beauty, Gardening, Herbs, Homemade Beauty Products, Self Care, Uncategorized

Homemade Lilac Salve

Last March, I was laid off from my job for 2.5 months due to the pandemic. During this time I began to get back in touch with my passion for gardening and using herbs and flowers. At first, the reason I was drawn back into gardening was not knowing if our food supply would continue… Continue reading Homemade Lilac Salve

Advice, Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Self Care

Don’t Lose Yourself in a Toxic Relationship

In your relationship, do you feel confused, exhausted, anxious, unbalanced, used, drained, unstable and stressed sometimes or most of the time? Do you overthink or do things you don't want all to help the relationship work? Does your partner show love, consideration and affection sometimes, but most of the time their actions show they are… Continue reading Don’t Lose Yourself in a Toxic Relationship

Dating and Relationships, Self Care

Use Affirmations To Help You Move Forward After a Break-Up

I found an affirmation app for my phone (you can too by searching in Google Play). The one I found is called 'My Affirmations'. This app comes with affirmations and lets you write in your own. It also lets you delete or edit any of the pre-programmed ones so you can fine tune your affirmations.… Continue reading Use Affirmations To Help You Move Forward After a Break-Up

Advice, Being Self Employed, Brainstorming, Seeking Advice, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Please Share Your Thoughts And Experiences On Livelihood

Here I share some random thoughts on livelihood as an opening to reader comments on the subject. I wish society was more about teaching people to expand on their gifts and passions, rather than pushing everyone to go for the money. If we were taught from a young age to pursue our gifts and passions,… Continue reading Please Share Your Thoughts And Experiences On Livelihood

Being Single And Happy, Brainstorming, Road Trips and Adventures, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Please Share What You Do For Fun and The Effect Fun Has On Your Life.

Here I share a fun experience I had yesterday and the effect it had on me as an opening to reader shares on this subject of having fun. I hope you will join so we can create a resource for anyone looking to improve their life. My Share: I made time for fun this weekend.… Continue reading Please Share What You Do For Fun and The Effect Fun Has On Your Life.

Food/Cooking, Herbs, Homemade Convenience Food, Self Care

Herbal Syrups For Health, Refreshing Ice Water and More!

Most herbs have amazing health benefits and have many vitamins and minerals. Since the pandemic hit, I have been working more herbs into my diet to boost my immune system and for their particular benefits. I have been making and enjoying herbal syrups in this effort to consume more herbs. I use them in ice… Continue reading Herbal Syrups For Health, Refreshing Ice Water and More!

Advice, Being Self Employed, Brainstorming, Seeking Advice, Self Improvement, Writing

Brainstorming With Readers On Quitting A Job to Blog Full-Time

Here I share my thoughts on wanting to quit my job to become a full-time blogger (and other creative ideas) as a start to a brainstorm session, hoping readers will share their thoughts and experience in the comment section so we can all help each other. For the past couple of months I have been… Continue reading Brainstorming With Readers On Quitting A Job to Blog Full-Time

Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Thoughts On Death, Healing and Being Of Service To Others

I have learned that service helps not only others, but yourself.  I have two recent examples. My mom was declining from Cancer and it was her wish to die at home.  I was the only one in the family that was 'strong' enough mentally and physically to be able to help her fulfill her wish. … Continue reading Thoughts On Death, Healing and Being Of Service To Others

Advice, God, Self Care, Self Improvement

God’s Will, Not Mine

Good morning everyone! This morning I am sharing a reply I made this morning to a comment on my post Hard Times Draw Us Closer To God, which I wrote Feb. 19, 2019, over a year and a half ago. The post describes pretty much everything I'm sharing here, but the funny thing is, that things… Continue reading God’s Will, Not Mine

Advice, Self Care, Self Improvement

Releasing Things That No Longer Serve Us

Hi Friends! I've been away for awhile. For now, I won't get into why, because I could probably write an entire book about the many things that have went on in my life. But I will say that if you follow me, you'll find out in bits and pieces as I write posts about some… Continue reading Releasing Things That No Longer Serve Us

art, Self Care, Uncategorized

Sexy Red Lips Face Mask

Hi everyone. A few days ago I got to thinking that since we all have to wear face masks now, we might as well make it fun. I decided I'd start making nose and lip designs to go on face masks with different looks. This is my first design. I have plenty more ideas I'll… Continue reading Sexy Red Lips Face Mask

Advice, Self Care, Self Improvement

Allow Yourself To Just Be

It's ok to allow yourself to just be, especially during a time like this. Pushing yourself doesn't help. When we can just be and flow with it, eventually we will be inspired to take action. When we are being still, ideas are percolating. I have had a few days where I got a lot done… Continue reading Allow Yourself To Just Be

art, Self Care, Uncategorized

Face Masks With My Art Printed On Them Available Now!!

