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Thoughts From The Trail: Joy is a Verb and the Accidental Gratitude Review

   Hey There, Well-Beings!

I originally had my regularly scheduled Gratitude Review planned for today, but sometimes life has other plans. I’d gotten two paragraphs deep when I realized providence was trying to teach me a lesson in the quiet stillness of my writing time. So, I tabled the review and gave my heart room to speak. Boy, did she have a lot to say! Some of those things, of course, were meant only for me as they were answers I’d asked during my prayer and meditation time. Oh, but this nugget of truth was too good not to share! And it just so happens that this turned out to be something I’m incredibly thankful for, so my post will end up being about gratitude regardless of where I thought I was headed when started writing this morning.

The man in my life and I took a nature walk on a favorite local trail of ours yesterday. I’m a little ashamed to admit that it had been at least a year and a half since we’d been there, but I think that’s going to change. The moment we had our feet on the soft earth of the trail, we both uttered similar sentiments about how instantly happy we were and how much we’d missed being outside. We definitely savored our time, but amid the rocks and the trees we kinda got real with ourselves and each other about how we’d gotten so far off track with our hikes. That night before he left, we made loose plans to meet up at the trail in the morning, but I sat with our conversation for a while before I went to sleep. The weather was a factor beyond my control, but was everything else I told myself really just an excuse? What the hell was I excusing myself from exactly?

This morning I got up about an hour earlier than I’d planned to. I sat out to write, but as I mentioned, I got more than I bargained for. I got an answer to my question and it was equal parts beautiful and truly sad. I’d been excusing myself from joy.

In the last 4 years especially, I really struggled with depression and anxiety. I told myself often that staying in and resting were forms of self care, and trust me, in so many ways they really were. Maintaining peace is important and I do believe that learning to set healthy boundaries have contributed in a large way to my overall happiness, however there have been times when staying in and “taking it easy” were big, fat excuses, and I knew it. Joy isn’t something that just comes to you while you’re sitting on the couch in your sweatpants (unless you’re burned out, in which case proceed and maybe watch some cartoons). It’s something you shower and show up for. It often requires action on our part in, at least, the form of meeting it where it is rather than waiting for it to stop by. That’s why we weren’t out there every weekend. Joy is a verb. It’s something that you do, not something that you have. It’s a choice, and it’s one we stopped making when it came to putting on our hiking gear and piling into the car for a short drive and long walk. That’s why this morning when the alarm went off, I’d already made my choice. Sitting here writing this, I don’t regret it in the slightest. It will flavor everything else I do today with accomplishment and gratification.

Irony being what it is, I was given an answer to this question earlier this week before I’d even posed it. It showed up in the form of the quote in the photo below. The great thing I’ve discovered as I’ve gotten older is that if you miss the lesson the first time, life doesn’t quit on you. You get an opportunity to try again many, many times until you learn what it is you’re supposed to learn. Yes, it’s true that sometimes we end up with an uncomfortable lesson if we aren’t open to learning when it’s presented to us in gentler ways first, but I’ve learned to be thankful for those experiences, too. It’s proof that I’m worth the repeated attempts at growth that are sent my way, and guess what? You’re worth it, too.

Wishing You Total Well-Being,


Gratitude Review: August

  Hey there, Well-Beings!  It’s the last Sunday of the month, and you know what that means.  Time for another Gratitude Review! I’ve had a fairly eventful month, which usually doesn’t start happening for me until September when the temperature begins dropping. We’ve had some unseasonably cool days and a lot of rain, which hasn’t done much for the humidity, but things are so green and pretty right now.  It’s given me a reason to plan another photo shoot before we trade the summer blooms in for fall leaves. I’m excited because I may get to team up with a talented photographer friend for a day trip to some of my city’s best spots, if the weather continues to cooperate.

Speaking of cameras, I finally upgraded my phone a couple of weeks ago.  I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I have been hanging on to my previous iPhone for nearly 5 years! It was time for a better plan and a better phone, and the camera on this thing is making me so happy.  I’ve been testing its capabilities on everything from flowers to flat lays and while I’m still learning how use all of its features, I sure am having fun with it and I’m so impressed with what I’ve been able to do with it so far.  I think it’ll be a great tool to help me with product photography for my business, so I’m thankful that I made the investment.

