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Family Time, Year-Round Health

A New Year, A New Decade, A New Word

Image of Caitlin Rivett-Carnac
by Caitlin Rivett-Carnac

I love fresh starts. I love the start of a new day, I love Sundays - start of a new week, and the very best is the start of a New Year. This year is an even more exceptional fresh start because we are entering a new decade. Welcome 2020.  

As I look back at the last 10 years, I’m truly full of gratitude. It was a big decade!  Paul and I met, we got married, moved to rural life on our herb farm, joined the family business, and had 3 sons! The words wild and gratitude are two that would summarize the last 10 years. To read my about my move from the city to herb farm living click here.

Rather than making new years resolutions, I like the idea of setting a word for the year. I spent some time over the holidays quietly reflecting with a cup of tea on the last year and looking at the next. It felt very luxurious as it is hard to find quiet time around here with 3 young boys! I thought about what word would capture the focus I should have in the new year. The word that came to me was: BE. 

This is a challenge for me. I feel like I am always being pulled in different directions, demands on my time and attention are constant from my family and our business. I am prone to multitasking, distraction and trying to do too much.  I’m actually so used it and pretty good at it; to simply BE will be a new way of being.

Cailtin and the boys enjoy some quiet time

To BE in the moment. To stop, listen, kneel down to talk to my boys. To BE with them in reading and playing. It is so easy to get caught up in thought about a million things and not be totally present. To embrace quiet and listen to nature rather then podcasts when I go for my daily walk. To focus on one thing at a time at work, rather then multitasking.

I know that I will need to put some practical things in place to help me with this new resolve. Getting up earlier than my kids to get a start on my day in quiet and prayer. To keep up with my daily walk; nature is so grounding. Being very intentional about my schedule so that when I’m working, I’m working and when I’m with my kids, I’m really present. By taking adaptogens – to help me adapt to internal or external stress and bring balance and calm. Some of my favorite are lemon balmschisandra berry and our Strest formula. Having a shot in a shot glass throughout the day or adding it to a glass of water – hot or cold to sip on throughout the day is helpful. Plants are powerful.

Here’s to a new year, a new decade and new beginnings. 



Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)
Schisandra berries


A plant that is native to the dry areas of India, the Middle East, and northern Africa, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) belongs to the Solanaceae or nightshade family.

Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)

Eleuthero root has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. A woody shrub that hails from the forests of northeastern Asia, eleuthero is  an adaptogen used to increase stamina, as a tonic, and to boost overall health.

Schisandra berries

The bright red berries of this woody climbing vine that grows in the forested regions of northeastern China, as well as Russia. Schisandra berries have a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use it as an adaptogen and tonic to promote endurance, lower stress, and boost your immune system.

Image of Caitlin Rivett-Carnac
Author: Caitlin Rivett-Carnac

Caitlin is married to Paul Rivett-Carnac, CEO of St. Francis Herb Farm. Together, they run St. Francis and their 50-acre farm in Barry’s Bay, and are committed to their company’s mission: “To empower people on their wellness journey through knowledge and effective herbal products crafted with care and intention.” Caitlin is a mother of three young boys, Luke, Jude, and Ethan.


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