I just learned that my print-on-demand art service (Fine Art America) is now offering face masks with art printed on them!! I will include a few of the face masks with my art below. It is a process to get each one of my designs available for the face mask option so please be on… Continue reading Face Masks With My Art Printed On Them Available Now!!

Being Self Employed, Gardening, Self Care, Self Improvement

Taking Charge Of Our Own Lives During The Pandemic

I am in the United States and over the past few days I've felt very dis-empowered. Covid19 taking more and more lives every day. President Trump claiming he has total power and re-opening America very soon. Watching news constantly to try and find out what I need to plan for. President Trump thankfully putting the… Continue reading Taking Charge Of Our Own Lives During The Pandemic

Advice, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Your Well Being ALWAYS Comes First

In healthy, loving relationships there is mutual care, support, consideration and love. This seems obvious, but sometimes people were raised in dysfunction and have no clue what a healthy relationship is. For most of my life, I've been in this club and only beginning to painfully figure it all out within the past couple of… Continue reading Your Well Being ALWAYS Comes First

Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Covid19 Brought The Energy Vampires Out. I Deserve Better.

Two days ago I got a message from a guy I used to date wanting to 'cuddle'. Yesterday I got a message from my ex-boyfriend. I'm not entertaining either one because both men have toxic qualities and are in the past for a reason. I'm trying to heal my childhood issues that led me to… Continue reading Covid19 Brought The Energy Vampires Out. I Deserve Better.

Advice, Gardening, Home And Garden, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Bealtaine Cottage, An Inspiration For A Healthier World

Yesterday on Youtube I found a very inspiring woman that lives in Ireland. Sixteen years ago she purchased a large piece of property that was all grassy field. She purchased this property to prove to people what one woman can do to help the earth's health. She was not happy that Ireland was taking down… Continue reading Bealtaine Cottage, An Inspiration For A Healthier World

Advice, Being Self Employed, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Creating a Little Stability in a Time of Instability

The past couple of weeks have been surreal. It's hard to believe what is happening. Each day that goes by I keep thinking the Universe/God/Higher Power has slowed us down and put a stop to the way we've been living because it's been damaging us and our environment. It's crazy that the entire world is… Continue reading Creating a Little Stability in a Time of Instability

Advice, Being Self Employed, Food/Cooking, Home And Garden, Self Care, Self Improvement, Thrifty, Uncategorized

Covid19 Stay-Home and Lifestyle Thoughts

A few years ago I had FOMO (fear of missing out) and didn't know it. I didn't have the money to go to restaurants, bars, vacations, movies. I didn't have a partner to share all these good times with like everyone else seemed to. I'd dread the weekends thinking everyone else was out having the… Continue reading Covid19 Stay-Home and Lifestyle Thoughts

Advice, Food/Cooking, Home And Garden, Self Care, Thrifty, Uncategorized

Follow-Up On Walmart Grocery Pick-Up

On my first post on Walmart Grocery Pick-Up, I left off with not being able to schedule a time due to increased demand so I was going to try back later. I tried back the next morning and was able to schedule the pick-up for 2 days later. The instructions said to get their app… Continue reading Follow-Up On Walmart Grocery Pick-Up

Advice, Self Care, Uncategorized

Staying Well Through Coronavirus

It has been a crazy couple of weeks. When I first heard Coronavirus made it to Washington, the state I live in, I made some rules for myself in an effort to keep myself safe and help stop the spread. I would order my groceries online and pick them up. I would order other necessities… Continue reading Staying Well Through Coronavirus

art, Being Self Employed, Self Improvement, Writing

Making a Decision and Committing To It

How many times have you started to work on a goal all to abandon it because it wasn't making progress quick enough? Or worse yet, you didn't even start because it felt impossible. I've done it way too much. To the point where I'm simply doing a daily routine and surviving. That is not how… Continue reading Making a Decision and Committing To It

Advice, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Remember That News Media Gets Paid For High Ratings

I avoid most news media because of the embellishments they tend to make to get high ratings and because it's all mostly bad news.  They spread bad news because it puts people in fear, then they watch the news to see if they can let go of the fear yet, if anything has changed.  Just… Continue reading Remember That News Media Gets Paid For High Ratings

