat.

Searing pain. I tried to get out of bed, however, I fell on the floor instead unable to get my bearings. ‘What is going on?’ Blurred vision, extreme vertigo, words not coming out of my mouth properly, unable to walk, severe vomiting, completely delirious, and incoherent.

My children ended up needing to call an ambulance for me, and they had to watch from inside the house as their mother was taken away to the hospital with them having no clue as to what was wrong with me.

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Eating Whole Foods To Increase Vitality And Improve Mental Health

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Kirlian photograph capturing the energy and aura of a Goji Berry

Vitality according to the Oxford dictionary:

1 The state of being strong and active; energy.

1.1 The power giving continuance of life, present in all living things.

Oxford Dictionary

I have Type 1 Bipolar disorder, however I fortunately have been able to get to a place where I am living a very fulfilling life that is relatively symptom free, and switching to a diet that consists mainly of whole foods played a large role in drastically improving my mental health

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The Difference Between ‘Surrendering’ and ‘Allowing’

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Surrender vs. Allow

Many of us who are on a spiritual path in life will come across the concept of surrendering at one point

‘Surrender and go with the flow’

‘Surrender to a higher power’

On the surface this seems like a good thing to do. However, what does it actually mean to surrender?

Definition of surrender:

– to yield to the power, control, or possession of another upon compulsion or demand

– to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another

– to give (oneself) up into the power of another especially as a prisoner

Miriam Webster Dictionary

It seems that by definition, when we surrender we are giving up our power to something else. Quitting. Becoming the prisoner of another.

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How To Make Your Own Luxury Soap Easily From Scratch

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Soapmaking is one of my favorite hobbies! It’s easy, fun, and very cost effective to make your own soap

A few years ago, I made the decision to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Part of this was changing my diet to exclude all processed foods and switch to a chemical free diet of whole foods. Now I do understand that we can’t completely get away from chemicals in our diet. The aggressive use of agro-chemicals has caused toxins such as glyphosate to enter into our food chain. Unfortunately these have trickled down from agricultural use and are now found in every part of our natural environment. Despite not having the choice to be completely chemical free, switching to a diet void of processed foods has made a significant impact on my mental and physical health.

Part of adopting a chemical free diet was also the decision to stop putting manufactured chemically based beauty products on my skin. The skin is our largest organ and anything we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. I began tinkering with making my own body creams, soaps, and perfumes from all natural ingredients and soon discovered that the various homemade beauty products that I was able to create myself actually performed far better than anything I could buy in the store. Plus, making my own potions and lotions proved to be very cost effective – even when using high end luxury ingredients.

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Facing Fears To Make Major Shifts In Life

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Facing fears – scary but rewarding!

The last few days have been a whirlwind of activity for me which were spent dealing with an illness in the family as well as finally facing my fears to make some major shifts in life and follow my true passion and calling.

Facing our fears is not an easy thing

What if I’m not good enough?

Will I be able to do this?

Am I ‘nuts’ to think that this can actually work?

Is following my heart over my head a good idea?

Should I do what everyone else around me is telling me to do, or should I be brave and do what ‘me’ is telling me to do?

These are some of the questions I have been struggling with concerning a decision I needed to make in regards to my future. Do I take the red pill or the blue pill?

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Saying Goodbye To Someone You Love With Peace And Compassion

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Walking away from someone you love is very painful

If you love you don’t let go. The thing you let go of is the experience.

Yogi Grand master Akshar

Many of us have had the experience of deeply and truly loving another person, but for whatever reason it doesn’t work out. Bad timing, individually wanting different things, people and circumstances beyond our control that are interfering in the situation, outgrowing each other. There can be many causes for a relationship to fall apart; even one that is based on real love.

So how do we let go of a person whom we honestly love without condition in a way that is compassionate with the understanding that some things are not meant to be? How do we give up clinging onto the hope that something will change in a situation that is clearly not working in its present form?

Letting go of someone is very difficult and painful where there is mutual love with a deep bond, but the realization is eventually reached that the relationship is not healthy.