I had the pleasure of listening to an incredible speech this week that was such a welcome kick-in-the-motivation. I think even the most diligent artist or entrepreneur can lose their fire if they aren’t strategic about fueling it on a regular basis.  It helped me realize how much I’ve let my self-improvement habit slip under the stress of the last year and it helped me recommit to doing something every day that teaches me something , sharpens my skills, helps my business, or allows me to remove roadblocks from my path. I also ended up with a few new books, which was my favorite part of being in the self-improvement habit before.  I’m always grateful for a reason to read!

I also committed to a new process for eliminating clutter which has been really helpful, and I tend to be a bit of an unruly collector. Thanks to a brilliant post from Be More with Less that showed up in my Facebook feed last Friday, I have just completed my second Decluttering Burst. The goal is to let go of 100 things in less than an hour. It sounded difficult at first, but once I got going, it was so freeing. I know so much of this is dependent on the size of the things you are parting with, but I was shocked that I exceeded my goal by 12 items and I didn’t even fill an entire trash bag.  To be fair, I parted with a lot of things like receipts and small broken items that I knew I was never going to repair, but the high from getting those things out of my home has made me want to tackle each room in that way.  It went so well this morning, I just might give it another go before the day is done! I’m so thankful for this useful and easy practice.

What has August given you that you’re grateful for today?  Cultivating gratitude gives us a chance to purposely seek joy in moments that might otherwise pass us by. Leave me a comment below with your favorite moment of the month. Let’s celebrate your wins and walk into September ready to create a whole lot more of them.

Wishing You Total Well-Being,


Gratitude Review: July

     Happy almost-end-of July, Well-Beings!

I hope you are safely enjoying the summer sun and staying cool.  I almost didn’t this week, but don’t worry! This story has a happy ending.  Just a few short days ago, my air conditioning went out twice in the same day, but thankfully we have a wonderful maintenance team here at the complex where I live and I was able to get things patched up in no time. I feel extraordinarily thankful for the fast response, and for the expertise and willingness of our lead maintenance guy to tackle this problem for me in the triple digit heat we’ve been handed this month.

My mom had a health scare this month and spent some time in the hospital. Looking back, it’s hard to deny that we didn’t have a whole lot of Divine Intervention to both get her there in time and arrange for her to recover without worrying about how the bill would be settled. She still has a ways to go to get back on her feet, but as far as things I’m grateful for this month (and all months, really) this one makes the top of my list.

In lighter news, the company I’ve been buying my essential oils from lately had a huge promotion this month. It was filled with five-days-worth of deals where you buy one oil, and you get another one for free. I was able to stock up on supplies I’ve been wanting for very little money and now I’ll be able to create some special blends that I’ve been inspired to make. If all goes well, I hope to be able to set up a shop and share them with you in the future. I really cleaned up with this sale, and I don’t think it was a coincidence that they were all things that I wrote down on a wish list just the week before. It was pretty cool to have things confirmed in that way, that I am actually supposed to be doing this thing that’s been in my heart for years, by literally being given some of very things I needed to get started. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my afternoon testing out some of the recipes I’ve come up with.

How has July gone for you? Do you have anything exciting to share? What kinds of experiences did you have that you’re still holding in your heart? I want to hear from you and help you celebrate this month almost gone by! Leave a comment below and let’s help each other remember all of the wonderful things we have to feel thankful for!


Wishing You Total Well-Being,



Gratitude Review: June

Untitled design(1)     Hey There, Well-Beings!

It’s hard to believe it’s the last week of June. It’s been a pretty busy month for me. I typically opt to curl up at home with a good book, but was able to connect with a few good friends and my family to celebrate my birthday this month, and am really thankful for each of those moments.


Speaking of birthdays, my fella got us both Kindles this year! I’ve been wanting one for a while, but wasn’t as focused as I wanted to be for Black Friday last year, so I was really surprised when he showed up on Saturday with one for the both of us. We used to go to the library, or hit up the local book fairs and charity sales and then spend one hour of our Saturday together reading. I’m not sure how we got out of the habit, but it was something we both enjoyed doing because we could devote some uninterrupted time to our book of choice, but still be together. I’m thankful that we will be picking up where we left off, and maybe also a little grateful (okay, a lot) that I can watch Netflix in bed! I’ve got new seasons of three of my faves to catch up on.


