Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memories of warfare, continued...


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I lost my grandparents as an early adult. I remember as a child talking to my great grandpa and asking him about the horse and buggy days and the cost to buy certain things when he was a kid. I still love listening to seniors talk about their life stories. This particular article is focused on my boyfriend's grandpa, Gabe. He turned 90 this past year. He has such an interesting life and he is a veteran so today's article is appropriate for Memorial weekend.

Gabe remembers his time in the war vividly. It amazes me. At 42, I have a hard time coming up with details about certain experiences in my life but, I guess, war is hard to forget. Overall, and as most of the veterans I've talked to, he loved his time in the military.

I often sit beside of veterans at the Ann Arbor VA as they talk about their different experiences. If I could, I would document them although I don't as it would be inappropriate based on the VA's confidentiality policy. I still enjoy these stories!

Do you have a senior in your life? If so, take as much time as possible to learn about their life experiences. It is give you a new perspective of them!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Solace, a heavenly concept, continued...


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For me, solace is encompassed within creativity. Anytime I can retreat into a drawing or write something inspirational, I feel my spirit re-charging. It is a heavenly process. I also can obtain this feeling through meditation and through massage. I realize that not everyone can afford a massage but even if your partner can rub your back and/or area that you hold stress, it will make a difference. Recently, I googled massage schools and found a local school in Ann Arbor that offers massages by students and they are more than 50% less than those given at local salons! Yes, you're risking, perhaps a not so perfect massage, but if you're open to the concept, I believe it is a worthwhile risk. I went a couple of weeks ago and I will be visiting them again as soon as I'm able to afford it!

Your economic status might be the reason why you need to reach for and obtain solace frequently. If you're bills are overwhelming you, you're not alone. Please do not let this keep you from seeking relief. Meditation, yoga, nature escapes, baths, lighting candles, soft music etc, are really not pricy and gift a release that is critical to your health. Prioritize this as often as possible.

Do you have a unique way of obtaining solace? If so, I'm excited to learn about it. Drop me a note!

Photo taken by me @ Lifetime Art Impressions, LLC

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Let in some light, continued...


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I love the darkness but not as much as I love the light! Anytime I see the sun shining through anything, it is a picturesque moment. It lifts my spirit. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one who jumps up at the crack of dawn to open the shades but I do appreciate taking in a sunrise on occasion. The only time I dwell in dim environments is when I've got a migraine and I hide from the light like a vampire.

Light, to me, represents a source from God. It is pure and carries no weight. It is freeing and warm. How does it feel to you? How do you light up your life? Leave me a note and let me know.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

An ability to create, continued...



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John and I have a mutual acquaintance, Connie, who made this connection. I love the network of friends promoting friends. It is great stuff!

As noted in the article, John Cogan is a fellow artist. He creates beautiful paintings reflective of God's creations mostly animals and nature scenes. His credentials include major degrees (PH.D) in the science world although he followed his passion and has worked as an artist for almost 30 years. Pretty cool!

Are you well into a career that you prepared for most of your adult life but you're unhappy with the outcome? If so, make a change. Turn a hobby into a part-time job to feel the waters. Follow your passion to fulfill your inner well just as John did.

Leave me a note and let me know your thoughts!

Photo of John’s piece, Autumns Last Bugle, provided by John Cogan.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Symbols are wonderful tools, continued...

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I was reminded of symbols and their strength when I recently read John Edwards' latest book, Infinite Wisdom. He uses them to ground himself and as a safety mechanism among other things.

Since I asked you to come up with your list of symbols, you'll find mine below:

Peace for inner calmness- dove
Faith for courage- rainbow
Motivation to enable my dreams- jogger running through the finish line

I call these snapshots to my mind when needed. They are calming and reassuring!

What are some of your symbols? Share them with me!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Death dates, continued...


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The weather today, May 19th, is reflective of my spirit. A bit somber, it's pouring rain. Gloomy with a chill in the air. Three years ago, on this day, I went to the hospital in the evening to relieve my sister and Mom, who were bedside of my father all day. I knew when I saw him that it would be my last visit. My oldest sister was supposed to relieve me that night but instead I knew I had to stay as the moments with him breathing were slipping away. I called my brother who worked mid-nights, he was supposed to take the 4AM shift with my Dad. I convinced him to stop in on his way to work. I knew if he saw him, he would call in even though he would be jeopardizing his job.

I sat with my 2 of my siblings and my sister's husband while our Dad took his final breathes about a 1/2 hour after midnight. The scene plays out often in my mind and dreams. It happens less often now than during the first year but the anniversary date is tough.

If you read my blog you know I volunteer at the VA. I sit bedside of vets in hospice who do not get many visitors. Many remind me of my father. It was hard at first because I did relive the environment but, at the same time, I was able to release the energy associated with it. Since I started volunteering last year, I haven't had a dream about his last hours. I think this is because I've embraced the environment in a positive and giving way. I still pray for dreams about him but good ones where we can talk and I can enjoy his company not the traumatizing event of his death.

I'm hopeful my words might help someone else who is stuck in the rut of loss. There is light beyond the murky darkness and, with courage, you will too find your way. Leave me a note about your story and how you're coping. It too can help others.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I went into the garden today, continued...