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A Stunning Blue Jay Brings The Message Of Humility, Pride, And Ego

by Jennifer ZmurchykPrairie Sky Wellness

The stunning plumage of the Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) one of the three species of Jays found in Canada.

I feel very fortunate to live in Canada. It is a country full of wide open spaces containing a wealth of wildlife.

I spend time each morning on my deck with a nice cup of hot coffee and I usually see some kind of special bird or animal. This mornings treat? A stunning Blue Jay that flew up onto my fence, looked at me, then hopped into my backyard and strutted around a bit. After pecking in the grass for a while, it flew away being sure to boastfully show me it’s amazing plumage.

“Shamans teach that Blue Jay represents our ego and pride. They have an arrogant Spirit and sometimes prey on other nests for their food. The balance to this is that Blue Jay is an opportunist. He reminds us to treasure what we have and watch for those open doorways. You do not have to be a “victim” of the world. Blue Jay teaches us how to use our abilities with wisdom, remaining present and attentive in our daily life”.

What Is My Spirit Animal

The odd thing about this little winged messenger was that when researching the spirit animal meaning of the Blue Jay, I realized it was the second time today that I had come across information regarding humility, pride, and ego. Spirit seemed to be telling me that I needed to think about where arrogance and pride are blocking me from moving forward in life.

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Key Phrases That A Narcissist Uses To Devalue People In Relationships

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Narcissists. Some of the most destructive people we can ever come across. They cause havoc and chaos in the lives of everyone around them and have no issues with ruining other people emotionally. The only person in the narcissists life that matters is them.

The interesting thing about narcissists is that their behavior is so predictable it’s like reading a textbook. Once we are armed with knowledge, they are very easy to spot for what they are.

One of these textbook behaviors includes gaslighting – aka ‘crazymaking‘. If any of the following phrases has been used on you, it’s possible that you are the victim of narcissistic abuse.

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How I learned To ‘Grow a Pair’

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Growing a pair’ is hard work!

I ordered the most awesome shirt shown above from a beautiful soul; Dana at Joy PSA. I came across a YouTube video of someone wearing this shirt and I KNEW I had to have one because over the last few years I’ve been working really hard on growing a pair. Please visit Dana’s website here at where you can purchase printable pieces of her amazing work, and the best part is that the proceeds go towards her mission to spread love and joy in the world.

“The dreams you seed have a funny way of sprouting up into being”

Dana at Joy PSA

This shirt got me thinking about what it means to grow a pair and how I have been working on this in my own life. Now, I do not profess to be an Angel. Though I have made many steps to become a better person, I am still far away from being Angelic.

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Toxic People In Your Life? Give Yourself Permission to Get Rid Of Them

by Jennifer ZmurchykPrairie Sky Wellness

We Should Never Feel Guilty About Removing Toxic People From Our Lives

In 2016 I made the decision to take my life back. At the time, I was very ill with Type 1 Bipolar Disorder and pretty much at rock bottom. I realized at the time that I had a choice to make – continue to live a life of misery and darkness, or take my mental health into my own hands and do what I could to change things. I chose the latter and I am so grateful because today I am living a rich and happy life relatively free from Bipolar symptoms.

Part of the changes I needed to make was removing the toxic people in my life. Unfortunately almost all of these toxic people came in the form of family and friends which made it very difficult and it took a lot of courage on my end to stand up to them, put boundaries in place, and when the boundaries didn’t have an effect I had to walk away.

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A Fox Brought Me The Warning Of A Trickster In My Life

by Jennifer ZmurchykPrairie Sky Wellness

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) – Native to the entire Northern Hemisphere and one of the species of fox found in Canada

I live on the prairies of western Canada, and have always had a keen interest in nature. Canada is an amazing place full of wide open natural areas which vary from the towering rocky mountains, northern boreal forests, arctic tundra, wide open prairies, and warm coastal areas. I also live in an place rich in the history of Canada’s First Nations People who have a very close connection with nature and for them seeing animals is significant as they are considered messengers from spirit.

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