This month, I also joined a really amazing essential oil group that’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  Even with my 20 years of experience in aromatherapy, I am still learning something new almost every day and I am surrounded by the most amazing women  who are holistic health professionals, body and energy workers, creative business owners, and some of the coolest and most supportive people in the industry.  I am incredibly fortunate to have been pointed there and even more excited about all of the inspiration I’ve gained and will be able to direct toward an abandoned project that I thought was lost for good.  This has been life changing for me, and I’m only a month in! I can’t wait to see where I am in a year from now.

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My outdoor photo shoots have been ramping up lately, too.  In fact I’m even looking at adding a fourth camera to my collection and am squirreling away a little cash here and there to make that a reality. (You should see the pictures this thing takes! I cannot wait to take it out for a spin!) I’m even exploring the option of taking an evening class to enhance my skills and get better behind the lens and am having so much fun taking day trips out to practice my craft. I don’t know where I’m headed with this quite yet, but I’m really enjoying the journey and am thankful for the outlet.

What has been making you so happy that you just want to tell the world? Do you have any good news to share? What is the single most gratitude inspiring thing to happen to you in the last few weeks? Share in the comments below and let’s celebrate each other’s happy moments this past month!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,



Depth Perception: How to Fix Your Gratitude Problem

bench-1245994_1920     Hi There, Well-Beings,

It’s been a while since I have been able to get a post up. The website went a little wonky in the past couple of weeks and it took some time to get those wonks ironed out. I’m back though, and ready to share something that’s been on my heart lately.

I’ve been preaching gratitude for a while now. I still believe in its transformative powers, and I think it’s a good place to start whenever you’re down and out and don’t know what to do. If I’m being honest though, life has thrown me so many lemons lately that I stopped making lemonade, because I’d gotten kinda sick of drinking it. In moments that felt totally overwhelming, I used to find comfort in being able to rattle off a couple of things that I felt thankful for and it helped me save the day, even if only a little, but I was so burned out that even my never-fail list felt empty and ineffective. Great. Even the thing I tell people “changed my life” isn’t working anymore. How do you bounce back from that?

I’d been going over old Facebook posts, notebooks, and journal entries and wondering what happened. One of the things that really stuck me was how much more detail I used to use in describing things. Then, scribbled in the corner of page in one of my idea notebooks was a quote by Marie Forleo that helped me to see why my practice was failing, “When it comes to gratitude, the dividends are in the details.”

I’ve changed the way I’ve been thankful for things in the past week, and I believe it’s making a big difference. Rather than rattling off three things and getting on with my day, I’ve tried giving myself just one thing to focus on and then really experiencing it in as much detail as possible, by journaling about it or making it part of my daily meditation practice. For example, if I was thankful for my dog, (and you bet I am), I might recall how sweet it is when he curls up next to me while I’m writing, or the way he gives run by kisses when I’m in the kitchen filling his food bowl. I might also remember what a comfort it was having him in my life while I was grieving, or how his love of a sunny spot in the grass on a nice day reminds me to slow down and enjoy life a little more. I couldn’t forget the goofy little dance he does when I make popcorn and “accidentally” drop a few pieces. See? Quality, not quantity. There’s always a lot of quality when you take time to notice it.


I want to know how you’re doing. Are things humming along or have you started to forget the words? Do you have any tips for bringing more depth to your gratitude practice? Leave a comment below and let’s talk it out. You never know how your contribution might set off the spark of gratitude in someone else.

Wishing You Total Well-Being,




 Depth Perception

From the Archives: Stormy Weather? Adjust Your Attitude With Gratitude

watercolor-488003_1920     Hey There, Well Beings!

I don’t know about you, but this last week was kinda trying, and not just for me, but for almost everyone I came in contact with. It felt like a good time to remind myself that I always have more power in those situations than I think I do, and how so much of that power comes from being able to spot and celebrate the great things and steal the focus away from the less than stellar. Here’s a trip back two years ago, when a storm swept through my town and taught me a powerful lesson about thankfulness. I hope it finds you happy, healthy, and with plenty of good things to feel grateful for.


On Wednesday my state got a rip roaring storm that leveled a neighboring town’s high school, several homes, a few businesses and cost at least one person their life. To be honest, I’m still trying to process it. I’ve lived in the worst area for tornadic activity for the past 17 years and it still gets me every time I see the destruction that Mother Nature is capable of.