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Judy and I connected on Facebook over 1 year ago. She is a remarkable woman. She has survived the loss of her son and in the aftermath, Judy reaches to others suffering loss. She found healing through music and her faith in God. Today's article is dedicated to her piece, what she calls an essay, but I call a love letter.

It is a touching, heart-felt letter of love to God. I think anyone who has suffered loss will relate to this piece. Judy is passionate about life and her devotion to a greater power. She is empowered by this devotion!

What empowers you to live your healthiest? Leave me a comment about it, I would love to learn about it.

Click here to explore Judy's website.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The essence of you, continued...

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I really didn't know the difference between soul and spirit before I did the research for this article. I used the terms interchangeable in the past. I know that when I'm living with spirit and doing my soul work, I'm aligned properly with my purpose. And, when this happens, everything flows smoothly for me.

I believe that God reads our souls. Our soul is a transcript reflective of our journey. It is really intriguing to me.

What are your thoughts about the spirit and soul? Leave me a note.

An abundance of riches, continued

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I've been forced to look at my prosperity in means beyond the numbers reflective in my bank account. As a young adult I chased a lucrative career and ended up having a lot of money but not feeling satisfied. It took me many years to realize that money helps but it is most certainly not the center of our being. In priority, it falls quite low.

Today, I'm blessed with just enough money to pay the bills, but I'm wealthy in so many other crucial areas. I have a wealth of support from loving people in my life. I have a boyfriend who balances my being; we are connected like I could have never imagined. I have a home and all of the bells and whistles essential for a comfortable existence. I am a strong, intelligent, talented, compassionate and capable woman. I have faith and courage which enables me to persevere and continue to learn.

I am so grateful for my life. I feel like all my hard work has gifted me with a rainbow full of riches.

How do you feel about your life and blessings? Take a minute and drop me a note!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

To all of the selfless Mothers, continued...

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First and foremost, I wish everyone the opportunity to appreciate their Mother each and every day, but especially on Mother's Day. If you're Mom isn't in the physical any longer, create a tradition on Mother's Day that honors her memory.

Most of us really do put our needs behind everyone else. We know better but our hearts over-ride our minds when it comes to priority. Appreciated or not, and it is a thankless job, our loyalty and hope for our kid's healthy future, keeps us moving forward.

So, it is important, this 1 day a year, to do what really does warm your heart. This might mean escaping and getting a massage or spa treatment, a bubble bath retreat, a day away from it all or a day filled with little one's and a significant other waiting on you for a change!

For me, it isn't quite as glamorous, but it will truly make me feel better. I'll awake to a church get away with my boyfriend and kids and then we'll follow up with a day in the yard. Yes, I'm getting help from my teenagers cleaning out the flower beds and ridding the yard of leaves left from the fall. This is priceless for me. The day will end with a deep fried turkey (and all of the sides) dinner prepared by my boyfriend. I foresee myself falling into a turkey coma come late evening. Oh, it sounds wonderful:)

What does your day consist of? Leave me a note!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Kids in treatment, continued...


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As communicated on Dr. Howard Samuel's Website, The Hills Center.com, addiction is a medical condition in which the mind and the body are affected. It is a progressive disease and regardless of all negative repercussions, the individual cannot control, maintain, or stop it. As he confirmed in the article, he has been clean for over 26 years.

He talked about parental loss, pain that enabled him to finally stop using, "My father died of a heart attack and his death created so much emotional pain for me, I recognized how short life really is. That pain took me to another level, that I finally saw I didn’t want to die a drug addict, not as a result of drugs. My father’s death really gave me life. At his grave I made a commitment that he wouldn’t have to worry about me anymore, that was my shift 26 years ago."

Dr. Samuels has worked hands on with adults and teens in treatment ever since. He is empathetic to both the family and the addict. Why, because he has been there and now he works to help others find their way through their own manifestation of hell, back to a healthy life. It is now his soul mission.

Do you know anyone who is lost in addiction? If so, find the strength to reach out and connect them with help!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Motherly advice, continued...

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I have two teen boys and, at any given time, I'm viewed as a good mom or the worst from their perspective. I love my boys and I work hard to treat them the same, treat them with respect and give them a comfortable life. I, in return, expect the same respect and love back. Most of the time, when being disciplined, they feel (of course) that they are being treated unfairly. I think it is critical they are aware that intentional bad choices result in consequences.

I do encourage my boys to negotiate as much in life comes as a choice and not a demand. But, at times, my democracy becomes a dictatorship and my word is final. It has to be this way especially with teens. Playing the part of a healthy parental role is essential. I can't imagine my world without my kids but there are times when I need a well earned break. Remember to take care of yourself and not to lose yourself in this process. Kids are self-centered and, therefore, it is critical you continue to fill your needs too.

Do you have any parenting stories you can share? If so, drop a note!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Release and renew

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I am so intrigued with rituals that utilize herbs such as sage. I would love to learn more about this and perhaps interview someone who performs such ceremonies. Herbs are so healthy for our physical bodies but they offer so much more beyond this once your open to their gift.

It really comes down to believing in things that are not necessarily visible (like the vibration that energy gives off). It is all about holding onto a faith that empowers light over dark or, overall, good over evil.

What are your thoughts about negative energy and its affect? Drop me a note and/or make a connection for me if you know someone who is true to their faith and practices a belief that utilizes herbs to cleanse and renew.