Advice, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

To Learn Anything New, We Must Apply It Long Enough To Learn It

I remember back in school days in quite a few subjects or classes we'd 'study', have a test and move on. Then there were subjects, such as math, spelling or hand-writing that we practiced all the time and had those classes every year. Then I became an adult and studied my own interests such as… Continue reading To Learn Anything New, We Must Apply It Long Enough To Learn It

Advice, Law of Attraction, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Worry, Doubt And Fear Is A Program That Leads To Anxiety, Depression and Illness

Living in fear, doubt and worry leads to anxiety, then to depression, then to physical sickness. Being in the present moment and focusing on gratitude, dreams and goals have helped me cure anxiety and depression, and I’ve read living this way has cured mental and physical sickness in others. To imagine living in a world… Continue reading Worry, Doubt And Fear Is A Program That Leads To Anxiety, Depression and Illness

Advice, Home And Garden, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

The Importance Of To-Do Lists

I was reminded of the importance of to-do lists this weekend. I work full time and when the weekend comes around I feel really scattered because there seems to be so much to do.  The scatteredness is not a pleasant feeling - I'll think of a few things I need to do, then start doing… Continue reading The Importance Of To-Do Lists

Advice, Dating and Relationships, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Using Our Energy Wisely

I've been writing a lot about focus and that's because the past couple of years I've had major life lessons that showed me very directly that if I continued living the way that I was, I'd continue to spiral down in anxiety and depression. I've read about energy healing work in the past but I… Continue reading Using Our Energy Wisely

Advice, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Visualizing What We Want Rather Than What We Don’t Want

Most of us are living life on auto-pilot. Going to work, coming home, eating, watching some TV, chores, sleeping and repeating. Just getting by.  Surviving. Much of the time our thoughts are on our problems.  Our debt, health issues, relationship issues, etc. This can cause anxiety and depression. What if we spent our time thinking… Continue reading Visualizing What We Want Rather Than What We Don’t Want

Advice, Law of Attraction, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Unconditional Joy

For most of my life, having a good day or a bad day depended on what was happening in my life. When I weighed myself going up or down one pound was the deciding factor for how I felt that day. (I stopped weighing myself years ago). When I've had a partner and things were… Continue reading Unconditional Joy

Advice, God, Law of Attraction, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Breaking Circumstantial Depression

What is circumstantial depression?  It's depression resulting from circumstances that have happened to you.  This post is about that kind of depression. We all have highs and lows in life. For a while our life can seem nice and easy - everything is going just right, then bam, something extremely difficult happens - we, or… Continue reading Breaking Circumstantial Depression

Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

To All Parents

Please value your child's individuality Please give your child love, acceptance, support and affection Please don't try to make your child into what you want him/her to be Please protect your child from physical and emotional harm from anyone, even family Please help your child feel safe Please support your child's emotions Please help your… Continue reading To All Parents

Advice, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

It’s Okay To Walk Away From Selfish Abusive People

We gave up parts of our life for them, time and again All to find out it was only their needs that mattered They'd take as much as we'd give, even asking for more And it wasn't appreciated They would not help us in our time of need It was others that helped us Those… Continue reading It’s Okay To Walk Away From Selfish Abusive People

Advice, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Happiness Is…

Living in the now and experiencing/enjoying what's right in front of us. Not thinking about past regrets, hurts or heartbreak. Not thinking of future worries. Not expecting or relying on happiness to come from anything outside of us or our control - a person acting a way that we want, having a relationship, a few… Continue reading Happiness Is…

Advice, Dating and Relationships, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

I’ve Never Subscribed to the Best Friend Thing

I've never subscribed to the best friend thing. Labeling one friend as my 'bestie'. The reason why is because I love all my friends for different reasons and would not want any of them to feel less than another friend, or hurt. It can be hurtful.  Maybe not intentionally. But if I were to say… Continue reading I’ve Never Subscribed to the Best Friend Thing

Advice, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Letting People Be Responsible for Their Own Lives

When people are not responsible for their own lives and happiness it can hurt those that love them by putting a burden on them - a burden that is not theirs. We cannot give others happiness, security, stability, health, etc.  - they have to find it in themselves. When we try to give them these… Continue reading Letting People Be Responsible for Their Own Lives