I woke up the next morning to birds chirping and a multi-colored sunrise. My drive in to work was calm and quiet; a startling difference from the night before. It could have been another story. I could be sifting through debris and praying that my dog was okay, instead of waking up to his sweet, but stinky kisses.

I’ve been struggling to stay positive over the past couple of months. I applied for a couple of jobs that I’d hoped would put me in a better financial position so I could work fewer hours and give school more of my time, but they didn’t pan out. I fought off a respiratory illness that showed up in time to prevent me from seeing a couple of old friends who were in town, and I rarely have time to hang with my people as it is. I’m about to hit the time of year when I have a lot of annual expenses that leave me cash strapped until after my birthday, and don’t get me started on the birthday. (It’s a big one.) Lots of little things adding up to a lot of negativity and smart-assed self-talk, that has only been perpetuating the problem.

That is, until I was forced to go back to basics and really get to the heart of the matter. Gratitude. I have literally thousands of things to be grateful for, starting with air in my lungs, a healthy, functioning body and a still in-tact roof over my head. And not in the way that I have been “grateful” of late, where I grumble my way through my list in the morning when my alarm goes off. I’m grateful in a real and very serious way, because if I’d chosen a place to live that was just 15 minutes away from my current address, I might not have a job, a home or a life to feel grateful for right now.

It’s sad that it takes wake-up calls of this magnitude to snap us out of it sometimes, but that’s exactly what it took for me to stop the “woe is me” and realize, “Whoa! It’s me.” I have just as much to do with turning it around as I did putting myself there. It totally changes your position of power from someone who passively lets things happen to someone who actively does something to affect their own outcomes, and all in a matter of seconds.

Most good things take time, but not this. It’s an instant day-changer and I want you to start right now. Don’t read on until you can name three things that you can feel completely grateful, even joyful about. Write them down, say them out loud, close your eyes and think of them silently. Whatever it takes to get the feelings of absolute gratitude to wash over you until you can’t feel anything else. I’ll wait…

See? See how powerful that is and how it instantly affected your mood and changed your day, even if it was already going pretty well for you? There’s always room for improvement and there’s definitely always room for thankfulness. Next time life has you by the scruff take just a few minutes to do this and watch your world quickly change.

I want to hear from you! What things are you truly grateful for? Did it take something tough or scary to change your attitude to one of gratitude? What changes did you make afterwards and did they last? Let’s share our stories and remind each other of our many blessings!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,


Gratitude Review: October

gratitude-review_     Sheesh, is it really the end of October, already? This is easily one of my favorite months, and it seems like it only started last week. Thank goodness there’s still Halloween, right? While I love the magic of Christmas and the warm fuzzies of Thanksgiving, Halloween has always been my favorite. Dress-up was a thing I never outgrew, and when I became a make-up artist in my twenties, my love only grew deeper. In fact, my brushes are calling. Once I get this posted, I may just spend the rest of the day playing and planning next year’s costume. I don’t take enough time to do this, so I’m being thankful in advance.


It sounds a little phoned in, but this month I’ve also been thankful for thankfulness, or at least the opportunity to feel thankfulness for the great things in my life. Tuesday is the start of my November Gratitude Photo Challenge, and I’m looking so forward to it.  So much of this year has been challenging, painful, and tense.  If ever there was a time where I need to stop dwelling on the negative and experience gratitude in my life, to take stock in all of the things around me that fill me with joy, peace, and love, that time is now. I really don’t think it’s too late to end this year on a positive note and that’s exactly what I hope to accomplish in doing this. I hope you’ll join me. Gratitude is always better when it’s shared.


I’m still making good on my promise to make time for creative pursuits each Friday with #CreativeFriday, and it’s starting to seep over into the other days of the week as well. It’s been so great to come home from the stress of work and get my hands on my paintbrushes or plan out and get going on a new jewelry design for a few hours before heading to bed. I end the day feeling like the frustration has totally left me and like I’ve really accomplished something that I can be proud of. I share photos of my projects on my Instagram, and on my personal Facebook page and it’s really been great to see positive feedback from friends and followers, too. The best benefit has been follow-through. Because I’m holding myself accountable to get something out each week, I’m not leaving half-finished projects in a corner where they are collecting dust. I’m actually seeing them through to completion and have been able to wear, display, and use my work as a great bonus for not abandoning the process before it gets done. I mean, who isn’t grateful for unique pieces they made themselves?

How has October been going for you? Do you have a killer Halloween costume that you want to show us? Did you get any great photos of the leaves changing that you need to share with the world? What Fall recipes are your favorites right now? I want to celebrate all of the things that made you thankful this month! Leave your comments and photos below and let’s keep the happiness happening!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,




Gratitude Review: July

popsicle     Happy almost end of July, Well Beings! It’s been a pretty good month, so I want to share a few highlights of things I felt gratitude for during the month of July. Are you ready? Go snag a popsicle out of the freezer and let’s get started!

I officiated a wedding! I was able to help a good friend and her super cool new husband say their vows over the Independence Day holiday. I’ve helped tons of imaginary couples get hitched during my fantasy-filled childhood but this time, there were wonderful, real-life people involved and my heart is totally overflowing with love for this awesome family. Grateful doesn’t even begin to cover it.


I am in the process of creating my next set of tutorials for the blog, and have really enjoyed the process of coming up with fun things to teach you. Feedback is always appreciated, but it’s always a joy to learn how to do something that interests me, and then share that knowledge with the world. I guess I’ve always really been a teacher at heart.


I took a much needed break for a couple of weeks this month. I’ve been wrestling with adrenal fatigue and some serious burnout on the job and truth be told, it was starting to take the joy out of the things that bring me joy (a totally uncool thing that can happen when your hormones go haywire). I’m working on a wonderful holistic treatment that I plan to write about soon, made some better-for-me dietary adjustments, did a lot of meditative coloring, but mostly was just a really good listener during that time and I have to say, I think the vacation was exactly what I needed. My creativity has exploded, I’m wildly more productive, and my motivation is ten times what it was going into the break. Self-care takes many different forms, and sometimes the best thing you can do is nothing.

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What joys did July hold for you? Did you go anywhere exciting, or have the best staycation ever? Are you working on a new project? Did your garden yield anything tasty? Let me know in the comments so we can be happy right along with you. I hope the rest of your month is lovely!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,


My Top 3 Methods for Managing Stress

table-384802_1920    I had a conversation with a friend who didn’t know that I completed my life coaching certification last year, and she had a lot of questions about exactly what a Stress Management Coach does and how someone decides to become one. After sharing some background about what I’ve been up to since we’ve seen each other (it’d been 15 years!), I detailed some of the time I spent battling grief and chronic illness and how I faced a pretty serious decision between giving up or teaching myself how to get better. We talked about all of the tools I added to my arsenal as I learn how to heal myself from years of chronic stress and dis-ease, and then she posed a question that I absolutely loved she said, “How would you help me get started?” I want to share my answer with you because I think it is an opportunity to help many of you who may just be getting your self-care footing. Below are my top three methods for lessening stress in my life, and I hope they help you do the same:

  1. Meditate – This probably scares some of you, but I promise you there’s nothing scary about it. In fact, if you can just muster 1 to 5 minutes to sit in a quiet room by yourself and pull up a short video on your phone to listen to while you close your eyes, you my friend, can meditate. When I was first trying to figure out what this whole meditation thing was all about, I used guided meditation as my training wheels. It did eventually lead me to certify as a teacher of seven different types of meditation, but I started with what was accessible and comfortable to me, and we all must start somewhere. Try listening to a few short ones until you find one that resonates with you and make time to use it every day for a week. Then repeat the following week with a different meditation. Practice for as long or as short a time as you wish, as long as you give it your all and remain committed to doing so at least a few minutes a day, every single day. If you are consistent, you’ll begin to see and feel results quickly. When things get crazy in your life, you will be tempted to quit because you think you need the extra time, but this will be the most important thing you do all day. Show up for yourself. You’ll never be sorry that you took time to meditate.


  1. Get Outside – I struggle with my day job. It’s not especially in line with my soul’s purpose and it drains me to the point of total exhaustion sometimes, but I still need it to pay my bills right now. Sometimes the only thing that gets me through my shift is stepping away from my desk and taking a lap around the building. There is something about nature, even the small patches of flowers and grass in the shopping center where my office is located, that grounds me in an instant. If you can’t spend all afternoon hiking, or you don’t have a backyard with a lovely garden that you can tend and get your hands dirty in, sit outside with a book on your lunch break or sip some tea on your apartment balcony. Make it a point to get outside once a day and be present in nature. As I’ve made the effort, yes even in the rain and snow, I’ve witnessed it change the energy in my body in a way that’s allowed me to handle whatever I have to do with more grace and ease. It can do that for you too, if you let it.