Advice, Self Improvement, Uncategorized, Writing

Blogging Tip That May Help You Write More Posts

For me, I have a set time to be in my office on the computer.  During this time I may get some writing done and I may not. Once I'm out of my office, I'm done with writing because I'm away from my computer. It's rare that I go back into my office later that… Continue reading Blogging Tip That May Help You Write More Posts

Advice, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Scattered

Been using much of my energy on fillers. Doing things that steal my inspiration and waste time. I go to work, come home, eat and straighten the house, then watch Youtube. This past week I've been on vacation.  Actually a staycation. I let myself go to the casino and since I won a little money… Continue reading Scattered

Advice, Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Law of Attraction, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Live a Fulfilling Life To Attract Your Next Partner

I've read numerous dating posts about being proactive in finding your next partner. Get out there and date - it's all about the numbers! This is the main advice I hear or read. I followed this for a number of years and I found that it kept me focused on that only and the rest… Continue reading Live a Fulfilling Life To Attract Your Next Partner

Advice, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement

Alcohol Is The Alcoholic’s First Love

He was so good to me when we were together. But eventually, he'd ghost me and I'd break up with him. During the break-up I was confused how he could seem like he loved me so much then turn around and ghost me a few days later. Eventually he'd come back and we'd do it… Continue reading Alcohol Is The Alcoholic’s First Love

Being Single And Happy, Road Trips and Adventures, Self Care

Beautiful Rainy Day At Pt. Defiance Park

My daughter and I spend most every Sunday together.  A lot of the time we just hang out at home, talk, laugh and eat.  Sometimes we go thrifting, and sometimes we go explore. A few Sundays ago she wanted to go take pictures of the flowers at Pt. Defiance Park - I was all for… Continue reading Beautiful Rainy Day At Pt. Defiance Park

Being Single And Happy, Road Trips and Adventures, Self Care

Ocean Road Trip! Westport, WA

My daughter and I took a trip to the ocean last weekend.  We both LOVE road trips and exploring. We live in Washington and our nearest ocean beaches are 90 miles away.  We have a choice of Westport or Ocean Shores.  We both prefer Westport because there's less crowds, a lighthouse, quaint little shops, and… Continue reading Ocean Road Trip! Westport, WA

Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement

Fulfilled and Single, FINALLY

I've been pretty much single for 12 years since my divorce.  I've had four very short-term boyfriends during this time but they didn't last long enough to even feel like a real relationship and I never lived with any of them. I'd say 9 of the 12 years was spent pining for a relationship or… Continue reading Fulfilled and Single, FINALLY

Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement

Writing Prompt: When You Love Yourself First, Everything Else Falls Into Place

I invite you to write about this subject on your site, then share the link to that writing in the comments below on this page. This will help bring traffic to your site and a nice collection of thoughts and ideas on the subject. If you do share the link in the comments below, I… Continue reading Writing Prompt: When You Love Yourself First, Everything Else Falls Into Place

Advice, Self Care, Self Improvement

On Being Present

She didn't even hear me. Ugh, that was a little embarrassing. Shake it off. What do I do? There's no one else to talk to. Guess I'll look at Pinterest and be on my phone too. She starts laughing, showing me a funny video clip. I say something about it and... she doesn't hear me...… Continue reading On Being Present

Advice, Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Self Improvement

Walk Away From Toxic Situations To Help Humanity

Some of us grew up with examples of staying in toxic situations. Some of us were told we would be lonely if we didn't forgive and keep people in our life, even though they were toxic. Some of us thought toxicity was normal because that is how we were raised and what we experienced. The… Continue reading Walk Away From Toxic Situations To Help Humanity

Advice, Being Single And Happy, Self Care, Self Improvement

Be Spontaneous

We all have a busy life and we all only have a certain amount of time to keep our lives in order. Sometimes a fun spur of the moment invitation will come up when we planned to clean the house or get the laundry done and we will be tempted to say no because it… Continue reading Be Spontaneous

Advice, Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Law of Attraction, Self Care, Self Improvement

Single Women, Please Realize Your Worth

We hear and read about how we should realize our worth all the time.  We think we get it, and we do until someone charms us.  The attention feels good, especially if we haven't had that kind of attention in a while. We can find out the person is broken in some way - maybe… Continue reading Single Women, Please Realize Your Worth

Food/Cooking, Self Care

Freezing Meals The Simple Way

Lately I've been inspired by Youtubers that are taking a day to cook and prepare many frozen meals for later use.  This would have been really good for me to do back when I was raising my family.  Now that my family is raised and I'm single, at first I thought it would be of… Continue reading Freezing Meals The Simple Way