  1. Gratitude – If you’d said this to me while I was on my descent into chaos several years ago, I would have a digitally signaled my contempt and probably used some colorful language to make sure I’d made my point. Gratitude is everything, though. Make yourself, and I mean force it if you must, write down three things to be thankful for each day. Do it at the same time every day, and don’t plan to move on to the next thing until you’re finished with the exercise. This is why I like to do mine at the end of the day as part of my winding down process before bed; nothing can get in the way. It might feel a little insincere at first, but even if all you can find to feel thankful for is the ability to write, a pen, and a piece of paper to write on, then start exactly there. More will come. That’s the beautiful thing about gratitude. If you are consistent about practicing it, it begins to bubble out of you. You’ll find more and more things to feel thankful for until one day, thankful is all you feel. I mean sure, you’ll still have other emotions, but the pervasive one will be gratitude. A thankful person is a happy person. Trust me on this. When I started, the only thing I had to feel thankful for was the fact that my illness hadn’t killed me, and now I have no trouble spouting off 100 or more things that I feel a deep sense of gratitude for. You can do this.


I could easily expand on any of these topics and add about 16 more tips, but these are the absolute basics that I started out with when I was finally ready to stop letting stress control me. If it were any more complex I’m not sure I would have tried and that’s all you have to do. Try these methods for one week at a time and before you know it, you’ll have conquered stress and people will be coming to you for advice. That’s exactly how I did it, and you can do it too.

Wishing You Total Well-Being (and Lots of Success),



Gratitude Review: June

sunflowers     Happy June, everyone! I hope the first week of summer has been kind to you wherever you may be reading this. Our heat and humidity have already been pretty high for this time of year, but I have still managed to do some hiking with my favorite guy, have been taking tons of pictures, and have had time to experience a few more things that I am thankful for and want to share with you. Go ahead and fix yourself something cold to drink and let’s get with the gratitude, yeah?


I completed another  trip around the sun. I was able to celebrate with loving family, kind coworkers, wonderful friends, and my fantastic boyfriend and cutie pie dog. I had a lovely dinner out, a lovely dinner in, macarons and a cupcake that would make your eyes roll back in your head, a terrific bottle of wine, and was blessed with thoughtful cards, and sweet Facebook posts from faraway folks. All this for basically just being alive.  I’m fortunate gal. It’s given me a focus for my next journey around to do something on  a weekly basis to make at least one person feel appreciated and loved. Call it a random act of kindness. It can be buying lunch for a friend, bringing flowers over next time I visit someone, paying for the coffee of the next few folks in line, leaving a special note of encouragement for a coworker who is having a rough time of it, whatever I’m led to do. Every day may not be our birthday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take the time to show people that they matter. I’m going to start scheduling it in my planner so that I’m sure that it happens. I’m already feeling grateful for all of it.


My birthday happens to fall during the midway portion of the calendar year and it’s always a wonderful time for me to do a bit of a year thus far review to see where I’ve met goals, changed course, or needed to refocus my energy. I am ridiculously grateful to be able to sit down with my journal and review what I’ve written out at the start of the year and see if any of it needs adjusting, or in some cases, to be taken off so that it can be replaced with new goals and ideas. When I’m done, I feel loads lighter and like I’m going back in with a fresh perspective.


I got back in the habit of creating things this month and it feels fastastic. I wrote a lot,  I made jewelry and art, I worked on some fun DIY projects, and played with my essential oils a lot. It feels like a time to be prolific and I’m taking full advantage of that for as long as the feeling lingers. My tendency when I’m under stress is to cut something and go into protection mode, and sadly that often means considering creative projects frivolous. After spending a month deliberately making time to pursue them, I can say that the opposite is true. Everything flows much more smoothly with my soul is satisfied, and making time to make things is no longer up for negotiation. I’ll be scheduling time to do this weekly, as well. It’s necessity.

So what have you been up to this month? Do you have any exciting stories to tell? Were you inspired to take on a project that’s been calling your name? Did you go anywhere special or spend time with people who make your heart happy? I want to hear about all of it. Post your gratitude in the comments below and let’s celebrate!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,



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